THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH: THE COMING OF THE PROPHETS

Part 2: The Prophets Cometh

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Many have come but few have been divinely ordained. The Prophets of world religions have had a great impact on the Spiritual nature of mankind throughout the world. As these extraordinary men and women influenced their particular religious philosophies, these great Prophets also influenced other religious philosophies. It is for sure that Prophets have had a great attraction throughout history. Therefore, who, what is a Prophet?

The Prophet (Prophetess female) is a person who has divine communication with God. Thus, Prophets deliver messages to mankind especially messages about the future. Therefore, we see prophecies as the divine utterances of the men and women who bear messages from the one and only God. The Prophet differs from the priest who acts out his human side of mediation. Meanwhile the Prophet who is divinely ordained reveals the sacred side of mediation. Jesus was a Prophet, priest and king. No other priest or Prophet has had the attributes of Jesus the son of God.

As ordained and called by God we see the various Prophets of the world as the Truth-seekers. Thus, they bring Truth, wisdom and knowledge to the people of God. This Truth comes from Almighty God. Also, it is not exclusive to any group, religion, race or people. The record shows that many great religions have had great Prophets and/or great thinkers. These great thinkers have come from every corner of the world.

The Greeks were in the habit of elevating mortal men of heroic stature to God like status. In Egypt long before Hippocrates there was Imhotep (He who comes in peace) the Father of Medicine. Thus, as far back as 7000 B.C. this man was deified. Herodotus records that at no time during the history of Egypt were mortal men ever deified. This also included the Pharaohs who saw their god like status (as a deity) as a myth.

The realization of the excepted divine nature of Imhotep leads some scholars to place "the one who came in peace" with Jesus, Moses, Zoroaster, and Gautama. For the record Jesus is Lord and his prophecy is complimented by his Divine nature and kinship to Almighty God. As the Messiah Jesus the Christ stands alone. Thus, Jesus the Messiah is not comparable to any of the Prophets as recorded in Old Testament Prophecy and in the New Testament Scriptures.

The impact of man in the flesh and the Divine being of God is noted throughout the annals of history. Charles Finch argues that there were seven Buddha's prior to the historical Buddha who

was Gautama? He also notes that in Africa among the Yoruba the worship of Shango revolves around a figure that is both man and God." (Charles Finch, Essays on African History, Sciences and Civilizations).

Therefore Professor Finch notes that the process by which an extraordinary individual becomes a human avatar of a pre-existing deity is well attested throughout history. Thus, the personification of Jesus as the Messiah, Jesus the Christ as the Divine inspiration of God and the Son is in line with the revelations of the record of time.

In China Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the sixth century B.C. is quoted saying: "everything in the universe follows certain patterns and processes that escape precise definitions: this is called Dao (Tao), the Way." As an elder contemporary of Confucius Laozi is said to have been immortal, a divine being and Buddha's teacher in India.

In India Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) who was born in 563 B.C. said "Life in this world is basically one of suffering." The secret of Buddha's success was his denial of the caste system. He preached that salvation was equally open to all men.

In Japan Shotoko Taishi ( 574-622) came upon the scene. He revealed that "Buddhism provides the ideal basis for a universal state." As a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad Shotoku was the sage ruler that led Japan from tribalism to cultural greatness.

In Korea Wonhyo (617-686) founded the Korean Buddhist sect Haedong-Jong. He is considered to be the most important seminal philosopher and religious practitioner in the history of Korean philosophy.

In the world of Islam we see Al-Kindi (801-866 A.D.) revealing that: "Prophetic knowledge is superior to human reason and easier to attain." Al-Kindi was renowned in the Islamic world for his developing thought in the philosophical sciences. There is also the Prophet of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 A.D. The Prophet Muhammad in his life time is said to have made a comparative analysis of the nations and religions of the world. He did this as he sought to unify the Muslim world. What are the visions of the religious leaders of today's world?

Will the Prophets of today and the religious leaders of the world set aside cultural differences? The political turmoil of the world is impacted by greed, human exploitation and the exploitation of the land and its resources. When will this confusion come to an end? Will man accept God as the way to Peace and Paradise? What is the significance of the Prophet's statements written into the record of time? The Prophet of Islam rejected the worship of men and idols, stars and planets. The Prophet Muhammad also reveals that whatever is born must die and whatever is corruptible must decay and perish."

What has been the impact of the Prophets on the religious of the world? Will men respect the

great Prophets that have walked the planet earth? Will the people of the world in this century realize that no group, race, religion, or culture has all the answers for the complex nature of man?

Cont.: Part 3: God Has Come

 

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