About the Modern Prophet
God “said” to the modern prophet what “He said” to a prophet in ancient times.
"Son of man, my people hear your words, but they do not listen. With their mouths they express love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust, self-serving gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings songs with a pleasant voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them." – Ezekiel 33:31-33
The sad irony is that the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are the least knowledgeable about who and what the modern prophet is, even though the truth about him is clear in the Hebrew Bible (the Torah and Tanakh), the foundation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
For example, "(God) has made my mouth [and pen] like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and in his quiver has he hid me. And said to me, 'You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.' Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength." (Isaiah 49:2-5)
That speaks of the modern son of man, the servant of God and principal messenger for the Spirit of truth that even Jesus of Nazareth said would come (see the articles on Isaiah Chapter 53, Prophecies Regarding He Who Fulfills Them, and About Christianity).
It does not speak of Jesus because he was not hidden, and he was not anything like Jacob. Isaiah was writing about the modern son of man as an old man, which he is now, who brings Jacob again. Not the literal Jacob, but like Jacob, who was also known as Israel because he struggled with God. Moreover, he is hidden, has labored in vain, is rejected by his generation and feels physically spent, and yet takes refuge in God to be his strength.
"And it shall come to pass [when prophecy is fulfilled, that] many people shall go and say, Come, let us go to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord." – Isaiah 2:2-5
The phrase "out of Zion" does not mean out of some building on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. As the article titled Where Is Zion? explains, Zion, as the term is meant by Isaiah and other prophets, is the spiritual Source, the spiritual foundation and cornerstone of God's Universe.
“All those that despised you shall bow to you, and they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. ... and you shall know that I the Lord am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 60:14-16)
That speaks not of the literal city of Jerusalem in the modern state of Israel. It speaks of he who Isaiah calls “the City not forsaken,” the same "city" the apostles John wrote of in his Revelation. But he is despised and rejected first, as Isaiah and Jesus foresaw and foretold.
“Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:11-12)
He is sought out because he is hidden. And he is a "city" in this sense: "I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God. And I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12) "I John saw the holy city of God, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Revelations 21:2)
The city and the bride are symbols regarding the union of God with a human spirit-soul-consciousness that has realized the reality of God. And in that sense, the modern son of man, like many preceding ones, is a "bridegroom with the bride."
As the prophesied son of man, he is a witness and servant of God and a messenger for the Spirit of truth. And he honors and brings you into remembrance of the eternal, ageless universal truths told by many ancient avatars, prophets, mashiachs, buddhas (or bodhisatvas), sages, siddha gurus, and others given other titles who realized the reality and nature of Divinity.
But, he glorifies the Ancient One who all those teachers represented. He does not exalt himself, and he is not "holier than thou." In fact, he is only too human and like a prodigal son, because in fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah, he has been willful and covetous, and as an old man he is contrite of spirit and well acquainted with grief and sorrow.
In fact, he still finds it extremely difficult to believe God has chosen and sent him to deliver the message of judgment, and he is still plagued by self-doubt and fear of displeasing God. And yet, that is precisely what the prophet Isaiah prophesied, because the modern prophet and son of man “brings Jacob again” because, like Jacob in the book of Genesis, he has "wrestled with God."
Most Jews have not recognized him yet, for two reasons. Secular Jews believe that the Hebrew Torah and Tanakh of the "Old Testament,” including the book of Isaiah, are entirely and exclusively about Jews and the nation of Israel, also known as the "House of Judah" and the "House of Jacob." And religious Jews who believe in the messianic prophecies believe that the Messiah must literally be a biological descendant of King David of ancient Israel, and that he must be a mighty warrior king.
However, the modern prophet understands the Lord Our God is the God of the world, of all peoples, and all nations (as Moses, Isaiah, Jesus and others stated). He understands that being a "branch of David" does not necessarily refer to genealogy, but of spiritual calling and mission to save and liberate humanity. And a true servant and representative of God is chosen by God, not by Man. His authority is not inherited, but given by the God who called, chose, and sent him.
That is why Isaiah wrote that "they shall fear the name of the Lord from the West" (Isaiah 59:19), because Jews in Israel "know not the ways of peace" and have instead caused much violence, death and destruction. For the Messiah-Prophet is in the West, and he serves in the name of the Lord of Lords, our God in heaven, and also in the name of the Ancient One, the Lord (Christ) who is in heaven with God, who has a "new name" according to Isaiah 62:2 and Revelation 2:17 and 3:12.
However, given authority by God he tells them they really have nothing to fear but the consequences and repercussions of their own iniquity, offenses and trespasses, and he counsels them and advises them to repent and make amends.
He understands real prophecies (as distinguished from symbolic ones), because he fulfills them, and he has insight into scriptural truths that have heretofore been misunderstood, misinterpreted, or ignored. And, because he does show you things to come and foretells how the humble and meek shall inherit the earth, make peace and turn "swords into plowshares," some would call him a prophet.
Unfortunately, the nature of prophets is misunderstood, and his role has been grossly misunderstood. Some Jews and Christians think he will be a warrior king who will wage and win a "holy war" and then rule the world, and some Christians even think he will appear magically, from out of the clouds. Therefore, it should be explained what he really is, and what he was called and chosen to do.
Even though the modern son of man has been "in the mountain of the Lord" and on the "Mount of Olives" (which symbolizes "the high and holy mountain of peace where God inhabits eternity"), and even though his mission is rooted in and stems from the spiritual legacy and line of Jesse, David, Solomon and Jesus, he is not what you would call a "holy man." In fact, like Isaiah and Jesus and all other true prophets and servants of God, the son of man knows that only the Lord Our God is the Holy One. And he was chosen and sent by God to teach humanity the truth about prophecies and divine intent.
The following is generally true with any prophet who tries to explain the truth and tell people what the future holds. However, this is regarding this modern prophet, and it is put in terms that should be most recognizable to people influenced by Judeo-Christian traditions.
The prophet is from your midst, and of your brethren. Each one naturally brings something new, has a somewhat different mission, and serves to advance understanding of divine intent.
Sometimes, at first, the prophet is not recognized or honored as such in his own family, nor in his own house. And it is only natural that his family thinks he is "beside himself."
The prophet is at odds even with himself, because he knows he cannot follow some of his own advice to others — like judge not, and love even your enemies. For he must deliver righteous judgment, and rebuke hypocrites, wrongdoers, and enemies.
He must denounce the egotism of those who are self-important and self-righteous, who are as the blind leading the blind. Yet, he must learn to allow himself to accept (but temper) a mentality which may seem to others as the extreme height of self-righteousness, self-importance, and judgmental egotism.
The prophet must expose and rebuke greedy misers and those who lust after and fight for worldly power, wealth and domain, especially when they do it in the name of religion and at the expense of others.
He follows the precedents set by Jewish prophets, including the prophet Jesus of Nazareth. But few believe his message. That is why Jesus said that the (following) son of man, the messenger for the Spirit of truth, would issue judgment, guide you unto truth and show you things to come, but would first be rejected by his generation and suffer many things.
But how could it be otherwise? Consider what he is up against. Some people expect a holy superman, and some people justifiably suspect anything touted as "divinely inspired."
Nevertheless, the prophet must say "I am what I am," only human, and no person is or ever has been holy. Even Jesus said only the eternal, omnipresent Great Spirit-Parent in heaven is the Holy One. Even Jesus said "God is greater than I," and in the last moments of his life, said: "My God, why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus echoed the words that King David had written in Psalm 22. For all true servants of God realize they are not God, and they fully acknowledge that they are only human. And Jesus himself was only human, literally a son of man.
There is no trinity or triune God. The fact is that God is One, and is known by many names, including The Creator, Jehovah, Yahweh, Brahman, The Supreme Universal Consciousness, Ahura Mazda, The Absolute Tao, Allah, The Great Spirit, Wakan-Tanka, to mention some of the most well known names for the Holy One, who is both in heaven and eternally omnipresent in the world, and in the whole universe. And "Zion" is not a specific place in the world, but is that "high and holy place where God inhabits eternity."
This point cannot be made strong enough. For as the prophet Isaiah wrote, the fact is that besides God there is no Savior. No son of man has ever been, nor will ever be, the Savior God "Himself," because as Moses wrote, God is not a man, nor a son of man.
A son of man may be a prophet and a Mashiach (or Moshiach or Messiah), but only God is the Holy One and Savior, and the servant of God is not God. That is why Jesus of Nazareth said, "Godis greater than I." He also said: "You have not heard God's voice or seen God's shape at any time."
Those who do not know this modern prophet, but know his words, dismiss or reject him, and some even despise him. After all, he breaks tradition, refutes many beliefs and doctrines of men, and dispels myths — all of which are regarded as sacred truth by many people. He always does.
This modern son of man has written under a pen name because it is the message that is important, not the messenger, and it is the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall set you free. And, as Isaiah foretold, he doesn't cause his voice to be heard in public as an orator, and it is as if he is hidden in the shadow of God’s right hand.
It is not he who does the work. Of himself he can do nothing, but do the will of the One who sent him. He cannot take the credit, nor does he deserve the blame.
His life has been prolonged many times since he was stricken and afflicted by the first disease in 1977, and it is only by miracles that he is still alive at age 70. If another miracle happens and his life is prolonged even further, and if his body is healed enough once again, he wants to focus on his music and songs, and on the world, in the light of love and joy, and he thanks God that he can still see it. He simply want to sing, God willing, and let God work in the mysterious ways that God works.
You see, the son of man fulfills prophecy not only as a writer who brings out of his treasure things old and new, but as a singer of new songs, as was indicated at the top of this page.
The modern son of man sings his songs and people hear them but ignore the message is consistent with what the prophet Isaiah wrote about the servant of God being rejected for so long that he feels his work has all been in vain and for naught. Moreover, it is also consistent with the prophecy of Jesus of Nazareth, who said the son of man to come would "first be rejected by his generation."
"Son of man, my people hear your words, but they do not listen. With their mouths they express love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings songs with a pleasant voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them." – Ezekiel 33:31-33
This will come to pass, because even though those words may have been about Ezekiel in his time, they are also about the modern son of man. For while history can repeat itself in negative, destructive ways, it also repeats itself in positive, constructive, liberating ways.
The fact that the modern son of man sings his songs and people hear them but ignore the message is consistent with what the prophet Isaiah wrote about the servant of God being rejected for so long that he feels his work has all been in vain and for naught. Moreover, it is also consistent with the prophecy of Jesus of Nazareth, who said the son of man to come would "first be rejected by his generation."
However, the question is this: How long will it be before humanity recognizes his work as the work of a prophet?
Some misguided religious people call the son of man a liar, and some want to crucify him (by character assassination). Thus history repeats itself because people do not learn the lessons of history. They keep repeating the mistakes of history over and over again.
That's why we should all remember these words: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."