Bible Prophets From New Testament Times

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Since the time of Adam, Heavenly Father has called men to be prophets. This includes Old Testament times, New Testament times, modern times as well as among the people on the American continent. This list is of Bible prophets from New Testament times.

Prophets are necessary so that Heavenly Father can speak to His people on earth and communicate His will to them. For this reason, any list of New Testament prophets will be limited.

Jesus Christ was on the earth. He is deity. Other prophets did not need to be on earth because He was. After His resurrection and before priesthood authority was lost on the earth, His apostles were the prophets.

Today, the President of the Church, his counselors and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles are all called and sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators. They are called and sustained as prophets in the same way Jesus Christ called and sustained His apostles.

Jesus Christ Was, And Is, a Prophet

Jesus Christ: Jesus spent His entire mortal ministry witnessing the mind and will of Heavenly Father and His own divine mission. He preached righteousness, spoke against sin and went about doing good. He is a model prophet. He is the model prophet.

List of New Testament Bible Prophets

John the Baptist: John was a child of promise and a child of prophecy. His responsibility was to testify of Jesus Christ's coming. Like all prophets before him, he prophesied of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and prepared the way for him. We know John had priesthood authority because he baptized Jesus. In the end, he fell victim to Herod's pride who had him executed. As a resurrected being, John appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and ordained them into the Aaronic priesthood.

Simon/Peter: After Jesus Christ's resurrection, Peter was the prophet and president of the early Church. He was a prosperous fisherman. He and his brother Andrew were partners with James and John, sons of Zebedee.

Although scripture notes his weaknesses, he was able to rise to his calling and was eventually martyred, apparently by crucifixion.

James and John: These brothers in birth were also business partners by choice, along with Peter. Nicknamed by Jesus as sons of thunder, they made up the First Presidency of the early Church. Along with Peter, they were the only ones present at the raising of Jairus's daughter, the Mount of Transfiguration and Gethsemane. James died at Herod's hand. John was banished to Patmos. While there, he wrote the Book of Revelation. John the Beloved, is a translated being and is still on the earth.

Andrew: The brother of Simon/Peter, he was one of John the Baptist's followers. Being convinced of Jesus's messiahship, he shifted to Jesus along with John the Beloved. He was instrumental in bringing his brother Peter to Jesus as well.

Philip: Originally from Bethsaida; this is also where Peter and Andrew were from. Philip was present at the feeding of the five thousand.

Bartholomew/Nathanael: Bartholomew was a friend of Philip. Scholars believe that Bartholomew and Nathanael were the same person. Credited with the famous scoff about any good coming from Nazareth.

Matthew: Writer of the gospel of Matthew. Also, he worked as a publican. Before his conversion, he was known as Levi, the son of Alphaeus.

Thomas: This apostle was also known as Didymus. It suggests he was a twin. Not present when the rest of the apostles viewed the resurrected Christ, he expressed doubts until he could know for himself. This is where the praise doubting Thomas comes from.

James: This James was the son of Alphaeus, not Zebedee. So, he was not the brother of John.

Jude/Judas (brother of James): Most believe that Judas was also known as Lebbaeus Thaddaeus and was also the brother of James, the son of Alphaeus.

Simon: Also known as Simon the Zealot or Simon the Canaanite. The Zealots were a faction inside Judaism and had a zeal for the Mosaic law.

Judas Iscariot: He infamously betrayed Jesus Christ and hanged himself. His surname means he is from Kerioth. Judas Iscariot was from the tribe of Judah and the only apostle that was not a Galilean.

The above names were part of the original 12 Apostles. For a narrative description of the twelve, access Chapter 12: The Chosen Twelve in Jesus the Christ by James Talmadge.

Matthias: A long time disciple of Jesus, Matthias was chosen to take the place of Judas Iscariot in the 12 Apostles.

Barnabas: He was also known as Joses. He was a Levite from Cyprus. He worked extensively with Saul/Paul and was apparently regarded as an apostle. We cannot say with certainty that he was a prophet.

Saul/Paul: The Apostle Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus, was a stalwart member and missionary after his conversion. Originally a Pharisee, Paul went on numerous missionary journeys and wrote many of the epistles. His conversion resulted from a vision he had on the road to Damascus.

Agabus: We know little of him other than that he was a prophet and he foretold of Paul's imprisonment.

Silas: He is named a prophet in Acts. He accompanied Paul on many of his missionary journeys.

Additional names: From Acts we have this cryptic reference to even more prophets:

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Updated by Krista Cook

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