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Testimony of Jesus


   John the Revelator gave us a message from God, through a vision, "And he said to me Write: blessed are the ones having been called to the supper of the marriage of the Lamb. And he says to me, These words of God are true. And I fell before his feet to worship him, but he said to me, Behold, Stop! I am your fellow slave, and of your brothers, having the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19:9,10). Notice that the angel speaking in this vision had the testimony of Jesus and the angel gave this testimony to John, which was for us to "Worship God" and he continued, adding that Christ's testimony of His Father is the spirit of prophecy. Throughout Christ ministry, He revealed and gave credit to His Father, His God, to the hearers of His words. John explained what this revelation was "A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things which must occur quickly." (Revelation 1:1). The combination of the two verses shows that Christ was showing us things that will take place in the future, according to God's plans. Since much of the book of Revelation is understood by applying revelations from other parts of the Bible, New and Old Testaments, and that Christ is called the Word (John 1:1), believing that the Son of God is the author, by inspiration to the many Bible writers, it can be concluded that the Bible, in its entirety, was Christ testimony to each of us for guidance in our future. The Old Testament revealed many prophecies and it was also explained that history repeats itself, this is also a prophecy of warning. Christ's testimonies are revelations from His Father, God Almighty, Jehovah. One of Christ missions at His first advent was to show us the Father, and to pass on His messages and warnings to all humanity. Christ's testimonies at His first advent were given through His writers before and after His assent, all were lesson for us to learn of His Father's instruction and much was for guidance to be applied to our actions for our future, leading to our salvation.

    To my knowledge, there was no indication of incompleteness to God's word, and no reference to future needed writings or a need for additional prophets. This does not exclude the need or use of additional inspiration from Christ, since those seeking God and educating themselves with His word, will surely need gifts of inspiration from Christ's Spirit in guiding those with correct understanding of God's word. There have been a variety of pos-Christ prophets, but can we trust them at their word, humans that claim to be prophets and some are declared a prophets from God. Can we trust the written or spoken words from someone to be all inspired, without God alerting us to His sent prophet? "Beloved, do not believe ever spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world." (I John 4:1). In the Old Testament, the prophets were named or identified as a prophet and trusted as a mediator between man and God. In the New Testament, John the Baptist was considered a prophet and Jesus confirmed that, "For I say to you, among those born of a woman, no prophet is greater then John the Baptist..." (Luke 7:28). No other prophet was named to be a prophet after John. The apostles gave us messages from Christ but they were not labeled as "prophets", "And He gave some to be apostles: some, prophets: some, evangelists: some, pastors and teachers:" (Ephesians 4:11). Can we trust any self credited or named by other humans to be a prophet of God without first testing their words with God's word? If they are in sync with God's word, then consider what they say as acceptable. Caution needs to be exercised continually with prophets that arise after John the Baptist, "The law and the prophets were until John; from then the kingdom of God is being preached and everyone is being pressed into it." (Luke 16:16). I understand this to be saying, After John, Christ and those furthering Christ's message, by His inspiration, and everyone from then on is being encouraged to learn and decide for or against the kingdom of God, because the gospel is continually being preached.

   During the Old Testament, prophets were used for communications to God and they delivered messages from God to the people. After Adam sinned, direct face-to-face communion with Jehovah God ended. Angels were used in some cases for God's communication with man; sometimes He spoke with a voice but His image was not seen. Christ, arrived and He provided direct communication from the Godhead for the people, and prophets, as in the Old Testament, were no longer needed, because Christ's Spirit was filling that duty. Christ engaged in teaching His apostles to carry on with His work and once Christ returned to His Father Jehovah, to serve as our High Priest and Advocate, He sends His Spirit to deliver messages and correct understanding to the people seeking the truth in God's word. We are directed by Christ to pray to His Father in Christ's name for all communications with God. Some years later, God's instructions were assembled into a book, called "the Bible". In our time now, most have access to this collection of inspired words, because of modern printing and the internet. This Book enables most everyone the ability to follow Jesus as it is written for all who seek the knowledge of God. Christ, our Shepherd, through His Spirit, inspires, enlightens and corrects, with understanding and warnings as we read God's word. I reason that nothing beyond this is needed for communication or further instructions. What are we lacking that we need more prophets? Everyone shares the same advantage, because of Christ, our only Mediator, "For god is one, also there is one mediator of God and of man, the Man Christ Jesus." (I Timothy 2:5) to Jehovah, sending His Spirit, to communicate with God's people. The "Testimony of Jesus" is the Book Christ gave us, for our education and proper understanding; this is a gift from God for our personal commitment to seeking Him. Christ gave us all of God's word, for the purpose of our salvation, we just need to seek Jehovah God through His word, which Christ gave to us, "And if you shall seek Jehovah your God from there, then you shall fine Him, if you seek Him with your whole heart and with all your soul." (Deut. 4:29).