“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15 NIV)
God’s promise (“prophets like you”) affirms that Moses is the original model for prophets (i.e. the prototype). When production begins, duplication of the original follows.
Teachers have long considered Deuteronomy 18:18 as Moses’ promise of the “Prophet Jesus”. Is there more to this that we’re now seeing? Does this prophecy have “near” and “far” implications”? (Rule #5, “The 5 Basic Rules of Bible Interpretation”: “Look for the near/far in prophecy.”)
I am convinced full-scale production will soon commence!” If Jesus is the “near” fulfillment of God’s Deuteronomy 18:18 promise, then is the world going to see tens of thousands or more Moseses? Are prophets like Jesus ready to emerge onto the world’s stage? You bet they are!
Bible prophets were blood brothers to Moses: Samuel, Nathan, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Zechariah, and John the Baptist, to name a few. All were descendants of Jacob. Did each satisfy the definition of a prophet (cf. Deuteronomy 18:18-19)? Yes, without improvising they spoke on God’s behalf. Was Elijah–who pre-dated Christ’s incarnation by over 700 years–the Moses of his generation? He was. He exemplified the Lord’s commitment to keep his promise. Yet prophets like Samuel, Elijah or Daniel were unique. They were not reproduced through offspring.
Should we assume Jesus is the “far” fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18? Jesus is the Word of God! Christ has the final word (Hebrews 1:1-2), if we think of “final” as complete perfection. Regarding future events, the Father told everything to Jesus, then he passed it to his friends (John 15:15, Revelation). Jesus, a son of Jacob and Judah, is the epitome of uniqueness.
“New” prophecy does not exist. Anyone adding to or subtracting from Scripture should not be trusted, even if what they say comes true (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-3). The Lord will have true prophets to counter the thousands of deceivers. God’s Word, spoken from mouths like Moses’, will be heard all over the earth.
Joel 2:28-32 declares a vital feature of the last days: God’s Spirit will be poured out globally. “Your sons and daughters will prophesy.”
If the Spirit fills select spokespersons, aren’t we accountable for what they say? If men and women from “every nation, tribe, people and language” listen, won’t they be be led into the Promised Land? Won’t these Moses-like deliverers be duplicates of the prototype?
What do we call this multitude of bold servants and prophets, these future saviors of the saints? “Moseses” is my suggestion. Any interested in applying for this vital leadership position?
I want to dig deeper into this “Moseses” subject. Stay tuned for Part 2.