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Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (ESV)

Recently, I’ve read several different church leaders asserting that the author of Hebrews, in the first two verses of chapter one, plainly teaches that new revelation ended after the coming of Jesus. It’s worth taking a minute to challenge this.

1) Hebrews was written in the 60’s as was the book of Acts. Luke tells us about many prophets functioning in the church after Jesus’ ascension – Philip’s daughters, Silas, and Judas among others. Not sure how cessationists get around the existence of female prophets not tied to apostles. We know there were legit prophets around the time this letter was written, which seems to rule out the possibility that the author of Hebrews thought prophecy came to an end with Jesus.

2) In 1 Corinthians 14:1 commands the church in Corinth to earnestly desire to prophesy. That’s an apostolic command. Not to obey that command is to sin, unless you are going to argue that only applied to the church in Corinth.

3) The “but,” at the beginning of verse 2 in your English translation, is not in the Greek. Take that out and the contrast is still there, but is not nearly as stark, “Long ago…God spoke to our fathers by the prophets; in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” Since Hebrews 1 and 2 are about the superiority of Jesus, I suggest that verses 1 and 2 are speaking of the superiority of Jesus to the OT prophets. You cannot get from there to “God used to speak to people, but since we have a Bible he no longer does.”

I hope these points are enough to give cessationists pause, and for continualists, to strengthen your desire to prophesy and worship Jesus who is superior to any angelic being or gifted individual.

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