Indeed, even today people are inspired by the Holy Spirit in many ways....but in terms of the prophets of old, they are fulfilled, swallowed up in Christ who was the very purpose of their role. Why do Christians need prophets when they have Christ Jesus who has not left us comfortless but has provided the Holy Spirit as guide and counselor? You have a complete book of so-called "prophecies" and "revelations" from Joseph Smith. The man could do virtually nothing without putting a "thus saith the Lord" to it...does it not bother you that for some reason your so called prophets since have added essentially nothing? I think this alone points to Smith as the fraud that he was.
First of all, the purpose of the Prophets was not only or always to teach of Christ who was to come. Now, they did speak of repentence in order to keep the wrath of God from falling upon the peoples; which often (but not always) caused the people to repent; thus avoiding God's wrath. Moses' main purpose was to free God's children as the slaves of the Egyptians and to establish the Law of Moses. Where Jesus teaches that all the law and prophets have been fulfilled in Him, Jesus is speaking about the law and prophets which pertained to His coming. There are other prophecies of the end times and Jesus' return which have not yet been fulfilled.
Indeed, there were several Prophets we are aware of who lived AFTER Jesus' death and Resurrection who are named in the NT:
*Simeon (Niger) in Acts 13:1
*Lucius in Acts 13:1
*Manaen in Acts 13:1
*Judas in Acts 15:32
*Silas in Acts 15:32
*Agabus in Acts 21:10
*John the Beloved - the Book of Revelation
*Two un-named prophets who are to come in the last days as
prophesied by John in the Book of Revelation
*"Eilias (Elijah) truly shall first come and restore all things." Jesus'
(before Christ returns)
*And this important message from Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"
Therefore, I believe it is a misreprentation of the purpose of the Holy Spirit to be the one who will guide us; thus negating the need for any additional Prophets for the world. His purpose is to guide us as individuals. And part of that guidance is to give individuals prophosies for their own benefit, as well as the benefit of their families and loved ones. He can also give prophesy to inspired religious leaders who are NOT Prophets. God has not stopped using Prophets to communicate with mankind.
Also, we can see the the Holy Spirit was busy in the OT as well. It is just that the "gift" of the Holy Spirit was not given to each believer until after Christ's Ascension. Here are some passages where you will see that the Holy Spirit is specifically mentioned:
Psa 51:11, Isa 63:11, Dan 4:8-9, Dan 4:18, Dan 5:11.
Here you will find a link of the history of the Prophets of the OT:http://www.christianityoasis.com/DailyB ... bakkuk.htm
The recap is 33 OT Prophets; and 13 NT prophets as I question whether Barnabas (who was an Apostle) was also a Prophet. I need to research this. If he also did Prophesy, than there were 14 Prophets in the New Testament. The ones missing from the list are Jesus, the return of Elias (Elijah) and the two un-named prophets of the book of Revelation. Remember, our sons and daughters who will prophesy in the last days are obviously not included in this list.
Please note that if you add the years these men served as Prophets, you will see that there were great periods of time when God did not have prophets on the earth. Therefore to make a claim that just because Presidents of the LDS Church have not made prophecies which affect all of mankind since the days of Joseph Smith leads you to a false conclusion. In fact periodically various of the LDS Prophets HAVE received revelations; but they pertained only to certain small groups of people which were not meant for the entire world.
Sadly, it appears to me that whoever has been teaching you about prophets has overlooked a great deal of what the Bible teaches about God's Holy Prophets. In fact, in doing so, they have thrown out a great deal of the Bible's teachings.