PM3127: The Prophet Jesus

Is Jesus a true prophet? A complete prophet? A fully-enlightened prophet? A fully-indwelt prophet? An anointed prophet? The central ecclesia does not express an opinion on this question.

But, a Christian auxiliary ecclesia would certainly believe him to be a true Prophet; and almost certainly a complete Prophet; and even a more than complete Prophet.

Now, to be a true and complete Prophet, he must have had a council. For there is no Prophet without the Council, and no Council without the Prophet. And indeed, he must have also had a Scripture. He would have been a protoprophet, and then gathered himself a protocouncil, developed a protoscripture, and then the Protoprophet-in-Protocouncil would have issued a first decree (the protodecree), by which he would have gone from being a Protoprophet-in-Protocouncil with a Protoscripture, to being a Prophet-in-Council with a Scripture.

So who were his councillors? Certainly his twelve disciples were among them; so he could not have had his protodecree until all thereof were called. So, a useful exercise would be as follows: study the Gospels to determine at which point in Jesus' life it appears the twelve disciples were each called - so we can determine the point at which all the twelve were called. His protodecree could not be any earlier.

Yet surely, his holy council did not consist of men alone, but also of women. Who were these? Let us adopt the following criteria: those mentioned by the gospels; those mentioned by name. This then leaves us with: Mary mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; Mary mother of  James and Joseph (Mary Clopas); Mary and Martha of Bethany; Salome. So four Marys, a Bethany, and a Salome. That gives six women among his holy council, for a total of eighteen councillors. In many ways does this number eighteen seem fitting, which we may consider. There are many nameless women in the Gospels, and these named women - we should assume, the nameless ones lacked a position of leadership, so their names were forgotten; the named were among the leaders, so their names were remembered. The call must precede the protodecree; but, if the text does not describe the call explicitly, we cannot use the calls of the text to date the protodecree.

What was his scripture? There are two possibilities: either he created a new scripture, or he restored an existing one to its original glory. What was the scripture of Jesus? It could not be the Gospels or the Epistles - even if in some original uncorrupted form they were true scriptures, they could not have been scriptures which Jesus himself wrote, given their style and content. If Jesus devised new and original scriptures, record of them is lacking in the tradition. So, it seems most likely he did not promulgate a new scripture himself (although his successor as Prophet may have done so), but rather he restored the Tanach to its original glory, before the false prophets had corrupted it. That he did so seems clear by the references he is reported to have made to it; as a true Prophet, he could not be referring to it in its present corrupt state; he must have been referring to a restored version thereof. His followers must have adopted from him the restored Tanach, until the false prophets connived to steer them back onto the common version of the Jews of their day, overflowing with the lying falsehoods which the false prophets had authored.

As Prophet, he must have had a successor - who would have that been? It would seem it must be either James the Just or Peter; although which of these two it was, is unclear. But at some point soon, at least in these here branches, the line of true succession ends, and the vehicle which Jesus founded fell under the control of the false prophets, who have controlled it since.

Who was John the Baptist? One must suggest he was Jesus' predecessor as Prophet; but I would suggest he was a true but not a complete prophet. As an incomplete prophet, we do not expect him to have a council or a scripture.