I’m not sure if you’re wondering about the last prophet who was inspired by God to write part of the Bible, or if you’re speaking of the last prophet mentioned in the Bible. I will consider both.

The Apostle John was the last prophet to receive a revelation from God and what he received he wrote down. Of course, I’m speaking of the book of Revelation, which should be called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 1:1-3 read, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servant—things which must shortly take place. And he sent and signified it by His angels to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all the things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (NKJV).

John also wrote the gospel that bears his name and three short epistles as well, but it was not as a prophet that he wrote them. The Revelation of Jesus Christ was his crowning work, for it sets forth the Person, the Work and the Coming Glory of Jesus Christ in way that is not seen in any other book of the Bible. Many of the Old Testament prophets spoke of these things, but John was inspired to expand on what they wrote. The vast majority of the book deals with “things which must shortly take place,” which is one of the key marks of a prophet. John reveals to us the conditions that would exist during the church age (Chapters 2 & 3), the coming Tribulation Period (Chapters 6-18), the coming of Jesus Christ to establish His 1,000 year kingdom (Chapters 19 & 20:1-6), the judgment of Satan and of all who died without Christ (Chapters 20:7-15), and finally, the eternal state (Chapters 21 & 22). His book is a fitting close to the canon of Scripture and all who seek to add to this revelation (such as Mormons with their extra-Biblical books, “The Pearl of Great Price” and “Doctrines and Covenants”) shall be judged by God. This is stated clearly in Revelation 22:18, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that written in this book.”

As far as the last “prophet from God” that the Bible mentions, there are actually two of them and we read of them in Revelation 11:3. That verse says, “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” Like Moses and Elijah, they will be able to perform miracles that will validate their prophecies. We read in verses 5-6 “fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies…These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over the waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.” When they finish their testimony God will allow the Beast of Revelation 13:1-10 (a political ruler) to kill them (verse 7). Their bodies will lay in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days and then God will raise them from the dead (verses 8-12).

There is also another prophet mentioned, but he is a “false prophet.” This will be the infamous Antichrist who will be received by Israel as their Messiah. He is also called a Beast and along with the first Beast of Revelation he will demand worship from the whole world. You can read of him in Revelation 13:11-17; 16:13; 19:20 and 20:10. (251.7) (DO)