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Of true messengers and their names

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, December 1998, p.2

I HAVE BEEN reading the Bible since I was 15 years old. But since then,   I have never encountered even a single verse in the Old Testament or in the New Testament that mentions the name of Felix Y Manalo whom you regard to be God's messenger. The names of messengers like Moses, Elijah, David, and the rest of the prophets are a found in the Bible; and so are the names of John the Baptist, Angel Gabriel, and the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ—but not the name of Felix Y. Manalo. So, is he a true messenger of God?

Rafael Gonzaga
Pasay City, Philippines

Editor's reply:

        Inasmuch as the Old Testament is the written Record of God’s early People, it therefore is expected that the names of God’s messengers such as Moses, David, and Elijah are mentioned therein. However, there are other messengers whose authority and right to preach rest on the fulfillment of the prophecies about them. Among them are John the Baptist, The Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the messenger of God in these last days.

        It must be noticed that the Old Testament prophecies about the messengers whose works were fulfilled in New Testament times do not mention the names of the messengers concerned. For instance, the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the Lord Jesus Christ says:

      “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

        “to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.” (Is. 61:1-2, NKJV)

         This prophecy, fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ (Lk. 4:16-21) does not mention His name.

        John the Baptist has a prophecy from Isaiah to prove his commission, too:

       “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’.” (Is. 40:3, NKJV)

       The fulfillment of this is John the Baptist (Jn. 1:19-23). Yet, the prophecy does not mention his name. The same is true for Apostle Paul who testified that he was the fulfillment of the “light to the Gentiles” in the book of Isaiah (Is. 49:6; Acts 13:46-47).

       Should you further ask why the names of these messengers are found in the New Testament, it is because the New Testament was written at a later time when the Old Testaments prophecies on these messengers had already been fulfilled.

       The commission and the work of Brother Felix Y. Manalo are likewise prophesied in the Old Testament and even in the New Testament. His name can never appear in the Old Testament and the New Testament because the fulfillment of his work was to take place at the ends of the earth, a period of time when both the Old and the New Testaments had already been completed.

       Through Prophet Isaiah God said that He would call His servant who is likened to a ravenous bird, who would come from a far country in the East at the time ends of the earth, and who would execute His counsel (Is. 41:9-10; 46:11). The far country where this servant of God would emerge is in the Far East (Is. 43:5, Moffatt Translation), the fulfillment of which is the Philippines (Asia and the Philippines, p.169).

      “Ends of the earth” refers to the time when the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is near, its beginning signified by a world war (Mt. 24:3, 33, 6-7; Is. 34:1-2). In July 27, 1914, the First World War broke out (The Nations at War, p. 8). This was also the date the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered by Brother Felix Y. Manalo with the Philippine government.

       The works that Brother Felix Y. Manalo had performed are the very proofs of his commissioning as a messenger of God.


Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.

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