Prophet

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Kevin Tran becomes a prophet of the Lord.

History

Castiel refers to prophets as mouthpieces and conduits for the inspired word.[1]

Every prophet should have an archangel "tethered to them." Any presence of danger will cause intervention from his or her archangel, as when Raphael protects Chuck from the demon Lilith.[1] By the time Kevin Tran is revealed as a prophet,[2] the archangels Gabriel and Raphael are dead,[3][4] and the archangels Michael and Lucifer are trapped in Lucifer's Cage,[5] though Kevin does end up going with the remaining angels from Castiel's old garrison, they are however killed by the Leviathan Edgar, who in turn kidnaps Kevin. Once the Leviathan threat was neutralized, it made it possible for Crowley to in turn take Kevin.[2] When the angel Samandiriel offers the protection of Heaven for Kevin, Linda Tran turns the offer down citing the Leviathan incident and how Kevin ended up missing for a year, and decides to take her chances with the Winchesters.

Castiel claims that Leah (who turns out to be the Whore of Babylon) is not a prophet because he knows every prophet's name.[6] Later he reveals that all angels instinctively know the names of the prophets past, present and future in the current generation.[7] He also tells Sam and Dean that there cannot be more than one prophet at a time, so while Kevin is the prophet, Chuck was assumed dead and other living prophets are not active.[7] Samandiriel reveals the names of the seven living prophets, not counting Kevin Tran, to Crowley under torture: Luigi, Justin, Aaron, Maria, Dennis, Krista and Sven.[7] He also tells Crowley that the next generation has not been born yet.[7] For fear of another prophet coming along and becoming another threat, Metatron tells Gadreel that he has made it so no other prophets will be activated after Kevin Tran's death.

Powers and Abilities

A prophet's purpose is to be God's voice on Earth. In Chuck's case this meant he could see the future events to come in relation to writing the Winchester Gospels (although it was later reveled that Chuck was in fact God); for Kevin Tran this manifested as an ability to read the language in which the Word of God is written on stone tablets and for Donatello Redfield it manifested in visions and the ability to sense God and Amara. A prophet also appears to need to be "activated" by some event involving the power of God. Kevin only became a prophet of the Lord when the Leviathan tablet was unearthed and Donatello became a prophet upon contact with Amara's rabid inducing fog.

Prophets

A prophet receives prophecy.

Luke

Castiel makes a reference to Luke[8] in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book, implying that he was more of a mess than Chuck. Luke wrote a number of books of the New Testament known as the Gospel of St. Luke.

Chuck Shurley

Chuck Shurley was believed to be a prophet of the Lord and the author of the Supernatural books. He makes his first appearance in 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book. He was given the ability to see future events concerning the Winchester brothers. Castiel later informs Dean that one day these books will become known as the Winchester Gospels. In 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley, God reveals to Metatron that "Chuck Shurley" was just an act, done so he could have front row seats to what was going to happen.

Kevin Tran

Kevin Tran is made a prophet once Sam and Dean shatter the clay holding the Word of God tablet, and he is compelled to drive to Indiana where the tablet is so that he can retrieve it. Kevin, as a prophet, proves to be the only one capable of translating the tablet - not even Castiel is able to read it. He is also able to put the pieces of the tablet back together after it is broken and is driven to keep it close to him.[2] Kevin is able to translate the information that is inscribed on the tablet explaining how to kill Leviathans and is later kidnapped by Leviathan leader Dick Roman to translate the tablet for him.[9] After Dean kills Dick, the demon Crowley kidnaps Kevin twice to translate another tablet for him, this one about demons, so that he can help him open the Gates of Hell.[9][10] Kevin escapes by himself the first time, and is rescued the second time by Dean, Sam, and Castiel, leaving with half of the demon tablet.[7] He soon ended up hiding in a houseboat that belongs to the hunter Garth while he deciphers the three tasks toward closing the Gates of Hell.[11] Crowley eventually tracks him down, and kidnaps him once again, this time placing him in a replica of Garth's houseboat, and using magic to disguise two demons as Dean and Sam to make he translates the demon tablet for him. Kevin eventually realizes what is going on, since the demon Sam and Dean were being too nice to him, just as Crowley is about to kill Kevin, the angel Metatron arrives and saves him. Since then, Kevin has been holed up in the Men of Letters Bunker. Kevin Tran is killed by Gadreel, who is under orders from Metatron to confirm his dedication to him.

Donatello Redfield

When Amara unleashes a deadly fog into Lewis, Oklahoma, Donatello is made a prophet upon coming into contact with the fog -- a representation of Amara's power. Upon becoming a prophet, Donatello was given visions of death and destruction along with images of Amara. Believing him to be a prophet after learning what happened to him, Sam and Dean bring Donatello to the Men of Letters Bunker, where it's revealed that Donatello has the ability to sense the presence and whereabouts of both God and Amara.

Crowley with the current generation of potential prophets.

Prophets in the Current Generation

There were seven potential prophets in the current generation, that may replace Kevin Tran once he dies: Luigi Ponzi, Justin Hunt, Aaron Webber, Maria, Dennis Adams, Krista, and Sven. Crowley tortures Samandiriel for their names and has them kidnapped by his demons. Dennis is injured by Crowley in a fit of pique and Krista is killed to demonstrate to Kevin how expendable they are to him, but the others are rescued by Sam, Dean, and Castiel. According to Sam, they have nothing in common: they are from different places and are all different ages. They are even of different religions.

Following Kevin's death, Metatron "flipped a switch" in Heaven to prevent a new prophet being called upon who might threaten his current agenda. Following Chuck revealing himself as God to Sam and Dean, the spirit of Kevin vouches for Chuck before Chuck releases him from the Veil as well flipping the switch for prophets back on, allowing for Donatello Redfield to become a new prophet.

Prophets in Judaism

In Judaism, a prophet is seen as a person who is selected by, and speaks as a formal representative of God, and the intention of the message is always to effect a social change to conform to God's desired standards initially specified in the Torah dictated to Moses.

The prophetic assignment is not always portrayed as positive in the Hebrew Bible, and prophets were often the target of persecution and opposition. God’s personal prediction to Jeremiah, “Attack you they will, overcome you they can’t,” was fulfilled many times in the Biblical narrative as Jeremiah warned of destruction of those who continued to refuse repentance and accept more moderate consequences.

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