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. By the time Kevin is revealed as a prophet, the archangels Gabriel and Raphael are dead, and the archangels Michael and Lucifer are trapped in the Cage. This makes it possible for Crowley to kidnap him.
Castiel claims that Leah--who turns out to be the Whore of Babylon--is not a prophet because he knows every prophet's name. Later he reveals that all angels instinctively know the names of the prophets past, present, and future in the current generation. He also tells Sam and Dean that there cannot be more than one prophet at a time, so while Kevin is the prophet, Chuck is assumed dead and other living prophets are not active. 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. He also tells Crowley that the next generation has not been born yet.
Powers and Abilities
A Prophet's purpose is to be God's voice on Earth. In Chuck's case this means he can see future events to come on Earth; for Kevin this manifests as an ability to read the language in which The Word of God is written on stone tablets.
Prophets in Supernatural
Castiel makes a reference to Luke 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 is 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. Chuck's current location is unknown; he vanished into thin air at the climax of 5.22 Swan Song. Castiel says he doesn't know how, but that Chuck must be dead in order for Kevin to have been called as a Prophet.
Kevin 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. 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. After Dean kills Dick, the demon Crowley kidnaps Kevin to translate another tablet for him, this one about demons, so that he can help him open the gates of Hell. Kevin escapes and with the help of Dean, Sam, and Castiel eventually retrieves half of the Demon tablet. He and his mother are now hiding in a houseboat that belongs to the hunter Garth.
Prophets in the Current Generation
There are seven prophets other than Kevin Tran in the current generation of prophets: Luigi Ponzi, Justin Hunt, Aaron Webber, Maria, Dennis Adams, Krista, and Sven. The next generation has not been born yet. Crowley tortures Samandiriel for their names and has them kidnapped by his demons. Dennis is killed by Crowley in a fit of pique, 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.
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. This information was retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophet
- 4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book
- 7.21 Reading Is Fundamental
- 5.19 Hammer of the Gods
- 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much
- 5.22 Swan Song
- 5.17 99 Problems
- 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin
- Luke the Evangelist on Wikipedia.org
- 7.22 There Will Be Blood
- 8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin
- 8.08 Hunteri Heroici