chapter  6
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The New Apostolic Reformation: Main Street Mystics and Everyday Prophets

Prophecy has played a major historic role in the founding of religions of the Abrahamic tradition. Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and the countless sects found within each – trace their roots to Abraham, the patriarch of the Israelites who lived over 4,000 years ago. Abraham was the father of Isaac, through whom Jews and Christians claim lineage; he was also the father of Ishmael, through whom Muslims trace their history. Abram heard God tell him to leave his country and his people, and travel from the land of the Chaldeans (present day Iraq) to the land of Canaan (later known as Israel). In response to his obedience, Abram received a prophetic promise as reported in Genesis 17:5: ‘No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.’1 For Jewish, Christian and Muslim sons and daughters of Abraham, this prophecy has long been fulfilled.