Prophets prophesy but who listens? In most cases, the prophet of Jehovih is heeded by few mortals in his/her time, and even fewer understand the prophecies given forth. What then is the purpose of a prophet?
It would be logical to assume that despite the lack of attention by mortals to true prophets of their time, prophecy plays a role in the resurrection of mortals.
Oahspe, Book of Knowledge; 37/1.3,4.
In times past You have quickened seers and prophets, and through them lifted up Your children and proclaimed other worlds! Am I dumber than those in past ages? All the while my forefathers and I have withstood Your mighty Presence.
You have quickened my members by Your own hand, to be dissatisfied with the old revelations, and made me peer deeper into the cause and place of things, and to desire further light from Your holy place.
For one thing, a prophecy, having been announced, has given notice to the world, and for that reason man cannot say: "Why wasn't I told?" Thus man cannot deny his responsibility and so become ready to shape up to his part in his own resurrection. The fate of the ancient Israelites and Jews demonstrate how the prophets gave notice before calamity overtook them, and in the outcome they unified in faith and repentance.
But, moreover, the prophetic message, having been conducted into the density of the corporeal world, now exists in the stores of corporeal knowledge of mortals, and can be accessed by other mortals. And though the prophecy may have been wiped from the corporeal records, nevertheless the substance of the information, having been materialized, is now more accessible to mortals seeking in those areas.
But as modern generations have witnessed how so many inventions and principles were discovered and expounded long before conventional institutions of mortal knowledge recognized or accepted them, so are many prophecies recognized and accepted by later generations, long after the medium (prophet) has passed into spirit.
For example, the history of Science, Mathematics, Technology, etc., is strewn with instances where those whose work were initially ignored, only to find that later perhaps a few generation or more later, their ideas are come upon again, accepted and popularized. The latter getting the credit for the innovations.
But what then of the prophet him/herself, having such talent while yet mortal? Is it not appropriate that Jehovih provide ways for the talents of man to begin to unfold even from infancy, and continue to unfold in greater glory throughout Eternity? Prophecy serves its purpose in the Es realms on an even greater scale than we could have imagined without Oahspe revealing such to us:
Oahspe Book of Sethantes; 05/9.13, 14.
The mathematicians foretold the great cities and nations that would rise up; how this one and that one would move to battle; how their great cities would fall in ruins and be covered up by falling nebulae, and by denuding mountains washing down upon them, so that even the memory of them would be lost. And yet, further on, the mathematicians foretold the coming of Kosmon when the ruined cities would be discovered and their histories deciphered by the su'is of man in Great Jehovih's hand.
And now when all these things had been estimated, the prophets and mathematicians went before God, Son of Jehovih, according to the commandments of the Lord, and spoke, telling all these wonders.
So the role of prophecy serves many purposes, some may only become apparent to mortals much later, even thousands of years later! Of course, there are more purposes that are served than just mentioned here --- suffice it to say that for every heart, Jehovih creates other hearts concordant.
All Oahspe references are from the modern language edition: Oahspe Standard Edition 2007