Baal HaSulam, “One Commandment”: Although Moses received the Torah and the laws for all the generations, to such an extent that the prophet is not entitled to any innovations, his prophecy was only given for a time.
…and his only task is to extend that same prophecy to those generations that are no longer worthy of receiving from the first.
And the last prophet is the Messiah, who completes them all. He, too, is certainly not permitted to add or subtract, but his success will be greater, since the whole generation will be fit to accept his words and be completed through him.
Question: What meant by a “prophet”?
Answer: I say something to the extent of my understanding. A prophet is someone who is connected to the Creator on the level of Bina (where he “hears”) or on the level of Hochma (where he “sees”). A prophet is a messenger who operates especially outside himself on behalf of the public, of the external circles, for the sake of correcting the vessels, the desires.
We go through different corrections in the general system: different parts of desires connect in different manners. So a certain “area,” a certain desire, a certain part, has a role, to bring about additional corrections to some of the desires, “areas,” or parts of the system. So, with regard to them, this part is called a prophet. The additional abundance for the correction of a certain part of the general soul goes through him.
On the whole, the creation is made of the still, vegetative, and animate nature and the speaking that communicate with each other in different ways. Then a certain part is revealed and it reflects a certain power and special guidance to the other parts. The effect of this part is not limited to a certain time span of its activity and it actually joins the system that needs to be corrected for a certain amount of actions or “years.”
Thus a prophet operates in his time, but his actions and his contribution remain in the system. He had a special vessel, a special soul, through which the Creator operates on others.
On the one hand, this is the Creator’s choice from within the system, of course, and on the other hand, it is still a person’s work too. It is the work that waits until he reaches this role, but this role is already predetermined, and made for him and he cannot escape it.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/01/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam “One Commandment“