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Did Moses and Jesus predict the coming of Muhammad? Answering questions for those who seek the truth…

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Did Moses and Jesus predict the coming of Muhammad?

quranMoses and Jesus predicted the coming of Muhammad… supposedly 

Muslims challenge Christians: “Do you trust your Bible? Then could you please explain verse 18 in Deuteronomy 18 and to whom it refers?”

Instead of rushing into our Christian answer that God is speaking about the coming of Jesus (which is true in prophetic application) and going into a long defense against a happily prepared Muslim, let’s understand their attack strategy. Let’s read this verse:

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deut.18:18.

 

From an Ahmed Deedat lecture:

In the FIRST place Jesus is not like Moses, because, according to you – ‘JESUS IS A GOD’, but Moses is not God.

(1) “Moses had a father and a mother. Muhammad also had a father and a mother. But Jesus had only a mother, and no human father.”

(2) “Moses and Muhammad were born in the normal, natural course, i.e. the physical association of man and woman; but Jesus was created by a special miracle.”

(3) “Moses and Muhammad married and begat children, but Jesus remained a bachelor all his life. Is this true?”

(4) “Moses and Muhammad were prophets as well as kings. Jesus claimed a spiritual kingdom only; in other words, he only claimed to be a Prophet. Is this true?”

(5) “Moses and Muhammad brought new laws and new regulations for their people. Moses not only gave the Ten         Commandments to the Israelites, but a very comprehensive ceremonial law for the guidance of his people.

Jesus had not come with any new laws or regulations; he came only to fulfill the old law.”

(6) “Both Moses and Muhammad died natural deaths, but according to Christianity, Jesus was violently killed on the cross.”

(7) “Moses and Muhammad both lie buried in earth, but according to you, Jesus is in heaven. Is this true?”

Now, knowing this strategy, I use the following approach in order to shatter their well-prepared arguments. I tell them that this predicted prophet to come is….Joshua. That is true in immediate application. And now I can answer to their question in a surprisingly different way:

Father and Mother: Moses had a father and a mother. Joshua also had a father and a mother.

Miraculous Birth: Moses and Joshua were born in a normal, natural way.

Marriage Ties: Moses and Joshua married and begat children. Moses and Joshua were prophets as well as venerated leaders of Israel.

No New Laws: At this point, I ask this question, “How many Torahs did God give to His people?” The answer is one.

How they Departed: Both Moses and Joshua died natural deaths.

Heavenly Abode: Moses and Joshua both lie buried in earth.

After being confronted with these facts, Muslims try to change the subject and tell me that Muhammad is indeed mentioned in the OT by name:

Songs 5:10 My beloved [is] white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

13 – 16 His cheeks [are] as a bed of spices, [as] sweet flowers: his lips [like] lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands [are as] gold rings set with the beryl: his belly [is as] bright ivory overlaid [with] sapphires. His legs  [are as] pillars of marble, set  upon sockets  of fine gold : his countenance  [is] as  Lebanon , excellent as the cedars. His mouth [is] most sweet: yea, he [is] altogether lovely. This [is] my beloved, and this [is] my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Let us examine textually this very interesting, and I might add, desperate claim:

The word they consider to be the name of “Muhammad” in the verse is actually the masculine noun “MACHMAD”, meaning “desire, desirable thing, pleasant thing”. We can find the same word in 1Kings 20:6, 2 Chronicles 36:19, Isaiah 64:11, Lamentations 1:10,11, 2:4, Ezekiel 24:16,25, Hosea 9:6,16, Joel3:5

Here is just one example:

Ephraim is smitten , their root is dried up , they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay [even] the beloved4261 [fruit] of their womb. Hosea 9:16

Ephraim is smitten , their root is dried up , they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay [even] Muhammad [fruit] of their womb. Hosea 9:16

There is another problem with Songs 5:16. If you ask a Muslim if Muhammad ever drank vine or some other form of alcohol, they will say NO, absolutely NO. Then lead them into these verses:

Songs 5:1   I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.

Songs 8:2   I would lead thee, [and] bring thee into my mother’s house, [who] would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

These verses from Song of Solomon, if used to interpret the word “machmad” as being “Muhammad” instead, would then be understood that Muhammad drank wine, even spiced wine, and drank it abundantly! Again, they have a problem of following the logic of the text. All that they can do is just to pull one single word from the text itself and try to use it to support their claim.

As we see, Muslims are desperate to find any proof to make Muhammad a “legitimate prophet” of biblical God. But it is very hard to find a black cat in pitch-black room, especially if the cat is not there!

Finally, Muslims try to use the words of Jesus to claim that Muhammad was spoken of in the Bible:

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

παράκλητος – Transliteration: “paraklētos”

We can interpret this word “parakletos” in one of two ways.  This word of Greek origin can only be one of two words.

  • The first word is “parakleetos”, which means “the Comforter, the helper or the agent”, as Christians understand its application.
  • The second word is “peroklotos” (*periklutos), which is close in meaning to “Muhammad and Ahmad”.

In his interpretation of the book of John, a priest named Athanasius says,

“If the pronunciation of the word “parakleet” is slightly changed, it becomes “perklet”, which means “thankfulness” or “praising”, which is close to the word ‘Ahmad’”.[2]

This is a very interesting turn. But again, our Muslim friends fail to look at the precise context of the chapter and the gospel of John as a whole. This same method is typically used by every cult. They use a single verse or even a part of it in order to justify their false doctrines. We need to read the entire passage to have a proper understanding:

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 

John 14:17  [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:   but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being [yet] present with you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

As we see, the context of the verse is the key to understanding to what Jesus is referring.

  • How can Muhammad come to dwell inside the believer forever or even live side-by-side with Paul, Peter, John and other disciples of Jesus, if Muhammad will be born 540 years after the crucifixion?
  • How can Muhammad “bring to remembrance” to the disciples of Jesus whatsoever He had said to His disciples?
  • How can Muhammad “testify of” Jesus, and “bear witness”, if Islam contradicts what Jesus taught us to believe?

That text affirms to us that it is indeed the Holy Spirit that the disciples received on the Day of Pentecost.

Case closed!

Author: Dmitry