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Can the prophecies of Mohammad's advent be in the Bible

By James Selvaraj Annaswamy

The muslim brethren finds the verses in their holy book Qur'an regarding their prophet Mohammad being foretold in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. One such verse is this :-

"Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures),- in the law and the Gospel;- for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper." Qur'an (7:157), Yusuf Ali's Translation

In the very first sentence of this line, its written that Mohammad's advent is recorded in the Torah and the Injeel, the Jewish and the Christian scriptures respectively.

To a Christian who is ignorant of what the muslims actually believe or what the Qur'an speaks will be finding this absurd as to him or her, it will be a recall of Jesus's words of Matthew (24:24) and Matthew (7:15)  where He foretold of the false prophets and false messiahs which is right as no where in the Jewish or Christian scriptures there is a foretelling of Mohammad nor can be. 

The reasons why Mohammad's foretelling cannot be in the scriptures of those whom the Qur'an refers as ' Ahle Qitaab ' or the ' People of the book ' i.e the Jews and the Christians as in the Torah, there is a straight forward denial of God Almighty on Abraham's plead of Ishmael to be selected for the blessings that was promised to him by God. This can be read in the 17th Chapter of Genesis. Lets see :-

" And God said to Abraham, "As for Sar'ai your wife, you shall not call her name Sar'ai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her; I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, "Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" And Abraham said to God, "O that Ish'mael might live in thy sight!" God said, "No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.As for Ish'mael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him and make him fruitful and multiply him exceedingly; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year." Genesis (17: 15-21)

The narration makes it quite clear that the covenant God tied with Abraham had to be with Isaac only and not Ishmael. Ishmael was promised materialistic blessings which was rendered unto him by God Almighty as he became father of 12 sons and even to this day his descendants, the Arabs are found with the abundance of oil wealth and gold.

 

But the covenant which was an everlasting one (Genesis 17:7) was said to be with Isaac only.

Further we see that prophet Isaiah foretold about a Child being born who shall be reigning on the throne of David for eternity :-

" For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this." Isaiah (9:6-7)

Again in the 11th chapter of Isaiah we can see a prophecy about one coming from the family or lineage of Jesse (King David's Father) :-

" There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious." Isaiah (11:1-10)

In the 9th chapter Isaiah foretold of the Messiah or the one who will be ruling on the throne of David forever and in the 11th Chapter he recorded or foretold that THE NATIONS SHALL SEEK HIM.

Now if we for the sake of argument accept that Mohammad is the prophet who ultimately had to come and to proclaim the way of salvation or the salvation had to come from him, then surely he had to be from the lineage of David or an Israelite whereas on the contrary we see that he is a gentile, an arab .

The time duration of the covenant God tied with Isaac (the promised son) through Abraham ejects every possibility of Ishmael (or any Ishmaelite) to be a part of the covenant as thats an everlasting covenant, the eternal.

Moreover in the New Testament we see Jesus acknowledging Himself as the Son of David :-

" Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." He said to them, "How is it then that David, inspired by the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, 'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I put thy enemies under thy feet'? If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son? " Matthew (22:41-45)

Jesus actually was questioning them of the Messiah being a human only or divine as David calls Messiah his Lord in Psalm (110:1) but He acknowledged that Messiah is the Son of David in earthly terms as He was from the davadic line which both the genealogies i.e of His foster father Joseph's and His mother Mary's recorded by Matthew and Luke respectively corroborates.

At one more instance, He acknowledged the same :-

" And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae'us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae'us, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you." And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way." Mark (10:46-52)

If He would not have the Son of David, He would have rebuked the beggar calling Him that but He acknowledged that He is the Son of David. He also confirmed that He is the Messiah :-

" Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." Matthew (16:13-17)

Now all these proves in the light of the scriptures that Jesus is the Messiah of whom all the OT verses speaks which I quoted above. Jesus also spoke of Him to be the only way to the Father :-

" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." John (14:6) 

Also He said that through Him only one can have salvation or be saved :-

 

" For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." John (3:16-17)

One thing thats worthy to be noted is that the Holy Bible is consistent in its message. It says that the nations shall have faith on Messiah or seek Him in Isaiah (11:10) and Jesus corroborated the same when He spoke of the world to have eternal life only through Him.

One might argue that Jesus at one instant said that He came to the lost of sheep of Israel only and therefore He is only for them and not the world but He was first sent to the Israelites only but when they rejected Him, then the gentiles had a privilege to be the part takers in the covenant of God which the following verses confirms :-

" And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16)

Some muslims assets that He was referring to those Israelites who were scattered into the other nations but if it would have like that, then surely we were not supposed to find in the scriptures when He said :-

"I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash teeth." (Matthew 8:11,12)

He says of those gentiles shall be coming and be the part takers of the Kingdom whereas many Jews or the Israelites shall be thrown into the hell fire i.e those who will not bring faith on Jesus.

" He entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons; and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple. And he taught, and said to them, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations?' But you have made it a den of robbers." (Mark 11:15-17)

He said that God's house shall be a house of prayer for many nations and not just Israel.

He was not supposed to say that God so loved the World but only Israel in John 3:16 if He would have come for the Israelites only but He said which implies that He came for the whole world.

The Jews rejected Him and thats why He said :-

" Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it." Matthew (21:46)

And these are the gentiles as its written in Isaiah (11:10) that nations shall seek Him.

So coming back on the main issue, the Holy Bible is very clear in its message that the salvation is only through Christ Jesus. Hence there is no room for Mohammad to have any mention of himself in it except in these reference and few more :-

" For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." Matthew (24:24)

The only way the muslims can counter us on this is by saying that our scriptures are corrupted which is their rubber stamp argument which they always uses as our scriptures disagrees with them.

May their spiritual eyes be open so that they may have Christ's glory be shined upon their faces. Aameen.

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