Coming of Muhammad in the Bible
Bible does speak, coming
of Muhammad (SAW)
Moses and Isaiah PROPHESIED the coming of JESUS.
Did Jesus and Isaiah PROPHASISE the coming of MUHAMMAD?
To understand this significant prophecy by Jesus one has to begin with the First Epistle of John, Chapter 2, Verse 1, in which Jesus Christ the righteous, is called a "Paraclete" (Parakletos, Advocate, Comforter, Helper) by John. The same term "Paraclete" is repeatedly used by the apostle in connection with the prophecy made by Jesus.
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete, that he may be with you into the age (to come)." John 14:16
Note: "into the age" is a literal translation of the Greek phrase; `eis ton aiona' used by John.
This shows that Jesus Christ, while speaking of "another Paraclete", was speaking of the coming of "another male figure" like himself, at a future date. The historical documents show that this also was the original concept among the Christian scholars and populace, but later on the concept of "male figure" was confused with the concept of "Holy Spirit". Below is an extract from the world renowned and distinguished Anchor Bible Volume 29A:
"The word parakletos is peculiar in the NT to the Johnannine literature. In 1John ii1 Jesus is a parakletos (not a title), serving as a heavenly intercessor with the Father. ...Christian tradition has identified this figure (Paraclete) as the Holy Spirit, but scholars like Spitta, Delafosse, Windisch, Sasse, Butlmann and Betz have doubted whether this identification is true to the original picture and have suggested that the Paraclete was once an independent salvific figure, later confused with the Holy Spirit." (page 1135).
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, besides being a "Messiah", the "Son" (not "Begotten Son") of God and the "Son" of man, was also a prophet like Moses, by his own admission. Please see John 5:46 and 9:17. Hence to say that the coming of "another Paraclete" was similar to the coming of "another Prophet" like Jesus and Moses, would not be inaccurate. OTOH, the concept of "Holy Spirit" is unequivocally negated by the following verse:
- "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Paraclete shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." John 16:7
Note: This verse clearly tells us that the coming of the Paraclete was subject to the departure of Jesus. Whereas, the "Holy Spirit" was already existing since the day of the Creation and was hovering upon the surface of the earth (Genesis 1:2). The same "Holy Spirit" was also present with the prophets of the Old Testament and at the river Jordan when Jesus Christ was Baptised by John the Baptist.
- "When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness of me." John 15:26
Note: The Paraclete is called the "Spirit of Truth" and not the "Holy Spirit". These are two separate terms and independent entities. The first one takes the pronoun "he" and the second one "it".
- "But the Paraclete, the Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." John 14:26
Note: In the older MSS, e.g. Codex Sinaiticus, as well as in the palimpest of Codex Syriacus discovered in 1812 on Mount Sinai by Mrs.Agnes S. Lewis (and Mrs. Bensley), the text of 14:26 reads; "Paraclete, the Spirit"; and not "Paraclete, the Holy Spirit". "The Spirit" is a reference to "the Spirit of Truth" as in 15:26. The word spirit, Greek. `pneu'ma', is of neutral gender and takes pronoun "it". In almost all the verses referring to Paraclete quoted above and below, the pronoun used is "he". This clearly indicates that the prophecy was not for the "Holy Spirit" but for a "male figure" called the "Spirit of Truth". Prophet Muhammad was known for his Truth and Honesty, even before he received the first Revelation.
Jesus Christ did indicate what the Paraclete to come will do in his time. Did prophet Muhammad do those things? Let's examine;
- 1. "But when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own initiative, but whatever he hears, he will speak..." Jn.16:13
- Note: The Quran is a compilation of the "Divine Revelations" that were received by prophet Muhammad, over a period of 23 years, through the arch angel Gabriel. The prophet used to recite whatever he used to hear. Prophet's companions used to write down whatever was recited. The Quran does not contain the writings or teachings of or by Muhammad, as often mentioned by some misinformed authors.
- 2. "He shall glorify me." John 16:14
- Note: The Quran glorifies the birth of Jesus through Virgin Mary. The Quran also confirms, Jesus was a Messiah; a Messenger of God; the Spirit from God; the Word of God and the Righteous Prophet.
- 3. "He shall take mine and shall disclose it to you." Jn.16:14
- Note: Muhammad did declare himself a Messenger of God like Abraham, Moses and Jesus.
- 4. "He will teach you all things." John 14:26
- Note: The Quran teaches a way of life. It guides mankind, how to live a pious life socially, politically and spiritually.
- 5. "He will bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." Jn.14:26
- Note: The Quran speaks about the teaching of the righteous Jesus and even quotes him.
- 6. "He will bear witness of me" John 15:26
- Note: The Quran attests the miracles performed by Jesus the Messiah. It also mentions one astonishing miracle performed by Jesus that the Gospel writers have failed to record. The Quran acknowledges that these miracles and signs were performed by Jesus with the leave of Allah. The same is also attested in the Book of Acts, 2:22.
Prophet Muhammad was a descendant of Abraham through his son Ishmael and grandson Kedar. In the next section, Insa`Allah (God Willing), will examine the prophecy by Isaiah for the "new things" to happen in "the wilderness and cities" of the Land of Kedar. And, examine from the Book of Genesis the Promise of God to Abraham for the making of "a Nation also", through the son of his wife Haggar.
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