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Was Muhammad foretold in the Bible?

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Danish Cartoon 5Muslims teach that Muhammad was foretold in the Bible. They take this from a passage in the Qur’an. Today I would like to look at that passage and what the Bible has to say about Muhammad. We will find that Muhammad is spoken of in the Bible.

In the Qur’an, Surah 7:157 says:

Those who follow the Apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures) – in the Law and the Gospel.

They call Muhammad the unlettered Prophet because he could not read or write. They claim that he is mentioned in the law, the Jewish Scriptures, and in the Gospel, the Christian Scriptures. First, they claim that he is found in Deuteronomy 18:18.

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.”

Muslims assume that this must be Muhammad because they believe that when the jin visited him, Allah put his words in the mouth Muhammad. They believe that Muhammad recited them to his followers and those words are what make up the Qur’an.

This idea of putting God’s words in mouth of the prophet is not exclusive to this passage. We see in Jeremiah 1:9 that God put His words in the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah.

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.”

This principle also fits what Jesus Christ said:

John 12:50 …. whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 17:8 …. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;

In fact, the Bible makes it clear that the prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:18 is talking about Jesus Christ. First of all, Jesus refers to himself as a prophet.

·Matthew 13.57 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

·Matt 21.11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

·John 4.44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.

In the book of Acts Stephen is preaching and he quotes a portion of this verse (Deut 18:18) when he is laying out the case for Jesus being the Messiah. He applies it to Jesus Christ.

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.

It is very clear in the Bible that Deuteronomy 18:18 is talking about Jesus and not Muhammad.

As we have seen the Muslim claim that Muhammad is foretold in the Old Testament is false, but they also claim that he is foretold in the New Testament, in particular in the Gospels. They make their claim based upon a verse in the Gospel of John.

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

When we look at this verse in the context of the Bible it is clear that the comforter spoken of in this verse is the Holy Spirit.

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.

While the Bible does not foretell the coming of the prophet Muhammad, it does foretell the coming of men like Muhammad. You don’t find this in the law and you don’t find it in the Gospels, but you do find it in one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

We have been warned that there will be false prophet that will come to lead us astray. We are told that they will deceive many. This is not something that should cause us to marvel because even Satan can transform himself into an angel of light.

If the verses that Muslims use to claim that Muhammad’s coming is foretold in the Bible do not apply to him, and we have seen that they don’t, then the Qur’an is not the Word of God. It is a false witness, and those who claim that it is God’s Word are false witnesses.

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