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ISAIAH AND JESUS PROPHESY THE COMING OF MUHAMMAD?
be upon the prophets)
WAS A PROPHET AND
A PARACLETE SAYS THE BIBLE..
A Christian who has studied the Bible would be proud to admit that the
prophecy made by prophet Moses for the coming of "a
Prophet like me" (Deut. 18:15) undoubtedly
refers to the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself had acknowledged this
to be the fact when he said to the enquiring Jews; "Moses
wrote of me." (John 5:46). The learned Christians have no problem
in admitting the fact that Jesus was "a prophet like
his predecessor Moses". Those who deny Jesus
was a "Messenger like Moses" are either ignorant of their own Scripture
or living in false pride.
In his First Epistle quoted below, apostle John records in explicit language
that Jesus Christ the righteous was "a Paraclete".
"My little children, I am
writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we
have a Paraclete with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 1
Apostle John has also recorded in his Gospel,
see the text below, that this righteous Jesus Christ (the Paraclete), will
pray to God after his departure, and God will give us "another
"And I will pray
the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete,
that he may abide with you into the age (to come)." John 14:16
The Bible scholars and the evangelic
Christians who, after reading these two explicit verses enter into a debate
with the Muslim Scholars and INSIST that the PARACLETE is (was) the HOLY
SPIRIT, and is (was) NOT the MALE FIGURE that
could see, hear and speak like a man; are simply advocating and contesting
that the Apostle who had lived with Jesus (is) was TOTALLY
MISTAKEN. He made an ERROR in identifying the PARACLETE to be Jesus.
In other words, Muslims should REJECT the EPISTLE of John and ACCEPT their
opinions to be the UNQUESTIONABLE TRUTH. Would it not be a better idea
that they all should send a petition to the editors of the New Testament
and see that this erroneous verse 1 Jn. 2:1 is expunged from the Bible!
We often read
the above verse 14:16 ending; "for ever". The
fact of the matter is; "into the age" is the literal translation of the
original Greek phrase; 'eis ton aiona'.
In the next verse 14:17, John also records, this "another
Paraclete" is the "Spirit
of Truth" (NOT the Holy Spirit).
MALE SALVIFIC FIGURE LIKE JESUS
The passage quoted below
from the world renowned and distinguished Anchor Bible confirms that the
original concept among the noted Christian scholars and populace, for the
was for a male salvific figure, but that concept was later confused with
the "Holy Spirit".
"The word parakletos is
peculiar in the NT to the Johnannine literature. In 1 John ii 1 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,
Bultmann 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).
Criticism and Response: A well
known Christian critic, Jochen Katz, has been complaining on his web site
"Answering Islam" that I have ignored his remarks; that my introductory
note to the above quoted passage from the Anchor Bible gives a false impression
that it's author is in agreement with the quoted passage. Since his accusations
were based upon a false statement, I did not feel it necessary to respond.
Unfortunately, he has made my silence an "Issue of
To mislead his readers, the critic had in one of his remarks,
intentionally deleted the opening words from
the above passage.
I have re-printed below the deleted words in Red
passage quoted below from the world renowned
and distinguished Anchor Bible confirms".
What I had mentioned was that the quoted passage
confirms what has been suggested, based upon the suggestions made in the
past by the individuals mentioned in the quoted passage. There was no mention
of the "author" of the quoted book, to begin with.
NEGATION OF "HOLY SPIRIT"
The concept that the Paraclete
(comforter, advocate) is the "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."
This verse clearly indicates that the
coming of the Paraclete was subject to the departure
of Jesus. His departure from this world was a *pre-condition*
for the arrival of the Paraclete.
We know that the "Holy Spirit"
was already present during and before the ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit
was in existence since the day of the Creation and was hovering upon the
surface of the earth (Gen. 1:2). It was also present with the prophets
of the Old Testament. The "Holy Spirit" was present "like a dove" at River
Jordan when Christ was being Baptized. (Mt. 3:16). Since there is and was
only ONE "Holy Spirit", Jesus would be totally mistaken in saying that
the HOLY SPIRIT would NOT come not UNLESS he departs. Did not Jesus see
the dove that alighted upon him? OR, Jesus did NOT know that the
"dove" was the Holy Spirit? Jesus was a RIGHTEOUS Paraclete. When
he said; Another Paraclete will come only after my departure, he meant
that this Paraclete is not yet here, but will be born after I depart.
"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
This verse further clears the confusion, if there is any.
Here the Paraclete is called the "Spirit of Truth" and not the "Holy Spirit".
These are two separate terms and two independent entities. The first entity
takes the pronoun "he" being a male figure.
Whereas, the second one takes the pronoun "it". The
Greek word 'pneu'ma' (spirit), is of neutral gender and takes the pronoun
Whereas, in almost all the verses referring to Paraclete quoted below,
the pronoun used is "he".
"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."
1. In the older MS, Codex Syriacus discovered in 1812
on Mount Sinai by Mrs. Agnes S. Lewis (and Mrs. Bensley), the text of John
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.
2. In 1 John 4:6, the terms "the spirit of truth" and
"the spirit of error" are used for the human beings.
3. History records that prophet Muhammad was known for
his Truth and Honesty, long before he received the Divine Revelations.
WILL "HE" DO?
Jesus Christ did indicate that the Paraclete will do
certain things in his time. Let us examine if "he",
Prophet Muhammad, did those things.
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 Qur'an 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. His companions used to
write down whatever he recited. The Qur'an does not contain the writings
or teachings of Prophet Muhammad, as often mentioned by some misinformed
2. "He shall glorify
me." John 16:14
Note: The Qur'an glorifies
the birth of Jesus through Virgin Mary. It confirms; Jesus was a Messiah,
a Messenger of God, the Spirit from God, the Word of God and the
3. "He shall take mine
and shall disclose it to you." John. 16:14
Note: Prophet Muhammad
did declare himself a Messenger/Prophet of God like Abraham, Moses and
4. "He will teach you all
things." John 14:26
Note: The Qur'an teaches
a way of life. It guides mankind, how to live a pious life socially, politically
5. "He will bring to your
remembrance all that I said to you."
Note: The Qur'an speaks
about the teachings of Jesus and even quotes him.
6. "He will bear witness
of me" John 15:26
Note: The Qur'an attests
the miracles performed by Jesus the Messiah. It also mentions one astonishing
miracle performed by Jesus that the Gospel writers have not recorded (V:110).
The Qur'an acknowledges that these miracles and signs were performed
with the leave of Allah, by His righteous Servant and Messiah Jesus. The
same is also attested in the Book of Acts 2:22; 3:13 (NASB).
PROPHET IN THE LAND OF KEDAR
Prophet Isaiah is considered to be one of the major prophets
of the Old Testament. In the Book of Isaiah there are several prophecies
about the coming of the Messiah. In chapter 42, Isaiah begins with a prophecy
for the coming of prophet Jesus. After verse number nine, God declares
through Isaiah, the "new things" that are to "spring forth" in the
Land of Kedar.
In the Bible there is only one personality called Kedar.
He was the grandson of prophet Abraham, through his son Ishmael (see Gen.
25:13). Kedar's descendants had settled in Paran (Syno-Arabian dessert).
In the Rabbinic literature Arabia is called the "Land of Kedar". Prophet
Muhammad was a descendant of Kedar.
God declares through Prophet Isaiah;
"Behold, the former things are come to pass, and the
new things do I declare: before they spring forth
I tell you of them. `Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from
the end of the earth'. Let the wilderness and the
cities thereof lift up their voices, the villages
that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them
shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give
glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the
inlands." Isaiah Chapter 42, Verses 9-12.
God did reveal in the Land of Kedar, through prophet Muhammad
- a direct descendant of Kedar, a "New Song" - The Qur'an (Koran).
This happens to be the only Scripture to be revealed in the language of
the Kedarites. The verses of the Qur'an are recited like a poem. Nearly
1.2 billion Muslims, residing all over the world, recite this "new song"
and Glorify Allah, in their daily prayers, five times in a day. The initial
Revelation came to prophet Muhammad in a cave of Mount Hira near the city
of Mecca. There are several mountains near Mecca. During the annual Islamic
Pilgrimage called "Hajj", Muslims from all over the world, assemble in
Mecca and shout Glory to the Lord from the top of Mount Arafat. The pilgrims
continuously give Glory to Allah on their ways, to and from Mecca.
LORD SHALL GO AS "A MIGHTY MAN OF WAR"
"The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir
up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea,
roar; he shall prevail against his enemies."
In the Old Testament, the God often speaks "I"
will do this, or "I" have done this; whereas,
He has chosen human beings to do these jobs on His behalf. (e.g. Deut.
32:39ff and 2 Samuel 12:12).
Jochen Katz has ignored the above paragraph while making his
Prophet Muhammad did go forth as "a mighty man of war"
against the Pagan Arabs, the enemies of The Lord. He did stir up
jealousy among the most influential and dominating Pagan tribe in Arabia.
With a war cry and roar of "Allahu Akbar" ("The God is the Greatest"),
the Prophet of Islam did prevail upon the enemies of Lord - the idolaters.
No doubt, the Islam was spread with a "war cry", but that was not a cry
of a man seeking the personal power. It was a cry of the Lord, who no longer
wanted to hold HIS PEACE against HIS ENEMIES. After the victory, Allah
bestowed HIS FAVOR upon mankind and gave the Message of "TRUE PEACE"
- The Islam. Once a person whole heartedly submit himself or herself to
Allah (become a Muslim), the "True Peace" from Allah is bound to enter
his or her body, mind and soul. The relationship of that individual with
Allah is now direct, having no Church or Papal Authority acting as a vicar
or an intermediary.
"I have long time holden my peace; I have been still,
and refrained myself, now will I cry like a travailing
woman; I will destroy and devour at once." Verse
The prophets that came before Muhammad had all tried with
peaceful missions. But, the concept of sharing God's Glory continued to
surface again and again, in one way or other. It was with the war cry,
through the descendants of Kedar (Arabs), these sinful practices were destroyed
and devoured, inside and outside of Arabia. The spread of Islam was swift,
wide spread and at once.
TURNS THE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT
"And I will bring the blind by a way they knew not; I
will lead them in paths that they have not known;
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked
things straight. These things I will do unto them,
and not forsake them." Isaiah Chapter 42, Verse 16.
It is an undeniable fact that before the advent of Islam,
the pagan Arabs were like the blinds. Their religious and social concepts
were crooked. The revelation of this "new song" brought them out of that
darkness. Earlier, God had not sent any prophet to these people. By sending
Muhammad, God fulfilled His above promise and also the following promise
"And *also* of the son of the bondwoman I will make a
nation, because he is thy seed." Genesis
Please note the word "also" in above promise. The nations
of Judaism and Christianity came out from the descendants of Abraham
and Sarah. The nation of Islam came out from the descendants of Abraham
and Hagar. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three children of Abraham
by God's Covenants with Abraham.
"They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed,
that trust in graven images; they say to the molten images, 'Ye are our
gods.'" Isaiah 42 Verse 17.
History records that Prophet Muhammad did put the pagan idolaters
to great shame when he demolished before them, their 365 idols that were
installed in Ka'bah (Mecca), the most respected place of pilgrimage in
the whole of Arabia. Today, Ka'bah is the Grand Mosque of Islam.
Muslims from all over the world face towards Ka'bah while reciting their
daily ritual prayers.
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