Is Muhammad in the Old Testament?
Deuteronomy 18:18 Jesus had many more unique prophetic similarities to Moses then did Muhammad. The “Prophet like Moses” is Jesus and not Muhammad (See *Moses and Jesus*) because the Prophet “from among your brothers” means that he is a Jew, for in the context of Deuteronomy 17:15 (talking about the future kings of Israel) “he must be from among your own brothers…not one who is not a brother Israelite”, “brother” cannot mean anybody but a Jew. Deuteronomy 33:2 Mount Paran which Muslims claim to be in Mecca is on the Sinai Peninsula and Bozrah is not Basrah, but modern day Al-Busairah, situated in Edom, south of the Dead Sea. Psalm 45:2-5 Read further in Psalm 45, this person is “the anointed God” (Christ means “anointed one”). Song of Solomon 5:16 Muslims find the name of Muhammad in the Hebrew word “machmad”. Did Muhammad ever court a woman in Jerusalem? This passage is not prophetic, it is just talking about Solomon. Isaiah 21:7 Just read the context and you will see that it is talking of a messenger from Babylon. Habbakuk 3:3 “God comes from Teman.” Some Muslims maintain that Teman refers to Islam. In Jeremiah 49:7 God questions whether there is any wisdom in Teman. In Ezekiel 25:13 promises that God will lay waste the people of Teman, and God will send fire and consume them (Amos 1:12), and there will be no survivors (Obadiah 8-10). Fortunately for the Muslims, we find that Teman is not Islam at all, but a town close to Jericho, in the territory of Edom. Malachi 3:1-3 The person who was to “prepare the way before [the Lord or God]” was none other than John the Baptist. In Luke 1:76 Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) prophesied that “…my child will go before the Lord and prepare the way for him”. Luke said that John the Baptist is to “…prepare the way for the Lord” (Luke 3:3-4). Mark 1:2-3 gives a quotation “from Isaiah” about a messanger but Malachi 3:1 is also mentioned. Later in Mark (1:4) the person is identified as John the Baptist. Is there a prophecy of Muhammad in the Injil (Gospel)? The Gospel of Barnabas The Gospel of Barnabas is a fake Gospel and will never be accepted by Christians as scripture. Many believe that the Gospel of Barnabas was created by a Muslim in Europe some time between A.D. 1300 and 1350. See *Problems in the Gospel of Barnabas* “Quran’s Translation (QT)” by Monotheist Productions International points out “Son of Man” from Matthew 24:27 and Luke 17:22-37 as prophecies about Muhammad. The “Son of Man” is Jesus. Even the QT knows this (See the QT’s Footnote for Sura 5:116).
John 14:16 and 16:7 – Parakletos or Periklytos?
What the Muslims have tried to do with this word is to replace the vowels as they see fit (replacing the a-a-e-o in parakletos with e-i-y-o in periklytos). In Greek, as the vowels are clearly written in all Greek texts. There are Greek manuscripts of the New Testament in existence today [like the Codex Siniaticus (350 A.D.) and the Codex Alexandrinas (450 A.D.) manuscripts, both in the British Museum in London] that date from before the time of Muhammad, and not one of them use the word periklytos! They all use the word parakletos. In fact the word periklytos does not even appear at all in the entire Bible! The Quran confirms that Muhammad is not the Holy Spirit. Sura 2:97 says that Gabriel brings down the revelation, while Sura 16:102 says it is the Holy Spirit. So Muslims say that “Holy Spirit” is just another name for Gabriel. Therefore Muhammad cannot be the “Holy Spirit” and comforter who was promised by Jesus because the Holy Spirit cannot be both, Gabriel and Muhammad.
So who is the parakletos?
When we continue reading beyond John 14:16 and 16:7, we find that Jesus predicts the specific details of the arrival and identity of the “parakletos”. First, Jesus said the parakletos is not a human being: 14:16: “he will be with you forever” (a human doesn’t live forever) 14:17: “he will be the spirit of truth” (a human is not a spirit) 14:17: “the world neither sees him…” (a human is visible) 14:17: “…nor knows him” (a human would be known by others) 14:17: “and he will be in you” (a human cannot be within others) Finally, Jesus said that the parakletos has the specific mission of pointing to Jesus: 14:26: “whom the Father will send in my name” 14:26: “will remind you everything I [Jesus] have said to you” 16:14: “He will bring glory to me [Jesus]…” There is only one being who qualifies in all these areas, the Holy Spirit!
For the Kingdom
Rudolph P Boshoff