The common Muslim theological argument is that Muhammad was prophesied
in both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, specifically in Deuteronomy 18 and in John 14-16. Let’s examine the following scriptures
and determine whether or not the Muslim argument is a valid one.
Throughout the entire Old Testament we read that ONLY God makes
covenants with his prophets, chooses his prophets and sends them out
according to his will. This is the foundation of the argument, even
though it will not touch on Muhammad until the mid point of the article.
PART A. THE PROPHET OF
The following verse has God speaking to Noah before the flood:
[Gen 6:18] But with thee I will establish my
Then after the flood God announces his covenant to Noah.
[Gen 9:9] And I, behold, I establish my covenant
with you, and with your seed after you.
This is very important because it proves that Noah was righteous in his
generations (genetically) since the demonic mingling which transpired
in Genesis 6:2. Abraham would be begotten from Noah’s
The following verses confirm God making a covenant and the promise of
the seed first with Abraham, then with Isaac and finally with Jacob:
[Gen 21:12] And God said unto Abraham,
Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of
thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah has said unto thee, hearken unto her
voice; for in Isaac shall
thy seed be called.
[Gen 26:3] Soujourn in this land, and I will be
with thee, and will bless thee, for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give
all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy
[Gen 28:15-16] And the seed shall be as the dust of
the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the
east, and to the north, and to the south: and in you and in thy
seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold,
I am with you, and will keep you in all places wherever you go, and
will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I
have done that which I have spoken to you of.
God stresses his covenant and seed with Abraham. Notice now the four
verses below will stress everlasting (except the last).
Cross-reference that with John 3:16, Rev 1:7, 11, 17-18.
[Gen 17:7-8] And I will establish my covenant
between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an
covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And
I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein
thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and
I will be their God.
[Gen 17:13] He that is born in thy house, and he
that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my
covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
[Gen 17:19] And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear
thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will
establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and
with his seed after him.
[Gen 17:21] But my covenant will I establish with
Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next
In the following verses Abraham give a clear command to his son Isaac
that their bloodline must remain purely Hebraic:
[Gen 24:3-4] And I will make thee swear by the
LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto
my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
This next verse Isaac commands his son Jacob to the same instruction:
[Gen 28:1-2] And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed
him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of
the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of
Bethuel thy mother's father; and take thee a wife from thence of the
daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
God stressed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that there bloodline must
remain purely Hebraic. This sentiment is also confirmed by Jesus as I
will present shortly.
Ishmael was not purely
[Gen 16:3] And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her
maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of
Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
[Gen 16:11] And the angel of the LORD said unto
her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call
his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
This is very important once we arrive at Deuteronomy 18.
In Exodus, we read that
God has chosen Moses and sends him out on his prophet mission:
[Exo 3:10] Come now therefore, and I will send thee
unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of
Israel out of Egypt.
The following God
reiterates his previous covenant to Moses:
[Exo 2:24-25] And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with
Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked
upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
[Exo 6:2-3] And God spake unto Moses, and said unto
him, I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto
Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my
name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
[Exo 3:15] And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus
shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the
God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath
sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial
unto all generations.
[Exo 33:1] And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart,
and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of
the land of Egypt, unto the
land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto
thy seed will I give it:
God creates a covenant
[Exo 16:4-5] And I have also established my
covenant with them, to give them the Land of Canaan, the land of
their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. And I have also
heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep
in bondage; and I have
remembered my covenant.
[Exo 19:5-6] Now therefore, if ye will obey my
voice indeed, and keep my
covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all
people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a
kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou
shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Now that the groundwork has been laid, the question is was Muhammad
prophesied in Deuteronomy has been the crux of the Muslim argument.
Let’s examine this issue closely.
Muslims point directly to Deuteronomy 18:18 as the first prophecy of
Muhammad. Let’s read the verse:
[Deuteronomy 18:18] I will raise them up a Prophet
from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his
mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Muslim scholar (oxy moronic term if you ask me), Ahmad Deedat, claims
that this is pointing to Muhammad since the similarities between Moses
and Muhammad are outstanding.
If you read his article he claims that since Moses and Muhammad both
had parents, both never claimed to be God, both never forgave sins,
they both married and had children, both were eventually accepted by
their people, and both made miracles (Muslim’s always point to the
Quran as a miracle, but Muhammad had NOTHING to do with it. He was only
the medium, not the source!) and finally they died natural deaths.
Muhammad didn’t die of a
natural death; he was poisoned.
Let’s choose some OT prophets and make the same comparison: ie. Samuel,
Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Job, Zechariah all being born of parents,
all never claimed to be God, all never forgave sins, Job and Samuel and
Isaiah were married with children. Moses, Samuel, Daniel, Ezekiel,
Jeremiah, Zechariah had prophecies that came true, Muhammad not so
much; according to Muhammad, the antichrist should have come about 400
Mr. Deedat is grasping at straws. He wouldn’t have had a reasonable
argument (see below) regardless even if the prophecy said final prophet
Muslims must forfeit their argument:
Muslim’s fail to read the entire passage, but instead isolate and focus
on this one verse which has been taken out of context as I will note in
the verses below.
Muslim’s claim that the Bible is corrupted. Therefore, their argument
is lost since you CANNOT use a corrupted book to verify an “authentic”
book (The Quran). Circular reasoning abounds. Muslim’s claim the bible
is corrupted, but USE that same bible to point to Muhammad’s
forthcoming? This is illogical.
Let’s read the passages before this so we can capture and absorb the
[Deut 18:5-7] For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy
tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and
his sons forever. And if a Levite
come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he
sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place
which the LORD shall choose;
Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do,
which stand there before the LORD.
[Deut 18:15-18] The LORD thy God will raise up
unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren,
like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
According to all that desiredst of the Lord the God in Horeb in the day
of the assembly, saying “Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord My
God, neither let me see this great fire anymore, that I die not.
And the Lord said unto me: They have well spoken that which they have
I will raise them up a
Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put
my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
In summary, Deuteronomy 18:6-7 CONFIRM that the prophet who
will be raised will be from one of the brothers of the Levite tribe,
AND not of the Quraysh Tribe (Muhammad’s tribe). Thus disqualifying
Muslim’s often claim that Ishmael is Isaac’s brother so the term
brethren means of the same family. However, this is not the case,
because as we read in Genesis, Ishmael was born of an Egyptian woman,
Hagar, thus disqualifying him as a true blood Hebrew. He was cast out
since he was illegitimate, so Isaac remained his true legal heir, and
thus the promise seed went to Isaac.
Jesus also confirms this
in the last gospel account:
[John 4:22] (This is Jesus speaking to the Samarian
woman) “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Here’s the list of all the Old Testament prophets and their Hebraic
[Genesis 14:13] And there came one that had
escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre
the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were
confederate with Abram.
[Genesis 31:47] And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha:
but Jacob called it Galeed.
[Exodus 2:1-11] And it came to pass in those days,
when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on
their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his
[Joshua 1:1-2] Now after the death of Moses the
servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua
the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead;
now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people,
unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
[1 Samuel 3:10-11] And the LORD came, and stood,
and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered,
Speak; for thy servant heareth.
[Isaiah 1:1] The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz,
which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah,
Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
[Jeremiah 1:5, 2:2] Before I formed thee in the belly I knew
thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,
and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I
remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals,
when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not
[Ezekiel 1:3, 2:3] The word of the LORD came expressly unto
Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by
the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of
Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and
their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
[Daniel 1:6] Now among these were of the children
of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah
[Hosea 1:1] The word of the LORD that came unto
Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash,
king of Israel.
[Joel 1:1] The word of the LORD that came to Joel
the son of Pethuel.
[Obadiah 1:1] The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the
Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an
ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up
against her in battle.
[Jonah 1:9] And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD,
the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
[Micah 1:1] The word of the LORD that came to Micah
the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of
Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
[Nahum 1:15] Behold upon the mountains the feet of
him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep
thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass
through thee; he is utterly cut off.
[Habakkuk 1:1] The burden which Habakkuk the
prophet did see. 1:6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which
shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the
dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
[Zephaniah 1:1] The word of the LORD which came
unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of
Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon,
king of Judah.
[Haggai 1:1] In the second year of Darius the king,
in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the
LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel,
governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest,
saying, 1:3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the
[Zechariah 1:1] In the eighth month, in the second
year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of
Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said
unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous
for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
[Malachi 1:1] The burden of the word of the LORD to
Israel by Malachi.
Paul (formerly Saul)
[Acts 21:39] But Paul said, I am a man which I am a
Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and I
beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people
Every prophet ordained by God has been of the Hebraic bloodline. Jesus
proclaimed to preach the gospel to all nations; to all living
creatures. However, Islam preaches that you must read the Quran in
Arabic. So in Islam, “salvation” is only unto Arabs.
PART B. THE COMFORTER
Many Muslims have been fooled into thinking that the Comforter is
Muhammad. I will provide the following verses below and then I will
reveal why I listed all the information above.
The New Testament. The gospel according to John.
It is VERY important that we don’t refer to the first four books of the
NT as the gospels. The gospel means good news (of Christ). Logically,
there cannot be 4 gospels since Jesus didn’t come 4 times to share this
message, only once. 1 gospel, with 4 accounts of that testimony.
That’s why it’s called the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John. There are PLENTY of verses that confirm in the NT that it’s the
gospel, not gospels, including Jesus announcing it himself!
Muslims trust that the following scripture confirms the coming of
[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.
There are 2 fundamental problems with this verse forecasting Muhammad.
Muslim’s don’t believe Allah is a father, and twice in this verse it
announces father. The most interesting one of all is the reason why I
listed all the covenants and seeds and other prophets in the Old
Testament. You see, Jesus declares that:
“..I will send
The problem is that ONLY God sends out prophets. Look at EVERY
reference I listed, not one prophet sent out another prophet. All
prophets usually wrote in the first verse that they spoke on God’s
behalf and were sent out by him ONLY. Not one said that another prophet
sent him out. If Muslims wish to believe that the comforter is
Muhammad, and at the same time testify that all the prophets were sent
out by God, and that no prophet sends out another prophet, then they’ll
HAVE to DECLARE that Jesus is GOD! Since Jesus announced he was sending
him. If there is ANY objection on the Muslim’s behalf, then they would
have to deny John 4:22 and call Jesus a liar. Salvation was of
the Jews, NOT of the Arabs.
But there is another problem. In order for Muslims to believe that
Muhammad is the comforter, they must ignore the following verses that
confirm that Jesus IS/WAS the comforter:
[John 14:16] And
I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter, that
he May abide with you forever.
Only Jesus made any claim of eternality/forever. Muhammad is dead.
Jesus said he is the Alpha and Omega; the First and the Last.
[John 14:17] Even
the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you.
When Jesus says “It seeth him not”, he cannot be referring to Muhammad
since Muhammad was seen by his disciples. Second, when Jesus said
“neither knoweth him”, how can Muhammad’s disciples not know Muhammad
if they hung around him for so many years? Then the Hadiths wouldn’t
exist. Third, when Jesus says “shall be in you”, how can Muhammad be
“in” a Muslim? He’s a human being, not a spirit. That’s physically
impossible. Muslims claim that this is the quran’s “teachings” to be in
us. That’s untrue since the comforter is not a set of scriptures, but
an entity, the emphasis being on “him” and “he”. Finally, if the
comforter will dwell within his disciples/ mankind then Jesus’s
disciples would have to wait 600 years till Muhammad would come. That’s
[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.
Jesus makes an interesting statement: He says that he must go away or
the comforter will NOT come. If Muhammad was the comforter than
this statement wouldn’t make sense since Jesus would already be dead
for at least 600 years when Muhammad would be on earth, because if
Jesus was only a prophet he couldn’t make the declaration of the
comforter not coming since he would have NO WAY of preventing Muhammad
[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.
This verse usually puts to rest any argument of Muhammad being the
comforter. There was one muslim woman I spoke to who said that “he
shall teach you all things” meant teach us the quran. However,
this is fallacious since Jesus said “and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” This statement
contradicts the quran because Jesus declared himself God, the son of
God, that he was the alpha and omega, has the keys to death and hades,
and that he would be crucified.
The final two verses on this topic, Jesus declares:
[John 14:18-19] I will not leave you comfortless: I
will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me,
because I live, ye shall live also.
Jesus declares he will comfort you, aka the Comforter. And in order for
him to be your comforter (saviour) he must be crucified, raised and
then ascend. Then he can dwell within you John 14:17.
This is a red button issue with Muslims since it deals with Muhammad. I
encourage everyone who hasn’t done so to familiarize yourself with this
topic since Muslims LOVE to raise this issue. I hope this proves
beyond the shadow of a doubt Muhammad is NOT spoken of in the
Hosea 4:6 says it best: For my people have been
destroyed for lack of knowledge