Chapter 8: Prophecy 8
Ali: Our next prophecy is from John Chapter 1 Verse 19-21:
“And this is the record of John’s when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, who art thou? And he confessed and denied not ; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, what then? Art thou Elias?” And He said, I am not. “Art thou that Prophet?”And he answered, No.”1
If we carefully observe the sequence of these questions it becomes clear to us that the Jews during the time of Jesus were waiting for two more Holy men to come after Jesus Christ,
One is Elias and the other is ‘that’ Prophet Let us analyze the first question:
Are you the Christ? John the Baptist who is also known as Yahya (a.s.) in the Holy Quran denies being Christ and we all know that Jesus Christ (a.s.) was already present during the time of John the Baptist….
Let us see the second question Art thou Elias?
About Elias (a.s.) Jesus Christ says that he has already come but the Jews did not recognize him…
Let us see John chapter 17 verse 12
“But I tell you, Elias has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”2
So it is clear to us about Elias that he has already come but the Jews did not recognize him…. Therefore our first two questions are answered….. Now, this brings us to our last question…
Art thou that Prophet?
To which John the Baptist or Yahya (a.s.) denies saying
“No, I am not.”
Now who is the Prophet who came after Jesus Christ (a.s.) and fulfilled all the signs predicted by Jesus Christ…? Let us see some of the predictions of Jesus Christ regarding the one who will come after him in John Chapter 16: 12-14, Christ says:
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.3
Who is the one who came after Jesus Christ (a.s.) and guided the people into all truth?
Who is the one who did not speak of himself but only spoke what was revealed to him?
And who is the one who glorified Jesus Christ (a.s.)?
For answers to these questions let us see a few verses of the Holy Quran that was revealed to Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) by the creator and sustainer of the universes:
Surah Aale Imran, that is chapter 3 verses 45-48:
“When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah). And he shall speak to the people when in the cradle and when of old age, and (he shall be) one of the good ones. She said: My Lord! when shall there be a son (born) to I me, and man has not touched me? He said: Even so, Allah creates what He pleases; when He has decreed a matter, He only says to it, Be, and it is. And He will teach him the Book and the wisdom and the Tavrat and the Injeel.”4 (3:45-48)
Let us see another verse from the Holy Quran:
Surah A’raf that is chapter 7 verse 157:
“Those who follow the Messenger-Prophet, the Ummi, whom they find written down with them in the Taurat and the Injeel (who) enjoins them good and forbids them evil, and makes lawful to them the good things and makes unlawful to them impure things, and removes from them their burden and the shackles which were upon them; so (as for) those who believe in him and honor him and help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him, these it is that are the successful.”5 (7:157)
It is also important to inform you that the Bible translators have changed the word ‘that Prophet’ to ‘the Prophet’.
John: But why?
Ali: Well, the translators would better know why after so many years from the revelation of the Bible, they are still making changes to it…
However, I have provided an image of the Holy Bible where the original word ‘that Prophet’ is still retained…Is it clear to you now?
Ali: Before going to the next prophecy let me also inform you that many researchers have also said that ‘Elias’ in the Bible is the Hebrew equivalent to the Arabic ‘Ali’ who was the successor of Prophet Muhammed’s legacy.