Chapter 2: Prophecy 2

Ali: The second prophecy that we shall discuss today is from the ‘Book of Deuteronomy’ which is believed to have been written by Prophet Moses (a.s.).

Let’s refer to Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 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.”1

John: But this prophecy refers to Jesus Christ (a.s.), and not Muhammed (s.a.w.a.).

Ali: Let us see whom it refers to, firstly the prophecy says that the Prophet will be like ‘You’ meaning like Prophet Moses.

What were the similarities between Jesus Christ (a.s.) and Prophet Moses (a.s.)?

Was Jesus Christ (a.s.) indeed like Prophet Moses (a.s.)?

Let us compare Jesus Christ (a.s.) and Prophet Moses (a.s.):

1. Jesus had a miraculous birth but Moses had a natural birth.

2. Jesus had only mother but Moses had both mother and father.

3. Jesus was rejected by his followers but Moses was not.

4. Jesus didn’t come with a new law but Moses did.

It’s clear that Jesus (a.s.) is not like Moses (a.s.) in more ways than one. Thus, it is clear that the ‘Prophet like You’ (Moses {a.s.}) in the above Prophecy is not Jesus Christ (a.s.).

Another important message of the prophecy is that the Prophet will be from ‘among their brethren’, meaning the brethren of the followers of Prophet Moses (a.s.). The brethren of the Israelites are the Arabs who were the descendents of Prophet Ishmael (a.s.) the brother of Issac (a.s.). Thus when the bible says, the prophet will be from ‘among their brethren’ it means he will be from the Arabs, isn’t it?

Now who is the Prophet who came from the Arabs to guide humanity?

That prophet dear brother is none other than Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) who was an Arab and a descendent of Prophet Ishmael (a.s.).

Now let us see if Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a) was like Prophet Moses (a.s):

1. Moses had a natural birth and so did Prophet Muhammed. (s.a.w.a)

2. Moses had both parents and so did Prophet Muhammed. (s.a.w.a)

3. Moses was accepted by his followers and so was Prophet Muhammed.(s.a.w.a)

4. Moses and Muhammed both had worldly authority.

5. Both brought a new law for the people.

6. Both got married and had children.

Finally, one important thing that you and my Christian brothers need to remember before attributing this prophecy to Jesus Christ (a.s.) is that according to your own admission Jesus Christ (a.s.) is the son of God and not a prophet of God, isn’t it? So when this prophecy speaks about a Prophet like Moses (a.s.) how can it be Christ (a.s.)?

Moreover, the prophecy says ‘I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him’ Let me read a verse from the Holy Quran that will further prove that the above biblical prophecy is indeed about Prophet Muhammed (a.s.).

Surah Al-Najm, that is chapter 53 verses 3-4 says:

“Nor does he speak out of desire. It is naught but revelation that is revealed.”2 Quran 53:3-4

Similarly, all chapters of the Holy Quran (except one) begin with:

‘In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful’ thereby indicating the one from whom it has come.

Ali: Shall we go to the next prophecy.

John: Yes.