`Bible does speak, coming of Muhammad (sas)'


Section One

Moses and Isaiah PROPHESIED the coming of JESUS.
Did Jesus and Isaiah PROPHASISE the coming of MUHAMMAD?

To understand this significant prophecy by Jesus one has to begin with the First Epistle of John, Chapter 2, Verse 1, in which Jesus Christ the righteous, is called a "Paraclete" (Parakletos, Advocate, Comforter, Helper) by John. The same term "Paraclete" is repeatedly used by the apostle in connection with the prophecy made by Jesus.

 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Paraclete, that he may be with you into the age (to come)." John 14:16

 Note: "into the age" is a literal translation of the Greek phrase; `eis ton aiona' used by John.

 This shows that Jesus Christ, while speaking of "another Paraclete", was speaking of the coming of "another male figure" like himself, at a future date. The historical documents show that this also was the original concept among the Christian scholars and populace, but later on the concept of "male figure" was confused with the concept of "Holy Spirit". Below is an extract from the world renowned and distinguished Anchor Bible Volume 29A:

 "The word parakletos is peculiar in the NT to the Johnannine literature. In 1John ii1 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, Butlmann 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).

 The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, besides being a "Messiah", the "Son" (not "Begotten Son") of God and the "Son" of man, was also a prophet like Moses, by his own admission. Please see John 5:46 and 9:17. Hence to say that the coming of "another Paraclete" was similar to the coming of "another Prophet" like Jesus and Moses, would not be inaccurate. OTOH, the concept of "Holy Spirit" is unequivocally negated by the following verse:

Note: This verse clearly tells us that the coming of the Paraclete was subject to the departure of Jesus. Whereas, the "Holy Spirit" was already existing since the day of the Creation and was hovering upon the surface of the earth (Genesis 1:2). The same "Holy Spirit" was also present with the prophets of the Old Testament and at the river Jordan when Jesus Christ was Baptised by John the Baptist.

 

Note: The Paraclete is called the "Spirit of Truth" and not the "Holy Spirit". These are two separate terms and independent entities. The first one takes the pronoun "he" and the second one "it".

 

Note: In the older MSS, e.g. Codex Sinaiticus, as well as in the palimpest of Codex Syriacus discovered in 1812 on Mount Sinai by Mrs.Agnes S. Lewis (and Mrs. Bensley), the text of 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. The word spirit, Greek. `pneu'ma', is of neutral gender and takes pronoun "it". In almost all the verses referring to Paraclete quoted above and below, the pronoun used is "he". This clearly indicates that the prophecy was not for the "Holy Spirit" but for a "male figure" called the "Spirit of Truth". Prophet Muhammad was known for his Truth and Honesty, even before he received the first Revelation.

 Jesus Christ did indicate what the Paraclete to come will do in his time. Did prophet Muhammad do those things? Let's examine;

Prophet Muhammad was a descendant of Abraham through his son Ishmael and grandson Kedar. In the next section, Insa`Allah (God Willing), will examine the prophecy by Isaiah for the "new things" to happen in "the wilderness and cities" of the Land of Kedar. And, examine from the Book of Genesis the Promise of God to Abraham for the making of "a Nation also", through the son of his wife Haggar.