Is Muhammad the prophet foretold in Deuteronomy 18:18?

Since the name ‘Muhammad’ is nowhere in the Bible, the Muslims desperately quote several verses in the Bible as references of their prophet. One of them is the verse below;

[Deuteronomy 18:18] “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren or countrymen, like unto you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him”.

COMMENT: In this verse, God said to Moses that He will raise a prophet from among his brethren (Israelites), Muhammad is not an Israelite so he could not qualify this. This promised prophet will be like Moses in the sense that God put His words into his mouth, and made him as His speaker to Pharaoh to liberate the Israelites. Muhammad was not a speaker of God and did not liberate people, on the contrary, he owned slaves. This promised prophet fits Jesus because He had arisen from Israel’s bloodline and a God’s speaker to His people. Kindly read;

[Luke 7:16] Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!” 

[John 12:49] “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak” 

COMMENT: [Luke 7:16] tells the reaction of the people after witnessing Jesus resurrected a dead young man. They referred Jesus as a raised prophet and visiting God. And in [John 12:49], Jesus tells us that the Father commanded him on what to say and what to speak, therefore He’s a God’s speaker.

If we go further to verses 20 to 22, we can read these; 

[Deuteronomy 18:20] “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.”

[Deuteronomy 18:21-22] You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’. “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken.

COMMENT: Deuteronomy 18:20-22 gives us yardsticks on how to identify a false prophet. One of them is the true prophet should not speak in the name of other gods. Muhammad clearly spoke in the name of other gods; Al-lat, and Al-Uzza, and Manat (Quran 53:19-20). And also he spoke false testimonies in the name of God. Therefore, Muhammad is a fake prophet and should die. 

To better understand who is this predicted prophet, let us read Deuteronomy chapter 18, from verse 15 to 20;

15“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

16“This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’

17“The LORD said to me, ‘They have spoken well.

18‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

19‘It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.

20‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’.

COMMENT: In verse 16, God gives a reason why He will raise a prophet, it is because the Israelites were afraid of Him in the form of fire and afraid of His thunderous voice. This is one of the reasons why God took a human form in the person of Jesus so that He could live with His people and they would no longer be afraid of Him, as well as, He could convey his message well to His people.

Ahmed Deedat, who advocated this claim that Muhammad was the one referred by Deuteronomy 18:18, cunningly changed the word ”Brethren” with the word ”Jews”, his motive was to connect Muhammad to Jewish race. But take note that those brethren who lived in the Holy land were descendants of Jacob (also called Israel). The family of Jacob fled to Egypt, and when they became numerous, God brought them to Canaan (the promise land which later called Israel). God isolated Israelites from other descendants of Abraham and chose them as His people. Why God isolated a goup of people, accompanied them, and made them holy? Because from them the holy one (the savior) will come out. Muhammad cannot be the prophet foretold in Deuteronomy because he’s a descendant of Ishmael (one of the sons of Abraham), the progenitor of Arab. Likewise, Muhammad’s word is not from God for his words were stupid and superstitious, he even had uttered a Satanic verses (Quran 53:19-20). Moreover, Muhammad raped, tortured, and slaughtered almost a thousand Jews, a sign that he was not sent to save the Jews but rather to destroy them. Deedat had luxury in telling lies to his Muslim audience because he knows Muslims are not familiar about the Scriptures.  

Genesis 17:20-21 also expose the falsehood of Muhammad;  

20And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

21But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto you at this set time in the next year.

COMMENT: (Genesis 17:21) tells us that the covenant of God shall be established only with Isaac, and not with Ishmael. Muhammad descended from Ishmael blood line, so he’s disqualified to become a prophet. 

Furthermore, the Quran itself debunks the prophethood claim of Muhammad for it says the prophets and revelations should come from the descendants of Isaac and Jacob.

[Quran 29:27] And We gave to Him Isaac and Jacob and placed in his descendants prophethood and scripture. And We gave him his reward in this world, and indeed, he is in the Hereafter among the righteous.

READ ALSO: Muhammad died from poison and failed the prophethood test 

Author: Renz Pejana Silawan

The author is just a simple man, He was a carving and carpentry sub-contractor. But lately, he discovered that his true passion is writing. He studied at the University of San Jose-Recoletos, took up Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. The fear of death knocked on his mind when he aquired 3 lumps on his neck in 2010. He realized that the most important thing to a man is eternal life. He found out that the Bible is consistent in its teaching and backed up by spiritual and physical evidences. Today, he is happy knowing that there is a God who will receive him in the afterlife. And he wants to share this discovery to all people who are willing to accept this good news.

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