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Jesus in the Bible, Not Muhammed

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Submitted by Servant of Christ (United States), Oct 19, 2006 at 06:57

Before we examine the verses below, let us examine the background to this prophecy.

Isaiah 41:

Isaiah 41:8-9, 14, 16, 20-21

"But you, O Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,

9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant';
I have chosen you and have not rejected you. (emphasis added)

Isaiah 42 discusses about the Servant of the Lord. It is obvious that it is Israel who the Servant of the Lord will come from.

Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
O little Israel,
for I myself will help you," declares the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (emphasis added)

Of Israel, not of Arabia will the Redeemer and Holy One come.

16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,
and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the LORD
and glory in the Holy One of Israel. (emphasis added)

See above.

so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21 "Present your case," says the LORD.
"Set forth your arguments," says Jacob's King.

(emphasis added)

See above. So, Jesus came from Israel. He is the Holy One of Israel and he has created nature (see verses 17-20). Who can do this except God?


Jacob's King, father of the Jews. After all, in Jacob's time he had no king! Who is the king of the Jews? Why, Mark 15:2 says:

2"Are you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate.
"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied." (emphasis added)

Now that we have the background for Isaiah 42, it's obvious that the next chapter will be about the Messiah.

Isaiah 42: 1-17:

42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Servant is a son of Israel. Muhammed is not Jewish. Jesus will judge this world in the second coming (read the Apostolic letters, especially Revelations). Jesus spoke with Romans, Greek, Samaritans, Tyrians, Sidonians, and etc.

42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

Again, continuing from the description of the Servant from Israel. Jesus did not fight back nor save himself despite being able to while he was crucified.

42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

The bruised reed and smoking flax symbolize ‘unimportant people'. Jesus did not put them down, he did not snuff them out. Rather, he made prostitutes, tax collectors, paralytics, blinds, demon possessed, fishermen, and more into faithful followers of God.

42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Again, Jesus will judge the world.

The four verses above all clearly point that this messenger of God you will come in the future will bring new laws to the nations.

This is actually talking about the New Covenant, for Jesus came to fulfill the OT laws (Matthew 5:17). Let's keep reading and I'll clarify.

42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles

God said He'd give the New Covenant, as said in verse 6. Verse 6 is very important for it addresses many things about Christ, not Muhammed.

Let's read a more about this covenant in Jeremiah:

"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the Lord. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the Lord, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the Lord, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more" (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

Israel broke the Old Covenant. So God brought the New Covenant through Jesus the Son. Jesus gave the offer of being forgiven and for their sins to be blotted out. He sent the Holy Spirit to work within the hearts of people (Romans 8:1-17).

The New Covenant is talked about a lot by Paul so see his letters for more information.

And Jesus was the light to all men! (John 1:4, John 1:9)

42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

Muhammed performed no miracles. But Jesus opened the eyes of the blind (read the gospels) and freed people from the darkness and imprisonment of sin! (John 8:34-36)

The Gentiles are the non-Jews. These verses clearly suggest that the coming Prophet will be among the Gentiles. This Prophecy can not apply to Jesus because he was a Jew and he was also from the line of Israelites.

See above when I said with whom Jesus spoke with. I don't see how where you got that a person must be a Gentile to preach to the Gentile. That's not true since God use many Jews to preach to other nations such as Jonah and Paul.

42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images

42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

See above in which I talk about the New Covenant.

42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.

Kedar is the son of Ishmael who was the son of Abraham and brother of Isaac. Prophet Muhammad is a direct descendant of Kedar and the there are the Arabs. It is also saying that these people will sing a new song to the Lord which is the Quran. In Isaiah 42:8 God his saying does not like graven images of him or his messenger been worshipped.

Actually, I have recently discovered, despite popular belief, that Ishmael may not be the father of the Arabs:

  1. According to the Torah, when Abraham left Ur of the Chaldees, he went West to what is now called Israel (Gen. 12 ff.). He became a dweller in tents in that land. It was in Israel that God made a covenant with him for the land in which he was living at that time. It was in Israel that he fathered Isaac, Ishmael, and many other sons and daughters. Isaac was the only son of Abraham chosen by God to be the heir of the covenant. Abraham took Isaac to Mt. Moriah to be offered up as a sacrifice to God.
  2. The Torah is contradicted by Qur'an at nearly every point. According to Surah 2:119-121, Abraham and Ishmael did not dwell in tents in Israel but in the city of Mecca in Arabia. Together they rebuilt the Kabah and placed the black stone in the wall. It was Abraham who started the tradition of an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, throwing stones at the devil, etc. Abraham took Ishmael (not Isaac) to nearby Mt. Mina to offer as a sacrifice to God.
  3. Ishmael's twelve sons were named Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. (Gen. 12:11-16) They intermarried with the local population in North Arabia and produced several nomadic tribes know as the "Ishmaelites."
  4. It was prophesied in the Torah that Ishmael and his family would "live to the East of all his brothers." (Gen. 16:12) "And they settled from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria." (Gen 25:18) This broad area is the desert section East of Egypt in Northern Arabia toward the kingdom of the Assyrians.
  5. The Ishmaelites are mentioned as a distinct tribe in the Assyrian records. They later intermarried with and were absorbed by the Midianites and other local tribes. In Gen. 37:25-28; 39:1, the Ishmaelites are called the Midianites and in Judges 8:22-24 cf. 7:1f, the Midianites are called the Ishmaelites. The identification cannot be made any stronger.
  6. Arabia was already populated by the descendants of Cush and Shem long before Abraham or Ishmael were born (Gen. 10:7). Their cities and temples have been well documented by archeologists.
  7. If all the Arab people descended from Ishmael as Muhammad claimed, where did all the original Arabs go? What happened to them? Who did Ishmael marry if the Arabs did not already exist? If Arabia was unpopulated, who built Mecca? Since he lived there, obviously it existed before he was born. The facts speak for themselves. The Arab people existed before, during, and after Ishmael moved started roaming the wilderness of North Arabia.
  8. The descendants of Ishmael were scattered in Northern Arabia from the wilderness of Shur to the ancient city of Havilah. They were absorbed by the local tribes such as the Midianites (Gen. 37:25-28; 39:1; Judges 8:24). There is no historical or archeological evidence that Ishmael went south to Mecca and became the "Father" of the Arab race. Some modern Arab scholars admit that before Muhammad, Qahtan was said to be the "Father" of the Arab people, not Ishmael.
  9. The Abrahamic Covenant was given only to Isaac and to his descendants. Ishmael and the other sons of Abraham were explicitly excluded by God from having any part of the covenant made with Abraham. (Gen. 18:18-21)
  10. Therefore the descendants of Ishmael and the other sons of Abraham do not have any claim to the land of Israel because they are not included in the covenant God made with Abraham. Only the Jews have any claim to the land of Israel.

Source: http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-arabs-descendants-of-ishmael.htm

The first clue that we have that Abraham is not in fact the father of Ishmael, is the statement that he was 86 years old when Ishmael was born (Ge 16:16). He is aged 137 years at Sarah's death, when he apparently marries Keturah (cf. Ge 17:17; 23:1), which suggests he really isn't the father of "the progenitors" of the Arabic tribes.

Ishmael's inheritance is the wilderness of Paran in the Sinai (Ge 21:21); while the sons of Keturah were sent away by Abraham with gifts to settle the wilderness wastes of Arabia, to the east of Canaan and Transjordan (Ge 25:6)

Source: http://www.bibleorigins.net/Ishmael.html

42:12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands

42:13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar, he shall prevail against his enemies.

42:14 I have time holden my peace: I have been still, and refrained myself: now I will cry travailing woman: I will destroy and devour at once.

42:15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands and I will dry up the pools.

Sounds like the Book of Revelations?

42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

Jesus is the light of the world. (John 1:4, John 12:46) He opened the eyes of the blind, he was the way (John 14:6)

42:17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, ye are our gods.

God is saying In Isaiah 42:13-14 that this prophet will prevail against his enemies.

Look here, it clearly says this is Jesus who is Israel's descendant! Jesus will return and conquer all (Revelations).

This prophecy applies to Prophet Muhammad because he and his followers crushed his enemies by the sword and spread the word of God. God says that he has holden his peace for a long time against his enemies with the other messengers but with Prophet Muhammad he shall make war against his enemies and triumph against them. This prophecy cannot apply to Jesus because he didn't make war against his enemies he only taught his followers to love his enemies. In Isaiah 42:16 it says that he will lead people of Kedar in to paths they have not known and he will make darkness light before them with Prophet Muhammad. In Isaiah 42:17 God say that they false pagan gods will be put to shame. Prophet Muhammad did to this to they gods when he entered the Kabah and destroyed all they 365 false gods and put them to shame because they gods didn't do anything. So Prophet Muhammad was foretold in the bible.

Sohail

See above, I have explained sufficiently that this isn't Muhammed since he was not the light of men, son of Israel, Jacob's king, creator, miracle worker, nor did he give the New Covenant. But wait! God says that he will lead the blind, does that mean Kedar is a blind nation (spiritually or literally)? All in all, Isaiah 41-42 point towards Jesus not Muhammed. You can defend this prophecy if you want or show me other "prophecies" about Muhammed.

May God Bless You All

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