|The Near Future: The Tale of Two Temples
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.
A Muslim named Ali from Great Britain has been commenting about some of my posts. Our interaction got intense, and Ali has agreed to debate me on this blog. I will post his response in its entirety on the blog, so you can see what Muslims believe and how they think. The subject of this debate is Muhammad or Jesus the Prophet Like Unto Moses. Ali has agreed to only use the Koran to defend Muhammad. Muslims believe that the Jews corrupted the Old Testament while the Christians corrupted the New Testament. Muhammad was the Prophet mentioned in Deuteronomy 18:18, and in the Koran he corrected all the corruption of the Bible. Muhammad is the final or seal of the prophets.
The Koran states that Muhammad is the Prophet who will be like unto Moses. Muhammad came with the final message, which everyone has to obey. The Suras to show this follow:
Sura 46.9 Say: I am not the first of the apostles, and I do not know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am nothing but a plain warner. (10) Say: Have you considered if it is from Allah, and you disbelieve in it, and a witness from among the children of Israel has borne witness of one like him, so he believed, while you are big with pride; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people. Sura 3:85 And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.
In the New Testament, the Book of Acts states that the Lord Jesus is the prophet like Moses.
Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Acts 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
Acts 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
There are six outstanding characteristics that have to be met to be the prophet like Moses. The Bible teaches that Moses is different from all the other Old Testament prophets. To be the prophet of Deuteronomy 18, these six characteristics must be fulfilled. The Lord Jesus fulfilled all of them while Muhammad fulfilled none of them. These requirements follow:
1). The prophet has to be from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The brethren of Deuteronomy 18 are the sons of Jacob. The brethren in the context of Deuteronomy 18:18 are the descendants of the 12 sons of Jacob.
2). God spoke directly to Moses. All other prophets received their revelation by visions or dreams. Moses’ revelation was directly from the mouth of God.
3). Moses was in the direct presence of God. He saw the similitude or form of the LORD. Moses glowed from being in direct presence of God's glory.
4). Moses introduced a blood covenant relationship with God. The other prophets built upon this covenant, but no other Old Testament prophet brought in a different covenant.
5). Moses did mighty miracles. God used Moses to split the Red Sea
6). Moses prophesied of the future. Moses gave entire chapters of prophecy. His prophecy centered on the people and nation of Israel .
To be a Biblical prophet, one has to prophesy the future and be 100 percent accurate.
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Muhammad made no prophecy that can be tested in the Koran. He made general statements about the Last Day and judgment, but this does not qualify him to be the Prophet Like Unto Moses. If I make quotes about the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus and judgment, this does not qualify me to be the Prophet Like Unto Moses.
Muhammad is automatically disqualified from being the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18 because he is not a prophet. How can Muhammad claim to be prophet and not give prophecy? Muhammad would fall under the category of teacher and not a prophet. I await Ali's defense of Muhammad as a great prophet. He must show the awesome prophecy from the Koran to prove that Muhammad is a prophet.
After discussing Muhammad as a prophet, I will then move on to show that the Lord Jesus Christ was a true prophet both in His lifetime and into the future. He qualifies to be the prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18.
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