The ”Prophet” Jesus
Vol: 133 Issue: 25 Thursday, October 25, 2012
One of titles given to Mohammed, the father of Islam, is simply that of the ‘Prophet’. And there can be little argument that Mohammed claimed to be a prophet of God. The Bible commands us to test the prophets of God.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
The Koran claims Mohammed is a prophet. It also says the Koran confirms the teaching of the Jewish and Christian scriptures.
“O ye unto whom the Scripture hath been given! Believe in what We have revealed, confirming that which ye possess. (Sura 4:47)
The New Testament preaches the fulfillment of what the Old Testament prophesied. That God would take upon Himself the sins of the world through His Messiah, who would be born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth and would die as a sin offering for the world outside Jerusalem.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is built around the salient facts that He died for our sins and rose again and is now alive forever. If Jesus didn’t go to the Cross, our hope is in vain, and we remain dead in our sins, the Scriptures say.
“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17)
According to the ‘prophet’ Mohammed, Islam is a continuation of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, God’s final revelation to mankind.
But of Jesus, the Koran says;
“The Jews say, ‘we slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the Messenger of God’ – yet they did not slay him, neither crucified him” (Sura 4:156-157)
“The Jews say, Ezra is the “Son of God”; the Christians say, “The Messiah is the Son of God.” That is the utterance of there mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. God assail them! How they are perverted.” (Sura 9:30)
“They say: “God has begotten a son” God forbid!” (Sura 10:68)
Mohammed may be a ‘prophet’ but his doctrine identifies him as the prophet of a different god.
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:3)
Islam makes many other claims about someone in the Koran named Isa, whom they claim is Jesus.
“His message was pure Islam, surrender to Allah.” (Âl ‘Imran 3:84)
Like all the Muslim ‘prophets’ before him, and like Muhammad after him, (says the Koran):
“Isa was a lawgiver, and Christians should submit to his law.” (Âl ‘Imran 3:50; Al-Ma’idah 5:48)
“Isa’s original disciples were also true Muslims, for they said ‘We believe. Bear witness that we have surrendered. We are Muslims.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:111)
The Muslim Jesus, Isa, received his revelation of Islam in the form of a book. (Al-An’am 6:90)
“Isa’s book is called the Injil or ‘gospel'”. (Al-Ma’idah 5:46) “The Torah was Moses’ book, and the Zabur (Psalms) were David’s book. So Jews and Christians are ‘people of the Book’. The one religion revealed in these books was Islam.” (Âl ‘Imran 3:18)
“Isa was simply a created human being, and a slave of Allah.” (An-Nisa’ 4:172; Âl ‘Imran 3:59
Islam claims that the Bible predicted the coming of Mohammed and the rise of Islam, and also claims Mohammed is the ‘Comforter’ spoken of by Jesus in John 16:7.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.”
But Jesus also said the Comforter would remain with us until His return. That can’t be Mohammed. Mohammed has been dead for 1400 years.
In fact, I believe the Bible DID predict Islam, and the coming of Mohammed, but in different verses than the Islamists are claiming. Of Ishmael, father of Islam, God said this:
“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
Of Mohammed, Jesus said,
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
Mohammed also prophesied the return of the Muslim Jesus on the last day. But the Muslim Jesus comes back to DESTROY the believing Christian Church — not to redeem it.
Mohammed’s end times’ prophecy of the returning Muslim Jesus pictures him returning this way:
“a man of medium height, or reddish complexion, wearing two light garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head although it will not be wet. He will fight for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill pigs, and abolish the poll-tax. Allah will destroy all religions except Islam.”
“He (‘Isa) will destroy the Evil One and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die’.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, 37:4310)
The Sahih Muslim has a variant of this tradition:
“The son of Mary … will soon descend among you as a just judge. He will … abolish the poll-tax, and the wealth will pour forth to such an extent that no one will accept charitable gifts.” (Sahih Muslim 287)
The cross is a symbol of Christianity. Breaking crosses means abolishing Christianity. Pigs are associated with Christians. Killing them is another way of speaking of the destruction of Christianity.
Both of these verses refer to the abolition of the ‘poll-tax’ as well. At first glance, that sounds somehow positive. But the poll-tax refers to a tax paid by dhimmis (non-Muslims) in Muslim lands, in exchange for being allowed to live in peace.
The abolition of the poll-tax means jihad is restarted against Christians (and Jews) living under Islam, who should convert to Islam, or else be killed or enslaved. The abundance of wealth refers to booty flowing to the Muslims from this conquest.
The prophet Mohammed’s revelations about Isa are, according to Islam, the real truth and continuation of Christianity and Judaism. The Koran claims Christians and Jews perverted the original text, and God sent Mohammed to ‘get it right’.
Remember, we are testing a prophet, here. How much did Mohammed ‘get right’, anyway?
Mohammed’s ‘prophecy’, the Koran, says of the mother of the Muslim Jesus:
“Mariam the mother of Isa is called a sister of Aaron, and also the daughter of Aaron’s father Imran (Hebr. Amram)”.
(Aaron’s sister lived 2000 years before Mary, mother of Jesus.)
The Koran also says that Haman was a minister of Pharoh during the time of the Exodus. (Sura 28:38) But the Bible says that Haman was the minister of King Ahasuerus of Medo-Persia, a thousand years later. (See the Book of Esther)
The Koran has a Samaritan making the golden calf, which was worshipped by the Israelites in the wilderness (Sura 20:85) during the Exodus.
In fact, THAT was Aaron (Exodus 34:1-6).
(The Samaritans did not even exist until several centuries later.)
The test of a prophet is to see if his prophecies are true. Mohammed didn’t make the cut.
The Jesus of the Gospels is the base upon which Christianity developed. By Islamicizing Him, and making of Him a Muslim prophet who preached the Koran, Islam destroys Christianity and takes over all its history. It does the same to Judaism.
In the end times as described by the Koran, Isa becomes a warrior who will return with his sword and lance. He will destroy the Christian religion and make Islam the only religion in all the world.
Finally at the last judgment he will condemn Christians to hell for believing in the Crucifixion and the Incarnation.
This final act of the Muslim ‘Isa’ reflects Islam’s apologetic strategy in relation to Christianity, which is to deny the Yeshua of history, and replace Him with a facsimile of Muhammad, so that nothing remains but Islam.
“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. . . .For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.’ (2nd Corinthians 11:4,13-15)