IS MUHAMMAD FORETOLD IN THE BIBLE?
Those who follow the Messenger (Mohammed), the Prophet who can
neither read nor write, whom they will find described
in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them (7:157 MP).
In order to decide whether or not Muhammad is foretold in the Bible you will need to read the Biblical scriptures that are referred to and decide for yourself whether you think they foretell the coming of Muhammad. You may like to read my review of Jamal Badawi’s article on this subject. He lists all the common Biblical scriptures that Muslims claim refer to Muhammad. Personally I have found all the attempts to demonstrate this unconvincing.
It is obvious that Muslims have also found it hard to find any reference to Muhammad in the Bible. I say this because some Muslims have actually written their own Gospel so that it now fortells the coming of Muhammad. Two examples of this are “The Gospel According to Islam” (1979) and “The Gospel of Barnabas” (14th century):
But she (Mary) pointed to the babe. They said, How can we talk to an infant in the cradle. But the child spoke up and said, I am indeed a servant of God. He hath appointed me as a sign for men and a mercy from Him. This was a matter decreed … That I may bring to the world the good news of a messenger who will come after me as light and mercy to all the nations; his name shall be called Admirable (2:20-3:1). (Ahmad Shafaat, The Gospel According to Islam, New York: Vantage Press, 1979)
Then said the priest: “How shall the Messiah be called?” … Jesus answered: “The name of the Messiah is admirable … Mohammed is his blessed name”.(The Gospel of Barnabas, chapter. 97, 14th century A.D.)
If Muhammad really was foretold in the Gospel there would be no need for Muslims to rewrite the Gospel with Muhammad now foretold in it. These false Gospels are contributing proof that Muhammad is not foretold in the Bible and that this claim of the Qur’an is false.
(For more information about these false gospels follow the link at the end of this article.)
Anyone who claims to be a prophet must be prepared to have his prophecy tested – it is a command from God! The prophecy of Muhammad is the Qur’an and the Qur’an makes three claims that can be tested:
- It confirms the teaching of the Bible.
- It makes clearer the teaching of the Bible.
- Muhammad is foretold in the Bible.
In this article I have presented the evidence so that you can consider these claims for yourself. I personally can only conclude that the claims of the Qur’an are false. It does not confirm the teaching of the Bible; it does not make clearer the teaching of the Bible; and Muhammad is not foretold in the Bible. It is because the Qur’an is false that Muslims have had to rewrite the Gospel, with books like “The Gospel According to Islam” and “The Gospel of Barnabas”, in order to make the Bible and Qur’an confirm each other. This also explains why so many Muslims I have spoken to attack the Bible and accuse it of being changed; they are trying to escape the failure of the Qur’an by laying the blame on others.