By Pete Fisher

Talking with some Muslims recently, it was pointed out that the Bible foretells Mohammed. The passage they used was “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deut. 18:18.

I noticed instantly the term “from their brethren” as being a Jew as was Moses. The lineage of the Messiah, in both Judaism and Christianity is quite well known to descend from the line of King David, which means if the Muslims I discussed this with are correct, then by all means Mohammed would have to be a Jew.

But during my discussion I found no reference at all to Mohammed within the Old or New Testaments with exception that there would be false messiahs and false prophets walking around from time to time and that by using scripture as a basis, we could easily see the deception should it come along.

So here we see Moses having freed the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians using methods completely beyond the grasp of man. So it would make sense to me that anyone who was to be like Moses would exhibit at least the powers and abilities of Moses, and would also speak words not contrary to Moses’ words.

But I cannot see this with Mohammed. In fact, he seemed to be a walking contradiction to Moses and the prophets in many ways. Take this passage from the Quran for example: Koran 9:5,29 — pp102,111; cf. 2:256 — p32 where Mohammed commanded to use violence against anyone who rejected Islam, yet then said not to use religion as a means to violence. First forbidding the use of idols and images, he condoned it under being at the brink of starvation, and then once more condemned it. In fact, Mohammed changed his doctrines in the area of 50 times, and he also claimed to have been deceived by the devil in one passage, and changed his tune, something not seen in Jewish prophets. They may not have been well received, but they always stuck to their guns.

For in fact, if Mohammed arose after Moses, to further the message of Moses we would first have to see Mohammed being born of a Jewish mother and being able to trace his lineage back to King David. I never did find that connection anywhere I happened to look. Mohammed was describes as pale, almost china white in some tenets, and some even think he was Chinese or Aryan. He barely fits the description of any Semitic people when reading through the tales of his appearance.

However, I will give Mohammed and his followers the benefit of the doubt for a minute while I chew on some things here. Did Mohammed fulfill the prophecy of Moses? Then He must be a Jew.

Did Mohammed cry to God, as did Moses to spare the life of the Israelites and even offer to die on his own for them should God not forgive them? Then he must be a Jew.

Did Mohammed fulfill the promise of being the Messiah as the Bible says? Then Mohammed was a Jew.

Did Mohammed raise the dead, or bring a message of freedom to the Jews as the One Who would come after him do? Then Mohammed was a Jew.

Was Mohammed sold for thirty pieces of silver, die on a tree, and was he buried with the rich? Then Mohammed was a Jew.

Did Mohammed negate the old system of sacrifice to release the penalty of mankinds’ sins from their shoulders? Or did he enforce a worse one, i.e. Sharia?

Did Mohammed recognize Jerusalem as the Holy City of God? Then Mohammed was a Jew. Did Mohammed recognize the location and implication of the Jewish temple on the temple Mount? Then Mohammed was a Jew. And I can go on and on, but why? We can easily see that by trying to weakly squeeze Mohammed into the lineage of Moses and David, all that comes out is pulp. As in fiction, like the movie.

But who would think that God would send the Messenger to basically contradict all that Moses said and did? And why would God call His people Holy, and promise David that his lineage would never end, and have Mohammed enter the picture and order their obliteration? I could more easily comprehend that he simply tried to create a religion, and all 6,666 verses in the Quran could have been just that, another religion. But to claim to be the Messenger that God promised, without fulfilling any of the prophecies that came with the job, I really have a hard time accepting the fact that Mohammed was a Jew. Other than some dietary laws that were borrowed from the Jews, it seems Mohammed had little in common with them.

Maybe if I saw Islam fully embracing Israel and it’s people, and put an end to Sharia whereby men are made slaves, and waged a full scale Jihad against those who oppose the Quran by trying to steal Jewish lands via terror; I still could not accept Mohammed as a Jew.

But I would most definitely have a lot more respect for Mohammed and his followers.