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A Prophet Like Moses

The following excerpt is taken from “The Quran Code” pg. 603-611:

In the Bible, in Deuteronomy chapter eighteen, we have the words of Moses who reports that God told him that there would raise up a prophet, from among the brothers of the Israelites, like Moses. Christians wish to apply this to Jesus, to say he was the prophet like Moses. It is uncomfortable for them to recognize, however that Jesus was not very much like Moses and Jesus had no father, no wife, no children; he did not die of old age, and he did not lead a nation; all these things Moses had or did. But they say, well, Jesus will return; he will return as a victorious person, and so he will be more like Moses. Do they really expect he will return to also acquire a father and a wife and children and then die of old age? Moreover, Jesus was an Israelite. The passage of scripture says that this prophet that was foretold would be raised up among the brothers of the Israelites, not from the Israelites. In the third chapter of Acts, the disciple Peter speaks to a crowd of people and explains that Jesus has been taken up and he is in heaven. He will remain in Heaven and he cannot return until all the things that were promised by God come to pass. So what are we still waiting for, does he tell the crowd? He quotes this very saying of Moses saying: “For God will raise up a prophet from among the brothers of the Israelites like Moses…” The point is very clear. Christians like to see this prophet as being Jesus. But read carefully Acts chapter three, what it says is that Jesus awaits a return. He cannot return until the fulfillment of this prophecy, that another prophet has to come. Jesus spoke of it himself and the words survived, just barely, but they survived in the bible. Jesus spoke of God sending another ‘Paraclete’. Paraclete There is a lot of argument over the meaning of this word ‘Paraclete’. For now we can leave that aside. What is a ‘Paraclete’? It does not matter. The first letter of John shows that Jesus was a ‘Paraclete’. He is called a ‘Paraclete’ and we have Jesus promising another ‘Paraclete’ is going to be sent. We lose a lot by this word ‘another’ in English because it is ambiguous. If someone’s car breaks down, and it is a Toyota, and I say, ‘” I’ll go get you another car,” maybe I mean, “I’ll go and get you another Toyota because this one you have is broken,” or maybe I mean, “Forget Toyota, they’re no good; I’ll go and get you a Datsun.” It is an ambiguous word. But the Greeks had a word for it. When they meant ‘another’ of the same kind, they said “aloes”. When they meant another of a different kind, they said “heteroes”. The important thing there is that when Jesus, who was himself a Paraclete, said “God will send you another Paraclete” he used the word aloes, not heteroes. Christians want to say that this other ‘Paraclete’ that has been sent was different from Jesus. It was not a man, it was a spirit. What Jesus said was: God will send you another one like me, another man.” Muslims believe that Muhammad is the fulfillment of this prophecy by Jesus. The Qur’an says that this man is mentioned in the scriptures of the Jews and the Christians (see7: 157). Christians came to expect that the return of Jesus because of a Jewish misunderstanding. ‘Messiah’ and ‘Son of Man’ have been given special significance by the Jews, even though many people were called by this same name as in the Bible. The Jews came to expect a victorious leader. When Jesus did not turn out to be quite what many expected, they hatched the idea that he would return some day and fulfill all these prophecies.

Chess, Nico. The Quran Code: The last book you would ever think of reading will make you question your entire reality. (Kindle Locations 603-611). Kindle Edition.

Covenant of the Children of Israel

Quran 2:83:

And [recall] when We took the covenant from the Children of Israel, [enjoining upon them], “Do not worship except Allah ; and to parents do good and to relatives, orphans, and the needy. And speak to people good [words] and establish prayer and give zakah.” Then you turned away, except a few of you, and you were refusing.

The following quotations are taken from Abdul Majid Daryabadi’s Tafsir Vol 1 pg. 56:

(Do not worship except Allah):

The Old Testament:

‘And God spake all these words saying, I am the Lord thy God…. Thou shalt have no gods before me.’ (Exodus 20: 1-3)

‘The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb… I am the Lord Thy God… Thou shalt have none other gods before me.’ (Deuteronomy 5:2, 6:7)

‘Hear O Israel: the Lord God is our God… Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him… ye shall not go after other gods.’ (Deuteronomy (6: 4, 13, 14)

(and to parents do good)

‘Honor thy father and mother.’ (Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16)

(and to relatives, orphans and the needy)

‘Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Bakka (Makkah)

Quran 3:96:

The first house of worship established for people was the one in Bakka. It is blessed and a source of guidance to humanity.

Psalm 84:4-6 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs;

Kaskas, Safi. The Qur’an – with References to the Bible: A Contemporary Understanding . Bridges to Common Ground. Kindle Edition.

The Land

Quran 21:105:

And We have already written in the book [of Psalms] after the [previous] mention that the land [of Paradise] is inherited by My righteous servants.

Psalms 37:29:

‘The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.’

1 Peter 1:4-5

‘and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.’

Kaskas, Safi. The Qur’an – with References to the Bible: A Contemporary Understanding . Bridges to Common Ground. Kindle Edition.

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