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WHY MUHAMMAD IS NOT THE PROPHET SPOKEN OF BY MOSES

Deuteronomy 18:15 (KJV) says “The Lord thy GOD will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.  The Bible (NIV) says: “The Lord our GOD will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites, you must listen to him”.  When it states in the KJV “a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren,” GOD is telling the people He will raise up this prophet from among your fellow Israelites, from among their brothers.

Genesis 25:17 – “Ishmael lived 137 years.” 

Genesis 16:16 – Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised and Ishmael was 13 years old.”

Genesis 21:5 – Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.”

So, it’s clear that Ishmael was 14 years old when Isaac was born which makes them 14 years apart in age.  So, if Ishmael died at the age of 137, then Isaac was 123 years old when Ishmael died. 

Genesis 25:26 says – Isaac was 60 years old when Esau and Jacob were born” so it’s clear that Ishmael was 74 years old at the time when his two nephews were born. 

Genesis 26:34 – “When Esau was 40 years old, he married Judith.”  This happened at the same time that Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob.  They were both twins, so if Esau was 40 years old then Jacob was 40 years old as well. 

Genesis 25:26 clearly states Isaac was 60 years old when he had Esau and Jacob, so at the time Esau sold his birthright Isaac was 100 years old and Ishmael was 114.  From Genesis 26:34 to 29:18 (three whole chapters have gone by) and we don’t know how old Jacob was at the time he told his uncle Laban that he would work for him seven years in return for his daughter Rachael, but in this instant case, if one year or fifty years has passed, it would help my argument and as I continue I will explain. 

In Genesis 29:18 when Jacob told his uncle “I will work for you for seven years in return for your daughter Rachael and in Genesis 29:30 says Jacob worked for Laban another seven years.”  So, if Ishmael was 114 years old at the time Esau sold his birthright and 14 years has went by, it’s clear that Ishmael would be 128 years old at the completion of Jacob’s 14 years of service to Laban. 

Genesis 29:31-35 clearly shows that Leah gave birth to the first four sons of Jacob who was the Father of the twelve tribes of Israel.  We all know that one woman can only give birth to one child per year so it’s clear that four years have passed and Ishmael was 132 years old when the first four sons of the twelve tribes of Israel were born. 

Genesis 30:1-8 clearly shows that Bilhah conceived the next two sons of the twelve tribes of Israel, which another two years has passed and Ishmael was 134 years old when the first six sons of the twelve tribes of Israel were born.

Genesis 3:9-17 clearly shows that another three years has passed when Zilpah bore Jacob his next two sons and then Leah conceived the ninth son of Jacob.    

Now let’s go back to when I said from Genesis 26:34 to 29:18 three whole chapters have gone by and we don’t know how old Jacob was at the time he started his service for his uncle Laban.  If you were to say one year or fifty years has passed between these scriptures, it’s clear that Ishmael would have been 137 years old when the ninth son of Jacob was born which was the same year he died, and it is clear that he died before the completion of the twelve tribes of Israel or if someone was to argue the time between Genesis 26:4 to 29:18, it would be clear that Ishmael possibly died before the start of the twelve tribes of Israel or in between the ninth son being born.  In Genesis 32:28 GOD changes Jacob’s name to Israel (who was the Father of the twelve tribes of Israel) two or more years after the death of his brother Ishmael.  So, it’s clear that the nation didn’t receive its name until after the death of Ishmael.

Now to my point:  Go back to Deuteronomy 18:15 where it says again “I will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites.”  Ishmael wasn’t even alive at the completion of the twelve tribes of Israel and neither Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Esau nor Jacob were Israelites -- they were Hebrews.  The Israelites were descendants of Jacob’s sons and that’s why God told Moses from among your fellow Israelites.  So, when GOD told Moses I will raise up a prophet from among the Israelites, there is no way possible GOD could have been speaking of any descendants of the Ishmaelites because the Israelites started with the twelve sons of Jacob and Ishmael was not an Israelite.  Muslims say when GOD said, “I will raise up a prophet like you” GOD was referring to Prophet Muhammad because he shared in the same characteristics as Moses regarding them both being prophets and both going to war.  When God said “I will raise up a prophet like you among your fellow Israelites GOD wasn’t speaking of the same characteristic traits, GOD was speaking of lineage.  Moses was a Levite who also was an Israelite.  Now look at the end of the scripture in Deuteronomy 18:15. Moses says, “You must listen to him.”  When Moses said these words, he was speaking the exact words GOD had told him to say to the Israelites.  Go to Matthew 17:1-5 during the transfiguration of Jesus. 

The Transfiguration (NIV)

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

In verse 3 “just then there appeared before them (Peter, James and John) Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus.”  In verse 5 while Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.  Listen to him.”  LISTEN TO HIM.  These are the same exact words GOD told Moses in Deuteronomy to say to the Israelites.  Jesus is from the tribe of Judah and GOD said these same exact words again in the presence of Moses, and Moses had no objections because this is the Inauguration of Jesus, that prophet, GOD was speaking about in Deuteronomy.  Moses was the representative of the law and Elijah was the representative of the prophets.  The fulfillment of the law and the superseding of the prophets by Jesus was confirmed.  GOD told them that you are no longer to follow them but “LISTEN TO JESUS.”  

Marvin D. Cook, Jr.
a Servant of Almighty God

                                              

 

 

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