Muslims claim that Deuteronomy 18:15, 18 prophesies about Muhammad. “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from among your brothers…” (18:15). “I will raise up a prophet like you [Moses] from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him” (18:18).
Muslims say Muhammad was like Moses in several ways. He was a prophet, a lawgiver, and a military leader. He was also from a tribe related to Israel, through Ishmael. Could this be true? Let’s look at the verses in context.
Who does “You” and “Among these Brothers” Refer to?
Deuteronomy 1:1 says, “These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel.” The message was for Israel. It’s very clear that the prophet would be from Israel. If we look at other parts of the Taurat, Israel didn’t expect a prophet from Ishmael, but from Isaac (Taurat, Genesis 17:18-21; 21:10-12).
God’s Book also tells us, “There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Taurat, Deuteronomy 34:10). Did God speak directly to Muhammad? No! The Angel Gabriel spoke to Muhammad.
Isa Al-Masih Fulfilled the Prophecy
Isa Al-Masih was an Israelite from the tribe of Judah. He also spoke to God directly. “… I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me” (Injil, John 8:28).
He also brought a message which was in harmony with Moses. He brought the Injil and the new covenant (Injil, John 1:17). This covenant was the fulfillment and completion of the Law and the old covenant known as the Taurat. Moses brought the Taurat. Yet, Muhammad brought messages which contradict the Taurat, such as mandatory prayers, Hajj, Ramadan, etc.
Moses and Isa Al-Masih Worked Miracles, but Not Muhammad!
Another similarity Isa had with Moses was demonstrating God’s divine power through miracles. Isa raised the dead, healed the sick, controlled the weather (Injil, John 11:17-44; Luke 7:2-10; Matthew 8:23-27). Moses demonstrated similar miracles while in Egypt and in the wilderness (Exodus 14:16-21 and Numbers 21:7-9). The Quran even records miracles done by Isa. It never records Muhammad doing miracles. Therefore, none of the above criteria can apply to Muhammad.
Isa Al-Masih, Not Muhammad, Brought the Good News of the Gospel
As God’s Spirit spoke through Isa’s apostle, Peter, in Acts 3:22, “Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’”
What does Isa tell us? He brought the good news that God saves sinners. We must believe that Isa died and was resurrected to redeem us from our sins. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name [Isa Al-Masih] under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
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