A PROPHET LIKE MOSES (Deuteronomy 18:18): THE 11 LIKENESSES TO THE MESSIAH (Jesus) EXPLAINED
Updated: Aug 13
When we read the Old Testament we see the most High telling Moses that he will send a prophet like him to Israel after Moses.
It’s important to understand who this prophet is because there are claims from other religions most specifically Islam that say this prophet was Muhammad.
As you read on you will see that this prophecy was fulfilled, the scriptures clearly tell us who the prophet like Moses was. You will also see a list of likenesses which make Moses and that Prophet alike…
If you haven’t guessed who that prophet is it is the Messiah Yahusha, popularly known as Jesus.
What Do Scriptures Say About A Prophet Like Moses?
It’s always important that we refer to the scriptures so that we are not deceived by outside influences. First of all to find this prophecy we must read Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 18.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Here we see that popular prophecy which says the most High will raise up a prophet like Moses.
We are told that the most High will put his words in this prophets mouth who we know to be Yahusha (Jesus) and he will speak all that he is commanded by the most High and those that do not listen will be condemned to hell.
Since we know that this is the criteria we can look at the New Testament and find out if Yahusha himself said he was commanded to speak the words of the most High.
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
As you can see here the Messiah says that he has spoken what the father has commanded him to speak, this is identical to what we are told in Deuteronomy 18:18.
To determine the Messiah was of Moses’ brethren we can also look and find scriptures that tell us the Messiah came from the tribe of Judah:
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
These two facts alone satisfy the prophecy that was given to Moses about a prophet to come like himself.
We could actually end this here because these are the two criteria that are needed to be met.
When the scripture says like Moses this can be read to mean that this prophet would bring a law, which is true of the messiah because he fulfilled (Matthew 5:17) the Commandments and renewed the Covenant.
The Messiah is also like Moses because he came to save his people and Gentiles who believe and Moses saved Israel and the gentiles that believed by taking them out of Egypt.
We know this about Moses because we are told there was a mix multitude of nationalities amongst Israel (Exodus 12:38).
This renewed covenant means that we no longer need animal sacrifices to atone for Sins (Daniel 9:27, Hebrews 10). Christ also gave a deeper interpretation of the laws that Moses was given from the most High…
Which of course is what was commanded from the most High.
Before we look at some of the likenesses of Moses and the Messiah it’s important to understand that the scriptures have concluded that this prophet was the Messiah Yahusha:
17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
We are clearly told in the scriptures above that the prophet which would be raised up onto Israel is the Messiah. We are also told that those who do not listen to the Messiah will be destroyed.
Now let’s look at some of the likenesses between the Messiah and Moses which extend further than them just being and Israelites and Prophets:
1. A Prophet From Among Their (Israels) Brethren
As explained earlier Moses and Christ are both from the children of Israel. Moses is a Levite (Exodus 4:14) and Christ is from the tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:14).
2. Moses And The Messiah Were Both Transfigured
A transfiguration is described as a more beautiful stately look; it can be a complete change of the physical body or just a radiance that is very bright to onlookers.
Many people know about the transfiguration of the messiah when he was on the Mount with his disciples but the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–2) of Moses is often overlooked.
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after communicating with the most High he also had a spiritual glow, so much so the people were frightened to look at him and he had to cover his body.
29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
31 And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.
32 And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
34 But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
So, likewise we see in the scriptures Moses transfigured.
This is very similar to the transfiguration that the disciples witnessed with the Messiah in the mountains.
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
3. Moses And Christ Were Babies In Egypt And Came Out
Another likeness between Moses and the Messiah is that both were in Egypt as babies to escape their deaths. The ruling Pharaoh of Egypt put out a decree to kill the firstborn of the Israelite Hebrew children because they were becoming huge in numbers (Exodus 1:8-14).
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
Above you can see that the Midwives that were ordered to kill the male sons of Israel were afraid so they spared them.
5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.
6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.
Moses also later led the children of Israel out of Egypt.
The same happened in Jerusalem when Herod knew of the birth of the Messiah; fearing that he would become the king of the Jews over himself. He made plans to kill the Messiah as a child.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
4. Both Moses And Christ Brought Laws
The laws of Moses are called that for a reason, because it was him that the most High spoke with when he gave Israel and the world his laws. These laws were established with the blood of an animal.
We see confirmation of this when Moses sprinkled blood on Israel to establish this first covenant (Exodus 24:7-9).
This followed the establishment of the sacrifice of animals to atone for Israel’s and the other nation’s (gentiles) sins…
When the Messiah began to teach he taught us that the most High required mercy rather than sacrifice, subsequently he became the last sacrifice for sins (Daniel 9:27). This ushered in the new covenant.
The sacrifice of animals was required continually, whereas the Messiah was sacrificed once and resurrected, so that we only have to believe in him to have forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 10).
We are told by the Messiah to keep his commandments and he will allow us to receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:15). Many have taken this to mean that we no longer need to remember or keep morals, but that is not true.
It is very important we keep the moral and dietary laws of God. The only exception we see in regards to the Moral laws is the circumcision for the Gentiles (Acts 15:5-11). If you’re Negro you’re not a Gentile contrary to popular belief so this exception would not apply to you. That being said circumcision will not save us, but it is an Israelites heritage. Find out who Israel is here.
Even this exception applies, I would still advise people to be circumcised, but it’s not obligatory to gain salvation.
5. Moses and Christ Both Performed Miracles
If you’re new to the scriptures you may or may not know that Moses performed 10 miracles (Exodus 7:9,10). Some call them plagues because they were performed to get Pharaohs attention, in order to let the children of Israel leave Egypt to go to the promised land Canaan.
Comparatively the Messiah performed many miracles, which involved healing the blind, deaf, raising the dead healing bleeding issues and casting out demons (John 21:25).
6. Both Baptised Israel
Many people are unaware of the baptism in the book of Exodus. It occurred when Israel crossed the red sea while being pursued by Pharaoh. This is revealed to us in the book of Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 10:1-2
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
You are probably more familiar with water baptism in the new testament. It was carried out first by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-6) and his disciples. The Messiah’s disciples also continued and took over baptism from John (John 4:1,2).
7. Both Laws Included Gentiles
Many people think the laws of most High only dealt with Israel. But nothing could be further from the truth. Of course the Most High made his covenant with Israel and that can’t be ignored. Who they are and what they look like is also important.
When we look at the laws of Moses we see an inclusion of the strangers (gentiles). They are even amongst Israel when leaving Egypt as the mixed multitude mentioned previously.
This same message is true with the Messiah who has a number of interactions with Strangers. Especially in the land of Samaria where many began to believe in him. Other encounters with Gentiles include a phoenician woman and Roman centurion. The Messiah also tells the disciples to preach to all nations (Mark 16:15).
This shows us that Moses and the Messiah both brought the same Message. The scriptures tell us that the Messiah’s death was for the whole world (John 3:16), not just Israel.
8. Christ Spoke With Moses And Elijah
This is not really a likeness, it is more of a confirmation. When the Messiah goes up to the Mountain with his disciples after being transfigured he is seen talking with Moses and Elijah.
This is clearly a sign that the Messiah was that prophet to come like Moses. Incidentally we are told that John the baptist is the prophet like Elijah and it was him that announced the Messiah’s coming…
The Messiah reveals to us that John came as the fulfillment of Elijah’s second coming (Matthew 17:12-13).
9. Israel Rejected Both Laws Brought
When Israel left Egypt their journey to the promised land Canaan was not without its challenges for Moses. One of the biggest challenges was getting Israel to have faith and believe in the Most High.
This was such a big problem that the Most High wanted to step in on numerous occasions to eradicate Israel (Exodus 32:9,10). We also see that the Most High purposely made Israel travel a long route to Canaan (Wrongly called the land of Israel today), which took 40 years.
This was because of their unbelief (Exodus 13:17). The Most High also did this so that that faithless generation would be dead by the time they got to the promised land and their children would inherit the land.
When we compare the Messiahs time with Israel the same problems of unbelief ring true. It was the Pharisees that gave the Messiah up to the Roman rulers Pilate and Herod, because of their unbelief (Luke 18:31-32).
There were also places that the Messiah performed no miracles because of Israel’s unbelief also (Matthew 13:58).
10. The Most High Spoke To And On Behalf Of The Messiah and Moses
When Moses got the commandments from God. We are told in scriptures that he stayed with God in the mountain for up to 40 days (Exodus 34:27-28).
When we look at the Messiah’s life he tells us that he is the only one to speak with Most High face to face. Even though the Messiah is the only one to see the Most High face to face, Moses and the Messiah still both spoke to the Most High, which makes them alike.
11. Acts confirms The Messiah
Acts is a great book to read when trying to understand who the prophet like Moses was. It clearly tells us that this prophet was the Messiah (Acts 3:10-12).
It is him who was prophesied to come, throughout the whole scriptures and Acts confirmed this as mentioned above and here Acts 3:37.
So by now you have enough evidence to know who the prophet is like Moses the scriptures clearly tell us that he was the Messiah and is the Messiah.
There’s absolutely no way it could be Muhammad and he was not a Brethren to Moses he is actually of the stock of Ishmael (Genesis 17:19-21) and not Isaac who is the great grandfather of the children of Israel.
This is important because the covenant the most High made was with the children of Israel (Amos 3:2), even though other nations can believe and also receive salvation too.