IS PROPHET MUHAMMAD MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE? AN IN DEPTH LOOK
Updated: Jun 30
Is prophet Muhammad mentioned in the bible (scriptures)? There is an argument, that the Prophet Muhammad is written of in the scriptures. But is this true? In order to find out we have to read the bible scriptures ourselves.
Some have said that the Prophet Muhammad is written of in the King James Bible. Is this true?
It’s also been said, that there are Bible verses about the prophet Muhammad in the scriptures. I’ll be looking at the specific bible verses, that are claimed to prophecy about Muhammad.
By end of the article, you should be able to decide decisively if this claim of Muhammad being part of the scripture prophecy is true.
Who Is Prophet Muhammad?
Before we begin we have to find out who Muhammad was…
The Muhammad we will be discussing here, is that Arab prophet, from the Islam religion.
The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca (Arabia, now modern day Saudi Arabia) 578 AD, and died June the 8th 630 AD in Medina.
The start of Islam was in Mecca, Medina in 610 AD, this is when Muhammad began to receive divine Revelations according to Islam
Now we know a little bit about Muhammad, and the faith Islam, which he started, we can look at whether he was mentioned in the scriptures with more insight.
You should keep in mind, that Muhammad was an Arab, and Prophets of the scriptures were Hebrew. The lineage of the Hebrews begins as far back as Adam the first man. Also the faith of Islam began 610 years after the Messiah left the Earth.
Birth Of The Arabs According To Scriptures.
When we read the scriptures, it tells us that Abraham (previously Abram) the father of many nations had a wife named Sarah (previously Sarai).
Initially they could not have any children, so Sarah gave Abraham her maid servant Hagar who he slept with. It is with this maidservant that he gave birth to Ishmael who became the father of the Arabs.
3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
When Isaac and Ishmael were born, Abraham blessed both of them individually.
Isaac was given the blessing, of the covenant and scriptures. And Ishmael was given the blessing of physical wealth and fortune, as well as great ruler ship.
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
Above we see that the Most High established his covenant with Isaacs seed who became Israel. Not with Ishmael who is the father of the Arabs and Muhammad.
What Scriptures Say About False Prophets
Knowing that the Arabs, were given the blessing of riches, kingdoms and money, gives us direction, as to who the prophets are.
The scripture say that the Most High made the Israelites Prophets. And that he has not dealt with any other nation(s) the same way.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.
Abraham’s son Isaac was the father of Jacob (Who’s name was changed to Israel) he gave birth to the 12 tribes of Israel (read Genesis Chapter 49), with his wives.
These are the Hebrews Israelites that the Most High gave his word, scripture and prophecy to.
Understanding the blessings, of the Arabs and the Israelites, immediately give us a clear understanding about who the prophets are within the scriptures.
When we read further in the scriptures, we see that the Most High sent false prophets from time to time. The reason for this was to test Israel and believers, so that he would know we are really faithful followers.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
When we read the scriptures here, the Most High says that the punishment for a false prophet is death in verse 5.
If we apply this to the prophet Muhammad, we see that he tells muslims to follow Allah, which is not the Most High i.e. another God.
There’s also a command to pray at the Kaaba stone, in Mecca. This is clearly idolatry, forbidden in the Commandments within scripture.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
We see here, that Muhammad is in violation of the second commandment. Allah is clearly another God by process of elimination.
The practice of bowing down to pray is common within Islam. And it is a common story that inside the Kaaba stone is a rock that came from space.
The scriptures clearly say not to bow down before any graven image of anything or bow to any likeness from the heavens above, or on earth beneath.
If you are a true Believer, then these scriptures should be in your mind when listening to the argument, that claims Muhammad is the last prophet.
So, is Prophet Muhammad mentioned in the Bible? Let us explore the evidence, that has been put forward, especially by the proponents of Islam.
Is Prophet Muhammad In Song Of Solomon?
The Muslim argument says, that the song of Solomon prophecies Muhammad.
In Song Of Solomon 5:16, where it says his mouth is more sweet yea, he is altogether lovely. This word lovely, is said to be mentioning Muhammad
The reason for this, is that the word used to translate into lovely, is the Hebrew word “Mahmad” (Strongs, 4261)
This is clearly wordplay. Yes! The word Mahmad, in the Hebrew scripture…
But the point is the meaning of this word in the Hebrew is lovely or pleasurable, or something of delight.
The Muslim argument, is that if you add “im” on the end of this word.
The word then becomes Muhammad, as in the Muslim name. So they say that this verse is talking about Muhammad.
When we read the preceding verse, we see these scriptures in context.
Song of Solomon 5:15-16
15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
This is a description of a man, and he is said to be delightful at the end of the description. There is no context here for the naming of anybody specifically.
Let’s look at another bible verse allegedly about muhammad…
A Prophet Like Unto Moses The Muslim Argument.
A common claim, is that a prophet like onto Moses, is the prophet Muhammad.
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.
As I have already given you the background, you know that the Prophets \were Hebrew or Israelites.
This tells us that a prophet like unto Moses would come from the Israelites, as they are the nation that the Most High gave his commandments to. This prophet would come to fulfill the Commandments.
For the purpose of this article I will entertain the questions against the Messiah being “that” prophet in Deuteronomy 18:18.
Here are the 3 questions that claim to put the Messiah being that Prophet in doubt:
1. The Messiah is a God, and Moses is not a God so how can they be like each other?
Muslims contend that, because the Messiah is a God he is not like Moses.
To further understand the term God in the Hebrew, we understand this word to mean “Rulers” or “Judges”.
The word in Hebrew is Elohim and can be found in Strong’s #430
The Hebrew scriptures also calls the children of Israel Gods because of the Commandments and laws that he gave them. This gave them power over the other nations, which makes them rulers and judges if they keep the commandments.
Being in a God in the Hebrew context is not always a reference to being the Most High i.e. the creator of Gods.
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
The Messiah came to fulfill the sacrificial law (Daniel 9:27, Hebrews 10), this meant that there was no more need for animal blood sacrifices, to atone for sin.
This is a continuation of the laws that the Most high gave Israel. So it’s clear that Moses was a God in the Hebrew sense.
2. The Messiah died for the sins of Israel and the world, but Moses did not, so how can they be alike?
There is an argument, that Moses did not die for the sins of the world. but the Messiah did. Does this mean they are not a like? Let’s see..
If we understand scriptures, we know that Moses brought the laws which included sacrifice and offerings for the Atonement of Sin.
When we compare this with the Messiah, he also brought a renewed law, by fulfilling it (Hebrews 10). His death became the ultimate sacrifice for Sins.
When we read further into the scriptures, we know that the Messiah resurrected (John 11:25-26), his death was the Atonement that the Most High required (Hebrews 10) in order to forgive Israel and Believers of their sins.
So, we know that both Moses and the Messiah brought the law, no other prophets are credited with bringing the law in this way.
3. The Messiah went to Hell for 3 days, but Moses did not, so how can it be a like?
First of all there is no specific time, as to how long the Messiah was in hell. We know that the Messiah has power over death and life.
He tells us that he has the keys to Hell and death, we find this in the book of Revelations
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
The claim against Moses and the Messiah being a like, is not a balanced assessment. At this point we have to look at the word “like”, and what is considered like. And when we do that, we see that the likeness relates to the message rather than their physical actions.
Moses gave Israel and believers the Commandments of the Most High. And we’re told that in the Commandments is the power of death and life.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
It can be seen in the scriptures above, that the keeping of the Commandments, gives death or life. This is the exact same message the Messiah is proclaiming…
The Messiah is the fulfillment of the Commandments, and him going to hell was part of this fulfillment. Moses had no reason to go to hell.
The fact that there is death and life in the Commandments when Moses brought them to Israel, confirms that both the Messiah and Moses are alike in the Commandments that they both brought to Israel and the world.
Now I have answered the 3 questions predominately asked by Muslims to prove that the Messiah and Moses are not alike.
I’m sure you can see, that this conclusion could only be had by Believers, who are not properly learned in the scriptures.
8 Arguments About The Messiah (Jesus) Being Like Moses
After doing some research, I found some arguments, that claim to prove that Muhammad is actually the prophet spoken of in Deuteronomy chapter 18, and not the messiah.
I’ll be looking at each one individually here, so that you can see if any of them has any real credence.
Keep in mind, we know that Muhammad was not an Israelite…
This analysis is being done to help you tackle these questions if you’re ever asked any of them in the future.
So let’s begin with the first argument…
1. The Messiah And Moses’s Father And Mother
Muslims argue, that the Messiah had only a mother, and no father. They go on to say that the Allah has the ability to create out of nothing.
This within their reasoning doesn’t seem to include Allah using a woman like Mary to give birth.
They say that if Allah is going to create anything, he will create it from nothing. This implication immediately let’s us know that Allah is not the Hebrew God in the scriptures.
Long before Mary gave birth to the Messiah, this was prophesied in the scriptures. We are told that a virgin is to give birth, in the book of Isaiah.
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
It’s important, that we use the scriptures to give us our understanding of what is possible by the Most High, and not the Quran.
Any time, a Muslim uses there god Allah, too give us a determination of what is possible within the creation of the Most High and we accept it, this shows that we agree that Allah is in fact The Most High God.
Yes! Moses had a mother and father, and the messiah had only an earthly mother. But we know the Messiah’s birth was the fulfillment of prophecy.
Attempting to use this point, to discredit Moses and the Messiah’s likeness, just shows a lack of understanding of the scriptures.
2. Questioning The Miraculous Birth Of The Messiah
The second argument, is that the Most High does not need to use a human being, to bring the Messiah into the Earth.
The Muslims argument contends, that Allah creates things from nothing. This is fine, but this is not what is written in the scriptures.
Are we to now adhere (take direction) from the Quran and Muslim god Allah? Clearly from reading the scriptures Allah is not the God of the Hebrew scriptures.
This very point proves this, because when we read scriptures there’s no denying the Most High can create from nothing.
In the beginning we know that the Most High created out of nothing.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
So we see the Most High saying “Let There Be Light” and there was light, he also created the “heaven and the Earth” from nothing.
But after this we see the Most High using his elements to create man.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Here we see the Most High creating man from the dust of the ground and then breathing life into him.
This can be likened to the birth of the Messiah, where the Most High breathed his Spirit into Mary.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
We also know that the Messiah was already in existence before he came to the earth (John 1:1) through Mary in human form. So he was a spiritual being before his birth.
But the point here is not whether the Most High can create out of nothing, but rather what the scriptures say.
It was prophesied that the Messiah would come through a virgin. This is a sign that we find in the scriptures, which was fulfilled when the Messiah came.
This is information that you can only get when you read the scriptures and study. It is not for Islam to use its logic and impose it upon the scriptures. But rather vice-versa.
So according to scriptures that virgin birth, is the truth.
3. Moses Married And The Messiah Never
The Messiah not marrying? This is a very irrelevant point. Comparing the Messiah and Moses in a carnal, or earthly sense, clearly is not what the scriptures meant when he said a prophet like Moses.
Emphasis is more on the spiritual message leading to salvation rather than whether or not the Messiah had children like Moses.
It’s clear within scriptures, that the Messiah was seen as an authority to come above all other Prophets. This is made mention of by John (Matthew 3:11).
4. The Messiah Was Rejected But Moses Was Not Rejected
Muslims argue, that Moses was not rejected but the Messiah was rejected. So they say that Muhammad and Moses are alike because Muhammad was not rejected
The scripture that is used is John 1:11
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Of course it is true, that not all of Israel accepted the Messiah, but there were many that did.
This again is a moot point. If we look at this question spiritually, then emphasis is put on the law.
It is true in both cases, that the people rejected the law.
The Messiah proves this, as he came to fulfill the law in order to prevent excessive sin, this was due to Israel’s lack of sacrificing and the keeping of the law, that was prevalent before the Messiah coming and at the time he came.
The Messiah proves this, when he said to the scribes and pharisees, that they were keeping the traditions of men over the Commandments of the Most High (Mark 7:8).
So we see that when the Messiah was on Earth in Israel, the law of Moses was being rejected for traditions of men.
And we also see the Messiah being crucified, and rejected by the scribes and pharisees. the Messiah in this instance representing the fulfillment of the law (Daniel 9:27).
So we see that Moses and the Messiah were alike, in the sense that both laws were rejected. The Messiah when he became the fulfillment of the law, and the law of Moses before it was fulfilled by the Messiah.
We should also keep in mind, that there was always those that did believe.
5. Moses And Muhammad Were Prophets And Kings
This Muslim argument, is that Moses and Muhammad were both prophets and Kings.
The reasoning behind this is that Moses had the authority to exact capital punishment i.e. the Killing of a person if they broke the law of the Most High. They cite (Numbers 15:13).
Muslims parallel this with the authority that Muhammad had. The claim is that anybody who has the authority to implement capital punishment was a king.
We know that the Messiah was sent by the Most High who is the creator of the world.
To say that the Messiah was not a king, when the scriptures calls him the King of Kings (Revelation 17:14 ) shows clear naivety of the scriptures.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
We also see in the scriptures the Messiah telling his disciples to put down their swords, because he could call legions of Angels from heaven if he wanted to.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
The Messiah also says that he gives up his life willingly and that men have no authority over him.
All of these things let us know that the Messiah was a king and not even just a king but the “King of Kings” as well as a prophet. So the notion from Muslims, that the Messiah was only a prophet is completely false.
The scripture that I found which was conveniently used is John 18:36
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
But even when we read this scripture, we see that the Messiah does say that if his Kingdom was of this world, then he would fight against those crucifying him.
It should also be noted when the Messiah said his Kingdom was not of this world, that did not mean that he would not come back to this world, but that at that time, he was not to rule.
So as Believers, we are waiting for the Messiah to come back a second time when his Kingdom will be of this world.
6. New Laws Were Brought
The argument here, is that Muhammad brought new laws, and Moses also brought new laws and ceremonial laws.
The claim is, that Muhammad civilized a whole nation of Arabs, who were previously Barbarians without any law.
This somehow makes him like Moses. But if we look at this more attentively, we can see that it was the Arabs that needed to be civilised 600 years after the Messiah came and left.
Thousands of years before that Israel were already civilised.
It has no connection to Moses at all, this is a personal development for the Arabs unrelated to Israel and prophecies within scriptures.
There is no mention that to be like Moses a Prophet would come and start a whole new law, like Muhammad did for his people the Arabs.
Now when we look at the use of scriptures by this Muslim argument, we see a clear lack of understanding.
The scripture Matthew 5:17 is called into question.
The interpretation here by this Muslim argument is that the Messiah changed his words, by saying that he did not come to change the law.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Their reasoning is that he changed his words so that he would not be persecuted by the scribes and pharisees.
This is totally false, because we know that when we read the book of Daniel 9:27 and Hebrews 10, it tells us that the Messiah came to fulfill the laws of animal sacrifice and offering which were undesirable practices.
There was no fear from the Messiah, in other places in the scriptures the Messiah admonishes the scribes and pharisees, which proves this.
All of that being said, the Messiah was the fulfillment of the offering and sacrificial laws, this is written throughout the scriptures.
To say that Moses brought new laws, and that Muhammad brought new laws is just a complete misinterpretation of Deuteronomy 18:18.
This argument is just brought in to introduce Islam, as an authority and put it on equal status with the scriptures, which it is not!
7. How Moses And Muhammad Died
This argument, claims that Moses and Muhammad both died the same way so they are alike.
They both died of natural causes. The question here is what does this have to do with the message?
When we analyse the scripture Deuteronomy 18:18
The likeness, relates to the message or the word of the Most High that Moses and the Messiah both brought.
The Messiah fulfilled scriptures and became the first Resurrection from death (1 Corinthians 15:17), giving us hope and an understanding of a reward to come. Dying a natural death, would not have given us this hope.
Keep in mind after the Messiah was murdered he resurrected…
This is an understanding, that only somebody who has studied the scriptures would only truly understand.
8. Both Moses And Muhammad Are Not In The Heavens
The argument here, is that Moses and Muhammad, are both in the ground and died normal deaths. This is different to the Messiah, who died and was resurrected and then went up into the heavens.
Again, this point has no relevance to the Messiah and Moses likeness. The Messiah being in heaven, and Moses in the Earth tells us nothing about them being a like.
The scriptures never said that Mose and the Messiah would be exactly the same so this is another irrelevant point.
Is prophet Muhammad mentioned in the Bible? The answer is No.
I have taken the time to answer these questions, that argue against the Messiah being the prophet spoken of in the book of Deuteronomy 18:18.
I have done this, for the believers out there that may be tripped up when encountered with some of these arguments from Muslims.
The fact is, we need to read our scriptures, which is the authority of the Hebrew faith and pre-constantine christian faith on this earth…
The bible scriptures also have authority over the Quran, it is wrong to assume that Allah is the same as the Most High written of in the scriptures.
Muslims will bring arguments, which do not have any credence to us as Believers. The message that Moses brought, and the message that the Messiah brought are same, except sacrifices and offering are no more.
The Messiah fulfilled (Daniel 9:27, Hebrews 10) the message that Moses brought, to Israel and believers of his time, by giving us a chance to cleanse our sins, when we believe in his death and Resurrection (John 11:25-26).
This clearly fulfilled the laws of offering and sacrifices (Daniel 9:27). There was a time that animals had to be sacrificed to cleanse our sins, the bringing of offerings was also a part of atoning for Sins.
The Messiah was like Moses, because he fulfilled the law, and he spoke the word of the Most High like was foretold in Deuteronomy 18:18.
If you have any further questions let me know and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.
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