In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful
Who was THAT PROPHET??
By: Mir Fateh Ali Shah
Jews were waiting for a prophet in the time of Jesus Christ, as mentioned in the bible
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
(Gospel of John 1:19-21)
- Art thou Christ?
- Art thou Elias?
- Art thou that Prophet?
That means Jews were waiting for the fulfillment of three distinct prophecies:
1 The coming of CHRIST.
2 The coming of ELIAS,
3 The coming of THAT PROPHET.
As we know that the Christ is Jesus, so then here the Question is arised that, who is Elias? And Jesus solved this problem saying
“…ELIAS TRULY SHALL FIRST COME, AND RESTORE ALL THINGS. BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT ELIAS IS COME ALREADY, AND THEY KNEW HIM NOT…THEN THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD THAT HE SPAKE UNTO THEM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.”
Who was that prophet?
Now let us try to understand the third prophecy about That Prophet
If the 1st prophecy was filled with Jesus and 2nd was filled with John the Baptist then, who is third That Prophet?
If you have a bible which has cross references then you will find in the marginal note, where the words “the Prophet” or “that Prophet” occurs in John 1:25? Here these words refer to the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:18. And ‘that prophet’ – ‘the prophet like Moses’ – “LIKE UNTO THEE” it means the third prophecy belongs to Deuteronomy 18:18 which was UN fulfilled at the time of Jesus.
I will rise them up a prophet from among there brethren, like unto thee, and I will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak all that, I will command him.
I will rise them up as a prophet
Now, it is cleared that he should be called only a Prophet
from among three brethren
Prophet Abraham had two wives Sarah and Hagar, Sarah begot Isaac and Hagar begot Ishmael, Therefore Isaac and Ishmael both were brothers and their children were also brethrens to one another (Jews and Arabs). According to this prophecy, Prophet should not be called Jew,”
from among three brethren
” it means, that would be Ishmaelite (Arab).
like unto thee (prophet Moses)
1st of all we should know about the major points of Prophet Moses, then we can able to understand that who was THAT PROPHET?
God almighty had choose him as a Prophet at the age of 40
He was liked as a king in his nation
He migrated with his peoples
His nation was accepted him as a messenger of God
God almighty gave him Law
He fought against the wrongdoers
I will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak all that I will command him
God almighty gave him a Book (word of God)
There is only one prophet who is suitable according to this prophecy and that is Prophet Muhammad PBUH
- He was also Prophet of God
- He was among their (Israelites) brethren
3. God almighty had choose him as a Prophet at the age of 40 like Prophet Moses
4. He was liked as a king in his nation like Prophet Moses
5. He was migrated with his people like Prophet Moses
6. His nation was accepted him as a messenger of God like Prophet Moses
7. God almighty gave him Law like Prophet Moses
8. He fought against the wrongdoers like Prophet Moses
9. God almighty revealed a Holy Book (known as Holy Quran) on him, A Holy Quran is the word of God if you have any doubt you can read it.