Q&A: The coming of Mohammed - Isaiah 21:7

The coming of Mohammed - Isaiah 21:7

Question

Does Isaiah 21:7 speak about Jesus and Mohammed as some Muslim commentators state?

Answer

Isaiah 21:7 (KJV) And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

Some Muslims commentators (see two references below) contend that this is a prophecy referring to the coming of both Jesus Christ and Mohammed, with Mohammed coming after and therefore bringing a fuller revelation from God. However, this passage has nothing whatsoever do to with the coming of Jesus or Muhammad! Neither, according to the texts of Scripture, rode man-made "chariots." If Jesus was riding the asses and Mohammed the camels; who was riding the horses? This group doesn't fit anywhere in the Muslim philosophy. The context of the passage is a reference to the fall of Babylon. Isaiah 21:9 says, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon." The references to horsemen, donkeys, and camels, simply refer to the means by which the news of Babylon's fall was spread.

Please see Christianity and Islam Contrasted.

Reference

S. Bashear, "Riding Beasts on Divine Missions: An Examination of the Ass and Camel Traditions," Studies in Early Islamic Tradition, Ch. 5, pp. 42-43; originally in Journal of Semitic Studies, Vol. 46, No. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 37-75.

Baagil H. M., Muslim-Christian Dialogue, (Islamic Propagation Centre International (U.K.), Birmingham, U.K., 1984), p. 46.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).