Thursday, April 7, 2016

How Daniel’s Vision of the Son of Man Proves that Muhammad was a false prophet



By Sam Shamoun


In the following series of rebuttals we thoroughly refuted the desperate attempts by certain Muslim apologists to disprove that the Son of Man figure whom the prophet Daniel saw is an eternal divine Being who became incarnate in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this article we are going to show how the claims made about the Son of Man stand in direct contradiction to the message of Muhammad, and how this in turn proves that Muhammad was a false prophet.

The Human Manifestation of God

Here is Daniel’s depiction of the Son of Man:

I saw in the night visions, and there was one like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. There was given to Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14

What makes this particular figure rather remarkable is that he rides the clouds of heaven, which is something only God does,

to Him who rides on the heavens, the ancient heavens; He who sends out His voice, a mighty voice. Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds.” Psalm 68:33-34 – cf. 104:3

the Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will in no way acquit the guilty. In gale winds and a storm is His way, and clouds are the dust of His feet.” Nahum 1:3

And receives the exact same worship which God alone is supposed to receive:

Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.” Daniel 7:27 – cf. 3:12, 14, 17-18, 28; 6:16, 20, 26

All the ends of the world will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You. For kingship belongs to the Lord, and He rules among the nations. All the prosperous ones of the earth will eat and worship; all who go down to the dust will bow before Him, even he who cannot keep his own soul alive. Posterity will serve Him…” Psalm 22:27-30a

All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You are God alone.” Psalm 86:9-10

From one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord.” Isaiah 66:23

Even the Quran agrees that riding on the clouds is a divine function:

Do they then wait for anything other than that Allah should come to them in the shadows of the clouds and the angels? (Then) the case would be already judged. And to Allah return all matters (for decision). S. 2:210 Hilali-Khan

What this means is that Daniel’s Son of Man is not an angelic creature, but is rather a divine Being appearing as a man. And since the prophet personally distinguishes this glorious figure from another divine Being whom he calls the Ancient of Days, this shows that Daniel was no Unitarian. Rather, this inspired Jewish emissary knew by way of revelation that Israel’s one true God is actually multi-Personal in nature. 

Jesus Christ – The Divine Son of Man Has Come

According to the NT, Jesus is that divine Son of Man who rides the heavenly clouds and sits enthroned at the right of God in heaven. The inspired Christian Scriptures also proclaim that, as the Son of Man, Jesus purposely came to the earth to die a violent and shameful death in order to offer his life as a vicarious sacrifice for the sins of all those who would believe in him: 

Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, ‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ Jesus replied, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.’” Matthew 8:19-20

even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

For the Son of Man shall come with His angels in the glory of HIS Father, and then He will repay every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’ He warned them that they should tell no one about Him. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said this openly. And Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him… Whoever therefore is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of HIS Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:29-32, 38

But He kept silent and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked Him, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ Jesus said, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.’” Mark 14:61-62

For as the lightning flashes and lights up the heavens from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first HE must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.” Luke 17:24-25

While He was yet speaking, a crowd came. And he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. But Jesus said to him, Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48

No one has ascended to heaven except He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man who is in heaven.” John 3:13

“Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where He was before?” John 6:62

So Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing of Myself. But I speak these things as My Father taught Me.’” John 8:28

 When he had gone out, Jesus then said, Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in Him God is glorified. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and will immediately glorify Him.’” John 13:31-32

I looked. And there was a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like a Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. Then another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap. The time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ So He who sat on the cloud thrust His sickle on the earth, and the earth was harvested.” Revelation 14:14-16

And in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy, the NT depicts Jesus as receiving worship from every created thing in existence:

Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of saints. And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests unto our God; and we shall reign on the earth.’ Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voices of many angels, numbering ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’ Then I heard EVERY CREATURE which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea, AND ALL THAT ARE IN THEM, saying: ‘To Him who sits on the throne AND TO THE LAMB be blessing and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!The four living creatures said, ‘Amen.’ And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever and ever.” Revelation 5:8-14

Muhammad’s Dilemma

Even though Muhammad affirmed that Jesus is the Messiah,

When the angels said, 'Mary, God gives thee good tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary; high honoured shall he be in this world and the next, near stationed to God. S. 3:45 Arberry

He basically denied the major implications of what that title means in relation to Christ.

For example, Muhammad taught that Jesus was a human messenger who was neither God nor the Son of God:

They are unbelievers who say, 'God is the Messiah, Mary's son.' For the Messiah said, 'Children of Israel, serve God, my Lord and your Lord. Verily whoso associates with God anything, God shall prohibit him entrance to Paradise, and his refuge shall be the Fire; and wrongdoers shall have no helpers.' They are unbelievers who say, 'God is the Third of Three. No god is there but One God. If they refrain not from what they say, there shall afflict those of them that disbelieve a painful chastisement. Will they not turn to God and pray His forgiveness? God is All-forgiving, All-compassionate. The Messiah, son of Mary, was only a Messenger; Messengers before him passed away; his mother was a just woman; they both ate food. Behold, how We make clear the signs to them; then behold, how they perverted are! S. 5:72-75 Arberry

The Jews say, 'Ezra is the Son of God'; the Christians say, 'The Messiah is the Son of God.' That is the utterance of their mouths, conforming with the unbelievers before them. God assail them! How they are perverted! S. 9:30 Arberry

Since Muhammad didn’t believe that Christ was divine this meant that he would not allow any of his followers to serve or worship the Messiah, seeing how he preached that only Allah is to be worshiped and served:

Thee only we serve; to Thee alone we pray for succour. S. 1:5 Arberry

I have only been commanded to serve the Lord of this territory which He has made sacred; to Him belongs everything. And I have been commanded to be of those that surrender, S. 27:91 Arberry

O my bondmen who believe! Lo! My earth is spacious. Therefor serve Me only. S. 29:56 Pickthall

In fact, Muhammad plainly stated that his god would never allow for anyone to worship a prophet or angel as his/her Lord,

It is not meet for a mortal that Allah should give him the Book and the wisdom and prophethood, then he should say to men: Be my servants rather than Allah's; but rather (he would say): Be worshipers of the Lord because of your teaching the Book and your reading (it yourselves). And neither would he enjoin you that you should take the angels and the prophets for lords; what! would he enjoin you with unbelief after you are Muslims? S. 3:79-80 Shakir

Since he believed that Allah is the only sovereign Lord of creation who does not share his universal authority with any individual:

And say: (All) praise is due to Allah, Who has not taken a son and Who has not a partner in the kingdom, and Who has not a helper to save Him from disgrace; and proclaim His greatness magnifying (Him). S. 17:111 Shakir

He, Whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, and Who did not take to Himself a son, and Who has no associate in the kingdom, and Who created everything, then ordained for it a measure. S. 25:2 Shakir

This means that Muhammad’s message directly contradicts the inspired teachings of the New Testament that the Lord Jesus Christ is the divine Son of Man and eternal King of Daniel’s vision whom all creation is expected to serve and worship forever and ever. 

Muhammad was therefore a false prophet, and one of the antichrists that the Holy Bible warned would be coming into the world to deceive many from the truth of the Gospel:

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve through his trickery, so your minds might be led astray from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might submit to it readily enoughFor such are false apostles and deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:2-4, 13-15

Little children, it is the last hour. As you have heard that the antichrist will come, even now there are many antichrists… Who is a liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? Whoever denies the Father and the Son is the antichrist. No one who denies the Son has the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father.” 1 John 2:18, 22-23

For many deceivers, who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Each one is a deceiver and an antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that we do not lose those things for which we have worked, but that we receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in the teaching of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, nor greet him. For whoever greets him takes part in his evil deeds.” 2 John 1:7-11

There is simply no way for Muslims to get around this massive problem, provided they care about being consistent and honest.

All Scriptural citations taken from the Modern English Version (MEV) of the Holy Bible.

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