Does Isaiah 21:7 predict the coming of Muhammad?

"When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention (Isaiah 21:7)."

Muslim Argument

Some Muslims argue that this passage refers to Jesus, who came riding on a donkey, and Muhammad, who superseded Jesus, came riding on a camel.

Christian Response

This passage has nothing whatsoever do to with Muhammad.1 The context of the passage is a reference to the fall of Babylon.  Isaiah 21:9 says, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon.”  This passage actually has nothing to do with either Muhammad or Jesus.  The references to horsemen, donkeys, and camels, just refer to the means by which the news of Babylon’s fall was spread.

  • 1. Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb, Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002, p. 155-56.




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