Who is THAT Prophet?


In John 1:19-21 when the Jewish leaders asked John the Baptist who he was, they asked him a very distinct prophetic figures.

  1. First they questioned him as to whether or not he was the anticipated “Messiah”
  2. Next they asked if he was the prophet Elijah
  3. Finally, they asked him if he is “THAT  Prophet?”

Here we should note that the Jews awaited the Messiah who was to come, prophet Elijah, who would precede the Messiah, and THAT  Prophet which was to come as the greatest of the prophets.

There is no doubt that prophet John the Baptist (Q 3:45) was the prophet Elijah as prophesied in Malachi 3:23 , Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet   הִנֵּ֤ה אָֽנֹכִי֙ שֹׁלֵ֣חַ לָכֶ֔ם אֵ֖ת אֵלִיָּ֣ה הַנָּבִ֑יא. 

The reason John said, I am not Elijah, while Jesus said, “He is Elijah” (Mt 11:14) is because he is the spirit and power of Elijah” (Lk 1:17), meaning  he was not Elijah in person, but in spirit and power.

Now of course, we know that the “Messiah” is prophet Jesus, the question remains who is then THAT Prophet whom John the Baptist mentioned to the  jews that  he is not worthy to even unlace his shoes?

Interestingly when we read the holy Qur’an, there are only three instances where God Himself tell us the name of distinct prophetic figures in specific grammatical construct the complex idhafah اضافة ie third person masculine singular possessive pronoun  ( اسم مرفوع والهاء ضمير متصل في محل جر ) in exactly the same order as in Jh 1:19-21

  1. Whose name will be the Messiah Jesus, Us’muhu l-Masihu ‘Eesaa اسْمُهُ الْمَسِيحُ عِيسَى (Q 3:45)
  2. Whose name will be John, Us’muhu Yahya اسْمُهُ يَحْيَىٰ (Q 19:7)
  3. Whose name will be Ahmad, Us’muhu Ahmad اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ (Q 61:6)

So God Almighty Himself has told us that who “THAT Prophet” is  who is mentioned in the Gospel of John, he is  Ahmad, (which is another form of “Muhammad“) the last messenger of God, who would perfect the divine teaching both in theory and in practice.





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7 replies

  1. What I find our Christian friends overlook here, in that passage, John the Baptist knows what the interlocutors mean by asking about that Prophet. He answers know, thus he tacitly shows he is on the same wavelength as them in expecting another Prophet alongside the Messiah. Keep in mind also, these were learned people, priests.

    Our Christian friends, who could that be, it’s been 2000 years…


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  2. I have always been intrigued by these verses in the Gospel of John. I have also referred to them in past discussions with Christians and have never gotten a reasonable explanation. it clearly shows the expectation among some Jews of three separate individuals: Elijah, the Messiah and the “Prophet”. If their expectations were wrong, then surely John the Baptist (pbuh) would have corrected them. But, he didn’t.

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  3. But John asked Jesus if he was the prophet and Jesus affirmed he was:

    John’s Inquiry
    (Matthew 11:1-6)

    18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. 19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. 22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. 23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

    Jesus said nothing about another prophet who was to come after him. This would have been his golden opportunity.


  4. Madmanna,

    You ignored the keyword in verse 2:

    When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah…

    John was asking whether Jesus was the Messiah, not the Prophet.

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  5. That was just Matthew’s designation of Jesus in the text. It doesn’t tell us anything about what John believed.

    The Pharisees didn’t know if the prophet and the messiah were one and the same or if they were two different persons. The OT is not conclusive one way or the other. That is why they framed their question as they did.


  6. madmanna, if that’s so, why weren’t they corrected?


  7. Madmanma,

    You’re obviously confused. As brother yahyasnow correctly asks, why weren’t the questioners corrected?

    And why was the OT so vague, as you claim? Why wasn’t it “conclusive”. That’s a very convenient excuse you are making.

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