Muslims say here Mohammed is prophesized. I agree with them that it has to do with ARABIA, it mentions KEDAR,who was a son of ISHMAEL,son of ABRAHAM.Now here the mention of Kedar MEANS ONLY a person,since there is NO town or city in Arabia called Kedar.We know TEMA was a DESCENDANT of Ishamel,in fact there is even a TOWN named Tema and the REGION is called Tema.
” Oracle on ARABIA: In the thicket in the nomad country spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. Meet the thirsty, bring them water; you who dwell in the LAND of TEMA, greet the fugitives with bread.
They FLEE from the sword, from the whetted sword; From the taut bow, from the fury of battle. For thus says the Lord to me: In another year, like those of a hireling, all the glory of KEDAR will come to an end. Few of Kedar’s stalwart archers will remain, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken. ”
What does Tema mean?
We have the following information:
“Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places:
Towns & Cities, Countries & States, Archaeology & Topography
Consulting Editor John J. Bimson, © Inter-Varsity Press, 1995
Published in the USA by Baker Books. ISBN 0-85110-657-9, pp. 296-7:
The name (Hebrew tema’):
1.Of the son and descendants of Ishmael (Genesis 25:15; 1 Chronicles 1:30)
2.And of the district they inhabited (Job 6:19). It is mentioned, with Dedan and Buz, as a remote place (Jeremiah 25:23) and as an oasis in the desert on a main trade route through Arabia (Isaiah 21:14).
The modern site is Taima‘, about 400 kilometres north-north-west of Medina in north-western Arabia. It became an urban centre around 600 BC and excavations show that it reached its peak of prosperity in the 5th century BC. Several Aramaic inscriptions date from this period. ”
Why it can’t be about Muhammad
Mohammed first preached in MECCA for 10 years and then he had to flee to MEDINA. ISAIAH 21 can not refer to Mohammed fleeing from Mecca to Medina because at that time there was a town called Tema and the prophecy mentions the fugitives going to TEMA,NOT to MEDINA.Mohamme went to MEDINA,not Tema.
Land of Tema=Arabia?
The phrase “Land of Tema” can’t mean “Arabia” because it would mean Mohammed fled from MECCA to ARABIA?
That would be like someone saying ” I fled from NEW YORK to the UNITED STATES”. It means the city and area of Tema,and not Medina.
Another Reason why it is not Muhammad
” Oracle on ARABIA: In the thicket in the nomad country spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. Meet the thirsty, bring them water; you who dwell in the LAND of TEMA, greet the FUGITIVES ( NOTE:MOHAMMED and his group that fled from Mecca to Medina? ) with bread.
They FLEE ( NOTE: MOHAMMED fleeing from Mecca in 622 AD?) from the SWORD, from the whetted SWORD (NOTE:MOHAMMED fleeing from Mecca for his life?); From the taut bow, from the fury of battle. For thus says the Lord to me: In ANOTHER YEAR, like those of a hireling, all the glory of KEDAR ( NOTE: all the glory of the Arabs of MECCA?) will COME to an END. Few of Kedar’s stalwart archers will remain, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken. ”
The Reason why it can’t be Muhammad
1.With his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622.
2.And two years later,not one year later, there was a battle between the Meccans and Muslims called the Battle of BADR, in 624.
3.So the idea that ISAIAH 21 applied to Mohammed is not true because to say that ” the glory of Kedar ( where Kedar would represent the Arabs of Mecca) will COME to an END” is false because notice the Battle of Badr took place TWO YEARS after the flight of Mohammed. But Isaiah 21 says “in another year”.
If you go to BIBLEGATEWAY.COM and you go to Isaiah 21 and choose YOUNG’S LITERAL translation you will see that in the original Hebrew it is ” WITHIN a year”.So it can not apply to Muhammad.