Author: Dr. Lamya Shahin
Publisher: Dar Abul-Qasim Publishing House (2009)
Pages: 25 Binding: Paperback
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Excerpt from the booklet:
The Awaited Prophet
The Bible records Jesus' parting words during the Last Supper:
"But now I go to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, 'Where are you going?" But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Mo no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." (John 16:5-11)
These parting words directly told the Israelites that they should expect the coming of another prophet after him. Thus, the Israelites were left by Jesus with a building anticipation of the arrival of "the Helper" (translated as "Comforter" in other versions of the Bible).
It is recorded in the Gospel according to John 1:19-21:
"And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, 'Who are you?' And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, 'I am not the Christ.' And they asked him, 'What then? Are you Elijah?' and he said. 'I am not.' Are you that prophet?' and he answered, 'No.'"
The phrase "that prophet" clearly indicates they were awaiting another prophet to come. However, "that prophet," referred to as "the Helper," is believed by Christians to be the Holy Spirit.
Jesus made his departure a precondition for the coming of the Helper, but it could not have referred to the: Holy Spirit," for the Holy Spirit was already present at the time of Jesus and even before him.