Is Islam prophesied in the Bible?
I remember when I was Muslim, when I use to have debates with Christians, I had all these bible verses I used against Christians to show that Islam was the religion to come after Christianity. Even back then, I always tried to objective and actually listen to what people had to say. And most of the verses which Muslim use to justify their religion, the Christian would come back a solid reply, most of the time. Their replies for the most part were in the realm of conceivable.
However there is one prophesy in the bible that Muslims use, I have not heard a solid reply concerning. And I was wondering if anyone has an answer for this prophesy, how should we look at this prophesy in the light of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.
“And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” (Genesis 17:20)
The Arabs are descendant of Ishmael. And the Arabs were not made great until Islam came, and they were made a great nation. God also says in this prophesy, that he has blessed him and not curse him.
So how do we reply to this?