226. M. The "Elias" mentioned in Matt. xvii. 11 as yet to come was
C. See Matt. xvii. 12, 13.
227. M. In Matt. xx. 1-16 the "morning" denotes the Jewish, the
"noon" the Christian, and the "evening" the Muhammadan dispensation.
C. Perhaps because the light given in Islam is so faint as compared with that
given by Christ, the true Light1 (John i. 9, viii. 12, &c.)? [It is only
too true that the night has followed the evening in Muhammadan lands.]
228. M. In Matt. xxi. 33-45, and especially in verses 42, 45, we have a
prophecy of Muhammad. He is "the stone which the builders rejected" (that is,
the Jews and Christians), hence the kingdom of God was taken from them and given to
another nation, the Arabs who believed in Muhammad.
C. More assertion, contrary to the whole context. Christ explains the prophecy as
fulfilled in Himself. Strange fruits are those produced by Islam, and visible in Muslim
229. M. In this Parable, the "son" (Matt. xxi. 37) is Christ, while
the "Lord of the Vineyard" (verse 40) who was to come is Muhammad himself.
C. Do you then hold that Jesus was the son of Muhammad? Is that not something like
the statement in the Qur'an, that the Virgin Mary was sister of Aaron the brother of the
prophet Moses (Surah