The Old Testament tells an interesting issue about a place called Paran. It says in Deuteronomy:
Deu 33:1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.
Deu 33:2 And he said, Jehovah came from Sinai, And rose from Seir unto them; He shined forth from mount Paran, And he came from the ten thousands of holy ones: At his right hand was a fiery law for them. (ASV)
And in the Septuagaint:
33:2 And he said, The Lord is come from Sina, and has appeared from Seir to us, and has hasted out of the mount of Pharan, with the ten thousands of Cades; on his right hand [were] his angels with him.
This prophecy here tells about the three prophets Moses (Peace be upon him) “The LORD came from Sinai”, then Jesus (Peace be upon him) “and rose up from Seir unto them” then finally Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the words in bold.
Paran is Mecca
Ishmael Lived in Paran
Paran is Mecca not Sinai and it is where Ishmael (Peace be upon him) lived in as mentioned in Genesis:
Gen 21:20 And God was with the lad, and he grew. And he dwelt in the wilderness, and became, as he grew up, an archer. Gen 21:21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran. And his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
God was with the lad, etc. — Paran (that is, Arabia), where his posterity has ever dwelt (compare Gen_16:12; also Isa_48:19; 1Pe_1:25). (Jamisson, Fausset and Brown commentary)
Evidence from Jewish and Christian Sources that Paran is Mecca
And Strong’s Dictionary tells:
From H6286; ornamental; Paran, a desert of Arabia: – Paran.
The descendants of Ishmael (Peace be upon him) were in Arabia not in Sinai:
Gen 25:18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria. He abode over against all his brethren.
Gen 25:18 – And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur,…. That is, the posterity of Ishmael, whose country reached from one place to the other; not from India to Chaluza, as the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem; but the extent is that vast desert of Arabia, which eastward was called the wilderness of Havilah, and westward the wilderness of Shur; so that they inhabited it from east to west: (John Gill’s commentary)
And Rabbi Rachi tells in his commentary that Paran in Deuteronomy 33 refers to the Ishmaelites:
“from Mount Paran [Why did God then come from Paran?] Because He went there and offered the children of Ishmael [who dwelled in Paran] to accept the Torah, but they [also] did not want [to accept it].”
Yes, Paran was mentioned somewhere else in other parts, and doesn’t seem from these scripts that they tell about Arabia, but that doesn’t mean that they is one Paran, for example, there were 2 places called Seir, look at Strong’s dictionary:
Formed like H8163; rough; Seir, a mountain of Idumaea and its aboriginal occupants, also one in Palestine: – Seir.
Habakkuk, Teman and Paran
Also what proves that Paran is not Sinai in that case is that nothing happened in it, even the great nation God promised Ishmael with (Genesis 20:20, 21:18) was certainly in Arabia not Sinai, where in Mecca, the revelation came to Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and from that time, the Arabs became a great nation by God’s religion Islam, that’s why the prophecy was still mentioned in at the end of the OT Habakkuk :
Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, And the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, And the earth was full of his praise. Hab 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; He had rays coming forth from his hand; And there was the hiding of his power. Hab 3:5 Before him went the pestilence, And fiery bolts went forth at his feet.
And Teman is the South:
Denominative from H3225; the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east): – south (side, -ward, wind).
And that’s what Darby’s translation gives:
(DRB) God will come from the south, and the holy one from mount Pharan: His glory covered the heavens, and the earth is full of his praise.
Arabia is well-known to be in the South of Palestine.
And this answers the objection that this prophecy is out of context, since the beginning of what God said was in verse 2, it was as an introduction, then He talked about the blessing of Israel throughout the chapter, so this prophecy in Habakkuk proves that it was a prophecy.
Then we come to the second evidence and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. This part is foretelling about the conquest of Mecca, when ten thousands Muslims entered Mecca. See this as a historical proof even from non-Muslims.Follow me onby