Posted by Salma Javid Khan
So, where we we?
Oh yes, we started with prophecies which mention the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims. [If you did not read it, click the link-it will take you to the article: Prophecies related to the coming of The Promised Messiah & The Mahdi of Muslims… lets put the facts together. Come back here after you read it. See you.]
Next we went through the details of prophecies which detail the coming of The Promised Messiah in many other world religions / faiths
[You didn't read it again? Well, click the link below – read it then continue from below: http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/10/religion/islam/prophecies-related-to-the-coming-of-the-promised-messiah-in-all-world-religions-part-2] Ciao!
As many religious people are waiting for their Messiah to come in this age, I’m afraid that in the coming years there will be growing disillusionment.
Could it be that through an over-zealous ‘literal’ interpretation of their texts and folklore, they have made conditions impossible for anyone to ever fulfill the criteria for the Messiah? And in doing so, have made it impossible for themselves to recognize the awaited Messiah?
And a Question: If every faith of this planet expects a messiah for his own religion, then how many Messiahs can we expect in total?
If were to view these beliefs at face value, we might expect a traffic jam of religious resurgence with different countries being overwhelmed by several prophets at once. The only conclusion out of such a scenario could be a grand finale in which there would be a presidential style election / fight between the candidates until the last true belief would win out! huh
In meantime, if all of the prophecies were also to be taken literally, each of these candidates will unleash a reign of terror in the direction of the people of their adversaries. Each race would then expect the messiah to protect them alone while destroying the rest of mankind.
On the one hand, the similarities of the signs contained in the prophecies concerning the Promised One show they cannot be false, and on the other hand, it is impossible that at one and the same time all these expected Saviors should cause their respective religions to triumph over all others.
Can we really envisage a scenario where several messiahs descend upon earth at once and fight until only one is left victorious and in the process destroying the vast numbers of humanity?
This cannot be the case.
This point needs a discussion… hm.
A horrible scenario!
This is actually utopia, the meeting point of the hopes of all religions and this too, alas, becomes the parting of their ways.
Let’s face it: Only the dreams of coming of the Promised Messiah and final victory are shared but not their realization. All the lot of Religious people are unanimous in their belief that one Divine personage will certainly come as the saviour of the human race, but when it comes to his identity they could not disagree more with each other.
Will he be Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ?
Will he be Zoroaster or Buddha, or Confucius or Lao-tzu or the Mahdi for that matter?
Each is expecting a different person, under a different name and title; each is expecting him to belong exclusively to their own religious order.
All who had joined in the chorus, singing the songs of the advent of a universal Redeemer, begin to sing their separate songs when it comes to his identity. Either he must somehow materialize out of their dreams, or they will accept none other. Alas, the latter is the only fate which they have carved for themselves.
It is so intriguing to watch this wrangle on a global scale. The Reformer they will accept has to be of their own faith and brand, or none other. Let me tell you: Their talk is idle, their hopes are vain, and their saviors dwell only in their dreams.
Can the Redeemer, whenever he comes, fulfill the hopes of all religions or will he meet those of only one to whom will he actually belong? Or will he come and make a new final religion with a new law? Nah! This can’t be, either.
In this paroxysm of religious madness, religion itself would become the ultimate target. Sanity would take flight from this arena of imbecility, beseeching God to rescue religion from the hands of its rescuers. Without urgent remedial measures by Him, the Hindu, the Christian, the Buddhist, the Zoroastrian, the Jew and the Muslim will all suffer alike.
No man with common sense would hold a brief for such senseless and irrational understanding of God’s designs. Rationality and common sense must be granted their due role in the interpretation of religious prophecies and parables, don’t you think?
There’s a very strong indication that the great Messiah of the latter days would be a single person with several roles, and that this person by means of his spiritual powers would gather together men of all faiths, and guide the nations of the world along the right path towards the One-God. The golden age of the ultimate unification of man could only be consummated if a single Reformer appeared in the name of God.
This, the only rational solution of the problems confronting the religious world of the latter days, has been firmly rejected by the very people who needed it for their survival. They continue to cling, instead, to their empty vision of a golden age which is nothing but a mirage.
God has no contradiction in Him, hence He will either send one person with a single message, or none at all… agreed?
Well, the way we all envision the realization of our hopes… it is absolutely impossible!
Take for example the case of the Jewish people who have long been yearning for the advent of the Christ. A Christ should have come to the aid of the Jewish people and he did come but in a different way and not in the literal sense of the prophecy, so they thought it was not the Christ they were awaiting, so they failed to recognize him. They expected him to appear with a crown over his head seated on a royal throne. He would be a warrior Messiah, they believed, who would successfully lead the armies of the Israelites against the despotic rule of the Roman Empire.
Now for thousands of years they have been hitting their heads against the Wailing Wall and still do so, beseeching the Christ to come. They have not understood this hard, simple reality despite their wisdom. For them there is nothing but to weep and wail beside a wall of stones, beseeching the advent of a Messiah who can never come like the way they want. Never do they realize that he has come and gone but not in the way they had expected, nor in the manner and style they had assigned to his advent. Thus the gate they thought they had kept open lay practically shut and locked.
For them, none will ever come.
Result: Two thousand years have passed since their rejection of Jesus (as) as Messiah, yet no Messiah of their expectation has come. History has changed the political geography of the world and the prophecy of the coming of the Christ has lost all relevance. There is no Judea orPalestine under the yoke of aRoman Empire from which the Jewish people are to be liberated. In fact, thatRoman Empire which once ruled half of the world has completely disappeared from the map of the world. We still hear of deliverance, but it is a deliverance from the Jews, not of the Jews.
Although there was nothing wrong in their belief that Christ would be born like any other human child to a human mother, yet they attached some supernatural preconditions to his birth which could not have been realized. Their belief about the bodily descent of Elijah (pbuh) before the advent of the Messiah, is just the case in point which effectively blocked the passage of the Messiah they awaited. So the Jewish position, vis-à-vis the advent of a Messiah, in reality turns out to be a denial of his advent altogether.
May I remind you that the central difference between Jesus Christ and the Jewish scholars was on the interpretation of the verse “And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2 Kings; Chapter 2, Verse 11) .The scholars stuck to the literal and apparent meanings of the verse. They believed that Elijah would descend bodily from heaven before the advent of Christ. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, asserted that this was an allegory, that the language was symbolic and not literal. He declared that Zachariah’s son John was the Elijah who was to descend from heaven. Jesus knew full well that John was born on earth and had certainly not descended from heaven.
In answer to the question ‘Then why do the Scribes say that first Elijah must come”, he replied: “Elijah does come and he is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the son of man will suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.” (Mathew: Chapter 17, Verse 10-13)
Of all the Old Testament characters, none has been kept more alive in people’s imagination than Prophet Elijah. He is described in the Scriptures as appearing mysteriously from an unknown background, fighting as a soldier in the way of God, helping the downtrodden, performing many miracles, and is said to have vanished up into the heavens in a blazing chariot. By Jewish tradition, Elijah is still alive and will reappear one day to usher in the Messiah and the final deliverer of mankind.
But they are not alone in this inconsistency of being stupid and wise all at once. The case of all other religions who expect an ultimate Redeemer is no different from theirs. The actors are different of course, the acts are played in different garb, yet the drama remains the same.
Christians who still await his literal second coming: A son of God descending in glory from heaven in a human form is an idea fit only for fiction, yet it serves to keep hope, or shall we say blind faith, alive. Looking at it from the rational vantage point of the non-Christian, the absurdity becomes even more glaring. No non-Christian, be he religious or otherwise, can share this belief because it speaks of an outrageous wedlock between spirit and matter. Yet the Christians see no element of irrationality about it because dogma has blinded them.
The same anomaly of the Jews and the Christians applies to the unreal and supernatural expectations of the followers of all other religions.
| May God help you dear reader with His special help in understanding these divine concepts |
The Beauty of Wisdom:
…displayed by THE STANCE of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at created by The Promised Messiah is singularly rational.
In principle it accepts the claims of all religions who promise the advent of a universal Divine Reformer in the latter days. The only rational inference that can be drawn is that the Promised Reformer has to be a single person, embodying the advent of all. Otherwise, the literal fulfillment of all such prophecies is impossible because of the supernatural element intertwined with all of them. This is what the Founders of the Ahmadiyya Jama’at put forward to the people of the world with incontrovertible logic. The promise of the simultaneous advent of so many reformers could only be metaphorical and not corporeal.
How tantalizing it must be that the guest one so dearly awaits does not come though one sees no hurdle obstructing his path. In reality, all those who await the coming of any Divine guest are themselves responsible for placing impassable obstructions in his way. But somehow they remain unaware of what they do!
The Unity of God and the institution of prophethood from among humans are the two fundamentals which belong to every religion. Names and titles differ but they matter not. What matters is for the claimant to be from God. But most clergy feigned to misunderstand in this regard and incited the ignorant masses to jeer and mock at the Promised Prophet telling them that he claimed to be all the promised prophets kneaded into one person. The masses were rudely shocked.
How could aKrishna, a Jesus, a Mahdi and a Buddha all become a single person? ‘The claimant has to be mad,’ some shouted in scorn.
The treatment meted out to him is reminiscent of the same treatment meted out to the Holy Founders of Islam when he claimed the uncompromising Unity of God. The idolatrous priesthood willfully distorted his message and made the people believe that he had forged all their gods into a single one whom he styled as Allah.
‘What! Has he made all the gods into one God? This is indeed an astounding thing.’ (38:6)
Let us take a little more closer look at the concepts of Promised messiah of different religions and compare them to determine whether the different faiths anticipate different Messiahs, or all faiths need just one messiah.
Expectations from the coming Messiah: [No, we won’t go in deep detail, just comparing commonalities, Chill]
According to the Hindu tradition, the second coming of Krishna will … re-establish righteousness upon earth; and the minds of those who live at the of the Kali age shall be awakened, and shall be as pellucid as crystal. The men who are thus changed by virtue of that peculiar time shall be as the seeds of human beings, and shall give birth to a race that shall follow the laws of the Krita age, the Age of Purity. (Vishnu Purana, 4.24)
Here ‘human beings’ is suggested which automatically means the whole human race of the current world and NOT specifically Hindus… Agreed?
According to the Zoroastrians, Saoshyant (their prophet Zoroaster in his second advent) … shall be the victorious Benefactor by name and World-renovator (Astavat-creta) by name. He is the benefactor because he will benefit the entire physical world; he is the World-renovator because he will establish the physical living existence indestructible. He will oppose the evil of the progeny of the biped and withstand the enmity produced by the faithful. (Avesta, Farvardin Yasht, 13.129)
Here he is referred to as ‘the World-renovator’ to ‘benefit the entire physical world’: which suggests him to come to renovate the whole world, not Zoroastrians alone….Hm.
The victorious World-renovator and his helpers … shall make the existence renovated – ageless, deathless, un-putrifying, un-corruptible, ever-living, ever benefitting, ruling at will. The dead shall rise up, life shall prevail indestructible, the existence shall be renovated at the will of God! (Avesta, Zamyad Yasht, 19.11)
Do Note: It all will be all ‘at the will of God’
About The Jewish Messiah Immanuel it is said that… He came to the Ancient of Days… And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. And his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
The term –Ancient of Days- refers to this our time and here ‘all peoples, nations and languages should serve him’ suggests that He shall be the Messiah for all peoples of this world… seeing my point?
In regard to the re-advent of Christ, it is said that at the time of his advent ‘…all tribes of the earth will mourn… (Matthew, 24:29-31)
Here ‘all tribes’ refers to all people of this world and not specifically the ‘Jews’ or the ‘Christians’… Easy.
In books of Buddhism it is clearly written that: I am not the first Buddha [awakened one] who has come upon the Earth, nor will I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy one, a supreme enlightened one, endowed with auspicious wisdom embracing the Universe, an incomparable leader of men, a ruler of gods and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. He will establish his Law [religion], glorious in its origins, glorious at the climax and glorious at the goal in the spirit and the letter. He will proclaim a righteous life wholly perfect and pure, such as I now proclaim. His disciples will number many thousands, while mine number many hundreds. He will be known as Maitreya. (Digha Nikaya, iii.76)
A Buddha is but an another word for an enlightened one – the one blessed like a prophet. So naturally there can’t be only one Buddha for all times. The books of Buddhism themselves confirm this matter by saying… I am not the first Buddha [awakened one] who has come upon the Earth, nor will I be the last. In due time, another Buddha will arise in the world,…
But this another Buddha is not coming only for the Buddhists; the word ‘Universe’ clearly suggests that this Buddha will be for all people of this Universe.
And this Buddha ‘… will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you.’ We already know that the eternal concepts of God through all the times were (and are) basically the very same – So even this enlightened coming will bring the very same basic teaching, a similar concept.
…all the people will be totally satisfied as if the thirsty drink sweet drops of rain from the heaven. And each and every one will attain the path of liberation from struggles.
Prophet Confucius (as) had said about this Promised Messiah:
‘…all people will reverence him. Whatever he says, all people will believe it. Whatever he does, all people will be pleased with it.’
Here ‘all people’ refer to the whole of mankind again… understanding my point?
The Sikh faith talks of a time when the world would be united: Now is the gracious Lord’s ordinance promulgated … all mankind shall live in peace together, under a shield of administrative benevolence. (Sri Raga M.5, p.74)
‘all mankind’ clearly refers to all people of this planet, not specifically the Sikhs.
The Eskimo Messiah is supposed to come ‘…towering over all humanity, with special servants under him, guiding the masses of the people to God’.
‘all humanity’…. Need explanation again?
Another striking similarity between prophecies:
…Thus his fame and name will spread and fill all the civilized world, extending even to savage countries, wherever ships and carriages reach, wherever the labor and enterprise of man penetrate, wherever the heavens overshadow and the earth sustain, wherever the sun and the moon shine, wherever frost and dew fall. All who have life and breathe will honor and love him. (Doctrine of the Mean, 31-32)
How fantastic is it that the Promised Messiah of Muslims had this promise from the lord Almighty:
‘I shall cause thy message to reach the corners of the earth’. [(Revelation of the Promised Messiah (pbuh)]
Another striking similarity: Messiah coming from the East:
Regarding the place of the appearance of the Promised Messiah, the re-advent of Christ, it was said:
“For as lightening cometh from the east and shineth unto the west, so shall the coming of the son of man be.” (Math.24:27)
Regarding the place of birth of the Mahdi (as) of Muslims the Holy Prophet Muhammad had said that:
The Mahdi will descend near a white minaret in the east of Damascus. (Muslim)
The Holy Prophet (saw) has said that the Messiah will be raised in the East. (Ibn Majah).
The tradition states this about the coming of Quetzalcoatl Messiah: … A great teacher with olive skin and bearded will come from the direction of the rising sun.
Do I need to remind you that the Sun rises from the east?!
Well yeah, there’s more to do with Sun:
Signs of the Sun and the Moon
The Christian Concept: Matthew tells about the time of the re-advent of Christ:
‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days [latter days], the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken…; (Matthew, 24:29-31)
This verse describes the signs of the latter days in a way that tends to suggest that both the sun and the moon would be eclipsed as signs of the second coming of the son of man (Jesus (as), son of Mary.
FYI: The same theme occurs elsewhere in the Bible in Mark 13:24 and Luke 21:25.
And, ‘…and the stars will fall from heaven’ – this could suggest a huge meteor shower or the coming closer of other planets or stars…? See the later section for a list of star shower that was reported from worldwide.
The Hindu History: Mahatma Surdasji has mentioned the prophecy that when Kalki Autar would appear, the moon and the sun would be eclipsed. He wrote:
‘When Kalki Avatar would appear, both the moon and the sun would be eclipsed and there will be much violence and death.’ (Sursagar)
Story of the Sikhs: In the holy book of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Garanth Sahib, it is written: “When Maharaj will come as Nahkalank, the sun and the moon will be his helpers.”
Prophet Mohammad’s Prophecy: Darqutni, a most eminent authority, records a saying of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of God be on him):
“For our Mahdi there shall be two signs which have never happened for anyone else since the creation of the heavens and the earth; At his advent there shall occur an eclipse of the moon in the first of its appointed nights and an eclipse of the sun on the middle one of its appointed dates and both will occur in the month of Ramazan.” (Dar Qutni, p. 188)
Conclusion: Aren’t they all matching?
Strangely similar, aren’t they?
So what do you think now…?
How many messiahs would come? Many or One?
A Surprising Solution!
Well, not really… is it?
Okay. Final conclusion then:
So, we have seen how each faith has a similar concept about the latter days, about the condition of human, about the signs of coming of the Messiah, about his character and works, and again the expectation that the messiah will re-establish righteousness upon earth, bring peace and unite all mankind under one religion.
All the signs enumerated above establish the fact that Only One Messiah is expected.
The various movements described above leads one to just one conclusion that the time has come at which Almighty God has willed to gather all men into one fold.
The signs of the appearance of the Promised one have been fulfilled in this age.
And as promised, God has sent The One – The One Promised Messiah to unite the entire world. Isn’t it the responsibility of all faiths to return to him then?
There is a clear path for anyone who exercises his judgment and understanding for, because all the signs appointed for the appearance of the Promised Messiah have been manifested by God.
My Conclusion: One Messiah from the One Lord to the whole world religions.
So, tell me: What do you think… will there be a bunch of messiahs delivered or just one?
Gather more proofs, shall we?
Call commonsense to think about this:
Honestly, there cannot have been several competing creators managing this world, and therefore it is highly likely that when we all refer to ‘God’, we are referring to the same ONE creator. Agreed?
And the same again: It would be naïve and nonsensical to assume that the same ONE God could send several competing messiahs to different races with diverging messages.
There is only ONE God, ONE creator, and He will send just ONE messiah for all of mankind with a One and the same message to unite all spiritual people under the worship of THE ONE true God.
In my attempt of telling you the stories of different prophets: Adam (as), Noah (as), Abraham (as), Moses (as), Jesus (as), Mohammad (saw), etc. in the earlier sections, I was actually endeavoring to demonstrate that the message has always been the same although clothed differently to be understood by the target audience of that particular area and time. It is always with the passage of time that the original messages get distorted. And as far as this final age is concerned, we are supposed to follow the one reformer sent to unite the world with one unique Divine Message.
May God enable us to follow his chosen servants (prophets / messengers) when they appear, Aameen (Amen).
My comment: The failure to recognize the world’s messiah is due to erroneous literal translations of the texts by people around the globe related to their own anticipated messiah. In time, people will abandon their local anticipation and turn to the real Messiah appointed by God for all mankind (O Lord! Please make this happen, Amen).
P.S.: The Holy Prophet’s name is always followed by the suffix (saw): It means ‘may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.’ The names of all other prophets and messengers are followed by the symbol (as) : it means ‘on whom be peace’ or (pbuh) which reads ‘Peace be upon Him’.
…more truths coming soon, Insha’Allah