JESUS WILL RETURN
WAITING FOR JESUS
The Good Tiding Awaited by Christians and Muslims
We are Muslims who love Jesus, believe in all his
miracles and noble morality, know that he will come back to the
world again to save humanity and we are eagerly waiting for this
great and blessed event to happen.
Islam gives us this expectation. The Qur'an is
definite in its assertion that Jesus is alive and that he will come
back again to this world. Our Prophet Mohammed, may God bless him
and grant him peace, announced in great detail that Jesus would
come back to the earth miraculously in the last days and bring peace,
justice and happiness by uniting Christians and Muslims in a common
religion and morality. This is God's great and wonderful promise
and there is no doubt that it will be fulfilled.
Moreover, the Prophet Mohammed and those great
figures of Islam who interpreted his words have given an account
of the signs that will precede the coming of Jesus and have indicated
a specific period of time for that coming.
Nearly all of the signs have come to pass. The
indicated time period is the first half of the 21st century in which
we are now living. (According to the Muslim calendar, this refers
to the middle of the 14th century.)
It is very important for a Muslim that Jesus is
going to come back to the earth again. He is a Prophet born by a
miracle of God without a father; he invited the Children of Israel
to follow the true path and showed them many miracles. He is the
Messiah and, as the Qur'an says, he is the "word of God" (Qur'an,
4:171). Together with his return to earth, the lack of understanding
between Christians and Muslims who believe in the same God, share
the same moral values and, as the Qur'an says, are closer to one
another in love than all other people (Qur'an, 5:82) will be repaired,
and these two greatest of the world's religious communities will
be united. The members of the world's third monotheistic religion,
the Jews, will also accept Jesus as their true Messiah and find
their way to the true religion (Qur'an, 4:159).
So by the return of Jesus, the three monotheistic
religions will unite, there will be one single religion on earth
based on faith in God. This religion will defeat the atheistic philosophies
and pagan beliefs with intellectual means; the world will be saved
from wars, conflicts, racial and ethnic hostility, cruelty and injustice.
Humanity will enter a "Golden Age" of peace, happiness and well-being.
Certainly, this will be the greatest event in the
history of the world. In this situation in which the three monotheistic
religions will unite, the whole American continent, Europe, the
Islamic world, Russia and Israel will be allied on the basis of
a shared faith, and no such unity has ever occurred before. The
peace, well-being, stability and happiness to be established in
the world by this union has never been known in any previous period;
its likeness has never been seen.
And, when Jesus returns to earth, it will be one
of the greatest wonders in the history of the world.
The return of Jesus to the earth after 2000 years
and the beginning of his new life in his mature years without a
mother and father will be a great wonder. And he will show people
new miracles. As a result, materialist philosophy, which has already
collapsed on the levels of science and philosophy, will suffer irrevocable
ruin for all the world to see, and people will witness the clear
proofs for the existence and power of God.
So, in the light of the signs in the Qur'an, the
sayings of our Prophet and the interpretations of leading scholars
in Islam, we believe that this blessed period is very near. As Muslims,
we are very excited about the imminent return of Jesus and are doing
all we can to prepare ourselves and the world to receive this blessed
Thus, we call on Christians to be as sensitive,
aware and eager as possible about this.
Is the Christian World Ready for
The love of Jesus has given to Christians throughout
history a proper morality. In the Qur'an, God describes Christians
as "most affectionate to those who believe" and says that "That
is because some of them are priests and monks and because they are
not arrogant." (Qur'an, 5:82)
In another verse, Christians' positive morality
Then We sent Our Messengers following
in their footsteps and sent Jesus son of Mary after them, giving
him the Gospel. We put compassion and mercy in the hearts of those
who followed him. (Qur'an, 57:27)
Because of their love for Jesus, Christians throughout
history have endured all kinds of cruelty, chosen to forgo the pleasures
of life and live with suffering and performed deeds of great self-sacrifice.
These are indications of a deep sincerity. But in this age when
the return of Jesus is near, this sincerity must be stronger, and
service to Jesus' religion must be performed more effectively.
But some Christians today give the impression that
they are not sensitive enough to Jesus' impending return. However:
- According to Christian scriptures
Jesus will return to earth.
It is stated several times in the New Testament
that Jesus will return to earth. "So Christ . . . will appear a
second time . . . to bring salvation to those who are waiting for
him." (Heb. 9: 28) In many other passages in the New Testament it
is announced that Jesus will return. Seeing that this promise will
most certainly come true, all Christians must make this the basis
of their worldview, constantly expect this Second Coming and to
influence the world accordingly.
- According to Christian scriptures,
the return of Jesus is near.
Many Christians believe that the Second Coming
is near. This is because almost all the predictions in both the
New and Old Testaments regarding the return of the Messiah have
been fulfilled. The growth of religious belief all over the world,
the beginning of the collapse of atheist philosophies and the return
to faith are important signs and under these circumstances, Christians
should not remain indifferent about the Second Coming.
- According to Christian scriptures,
the return of Jesus will be the greatest event in history.
Since Christian scriptures say that the Second
Coming is definitely near, this ought to be the most important item
on the agenda of the Christian world. Great preparations are made
for the visit to a country of an important head of state. Seeing
that Jesus, who is a more important guest than any head of state,
will come soon again to the world, should not preparations for his
arrival be kept continually in view?
-Seeing that Jesus will bring all people together
when he comes, Christians should leave aside their differences,
arguments and hostilities that will soon have no significance anyway.
- Since Christians and Muslims who believe in Jesus
will be united in a common faith when he comes, both communities
must try from this moment to overcome the prejudice and distrust
In the "Book of Revelation," the last book in the
New Testament, it says: "The kingdom of the world
has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and he will
reign for ever and ever." (Rev. 11:15)
All Christians should be eager, excited, aware
and filled with love as they await this blessed event. And we, as
Muslims who have this eagerness, excitement, awareness and love,
say to Christians:
Come, let us prepare together for the coming return
of Jesus. Let us have respect for one another's differences in belief
knowing that Jesus will teach us the truth anyway. Let us strive
to fill the world with peace, brotherhood, mercy and love as he
wants to see it. Let us struggle together in word and deed against
philosophies and ideologies that are hostile to him and reject God.
Let us wait together for this glad tiding and the
greatest miracle in the world history.