Descending of Jesus Christ
DESCENDING OF JESUS CHRIST:
The information about the descending of Jesus Christ is contained in the books of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. It is something else that Jews may interpret the same according to their own notions and thus find a way to negate it.
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
Daniel Chapter 7(13-14)
The interpretation of this dream is available in the same Chapter which says:
“But the saints of the highest shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”
Danial Chapter 7(18)
I have already quoted these references in connection with the Government of the last Great Reformer. This too is one and the same Government which has been called God’s Government. Christ had proclaimed about it during his lifetime and told the people to wait. He further said: ‘Do not be careless, we may reappear at any moment.’
- But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Watch, therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”
St. Matthew Chapter 24(36-39, 42)
The descending of Jesus Christ has been described in the Islamic books as follows:
Holy Imam Muhammad Baqir (A.S) says: In the days of the emergence of our Qaim A.S. (The Last Great Leader) Jesus Christ will also come. There will be no Jew who will not believe in him. Persons of all religions will believe in him. In the explanation of the Quranic verse, it has been said that Jesus Christ is one of the introductory signs of the emergence of the last Divine Leader. The cursed Dajjal, who has been called a fast-moving snake also, will attack Palestine. His reign will be very troublesome for righteous people. He will send his troops to various countries to harass the public. He will send 1,30,000 soldiers to Kufa in Iraq. This army in fact will be an alliance of Dajjal and Sufiyani and will be commanded by one Khuzama of Umiyyad dynasty. This army will camp at Zoha and Farooq. Another army will be levied in Baghdad which will contain 500 priests. 70,000 persons will be killed at Kufa Bridge. The water of the river Euphrates will stink for three days due to human blood in it. It will be a very troublesome period.
The descending of Christ according to Islamic books is not one only. He will descend in various countries and cities separately and at every place in a different manner. His first alighting will be at Mecca. It will be the time for Morning Prayer. The Great Leader with his 313 Companions will be ready to offer Morning Prayer. Just at this moment, Christ will come with an army of angels. By this time the rows for congregational prayer will have been set. The condition of Christ will be as if he has just taken a bath because the drops of water will be trickling from his hair. The Great Leader will ask him, “O spirit of God, go ahead and lead the prayer.”
Jesus Christ will say: “You are the Progeny of the Holy
Prophet of Islam. No one has the right to stand before you,” Then Jesus Christ will recite ‘Aqamat’ (Final call for prayer) and then he will place his hand on the shoulder of the Great Leader and say “O Caliph of God go ahead and lead the prayer.” the Christ will then stand behind him. In this prayer, there will be no other individual except these two, 313 companions and the army of angels.
The second descending of Christ will be at Jerusalem. This city will be besieged on that day by the army of Dajjal. Life there will become very difficult. Right at this moment a loud proclamation will be made from the east:
“O righteous people, wherever you are, get united and reach here.” Another proclamation will be heard from the West:
“O evil doers get assembled where ever you are.”
After these proclamations, the color of the sun will grow first pale and then it will become pitch dark. At this moment Daba-tul-Arz (Elia A.S) will appear and with his ring will write at the foreheads of the people ‘Believer’ or ‘disbeliever’. Then a black cloud will alight from the sky and will stop over Jerusalem. Out of this, Jesus Christ will descend with his angelic force. He will have a weapon in his hand with which he will kill Dajjal at Ladda gate, and will thus relieve his followers. All this has been told in the book of Zechariah, the Testament of Mark and Luke which makes the scene clearer.
“But in those days, after the tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of heaven.”
St. Mark Chapter 13 (24-27)
“For the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
St. Luke Chapter 21 (26-27)
“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof towards the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of ittoward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, that living waters go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward hinder sea; in summer and in winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.”
Zecharia Chapter 14 (4-12)
“In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even the leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
Isaiah Chapter 27 (1-2)
These references approve the Islamic Concept of the descending of Jesus at one hand and on the other prove the sameness of the revealed religions. It is also proved that Jesus Christ will assemble his followers at Jerusalem. Those who would have been sealed on their foreheads will assemble there from wherever they might be. Then the Great Leader will come to Jerusalem.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heaven shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
St. Matthew Chapter 24 (29-31)
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right band, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come. ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
St. Matthew Chapter 25 (31-34)
The fight of Jesus Christ with Dajjal’s army is told in the Revelation of St. John:
“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of Lords, and king of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
Revelation Chapter 17 (12-14)
It means ten rulers will make an alliance against the Divine army. They will choose a big country as their leader and only one commander will command the whole army to fight against the Divine forces.
“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation Chapter 22 (3-5)
Lord, Almighty, Ancient of days, and Lord of hosts are the names which stand for the great Leader. These are symbolic names. The revelation of St. John contains an explanation to this effect.
“He had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.”
“His name is called the ‘Word of God.” Revelation Chapter 19 (12-13)
In our books, on this topic, there is generally a chapter which is called ‘Prohibition of pronouncing the name.
It is proved from various Traditions of the Holy Prophet that Jesus Christ will alight at various places and points separately. It is not known as to which will be the first place or point. It is difficult to Chalk out an exact timetable on this behalf. However, it can be safely said that it will be in various places. For example
- It will be in Jerusalem.
- It will be in Mecca.
- It will be in Damascus at the white bridge gate.
- It will be at the minaret of Eastern Gate in Damascus.
- It will be at Lyadda gate in Palestine.