End Time Signs?

The Awaited Messiah has come
By Navida Sayed, London, UK

End time sign forecasters have been doing a great job at creating havoc, panic and feelings of impending doom. Almost every year, as the clock ticks by, people wait for the predicted hour the world will end and Jesus would return to save them.

End time signs and theories are predominant amongst many Christian denominations around the world, which believe that,‘ there are a series of events (the Rapture, the Tribulation, the rise of the Antichrist, Armageddon etc.) that will lead up to the return of Jesus Christ to the earth, known as the second coming.’[1] Over the last century many biblical pastors, missionaries, and ministers, especially the Evangelists have been preaching and teaching about “end time” signs and the return of the messiah.

Jesus (on whom be peace) clearly warned his disciples:

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:4-5)

This verse prophesied that many false claimants would come in Jesus’ name and would deceive his followers and thus they were warned not to fall prey to these false prophets.

Sadly, this is exactly what has occurred over the last two thousand years. Many false prophets, preachers and teachers have misinterpreted biblical prophesies and have invented concepts such as the Rapture, Armageddon and the end of the world. The appearance of a messiah has metamorphosed into a supernatural, mythical second coming. Astronomers, fortunetellers and other religious groups also predicted the ending of the world and the return of Jesus on specific dates or within a designated time frame. Some such predictions were forecasted by: Mark Biltz & Haggee in 2015, the Mayan Prophecy ending of the world in 2012, Ronald Weinland, Harold Camping, Herbert Armstrong. The Jehovah’s Witnesses also did so and there were many more dating back to 1033. Every single prediction has failed.

Doomsday “preppers”—people preparing for this supposed Armageddon— gave up their jobs, homes and everything, believing the world’s end was imminent. Millions around the world anticipating the return of the Messiah were let down and misled because they fell prey to the deception regarding which Jesus (on whom be peace) had clearly warned.

But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only’. (Matthew 24:36) [2]

How Will the Awaited Messiah be Recognised?

Jesus (on whom be peace) stated a very important point in Matthew 24:4-5. Jesus (on whom be peace) indicated in that verse with the words, For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many, that historically Prophets of God have always been normal human beings. They did not descend from heaven like the supernatural heroes of mythical legends. They have always suffered trials and tribulations. Their followers gained glory through persecution and perseverance. The verse also indicates how many people will fail to recognise the true Messiah.

All Prophets of God and reformers are initially rejected and persecuted

Studying history, one can clearly see that all Prophets were initially rejected and persecuted. Jesus (on whom be peace) was also amongst the persecuted and the Jews did not accept him because they were expecting a glorified descent of the second coming of Elijah, which had already been fulfilled (Mathew: Chapter 17, Verse 10-13)

‘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)

Just as the Jews rejected Jesus (on whom be peace) as the Messiah because he did not come to earth in the glory that they envisaged, likewise, many Christians missed the return of Jesus (on whom be peace) as the Messiah. This was because he did not descend from the sky in glory, as they had erroneously believed.

The Awaited Messiah Has Come

Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908), claimed to be the awaited Promised Messiah.

Hadhrat Mirza Bashir-ud-din Mahmud Ahmad said, ‘The prophecies of the Promised Messiah were of many different kinds. Some related to political changes, some to social developments to cosmic events, some to religious matters, some to intellectual activities, some to the birth of children, some to the cessation of births, some to earthly transformations, some to relations between nations, some to relations between rulers and their subjects, some to the success of his mission, some to the defeat and destruction of his enemies and some to the future shape of things. His prophecies, in short, can be divided into a number of categories. A description of the categories would make a long list.’[3]

Signs of the Second Advent

Here we will focus on the signs that relate to the second advent of the Messiah

Jesus (on whom be peace) mentioned signs related to his second coming. He was to tell his disciples,

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8)

 The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) gave us a synopsis of the fulfillment of the prophecies:

‘In my age only, in the month of Ramadan, eclipses of the sun and the moon occurred; in my age only, in accordance with the authentic sayings of the Holy Prophet(sa) and the Holy Qur’an and earlier Books, there was the plague all over the country, and in my age only, a new mode of transport, namely railways came into existence and in my age only, as per prophecies, terrible earthquakes came. Does not then righteousness demand that one should not be bold in denying me. Look! I swear by Almighty God and say that thousands of signs for establishing my truth have been manifested, are being manifested and will be manifested. If this were a man’s plan, never would he have enjoyed such support and help. Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (on whom be peace) Haqiqatul Wahi, p. 45; Ruhani Khazain, Vol. 22, p. 48[4]

 Many Bible teachers and preachers have misinterpreted the prophecies, which is the reason why people have looked for other signs like the Rapture, the apocalyptic ending of the world and Armageddon, as they missed the arrival of the true Messiah.

Prophet Jesus (on whom be peace) Refers to Turbulent Times

And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. (Matthew 24:19-25)

The prophecies mentioned in this article point to the fact that a cataclysmic time in the world was inevitable. Current world events are clearly indicating that we are literally on the verge of a catastrophic, nuclear World War. God forbid, that when the world should face the devastation of nuclear explosions, the survivors will stand witness to the fact that there will be no “Rapture”, there will be no apocalyptic “Armageddon”, and no glorious descent of the Messiah, who they will be looking for in the skies. Indeed, he has already come. The only steps towards true salvation now are by accepting Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (on whom be peace) as the true Promised Messiah, and helping him in his divine cause to attain true peace on earth.

 As followers of the true Promised Messiah (on whom be peace), it is incumbent upon us to disseminate the message that the Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) has come, and to invite all to join us in the establishment of world peace.

The Promised Messiah (on whom be peace) wrote:

‘I tell you truly that those who were revived by the Messiahas [Jesus] are dead, but he who will drink of the cup that has been bestowed upon me will never die. If there is anyone else who can also utter the life-giving words that I speak and proclaim such wisdom as I do, then you are at liberty to conclude that I have not come from God Almighty. However, if this wisdom and understanding—which serves as the water of life for those whose hearts are dead—is not procurable from any other source, then you have no excuse for the crime of having rejected the fountain that has been opened from heaven. No one on earth can stop it.’ (Izala-e-Auham, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 3, p. 104)[5]

 

[1] Mistele, Bryan P. The Truth About Prophecy In The Bible. Redmond, WA: Beyond Today Publishing, 2005. Print. Pg.15

[2] http://biblehub.com/matthew/24-36.htm

[3] https://www.alislam.org/books/invitation/arg10.html

[4] http://www.reviewofreligions.org/12092/the-promised-messiahas-imam-mahdi/

[5] https://www.alislam.org/library/books/Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya-Parts1-2.pdf

 

 

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One thought on “End Time Signs?

  1. Thankyou very much for this important piece furnishing all the relevant Biblical references.
    The Promised Messiah came as a slave of Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace be on him, to revive the true and peaceful teachings of Islam .
    Had Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian (On whom be Peace) been a false claimant of being The Messiah, he would have been punished by God Almighty as has been clearly stated in the Holy Qur’an : ch:69-V:45-48:
    “And if he had forged and attributed any sayings to Us, We would surely, have siezed him by the right hand, and then, surely we would have cut his life-vein, And not one of you could have held Our punishment off from him .”
    Instead, what we see is a dedicated community of Millions who practice and preach the true Peaceful message of Islam, as he expounded.
    He did not change a dot of the teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace be on him, just followed it with absolute dedication.

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