WELCOMING THE PROPHET 'ISA IN THE FINEST MANNER
The Qur'an reveals Jesus' ascent into the heavens and the signs accompanying his second coming. Many hadiths, such as: "By the One in Whose hand is my self, definitely the son of Mary will soon descend among you as a just judge," also provide many examples of what Jesus will do and the prevailing conditions at that time. These revelations are so clear that there is no room for doubt. Moreover, they coincide even in the details with what we see in our own day. For centuries, many scholars expressed their valuable opinions on Jesus' second coming and informed people about the conditions that he will face. The Old and New Testaments also contain much clear evidence about his second coming. For example, the Old Testament reveals that the Messiah will rule the world: "... the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people ..." (Daniel 2:44) and the New Testament says: "... This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)
It is interesting to observe that all three books of revelation sent by God to guide and enlighten humanity are very much alike in this regard. Although the Jewish and Christian scriptures were altered over the passage of time, they still contain much material in accord with the Qur'an. It is probable that these parts date back to the era in which they were revealed. (God knows best).
Given the above evidence as well as humanity's current condition, there may be only 15 or 20 years until Jesus' return. Or, perhaps he has already returned. This news is a source of encouragement, happiness, and motivation for all people.
The Importance of Preparing for Jesus in Joy, Excitement, and Exuberance
Jesus is a blessed Messenger whom God graced with a miraculous life and honored by being chosen as a Prophet. God revealed that Jesus is "of high esteem in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near [to My presence]" (Qur'an, 3:45), and that he will be rewarded with Paradise. For this reason, all people must welcome him in the nicest possible way when he returns. Even a poor person prepares his or her house days in advance for an expected guest, and strives to be proper and worthy. On the other hand, given that Jesus is a most valued guest as well as a Prophet with superior qualities, everyone must welcome his return to Earth in the nicest way possible.
Jesus' second coming is a very great gift of God for all humanity, and it is an equally great gift to meet with this valued Prophet. When he comes, he will draw everyone's attention with his innocent, pure, and bright face, and will capture humanity's attention with his accurate, wise, and insightful speech. For the first time ever in their lives, all people alive at that time will see a Prophet of superior human qualities. God willing, his second life will be as full of miracles as was his first life. All people will admire him for his virtue and unrivalled wisdom. His every word will be inspired by God, and his every decision will be accurate.
All people, especially believing Christians and Muslims, must prepare in excitement, vigor, and great exuberance for his arrival. Those who do not do so are committing a great error, for it is a grave act of disrespect to be lazy or unconcerned about the arrival of such an important guest. Those who believe God's words must ponder the developments in the world and be aware of the signs of the End Times in order to prepare for this most important guest's arrival. They cannot say "I believe in Jesus' second coming" and then think along the lines of "but I will prepare later or make up for it later." Which conscientious, genuine Christian could say, when the appointed time has come: "We were expecting Jesus, but didn't consider it necessary to prepare for it"? If they say so because they believe that this event might be another 15-20 years away, they are mistaken, because they will see that 15-20 years can pass just like 15-20 days. As a result, they will suffer great remorse for their indifference. No one should forget that people in the 1970s thought of the 1980s or 1990s as the distant future. However, time passed quickly and brought the new millennium. Likewise, the day of our meeting with Jesus will arrive soon, God willing.
of False Messiahs
Some people might want to induce indifference in those believers who want to prepare for the arrival of God's blessed messenger. They might try to "prove" that all such preparations are unnecessary. One such method will be the appearance of false Messiahs. In the past, some insane or greedy people have claimed to be Jesus. Some circles have tried to use these ignorant people to their advantage by making statements to the effect that "the belief in Jesus' second coming inevitably creates false Messiahs." In this way, they sought to slow down or even stop the preparations for his arrival. However, no one can delay the arrival of this celebrated time promised by God, because they just cannot comprehend the fact that the emergence of false Messiahs is a sign of Jesus' imminent arrival. Many Bible verses refer to this, such as:
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming: 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:3-5)
At that time if anyone says to you: "Look, here is the Christ!" or "There he is!" do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matthew 24:23-25)
The true believers will recognize Jesus immediately by his signs. His every move will be full of wisdom and unique, and so distinguish him from all other people that he will be recognizable without any need for proof. The false Messiahs' desperate efforts to prove themselves will only expose them as frauds.
In addition, Jesus' deeds will be his proof. He will deal a deadly blow to those atheist movements that seek to spread irreligion and immorality. Since he will be guided by revelation, he will foil the unbelievers' traps with great ease, curb the efforts of irreligion, and spread God's true religion. Through his miracles, he will prove that God's religion is true and that the believers will succeed. Our Lord reveals in the Qur'an:
They desire to extinguish God's Light with their mouths, but God will perfect His Light, though the unbelievers hate it. It is He Who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other religion, though the idolaters hate it. (Qur'an, 61:8-9)
Jesus will be Recognized by the Fact That He Will Have no Relatives and That No One Will Know Him
One of the most important factors that will distinguish Jesus from false messiahs will be his lack of parents, relatives, friends, and acquaintances.
As revealed in the previous chapters, Jesus was born by God's command "Be!" and without a father. God likens this situation to that of Adam's creation:
The likeness of Jesus in God's sight is the same as Adam. He created him from earth and then He said to him: "Be!" and he was. (Qur'an, 3:59)
Both Adam and Jesus were created by God's command: "Be!" Adam had no parents, and Jesus had just his mother Mary. But on his return, he will have no mother either. Given that he first lived centuries ago, he also will have no relatives.
On his second coming, there will be no suspicion as to whether or not he is Jesus. Those who falsely claim to be the Messiah will easily be exposed as liars, for people will have known them during their youth. People will have photos of them, and many more people will have known them from their childhood onward. So, it will be a great error on their part to make such a claim.