The Appearance of False Messiahs
Is a Sign of Jesus' Imminent Arrival

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.



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