Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Qur'an meets 1 Thessalonians and prophecy

1 Thessalonians 4 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

"What can such expect but God should come down to them overshadowed with clouds."-Qur'an 2:210

Those “who are STILL alive” – after the time when “dead in Christ will rise first” – “we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

The dead come to life and the living will see them descend from heaven – or from the clouds – or be brought up into the clouds.  Surat Al-Baqarah [verse 210] - Do they await but that Allah should come to them in covers of clouds and the angels [as well] and the matter is [then] decided?  "And he (Jesus), shall be a Sign of the Hour"(Qur'an 43:61)

We are told in the NT that we will not know the day and hour, and the Qur'an tells us that time shall be the return, or appearance. of the Messiah. 

"That they say (in boast): 'We killed the Messiah Isa, son of Maryam, the Messenger of Allah, but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Isa was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no certain knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely, they killed him not, but Allah raised him up unto Himself. And Allah is ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. And there is none of the people of the scripture but must believe in him before his death. And on the Day of Resurrection, he (Isa) will be a witness against them." (Qur'an 4:157-159)

It was the Roman servants who boasted of the killing, in the Roman style.  As for Jesus, we are told “He will come again and when you see him, you will recognize him. He is of medium height and his complexion is reddish-white, he will be wearing two garments, and his hair will look wet, although no water had got to it."

"Allah will send the Messiah, son of Maryam, and he will descend to the white minaret in the East of Damascus, wearing two garments dyed with saffron, placing his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it, and when he raises his head, beads like pearls will scatter from it. Every Kaffir (unbeliever) who smells the fragrance (of his breath) will die, and his breath will reach as far as he can see. He will search for the Dajjal until he finds him at the gate of Ludd where he will kill him. Then a group of people whom Allah has protected will come to Isa (as), son of Maryam, and he will wipe the traces of hardship from their faces and tell them of their place in Paradise. At that point, Allah will reveal to Isa (as): 'I have brought forth some of My servants whom no-one will be able to fight. Take my servants safely to Al-Tur.'"

“The Imam will step back to let Isa (as) lead people in prayer but Isa (as) will place his hands between the mans shoulders and say: 'Go forward and lead the prayer for the iqamah (call to commence prayer) was made for you, and so the Imam will lead the people in prayer.'"

The symbolic gesture from Isa dissociates him from an Islamist place in the religion, just as he would turn down a place in any Christian leadership role that is that of a functionary, or follower.  Jesus is a leader and teacher … a Rabbi without a congregation, but with a SCHOOL in the manner of Beit Hillel.

If the calculations in “SAINT PAUL’S JOKE” are correct, then all will be answered in 2034/5 through 2064/5.

Of course, it might be that religion is just religion borrowed from previous religions … which are just a way of making sense of a world when there is no scientific manner in which to make sense of it.  Then we might make it through – but that presupposes that nobody does anything to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy  [even if it is sans the appearance of the dead in the sky].

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