The three monotheistic faiths all believe in a Messiah who will return to conquor the world for their God. We shall examine some of the differences between the three beliefs of Islam, Judaism and Christianity over the next few days.
Islam’s Khalifa – The Mahdi, and their Messiah Isa. Several websites recently quote from a mainstream Muslim website which declared that the Imam Mahdi will appear either this year (2015) or 2016, and that “Isa” Jesus will return in 2022.
To explain briefly, as with Christianity and its many denominations, Islam also has many differing branches of belief, the two largest being the Sunnis approx 70% and the Shi-ites approx 20% divisions. The other 10% are made up of much smaller groups, eg Sufi, Salafist, Wahhabi, Alawite and others, but most of them give allegiance to either the Sunni or the Shia branches of Islam. Islam is Arabic for submission or surrender, all Muslims therefore are in submission to Allah their God. All Muslims are Islamists. The words Muslim and Moslem are synonymous.
DiscoveringIslam.org/ End Times Research Center believe the first phase of the End of Time will begin soon, when the Khalifa arrives and will lead to the Day of Judgement in seven years time when Isa (Jesus) arrives. The estimates were derived from “Numerical Analysis of the Quran, Hadith, Arabic Words, and Historical Events,” according to the Islamic organisations End Times Book. see http://www.endtimesbook.com/ however both Sunni and Shi-ite Muslims have plenty on the internet and on youtube affirming their belief that the Mahdi could appear any day now. As in Christianity you have many “secular” Christians, so in Islam there are many “secular” Muslims. These secular Muslims are more interested in business, commerce and trade etc than in God, and are therefore much less likely to become radicalised. I believe a fairly large % of Muslims would fall into this category. They probably don’t think much about end times or the return of the Mahdi etc. being more interested in the things of this world than the next.
Jewish Messiah. Ha Mashiach. Sometimes referred to as either “ben Yosef” or alternativly “ben David” ben meaning son of.
Leading Israeli Rabbi Says the Arrival of the Messiah is Imminent. When asked about the timing of the Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky answered, “At the end of the Sabbatical year.” Several people have asked the Rabbi to verify this and he has given the same answer each time. This year is the Sabbatical year and it will be ending on the 29th day of Elul, which, by the Gregorian calendar falls on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/44534/leading-israeli-rabbi-messiah-imminent-jewish-world/#SdftXIXh9iPYHIxt.99
Judaism is also divided into two main branches, Sephardim, and Ashkenazi, this difference steming to a large degree on the region of the world from which they belong, or migrated from to Israel. The differences between these two groups are not as radical as the differences in Islam, but stem more from the cultures and teachings or interpretations of their various Rabbis. (Teachers) I think the above quote would probably be embraced by both the Sephardic and Ashkenazi groups, and that as in Islam many Israelis (which includes Jews) are very secular and they also probably don’t think much about end times or the return of the Messiah etc. being more interested in the things of this world than the next they also have little or no interest in their religion on a day to day basis.
Christian Messiah. Jesus Christ.
As with Islam and to a lesser degree Judaism, Christianity is also very divided, not only by the different denominations, but also probably even more so by their various interpretations, which result in varying doctrinal beliefs and concepts of what the scriptures actually say or mean. Again, as in Islam and Judaism, many Christians are very secular also probably don’t think much about end times or the return of the Jesus Christ to the earth, as they also are more interested in the things of this world than they are the next, so they have little or no interest in their religion on a day to day basis.
The prophetically inclined Christians, who are commited to their faith, and who actually follow both scriptural prophecy about the end time, and also follow the current events taking place in the world today and match the two together, however, are totally convinced in the very soon coming of Jesus Christ, regardless on the whole of their particular position on the rapture or not of the Church.
In summing up then, it seems that most of the commited Islamist, Israelis and Christians believe that the return of their Saviour is very close at hand.
In the next post, I shall continue on in more detail on these matters, as seen in current affairs today.