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"He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour [of Resurrection]. Have no doubt about it."Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61


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"What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive? (Qur'n, 47:18)

As the above verse indicates, God has revealed some of Doomsday's signs in the Qur'n. In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that"He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it..."Thus we can say, based particularly on Islamic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times."- Harun Yahya


61. And (Jesus) shall be a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment): therefore have no doubt about the (Hour), but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.
62. Let not the Evil One hinder you: for he is to you an enemy avowed.
63. When Jesus came with Clear Signs, he said: "Now have I come to you with Wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the (points) on which ye dispute: therefore fear Allah and obey me.
64."For Allah, He is my Lord and your Lord: so worship ye Him: this is a Straight Way."
65. But sects from among themselves fell into disagreement: then woe to the wrong-doers, from the Penalty of a Grievous Day!
66. Do they only wait for the Hour - that it should come on them all of a sudden, while they perceive not?
67. Friends on that day will be foes, one to another,- except the Righteous.
68. My devotees! no fear shall be on you that Day, nor shall ye grieve,-
69. (Being) those who have believed in Our Signs and bowed (their wills to Ours) in Islam.
70. Enter ye the Garden, ye and your wives, in (beauty and) rejoicing.
71. To them will be passed round, dishes and goblets of gold: there will be there all that the souls could desire, all that their ayes could delight in: and ye shall abide therein (for eye).
72. Such will be the Garden of which ye are made heirs for your (good) deeds (in life).
73. Ye shall have therein abundance of fruit, from which ye shall have satisfaction.

Surah 43:61-73 Az-Zukhruf (Ornaments Of Gold, Luxury)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, Amana Corporation, 1989.


"In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that"He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it..."Thus we can say, based particularly on Islaic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times."- Harun Yahya

"Many portents revealed in the Qur'n and the Prophetic hadiths, as well as various statements made by Islamic scholars, indicate that Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return is drawing nigh. In addition, the Bible contains information about the period before Doomsday and Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) second coming. All of the events related in these sources indicate this blessed event's nearness.

SIGNS OF THE LAST DAY

What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive? (Qur'n, 47:18)

As the above verse indicates, God has revealed some of Doomsday's signs in the Qur'n. In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that"He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it..."

STATEMENTS IN THE TORAH AND THE BIBLE

So far, we have only looked at the Islamic sources, which contain a great deal of information about the End Times. No matter how corrupted their texts may be, however, the Torah and the Bible still contain some good news about Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return. Even if we cannot be completely sure of their accuracy, it is useful to bear in mind those that are compatible with the Qur'n and the prophetic hadiths, for there is a strong likelihood that all such statements that are compatible with those in the Islamic sources have kept their original form.

The name of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) does not appear in the Old Testament, although we are told that a savior, a Messiah, will come from the line of Prophet David (pbuh). The Jews refused to accept that Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was sent to the Children of Israel, and so rejected him. Thus, they are still waiting for their"Messiah-savior" to come. Moreover, the Old Testament also contains some references to the End Times.

The New Testament, on the other hand, contains a great many statements on these subjects, especially of the second coming of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and its signs. These statements describe the natural events that will mark the times before and after his second coming. Most of the portents are set out in some detail in the prophetic hadiths as coming about in our day in a more striking manner than in any earlier time. It is important to realize that not just one or two of the signs are appearing in our day, but that just about all of them, one after the other, are doing so. Thus we can say, based particularly on Islamic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times."

SIGNS OF JESUS' (pbuh) SECOND COMING
THE SIGNS FROM THE ISLAMIC RESOURCES


1 The Splitting of the Moon
2 The Iran-Iraq War
3 A Great Battle between the Tigris and the Euphrates
4 The Occupation of Afghanistan
5 Stopping the Flow of the Euphrates river
6 Lunar and Solar Eclipses in Ramadan
7 The Rise of a Comet
8 Storming the Ka'ba and the Subsequent Bloodshed
9 Sighting a Flare in the East
10 A Sign Out of the Sun
11 A Solar Eclipse
12 A Change of Systems
13 A Tribulation of Dust and Smoke
14 The Emergence of Widespread Slaughter
15 The Killing of the Rulers of Damascus and Egypt
16 The Killing of Abdullah, the Former King of Jordan
17 The Enslavement of the Egyptians
18 Destruction of Great Cities
19 The Rebuilding of Ruined Places
20 The Fourth Peace and Arab-Israel Peace Agreement
21 The Loss of an Army
22 No Money Will Be Left to the Iraqis
23 Flames Destroy Homes in Baghdad
24 The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
25 An Embargo against Iraq and Damascus
26 The Restructuring of Iraq
27 Iraqis Flee to Damascus and the North 28 Fitna in Damascus
29 Chaos in Damascus, Iraq and Arabia
30 The Division of Iraq into Three Parts
31 War in the Streets
32 A War Between Muslims and Jews
33 The Killing of Innocent Children
34 Pervasive Corruption
35 One Type of Fitna Will Spread Everywhere
36 Religious Prohibitions Gain Acceptance
37 Openly Denying God
38 Replacing God with other"Deities"
39 A Sign of Materialism's Spread
40 Days of Anarchy and Chaos
41 The Absence of Peace
42 Revolutions
43 People Flee From One Another in Confusion
44 The Global Pervasiveness of Chaos and Conflicts
45 The Occurrence of Great and Astonishing Events
46 The Situation of Some Muslims
47 The Current Situation of the Islamic World
48 Wars Between Muslims
49 Muslims are Subjected to Severe Troubles
50 The Killing of the Innocent
51 People Killed for No Reason
52 Corruption that Causes Conflicts Everywhere
53 Loss of Hope in the Mahdi
54 Poverty and Hunger
55 Drought
56 A Weakening Economy in Specific Years
57 The Cutting of Trade and Roads
58 Decreased Earnings
59 The Division of National Wealth among the Rich
60 An Increase in the Number of Earthquakes
61 Earth's Collapse
62 Conversion of Homes into Graves
63 Winds and Tornadoes
64 Violent Rain
65 An Increased Amount of Lightning
66 Abandoning the True Religion and the Qur'n's Moral Values
67 Not Pondering over the Qur'n in a Sincere Manner
68 Muslims' yearning for non-Muslims
69 Fitna Alienates People from the Qur'n
70 Propagandists Distancing People From theIslam's Morality
71 Hypocritical and Fraudulent Clergy
72 Degeneration among Politicians
73 Abandoning"Enjoining the Right and Forbidding the Wrong"As an Act of Worship
74 Good Is Confused with Evil
75 Close People Will Encourage One Another to Evil
76 The Number of True Believers Being Very Few
77 Use of Mosques for Different Purposes
78 Appearance of People Who Recite the Qur'n for Personal Benefits
79 Faith in Horoscopes and Refutation of Fate
80 Making Hajj (the Pilgrimage to Makkah) for Purposes Other than God's Good Pleasure
81 People Inclining to the Desires of their Lower Selves
82 Social Deterioration
83 Adherence to Traitors and Considering the Righteous as Treacherous
84 The Decreasing Number of Reliable People
85 The Decreasing Number of Trustworthy People
86 Abandoning Almsgiving
87 Abandoning Salah (Prayers)
88 THe Spread of False Testimony and Slanders
89 Giving Positions of Responsibility to Incompetent People
90 Considering One's Superiority To Be in Wealth rather than in Awareness of God
91 The Decay of Human Relations
92 People Value Their Pets more than Other People
93 The Decay of Family Relations
94 Diminished Love and Respect among People
95 Weakening of the Family Structure
96 Increase in Worldly Ambitions
97 Prevalence of Hypocrisy and Ostentation
98 Spread of Cursing and Abuse
99 Spread of Forgery and Bribery
100 Increase of Gossip and Derision
101 Some Young People Turn Away from the Religion's Morality
102 The Collapse of Moral Values
103 Spread of Adultery
104 Acceptance of Homosexuality
105 Epidemics
106 Reports of Sudden Death Will Multiply
107 An Increase in Murders
108 Increase in Suicides
109 Civil Wars and Conflicts
110 An Increase in Literacy
111 Time Grows Short
112 An Increase in Urbanization
113 The Construction of Tall Buildings
114 The Close Approach of the Markets
115 Speaking by Means of the Whip
116 The Speaking of One's Own Voice
117 A Hand from the Firmament
118 Increased Productivity
119 The Greening of the Deserts
120 Increased Life Expectancy
121 The Appearance of False Messiahs

PORTENTS OF THE MESSIAH'S RETURN IN THE BIBLE

122 The Emergence of False Messiahs
123 Some People Lose Hope in Messiah's Coming
124 A Rise in the Number of Earthquakes
125 Famine
126 Major Wars Break Out
127 Love is Diminished and Anger and Hatred Increase
128 People Move away from the Religion's Moral Values
129 Disasters Inflict Terrible Suffering
130 The Spread of Epidemics
131 People Who Exploit the Religion For Their Personal Interests
132 The Appearance of Portents in the Sun and Moon
133 Extraordinary Events Take Place in the Sky
134 Moral Degeneration
135 The Oppression of True Believers
136 The Emergence of Corruption That True Believers Should Avoid
137 Events That Inflict Pain and Suffering
138 The Coming of the Dajjal

Harun Yahya, Jesus Will Return
www.jesuswillreturn.com/signs/signs_index.html


Note: According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary sign means"A discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. Sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason."Thus Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61 indicates that the Resurrection, which is already taking place, is not perceptible to most humans. The only way the commencement of the Resurrection can be perceived is either by the senses (feeling the Nafas al Rachman, the breath of the Merciful i.e., Winds of Qiyamah flowing from the body - especially the hands, top of head and legs) or by reason (confirming with heart, mind and soul the declaration of the General Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) to all humankind), or far better by both sense and reason. That is exactly why the Holy Qur'n warns that most humans will be unaware that is the Resurrection is taking place (surah 30:55-60 Al Rum), and that includes most Muslims!

So what is the Ummah awaiting but for the Hour of Doomsday to come upon them suddenly? The Signs that the End is approaching have already come. What good will the Reminder that Al-Qiyamah—Al Qadr (Night Of Power And Fate)—has begun be for them when Doomsday—Al Qari'h (The Day Of Noise And Clamour)—does suddenly arrive? What good will be the grace period of His Mercy, Al Qadr (Night Of Power And Fate), be when His Wrath, Al Qari'h (The Day Of Noise And Clamour), suddenly descends on all mankind? Do they only wait for the Hour ofAl Qari'h (The Day Of Noise And Clamour) that it should come on them all of a sudden, while they perceive not Al Qadr (Night Of Power And Fate)?

The prophecies of the Holy Koran are devastatingly precise and will run their course! Those Muslims reading these lines are forewarned, in no uncertain terms, that those disputing the Great News that the Resurrection has commenced will soon find that out when they stand before Allah (SWT) and be judged for their disbelief (since they are literally waiting for 'graves to open up', a centuries-old misconception):

Concerning what are they disputing?
Concerning the Great News. [5889]
About which they cannot agree.
Verily, they shall soon (come to) know!
Verily, verily they shall soon (come to) know!

surah 78:1-5 Al Naba' (The Great News)

"5889. Great News: usually understood to mean the News or Message of the Resurrection."

Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, Amana Corporation,
1989.

But to all who believe, no fear shall be on you that Day, nor shall ye grieve, being among those who have believed in His Signs and bowed their wills in submission to the Great News of the Resurrection! Jesus indeed is the Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it as we are indeed living in the End Times.



THE GLAD TIDINGS OF THE MESSIAH
INTRODUCTION

Prophets and Messengers have been sent to all nations throughout history to teach the core concepts of the same religion: to believe in the one and only God, to abandon idolatry, to live and do good deeds only for God's good pleasure, to have faith in God and to seek His help alone, and to be virtuous. The principles of faith that they have taught to humanity have always been the same, despite some slight differences in practical matters according to place and time. For instance, Jesus (peace be upon him)1 did not bring a different religion, and the religion revealed to Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace), the last prophet, is the same. (In other words, the Torah sent to Moses and the Gospel sent to Jesus as guiding lights for people, have been tampered over time and so are no longer true to their respective original revelations.2) In one verse, God tells believers not to distinguish between revealed religions:

Say: "We believe in God and what has been sent down to us; what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes; and what Moses, Jesus, and all the Prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him." (Qur'n, 3:84)

Another verse reveals the following:

He has laid down the same religion for you as He enjoined on Noah, that which We have revealed to you and which We enjoined upon Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "Establish the religion and do not make divisions in it."What you call the idolaters to follow is very hard for them. God chooses for Himself anyone He wills and guides to Himself those who turn to Him. (Qur'n, 42:13)

Our Lord, Who has sent His religion to all nations, has cautioned all of their inhabitants through those He honored by choosing as Prophets. Every human being who has received the call to the true religion will be held accountable for how he or she responded to it.

The lives of God's chosen Messengers contain many messages and lessons for all people, especially when we study their encounters, their troubles, and their great struggles. The Qur'n cites Jesus as an example for people to follow, because of how he conducted his life and his struggle, and because of his great virtue.

Jesus' birth, life, and ascension to God's presence are all miracles that the Qur'n reveals in some detail. Although God reveals the narratives of many Prophets, Jesus, whom God supported with superior wisdom, is set apart from the others in several aspects, among them that he spoke even in the cradle, and that he was the vehicle for countless miracles while he was in this world. That his status is different also can be deduced from the fact that he was raised to God's presence and that the Qur'n indicates strongly his second coming.

The book seeks to analyze Jesus' life and struggle, as well as his virtue and character, closely and to spread the good news of his second coming in light of the relevant Qur'nic verses and hadiths (the sayings and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed). Our Lord gives important signs about Jesus and the future (the time between the Qur'n's revelation and the Day of Judgment) in the Qur'n, and the Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace) revealed much good news about him. The valuable information about Jesus' great struggle after his second coming, provided by the renowned Islamic scholar Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960), is a glad tiding for all readers and should increase their excitement and lift their morale. All of this, as we said previously, shows that Jesus' creation was miraculous and that his life continued to be full of miracles.

While reading this book, the reader will come to know of his miraculous life and realize that we live in a very special time. One purpose of this work, besides drawing attention to an important miracle revealed in the Qur'n, is to say a"practical"prayer in the hope of being present when Jesus, a praised Messenger who is lauded in the Qur'n many times, returns to this world. Given that his second coming will be an extraordinary, miraculous, and metaphysical event that will affect the whole world, all believers should prepare and mobilize to welcome him in the best possible way. The excitement, love, and morale invested in these preparations will be an actual prayer, and those who do not prepare will feel great remorse when he returns. All of the signs indicate that the second coming will take place soon, so there is no time to waste.

Harun Yahya, The Glad Tidings of the Messiah
http://www.harunyahya.com/


HE [JESUS] IS A SIGN OF THE HOUR [OF RESURRECTION].

"Many portents revealed in the Qur'n and the Prophetic hadiths, as well as various statements made by Islamic scholars, indicate that Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return is drawing nigh. In addition, the Bible contains information about the period before Doomsday and Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) second coming. All of the events related in these sources indicate this blessed event's nearness.

SIGNS OF THE LAST DAY

What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive? (Qur'n, 47:18)

As the above verse indicates, God has revealed some of Doomsday's signs in the Qur'n. In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that"He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it..."

STATEMENTS IN THE TORAH AND THE BIBLE

So far, we have only looked at the Islamic sources, which contain a great deal of information about the End Times. No matter how corrupted their texts may be, however, the Torah and the Bible still contain some good news about Prophet Jesus' (pbuh) return. Even if we cannot be completely sure of their accuracy, it is useful to bear in mind those that are compatible with the Qur'n and the prophetic hadiths, for there is a strong likelihood that all such statements that are compatible with those in the Islamic sources have kept their original form.

The name of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) does not appear in the Old Testament, although we are told that a savior, a Messiah, will come from the line of Prophet David (pbuh). The Jews refused to accept that Prophet Jesus (pbuh) was sent to the Children of Israel, and so rejected him. Thus, they are still waiting for their"Messiah-savior" to come. Moreover, the Old Testament also contains some references to the End Times.

The New Testament, on the other hand, contains a great many statements on these subjects, especially of the second coming of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and its signs. These statements describe the natural events that will mark the times before and after his second coming. Most of the portents are set out in some detail in the prophetic hadiths as coming about in our day in a more striking manner than in any earlier time. It is important to realize that not just one or two of the signs are appearing in our day, but that just about all of them, one after the other, are doing so. Thus we can say, based particularly on Islamic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times."

THE SIGNS FROM THE ISLAMIC RESOURCES

Harun Yahya, Jesus Will Return
www.jesuswillreturn.com/signs/signs_index.html


An Introduction to the Theology of Religions, Veli-Matti Karkkainen
"The main question of the theology of religions culminates simply in two basic affirmations that can be seen as guidelines for any biblical theology of religions. The first is this: God desires all men and women to be saved."For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son" (Jn. 3:16)."This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him" (1 Jn 4:9). The most pointed passage is 1 Timothy 2:4, which affirms that God"Wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."These passages and a host of others make it clear that it is the heartbeat of a loving, caring Father to save all of his creation into an eternal communion. This is rightly called the"optimism of salvation."

In addition to this first axiom, which consists of the boundless mercy of God that makes possible salvation for all, there is also another equally strong biblical conviction, namely, that only in Jesus Christ can salvation be found. This means that universality (salvation of the world) is reached by way of particularity (salvation through the mediation of Jesus Christ). A host of biblical passages also makes this clear: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12)."I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (Jn 14:6)."

An Introduction to the Theology of Religions, p. 27
Veli-Matti Karkkainen
Intervarsity Press (September 2006)


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