Messianism in Judaism 7
In the last six part, we took a look at the promised savior among the followers of Judaism and we emphasized on this point that what we see as the promise of the savior in Judaism is in fact based on their holy book and what is today presented from Zionist Judaism and Christianity’s perspective on the return of the savior is in many cases in opposition and even in paradox with the text of the Holy Bible.
In the book of Prophet Joel, who is one of the prophets subject to Torah, return of Mahdi (PBUH) and the descension of Jesus (PBUH) and the trial of the children of Israel in that fateful day is said as below:
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (It is a desert near Jerusalem which is presently called Wadi Qadron.) and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (1)
In another verse of this book we read:
Haste ye, and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together: thither cause
thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah.
Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit
to judge all the nations round about. (2)
There is also a verse in the book of “Prophet Amos” on this subject:
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. (3)
As it can be seen, this verse informs us of the descension of Jesus (PBUH) and his Judgment in “the holy day of the arrival of Imam Mahdi (PBUH)”
- The promise of Mahdi’s return in the book of Haggai
In this book, which belongs to one of the prophets subject to Torah, the promise of Mahdi’s return (PBUH) is presented as below:
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. … The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. (4)
It looks like that by “house” in this verse, Jerusalem is intended and by “place”, Al-Aqsa Mosque is intended.
These verses are said to Jews about the return of Jesus (PBUH) in the book of “Prophet Hosea”:
For I will be unto Ephraim(The second son of Prophet Joseph (PBUH) as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah (son of Jacob (PBUH) and elder brother of Joseph (PBUH) from another mother Lia, whose descendants are a line of king’s among Jews): I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. (5)
It should be mentioned that in Islamic hadiths(quotations), it is broadly talked about the descension of Jesus (PBUH).His return is mentioned in most Islamic schools of thoughts and it is believed that when Mahdi (PBUH) returns, he will come back to earth and pray behind him and will approve him and Jesus (PBUH) will become one of his assistants.
1- Old Testament, The book of Joel, Chapter 3 Verses 2&3
2- Old Testament, The book of Joel, Chapter 3 Verses 12&13
3- Old Testament, The book of Amos, Chapter 4 Verse 12
4-Old Testament, The book of Haggai Chapter 2 Verses 6-9
5- Old Testament, The book of Hosea Chapter 5 Verses 14&15