What if Jesus does not Come Back in 40 Years?

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Written and collected by Zia H. Shah MD – Twitter: @ZiahShah1

Today, most of the two billion Christians are celebrating Easter.  I am happy for them.  I am glad that this celebration reminds them, some how, of love of God and presence of sacred in our lives.

Easter is one of the most important religious holidays of the year for many Christians – a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to the Christian beliefs.
But, along with the resurrection is the concept of the second coming of Jesus, may peace be on him.

There are several verses in the New Testament about his second coming. There are also allusion to his second coming, within the first generation of the Christians, during the first century and these verses were interpreted as such, historically. No less authority, than Saint Paul himself, believed that Jesus will come back during the life time of the Christians that were alive. Here, just one reference of his second coming, in near future will suffice:

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. ‘Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’ (Matthew 16:26-28)

Numerous predictions of his urgent second coming have been made over the centuries, but, to no avail.

There have been billions of humans on our planet and not a single documented case of any one literally coming back, except in the stories, myths and legends of millennia passed.

Now half of the American Christians believe that Jesus would come back in person, within forty years.

According to a 2010 Pew Research Center survey, roughly half (48%) of Christians in the U.S. say they believe that Christ will definitely (27%) or probably (20%) return to earth in the next 40 years. Somewhat fewer (38%) say this definitely will not happen (10%) or probably will not happen (28%).

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that Jesus will never come back literally.  So, once 40 years of waiting from today have passed, I would expect that these 48% or their children will begin to pay greater attention to our theology and views about the second coming.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that Jesus has already come back.

His second coming was not meant to be literal.

A literal second coming is against the laws of nature.  But, God the Father has been sending prophets to guide humanity.  The three Abrahamic faiths agree on a long line of Jewish prophets, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Joseph, David, Solomon, Jeremiah, Ezra and John the Baptist, to name some of them.

The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani

The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani

He came as a metaphorical second coming of Jesus, may peace be on him.

In Jesus own time the Jews were expecting a literal second coming of Elijah, but, Jesus himself denied any literal second coming and claimed that John the Baptist, born and raised in front of their very eyes, was indeed the Elijah:

Truly I tell you, …  And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.  (Matthew 11:11-15)

There are other references in the New Testament also, quoting Jesus that John the Baptist is the Elijah.

There is never a literal second coming of the prophets of God, in Divine plan. Truly I tell you, Jesus, may peace be on him, was a noble Jewish prophet.

And if you are willing to accept it, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, came in India 120 years ago, to unite all religions and mankind by emphasizing religious freedom for everyone and the fact that the founders of all religions, Confucius, Buddha, Tao, Krishna, Ram, Moses and Jesus were prophets of God.

He initiated renaissance of Islam in keeping with the prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, and began to bring humanity together, according to the predictions not only in Islam, but also other religions.

He is the second coming of Jesus, may peace be on him. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Read more about him.

Additional readings

BBC Documentary: Did Jesus Die On the Cross?

Jesus did not die on the cross!

24 Video lectures: The Great Courses: How Jesus Became God?

A collection of articles for the Christians, agnostics and atheists, in our website, Islam for the West.

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3 replies

  1. Well, the danger is of course among those fundamentalist Christians and Jews and those Shiahs also who think that they can ‘hasten the return of Jesus’ by creating war and chaos (as the prophecies state that Jesus will come after a lot of chaos).
    We better spread the News of Ahmadiyyat fast, before they create more wars!

  2. What saddens one’s mind is not the issue of the Christians expecting Jesus still. The Holy Quran has come to correct all erroneous beliefs but many adherents of this Holy Book still wander in the belief of Jesus flying down from the skies. It is a pity.

  3. True Muslims believe that Jesus alaihislam was a true Prophet of God, like many other true prophets who came from God for the guidance of mankind. They all had the same message, God is One and has no partner, a son or a wife, He is the only One worthy of worship. This is essential command and must be obeyed. We are commanded to worship our Creator alone and fulfill the rights of all other creations, particularly the rights of all fellow human beings.
    We humans are the best of God’s creation but all humans may not behave the way they are supposed to with love for all and hate red for none.
    Again, the long history of mankind on earth tells us that those who are born on this earth die on this earth and once we are dead no one is going to come back here but we all have to account for our life on earth when we are presented before God and nothing is hidden from God, our Creator.
    Those who are borne on earth shall die on earth but their souls, as we understand, shall depart towards our Creator. Once we are dead, we are gone and shall never return to earth.
    Many Prophets, some are well known than others, came and were given “Sharia”, the laws for the guidance for mankind to live and love one another always remembering God Almighty. Prophet Moses was given Torah, Shariah for his people, which was not a universal law for all mankind. Jesus, came to revive Laws given to Moses and did not bring anything new nor he came to change anything. He was mistreated and put on the cross but God saved him, being a true Prophet of God. He died a natural death as a human being is buried in Kashmir, India.
    This was one of the prophecy of the Holy Prophet of Islam that his followers shall lose the way like the followers of Moses and God will raise among them a Messiah who will judge and present the true Islam of the holy Quran for the guidance of all mankind.
    All human have to die one day. The dead never come back. Jesus died a natural death. The Promised Messiah came to revive Islam, as promised.

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