Christ’s Second Coming According to the Bible
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,
Both Muslims and Christians believe in the second coming of Christ. However the second coming of Christ according to Christianity is portrayed as something horrendous to come, so what exactly does the Old and New Testament claim of Christ’s return?
In the last book of the Old Testament, Zechariah 14 we read:
“A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.
2 I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Clearly, mass rape is not a very good welcoming event for anyone, let alone the Christian God. However, it gets worse, torture and forced worship will then become the mainstay of the day:
12This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected —great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 17 If any of the peoples of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, they will have no rain. 18 If the Egyptian people do not go up and take part, they will have no rain. The Lord[b] will bring on them the plague he inflicts on the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles.”
Forced worship, torture, mass rape, I’m not quite sure that the Bible wants us to be excited about Christ’s second coming. In fact, the New Testament makes it sound far worse. According to Revelation 2:26-28, the world will be ruled by an iron fist, an iron scepter, an allegory for brutal rule:
“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations —27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b] —just as I have received authority from my Father.”
What will happen during this time of Christ’s earthly rule? Well, never ending torture and war:
“During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.”
I don’t know about you, but the Bible’s version of Christ’s return is not that appealing to say the least. In fact, the Qur’an nor the Ahadith state that Christ’s coming would involve forced worship, torture, mass rape and genocide. It is a sad state of affairs to see Christians ‘preaching love’, yet they expect to torture and rape our women when Christ returns. They are free to believe what they wish, but I choose the Qur’an over their ideology, any day:
“There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” – Qur’an 2:256.
While Islam claims there is no compulsion in faith, i.e. forced worship, the Bible promises in Revelation 2:26-28 that we will be ruled by force, such to the extent that another Bible verse promises we will be forced to worship Christ:
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'” – Romans 14:11.
It’s easy to say ‘Christ loves you’, it’s far more difficult to say what he’ll do after loving you. I wonder why Christians insist on focusing on the ‘love of Christ’, but are not willing to discuss what comes after his love. We must remember, that the God of the Old Testament is a violent God:
“However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.” – Deuteronomy 20:16.
The sudden change of character in the New Testament from a Jealous, Powerful, Mighty, Vengeful God, to a Loving, Merciful, All Forgiving God seemed quite odd to many Christians, such to the extent that a sect, called the Marcionites disbelieved that the God of the Old Testament and that of the New Testament were two different Gods. At that time that sect did not have the Book of Revelation, if they did, they’d have seen that the hateful, vengeful God of the Old Testament returns to his old ways after having ‘loved’ us.
wa Allaahu Alam,
and God Knows Best.