THE PERIOD OF THE MAHDI'S RULE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

The Period of Hazrat Mahdi's (pbuh) Rule in the Gospels

The supremacy of religious moral values-Allah's promise in the Qur'an-also appears in the Gospels, as well as the Torah. This promise, set out in the scriptures of all the Abrahamic faiths, refers to a community descended from the line of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh), with an unconditional faith in Allah, living solely for His approval and striving to spread the moral values of the faith across the world. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), who is due to appear in the End Times, and his helpers are the believers who, by Allah's leave, will be the means whereby this promise comes about.

This promise of Allah's appears as follows in the Gospels:

... You are heirs of the Prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, "Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed." (Acts, 3:25)

 

 

It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans, 4:13)

... For if the inheritance depends on the Law [Allah's decrees and prohibitions], then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in His grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. What, then, was the purpose of the Law? It was added because of transgressions until the descendant to whom the promise was given came to Abraham... (Galatians, 3:18-19)

The following are some passages from the Gospels that refer to the period of sovereignty following the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh):

1. Religious moral values rule is close at hand when the portents take place:

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. He [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near." (Luke, 21:28-31)

   
 

He [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is... You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?" (Luke, 12:54-56)

 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] is near, right at the door. (Matthew, 24:31-33)

 

2. Belief in Allah rules the entire world:

... [From now on] the city does not need the Sun or the Moon to shine on it, for the Glory of God gives it light... There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the Sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation, 21:23-25; 22:5)

... But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of God's kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew, 24:13-14)

I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord,"-because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest. (Hebrews, 8:10-11)

And this gospel of God will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations... (Matthew, 24:14)

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-to every nation, tribe, language and people. (Revelation, 14:6)

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God... will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. (Revelation, 22:3)

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah [Praise the Lord]! For our Lord God Almighty reigns." (Revelation, 19:6)

For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)]. [The light of faith will prevail the earth.] (Matthew, 24:27)

For the Son of Man [the Prophet Jesus (pbuh)] in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. [The light of faith will prevail the earth.] (Luke, 17:24)

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. [They will be blessed with the blessings of faith in Allah.] (Luke, 13:29)

 The words of the Prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear My name, says the Lord, Who does these things that have been known for ages. (Acts, 15:15-18)

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord... and He will reign for ever and ever." (Revelation, 11:15)

 

3. The collapse of materialism:

The heavens will disappear with a roar; the material substances will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare... That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the material substances will melt in the heat. (2 Peter, 3:10-12)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. For by it our fathers had God's approval. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews, 11:1-3)

 

4. Deepening in faith:

Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days and they will have morals like Prophets. (Acts, 2:18)

In the last days God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will have morals like Prophets. (Acts, 2:16-17)

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God... in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians, 2:2-3)

This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put My laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. (Hebrews, 10:16)

 

5. The folly of unbelievers comes to the surface:

But mark this:... in the last days... [those who oppose the truth], men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because... their folly will be clear to everyone. (2 Timothy, 3:8-9)

 

6. Believers govern the world:

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? (1 Corinthians, 6:2)

The Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation, 22:5)

Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him? (James, 2:5)

... But they will be priests [religious men] of God... and will reign with Him... (Revelation, 20:6)

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests [religious men] to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth. (Revelation, 5:10)

The words of the Prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it. (Acts, 15:15-16)

 

7. A new world order based on religious values:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth... There will be no more... mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation, 21:1, 3-4)

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Revelation, 21:5)

... Until the times of a restitution of all... (Acts, 3:21)

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers... nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians, 6:9-10)

For they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. (1 Thessalonians, 1:9)

And because of His [Allah's] Glory and excellence, He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter, 1:4)

 

8. Peace and justice reign supreme:

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. (James, 3:18)

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In His [Allah's] name the nations will put their hope. (Matthew, 12:20-21)

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, or they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called servants of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven..." (Matthew, 5:1-11)

 

9. The dominion of enormous wealth and splendor:

The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. (Revelation, 21:24-26)

 

10. The end of sorrows and troubles:

... The only God our Savior Who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy... (Jude, 1:24)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain... (Revelation, 21:4)

No longer will there be any curse... There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the Sun. (Revelation, 22:3-5)

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Revelation, 7:17)

Jesus said to them... "At the renewal of all things... everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake [that you followed me for the good pleasure of Allah] will receive a hundred times as much..." (Matthew, 19:28-29)

 

11. An age of liberation as a blessing from Allah:

... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising Sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke, 1:78-79)

... The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (Titus, 2:11)

He has raised up a horn of salvation [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] for us in the house of His servant David, just as He promised through His holy Prophets long, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us... (Luke, 69:71)

And all mankind will see God's salvation. (Luke, 3:6)

... As it is written: "The deliverer [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... [and] he will turn godlessness away from Jacob." (Romans, 11:26)

Take the helmet of salvation... which is the word of God. (Ephesians, 6:17)

And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne [Owner of Sovereignty]... (Revelation, 7:10)

After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: Hallelujah [Praise be to Lord]! Salvation and Glory and power belong to our God. (Revelation, 19:1-2)

 

12. The total eradication of the system of the antichrist:

He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or satan, and bound him... (Revelation, 20:2)

He threw him into the abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore... (Revelation, 20:3)

 

13. Moral degeneration comes to an end:

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful... (Revelation, 21:27)

... Through them you may participate in the Divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter, 1:4)

 

14. The spread of moral virtues among people:

 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew, 5:5)

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child [pure and innocent] will never enter it." (Luke, 18:16-17)

 

15. An end to famine and drought:

Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst... (Revelation, 7:16)

 

The Word Paraclete Mentioned in the Gospel

Paraclete: Helper, the spirit of truth, comforter.

If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask God, and He will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever. (John, 14:15-16)

But the Paraclete whom God will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John, 14:26)

When the Counselor comes... he will testify about me. And you also must testify about me... (John, 15:26-27)

But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. (John, 16:7-8)

In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to God, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (John, 16:9-13)

I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no hold on me. (John, 14:30)