SIGNS OF THE MAHDI IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND OTHER JUDAIC TEXTS
 

SIGNS OF HAZRAT MAHDI (PBUH) IN THE TORAH AND
OTHER JUDAIC SCRIPTURES

The Events Leading up to the Appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) in Judaic Scriptures

The Characteristics of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) in Judaic Scriptures

The Period of Hazrat Mahdi's (pbuh) Rule in Judaic Scriptures


Belief in the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)—Mashiach (Messiah) as Jews call him—is one of Judaism's fundamental beliefs. Ever since the 12th century, the Jews have regarded Rabbi Maimonides (or in Arabic, Ibn Maimun) as one of the greatest scholars of the Torah. Maimonides stated that of the 13th fundamental principles of Judaism, the 12th was "to believe in the coming of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]." According to these principles, Jewish belief regarding Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) is set out as follows: "I sincerely believe in the coming of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)], and even if his coming is delayed, I await his coming every day."

The Mishnah, the authorized explanation of the Judaic scriptures, describes the position of those who deny the coming of the Messiah—that is, of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh):
Whoever does not believe in him, or does not await his coming, denies not only [the statements of] the other Prophets, but also [those of] the Torah and of Moshe (Moses [pbuh]), our teacher... (Maimonides, Mishnah Torah, Laws of Kings 11:1)

In addition, the Shmoneh Esrei prayer, which Jews perform three times every day, also includes the prayer for the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) to be close at hand. They recite this prayer in the expectation of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), for the restoration of justice as a requirement of religious moral values, for immorality, sin and evil to come to an end, and for the truth to prevail.This section contains those parts of the Torah that concern Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) and that agree with the verses of the Qur'an and the hadiths of our Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).

The Events Leading up to the Appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) in Judaic Scriptures


 
 

According to Jewish tradition, before the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) (or the Messiah, as they refer to him), there will be a huge moral collapse stemming from atheism. People's feelings of shame will decline. Pride and oppression will grow. No one will have any compassion, the devout will be reviled, and corruption and denial will spread. On the larger scale, there will be a succession of wars and oppression. Land will become increasingly less fertile, and the cost of living, famine and poverty will increase.

Some of the features of this period preceding the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) are described in Judaic scriptures:

 

1. The appearance of portents in the End Times:

"And I... am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory. I will set a sign among them..." [declares the Lord.] (Isaiah, 66:18-19)

"I am the Lord... See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." (Isaiah, 42:8-9)

 

2. The spread of atheism:

The generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... all the governments will be turned over to Minuth (will embrace the religion of the Minim [atheism]), and no preaching will avail... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

... [Even] the priests are godless; even in My Temple I find their wickedness," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah, 23:11)

The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come until the whole world is converted to the belief of the heretics. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

3. The reviling of the devout:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... fearers of sin will be despised, and truth will be lacking. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... God-fearing men [will be] despised. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... he that departs from evil makes himself a prey... He who departs from evil will be dubbed a fool by his fellow-men. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

4. Admiration of the wicked:

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... an evil man will be honored. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

You who hate good and love evil. (Micah, 3:2)

 

5. Distancing from religious education:

The Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come... unless the disciples [who learn Allah's words] will decrease. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

6. Administrations turn their backs on religious moral values:

In the generation of Messiah's [Hazrat Mahdi's (pbuh)] coming... the Kingdom will be converted to heresy with none to rebuke them. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... the government will turn to heresy, and there will be none [to offer them] reproof. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

... The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come until the wicked kingdom of Rome [irreligion] will have spread [its sway] over the whole world for nine months... (Talmud, Yoma 10a)

 

7. Rulers are not competent:

And I will make children their chiefs, and foolish ones will have rule over them. (Isaiah, 3:4)

 

8. A rise in female leaders:

... A babe is their master, and women rule over them... (Isaiah, 3:12)

9. Leaders look to their own interests:

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... the leaders of that generation will have the nature of dogs. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

... Judges are wolves of the desert, they leave not a bone for the morrow. (Zephaniah, 3:3)

 

     

10. The wicked become strong:

... They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness... (Jeremiah, 23:14)

... Their course is evil, and their force is not right. (Jeremiah, 23:10)

Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions... (Zephaniah, 3:3)


   
 

11. No one is left to establish justice:

The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come until all judges and officers are gone... (Talmud, Sanhedrin, 98a)

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... truth [will be] entirely lacking... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)


12. Increasing poverty:

The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come... until the pockets will be empty... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

13. An increase in unfair earnings:

... The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of His people: "It is you who have ruined My vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the faces of the poor?" (Isaiah, 3:14-15)

In the generation in which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... [There will be] plunderers and plunderers of the plunderers... (Talmud, Kethuboth 112b)

14. Hunger and famine:

... In the seven-year cycle at the end of which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... the arrows of hunger will be sent forth... a great famine, in the course of which men, women, and children, pious men and saints will die. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come until a fish is sought for an invalid and cannot be procured... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a)

 

15. The land becomes less fertile:

... The vintage shall fail, the ingathering shall not come. Smiting upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine; for the land of My people whereon thorns and briers come up; yea, for all the houses of joy and the joyous city. (Isaiah, 32:10-13)

... The seeds are shrivelled beneath the clods. The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down... How the cattle moan! Even the flocks of sheep are suffering... for the grain has dried up... flames have burned up all the trees of the field. (Joel, 1:17-19)

The fields are ruined, the ground mourns; the grain is destroyed... grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed. The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree—all the trees of the field—are dried up... (Joel, 1:10-12)

 

16. Drought:

The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers... (Isaiah, 24:4)

... The pastures of the wilderness are dried up... (Jeremiah, 23:10)

The vine withers... (Isaiah, 24:7)

... The grain has dried up... the streams of water have dried up... (Joel, 1:18-20)

The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and apple tree—all the trees of the field—are dried up... (Joel, 1:12)

 

17. Animals suffer:

How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of the sheep are suffering... even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the open pastures. (Joel, 1:18-20)

A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps. (Zechariah, 14:15)

 

18. A time of trial and tribulation:

The cry on the day of the Lord will be bitter the shouting of the warrior there. That day will be... a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness... (Zephaniah, 1:14-15)

"Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them..." declares the Lord. (Jeremiah, 23:12)

... In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... and as for the rest [other than scholars], their eyes will fail through sorrow and grief. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

... The travails of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]: "day" is written here... (Talmud, Shabbath 118a)

Let him [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] come... When one goes out into the field and meets a bailiff, it is as though he had met a lion. When he enters the town, and is accosted by a tax-collector, it is as though he had met a bear. On entering his house and finding his sons and daughters in the throes of hunger, it is as though he were bitten by a serpent!... Ask you now, and see whether a man travails with child? Wherefore do I see every man [gever] with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b)

 

19. A succession of disasters:

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... Multitudes of trouble and evil decrees will be promulgated anew, each new evil coming with haste before the other has ended... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

When you see a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)], as it is written, when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him [Isaiah, 59:19]; which is followed by, and the Redeemer [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] shall come [Isaiah, 59:20]... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a)

In the generation in which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... [there will be] test after test. (Talmud, Kethuboth 112b)

... A curse consumes the earth... (Isaiah, 24:6)

Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare... (Isaiah, 24:18)

"When will the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] come?" He replied, "When darkness covers those people." "You curse me," he exclaimed. He retorted, "it is but a verse: For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall shine upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you." [Isaiah, 60:2] (Talmud, Sanhedrin 99a)

 

20. A rise in corruption:

... In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... multitudes of trouble and evil decrees will be promulgated anew... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path. (Isaiah, 3:12)

... They were still eager to act corruptly in all they did. (Zephaniah, 3:7)

 

 
     

21. The rule of despair:

[Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come... unless they will renounce their hope to be redeemed. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

22. The spread of prostitution and adultery:

In the generation in which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come, the houses of assembly will be converted into houses of prostitution. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

... And traded boys for prostitutes... they sold girls. (Joel, 3:3)

The land is full of adulterers... (Jeremiah, 23:10)

... I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery ... (Jeremiah, 23:14)

   
 

 

23. A decline in people's sense of shame:

... In the generation when the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... a son will not be abashed in his father's presence. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In the generation of Messiah's [Hazrat Mahdi's (pbuh)] coming impudence will increase, esteem be perverted ... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] insolence will increase and honor dwindle... (Talmud, Sota 49b)

In footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... a son will revile his father... a son will not feel ashamed before his father. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

... The child shall behave insolently against the aged, and the base against the honorable. (Isaiah, 3:5)

 

24. Increasing immorality:

Rabbi Johanan also said: The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come only in a generation that is... altogether wicked. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a)

Rabbi Johanan said: When you see a generation ever dwindling, hope for him [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a)

In the generation of Messiah's [Hazrat Mahdi's (pbuh)] coming... esteem [will] be perverted... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... youths will put old men to shame, the old will stand up in the presence of the young... A son will not be ashamed before his father. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... the meeting-place [of scholars] will be used for immorality. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

... They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness... all of them become... as Sodom, and... as Gomorrah... (Jeremiah, 23:14)

 

25. An increase in lies and fraud:

... [They] walk in lies... (Jeremiah, 23:14)

In the generation in which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... [there will be] plunderers and plunderers of the plunderers. (Talmud, Kethuboth 112b)

... People shall oppress one another, every man his fellow, and every man his neighbor... (Isaiah, 3:5)

 

26. Faces grow ugly:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] the face of the generation will be like the face of a dog... (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

In the generation when Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes, the people shall be dog-faced. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

27. The marginalization of feelings of love and compassion:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... the dewellers on the frontier will go about [begging] from place to place without anyone to take pity on them... (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

 

28. Increasing rebelliousness:

... In the generation when the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... daughters will rise up against their mothers, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... a son will revile his father, a daughter will rise against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

 

29. A weakening of family ties:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... a man's enemies will be the members of his household... (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

 

30. Rising numbers of hypocrites:

... The son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will not come until denunciators [of believers] are in abundance. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

The treacherous deal treacherously; yea, the treacherous deal very treacherously. (Isaiah, 24:16)

 

31. A decline in the number of scholars:

... In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come, scholars will be few in number... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

32. A decline in the importance attached to people of knowledge:

In the generation when the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] comes... the wisdom of scribes [men of knowledge] [will be] in disfavor... (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

33. Intellectual bigotry:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... the wisdom of the learned will degenerate... (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

In the generation in which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come, there will be prosecution against scholars. (Talmud, Kethuboth 112b)

... Her priests have profaned that which is holy, they have done violence to the law [of God]. (Zephaniah, 3:4)

 

34. Increasing wars:

... In the seven-year cycle at the end of which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come... in the seventh, wars; and at the conclusion of the septennate the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

They... are destined to be redeemed in the seventh year (of the coming of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]) therefore the mention of redemption was placed in the seventh blessing. But a master has said, "In the sixth year will be thunderings, in the seventh wars, at the end of the seventh the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come?" — War is also the beginning of redemption. (Talmud, Megilah 17b)

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (Joel, 2:30)

I will gather all the nations... to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile... (Zechariah, 14:2)

 

35. Bloodshed in the Middle East:

"When will the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] come?"... "give us a sign"... "The waters of the grotto of Paneas* turn into blood..." (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98a)

* Paneas: The name of an ancient city on the banks of the River Jordan, some 200 km from Jerusalem called Banias in modern atlases.

 

36. Ruin in the Middle East:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... Galilee* will be destroyed, Gavlan** desolated. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a; Sotah 49b)

*Galilee: The region to the west of the River Jordan, and north of the lake of Tiberias, in Palestine, now located in modern Israel.
** Gavlan: The region including part of the modern-day Golan Heights, northwest Jordan and southwest Syria.

 

37. The killing of the innocent:

... They shed innocent blood. (Joel, 3:19)

 

38. Rising numbers of refugees:

In the footsteps of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... the dwellers on the frontier will go about [begging] from place to place without anyone to take pity on them. (Talmud, Sotah 49b)

 

39. An increase in rebellion and revolt:

... Transgression thereof is heavy upon it [the earth], and it shall fall, and not rise again. (Isaiah, 24:20)

 

40. Looting:

The earth shall be utterly emptied, and despoiled: for the Lord had spoken this word. (Isaiah, 24:3)

... The houses rifled... (Zechariah, 14:2)

 

41. Signs in the bodies of those who oppose the truth:

This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought... Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah, 14:12)

... Their words and deeds are against the Lord... The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it... (Isaiah, 3:8-9)

 

42. Unhappiness:

... All the merrymakers groan. The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent. (Isaiah, 24:7-8)

Surely the joy of mankind is withered away. (Joel, 1:12)

... All joy turns to gloom, all gaiety is banished from the earth. (Isaiah, 24:11)

 

43. Despair among men of religion:

The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the Lord. (Joel, 1:9)

Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. (Joel, 1:13)

 

44. Earthquakes:

... The foundations of the earth shake... The earth is thoroughly shaken... It sways like a hut in the wind... (Isaiah, 24:18-20)

... The heavens and the earth shall shake... (Joel, 3:16)

Therefore I [the Almighty Lord] will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of her place. (Isaiah, 13:13)

The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook... The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare... (Psalms, 18:7, 15)

 

45. Ever more natural disasters:

The Lord of Armies will punish you with thunder, earthquakes, and loud noises, with windstorms, rainstorms, and fire storms. (Isaiah, 29:6)

... I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth... (Joel, 2:30)

... The windows on high are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. (Isaiah, 24:18)

 

46. Floods in one region and drought in another:

In the seven-year cycle at the end of which the son of David [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will come-in the first year, this verse will be fulfilled: And I will cause it to rain upon one city and cause it not to rain upon another city. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a)

 

47. Locust attacks:

What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten... A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number... (Joel, 1:4, 6)

 

48. Rising environmental pollution:

The earth is defiled by its people... (Isaiah, 24:5)

 

49. Spiritual decline:

He [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] will only come when all the souls destined to [inhabit earthly] bodies will be exhausted... (Talmud, Abodah Zarah 5a)

50. War in Iraq:

50. 1. The fact that the occupying army in the Iraq war was multinational:

... Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! (Isaiah, 13:4)

Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!... (Isaiah, 13:4)

50.2 Distant countries wage war in Iraq:

An oracle concerning Babylon* that Isaiah... saw... They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens... to destroy the whole country. (Isaiah, 13:1, 5)

*Babylon: The name of an ancient city near Baghdad, the capital of modern-day Iraq.

 

50.3. That war is declared with sirens and loud noises:

... Shout to them [warriors]; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. (Isaiah, 13:2)

 

50.4. The death of many children and the young during the war:

Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children. (Isaiah, 13:18)

 

50.5. That women are wronged:

... Their wives [will be] ravished. (Isaiah, 13:16)

 

50.6. The looting of people's homes:

... Their houses will be looted... (Isaiah, 13:16)

 

50.7. Enormous bloodshed:

Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes... (Isaiah, 13:15-16)

50.8. The public in a state of fear and suffering:

... All hands will go limp, every man's heart will melt. Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them... They will writhe... They will look aghast at each other ... (Isaiah, 13:7-8)

50.9. People flee to neighboring countries:

Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. (Isaiah, 13:14)

 

50.10. Cities deserted after the war:

But desert creatures will lie there [in Babylon], jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces... (Isaiah, 13:21-22)

I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir. (Isaiah, 13:12)

 

50.11. And the damage done to peace and order:

... No Arab [Bedouin] will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. (Isaiah, 13:20)

... To make the land desolate... (Isaiah, 13:9)

... The earth will shake from its place. (Isaiah, 13:13)

 

50.12. The razing of Iraqi cities:

Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms... will be overthrown by God. (Isaiah, 13:19)

 

51. The appearance of Gog and Magog in the End Times (World Wars I and II):

The travails of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]: "day" is written here... The wars of Gog and Magog: "day" is written here; whilst there it is written, in that day when Gog shall come. (Talmud, Shabbath 118a)

... [Time on the earth] will be spent... some in the war of Gog and Magog, and the remaining [period] will be the Messianic era [that of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)], whilst the Holy One, blessed be He, will renew His world only after seven thousand years. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 97b)

 

51.1. Their being a vast population:

... All the hordes gathered... (Ezekiel, 38:7)

You will advance... like a cloud that covers the land... (Ezekiel, 38:16)

... All of them brandishing their swords... (Ezekiel, 38:4)

 

51.2. Their constituting a multinational society:

... Many nations with you, all of them riding on horses... (Ezekiel, 38:15)

You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm... (Ezekiel, 38:9)

 

51.3. Their having large armed forces:

... Your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords... with them, [their troops] all with shields and helmets... (Ezekiel, 38:4-5)

... All of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. (Ezekiel, 38:15)

 

51.4. Their causing corruption:

... You will devise an evil scheme. You will say... "I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people"... (Ezekiel, 38:10-11)

Every man's sword will be against his brother. (Ezekiel, 38:21)

 

51.5. Their being an aggressive, plundering society:

You will say, "... I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins..." (Ezekiel, 38:11-12)

 [People] will say to you, "Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?" (Ezekiel, 38:13)

You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm... (Ezekiel, 38:9)

 

51.6. Their waging war in the mountains:

"I will summon a sword against Gog on all My mountains," declares the Sovereign Lord... (Ezekiel, 38:21)

 

51.7. Their using chemical weapons in wars:

... I will pour down... hailstones and burning sulfur*... on the many nations... (Ezekiel, 38:22)

* Mustard gas, a chemical weapon containing sulfur chloride and used in World Wars I and II, was widely employed and had a burning effect on the human body.

 

51.8. The outbreak of epidemics in time of war:

I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed... (Ezekiel, 38:22)

Men will be regularly employed to cleanse the land [from epidemics]... (Ezekiel, 39:14)

 

51.9. The deaths of many people in war:

... Gog and all his hordes will be buried there... For seven months, [people] will be burying them in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them... Some will go throughout the land and, in addition to them, others will bury those that remain on the ground... (Ezekiel 39:11-14)

You will fall in the open field... (Ezekiel, 39:5)

Every man's sword will be against his brother... (Ezekiel, 38:21)

 

51.10. Attacks on defenseless people:

... You will invade a land that has recovered from war whose people... now... live in safety... (Ezekiel, 38:8)

You will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. (Ezekiel, 38:11)

 

52. Statements by the Prophets (peace be upon them all) referring to the time of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh):

All the Prophets prophesied only for the days of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]... (Talmud, Berachoth 34b, Shabbath 63a)

All the Prophets prophesied [all the good things] only in respect of the Messianic era [the era of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 99a)

 

53. The troubled period of the End Times having no effect on devout believers:

Abaye enquired of Rabbah: "What is your reason [for not wishing to see him]? Shall we say, because of the birth pangs [preceding the advent] of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]?" But it has been taught... "What must a man do to be spared the pangs of the Messiah [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)]?" "Let him engage in study and benevolence; and your master do both." (Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b)


 

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