Jesus - The Last Days
The Last Supper
The Last Supper, which Allah catered, may have begun with a Freudian slip with Jesus erroneously referring to himself as Allah in revelation 5:111 i.e. “Believe in Me and My Messenger”; the translator's bracketed explanation notwithstanding.
The Messenger in 5:111 can only be the Prophet Muhammad who would not be born for at least another 570 years. The apparent confusion in Allah's revelations about the Last Supper is only the beginning of incongruities in Allah’s attempt to recast the events surrounding the Crucifixion so as to minimize Jesus' role and suffering, as He does throughout the Koran.
5:111 And when I revealed to the disciples (ordering them through Jesus): “Believe in Me and My Messenger”, they replied: “We believe, and You bear witness that we submit.”
5:112 When the disciples said: “Jesus, son of Mary, is your Lord able to bring down for us a table [spread with food] from heaven?”; he said: “Fear Allah, if you are true believers."
5:113 They said: “We would like to eat from it so that our hearts may be reassured and know that you have told us the truth and be witnesses thereof.”
5:114 Jesus, son of Mary, then said: “O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table spread with food from heaven that it may be a festival for the first and last of us and a sign from You; and provide for us, for You are the Best Provider.”
If Allah has to do a miracle for someone to believe and that person later renounces their faith, that person is going to be in for some serious pain in the afterlife and perhaps this one.
5:115 Allah said: “I will send it down to you, so that whoever of you disbelieves thereafter I will inflict on him a punishment I do not inflict on any other being.”
The Crucifixion Myth
Allah is adamant that Jesus was not crucified, nor did he physically die. It was all an elaborate illusion He concocted so that He could bodily raise Jesus to heaven where, according to tradition, he remains one of the four living prophets who watch over mankind and to whom the faithful can pray; the others being Idris, Khidr and Elias. Khidr and Elias, again according to tradition, continue to wander the earth.
4:157 And their saying: “We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary and the Messenger of Allah.” They neither killed nor crucified him; but it was made to appear so unto them. Indeed, those who differ about him are in doubt about it. Their knowledge does not go beyond conjecture, and they did not kill him for certain;
Whether Allah is referring to the Ascension in the verse which immediately follows the revelation about the make-believe Crucifixion is unclear.
4:158 Rather Allah raised him unto Him. Allah is Mighty and Wise.
Jesus has been tasked with leading the believers in the final battle during the end-times with those who continue to refuse or waited too long to submit to the Will of Allah.
The need for an end-of-days generalissimo is also why Jesus did not die on the cross and is with Allah at this very moment waiting to lead His forces in one final glorious battle to establish His Kingdom on earth before Allah wraps the whole thing up and brings on Judgement Day.
Jesus will be there on Judgement Day to bear witness against those who did not believe he was a Messenger of Allah during his time in earth.
4:159 None of the People of the Book will believe in him (Jesus) before his death, and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them.
The apparent verse about the Resurrection is confusing in both content and context. The context being: why did Allah need to bring Jesus back from the dead if the Crucifixion was all an elaborate hoax He concocted?
The purported verse about the Resurrection is in surah 2, The Cow, the longest surah; a long rambling narrative where the Jews (Hebrews) figure prominently, as they do throughout most of the Koran.
Before giving you the verse in question, first a discussion about the type of cow that is appropriate for a sacrifice to Allah. What does a cow have to do with the Resurrection? Read on.
2:67 And when Moses said to his people: “Allah commands you to sacrifice a cow”, they replied: “Do you make a mockery of us?” He said: “God forbid that I be one of the ignorant (that is, one of the mocking people).”
2:68 They said: “Call on your Lord to explain what [cow] it is.” He replied: “He (Allah) says: ‘Let it be neither too old nor too young, but in between.’ Therefore, do what you are commanded to do.”
2:69 They said: “Call on your Lord to tell us what its colour should be.” He replied: “He (Allah) says: ‘Let it be a yellow cow which has a striking colour and which pleases the beholders.’”
2:70 They said: “Call on your Lord to tell us what it (the cow) is; for to us all cows seem to be alike. Thus if Allah wills, we will be rightly guided.”
2:71 He said: “He says (Allah): ‘It is a cow which is neither harnessed to plough the land nor to water the field, but rather sound with no blemish.’ ” Then they said: “Now you speak the truth.” Thereupon they slaughtered it after they had been reluctant to do so.
Following this discussion is a verse, which most commentators on the Koran agree, is about the Jews arguing among themselves as to whether it was the Messiah who died on the cross, or appeared to if you subscribe to Allah's account of the Crucifixion.
2:72 And when you slew a man and fell out among yourselves regarding him, Allah brought forth to light what you had concealed.
The next verse is the alleged revelation about the Resurrection, with Allah getting Jesus’ attention by having someone strike him with what Fakhry, in a footnote, says is part of a cow; that it “could be its tongue or the end of its tail."
2:73 We said: “Strike him with a part of it (the cow).” Thus Allah brings the dead to life, and shows you His Signs so that you may understand.
M.H. Shakir is more specific in his translation. The deceased must be struck with a part from a sacrificed cow of the type, I assume, described in revelations 2:68-71.
2:73 So We said: Strike the (dead body) with part of the (Sacrificed cow), thus Allah brings the dead to life, and He shows you His signs so that you may understand.
From strange to perhaps even stranger is Allah revealing that His raising the dead did not impress his audience, and that their hearts became as hard as stone, if not harder, followed by an exposé on what are some of the most unusual qualities of rocks, and what, or more accurately, who causes rockslides.
2:74 Then your hearts became as hard as stone or harder; for there are stones from which rivers flow, and others which splinter and water comes out of them, and others which tumble down for fear of Allah. Allah is surely not unaware of what you do.
“Perverted it”, in the following revelation, is undoubtedly a reference to the New Testament, which should have had nothing to do with turning the other cheek, or treating others as you would like to be treated, and that sort of thing. This could not be the Torah as it too, like the Koran, favours retaliation in kind, among other similarities.
2:75 Do you then hope that they will believe in you when a group of them (the Jews) did hear the Word of Allah, then after they understood it, they knowingly perverted it?
I promised to let God speak for himself and avoid undue speculation on the meaning of Allah’s Revelations to His Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad; but I could not resist writing about the alleged Resurrection verse, everybody else does, even if Allah says we don’t know what we are talking about.
2:76 And when they meet those who have believed they say: “We believe,” but when they come together privately, they say: “Will you tell them what Allah has revealed to you (about Muhammad) so that they might dispute with you concerning it before your Lord? Have you no sense?"
2:77 Do they not know that Allah knows what they conceal and what they reveal?
2:78 Among them are illiterate people who know nothing of the Book (the Scriptures) except illusory desires. Indeed, they are only conjecturing.
The True Story
In the Traditions, Jesus, after defeating the forces of evil during the end-of-days, will marry, have children and live to a ripe old age. On his death he will be buried in Mecca next to the Prophet Muhammad, with the help of a contriving Allah. Revelation 3:55 may refer to this death.
3:54 And they (the Jews) contrived and Allah contrived; Allah is the Best of the contrivers.
3:55 When Allah said: “O Jesus, I will cause you to die, will lift you up to Me, purify you from those who have disbelieved and place those who followed you above those who have disbelieved, till the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me is your return, so that I may judge between you regarding what you were disputing.”
"... what you were disputing" is said to refer to the Jews who argued among themselves as to whether it was the Messiah who died on the cross (see Resurrection in this chapter).
3:56 “But as for those who disbelieved, I will sternly punished them in this world and the Hereafter, and they shall have no supporters.”
3:57 And as for those who have believed and done the good deeds, He will pay them their rewards in full. Allah does not love the evildoers.
3:58 This is what we recite (reveal) to you (Muhammad) of the Revelations and Wise Reminder (the Qur’an).
3:59 Jesus in Allah’s sight is like Adam; He created him from dust, then He said to him: “Be”, and there he was.
3:60 [This is] the truth from your Lord; so do not be one of the doubters.
A revelation which begins on conciliatory tone and ends with calling the Curse of Allah on the “liars” i.e. “the doubters”.
3:61 To those who dispute with it (the truth regarding Jesus) after the knowledge which has come to you, say [to them]: “Come now; let us call our sons and your sons, our wives and your wives, ourselves and yourselves. Then let us pray to Allah and so call down Allah’s curse upon the liars.”
3:62 This indeed is the true story, and there is no God but Allah, and Allah is truly the Mighty, the Wise!
3:63 And if they turn their backs, then Allah certainly knows the mischief-makers.