Jesus to return in 20 to 25 years, but as a Muslim.

Apparently worried that Evangelical Christians were hogging the Creationist Wackadoo spotlight too much, a Muslim creationist by the name of Harun Yahya is pushing books touting the Islamic version of creationism to various scientists and academics around the world. He’s also predicting that Jesus will return “really soon now”, but it not as a Christian:

Oktar said Koran verses and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed about the end of the world revealed Jesus would return soon as a Muslim to help Islam’s savior, the Mahdi, defeat the Dajjal or Islamic Anti-Christ and establish Islam around the world.

“Our biggest project right now is to lay the grounds for the coming of Jesus Christ,” he said. “We understand this is going to be in the next 20 to 25 years.”

The idea of Jesus returning as a Muslim is standard Islamic teaching about the end of times. But Muslims normally stress the end times less than evangelical Christians do, and Oktar’s focus on this has prompted rumors he thinks he is the Mahdi.

“I do not make such a claim,” he said. “Because of parallels in what I have written and the hadith (sayings) of the Prophet Mohammad, some people have thought I could be him… but in Islam it is forbidden for me to make such a claim.”

Well, if nothing else, it’s refreshing to get a new take on the same old story I suppose. Though I imagine if it actually comes to pass there will be a lot of very disillusioned Christians out there. It’d almost be worth it just to see the looks on their faces.

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