Different religions' views of Messiah


Keep in mind that these are very general overviews.

Bahá'í Faith

Bahá'ís believe that the founders of each of the world religions are manifestations of God; so messianic prophecies point to various ones of them, including Jesus, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í faith.[2]

Buddhism

Maitreya Bodhisattva

Christianity

Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah and that he fulfilled a number of Messianic prophecies contained in the Old Testament before returning to heaven and that he will fulfill the rest when he returns in his Second Coming.

Hinduism

Krishna Hinduism.

Islam

Islam believes that Allah will bring about a savior before the end of time to establish control of Islam over all religions and establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. In Islamic traditions, that savior is known by the name of "al-Mahdi". Based on Mohammed's teachings, the Mahdi will be an Arab, from the tribe of Banû Hãshim, descended from Mohammad through his daughter Fatima and a descendant of Husayn, son of Fatima and ‘Ali. He will appear in Mecca and Imam al-Mahdi will be helped by Prophet Jesus, who will descend to the earth soon after the appearance of the Mahdi and will join the Mahdi in establishing the Kingdom of God on earth. (Rizvi, 1997)

Judaism

Judaism believes the Messiah is a man who will be a descendant of King David and will usher in an era of peace and prosperity for Israel and all the nations of the world. Jewish views and interpretations on this issue vary both between denominations and among scholars within a particular denomination. "Jewish sources have not, as a general rule, focused attention on the specific personal qualities of the Messiah." (Spitzer)

Supernatural Messiah rejected
Judaism rejects the idea that the Messiah(s) will have any supernatural nature, e.g., Son of God, half-man/half-god, an angel, etc. "The Talmud nowhere indicates a belief in a superhuman Deliverer as the Messiah." (Cohen, 1949. Chap. XI, The Hereafter, § I. The Messiah, p. 347)

Meshiach ben Yosef and Meshiach ben David
One talmudic interpretation for the two possible strands of prophecy is that there are two Messiahs, Meshiach ben Yosef Messiah son of Joseph (in Egypt) and Meshiach ben David, Messiah son of (King) David. In this sense ben is interpreted as "descendant". One Messiah will prepare the world for Moshiach Ben Dovid. (Schochet)

Returning Messiah rejected
Again, which texts are prophecy, which are messianic and the precise interpretation remain open questions. Some texts considered by some to be messianic prophecies (e.g., Isaiah 52:13-53:12 by Christians) seem to indicate a Messiah who will suffer; other texts seem to indicate a Messiah who will rule. Christians explain this as one Messiah (Jesus) who came and will return—Judaism does not believe Jesus is the Messiah and rejects this "returning Messiah" interpretation. (Kaplan, 2004, p. 5)

Messianic Judaism

The views of Messianic Judaism regarding Messianic prophecy are essentially the same as those of Christianity. (Readers should note that mainstream Judaism does not consider Messianic Judaism to be a branch of Judaism.)

Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism believes in the imminent coming of a World Savior (Saoshant), who would be born of a virgin, and who would lead humanity in the final battle against Evil.