Some have eroniously labeled this a "Prophecy". It is not a prophecy in the biblical sense but a Buddhists' borrowing of God's Truth that was revealed through the Prophet Daniel, in 586 and catapolted across Asia by King Darius in Daniel 6:24-28. It is highly likely that Gautama Buddha heard King Darius's decree and this is the source of his fortelling of the Coming Lord of Compassion. In China His name is Mi Lo Fu. In Japan His name is Miroku. In Thailand, Phra Sri Araya Mettrai, in Myanmar, Ari Mettiya. Gautama was from a royal liniage and could read Persian. Esther 1:1 tells us that King Darius' Persian Empire strectched from Cush (South Sudan) all the way to India. Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia) and Indonesian could very well have heard, "Don't kill, Don't steal, Don't commit adultery. Be holy and look for the Coming Savior. "
Although most Buddhists are unaware of the detailed Scripture below, they all believe 3 points about the Coming Savior,
1.) He will be The Lord of Compassion.
2.) He will be the Savior of the World.
3.) When He comes the world will end with fire.
The following is taken from
The History of Buddhism – Section 13 The MonPanHaa – Khmer Scriptures
When Buddha was traveling and living in this world, there was an old Brahman priest who wore white robes who asked the Buddha, “How will all men and all Brahmen continue in their merit-making so as to escape the results of sin?” The Buddha answered, ”Even though you all give alms (make merit by giving great gifts to priests in the temple) according to the 5 precepts, the 8 precepts, the 10 precepts, or the 227 precepts for 9 trillion years, and you raise your hands and offer yourselves as a burnt offering, or you pray 5 times a day, you will still not escape the results of your sins. If you do this every day, your merit gained will only be equal to the smallest strand of hair of an unborn infant – extremely small. You cannot enter heaven’s doors.” The old Brahman priest asked further, “What are we to do to be saved?” The Buddha answered the old Brahman priest, “The results of sin (sin & karma) are very great – heavier than the sky; thicker than the earth; and so high, that it would be like an angel dusting the corner-posts at the temple compound with a cloth – posts that are 18 inches high – dusting them one time per year – until the posts were worn down to the ground. When the posts are worn down, that’s how long it would take to end your sins.” The Buddha said further, “I have given up my high position (he was the son of royalty before going into the priesthood) and entered the priesthood. I consider that even though I am good, I will have only a very small amount of merit at the end of the year. If I was given this same amount of merit for 100,000 epochs and live ten more life-times, I would not be saved from sins’ results even once.” The old Brahman priest asked further, “So what shall we all do?” The Buddha answered, “Keep on making merit and look for another Phra (holy man – another Bodhisattva – another person like Buddha) who will come help the world and all of you in the future. That Phra (holy person) is called PhraSriArayaMetrai (the Thai dictionary defines this word as “the next Bodhisattva who will turn the world into a Utopia”).
Then the old Brahman priest asked, “What will the characteristics of the PrhaSriArayaMetrai be like?” The Buddha answered him, The Phrametrai (another way to refer to the PhraSriArayaMetrai) who will come help the world in the future will be like this: in the palm of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disk (rounded but shape like a flower), in his side will be a stab wound; and his forehead will have many marks (like scars). This Phra will be the golden boat who will carry you over the cycle of rebirths all the way to the highest heaven (heaven – Nirvana) where you will meet the three Gems (the Buddha, the teachings of Buddha, and Buddha’s disciples). Do not look (for salvation) in the old way; there is no salvation in it for sure. Quit the old way. And there will be a new spirit like the light of a lightening bug, which will come down from the sky above to live in all of your hearts, and you will be victorious over all your enemies from 4 directions and from 8 directions. Nobody will be able to destroy you. If you die, you will not come back to be born in this world again. (You will go to the highest heaven – Nirvana.)
Permission was granted to copy these Buddhist Scriptures from Wat PhraSing in ChiangMai Province. The person who gave permission was Phra Sriwisutthiwong in Bangkok. It is guaranteed that (this copy) is accurate according to the original (i.e., no error in transmission), which is in the book of the District Headman – the Religious Encyclopedia Volume 23, book # 29. This inquiry was made on October 13, the year 2497 (Buddhist era = 1954 A.D.)
Response to Criticism of the authenticity of this prediction.
Some critiques have been written about this prediction as being produced by over zealous missionaries hoping to get a few Buddhist converts, but the use of terms like Nirvana for Heaven argue against this allegation. Few if any Thai Christian uses Nibban (Nirvana) for Heaven. They use the word Sawan.