Because of the undernourishment, or outright starvation of so many on Earth at this time, many people are praying in desperation. At such times as these people pray for the return of Jesus and some of the same people and others pray for the coming of Maitreya Buddha.
This above statue I believe was done around the 9th century in Thailand. I stood next to it at a museum in about 1977 and was very moved by the energy surrounding it. The power and presence of Maitreya Buddha(the coming Buddha) awaited for by Buddhists in exactly the same way as Christians await Jesus. In fact the energy of both beings is so very similar that I often have wondered whether Guatama Buddha was a previous incarnation of Jesus, especially because the "Compassion" that Guatama Buddha taught around 500 BC is the same sort of teaching in a different cultural context to Jesus teaching about "Forgiveness" in Israel during his short 33 years on Earth in a human body.
In Compassion one is taught in the system I have learned "Tibetan Buddhism" to become like a "King Buddha" for the benefit of all beings. So one perfects themselves through practice so they can eventually lift all beings into enlightenment.
Likewise, in Early Christianity by knowing Jesus all were forgiven of their sins. "Go and sin no more" was often said to them either by Jesus or his disciples and later by priests, nuns and monks and later still by ministers both male and female. So "Compassion" became "forgiveness" in its next incarnation in Israel. And in this form spread throughout the Mediterranean ocean area and then all around the world.
So, as an intuitive and during this Thanksgiving time when families visit each other and give thanks and make plans to survive and prosper in the future let us think of Jesus if that is our inclination or of both Jesus and Maitreya which more and more I tend to believe are the same being. And if they are the same being they will appear at the same time for all mankind to see.