Mirza Gradually started claiming different Titles . he started jumping on his claims . Before 1890 he had faced opposition to claim title of MULHIM ( talking to God ) and then MUJJADID ( reformer) , but in 1890 he was suggested by Hakeem sb to claim to be Maseel Maseeh . At that time Mirza Qadyani had no intention to claim “promised messiah”, and pointed out and called those people as “STUPID” to those who associate him and call him Promised Messiah.It was later that He changed his version to claim further titles as “promised Messiah , shadow (ZILL) of Prophet Mohammad pbuh and Baro of prophet Mohammad PBUH.
In 1890, Mirza Qadyani wrote
“I have claimed to be Maseel Maseeh, which stupid people think that it is The Promised Messiah. I have never claimed to be the Messiah ibne Maryam. Anyone who accuses me of it, he is absolutely a liar and fabricator. For the last eight years, I have been announcing that I am only Maseel Maseeh; By that I mean that certain spiritual properties and nature and habits and virtues of Jesus(AS) has been given to me as well by God Almighty.” [Ruhani Khazain: Volume 3, Page # 192], (Izala Auham P190-191)
Mirza ’s letter to Noorudin about the topic of Maseel e Maseeh in January of 1891