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One Bahá'í's Concept

In 1959 I attended a two-week seminar on the Book of Revelation presented by Ruth Moffat, a devoted student of the Bible. Ruth, over a period of twenty years, made many trips to Haifa Israel to find answers to questions by talking to Shoghi Effendi, the great grandson of Bahá'u'lláh and the appointed Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith. Over the subsequent years I have treasured my notes from that course and have continued to study the subject. Much to my surprise and delight, the notes of her study course were published a few years ago in India.

There are innumerable Christian books published about The Book of Revelation and there has been a wide spectrum of ideas and interpretations of what it means - but nevertheless it has remained "a sealed book" for most. The concepts presented here are from a very different paradigm than those written by authors with a conventional view of Christianity, which is the source of most books written on the subject.

Fortunately, in addition to Ruth Moffat's book, there are now beginning to appear a number of books by other Bahá'í author's dealing with this subject from a Bahá'í perspective, and I have been able to also avail myself of those. What I feel is different about this particular effort is the manner in which the material is presented. I have tried to organize it in such a way that a person, with a sincere interest but limited time to examine the subject, can scan the book and see the distinctive overall concept that is the Bahá'í view.

My goal while being completely thorough, by examining every verse of the Book of Revelation, has been to make this book accessible to the reader with as little time as they may wish to invest. One can always study deeper and deeper on any aspect of these prophecies - that may interest them.

Without the release of the Spirit of the New Age, the help of the Writings, which explain the many symbols, and 'Abdu'l-Bahá’s help for many of the chapters, we would not understand it. Time also is a factor, as the events happen, we are more aware of what the verses mean.

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