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The Book of Revelation

Chapter One


The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ (as stated in verse 1) is given to John (as also stated in verse 1) in symbolic prophecy (as explained to John in verse 20) about Christ's return as the One Who 'was' is' and 'is to come'. The concept of the "return" of Christ being Baha'u'llah is introduced in verse 13 (One 'like' the Son of man), and in effect the whole book is therefore actually being revealed by Christ in His 'return' identity as Bahá'u'lláh.

The Trumpet (verse 10) is Symbolic of the Pen of the Manifestation of God and in this case is Bahá'u'lláh, who from the throne of Jesus (Verse 4) and Bahá'u'lláh (Rev.4:2) is the Speaker throughout the Book of Revelation and consequently is recognized as such in the commentary column throughout this book. This may at first be difficult to accept by those who already have a preconceived idea as to the meaning of the Book of Revelation but understanding of the explanations given with each verse throughout the Book will open one's eyes to what is in fact the central purpose of the Book of Revelation - the recognition of Christ as Bahá'u'lláh in His Return.

The central idea in this book is of course that the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh are the Return of Christ and that all that is said of Christ is said of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh - and vice versa, for in Spirit They are One as they are also One with all of the other Manifestations of God.

The mystery of the Seven Churches to which John is told to write (in Verse 11) are symbolic archetypes of seven historical Prophetic Revelations or Religions of God that have appeared on this planet, as will be explained in detail in the following chapters.

The two Religions of Fulfillment (Bábí and Bahá'í) are the subject of The Book of Revelation in the uniting of the Nine Religions and hence the title of this book - Nine United.

    "The number nine which in itself is the number of perfection is considered by the Bahá'ís as sacred because it is symbolic of the perfection of the Bahá'í Revelation which constitutes the ninth in the line of existing religions, the latest and fullest Revelation which mankind has ever known. The eighth is the religion of the Báb, and the remaining seven are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islám, and the religion of the Sabeans. These religions are not the only true religions that have appeared in the world, but are the only ones still existing. There have always been divine Prophets and Messengers, to many of whom the Qur'án refers. But the only ones existing are those mentioned above."
    (From letter written on behalf of the Guardian
    to an individual believer, July 28, 1936:
    Bahá'í News, No. 105, February 1937,
    p. 2)
    (Lights of Guidance,
    p. 414)

[7] Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

V.7 The coming "with clouds" or "in the clouds" does not have a literal meaning. It means that men's minds are "clouded" in recognizing The Promised One. This is the verse where Christ first introduces about His Return as Bahá'u'lláh.
    In the first Gospel according to Matthew it is recorded:
    . they shall see the Son of man coming
    in the clouds of heaven
    with power and great glory. .
    Inasmuch as the Christian divines have failed to apprehend the meaning of these words, and did not recognize their object and purpose, and have clung to the literal interpretation of the words of Jesus, they therefore became deprived of the streaming grace of the Muhammadan Revelation and its showering bounties. The ignorant among the Christian community, following the example of the leaders of their faith, were likewise prevented from beholding the beauty of the King of glory,.
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 26)
A new Revealer always brings a new wave of Spirit, which we see. We see technology growing in leaps and bounds, and in almost every aspect of life there is change. What is missing is that mankind has not caught the spiritual message, so we see crime, immorality, wars, etc This is what causes the kindreds of the earth to wail as the spiritual powers are released.

[8] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

V.8 In this verse Christ is saying He is the beginning and the ending; the Alpha and the Omega. This goes beyond the human concept of beginning and end. Thus it is saying that ‘Before Abraham was, I am,' and that not only was it He (Christ) in the previous cycle but that He is also the same Spirit to come in Bahá'u'lláh. Christ is telling that His present dispensation is to end but that He will still be present in the New Dispensation as He was present in all the former Dispensations. Again the expression given in verse four, ‘Which is, which was, which is to come,’ ending with ‘the Almighty' in this verse, reinforces that point.

[10] I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

V.10 John was in the ‘Spirit’. He had a vision, and heard a great voice: like a Trumpet. The trumpet is a symbol of the One to come.
    Verily We have sounded the Trumpet which is none other than My Pen of Glory, and lo, mankind hath swooned away before it, save them whom God pleaseth to deliver as a token of His grace. He is the Lord of bounty, the Ancient of Days.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 61)

[11] Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

V.11 The voice of the Trumpet tells John that He, like Christ, is The Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. He is the One chosen by God for this day and Age. It is the Trumpet that tells John to write to the churches.
    Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All-Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridvan and entered it. Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise. We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast is to signalize the resurrection of all mankind.
    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 30)
[12] And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks

V.12 John sees the churches as seven golden candlesticks. The word Golden means ‘Divine’. The churches are the world’s great religions.
    Say: 'The stunning trumpet blast hath been loudly raised, and the Day is God's, the One, the Unconstrained.'
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
    p. 132)
[13] And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

V.13 In the midst of the golden candlesticks John sees the One who is the Trumpet and that He is 'like unto the Son of man'. The emphasis is on 'like' because this is Christ in His new attire. This is ‘The Glory of God’, told about so many times in both the Old and the New Testament. God is ‘Unknowable’ and only through one ‘Christ like’ could we understand. The Arabic word for The Glory of God is ‘Bahá'u'lláh.’
    ."the incomparable figure of Bahá'u'lláh, transcendent in His majesty, serene, awe-inspiring, unapproachably glorious." He Whom, He Himself testifies, the Prophets and Messengers addressed, on the eve of His Declaration, as "O Most Great Mystery, Tabernacle of Immortality!"
    (Ministry of the Custodians,
John saw him wearing a long cloak, and a ‘golden’ sash, which signifies His Divine nature.
[14] His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

V.14 His hair has become white, which happened when Bahá'u'lláh was age 32 and in prison: this prison was very foul and conditions terrible, however it was the concern about His Forerunner being killed that brought anguish to His soul
    .“iniquities which had riddled the breast of the Báb with bullets, had bowed down Bahá'u'lláh, and turned His hair white, and caused Him to groan aloud in anguish”.
    (Shoghi Effendi,
    The Promised Day is Come,
    "His eyes were as a flame of fire", He alludeth but to the keenness of sight and acuteness of vision of the Promised One, Who with His eyes burneth away every veil and covering,.
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 75)

[15] And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

    As to the words "brass-like were His feet", by this is meant His constancy upon hearing the call of God that commandeth Him: "Be thou steadfast as thou hast been bidden."[Qur'án (Koran) 11:112] He shall so persevere in the Cause of God, and evince such firmness in the path of His might, that even if all the powers of earth and heaven were to deny Him, He would not waver in the proclamation of His Cause, nor flee from His command in the promulgation of His Laws.
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 76)

[16] And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

V.16 John tells us that he saw the seven stars, the Revealers of the seven religions, in Bahá'u'lláh's right hand. John said that His countenance was bright like the noon day sun, and out of His mouth His words were as a two-edged sword.

The symbolism of a two edged sword is something that cuts two or both ways. For good and evil. This has often been the case of religion which has been a great force for good in establishing societies, but as we read about it in the following chapters religion sometimes becomes inverted and darkened through dogmatism to become very much a force of evil.

[17] And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

V.17 John was overwhelmed. Bahá'u'lláh told him not to fear - and told him also Who He was, “ the first and the last”. This means the latest manifestation of God, or the latest Revealer, identified before as the ‘Alpha and Omega’. He is like Christ, and all the previous Messengers of God as well as Those to come.

    Wert thou to consider in this station the last of them to be the first, or conversely, thou wouldst indeed be speaking the truth, as hath been ordained by Him Who is the Wellspring of Divinity and the Source of Lordship: .
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 45)

[18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

V.18 He told John that He will live forever, like those before Him - Moses, Krishna, Jesus etc. He also said that He had the keys of Heaven and Hell and death. This is very powerful, and means that in this Day and Age, God is working through Bahá'u'lláh.
    From time immemorial He hath been veiled in the eternity of His Essence and concealed in the infinitude of His own Being. And when He purposed to manifest His beauty in the kingdom of names and to reveal His glory in the realm of attributes, He brought forth His Prophets from the invisible plane to the visible, that His name "the Manifest" might be distinguished from "the Hidden" and His name "the Last" might be discerned from "the First", and that there may be fulfilled the words: "He is the First and the Last; the Seen and the Hidden; and He knoweth all things!" Thus hath He revealed these most excellent names and most exalted words in the Manifestations of His Self and the Mirrors of His Being.
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 46)

Chapter Two

[26] And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

V.26 The Promise:

"He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him I will give power over the nations:"

Bahá'u'lláh is a descendant of Zoroaster, so the power refers to Him, especially when it says He rules with a rod of iron.

    A great Bahá'í scholar, Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl, through extensive historical research has verified that Bahá'u'lláh was descended from Zoroaster and the Sasaniyan kings of Persia, thereby fulfilling certain traditions that the great Redeemer of mankind would be of pure Persian lineage. Bahá'u'lláh was also descended from Abraham through His third wife Katurah, thus uniting in His own person two branches of the Aryan and Semitic religions.
    (Adib Taherzadeh,
    The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh v 1,
    p. 7)

[27] And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

V.27 Besides here, the ruling with a rod of iron is mentioned in Psalms 2:9, and Rev.12:5 and Rev.19:15. It is of course not a literal refererence. The problem for many people in recognizing their Lord has been that they have taken the Scriptures in a literal sense. Consider this sign and some of the reasons why the Jews rejected Christ.
    When Christ appeared, twenty centuries ago, although the Jews were eagerly awaiting His Coming, and prayed every day, with tears, saying: 'O God, hasten the Revelation of the Messiah,' yet when the Sun of Truth dawned, they denied Him and rose against Him with the greatest enmity, and eventually crucified that divine Spirit, the Word of God, and named Him Beelzebub, the evil one, as is recorded in the Gospel. The reason for this was that they said: 'The Revelation of Christ, according to the clear text of the Torah, will be attested by certain signs, and so long as these signs have not appeared, whoso layeth claim to be a Messiah is an impostor. Among these signs is this, that the Messiah should come from an unknown place, yet we all know this man's house in Nazareth, and can any good thing come out of Nazareth? The second sign is that He shall rule with a rod of iron, that is, He must act with the sword, but this Messiah has not even a wooden staff. Another of the conditions and signs is this: He must sit upon the throne of David and establish David's sovereignty. Now, far from being enthroned, this man has not even a mat to sit on. Another of the conditions is this: the promulgation of all the laws of the Torah; yet this man has abrogated these laws, and has even broken the sabbath day, although it is the clear text of the Torah that whosoever layeth claim to prophethood and revealeth miracles and breaketh the sabbath day, must be put to death. Another of the signs is this, that in His reign justice will be so advanced that righteousness and well-doing will extend from the human even to the animal world -- the snake and the mouse will share one hole, and the eagle and the partridge one nest, the lion and the gazelle shall dwell in one pasture, and the wolf and the kid shall drink from one fountain. Yet now, injustice and tyranny have waxed so great in His time that they have crucified Him! Another of the conditions is this, that in the days of the Messiah the Jews will prosper and triumph over all the peoples of the world, but now they are living in the utmost abasement and servitude in the empire of the Romans. Then how can this be the Messiah promised in the Torah?'
    Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá,
    p. 44)

Chapter Three

[18] I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

V.18 Those that are tried with tests (as gold is in the fire) will find the truth. The Islámic Faith has persecuted the Faith of The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh since its inception in 1844. Those who find the Truth will find the religion of Bahá'u'lláh. He tells them to wear white raiment, which does not mean physical garments but symbolizes 'purity'. Many are veiled in clothing, but all are told that their nakedness (lack of spiritual life) is showing, that they should anoint their eyes, to see the truth.

[19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

V.19 He is telling them that He loves them but wants them to repent. Many Muslims are known to be zealous, and many took that step out of the old order. They became followers of the Báb since His declaration in 1844, and have suffered. Over 20,000 became martyrs. The Báb also was a martyr after only six years of teaching.

[20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

V.20 The Bábí Faith started in Iran by the Báb, who is known as the 'Gate'. Bahá'u'lláh also is from Iran, which is an Islámic country. He is telling them to open the door of their heart, that He would 'come in to him , and would sup with him, and he with me.' This is not a physical activity, but refers to spiritual attainment.

[21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

V.21 The reward is very great to those who accept Bahá'u'lláh.

The Promise:

'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne.' 'Sitting in thrones' is not a reference to sitting in chairs but is rather a reference to being established in and secure in the Lord's love and wisdom which is the seat of His Glory and Power.

[22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. V.22 The Refrain:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. He tells them to listen and learn.

    "O people of the Koran," Bahá'u'lláh, addressing the combined forces of Sunni and Shi'ih Islám, significantly affirms, "Verily the Prophet Of God, Muhammad, sheddeth tears at the sight of your cruelty. Ye have assuredly followed your evil and corrupt desires, and turned away your face from the light of guidance. Erelong will ye witness the result of your deeds: for the Lord. My God, lieth in wait and is watchful of your behaviour . O concourse of Muslim divines! By your deeds the exalted station of the people hath been abased, the standard of Islam hath been reversed, and mighty throne hath fallen."
    (Shoghi Effendi,
    (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh,

Chapter Four

[2] And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

V.2 John immediately was 'in the spirit' like a vision. A throne was set up in Heaven, a place of high authority, and he observed One that sat on the throne: 'Bahá'u'lláh'. Only those who recognize Bahá'u'lláh and the New Name will accept that interpretation.

[3] And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

V.3 The 'One on the throne' was described as 'to be looked upon as a Jasper stone'. The ancient Jasper is green and clear, a symbol of clarity. The Sardine stone is milk white and a symbol of purity. There is a rainbow around His throne, made up of seven prismatic colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The rainbow is a symbol of the seven religions of the world. The different colors when brought together make up one ray of light. When you study all the religions you understand better the one in which you were raised. Together they give a beautiful message with a much fuller meaning of truth, and together they bring unity.

The Emerald is green, which symbolizes Springtime: This is the beginning of a new day, a new cycle, a new age.

[4] And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

V.4 Around the throne or 'station of divine authority' sat 24 elders or disciples. They had spiritual authority and were clothed in white - meaning with righteousness and purity. There were twelve disciples, both for Christ, and Muhammad. The Báb's disciples are called 'Letters of the Living' and Bahá'u'lláh's disciples are called Hands of the Cause. 'Golden' is always a sign of Divine authority.

Regarding the four and twenty elders:

    The Master ('Abdu'l-Bahá) in a Tablet, stated that they are the Báb, the 18 Letters of the Living and five others who would be known in the future. So far we do not know who these five other are."
    (From a letter written
    on behalf of the Guardian
    to an individual believer, July 22, 1934:
    Bahá'í News, No. 171, November 1944,
    p. 2)
    (Lights of Guidance,
    p. 507)
For more about the four and twenty elders look at Rev.11:16.
[5] And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

V.5 These lightnings and thunderings and voices are the great disturbances caused by the message that the new Prophet brings. Always there are great storms of opposition and violence, mostly from the leaders of religion and the political leaders. The Seven Spirits, like lamps burning with the love of God are the Seven Angels or Prophets of the seven great religions of the world to which this new message is directed.

[6] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

V.6 Before the throne was a sea of glass, which is a clear vision of truth without the flaw or blemish of man-made doctrine. The four rulers (beasts) had 'eyes' which represent knowledge of things before and after.

[7] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

V.7 Four beasts are described: the first is like a lion, ferocious, the second like a calf, calm, the third like a face of a man, and the fourth like a flying eagle.
    .the four beasts, or creatures, as explained by 'Abdu'l-Bahá in a tablet to a German believer, represent the first four rulers who will arise to spread the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh over the whole world, as the good king of India, King Asoka, organized Buddhism as the state religion in 264 B.C. and promulgated it actively throughout Asia and Emperor Constantine spread Christianity throughout Europe.
    (Ruth Moffett,
    New Keys to the Book of Revelation
The Zoroastrian Faith also became known only after the king promoted it.

[8] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

V.8 The four rulers (beasts) are described as each having six wings which represent the power to spread the faith rapidly. They have eyes that can see within, representing the ability to see future implications and past development with understanding and insight. They rest neither day nor night, and praise God, who was, (the Revealers of the past) and is, (the Revealers at present) and is to come (the Revealers of the future). God is always there to guide mankind.

[9] And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

V.9 The four rulers are followers of the New Prophet, who give thanks and honour. They are very devoted to the One on the throne, who is Bahá'u'lláh'.

[10] The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

V.10 The disciples cast their crowns before the throne, meaning they recognize the high authority of the two new Prophets of God. They are all very humble individuals willing to sacrifice their lives for Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb, the Twin Manifestations of God for this day and age.

[11] Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

V.11 Thou art worthy, O Lord for the honour, and power. God has created mankind to worship Him.

    The banner of the Holy Spirit is uplifted, and men see it, and are assured with the knowledge that this is a new day. This is a new cycle of human power. All the horizons of the world are luminous, and the world will become indeed as a garden and a paradise. It is the hour of unity of the sons of men and of the drawing together of all races and all classes.
    'Abdu'l-Bahá in London,
    p. 19 )

Chapter Five


A study of the progressive nature of religion shows that each succeeding religion has brought 'additional' concepts about God, and a more inclusive social organization for its followers.

This chapter introduces us to a new concept: Until the return of Christ, which is Bahá'u'lláh, and His Forerunner the Báb, the Book of Revelation was impossible to decipher. The Seals are now opened with Their appearance.

This 'Strong Angel' (5:2) is the 'Mighty Angel' mentioned again in Rev.16:7 and Rev.18:21. This Angel is distinct from the Seven Angels (the Revealers of the Seven Religions). He is a new Angel - The Báb, the bringer of the Eighth Religion. Later in Rev.8:3 and Rev.10:1 and Rev.18:1 there will come still 'Another Angel', the Ninth Angel with Great Power and Glory, Who is Bahá'u'lláh. These, the Prophets of the religion of the New Age are the One's worthy to loose the seals and open the Books of the Teachings for the New Age.

It is central to understanding these scriptures to recognize that the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh are the Return of Christ and of the other Manifestations of God (as again in Rev.18:1). The 'Most Conclusive Proof' of this is referred to in Chapter 11.

You could say that this chapter happened in Heaven before the event of the actual appearance of the Twin Manifestations. The One on the 'Throne' is Bahá'u'lláh. The 'Lamb' refers to the Báb.

Bible Verses

[1] And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

One Bahá'í's Concept

V.1 A book (a New Revelation) was held in the right hand of Bahá'u'lláh, which was written within and on the backside, and sealed.

The Books of the Revealers of ALL the Seven Religions (which is the reason for the Seven Seals) promised a return, but until the latter Manifestation came, the nature of the 'Return' would stay sealed from our understanding.

[5] And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

V.5 Then one of the elders told John not to weep as there is One who was qualified, prevailed to open the Book, and loose the seals. This person was a 'Lion' from the tribe of Juda, the root of David. We refer to Bahá'u'lláh as being a Lion, with His ancestors being the root of David. He is qualified.

    1559. Bahá'u'lláh was a Descendant of Abraham Through Both Katurah and Sarah -- Jesse, Son of Sarah, was the Father of David and the Ancestor of Bahá'u'lláh

    "Regarding your question concerning the Jesse from whom Bahá'u'lláh is descended: The Master says in 'Some Answered Questions' referring to Isaiah, chapter 11, verses 1 to 10, that these verses apply 'Word for word to Bahá'u'lláh'. He then identifies this Jesse as the father of David in the following words: '.for Joseph was of the descendants of Jesse the father of David.', thus identifying the Jesse of Isaiah, chapter 11, with being the father of David. Bahá'u'lláh is thus the descendant of Jesse, the father of David.

    "The Guardian hopes that this will clarify the matter for you. It is a tremendous and fascinating theme, Bahá'u'lláh's connection with the Faith of Judaism, and one which possesses great interest to Jew and Christian alike."

    (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi
    to an individual believer,
    July 11, 1942) (Lights of Guidance,
    p. 473)
Thus it is that David and Bahá'u'lláh are from the same 'root' and that Bahá'u'lláh is therefore from the "root of David".

The Book is the New Revelation from God and the loosing of the Seven Seals, mentioned in the Book of Revelation, is the fulfilling of the 'End Time' prophecies of the Seven Religions.

[7] And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

V.7 The Báb took the Opened (unsealed in Verse Five) Book, out of the right hand of the One (Bahá'u'lláh) 'upon the throne'.
    XXIV. Beware, O believers in the Unity of God, lest ye be tempted to make any distinction between any of the Manifestations of His Cause, or to discriminate against the signs that have accompanied and proclaimed their Revelation. This indeed is the true meaning of Divine Unity, if ye be of them that apprehend and believe this truth. Be ye assured, moreover, that the works and acts of each and every one of these Manifestations of God, nay whatever pertaineth unto them, and whatsoever they may manifest in the future, are all ordained by God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose. Whoso maketh the slightest possible difference between their persons, their words, their messages, their acts and manners, hath indeed disbelieved in God, hath repudiated His signs, and betrayed the Cause of His Messengers.
    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 59)
[13] And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

V.13 All the creatures on the earth, under the earth, and all creatures in the sea, can feel this New Revelation and are blessed by it. The most spiritually blind eye should be able to recognize that a Power was released around 1844 that changed the world. Electricity, automobiles, airplanes, satellites, atomic energy, computers and thousands of other things have suddenly come into existence in the history of the world and mankind.

For the centuries between the time of Jesus and His giving of this prophecy - and its Fulfillment - the world remained pretty much the same with horse, foot and sail transportation - but then it all suddenly changed at the Divine Springtime and every creature on the earth, under the earth or in the sea were affected one way or the other by this Two Edged Sword.

Blessing and honour and glory, be upon him that sitteth on the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever. We are to be very humble and accept God's new Prophets for this new day and age because They alone have the guidance that we need for dealing with the Power that has been released in this New Day.

Chapter Six

[6] And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

V.6 At the 'time of the end' there is great concern among all the rulers regarding the economic situation. The specific values of the penny (coinage / currency) and the measures are relative. Conditions are such regarding the precious wine and oil that one is cautioned against even touching or "hurting" them. Bounty and plenty has been turned into deprivation and poverty.

The Voice from Heaven we usually identify with Bahá'u'lláh.

Chapter Seven

[9] After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

V.9 John now saw a great multitude, which no man could number, from all nations, all races and all tongues. This symbolizes that beyond the 144,000 eventually most of mankind will take up the 'Cause of God' with heart and soul. They will stand before The Throne of Bahá'u'lláh and before the Báb, (the Lamb) clothed with white robes of purity, with palms in their hands showing their dedication.

    The sea of the unity of mankind is lifting up its waves with joy, for there is real communication between the hearts and minds of men. The banner of the Holy Spirit is uplifted, and men see it, and are assured with the knowledge that this is a new day.
    'Abdu'l-Bahá in London,
    p. 19)
[10] And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

V.10 The multitude cried with a loud voice, saying "Salvation" to Bahá'u'lláh, the Glory of God, and to the Báb.

In time, the whole world will become aware of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and will recognize Them as the Source of the spiritual power that has unified mankind.

[11] And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

V.11 All the angels stood around the throne of Bahá'u'lláh, and the elders and the four beasts knelt before the throne, showing their love and gratitude in prayer.

As the world becomes unified, peaceful and prosperous the leaders, as led by the first four rulers (beasts) will show their allegiance to the Source by visiting and honoring the Shrines at the center of the Faith.

Mankind will come to recognize that it requires the Wisdom and Guidance of God to lead it.

[17] For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

V.17 The Lamb is the Báb and the living fountains of waters that He shall lead them to is of course Bahá'u'lláh. We struggle with fears in this earthly plain to arise above earthly attachment and to achieve spiritual detachment. Our Lord guides us on our individual paths. His assistance and the assistance of the Holy Concourse is with every soul that seeks to turn to Him and serve Him. Eventually each one that does so arrives at a life of joy!

    O ye servants of the Sacred Threshold! The triumphant hosts of the Celestial Concourse, arrayed and marshaled in the Realms above, stand ready and expectant to assist and assure victory to that valiant horseman who with confidence spurs on his charger into the arena of service.
    Selections of the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá,
    p. 264)

Chapter Eight

[3] And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

V.3 Another angel, (the ninth) stood at the golden Altar of God with a golden censor. (Golden is a symbol of 'Divine').

The Ninth Angel is still another following Manifestation, therefore Prophet of God, in the sequence after the previously mentioned Seven Religions and the Báb. (See Rev.5:2) This Ninth Angel is Bahá'u'lláh to Whom has been given much incense (Spiritual Power) that He should offer the prayers of all the saints - the emphasis being upon all because all the religions are now recognized and unified in the Bahá'í Faith.

    Even as He hath revealed: "No distinction do We make between any of His Messengers!"[Qur'án 2:285]
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 152)
    44 If thou be of the inmates of this city within the ocean of divine unity, thou wilt view all the Prophets and Messengers of God as one soul and one body, as one light and one spirit, in such wise that the first among them would be last and the last would be first.
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 44)
[4] And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

V.4 The incense of the prayers ascended to God, from the Angel's Hand. out of His Teachings and from His Pen.
    The prayers are performed with supplication towards the mysterious Kingdom, the voice of glorification is raised to the Lord, the Supreme, then the believers shall rejoice, the hearts shall be dilated and overflow with the love of the All-living and Self-existent God.
    Bahá'í World Faith,
    p. 415)
[5] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

V.5 The Angel (Bahá'u'lláh) took the censer that was filled with the fire of the 'Love of God' of the altar, and cast it to the earth. This was more than love; it represents a whole new era, as it was His new teachings of love and the unity of all mankind, justice and peace to the world. All this was cast to the earth, or in other words - sent unto mankind.

At first there were voices, those discussing the new religion, then came the thunderings and lightnings, those who opposed, and the fear of the divines that it would take over. Finally it is shown how much it was upsetting by describing it as an earthquake.

    As ye have heard of the former times, when (for example) Christ -- glory be to Him! -- appeared, a storm of trials arose, afflictions appeared, the winds of tests blew, the thunder of temptation descended and hosts of people (Pharisees) surrounded the houses of the friends; then the weak ones were shaken and were misled after once being guided; but the disciples withstood the hardships and endured the storms of ordeals, remaining firm in the Religion of God.
    Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá v1,
    p. 13)

Chapter Ten

The relationship between Christianity and Islám and then between Islám and Bahá'í is explained further in the appendix to this chapter. In this chapter we begin to see the transition from the Islámic religion to the Báb (The Forerunner) and the Bahá'í Faith. It was four years after the Báb laid down His life for this great Announcement, that Bahá'u'lláh became aware of the Mission that He was to take.

    One night, in a dream, these exalted words were heard on every side: "Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth -- men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him."
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
    p. 21)

Bible Verses

[1] And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

One Bahá'í's Concept

V.1 John saw a "Another" MIGHTY angel. (Previously mentioned in Rev.8:3-5 and mentioned several times more after this point.) This angel was clothed with a cloud (see explanation at Rev.01:7), meaning that the world would have trouble recognizing Him. There was a rainbow upon His head. The rainbow symbolizes the different wonderful religions of the world to which His mission would be addressed. His face was as the sun, and His feet like pillars of fire. This Mighty Angel is Bahá'u'lláh.

    A fire from the Kingdom hath been kindled in the heart of the world, in the Blessed Tree, whose flame shall ere long set aglow the pillars of the earth and its rays illumine the horizons of the nations.
    Bahá'í World Faith,
    p. 354)
[2] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

V.2 The Books are open! (See Rev.5:2, Rev5:5, Rev.5:7 and Rev.5:9) Bahá'u'lláh has the Book in Hand and has set His right foot on the sea, and His left foot upon the earth, which is symbolic of the world-wide establishment of the unity that will be brought by this Message (Book) for the world's people.
    XCII. The Book of God is wide open, and His Word is summoning mankind unto Him. No more than a mere handful, however, hath been found willing to cleave to His Cause, or to become the instruments for its promotion. These few have been endued with the Divine Elixir that can, alone, transmute into purest gold the dross of the world, and have been empowered to administer the infallible remedy for all the ills that afflict the children of men. No man can obtain everlasting life, unless he embraceth the truth of this inestimable, this wondrous, and sublime Revelation.
    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 183)
    .a Revelation destined to blossom forth, in a later period into the flourishing institutions of a world administrative System.
    (Shoghi Effendi,
    God Passes By,
    Lauded and glorified is He Who hath called the creation into being. He is the sovereign Truth, the Knower of things unseen. The Mother Book is revealed and the Lord of Bounty is established upon the most blessed seat of glory. The Dawn hath broken, yet the people understand not.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 75)
[3] And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

V.3 The Message which Bahá'u'lláh roared is acknowledge by The Seven Thunders, the Seven Revealers of the seven religious systems, who also utter their voices (symbolic of Their Books, Scriptures, Revelations) in recognition of the importance of the New Message. What is being said here is that all the Seven Religions contain prophecies in Their Writings regarding the 'last days' and the coming of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh.

    These glad-tidings of the Bayan and of the Books of former times have been repeatedly mentioned under divers names in numerous  books, that perchance men might judge equitably that which hath arisen and shone forth above the horizon of the will of God, the Lord of the Mighty Throne.
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
    p. 151)
    XXXI. Contemplate with thine inward eye the chain of successive Revelations that hath linked the Manifestation of Adam with that of the Báb. I testify before God that each one of these Manifestations hath been sent down through the operation of the Divine Will and Purpose, that each hath been the bearer of a specific Message, that each hath been entrusted with a divinely-revealed Book and been commissioned to unravel the mysteries of a mighty Tablet. The measure of the Revelation with which every one of them hath been identified had been definitely fore-ordained. This, verily, is a token of   Our favor unto them, if ye be of those that comprehend this truth
    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 74)
This Message is also that of the Mighty Angel (The Báb) because it is given to Him by Bahá'u'lláh, Who is described as sitting in heaven on the Throne - see Rev.5:7 - and from Whom the Báb received His Book / Message. All the Prophecies, Books, Scriptures and Revelations pointed towards this 'Time of Fulfillment'.
[4] And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

V.4 What the Seven Revealers (Thunders) uttered in Their Scriptures / Books were, however, also sealed up - meaning that they were expressed in spiritual symbolic language that would be seen as proof of the New Message once It was revealed (and the Books were opened). This particularly applies to the Book of Revelation which John was told to Seal (not explain or write down the meanings) when he wrote it - but now in our day it has been opened by the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and is seen as 'proof' of Their Revelations.
    The followers of all religions have been expecting the coming of a promised one and have longingly prayed for the dawn of the sun of truth.
    Divine Philosophy,
    p. 170)
    In all the revealed world religions the coming of the Kingdom is identified with the appearance of the Supreme world Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, the returned Christ, the Qá'im, the new Buddha. "One fold end one shepherd" is to replace the many conflicting and separated groups of men.
    (George Townshend,
    Christ and Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 9)
[5] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

V.5 This Angel (Bahá'u'lláh) that John saw, standing on the sea and the earth, lifted His hand to Heaven. His 'Declaration of His Mission' occurred in the Garden if Ridvan on an island in the congruence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Baghdad, Persia (now Iraq) in April 1863.
    "Well it is with him who fixeth his gaze upon the Order of Bahá'u'lláh, and render thanks unto his Lord, for He will assuredly be made manifest. God hath indeed irrevocably ordained it in the Bayan". (The Mother Book revealed to the Báb.) "People of the west - issue forth from your cities and aid the Cause of God". The Book also contained a warning to the peoples of the world of the 'terrible, the most grievous vengeance of God, threatens the whole Islámic world with the 'Most Great Fire'.
    (Shoghi Effendi,
    God Passes By,
[6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

V.6 The power of God is very great. He created Heaven and all things that are in earth and the sea. God is in command, and the Mighty Angel Bahá'u'lláh was fearless in His proclamation of the Word of God. The Day and Age promised to all mankind, through all the religions of the world, had come.
    The prophets of God have ever appeared in the ages of the past and will continue to appear throughout the ages of the future. Where was Adam when God was exercising his divinity? Where was this petty infinitesimal world of ours when God was bestowing his bounties upon this infinite universe? If we limit the number of his appearances through his prophets, it is equal to limiting God himself.
    Divine Philosophy,
    p. 170)
    55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
[8] And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

V.8 The Voice from Heaven is Bahá'u'lláh commanding John to take the Book from the hand of the Second Mighty Angel that is standing on both the earth and the sea (see Verse 2). It is this Ninth Angel (and not the Seventh Angel mentioned in the previous verse) which has the Open Book (see Rev.5:1 and Rev.5:5).

The First Mighty Angel (the Eighth Angel) had also received and opened the Book (Rev.5:7). Because One Person has received the opened Book does not mean that another cannot. Indeed everyone is invited to NOW receive the opened Book of Revelation, the opened meanings of their Scriptures no matter what religion they are in, and the 'Little Book' - the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh.

The standing upon both earth and the sea is a symbol of universal unity.

    The Mother Book hath lifted up its Voice, but the people are bereft of hearing.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 244)
[9] And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

V.9 John said to the Angel "Give me the little book". The book being held by the Angel was taken, and the command was to digest it; this is more than reading, but finding the spiritual truths, the whole new message from God.
    Whilst in the Prison of 'Akká, We revealed in the Crimson Book that which is conducive to the advancement of mankind and to the reconstruction of the world.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 89)
    Were men to strictly observe that which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed in the Crimson Book, they could then well afford to dispense with the regulations which prevail in the world.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 90)
The 'Little Book' (only 190 verses long) but which Bahá'u'lláh refers to as His 'Most Mighty Book' is the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, The Book of Laws unto this day and age. It is in fact the plan and blueprint for God's Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, which mankind has to build. The Holy Words are sweet. Is the very thought not as sweet as honey? But then when one comprehends what is required of them in understanding and implementing it - they are tested, which is the bitterness in their belly.

    CLV. The first duty prescribed by God for His servants is the recognition of Him Who is the Day Spring of His Revelation and the Fountain of His  laws, Who representeth the Godhead in both the Kingdom of His Cause and the world of creation. Whoso achieveth this duty hath attained unto all good; and whoso is deprived thereof, hath gone astray, though he be the author of every righteous deed. It behoveth every one who reacheth this most sublime station, this summit of transcendent glory, to observe every ordinance of Him Who is the Desire of the world. These twin duties are inseparable. Neither is acceptable without the other. Thus hath it been decreed by Him Who is the Source of Divine inspiration.

    They whom God hath endued with insight will readily recognize that the precepts laid down by God constitute the highest means for the maintenance of order in the world and the security of its peoples. He that turneth away from them, is accounted among the abject and foolish. .

    O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures. .Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty. .

    Whenever My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they must be faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to cause the heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder. He doth what He pleaseth. He chooseth; and none may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved. To this He Who is the Lord of all creation beareth Me witness. Whoso hath inhaled the sweet fragrance of the All-Merciful, and recognized the Source of this utterance, will welcome with his own eyes the shafts of the enemy, that he may establish the truth of the laws of God amongst men. Well is it with him that hath turned thereunto, and apprehended the meaning of His decisive decree.

    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh)
The trials of life are difficult, however the Word of God is consoling and gives us strength. The members of every religion have this difficulty in accepting the New Prophet and the New Message - so for every one of them, while the words are sweet in their mouths it causes them bitterness in their cultures.
[10] And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

V.10 The message in the book was Glorious, a message of Peace, Love and Beauty. However those who didn't recognized this message rejoiced, as they would continue in their old ways. What both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh had to endure was bitter.
    As ye have heard of the former times, when Christ -- glory be to Him! -- appeared, a storm of trials arose, afflictions appeared, the winds of tests blew, the thunder of temptation descended and hosts of people surrounded the houses of the friends; then the weak ones were shaken and were misled after once being guided; but the disciples withstood the hardships and endured the storms of ordeals, remaining firm in the Religion of God.
    Bahá'í World Faith,
    p. 395)
    The essence of religion is to testify unto that which the Lord hath revealed, and follow that which He hath ordained in His mighty Book.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 155)
    "By My life, if you knew what We have desired for you in revealing Our holy laws, you would offer up your souls for this sacred, mighty and lofty Cause." " This Book is none other than the ancient Lamp of God for the whole world and His undeviating Path amongst men. Say, it is verily the Dayspring of divine knowledge, did ye but know it, and the Dawning-place of the commandments of God, could ye but comprehend it." "Say, this is the spirit of the Scriptures breathed into the Pen of Glory, causing all creation to be dumbfounded, except those who are stirred by the vitalizing fragrance of My tender mercy and the sweet savours of My bounty which pervade all created things."
    Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas,
    p. 7)
    Not long ago this most sublime Word was revealed in the Crimson Book by the All-Glorious Pen: 'The heaven of divine wisdom is illumined with two luminaries: consultation and compassion'. Please God, everyone may be enabled to observe this weighty and blessed word.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 242)
    5 Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!
    The Kitáb-i-Aqdas,
    p. 21)
[11] And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

V.11 In truth, John's vision, The Book of Revelation, has spread throughout many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. This has indeed been an amazing fulfillment of prophecy in that it started from a small obscure sect in a remote corner of the world. What is even more amazing is how, now that The Book has been "opened", we can see how it is applicable to ALL people, nations, cultures, and religions.

Chapter Twelve

[10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

V.10 The Voice from Heaven is identified with Bahá'u'lláh. The battle always exists in the souls of men between being deceived by evil in this world or instead turning to the Pure Teachings of the Manifestation of their Day and Age. Because men will always have free will that battle will always continue - but those who have turned to the Manifestation, to the Teachings, begin to understand the Laws of God and the Words of Christ regarding the search for the Promised On; and then the accuser (the power of deception) is cast down.
    .how could this people be justified in rejecting the Revealer and Author of so many volumes of verses, and follow the sayings of him who hath foolishly sown the seeds of doubt in the hearts of men, and who, Satan-like, hath risen to lead the people into the paths of perdition and error?
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 220)
    Say: The Evil One hath appeared in such wise as the eye of creation hath never beheld. He Who is the Beauty of the All-Merciful hath likewise been made manifest with an adorning the like of which hath never been witnessed in the past. The Call of the All-Merciful hath been raised, and behind it the call of Satan. Well is it with them who hearken unto the Voice of God, and turn their faces towards His throne to behold a most holy and blessed Vision. For whoso cherisheth in his heart the love of anyone beside Me, be it to the extent of a grain of mustard seed, shall be unable to gain admittance into My Kingdom. To this beareth witness that which adorneth the preamble of the Book of Existence, could ye but perceive it.
    The Summons of the Lord of Hosts,
    p. 53
    Suriy-i-Haykal / Surih of the Temple:99)
    In another Tablet, He (Bahá'u'lláh) says: "O Kazim, close thine eye to the people of the world; drink the water of knowledge from the heavenly cup bearers, and listen not to the nonsensical utterances of the manifestations of Satan, because the manifestations of Satan are occupying today the observation posts of the glorious path of God, and preventing the people by every means of deception and ruse."
    Bahá'í World Faith,
    p. 431)
    In another Tablet, He (Bahá'u'lláh) says: "Endeavor to your utmost to protect yourselves, because Satan appears in different robes and appeals to everyone according to each person's own way, until he becomes like unto him -- then he will leave him alone."
    Bahá'í World Faith,
    p. 431)
    Indeed the actions of man himself breed a profusion of satanic power. For were men to abide by and observe the divine teachings, every trace of evil would be banished from the face of the earth. However, the widespread differences that exist among mankind and the prevalence of sedition, contention, conflict and the like are the primary factors which provoke the appearance of the satanic spirit. Yet the Holy Spirit hath ever shunned such matters. A world in which naught can be perceived save strife, quarrels and corruption is bound to become the seat of the throne, the very metropolis, of Satan.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
    p. 176)
    We conclude Our argument with His words -- exalted is He --
      "And whoso shall withdraw from the remembrance of the Merciful, We will chain a Satan unto him, and he shall be his fast companion."[Qur'án (Koran) 43:36.]
      "And whoso turneth away from My remembrance, truly his shall be a life of misery." [Qur'án (Koran) 20:124]
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 256)

    Only those will attain to the knowledge of the Word of God that have turned unto Him, and repudiated the manifestations of Satan.
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 122)

    Also He (Bahá'u'lláh) says: "The greatest of degradation is to leave the Shadow of God and enter under the shadow of Satan."
    Bahá'í World Faith
    p. 434)

Chapter Fourteen

[2] And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

V.2 John heard a 'Voice from Heaven', which is Bahá'u'lláh, the One promised by the Báb, and the waters are the symbol of His teachings. The teachings are like thunder as they give strong new meaning to life. They come with a strong justice system for the world. The harps are the happiness and joy to the hearts that listen.

[13] And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

V.13 A Voice (identified with Bahá'u'lláh) came again from heaven telling John to write, saying that the labours done without thought of self , will follow them to the next life.
    "The good word" and pure and holy deeds ascend to the glorious Heaven of Oneness. Strive that thy deeds may be cleansed from the dust of hypocrisy and from the turbidness of self and passion, and thus enter the glorious Presence of Acceptance.
    Bahá'í Scriptures,
    p. 181, No. 251)

Chapter Sixteen

[1] And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

v1. A Great Voice from heaven (identified with Bahá'u'lláh) told the angels that now was the time to pour out the vials of wrath upon the earth. We are told in this chapter the reasons for such a troublesome world.
[7] And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

    "In the 7th verse another angel of power speaking confirms this, that God is just and righteous to have judged the people."

Chapter Eighteen
Bible Verses

[1] And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

One Bahá'í's Concept

V.1 After all that had happened John saw another angel, with 'great power'. The earth was enlightened with His Glory. In the order of the religions, this is then the Angel of the Hindu Faith, but once again, being one of the earliest religions, what is said about it applies as well to the later religions.

As with all the religions, the Hindus expect the return of their Lord, (in their case Lord Krishna) and for them as for all the religions, Bahá'u'lláh is the fulfillment of that promise even in His very title because the word 'Bahá'u'lláh' means the 'Glory of God'.

    Praise be unto God, incomparable in majesty, power and beauty, peerless in glory, might and grandeur; too high is He for human imaginations to comprehend Him or for any peer or equal to be ascribed unto Him. He hath clearly set forth His straight Path in words and utterances of highest eloquence.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,
[2] And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

V.2 He cried with a strong voice that Babylon had fallen. Babylon is also symbolized as a cage for those foul spirits, 'devils' out for material gain without thought of the outcome for others or their own spiritual advancement. Being full of selfishness, these are symbolized by unclean and hateful birds of materialism mired in the clay of the world and caged within the bars of self and passion.

    The country is the world of the soul,
    the city is the world of bodies.
    as quoted by Adib Taherzadeh,
    The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh v 3,
    p. 416)
    CLIII. Suffer not your idle fancies, your evil passions, your insincerity and blindness of heart to dim the luster, or stain the sanctity, of so lofty a station. Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.
    Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh)
Symbolically, Babylon is many things. It symbolizes the Great Whore itself - the law of God profaned, materialism, immorality, racism, religionism, nationalism, greed, selfishness and so forth.

More specifically there is often singled out the premier city in the world that seems to symbolize these things and to be a hold, a central place of store of them. While a great many cities in the world equally contain the elements of the world's corruption - and may equally well suffer its fate - still New York stands in may people's eyes as the epitome of Babylon the Great. It has been so targeted, not only in the minds of its enemies, but in the actuality of their actions.

There is also the curious parallel, as noted with (Rev.16:3) that the Second Angel in these series is associated with both the Hindu Religion and Babylon bringing to thought the statement of Robert Oppenheimer, who is often called the father of the atomic bomb, as he watched the first man-made nuclear detonation and quoted the Bhagavad Gita,

    "Now I am become Shiva, Destroyer of Worlds".

Chapter Nineteen

[5] And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

V.5 A voice (that of Bahá'u'lláh) came from the throne, saying Praise God, all servants, and all that fear Him, both small and great.
    Rejoice, then, O ye beloved of the Lord and His chosen ones, and ye the children of God and His people, raise your voice and laud and magnify the Lord, the Most High: for His light hath beamed forth, His signs have appeared, and the billows of His rising ocean have scattered on every shore many a precious pearl.
    Bahá'í World Faith,
[6] And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

V.6 John heard the great multitude, from all countries, all languages, giving Praise to God, saying 'Alleluia the Lord God reigns'. The thunderings of the new message, the Sacred Law of God, which Bahá'u'lláh has brought.
    Through Him the light of unity hath shone forth above the horizon of the world, and the law of oneness hath been revealed amidst the nations, who, with radiant faces, have turned towards the Supreme Horizon, and acknowledged that which the Tongue of Utterance hath spoken in the kingdom of His knowledge: "Earth and heaven, glory and dominion, are God's, the Omnipotent, the Almighty, the Lord of grace abounding!"
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
    p. 2)
[11] And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

V.11 John saw heaven open, and saw a white horse. In the sixth chapter the white horse is mentioned which signifies theology, however this horse signifies riding forth with pure and heavenly qualities. Its rider is Bahá'u'lláh.

    The beautiful and glorious person riding upon the white horse is the Greatest name, (Bahá'u'lláh) and the horse means also His glorious body.
    Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, Vol 3,
[12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

V.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire: many have said that they could not look at His eyes, others have said that He could read your very soul. On His head were many crowns. God gave Him this attribute, plus a name written, and attributes which only Bahá'u'lláh could know about. The Manifestations of God are in a different plane than we are, one that we can never reach.
    The praise which hath dawned from Thy most august Self, and the glory which hath shone forth from Thy most effulgent Beauty, rest upon Thee, O Thou Who art the Manifestation of Grandeur, and King of Eternity, and the Lord of all who are in heaven and earth! I testify that through Thee the sovereignty of God and His dominion and the majesty of God and His grandeur were revealed, and the Daystar of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven of Thy irrevocable decree, and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.
    from the Tablet of Visitation
    p.230 Bahá'í Prayers)
[13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

V.13 He was clothed in a vesture which was dipped in blood, means more than clothing, it is the sacrificing of His life, totally to bring 'The Word of God'. Bahá'u'lláh spent forty years in prison, and went through terrible trials of abuse.
[15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

V.15 Out of His mouth was a sharp sword, this sword of truth is 'The Word of God'. The rod of iron, the 'Law of God' is strong and firm and just, which God has revealed to Bahá'u'lláh for this new cycle. The "winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" symbolizes the great 'Day of Judgment' at the end of the old cycle.
    .what may well rank as the most signal act of His ministry -- the promulgation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Alluded to in the Kitáb-i-Íqán; the principal repository of that Law which the Prophet Isaiah had anticipated, and which the writer of the Apocalypse had described as the "new heaven" and the "new earth," as "the Tabernacle of God," as the "Holy City," as the "Bride," the "New Jerusalem coming down from God," this "Most Holy Book," whose provisions must remain inviolate for no less than a thousand years, and whose system will embrace the entire planet, may well be regarded as the brightest emanation of the mind of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Mother Book of His Dispensation, and the Charter of His New World Order.
    (Shoghi Effendi,
    God Passes By,
    p. 213)
[16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

V.16 Another part of the vesture that God has given Him is the title 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS'. Bahá'u'lláh has been given a very high role by God as the one who sits on the throne, as the Supreme Manifestation of God, the Glory of God.
    This is the day whereon every man endued with perception hath discovered the fragrance of the breeze of the All-Merciful in the world of creation, and every man of insight hath hastened unto the living waters of the mercy of his Lord, the King of Kings.
    Epistle to the Son of the Wolf,
    p. 101)
    In this station, were He Who is the Embodiment of the End to say: "Verily, I am the Point of the Beginning", He would indeed be speaking the truth. And were He to say: "I am other than Him", this would be equally true. Likewise, were He to proclaim: "Verily, I am the Lord of heaven and earth", or "the King of kings", or "the Lord of the realm above", or Muhammad, or 'Ali, or their descendants, or aught else, He would indeed be proclaiming the truth of God. He, verily, ruleth over all created things and standeth supreme above all besides Him. Hast thou not heard what hath been said aforetime: "Muhammad is our first, Muhammad our last, Muhammad our all"? And elsewhere: "They all proceed from the same Light"?
    Gems of Divine Mysteries: Verse 40)
[21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

V.21 As explained in verse 11, He Who sits upon the horse is Bahá'u'lláh and the sword from His mouth is of course His teachings. Therefore this states that His Teachings will prevail and that remmanent which survive the Great War but still struggle against Him will become spiritually dead as symbolized by their being devoured by the Zorastrian birds of prey in the Towers of Silence.
    We have truly revealed the signs, demonstrated the irrefutable testimonies and have summoned all men unto the straight Path. Among the people there are those who have turned away and repudiated the truth, others have pronounced judgement against Us without any proof or evidence. The first to turn away from Us have been the world's spiritual leaders in this age -- they that call upon Us in the daytime and in the night season and mention My Name while resting on their lofty thrones. However, when I revealed Myself unto men they rose against Me in such wise that even the stones groaned and lamented bitterly.
    Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh,

Chapter Twenty-one

[3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

V.3 John heard a great voice from heaven, saying that the tabernacle of God (Bahá'u'lláh) is with men, and that God will dwell with them. Isaiah describes the 'tabernacle of God' as Zion, a place of broad rivers and streams which indicates a pleasant place, full of the knowledge of God (see Isaiah 33: 20-22)
    Behold, a light hath shone forth out of the Morn of eternity, and lo! its waves have penetrated the inmost reality of all men.
    The Kitáb-i-Íqán,
    p. 102)

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