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1 “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.”
This “angel” is “mighty,” meaning he will be able to fulfill his mission. He has the knowledge to expose the Covenant-breakers who took over the Baha’i faith and corrupted it.
The “heaven” he comes down from is the heaven of prophecy. He is the prophesied seventh angel in the next chapter (11), whom `Abdu’l-Baha said was yet to come. He is the prophesied son, who is to return and establish his Father’s (Baha’u’llah’s) Kingdom.
In the book of Acts, it is recorded that Jesus was seen ascending into heaven wrapped in a cloud and that he would return in the same manner. When we see this “angel” described as descending “from heaven, wrapped in a cloud,” we know this angel is the return of Jesus.
Although this person fulfills the prophecies for the return of Jesus, he is not the same person of Jesus of Nazareth, but another person, just like John the Baptist was the return of Elijah, although he was not the same person of Elijah. This was explained by Jesus on His first coming.
The “cloud” is the misrepresentations of the clergy who teach the people false expectations and imaginations regarding the return of Jesus. They expect the return of the exact same Jesus who was alive 2000 years ago. Because he is wrapped in this cloud, the people who are waiting and praying for his arrival won’t recognize him. The Christian clergy have so misrepresented Jesus to the world that this angel won’t fulfill their expectations. These misrepresentations come from the trinity doctrine, which is pagan. This doctrine is not found in the Bible. It crept into Christianity at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Because of this trinity, Christians now believe the incarnate god lie, that Jesus is God. Therefore, they believe Jesus’ physical body resurrected and is still alive, and they expect that he will float down out of the sky one day.
The Christians of today are like the Jews who didn’t recognize Jesus as their Messiah, and the Christians of the past who didn’t recognize Muhammad as the Comforter (Paraclete) of John 14. The original word was “Ahmad” and it was translated as “Comforter.” This was a prophecy for Muhammad. Likewise, the Muslims didn’t recognize the Bab and Baha’u’llah, because of the indoctrination of their clergy.
Jesus on his return is hidden in a cloud and so he is not recognized as the Promised One who was to come and establish the Revelation of Baha’u’llah. The “rainbow” is a symbol of God’s Covenant with man. There are greater and lesser aspects to God’s Covenant. The Greater Covenant is the promise God makes to send us spiritual messengers, such as Jesus and Baha’u’llah. This Covenant is given through prophecies of Their coming. The Lesser Covenant is the directions these Manifestations give to guide the people after They are gone. This guidance is given in Their writings.
Having this “rainbow” over his head indicates that this “angel” comes fulfilling the Greater Covenant by fulfilling prophecy, even though he is not a Manifestation. It also indicates that through the intellect, he is knowledgeable of Baha’u’llah’s Lesser Covenant. Therefore, he is able to explain the Covenant even after it was lost due to the Arch Covenant-breaking Baha’is who threw it out, and led the whole Baha’i world astray.
The phrase “his face was like the sun” shows again that this is the return of Jesus. In Revelation 1:16 it described Jesus’ face as “like the sun shining in full strength.”
Baha’i scriptures refer to the Covenant as “like the sun.” The meaning is that he is turning to the sun of the Baha’i Covenant. Jesus on his return is a follower of Baha’u’llah, facing towards the light of Baha’u’llah. So the Covenant will dawn forth above the horizon of this angel’s understanding, and his face then reflects this light of the Covenant to the people.
“His legs like pillars of fire” means this mighty angel’s teachings will appear during the time of the impending nuclear war, or first wind of destruction. The Christians must come out of their lethargy and turn to this mighty angel so they may find the Second Coming of Christ, Baha’u’llah. The duped followers of the man-made cult of Ruhiyyih Khanum and the “Hands” must turn to this mighty “angel” for guidance so they may come back under the provisions of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant, which Ruhiyyih Khanum and the Hands threw out. Without this guidance, they are fuel for the fire.
“Fire” has another meaning, which is spiritual. `Abdu’l-Baha wrote:
O God, my God! Praise be unto Thee for kindling the fire of divine love in the Holy Tree on the summit of the loftiest mount: that tree which is “neither of the East nor of the West,” that fire which blazed out till the flame of it soared upward to the Concourse on high, and from it those realities caught the light of guidance, and cried out: “Verily have we perceived a fire on the slope of Mount Sinai.” O God, my God! Increase Thou this fire, as day followeth day, till the blast of it setteth in motion all the earth....
This “fire” blazes out from the Tree of Life. It appeared to Moses as a burning bush on Mount Sinai. This Tree of Life, referred to as the Kabbalah, was depicted in the teachings of Abraham as being covered with a flaming sword and having ten globes of light. This Tree of Life is another symbol for God’s Covenant. The fire is the light of divine guidance and the ten globes indicate ten Promised Ones. Nine of them are above ground, and these are the nine Manifestations Who have come in this cycle. The tenth one is at the base of the tree in the ground itself. It is called Ha Erets–The Land (Le land)–and the Tree of Life is planted in this land. This Leland, the tenth Promised One to come in this cycle, is the return of Jesus. He fulfills prophecy, making him part of the Greater Covenant, even though he is not a Manifestation of God. “His legs are like pillars of fire” because he stands in the fire of divine guidance. His message is founded in the Revelations of Jesus the Christ and Baha’u’llah, the return of Christ.
2 “He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land,”
This is the same “scroll” mentioned in Revelation 5. This is the scroll, or book, written within and on the backside (or outside), sealed with seven seals. John says he wept much because no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to break the seals to open the scroll or to look into it. But then the Lamb, who is Jesus, comes forth and takes the scroll, and he is worthy to break the seals. This scroll is the Baha’i Covenant, which has two texts, the Kitab-i-’Ahd written by Baha’u’llah, and the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. The Will and Testament is written on the back, meaning it is an addendum to Baha’u’llah’s Kitab-i-‘Ahd, or Book of the Covenant. The seven seals are on the outside part of this scroll. When the Baha’i world received this Covenant, it was sealed up and its meaning was not understood.
The scroll (the Covenant) is open in the hand of this mighty angel, again showing that this angel is Jesus the Lamb, who was worthy to break the seals. Now that the seals have been broken, the scroll is “open in his hand,” meaning the veils or seals on this Covenant have been removed, and the true meaning has been made known.
This scroll is mentioned in Baha’i scripture, “In mine hand I carry the testimony of God.... This is the sealed and mystic Scroll, the repository of God’s irrevocable Decree, bearing the words which the Finger of Holiness hath traced, that lay wrapped within the veil of impenetrable mystery, and hath now been sent down as a token of the grace of Him Who is the Almighty, the Ancient of Days. In it have We decreed the destinies of all the dwellers of the earth and the denizens of heaven, and written down the knowledge of all things from first to last.”
The “sea” represents the Revelation of Baha’u’llah. The other Revelations are like rivers that lead to the sea. The angel setting his “right foot on the sea” indicates that he is very knowledgeable in the Revelation of Baha’u’llah. The “land” is Le-land, Dr. Leland Jensen, the Lamb. Having “his left foot on the land” means he also bases his explanations on his own understandings, being the return of Jesus. Because of these explanations, the people find the dry ground of firmness in the Covenant and their feet do not slip upon it.
3 “and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring; when he called out, the seven thunders sounded.”
This mighty angel, Jesus the Lamb, is a descendant of the tribe of Dan. In the 33rd chapter of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses’ blessing to Dan was that Dan should be a “lion’s whelp.” A whelp is a young lion. This “lion” is also mentioned in Baha’i scripture. ”Should it be God’s intention, there would appear out of the forests of celestial might the lion of indomitable strength whose roaring is like unto the peals of thunder reverberating in the mountains. However, since Our loving providence surpasseth all things, We have ordained that complete victory should be achieved through speech and utterance.…”
The “thunder” has to do with the wrath of God. This greatest of bestowals came as a lightning-flash of glory to the righteous, but to those evil ones who broke the Covenant, it was the thunderbolt of God’s avenging wrath. The thunder is the sound of God’s wrath for those who violate the Covenant. This is when the people, out of ignorance and greed, disobey and oppose God’s Plan. So the “seven thunders” are seven roarings against seven violations of this Covenant. This angel knows the meaning of the Covenant, so he is able to discern when it has been violated, and then thunders against that violation. The “loud voice” means the message of this angel will be heard by the entire world.
The Covenant was initially violated in seven different ways by the Hands. Also, because of their initial violation, the Covenant was violated six more times by others, so there are seven thunders, as the Covenant was violated a total of seven times since the passing of Shoghi Effendi in 1957.
These seven violations, forming apostate sects of the Baha’i faith, are, in chronological order: the “Hands,” whose group is called Baha’i World Faith; and Mason Remey, the Orthodox Abha World Faith. The Orthodox Abha World Faith then split off into several more sects: Jamshid Maani (Meghnot), the Faith of God; Joel Marangella, the Orthodox Baha’i Faith; Rex King, the Orthodox Baha’i Faith Under the Regency; Donald Harvey (Jacques Soghomonian), the Remey Society; and followers of Dr. Jensen who broke away and formed the Friends group.
These violations serve a purpose in that the light of the Covenant becomes known through the contrasting shadows of darkness, disobedience, and opposition to the Covenant. Disobedience and opposition to the Covenant, the violation of it, exposes the people’s lack of knowledge. This is the ignorance that made them susceptible to falling prey to that violation.
Thus, these violations reveal what the people don’t know or understand. This shows there are seals or veils on the Covenant. When these are opened, the reality of the Covenant becomes known, but before the seven seals are opened, the reality of the Covenant is unknown.
4 “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.’”
At the time that John was having this vision, he was instructed not to record what the “seven thunders” had said, so the book does not describe what these seven thunders reveal. This was because the seven thunders reveal what are the seven seals on this scroll and the time for them to be revealed was nearly 2000 years in the future.
The “seven thunders” correspond to the seven seals on the Covenant, which are seven unexplained and veiled provisions in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. These were deliberately sealed up and left unexplained by `Abdu’l-Baha. He left them sealed up so that the violating Hands, who were to come sometime after him, would not be able to completely destroy the Baha’i faith from off the face of the earth. Because of these seven protective seals, the Covenant survived the violation and is re-established back into the Baha’i faith by the Lamb.
The sound of the seven thunders can be heard only after the seals are opened and explained. That is, the people are then able to hear the sound of these thunders, whereas before this, the people didn’t hear these seven thunders, and they didn’t understand them because they were sealed up. The seven “seals” are veils on the meaning of seven mysterious provisions in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Shoghi Effendi pointed out that there were mysteries in the Will and Testament that would not be revealed until after the foundation of the Universal House of Justice came into existence.
When this most great edifice [the UHJ] shall be reared on such an immovable foundation, God’s purpose, wisdom, universal truths, mysteries, and realities of the Kingdom, which the mystic Revelation of Baha’u’llah has deposited within the Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Baha, shall gradually be revealed and made manifest.
The foundation of the UHJ, the International Baha’i Council, was again activated by the return of Jesus the Lamb, It was born into this world, or it came into existence in the spring of 1991. It was at this time that the mysteries began to come to light. These provisions have to do with a dichotomy in the Covenant, and how it leaves only one possible successor to Shoghi Effendi. These mysteries were left unexplained and remained as veils. They are, in order of occurrence in the text of `Abdu’l-Baha’s Will and Testament:
“He is the Expounder of the Word of God and after him will succeed the first-born of his lineal descendants.”
This means Shoghi Effendi will not be succeeded by another infallible person. Shoghi Effendi’s successor was his lineal descendant, the International Baha’i Council that he set up in 1951. This Council was the embryonic UHJ, having both parts of the Covenant, meaning it had the executive head and the legislative body.
“The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abha Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One....”
This means there are two parts to this Covenant. Here these two parts are referred to as “the care and protection of the Abha Beauty,” and “the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One.” The Abha Beauty is Baha’u’llah. The Exalted One is the Bab. After the passing of `Abdu’l-Baha, only the heir of both parts: the care and protection, and the shelter and unerring guidance, can be heir to the conferred infallibility, and be the leader of the faith. These two parts were passed down from Abdu’l-Baha to Shoghi Effendi through two separate family trees, that of the Abha Beauty, Baha’u’llah, and that of the Exalted One, the Bab. Shoghi Effendi inherited both parts because he was a descendant of Baha’u’llah, and he was part of the Bab’s extended family. The part of the Covenant that Shoghi Effendi inherited from the Bab, he inherited from his father, because his father was part of the Bab’s extended family. The part of the Covenant Shoghi Effendi inherited from Baha’u’llah, he inherited from his mother, who was `Abdu’l-Baha’s daughter. In his Will and Testament, to emphasize that Shoghi Effendi was the single, unique individual in God’s plan who would inherit both parts of the Covenant, `Abdu’l-Baha called Shoghi Effendi the following: the chosen branch; the twig that hath branched from and the fruit given forth by the two hallowed and Divine Lote-Trees; the primal branch of the Divine and Sacred Lote-Tree, grown out, blest, tender, verdant and flourishing from the Twin Holy Trees; and the most wondrous, unique and priceless pearl that doth gleam from out the Twin surging seas.
The part of the Covenant inherited from the lineage of Baha’u’llah is called the rod or branch of wood, signifying the Davidic kingship, which is to be the president of the UHJ. The Covenant to the Davidic lineage is symbolized by wood because wood comes from trees that reproduce themselves, and the Davidic kingship reproduces itself father-to-son. This king is the head of the UHJ. The part of the Covenant inherited from the lineage of the Bab is called the rod or branch of iron, signifying the appointed or elected body of the UHJ. The Covenant for this elected body is symbolized by iron because iron comes from iron ore in the ground, which is then put through an extraction process. This process of extraction is dependent upon the intellect of man. Therefore, iron symbolizes the extraction process, meaning the election process, by which the multitude of nations provide, through election, the membership of the body of the UHJ. Since `Abdu’l-Baha set it up to the two-part Covenant would go first to Shoghi Effendi, and then straight to the UHJ, and since the UHJ had to be universally elected by representatives from all nations, Shoghi Effendi had to set the UHJ up in four stages. He announced its formation as the embryonic version of the UHJ, saying it was nascent, meaning it would not be born into this world until after his passing, at which point it would take its rightful place as his successor as stipulated in the Will and Testament. He announced the formation of this heir to the two parts of the Covenant during his lifetime, in a cablegram that he sent to the entire Baha’i world in 1951.
When combined, the two parts of the Covenant, the branch of wood and the rod of iron, constitute a branch of gold, the infallible leader of the Baha’i faith, the UHJ. The rod of wood is the executive branch, and the rod of iron is the legislative branch. Only an entity having both parts would be under the care and protection, the shelter and unerring guidance of God, meaning it has both parts of the Covenant, and thus is the heir to the conferred infallibility. After Shoghi Effendi, only the IBC had both parts of the Covenant, with its executive head and legislative body. This UHJ, with the executive and the legislative branches combined to form the branch of gold, will unite all of mankind under one branch or tree.
“It is incumbent upon the Guardian of the Cause of God to appoint in his own life-time him that shall become his successor, that differences may not arise after his passing.”
This means Shoghi Effendi had the authority and the obligation to appoint the body of the UHJ, instead of waiting for the Baha’is to elect it, as this was to be his successor, and the Will and Testament says it is incumbent upon him to apoint it during his lifetime. The two parts of the Covenant were to be passed on as two separate parts that come together as one. The branch of wood would go to the executive branch, and the branch of iron would go to the legislative body. Together, they would be a branch of gold. This division of something into two parts is called a dichotomy. Shoghi Effendi, having both parts of the Covenant, was, in and of himself, a branch of gold. His successor must also be a branch of gold, and heir to both parts of the Covenant, the executive branch of wood, and the legislative branch of iron. The Will and Testament instructs Shoghi Effendi to appoint a successor that would be a branch of gold. Therefore Shoghi Effendi appointed a successor with a body and a head, which was the unification of the iron and wood into a branch of gold, and heir to both parts of the Covenant.
“Thus, should the first-born of the Guardian of the Cause of God not manifest in himself the truth of the words: - ‘The child is the secret essence of its sire,’ that is, should he not inherit of the spiritual within him (the Guardian of the Cause of God) and his glorious lineage not be matched with a goodly character, then must he, (the Guardian of the Cause of God) choose another branch to succeed him.”
This means that only the child of Shoghi Effendi can inherit the conferred infallibility after him. Shoghi Effendi had no first-born biological son to inherit “the spiritual within,” the conferred infallibility, so his son was the IBC, another kind of branch–the Golden branch. This does not mean another genetic descendant of Baha’u’llah can step forth to claim the infallible guardianship of Shoghi Effendi. Nor does it mean that there will be spiritual sons to inherit the Davidic kingship.
5. “By this body all the difficult problems are to be resolved and the Guardian of the Cause of God is its sacred head and the distinguished member for life of that body.”
This means that after Shoghi Effendi, the guardianship will continue, but in and of itself, it will not be the infallible leader of the Baha’i faith. Rather, the guardians will be the presidents of the UHJ. Their position as the executive branch will be hereditary, meaning it is passed down from father to son, whether it be a natural son or a legally adopted son, and that son must be appointed during the lifetime of the guardian. This is that which has been grafted into the genealogy of the Davidic Kingship through legal adoption. This is the scepter of authority that the Davidic king holds in his hand, after the scepter has been passed to the Gentile, Mason Remey, by Shiloh, the return of Jesus the Lamb. This scepter is the scroll, sealed with seven seals, that was then taken out of the hands of the king on the throne by the return of Jesus the Lamb. He explains that this guardianship is not inherited from Shoghi Effendi, but rather from `Abdu’l-Baha. He also explains that this guardianship, is not, in and of itself, is not Shoghi Effendi’s successor. Shoghi Effendi did not place himself as the president of the UHJ that he set up in its embryonic form during his lifetime, because he did not inherit that throne of David from `Abdu’l-Baha. A different person was grafted into that family tree to inherit the throne of David. This was Charles Mason Remey. Any guardians after Shoghi Effendi are not infallible, as they are not Shoghi Effendi’s successors, but are restricted to the position of the presidency of the UHJ. Since it is a hereditary position, any “spiritual sons” are out of the picture to be this guardian.
“This House of Justice enacteth the laws and the government enforceth them. The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body so that through the close union and harmony of these two forces, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself.”
This means that in order to have justice there must be a House of Justice composed of both of these parts: the executive and the legislative. Without the legislative branch to make just laws and the executive branch to enforce those laws, there will be no justice. Without justice, there will be no peace, and the world will not become the paradise of the Kingdom of God.
“All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause and the House of Justice.”
This means the UHJ and the Center of the Cause, Shoghi Effendi, are infallible, independently of one another. The UHJ is infallible, independent of an infallible guardian, meaning the UHJ does not get its infallibility from the president, it gets it from the Covenant (from Baha’u’llah). This does not mean the guardians after Shoghi Effendi are infallible by themselves without the UHJ. It means those hereditary presidents of the UHJ such as Mason Remey and Joseph Pepe Remey are not infallible at all.
The seven seals are now opened; that is, the meanings are deciphered and unraveled by the Lamb in the process of exposing the seven violations. A thunder sounds when each seal is opened because this is the thundering against the violation of the Covenant.
If John had written down what was revealed to him in his vision of these “seven thunders,” the violations wouldn’t have happened. The purpose of this was for God to test the so-called believers to see if for any reason they would go against the Covenant, and sure enough the whole Baha’i faith became Covenant-breakers, except for a very few. Unless they change their ways, their lot is for the fire, as they refuse to investigate the matter for themselves. The reason God allowed this to happen was for a learning experience, so that in the future, for a full thousand years, no one will violate even a hair’s breadth to the right or to the left.
5 “And the angel whom I saw standing on sea and land lifted his right hand to heaven
6 and swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, the sea and what is in it that there should be no more delay,
7 but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God, as he announced to his servants the prophets, should be fulfilled.”
This “trumpet call” is the sounding of the last of the seven trumpets that were given to seven angels in Chapter 8.
As explained in Chapter 9, Ali, who was the establisher of Muhammad’s Revelation, is the fifth angel, and Quddus, the establisher of the Babi faith, is the sixth angel. The “seventh angel” is the last of these seven angels to come, and he is the same person as the mighty angel who comes down from heaven. This is Leland, Jesus the Lamb, the establisher of Baha’u’llah’s Revelation. He fulfills and establishes the faith of Baha’u’llah, and explains its “mysteries.” He is the establisher of the Baha’i faith as Paul was the establisher of Christianity. His mission is to re-establish back into the world the Covenant of the Universal House of Justice, including the executive branch, which the Covenant-breakers threw out, and to set up the courts (Zech. 3:7). When the mighty seventh angel sounds “the seven thunders,” he tells the world that this is the day of judgment. In 1st Corinthians 15:51-52 it is written: “Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we shall be changed.”
The sounding of the trumpet means the seventh angel gives his explanations and commentaries in which he explains the remaining mysteries which were left hidden by Baha’u’llah and `Abdu’l-Baha. For instance, `Abdu’l-Baha only explained the 11th chapter and part of the 12th, as they apply to the past, and he explained part the 21st chapter of Revelation. Therefore, none of the peoples of the world, including the Christians and the Covenant-breaking Baha’is who were led astray by Ruhiyyih Khanum and the “Hands,” know the meaning of the rest of these chapters. They are in complete darkness, a blackout. These explanations are essential for the safety, security, and salvation of the people of the world. Without these explanations, one-third of the people will perish in one hour: “So the four angels were released, who had been held ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of mankind” (Rev. 9:15).
The followers of all the past Revelations cling to their outworn shibboleths, which can’t solve the problems of today, or give them salvation. It is like a farmer who is trying to get his dead horse to stand up and go to work. These past religions have no solution to the problems of today’s world. God sent Baha’u’llah with the solution–a Universal House of Justice. In order for that UHJ to have justice, it must have all of its intrinsic parts.
The essential ingredients of the UHJ, the legislative and executive branches, are provided for in the Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Baha: “The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body so that through the close union and harmony of these two forces, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself.”[iii]
The Covenant-breakers threw out the executive branch, which is an integral part of the Universal House of Justice. Without this executive branch, there can be no justice, and without justice, there can be no Universal House of Justice (UHJ), and without the UHJ, there can be no peace. Without world peace, we will still be plagued with all the world problems. This will lead to a total perdition of two-thirds of the earth’s population.
Any explanations of this book of Revelation, other than the one that Jesus the Lamb gives, are erroneous and false. The explanations that are given here are authentic, as this Revelation was given by Jesus. Only Jesus on his return as Jesus the Lamb, the high priest, could explain this book of Revelation. “First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2nd Peter 1:20, 21).
Jesus the Lamb on his return is authentic, as he is prophesied by name, address, date, and mission. The name that he came in is “the land” (Le land, Zechariah 3:9). His address is the “stone with seven eyes” in Deer Lodge, Montana (Zech. 3:9). This stone with seven eyes lies between two mountains of bronze (or copper; Zech. 6:1). The mountains at Butte and Lincoln Montana have the two largest deposits of copper or brass in the United States, and Deer Lodge lies between these mountains.
The Lamb began his mission with being opposed by Satan during Ridvan, 1963 AD. “`Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablets make it clear that this prophecy [Daniel 12:12] refers to the one-hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Baha’u’llah in Baghdad, or the year 1963.”[iv] The “mystery of God” which is to be fulfilled in the days of the “seventh angel” has to do with the fulfillment of the Covenant.
One of `Abdu’l-Baha’s titles was “the Mystery of God.” This is related to his Will and Testament, which contains the seven mysterious provisions, which were sealed, meaning unexplained and veiled. This verse (Rev. 10:7) shows that these provisions will be explained by the seventh angel, and these explanations will make it possible for these provisions to be fulfilled.
The mystery of God is the dichotomy in the Covenant–its two different parts–and how they are to be united. This mystery has to do with the successorship. On page three of the Will and Testament, `Abdu’l-Baha states that there are two Holy Trees, and Twin surging seas. The two Holy Trees are the genealogies of Baha’u’llah and the Bab.
Baha’u’llah pronounced: “Ye are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean.” This indicates that the two Holy Trees would be united into one tree. This one tree is the Tree of Life, the family tree of the Covenant. It is a family tree because the heritage of this Covenant has been passed down as a family inheritance.
This Tree of Life of the Covenant began in one family tree, which was that of Abraham. The two parts of the Covenant, the wood and the iron, were included in this one tree, and it was passed down from Abraham to his son Isaac, and then to Isaac’s son Jacob, and then to two of Jacob’s sons, Judah and Joseph. The part of the Covenant concerning kings (the rod of wood), went to Judah, and the part concerning the multitude of nations (the rod of iron), went to Joseph.
The kingship sprouting from the tribe of Judah was that of King David, and this passed down through father-to-son descendants, finally coming to Baha’u’llah. The other part of the Covenant, concerning the multitude of nations, went from Joseph to his son Ephraim. The name Ephraim is also a word that means “multitude of nations.” This part of the Covenant was not attached to any strict genetic descent, and we find in the second Psalm that it was given to Jesus.
Because the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, and after them, the Christians became apostate, the part of the Covenant symbolized as iron reverted to the family tree of Abraham’s son Ishmael. This was predicted in the 11th chapter of Romans. The Manifestation Muhammad is descended from Ishmae, and He had this iron rod. From Muhammad it passes to the Bab Who was a descendant of Muhammad.
The Mystery of the Kingdom is the Plan of God to unite these two parts of the Covenant. `Abdu’l-Baha instituted the mystery of the kingdom in two ways. Firstly, he joined in marriage his daughter, Daya’iyyih, to a descendent of the Bab, Mirza Hadi Afnan. This was a literal union of these two branches or family trees. The offspring of the union of the genealogies of wood and iron in the marriage of Daya’iyyih and Mirza Hadi Afnan was Shoghi Effendi who, being descended from both the branch of wood and the branch of iron, was the “Golden Branch.”
In his Will and Testament `Abdu’l-Baha points out over and over that Shoghi Effendi is descended from both trees, states that he is both Afnan (iron) and Aghsan (wood) and appoints Shoghi Effendi to be his successor as the Center of the Cause.
Shoghi Effendi married Ruhiyyih Khanum, but they never had children. Thus, the Branch of Gold never became a genealogy, a physical family tree.
Secondly, `Abdu’l-Baha outlined in his Will and Testament the inseparable functioning together of these Institutions: the rod of wood, or the guardian, and the executive branch of the Universal House of Justice; and the rod of iron, or the general body of members constituting the legislative branch of the Universal House of Justice. Together they are the judicial branch.
Shoghi Effendi proceeded with `Abdu’l-Baha’s plan, the mystery of the kingdom, and furthered its development in his announcement of the formation of the International Baha’i Council on January 9, 1951.
Shoghi Effendi placed `Abdu’l-Baha’s adopted son Mason Remey as the president of the IBC, or head, or rod of wood. Shoghi Effendi appointed all the members himself, forming the body of the IBC, the rod of iron. This included a female liaison officer who conveyed Shoghi Effendi’s guidance to the IBC. The rod of iron, designating the spiritual, non-genetic successorship, is not limited to an actual physical lineage. It does not have to be passed on through physical successors. Thus, the iron rod can be passed on through appointment, to someone who is not genetically related.
This IBC was Shoghi Effendi’s only possible successor.
A branch of wood–the male successor to the throne of David–cannot alone be the successor to anything but the rod of wood, the kingship, the executive branch. A branch of iron–the appointed or elected members of the UHJ–cannot alone be the successor to anything but the rod of iron, the legislative branch. It is only when these two rods of the Covenant, these two branches of government, are inseparably joined to function together, that they constitute the full successor to Shoghi Effendi as the branch or rod of gold.
Thus the “mystery of God,” those mysteries in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, are all bound up into one mystery which is the Plan of God, the Covenant itself.
This mystery is alluded to in the Bible as the mystery of God’s Will and the mystery of the kingdom.
“For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.... that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs....”
This means that the mystery of God’s Covenant is that the Gentiles–those people who are not descended from Abraham–will inherit the kingdom. That is, ultimately, God’s Covenant has to do with ones who are not genetic descendants of Abraham. The Gentiles inherit the kingdom because not only has the kingship gone over to adoption, but also the peoples of the world have a share in electing the body of the UHJ. `Abdu’l-Baha did not openly explain how this plan was to be fulfilled. This was because in the process of this mystery coming to its fulfillment, the Covenant was to be violated repeatedly, but its fulfillment was activated again in the International Baha’i Council appointed by the return of Jesus, Dr. Jensen.
8 “Then the voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ‘Go, take the scroll which is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’”
The “scroll” is the Covenant, which has two texts, the Kitab-i-’Ahd, the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, and the Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Baha. It is open in the hand of the mighty angel, because this is Jesus the Lamb who broke the seven seals and explained the Covenant.
9 “So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take it and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.’”
At the end of the second chapter of Ezekiel it describes the “scroll,” and he is instructed to eat it and afterwards to go speak to the house of Israel. Ezekiel chapter 3 describes the bitterness of his spirit when he realizes the House of Israel’s rebelliousness, its apostasy, and its remoteness from God. Baha’i is Israel under its new name.
10 “And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.”
To eat the scroll means to digest it, to understand the Covenant. In order for the reality of the Covenant to be digested (that is, to be truly understood), there has to be a violation, a darkness and oppression to take place first, to test the strength of this Covenant. Thus, the Covenant is bitter once it is digested. This is the bitterness that the Covenant and its lovers must undergo at the “Hands” of the violators, who have bamboozled the so-called mainstream Baha’is into their Covenant-breaking violation of the Covenant, and they are severely oppressed.
This oppression is that they are forbidden to investigate the matter for themselves.
This bitterness is also the bitter results of the violation of the Covenant. In chapters six through nine of the book of Revelation, it describes what happens in relation to each seal being opened. These events are the consequences of the Covenant having been violated. The entire world will have to go through four waves of destruction in order to destroy the evildoers and purify those who will repent and come into the sanctity of the Covenant. Those who accept Baha’u’llah’s Covenant and abide by it will be saved.
11 “And I was told, ‘You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.’”
Under the instructions of Shoghi Effendi’s 10-year plan of 1953-1963, the Baha’i faith was spread to every physical part of the globe, to all of its peoples, and the Baha’i writings were translated into every language.
There was a Manifestation Who came after Jesus and before the Bab, but Whose coming was not prophesied, or measured, by Daniel. This was Muhammad, Who brought the religion of Islam. Thus, from the perspective of the Greater Covenant, the courtyard around the temple symbolized the coming of Muhammad and His message - Islam. When you investigate the tabernacle of Moses, which was a microcosm of the macrocosm, the meanings become plain. Here is a diagram of the layout of the tabernacle.
This courtyard surrounding the actual temple was open to the public. It consisted of an area surrounded by a fence made of cloth. The temple was hidden from view behind this fence. When applying the meaning of this to the Lesser Covenant of Baha’u’llah, it indicates that the veils on this Covenant would remain even after other parts of this temple were explained. That is, in spite of the explanations of the Covenant being given, the veil on people’s understanding would remain. The courtyard is the area that one must pass through before reaching the temple. This area is defined by the veils surrounding it.
For instance, this can be seen in `Abdu’l-Baha’s explanation of the three woes. `Abdu’l-Baha says, “The first woe is the appearance of the Prophet Muhammad, the son of Abdu’llah – peace be upon Him! The second woe is that of the Bab – to Him be glory and praise! The third woe is the great day of the manifestation of the Lord of Hosts and the radiance of the Beauty of the Promised One. The explanation of this subject, woe, is mentioned in the thirtieth chapter of Ezekiel, where it is said: ‘The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near.’
Therefore, it is certain that the day of woe is the day of the Lord; for in that day woe is for the neglectful, woe is for the sinners, woe is for the ignorant. That is why it is said, ‘The second woe is past; behold the third woe cometh quickly!’ This third woe is the day of the manifestation of Baha’u’llah, the day of God; and it is near to the day of the appearance of the Bab.”
[ii] Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, 89.
[iii] Will and Testament, 15.
[iv] J. E. Esslemont, Baha’u’llah and the New Era, 1950 ed. 303, 1980 ed. 250.
This 11th chapter and part of the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation were explained by `Abdu’l-Baha in Some Answered Questions (pp. 53-71). The text of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s commentary follows.
In the beginning of the eleventh chapter of the Revelation of St. John it is said:
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
“But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”
This reed is a Perfect Man Who is likened to a reed, and the manner of its likeness is this: when the interior of a reed is empty and free from all matter, it will produce beautiful melodies; and as the sound and melodies do not come from the reed, but from the flute player who blows upon it, so the sanctified heart of that blessed Being is free and emptied from all save God, pure and exempt from the attachments of all human conditions, and is the companion of the Divine Spirit. Whatever He utters is not from Himself, but from the real flute player, and it is a divine inspiration. That is why He is likened to a reed; and that reed is like a rod─that is to say, it is the helper of every impotent one, and the support of human beings. It is the rod of the Divine Shepherd by which He guards His flock and leads them about the pastures of the Kingdom.
Then it is said: “The angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein”─that is to say, compare and measure: measuring is the discovery of proportion. Thus the angel said: compare the temple of God and the altar and them that are praying therein─that is to say, investigate what is their true condition and discover in what degree and state they are, and what conditions, perfections, behavior and attributes they possess; and make yourself cognizant of the mysteries of those holy souls who dwell in the Holy of Holies in purity and sanctity.
“But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles.”
In the beginning of the seventh century after Christ, when Jerusalem was conquered, the Holy of Holies was outwardly preserved─that is to say, the house which Solomon built; but outside the Holy of Holies the outer court was taken and given to the Gentiles. “And the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months”─that is to say, the Gentiles shall govern and control Jerusalem forty and two months, signifying twelve hundred and sixty days; and as each day signifies a year, by this reckoning it becomes twelve hundred and sixty years, which is the duration of the cycle of the Qur’án. For in the texts of the Holy Book, each day is a year; as it is said in the fourth chapter of Ezekiel, verse 6: “Thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.”
This prophesies the duration of the Dispensation of Islám when Jerusalem was trodden under foot, which means that it lost its glory─but the Holy of Holies was preserved, guarded and respected─until the year 1260. This twelve hundred and sixty years is a prophecy of the manifestation of the Báb, the “Gate” of Bahá’u’lláh, which took place in the year 1260 of the Hejira of Muḥammad, and as the period of twelve hundred and sixty years has expired, Jerusalem, the Holy City, is now beginning to become prosperous, populous and flourishing. Anyone who saw Jerusalem sixty years ago, and who sees it now, will recognize how populous and flourishing it has become, and how it is again honored.
This is the outward meaning of these verses of the Revelation of St. John; but they have another explanation and a symbolic sense, which is as follows: the Law of God is divided into two parts. One is the fundamental basis which comprises all spiritual things─that is to say, it refers to the spiritual virtues and divine qualities; this does not change nor alter: it is the Holy of Holies, which is the essence of the Law of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muḥammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh, and which lasts and is established in all the prophetic cycles. It will never be abrogated, for it is spiritual and not material truth; it is faith, knowledge, certitude, justice, piety, righteousness, trustworthiness, love of God, benevolence, purity, detachment, humility, meekness, patience and constancy. It shows mercy to the poor, defends the oppressed, gives to the wretched and uplifts the fallen.
These divine qualities, these eternal commandments, will never be abolished; nay, they will last and remain established for ever and ever. These virtues of humanity will be renewed in each of the different cycles; for at the end of every cycle the spiritual Law of God─that is to say, the human virtues─disappears, and only the form subsists.
Thus among the Jews, at the end of the cycle of Moses, which coincides with the Christian manifestation, the Law of God disappeared, only a form without spirit remaining. The Holy of Holies departed from among them, but the outer court of Jerusalem─which is the expression used for the form of the religion─fell into the hands of the Gentiles. In the same way, the fundamental principles of the religion of Christ, which are the greatest virtues of humanity, have disappeared; and its form has remained in the hands of the clergy and the priests. Likewise, the foundation of the religion of Muḥammad has disappeared, 48 but its form remains in the hands of the official ‘ulamá.
These foundations of the Religion of God, which are spiritual and which are the virtues of humanity, cannot be abrogated; they are irremovable and eternal, and are renewed in the cycle of every Prophet.
The second part of the Religion of God, which refers to the material world, and which comprises fasting, prayer, forms of worship, marriage and divorce, the abolition of slavery, legal processes, transactions, indemnities for murder, violence, theft and injuries─this part of the Law of God, which refers to material things, is modified and altered in each prophetic cycle in accordance with the necessities of the times.
Briefly, what is meant by the term Holy of Holies is that spiritual Law which will never be modified, altered or abrogated; and the Holy City means the material Law which may be abrogated; and this material Law, which is described as the Holy City, was to be trodden under foot for twelve hundred and sixty years.
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three-score days, clothed in sackcloth.”
These two witnesses are Muḥammad the Messenger of God, and ‘Alí, son of Abú Tálib.
In the Qur’án it is said that God addressed Muḥammad, the Messenger of God, saying: “We made You a Witness, a Herald of good news, and a Warner”─that is to say, We have established Thee as the witness, the giver of good tidings, and as One bringing the wrath of God. The meaning of “a witness” is one by whose testimony things may be verified. The commands of these two witnesses were to be performed for twelve hundred and sixty days, each day signifying a year. Now, Muḥammad was the 49 root, and ‘Alí the branch, like Moses and Joshua. It is said they “are clothed in sackcloth,” meaning that they, apparently, were to be clothed in old raiment, not in new raiment; in other words, in the beginning they would possess no splendor in the eyes of the people, nor would their Cause appear new; for Muḥammad’s spiritual Law corresponds to that of Christ in the Gospel, and most of His laws relating to material things correspond to those of the Pentateuch. This is the meaning of the old raiment.
Then it is said: “These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” These two souls are likened to olive trees because at that time all lamps were lighted by olive oil. The meaning is two persons from whom that spirit of the wisdom of God, which is the cause of the illumination of the world, appears. These lights of God were to radiate and shine; therefore, they are likened to two candlesticks: the candlestick is the abode of the light, and from it the light shines forth. In the same way the light of guidance would shine and radiate from these illumined souls.
Then it is said: “They are standing before God,” meaning that they are standing in the service of God, and educating the creatures of God, such as the barbarous nomad Arab tribes of the Arabian peninsula, whom they educated in such a way that in those days they reached the highest degree of civilization, and their fame and renown became worldwide.
“And if any man would hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies.” That is to say, that no one would be able to withstand them, that if a person wished to belittle their teachings and their law, he would be surrounded and exterminated by this same law which proceedeth out of their mouth; and everyone who attempted to injure, to antagonize and to hate them would be destroyed by a command which would come out of their mouth. And thus it happened: all their enemies were vanquished, put to flight and annihilated. In this most evident way God assisted them.
Afterward it is said: “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy,” meaning that in that cycle they would be like kings. The law and teachings of Muḥammad, and the explanations and commentaries of ‘Alí, are a heavenly bounty; if they wish to give this bounty, they have power to do so. If they do not wish it, the rain will not fall: in this connection rain stands for bounty.
Then it is said: “They have power over water to turn it to blood,” meaning that the prophethood of Muḥammad was the same as that of Moses, and that the power of ‘Alí was the same as that of Joshua: if they wished, they could turn the water of the Nile into blood, so far as the Egyptians and those who denied them were concerned─that is to say, that that which was the cause of their life, through their ignorance and pride, became the cause of their death. So the kingdom, wealth and power of Pharaoh and his people, which were the causes of the life of the nation, became, through their opposition, denial and pride, the cause of death, destruction, dispersion, degradation and poverty. Hence these two witnesses have power to destroy the nations.
Then it is said: “And smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will,” 7meaning that they also would have the power and the material force necessary to educate the wicked and those who are oppressors and tyrants, for to these two witnesses God granted both outward and inward power, that they might educate and correct the ferocious, bloodthirsty, tyrannical nomad Arabs, who were like beasts of prey.
“And when they shall have finished their testimony” means when they should have performed that which they are commanded, and should have delivered the divine message, promoting the Law of God and propagating the heavenly teachings, to the intent that the signs of spiritual life might be manifest in souls, and the light of the virtues of the world of humanity might shine forth, until complete development should be brought about among the nomad tribes.
“The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them”: this beast means the Umayyads who attacked them from the pit of error, and who rose against the religion of Muḥammad and against the reality of ‘Alí─in other words, the love of God.
It is said, “The beast made war against these two witnesses” ─that is to say, a spiritual war, meaning that the beast would act in entire opposition to the teachings, customs and institutions of these two witnesses, to such an extent that the virtues and perfections which were diffused by the power of those two witnesses among the peoples and tribes would be entirely dispelled, and the animal nature and carnal desires would conquer. Therefore, this beast making war against them would gain the victory─meaning that the darkness of error coming from this beast was to have ascendency over the horizons of the world, and kill those two witnesses─in other words, that it would destroy the spiritual life which they spread abroad in the midst of the nation, and entirely remove the divine laws and teachings, treading under foot the Religion of God. Nothing would thereafter remain but a lifeless body without spirit.
“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” “Their bodies” means the Religion of God, and “the street” means in public view. The meaning of “Sodom and Egypt,” the place “where also our Lord was crucified,” is this region of Syria, and especially Jerusalem, where the Umayyads then had their dominions; and it was here that the Religion of God and the divine teachings first disappeared, and a body without spirit remained. “Their bodies” represents the Religion of God, which remained like a dead body without spirit.
“And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”
As it was before explained, in the terminology of the Holy Books three days and a half signify three years and a half, and three years and a half are forty and two months, and forty and two months twelve hundred and sixty days; and as each day by the text of the Holy Book signifies one year, the meaning is that for twelve hundred and sixty years, which is the cycle of the Qur’án, the nations, tribes and peoples would look at their bodies─that is to say, that they would make a spectacle of the Religion of God: though they would not act in accordance with it, still, they would not suffer their bodies─meaning the Religion of God─to be put in the grave. That is to say, that in appearance they would cling to the Religion of God and not allow it to completely disappear from their midst, nor the body of it to be entirely destroyed and annihilated. Nay, in reality they would leave it, while outwardly preserving its name and remembrance.
Those “kindreds, people and nations” signify those who are gathered under the shadow of the Qur’án, not permitting the Cause and Law of God to be, in outward appearance, entirely destroyed and annihilated─for there are prayer and fasting among them─but the fundamental principles of the Religion of God, which are morals and conduct, with the knowledge of divine mysteries, have disappeared; the light of the virtues of the world of huity, which is the result of the love and knowledge of God, is extinguished; and the darkness of tyranny, oppression, satanic passions and desires has become victorious. The body of the Law of God, like a corpse, has been exposed to public view for twelve hundred and sixty days, each day being counted as a year, and this period is the cycle of Muḥammad.
The people forfeited all that these two persons had established, which was the foundation of the Law of God, and destroyed the virtues of the world of humanity, which are the divine gifts and the spirit of this religion, to such a degree that truthfulness, justice, love, union, purity, sanctity, detachment and all the divine qualities departed from among them. In the religion only prayers and fasting persisted; this condition lasted for twelve hundred and sixty years, which is the duration of the cycle of the Furqán. It was as if these two persons were dead, and their bodies were remaining without spirit.
“And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” “Those who dwelt upon the earth” means the other nations and races, such as the peoples of Europe and distant Asia, who, when they saw that the character of Islám was entirely changed, the Law of God forsaken─that virtues, zeal and honor had departed from among them, and that their qualities were changed─became happy, and rejoiced that corruption of morals had infected the people of Islám, and that they would in consequence be overcome by other nations. So this thing has come to pass. Witness this people which had attained the summit of power, how degraded and downtrodden it is now.
The other nations “shall send gifts to one another,” meaning that they should help each other, for “these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth”─that is, they overcame the other nations and peoples of the world and conquered them.
“And after three days and a half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that saw them.” Three days and a half, as we before explained, is twelve hundred and sixty years. Those two persons whose bodies were lying spiritless are the teachings and the law that Muḥammad established and ‘Alí promoted, from which, however, the reality had departed and only the form remained. The spirit came again into them means that those foundations and teachings were again established. In other words, the spirituality of the Religion of God had been changed into materiality, and virtues into vices; the love of God had been changed into hatred, enlightenment into darkness, divine qualities into satanic ones, justice into tyranny, mercy into enmity, sincerity into hypocrisy, guidance into error, and purity into sensuality. Then after three days and a half, which by the terminology of the Holy Books is twelve hundred and sixty years, these divine teachings, heavenly virtues, perfections and spiritual bounties were again renewed by the appearance of the Báb and the devotion of Jináb-i-Quddús.
The holy breezes were diffused, the light of truth shone forth, the season of the life-giving spring came, and the morn of guidance dawned. These two lifeless bodies again became living, and these two great ones─one the Founder and the other the promoter─arose and were like two candlesticks, for they illumined the world with the light of truth.
“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven,” meaning that from the invisible heaven they heard the voice of God, saying: You have performed all that was proper and fitting in delivering the teachings and glad tidings; you have given My message to the people and raised the call of God, and have accomplished your duty. Now, like Christ, you must sacrifice your life for the Well-Beloved, and be martyrs. And that Sun of Reality, and that Moon of Guidance, both, like Christ, set on the horizon of the greatest martyrdom and ascended to the Kingdom of God.
“And their enemies beheld them,” meaning that many of their enemies, after witnessing their martyrdom, realized the sublimity of their station and the exaltation of their virtue, and testified to their greatness and perfection.
“And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand.”
This earthquake occurred in Shíráz after the martyrdom of the Báb. The city was in a turmoil, and many people were destroyed. Great agitation also took place through diseases, cholera, dearth, scarcity, famine and afflictions, the like of which had never been known.
“And the remnant was affrighted and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
When the earthquake took place in Fárs, all the remnant lamented and cried day and night, and were occupied in glorifying and praying to God. They were so troubled and affrighted that they had no sleep nor rest at night.
“The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” The first woe is the appearance of the Prophet, Muḥammad, the son of ‘Abdu’lláh─peace be upon Him! The second woe is that of the Báb─to Him be glory and praise! The third woe is the great day of the manifestation of the Lord of Hosts and the radiance of the Beauty of the Promised One. The explanation of this subject, woe, is mentioned in the thirtieth chapter of Ezekiel, where it is said: “The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near.”
Therefore, it is certain that the day of woe is the day of the Lord; for in that day woe is for the neglectful, woe is for the sinners, woe is for the ignorant. That is why it is said, “The second woe is past; behold the third woe cometh quickly!” This third woe is the day of the manifestation of Bahá’u’lláh, the day of God; and it is near to the day of the appearance of the Báb.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.”
The seventh angel is a man qualified with heavenly attributes, who will arise with heavenly qualities and character. Voices will be raised, so that the appearance of the Divine Manifestation will be proclaimed and diffused. In the day of the manifestation of the Lord of Hosts, and at the epoch of the divine cycle of the Omnipotent which is promised and mentioned in all the books and writings of the Prophets─in that day of God, the Spiritual and Divine Kingdom will be established, and the world will be renewed; a new spirit will be breathed into the body of creation; the season of the divine spring will come; the clouds of mercy will rain; the sun of reality will shine; the life-giving breeze will blow; the world of humanity will wear a new garment; the surface of the earth will be a sublime paradise; mankind will be educated; wars, disputes, quarrels and malignity will disappear; and truthfulness, righteousness, peace and the worship of God will appear; union, love and brotherhood will surround the world; and God will rule for evermore─meaning that the Spiritual and Everlasting Kingdom will be established. Such is the day of God. For all the days which have come and gone were the days of Abraham, Moses and Christ, or of the other Prophets; but this day is the day of God, for the Sun of Reality will arise in it with the utmost warmth and splendor.
“And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God.
“Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, Which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” In each cycle the guardians and holy souls have been twelve. So Jacob had twelve sons; in the time of Moses there were twelve heads or chiefs of the tribes; in the time of Christ there were twelve Apostles; and in the time of Muḥammad there were twelve Imáms. But in this glorious manifestation there are twenty-four, double the number of all the others, for the greatness of this manifestation requires it. These holy souls are in the presence of God seated on their own thrones, meaning that they reign eternally.
These twenty-four great persons, though they are seated on the thrones of everlasting rule, yet are worshipers of the appearance of the universal Manifestation, and they are humble and submissive, saying, “We give thanks to Thee, O Lord God Almighty, Which art, and wast, and art to come, because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power and hast reigned”─that is to say, Thou wilt issue all Thy teachings, Thou wilt gather all the people of the earth under Thy shadow, and Thou wilt bring all men under the shadow of one tent. Although it is the Eternal Kingdom of God, and He always had, and has, a Kingdom, the Kingdom here means the manifestation of Himself; and He will issue all the laws and teachings which are the spirit of the world of humanity and everlasting life. And that universal Manifestation will subdue the world by spiritual power, not by war and combat; He will do it with peace and tranquillity, not by the sword and arms; He will establish this Heavenly Kingdom by true love, and not by the power of war. He will promote these divine teachings by kindness and righteousness, and not by weapons and harshness. He will so educate the nations and people that, notwithstanding their various conditions, their different customs and characters, and their diverse religions and races, they will, as it is said in the Bible, like the wolf and the lamb, the leopard, the kid, the sucking child and the serpent, become comrades, friends and companions. The contentions of races, the differences of religions, and the barriers between nations will be completely removed, and all will attain perfect union and reconciliation under the shadow of the Blessed Tree.
“And the nations were angry,” for Thy teachings opposed the passions of the other peoples; “and Thy wrath is come” ─that is to say, all will be afflicted by evident loss; because they do not follow Thy precepts, counsels and teachings, they will be deprived of Thy everlasting bounty, and veiled from the light of the Sun of Reality.
“And the time of the dead, that they should be judged” means that the time has come that the dead ─that is to say, those who are deprived of the spirit of the love of God and have not a share of the sanctified eternal life─will be judged with justice, meaning they will arise to receive that which they deserve. He will make the reality of their secrets evident, showing what a low degree they occupy in the world of existence, and that in reality they are under the rule of death.
“That Thou shouldst give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great” ─that is to say, He will distinguish the righteous by endless bounty, making them shine on the horizon of eternal honor, like the stars of heaven. He will assist them by endowing them with behavior and actions which are the light of the world of humanity, the cause of guidance, and the means of everlasting life in the Divine Kingdom.
“And shouldst destroy them which destroy the earth” means that He will entirely deprive the neglectful; for the blindness of the blind will be manifest, and the vision of the seers will be evident; the ignorance and want of knowledge of the people of error will be recognized, and the knowledge and wisdom of the people under guidance will be apparent; consequently, the destroyers will be destroyed.
“And the temple of God was opened in heaven” means that the divine Jerusalem is found, and the Holy of Holies has become visible. The Holy of Holies, according to the terminology of the people of wisdom, is the essence of the Divine Law, and the heavenly and true teachings of the Lord, which have not been changed in the cycle of any Prophet, as it was before explained. The sanctuary of Jerusalem is likened to the reality of the Law of God, which is the Holy of Holies; and all the laws, conventions, rites and material regulations are the city of Jerusalem─this is why it is called the heavenly Jerusalem. Briefly, as in this cycle the Sun of Reality will make the light of God shine with the utmost splendor, therefore, the essence of the teachings of God will be realized in the world of existence, and the darkness of ignorance and want of knowledge will be dispelled. The world will become a new world, and enlightenment will prevail. So the Holy of Holies will appear.
“And the temple of God was opened in heaven” means also that by the diffusion of the divine teachings, the appearance of these heavenly mysteries, and the rising of the Sun of Reality, the doors of success and prosperity will be opened in all directions, and the signs of goodness and heavenly benedictions will be made plain.
“And there was seen in His temple the ark of His Testament” ─that is to say, the Book of His Testament will appear in His Jerusalem, the Epistle of the Covenant will be established, and the meaning of the Testament and of the Covenant will become evident. The renown of God will overspread the East and West, and the proclamation of the Cause of God will fill the world. The violators of the Covenant will be degraded and dispersed, and the faithful cherished and glorified, for they cling to the Book of the Testament and are firm and steadfast in the Covenant.
“And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail,” meaning that after the appearance of the Book of the Testament there will be a great storm, and the lightnings of the anger and the wrath of God will flash, the noise of the thunder of the violation of the Covenant will resound, the earthquake of doubts will take place, the hail of torments will beat upon the violators of the Covenant, and even those who profess belief will fall into trials and temptations."
1 “Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told: ‘Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there,
2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.
3 And I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.’
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if any one would harm them, fire pours out from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed.
6 They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will make war upon them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
9 For three days and a half men from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,
10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up hither!" And in the sight of their foes they went up to heaven in a cloud.
13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.’
16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,
17 saying, ‘We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who wast, that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged, but thy wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, for rewarding thy servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear thy name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.’
19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.”
* Editors note: In the above text, ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s explanation is from the original translation Some Answered Questions under the copyrights from 1930, 1954, and 1964. In a newly revised translation of Some Answered Questions, ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s explanation of the 15th verse has been changed from “The seventh angel is a man,” to, “That angel refers to human souls….” This revision completely changes the meaning that ‘Abdu’l-Baha intended. The only reason for this is the Baha’is under the oppression are comletely incapable of explaining the seventh angel. This angel was a third-generation Baha’i who brought countless people into the Baha’i faith and was a Knight of Baha’u’llah. He is the establisher of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah that the Baha’is violated after the passing of Shoghi Effendi. This is not the only instance where the Baha’i World Faith has changed the text of a book for the sole purpose of preventing the mass of the believers from learning the truth.
In Some Answered Questions, pp. 67-72, ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains part of chapter twelve:
We have before explained that what is most frequently meant by the Holy City, the Jerusalem of God, which is mentioned in the Holy Book, is the Law of God. It is compared sometimes to a bride, and sometimes to Jerusalem, and again to the new heaven and earth. So in chapter 21, verses 1, 2 and 3 of the Revelation of St. John, it is said: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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.”
Notice how clear and evident it is that the first heaven and earth signify the former Law. For it is said that the first heaven and earth have passed away and there is no more sea─that is to say, that the earth is the place of judgment, and on this earth of judgment there is no sea, meaning that the teachings and the Law of God will entirely spread over the earth, and all men will enter the Cause of God, and the earth will be completely inhabited by believers; therefore, there will be no more sea, for the dwelling place and abode of man is the dry land. In other words, at that epoch the field of that Law will become the pleasure-ground of man. Such earth is solid; the feet do not slip upon it.
The Law of God is also described as the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. It is evident that the New Jerusalem which descends from heaven is not a city of stone, mortar, bricks, earth and wood. It is the Law of God which descends from heaven and is called new, for it is clear that the Jerusalem which is of stone and earth does not descend from heaven, and that it is not renewed; but that which is renewed is the Law of God.
The Law of God is also compared to an adorned bride who appears with most beautiful ornaments, as it has been said in chapter 21 of the Revelation of St. John: “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” And in chapter 12, verse 1, it is said: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” This woman is that bride, the Law of God that descended upon Muḥammad. The sun with which she was clothed, and the moon which was under her feet, are the two nations which are under the shadow of that Law, the Persian and Ottoman kingdoms; for the emblem of Persia is the sun, and that of the Ottoman Empire is the crescent moon. Thus the sun and moon are the emblems of two kingdoms which are under the power of the Law of God. Afterward it is said: “upon her head is a crown of twelve stars.” These twelve stars are the twelve Imáms, who were the promoters of the Law of Muḥammad and the educators of the people, shining like stars in the heaven of guidance.
Then it is said in the second verse: “and she being with child cried,” meaning that this Law fell into the greatest difficulties and endured great troubles and afflictions until a perfect offspring was produced─that is, the coming Manifestation, the Promised One, Who is the perfect offspring, and Who was reared in the bosom of this Law, which is as its mother. The child Who is referred to is the Báb, the Primal Point, Who was in truth born from the Law of Muḥammad─that is to say, the Holy Reality, Who is the child and outcome of the Law of God, His mother, and Who is promised by that religion, finds a reality in the kingdom of that Law; but because of the despotism of the dragon the child was carried up to God. After twelve hundred and sixty days the dragon was destroyed, and the child of the Law of God, the Promised One, became manifest.
Verses 3 and 4. “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.” These signs are an allusion to the dynasty of the Umayyads who dominated the Muḥammadan religion. Seven heads and seven crowns mean seven countries and dominions over which the Umayyads had power: they were the Roman dominion around Damascus; and the Persian, Arabian and Egyptian dominions, together with the dominion of Africa─that is to say, Tunis, Morocco and Algeria; the dominion of Andalusia, which is now Spain; and the dominion of the Turks of Transoxania. The Umayyads had power over these countries. The ten horns mean the names of the Umayyad rulers─that is, without repetition, there were ten names of rulers, meaning ten names of commanders and chiefs─the first is Abú Súfyán and the last Marván─but several of them bear the same name. So there are two Muáviyá, three Yazíd, two Valíd, and two Marván; but if the names were counted without repetition there would be ten. The Umayyads, of whom the first was Abú Súfyán, Amír of Mecca and chief of the dynasty of the Umayyads, and the last was Marván, destroyed the third part of the holy and saintly people of the lineage of Muḥammad who were like the stars of heaven.
Verse 4. “And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour the child as soon as it was born.” As we have before explained, this woman is the Law of God. The dragon was standing near the woman to devour her child, and this child was the promised Manifestation, the offspring of the Law of Muḥammad. The Umayyads were always waiting to get possession of the Promised One, Who was to come from the line of Muḥammad, to destroy and annihilate Him; for they much feared the appearance of the promised Manifestation, and they sought to kill any of Muḥammad’s descendants who might be highly esteemed.
Verse 5. “And she brought forth a man child, Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.” This great son is the promised Manifestation Who was born of the Law of God and reared in the bosom of the divine teachings. The iron rod is a symbol of power and might─it is not a sword─and means that with divine power and might He will shepherd all the nations of the earth. This son is the Báb.
Verse 5. “And her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” This is a prophecy of the Báb, Who ascended to the heavenly realm, to the Throne of God, and to the center of His Kingdom. Consider how all this corresponds to what happened.
Verse 6. “And the woman fled into the wilderness”─that is to say, the Law of God fled to the wilderness, meaning the vast desert of Ḥijáz, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Verse 6. “Where she had a place prepared of God.” The Arabian Peninsula became the abode and dwelling place, and the center of the Law of God.
Verse 6. “That they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” In the terminology of the Holy Book these twelve hundred and sixty days mean the twelve hundred and sixty years that the Law of God was set up in the wilderness of Arabia, the great desert: from it the Promised One has come. After twelve hundred and sixty years that Law will have no more influence, for the fruit of that tree will have appeared, and the result will have been produced.
Consider how the prophecies correspond to one another. In the Apocalypse, the appearance of the Promised One is appointed after forty-two months, and Daniel expresses it as three times and a half, which is also forty-two months, which are twelve hundred and sixty days. In another passage of John’s Revelation it is clearly spoken of as twelve hundred and sixty days, and in the Holy Book it is said that each day signifies one year. Nothing could be clearer than this agreement of the prophecies with one another. The Báb appeared in the year 1260 of the Hejira of Muḥammad, which is the beginning of the universal era-reckoning of all Islám. There are no clearer proofs than this in the Holy Books for any Manifestation. For him who is just, the agreement of the times indicated by the tongues of the Great Ones is the most conclusive proof. There is no other possible explanation of these prophecies. Blessed are the just souls who seek the truth. But failing justice, the people attack, dispute and openly deny the evidence, like the Pharisees who, at the manifestation of Christ, denied with the greatest obstinacy the explanations of Christ and of His disciples. They obscured Christ’s Cause before the ignorant people, saying, “These prophecies are not of Jesus, but of the Promised One Who shall come later, according to the conditions mentioned in the Bible.” Some of these conditions were that He must have a kingdom, be seated on the throne of David, enforce the Law of the Bible, and manifest such justice that the wolf and the lamb shall gather at the same spring.
And thus they prevented the people from knowing Christ."
1 “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
2 she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.
3 And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads.
4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth.
5 she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that the “Law of God is also compared to an adorned bride…as it has been said in chapter 21 of the Revelation…” He likened the verses in Revelation 12 to the dispensation of Islam. With the appearance of the Bab, the laws of God were abrogated in preparation for the dispensation of Baha’u’llah, the Glory of the Father, the return of Christ. Thus the meaning of the Law of God and a “new heaven and a new” earth now pertains to the dispensation of Baha’u’llah. “We have before explained that what is frequently meant by the Holy City, the Jerusalem of God, which is mentioned in the Holy Book, is the Law of God. It is compared sometimes to a bride and sometimes to Jerusalem, and again to the new heaven and earth.”
The Law of God has two aspects, the spiritual, and the physical. The spiritual is the essence of the Law–spiritual qualities and attributes and the material pertains to the laws, teachings, and ordinances for an ever-advancing civilization. Another aspect of the Law of God is the Covenant, which is both spiritual and material. Within His Covenant, Baha’u’llah, Who is seated upon the throne of David, named ‘Abdu’l-Baha as the “Most Great Branch,” that is, ‘Abdu’l-Baha would be His successor. ‘Abdu’l-Baha then delineates the Covenant of Baha’u’llah within his Will and Testament.
As explained in part one of this book, the “Hands” of the faith completely obliterated the truth of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. The oppression placed upon the mass of believers has prevented the people from knowing the Promised One of our age, the return of Jesus after the order of Melchizedek; he who is the establisher of the Baha’i faith and the only one who can take the scroll and explain it’s meaning. Thus, there is a war in heaven between those who oppose the truth and those who remain firm and steadfast in the Covenant and “follow the lamb wherever he goes.”
7 “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,”
The name Michael means “one like God” and is a reference to Baha’u’llah. His angels are God’s heavenly army who hold true to the explanations and commentaries of Dr. Leland Jensen, a Knight of Baha’u’llah and the return of Jesus after the order of Melchizedek.
8 “but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.”
Those who are the violators and oppose the Law of God will be defeated and go into utter perdition.
9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Here it tells us who this great dragon is, the Devil or Satan. Satan is the twisted intellect that is not spiritual and opposes the truth of the Covenants of God. This applies to all who oppose the truth as given within the scriptures regarding the appearance of the return of Christ, the one seated upon the Throne of David, Baha’u’llah, and His Covenant, and the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. It also refers to those who, having heard the truth as given through Dr. Leland Jensen’s explanations and commentaries, turned against the truth and with pretext upon pretext, sought a station above their station. They prevent those whom they have deceived from seeing the truth of the Covenant and thus there is no longer a place for them in heaven.
10 “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.’”
“Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come” refers to the re-establishment back into the Baha’i faith of the Davidic Kingship as explained by Dr. Leland Jensen.
11 “‘And they have conquered him [the dragon] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death,’“
The Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes has explained the testimony of the sacrificial Lamb, who is the Spirit of Prophecy. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). By these explanations of the prophecies by Jesus the Lamb, the Kingdom of God will be established.
“The word of their testimony” also means that the144,000 testify to their belief in this Covenant. They will be followers of the Lamb. This battle is won through the explanations and commentaries of Jesus the Lamb, Dr. Leland Jensen. Those who teach these explanations and commentaries are those who accept God’s Covenant, and do not deviate even a hair’s breadth from the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.
12 “‘Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!’”
Those who “dwell” in the heaven of the Baha’i Revelation are those who believe in Baha’u’llah’s Covenant. “The devil” symbolizes the twisted intellect, and its rejection of the truth and the Promised One.
Those who usurped the Baha’i administration, and those who have turned against the teachings of Dr. Leland Jensen for their own aggrandizement and empowerment, have led the people down the road to total destruction. “O ye peoples of the world! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have committed have been blotted from My sight. By My beauty! All your doings hath My Pen graven with open characters upon tablets of Chrysolite.”
13 “And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child.
14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times and half a time.”
15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood.
16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth.
17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.”
Being “thrown down to the earth” means the violators of the Covenant and Will and Testament will be exposed, that is to say, the “Hands” who usurped the faith and those who oppose the explanations of Dr. Leland Jensen are made known through the power of the Covenant.
With the explanations and commentaries of the Promised One of God as written within this book, the entire world will be judged and held accountable, as “the faith of no man is dependent upon that of another.”
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