BOOK OF REVELATION
Revised Standard Version
(Unless Otherwise Indicated)
next chapter was explained by 'Abdu'l-Baha in chapter 11 of the
book Some Answered Questions, on pages 53-71. He explained
it as applying to the past, to Islam and not to the Baha'i faith,
likewise with chapter 12 of Revelation.
when meditating on 'Abdu'l-Baha's explanation of the 11th chapter,
it becomes apparent that it applies word for word to the ones who
violated against the Covenant after Shoghi Effendi died, and to
their opposition to the Covenant. The violation against the Baha'i
Covenant runs parallel to the violation that occurred in Islam which
was explained in 'Abdu'l-Baha's commentary on chapter 11.
knew that the real meaning of chapter 11 was applicable to the violation
of the Baha'i Covenant, but he did not give that explanation. This
was in accordance with verse 4 of chapter 10 where it said "Seal
up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down."
So 'Abdu'l-Baha did not openly explain those seven meanings of the
Covenant, and he did not write down the explanation of how the Baha'i
Covenant would be violated, as that event was still in the future.
means there are more explanations about chapter 11, such as other
meanings for the three woes. Some of these will be given at that
point in the text.
the first verses of chapter 11 it says to measure the temple, the
altar, and those who worship there, but to leave out the outer court
and measure it not. When applying the meaning of this to the Greater
Covenant, it refers to the measurements, or dates, given by Daniel
for three appearances, or returns of Jesus, that is in 1844 as the
Bab, in 1863 as Baha'u'llah, and again in 1963.
there was a Manifestation who came after Jesus and before the Bab,
who's coming was not prophesied, or measured, by Daniel. This was
Muhammad who brought the Religion of Islam. Thus in terms of the
Greater Covenant, the courtyard symbolized the coming of Muhammad
and His Message—Islam.
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.
courtyard surrounding the actual temple was open to the public,
it consisted of an area surrounded by a fence made of cloth, and
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 the other
parts of this temple were explained, that is, despite the Covenant
being explained, the veil on people's understanding of it would
courtyard is the area that one must pass through before reaching
the temple. This area is defined by the veils surrounding it. Thus
the courtyard corresponds to what the Baha'is must pass through
before they attain to the true understanding and establishment of
this Covenant. The tests to bring out the truth of the Covenant,
and the events to occur before its establishment, were not measured,
that is, they were not explained ahead of time. They were kept veiled.
These events are depicted in the 11th and 12th chapters of Revelation
and thus 'Abdu'l-Baha explained the nature of the events, but he
described them as applying to the history of Islam, whereas their
real application is to the Baha'i faith.
instance, this can be seen in 'Abdu'l-Baha's explanation of the
three woes. 'Abdu'l-Baha says,
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."
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
shows that the first woe which is described in chapter 9 of Revelation
is that of the violation during the cycle of Islam. Accordingly,
chapter 11 should describe the second woe that occurs during the
cycle of the Bab and chapters 12 and 13 should describe the third
woe to occur during the cycle of Baha'u'llah.
'Abdu'l-Baha described chapters 11 and 12 as again applying to events
in the cycle of Islam, and does not describe the Covenant-breaking
that occurs during the Babi and Baha'i dispensations, that is, the
violations of Yahya, and Muhammad-Ali.
veiled the meaning of these chapters by explaining them as applying
to the past, this is in accordance with chapter 10 where it says,
"Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write
chapter has another interpretation, which pertains to today. Therefore
'Abdu'l-Baha left it to be explained by the second coming of Jesus,
said, "There are many meanings in each word of the Apocalypse."
And Baha'u'llah said, "Thus it is recorded: "Every knowledge
hath seventy meanings, of which one only is known amongst the people."
And again, "He also saith: "We speak
one word, and by it we intend one and seventy meanings; each one
of these meanings we can explain."
the general text of 'Abdu'l-Baha's commentary follows with modifications
to apply it to the history of the Baha'i faith and its Covenant.
The following commentary is based on 'Abdu'l-Baha's explanation
in Some Answered Questions, pages 53-71.
ON THE ELEVENTH
CHAPTER OF REVELATION
the beginning of the eleventh chapter of the Revelation of St. John
it is said:
1: "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.
2 "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."
reed is a Perfect Man Who is likened to a reed,... 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. This rod is the Covenant, in
that the Covenant designates the reed who is that person who is
to shepherd the flock. This person was Shoghi
Effendi who was like a staff in the hand of God. Whatever he uttered
was not from himself, but was a divine inspiration. These persons
are also symbolized as the temple itself, as they are the ones inside
of it, fulfilling its reality, which is spiritual. "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, that is,
the relationships between things. 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. This
temple is provided by the written Covenant which measures out the
service at the altar, that is, the mission of the successors to
Baha'u'llah who were in the station of sacrifice, and the identity
of these successors was likewise openly given, 'Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi
Effendi, and the UHJ.
2: "But the court which is without the temple leave out,
and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles."
the Temple of Moses, the courtyard was an area surrounding the sanctuary,
and outside of it. This courtyard was open to all the regular people
who weren't priests. Thus the courtyard symbolizes the body of believers.
These believers circle around the Temple, that is, the leader of
the Faith. This courtyard also signifies the administration that
the mass of believers participate in as that is where they perform
their service and make their offering. This courtyard is the rest
of the administration outside of 'Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi and
the UHJ; it is the Hands, the National and Local Houses of Justice
and the other auxiliary institutions. This administration is not
measured by the Covenant in that it is only mentioned that the Hands
assist the Guardian, and that we will have National and Local Houses
of Justice, but all the rest of the details concerning the functioning
of the administration are not given in the strict text of the Kitab-i-Ahd
and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Shoghi Effendi
supplied most of these details of the administration, and he directed
the Baha'is regarding the evolvement of the administration such
as in his 10-year plan of 1953-1963. In this plan he guided them
as to the raising up of spiritual assemblies, and gave many instructions
relating to the administration and to outward or material things
such as the purchase of land and the construction of Baha'i temple
the beginning of this stage we are now in, which began after Shoghi
Effendi's death, when the "Hands" conquered the Baha'is,
the Covenant was outwardly preserved—that is to say, the house
which Shoghi Effendi built; but outside of this the outer court
was taken and given to the Gentiles. Here, Gentiles signifies those
who were not faithful to the Cause of God, indicating the "Hands"
of the Cause of God. 'Abdu'l-Baha warned of the fate of this house,
and the Faith itself, if the Covenant was opposed:
well-built house will be razed to the foundation, it will become
like a useless tomb, the commands will be delayed and the waves
of the sea of favor will be retarded. The sea of assurance will
be cut off, the Breath of Life will cease to blow, the sails
of the life-boat will be destroyed, the bright dawn will become
dark evening, the dawning-point of desire will be covered under
the clouds of regrets; all these troubles will become useless
and all this shedding of blood will be fruit-less; the pure
blood of the martyrs will become defiled and the remembrance
of the blessed Bab… will disappear from among men, and
his influence will become non-existent. The
whole fifty years of the troubles of the Blessed Perfection,
the looting and plundering, the imprisoning and beating; the
false accusing and injuring; the wandering and homelessness;
the threatening by dagger and sword; the shackles and chains
will become forgotten and without result. It will become the
source of joking and quarreling among the enemies, the source
of their gaiety and rejoicing."
2: "And the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and
city is the Covenant, the temple and its' courtyard are found within
this city of the Covenant meaning that the successor to Baha'u'llah
and the existence of the Baha'i administration (but not the details)
are both provided for in this Covenant. So, the "Hands"
will take over and control the body of believers, for the city is
the habitation of the believers, and they will take control of the
will trample the Covenant underfoot for three and a half years.
During the first two years of their takeover, the "Hands"
said they would remain under the guidance of Shoghi Effendi's instructions
concerning the house—the Universal House of Justice—that
is, they professed that they would honor this Covenant. At this
time it was only the National Spiritual Assemblies, the rest of
the administration, the general mass of believers and the properties
and funds that they took over.
in November of 1959 the "Hands" threw out Shoghi Effendi's
instructions for the evolvement of his International Baha'i Council
(IBC) into the Universal House of Justice. Three and a half years
afterward these instructions would be resurrected by the faith of
a Promised One meaning that after three and a half
years this promised Defender would come forth in defense of the
Cause of God.
prophesies the duration of the rule of the "Hands" when
they would have sway over God's people, during this time the Covenant
was trodden under foot, which means that it lost its glory—but
the Holy of Holies, which is the internal reality of the Covenant
was preserved and safe-guarded by God and this internal reality
would descend upon a Promised One in the year 1963.
three and a half years is a prophecy of a Promised One,
which took place in the year 1963, and when the period of three
and a half years expired, the Covenant, the Holy City, began to
prosper again. Anyone who examines the state of the Covenant at
the hands of the Covenant-breakers thirty-three years ago, and who
sees it now, will recognize how it is again honored.
is the outward meaning of these verses of Revelation; but they have
another explanation and a symbolic sense, which is as follows: this
temple of God, the Covenant of God, is divided into two parts, the
Holy of Holies and the Sanctuary or Holy Place. One is the fundamental
basis which comprises all spiritual things—that is to say,
it refers to the spirit and the divine force; this does not change
nor alter: it is the Holy of Holies, which is the essence of the
Covenant of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muhammad, the Bab,
and Baha'u'llah, and which lasts, and is established, in all the
prophetic cycles. We cannot truly understand this essence, but we
recognize it as Divine Guidance. It will never be abrogated, for
it is spiritual and not material truth; it means infallibility.
The successors to the Manifestation are inwardly in this spiritual
divine force, this eternal Covenant, will never be abolished; nay,
it will last and remain established for ever and ever. This spirit
will be renewed in each of the different cycles; for at the end
of every cycle the spiritual Covenant of God—that is to say,
the spirit—disappears from amongst those people where it once
dwelt, and only the form subsists among them.
among the "Hands," at the end of the ministry of Shoghi
Effendi, which coincides with the coming of the promised Defender,
the reality of the Covenant of God disappeared from their midst,
only a form without spirit remaining. The Holy of Holies departed
from among them, but the outer court of the Covenant—which
is the expression used for the body of believers, the administration—fell
into their hands. In the same way, the fundamental principles of
the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, which are the greatest virtues of humanity,
have disappeared; and only a lifeless and imperfect form has remained
in the hands of the clergy, the "Hands."
foundation of the Covenant of God, which is spiritual and which
brings the virtues of humanity, cannot be abrogated; it is irremovable
and eternal, and is renewed in the cycle of every Prophet.
other part of the Temple, the Holy Place, the Sanctuary, refers
to the material world, this comprises the individuality of the successor,
that is, the actual person—this part of the Covenant of God,
which refers to the outward form, changes in accordance with the
for instance the first successor of Baha'u'llah was 'Abdu'l-Baha.
Then it was Shoghi Effendi, and afterwards it was to be Shoghi Effendi's
son and successor, who is the International Baha'i Council, which
would pass through four different forms or stages to finally evolve
into the Universal House of Justice, which itself will be composed
of different individual members over the passing of time.
what is meant by the term Holy of Holies is the spirit of the Covenant
which will never be modified, altered or abrogated, it is divine
guidance and the protection of God; the Sanctuary means the earthly,
or material aspect of the Covenant, the successor to Baha'u'llah,
the person having the divine guidance. The courtyard means the administration
and the believers and the City is the Covenant itself. And this
Covenant, which is described as the Holy City, was to be trodden
under foot for three and a half years.
3: "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they
shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three-score days, clothed
two witnesses  are the Kitab-i-Ahd,
the tablet of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, and the tablet of the
Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha. That is, these two
tablets comprise the book of the Covenant. The
meaning of "a witness" is one by whose testimony things
may be verified. The Covenant is the testimony
 by which the identity of the leader
of the Faith is verified, and thus the Covenant,
which has two texts, is the witness. It is
by the testimony of this Covenant that the presence
of God on earth may be verified. Thus the purpose of these two tablets
is to bear witness or testimony to the presence of God in the temple
the meaning of a witness is one who is martyred, one who is in the
station of sacrifice. The tabernacle of Moses was called the Tent
of Witness, but it was also called the Tent of Martyrdom. The two
witnesses are symbolized by two cherubim of glory looming above
the Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle.
Hebrew word for witness and testimony is 'ed, pronounced "ayd",
the equivalent of this in Arabic is the word 'ahd, as in Kitab-i-Ahd.
Thus the Covenant is the testimony and witness.
This is where Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha put their testimony of
who was the successor after them, where the friends could find the
presence of God.
commands of these two witnesses would be performed for a period
of 1260 Baha'i months. This means that the Covenant would have effect
for a period of sixty-five and a half years before the "Hands"
would do away with it. Sixty-five and a half years from the passing
of Baha'u'llah on May 29th, 1892, when Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i-Ahd
went into effect, brings us to December 13th of 1957. It was at
this time the National Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'i World
began proclaiming allegiance to the Custodian "Hands"
ending their allegiance to the Covenant and consolidating
the usurpation of the "Hands." The Bible says you cannot
serve both God and mammon (man). The NSAs decided to serve mammon
and not God, when they decided to follow the "Hands."
The Custodian "Hands" were elected
by the rest of the "Hands" as the successor to Shoghi
Effendi. This was to replace the successor Shoghi Effendi himself
had appointed, which was his SON,
the first International Baha'i Council (IBC), which was the Universal
House of Justice in embryo. The 1260
months brings us to the time when these Custodians first began to
take command of the Baha'i faith.
meaning is that the Plan of the "Hands" is now in effect
over the Baha'i faith, and the Plan of God has been supplanted,
and no longer has any effect over these people. The effect of the
Covenant is that it bestows life on the body of believers. When
the Covenant ceases to have effect over the body, this life is withdrawn,
the spirit disappears, and only the form subsists. The form that
subsists is the body of believers and the administration and also
that the "Hands" did not do away with Shoghi Effendi's
IBC entirely; they kept it around, but prevented it from coming
to life, and being born into the world of activity. They prevented
it from taking command of the Baha'i faith as the real successor,
who is the son of Shoghi Effendi. Thus in their hands, the IBC was
an empty husk without spirit.
Kitab-i-Ahd was the root, and the Will and Testament
the branch, like Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha. It is said they "are
clothed in sackcloth":
this Day, every believer who discovered the fragrance of the
garment, and turned with a pure heart unto the Most High Horizon,
is indeed recorded in the Crimson Tablet as of the people of
Baha. (Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Ahd)
meaning of "sackcloth" is that they, apparently, were
to be clothed in old raiment, not in new raiment; this is because
the Covenant is the same Covenant of the past which has been around
for thousands of years, but the peoples of other religions did not
know its meaning:
Covenant is the Ancient Covenant…. It
is the Testament and the Covenant and it is mentioned in all
the tablets and in all the early Books and in the later tablets...
and in brief, it is the sum of all the sacred writings, ancient
the Baha'is did not comprehend the Covenant, or its importance,
or its power. So, in other words, in the beginning, the Covenant
would possess no splendor in the eyes of the people, nor would the
Cause appear new.
sackcloth was a garment worn as a sign of grief; thus it is associated
with mourning for the dead. The Covenant takes effect only at the
death of the one who made it. Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha's deaths
were received with much grieving and mourning on the part of the
friends. Thus outwardly these texts of the Covenant are clothed
in sackcloth, the garment of mourning. Again, the Covenant is described
as being clothed in sackcloth in the book of Ezekiel where it refers
to the Will and Testament as a book on which are written
words of lamentation and mourning and woe.
4: "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks
standing before the God of the earth."
two are likened to olive trees because at one time all lamps were
lighted by olive oil. Also because the olive branch is a symbol
of the descendants of David in the kingly line seated on the throne
of King David, and both Baha'u'llah, Who penned the Kitab-i-Ahd,
and 'Abdu'l-Baha who penned the Will and Testament, were
descended from this line of kings seated on the throne of David.
meaning is two books from which 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 two illumined tablets
lamp of the Covenant is the light of the world, and the words
traced by the Pen of the Most High a limitless ocean."
"The power of the Covenant is as the heat of the sun which
quickeneth and promoteth the development of all created things
on earth." ('Abdu'l-Baha, as quoted by Shoghi Effendi,
God Passes By, pp. 238-239)
it be possible that after the dawning of the day-star [sun]
of Thy Testament above the horizon of Thy Most Great Tablet,
the feet of any one shall slip in Thy Straight Path?" (Baha'u'llah,
as quoted by Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 250)
to outward seeming the Sun of the Covenant has hidden Himself
behind the clouds, and the Orb of the Testament is concealed,
and on the holy horizon of glory, He has now set, and is lost
to view—still His rays are shining from out His hidden
place, and forever will His light shed down its splendours."
(Shoghi Effendi, Bahiyyih Khanum, p. 140-141)
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 peoples of the entire world. Because
of the Covenant, the Baha'is were educated in such a way that in
those days they reached the highest degree of civilization, and
their fame and renown became worldwide. 'Abdu'l-Baha said, "The
light of the Covenant, in like manner, is the educator of the minds,
the spirits, the hearts and souls of men."
before God, means also that these 2 are the bystanders, that is,
the witnesses to the presence of God. That is, these 2 tablets of
witness testify of the presence of God on earth in the persons of
the successors to Baha'u'llah.
5: "And if any man would hurt them, fire proceedeth out of
their mouth, and devoureth their enemies."
is to say, that no one would be able to withstand the Covenant—that
if a person wished to belittle its teachings and law, he would be
surrounded and exterminated by this same law which proceedeth out
of the mouth of the Covenant; meaning that those appointed in the
Covenant have the authority to expel Covenant-breakers from the
fire is further explained in the Baha'i scriptures:
is the fire which, in one and the same moment, kindleth the
flame of love in the breasts of the faithful, and induceth the
chill of heedlessness in the heart of the enemy."
so everyone who attempted to injure, to antagonize and to hate the
Covenant would be destroyed by a command which would come out of
their mouth. And thus it happened: all the Covenant-breakers were
vanquished, put to flight and annihilated.
6: "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in
the days of their prophecy,"
that during this time the Covenant itself would be the supreme commander.
The law and teachings of the Kitab-i-Ahd, and the explanations
and commentaries of the Will and Testament, are a heavenly
bounty; if the ones appointed in this Covenant 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.
it is said:
6: "They have power over water to turn it to blood,"
the days of Moses it is said that He turned the Nile to blood. The
mission of the Kitab-i-Ahd is likened to that of Moses
leading the people to the promised land; and the power of the Will
and Testament to that of Joshua crossing the Jordan, and actually
taking them into that land. That is, the Kitab-i-Ahd appointed
'Abdu'l-Baha who, with his explanations in the Will and Testament,
leads them toward the promised land, and the Will and Testament
appointed Shoghi Effendi who would have taken them into that promised
land but the people chose not to follow him. When
the people refuse this guidance it means their death. So, if they
wished, they could turn water into blood, also means that, for those
who deny the Covenant, that which was the cause of their life becomes
the cause of their death. The Covenant is the source of life.
"Hands" were provided for in the Will and Testament,
but it was this Will and Testament that they turned away
from—that is to say, that which was the cause of their life,
through their ignorance and pride, became the cause of their death.
So the power of the "Hands," which was to bring the message
of Shoghi Effendi to the Baha'is, and which was like a life-line
for the Baha'is, became, because of the "Hands" opposition,
denial and pride, the cause of the death, destruction, dispersion,
degradation and poverty of the Baha'is.
said these two witnesses have power to destroy the nations, meaning
that the National Spiritual Assemblies were spiritually destroyed
by declaring loyalty to the "Hands." The real power of
this Covenant was to convert the man-made governments of the nations
to the World Order of Baha'u'llah. Thus Shoghi Effendi's plan, the
constitution of the UHJ, was to take his appointed IBC to the stage
of an actual legal, officially recognized court, that is, an actual
governmental body, having a sovereignty, and not just a solely religious
body such as the ineffectual church councils of Christian religions.
The "Hands" did away with this plan for the Kingdom of
God on Earth. Because of this the nations of the earth will be destroyed
in the catastrophe.
it is said:
6: "And smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they
that the Covenant also would have the power and the material force
necessary to educate  the wicked and
those who are oppressors and tyrants; for to this Covenant God granted
both outward and inward power that it might educate and correct
the ferocious, bloodthirsty, tyrannical Nations who were like beasts
These plagues are also the plagues described in the Book of Revelation,
which come to the people because of the violation of the Covenant.
That is the force of the Covenant is such that when the people attack
it great harm comes upon them. Sometimes this harm is so great others
are swept into it.
7: "And when they shall have finished their testimony"
when the commandments of the Covenant have been performed, and the
institutions have been set up and the divine message is delivered,
the Law of God promoted, and the heavenly teachings propagated,
to the extent 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, and complete development should be brought about
among the Baha'is.
is the whole purpose of this Covenant—to bring about the establishment
of the Kingdom of God on Earth. The initial accomplishment of these
things took place in the days of Shoghi Effendi. He set up all the
institutions provided in the Will and Testament, and the
message was being delivered all around the earth in his ten-year
world spiritual crusade. So the entire Baha'i world was poised to
enter into the promised land.
7: "The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall
war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them"
that the "Hands"—who attacked the Covenant from
the pit of error, and who rose against the Kitab-i-Ahd,
and against the reality of the Will and Testament, in other
words, the love of God—would create a beast, and this beast
was their replacement for Shoghi Effendi's son. This beast
was the 9 Custodian "Hands" that the full body of "Hands"
elected to run the Faith.
is said, "The beast made war against these two witnesses",
that is to say, a spiritual war, meaning that the beast, the Custodian
"Hands," would act in entire opposition to the teachings,
customs and institutions of the Covenant, to such an extent that
the virtues and perfections which were diffused by the power of
the Covenant among the peoples and tribes would be entirely dispelled,
and the animal nature and carnal desires would conquer. Therefore,
this beast, making war against the Covenant, would seem to gain
the victory—meaning, that the darkness of error coming from
this beast was to have temporary ascendancy over the horizons of
the world, and kill the two witnesses—in other words, that
it would destroy the spiritual life which the Covenant spread abroad
in the midst of the nations, and entirely remove the divine laws
and teachings, treading under foot the Plan of God. Nothing would
thereafter remain but a lifeless body without spirit.
was all because the "Hands" had decided that, since Shoghi
Effendi had left no will  and no genetic
son, the passage in the Will and Testament, "after
him will succeed the first-born of his lineal descendants",
was left unfulfilled. Their concept is that the Covenant was changed
by God Himself, and therefore they were free to institute whatever
plan they found suitable for the future progress of the Faith. But
this behavior towards God's Covenant—His testimony—has
been exposed in Baha'i scriptures.
of religion, in every age, have hindered their people from attaining
the shores of eternal salvation, inasmuch as they held the reins
of authority in their mighty grasp. Some for the lust of leadership,
others through want of knowledge and understanding, have been
the cause of the deprivation of the people. By their sanction
and authority, every Prophet of God hath drunk from the chalice
of sacrifice, and winged His flight unto the heights of glory.
What unspeakable cruelties they that have occupied the seats
of authority and learning have inflicted upon the true Monarchs
of the world, those Gems of divine virtue! Content with a transitory
dominion, they have deprived themselves of an everlasting sovereignty.
Thus, their eyes beheld not the light of the countenance of
the Well-Beloved, nor did their ears hearken unto the sweet
melodies of the Bird of Desire. For this reason, in all sacred
books mention hath been made of the divines of every age. Thus
He saith: 'O people of the Book! Why disbelieve the signs of
God to which ye yourselves have been witnesses?' And
also He saith: 'O people of the Book! Why clothe ye the truth
with falsehood? Why wittingly hide the truth?' Again, He saith:
'Say, O people of the Book! Why repel believers from the way
is evident that by the 'people of the Book,' who have repelled
their fellow-men from the straight path of God, is meant none
other than the divines of that age, whose names and character
have been revealed in the sacred books, and alluded to in the
verses and traditions recorded therein, were you to observe
with the eye of God." (Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan,
8: "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."
that just as Jesus was crucified, Shoghi Effendi's plan was crucified.
This plan was to be the fulfillment of Jesus' Covenant. Their "bodies"
means the teachings of the ones appointed in the Covenant. These
successors are the hollowed out reed, their teachings are the Plan
of God, the Will of God Himself. From this hollowed out reed we
get the leadership, instructions, guidance, training, directives,
explanations, the law and command of God Himself. That is, the direction
they give, the course they chart, their heading, their objective,
goal, and intention, their entire purpose and mission is to lead
the people to the promised land, and take them into the New Jerusalem,
the Holy City, that they might abide there forevermore.
from the explanations of 'Abdu'l-Baha, and the instructions of Shoghi
Effendi, the people don't have the correct understanding of God's
Will, the Baha'i Covenant. So "their dead bodies" means
the Plan of God was taken away from the people, (and taken out of
the Baha'i administration) who remained like a dead body without
spirit. This is because there is no spirituality without the Covenant,
the people may have access to the Baha'i scriptures, but without
the Covenant they will not receive the true meaning and thus the
spirit of the believers is cut off. 'Abdu'l-Baha said,
Covenant of God in this day of manifestation is a lifeboat and
ark of salvation. All true followers of the Blessed Perfection
are sheltered and protected in this ark. Whoever leaves it,
trusting in his own will and strength, will drown and be destroyed."
('Abdu'l-Baha, Ten Days in the Light of Acca, p. 48)
ocean is the Baha'i Revelation, the people cannot cast themselves
out of the Covenant and into this ocean and expect to survive, they
cannot transmute the waters of that ocean into the breaths of life.
"street" means in public view, or out in the street, meaning
in the courtyard—the public area. It was in the courtyard
that the plan was killed off when the "Hands" got control
of Shoghi Effendi's 10-year Plan, because in getting control of
that they got control of the Constitution for the Universal House
of Justice (UHJ). Shoghi Effendi placed the Hands in charge of the
10-year Plan, and so this was very easy for them to pull off.
the body of the IBC was kept in public view, meaning that the "Hands"
kept mentioning it in certain messages, outwardly pretending to
be proceeding with Shoghi Effendi's planned development of this
IBC, but the spirit of this had already departed because they had
secretly thrown out the Covenant.
place "where also our Lord was crucified," was Jerusalem.
God's Plan, or Covenant for the Kingdom of God on Earth is the Holy
City, New Jerusalem; the temple of this city is the successors to
Baha'u'llah. And the meaning of "Sodom and Egypt," is
that when the "Hands" threw away this city of the Covenant,
God's Plan for the Kingdom of God on Earth, the New Jerusalem, they
replaced it with Sodom and Egypt. Sodom means the body of the Custodian
"Hands," and Egypt is the next body they created afterwards.
This was a body elected in 1961, and the "Hands" named
it after Shoghi Effendi's IBC, and so outwardly it was the same
entity as Shoghi Effendi's IBC but the resemblance was in name only.
So there were two dead bodies lying in the street. The "Hands"
took dominion over the Covenant; and it was at this time that the
Plan of God and the divine teachings first disappeared, and a body
without spirit remained.
9: "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."
it was before explained, in the terminology of the Holy Books three
days and a half signify three years and a half. The meaning is that
for about three and a half years the nations, tribes, and peoples
would look at their bodies—that is to say, that they would
make a spectacle of the Plan of God: though they would not act in
accordance with it, still, they would not suffer their bodies—meaning
the Plan of God—to be put in the grave. That is to say, that
in appearance they would cling to the Plan 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. This
was because the "Hands," after they took over the Faith
in November of 1957, professed over and over that their intention
was only to carry out the instructions of the beloved Guardian,
Shoghi Effendi, and promised that they would do so, and the Custodian
"Hands" continued this. However, in November of 1959 the
"Hands" decided not to carry out the instructions of Shoghi
Effendi after all, and altered the Plan of the evolvement of Shoghi
Effendi's IBC into God's UHJ. The "Hands" killed off this
plan for the body, but they continued with their own plans for the
evolvement of an IBC into a UHJ, as if the plan of the IBC was still
in existence when actually the plan was already dead from their
outwardly in appearance they were continuing with the Plan for Shoghi
Effendi's IBC to evolve into God's UHJ by outwardly preserving its
name and remembrance, but in reality they had abandoned the Plan
of God for another plan of their own. These dead bodies—the
Custodian "Hands" and the defunct "IBC"—like
a corpse, have been exposed to public view for three and a half
days, each day being counted as a year, and this period is the time
from November of 1959 when the "Hands" threw out Shoghi
Effendi's instructions for once and for all, until April of 1963
when the Promised One was to come forth. (See Revelation,
chapter 12 verse 6)
"peoples, kindreds, tongues and nations" signify those
who are gathered under the shadow of the Baha'i faith, because at
this time the Baha'i faith had spread to almost every nation (except
the Soviet Union), people and tongue, to all tribes of the earth.
These millions now going by the name of Baha'i were actually in
allegiance to these "Hands" and not in allegiance to the
Covenant. So they were 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 Plan of God, which are faith and belief, with the knowledge
of divine mysteries, have disappeared; the light of the virtues
of the world of humanity, 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.
people forfeited all that these two witnesses had established, which
was the foundation of the Covenant of God, and destroyed the virtues
of the world of humanity, which are the divine gifts and the spirit
of this Covenant, 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 has only grown worse for them. It was
as if these two witnesses were dead, and two bodies were remaining
Verse 10: "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."
who dwelt upon the earth" means the other religions, such as
the religions of Christianity and Islam, who, when they saw that
the character of the Baha'i faith was entirely changed—the
Covenant of God forsaken, the Davidic lineage discarded and the
Executive Branch abolished (W&T, p.15), that the 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 Baha, that they had become infected
with the spiritual disease of Covenant-breaking, which is spiritual
leprosy, and that they would in consequence be overcome by other
religions. So this thing has come to pass. Witness this people,
which had attained the summit of power, how degraded and downtrodden
it is now.
other religions "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, the two witnesses
overcame the other religions of the world and conquered them, meaning
that the other religions were jealous because the Baha'i faith was
unique, in that it was the first world religion to have a clearly
authorized Covenant written by the Pen of Its Founder. This Baha'i
Covenant over spread the earth, and through its power masses of
the followers of other religions converted to the Baha'i faith.
But after Shoghi Effendi's death in 1957, Time Magazine (which is
owned by the Catholics), published an article showing that there
was a lot of secrecy over the successorship of the Baha'i faith,
that different ones were arguing over the successorship, that the
"Hands" were now running the Faith, and that this was
not in accordance with what had previously been expected from the
instructions in the Covenant, which was public knowledge even amongst
non-Baha'is. So now the leaders of these religions rejoiced, claiming
that the Baha'is were not any less corrupt than the rest, because
it was apparent to everyone that there was some tricky business
(hanky-panky) going on with this matter of the "Hands"
becoming the leader of the Baha'i faith.
11: "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."
days and a half, as we before explained, is three and a half years.
It is not the dead bodies that the "Hands" created which
are to resurrect, but the 2 witnesses that are to resurrect in new
bodies. In the resurrection, the bodies that died before do not
resurrect, no these have rotted and decomposed and gone back into
the earth, so the "Hands" body of the Custodians and IBC
went on to rot as a headless body, a man-made government having
the label of the Universal House of Justice, but in reality only
a headless beast (monster—a body without a head).
in another place in the world the two witnesses were being resurrected.
This resurrection was the same light returning in a different lamp,
that is, the light returns to a new body. Those two witnesses are
the Covenant and the Institutions that the Kitab-i-Ahd
established, and the Will and Testament further explained
and delineated, from which, however, the reality had departed, and
only a mutilated form remained. The spirit came again into them
means that those foundations and teachings were again established.
In other words, the "Hands" changed the spirituality of
the Plan of God 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 three and a half years,
these divine teachings, heavenly virtues, perfections and spiritual
bounties were again renewed by the appearance of the Promised
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 Covenants again became living, and illumined the world
with the light of truth.
12: "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto
them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven,"
ascension is depicted in the following quotes:
they foreshadow, as the sum and summit of all, the 'hoisting
of the standard of God among all nations'...." (Shoghi
Effendi, God Passes By, p. 316)
not if this Branch be severed from this material world and cast
aside its leaves; nay, the leaves thereof shall flourish, for
this Branch will grow after it is cut off from this world below,
it shall reach the loftiest pinnacles of glory, and it shall
bear such fruits as will perfume the world with their fragrance."
(Shoghi Effendi, quoting 'Abdu'l-Baha, World Order of Baha'u'llah,
Covenant is referred to as the "Standard," and here 'Abdu'l-Baha
says it is the Branch.
of the great events which is to occur in the Day of the manifestation
of that Incomparable Branch is the hoisting of the Standard
of God among all nations. By this is meant that all nations
and kindreds will be gathered together under the shadow of this
Divine Banner, which is no other than the Lordly Branch itself,
and will become a single nation...the One Standard...is the
Divine Branch...in this cycle of the Lord of Hosts all the nations
and peoples will enter under the shadow of this Flag."
('Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 65)
the branch of command hath sprung forth from this root which
God hath firmly planted in the ground of the will, the limb
of which has been elevated to a station which encompasses all
existence." (Baha'u'llah, Baha'i World Faith,
13: "And their enemies beheld them. 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: And the remnant
was affrighted and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14: "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh
There are many meanings concerning this subject of woe. This woe
is not the actual coming of the Manifestation, but in that day woe
is for the neglectful, woe is for the sinners, woe is for the ignorant.
The ignorant are those who oppose the Manifestation on His coming.
The sinners are those who break the Covenant after His ascension.
And the neglectful are those who remain unaware of His coming, and
those who profess belief but who neglect His Covenant. These three
conditions are in themselves three woes. 'Abdu'l-Baha has already
explained the woe of those in opposition to the Manifestation at
meaning of "woe is for the sinners" is the woe of Covenant-breaking
that is mentioned in the second chapter of Ezekiel, where it is
said: "And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out
to me, and, lo, a written scroll was in it; and he spread it before
me; and it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were
written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe." This
scroll is the book of the Covenant which has two texts, the Kitab-i-Ahd
and the Will and Testament. The front part is the Kitab-i-Ahd
which came first, this also is the part that is within, as it describes
it in the 5th chapter of Revelation as a "scroll written within
and on the back, sealed with seven seals." The Will and
Testament is the part written on the back as it comes after
the Kitab-i-Ahd and is sealed with seven seals. These words
of lamentation, mourning and woe found in the Will and Testament
refer to the violation of Mirza Muhammad-Ali, that is, 'Abdu'l-Baha's
description of his violation in the Will and Testament.
Baha'u'llah also used the term woe in reference
to Covenant-breaking. He said of those who would oppose 'Abdu'l-Baha,
"Woe, great woe, betide him that opposeth and injureth Thee...
the fire of hell torment him who is Thy enemy."
'Abdu'l-Baha, quoting Jesus, said, "Woe unto the world because
of offenses, for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to
that man by whom the offense cometh. Wherefore if thy hands...offend
thee, cut them off and cast them from thee…." And
in the 21st chapter and 38th verse of the Gospel of Matthew, He
says: "But when the husbandmen [stewards] saw the son, they
said among themselves, this is the heir, come let us kill him and
let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him and cast him
out of the vineyard and slew him."
This describes the violation of the "Hands," the woeful
violation of the Covenant in the Baha'i Dispensation. This
woe is mentioned in the Bible, it says of the conclave meeting of
these "Hands" when they took over the Faith, "Woe
to the rebellious children, says the Lord, who carry out a plan,
but not mine; and who make a league, but not of my spirit,…."
woe of the neglectful indicates the trials that come to the people.
For those who claim belief in the Manifestation, but neglect His
Covenant, the woe is that they fail the test and succumb to the
leaders of Covenant-breaking or fall into doubts and temptations.
Those who are neglectful and remain unaware of Baha'u'llah's coming
includes all the rest of the people on earth. These do not escape
from woe by trying to stay out of it, the issues. Woe comes to the
earth itself, because the violation on the part of those who were
in heaven, the heaven of the Baha'i faith, sets up a negative vibration
that affects even the material world.
example of this is the earthly woe that occurred with the flood
when the peoples who received the Covenant of Adam violated. They
brought great destruction on themselves, but the other peoples on
earth suffered also. Another example is that at the coming of Moses
there was a great physical catastrophe that consisted of many plagues:
the waters of the Nile were made foul and undrinkable, the plagues
of the frogs, gnats and flies, the death of the cattle, the boils
which became sores, the heavy hail, the locusts, the thick darkness
and the death of the first-born of men and cattle. Likewise, 'Abdu'l-Baha
explained that an earthquake occurred in Shiraz after the martyrdom
of the Bab, that the city was in a turmoil, many people were destroyed
and great agitation also took place through diseases, cholera, dearth,
scarcity, famine and afflictions, the like of which had never been
the 8th chapter of Revelation it says, "Woe, woe, woe to those
who dwell on the earth...," and in chapter 12 it says "woe
to earth and sea." So due to the three main violations during
the Baha'i Dispensation there are three further woes that will afflict
all the peoples of the earth after the 1st wind of destruction,
WWIII. It says in Baha'i scripture that the earth will suffer for
the woes that have been inflicted upon Baha'u'llah's Covenant, "May
the world and all that is therein be a ransom for Thy woes."
this Book of Revelation it describes the woes of violation that
occur in Islam, the Babi faith and the Baha'i faith as the bottomless
pit and the pit of error. So in chapter 9 it says the pit is opened
with smoke coming out; that there is an angel of this bottomless
pit; and, then it says, the first woe is past and two woes are still
to come. In this chapter, it makes war on the two witnesses, and
then it says the second woe is past and the third woe is soon to
come. Then in chapter 12:12 it says, "woe to earth and sea,"
meaning the next is a combination of woe to those who call themselves
Baha'is—that is, it says the beast that ascends from the bottomless
pit is, the sea—and woe to those who are on the earth—that
is, those who are of other Religions. Thus in chapter 13, it describes
a beast coming out of the sea and another coming out of the earth.
woes are what happen to those that take the wrong path. God has
set aside a great station for all of the believers. This station
is so great that to have just a peek of it would so overwhelm a
believer, so that he would commit suicide in order to obtain it,
so God keeps it veiled from us. In order to get this very Great
station, one must earn it, and pass all the tests. Those that go
against the plan of God loose this great station, and in the next
life are therefore in dispirit as they had lost everything. The
Holy Scriptures call this condition Hell. These losers in this day
are those that cling to the take-over of the Faith by the Covenant-breaking
"Hands." It is like in the days of Baha'u'llah they clung
to Mirza Yahya, and in the days of 'Abdu'l-Baha they clung to the
take over of Muhammad-Ali, also.
back to the violation of the "Hands," this in itself was
three beasts and three woes. The body of the Custodian "Hands"
is the first, the bogus "IBC" they elected in 1961 is
the second, and the so-called "UHJ" they elected in 1963
is the third. That is why it is said, "The second woe is past;
behold the third woe cometh quickly!"
the water was turned into blood, meaning that the people were in
opposition to the Covenant, but Jesus turned water not into blood
but into wine, this is the wine of the New Covenant. That is, after
all these violations of the "Hands" have occurred, Jesus
was to return in 1963, and give a new understanding of this Baha'i
Covenant. The only way to escape from the woes of this day is to
find the Covenant and remain firm and steadfast.
GIVES THE SOLUTION
15: "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."
are 4 angels holding back the four winds of destruction (Rev. 7:1).
Ali, the establisher of Muhammad's Revelation, is the 5th angel.
Quddus, the establisher of the Bab's Revelation, is the 6th angel;
and Jesus on his second coming, Leland (the land), the establisher
of Baha'u'llah's Revelation, is the 7th angel.
gave three dates for the return of Jesus: 1844 as the Bab; 1863
for the return of Christ, Baha'u'llah; and 1963 for the return of
Jesus. He is prophesied by many titles: the Lamb, the High Priest
after the Order of Melchizedec, the Knight on the white horse, the
seventh angel, Blessed is he who comes to the 1335 days (1963).
The 1335 years are from the victory of Muhammad in 628 AD 628 +
1335 = 1963 AD. These are just a few of his titles.
seventh angel blew his trumpet" means that he gives his explanations
and commentaries, dispelling the misinterpretations and false teachings
of all the religions of the world. After this the true Religion
of God, which was revealed by Baha'u'llah, will be established.
This is that Day of God when the Spiritual and Divine Kingdom will
be established and last 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."
('Abdu'l-Baha, SAQ, p. 66)
'Abdu'l-Baha says that he will arise, this means
that he will arise to combat the Great Violation of the Covenant-breaking
"Hands," and reestablish back into the Faith the Plan
of Shoghi Effendi, to have the International Baha'i Council go through
the four stages to become the Universal House of Justice, with the
descendant of 'Abdu'l-Baha's son, Mason Remey, seated as its president:
the Davidic King.
16: "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God
on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God.
Verse 17: "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."
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 Muhammad there were twelve
Imams. 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
"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."
(SAQ, p. 68)
twenty-four elders are 24 persons that are the apostles of the Lamb.
They are seated in the International Baha'i Council. Twelve (12)
of them are the gates that "the blessed enter into the City
of God" (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha,
p. 166). And twelve of them are also Apostles that are the backup,
or substitutes for the 12 gates, so that there will always be twelve
gates in session.
"twenty four elders" are persons that are the twenty-four
Apostles of Jesus the Lamb (Leland). These Apostles along with the
Guardian are the members of the second International Baha'i Council.
Twelve of them are the twelve gates. (Rev. 21:12-14)
said: "The meaning of the passage is that this heavenly
Jerusalem hath twelve gates, which the blessed enter into City
of God. These gates are souls who as guiding stars, as portals
of knowledge and grace; and within these gates there stand twelve
angels. By 'angel' is meant the power of the confirmations of
God—that the candle of God's confirming power shineth
out from the lamp-niche of those souls—meaning that every
one of those beings will be granted the most vehement confirming
support. These twelve gates surround the entire world, that
is they are a shelter for all creatures. And further, these
twelve gates are the foundation of the city
of God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and on each one of these foundations
is written the name of one of the Apostles of the spirit, Jesus."
(Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha #142,
the Lamb has 12 more Apostles, that makes twenty-four elders. They
are backups to the twelve gates.
elders "sit on their thrones," meaning that they are Apostles.
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 Muhammad there were twelve
Imams, But in this glorious manifestation there are twenty-four,
double the number of all the others, for the greatness of this
manifestation requires it." (Some Answered Questions,
18: "The nations raged, but thy wrath came,"
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. This includes the followers of the Covenant-breaking
18: "And the time of the dead, that they should be judged"
dead" refers to those who are deprived of the Spirit of God.
This is the time for them to be "judged" meaning that
they must account for their deeds and receive their just deserves.
righteous of God's people are referred to as "thy servants,
the prophets and saints and those who fear thy name." They
will be rewarded by God's endless bounty which He will shed upon
the Holy Ones, causing them to shine on the horizon of eternal honour.
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." (SAQ,
pp. 68, 69)
18: "That Thou shouldst give reward unto Thy servants the
prophets, and the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and
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." (ibid., p. 69)
destroyers of the earth" are those persons who are neglectful
of God's Will. These will destroy one third of mankind in one hour
of the oncoming thermonuclear war.
18: "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." (SAQ, p. 69)
19: "And the temple of God was opened in heaven" means
that the divine Covenant is found, and the Holy of Holies has
people had been separated from the Will of God. The "Hands"
went to look for Shoghi Effendi's Will telling the people they couldn't
find it and that there was no will, whereas Shoghi Effendi had already
given the Will of God to the people in a public cablegram 
in 1951, six years before he died. It had been that they no longer
knew what God's Will was, and this Will is symbolized by the Ark
of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies.
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 the Covenant 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 Covenant, this
is why it is called the heavenly Covenant. 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." (SAQ, p. 70)
"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. (SAQ, p. 70)
"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 Covenant
[Baha'u'llah's], the Epistle of the Covenant will be established,
and the meaning of the Testament and of the Covenant will become
evident. This is through the explanations and commentaries of the
renown of God will over spread 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, [these Covenant-breakers
are the "mainstream Baha'is"] and the faithful cherished
and glorified, for they cling to the Book of the Testament and
are firm and steadfast in the Covenant." (SAQ,
pp. 70, 71)
are those that "follow the Lamb wherever he goes" (Rev.
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 (SAQ, p. 71)
only person that is allowed in the Holy of Holies is the High Priest.
Jesus the Lamb has returned as the High Priest after the Order of
Melchizedec (Hebrews 6:20). He has gone into the Holy of Holies
and taken out of the Ark of the Covenant, the Covenant of Baha'u'llah
and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, and explained
their meanings, so that those that are following Arch Covenant-breakers—who
are Ruhiyyih Khanum and the "Hands," and are adhering
to their headless (without the Executive Branch as the head), man-made
House of Justice—so that they can come out from this dastardly
violation of the Covenant.
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 lightening, loud noises, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and
Ark of his Covenant", which is in the Holy of Holies, embodies
the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha,
in which Jesus the High Priest is the only one allowed in the Holy
of Holies. He then explains the Covenant to the World.
temple in heaven "was opened" by the explanations of Jesus
the Lamb, who promotes and protects Baha'u'llah's Covenant. This
means that the Divine Teachings and heavenly mysteries are established
things are also symbolic of what will take place in the world of
matter when the seventh angel sounds his trumpet—this book.
The "flashes of lightening" are the inter-continental
missiles which will streak across the sky. "peals of thunder"
symbolizes the exploding of the nuclear bombs. "heavy hail"
is the fallout. "the loud noises" will be the sounds of
destruction along with the groaning of the people.
Some Answered Questions, pp. 65-66. [back]
Baha'u'llah said that a time would come when the violation would
be of such an extreme that none could be found who would be faithful
to the covenant, but that this violation was not yet exposed: "O
my friends! Call ye to mind that covenant ye have entered into with
Me upon Mount Paran, situate within the hallowed precincts of Zaman.
I have taken to witness the concourse on high and the dwellers in
the city of eternity, yet now none do I find faithful unto the covenant.
Of a certainty pride and rebellion have effaced it from the hearts,
in such wise that no trace thereof remaineth. Yet knowing this,
I waited and disclosed it not…." Baha'u'llah, Persian
Hidden Words, p. 70-71. [back]
Scriptures, #962, p. 500. [back]
4 The Kitab-i-Iqan,
p. 255. [back]
The explanation of this chapter follows the text of the King James
Version, as this is what is followed in Some Answered Questions
by 'Abdu'l-Baha. [back]
The temple is measured by the Covenant. The Covenant is the measuring-line
mentioned in the Bible. For instance most of the book of Ezekiel
describes the temple being measured with this line. In the book
of Zechariah it says: "I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion;
my house shall be built in it… and the measuring line shall
be stretched out over Jerusalem.... I will be to her a wall of fire
round about, says the Lord, and I will be the glory within her....
And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day,..."
Zechariah 1:16; 2:5, 11; 4:9-10.
The Covenant is called the firm cord in
Baha'i Scripture: "Extolled by the writer of the Apocalypse
as 'the Ark of His (God) Testament;'... glorified by Him, in other
passages of His writings, as the 'Ark of Salvation' and as 'the
Cord stretched betwixt the earth and the Abha Kingdom,' this Covenant
has been bequeathed to posterity in a Will and Testament..."
Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 239. [back]
'Abdu'l-Baha, Star of the West, Book 5, Vol. 8, #16, p.
These changes do not mean that God has changed His mind. God always
fulfills His Covenant and we must never accept that God makes a
promise only to break it. So in the Kitab-i-Ahd the material
form of the second individual successor was changed from the identity
of Mirza Muhammad-Ali to that of Shoghi Effendi, but the pattern
remained exactly the same, there were two individual persons to
succeed Baha'u'llah. This is how God fulfilled His Covenant; He
didn't change His mind. His Covenant wasn't abrogated, but this
was His plan from the beginning, that Shoghi Effendi would succeed
"Concerning the criterion of justness when proving some matter
dependent on the testimony of two just witnesses." Baha'u'llah,
Kitab-i-Aqdas: Questions and Answers #79, p. 128. [back]
"To this same Covenant He has in His writings referred as the
'Conclusive Testimony,' ...the 'Irrefutable Testament,' 'the all-mighty
Covenant, the like of which the sacred Dispensations of the past
have never witnessed...'" Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By,
"Is it not enough for them that
We have sent down unto Thee the Book?" "This is the testimony
which He, Himself, hath ordained; greater proof than this there
is none, nor ever will be". Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan,
"Inasmuch as Muhammad hath confined
His testimonies to His Book and to His Family, and whereas the latter
hath passed away, there remaineth His Book only as His one testimony
amongst the people." Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan,
p. 202. [back]
"...the light of God's Covenant is kindled and comes from the
presence of God..." 'Abdu'l-Baha, Star of the West,
Book 5, Vol. 8, #16, p. 215. [back]
Hebrews 9:5 [back]
A non-biological son, who was his direct descendant. [back]
It was to go through four stages: infant, child, teenager and then
blossom into an adult. The Covenant-breaking "Hands" did
away with God's plan for a plan of their own. They went directly
from embryo to the adult stage—without the head (the Davidic
King) that Shoghi Effendi placed as the president—creating
for themselves a headless UHJ, A MONSTER. [back]
'Abdu'l-Baha, Star of the West, Volume 8, #16, p. 213-14.
'Abdu'l-Baha, as quoted by Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By,
p. 238-239. [back]
Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 205 [back]
'Abdu'l-Baha said, "The testament of Baha'u'llah is a Rain
of Goodness, a Sun of Truth, Water of Life, the Holy Spirit.
Thus open your hearts to receive the full power of His Beauty, and
I will pray for you all that this joy may be yours." Paris
Talks, p. 172. [back]
'Abdu'l-Baha said, "He hath… breathed into the hearts
of those who stand firm in the Covenant and Testament the breath
of everlasting life." Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha,
p. 238. [back]
"The light of the Covenant, in like manner, is the educator
of the minds, the spirits, the hearts and souls of men." 'Abdu'l-Baha,
as quoted by Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 238-239.
Shoghi Effendi was not to appoint his successor in a will, but during
his lifetime, (W&T, p. 12), which he did, when in 1951
he set up the first International Baha'i Council. This was his son,
that Shoghi Effendi indicated that the entire Baha'i world was to
turn to upon his passing. Shoghi Effendi said that the constitution
of this International Baha'i Council would endure for a half a million
years, so where do these Covenant-breakers (Ruhiyyih Khanum and
the Covenant-breaking "Hands") get off at, by doing away
with it! [back]
Koran 3:70, 71, 99 [back]
Quoted by Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 243. [back]
Baha'i World Faith, pp. 431-432. [back]
Isaiah 30:1 [back]
"Ponder in your hearts that which He hath foretold in His Tablet
of the Divine Vision that hath been spread throughout the world.
Therein He saith: 'Thereupon she wailed and exclaimed': 'May the
world and all that is therein be a ransom for Thy woes. O Sovereign
of heaven and earth!' Reflect upon these most exalted words, and
comprehend the purpose of this hidden and sacred mystery."
'Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha,
p. 17. [back]
i.e., His most complete manifestation. [back]
"Proclaim National Assemblies of East and West weighty epoch-making
decision of formation of first International Baha'i Council, forerunner
of supreme administrative institution destined to emerge in fullness
of time within precincts beneath shadow of World Spiritual Center
of Faith... further functions in course of evolution of this first
embryonic International Institution, marking its development into
officially recognized Baha'i Court, its transformation into duly
elected body, its efflorescence into Universal House of Justice...
Hail with thankful, joyous heart at long last the constitution of
International Council...." Shoghi Effendi, Cablegram, January
9, 1951, Messages to the Baha'i World, pp. 7-8. [back]
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