Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Because The Baha'i Faith Fulfills Bible Prophecies

Open the doors of your hearts. He Who is the Spirit [Jesus Christ] verily standeth before them.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablet to the Christians)

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I was raised Catholic.  While I was deeply attracted to the beauty and efficacy of the Baha'i Teachings, I needed to know that it was related to the God I knew from my upbringing.

Among the many explanations of Baha'u'llah's fulfilment of Bible prophecy are these:

The Baha'i Faith fulfills the date prophecies in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.  He also fulfills prophecies in the Book of Isaiah

The Baha'i explanation of the Return of Christ promised in the Gospels is unparalleled, and Baha'u'llah explains that He is the Return of Christ here and here.  An entire book is dedicated to compiling Baha'u'llah's Proclamation to the world's religious and worldly leaders.

Baha'u'llah, whose name means "The Glory of God" or "The Splendor of God" fulfills Isaiah's promise that He will come to Mount Carmel.  Baha'u'llah quotes the verse from the Book of Isaiah:

Isaiah saith: "The Lord alone shall be exalted in that Day." Concerning the greatness of the Revelation He saith: "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty." And in another connection He saith: "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the splendor of our God."
     These passages stand in need of no commentary. They are shining and manifest as the sun, and glowing and luminous as light itself. Every fair-minded person is led, by the fragrance of these words, unto the garden of understanding, and attaineth unto that from which most men are veiled and debarred. Say: Fear God, O people, and follow not the doubts of such as shout aloud, who have broken the Covenant of God and His Testament, and denied His mercy that hath preceded all that are in the heavens and all that are on earth."

Baha'u'llah wrote:

O kings of Christendom! Heard ye not the saying of Jesus, the Spirit of God, "I go away, and come again unto you"?  Wherefore, then, did ye fail, when He did come again unto you in the clouds of heaven, to draw nigh unto Him, that ye might behold His face, and be of them that attained His Presence? In another passage He saith: "When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth."  And yet behold how, when He did bring the truth, ye refused to turn your faces towards Him, and persisted in disporting yourselves with your pastimes and fancies. Ye welcomed Him not, neither did ye seek His Presence, that ye might hear the verses of God from His own mouth, and partake of the manifold wisdom of the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.(Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

Baha'u'llah addressed Pope Pius IX in these words:

O Pope! Rend the veils asunder. He Who is the Lord of Lords is come overshadowed with clouds, and the decree hath been fulfilled by God, the Almighty, the Unrestrained. Dispel the mists through the power of thy Lord, and ascend unto the Kingdom of His names and attributes. Thus hath the Pen of the Most High commanded thee at the behest of thy Lord, the Almighty, the All-Compelling. He, verily, hath again come down from Heaven even as He came down from it the first time. Beware that thou dispute not with Him even as the Pharisees disputed with Him without a clear token or proof. On His right hand flow the living waters of grace, and on His left the choice Wine of justice, whilst before Him march the angels of Paradise, bearing the banners of His signs. Beware lest any name debar thee from God, the Creator of earth and heaven. Leave thou the world behind thee, and turn towards thy Lord, through Whom the whole earth hath been illumined.
     We have adorned the Kingdom with the ornament of Our name, the All-Glorious.

(Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts)

Here, Baha'u'llah refers to Christ's promise in Revelation 3:12 that He will return with a "new name."  In that verse, Jesus links His own new name to the City of God, the "New Jerusalem" that comes down out of heaven from God.  In Revelation 21:10-11, John sees that Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, "having the glory of God."  "The Glory of God" is Baha'u'llah's name--Baha'u'llah is Arabic for "The Glory of God" or "The Splendor of God."

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