OVER THE WALL OF OPPRESSION
PART I, CHAPTER ONE
By Dr. Leland Jensen
OVER THE WALL
"This 'oppression' is the essential feature of every Revelation." Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Iqan
Once upon a time not so long ago, a group of people went against Shoghi Effendi in a very offensive way. This was for their own aggrandizement and empowerment. To go against Shoghi Effendi is strictly forbidden by God, as written by 'Abdu'l-Baha in the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha on page 11. To disobey him [Shoghi Effendi] is to disobey God.
Whoso rebelleth against him [Shoghi Effendi] …hath rebelled against God; whoso opposeth him [Shoghi Effendi] hath opposed God… whoso disputeth with him [Shoghi Effendi] hath disputed with God; whoso denieth him [Shoghi Effendi] hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him [Shoghi Effendi] hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him hath in truth deviated, separated himself and turned aside from God. May the wrath, the fierce indignation, the vengeance of God rest upon him! The mighty stronghold shall remain impregnable and safe through obedience to him [Shoghi Effendi] who is the Guardian of the Cause of God. It is incumbent upon the members of the House of Justice, upon all the Aghsan, the Afnan, the Hands of the Cause of God to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the Guardian of the Cause of God [Shoghi Effendi], to turn unto him [Shoghi Effendi] and be lowly before him [Shoghi Effendi]. He that opposeth him [Shoghi Effendi] hath opposed the True One, will make a breach [a division or split] in the Cause of God, will subvert His word and will become a manifestation of the Center of Sedition. (3)
Shoghi Effendi, not having a biological son to succeed him, set up a successorship in a council in embryonic form, which everyone was to turn to upon his passing. This council was an embryonic Universal House of Justice, called the first International Baha'i Council. It consisted of two parts, the executive head, and the legislative body, which conforms with 'Abdu'l-Baha’s Will and Testament, the charter (4) for the World Order of Baha'u'llah. Anything else is not Baha'u'llah’s Universal House of Justice. Shoghi Effendi placed 'Abdu'l-Baha’s adopted son to be its president, setting up the executive branch. Shoghi Effendi, also forming the body, appointed all nine of its members. This council was to go through four stages to become the Universal House of Justice. It was to become a world court on Mount Carmel in 1963. Later, its body (not the head) was to be elected to form the International Tribunal that was to bring peace to the world. Then it would effloresce into the Universal House of Justice.
Shoghi Effendi knew he could not set up a Universal House of Justice during his lifetime, as according to the Will and Testament, it is to be elected by the believers of all nations. 'Abdu'l-Baha, during his lifetime, contemplated setting up the Universal House of Justice, as it was becoming possible then, as in Russia there was a large Baha'i community. In fact, the first Baha'i temple was built in Iscabad, Russia. However, after the passing of 'Abdu'l-Baha in 1921, Russia became communist and atheistic. All religions were banned. The Baha'i temple was confiscated and taken over by the government. The temple was then secularized by being turned into a library or museum, and later it was destroyed altogether. It was thus impossible for Shoghi Effendi to set up a Universal House of Justice in accordance with the provisions of the Will and Testament, which is the charter for the Universal House of Justice, as there were no longer any active Baha'is, nor a Baha'i administration, in Russia. Therefore, no one could set up a Universal House of Justice according to the provisions of 'Abdu'l-Baha’s Will and Testament prior to the fall of communism in Russia.
And now, concerning the House of Justice which God hath ordained as the source of all good and freed from all error, it must be elected by universal suffrage, that is, by the believers. Its members must be manifestations of the fear of God and daysprings of knowledge and understanding, must be steadfast in God’s faith and the well-wishers of all mankind. By this House is meant the Universal House of Justice, that is, in all countries a secondary House of Justice must be instituted, and these secondary Houses of Justice must elect the members of the Universal one. (5)
Hands of the Cause of God in 1960 after the passing of Shoghi Effendi.
No place in Baha'i scriptures or in any of Shoghi Effendi’s writings or discourses are the “Hands” designated to be Shoghi Effendi’s successor or to take over after his passing. In fact, the “Hands” ceased to be Hands with the last breath of Shoghi Effendi. They are to function only under the direction of a living guardian, that is, under the direction of Shoghi Effendi. They claimed the authority, saying it was they who were to carry out Shoghi Effendi’s plan. Then the defunct “Hands” went against Shoghi Effendi. They took over and prevented the Baha'is from turning to Shoghi Effendi’s successor, the first International Baha'i Council. They then set up an administration of their own that is strange to the Baha'i faith, going against each and every one of Shoghi Effendi’s writings for the establishment of the Universal House of Justice. Not one thing was spared. It was a complete violation of everything Shoghi Effendi stood for.
The first thing they did was bypass the first International Baha'i Council, the successor to Shoghi Effendi, and scrap the executive branch, which is an integral part of the Universal House of Justice. There are two parts to the Universal House of Justice, the executive head and the legislative body.
The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative, 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. (6)
The executive is the “sacred head and the distinguished member for life of that body.” (7)
Now the members of the House of Justice have not, individually, essential sinlessness [infallibility]; but the body [of which the head is part] of the House of Justice is under the protection of God: this is called conferred infallibility. (8)
Without these two parts, the executive and legislative, there could be no infallibility, and without infallibility there could be no justice, and without justice there could be no Baha'i Universal House of Justice. The first International Baha'i Council, which was the successor to Shoghi Effendi and was appointed by him, consisted of these two parts, the appointed hereditary head, and the other appointed members of the body.
Two years after Shoghi Effendi’s passing, in 1959, when the so-called “Hands” were firmly established in their violation, they dismantled the International Baha'i Council altogether, thus doing away completely with everything Shoghi Effendi had set up for the establishment of the Universal House of Justice. Not only did they go against Shoghi Effendi and God, they were in strict violation of the provisions of the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, which is part of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, making them Covenant-breakers of the worst sort.
They did away with Shoghi Effendi’s plan entirely, which he had laid out in his Ten Year World Crusade, a plan that included this first International Baha'i Council, which he set up by appointing both the executive head, which is hereditary, and the legislative body, which was to become elected during Ridvan in 1963, after it had become a world court on Mount Carmel. Instead, they set up some weird monster, a counterfeit body without a head. The whole Baha'i world should have recognized that this violation was going against Shoghi Effendi, which was going against God, and also that it was going against the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, which was Covenant-breaking.
They had the gall to call this Headless Monster the Universal House of Justice. No way could this Headless Monster be the Baha'i Universal House of Justice, not only for the above reasons, but because Russia was still atheistic with no Baha'i representation. This is the same reason Shoghi Effendi could not set up a Universal House of Justice in its final stage. Therefore, he set up the first International Baha'i Council, which was the Universal House of Justice in embryo. You see, Shoghi Effendi was infallible, which is why no one was to go against him, whereas the Hands were not infallible, and were full of iniquities, becoming the world’s greatest enemies of the Cause of God.
Yes, these mischief-makers went directly against Shoghi Effendi right down the line, and thus are the enemies of God. They split the faith, causing a division. They deflected scrutiny and detection of their gross violation by the believers, by using a switcheroo, labeling as Covenant-breakers those that did not go along with their split, and their violation against Shoghi Effendi. This caused those who went along with their rot, to shun the true Baha'is that were very firm in the Covenant and loyal to all of Shoghi Effendi’s plans and writings. This was a stroke of satanic genius by these “Hands.” They reversed the meaning of the Will and Testament, and had the mainstream Baha'is shun the true believers who are firm in the Covenant, and embrace those who were in opposition to Shoghi Effendi. Then to keep the believers from detecting their violating scheme, they shut the believers out from knowledge of what they were doing by passing a resolution in their secret conclave (9) to forbid the Baha'is from discussing the matter amongst themselves, also forbidding them from having any contact at all with those dear souls who were awake and firm in the Covenant.
The reason for this resolution is obvious. It was to keep the rank and file believers ignorant of what was going on by using threats of excommunication to keep them from asking questions. Thus, they were successful in keeping the believers from becoming cognizant of this terrible violation by the “Hands.” The Hands did this to cover up their own violation, and to erect a very strong and impenetrable wall around their violation, to keep their foolish followers that are called the mainstream Baha'is, from ever learning the truth of the matter. This was carried out with an air of piety, devotion, and fidelity (wolves in sheep’s clothing). I am not breaking down this solid wall. I can’t. But I am going over the wall. It is said the true Joseph is like a vine that goes over the wall (Genesis 49:22). A small minority of the violators, the prophesied 144,000, will turn to the Lamb. (10)
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s [Baha'u'llah’s] name written in their foreheads [which means they use their intellect to investigate the truth of the matter for themselves]. (11)
Of course these Covenant-breakers could not point to one single thing that we who are under the provisions of the Covenant are doing that could in any way be construed as Covenant-breaking, so they came up with the ridiculous scenario that we were Covenant-breakers because we did not go along with their split, and were thus the cause of disunity. They were using disunity as an excuse to persuade the mainstream Baha'is to shun us. They wanted the entire Baha'i world to be united under their violation of the Covenant, and to be in opposition to Shoghi Effendi. Thus, their clarion cry is that we who are firm in the Covenant and obedient to Shoghi Effendi were causing disunity. Didn’t 'Abdu'l-Baha warn us about this in his Will and Testament?
Beware, beware, lest the days after the ascension (of Baha'u'llah) be repeated, when the Center of Sedition waxed haughty and rebellious and with Divine Unity for his excuse deprived himself and perturbed and poisoned others. No doubt every vainglorious one that purposeth dissension and discord will not openly declare his evil purposes, nay rather, even as impure gold, would he seize upon divers measures and various pretexts that he may separate [split] the gathering of the people of Baha. (12)
There is only one way to have unity in the Baha'i faith, and that is by the Covenant. Not only is the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, as delineated by 'Abdu'l-Baha in his Will and Testament, the basis of unity in the Baha'i faith, it is the basis of Shoghi Effendi’s administration. It is the only basis for unity throughout the entire world. What the “Hands” were establishing was a unity in opposition to Shoghi Effendi and the Covenant. Thus, they were in opposition to both Shoghi Effendi and the Covenant.
Most people don’t go by proofs or by what is right, but instead go with the mainstream of anything, figuring so many people couldn’t be wrong. That way they don’t have to think for themselves or to think at all, but this is proven to be the worst way. Jesus said:
Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Beware of false prophets [or leaders] who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (13)
Look, when Jesus came, all the people turned against Him. Even His apostles left Him when He was arrested. The only one that believed in Him when He was hanging on the cross was the robber next to Him. Look, the mass of the Muslims went against their Promised One, the Bab, causing ten thousand of His followers to be martyred along with Him. Baha'u'llah is the Promised One for all the religions, yet the people go with the crowd. If they would just investigate, they would all become believers. It is the failure to investigate that keeps the people and the religions of the world divided, and will cause the great catastrophe.
Another subject that is of utmost importance is the meaning of the word Christ. Most of the Christians believe it means savior, or God, or son of God, or maybe it’s the last name of Jesus (like Joseph Christ or Mary Christ), or some other imagination. This has led almost all the Christians astray. Some know that it means anointed, but anointed of what? In reality, it means an anointed male sperm descendant of King David. The very first line of the New Testament states, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David….” In verse 16, it shows that Joseph was Jesus’ father. But the deluded Christians claim that God was Jesus’ literal father. If this is so then Jesus could not be the Christ, as God is not a descendant of King David. Paul tells us:
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord which was made of the seed [sperma, Greek] of David according to the flesh; And [only] declared to be the Son of God according to the spirit…. (14)
Mary had an ovum and Joseph had the sperm of David. The point of this is that the Baha'is believe that Baha'u'llah is the second coming, or the return of Christ. But here, too, Baha'u'llah would have to be a male sperm descendant of King David. If you ask a Baha'i who Baha'u'llah is descended from, they will answer, “Zoroaster.” But Zoroaster only had daughters, with one marrying the king who was the first person to believe in Zoroaster. Baha'u'llah’s lineage from Zoroaster was from the female line (the word Zoroaster means “the seed of the woman”). Baha'u'llah’s lineage from the male line was from King David. If either Jesus or Baha'u'llah were not the descendants of King David, they would be impostors.
According to Luke, Jesus was descended from David’s son Nathan, the brother of Solomon, the King (Luke 3:31). The difference between the lineage of Jesus and Baha'u'llah is that Baha'u'llah is descended from David’s son Solomon. Therefore, none of Jesus’ ancestors sat upon the throne of David, whereas all of Baha'u'llah’s ancestors were descendants from David, and seated on the throne of David. Baha'u'llah’s father was seated upon the throne of David, as well as His grandfather, and great grandfather, in an unbroken chain all the way back to King David. If Baha'u'llah wasn’t, He would be an impostor. Baha'u'llah said in His proclamation (in The Proclamation of Baha'u'llah on page 89) that He, the “Ancient Beauty, ruleth upon the throne of David.” Psalm 89 tells us there will always be a man seated upon David’s throne.
Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations…. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven…. My covenant I will not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness [God’s] that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. (15)
For thus says the Lord: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.… (16)
As Jesus had no son, this lineage of David through his son Nathan, came to an end. The only lineage from David that is to last forever is the lineage of the one seated on the throne of David, Baha'u'llah, and His successors who also sit upon the throne. This lineage of David is to last forever. But the Covenant-breaking Hands say, “Hell no! God doesn’t know what He is talking about. Since Shoghi Effendi didn’t have a biological son, this Davidic lineage came to an end” (My paraphrase of what they said).
Baha'u'llah’s Kingdom is a Democratic Monarchy with His descendants sitting as the presidents, or kings, at the head of His Universal House of Justice. Shoghi Effendi provided for this by placing 'Abdu'l-Baha’s son in the position of being president of Shoghi Effendi’s successor, the first International Baha'i Council, which was to go through four stages: Council, World Court, International Tribunal, and then effloresce into the Universal House of Justice with 'Abdu'l-Baha’s son or one of his successors seated as president, or head, of that Universal House of Justice.
Baha'u'llah, being the second Christ seated on the throne of David, passed this lineage from David to His son 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Most Great Branch, and appointed him to be His successor, conferring infallibility upon him. Baha'u'llah also designated another son, Muhammad Ali, to be the Lesser Branch, and to succeed 'Abdu'l-Baha. Muhammad Ali then violated the Covenant and thus was removed. 'Abdu'l-Baha then designated his grandson Shoghi Effendi to be the one that everybody should turn to and obey, giving him the infallibility that would have gone to Muhammad Ali.
Shoghi Effendi was not a male-line descendant of King David, as his descent was through his mother who was 'Abdu'l-Baha’s daughter. The kingship is not passed down through the female line, so Shoghi Effendi could not, nor could his son (if he had one) sit upon the throne of David. So it was imperative that Shoghi Effendi wound up not having a biological son. Does that mean David’s lineage came to an end? Heavens no! When 'Abdu'l-Baha appointed Shoghi Effendi to be the Guardian and Center of the Cause, he also adopted a son legally, who inherited the Davidic lineage. An adopted son has all the rights and privileges of a natural son, including the kingship. Therefore, when Shoghi Effendi set up the first International Baha'i Council, he placed 'Abdu'l-Baha’s adopted son to be the president, for only a descendant of King David can fill that position. However, the president does not inherit the infallibility. The conferred infallibility was passed to Shoghi Effendi’s non-biological son, the first International Baha'i Council. The ignorant and unfaithful “Hands” who went against Shoghi Effendi, messed it all up, leading the entire Baha'i community astray. They should not have gone against Shoghi Effendi and disobeyed him.
For he [Shoghi Effendi] is, after 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Guardian of the Cause of God, the Afnan, the Hands (pillars) of the Cause of God and the beloved of the Lord must obey him and turn unto him. He that obeyeth him not, hath not obeyed God; he that turneth away from him, hath turned away from God and he that denieth him, hath denied the True One. Beware lest anyone falsely interpret these words, and like unto them that have broken the Covenant after the Day of Ascension (of Baha'u'llah) advance a pretext, raise the standard of revolt, wax stubborn and open wide the door of false interpretation. To none is given the right to put forth his own opinion or express his particular convictions. All must seek guidance and turn unto the Center of the Cause [Shoghi Effendi] and the House of Justice [in any of its four stages]. And he that turneth unto whatsoever else is indeed in grievous error. (17)
I have shown that the entire Baha'i community was in grievous error when they turned to something else (the “Hands”). Instead of turning to the successor to Shoghi Effendi, the first International Baha'i Council set up by Shoghi Effendi, which was the Universal House of Justice in its first stage, they turned to the “Hands,” who led them astray. The Covenant-breaking “Hands” have not only violated Shoghi Effendi by going against everything that he had set up for establishing the Universal House of Justice in its four stages, but the “Hands” also went against the House of Justice itself by going against, and not being submissive to the first International Baha'i Council that was to succeed Shoghi Effendi. What sin could be greater than that of the Hands, who were appointed by Shoghi Effendi to protect the guardian, Shoghi Effendi, but then became the prime movers in opposition to him?
This was supposed to happen, as it was a test plotted by God to see if the Baha'is in general would for any reason go against the Covenant, thus revealing the frailties of their beliefs. They were like the trainman who was asleep at the switch, causing a horrible train wreck. They were asleep at the switch, so-to-speak, putting them in jeopardy of suffering immensely in the coming of a horrible catastrophe. Every unrepented one will be paid for what he has done. (18) None of them will escape.
Those who are followers of this violation need to stop being in opposition to Shoghi Effendi and come back under the provisions of the Covenant before it is too late.
The Red Alert
When a believer in Baha'u'llah, whether he was in the faith at the time of Shoghi Effendi or is a recent adherent, finds that a person or a group of people have taken over the command of the faith in opposition to an authoritative figure or institution such as the International Baha'i Council set up by Shoghi Effendi, the red flare should shoot up. Or if they should find a person or a group of people going against any of the provisions of the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, or going against Shoghi Effendi, or going against any of Shoghi Effendi’s plans such as those found in his plan for a World Crusade, or his plan for setting up the Universal House of Justice in four stages, the red flare should shoot up. Or if anyone finds a so-called Universal House of Justice that doesn’t have the executive branch, which is an integral part of the Universal House of Justice, as its head, then the red flare should shoot up. Or if a so-called Universal House of Justice is elected by National Spiritual Assemblies and not by Secondary Houses of Justice from all nations including Russia, then the red flare should shoot up. Or if you find that all of these violations are present, then there should be a red flame of fire bursting a mile high into the air to jar you out of your lethargy, awakening you to the gravity of this most malignant cancer infecting the body of believers.
This malignant spiritual cancer is deadly. It resembles a cancer in the body of a person. It starts out like a little bump or sore. If detected early it can be eradicated and treated, thus saving the person’s life. But if it is not detected or treated properly, it will metastasize and spread throughout the entire body of believers, which is fatal.
These spiritually sick Covenant-breakers do not have a message for the world, for who in their right senses would ever accept their headless so-called “House of Justice” as anything but a Headless Monster? However, everyone will accept the Universal House of Justice with the lineage of David as its president because it fulfills Biblical prophecies, and is in accordance with the sacred Will and Testament, and it was set up by Shoghi Effendi.