OVER THE WALL OF OPPRESSION
PART I, CHAPTER THREE
By Dr. Leland Jensen
Every time a Promised One of God comes, He is rejected by the people He comes to, or in the case of Moses, He was rejected by the Pharaoh of Egypt. Moses gave the Pharaoh ten proofs, which consisted of ten plagues. When Jesus came, the Jews were waiting for the coming of a Messiah that would free them from the Roman yoke of oppression, and set them up in ascendancy over the whole world.
When Jesus Christ came, He fulfilled none of their expectations, which led to His crucifixion. The first thing He established was new criteria for the recognition of a Promised One, which was different from the criteria used by Moses. To show that He was the promised anointed Christ, He presented His lineage back to King David. This is recorded by Luke in the New Testament (Luke 3:23-38). Then He showed that He was prophesied by name, address, date, and mission.
He was prophesied to come in the name “Emmanuel” in the Hebrew language, which is the same as the name “Jesus” in the Greek language.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name EMMANUEL. (28)
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.… (29)
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he [Joseph] called his name JESUS. (30)
This shows that Jesus’ name was prophesied by Isaiah.
Jesus also showed that He came in Bethlehem, the prophesied address for the coming of the Messiah.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people, Israel. (31)
The prophecy that Jesus would come in Bethlehem was given by Micah.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting. (32)
The fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy was explained by Matthew.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea.…” (33)
This shows that Jesus fulfilled prophecy when He came from Bethlehem. This is where the wise men found Him.
For date of the Advent of Jesus Christ, the prophet Daniel said there would be seventy weeks between the time of the order of Artaxerxes on March 21, 457 BC, until the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is cut off. In seventy weeks, there are 490 days. According to the Holy text, each day is as a year (Numbers 14:34). There were four hundred and ninety years from the order of Artaxerxes in 457 BC, to the crucifixion of Christ, that is, until Jesus was crucified at the age of 33 in 34 AD. (34)
In the twenty-fifth verse of the ninth chapter of the Book of Daniel, these seventy weeks are expressed in another manner, as seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week, which is the week of the Covenant. It took seven weeks or 49 years after the going forth of the order to rebuild Jerusalem (issued on March 21st, 457 BC), for the city to be rebuilt. Forty-nine years later in 408 BC the rebuilding was complete, including the walls and the moat. Then there was an interim period of sixty-two weeks, or four hundred and thirty-four (434) days/years, between the rebuilding of the city and the last week. That brings us to March 21, 27 AD, when John the Baptist began his ministry. This was the beginning of the week of the Covenant. Three and a half (3-1/2) years later, John the Baptist baptized Jesus on September 21, 30 AD.
Then the Spirit of God descended on Jesus saying, Today I have begotten thee to be my Son.
And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being… begotten of Joseph as the son of Joseph… which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David. (35)
Then three and a half (3-1/2) years after that, on March 21, 34 AD Jesus was crucified. Jesus, at the age of 33, in 34 AD, was martyred.
These 490 years from the Order of Artaxerxes in 457 BC, until the crucifixion of Jesus in 34 AD, are shown on the following scale.
Profession or Mission
'Abdu'l-Baha tells us there were seven Universal Divine Manifestations. Four of them came before the time of Adam, but there are no traces of them left. They were wiped out in great world upheavals. The three Universal Manifestations in the Adamic cycle are Adam (Seidec), Jesus, and Baha'u'llah.
The other six Manifestations were local, that is, they were not Universal Manifestations because their Revelations were for specific people. For example, Moses came with a Revelation for the Israelites.
Jesus, being a Universal Manifestation, had a message for the entire world. He told His apostles and disciples to go out and teach the nations. He left no administration. His mission in general, being that His Revelation was in the potency of the Son, was to spiritualize the nations, that is, to free them from sin by having them stop sinning and await the coming of the Revelation in the potency of the Father brought by Baha'u'llah. He said:
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man [a man] be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father [Baha'u'llah].” (36)
Baha'u'llah would bring the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. That is, Jesus was the herald to the nations for the coming of the Kingdom of God. His death on the cross did not free men of their sins, but His message, which He gave His life for, would free them from sin. Thus Jesus’ mission was to free men of their sins.
Therefore he [Jesus] is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant [of Moses]. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, for it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Hence the first covenant was not ratified without blood. (37)
…But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and after that comes judgment, so Christ [Jesus], having been offered once to bear sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (38)
Jesus freed those that accepted Him from having to follow the Laws of Moses, that is, they wouldn’t be sinning by not following Moses’ Laws. In this way, He freed them from sin.
Here Jesus has established criteria to show His authenticity, showing that He was prophesied to come in the name, address, date, and mission. Now there may have been other people that were named Jesus, or EMMANUEL, and some of them might have come from Bethlehem. But there was only one person in this entire world Who was prophesied to come in the name of EMMANUEL, or Jesus; Who had a forerunner that came in 27 AD and baptized Him when He was about 30 years of age in 30 AD, and Who was crucified at 33 years of age in 34 AD. Only one person fulfilled the prophesied mission of the suffering Messiah (a descendant of King David) depicted in Isaiah chapter 53. Only one person in this world could have possibly fulfilled these criteria.
Now we need to put this to the test to see if one is to come who is prophesied by Name, Address, Date and Mission, thus fulfilling the criteria for the coming of a Promised One according to the Greater Covenant of God.
Baha'u'llah in His Proclamation said that He, “the Ancient Beauty ruleth upon the throne of David.” Baha'u'llah’s genealogy, which is found in history books, shows that His genealogy is in an unbroken chain of father-to-son descendants of King David seated upon the throne of David. This throne is a real throne with seven steps. The difference between Baha'u'llah’s genealogy and Jesus’ genealogy is that none of Jesus’ ancestors sat upon the throne of David except David himself.
When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem, he brought King Jehoiachin and the throne of David that he sat upon, into Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar put Jehoiachin in prison where he remained for 37 years. Then another king seated on the throne of Babylon, named Evil-merodach, took Jehoiachin (or Jeconiah) out of prison, dressed him back into his royal robes, and placed him back on his throne of King David, even though he was still in captivity in Babylon (2 Kings 25:27-30).
Jehoiachin’s son Shenazzar moved from the city of Babylon to an area inside Babylon called the area of pure lineage, where he built a temple using some of the material from the temple that was destroyed. Shenazzar succeeded his father on the throne of David in Babylon. Jehoiachin, Shenazzar, and his descendants remained in the country of Babylon and were called exilarchs, meaning exiled monarchs, or King David’s lineage in exile. They survived well throughout the time of the Zoroastrian empire, then throughout the time of the Greek empire, then throughout the time of the Parthian empire, then under the Sassanian Dynasty. Many of the Parthians converted to Judaism.
Then at the start of the Muslim empire, the Davidic King named Bostanai married Princess Dara, the daughter of Yazdegird III (the last king of the Sassanian Dynasty), due to the matchmaking of Ali, the successor of Muhammad (the first of twelve Imams). Baha'u'llah’s lineage back to King David is through Bostanai, and His lineage from Zoroaster is through Dara
In 817 AD the Exilarch (39) Isaac Iskoi Ben Moses was converted to Islam by Imam Ali al-Rida. (40) Then, for protection, they moved from the area of pure lineage to Mazandaran, and the lineage continued on to Baha'u'llah Who was born in 1817 to Mirza Buzurg, the Grand Vizier of the Shah of Persia.
When Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon, being a Zoroastrian believing in the One True Invisible God, he made an edict allowing some Jews to go back to the site of their temple in Jerusalem that was destroyed, and rebuild their temple. He didn’t let any of the exilarchs or the throne of David go back to Jerusalem. He chose Zerubbabel as his subject to be the governor of Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was a descendant from David but not of the lineage of David seated on the throne (See this genealogy starting with Jesus in Luke 3:23, and going to Zerubbabel in Luke 3:27, and then on to Nathan, a son of David, in Luke 3:31. Nathan was not seated on the throne of David). Nathan was the brother of King Solomon, who was the reigning son of David. Therefore, Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world.
Baha'u'llah is prophesied by name so many times throughout the Bible that to give them all would be too much. I will just give the ones that are the most known and used. This occurs in the 43rd chapter of Ezekiel. Here I will use the Aramaic word that the English word was translated from:
Afterward he brought me to the gate [Bab], the gate [Bab] facing east. And behold, the glory of the God [Baha'u'llah] of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters [multitudes, many nations peoples and tongues]: and the earth shone with his glory [Baha]. (41)
As the glory of the Lord [Baha'u'llah] entered the temple [His mission] by the gate [the Bab] facing east [the Bab on the west side of the Euphrates], the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord [Baha'u'llah] filled the temple [the great Revelation of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven]. (42)
While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple; and he said to me, “Son of man [a man], this is the place of my throne [the throne of David] and the place of the soles of my feet [literally meaning this man “Baha'u'llah” has feet], where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel [those that strive with God] for ever…. (43)
Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God [Baha'u'llah] of Israel came from the east.… (44)
Baha'u'llah came from the East near the city of Tehran, Iran, in the province of Mazandaran, the site of the throne of King David that Baha'u'llah’s father sat upon. Whereas the Bab appeared west of Mazandaran. Thus, Baha'u'llah came from the East to Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the Majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord [Baha'u'llah], the majesty of our God. (45)
The valley of Sharon is the land between the foot of Mount Carmel and the Mediterranean Sea. Baha'u'llah established that Mount Carmel would be the site of His new world order. He indicated that the site of the true House of Justice would be built on top of Mount Carmel. At present, the top of Mount Carmel is not Baha'i property. Therefore, the Covenant-breakers don’t have their phony House of Justice on the site indicated by both Baha'u'llah and prophecy. (46) The Covenant-breakers have their Headless Monster House of Justice on Golem Street where it belongs. The meaning of the word “Golem” is “an evil, man-made monster without a soul, deformed, no head.” God would not allow the Covenant-breaking Hands to corrupt the top of Mount Carmel with their evil, mad, Headless Monster.
The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain [Mount Carmel] of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains. and it shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. (47)
Daniel gave four dates for the coming of Jesus Christ. The first one, as we have already shown, applied only to Jesus of Nazareth. The disciples of Jesus Christ wanted to know when He would return.
As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.…” (48)
Then Jesus told them to turn to Daniel the prophet for the dates.
So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand). (49)
Daniel gives three dates for the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He was the Door (Bab) of the sheep.
So Jesus said again to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door [Bab] of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door [Bab]; if any one enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (50)
Jesus didn’t speak English, therefore He didn’t say “Door,” but the Aramaic word “BAB.” Daniel gave the date for the return of Jesus as The BAB. Daniel said there would be 2300 days, and then the sanctuary would be cleansed.
“For how long is the vision concerning the continual burnt offering, the transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host to be trampled under foot?” And he said to him, “For two thousand and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.” (51)
'Abdu'l-Baha tells us this is figured from the order to restore Jerusalem in 457 BC. It was figured from this date, as this was the same date given by Ezra for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. The temple had already been built, but they did not cleanse the sanctuary. Thus the sanctuary was never cleansed. Jesus said His blood cleansed the sanctuary in heaven. He didn’t cleanse the sanctuary here on earth. To cleanse the sanctuary, it would take a sacrifice as great as the one Jesus made. 'Abdu'l-Baha said the 2300 days are 2300 years. From the order of Artaxerxes in 457 BC, there are 456 years until the birth of Christ. From the birth of Christ until the Manifestation of the Bab, there are 1844 years. When you add 456 years to 1844, you get 2300 years. The fulfillment of Daniel’s vision took place on March 21, 1844. This is the date the Baha'i calendar began. The return of the Manifestation of Jesus, the Bab, made His Proclamation on May 23, 1844. The sanctuary can only be cleansed with blood. The sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of the Bab and 10,000 of His followers, in martyrdom. In the temple of Moses, the sanctuary is the Antechamber to the chamber of the Holy of Holies. The sanctuary is symbolic. It pertains to the Revelation of the Bab. The Holy of Holies pertains to the Revelation of Baha'u'llah. Later on there will be graphics that explain this very well.
Daniel gives the date for the return of Jesus as the Christ in the twelfth chapter.
At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. (52)
The meaning of the word “Michael” is “Who is like God.” (53) The ones Who are like God are the Divine Manifestations, Who are the intermediaries between God and man. This “Michael” refers to Baha'u'llah, the “great prince,” for He was to succeed His father that sat upon the throne of David. Baha'u'llah fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah chapter nine.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this. (54)
Christians think this applies to Jesus Christ, as they believe in the trinity (a pagan concept), and they believe Jesus is God, meaning God became incarnate in Jesus, and that Jesus’ physical body resurrected, went up into the sky, and will literally return on a cloud. Therefore, they believe all the prophecies for future Promised Ones were already fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. The Muslims likewise believe that there is not going to be another Promised One after Muhammad, as Muhammad said He was the seal of the Prophets. Therefore, like the Christians, they believe Jesus will descend bodily from the sky. Thus, this way of thinking prevents the people with these beliefs from recognizing the Ones sent to them by God as prophesied in Holy Scriptures, such as the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and today, the return of Jesus after the order of Melchizedek. Their prejudices prevent them from even considering the possibility.
To begin with, only the first two statements in Isaiah 9:6-7 could apply to Jesus: He was born and He was a son, but this applies to all men. None of the rest of the prophecy could apply to Jesus. He did not have the government upon His shoulders. The only thing on His shoulders was carpentry. The only thing He said about government was to give unto Caesar the things that are of Caesar’s. Jesus claimed to be the Son, not the Father. Also, He did not claim to be the Prince of Peace. He said He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. (55) (Had He claimed to be the Prince of Peace, He would have been the biggest failure of all time, as we have had nothing but wars in the world, ever since His coming. He also did not sit upon the throne of David, as the throne of David remained in Babylon. While Jesus was hanging on the cross at Jerusalem, in Babylon, an Exilarch ─ a descendant of King David ─ was seated on the throne of David. This shows how stereotyped and erroneous people are in their thinking and beliefs.
There has never been such a time of trouble as we have today. The Bible says at this time, every one whose name is found written in the book will be delivered. This means every one that is prophesied by name will be delivered (delivered ─ to be freed from restraint, evil, danger, etc.). That is, they will be recognized by the people who are awake, those who are not indoctrinated and are looking for the truth. Those who are asleep in the dust of the earth (materialism) will awake (become knowledgeable), some to everlasting life and others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise (who use their intellect and independently search for the truth) will shine like the brightness of the firmament, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel was told to seal the book until the time of the end, meaning no one would be able to understand the meaning of the prophecies until the one comes at the end, who fulfills the prophecy. Therefore, the Covenant-breaking, mainstream Baha'is don’t understand the prophecies for the return of Jesus the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, or Jesus the Lamb with 7 horns and 7 eyes who is to come at the end of the six-thousand-year cycle that began with the Prophet Adam in 4000 BC. We are now at the end of this cycle, and the return of Jesus has explained the meaning of all of these prophecies. It is today that people are running to and fro, with all the rapid transit, and knowledge has increased 10,000 fold since 1844. We have gone from the horse and buggy to putting a man on the moon.
Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand. (56)
The wicked are those who refuse to use the intellect that God gave them, and refuse to go by the principle of Independent Investigation of Truth that Baha'u'llah gave them, making them Covenant-breakers. This is about the worst thing that could possibly happen to anyone. Therefore, they remain ignorant unto death. They are bound under the restraints of the violators. The wise are those that use their intellects that God gave them, and independently investigate the matter for themselves, unrestrained. Jesus said “seek ye the truth and the truth will make you free.” They become free from the oppression of the Covenant-breakers.
And from the time that the burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (57)
Jesus continued the burnt offering in the Eucharist. It was Muhammad who did away with the burnt offering (the Eucharist), and all ritual of sacrifice. 'Abdu'l-Baha tells us that these 1290 days are 1290 lunar years. There are 1290 lunar years from the Proclamation of Muhammad to the Proclamation of Baha'u'llah. Baha'u'llah made His Proclamation in 1280 AH (After the Hegira, the start of the Muslim calendar). Muhammad made His Proclamation ten lunar years prior to the Hegira (the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina). When you add these ten lunar years to 1280 lunar years, you have 1290 lunar years. Thus, Baha'u'llah came at the prophesied date for His Advent, which in the Christian calendar is April 21, 1863.
The Mission of Baha'u'llah
Being the Prince of Peace, Baha'u'llah is to establish peace in the world. In order to have peace there must be justice. The world never really did have justice. Each Manifestation accentuates a certain quality of God. Moses = obedience to the law; Krishna = detachment; Zoroaster = purity; Buddha = meditation; Jesus = love; Muhammad = submission; and Baha'u'llah = justice. In order to have justice, Baha'u'llah gave us the Universal House of Justice. In order for the Universal House of Justice to be just, it had to be infallible. In order for it to be infallible, it had to be erected so it includes all the ingredients put forth in 'Abdu'l-Baha’s Will and Testament, that is, to have both the executive branch, which is a descendant of King David, and a legislative branch, the membership of which was initially appointed by Shoghi Effendi. It was supposed to go through four stages: (1) International Baha'i Council; (2) a World Court; and when its body became elected by a number of Baha'i nations it would become (3) the International Baha'i Tribunal; and when all nations became Baha'i, it would then be elected by all the nations, and would be (4) the Universal House of Justice. Throughout all these four stages it would be infallible, for the perfections of the adult are in the embryo. Shoghi Effendi, on January 9, 1951, set up an infallible embryonic Universal House of Justice, which he named the first embryonic International Council. This was dismantled by the Covenant-breaking Hands and then it was brought to America by the executive branch. On January 9, 1991, exactly forty years later to the day, it was reassembled by the return of Jesus the Lamb. After New York City, the City of the Covenant, is nuked, the way will have been paved for the formation of an officially recognized World Court, which is an “essential prelude” to the Universal House of Justice.
The International Bahá’í Council… must pave the way for the formation of a Bahá'í International Court and the eventual emergence of the Universal House of Justice.… (58)
…the transformation of the International Bahá'í Council into an international Bahá'í court.… (59)
…the formation of the International Bahá'í Council designed to …pave the way for the formation of the Bahá'í Court, essential prelude to the institution of the Universal House of Justice. (60)
To these will be added further functions in course of evolution of this first embryonic International Institution, marking its development into officially recognized Bahá'í Court, its transformation into duly elected body, its efflorescence into Universal House of Justice. (61)
Baha'u'llah, in the Tablet of the Holy Mariner, tells us that the Covenant-breaking Baha'is will be driven off of Mount Carmel by a burning meteor. They had determined to establish Divine Unity by going against the Arabian Youth, Shoghi Effendi.
They have desired to ascend unto that state which the Lord hath ordained to be above their stations. Whereupon the burning meteor cast them out from them that abide in the Kingdom [Davidic] of His Presence. And they heard the Voice of Grandeur raised from behind the unseen pavilion upon the Height of Glory [Baha]: ‘O guardian angels! Return them to their abodes in the world below [hell].’ (62)
This meteor is prophesied throughout Holy Scriptures. One of the places is in the Book of Revelation. (63)
And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.
An asteroid is a large chunk of stuff, sometimes as big as a great mountain. When it enters the atmosphere of the earth it becomes red hot from the friction, and then it is called a burning meteor. Some of the seers predict that this meteor will hit in the Mediterranean Sea somewhere near the Aegean Sea, that is, somewhere near Greece and Turkey. It will cause a tidal wave possibly a mile high. It will then wipe those bozos off Mount Carmel, meeting on Golem Street, who think they can thumb their nose at Shoghi Effendi, and thus God, and not suffer severe retribution, in both this life and the next. This meteor will cause the great earthquake that is also prophesied in the Book of Revelation. It will hit with such speed, velocity, large size, and weight, that it will go right down to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and so jar the earth that it will be felt all over the earth, causing tremendous destruction.
And the seventh angel [Jesus II] poured out his vial into the air [TV and the internet]; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven from the throne [Davidic], saying, “It is done!” And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city [Jerusalem] was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell…. (64)
'Abdu'l-Baha explained the seventh angel in Some Answered Questions, p. 66. He said the seventh angel was a man who would come [in the future], and he would establish in this world the Divine Manifestation of Baha'u'llah and His Kingdom, since the Covenant-breakers did away with the Kings of the Kingdom, and thus the Kingdom. He said:
The seventh angel is a man qualified with heavenly attributes, who will arise [will come into being] with heavenly qualities and character. Voices will be raised [by his followers], so that the appearance of the Divine Manifestation [Baha'u'llah] will be proclaimed and diffused…. In that day of God, the Spiritual and Divine Kingdom [Davidic] will be established. (65)
Name, Address, Date and Mission
Baha'u'llah came in the prophesied name, “Baha'u'llah.” He didn’t choose that name. He was born Hussein Ali, but the Bab renamed Him “Baha'u'llah,” and this was before Baha'u'llah knew that He was the Promised One. His cognizance came later when He was in the Black Pit (Siyah Chal) of Tehran, and the angel came to Him and told Him that He was the One.
He fulfilled the prophecies given in Holy Scriptures for the address where He would appear. He came from the East to Akka (also spelled Akko, Achor, and Acre) and Mount Carmel. He didn’t come there of His own volition but as a prisoner, against His will.
He fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel for the date for the second coming of Christ on April 21, 1863, when He made His Historic Proclamation in the Rose Garden across the Euphrates from Baghdad, Iraq.
He gave the laws, ordinances, and teachings for the Kingdom of God on earth, fulfilling the prophecies for His mission as the Prince of Peace. His Revelation is based upon Justice. Any peace without justice is tyranny. His House of Justice has the Davidic lineage as its president. This fulfills the Covenant that God made with David, that his lineage seated upon his throne would last forever. This is important, for it distinguishes Baha'u'llah’s House of Justice from man-made ones. Anything that does not have a descendant of David as its head, is bogus.
There were four Czars of Russia who were sympathizers, or friends, of the Babi faith and the Baha'i faith. Czar Nicholas I was instrumental in having Baha'u'llah released from the Siyah Chal (the Black Pit), where Baha'u'llah was a prisoner in chains.
While in Akka Baha'u'llah wrote to Czar Alexander II of Russia, who is famous for implementing Baha'u'llah’s reforms at the beginning of his reign, such as immediately ending the Crimean War, lifting the censorship of the press, establishing educational reform at the universities, lifting restrictions on travel, and most significantly, abolishing serfdom in his first Edict of Emancipation on March 3, 1863. All of this won for him the popular title “the Czar Liberator.” Czar Alexander II also corresponded with Abraham Lincoln, stating that if Lincoln freed the slaves, he would free the serfs. Of course, Lincoln established the Emancipation Proclamation, which was similar to the edict of the Czar. All of this has its origin in Baha'u'llah. Czar Alexander II was unable to implement the World Court himself, as he was assassinated for freeing the serfs. This job was passed to his grandson, Nicholas II, who called the nations together at The Hague, thus revealing Baha'u'llah’s plan for a World Court to settle disputes instead of going to war. Czar Nicholas II was so eulogized for coming up with such a brilliant idea that it went to his head, and he took the credit himself. Therefore, he failed to proclaim Baha'u'llah. Thus, without a Davidic King seated at its head, the World Court failed and led us to World War I.
President Wilson’s daughter embraced the Baha'i faith. It was due to her influence that her father set up the League of Nations. Wilson died a broken man in spirit, as he was unable to get the United States to join the League of Nations, and thus he didn’t proclaim Baha'u'llah. Because it did not have a Davidic King as its president, it failed, and we had World War II.
President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor had embraced the Baha'i faith but didn’t declare it, as it wasn’t a politically sound idea to do so. Roosevelt’s plan was to set up the United Nations, and as the atom bomb was nearing completion, his plan was to call the heads of nations to the Nevada proving grounds, explode an atomic device for them to see its total destructive power, and then proclaim Baha'u'llah. He was then going to put the atomic bomb under the control of the United Nations, and have all the nations simultaneously disarm. But he died just before the bomb was completed, and President Truman didn’t go along with President Roosevelt’s plan. Truman said, “We’ve got the bomb. Now the world can dance to our tune.” As a result, there was no simultaneous disarmament, and most importantly, there is no descendant of Baha'u'llah (a descendant of King David) seated as the president in the United Nations. As a result, we will have World War III.
God was gracious. He gave us another chance for peace. God had Shoghi Effendi make a plan to set up a World Court on Mount Camel in 1963, with a descendant of David seated at its head. Shoghi Effendi did this when he set up the first International Baha'i Council with Baha'u'llah’s grandson ('Abdu'l-Baha’s son) as president. As this is a hereditary position, 'Abdu'l-Baha’s son would be the Davidic president of that World Court. Then when the body became elected, this Davidic descendant would still be the president of the International Tribunal that was to bring peace to the world. Then all the nations would join, and it would effloresce into the Universal House of Justice. We would have the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. But those Covenant-breaking Hands did away with all this. Now you and all your family and friends will witness all the horrible destruction that wayward mankind will have to suffer in World War III.
I have shown that Baha'u'llah has fulfilled the criteria given by Jesus Christ of name, address, date, and mission. It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Baha'u'llah, and no one else, is the second coming, or the second Christ, as prophesied in scriptures, as well as showing that the criteria given by Jesus is sound and accurate.
There may have been other people who assumed the title of Baha'u'llah. Some of them may have gone to Mount Carmel to make their claim. But there was only one person in this world Who was named Baha'u'llah; Who went to the address, Mount Carmel, as a prisoner in chains against His will; Who made His Proclamation on the date given by Daniel for the second coming or the second Christ; and Who fulfilled the prophecies for the mission of the second Christ, as He was a descendant of David seated on the throne of David. Baha'u'llah continued this lineage that is to last forever in His Covenant by appointing His son, 'Abdu'l-Baha, to succeed Him on the throne, who continued that lineage by adopting a son. Baha'u'llah’s House of Justice was delineated by 'Abdu'l-Baha in his Will and Testament as the Universal House of Justice. 'Abdu'l-Baha appointed Shoghi Effendi to carry out 'Abdu'l-Baha’s Divine Plan to set up the Universal House of Justice, which he did by setting it up, due to necessity, in four stages. This four-stage plan was to bring peace to the world. But the Covenant-breaking Hands did away with Shoghi Effendi’s plan. Because of this, the world will go through the prophesied four winds of destruction, which will come in four great waves, each following the other. The first wave is upon us.
This shows that the criteria given by Jesus of name, address, date, and mission is indeed the criteria to recognize the One sent by God. These criteria are sometimes called the business or calling card of a professional. That is, people use the same method to determine the identity of a professional or business person, as God uses to determine the Ones He sends. A business card gives the name of the person, the business or profession that he is in, the address where he will be found, and the date or time that he will be there. For instance, John Brown (his name) is a lawyer (his profession). He has his office (address) at 310 Main Street in Racine, Wisconsin, and the office hours (or date) when he will be in his office. With these four things on his business card – name, address, date, and profession – anyone in this country could take a bus, a train, a plane, a car, or walk to John Brown’s office and find him there. There may be a million people named John Brown in this country, but there is only one person in this entire world named John Brown, who could be found at that address, at that date, and in that profession. Isn’t it clever that people use the same method to identify themselves, as God uses to identify His Promised Ones?
Anyone who claims to be a Promised One from God, who isn’t named in the Lesser Covenant, or is not prophesied by name, address, date, and mission, is a lying impostor. God uses this foolproof method to protect the people from following false and dangerous leaders. Anyone claiming to be a Manifestation from God ere the passing of a full thousand years is a lying impostor. However, 'Abdu'l-Baha tells us that Jesus with his twelve apostles will return, and he doesn’t mean that he will come out of the sky. Therefore, he would have to fulfill the criteria of coming in the prophesied name, address, date, and mission, or he would be a lying impostor. As I have mentioned earlier, Jesus has returned and he has fulfilled these criteria.