By Dr. Leland Jensen




The Revelation of Jesus

This book of Revelation is the greatest of all the books of the Bible. It is the Revelation of Jesus, and it is the least understood, as it is written in symbols and allegories such as different colored horses, a dragon, different kinds of beasts, and other images, to such an extent that none of the Christians down through the ages, nor the Covenant-breaking Baha'is, could fathom its meaning. As God gave this Revelation to Jesus Christ, only Christ (Baha'u'llah) or Jesus on his return could know the meaning of this book. Therefore, 'Abdu'l-Baha, the delineator of Baha'u'llah’s Revelation, explained accurately the 11th, part of the 12th and part of the 21st chapters. The rest of the book has been left sealed to the Christians and to the Covenant-breaking Baha'is.

There have been many attempts by the Christians to interpret this great book of Revelation. These include attempts by both the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the Baha'i faith there are two main attempts: (1) The Apocalypse Unsealed by Robert F. Riggs, copyright 1981, published by Philosophical Library, Inc., showing that this is not an approved book; and (2) God Speaks Again: New Keys to the Book of Revelation by Ruth J. Moffett, Baha'i Publishing Trust, P.O. Box 19, New Delhi, India.

For many years, Ruth Moffett tried to get the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States and the Guardian, Shoghi Effendi to approve the manuscript of her book for Baha'i publication, with no results. Finally, in 1977, she got the Baha'i Publishing Trust of New Delhi, India to approve her book.

For many years, Mrs. Moffett was one of the greatest Baha'i teachers in the United States. She would go from city to city throughout the country, putting on a great campaign, and having the Local Spiritual Assemblies make her appearances highly publicized by setting up lectures in prominent auditoriums. Out of these lectures, she would get several scores of seekers to sign up to attend two weeks of daily firesides. Most of these students became believers. Leland Jensen was a third generation Baha'i, with his grandparents on his mother’s side being among the earliest Baha'is in America. Leland Jensen’s parents, Daisy Dell Petersen and Christ Rowland Jensen, were both Baha'is before they married one another in 1911, and they met 'Abdu'l-Baha when he visited both Kenosha and Racine, Wisconsin, in 1912.

Leland Jensen was born in Burlington, Wisconsin on August 22, 1914. His family then moved to Kenosha, then to Chicago, Illinois, then to Racine, and then to Sturtevant, just west of Racine, where the Jensen family first met Mrs. Moffett. Later, when the Jensen’s moved back to Racine, and Mrs. Moffett put on a campaign, Leland, who was about seventeen at that time, went through Mrs. Moffett’s firesides where she gave, among other teachings, her interpretation of the book of Revelation. She taught these interpretations throughout the United States. These firesides were most successful in bringing in new believers, sometimes doubling or tripling the number of believers in a town. However, these explanations were erroneous. Being erroneous, they have done much harm to the Cause of God, leading the sheep to the slaughter. Don’t get me wrong, Dr. Leland Jensen considered Mrs. Moffett to be one of his mentors, and he had a strong bond of affection and admiration for her. She didn’t lead the people astray purposely, for she had a strong belief that she was gifted. She claimed Baha'u'llah gave her the “keys” for the interpretation of the book of Revelation, and being that she used these “keys,” she believed her interpretations were authentic.

”The recognition of the ‘Keys’ as originating from a Divine Source [Baha'u'llah] eliminates controversy and establishes unity, harmony and clear understanding, opens the door of inner significance and thus preserves the truth. This is the only method that is authoritative and authentic, clear and satisfactory... the reader is asked to sincerely consider the Authoritative - Authentic Method, using the MASTER KEY, which is given by One Who is come as the Revelator, the World Educator, the Manifestation or Voice of God [Baha'u'llah], speaking to mankind for this Day...." (299)

Peter tells us:

“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scriptures is a matter of one’s interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” Footnote: “Other authorities read: ‘moved by the Holy Spirit holy men of God spoke’“ (The Second Letter of Peter 1:20,21).

Mrs. Moffett is telling us that Baha'u'llah gave us the keys to interpret scriptures, whereas in reality He passed the keys to interpret on to His son 'Abdu'l-Baha in the Kitab-i-'Ahd (Book of the Covenant), making him the authoritative interpreter of Baha'u'llah’s Revelation as well as that of other Holy Scriptures. 'Abdu'l-Baha’s interpretation of the 11th chapter of the book of Revelation pertained to Muhammad and Ali (Muhammad’s establisher), who interpreted scriptures written by Muhammad. Then 1260 years later they returned as The Bab and Janabi Quddus, His establisher who had the authority to interpret scriptures. The 11th chapter contains the prophecy of the coming of the seventh angel who would also (as did Janabi Quddus) have the authority to interpret scriptures. `Abdu’l-Baha explained that the seventh angel, as prophesied, will come and establish the kingdom. `Abdu’l-Baha stated in Some Answered Questions, P. 66:

“The seventh angel is a man qualified with heavenly qualities and character. Voices will be raised, so that the appearance of the Divine Manifestation will be proclaimed and diffused... - in that day of God, the Spiritual and Divine Kingdom will be established, and the world will be renewed....

This seventh angel will be able to accomplish this as he fulfills the prophecies for the return of Jesus the High Priest as prophesied in Zechariah 3:1-10. As the return of Jesus, he gives the authentic and correct meaning of the book of Revelation.

There are prophecies in the New Testament for the return of Jesus Christ. Baha'u'llah fulfilled the prophecies for the second coming of Christ seated on the throne of David, but not the prophecies for the return or the second coming of Jesus. If He had claimed that He did, He would have been an impostor because Jesus said, “For many will come in my name [Jesus], saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.” Therefore, as a necessity, the return of Jesus must be another person, as Baha'u'llah only fulfilled the prophecies for the return of Christ, not the return of Jesus. 'Abdu'l-Baha only explained the 11th, part of the 12th, and part of the 21st chapters of Revelation, as these pertained to the coming of The Bab and Baha'u'llah. 'Abdu'l-Baha did not explain the meanings of the remaining chapters, and as the book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, then only Jesus on his return can explain the remaining chapters.

Daniel gave the dates for the return of Jesus. The first date was 1260 AH, or 1844, which was the return of Jesus as the Door. The second was 1280 AH, or 1863 AD, for the return of Christ (Baha'u'llah), and the third was 1335 solar years from the victory of Muhammad in 628 AD, which brings us to April 21-29, 1963 AD when Jesus (not Christ) began his ministry by being opposed by Satan.