OVER THE WALL OF OPPRESSION
PART II, THE BOOK OF REVELATION
By Dr. Leland Jensen
1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
3 Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and keep what is written therein for the time is near.”
To begin with, this shows that the Revelation of Jesus Christ was not of His own creation, but was given to Him by God, thus also showing that Jesus was not God as the Christians believe. It also shows that this was not the Revelation of John. As well, it shows that the book of Revelation was a book of prophecies about events to take place in the future. It does not pertain to anything that was happening at that time or prior to that time. The fact that this was foretelling events to take place in the future was also repeated in different words in Revelation chapter 4, verse 1: “After this I looked, and lo, in heaven an open door! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up hither, and I will show you what must take place after this.’”
4 “John to the seven churches that are in Asia:”
This is Asia Minor, which is now Turkey. The seven churches were in the far western portion of Turkey.
4 (cont.) “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,”
This refers to God Who makes Himself known through the seven appearances of the Holy Spirit in the Divine Manifestations [other than Jesus Christ] prior to the coming of Baha'u'llah. These are Adam, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Muhammad, and the Bab. The “throne” is the throne of King David, which Baha'u'llah sat upon.
5 “and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.”
Jesus explained that He was a “witness” of the One True Invisible God, Whom He referred to as the Father. As He was the first one to believe in Himself, He was the “firstborn of the [spiritually] dead.”
Jesus said: “My kingship is not of this world” (John 18:36), but He also said He would come again.
Jesus explained that the wine or “blood” was a symbol of His Covenant. It is through Jesus’ Covenant that the Christians are to receive their salvation. The Covenant of Jesus is that He would come again. Jesus placed His Covenant in heaven (the heaven of prophecy), thus keeping it hidden. This Covenant refers to the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, Who fulfills the prophecies for the second coming of Christ. Thus, Baha'u'llah is the second coming of Christ. Baha'u'llah brought the Kingdom of God. He is the One that all Christians should turn to for their salvation.
6 “and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
The meaning of “priest” here doesn’t mean “priest” as in the Catholic Church. Rather, it means teacher. According to page nine in the Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Baha, everyone must teach. There is no professional priesthood or paid clergy in the Baha'i faith.
It is prophesied that Jesus would come again. Baha'u'llah fulfilled the prophecies for the second coming of Christ. Baha'u'llah did not claim to be, nor did He fulfill the prophecies for, the return of Jesus. Leland (the land) fulfills the prophecies for the second coming of Jesus the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (see the Book of Hebrews).
With the passing of Shoghi Effendi in 1957, all the believers were to turn to his son, the first International Baha'i Council. Jesus Christ and Baha'u'llah were both called “Christ” because both were descendants of King David. The meaning of the word Christ is a male sperm descendant of King David, who is anointed. Jesus was a descendant from David through His physical father Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 1:6-16 and Luke 3:23-31). Paul, who did a lot of research in the archives, wrote in Romans 1:3-4: “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed [translated from the Greek word sperma] of David according to the flesh; And [only] declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness [the Holy Spirit],” which means Jesus was a Manifestation of God, not God. The Son refers to the potency of Jesus’ Revelation, whereas the Father refers to the potency of Baha'u'llah’s Revelation. If God was Jesus’ physical father, Jesus could not be the Christ, for God is not a descendant of King David.
The difference between Jesus Christ and Baha'u'llah is that none of Jesus’ ancestors sat on the throne of David except David himself. In Psalm 89 it is recorded, “Thou hast said; ‘I have made a Covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: I will establish your descendants for ever and build thy throne for all generations’” (Psalm 89:3,4). Baha'u'llah’s Covenant is the continuation of the Covenant God made with David. In His Covenant, Baha'u'llah, Who is a male sperm descendant of King David seated on the throne of King David, passed this lineage down to His son 'Abdu'l-Baha. 'Abdu'l-Baha continued this lineage in his adopted son, whom Shoghi Effendi placed as the head or president of the future Universal House of Justice, the first International Baha'i Council. This council was Shoghi Effendi’s non-biological son that he had the Baha'i world turn to upon his passing.
There is a wicked witch prophesied in this book of Revelation. This one who fulfills the prophecy for this wicked witch had the “Hands” kill or destroy Shoghi Effendi’s son so she and the rest of the “Hands” could take over the administration for their own aggrandizement and empowerment. They then set up a wall of oppression around their Covenant-breaking violation, forbidding the Baha'i world from using their intellects that God gave them, denying them the right to use the principle of “independent investigation of truth,” which Baha'u'llah gave them so they could know the truth. The “Hands” had to set this wall up, for if their followers were able to investigate the truth they would find they were now in a Covenant-breaking cult. This wall of oppression is an essential part of all Revelations. (300Fal) It is a test to see if the so-called believers would go against the Covenant for any reason. However, the Bab said the true Joseph is a vine that goes over the wall of oppression.
Jesus was the firstborn of the dead, because He ratified this Covenant with His blood. That is how He saves us from our sins, by ratifying this Covenant with His blood. That is, it is through His Covenant that the Christians are saved.
7 “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8 ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
For the Christians, the “clouds” are the false interpretations of the clergy of Christendom. For the Baha'is, the clouds are the wall of oppression that prevents the wicked followers of Jezebel (Ruhiyyih Khanum) and the Covenant-breaking “Hands” from investigating the truth for themselves. They are wicked because they don’t use the intellects God gave them to know the truth, nor do they apply the principle Baha'u'llah gave them of the “independent search for truth.” Daniel prophesied: “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” (Dan. 12:10).
The prophecy for the one who comes “with the clouds, and every eye will see him,” pertains to Jesus on his second coming. He will be on international hookup on all the TV stations of the world, and on the internet on your computers. Even the people in Central Africa who live in rondavels (mud or straw huts) will see him. This will happen shortly after New York City is destroyed, the seat of the beast, because of actions by either the US or the UN.
Then “all the tribes on earth will wail on account of him.” To wail is to make mournful and painful sounds. You would think the Christians would be in great joy when they see Jesus returning on a cloud, given the way the Christian clergy puts it. Then why the wailing? It’s because, as put forth by Madam Albright (who is not too bright), “If Iraq bombs New York City, then the United States would wipe Iraq off the face of the earth with a large barrage of nuclear weapons.” Thus everyone will realize that this is the Battle of Armageddon in which one-third of the people will be dead in one hour (Rev. 9:15, 18:17). This war will be fought between mostly Christian nations, as were the First and Second World Wars. The white race will all but disappear. Christianity can’t even bring peace among Christians, how can it bring peace to the world? Therefore, Jesus Christ never claimed to be the prophesied “Prince of Peace.” He said: “I have not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). If Jesus was the Prince of Peace, He would be the biggest failure in the world, as we have had nothing but war ever since His advent.
Right after New York City is evaporated there will be 144,000 Covenant-breakers who will repent and come under the provisions of the Covenant. Some of the Covenant-breaking Baha'is will see for the first time that they were wicked for going against the Covenant and, throwing off their shackles, they will return to the Covenant. The rest will die very painful and untimely deaths. As they are spiritually dead now, they will then also be dead physically. They will find in the next life that they are in the outer fringes of the nethermost gloom, for there is nothing worse on this planet than a damn Covenant-breaker.
8 “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The first and the last refer to the Divine Manifestations, Who, in Essence, are all the same because they all reveal the same Cause of God. “From these statements therefore it hath been made evident and manifest that should a Soul in the ‘End that knoweth no end’ be made manifest, and arise to proclaim and uphold a Cause which in ‘the Beginning that hath no beginning’ another Soul had proclaimed and upheld, it can be truly declared of Him Who is the Last and of Him Who was the First that they are one and the same, inasmuch as both are the Exponents of one and the same Cause.” (301)
9 “I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
11 saying, ‘Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna, and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.’”
Patmos is an island in the Aegean Sea about 60 miles southwest of Ephesus, about 150 miles east of Athens. It is about 10 miles long, 6 miles wide, treeless, and rocky. John was banished there under the persecution of Roman Emperor Domitian on the Sabbath (“the Lord’s day”). Through spiritual inspiration a voice like a trumpet, meaning that it was clear, told John to write what he saw in a book (the book of Revelation), and send it to the above cities. At the time that John was writing, Christianity had broken up into over 22 sects, with new ones still being created. The seven churches signify the good and bad parts of the Christian beliefs. There was only one that didn’t have anything wrong with it, and that was the church of Philadelphia.
12 “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,”
The “seven lampstands” are the seven churches (congregations).
13 “and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast;”
In some countries, the magistrates wear a silken girdle around their waists to signify their authority. The “golden girdle” signifies that this person has authority from God. Baha'u'llah referred to His Revelation as a robe, and the “son of man,” means he is a man who has a physical father, and here he is the second coming of Jesus the Lamb.
14 “his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire,”
Jesus on his second coming, at eighty-one years old, fulfills this prophecy. His eyes are sort of red like a flame of fire.
15 “his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace,”
On his feet and his hands his skin is very thin with no fat or muscles under the skin, making his hands and feet look like reddish burnished bronze.
The feet of bronze (brass and tin) “refined as in a furnace,” means his feet are as if they were burned in a fire. The “feet” symbolize understanding, and molten brass is one of the most blinding metals, indicating that his explanations show the splendor of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah. The word “splendor” or glory is the meaning of the word “Baha.”
15 (cont.) “and his voice was like the sound of many waters;”
Revelation 17:15 explains these many waters: “The waters that you saw... are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues,” meaning Jesus the Lamb’s explanations and commentaries establish Baha'u'llah’s Revelation, which will unite the entire world.
16 “in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.”
The “seven stars” are the angels of the seven churches and the “sharp two-edged sword” that cuts for either good or for bad are his explanations and commentaries. They are so clear that anyone reading them can see that they expose the corrupted teachings of the churches, so they can turn to Jesus the Lamb and be saved. But the miscreants and malefactors are for the fire. He exposes the corrupted takeover of the Baha'i faith by the Arch Covenant-breakers (lawbreakers), the wrongdoers, so that those who are searching for the truth will find it in the explanations of Jesus the Lamb. Those who turn away from Jesus the Lamb are also for Death and Hades, the fire. His face was “like the sun shining in full strength,” for those who have had the good fortune to meet him could see his face shining like the sun.
17 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last,’”
Here Jesus is saying that He is “the first and the last.” He is the first Jesus and the last Jesus that comes at the end of 6000-year cycle, which started with Adam in 4000 BC and ends in 2000 AD. He is Alpha, meaning He is symbolized by the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, the letter "a." There are 27 letters in the Arabic alphabet. Jesus, being represented by the first letter, has the value of 1. The second letter is "b," which signifies the Bab, and has the value of 2. The Bab had 19 Letters of the Living, and 1+2+19=22. The letter "h" represents Baha'u'llah. In the Arabic alphabet, "h" has the value of 5, and 22+5=27, making the full value of the alphabet.
Also, Jesus on His first coming, represented by the first letter "a," has the value of 1; The Bab, represented by the letter "b," has the value of 2; Baha'u'llah, represented by the letter "h," has the value of 5; and Jesus on his return as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 6:20), again represented by the first letter "a," has the value of 1. Added together, these equal nine (1+2+5+1=9). Nine is the number of ABHA. Nine is the highest single number or the complete number.
18 “and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.’”
What is meant here is Jesus on his return has the keys of Death and Hades, and he has relegated what Ruhiyyih Khanum and the “Hands” set up, which is in opposition to Baha'u'llah’s House of Justice, to Death and Hades. That is, Ruhiyyih Khanum and the “Hands” and all that follow them are relegated to Death and Hades, along with all the followers of all the other apostate religions. All the religions of the world have become apostate. The Baha'i faith became apostate when Ruhiyyih Khanum did away with Shoghi Effendi’s plan, thus going against Shoghi Effendi, therefore going against God by deleting the executive branch from the House of Justice. The Will and Testament, which is the charter for the Universal House of Justice, states, “The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body 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.” (302) Without the executive branch, there can be no justice, and without justice, there can be no Universal House of Justice. What Ruhiyyih Khanum and the “Hands” set up, a Universal House of Justice without the executive branch, is not Baha'u'llah’s Universal House of Justice. In fact, it is not a House of Justice at all.
19 “Now write what you see, what is and what is to take place hereafter.”
What is to take place hereafter refers to the fact that we are now on the very edge of the great catastrophe in which two-thirds of mankind will be destroyed, with one-third being destroyed in one hour, which is prophesied later on in this book of Revelation.
20 “As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”
The one that has “the seven stars” in his right hand is Jesus the Lamb. The “seven churches” are the seven alive revealed religions. There are no Adamites left in the world so it is no longer an alive religion. The Adamites have all been absorbed into the succeeding Revelations. Therefore, the first alive revealed religion is Judaism, or the religion of Moses, as found in the Old Testament. The second is Hinduism, the religion of Krishna. The third is Zoroastrianism, the religion of Zoroaster. The fourth is Buddhism, the religion of Buddha. The fifth is Christianity, the religion of Jesus Christ. The sixth is Islam, the religion of Muhammad. There are no Babis left in the world as they have either all died off or have been converted into the Baha'i faith; therefore it is no longer an alive religion. The seventh is the Baha'i faith, the religion of Baha'u'llah. The word angel here means messenger or the Divine Manifestations of the seven religions. The “seven churches” are prognostications or prophecies foretelling what will happen in the last days, which is right now. All of the churches’ religions are guilty of the same things, especially Christianity and the Baha'i faith.