OVER THE WALL OF OPPRESSION
PART II, THE BOOK OF REVELATION
By Dr. Leland Jensen
In Some Answered Questions, pp. 67-72, 'Abdu'l-Baha explains part of chapter twelve:
We have before explained that what is most frequently meant by the Holy City, the Jerusalem of God, which is mentioned in the Holy Book, is the Law of God. It is compared sometimes to a bride, and sometimes to Jerusalem, and again to the new heaven and earth. So in chapter 21, verses 1, 2 and 3 of the Revelation of St. John, it is said: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Notice how clear and evident it is that the first heaven and earth signify the former Law. For it is said that the first heaven and earth have passed away and there is no more sea─that is to say, that the earth is the place of judgment, and on this earth of judgment there is no sea, meaning that the teachings and the Law of God will entirely spread over the earth, and all men will enter the Cause of God, and the earth will be completely inhabited by believers; therefore, there will be no more sea, for the dwelling place and abode of man is the dry land. In other words, at that epoch the field of that Law will become the pleasure-ground of man. Such earth is solid; the feet do not slip upon it.
The Law of God is also described as the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. It is evident that the New Jerusalem which descends from heaven is not a city of stone, mortar, bricks, earth and wood. It is the Law of God which descends from heaven and is called new, for it is clear that the Jerusalem which is of stone and earth does not descend from heaven, and that it is not renewed; but that which is renewed is the Law of God.
The Law of God is also compared to an adorned bride who appears with most beautiful ornaments, as it has been said in chapter 21 of the Revelation of St. John: “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” And in chapter 12, verse 1, it is said: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” This woman is that bride, the Law of God that descended upon Muhammad. The sun with which she was clothed, and the moon which was under her feet, are the two nations which are under the shadow of that Law, the Persian and Ottoman kingdoms; for the emblem of Persia is the sun, and that of the Ottoman Empire is the crescent moon. Thus the sun and moon are the emblems of two kingdoms which are under the power of the Law of God. Afterward it is said: “upon her head is a crown of twelve stars.” These twelve stars are the twelve Imáms, who were the promoters of the Law of Muhammad and the educators of the people, shining like stars in the heaven of guidance.
Then it is said in the second verse: “and she being with child cried,” meaning that this Law fell into the greatest difficulties and endured great troubles and afflictions until a perfect offspring was produced─that is, the coming Manifestation, the Promised One, Who is the perfect offspring, and Who was reared in the bosom of this Law, which is as its mother. The child Who is referred to is the Báb, the Primal Point, Who was in truth born from the Law of Muhammad─that is to say, the Holy Reality, Who is the child and outcome of the Law of God, His mother, and Who is promised by that religion, finds a reality in the kingdom of that Law; but because of the despotism of the dragon the child was carried up to God. After twelve hundred and sixty days the dragon was destroyed, and the child of the Law of God, the Promised One, became manifest.
Verses 3 and 4. “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth.” These signs are an allusion to the dynasty of the Umayyads who dominated the Muhammadan religion. Seven heads and seven crowns mean seven countries and dominions over which the Umayyads had power: they were the Roman dominion around Damascus; and the Persian, Arabian and Egyptian dominions, together with the dominion of Africa─that is to say, Tunis, Morocco and Algeria; the dominion of Andalusia, which is now Spain; and the dominion of the Turks of Transoxania. The Umayyads had power over these countries. The ten horns mean the names of the Umayyad rulers─that is, without repetition, there were ten names of rulers, meaning ten names of commanders and chiefs─the first is Abú Súfyán and the last Marván─but several of them bear the same name. So there are two Muáviyá, three Yazíd, two Valíd, and two Marván; but if the names were counted without repetition there would be ten. The Umayyads, of whom the first was Abú Súfyán, Amír of Mecca and chief of the dynasty of the Umayyads, and the last was Marván, destroyed the third part of the holy and saintly people of the lineage of Muhammad who were like the stars of heaven.
Verse 4. “And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour the child as soon as it was born.” As we have before explained, this woman is the Law of God. The dragon was standing near the woman to devour her child, and this child was the promised Manifestation, the offspring of the Law of Muhammad. The Umayyads were always waiting to get possession of the Promised One, Who was to come from the line of Muhammad, to destroy and annihilate Him; for they much feared the appearance of the promised Manifestation, and they sought to kill any of Muhammad’s descendants who might be highly esteemed.
Verse 5. “And she brought forth a man child, Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.” This great son is the promised Manifestation Who was born of the Law of God and reared in the bosom of the divine teachings. The iron rod is a symbol of power and might─it is not a sword─and means that with divine power and might He will shepherd all the nations of the earth. This son is the Báb.
Verse 5. “And her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” This is a prophecy of the Báb, Who ascended to the heavenly realm, to the Throne of God, and to the center of His Kingdom. Consider how all this corresponds to what happened.
Verse 6. “And the woman fled into the wilderness”─that is to say, the Law of God fled to the wilderness, meaning the vast desert of Ḥijáz, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Verse 6. “Where she had a place prepared of God.” The Arabian Peninsula became the abode and dwelling place, and the center of the Law of God.
Verse 6. “That they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” In the terminology of the Holy Book these twelve hundred and sixty days mean the twelve hundred and sixty years that the Law of God was set up in the wilderness of Arabia, the great desert: from it the Promised One has come. After twelve hundred and sixty years that Law will have no more influence, for the fruit of that tree will have appeared, and the result will have been produced.
Consider how the prophecies correspond to one another. In the Apocalypse, the appearance of the Promised One is appointed after forty-two months, and Daniel expresses it as three times and a half, which is also forty-two months, which are twelve hundred and sixty days. In another passage of John’s Revelation it is clearly spoken of as twelve hundred and sixty days, and in the Holy Book it is said that each day signifies one year. Nothing could be clearer than this agreement of the prophecies with one another. The Báb appeared in the year 1260 of the Hejira of Muhammad, which is the beginning of the universal era-reckoning of all Islám. There are no clearer proofs than this in the Holy Books for any Manifestation. For him who is just, the agreement of the times indicated by the tongues of the Great Ones is the most conclusive proof. There is no other possible explanation of these prophecies. Blessed are the just souls who seek the truth. But failing justice, the people attack, dispute and openly deny the evidence, like the Pharisees who, at the manifestation of Christ, denied with the greatest obstinacy the explanations of Christ and of His disciples. They obscured Christ’s Cause before the ignorant people, saying, “These prophecies are not of Jesus, but of the Promised One Who shall come later, according to the conditions mentioned in the Bible.” Some of these conditions were that He must have a kingdom, be seated on the throne of David, enforce the Law of the Bible, and manifest such justice that the wolf and the lamb shall gather at the same spring.
And thus they prevented the people from knowing Christ.
1 “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
2 she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.
3 And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads.
4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth.
5 she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
'Abdu'l-Baha explains that the “Law of God is also compared to an adorned bride…as it has been said in chapter 21 of the Revelation…” He likened the verses in Revelation 12 to the dispensation of Islam. With the appearance of the Bab, the laws of God were abrogated in preparation for the dispensation of Baha'u'llah, the Glory of the Father, the return of Christ. Thus the meaning of the Law of God and a “new heaven and a new” earth now pertains to the dispensation of Baha'u'llah. “We have before explained that what is frequently meant by the Holy City, the Jerusalem of God, which is mentioned in the Holy Book, is the Law of God. It is compared sometimes to a bride and sometimes to Jerusalem, and again to the new heaven and earth.”
The Law of God has two aspects, the spiritual, and the physical. The spiritual is the essence of the Law, spiritual qualities and attributes. The material pertains to the laws, teachings, and ordinances for an ever-advancing civilization. Another aspect of the Law of God is the Covenant, which is both spiritual and material. Within His Covenant, Baha'u'llah, Who is seated upon the throne of David, named 'Abdu'l-Baha as the “Most Great Branch,” that is, 'Abdu'l-Baha would be His successor. 'Abdu'l-Baha then delineates the Covenant of Baha'u'llah within his Will and Testament.
As explained in part one of this book, the “Hands” of the faith completely obliterated the truth of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha. The oppression placed upon the mass of believers has prevented the people from knowing the Promised One of our age, the return of Jesus after the order of Melchizedek; he who is the establisher of the Baha'i faith and the only one who can take the scroll and explain it’s meaning. Thus, there is a war in heaven between those who oppose the truth and those who remain firm and steadfast in the Covenant and “follow the lamb wherever he goes.”
7 “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,”
The name Michael means “one like God” and is a reference to Baha'u'llah. His angels are God’s heavenly army who hold true to the explanations and commentaries of Dr. Leland Jensen, a Knight of Baha'u'llah and the return of Jesus after the order of Melchizedek.
8 “but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.”
Those who are the violators and oppose the Law of God will be defeated and go into utter perdition.
9 “And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
Here it tells us who this great dragon is, the Devil or Satan. Satan is the twisted intellect that is not spiritual and opposes the truth of the Covenants of God. This applies to all who oppose the truth as given within the scriptures regarding the appearance of the return of Christ, the one seated upon the Throne of David, Baha'u'llah, and His Covenant, and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha. It also refers to those who, having heard the truth as given through Dr. Leland Jensen’s explanations and commentaries, turned against the truth and with pretext upon pretext, sought a station above their station. They prevent those whom they have deceived from seeing the truth of the Covenant and thus there is no longer a place for them in heaven.
10 “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.’”
“Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come” refers to the re-establishment back into the Baha'i faith of the Davidic Kingship as explained by Dr. Leland Jensen.
11 “‘And they have conquered him [the dragon] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death,’“
The Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes has explained the testimony of the sacrificial Lamb, who is the Spirit of Prophecy. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). By these explanations of the prophecies by Jesus the Lamb, the Kingdom of God will be established.
“The word of their testimony” also means that the144,000 testify to their belief in this Covenant. They will be followers of the Lamb. This battle is won through the explanations and commentaries of Jesus the Lamb, Dr. Leland Jensen. Those who teach these explanations and commentaries are those who accept God’s Covenant, and do not deviate even a hair’s breadth from the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
12 “‘Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!’”
Those who “dwell” in the heaven of the Baha'i Revelation are those who believe in Baha'u'llah’s Covenant. “The devil” symbolizes the twisted intellect, and its rejection of the truth and the Promised One.
Those who usurped the Baha'i administration, and those who have turned against the teachings of Dr. Leland Jensen for their own aggrandizement and empowerment, have led the people down the road to total destruction. “O ye peoples of the world! Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have committed have been blotted from My sight. By My beauty! All your doings hath My Pen graven with open characters upon tablets of Chrysolite.”
13 “And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child.
14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times and half a time.”
A circle has 360 degrees, and a cycle or “time” has 360 years. 'Abdu'l-Baha explains the meaning of a “time, times, and a half a time,” which also occurs in the book of Daniel.
“In Daniel, chapter 12, verse 6, it is said: ‘And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river…it shall be for a time, times, and a half; and that when He shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.’
As I have already explained the signification of one day, it is not necessary to explain it further; but we will say briefly that each day of the Father counts as a year, and in each year there are twelve months. Thus three years and a half make forty-two months, and forty-two months are twelve hundred and sixty days. The Bab, the precursor of Baha'u'llah, appeared in the year 1260 from the Hejira of Muhammad, by the reckoning of Islam.” (308)
15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood.
16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth.
17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.”
Being “thrown down to the earth” means the violators of the Covenant and Will and Testament will be exposed, that is to say, the “Hands” who usurped the faith and those who oppose the explanations of Dr. Leland Jensen are made known through the power of the Covenant.
With the explanations and commentaries of the Promised One of God as written within this book, the entire world will be judged and held accountable, as “the faith of no man is dependent upon that of another.”