Breath of a New Spirit – Ridvan Message

The Little Horn Prophecy – Donald Trump and the GOP

Introduction

'Abdu'l-Baha, Davidic King

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Davidic King

“Until the heavenly civilization is founded, no result will be forthcoming from material civilization, even as you observe. See what catastrophes overwhelm mankind. Consider the wars which disturb the world. Consider the enmity and hatred. The existence of these wars and conditions indicates and proves that the heavenly civilization has not yet been established. If the civilization of the Kingdom be spread to all the nations, this dust of disagreement will be dispelled, these clouds will pass away, and the Sun of Reality in its greatest effulgence and glory will shine upon mankind.” –Abdu’l-Baha, Chicago, May 5th, 1912

These words, spoken more than a century ago by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah, highlight the professed reality that unless and until the principles and values of the Oneness of Humanity and Unity in Diversity, based on a foundation of Justice for All, are embraced and infused into human society, we will not successfully enter into a progressive form of internationalism and globalism, but will instead find ourselves hindered and stunted from achieving our true potential.

“Today people fear or resent “new world-order” takeover schemes of those such as announced by Bush Sr. on September 11, 1991. Thinking people see a pattern in these global events. In reality this pattern is based in the underlying Pattern of Prophecy. The Bible warns us against “world-orders” as the “kingdom of this world” (Rev. 11:15 RSV) and contains astonishing prophetical imagery such as that of the coming of the Beast, the False Prophet, the Antichrist and the Battle of Armageddon.

But the Bible is not against all forms of world order. In fact it supports one. This is the coming of the world order of the Kingdom of God upon the earth as it is in heaven – as Jesus stated in the Lord’s prayer. “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy Name. They Kingdom come, It will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

The Kingdom of God is a real Kingdom with laws subjects and a king. It is the government of God ruling from the throne of King David (Is. 9:6-7) that is the executive branch of the “House of the Lord” (Is. 2:2) to which “all nations shall flow” (Is. 2:2); thus international.

The “throne of King David” (Is. 9:6-7; Psalms 89, etc.) and that living one seated upon that throne is therefore the “sign of God” so that we can recognize the true Kingdom of God from fakes, frauds, and imitations – false “new world-orders” like those of Bush Sr.; false religious outfits; evil man-made “theocracies”; preistcraftisms; and phony organizations that have no authenticity and are in opposition to the person of the living Davidic King dwelling amongst us who is alive in the world today.” –Neal Chase, from the Foreword of Child of the East

In a time of “alternative facts” and “fake news”, and through the social static of materialism run rampant, Baha’u’llah has yet to be seen and recognized for who He is – that great descendant of King David that the whole Bible is talking about – the Messiah ben David, and the second coming of Christ seated upon the throne of David, with a Revelation in the potency of the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6-7). Baha’u’llah fulfills detailed prophecies from the books and writings of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as from the Eastern religions, and Native American Tribes, including the Hopi, Paiute, and Lakota. The Revelation of Baha’u’llah is a vast ocean of knowledge, comprised of many books, tablets, and letters, but can be summed up into 12 basic Baha’i principles:

  1. The Oneness of Humanity
  2. Independent, Unfettered Investigation of the Truth
  3. Religion is Progressive, All Having a Common Foundation
  4. Religion Must Be the Source of Unity
  5. True Science and True Religion Must Correspond
  6. The Equality of Men and Women
  7. Removal of All Prejudice
  8. Universal Peace Upheld by a Spiritual World Government
  9. Universal Compulsory Education
  10. A Spiritual Solution to the Economic Problem
  11. A Universal Auxiliary Language
  12. Universal House of Justice with a descendant of King David
    through Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha, at its head.

A Time of Entrenched Nationalism

In the seventh chapter of his book, the Hebrew prophet Daniel envisions a scenario where a man he refers to as the “Little Horn” rises to power, boasting arrogantly, speaking “GREAT” things, and making audacious claims. He speaks against, oppresses, and tries to wear down spiritual and religious groups, and in so doing is speaking against God. He intends to change the law and alter the times, culminating in court rulings against him. Through the course of a timeline of events, his dominion is eventually taken away, consumed, annihilated and destroyed. On the other side of a fiery ordeal, the oppressed people at last receive and come into the golden age of civilization, referred to by Daniel as the Kingdom. So at least there’s a happy ending.

In explaining the nature of the prophetic and “living word”, Baha’u’llah, who fulfills prophecy as the second coming of Christ, says “We speak one word, and by it we intend one and seventy meanings; each one of these meanings we can explain.” Authentic prophecy is always fulfilled, though people’s expectations often aren’t fulfilled – and that includes mine. The following hypotheses are some thoughts and meditations on Daniel’s prophetic vision in the seventh chapter of his book, relating to current events, as one potential meaning of the vision.

The Little Horn

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn” (KJV) “This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly” (NLV) “speaking arrogant things” (NETB) “a mouth uttering great boasts” (NASB) “that spoke boastfully” (NIV) “Look! It had eyes like those of a human being and a mouth that boasted with audacious claims” (ISV) “speaking great things.” The Book of Daniel Chapter Seven verse Eight.”

“I’m going to make America GREAT again!”Little Horn Donald Trump

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me… I would bomb the shit out of them.”

“Somebody hits us within ISIS — you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?”

“I’m also honored to have the greatest temperament that anybody has.”

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible.” –Donald Trump

To make an exhaustive list of the quotes of Donald Trump arrogantly boasting and making audacious claims would fill up many pages. His great boasting is acknowledged universally, seen by some as an attractive and refreshing quality of someone “telling it like it is”, and by others as grossly arrogant narcissism. Along with his compulsive lying, he boasts about so many things, including, but not limited to, his wealth, wall building skills, intelligence, Twitter, crowd sizes, genitalia, sexual assault of women, and military prowess.

“I will be so good at the military your head will spin.” –Donald Trump

The “Little Horn” of the seventh chapter of Daniel comes forth from a beast-like entity, among ten other “horns”, but this particular little horn is distinguished in the vision by its great arrogance, boasting, and audacity as it blows its own horn, so to speak.  Both horn (qeren in Hebrew) and trump share a common definition as “trumpet or horn”. Therefore, another way to say “Little Horn” is “Little Trump”.

The Little Trump

Donald Trump was given the nickname “Little Trump” by fellow Republican Newt Gingrich:

“The little Trump is frankly pathetic.” –Newt Gingrich

“The little Trump gets involved at a personality level” and is “very sensitive, particularly to anything which attacks his own sense of integrity or his own sense of respectability, and he reacts very intensely, almost uncontrollably, to those kinds of situations.” –Newt Gingrich

Following through on the theory that the rise to power of the 45th President of the United States was foreseen by the prophet Daniel, let’s look at the entire vision to contextualize the rise of Little Trump in the midst of an alarming scenario and global trend towards authoritarianism and nationalism. I’ll add commentary and raise questions as we go.

Daniel Chapter 7 (RSV)

1 In the first year of Belshaz′zar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter. 2 Daniel said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea.

These “four winds” are also described in chapter seven of the Book of Revelation as being held back by four angels, and in chapter nine, these angels holding back the four winds are seen bound at the great river Euphrates: “‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ So the four angels were released, who had been ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of mankind.” (Revelation 9: 14-15) However, this isn’t to occur until after the 144,000 promised are “sealed on their foreheads”, meaning that they intellectually accept Baha’u’llah, and are gathered “unto the throne” – to the Davidic King alive in the world today.

It is of significance to note that the river Euphrates stretches across four nations, beginning in the Persian Gulf, and flowing through Kuwait (Gulf War), Iraq (Iraq War), Syria (Syrian Civil War), and Turkey. Daniel sees the four winds of heaven, which are four stages of a great purification of the planet and of humanity, beginning to move, and stirring things up in the sea of prophecy.

The Four Beasts

 3 And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 4 The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it.

The four beasts are symbolic of national identity. They’re beasts because they’re operating from a more animalistic nature – materialistic, not spiritual. When we look with “eyes to see”, one way to understand this first beast, is that the lion represents England (lion on the pound, as well as the Royal Crest and Royal Arms of England), and that the eagles’ wings which are plucked off and made to stand upon two feet like a man, represents the United States (the eagle is the emblem of the U.S.), when in 1776, the 13 British colonies wrote their Declaration of Independence, broke away from England (plucked off) and  became an independent nation. When Daniel says “the mind of a man was given to it”, this is indicative of the freedom of choice, that defining characteristic of the human mind. The United States was the first country to institute these concepts into their Constitution: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and so forth.

However, we can also glean a current parallel of this independence with Brexit, and the June 2016 vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

 5 And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’

The Russian bear is a widespread and prominent symbol for Russia. Coinciding with the rise of Trump, Russia was involved in hacking in the U.S. presidential election, in favor of Trump and the Republican Party. There is also widespread speculation that Russia has “kompromat”, or compromising material to blackmail Trump and/or members of his administration. Americans and freedom loving people throughout the world demand a thorough investigation into the nature and extent of Russia’s involvement in the U.S. presidential election, and its potential ties with the Trump campaign and administration, and by association, with the three Republican majority branches of the U.S. government. Simultaneously through this time, Russia has also been directly involved in the Syrian Civil War, in concert with the three countries of Syria, Turkey, and Iran.

6 After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it.

In the book of Revelation these beast are described together as one beast, but in some instances, instead a leopard, there is the face of a man. The nation of France had as its symbol the leopard because of the four Germanic Tribes that made up the body of France during the Holy Roman Empire. These are also described as the four wings of a bird on its back and the four heads. Under the force of Charlemagne, four Germanic Tribes came together:  the Francs, the Saxons, the Lombards and the Burgundians. The Francs had as their symbol the panther, and the way you say “Panther” in French is “Pard”. The Saxons had as their symbol the lion, and the way you say that in French is “Leo”. Together this is the leo-pard or leopard. Will we see France continue the trend toward isolating nationalism by electing Marine La Pen of the National Front?

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great [boastful, arrogant, audacious] things.

This beast is said to be “different” from the other beasts, so perhaps this beast isn’t a nation, but some other type of body politic.

Beginning with the premise that the little horn is Donald Trump, this “terrible and dreadful” beast then would represent the Republican Party, the GOP. If this is the case, we can look back at the rise of Little Trump to a time when he was surrounded by ten other “horns”, described later by Daniel as “ten kings”, or ten other male candidates within the Republican Party.

This brings us specifically to the time of the Iowa Republican caucuses in February of 2016, when there were ten other male Republican candidates, or “kings”, on the campaign trail, along with Donald “Little Horn” Trump. The day after the caucuses, on February 2nd, 2016, three of the candidates dropped out of the race, or as Daniel sees, “were plucked up by the roots”.

But what does Daniel see this Little Horn doing? Is he a positive or a negative figure in this vision of the Jewish prophet?

The Saints

25 He [Little Horn] shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a time.

Who are these “saints”? How will he wear them out? The Hebrew word for “wear out” or “wear down” is belâ’, which is also translated as “harass” and “oppress”. What does it mean that the Little Trump will want to “change the times and the law”, and how does he go about trying to do this? And what is the significance of the timeline Daniel puts forth?

We’re looking for a group of people that are believers in God, who Trump is harassing, oppressing, and against whom he is trying to use the law as a tool of oppression, as he seeks to “change the times” to “make America great again.”

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States…” –Donald Trump

Trump signing MUSLIM BAN January 27 2017A prophetic “time” is generally understood to be a period of 360 days, or a prophetic year, though a “time” can also be understood as a further subdivision, such as a 90 day prophetic season, a 30 day prophetic month, or a 19 day Baha’i month.

Trump was elected on November 8th, 2016, and inaugurated on January 20th, 2017. But starting at February 2nd, 2016, indicated by the three horns/kings/candidates being “plucked up by the roots” after the Iowa Republican caucuses, and adding a “time” of 360 days, we come to January 27th, 2017, the day Trump signed his executive order banning travel from 7 Muslim majority countries. This executive order, known as the MUSLIM BAN, was in keeping with his xenophobic, racist, and Islamophobic campaign rhetoric, that has continued into his presidency. What does Daniel see as the result of Little Horn’s attacks on these saints?

The Court

26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.

Little Horn Muslim Ban Denied by Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsThe United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sat in judgment, ruling to block the MUSLIM BAN, and also ruling against reinstating it on February 9th, 2017. And on the Ides of March, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s second attempt to instate a MUSLIM BAN. Americans must continue to rise up, peacefully resist, embracing their Muslim neighbors and fellow citizens as brothers and sisters. Will further events unfold on this timeline? What other ways might we witness judgement of the Little Horn before a court?

Daniel sees the Little Horn speaking against the “Most High” (Hebrew: ‘illay), or God. Trump and the nationalistic, religious right, are against Allah in word and deed. Jesus called God Allah, and Muhammad enjoined His followers to accept Moses and Jesus, and to protect the “people of the Book”, Jews and Christians. When Jesus was on the cross, he called out in Aramaic “Alahi, Alahi, Lama Sabachthani?” translated as “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Alahi is the Aramaic word for God. Allah is the Arabic word for God. Same name, different language. Christian Arabs have no other word for God other than “Allah”. It is the same God, but prejudice and the breaking of Covenants from within the organized religious systems, beginning with the clergy, has poisoned the people against one another, even though all are from the same family tree, and in spite of the reality that religion is progressive, all have a common foundation.

Post 9/11, we witnessed an increase in hate speech and hate crimes against Muslims, fueled by a politics of fear, with continually evolving language designed to scapegoat Muslims, made mainstream and spread wide by the corporate media. For years after George W. Bush declared a “Global War on Terror”, which is another way to say “World War of Terror”, there was rarely a sincere effort by the majority of politicians or the media to differentiate Muslims from religious extremists committing violence and terror in the name of Islam, and the majority of the public followed suit, increasing widespread prejudice against Islam in the United States. On the flipside, there’s also a double standard against highlighting the connection of white religious extremists to Christianity in the United States, or in addressing the perception throughout much of the Muslim world that the United States has for years been waging a Christian crusade against Islam.

Trump, Republicans, and Democrats alike, seized upon and promoted the racist and Islamophobic “birther movement” conspiracy theories in an attempt to deny the legitimacy of Barack Hussein Obama as the first black President of the United States of America, with many in the corporate media purposely conflating his name with that of Osama Bin Laden. They denied that Obama was born an American citizen, and also sought to denounce him as a Muslim, as they knew that would be seen by a majority of Republicans, as well as Democrats, as a negative thing, so deep is the prejudice in American against Islam.

Meanwhile, as Jewish community centers and schools have received over 100 bomb threats in recent months, and Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized, American Muslims have united to stand with their Jewish sisters and brothers, and have raised money to repair the cemeteries.

At the same time, the right and alt-right (white nationalist) media has continued to fan the flames of prejudice, bigotry, racism and hatred in denouncing Muslims as terrorists, as well as unjustly labeling movements such as Black Lives Matter and the Indigenous led movement of Water Protectors at Standing Rock as terrorism and eco-terrorism.

The Black Snake

Through 2016, coinciding with the rise of Trump, we also witnessed the prayerful, peaceful rise to action of the prophesied Seventh Generation of the Indigenous Tribal Nations of North America, taking their stand at Standing Rock in North Dakota in protection of water, land, sacred sites, and human rights against the prophesied “Black Snake” of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), being built there illegally by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) on the unceded treaty land of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as stipulated in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851, and again on April 29th (the Most Holy Day of Ridvan), 1868.

“Our elders have told us that if the zuzeca sape, the black snake, comes across our land, our world will end. Zuzeca has come – in the form of the Dakota Access pipeline – and so I must fight. The Dakota Access pipeline threatens to destroy our sacred ground. I am defending the land and water of my people, as my ancestors did before me.” Lyuskin American Horse in Canon Ball, North Dakota

Standing Rock Water Protectors Defend The SacredThis spiritual movement and living monument of Water Protectors was begun in April of 2016 by the youth of the Seventh Generation. With its seeds as a prayer camp, and a safe, supportive space for indigenous youth facing the reality of a suicide epidemic on the reservations, over the course of the year the coalition of Water Protectors grew to include members of over 300 Tribal Nations, thought by many to be the largest gathering of Native American Tribes in history. The Water Protectors also included a diversity of humans from the Black Lives Matter movement, women and feminists, the LGBTQ community, clergy and representatives from all faiths and religions, politicians, immigrants, celebrities, people of all colors, races, and creeds, as well as thousands of US military veterans, all standing strong together at Standing Rock. At the height of this historic gathering over the weekend of December 4th, 2016, the number of Water Protectors swelled to 10,000, the same number of Babi martyrs killed in Persia at the outset of the Baha’i movement. “And Enoch also, the seventh [generation] from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints…” Jude 14 KJV

As the Water Protectors prayerfully and peacefully exercised their civil, human, and constitutional rights, they were met with severe oppression by a militarized police force, and were brutalized violently at every step – bitten by attack dogs, sprayed with mace and pepper spray, beaten with batons, arrested, stripped and cavity searched, held in dog kennels, marked on the arms with numbers for processing, shot with rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and other less lethal rounds, shot with LRAD sound cannons, and sprayed continuously with pressurized water hoses in sub-freezing temperatures. 

Donald_Trump_signs_orders_to_green-light_the_Keystone_XL_and_Dakota_Access_pipelinesTrump has a mutual financial relationship with ETP and the Black Snake, owning stock in ETP as well as Phillips 66, that also funds DAPL, and also receiving campaign contributions from Kelcy Warren, the CEO of ETP. Trump signed a presidential memorandum in January, 2017, which cleared the way for the completion of the pipeline, and his administration has expressed its desire to change laws in order to privatize the land of Native American Tribal Nations, in further support of the Black Snake of oil, greed, colonialism, and oppression.

Responsibility of the Media

The various human rights violations committed by law enforcement against Water Protectors were documented by citizens and reported by independent media organizations, even as the mainstream corporate media blackout of these atrocities persisted during the most violent episodes, by media organizations with direct ties to the fossil fuel industry. Especially now, as Trump and his administration has made a concerted effort to delegitimize the free press, branding journalists and media as “the enemy of the people” it is incumbent upon journalists, news organizations, the media – whether liberal, conservative or progressive – to report accurately and fairly. For a long time, the corporate media has been complicit in the sins of the United States of America. It’s time to repent.

“In this day the mysteries of this earth are unfolded and visible before the eyes, and the pages of swiftly appearing newspapers [print and online] are indeed the mirror of the world; they display the doings and actions of the different nations; they both illustrate them and cause them to be heard. Newspapers [and media] are as a mirror endowed with hearing, sight and speech; they are a wonderful phenomenon and a great matter.

But it behooves the writers and editors thereof to be sanctified from the prejudice of egotism and desire, and to be adorned with the ornament of equity and justice. They must inquire into matters as fully as possible in order that they may be informed of the real facts, and commit the same to writing. Concerning this wronged one, what the newspapers have published has for the most part been devoid of truth. Good speech and truthfulness are, in loftiness of position and rank, like the sun which has risen from the horizon of the heaven of knowledge.” –Baha’u’llah, Tablet of Tarazát

The Republican Beast

…behold, a fourth beast [Republican Party/GOP], terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, many questioned whether the rise of Trump would lead to the destruction of the Republican Party – speculating that it would collapse and crumble. Others have commented that it’s no longer the Republican Party they knew, as the majority of the Republican leadership and establishment seemingly turn a blind eye to the apparent moral bankruptcy of Trump. The truth is, both the Republican and Democratic parties have produced presidents and policies for decades that have furthered a culture of war based upon fear. It does seem, however, that with the election of the 45th president, the GOP has become something more “terrible and dreadful”.

Republican Elephant GOP SymbolThe symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant, with three stars on its side. Perhaps there’s a correlation between this fourth beast and the three ribs in the mouth of the Russian Bear. Could these three ribs refer to three specific individuals in the Trump campaign and administration who have had compromising ties with Russia? Maybe Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and another – Carter Page? Roger Stone? Paul Manafort? Or maybe they represent the three Republican controlled branches of the U.S. government, making the GOP “exceedingly strong”. This Republican Party is currently stamping, trampling, devouring and destroying so much progress and forward momentum, even as the majority of Americans want to move the United States toward embracing the principles of the Oneness of Humanity and Unity in Diversity, hallmarks of Baha’u’llah’s Peace Plan, and are in support of the declaration of the Prince of Peace that “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Donald “Little Horn” Trump and the Republican Beast Party want to increase defense and military spending by $54 billion (WAR) while seeking to dismantle, destroy, defund, and cut so many important departments and programs which are currently supporting the health and well-being of countless American citizens. They want to devour and stamp, among other things, non-defense spending at the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, USDA Water and Wastewater programs, and completely eliminate the Global Climate Change Initiative, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment of the Humanities. SAD! This GOP and Donald J. Trump are a threat to the growth of American arts and culture, education, and to the health and well-being of the planet. They are gearing up for war, at the expense of children, women, the poor, sick, elderly, minorities, and the disenfranchised. We must continue to rise, and to peacefully resist through our good thoughts, words, and deeds, as is our right and responsibility.

“Observe carefully how education and the arts of civilization bring honour, prosperity, independence and freedom to a government and its people.” –‘Abdu’l-Baha

“They who are possessed of riches must have the utmost regard for the poor… Great is the blessedness awaiting the poor that endure patiently and conceal their sufferings, and well is it with the rich who bestow their riches on the needy and prefer them before themselves.” –Baha’u’llah

“Be ye a refuge to the fearful; bring ye rest and peace to the disturbed; make ye a provision for the destitute; be a treasury of riches for the poor; be a healing medicine for those who suffer pain; be ye doctor and nurse to the ailing; promote ye friendship, and honour, and conciliation, and devotion to God, in this world of non-existence.” –‘Abdu’l-Baha

This Great Catastrophe

Neal Chase, Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, recently wrote:

“So we who are firm in the Covenant will survive the fires of this great catastrophe, the four winds of destruction that are unleashed from the “Great River Euphrates” that flows thru Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey! A war moving backwards upstream as Baha’u’llah The great river Euphrates runs through Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, and Turkeyhas said would be one of the signs of God’s sovereignty and power in this day of days. This war over oil and religion is still being fought. Trump is now president of the US and commander in chief of the armies. He wants to close the borders of the south by Mexico; ban travel of incoming people; bring in oil through pipelines in the north, move the capital of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; and defeat both ISIS/al-Qaeda and Russian influence in the Middle-East and world scene. America is becoming paranoid and isolationistic. These are the beatings of the drums of war! Seal off the borders; build a wall with a kill-zone between the US and Mexico; pump up a domestic police force state; “clean-up” the inner cities; militarize the cops nationwide  and occupy Chicago; re-empower private prisons; round up the Japanese into concentration camps; ban the Muslims and people of color (like Muhammad Ali’s widow and son); have an independent oil source from the north; move the US embassy to Jerusalem; denounce the UN two-state and support only the one state: Israel not Palestine; antagonize the international neighbors with unpredictability; threaten to nuke Russian spy subs, and drop the bombs on the Arab oil countries to eradicate ISIL; and extort the NATO members to pay up or lose their “protections”! Such is the current dilemma and plight of the people today! Thus has ‘Abdu’l-Baha foreseen it:

“How great, how very great is the Cause! How very fierce the onslaught of all the peoples and kindreds of the earth. Ere long shall the clamor of the multitude throughout Africa, throughout America, the cry of the European and of the Turk, the groaning of India and China, be heard from far and near. One and all, they shall arise with all their power to resist His Cause. Then shall the knights of the Lord, assisted by His grace from on high, strengthened by faith, aided by the power of understanding, and reinforced by the legions of the Covenant, arise and make manifest the truth of the verse: ‘Behold the confusion that hath befallen the tribes of the defeated!'””

If You Play With Fire

Contrary to the other beasts, symbolic of national identities, and seen elsewhere in prophecy to go through the fire of purification and become “living creatures” as they voluntarily enter the Kingdom of God on earth, the eventual fate and end of the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 appears to be more terminal:

11 I looked then because of the sound of the great [boastful, arrogant, audacious] words which the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

If this prophecy does indeed pertain to these current events, it appears that Trump’s dominion will eventually be taken away, and the body of this beast destroyed. Will Trump be impeached? Will he become like King Nebuchadnezzar, who went mad and eventually underwent a spiritual transformation? It’s certainly possible, as Baha’u’llah’s Revelation is infused with the power of “converting satanic strength into heavenly power”, but I’m not holding my breath.

For decades, the Baha’is Under the Provisions of the Covenant (bupc.org), have been trying to educate, awaken, and warn the people, through press releases, predictions, books, videos, and Baha’i Firesides, of the promised Kingdom, and of the catastrophes that have resulted and continue to result due to the breaking of covenants and the rejection of Baha’u’llah’s Peace Plan. This rejection began with the Baha’is themselves – who foolishly followed the covenant-breaking “Hands” in their attempted hostile takeover of the Baha’i Faith. The resulting oppression among the Baha’is, and the negative spiritual vortex that grew out of the violation of the Everlasting Covenant, has coincided with decades of turmoil, upheaval, and wars. There is blood on the hands of the “Hands”. Thankfully, a new contingent of Baha’is rose up and awakened, and the time for the 144,000 to gather “unto the throne” is now.

The book of Revelation warns of three woes (Revelation 8:13: “Woe, woe, woe”), forewarned and explained by the Twin Establishers of the Baha’i Faith to represent three wars and three attacks on New York City. The first woe began with Gulf War I in 1990, and included the first attack on the Trade Towers in New York, accurately predicted beforehand. The second woe included the second attack and destruction of the Trade Towers, also predicted, and Gulf War II. The Lamb (Establisher of the Baha’i Faith) opened the 7th seal after the start of the first woe, and before the start of the second woe. The third woe is a nuclear attack on the UN building in New York City (where the seat of Trump’s business empire, Trump Tower, is also located), further setting the stage for WWIII, and “the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of mankind.” (Revelation 9: 14-15) However, perhaps the 144,000 will arise to win their stations, and bring a halt to WWIII; we don’t want the finger of Trump, or any of his potential successors, on the nuclear button.

Terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and now ISIS/ISIL, that have targeted American and New York all these years, have stated that the UN was their ultimate target. The Baha’is Under the Provisions of the Covenant, alone among the various Baha’i groups, have continually and accurately warned of these threats, in an attempt to save the people from destruction, but instead of an open mind toward consultation, have normally been met with ridicule or been ignored by the media and those in power. This third woe, and the fire of a nuclear attack against New York, has the potential to completely destabilize and tear our country apart, and propel us into another phase of reactionary warfare and retribution against the Muslim world.

But there yet remains time for humanity to hold back the thermonuclear World War III, and avoid further calamity, as the prophecies for destruction are not set in stone. They are there as a warning, like the physician who prescribes a remedy to the patient for a serious, life threatening disease, and warns of the dire consequences of ignoring the remedy. It’s up to the patient to either accept or ignore the advice of the physician. God is the Divine Physician, not sending destruction, but the Divine Remedy, delivered by Promised Ones. The prophets and messengers who envisioned and warned of these catastrophes saw the potential results of ignoring the Divine Physician and the prescribed Remedy. The warnings are given as a mercy to humanity. And although the prophecies of destruction are not set in stone, the prophecy for the coming of the Kingdom of God, the golden age of civilization for all people, is a firm and everlasting promise, that will not be abrogated.

The Promise of the Kingdom

21 As I looked, this horn made war with the saints, and prevailed over them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints received the kingdom.

26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end. 27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’ 

Small, incidental characters and figures like the “little horn” and the various “beasts” will come and go, rise and fall, repeating and replaying the cyclical pattern of history and prophecy. But the promise of the Kingdom is once and for all time, and the really good news in all of this is the coming of Baha’u’llah, and the Revelation of Peace with Justice and the Oneness of Humanity.


Baha’u’llah’s Peace Plan is the Christ-promised “Kingdom of God on earth”. It is centered around the establishment of the IBC/UHJ (uhj.net), the true Universal House of Justice of Baha’u’llah. This council and court is distinguished by 12 Gates of New Jerusalem in the Rocky Mountainsthe living descendant of King David, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, seated as its president and executive branch. The Guardian, though the president of the council, is also a fellow, co-equal citizen. The continuation of the Davidic Kingship serves as the “sign of God” and point of unity by which we can recognize the authentic and true Kingdom of God on earth. This IBC/UHJ is prophesied of as the “House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:2) that “all nations shall flow unto”, the plan of government brought by the wonderful counselor of humanity, Baha’u’llah, with a Revelation in the potency of the Everlasting Father. This UHJ, situated in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, is to be the nexus point of a progressive, international, democratic community and society – not foisted upon the people, but shared through education, and open and welcoming to all those peoples, nations, governments and groups wishing to be a part of the development and sharing of a worldwide culture, where our beautiful human diversity is what unites us, and where peace with justice for all is our common goal.

“The people of the saints”, while including the majority of peaceful, pure of heart Muslims living throughout the world, and the Water Protectors of Standing Rock, also has a broader meaning to include all those free and independent thinking, conscientious, empathetic and sympathetic members of the human family who uphold the principles of the Oneness of Humanity and Justice for All, regardless of their class, creed, gender, race, sexuality, political affiliation, religion, or any other potential beautiful diversity under the sun. To those seekers of truth, and lovers of the Light from no matter which Lamp it shines, the Kingdom is promised. This is the vision from the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ:

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,” Revelation 7:9 RSV

Heavenly Civilization

The time has come for us to embrace our collective opportunity at enjoying heavenly civilization. The majority of human beings on the planet want it now! They already accept the fruits of the 12 basic Baha’i principles, even if they aren’t yet aware of Baha’u’llah. Jews, Christians, and Muslims accept the concept of Progressive Revelation, where the Creator has sent a series of Divine Messengers with spiritual teachings centered around the Golden Rule, as well as laws, ordinances and teachings for an ever-advancing material civilization, and they acknowledge that these material laws have altered with the coming of new Messengers.

In truth, religion is progressive, all having a common foundation. The great revealed religions of the East and West have their origins in the same Source. The Founders of these religions spoke of and prophesied of one another. We must also be willing to investigate, and if intellectually proven authentic, accept with pure hearts those Promised Ones that have continued to reveal God’s Plan.

“The Promised One of all the world‘s peoples hath now been made manifest. For each and every people, and every religion, await a Promised One, and Bahá’u’lláh is that One Who is awaited by all; and therefore the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh will bring about the oneness of mankind, and the tabernacle of unity will be upraised on the heights of the world, and the banners of the universality of all humankind will be unfurled on the peaks of the earth.” -‘Abdu’l-Baha

Adam J. Sippola
Knight of Baha’u’llah
March 21st, 2017 (1 Baha, 174 B.E.)

Writings from ‘Abdu’l-Baha for International Women’s Day

“In the world of humanity … the female sex is treated as though inferior, and is not allowed equal rights and privileges. This condition is due not to nature, but to education. In the Divine Creation there is no such distinction. Neither sex is superior to the other in the sight of God. Why then should one sex assert the inferiority of the other, withholding just rights and privileges as though God had given His authority for such a course of action? If women received the same educational advantages as those of men, the result would demonstrate the equality of capacity of both for scholarship.

In some respects woman is superior to man. She is more tenderhearted, more receptive, her intuition is more intense.”

“Divine Justice demands that the rights of both sexes should be equally respected since neither is superior to the other in the eyes of Heaven. Dignity before God depends, not on sex, but on purity and luminosity of heart. Human virtues belong equally to all!” –‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, November 14, 1911

“In this Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, the women go neck and neck with the men. In no movement will they be left behind. Their rights with men are equal in degree. They will enter all the administrative branches of politics. They will attain in all such a degree as will be considered the very highest station of the world of humanity and will take part in all affairs. Rest ye assured. Do ye not look upon the present conditions; in the not far distant future the world of women will become all-refulgent and all-glorious, For His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh Hath Willed It so! At the time of elections the right to vote is the inalienable right of women, and the entrance of women into all human departments is an irrefutable and incontrovertible question. No soul can retard or prevent it.”

“His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh has greatly strengthened the cause of women, and the rights and privileges of women is one of the greatest principles of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Rest ye assured! Erelong the days shall come when the men addressing the women, shall say: “Blessed are ye! Blessed are ye! Verily ye are worthy of every gift. Verily ye deserve to adorn your heads with the crown of everlasting glory, because in sciences and arts, in virtues and perfections ye shall become equal to man, and as regards tenderness of heart and the abundance of mercy and sympathy ye are superior.”” -‘Abdu’l-Baha, August 28, 1913

“The woman has greater moral courage than the man; she has also special gifts which enable her to govern in moments of danger and crisis.” -‘Abdu’l-Baha in London

“And among the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh is the equality of women and men. The world of humanity has two wings—one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.” -Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

The Martyrs – An Open Letter Concerning Holocaust Denial

THE MARTYRS
AN OPEN LETTER CONCERNING HOLOCAUST DENIAL
(Compilation of selected historical accounts for a professor of religious history)
 
“The number of martyrdoms which have taken place in Persia has been estimated at ten thousand. (This estimate is conservative. Many place the number at from twenty to thirty thousand, and some even higher.) Most of these occurred during the early history of the faith, but they have continued, with diminishing frequency, even down to the present time.” (M. H. Phelps, Life and Teachings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, introduction, p. 36. See also The Dawn Breakers, p. 605, Translation Shoghi Effendi).
 
Historian and human rights activist, Howard Zinn–a person of Jewish descent–makes an important statement concerning the Universal Meaning of these types of holocausts and genocides:
 
“My point was that the memory of the Jewish Holocaust should not be circled by barbed wire, morally ghettoized, kept isolated from other atrocities in history. To remember what happened to the six million Jews, I said, served no important purpose unless it aroused indignation, anger, action against all atrocities, anywhere in the world…. If the Holocaust is to have any meaning, we must transfer our anger to today’s brutalities. We must respect the memory of the Jewish Holocaust by refusing to allow atrocities to take place now.”
 
“To build a wall around the uniqueness of the Jewish Holocaust is to abandon the idea that humankind is all one, that we are all-of whatever color, nationality, religion-deserving of equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What happened to the Jews under Hitler is unique in its details, but it shares universal characteristics with many other events in human history: the Atlantic slave trade, the genocide against Native Americans, and the injuries and deaths to millions of working people who were victims of the capitalist ethos that put profit before human life.
 
“In recent years, while paying more and more homage to the Holocaust as a central symbol of man’s cruelty to man, we have, by silence and inaction, collaborated in an endless chain of [other] cruelties.
 
“There have been the massacres of Rwanda, and the starvation in Somalia, with our government watching and doing nothing.
 
“There were the death squads in Latin America and the decimation of the population of East Timor, with our government actively collaborating. Our churchgoing Christian Presidents, so pious in their references to the genocide against the Jews, kept supplying the instruments of death to the perpetrators of these atrocities.”
 
“My point is not to diminish the experience of the Jewish Holocaust, but to enlarge upon it.
 
“For Jews, it means to reclaim the tradition of Jewish universal humanism against an Israel-centered nationalism. Or, as Novick puts it, to go back to “that larger social consciousness that was the hallmark of the American Jewry of my youth.” That larger consciousness was displayed in recent years by those Israelis who protested the beating of Palestinians in the Intifada and who demonstrated against the invasion of Lebanon.
 
“For others, whether Armenians or Native Americans or Africans or Bosnians [or the Babi and Baha’i martyrs], it means to use their own bloody histories not to set themselves against others but to create a larger solidarity against the holders of wealth and power, the perpetrators and collaborators of the ongoing horrors of our time.” (Howard Zinn. (1999, November). Respecting the Holocaust. The Progressive Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Zinn/RespectingHolocaust.html)
 
Like Professor Zinn, as an individual person of ethnic Jewish background, I am very familiar with the important type of material verification that researchers must undergo–particularly in the face of the recalcitrant and the denier–to show and document genocide. In the 1990’s I put out a call to establish a Universal Human Rights Museum and Holocaust Memorial. The purpose of this is for people to see in one single location a full and unabridged record of man’s injustice toward man, so that these types of things will never happen again.
 
This Memorial is to include, not only the injustices, such as the Killing Fields; slavery in America; the Opium Wars against China; the Jewish Holocaust in WW II; the various witch hunts and infamous trials, etc., but also those documents and moves in history toward equity, fairness, and justice for all the people. Documents such as the International Declaration of Human Rights; the United States Amendment abolishing slavery; and other such public enactments and historical charters that vouchsafe freedom and justice fairly in society in general.
 
In this way, people would have access to a resource universal education in this important matter: Justice–which is sorely needed today. As of now this plan remains in the works as a potential website. As Zinn says this type of project would bring about Universal Meaning by establishing the creation of a larger solidarity that focuses on all Humankind as One, that is the Oneness of Humanity upheld by Justice for all.
 
One of the things that makes this project all the more important at this time, is the disintegration and denial of these holocausts and atrocities by the confused bigot and hater over relatively short periods of time, and some even while they are occurring!! Though the facts establishing the truth of these atrocities like the holocaust are evident, Abdu’l-Baha explains: “If there be justice, this will be acknowledged; but there are some people who, even if all the proofs in the world be adduced before them, still will not judge justly!” (SAQ, p. 36).
 
For that reason the foundation of the “International Universal Human Rights Museum and Holocaust Memorial” is especially important at this time in history, prior to the catastrophe which will potentially wipe out the documentation of what has already taken place. When we look at the current government of Iran for example, a systematic re-writing of history to eliminate both the holocaust of the Jewish people as well as that of the Babi and Baha’i martyrs is already underway. As Baha’u’llah’s ancestry is of Jewish origin, being from the throne line of King David, the people should be aware of why this type of erosion is taking place, due to the animosity of certain individuals against the continuation of the Jewish Kingship, passed down in the guardianship of the Baha’i faith.
 
Now God has allowed racism and the hijacking of religion for a very special purpose. His purpose is that of outwardly distinguishing the true believers and pure of heart, from those who are not in the sight of all people. In the future, all the people will be believers, because of the patient endurance of the people in this day who continually assert without fail, without deviation, and without wavering what is true and to refute the vain and false within our very own culture and within our very own society today. This is the task of, those shining lights, of whom Shoghi Effendi terms the “valiant warrior Baha’is.”
 
FACTS FOR UNIVERSAL EDUCATION
 
For the Jewish holocaust (the Shoah – האושה) in World War II, the standard figures are six million Jews and six to eleven million other peoples and groups for a total of about 11 to 17 million souls. These numbers are so large that their combined magnitude is incomprehensible especially when we think empathically of the magnitude and compassion of any one single life.
 
Yet, these figures have become politicized and part of holocaust denial.
 
The truth is that if only 2000 people, or say 200 people, or 2 people or one person (say Jesus or the Bab or Socrates, or some little child killed in rape camp) were rounded up, murdered, imprisoned, and tortured for their ethnic or religious beliefs, at what minimum number, 1, 2, 10, 20? would this not still be a grievous atrocity nor genocide against a people? The answer is there is no minimum number!
 
If there be justice, this will be acknowledged; but there are some people who, even if all the proofs in the world be adduced before them, still will not judge justly!” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, SAQ, p. 36).
 
Thus the debate in not about numbers. The debate is subterfuge for those people who are against the oneness of humanity and stand as the enemy of God’s purpose to unite all the peoples in this day. Their level–that of the bigot, the hater–is simply a loathsome affair, becuase debating how many actual numbers of African American families were ruined in the 400 years of slavery in the US, or how many Native Americans were displaced from their lands or interred in “camps” in no way diminishes, the immorality of the acts of those who even enslaved one, nor diminishes the cruelty, suffered of any one native America family in the concentration camps in the US called “reservations” that Hitler and the Nazis used as models for their own internment camps (See Zinn, ‘People’s History’ for more).
 
The deniers today–who by their words and deeds–defend, or make excuses for the perpetrators of the atrocities in fact have the karma of those self-same perpetrators rest upon them. While it may be for the victims of such atrocities, and the families and descendents of those victims to forgive–it is the job of the government to establish justice in these matters, which means to punish and condemn such acts, to prevent future repeats; and to educate the people away from such glaring wrongs. This is the reason that this letter is written and published–not to change the minds of the unjust–but to forearm the pure in heart with such facts, so that they and their successors to the light should know the truth of these matters.

If there be justice, this will be acknowledged; but there are some people who, even if all the proofs in the world be adduced before them, still will not judge justly!” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, SAQ, p. 36).
 
That said, the original figure of six-million Jews, as a rough estimate, was given by Adolf Eichmann, himself, a Nazi government official of the Gestapo, senior member of the SS, as documented in and reported in the transcripts of both Eichmann’s Trial and the Nuremberg Trials. The same case is true of the first official report of the Babi/Baha’i martyrs which was given to the Shah of Persia, Nasr-Din by a high level government official recorded at that exact time by the Iranian court chronicler Mirza Muhammad-Taqi Sipihr (entitled “Lisanu’l-Mulk”: “The Tongue of the Kingdom”) as “20,000 souls killed” (see Mazandarani “Tarikh Zuhur al-Haqq”; and E.G. Browne’s translation, Traveler’s Narrative, pp. 173-192 for more).
 
These 20,000 souls killed are the 20,000 Baha’i martyrs rubbed out over the very long time period of the reign of Nasr-Din Shah, over 40 years. In addition to the 20,000 Baha’i martyrs killed are 10,000 Babi martyrs killed in the first 9 years (1844-1853). 10,000 plus 20,000 equals a total of 30,000 altogether.
 
When we look into the Baha’i writings, and his talks and addresses, of the martyrs, ‘Abdu’l-Baha states “ten thousand”, and “twenty thousand”, and in later letters gives the figure “30,000” (Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p. 4.; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Ma’ida, Vol. 5, p. 45). These are the 10,000 Babi martyrs plus the 20,000 Baha’i martyrs for the total of 30,000. However, some have cited these various numbers causing confusion in uninformed the minds. This confusion exists for various reasons, not all worth mentioning, some of which is due to ex-membership and political issues amongst the sans-guardian population of those exposed to the poison of Covenant-breaking “anti-guardian” ideology/theology of the “Hands”. For example, in referring to the 10,000 Babi martyrs in the Traveler’s Narrative, ‘Abdu’l-Baha refers to them as “over four thousand.” Thus, in the words of Jesus,  have these people strained a gnat and swallowed a camel!
 
This is why their debate is not about numbers, but about their own personal “reasons.” For the just, the matter is entirely cleared up by the explicit texts of both ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. In the Will and Testament on page 4, written by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and translated by Shoghi Effendi, it states, in conjunction with the martyrdom of the Bab and Baha’u’llah’s own suffering in that first period (1844-1853) before He was cognizant of His Station, that:
 
“Ten thousand souls have shed streams of their sacred blood in this path, their precious lives they offered in sacrifice unto Him, hastened wrapt in holy ecstasy unto the glorious field of martyrdom, upraised the Standard of God’s Faith and writ with their life-blood upon the Tablet of the world the verses of His Divine Unity.” (W&T, p. 4)
 
These are the 10,000 Babi martyrs that lost their lives between the years 1844 and 1853 AD, from the inauguration of the Bab’s mission until Baha’u’llah vision in the Siyal-Chal that fateful 9 years sacred and holy period. This is further clarified in God Passes By, by Shoghi Effendi on page xiv, in which Shoghi Effendi states that “above 10,000 heroes laid down their lives” in “nine years [1844-1853] of fierce and relentless contest, whose theatre was the whole of Persia [modern day Iran].” Later in that same book of God Passes By, Shoghi writes of the “twenty thousand martyrs” (p. 372) of the “world community [that is, the Baha’is]… consecrated by the sacrifice of no less than twenty-thousand martyrs” (p. 402). This is further confirmed by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in his talk published in the Star of the West Magazine, in which he states: “twenty thousand Baha’is” killed in the reign of Nasr Din Shah:
 
“I was forty years a prisoner until the Young Turks of the Committee of Union and Progress overcame the despotism of Abdul Hamid, dethroned him and proclaimed liberty. Then the Committee of Union and Progress set me free from oppression. Were it not of the Committee of Unity and Progress I should have been in prison until the days of my life were ended. The purport is this:—that Baha’u’llah in prison was able to hoist the banner of peace although two despotic kings [Abdul Hamid and Nasr Din Shah] were His oppressors. The king of Persia Naser-Ed-Din-Shah had killed twenty thousand Baha’is. These martyrs in absolute severance and detachment, with the utmost willingness offered up their lives for their faith.” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, June 16, 1912, cf. Star of the West, 3(10), p. 23)
 
Thus these are the 10,000 Babi martyrs and 20,000 Baha’is martyrs which total 30,000, which is that same exact figure given by ‘Abdu’l-Baha as already shown (Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p. 4.; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Ma’ida, vol. 5, p. 45).  As far as the explicit texts of the writings go this is the matter as it comes down to us through the infallible line of authority from ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. Moreover, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was born in 1844, and was 9 years old in 1853. He was alive when the massacre of the 10,000 Babi martyrs occurred, and lived his entire life during the slaughter of the 20,000 Baha’is. ‘Abdu’l-Baha is himself an eye witness to all these events.
 
Now, though established and known as fact, some have differed on these historical points. Though the eye witnesses such as Gobineau and other European visitors, as well as the official report of the officer to the Shah, corroborate these findings, some have, for reasons of their own, chosen to reject these first hand and eye witness accounts. One of the reasons for this paucity of intelligent research is that whereas the accounts of famous and well renown martyrs are given, the slaughter of the masses of rank and file believers remained obscure, for the Persians/Iranians of the time, unlike the German’s of WW II, did not keep meticulous records and census, tattooing numbers on peoples arms and using IBM computers to keep count of their own kill record into the tens of millions.
 
Therefore, like the contested numbers of the holocaust Jews, this becomes a detestable and odious subject to say the least. Like the numbers of holocaust Jews, the Baha’is, like the Jews could only at first estimate their own numbers of loss, and were later informed by the facts and figures of the exterminators themselves like Eichmann’s 6 million and the Persian official’s 20,000 count.
 
Later when the Jewish Holocaust was historically contested or completely denied altogether, and when also Raul Hilberg published his rounded estimates as 5.1 million, this forced scholars such as Martin Gilbert, Lucy Dawidowicz and others to meticulously comb through not only German records, but pre World War II census of European Jewish populations, resulting in figures such as 5.75 million and 5.934 million, confirming the figure of Eichmann at about 6 million. They did this as compelled by the materialists to substantiate these figures–though these figures come from Eichmann himself as bragging!
 
These other numbers 5.1, 5.75 and 5.934 millions which corroborates the original 6 million figure of Eichmann still does not reflect the total 8 to 10 million Jews controlled, effected and who also ultimately died by the hands of the Nazi Regime. In making these type of material estimates in genocide, in my personal opinion and experience in looking into slavery in the US, the treatment of the Native Americans, the interment of the Japanese-Americans in World War II, here in the US, as well as the Killing fields in Cambodia, Stalin’s massacres, the programs of the Czar, the atrocities in Rwanda, the Bosnian rape camp statistics of the Serbs, these stated numbers, are almost always deflated and too low in such cases as these, and should be stated in the same manner and style as ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi as “above” and “no less than” those minimal estimated figures, for in that way those killed but unaccounted for, as well as those who die later on from the same root cause, are all accounted for as victims of the same evil that effects the goodness of  what little bonds of affection, love and, understanding are able to survive in this world at the present time and conditions outside the provisions of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah, the overshadowing shelter of King David’s throne as given in the provisions of the sacred Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha that sets the Jewish Davidic Kingship as the presidents of the Baha’u’llah’s true UHJ so that we can recognize the true Universal House of Justice of Baha’u’llah from fakes, frauds and imitations. What will these naysayers, deniers, pseudo-historians, incompetent and recalcitrant say as they are confronted with the actual living throngs of martyred souls themselves–face to face–in the next world, everyone of whose number is given, manifest and established!
 
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Rev. 6:9-11)
 

Now World War II set aside, the Germans were meticulous documenters and filmers of their actions and activities, but the Persians of the 1800’s under the Shah were not. Neither do we have pre-holocaust consensus or records of the Babis before the death of the Bab, nor of the Baha’is during reign of Nasr-Din Shah. Further, when the facts were contested in WW II, scholars like Gilbert, Dawidowicz and others not only had access to census and meticulous records before and after the event, but also only a very short span of 40 or 50 years separating their research from the time of the events.

 

Now, with modern techniques, 150 years separates our days from that of Qadjar Persia. The first hand eye-witness reports in which the repugnance of the European witnesses, such as Gobineau, throwing scrutiny on that regime, so firmly documented the early announced figures estimated at over 30,000, were already begun to be obscured in the 1890’s by those with political motives and reasons of their own, even as now the WW II deniers, in these first 40 and 50 years, are poised to attempt to erase the true figures of the WW II holocaust from history.
 
It doesn’t take that much intellect to imagine the situation if the Jews had been an even more oppressed minority as were the true believers during the Heroic Age of the Baha’i Faith. As history is written by the victors, what would be left of the knowledge of the atrocities of World War II, had the Nazis won the war? Probably nothing, for the stated goal was not only to eliminate the people, their culture, and their literature but even their memory, and the memory of their very existence. In the future envisages of the Nazi Third Reich, only a footnote, that the race had been Purified by Hitler, would remain. None of the details of how, when or who, would remain. Those vanquished and destroyed were to be completely erased and forgotten all together. For the most part this is what has occurred to the knowledge and history of the Babi and Baha’i faith in the nation of Iran, by the mainstream population at this time. If the name of Baha’u’llah is known, it is known only vaguely as an outcast of the state. Nothing else remains.
 
Without a doubt, the Qadjar and Shi’i regimes won out in Persian/Iranian society even unto this day, whereas for all intents and purposes the Nazi regime lost. Therefore, what accounts–like Eichmann’s statement of 6 million killed–there does exist concerning the Baha’i martyrs in the official government record of Persia/Iran of over 20,000 given at the time, and the eye witness accounts of the Europeans in that area is blessing for the children to know what in fact did take place. That said, we have these corroboration of the statements given by ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi completely consistent with the original data and facts which have survived down to this day. Here is compilation of few of the some better known:
 
Earnst Renan
 
“For His sake, thousands of martyrs flocked to their death. The great massacre of the Babís at Teheran. A day, perhaps, unparalleled in the history of the world!” (Ernest Renan, Les Apôtres [The Apostles], London: Watts & Co., 1905. See also Shoghi Effendi God Passes By, p. 66)
 
AUSTRIAN OFFICER’S NARRATIVE
 
‘Some days ago we mentioned the attempt made on the life of the Shah of Persia on the occasion of a hunting-party. The conspirators, as is well known, belonged to the Babís, a religious sect. Concerning this sect and the repressive measures adopted against it, the letter of Austrian Captain von Goumoens lately published in the “Soldier’s Friend” (Soldatenfreund) contains interesting disclosures, and elucidates to some extent the attempt in question. This letter runs as follows:
 
“Tihran, August 29, 1852.
 
“Dear Friend, My last letter of the 20th inst. mentioned the attempt on the King. I will now communicate to you the result of the interrogation to which the two criminals were subjected. In spite of the terrible tortures inflicted, the examination extorted no comprehensive confession; the lips of the fanatics remained closed, even when by means of red- hot pincers and limb-rending screws they sought to discover the chief conspirator….
 
“But follow me, my friend, you who lay claim to a heart and European ethics, follow me to the unhappy ones who, with gouged-out eyes, must eat, on the scene of the deed, without any sauce, their own amputated ears; or whose teeth are torn out with inhuman violence by the hand of the executioner; or whose bare skulls are simply crushed by blows from a hammer; or where the bázár is illuminated with unhappy victims, because on right and left the people dig deep holes in their breasts and shoulders and insert burning wicks in the wounds. I saw some dragged in chains through the bázár preceded by a military band, in whom these wicks had burned so deep that now the fat flickered convulsively in the wound like a newly-extinguished lamp.
 
“Not seldom it happens that the unwearying ingenuity of the Orientals leads to fresh tortures. They will skin the soles of the Babí’s feet, soak the wounds in boiling oil, shoe the foot like the hoof of a horse, and compel the victim to run. No cry escaped from the victim’s breast; the torment is endured in dark silence by the numbed sensation of the fanatic; now he must run; the body cannot endure what the soul has endured; he falls. Give him the coup de grâce! Put him out of his pain! No! The executioner swings the whip, and–I myself have had to witness it–the unhappy victim of hundredfold tortures and runs! This is the beginning of the end. As for the end itself, they hang the scorched and perforated bodies by their hands and feet to a tree head downwards, and now every Persian may try his marksmanship to heart’s content from a fixed but not too proximate distance on the noble quarry placed at his disposal. I saw corpses torn by nearly 150 bullets….
 
“When I read over again what I have written I am overcome by the thought that those who are with you in our dearly beloved Austria may doubt the full truth of the picture, and accuse me of exaggeration. Would to God that I had not lived to see it! But by the duties of my profession I was unhappily often, only too often, a witness of these abominations. At present I never leave my house, in order not to meet with fresh scenes of horror. After their death the Babís are hacked in two and either nailed to the city gate, or cast out into the plain as food for the dogs and jackals. Thus the punishment extends even beyond the limits which bound this bitter world, for Musulmans who are not buried have no right to enter the Prophet’s Paradise .
 
“Since my whole soul revolts against such infamy, against such abominations as recent times, according to the judgment of all, present, I will no longer maintain my connection with the scene of such crimes….”’ (He goes on to say that he has already asked for his discharge, but has not yet received an answer.” (cf. E. G. Browne, Materials for the Study of the Babi Religion, pp. 267-271; see also Dawn-Breakers, p. 605-606 Translation Shoghi Effendi)
 
Justin Shiel, Queen Victoria ‘s Envoy in Tehran
 
“The founder of the sect has been executed at Tabreez. He was killed by a volley of musketry, and his death was on the point of giving his religion a lustre which would have largely increased his proselytes. When the smoke and dust cleared away after the volley, Báb was not to be seen, and the populace proclaimed that he had ascended to the skies. The balls had broken the ropes by which he was bound, but he was dragged [not literally, of course] from the recess where after some search he was discovered and shot. His death, according to the belief of his disciples, will make no difference as Bab must always exist.” (Sir Justin Shiel, Queen Victoria’s Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Tehran, to Lord Palmerstone, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, on July 22, 1850 regarding the execution. The letter, can be found in its original form as document F.O. 60/152/88 in the archives of the Foreign Office at the Public Records Office in London . See also John Ferraby, All Things Made New).
 
Compte de Gobineau
 
“On that day, a spectacle was witnessed in the streets and bazaars of Tihran, which the people can never forget. Even to this very day, it remains the topic of conversation; one still feels a shocking horror which the years have not been able to lessen. The people saw marching, between executioners, children and women with deep holes cut into their flesh in which lighted wicks were inserted. The victims were dragged with ropes and goaded on with whips. Children and women went forth singing this verse:  ‘In truth, we come from God and unto Him do we return.’  Their voices were raised triumphant above the deep silence of the crowd, for the citizens of Tihran were neither mean nor great believers in Islam. When one of the victims fell to the ground and they prodded him up with bayonets, if the loss of blood which dripped from his wounds had left him any strength, he would begin to dance and to cry out with even greater enthusiasm: ‘In truth, we come from God and unto Him do we return!’
 
“Some of the children expired on the way. The executioners would throw their bodies under the feet of their fathers and sisters, who proudly walked over them without giving it a second thought. When the cortege reached the place of execution near the New Gate, the victims were given the choice between life and abjuration of their faith; they were even subjected to every form of intimidation. One of the executioners conceived the idea of saying to a father that, unless he yielded, he would cut the throats of his two sons on his very breast. The sons were quite young, the oldest about fourteen. Covered with blood, their flesh scorched, they were listening stoically to the threats. The father replied, while laying himself down, that he was ready and the older of the boys, claiming a prior
right, requested to be the first to die. It may be that the executioner denied him even that last comfort.
 
“At last, the tragedy was over and night fell upon a heap of formless bodies; the heads were tied in bundles to the posts of justice and the dogs on the outskirts of the city were crowding about.  That day won for the Babis a larger number of secret followers than much exhortation could have done.
 
“As I have said above, the impression caused by the terrifying impassibility of the martyrs was deep and lasting. I have often heard eye witnesses describe the scenes of that fateful day, men close to the government, some even holding important positions.  While listening to them, one could easily have believed that they were all Babis, so great was their admiration for the events in which &Islam played so inglorious a part, and so high a conception did they entertain of the resources, the hopes and the means of success of the new religion.”  (Comte de Gobineau’s “Les Religions et les Philosophies dans l’Asie Centrale,” pp. 248-250, cf. Translation of French Footnotes of the Dawn-Breakers, E. M. Perigord. See Dawn Breakers, p. 613, 614)
 
THE EXALTED LETTERS
 
“They drank their fill from draughts of blood and took their sustenance from provisions of grief; inasmuch as Thou didst purpose for them that which was willed by Thee, and ordained upon their fate Thine all-compelling behest in whatsoever thou didst desire.
 
“Thus, O my best Beloved, clothe them with the garb of patience and constancy, and with the attire of mercy and forbearance; that their eyes may be illumined by Thy new-found bounties and their hearts may be consoled by Thy boundless blessings. Enter them into the rivers of nearness and cities of reunion; and shelter the homeless within the precincts of Thy mercy and under the pleasant shadows of Thy forgiveness and grace. Comfort these bewildered ones in Thy sacred assemblages and give these thirsty ones a taste of the unseen streams of Thy life-giving waters and the preserved wine that is life indeed.  Let the breezes of the city of Thy love waft over them, and cause them to enter the everlasting lands of Thy affection; so that they may stray far from all else and draw nigh unto Thee, and busy themselves in the glorification of Thy name and take pleasure in remembrance of Thee. Plant the tree of Thy affection in the luminous fields of their hearts and nurture it with the waters of Thy love, so that its branches may grow, develop, and bear fruit; and so that they may remain steadfast in Thy love, walk upon the land of Thy good pleasure, lay in the cradle of Thy divine presence, traverse the plains of Thy reunion; soar in the firmament of Thy nearness; renounce the tokens of worldly limitations and be ennobled by entering Thy gatherings of divine singleness; and inhale the breezes of unity in the realm of detachment. Thus they may close their eyes to all and open them to Thee, flee from aught else and seek Thy presence.
 
“Then bestow upon them and upon Thy newly-arrived guest [Ethel May], O my Lord, all that hath been described herein and all that hath been set aside, and everything that belongeth neither to the former nor to the latter.
 
“The day is soon approaching when Thou shall grant that which is implored of Thee, for such are Thy all-embracing favours that have encompassed all Thy creatures, O my God.” (Baha’u’llah, from the Persian, Hurufat-i-‘Ali’in)
-written by Neal Chase, Guardian of the Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Firesides Online!

For the first time since ‘Abdu’l-Baha coined the term ‘firesides’ in 1912, the complete series of Baha’i Firesides are now online for every eye to see at http://bahaifireside.org.

Here is the playlist of the series for your viewing enjoyment and education.

“The Baha’i Faith is a solace to humankind.” -Gandhi

Gandhi Baha'i Faith

 

Shambhala and the 13th Crystal Skull

Shambhala and the 13th Crystal Skull – Produced by 144 Productions, in association with the BUPC and page 10 publishers.

This documentary film takes the viewer on a journey through history and prophecy in search of solutions to the problems facing a war-weary world. Investigate the Buddhist and Hindu prophecies for the appearance of the hidden kingdom of Shambhala in the West, a place foretold as the new spiritual center of the planet. What is the reality of the Mayan and Aztec prophecies? What really happened in 2012, and where is 13th Crystal Skull?

These questions and more are explored in this compelling 90-minute film, presented by Baha’i scholar, Victor Woods, as the prophecies of East and West come together to form a great mosaic “road map”, aiding on the journey of the spiritual seeker.

150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Baha’u’llah

150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Baha'u'llah

150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Baha’u’llah

“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”

Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, proclaimed these words to the people of the world while Himself a prisoner in exile, calling humanity to peaceful consultation in the face of increasing global catastrophe and calamity.

2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Baha’u’llah, Who fulfills prophecy as the second coming of Christ in the potency of the Everlasting Father, seated upon the Throne of David that is to last forever (Isaiah 9:6-7). From April 21st to May 2nd of 1863, on the eve of His banishment from Persia during 40 years of exile and imprisonment from the east to Israel, Baha’u’llah proclaimed Himself as the Promised One of our Day, Who has come for the Unity of Humanity, with a Plan for Peace with Justice for all people (bupc.org). This historic proclamation, in the Garden of Ridvan outside of Baghdad, Iraq, was the dawning of a new era of spiritual teachings, bringing forth the 12

Basic Baha’i Principles:

  1. The Oneness of Humanity
  2. Independent, Unfettered Investigation of the Truth
  3. Religion is Progressive, All Having a Common Foundation
  4. Religion Must Be the Source of Unity
  5. True Science and True Religion Must Correspond
  6. The Equality of Men and Women
  7. Removal of All Prejudice
  8. Universal Peace Upheld by a Spiritual World Government
  9. Universal Compulsory Education
  10. A Spiritual Solution to the Economic Problem
  11.  A Universal Auxiliary Language
  12. Universal House of Justice with the Davidic King
'Abdu'l-Baha, Davidic King

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Davidic King

In 1912, Baha’u’llah’s son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, travelled from east to west, making his historic journey throughout the United States, bringing with him the Baha’i Firesides – proofs for the Baha’i Faith. These Firesides, perfected by the Establisher of the Baha’i Faith, Dr. Leland Jensen, and presented by the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith, Neal Chase, are now available online for the first time for every eye to see at bahaifireside.org.

This announcement also comes at the 50th Jubilee Anniversary of the mission of the Establisher in America, where Baha’u’llah’s Universal House of Justice (uhj.net) is now established in the Rocky Mountains, distinguished by the living descendant of King David seated as its president.

For 150 years, the Baha’i Peace Plan has been laid aside as humanity is engulfed in calamity. The voice of Baha’u’llah is heard calling out to a war-weary world:

O contending peoples and kindreds of the earth! Set your faces towards unity, and let the radiance of its light shine upon you. Gather ye together, and for the sake of God resolve to root out whatever is the source of contention amongst you. Then will the effulgence of the world’s great Luminary envelop the whole earth, and its inhabitants become the citizens of one city, and the occupants of one and the same throne.”

The Duluth Baha’i community welcomes all for Baha’i Night on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6pm, at LSICC – 1414 E. 9th Street. Call the Baha’i Center at 218-590-8670, or visit e38.e40.myftpupload.com for more information.

-Written by Adam Sippola

The Ninth Day of Ridvan – The Most Holy Day!

The Ninth Day of Ridvan – The Most Holy Day! It is the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh, and the 42nd anniversary of the Declaration of Dr. Leland Jensen, The Establisher of the Baha’i Faith, on April 29th, 1971.

“One night, the ninth night of the waxing moon, I happened to be one of those who watched beside His blessed tent. As the hour of midnight approached, I saw Him issue from His tent, pass by the places where some of His companions were sleeping, and begin to pace up and down the moonlit, flower-bordered avenues of the garden. So loud was the singing of the nightingales on every side that only those who were near Him could hear distinctly His voice. He continued to walk until, pausing in the midst of one of these avenues, He observed: ‘Consider these nightingales. So great is their love for these roses, that sleepless from dusk till dawn, they warble their melodies and commune with burning passion with the object of their adoration. How then can those who claim to be afire with the rose-like beauty of the Beloved choose to sleep?'”

-Nabil, quoted from God Passes By