“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:
- The Oneness of Humanity
- Independent, Unfettered Investigation of the Truth
- Religion is Progressive, All Having a Common Foundation
- Religion Must Be the Source of Unity
- True Science and True Religion Must Correspond
- The Equality of Men and Women
- Removal of All Prejudice
- Universal Peace Upheld by a Spiritual World Government
- Universal Compulsory Education
- A Spiritual Solution to the Economic Problem
- A Universal Auxiliary Language
- 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!”
“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?
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
A 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?
26 But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
The 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
This 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.
Trump 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”.
The 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 has 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 the 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
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.)
“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
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.
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.
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
“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:
- The Oneness of Humanity
- Independent, Unfettered Investigation of the Truth
- Religion is Progressive, All Having a Common Foundation
- Religion Must Be the Source of Unity
- True Science and True Religion Must Correspond
- The Equality of Men and Women
- Removal of All Prejudice
- Universal Peace Upheld by a Spiritual World Government
- Universal Compulsory Education
- A Spiritual Solution to the Economic Problem
- A Universal Auxiliary Language
- Universal House of Justice with the 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! 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