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Old 01-09-2017, 09:45 AM   #1
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Jerusalem and Bahaullah Revelation

Shoghi Effendi, in the Book, "The Promised Day has come" , refers to one of the Tablets of Bahaullah, which He wrote:

“The Breath hath been wafted, and the Breeze hath blown, and from Zion hath appeared that which was hidden, and from Jerusalem is heard the Voice of God, the One, the Incomparable, the Omniscient.”



In this Tablet, Bahaullah wrote, from Jerusalem is heard the voice of God.

We know that, Bahaullah, was in the City of Akka, and His Revelations and the Voice of God came from that City. How do we understand it, when Bahaullah says, the Voice of God came from Jerusalem?
 
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:48 PM   #2
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How do we understand it, when Bahaullah says, the Voice of God came from Jerusalem?
The understanding that Jerusalem is just a city is relatively modern. "Jerusalem" was a word, historically, that was applied to a large area of the Holy Land, not just the city, under Christian (IE "Kingdom of Jerusalem") and Muslim (IE, the "Ottoman Sanjak of Jerusalem") rule. Nowadays we refer to the whole of the region with the terminology of "Israel" or "Palestine", but during Ottoman times it was not at all uncommon for the whole region to be referred to as "Jerusalem", it was the name for both the city and the region (Compare to the City of New York within the State of New York).

Map of the region under Christian rule:

(The entire region shaded yellow in the above map is "Jerusalem".

Map of Ottoman governmental districts:

(The entire region shade pink in the above map is "Jerusalem")

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Old 01-10-2017, 06:20 AM   #3
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Shoghi Effendi, in the Book, "The Promised Day has come" , refers to one of the Tablets of Bahaullah, which He wrote:

“The Breath hath been wafted, and the Breeze hath blown, and from Zion hath appeared that which was hidden, and from Jerusalem is heard the Voice of God, the One, the Incomparable, the Omniscient.”



In this Tablet, Bahaullah wrote, from Jerusalem is heard the voice of God.

We know that, Bahaullah, was in the City of Akka, and His Revelations and the Voice of God came from that City. How do we understand it, when Bahaullah says, the Voice of God came from Jerusalem?

In the Book of Revelation in the New Testament, St. John of Patmos beheld a vision of a "New Jerusalem" coming down from heaven.

The "New Jerusalem" is a metaphor for the 'People of God' - for Christians, the Church, Muslims the Ummah and so on.

So when he speaks of "Jerusalem," the actual geographical city is not being referred too but rather the eschatological "New Jerusalem".

Let me quote the twelfth century Catholic mystic and Calabrian monk Joachim of Fiore (1135 – 1202), whom Baha'is tend to hold in some regard for his prophecies of an Age of the Spirit that will supersedes the Dispensation of the Son:


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The Book of Concordance

The end of the solemn mystery is also numerically given when David says in the Book of Psalms: "For forty years I was with this generation and I have said that they always erred in their hearts" (Ps. 94: 10). And if the sixfold number of perfection requires that the labor of the Church be completed as if in six weeks, then the forty-second generation in the Church will begin in a year or hour which God knows. In this generation first of all the general tribulation will be completed and the wheat carefully purged of all tares, then a new leader will ascend from Babylon, namely a universal pontiff of the New Jerusalem, that is, of Holy Mother the Church. His type is found written in Revelation: "I saw an angel ascending from the rising of the sun having the sign of the living God" (Rev. 7:2). With him are the remnants of those who were driven out. He will ascend not by speed of foot nor change of place, but because full freedom to renew the Christian religion and to preach the word will be given to him. The Lord of hosts will already begin to reign over the whole earth.


Translated from Liber Concordiae novi ac veteris Testamenti, f. 56r (see note 2).
 
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The Holy Books have their special terminologies which must be known and understood. Physicians have their own peculiar terms; architects, philosophers have their characteristic expressions; poets have their phrases; and scientists, their nomenclature. In the scripture we read that Zion is dancing. It is evident that this has other than literal interpretation. The meaning is that the people of Zion shall rejoice. The Jews said Christ was not the Messiah but Antichrist, because one of the signs of the Messiah’s coming was the dancing of Mount Zion, which had not yet come to pass. In reality, when Christ appeared, not only Mount Zion but all Palestine danced and rejoiced. Again in scriptures it is said, “The trees of the field shall clap their hands.” This is symbolical. There are terms and expressions of usage in every language which cannot be taken literally. For instance, in oriental countries it is customary to say, “When my friend entered the house, the doors and walls began to sing and dance.” In Persia they say, “Get at the head,” meaning engage in the matter according to its own terms and usages. All these have other and inner meanings.

Bahá'í Reference Library - The Promulgation of Universal Peace, Pages 245-247
 
Old 01-13-2017, 09:47 AM   #5
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LEND an ear unto the song of David. He saith: ‘Who will bring me into the Strong City?’ The Strong City is ‘Akká, which hath been named the Most Great Prison, and which possesseth a fortress and mighty ramparts… Peruse that which Isaiah hath spoken in His Book. He saith: ‘Get thee up into the high mountain, O Zion, that bringest good tidings; lift up thy voice with strength, O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings. Lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah: “Behold your God! Behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him.”’ This Day all the signs have appeared. A great City hath descended from heaven, and Zion trembleth and exulteth with joy at the Revelation of God, for it hath heard the Voice of God on every side.


Bahá'í Reference Library - Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh, Pages 90-91
 
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