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Old 11-27-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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The Haykal of God shall raise up New Men

Bahá'í Reference Library - The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, Pages 3-54

" O Pen of Eternity! Grieve not at the things that have befallen Thee, for erelong shall God raise up a people who will see with their own eyes and will recall Thy tribulations. Withhold Thy pen from the mention of Thine enemies, and bestir it in the praise of the Eternal King. Renounce all created things, and quaff the sealed wine of My remembrance. "

"O Living Temple! Stretch forth Thy hand over all who are in heaven and on earth, and seize within the grasp of Thy Will the reins of command. We have, verily, placed in Thy right hand the empire of all things. Do as Thou willest, and fear not the ignorant. Reach out to the Tablet that hath dawned above the horizon of the pen of Thy Lord, and take hold of it with such strength that, through Thee, the hands of all who inhabit the earth may be enabled to lay fast hold upon it. This, in truth, is that which becometh Thee, if Thou be of those who understand. Through the upraising of Thy hand to the heaven of My grace, the hands of all created things shall be lifted up to their Lord, the Mighty, the Powerful, the Gracious. Erelong shall We raise up, through the aid of Thy hand, other hands endued with power, with strength and might, and shall establish through them Our dominion over all that dwell in the realms of revelation and creation. Thus will the servants of God recognize the truth that there is none other God beside Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. With these hands, moreover, We shall both bestow and withhold, though none can understand this save those who see with the eye of the spirit."

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Old 11-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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'Thus, He hath revealed: “Those shafts were God’s, not Thine!” 18 And also He saith: “In truth, they who plighted fealty unto thee, really plighted that fealty unto God.” 19 And were any of them to voice the utterance: “I am the Messenger of God,” He also speaketh the truth, the indubitable truth. Even as He saith: “Muḥammad is not the father of any man among you, but He is the Messenger of God.” 20 Viewed in this light, they are all but Messengers of that ideal King, that unchangeable Essence. And were they all to proclaim: “I am the Seal of the Prophets,” they verily utter but the truth, beyond the faintest shadow of doubt. For they are all but one person, one soul, one spirit, one being, one revelation. They are all the manifestation of the “Beginning” and the “End,” the “First” and the “Last,” the “Seen” and “Hidden”—all of which pertain to Him Who is the innermost Spirit of Spirits and eternal Essence of Essences. And were they to say: “We are the servants of God,” this also is a manifest and indisputable fact. For they have been made manifest in the uttermost state of servitude, a servitude the like of which no man can possibly attain. Thus in moments in which these Essences of being were deeply immersed beneath the oceans of ancient and everlasting holiness, or when they soared to the loftiest summits of divine mysteries, they claimed their utterance to be the Voice of divinity, the Call of God Himself. Were the eye of discernment to be opened, it would recognize that in this very state, they have considered themselves utterly effaced and non-existent in the face of Him Who is the All-Pervading, the Incorruptible. Methinks, they have regarded themselves as utter nothingness, and deemed their mention in that Court an act of blasphemy'~Baha'u'llah the Kitabiqan
 
Old 11-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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Yes, this part of the Iqan you quoted makes sense to me when I consider this from Gleanings:

"It is evident that every age in which a Manifestation of God hath lived is divinely ordained, and may, in a sense, be characterized as God’s appointed Day..."

This part matches the Iqan.

But the text continues by saying:

"This Day, however, is unique, and is to be distinguished from those that have preceded it. The designation “Seal of the Prophets” fully revealeth its high station. The Prophetic Cycle hath, verily, ended. The Eternal Truth is now come. He hath lifted up the Ensign of Power, and is now shedding upon the world the unclouded splendor of His Revelation."

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Old 11-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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Which all matches the Iqan as the cycle of prohesying the great day of peace on Earth is ended and the cycle of inauguration of peace is begun, hence no "prophesying" of the coming of such a great day which is now here is required.
 
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Which all matches the Iqan as the cycle of prohesying the great day of peace on Earth is ended and the cycle of inauguration of peace is begun, hence no "prophesying" of the coming of such a great day which is now here is required.
And as I understand dear friend in this time Baha'u'llah does not speak to us in parables etc, he speaks plainly and we are to accept the literal meaning of most of what He says, especially regarding the promise of the next Manifestation.

Of course there are also many gems to discover, are there not?
 
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And as I understand dear friend in this time Baha'u'llah does not speak to us in parables etc, he speaks plainly and we are to accept the literal meaning of most of what He says, especially regarding the promise of the next Manifestation.

Of course there are also many gems to discover, are there not?
I haven't really studied everything Baha'u'llah said about the next Manifestation to be able to say if it is all intended literally or not, however I can think of one part where the word "literal" is explicitly used with respect to the timing of the next Manifestation
 
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I haven't really studied everything Baha'u'llah said about the next Manifestation to be able to say if it is all intended literally or not, however I can think of one part where the word "literal" is explicitly used with respect to the timing of the next Manifestation
Yes it was to the timing I was referring.
 
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Which all matches the Iqan as the cycle of prohesying the great day of peace on Earth is ended and the cycle of inauguration of peace is begun, hence no "prophesying" of the coming of such a great day which is now here is required.
Baha'u'llah didn't say this in the Iqan but emphasizes the oneness of the Manifestations by saying that the day of every Manifestation is the Day of God.

But here in the Gleanings passage Baha'u'llah says that although it is true that in a sense (as explained in Iqan) that the day of all manifestations is in a sense the day of God, this day we are in is different and is distinguished from the days of other Manifestations because this is the Day of God since Prophethood ended with Muhammad.

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