The Face of the Son of Man Is Not The Face Of Jesus

Joseph Smith claimed to see the face of Jesus in 1820, and again in the Kirkland Temple in 1836. Yet, he was promised that "if" he lived until he was 85 years of age (1891) he would "see the face of the Son of Man" (D&C 130:15). Why was he promised to see Jesus' face if he lived to 85 years when he'd already seen Jesus' face twice? This does not make any sense at all...unless the "face of the Son of Man" is NOT the face of Jesus, but in fact the Face of the Holy Ghost incarnate.

In 1891 there was a Man living on this planet, in the Holy Land, Who proclaimed He was the Holy Ghost incarnate. He was born in Iran in 1817, of the Persian noble class; with the name Mirza Husayn Ali Núrí. He was a direct descendant of King David of Israel and King Cyrus of Persia.

He called Himself "The Son of Man". He wrote:

"O kings of the earth! He Who is the sovereign Lord of all is come. The kingdom is God's, the omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting. Worship none but God, and, with radiant hearts, lift up your faces unto your Lord, the Lord of all names. This is a Revelation to which whatever ye possess can never be compared, could ye but know it. Followers of the Gospel, behold the gates of heaven are flung open. He that had ascended unto it is now come. Give ear to His voice calling aloud over land and sea, announcing to all mankind the advent of this Revelation - a Revelation through the agency of which the Tongue of Grandeur is now proclaiming: `Lo, the sacred Pledge hath been fulfilled, for He, the Promised One, is come!' The voice of the Son of Man is calling aloud from the sacred vale: `Here am I, here am I, O God my God!' ... The Father hath come. That which ye were promised in the Kingdom of God is fulfilled. Verily the Spirit of Truth is come to guide you unto all truth... He is the One Who glorified the Son and exalted His Cause... The Comforter Whose advent all the scriptures have promised is now come that He may reveal unto you all knowledge and wisdom. Seek Him over the entire surface of the earth, haply ye may find Him." (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, Pages: 104-105)
Joseph Smith never claimed to be the Holy Ghost incarnate. Bahá'u'lláh did. He was in a "mortal probation" in 1843; when Joseph Smith said "the Holy Ghost is now is a state of probation". He was in the Holy Land in 1891, in red apparel, making His great announcement to the world that the Kingdom of the Father had come.

All mere coincidence?

Prince Husayn Alí of Núr was of royal Persian and Jewish blood. He was a descendant of of Bostania (the Jewish Exilarch of Iraq) and his Persian princess concubine Dar'ah. Bahá'u'lláh was a descendant of King Cyrus of Persia and King David of Israel. He was born in the year 1817.

In 1843 He became the follower of Siyyid Muhammad Alí' Shirazi; a merchant in southern Iran who claimed to be the promised Imam Mehdi ("Rightly-Guided Leader") of Islam; the Promised One Who would restore the True Faith (i.e. the true Sect of Islam). He called Himself "al-Báb'u'lláh" ("The Gate of God"). He is known today simply as "The Báb" ("baub"). The Báb gave Prince Husayn Alí the title of Bahá'u'lláh; which in Arabic means "The Glory of God". The Báb wrote epistles to His disciples where He said that One greater than Himself would come, and His name would be "B" and "H" (Arabic: "Bah" and "Hah"=BAHA which means "GLORY").

The symbol of The Báb was a five-pointed star. The word "Báb" means "gate" but also "five" in Arabic. His followers the Bábis would greet each other by embracing on five points on their body and whispering in each other's ear "Allah'u'Abha" ("God is Most Glorious"). The Báb gave The Bábis many new laws. When The Bábis made pilgrimages to Mecca they would carry their shawl over their right shoulder, instead of their left shoulder as Muslims do. The Bábis wore white turbans and often white clothes to distinguish themselves from Muslims (moose-lemz). Unlike Muslim women, Bábí women only veiled themselves during prayer. They prayed in circles instead of rows as the Muslims did. In LDS Temples, Mormons wear all white, pray in circles, change their shawl from one shoulder to the other, and women are veiled during prayer. Before 1990, Mormons met on "five points" as part of the Temple Endowment That was changed (without explanation) in 1990.

The Báb was a "Siyyid" (descendant of the Prophet Muhammad) and wore a green turban (only siyyids wore green turbans); the color being symbolic of the green fig-leafs of Paradise. In LDS Temples, Mormons wear a "symbol" of the green fig-leafs of Paradise as well. Mere coincidence?

After the Prophet Muhammad died (about 628 A.D.), His followers the Muslims (moose-lems) divided into factions. Some followed Omar, but others followed the Imaam Ali (ee-mom aw-LEE), the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad. Those who followed the Imaam Ali were called "Shee'aw" ("Parisans" of Ali). We know them as "Shi'ites". The eldest blood of Ali became the Imaam (leader) of the Shi'ites. The last was the Imaam Mehdi (ee-mom medh-dee), the 12th Imaam. As a young boy of 11, he was playing near a well near Qom (khowm), Iran, and fell into it. Shi'ite Seers said that the Imaam Mehdi was not dead, but God was hiding him, and that he would arise in the last days to establish the True Faith (the true sect of Islaam), and prepare the way for the return of the Prophet Isa (Jesus). He is called the "Riser" (Arabic: "Qai'iym"). All Shi'ite Muslims await the coming of the Qai'iym (ghai-eem) as Christians await the Second Coming of Christ. All the various Shi'ite sects (and there are many) believe that their sect will be declared the "True Faith" once the Qai'iym returns; to lead Shi'ite Muslim armies to victory.

But in the early 1800s, a Shi'ite named Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i arose in Behrain, claiming to be a Muhaddath (Arabic: "one spoken to" i.e. "Seer"). He claimed to be visited in visions by the Prophet Muhammad and the 12 Imaams, who gave to him ishrawq (Arabic: divine illumination). Shaykh Ahmad taught that the Imaam Mehdi died in the well, but that he would return, not in his original body (which had returned to the earth), but his spirit (ruh) and soul (nafs) would return to this Earth in new bodies with new names. His Spirit would return as a new Prophet (a Manifestation of God), and his Soul would return as a Mustafa (Arabic: "Chosen One"--a supra-human soul that "returns" to this material world and has supra-human spiritual insight). He taught that human souls do not return to this material world, but the Manifestations of God do not have human souls. He taught that Heaven was not above the stars, and Hell was not below the Earth, but one had "Heaven" or "Hell" in their soul already (i.e. these were conditions of the soul), and these "manifested" heavenly or hellish conditions in Barzakh (the spirit-world between death and the Afterlife). He taught that the stars were other suns, surrounded by other planets. He taught the existence of the Realm of the Essence (Hey-hoot), three Spiritual Realms (Law-hoot, Jaw-bar-root, Mal-law-koot) and one Material Realm (Naw-soot) were the Sun burns and wears-out the skin. If we do not purify ourselves on this material planet, we must go to another, and so on until we are purified, which was the meaning of "Hell-Fire" in this Verse in the Holy Qur'an (khoor-rawn):

"And when their skins have been worn out by hell-fire We shall give them new skins in order that they may continue to feel the punishment." (4:56)
This means many mortal lives on many material planets (one mortal life per planet) for human souls who are not purified. Purified souls become "angelic souls" (Mawl-law-koot) or "Lordly souls" (jaw-bar-root) or even "Divine Souls" (law-hoot).

He taught that the physical body, made of dust, returns to dust. What comes out of the grave at resurrection is not the physical body but the ethereal body, which belongs to the Unseen World and can only be seen in visions. He prophesied (praw-fess-side) that the Imaam Mehdi would "return" in the year 1260 A.H. (1000 lunar years from 260 A.H. when the young Imaam Mehdi fell down the well near Qom). That would be 1844 A.D. Shaykh Ahmad taught many other doctrines which the orthodox Shi'ites considered "heresy" and even "blashphemy". He had to flee many times to escape death. He wrote many books. He died in 1826. After his death, his disciples buried him in Medina next to the grave of the Prophet Muhammad. They founded the Shaykhi (shey-khee) school of Shi'ite Islaam, which still exists to this day.

In 1844 A.D. (1000 lunar years from the "disappearance" of the Imaam Mehdi), Siyyid Muhammad Ali al-Báb Shirazi, a merchant in Shiraz (sheer-rawz) Iran, claimed He was the "return" of the Imaam Mehdi; the young boy who fell down a well near Qom, Iran, in the Muslim year 260 A.H. (874 A.D.). The Báb declared He was "the return" of the Imaam Mehdi ("Rightly-Guided Leader") in the Muslim year 1260 A.H. (1844 A.D.); 1000 lunar years from 260 A.H. when the Imam Mehdi disappeared. The Shi'ite Muslims believed that the Imaam Mehdi (ee-mom medh-dee) would return of the same boy who fell down the well. He would return as a mature man, but not a different person. Yet, The Báb claimed He was the Imaam Mehdi, and that His chief disciple, Mollah Husayn (a different person from Bahá'u'lláh), was the "return" of the Prophet Muhammad.

How The Báb be the "return" of the Imaam Mehdi, a young boy who died in 857 A.D.? How could Mollah Husayn be the "return" of the Prophet Muhammad? According to Shaykhi doctrine, human souls do not return to this material world, but the Prophets and Chosen Ones do not have human souls! They are the Incarnations of the Names and Attributes of ALLÁH (The Essence of God). In the Holy Qu'ran, ALLÁH has 99 Names and Attributes:

1 The All-Compassionate 2 The All-Merciful 3 The Absolute Ruler 4 The Pure One 5 The Source of Peace 6 The Inspirer of Faith 7 The Guardian 8 The Victorious 9 The Compeller 10 The Greatest 11 The Creator 12 The Maker of Order 13 The Shaper of Beauty 14 The Forgiving 15 The Subduer 16 The Giver of All 17 The Sustainer 18 The Opener 19 The Knower of All 20 The Constrictor 21 The Reliever 22 The Abaser 23 The Exalter 24 The Bestower of Honors 25 The Humiliator 26 The Hearer of All 27 The Seer of All 28 The Judge 29 The Just 30 The Subtle One 31 The All-Aware 32 The Forebearing 33 The Magnificent 34 The Forgiver and Hider of 35 The Rewarder of Thankfulness 36 The Highest 37 The Greatest 38 The Preserver 39 The Nourisher 40 The Accounter 41 The Mighty 42 The Generous 43 The Watchful One 44 The Responder to Prayer 45 The All-Comprehending 46 The Perfectly Wise 47 The Loving One 48 The Majestic One 49 The Resurrector 50 The Witness 51 The Truth 52 The Trustee 53 The Possessor of All Strength 54 The Forceful One 55 The Governor 56 The Praised One 57 The Appraiser 58 The Originator 59 The Restorer 60 The Giver of Life 61 The Taker of Life 62 The Ever Living One 63 The Self-Existing One 64 The Finder 65 The Glorious 66 The Only One 67 The One 68 The Satisfier of All Needs 69 The All Powerful 70 The Creator of All Power 71 The Expediter 72 The Delayer 73 The First 74 The Last 75 The Manifest One 76 The Hidden One 77 The Protecting Friend 78 The Supreme One 79 The Doer of Good 80 The Guide to Repentance 81 The Avenger 82 The Forgiver 83 The Clement 84 The Owner of All 85 The Lord of Majesty and Bounty 86 The Equitable One 87 The Gatherer 88 The Rich One 89 The Enricher 90 The Preventer of Harm 91 The Creator of The Harmful 92 The Creator of Good 93 The Light 94 The Guide 95 The Originator 96 The Everlasting One 97 The Inheritor of All 98 The Righteous Teacher 99 The Patient One

The Names are also Attributes. In Hey-hoot the Essence has no Names/Attributes. In Law-hoot He has Names/Attributes, but they are only His Names and Attributes. In Jaw-bar-root the Names are LORDS (Divine Souls). In Maw-law-koot they are Angels (angelical souls). In Naw-soot (the Material Realm) they are Manifestations of God: Prophets and "Chosen Ones" (Moos-staw-feen). A "Mustafa" (moos-staw-faw) is a person with supra-human spiritual insight. They do not have "human" souls but "angelic" souls.

The followers of The Báb were called Babis (baw-beezz). The Shi'ite Muslims considered The Bábis (baw-beez) to be heretics, and The Báb a "false prophet" and a "false mahdi". Muslims considered Muhammad to be the last of the prophets for all eternity. No prophets or holy books would come after him, but The Bábis believed that The Báb was a prophet just like Muhammad, and that He wrote Holy Books as well. To the Muslims this was UTTER blasphemy! The Bábis were heretics and blasphemers deserving of death! Mullas (Muslim clergymen) had thousands of Bábís--men, women, and children--were slaughtered. Entire Babi families had their throats cut in their own homes. Babis were taken to the marketplaces and stoned to death, or they had the souls of their feet cut off and told to walk over fields of stone. Sometimes they had cuts made in their skin and lighted candles placed into them. Over 20,000 Bábís became martyrs.

Even today in Iran (ee-rhawn), the persecution of Baha'is continues; over 600 Baha'is, including many women, have been killed in Iran on orders of the government since 1979. Baha'i women have been legally hung for for refusing to marry Muslim men and recant their Faith. Baha'i children cannot legally get a high-school or university education. Baha'is cannot hold religious meetings, vote, or hold any public office. Baha'is cannot legally own land, or receive any state-sponsored welfare assistance. Even today, many Baha'i leaders are imprisoned on false charges (like "spying for Israel") or no charges at all. But in 1850, it was even worse.

In 1850, two Bábí teenagers whose parents had been killed on orders of the Shah (King) of Iran (ee-rhawn) then attempted to assassinate him, but their pistols carried only bird-shot. The slightly-wounded Shah was infuriated, and called for the extermination of all Bábís. The Báb and a young disciple named Ânís ("aw-niece") were arrested and imprisoned together at the Army Barracks in Tabriz (taw-breeze), Iran. He was declared a blasphemer and heretic and was sentenced to a firing-squad at the barracks. He and Ânís (aw-niece) were suspended in front of a barracks by ropes. Before their death a miracle occurred.

The Mollahs (Muslims clerics) did not want a Muslim regiment to execute The Báb; because one of the sayings of the Imams (successors of Muhammad) said that Muslims would kill the Imam Mahdi. The Báb claimed to be the Imam Mahdi. The Muslim clerics did not want The Bábis claiming that The Báb's death fulfilled Shi'ite Muslim prophecy. So, they persuaded the representatives of the Shah to ask for a Christian regiment to execute The Báb (at that time the Persian empire included most of Armenia, which was Christian). A Christian Armenian regiment stationed in Tabriz was brought in for the execution; 750 rifles.

The Báb and His companion Ânís were bound with ropes and suspended from a ledge. Thousands of people looked on. The command was given and the Christian Armenian regiment fired their 750 rifles at The Báb and His companion. When the smoke cleared (this was before smokeless powder) The Báb was gone. Only Ânís (aw-niece) was standing there alone and unharmed against the barracks wall. Next to the feet of Ânís were charred pieces of ropes; which had burn marks of having been severed by the bullets! The crowd thought it a miracle and started to shoud "Allah'u'Akbar! Allah'u'Akbar! A miracle! A miracle!", but the white-turbanned Mollahs (Shi'ite Muslim clerics) convinced the crowd that the 750 riflemen had purposely missed their mark and purposely aimed at the ropes! And the common people believed whatever the Mollahs told them. They believed these men were the closest men to God on earth; God's respresentatives on Earth. If they said "It was no miracle!" then it was no miracle! Period.

The Báb was unharmed. He was found later back in His cell, finishing His last instructions to His disciples. He was taken out again, but the Christian Armenian regiment refused to fire again; thinking that God had shown them a sign. So, a Muslim regiment was brought in, and this time the bullets found their mark. The ancient Muslim prophecy that the Imam Mehdi (the Promised One of Shi'ite Islam) would be killed by Shi'ite Muslims was fulfilled!

The remains of The Báb were later sealed in a air-tight lead coffin, and His remains were later taken to Baghdad, then Turkey, and finally to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land where He was buried. His Holy Shrine exists today on the northern slopes of Mount Carmel.

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