The Lord Shall Come In Red Apparel
The followers of The Báb (bawb) were being horribly persecuted in Iran in the early 1850s. Many were being killed by mob violence or tortured, or legally imprisoned, because they were "heretics" and because of the assassination attempt on the Shah (King) by two Bábí teen-agers who had only bird-shot in their pistol. The leaders of the Bábís (baw-beezz) were marked for death.
Being of royal blood Bahá'u'lláh and His family were spared exectution; although He was imprisoned for 4 months in the Black Pit of Tehran; a horrible stench-filled underground prison where the prisoners sat in pitch-blackness in their own filth and heavy iron chains.
But, the relatives of Baha'u'llah, being members of the Noble class, recured His release; under condition that He be exiled to Iraq.
After release He and several thousand Bábís were exiled to Baghdad. Muslim clergymen preached against The Bábis as heretics in Baghdad as well, and mobs burned the house and clothes of Bahá'u'lláh. The Bábis made for Him clothes out of red Persian drapes, and from then on Bahá'u'lláh wore only red apparel. The LORD told Joseph the Seer:
"And the Lord shall be red in his apparel like him that treadeth the wine vat,..." (D&C 133:48, RLDS D&C 108:9c)In 1863, Bahá'u'lláh announced to The Bábis that He was the B and H promised by The Báb. He was in fact THE FATHER Who had come down to Earth! While on earth Jesus said "The Father is in me, and I am in the Father," (John 14:9). "Jesus Christ" was not one Divine Being, but actually two Divine Beings in "one" body! He was literally "the Father and the Son". Jesus was the WORD of God incarnate. When He was baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Ghost (Spirit of Truth) "overshadowed" Him (entered His body), and Jesus became "CHRIST".
By "Jesus Christ" Mormons assume one Divine Being is meant: Jesus of Nazareth. But, this is not what The Book of Mormon teaches! The Book of Mormon teaches that "Jesus Christ" was TWO DIVINE BEINGS in one body! Mosiah (a Book of Mormon prophet) wrote that the Father was "Spirit" (the Spirit of Truth), and the Son was "flesh". They were "one God" in Jesus Christ:
2 And because he dwellth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son--Mormon wrote:
3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son--
4 And they are One God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth. (Mosiah 15:2-4)
9 And because of the fall of man came Jesus Christ, even the Father and the Son;....(Mormon 9:12)In the Book of Ether (ee-thir), in The Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ says:
14 Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. (Ether 3:14)The Spirit said to Joseph the Seer:
17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him. (D&C 93:17)The Glory of the Father dwelt in Jesus two thousand years ago. The name Baha'u'llah in Arabic means "The Glory of God". The "Glory of the Father" is another title of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth.
Most Christians believe that by "The Lamb of God" only Jesus is meant. But the Lamb of God (described in Revelations 5:6) has 7 horns and 7 eyes. The meaning is that the Lamb of God is a symbol for seven Messengers of God who will appear: beginning with Jesus Christ (the Father and the Son in one body), then Muhammad, then The Báb, then Baha'u'llah, then Three Others Who shall appear in the future on this planet. All of Them shall "atone" for the sins of the world. A lamb is a simbol of atonement. The Israelites sacrificed spotless white lambs to atone for their sins (trespasses against Jehovah) each year. The Seven Messengers of God would each deliver a Message to Humanity, and also suffer for the sins of Humanity. Not Jesus only, but Seven Messengers of God are the Lamb!
Jesus promised His disciples that He would send "the Comforter" to guide them. Jesus spoke Aramaic (a language akin to Arabic). In Aramaic Bibles, Jesus promises His disciples that the Father will send Muamahana ("Praised One") to comfort and guide them:
"If you love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray to the Father and He will give you another, the Mauhamana [Aramaic: "Praised One"], that he may stay with you always, he is the Spirit of Truth." (John 14:15-17)The Arabic name for Mauhamana is Muhammad.
In the year 610 A.D., Muhammad was praying and fasting in a cave near Mecca, in the mountains, and a man appeared in his cave. The man shouted "RECITE!" Muhammad replied, "But I can't read!" The man shouted "RECITE!" again. Muhammad ran outside, and saw the man standing in the air upon the horizon. The man identified himself as the Angel Gabriel, and taught Muhammad 114 divinely inspired poems called "The Recital" (al-Qu'ran). The Prophet Muhammad is described in the Book of Revelation chapter 19 (verse 11 through 16) as the one called "Faithful and True" Who rides a white horse and has a bow in His hand Whose garments were dipped in blood, and Who wore many crowns and Who makes war in order to establish justice. The nickname of Muhammad was "Ameen" (Arabic: "Faithful and True") and He was known as a fearsome archer. He made war against the pagan Arab tribes in order to establish the Justice of God, and His garments were literally "dipped in blood". George Hinkle, a personal friend of Joseph Smith, later wrote that he heard Joseph Smith say that "Muhammad was a good man, and a true Prophet." (Correspondance and Orders, 1841, p.126).
The true Successor of Muhammad was His cousin and son-in-law, the Imam Ali (ee-mom aw-Lee), who was killed in battle in Iraq in the 7th century. His sons succeeded him, and both were also killed. The last rightful successor of Muhammad was the Imam Mehdi, who fell down a well near Qom, Iran, in the Muslim year 260 A.H. (874 A.D.). The Shi'ite Muslims expected the Imam Mehdi to return 1000 lunar years later (1260 A.H. or 1844 A.D.) to establish the "True Faith"; meaning to restore the true sect of Islaam, as Joseph Smith restored the true Church.
Christoph Hofmann was a Luthern minister in Germany in the 1860s. He claimed to be a Seer; to have revelations and see visions. He claimed that Christ would not appear on the Mount of Olives (in Jerusalem) as Christians expected, but upon Mount Carmel ("The Vineyard of God") on the northern coast of Israel. He gathered a number of followers, who founded "The Temple Society" in Germany. In 1868 they arrived in Haifa, Palestine, and built a road ("The Way of the Lord") from the sea to the nothern slopes of Mount Carmel. It was there, said Hofmann, that Christ would descend. They built homes on either side of "The Way of the Lord" (now Ben Gurion Street), and over their doors and windows they wrote in German "Der Herr ist Nahe" ("The Lord is Near"). Baha'is (baw-highzz) believe that "Christ" refers not solely to Jesus, but to to the Spirit of Truth, the Father, Who dwelt "in" Jesus 2,000 years ago. Christ is another title for the Holy Ghost or Spirit of Truth. Doctrine and Covenants section 93, verse 23, declares that the Father is a Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth.
Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-ohL-LAW) first revealed Who He was in Baghdad in 1863, to the followers of The Bab who were called Bábís (baw-beez). Most of The Bábis accept Bahá'u'lláh, but some did not. The Muslim clergy told lies about the Bahá'ís, and the Turkish government decided to exile Bahá'u'lláh and the Bahá'ís again; first to Adrianople, and then finally to the prison city of Akka, in the Holy Land. Bahá'u'lláh lived in an apartment in a mansion, and the entrance of His apartment did not have a door, but a white veil.
In the year 1890 a Protestant missionary in Haifa, Palestine, the Rev. Henry Careless, heard of Bahá'u'lláh and His claims and wrote this:
"The Bahá'ís are very numerous in this city [Haifa]. They contend that Christ has already come again a second time in this present man, Bahá'u'lláh, living in Akka--the same Spirit of God incarnate in all the prophets before Christ, then in Christ, then in Muhammad, now is incarnate in Bahá'u'lláh." (Studies in Babi and Bahá'í History 1:68-9)Also in 1890, a British professor of Middle-East Studies at Cambridge University named Edward G. Browne visited Bahá'u'lláh in Akka. He had travelled to Persia to study the religion of The Báb. He was told of the great miracle that occurred when The Báb was martyred in Tabriz, Iran. He was also told that most of The Bábis (followers of The Báb) now were called Bahá'ís (followers of Baha), and believed that Bahá'u'lláh was Christ returned IN "The Glory of God". Prof. Browne was fascinated, and was determined to meet Bahá'u'lláh and see His Face himself.
In April of 1890 Prof. Browne arrived in the Turkish prison city of Akka, 15 miles north of Haifa. He came to see the Face of Bahá'u'lláh. The elder brother of Bahá'u'lláh, a man named Yahya Sub-i-Azal (yaw-yaw soobee-awzal), was jealous of Him; like Cain and Abel. Yahya wanted to kill Bahá'u'lláh so he himself could rule the Believers and tax them. Yahya tried to poison Him. Because of this, Bahá'u'lláh kept Himself hidden from the eyes of men behind a white veil that hang over the entrance of His apartment. To pass through the white veil over His doorway, one had to know certain passwords and gestures; to discourage assassins. In April 1890, Prof. Browne was taken to Him, and in 1891 published Browne published this account:
"...my conductor paused for a moment while I removed my shoes. Then with a quick movement of the hand, he withdrew and, as I passed, replaced the curtain (veil); and I found myself in a large apartment,....The Face of Him Whom I gazed upon I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one's very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow; which the deep lines on the forehead and Face implied an age which the jet-black hair and beard flowing down in indistinguishable luxuriance almost to the waist seemed to belie. No need to ask in Whose Presence I stood, as I bowed myself before One Who is the object of devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain!" (Bahá'u'lláh--The Word Made Flesh, p.62)Mormons who go through the Endowment Ceremony in any Mormon Temple must learn secret "signs and tokens" in order to pass through a white veil and enter the Celestial Room: symbolic of entering the Presence of the Father. Before 1990 (when the Ceremony was changed), Mormons had to meet on "5 points" at the white veil. I do not think this is mere coincidence. Joseph Smith taught the Endowment Ceremony to his "Anointed Quorum" of nine Mormon men and their wives in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842. He planned to take his Anointed Quorum to Palestine; so that Joseph Smith could "see the face of the Son of Man" in 1891. Because of transgression (D&C 4:4,9), Joseph Smith was not permitted to live and move to Palestine with his Anointed Quorum. Joseph's Endowment Ceremony symbolically "pointed" to Four Holy Men whose symbols were the "four marks" on the white veil and holy garments.
The Báb called Himself the "Primal Point"; the dot in the center of a circle that a compass makes.
A square within a compass.
Baha'u'llah called Himself the "Celestial Kaaba". The Kaaba is the squared cube building at the center of the Muslim world in Mecca. It contains a black stone which Muslim pilgrims kiss. Muslims pilgrims must wear all white, with their shawl over their left shoulder, while on pilgrimate to the Kaaba. The Bab commanded His followers to wear their white shawl over their right shoulders.
The Holy Kaaba (Mecca)
Baha'u'llah referred to Himself as "The Celestial Kaaba": meaning "The Heavenly Square". He who has eyes, let him see.
Photo by Prof. Brown in April 1890 shows apartment of Bahá'u'lláh with white veils over the windows and entrance (background in far right)
Bahá'u'lláh sat in a room in a mansion behind a white veil. He became known as "The Veiled One". People who wished to enter the Presence of Bahá'u'lláh had to pass through this white veil; usually after embracing upon the five points as they did as followers of The Báb. The Bahá'í poet Hafiz wrote the following (this rhymes in Persian):
"Behind a veil sits that moon-browed beauty;In the Muslim year 1308 A.H. (1890-91) Bahá'u'lláh came froth from behind that white veil; making His Great Announcement to the world via the Tablet of Carmel. After that time Bahá'u'lláh no longer kept behind the veil, but showed His Face to the world, and announced that the promised Kingdom of Heaven had come. He called His Cause "The Celestial Kingdom".
He has rent asunder the veils of the world,
Yet sits behind a veil--
And none approach Him save His brothers,
And certain favoured followers.
But from behind that veil
He issues forth letters,
Epistles, and books in reply
To men's questions and petitions."
(A Traveller's Narrative, p.355)
"Blessed is the soul that hath been raised to life through My quickening breath and hath gained admittance into My Heavenly Kingdom." (Lawh-i-Aqdas 24:10)Bahá'í Hand of the Cause (apostle) Mirza Abu'l-Fadl wrote:
"We of a certainty, have had no intent in the Celestial Kingdom but to exalt His Cause and glorify His praise; sufficient unto Me is God for a Protector." (Kitab-i-Aqdas, p.82)
"Bahá'u'lláh--exalted and glorified is His Name!--hath alone claimed that, verily, His Appearance is the promised Manifestation of God, His Face is the Face of God the Adored, and His Day is the appointed Day of God." (Bahá'í Proofs,pp.134-5)
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