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1 Predictions of the Great Messengers of God Presenter: Dr. George Via, J.D.

2 Biblical Prophecies are, for the most part, beyond the ordinary comprehension of Mortal Man seal the book even to the time of the end Daniel 12:4 no man was found worthy to open the book Revelation 5:3 the Lion of the tribe of Judah … a lamb … took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Revelation 5:5,6,7 Discerning the hidden, or secret, meaning of Prophecies requires a Divine Intermediary: None knoweth the meaning thereof except God, and them that are well grounded in knowledge. Baháulláh

3 God will never abandon Man to himself God will always send a Divine Messenger, a specially appointed Soul Each Messenger has a mission: to guide Humanity to the Path of Righteousness Each Messenger acknowledges former Messengers, and foretells His Return

4 A Time Prophecy foretells the appearance of a Messenger of God, or a significant event A Time Prophecy foretells the appearance of a Messenger of God, or a significant event JesusMessiah the Prince JesusMessiah the Prince MuhammadMy two witnesses MuhammadMy two witnesses Bahaullah Bahaullah Michael, the great PrinceThe Lord of Hosts Michael, the great PrinceThe Lord of Hosts The Ancient of DaysThe everlasting Father The Ancient of DaysThe everlasting Father The Glory of the LordThe mighty God The Glory of the LordThe mighty God The Glory of the God of Israel The Glory of the God of Israel Restoration of Israel Restoration of Israel Specifies length of time & Originating event Specifies length of time & Originating event

5 Seven times Seven times Two thousand three hundred days Two thousand three hundred days Seventy weeks Seventy weeks A time, times, and an half A time, times, and an half One thousand two hundred and sixty days One thousand two hundred and sixty days Three and a half days Three and a half days Forty-two months Forty-two months One thousand two hundred and ninety days One thousand two hundred and ninety days One thousand three hundred five and thirty days One thousand three hundred five and thirty days An hour, a day, a month and a year An hour, a day, a month and a year A season and time A season and time 666 666

6 677 BC Seven Times 457 BC 70 weeks 34AD 1844 622 AD 2300 days Birth of Christ ManassahTemple Edict Hejira 1260 days / 3 ½ times (Daniel) Time Prophecy Timeline 612 AD 1863 1290 days 1335 days 1957 19631953 10-year crusade Lunar years Solar years Nebuchadnezzar 602 BC Seven Times Key: Leviticus: Daniel: Revelation: Declatation of the Bab Birth of Abdul-Baha Ridvan Garden Declaration of Bahaullah House of Justice elected Passing of Shoghi Effendi 666 AD The Number of the Beast 42 months (the beast) Edict of Toleration

7 677 BC Seven Times Lev. 26:18 – 28 Punishment of Israel 457 BC 70 weeks Dan. 9:24 34AD 1844 622 AD 2300 days Dan. 8:14 Transgression of Desolation Birth of Christ Sin of King Manassah Temple Edict Hejira 1260 days Rev. 11:3 & 12:6 Time Prophecy Timeline 612 AD 1863 1290 days Dan. 12:11 1335 days Dan. 12:12 1957 19631953 10-year crusade Lunar years Nebuchadnezzar 602 BC Seven Times Dan. 4:16 - 32 Key: Leviticus: Daniel: Revelation: Declatation of the Bab Birth of Abdul-Baha Ridvan Garden Declaration of Bahaullah House of Justice elected Passing of Shoghi Effendi 666 AD The Number of the Beast 42 months Rev. 11:2 & 12:5 Edict of Toleration: Jews return to Holy Land For Information on The Bahai Faith: Dr. George Via 407-647-7798 Messiah the Prince Crucifixiion Caliphate overthrows Islam My two witnesses 3 ½ times Dan. 7:25 & 12:8 Ancient of Days Michael the great prince The beast with 10 horns 7 heads & 10 horns Abomination that maketh desolate Second Woe Rev. 11:14 Blessed is he that waiteth May 23, 1844 let seven times pass over him. Bahai Faith begins Third Woe Solar years

8 The Lord of Hosts The Lord of Hosts Isaiah 9:6 – 7 Isaiah 9:6 – 7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Then I will punish you seven times Lev. 26 Then I will punish you seven times Lev. 26 The Book of Revelation The Book of Revelation My two witnesses-- Time prophecy Rev. 12 My two witnesses-- Time prophecy Rev. 12 a beast having seven heads and ten horns Rev. 13 a beast having seven heads and ten horns Rev. 13 Six hundred three score and six 666 Six hundred three score and six 666 The Ancient of Days The Ancient of Days a fourth beast -- Time prophecy Dan. 7 a fourth beast -- Time prophecy Dan. 7 and it had ten horns and it had ten horns One horn subdues three other horns One horn subdues three other horns

9 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

10 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. IsraelMount Carmel Bahaullah Abdul-BahaThe Bab House of Justice Shoghi Effendi Guardian

11 The significance of 7: 7 days in a week (Gen.) Ceremonial annointing (Lev.) Seven Churches Seven Candlesticks Seven Stars (Rev. ch. 1) Seven Portals to Hell (Quran 15:44) Seven Valleys or Seven Cities of Mystical Search

12 The significance of 7: The stages that mark the wayfarers journey from the abode of dust to the heavenly homeland are said to be seven. Some have called these Seven Valleys, and others, Seven Cities. Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, p. 4

13 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image …. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments … Then I will give peace in the land …. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Leviticus 26:1, 3, 6, 7

14 And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. Leviticus 26:11-12

15 But if ye will not hearken unto me... But that ye break my covenant... I also will do this unto you... Ye shall be slain before your enemies... And I will scatter you among the heathen Leviticus 26:14-17, 33

16 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. Leviticus 26:18, 21

17 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:24, 28

18 If they shall confess their iniquity... Then will I remember my covenant... And... I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly. Leviticus 26:40, 42, 44

19 Israel obeys God God walks among them Israel disobeys God God punishes Israel Seven Times God saves Israel Lets review:

20 Israel obeys God God walks among them Israel disobeys God God punishes Israel Seven Times God saves Israel

21 How Long is Seven Times? Reckoning for a Time Determine Event for Beginning or End of Period Calculate Forward or Backward to Confirm

22 According to Christian scholars, a Time equals a Year See, Motlagh, I Shall Come Again, p 337 Each day, according to the text of the Holy Book, is a year. For in the Bible it is said: The day of the Lord is one year. `Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 40

23 How Long is Seven Times? A Time equals one year. One year has 12 months of 30 days = 360 days 360 days/years in a Time Seven Times equals 2,520 years The duration of Israels punishment (and Gentile rule of the Holy Land)

24 What Event Provoked Gods Wrath? Reign of King Manasseh (Judah) Idol Worshiping in the Temple Name of God Expunged from Scriptures Public Lectures ridiculing Torah Manasseh captured by Esarhaddon and Replaced as puppet leader Motlagh, I Shall Come Again, p. 340

25 What Event Provoked Gods Wrath? And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem. Jeremiah, 15:4

26 Calculating Seven Times Manasseh: Reigned 55 years from 698 - 643 B.C. Taken Captive in 22nd year: 677 B.C. * 677 B.C. + 2520 = 1844 A.D. * The Encyclopedia Judaica, pp. 852-54

27 Edict of Toleration signed March 21, 1844 by Sultan of Turkey Ottoman Empire submits to Britain and European Nations Jews Allowed to Return to Palestine In America, Mordechai Noah pleads with Christians to help Jews resettle in Palestine

28 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. Psalm 147:2 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. Isaiah 27:13 Biblical references to

29 The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isaiah 56:8 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Jeremiah 30:17 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. Jeremiah 49:36 Biblical references to

30 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. Isaiah 10:20-21 Isaiah 10:20-21 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Micah 5:7-8 Micah 5:7-8 Biblical references to

31 Siyyid Ali Muhammad A young merchant from Shiraz, Iran Descendant of the Prophet Muhammad Declared He was The Báb The Gate of God The Herald of Baháulláh Beginning of the Bahái Faith May 23, 1844

32 Abdul-Baha was born The Son of Baháulláh The Most Great Branch Successor to Baháulláh The Center of His Covenant Interpreter of the Holy Word Perfect Exemplar of His Teachings Whoso turneth towards Him hath turned towards God God Passes By, p.242 May 23, 1844

33 Daniels Prophecy of Michael the Great Prince The Ancient of Days

34 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince... and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time. Daniel, 12:1 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon... Revelation, 12:7

35 Daniel 9:25 foretells the coming of Christ: Messiah the Prince Daniel 8:13-14 foretells the return of Christ Unto two thousand three hundred days As Christ does in Matthew 24:3, 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.

36 When shall these thing be? End of the WorldMatt. 24:3 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. End of these WondersDaniel 12:6 Time of the EndDaniel 12:4 Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled Luke 21:24 … and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

37 Daniels vision of the Modern World But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel, 12:4

38 Daniels vision of the Modern World Time of the End End of Gentile Rule Restoration of Israel Rapid Transmigration Exponential Increase in Human Learning Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5

39 Daniel and Revelation Foretell the Coming of The Great Redeemer: Daniel 8:142300 Days Rev. 1:1, 3Things which must shortly come to pass. For the Time is at Hand.

40 And one said to the man clothed in linen... How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen... sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half... (3½ times) Daniel 12:6-7

41 The day of the Lord is a year 1 Time=1 Year 1 Year=360 Days 360 Days=360 Years 3½ Times 360 Yearsx3.5=1260 Years 622 + 1260 1844 1260 AH = 1844 AD

42 Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

43 Revelation 11:3 This foretells the coming of Islam These two witnesses are Muhammad the Messenger of God, and Alí, son of Abú Tálib. * Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 48

44 Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

45 Revelation 13:1, 5 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast … and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 42 x 30 = 1260

46 Revelation 11:7 This beast means the Umayyads who attacked them from the pit of error, and who rose against the religion of Muhammad. Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 51

47 Revelation 13 1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

48 These signs are an allusion to the dynasty of the Umayyads who dominated the Muhammadan religion. Seven heads and seven crowns mean seven countries and dominions over which the Umayyads had power. Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 69

49 Seven Dominions of Umayyads Roman dominion (Damascus) Persia Arabia Egypt Africa (Tunis, Morocco and Algeria) Andalusia (Spain) Turks of Transoxania Abdul-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 69

50 Seven Dominions of Umayyads

51 The ten horns mean the names of the Umayyad rulers -- that is, without repetition, there were ten names of rulers, meaning ten names of commanders and chiefs -- the first is Abu Sufyan and the last Marvan -- but several of them bear the same name. So there are two Muaviya, three Yazid, two Valid, and two Marvan; but if the names were counted without repetition there would be ten. Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 69

52 Ten Horns of Umayyad Leaders 1. Abi Sufyan (Muaviya I) 6. Walid I, II 2. Yazid I, II, III 7. Sulaiman 3. Muaviya II 8. Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz 4. Marwan I, II 9. Hisham 5. Abd al-Malik 10. Ibrahim

53 Daniel, Chapter 7 1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

54 Abraham Hagar Ishmael Sarah Isaac, Jacob 12 Tribes of Israel Arabia Moses Holy Land Kings & Prophets Katura Persian Dynasties Zoroaster Jesus Muhammad Expected Promised Ones Lord of Hosts Messiah Father & Son Lord & the Lamb Shah han Shah Hushidar Divine Presence Qaim Messiah the Prince Dan. 9:25 King of the Jews Magi My two witnesses Rev. 11:3 (+ Ali) Midian Rev. 22:22 The Glory of God Ancient of DaysSpirit of Truth The Gate The Glorious Servant The Mystery of God As for Ishmael: 12 princes and a great nation. Gen. 17:20 Joseph 1330 BC 1000 BC 622 AD ~ 2000 BC Gen. 25:4 King of Kings The Gate of Wisdom For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Law Giver The Prophet Son of God Isaiah 9:6 The Religion of the Arabian He Who Ariseth The Iranians will kill the Promised One. Him Whom God will make manifest KI,p. 199 Friend of God -- Gleanings, p. 56 These shall war with the Lamb. 17:14 Michael, the Great Prince Muhammad is not the Father...... Seal of the Prophets. Quran 33:40 12 Apostles12 Imams I am Jesus. Kitab-i-Iqan, p.20 Torah Avesta Gospel Quran The Cause of the True Joseph He is the King of Glory. Psalms 24:10 1844 1863 Caliphate Umayyads The Beast 666 AD HeWho held converse with God Gleanings, p. 56 Shah Bahram Christ, the Anointed One Sel. Wri. Bab, p. 49

55 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse 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 little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. 9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

56 The Ridvan Tablet The Day which is … the sign of the Ancient of Days. I am, verily, the All-Bountiful, the Ancient of Days. Within this Paradise, and from the heights of its loftiest chambers, the Maids of Heaven have cried out and shouted: "Rejoice, ye dwellers of the realms above, for the fingers of Him Who is the Ancient of Days are ringing, in the name of the All-Glorious, the Most Great Bell, in the midmost heart of the heavens. Rejoice with exceeding gladness, O people of Baha, as ye call to remembrance the Day of supreme felicity, the Day whereon the Tongue of the Ancient of Days hath spoken, as He departed from His House, proceeding to the Spot from which He shed upon the whole of creation the splendors of His name, the All-Merciful.

57 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

58 15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. 16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. 19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

59 20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. 21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

60 References to One Horn and Three Horns: 8 there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: 20 and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

61 So there are two Muaviya, three Yazid, two Valid, and two Marvan; but if the names were counted without repetition there would be ten. Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 69 1 + 3 = 4 Plucked / Fell / Subdued (rendered ineffective) = Their offspring do not count 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

62 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Seven Times = 2520 solar years 3 ½ Times = 1260 lunar years Changed Sharia law to be punitive

63 25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. 28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

64 677 BC Seven Times 457 BC 70 weeks 34AD 1844 622 AD 2300 days Birth of Christ ManassahTemple Edict Hejira 1260 days / 3 ½ times (Daniel) Time Prophecy Timeline 612 AD 1863 1290 days 1335 days 1957 19631953 10-year crusade Lunar years Solar years Nebuchadnezzar 602 BC Seven Times Key: Leviticus: Daniel: Revelation: Declatation of the Bab Birth of Abdul-Baha Ridvan Garden Declaration of Bahaullah House of Justice elected Passing of Shoghi Effendi 666 AD The Number of the Beast 42 months (the beast) Edict of Toleration

65 The Shia – Sunni Rift The Rise of the Caliphate

66 The Prophet Apostle of God Descendant of Abraham through Hagar & Ishmael Gen. 17:20: 12 princes and a great nation Married to Khadijah Fatimah Ali ibn Talib (cousin & son-in-law) 622 ADHijira Migration from Mecca to Medina QuranThe Recitation IslamSubmission MuslimsmIslam Ascension in 632 AD

67 Old Testament Aaron and The Golden Calf Quelled by Moses Moses laid his hands on Joshua New Testament Betrayal by Judas Paid for by Christ Peter: Upon this rock I will build my church Islam Rebellion by Omar Against Ali

68 Alis Successorship Selected by Muhammad Commander of the Faithful Cousin & Son-in-law Prophets lineage Father of progeny Siyyid 12 Imams Appointed by God Without sin 260 years All assassinated 9 ordered by Caliphs Omars Rebellion Rejected Ali Insisted on elections Traditional Absence of a Will No Religious Precedent Induced after treachery The Book of God sufficeth Caliph Successor (the name of blasphemy) Abu Bakr Omar Uthman

69 Rashidun Caliphs Abu Bakr 632 – 634 Islam by the sword Died of illness Omar 634 – 644 Nominated by Abu Bakr Murdered by Abu Lulu Intrigues begin Uthman 644 – 656 Murdered by rebels

70 Shia Ali Party of Ali Shiite Interpret Sharia law Transcribed Quran Hadith Sunni Islam Traditional practice Reject Caliph as divine Hadith Muaviyahs Rebellion Umayyad family Rejected Alis authority Controlled north Discontinued elections

71 Ali assassinated in 661 Hasan Husayn Attempt made on Muaviyah but his deadly wound was healed Usurped Caliphate Agreement with Hasan (plotted assassination in 680) Voided election of Caliph Umayyad dynasty Desecrated Mecca and sacked Medina Moved Capital to Damascus in 666 AD

72 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

73 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. 666 A.D.

74 In 666 A.D. Caliph Muaviyyih: Sacked Medina (resting place of Muhammad) Desecrated Mecca (Kaaba) Moved Capital to Damascus Moffat, New Keys to the Book of Revelation, p. 78 quoting Shoghi Effendi

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76 ... Gabriel … talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. Daniel 9:21, 22

77 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [the Jews] and upon thy holy city, [Jerusalem] Daniel 9:24

78 to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy [Jesus Christ]. Daniel 9:24

79 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks Daniel 9:25

80 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease Daniel 9:26, 27

81 70 weeks equals 490 days Each day, according to the text of the Holy Book, is a year. For in the Bible it is said: The day of the Lord is one year. `Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions I have appointed thee each day for a year. Ezekiel, 4:6

82 70 weeks equals 490 days Therefore: 490 days equals 490 years

83 From the Edict to rebuild Jerusalem to the Advent of Messiah the Prince 490 years Messiah and Christ mean Anointed One The Prince is the Son of the King

84 4 Decrees were Issued to Rebuild Jerusalem: 1st Decree: 536 BC by Cyrus (Ezra 1:2) 2nd Decree: 519 BC by Darius (Ezra 6:1) 3rd Decree: 457 BC by Artaxerexes (Ezra 7) 4th Decree: 444 BC by Artaxerexes (Neh. 2) See, Abdul-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 40; Uriah Smith, Thoughts, Critical and Practical on the Book of Daniel, p. 247

85 The Decree in 457 BC by King Artaxerexes Rebuilt Jerusalem and Restored Israels Civil State and Polity

86 457 BC to 408 BC 49 years Jerusalem Rebuilt 408 BC to 27 AD434 years (62 weeks) John the Baptist appears 27 AD to 34 AD 7 years Total:490 years

87 John the Baptist appeared27 AD Ministry of Jesus Christ31-34 AD Jesus Christ is crucified34 AD

88 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease Daniel 9:26, 27

89 And after threescore and two weeks the Messiah shall appear His ministry shall encompass 7 years in the midst of His ministry He will declare a New Mission and break the traditions of the past

90 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? Daniel 8:13

91 Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. Daniel 8:14

92 The starting date for 2300 Days is the same for Seventy Weeks 457 BC + 2300 years = 1844 AD See, Abdul-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 40

93 The Seventy Weeks prophecy offered the Jews an opportunity to atone for the sins of Manasseh by embracing Christ. The 2300 Days prophecy is a second opportunity to turn to God By embracing the Báb. Or by returning to Israel

94 Consider how clearly the manifestation of the Báb is spoken of in the Old Testament and in the Gospel. Abdul-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 42-3

95 How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? Daniel 8:13

96 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) Matthew 24:15

97 Stand in the Holy Place Daniel received the vision of 2300 years in the land of Elam Elam is an area in Persia near Shiraz In 1844, the Báb declared His Mission in Shiraz

98 Stand in the Holy Place And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam Daniel 8:2 And I will set my throne in Elam Jeremiah 49:38

99 Stand in the Holy Place When the 2300 years comes up Go to Shiraz The Promised One shall appear

100 Stand in the Holy Place Who may go up the mountain of the Lord? And who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on falsehood, and has not committed perjury. Psalms 24:3-4 NEB

101 Stand in the Holy Place Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous. Psalms 15:1-2 NIV

102 Stand in the Holy Place Carmel means the Vineyard of God The House of Abdul-Bahá is on Mount Carmel Abdul-Bahá is the Son of Baháulláh. He is described by Shoghi Effendi (the Guardian of the Baháí Faith):

103 the Center of Bahá'u'lláh's Covenant the perfect Exemplar of His teachings the unerring Interpreter of His Word the embodiment of every Bahá'í ideal the incarnation of every Bahá'í virtue Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 134


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