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1Time prophecies from the bible Predictions of the Great Messengers of GodPresenter: Dr. George Via, J.D.
2Understanding Bible Prophecies 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 5:5,6,7Discerning 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.”—Bahá’u’lláh
3God’s Covenant with Mankind God will never abandon Man to himselfGod will always send a Divine Messenger, a specially appointed SoulEach Messenger has a mission: to guide Humanity to the Path of RighteousnessEach Messenger acknowledges former Messengers, and foretells His Return
4WHAT IS A TIME PROPHECY?A Time Prophecy foretells the appearance of a Messenger of God, or a significant eventJesus Messiah the PrinceMuhammad My two witnessesBaha’u’llahMichael, the great Prince The Lord of HostsThe Ancient of Days The everlasting FatherThe Glory of the Lord The mighty GodThe Glory of the God of IsraelRestoration of IsraelSpecifies length of time & Originating event
5Bible Time Prophecies Seven times Two thousand three hundred days Seventy weeksA time, times, and an halfOne thousand two hundred and sixty daysThree and a half daysForty-two monthsOne thousand two hundred and ninety daysOne thousand three hundred five and thirty daysAn hour, a day, a month and a yearA season and time666
6Time Prophecy Timeline Seven TimesDeclatation of the BabSolar yearsBirth of Abdu’l-Baha2300 daysEdict of TolerationHouse of Justice elected70 weeksHejira1335 days19531963ManassahTemple EdictThe Number of the Beast10-year crusade677 BC457 BC34AD622 AD184418631957602 BC666 AD612 ADPassing of Shoghi EffendiBirth of Christ42 months (the beast)NebuchadnezzarSeven Times1260 days / 3 ½ times (Daniel)Key:Leviticus:Daniel:Revelation:Lunar yearsRidvan GardenDeclaration of Baha’u’llah1290 days
7Time Prophecy Timeline Baha’i Faith beginsFor Information on The Baha’i Faith:Dr. George ViaSeven Times Lev. 26:18 – 28 Punishment of IsraelDeclatation of the BabSolar yearsMay 23, 1844Birth of Abdu’l-Baha2300 days Dan. 8:14 “Transgression of Desolation”Edict of Toleration: Jews return to Holy Land70 weeks Dan. 9:241335 days Dan. 12:12House of Justice electedHejira“Messiah the Prince”“Blessed is he that waiteth”Sin of KingManassah“The Number of the Beast”19531963Temple EdictCaliphate overthrows Islam10-year crusade677 BC457 BC34AD622 AD18441863Passing of Shoghi Effendi602 BCCrucifixiion666 ADNebuchadnezzarBirth of Christ612 AD3 ½ times Dan. 7:25 & 12:81957“Ancient of Days”“Michael the great prince”Seven Times Dan. 4:42 months Rev. 11:2 & 12:5The beast with 10 horns 7 heads & 10 horns“let seven times pass over him.”1260 days Rev. 11:3 & 12:6“My two witnesses”“Second Woe” Rev. 11:14Key:Leviticus:Daniel:Revelation:Lunar years“Third Woe”“Abomination that maketh desolate”Ridvan GardenDeclaration of Baha’u’llah1290 days Dan. 12:11
8Bible Prophecies The Lord of Hosts Isaiah 9:6 – 7“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”“Then I will punish you seven times” Lev. 26The Book of Revelation“My two witnesses” -- Time prophecy Rev. 12“a beast having seven heads and ten horns” Rev. 13“Six hundred three score and six”The Ancient of Days“a fourth beast” Time prophecy Dan. 7“and it had ten horns”One horn subdues three other horns
9“The Lord of hosts” Isaiah 9:6 – 7 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 itwith judgment and with justicefrom henceforth even for ever.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
10“The Lord of hosts” Isaiah 9:6 – 7 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 itwith judgment and with justicefrom henceforth even for ever.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.Baha’u’llahAbdu’l-BahaThe BabHouse of JusticeGuardianMount CarmelIsraelShoghi Effendi
11The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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 (Qur’an 15:44)“Seven Valleys” or “Seven Cities” of Mystical Search
12The Prophecy of “Seven Times” The significance of 7:“The stages that mark the wayfarer’s 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
13The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
14The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
15The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
16The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
17The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
18The Prophecy of “Seven Times” 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
19The Prophecy of “Seven Times” Let’s review:Israel obeys God God walks among themIsrael disobeys God God punishes Israel “Seven Times” God saves Israel
20The Prophecy of “Seven Times” Israel obeys God God walks among themIsrael disobeys God God punishes Israel “Seven Times” God saves Israel
21Quantifying “Seven Times” How Long is “Seven Times”?Reckoning for a “Time”Determine Event for Beginning or End of PeriodCalculate Forward or Backward to Confirm
22Quantifying “Seven Times” 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
23Quantifying “Seven Times” How Long is “Seven Times”?A “Time” equals one year.One year has 12 months of 30 days = 360 days360 days/years in a “Time”“Seven Times” equals 2,520 yearsThe duration of Israel’s punishment (and Gentile rule of the Holy Land)
24Quantifying “Seven Times” What Event Provoked God’s Wrath?Reign of King Manasseh (Judah)Idol Worshiping in the TempleName of God Expunged from ScripturesPublic Lectures ridiculing TorahManasseh captured by Esarhaddon and Replaced as puppet leaderMotlagh, I Shall Come Again, p. 340
25Quantifying “Seven Times” What Event Provoked God’s 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
26Quantifying “Seven Times” Calculating “Seven Times”Manasseh:Reigned 55 years from B.C.Taken Captive in 22nd year: 677 B.C. *677 B.C = A.D.* The Encyclopedia Judaica, pp
27What Happened in 1844Edict of Toleration signed March 21, 1844 by Sultan of TurkeyOttoman Empire submits to Britain and European NationsJews Allowed to Return to PalestineIn America, Mordechai Noah pleads with Christians to help Jews resettle in Palestine
28The restoration of israel Biblical references toThe restoration of israelThe LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel Psalm 147:2And 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 11:12And 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
29The restoration of israel Biblical references toThe restoration of israelThe Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him Isaiah 56:8For 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 30:17And 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
30The restoration of israel Biblical references toThe restoration of israelAnd 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 10:20-21And 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
31What Happened in 1844Siyyid 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 Bahá’u’lláh Beginning of the Bahá’i Faith May 23, 1844
32What Happened in 1844Abdu’l-Baha was born The Son of Bahá’u’lláh The Most Great Branch Successor to Bahá’u’lláhThe Center of His CovenantInterpreter of the Holy WordPerfect Exemplar of His Teachings“Whoso turneth towards Him hath turned towards God” God Passes By, p.242May 23, 1844
33The Great Redeemer The Promised One of All Ages Daniel’s Prophecy of Michael the Great PrinceThe Ancient of Days
34Michael the Great Prince “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
35Michael the Great Prince 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.”
36Michael the Great Prince “When shall these thing be?”“End of the World” Matt. 24:338 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 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.“End of these Wonders” Daniel 12:6“Time of the End” Daniel 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.
37Michael the Great Prince Daniel’s 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
38Michael the Great Prince Daniel’s vision of the Modern World“Time of the End”End of Gentile RuleRestoration of IsraelRapid TransmigrationExponential Increase in Human LearningBehold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5
39Michael the Great Prince Daniel and Revelation Foretell the Coming of The Great Redeemer: Daniel 8: Days Rev. 1:1, 3 Things which must shortly come to pass. For the Time is at Hand.
40Michael the Great Prince “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
41Michael the Great Prince “The day of the Lord is a year”1 “Time” = 1 Year1 Year = 360 Days360 Days = 360 Years3½ Times360 Years x 3.5 = 1260 Years≠ 18441260 AH = AD
42Michael the Great Prince 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.”
43Michael the Great Prince Revelation 11:3This 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
44Michael the Great Prince 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.”
45Michael the Great Prince 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
46Michael the Great Prince 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
47Michael the Great Prince 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.
48THE ANCIENT OF DAYS“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
49Understanding Origins of Islam Seven Dominions of UmayyadsRoman dominion (Damascus)PersiaArabiaEgyptAfrica (Tunis, Morocco and Algeria)Andalusia (Spain)Turks of TransoxaniaAbdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 69
51THE ANCIENT OF DAYSThe 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
52THE ANCIENT OF DAYS Ten “Horns” of Umayyad Leaders 1. Abi Sufyan (Mu’aviya I) Walid I, II2. Yazid I, II, III Sulaiman3. Mu’aviya II Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz4. Marwan I, II Hisham5. Abd al-Malik Ibrahim
53THE ANCIENT OF DAYS 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.
54Baha'u'llah 'Abdu'l-Baha Abraham The Bab Lord of Hosts Messiah “Him Whom God will make manifest”KI,p. 1991863The Mystery of God“The Cause of the True Joseph”Baha'u'llah'Abdu'l-BahaSel. Wri. Bab, p. 491844The Bab“The Glory of God”“The Glorious Servant ”“The Gate”“He is the King of Glory.” Psalms 24:10“For unto us a child is born,”“unto us a son is given.”Ancient of DaysMichael, the Great PrinceSpirit of TruthIsaiah 9:6“Shah Bahram”Divine Presence Qa’im“King of Kings”Lord of Hosts MessiahFather & Son Lord & the Lamb“These shall war with the Lamb.”Shah han Shah HushidarCaliphateUmayyadsThe Beast666 AD“He Who Ariseth”Expected Promised OnesRev. 22:2217:14“The Prophet”“The Gate of Wisdom”“My two witnesses” Rev. 11:3 (+ Ali)Muhammad“Christ, the Anointed One”“The Iranians will kill the Promised One.”“Son of God”Qur’an622 ADJesusGospel“King of the Jews” Magi“The Religion of the Arabian”‘I am Jesus.’ Kitab-i-Iqan, p.2012 ImamsHoly Land Kings & Prophets12 Apostles“Messiah the Prince” Dan. 9:25ZoroasterAvesta1000 BC“... Seal of the Prophets.” Qur’an 33:40“Muhammad is not the Father...MosesTorah1330 BCPersian Dynasties“Law Giver”Arabia“HeWho held converse with God” Gleanings, p. 56JosephIsaac, Jacob 12 Tribes of IsraelIshmaelMidian“As for Ishmael: 12 princes and a great nation.” Gen. 17:20Gen. 25:4HagarSarahKatura“Friend of God” -- Gleanings, p. 56Abraham~ 2000 BC
55THE ANCIENT OF DAYS 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.
56THE ANCIENT OF DAYS The Ridvan TabletThe 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.
57THE ANCIENT OF DAYS11 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.
58THE ANCIENT OF DAYS15 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;
59THE ANCIENT OF DAYS20 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.
60References to One Horn and Three Horns: THE ANCIENT OF DAYSReferences 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.
61THE ANCIENT OF DAYSSo 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= 4Plucked / Fell / Subdued (rendered ineffective) = Their offspring do not count11 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.
62THE ANCIENT OF DAYS25 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 Shari’a law to be punitive
63THE ANCIENT OF DAYS25 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.
64Time Prophecy Timeline Seven TimesDeclatation of the BabSolar yearsBirth of Abdu’l-Baha2300 daysEdict of TolerationHouse of Justice elected70 weeksHejira1335 days19531963ManassahTemple EdictThe Number of the Beast10-year crusade677 BC457 BC34AD622 AD184418631957602 BC666 AD612 ADPassing of Shoghi EffendiBirth of Christ42 months (the beast)NebuchadnezzarSeven Times1260 days / 3 ½ times (Daniel)Key:Leviticus:Daniel:Revelation:Lunar yearsRidvan GardenDeclaration of Baha’u’llah1290 days
65A Brief History of Islam The Shi’a – Sunni RiftThe Rise of the Caliphate
66Muhammad & Islam The Prophet “Apostle of God” Descendant of Abraham through Hagar & IshmaelGen. 17:20: “12 princes” and “a great nation”Married to KhadijahFatimahAli ibn Talib (cousin & son-in-law)622 AD Hijira Migration from Mecca to MedinaQur’an “The Recitation”Islam “Submission”Muslims m’IslamAscension in 632 AD
67Of Successorship and Rebellion Old TestamentAaron and “The Golden Calf”Quelled by MosesMoses “laid his hands” on JoshuaNew TestamentBetrayal by JudasPaid for by ChristPeter: “Upon this rock I will build my church”IslamRebellion by OmarAgainst ‘Ali
68Of Successorship and Rebellion Ali’s SuccessorshipSelected by Muhammad“Commander of the Faithful”Cousin & Son-in-lawProphet’s lineageFather of progenySiyyid12 ImamsAppointed by GodWithout sin260 yearsAll assassinated9 ordered by CaliphsOmar’s RebellionRejected AliInsisted on electionsTraditionalAbsence of a WillNo Religious PrecedentInduced after treachery“The Book of God sufficeth”Caliph“Successor” (“the name of blasphemy”)Abu BakrOmarUthman
69Of Successorship and Rebellion “Rashidun” CaliphsAbu Bakr632 – 634Islam by the swordDied of illnessOmar634 – 644Nominated by Abu BakrMurdered by Abu LuluIntrigues beginUthman644 – 656Murdered by rebels
70Of Successorship and Rebellion Shi’a AliParty of AliShi’iteInterpret Shari’a lawTranscribed Qur’anHadithSunni IslamTraditional practiceReject Caliph as divineHadithMu’aviyah’s RebellionUmayyad familyRejected Ali’s authorityControlled northDiscontinued elections
71Open Rebellion Ali assassinated in 661 Hasan Husayn Attempt made on Mu’aviyah“but his deadly wound was healed”Usurped CaliphateAgreement with Hasan (plotted assassination in 680)Voided election of CaliphUmayyad dynastyDesecrated Mecca and sacked MedinaMoved Capital to Damascus in 666 AD
72The Mark of the Beast Revelation, ch. 13 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.
73The Number of the Beast Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understandingcount the number of the beast:for it is the number of a man;and his number isSix hundred threescore and six.666 A.D.
74The Number of the Beast In 666 A.D. Caliph Mu’aviyyih: Sacked Medina (resting place of Muhammad)Desecrated Mecca (Kaaba)Moved Capital to DamascusMoffat, New Keys to the Book of Revelation, p. 78quoting Shoghi Effendi
75The Coming of Christ Foretold by Daniel: The Time Prophecy of “Seventy Weeks”
76“Seventy Weeks”... Gabriel … talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.Daniel 9:21, 22
77Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [the Jews] andupon thy holy city, [Jerusalem]Daniel 9:24
78“Seventy Weeks” to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, andto make reconciliation for iniquity, andto bring in everlasting righteousness, andto seal up the vision and prophecy, andto anoint the most Holy [Jesus Christ].Daniel 9:24
79Breakdown of the “Seventy Weeks” Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth ofthe commandment to restore and to build Jerusalemunto the Messiah the Prince shall beseven weeks, and threescore and two weeksDaniel 9:25
80Breakdown of the “Seventy Weeks” And after threescore and two weeksshall 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 ceaseDaniel 9:26, 27
81Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” 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
82Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” 70 weeks equals 490 days Therefore: 490 days equals 490 years
83Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” 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
84Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” 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, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 40; Uriah Smith, Thoughts, Critical and Practical on the Book of Daniel, p. 247
85Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” The Decree in 457 BC by King ArtaxerexesRebuilt Jerusalem andRestored Israel’s Civil State and Polity
86Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” 457 BC to 408 BC 49 years Jerusalem Rebuilt 408 BC to 27 AD 434 years (62 weeks) John the Baptist appears 27 AD to 34 AD 7 years Total: 490 years
87Quantifying “Seventy Weeks” John the Baptist appeared 27 AD Ministry of Jesus Christ AD Jesus Christ is crucified 34 AD
88Breakdown of the “Seventy Weeks” And after threescore and two weeksshall 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 ceaseDaniel 9:26, 27
89Breakdown of the “Seventy Weeks” And after threescore and two weeksthe Messiah shall appearHis ministry shall encompass 7 yearsin the midst of His ministry He will declare a New Mission and break the traditions of the past
90The Prophecy of “2300 Days”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
91The Prophecy of “2300 Days”Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.Daniel 8:14
92The Prophecy of “2300 Days”The starting date for “2300 Days” is the same for “Seventy Weeks”457 BC years = ADSee, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 40
93The Prophecy of “2300 Days”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‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 42-3 The Prophecy of “2300 Days”“Consider how clearly the manifestation of the Báb is spoken of in the Old Testament and in the Gospel.”‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 42-3
95The Prophecy of “2300 Days” How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice,and the transgression of desolation,to give both the sanctuary and the hostto be trodden under foot?Daniel 8:13
96The Prophecy of “2300 Days” 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” The Prophecy of “2300 Days”“Stand in the Holy Place”Daniel received the vision of 2300 years in the land of ElamElam is an area in Persia near ShirazIn 1844, the Báb declared His Mission in Shiraz
98The Prophecy of “2300 Days” “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 ElamDaniel 8:2And I will set my throne in ElamJeremiah 49:38
99The Prophecy of “2300 Days”“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” The Prophecy of “2300 Days”“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” The Prophecy of “2300 Days”“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
102The Prophecy of “2300 Days” “Stand in the Holy Place” Carmel means “the Vineyard of God”The House of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is on Mount Carmel‘Abdu’l-Bahá is the Son of Bahá’u’lláh. He is described by Shoghi Effendi (the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith):
103The Prophecy of “2300 Days” the Center of Bahá'u'lláh's Covenant the perfect Exemplar of His teachingsthe unerring Interpreter of His Wordthe embodiment of every Bahá'í idealthe incarnation of every Bahá'í virtueShoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 134