Chapter 1: The Messenger of a New Religious Revelation



1.1HE SIGNALED BY TRANSMITTING THROUGH HIS ANGEL TO HIS SERVANT JOHN, 2WHO WITNESSED GODS WORD AND THIS TESTIMONY BY JESUS CHRIST AS ALL THE VISIONS HE SAW.

Jesus signaled by publishing through his Messenger to me His worker John, who saw God’s Speaker and has heard his testimony by Jesus Returned as all the messages I have heard.

3BLESSED IS THE PERSON WHO READS OUT AND THOSE WHO LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY AND TAKE TO HEART THE VISIONS DESCRIBED IN IT.

Happy am I who has written about and you readers who are reading about the Divine Speakers in this interpretation and are taking seriously the events identified by it.

FOR THE TIME IS NEAR.

For its time has come.

4JOHN TO THE SEVEN-CHURCHES OF ASIA:

John to the seven Faiths of Asia:

BLESSINGS TO YOU AND PEACE FROM:

Blessings to you and Shalom from:

THE-IS,

THE-GOD-MANIFEST IN LATER FAITHS,

THE-WAS,

THE-GOD-MANIFEST IN EARLIER FAITHS,

THE-IS-COMING,

THE-GOD-PRESENT IN A NEW FAITH,

FROM THE SEVEN SPIRITS WHO ARE BEFORE HIS THRONE, ESPECIALLY 5FROM THE TRUSTWORTHY WITNESS JESUS CHRIST, THE FIRSTBORN SON OF THE DEAD, AND THE CHIEF OF THE RULERS OF THE WORLD.

From the seven Manifestations of God who serve His Revelation, especially from God’s true Delegate of Jesus Returned, the chosen savior of a spiritually dead nation, and the chief of the leaders of the world.

TO HIM WHO LOVES US, WHO WASHED AND FREED US FROM OUR SINS WITH HIS BLOOD. 6HE HAS TURNED US INTO A KINGDOM, PRIESTS OF HIS GOD AND FATHER. TO HIM BE THE GLORY AND POWER INTO THE ERAS. AMEN!

To him who has loved us, who released and freed us from our sins through his death. He is transforming us into a global civilization, teachers for his God and spiritual Father. To him will be the glory and power for this full spiritual Cycle. Truly!

7LOOK, HE COMES WITH AND ON THE CLOUDS. EVERY EYEEVEN THOSE WHO PIERCED HIMWILL SEE HIM. ALL THE TRIBES OF THE WORLD WILL MOURN HIM. YES, AMEN!

Look, he has come in glory amid human constraints. All witnesses—even those who pierced him with bullets—are coming to know him. All families in the world will come to mourn him. Yes, truly!

8I MYSELF AM

THE A AND THE Z,

I MYSELF AM

THE FOUNDER AND FULFILLER OF FAITHS,

SAYS THE LORD GOD,

SAYS THE LORD GOD,

THE-IS,

THE-GOD-MANIFEST IN LATER FAITHS,

THE-WAS,

THE-GOD-MANIFEST IN EARLIER FAITHS,

THE-IS-COMING,

THE-GOD-PRESENT IN A NEW FAITH,

THE ALMIGHTY ONE.

THE ALMIGHTY GOD.

9I MYSELF JOHN, YOUR BROTHER AND PARTNER IN THE DISTRESS YET REIGN AND ENDURANCE IN JESUS, CAME TO BE ON THE ISLAND CALLED PATMOS, DUE TO THIS WORD OF GOD AND THIS TESTIMONY BY JESUS CHRIST, 10I WAS SOARING IN SPIRIT ON THE LORDS DAY.

I your author John, your fellow and sharer in the distress yet rule and tenacity of Jesus, have returned to the island of Patmos, due to this Speaker for God and this testimony by Jesus Returned, I am soaring in spirit in God’s new Era (as I did in Jesus’s Era).

NEXT, BEHIND ME I HEARD A LOUD VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET 11SOUNDING:

Next, echoing off my cave I hear a Proclaimer herald command:

WHAT YOU SEE WRITE IN A SHORT SCROLL AND TRANSMIT TO THE SEVEN-CHURCHES:

What you hear record in a Book of Revelation and publish for the seven Faiths:

 TO EPHESUS,

 For Sabaeanism,

 TO SMYRNA,

 For Judaism,

 TO PERGAMOS,

For Zoroastrianism,

 TO THYATIRA,

 For Hinduism,

 TO SARDIS,

 For Buddhism,

 TO PHILADELPHIA,

 For Christianity,

 TO LAODICEA.

 For Islam.

12AT THIS, I TURNED TO IDENTIFY THE VOICE THAT WAS SPEAKING WITH ME. HAVING TURNED, I SAW:

At this, I turn to see the herald who is speaking with me. Turning, I recognize:

SEVEN GOLD MENORAH-LAMPS, 13AMID THESE MENORAH-LAMPS, A PERSON LIKE A SON OF MAN ADORNED IN A LONG ROBE; GIRDLED BY A GOLD SASH AROUND HIS BOSOM; 14HIS HEAD, MEANING HIS HAIR, LIKE WHITE WOOL, LIKE SNOW; HIS EYES LIKE A FLAME OF FIRE; 15HIS FEET RESEMBLING WHITE‎‎-HOT MOLTEN BRONZE REFINED IN A FURNACE; HIS VOICE RUSHING LIKE MANY WATERS; 16HOLDING IN HIS RIGHT-HAND SEVEN STARS; FROM HIS MOUTH ISSUING A SHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD; AND HIS FACE SHINING LIKE THE SUN IN ITS FULL STRENGTH.

Seven splendid Revelations arrayed in unity. Amid these united Revelations arrayed in unity, a Divine Human-Being promoting complete virtue; bearing splendid love; his head, meaning his hair, white from suffering, shining like snow; his spirit blazing divine love; his justice glowing reward and gleaming punishment; his words broadcasting abundant teachings; his power uniting seven brilliant Teachers; his verses projecting perceptive wisdom and truth; and his advent emanating the glory of God in its full power.

17WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET AS IF DEAD. BUT HE PUT HIS RIGHT-HAND ON ME, SAYING:

As I see him, I submit to him stunned. But he restores me with his power, reassuring:

DO NOT FEEL AFRAID. I MYSELF AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST, 18THE LIVING-BEING LIVING ON, I HAVE ALSO GONE THOUGH DEATH. BEHOLD, I AM A LIVING-BEING LIVING ON INTO THE ERAS OF THE ERAS. AND I CARRY THE KEYS OF DEATH AND THE UNSEEN. 19WRITE DOWN:

Do not feel afraid. I as the Messenger am God’s First-to-Last Manifestation, His Primary-Figure living on, I also undergo death. Behold, I am His Primary-Figure living on from spiritual Cycle to spiritual Cycle. And I bring new remedies for atheism and its unbelief. Publish:

THE THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING,

The visions of me that you are seeing,

THE THINGS THAT ARE MANIFESTING, AND

The visions that are about to manifest, and

THE THINGS THAT ARE DUE TO OCCUR AFTER THESE VISIONS.

The visions that are due to happen after these events.

20AS FOR THE SECRET MEANING OF THE SEVEN STARS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN UPON MY RIGHT-HAND AND AS FOR THE SEVEN GOLD MENORAH-LAMPS: THE SEVEN STARS REPRESENT ANGELS OF THE SEVEN-CHURCHES AND THE SEVEN MENORAH-LAMPS REPRESENT SEVEN-CHURCHES.

As for the hidden intent of the seven brilliant Teachers that you see my power unite and as for the seven splendid Revelations arrayed in unity: The seven brilliant Teachers are Messengers of the seven Faiths and the seven Revelations arrayed in unity represent their seven Faiths.

Comments (by verse number):

Inscription and Subscription: A Revelation, John is the traditional title-author inscription that opens Greek scrolls, just as it will also form the closing subscription.

1.1 Title: The verbless first sentence¼was intended by the author to function as a title.[1] So An Unveiling by Jesus Christ that God assigned to him to show his servants what had to happen fast are the full title and subtitle.

1.1, etc., Christos, meaning literally anointed, is Greek for Christ (vv. 1.1, 5 & 9). Messiah is its Hebrew equivalent (vv. 11.15, 12.10, 20.4 & 6).

1.1, 10.1, 5, 8–10, 11.15, 17.7, 18.1, 21, 19.17, 20.1, 22.6, 8 & 16: The Angel is Revelation’s main master-of-ceremonies first Messenger. He takes the definite article the at this very first mention of him (as the Angel of His) makes him special.

1.2 & 22.20: Witnessed relates to John having seen/heard this Word of God. Additionally, the Angel too also witnessed to, in other words he has stated that he had seen/heard, this Word of God.

1.2: Word is a hidden title for this Messenger as the Word of God¼the first bestowal of the Almighty¼the first instructor in the University of existence¼the Primal Emanation of God¼illumining the realm of thought and morals.[2]

1.3 & 22.10: Always for believers awaiting a Messenger of God to appear the time is near.

1.3: Here prophecy interprets as Baha’i-based interpretation.

1.4: In AD 95, Asia was the name of the Roman province today called Turkey or Asia Minor. As that Asia Minor was home to the Seven-Churches, so today’s Asia Major is home to the seven Faiths they portray.

1.4, 3.1, 4.5, 5.6 & 22.6: Spirit is a hidden title for a Manifestation of God.

1.4, 1.8, 4.8, 11.17 & 16.5: THE-IS, THE-WAS, THE-IS-COMING reads for v. 1.1’s God (rather than its Jesus Christ or Angel). Its Hebrew source is God’s ineffable name THE-IS (YHWH) or I AM (EHIYEH).[3] This title is no standard past-present-future triple formula, because its tenses run out of sequence, an expected THE-SHALL-BE is absent, and THE-IS-COMING replacing it later disappears (vv. 11.17 & 16.5).

1.4: The Seven-Churches take the at this very first mention of them. This makes them special out of already scores of Christian churches in the Turkey of AD 95. Indeed, these seven churches map out the geographic shape of a “7” pointing toward the Holy Land from their Ephesus-tip to their Laodicea-tail. So they translate in compound form as the Seven-Churches.

Map of Asia’s Seven-Churches and Patmos Island 

Map of Asia’s Seven-Churches and Patmos Island

 1.5: Witness is a hidden title for a Messenger Delegate of God.[4]

1.5: In AD 95, Jesus was this firstborn son of the dead…a Jew from among the Jews who revivified the people till they were transferred from one state of existence into a higher state of existence[5] was originally Jesus. Now he is the Bab as the Return of Jesus.

1.6, 5.10 & 20.6: Priests, in Revelation’s Temple context, were not regular clergy like rabbis or Christian priests but Cohens descended from the first High-Priest Aaron, the brother of Moses.

1.7, 10.1, 11.12 & 14.14–16: Clouds are a symbol:

By the term ‘clouds’ is meant those things that are contrary to the ways and desires of men.…‘Clouds’ signify, in one sense, the annulment of laws, the abrogation of former Dispensations, the repeal of rituals and customs current amongst men, the exalting of the illiterate faithful above the learned opposers of the Faith. In another sense, they mean the appearance of that immortal Beauty in the image of mortal man, with such human limitations as eating and drinking, poverty and riches, glory and abasement, sleeping and waking, and such other things as cast doubt in the minds of men, and cause them to turn away. All such veils are symbolically referred to as ‘clouds’, which cause the heavens of the knowledge and understanding of all that dwell on earth to be cloven asunder. This is what is meant by coming in the clouds. Tear asunder the veils and curtains of these dogmas, remove these accumulated, suffocating increments, dispel these dark impenetrable clouds, that the sun of reality may shine from the horizon of eternity, so that the promised One…riding upon the clouds…will be made manifest from the heaven of the will of God Then people shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory..[6]

Likewise, the archetype Sinai cloud over the Ark hid and displayed the glory of God.

1.7: A Persian firing-squad riddled the breast of the Bab with bullets[7] as Roman nails had pierced his first coming as Jesus.

1.8, 17, 2.8, 21.6 & 22.13: The A and The Z (Alpha and Omega), Beginning and the Ending, First and the Last are titles that honor

the highest station…of the Prophets of God, all the manifestation of the ‘Beginning’ and the ‘End,’ the ‘First’ and the ‘Last’ the ‘Seen’ and ‘Hidden’. Therefore Christ has said: ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last’—that is to say, there has never been and never shall be any change and alteration in Me. If one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: ‘I am the return of all the Prophets,’ or if He Who is the…End…say: ‘Verily, I am the Point of the Beginning’, He would indeed be speaking the truth. To Baha’u’llah the Author of the Apocalypse…alluded as…‘Alpha and Omega, ‘the Beginning and the End,’ ‘the First and the Last’ and the Manifest and the Hidden.

Hinduism also awaits the advent of a portion of that Divine Being…who is the beginning and the end. Buddhism too teaches that everything that has a beginning also has an end.[8]

1.10: Day interprets as an Era by the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim formula that a-day-is-a-thousand-years.[9]

1.10, also 12.10 & 16.15: Loud voice calls out as the Proclaimer of all this—the ‘Great Voice’ as He is called…Baha’u’llah.[10]

1.12–13: As the lamp burning before the Throne, Baha’u’llah unites the seven Cycle of Prophecy Messengers and Faiths that the Menorah symbolizes.[11]

Menorah candelabra of seven Faiths

1.13 & 14.14: Son of Man lacks the, so interprets for Baha’u’llah as a new Son of Man to whom

Jesus Christ had referred as…the ‘Son of Man’ Who ‘shall come in the glory of His Father’, upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and the sound of the great trumpet. Fatherhood and sonship are allegorical and symbolical.…Jesus was truthful when he said, ‘The Father is in me’. Baha’u’llah unequivocally admitted and repeatedly announced…the identification of His advent with the coming of the Father Himself, saying the Father is come as the everlasting Father foretold by Isaiah, and as the establisher of the Kingdom of the Father foretold by the Son, to whom all previous Dispensations led up. But do the sons recognize the Father…or do they deny Him, even as the people aforetime denied…Jesus?[12]

1.14: Recalling his incarceration in the Black Pit dungeon, Baha’u’llah reported that its cruelties…bowed Me down, and turned My hair white.[13] Later, pressed by family and followers, not from vanity or convention, he dyed his hair to a shining black.

1.14, 2.18 & 19.12: Eyes a flame of fire

alludeth but to the keenness of sight and acuteness of vision of the Promised One, Who with His eyes burneth away every veil and covering, maketh known the eternal mysteries in the contingent world, and distinguisheth the faces that are obscured with the dust of hell from those that shine with the light of paradise. Were His eyes not made of the blazing fire of God¼how could He see all things?[14]

The eyes of Baha’u’llah shone famously bright. Eye-witnesses reported them burning with divine intensity and reading their very souls. Some people found it even too hard to return his gaze.

1.15, 2.18 & 10.1: Feet like bronze symbolize

justice and equity as the twin guardians that watch over men. Justice hath a mighty force at its command. It is none other than reward and punishment for the deeds of men. By the power of this force…the wicked…restrain their natures for fear of punishment.…The structure of world stability and order hath been reared upon, and will continue to be sustained by, the twin pillars of reward and punishment. Further, brass-like feet signify Baha’u’llah’s constancy.…He shall so persevere in the Cause of God, and evince such firmness in the path of His might…not waver in the proclamation of His Cause, nor flee from His command in the promulgation of His Laws…stand as firm as the highest mountains and the loftiest peaks.…No obstacle will hinder Him.[15]

1.15, 14.2 & 19.6: Voice rushing like many waters accurately describes Baha’u’llah’s faculty of speechlike a rushing torrent. It astounded and filled [people] with amazement and astonishment at the seething and the roaring of the Ocean of his utterance.[16]

1.16, 2.12, 16, 19.15 & 21: A two-edged sword is

the sword of spiritual truth and of the Word and the sword of wisdom and of utterance.…Unsheathe the sword of your tongue from the scabbard of utterance and conquer the citadel of men’s hearts. The sword of metal has been working over six thousand years and has become dull. We must look…for another sword to take its place. The greatest sword is the tongue.…The sword of steel sheds blood; the sword of speech bestows life. One takes away life; the other grants it. This one is temporal in action and effect; the other is eternal. This one is of metal; that one is the Love of God…The real sword is the tongue…We must take it out and use it more and more in the way that Christ conquered the East and the West by the sword of His utterance. Further, Hinduism also predicts that its Lord Kalki will come with sword in hand, blazing like fire, bringing harmony back to the planet.[17]

1.16 & 10.1: Radiance of the sun interprets as follows:

In the spiritual realm of intelligence and idealism there must be a center of illumination, and that center is the everlasting, ever-shining Sun, the Word of God…illumining the realm of thought and morals.…This Sun of Reality…is the prophet or Manifestation of God who confers illumination upon the human world. Now Baha’u’llah resembleth the physical sun and His verses are like its rays.…An atmosphere of majesty haloed Him as the sun at midday, as he shone forth from the horizon of Persia as its Sun of Wisdom, declaring ‘I am the sun of perception and the ocean of science¼I am that light which illumines the path of insight’, shining into the eyes of those who sleep, awaking them to behold the glory of a new dawn.[18]

1.17–18: As John falls as if dead, the Angel empathically shares that he too has gone through death.

1.18, 6.8, 20.13 & 14: HAIDOU is the Greek cover-name A–IDĒS meaning literally un–seen and reflecting ignorance about death, which its Hebrew equivalents sheol or asking, and she’ol or a hollow underground cavity suitable for burial, echo too.[19]

1.18, 3.7, 9.1 & 20.1: Keys signify the teachings of…BAHA’O’LLAH [sic] as the keys of the heaven and the earth, keys to all the doors. So open the cities with the keys of [his] name, and unlock…the gates of the hearts of men with the keys of remembrance of Him Who is the Remembrance of God.[20]

1.20: The seven Menorah-Lamps burn also symbolically for

 the 7 original names shared by the 12 Christian Apostles Judah (4), Simeon (2), Jacob (2), Matthew (2), Andrew (1), Philip (1), and John (1)

 the 7 original names shared by the traditional 12 Muslim Imams Ali (3), Hasan (2), Husayn (1), Zainul (1), Muhammad (3), Jafar (1), and Musa (1)

 the 7 Arabic letters ‘-l-y-m-h-m-d that spell the Bab’s given name ‘Ali Muhammad

 the 7 Arabic letters h-s-y-n-’-l-y that spell Baha’u’llah’s given name Husayn ‘Ali.

1.20, also 1.4, 11 & 20: Suddenly the second mention of Seven-Churches in v. 1.20 lacks no the, letting them interpret now as new religious communities of Faiths.


[1] Aune, 52A.4

[2] Baha’u’llah, Scriptures, 50.130; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, PUP 94

[3] Exod. 3.14 & John 8.58

[4] Rev. 11.3 & 17.6 (Muhammad); 1.5, 2.13 & 17.6 (the Bab); & 3.14 & 17.6 (Baha’u’llah)

[5] ‘Abdu’l-Baha, DP 44

[6] By the term “clouds”, Baha’u’llah KI 71–72. Cause the heavens, KI 72. This is what, KI 66–67, also 25, & ‘Abdu’l-Baha, TAB 1.145, SAQ 26.110, Shoghi Effendi, PDC 52. Tear asunder, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, DP 4.162; & Shoghi Effendi, GPB 95–96. The promised One, Baha’u’llah, KI 66–67, also 25, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, TAB 1.145, SAQ 26.110, Shoghi Effendi, PDC 52. Shall see the son of man. Baha’u’llah, KI 61 also ‘Abdu’l-Baha, TAB 1.145; Exod. 33.9

[7] Shoghi Effendi, PDC 90

[8] The highest station, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Secret of Divine Civilization 20. All the manifestation, Baha’u’llah, Gems 45.34; KI 179; also 161, 163. Christ has said, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, SAQ 58.219. One of these, Baha’u’llah, KI 153–54, Gems 40.30–31. The Author, Shoghi Effendi, GPB 95–96; also ‘Abdu’l-Baha, SWA 3.13; also Baha’u’llah, Gems 46.34; Scriptures, Tablet to the Jews 47.117, written to Eliahu Cohen, Taaje Wahhaj 28, compiled by Zabihullah Azizi; Amr va’l-Haqq 2.242–243; Bishaarat compiled by Hosaam Noqabaa’ee; also Baha’u’llah, Aqdas 16.25. A portion of, Vishnu Purana 4.24. http://unification.net/ws/theme161.htm#14. Everything that, Kelen, Betty. Guatama Buddha 102

[9] Ps. 90.4, 2Peter 3.8 & Quran 22.47 & 32.5

[10] ‘Abdu’l-Baha per Brittingham, Commentary 16.15

[11] Baha’u’llah, GWB 136.295

[12]Jesus Christ, Shoghi Effendi, GPB 95. Upon the clouds, Baha’u’llah, WOB 360 also KI 61–62; Shoghi Effendi, GPB 95. Fatherhood and; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, DP 5.152. Unequivocally admitted, Tablets of Baha’u’llah 2.11, also ESW 57, PB 27, 84; Shoghi Effendi, Summons of the Lord of Hosts v, also PDC 109.52. Everlasting Father, Shoghi Effendi, PDC 37.20. Foretold by Isaiah, Baha’u’llah, Summons of the Lord of Hosts 1.122.63. Establisher of, Shoghi Effendi, PDC 302.123. All previous, Shoghi Effendi, Letter, 1952/8/6; PDC 52. Do the sons, Baha’u’llah, PB 97, also Tablets of Baha’u’llah 2.14–15 & Shoghi Effendi PDC 256.103

[13] Baha’u’llah, Ministry of Custodians 148 also Shoghi Effendi, PDC 9, 90

[14] Baha’u’llah, Gems 75.54 & KI 79

[15] Justice and equity, Shoghi Effendi, GPB 95; Baha’u’llah, ESW 13; justice hath, Tablets of Baha’u’llah 11.164. Brass-like feetconstancy, Baha’u’llah, Gems 76.54

[16] ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Traveler’s Narrative 26

[17] The sword of, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Traveler’s Narrative 64. The sword of wisdom, Baha’u’llah, GWB 136.296 & 139.303; also Compilation of Compilations, Women 2.2093.357. Unsheathe the, Baha’u’llah ESW 25 & 55 also Shoghi Effendi, Lights 1936.570 & Messages to the Baha’i World 49. The sword of metal, ‘Abdu’l-Baha SW 3.16.9, December 31 1919. Christ conquered, ‘Abdu’l-Baha, PUP 199. Sword in hand, Srimad-Bhagavatam 12.2.19–20. Blazing like fire, Todala Tantra 2.10;

[18] In the spiritual, ‘Abdu’l-Baha BWF 254–55 also PUP 94; Foundations of World Unity 11. Resembleth the, Selections from the Writings of the Bab 92. An atmosphere, Abdu’l-Bahá BWF 222. Sun of Wisdom, Baha’u’llah, Scriptures 50.131–32 also KI 208–209; shining into; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks 32

[19] Midrash Avot 5.9 on Job 17.13–16.

[20] Keys of the, Quran 39.63 & 42.12; Baha’u’llah, Aqdas 3.20 & 84.50; ‘Abdu’l-Baha, TAB 3.692. The cities with, Baha’u’llah, GWB 105.212. Unlockthe gates, Baha’u’llah GWB 136.296