Chapter 10: The Glory of God

 

10.1Next, I saw another mighty Angel landing from the sky, dressed in a cloud, over his head that rainbow, his face shining like the sun, his legs like pillars of fire, 2and holding in his hand a tiny open scroll.
In 1863, I see Baha’u’llah as the other mighty Messenger coming from God, glorious amid his human limitations, a leader promising unity to the seven Faiths, his presence emanating the glory of God, his justice glowing reward and gleaming punishment, and his power authorizing a summary revealing my Book of Revelation.
His right-foot he planted on the ocean, but his left one on the land. 3In a loud voice he called out just as a lion roars. As he cried out, the seven thunders boomed their own voices. 4As the seven thunders boomed, I was about to record. But I heard a voice from the sky commanding:
Spiritual truth he champions, but material prosperity too. As a Proclaimer he calls out as the first Primary-Figure asserting his system of justice. As he calls out, God’s seven Messengers assert their own systems of justice. As the seven Messengers assert their systems of justice, I begin to record. But I hear God command:
Seal up whatever things the seven thunders have boomed. Do not record them.
Set aside the old systems of justice that the seven Messengers have asserted. Do not address them.
5Then this Angel, whom I saw standing on the ocean and the land, raised his right-hand to the sky.
Then Baha’u’llah, whom I recognize championing spiritual truth and material prosperity, draws power from God.
6He swore to the One living into the eras of the eras, Who created this sky and the things in it, this land and the things in it, and this ocean and the things in it:
He swears by the God living from Cycle to Cycle, Who has created the Baha’i Revelation and what it comtains, material prosperity and what it comtains, and spiritual truth and what it comtains:
No other time shall exist 7but these days of the sound of the seventh Angel, when he is due to sound the trumpet and the riddle of God will have been solved after He has joyfully proclaimed His own servants the Prophets.
No other time counts but my 40 years heralding from 1852 to 1892 as the seventh Messenger, while I sound my warning and the meaning of God is fulfilled after He has joyfully proclaimed His own worker-Seers as the Bab and me.
8Next, the voice from the sky that I had heard was speaking again with me and saying,
Next, the God of the Baha’i Revelation Whom I have heard speaks again with me and says,
Go on! Take this short scroll open in the hand of the Angel standing on the ocean and the land.
Go ahead, John! Take up your ‘Book of Revelation’ revealed by Baha’u’llah championing spiritual truth and material prosperity.
9So I went up to the Angel, asking him to give me the tiny scroll. At this he tells me:
So I approach Baha’u’llah, asking him to share with me his summary revealing my Book of Revelation. At this he tells me:
Take it! Eat it up! It will burn your very stomach. Yet it shall, in your mouth, taste as sweet as honey.
Take it up! Take it in! Its pain will hurt the very core of your being. Yet it shall, from the start, show its loving spirit.
10So from the hand of the Angel I took the tiny scroll, and I ate it up.
So authorized by Baha’u’llah I take on his summary revealing my Book of Revelation, and I take it in.
Indeed, in my mouth, it did taste as sweet as honey. But as I swallowed it, my stomach turned sour.
Indeed, from the start, it displays its loving spirit. But after I take it in, the core of my being hurts.
11Now they tell me:
Now God and Baha’u’llah tell me:
You yourself must again prophesy about and against many peoples, nations, language-groups, and rulers.
John, you must continue to interpret about and against many peoples, nations, language-groups, and leaders.
Comments:
10.3–4: The system of justice of Baha’u’llah[1] transcends those taught by prior Messengers.
10.7: He may mean God or or the Angel.
10.10–11: From Chapter 5 to now, the Bab interpreted the Apocalypse. But since he is about to die, John must now interpret it to the end.


[1] Gelled by his Kitab-i-Aqdas