Chapter 5: The Ram

 

5.1Then I saw a short scroll upon the right-hand of the Enthroned-One, written inside yet outside sealed with seven seals.
Then I see my Book of Revelation authorized by the power of Revelation Founder Baha’u’llah, explained yet veiled for the seven Faiths.
2Next, I saw a mighty Angel proclaiming with a loud voice:
Next, I see the Bab as a powerful Messenger declaring as a Proclaimer:
Who is worthy to open this short scroll and break its seals?
Who is worthy to interpret John’s ‘Book of Revelation’ and interpret it for the Faiths?
3But nobody in the sky, on the earth, or under the earth could open this short scroll or look in it.
But since AD 95 no spiritual, materialist, or simple person has been able to interpret my Book of Revelation or explain it.
4I wept a lot because nobody worthy was found to open the short scroll or look in it.
I have felt very sad because no worthy person has fully interpreted my Book of Revelation or explained it.
5But a certain of the elders tells me:
But the first founder Baha’u’llah tells me:
Stop crying! Look, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the root of a beloved David, is worthy to open this short scroll, as well as its seven seals.
Cheer up, John! Look, as the Primary-Figure Founder for the Jews, the source of a Beloved One, I am worthy to interpret your ‘Book of Revelation’, as well as its seven Faiths.
6Next, I saw at the center of the Throne and the four Living-Beings, and at the center of the elders, a young Ram standing as if slain, with seven horns and seven eyes that are God’s seven Spirits sent out to the whole world.
Next, I see central to the Baha’i Revelation and its Primary-Figures, and central to its founders, the young Bab championing justice until his execution in 1850, displaying the names and shining the faces of God’s seven Manifestations Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad sent out to the whole human race.
7He came and has taken the short scroll from the right-hand of the Enthroned-One.
The Bab comes and takes up my Book of Revelation through the power of the Founder Baha’u’llah.
8As he took the short scroll, the four Living-Beings and the 24 elders fell down before the Ram, each bearing a harp and gold chalices full of incenses that are the prayers of the faithful, 9they are also singing a new song, saying:
As he takes on my Book of Revelation, the four Primary-Figures and the 24 founders submit to serve the Bab, each heralding harmony and uttering splendid prayers that express the hopes of the faithful, they are also celebrating his new Gospel, singing:
You are worthy to take this short scroll and to break its seals
You are worthy to take on John’s ‘Book of Revelation’ and to interpret it for the Faiths
Because you have been slain and with your blood have bought folk for God
Because you have been executed and through your death have gained folk for God
From every tribe, language-group, people, and nation,
From every Persian family, language‌-group, people, and nation,
10You have made them into a kingdom, also Priests for our God, and
You have transformed them into a divine civilization, also teachers for our God, and
They shall rule over the earth.
They shall lead the planet.
11Now I saw and heard a sound of many angels around the Throne, the Living-Beings, and the elders—their number millions and hundreds of millions—12calling out in a loud voice:
Now I see and hear many noble envoys upholding the Baha’i Revelation, its Primary-Figures, and its founders—now millions and later hundreds of millions—calling out proclaiming:
The slain Ram is worthy to assume the power—along with wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and praise
The executed Bab is worthy to assume the spiritual power—along with wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and praise.
13Next, I heard all creatures in the sky, on the earth, and under the earth—also on the ocean—and everything in them, responding:
Next, I hear all people spiritual, materialist, and simple—also wise—and all that they comprise, respond:
All praise, honor, and glory, now the dominion, to the Enthroned-One and the Ram, into the eras of the eras.
All praise, honor, and glory, now the dominion,to the Founder Baha’u’llah and the Bab,from the old Cycle into the new Cycle.
4The four Living-Beings said:
The four Primary-Figures agree:
Amen!
Truly so!
And the elders fell down and worshiped.
And the founders submit and worship.



Comments:
5.1–14, etc: Short scroll or BIBLION is the name that the Book of Revelation calls itself and is the diminutive of the standard book-word BIBLOS. BIBLION echoes Revelation’s ownbrevity.
5.2: Ambiguously, for the Faiths canmean from the Faiths or to the Faiths.
5.2 & 10.1: This mighty Angel reads as the Bab, while a later another mighty Angel (v. 10.1) reads as Baha’u’llah.
5.5 & 22.16: The lion from the tribe of Judah and the root of a beloved David both fit the genealogy Baha’u’llah.
5.5 & 6: From here to Chapter 10, the Ram interprets the Apocalypse.
The Ramof Revelation is not the Gospel Lamb5.6, etc.: Ram (or young ram) is ARNION in Greek (diminutive of ARĒN/ARNOS or male sheep). ARNION is a specific Revelation word. Elsewhere the New Testament has AMNOS-Lamb and PASCHA-Paschal Lamb, both clearly portraying Jesus. Revelation then races its new ARNION Ram onto its stage, displaying horns, anger, and leadership, which are all traits typical of rams, not lambs. Translating ARNION accurately as Ram[1] not only rams the point home but also bucks centuries of tradition! This Ram depicts the Return of Jesus, as Door already did until here.
5.6, also 7.17: Since the Ram is at the center of the Throne, he is a second Enthroned-One.
5.8 & 15.7: Chalices are chalices of utterance.[2]
5.8, 14.2 & 15.2: In the Temple context, kithara—literally large lyre—renders as harp. In the Temple, the 22–stringed harp outplays the 8 or 10–stringed lyres, plucks out the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and strums out the 22 chapters of Revelation.[3]
5.8: The term the faithful (hoi hagioi) stresses devotion to God more than holiness.[4]
5.10: By the term kingdom as recorded in Revelation…is intended…a religion.[5]


[1] Elsewhere the New Testament, John 1.29, 1.36, Mark 14.12 & Luke 22.7; Acts 8.32; & IPeter 1.19; Revelation then, Rev. 5.8, 6.16 & 7.17; translating ARNION as Ram, Aune, 52A.323.6d
[2] Baha’u’llah, Scriptures, Tablet to the Jews 47.116
[3] Ps. 92.4
[4] Aune, 52A, 359
[5] ‘Abu’l-Fadl, SW 7.3.23, April 28 1916