Chapter 7: The 144,000 Unity-Diamond

 

7.1After this vision I saw four Angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow over the land, across the sea, or upon any tree.
After this message, I see Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, and Jesus championing their Faiths across the whole Middle East, averting the four forces of change in the Middle East, so that no Power Politics, Widespread Warfare, Economic Injustice, or Callous Selfishness would hurt its material prosperity, spiritual knowledge, or clergy.
2Then I saw another Angel arising from the rising-place of the sun, bearing a seal from the living God, he cried out in a loud voice to these four Angels who were entrusted with power to hurt the land and the sea, saying:
In 1844, I hear the Bab as another Messenger arising in Persia, endorsed by the living God, he calls out as a Proclaimer to these four Messengers who were entrusted with power to hurt material prosperity and spiritual knowledge, urging:
3Do not let harm hurt the land, the sea, or the trees until we stamp the servants of our God on their foreheads.
Do not let harm hurt material prosperity, spiritual knowledge, or clergy until we have endorsed workers for our God.
4At this, I heard the number of those stamped: 144,000stamped from every tribe of sons of Israel:
At this, I see the code for those endorsed: many believers progressively perfecting the Faiths honed into a diamond of unity with every virtue as heirs of the Jews who first saw God:
5From a tribe of Judah 12,000 stamped
With praise, many honed as its 1stedge
From a tribe of Reuben 12,000,
With vision, many as its 2nd edge
From a tribe of Gad 12,000,
With luck, many as its 3rd edge
6From a tribe of Asher 12,000,
With happiness, many as its 4th edge
From a tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
With struggle, many as its 5th edge
From a tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
With forgiveness, many as its 6th edge
7From a tribe of Simeon 12,000,
With understanding, many as its 7th edge
From a tribe of Levi 12,000,
With unity, many as its 8th edge
From a tribe of Issachar 12,000,
With reward, many as its 9th edge
8From a tribe of Zebulon 12,000,
With exaltation, many as its 10th edge
From a tribe of Joseph 12,000,
With productivity, many as its 11th edge
From a tribe of Benjamin 12,000 stamped.
With power, many honed as its 12th edge.
9After these visions I looked, and here was a huge crowd (whose number no one could count) from a whole nation—tribes, peoples, and language-groups standing in front of the Throne and the Ram, dressed in white robes, with palms in their hands, 10and crying out in a loud voice, calling:
After these messages I watch, and here are troops of Baha’is (countless in number) from the whole mid-1800s Persia—families, peoples, and language-groups championing the Revelation and its Bab, displaying noble virtue, with victory in their power, and crying out as proclaimers, calling:
Victory to our God, to the Enthroned-One, and to the Ram!
Victory to our God, to the Revelation Founder Baha’u’llah, and to the Bab!
11All the Angels had been standing around the Throne, the elders, and the four Living-Beings.
All God’s Messengers champion the Baha’i Revelation, its founders, and its Primary-Figures.
They fell face-down before the Throne and worshipped God, 12saying:
These troops of followers submit fully in serving the Baha’i Revelation and worshiping God, saying:
Amen! To our God be the praise, the glory, the wisdom, the thanks, the honor, the strength, and the might—into the eras of the eras. Amen!
Truly so! To our God be all praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, strength, and might—from His old Cycle of Prophecy into His new Cycle of Fulfillment. Truly so!
13Next, a certain of the elders cuts in, asking me,
Next, first founder Baha’u’llah cuts in, asking me,
These folk dressed in the white robes! Who are they? Where have they come from?
These souls displaying noble virtue! Who are they? Where have they come from?
14I rejoined,
I rejoin,
My Lord, you yourself know!
My Lord Baha’u’llah, you yourself know!
At this, he told me:
At this, he tells me:
These folk are those emerging from the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and have bleached them in the blood of the Ram.
These souls are the twenty thousand Babi martyrs passing through the great massacres of Qajar Persia in the mid-1800s. They have refined their virtue and have purified it as martyrs like the Bab.
15Due to this, they are at God’s Throne, within His Temple, they conduct His worship day and night.
Due to this, they are part of God’s Baha’i Revelation, partners within His One Religion, they are leading His worship as His light lights the night.
This Enthroned-One shall manifest God’s Presence over them.
As the Revelation Founder I manifest God’s Shechinah to them.
16They shall neither hunger any longer, nor thirst any longer.
They lack neither material needs any more, nor spiritual sources any more.
Neither shall the sun strike them, nor any type of heat.
Neither can Qajar Persia hurt them, nor any of its fire-tortures.
17For the Ram, up at the center aboard the Throne, shall guide them and shall lead them to life on living sources of waters of life.
For the Bab, the Co-Founder in tandem in my Baha’i Revelation, has guided them. He has led them to spiritual life through living sources of teachings about life.
God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.
God has soothed away their sorrows and has kindled light in their eyes.
Comments:
7.1/6.17: The unusual singular after this vision specifies the decline of Islam under the sixth seal.
7.1, also 6.2–8: The four horses now turn into four winds as they do in Zechariah 6.5. Apropos, so long as…the foundations of the social order be blown to the four winds, just so long will humanity be continually exposed to direst peril.[1]
7.2 & 16.12: The literal rising-place of the sun (rather than the idiomatic East) interprets for the Bab as a spiritual sun rising East of Israel in Persia.
7.3–8: Emulating the forehead phylacteries (tefillin) worn by Jews at prayer, every forehead which is illuminated with these lights will be a lamp of guidance and a star whereby all horizons will be lighted and shall glisten with manifest light.[2]
7.5–8: Each tribal name comes from the tale of Jacob conceiving its chief within one of his wives or maids. Hereby they interpret as the virtues of praise, vision, etc.. Each tribal name also has a zodiac sign: Judah has Aries, Issachar Taurus, Zebulon Gemini, Reuben Cancer, Simeon Leo, Gad Virgo, Ephraim Libra, Manasseh Scorpio, Benjamin Sagittarius, Dan Capricorn, Asher Aquarius, and Naphtali Pisces.[3] Hereby the tribes represent people in many Eras and many areas.
7.9: This nationoddly singular in contrast to the plural tribes, peoples and language-groups accompanying it—interprets for a specific nation, namely Persia
7.9–17: The old pattern of herald, prophet, martyrs and establishment of the Faith has been repeated in our times.[4] From the mid-1800s, the clergy and regime of Qajar Persia martyred the Bab, his eighteen disciples, another 20,000 Babis, and many more Baha’is, most recently in 1998.
7.15 (also 12.12, 13.6 & 21.3; & 13.6, 15.5 & 21.3): DWELL/DWELLING, or SKĒNOŌ/SKĒNĒ in Greek, act as hidden titles for the Presence of God. Onkolos assumed the same in his Aramaic Torah, where he renders shachnati as I will cause My Presence to dwell. The original Hebrew roots are SHECHINAH/SHACHNATI—literally Presence of God/God will dwell.[5] Their original Hebrew triconsonantal rootsh/s–ch/k–n is shared by the Greek skēnoō and skēnē, the Arabic saken (dwell), and even the English skein (tent) and possibly even skin (one’s “dwelling-place”).
7.17. 21.6, 22.1 & 17: When Christ speaks of water He is symbolizing that which is the cause of Everlasting Life.…Water is knowledge and life.[6]
7.17 & 21.4: Kindled light is an imported interpretive phrase.[7]
7.17, also 5.6: Judaism expects two Enthroned-Ones: A man called the Branch…shall sit on his Throne and rule and there shall also be a Priest seated on his Throne and harmonious understanding shall prevail between them.[8]
The Ram is an Enthroned-One too


[1] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA 202.247, also Letter to Root
[2] Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 1.106 & 3.672
[3] Gen. 29.32–30.24; 35.17–18; 49.3–27
[4] Marzieh Gail, Introduction ESW5.xviii
[5] Onkelos, Targum Onkelos, Aramaic Torah; The original Hebrew, Exod. 25.8
[6] Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks 82; SAQ 19.92.
[7]Abdu’l-Bahá SWA3.12
[8] Zech. 6.12