Chapter 8: A History of Christianity

 

8.1Then as he opened the seventh seal, silence settled in the sky for about half-an-hour.

Then as the Bab interprets my Revelation for the seventh Faith of Islam, peace settles for the young Baha’i Faith from 1853 to 1863.

2In addition, I saw the seven Angels standing before God. Seven trumpets were handed to them.

In addition, I see the seven Middle East Messengers championing the service of God. Seven warnings of change had been heralded by them.

3Then came another Angel bearing a gold chalice.

In 1863 Baha’u’llah appears as another Messenger bearing his splendid verses.

He stood upon the Sacrificial-Altar. Many incenses were handed to him to offer with the prayers of all the faithful at the gold Incense-Altar before the Throne.

He champions the sacrifice of the Bab. Abundant prayers are assigned to him to fulfill the hopes of the faithful in all Faiths through his superb love in serving the Baha’i Revelation.

4The smoke from these incenses rose with the prayers of the faithful from the hand of this Angel before God.

The loving spirit of these prayers raises the hopes of the faithful through the power of Baha’u’llah serving God.

5This Angel has taken up the chalice. He filled it from the Sacrificial-Altar fire and swung at the earth.

Baha’u’llah presents his verses. He instills them with the sacrifice of the Bab and broadcasts them across the Middle East.

Thunder, voices, lightning, and an earthquake broke out.

Violations shake the Baha’i Revelation, voices rise against it, God’s anger flashes, and doubts quake it, as once violations shook my own Christian Revelation, voices rose against it, God’s anger flashed, and doubts quaked it.

6Then those seven Angels bearing the seven trumpets got ready to trumpet them:

In that Christian Era those seven Middle East Messengers bearing warnings of change had delivered them:

7The first Angel sounded his trumpet. Hail and fire broke out, mixed with blood, it was now dashed into the earth. One third of the earth was burnt up. This third of the trees was burnt up. And all green grass was burnt up.

In AD 110 Abraham had warned my Christian Faith. Up to AD 238 Rome had persecuted and attacked it, focused on bloodshed, it now cut into my Christian world. The western third of my Christian world was crushed. This third of Christian clergy was neutralized. And all new converts were eliminated.

8Next the second Angel trumpeted. Something like a huge blazing mountain was flung into the sea. One third of the sea turned to blood. 9This third of the creatures living lives in the sea died. And this third of the ships was destroyed.

In AD 249 Moses had warned my Christian Faith. Up to AD 311 Rome’s full fury had choked the spirit of Christianity. The western third of the spirit of Christianity died. This third of its converts reborn in spirit died in spirit. And this third of its churches was crushed.

10Then the third Angel trumpeted. A large star, blazing like a lantern, dropped from the sky. But it fell upon one third of the rivers and upon the sources of the waters.

In AD 313 Zoroaster had warned my Christian Faith. Zealous Emperor Constantine had imposed my Christian Faith on his Empire. But his AD 325 Council of Nicea distorted the Byzantine third of Christian knowledge and the sources of its teachings.

11The name of this star was The Undrinkable. This third of the waters became undrinkable. From these waters—since they had grown bitter—many human-beings died.

The infamy of Constantine was the Incredible Nicene Creed. This Byzantine third of Christian teachings turned harsh. From these teachings—since they had grown harsh—many Christians died in spirit.

12Now the fourth Angel trumpeted. One third of the sun was struck, along with one third of the moon and one third of the stars, so that this third of them grew dark. For this third of it, the Day would lack light, and the Night likewise.

In AD 410 Jesus had warned his own Christian Faith. The western third of radiant Christianity was attacked by barbarians, along with this third of its clergy and this third of its teachers, so that this third of them fell into ignorant times. For its last AD 410–622 third our Christian Era lacked spiritual light, and its AD 622–1844 Muslim Night lacked light likewise.

8.13Next, I saw and heard a certain eagle flying high overhead, crying with a piercing cry:

In AD 622, I see and hear Muhammad as a spiritually soaring soul, crying out as a Proclaimer:

Trump-Ta-Ra,

My Muslim Era is wreaking change

Trump-Ta-Ra,

The Bab’s Era will wreak change

Trump-Ta-Ra

Baha’u’llah’s Era will wreak change

to you who live on the earth, from the remaining trumpet-blasts of the three Angels about to trumpet!

for you who dwell in the Middle East, from the remaining warnings by us three Messengers about to proclaim!

Comments:

8.1: This silence echoes the ten repentance days of awe before Yom Kippur and additionally the break between its dawn and special services. It interprets as the peaceful 1852–1863 Baghdad period of the young Baha’i Faith, as a ‘delay’, of no less than a decade, divinely interposed between Baha’u’llah’s vision in the Black Pit and him proclaiming himself.[1] The period of about half-an-hour fits the delay for the eight years that Baha’u’llah was in Baghdad (he spent two years out of the city) as a 48th part of a 360–year prophetic day.

8.2: Jewish tradition teaches that Angels stand because they lack knees!

8.2, etc.: The Seven Trumpet-Angels portray the Middle East Messengers Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah. The Bab and Baha’u’llah replace Krishna and Buddha in the way that some tribal lists have Manasseh and Ephraim replacing Joseph and Levi. The Temple-style trumpets of the seven Trumpet-Angels, and later the pitchers of the seven Pitcher-Angels, identify them as members of the Abrahamic line. The loudest last 5th, 6th, and 7th Trump-Ta-Ras predict Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah.[2]

8.3: Many incenses call up the extra-large double-handful of Yom Kippur incense burnt by the High-Priest.[3]

8.5: Now the narrative backtracks to early Christianity.

8.8: In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius had also been a huge blazing mountain.

8.10: Constantine fanatically Christianized the Byzantine Roman Empire. In AD 325 he summoned, lodged, dined, and wined three hundred bishops at Nicea for several months until they could agree to agree what Christianity was. But the flawed Nicene conference was convened under duress with important bishops staying away and split Christianity. Of over fifty reports of Jesus and his teachings, it canonized only the four most neutralist Gospels.[4] And many Christians found the Incredible Nicene Creed blasphemous, and still do.

8.10, also 9.1: This star…dropped interprets now negatively for Constantine and later positively for Muhammad (v. 9.1).

8.11: ABSINTHE (literally APSINTHE) is a cover-name whose Greek root A–PSINTHOS means literally not–drinkable. The herb absinthe embitters spirits like Vermouth and Absinthe, cures worm-infestations as wormwood, and drunk by adulteresses as part of their cleansing ritual in the Temple.[5]

8.12: This third of it spans space and time. It spans space as the Roman third of Christendom falling to barbarians. It spans time as the last AD 410–622 third of the Christian Day from Alaric the Goth conquering Rome to the rise of the Muslim moon starting the long Christian Night from AD 622 to 1844.

8.13: This eagle signifies Muhammad as one of the birds of the celestial Throne…sent down from the heaven of the Will of God…to proclaim His irresistible Faith. Aptly, the eagle of mythology on the US dollar bill and passport lands in the field of time clutching arrows of war in its left talon and laurels of peace in its right talon.[6]

8.13, 9.12, 11.14, 12.12, 18.10, 16 & 19: These three Trump-Ta-Ras (Woes) echo the trumpeting-in of the three High Holidays of Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) in the Temple, and Tabernacles, and herald the Days of the three successor Messengers of Jesus. 


[1] Shoghi Effendi GPB 151

[2] ‘Abdu’l-Baha, SAQ 56

[3] Many incenses, Temple incense was a mix of 11 spices: 70 parts each of balsam sap, onycha (treated with Carshina lye & Cyprus wine), galbanum, and frankincense; 16 parts each of myrrh, cassia, spikenard, and saffron; 12 parts of costus; 3 parts of aromatic bark; 9 parts of cinnamon; plus catalytic amounts of Sodom salt, smoke-raising herb, and Jordan amber (Talmud Kereitot 6a); burnt by the, Ariel, Holy Temple of Jerusalem 150

[4] Nicea dropped gospels like those of Thomas, Mary, Bartholomew, James, the Hebrews, Mark’s Secret Gospel, Pseudo-Matthew, The Ebionites, and the Latin Infancy Gospel. (Other Bible & http://earlychristianwritings.com, http://gnosis.org)

[5] Ariel, Holy Temple of Jerusalem 103

[6] Birds of the, Baha’u’llah, KI 152 & 211; Aptly the eagle, Campbell, Power of Myth 27 & 37