His Message to Ephesus as the Faith of Sabaeanism

His Message to Ephesus as the Faith of Sabaeanism

2.1Write to the Angel of the Church in Ephesus:
Publish for Abraham to his Sabaean Faith from Iraq:
‘These things says the one who firmly holds the seven stars in his right-hand, who walks amid the seven gold Menorah-Lamps.
‘This message comes from your Almighty’s Friend[1] who empowers the seven brilliant Teachers, who promotes their splendid array of seven united Revelations.
2I have seen your good deeds, your tireless labor and endurance, and that you cannot stand bad people (you have even tested those calling themselves emissaries, but are not, so you have exposed them as liars).
I recognize your good deeds, your tireless labor and tenacity, and that you stood up against bad people (you even tested people saying they were spiritual envoys, but were not, so you exposed them as liars).
3You had endurance. You stood firm for the sake of my name and have not tired.
You had tenacity. You loyally championed me as Abraham and did not tire.
4On the other hand, I hold against you that you abandoned your first love.
On the other hand, I hold against you that you lost your original love.
5Accordingly, recall from where you fell, show regret, and carry out your original good deeds.
Accordingly, you had to recall how far your standards had fallen, to reform, and to revive your original good deeds.
But if not, I am coming to you and shall shake your Menorah-Lamp from its place, if you do not show regret.
But since you did not, I came to you as Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad and am writing off your Sabaeanism, since you have not reformed.
6On the other hand, you do have this, that you detest the practices of those who win over people, which also I myself detest.
On the other hand, you did have this in your favor, that you detested the practices of heretics who deceived believers, which also I, our Almighty’s Friend, detest.
7Let you that have ears listen to what this Spirit is telling the churches.
Let Sabaean listeners learn what I, the latest Manifestation of your Almighty, am telling His Faiths.
As for the victor, I shall feed him or her from the Tree of Life growing in the orchard of God.’
As for you Sabaeans who prevailed spiritually, I fed you with the wisdom of Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad fruiting in the Eden tradition of the Almighty.’
Comments:
2.1–3.22: No Faith can monopolize vice or virtue. Even though the Angel praises the successes and deplores the failures of each church (as the dying Moses addressed the tribes of Israel[2]), what he says to each applies to all.
2.1–3.22: The Scriptures of both the former and latter generations[3] echo the earlier and laterFaiths that bore them.
2.1–7, Sabeanism, the name, derives from baptize and/or Sheba.[4] The Old Testament and the Quran both mention Sabaeans.[5] Their Empire straddled the Red Sea from Arabia to Ethiopia. Yet the Faith of Sabeanism [sic] became widespread and flourished in Chaldea.‍[6] Its founder was a Divinely-sent Messenger, perhaps Seth or Enoch[7] but best emboided in Abraham who was a follower of that Faith.[8] In effect, the Israelites who followed the Faith of Abraham before they followed the Judaism of Moses were Sabaeans. The Sabaean Faith was originally monotheistic but became gradually corrupted.[9] Today a confusing yet historically validated mix of Sabaean groups exists. Under early Islam, many vague monotheists became Sabaean to gain protected status as People of the Book. Today’s main Sabaeans are the Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran (known also as Baptists and Nasoreans). Their distinct Abrahamic Faith‍[10] is an ancient religion that included John the Baptist but failed to recognize Jesus as the Manifestation of God.[11] The Great Treasure (Ghenza Rama) is their central Scripture. Recently the Mandaeans have been migrating worldwide to escape destruction of their Shat-el-Arab marsh homelandin Iraq and persecution. They now number only some 100,000, shrinking down, because they must be born marry into the Faith. Others counting loosely as Sabaeans include primal monotheistic believers, mostly in Africa)[12]
2.1: God introduced Himself to Abraham as the Almighty (El Shaddai).[13] His other name Friend of God[14] is echoed by the name of his city Hebron, namely Chevron in Hebrew as place of the Friend(Chaver), and Chalilin Arabic as just Friend.
2.6 & 15, NICOLAITOS is a cover-namewhose Greek root is NICO–LAITOS that literally means win over–people, to interpret for heretics who win over people—here Sabaean heretics, and later on Zarathustrian heretics.
2.7, 11, 17, 29, 3.6, 13, 22, 14.13, 19.10 & 22.17: Baha’u’llah was designated as the Spirit of Truth…in the Gospel.[15]
2.7: As soon as Moses appears at the end of times, he will plant the children of Israel in the holy Garden of Eden.[16]

[1] Isaiah 41.8, 2Chron. 20.7, James 2.23, Quran 4.125
[2] Deut. 33
[3] Baha’u’llah, Aqdas 138.69
[4] Buck, Chris, personal communication 99/11/16
[5] Job 1.15 & Isaiah 45.14; Quran 2.62, 5.69 & 22.17
[6] Shoghi Effendi Lights 1694.502–03, Compilation of Compilations 56.20
[7] Baha’u’llah cited by the Universal House of Justice in Sabeans, UFOs, Alien Abduction and Genetic Engineering 1996 Aug 06; Shoghi Effendi, Lights 1694.502
[8] Shoghi Effendi, Lights 1694.502–03, Compilation of Compilations 56.20
[9] Shoghi Effendi Letter to an individual believer, 1939/7/9, quoted by Universal House of Justice, Sabeans, UFOs, Alien Abduction and Genetic Engineering 1996/8/6
[10] Sinasi Gunduz (1993), The Knowledge of Life: The Origins and Early History of the Mandaeans and Their Relations to the Sabians of the Qu’ran and to the Harranians. Journal of Semitic Studies, Supplement 129-131, Oxford University Press
[11] Baha’u’llah quoted by the Universal House of Justice, Sabeans, UFOs, Alien Abduction and Genetic Engineering 1996 Aug 06
[12] Buck, Chris, personal communication 99/11/16
[13] Gen. 17.1
[14] Isaiah 41.8, 2Chron. 20.7, James 2.23, Quran 4.125
[15] Shoghi Effendi, WOB 104
[16] Zohar 1.21.243