he Signs of Impending Chaos Bron >>
Never indeed have there been such widespread and basic upheavals, whether in the social, economic or political spheres of human activity as those now going on in different parts of the world. Never have there been so many and varied sources of danger as those that now threaten the structure of society. The following words of Baha'u'llah are indeed significant as we pause to reflect upon the present state of a strangely disordered world: "How long will humanity persist in its waywardness? How long will injustice continue? How long is chaos and confusion to reign amongst men? How long will discord agitate the face of society? The winds of despair are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divides and afflicts the human race is daily increasing. The signs of impending convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appears to be lamentably defective."
The disquieting influence of over thirty million souls living under minority conditions throughout the continent of Europe; the vast and ever-swelling army of the unemployed with its crushing burden and demoralizing influence on governments and peoples; the wicked, unbridled race of armaments swallowing an ever-increasing share of the substance of already impoverished nations; the utter demoralization from which the international financial markets are now increasingly suffering; the onslaught of secularism invading what has hitherto been regarded as the impregnable strongholds of Christian and Muslim orthodoxy - these stand out as the gravest symptoms that bode ill for the future stability of the structure of modern civilization. Little wonder if one of Europe's preeminent thinkers, honored for his wisdom and restraint, should have been forced to make so bold an assertion: "The world is passing through the gravest crisis in the history of civilization." "We stand," writes another, "before either a world catastrophe, or perhaps before the dawn of a greater era of truth and wisdom." "It is in such times," he adds, "that religions have perished and are born."
Might we not already discern, as we scan the political horizon, the alignment of those forces that are dividing afresh the continent of Europe into camps of potential combatants, determined upon a contest that may mark, unlike the last war, the end of an epoch, a vast epoch, in the history of human evolution? Are we, the privileged custodians of a priceless Faith, called upon to witness a cataclysmical change, politically as fundamental and spiritually as beneficent as that which precipitated the fall of the Roman Empire in the West? Might it not happen - every vigilant adherent of the Faith of Baha'u'llah might well pause to reflect - that out of this world eruption there may stream forces of such spiritual energy as shall recall, nay eclipse, the splendor of those signs and wonders that accompanied the establishment of the Faith of Jesus Christ? Might there not emerge out of the agony of a shaken world a religious revival of such scope and power as to even transcend the potency of those world-directing forces with which the Religions of the Past have, at fixed intervals and according to an inscrutable Wisdom, revived the fortunes of declining ages and peoples? Might not the bankruptcy of this present, this highly-vaunted materialistic civilization, in itself clear away the choking weeds that now hinder the unfoldment and future efflorescence of God's struggling Faith?
Let Baha'u'llah Himself shed the illumination of His words upon our path as we steer our course amid the pitfalls and miseries of this troubled age. More than fifty years ago, in a world far removed from the ills and trials that now torment it, there flowed from His Pen these prophetic words: "The world is in travail and its agitation waxeth day by day. Its face is turned towards waywardness and unbelief. Such shall be its plight that to disclose it now would not be meet and seemly. Its perversity will long continue. And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake. Then and only then will the Divine Standard be unfurled and the Nightingale of Paradise warble its melody."
(Shoghi Effendi: World Order of Baha'u'llah, Pages: 32-33)
Re-Gathering Of Israel Bron>>
"And it shall come to pass in that day [which is now] that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left [from them that had gone astray], from Assyria [Iran and Iraq] and from Egypt, and from Pathros and from Cush, and from Elam and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcast of Israel [Covenant-breakers], and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:11, 12)."
The ensign, or standard for the nations is the genealogy of Baha'u'llah back to Jesse the father of King David. "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots" (Isaiah 11:1). The stem of Jesse is his penis and the sperm that came out of the stem, by uniting with an ovum, produced King David. The rod pertains to the scepter of authority of King David, as he was chosen by Samuel (I Samuel 16:11-13). "I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him" (Psalm 89:20).
In Psalm 89 God said:
I have made a Covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations (verses 3, 4).
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my Covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven (verses 28, 29).
My Covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven (verses 34-37).
Baha'u'llah is a genealogical descendant of David and is seated on the throne of David. He said He was the Ancient Root. 'Abdu'l-Baha is the Branch grown out of this Ancient Root, and verses 2-5 of Isaiah 11 pertain to 'Abdu'l-Baha. 'Abdu'l-Baha had both natural and adopted sons. An adopted son has all the rights and privileges of a natural son, including the kingship. It is this specific lineage of King David, entitled Aghsan (Branch) through Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha which is to last for ever.
This genealogy of Baha'u'llah will be an ensign of the people because it is to exist forever. When Baha'u'llah appointed His son, 'Abdu'l-Baha, to succeed Him, this genealogy of David was passed on to him, 'Abdu'l-Baha. 'Abdu'l-Baha then passed this genealogy on to his son that inherited the throne of David after him and today, the great-grandson of 'Abdu'l-Baha is the living descendant of king David alive in the world today seated upon the throne of David which is to last for ever. He or one of his successors in this same lineage will be President of the Universal House of Justice of Baha'u'llah when it reaches its fourth and final stage of the fully elected body from all the nations of the world which shall be Baha'i at that appointed time.
The Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha gives two criteria that must be followed in appointing a successor of this lineage. If only one of the criteria is present then that person cannot be a succeeding guardian seated at the head of the Universal House of Justice.
Shoghi Effendi had conferred infallibility, but he was not a son of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Therefore he did not inherit the Davidic lineage, and consequently he was not to have a natural son. His father was Mirza Hadi Afnan, a descendant of Muhammad. Therefore Shoghi Effendi could not sit upon David's throne. His son was the first International Baha'i Council. Shoghi Effendi appointed all the members of this Council and placed 'Abdu'l-Baha's son to be its president, for only a descendant of David could sit at the head of the Universal House of Justice.
This is the standard (ensign) that the nations will turn to and accept. This standard will gather the twelve tribes of Israel a second time. This is the Great and Promised Day of the re-gathering of all the nations and peoples of the world under the one standard of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, which Jesus, the Herald, and the Establisher of the Kingdom, told the Christians to pray for.
This standard distinguishes the true Baha'i faith from the Covenant-breakers.
This standard distinguishes the true House of Justice from all false houses of Justice—the World Court at the Hague, the League of Nations in Geneva, the United Nations in New York, and the Headless Monster of the Covenant-breaking Baha'is on Mt. Carmel. This standard distinguishes the World Order of Baha'u'llah from all other world orders—the world order of Bush and Clinton and the world order of the Covenant-breakers on Mt. Carmel. This standard separates the sheep from the goats—those that enter the Kingdom of God on earth and those that are for the fire. This standard will exist forever, as it is the Covenant of God to King David that his lineage would exist forever and that there always will be a man seated on his throne. God never makes a promise that He doesn't keep. Baha'u'llah, a descendant of David seated on the throne of David, continued this lineage with His son, 'Abdu'l-Baha, and 'Abdu'l-Baha continued this lineage with his son, whom Shoghi Effendi placed at the head, or president, of the Universal House of Justice in its embryonic form, the first International Baha'i Council. This lineage will exist forever through 'Abdu'l-Baha's great-grandson who is alive in the world today. The true Universal House of Justice of Baha'u'llah has this lineage as its president.