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  1. Resurrection

  2. Ascension of Christ

  3. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and for ever.

  4. Resurrection and the appearance of Jesus

  5. Devil as a symbol of Evil ..

  6. The miracle of raising the dead

  7. Is not up to people to punish False Prophets..

  8. The Rapture

  9. The Meaning of 'With Power and Great Glory'

  10. He will send forth His Angels

  11. The Sound of the Trumpet

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Bible John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life..."

Majority of Christians misunderstood meaning of Resurrection. It simply means every time He come resurrection of the world does happen and God judges the nation. It happen in the past and it happens again in the future.

When Jesus came it was the day of resurrection for the Jews and since they did reject Him they were judged as a nation.

However individual judgment of people happens shortly after death of the individual and does not get postponed to next coming of the Christ.

Ascension of Christ

Jesus said , "No one has ascended into the heaven but he who descended from the heaven, the Son of man." John 3:13

Therefore the physical body of Christ that was born from womb of Mary was not Ascended to heaven and it was His Holy spirit that ascended.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and for ever. ( Heb. 13-7)

This statement is not about the physical body of Jesus. His body develop in the womb of Mary, was born, matured and aged quite normally.

It is quite clear that His body was different day by day, this passage can only be reference to His Holy spirit that Baha'is believe has reappeared in Baha'u'llah.

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Jesus indeed showed the way, the highest form of knowledge and truth that people could understand during that time.

But Jesus never meant that His Revelation was the only one. There are many quotes in the Bible about He who would come after Jesus.

Similar statements were made by all the Messengers of God. Each of those Messengers showed the way for their own time and place.

Imagine you are going on a road to a specific destination. Along the road there are many signpost showing the way. All of those sign posts are right not only one of them. Only the time and place in which you see them is different. In the same way, all the Messengers of God are like sign posts, which lead to God, the ultimate destination. The only differences are the time and place in which They appeared.

I am the truth, When Jesus said at that time that His message was the truth, He didn't mean that it was the only truth for all time. ( Otherwise some people may think previous messengers like Moses were not telling the truth.)

The truth that the Messengers of God give to mankind is a gradually unfolding truth. Like the different chapters of a book, the word of God is revealed with each chapter building on the previous one. But all the chapters reveal an ever-increasing amount of information, which is a part of the one book.

As humanity's capacity to understand grows, a little more of the same truth is given to them.

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The birth of the Gospels.

Jesus never wrote anything Himself.  Books were rarely used among the Jews, and their teaching was almost entirely by word of mouth.

Jesus spoke a language called Aramaic.  The first 40 years after the death of Jesus there was no need for a written Gospel as the story was passed on with the preaching.  The only writer amongst the early missionaries was Paul.

It is a surprising but true fact that Paul's letters were written before the Gospels.  In these letters Paul did not write about the life of Jesus, but instead he wrote about the importance of the station of Jesus as 'Christ the Savior'.  The sequence of the Gospel and the Epistles is not in chronological order!

The resurrection of Jesus the Christ

Mark's Gospel is often considered to be the oldest Gospel as it was written around 60 AD. Christian scholars are aware of the many contradictions in the short story given by Mark about the events which occurred after the crucifixion of Jesus. First there is the question as to where Mark's Gospel originally ended.

Many Bible scholars agree that the last paragraphs of the Gospel were not written by Mark but were later additions. This was confirmed, as the oldest text available of Mark's Gospel do not contain the verses 9 to 20 in Chapter 16. This means that the original Mark's Gospel was shorter than the present version.

Therefore the verses in which Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, then to the disciples and then ascended into heaven could be considered as later additions.

This was confirmed by Bible scholars who are aware that the last chapter of Mark's Gospel has many characteristics that show it as standing apart from the rest of Mark's gospel. Some of the arguments are:

- Mark's gospel doesn't tell about the event of the resurrection itself. The story of Mark tells us about an event, which occurred after the resurrection. It tells us about a messenger, a young man who tells a few women, who brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus, that Jesus was risen.

- Bible scholars pointed out that some of the women involved were never mentioned before in Mark's gospel. For example Mary, the mother of James and Salmon.

- In the story is mentioned a rich man, Joseph from Armathea. Although there are excellent records of names of places in Israel there is a lack of evidence that a place called Armathea ever existed.

- The custom of anointing a dead body on the third day when it is already buried and wrapped in linen cloth is not in accordance with any custom used in Israel at that time.

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The devil as a symbol for evil

In the Bible, the devil or Satan is often presented as one who tempts people to do the wrong thing.

Jesus made it clear that this temptation doesn't come from outside the person, but comes from the person himself.

Jesus said: "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication's, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the tings that defile man". (Matt. 15:17)

If the heart is purified then we can overcome these evils by our own will power. We can chose either to follow our lower nature, or our higher nature. Man's lower nature dominates when he forgets God and does not follow His Teachings. The lower nature means man's attachment to this material world. Then the worshipping of material things becomes the most important part of man's life.

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The Miracle of "Raising the dead.
There were many people raised from the dead In Bible stories. For example the prophet Elisa mentioned In the Old Testament also performed such a miracle  ( 2 Kings 4:32-35)      

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A similar story is the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The spiritual meaning behind this miracle Is found In the words Of Jesus In the same story: " He that believeth In Me though he were dead, yet shall he live." ( John 11:25-26)

Therefore what Jesus meant by 'live' was to believe In Him. The same spiritual lesson was given by Jesus to a young man who wished to bury his dead father before following Jesus.
" Let the dead bury the dead" ( Luke 9:6)

Of course it is impossible for a dead person to bury the dead body of another person. Therefore we can only understand it spiritually. Jesus tells us those people who don't believe In Him are spiritually dead.
Stories about miracle workers were very popular in the time when John wrote this gospel. It was part of the Greek and Roman culture to tell stories about miracles.

In history books we can find many stories about miracles such as ' the loaves and fishes ', 'walking on the water ', ' raising the dead ', 'restoring sight and hearing ', ' casting out of devils' and ' resurrection '.
Several miracles such as raising the dead, curing of leper's etc. can also be found in other religions like Buddhism.     Back to Top  

It is not up to people to punish false Prophets.

"But the prophet which shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die."
"And if thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word, which the Lord hath not spoken?




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"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. "Deuteronomy 18 Vs 20 to22   

" O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!"

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 Baha'u'llah was for a long time, incarcerated in the Prison city of Akka

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The Rapture

  Many conservative Christians believe that when Christ returns 'in the clouds' as prophesied in Matthew, the believers will be raised up to meet Him in the air.  This concept is known as the 'Rapture'. 

 The verses cited most often to support the belief in the Rapture are found in

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Paul writes:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice on an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

Christians have traditionally interpreted this passage literally, but the Bahá'í writings clearly indicate that its terminology is symbolic and its meaning spiritual.  Bahá'u'lláh writes:

 An interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4;16-17 may be as follows:  The 'dead in Christ' signifies those 'dead in unbelief' (Certitude114) those who have fallen away from the religious life.

  The 'dead in Christ will rise first' indicates that, in general sense, many of the first to believe in Bahá'u'lláh will be those who have died spiritually because they have abandoned religious life.

Following these verses, Paul says,' Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.' This appears to refer to those who are still faithful to Christ and who await His return.  These would be the next to embrace the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh and to be caught up in the 'clouds of knowledge' (Gleanings45), that is, the next to have their lives changed and raised up spiritually by the divine teachings and laws(Certitude71-2).

Based on this interpretation, the promised Rapture has already taken place.  The Bahá'ís constitute the 'dead' and 'living' who have been raised up into the clouds of heaven.  Bahá'u'lláh writes:

Speed out your sepulchers.  How long will ye sleep?  The second blast hath been blown on the trumpet.  On whom are ye gazing?  This is your Lord, the God of Mercy. (Gleanings 44)

And in the words of 'Abdu'l Baha`:

The light hath shone forth, and radiance floodeth Mount Sinai, and gentle wind bloweth from over the gardens of the Ever-Forgiving Lord;  the sweet breaths of the spirit are passing by, and those who lay buried in the grave are rising up - and still do the heedless slumber on in their tombs. (Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha`14)

 Jesus states that the Son of Man will come on the clouds of heaven 'with power and great glory'.

The Meaning of 'With Power and Great Glory'

Christ's return in 'glory' is a theme which is central to the prophecies of the Old Testament (e.g.Ezek. 43:1-2; Isa. 25:2, 40:5), the prophecies of the New Testament (e.g. Mark 8:38, 13:26; Rev. 21:23), and to Bahá'u'lláh's claims.  Addressing Christians, Bahá'u'lláh writes:

Day and night ye have been calling upon your Lord, the Omnipotent, but when He came from the heaven of eternity in His Great glory, ye turned aside from Him and remained sunk in heedlessness. (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh 9)

In starting that He has come 'from the heaven of eternity in His great glory', Bahá'u'lláh indicates that His appearance is the fulfilment of Jesus prophecy that "the Son of Man' will come on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory' (Matt. 24:30).

The glory of Christ is seen by many Christians in the Resurrection because it represents Christ's triumph over death, but they believe that Christ's glory will be especially revealed at the time of His return.  Traditionally, many Christians have believed that when Christ returns at the end of the age, He will be opposed by the forces of evil in an epic battle of unparalleled carnage, which some regard as the battle of Armageddon mentioned in Scripture.  Jesus' triumph in this battle is supposed to reveal His Power and glory.

According to conservative Christian belief, Satan's human agent, the beast, will gain the allegiance of 'the kings of the earth' and will lead them into the battle against Christ and His hosts.  This is based on the Book of Revelation, chapter 19:

And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him who sat on the horse against His army.  Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image.  These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with tombstone.  And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.  (Rev. 19:19-21)

According to Scripture, Christ and His hosts are victorious and Satan is bound for 'a thousand years' (Rev. 20;2).  The beast is believed by some Christians to be a totalitarian world ruler.                                                                                

From a Baha'i point of view, these biblical passages have an inward spiritual significance.  The battle is a spiritual battle and the victory is the triumph of Bahá'u'lláh's Faith over those who opposed Him and over the evil in the world which stands in opposition to the truth of His Cause. 

 Therefore, the power of the Second Advent is, in fact, revealed through the persecutions and afflictions Bahá'u'lláh suffered.  His suffering reveals His words and the spirituality of His life could not be overcome and destroyed by His persecutors and adversaries.

 His power is therefore, manifest in His spiritual invincibility.  His glory is evident in His triumph over the persecution He suffered.  The triumph of His Cause and its spiritual transformation of the people who accept His teachings is another sign of His victory over the forces of evil.

His power and glory are not concerned with a temporal victory such as a military general seeks but are, rather, seen in His spiritual victory- His triumph presence and divine attributes.  The significance and appropriateness of Bahá'u'lláh's name, which means 'the glory of God', is made evident by the divine nature of His Person and Revelation.

  His life reveals that real glory does not depend on material property, the support of popular opinions or temporal victories.  Real glory -  spiritual glory - is revealed in the triumph of the religious life.  It is a glory attainable even to those who are among the poorest of the poor or who are, all outward appearances, defeated even to the point of death.                           'Abdu'l-Baha` explains that the teachings for which Bahá'u'lláh has suffered are the real means by which people 'may attain to glory':

If man lives up to these divine commandments, this world of earth shall be transformed into the world of heaven, and this material sphere shall be converted into a paradise of glory.  It is my hope that you may become successful in this high calling so that like brilliant lamps you may cast light upon the world of humanity and quicken and stir the body of existence like unto a spirit of life.  This is eternal glory. (Promulgation 470)

On a different occasion, He stated:

Man must be lofty in endeavour.  He must seek to become heavenly and spiritual, to find the pathway to the threshold of God and become acceptable in the sight of God.  This eternal glory to be near to God. (Ibid.186)

The validity of the Baha'i understanding of 'power and glory' can be seen in the biblical teachings about the sacrifice of Christ.  The Bible indicates that Christ's suffering was not a sign of humiliation, powerlessness or defeat.  Paul states that to the spiritually minded this suffering reveals the power and wisdom of God:

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (1 Cor. 1:22-4)

Another passage which affirms this understanding can be found in the Book of Revelation:

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing! (Rev. 5:12)

This message is also apparent in Bahá'u'lláh's words concerning His oppressors, 'They are, however, oblivious of the fact that abasement in the path of God is My true glory' (Epistle 125)                                                                               Therefore, from a Baha'i point of view, Christians who are awaiting the fulfilment of Matthew 24:30- the coming of Christ with power and glory - should not look for an epic military battle at the time of the end but, rather, should look to the power and glory already revealed in the suffering and imprisonment of Bahá'u'lláh.  They should look to the victory that is attained by all those who truly know Bahá'u'lláh and practice His teachings.


And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

                       COMMENTARY (24:31)

The Meaning of Angels

Christians who believe that Jesus' Olivet Discourse is not about the return of Christ but about the coming victory of Christ through the establishment of the Church, believe that the 'gathering together of the elect' refers to the missionary outreach of the Church.  That is, it represents the process of Christians (angles) travelling throughout the earth and converting (gathering together) new persons (His elect) to the cause of Christ.                                                                                      The more commonly accepted view argues that the gathering together of the elect refers to angels of Christ bringing together all the true Christians at the time of Christ's return.  This view coincides with Bahá'u'lláh's explanation:

And now concerning His words: "And He shall send His angels..."By 'angels' is meant who, reinforced by the power of the spirit, have consumed, with the fire of the love of God, all human traits and limitations, and have clothed themselves with attributes of the most exalted Beings and of the Cherubim Certitude"

This passage indicates that angels signify, or can refer to persons living in this world whose lives are completely sanctified.  In a later passage, He adds:

And now, inasmuch as these holy beings have sanctified themselves from every human limitation, have become endowed with the attributes of the spiritual, and have been adorned with the noble traits of the blessed, they therefore have been designated as 'angels'. Certitude 79-80)

 He has sent out His followers to proclaim and teach His Cause:

Arise thou to serve the Cause of thy Lord; then give the people the joyful tidings concerning this resplendent Light whose revelation hath been announced by God through His Prophets and Messengers. (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh 242)

Verily, We behold you from Our realm of glory, and shall aid whosoever will raise for the triumph of Our Case with the hosts of the Concourse on high and a company of Our favoured angels. (Synopsis and Codification 16)

They that have forsaken their country for the purpose of teaching Our Cause these shall the Faithful Spirit strengthen through its power.  A company of Our chosen angels shall go forth with them, as bidden by Him Who is the Almighty, the All Wise. (Gleanings 334)

Today Bahá'u'lláh's message has been spread to all nations, and millions of souls have embraced His Faith throughout the entire world.  They represent individuals from all the world's religions.  Thus the elect have been and are being gathered together 'from one end of heaven to the other.' 'Abdu'l Baha` states:

Array yourselves in the perfection of divine virtues.  I hope you may be quickened and vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit.  Then shall ye indeed become the angels of heaven whom Christ promised would appear in this Day to gather the harvest of divine planting.  This is my hope.  This is my prayer for you (Promulgation 7) .

The Sound of the Trumpet

Other passages in the Baha'i writings also indicate that the 'great sound of the trumpet' has been heard through the proclamation of Bahŕ'u'llŕh:

Arise, and proclaim unto the entire creation the tidings that He Who is the All Merciful hath directed His steps towards the Ridva`n and entered it.  Guide, then, the people unto the garden of delight which God hath made the Throne of His Paradise.  We have chosen thee [His pen] to be our most mighty Trumpet, whose blast is to signalize the resurrection of all mankind. (Gleanings 31, clarification added)

Trumpets are used to announce the approach of a King or the proclamation of a decree, or announcement.  The trumpet symbolizes Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation, which calls people to God and announces the Glad-Tidings of God's word amongst humankind.  The meaning of Jesus' words (Matt.24:31) is essentially about the proclamation of the Faith of God. 

When Bahŕ'u'llŕh states, 'We have chosen thee to be our most mighty Trumpet', He is referring to His Revelation and calling upon the believers to carry His message to the people of the world.

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