THE MAN FROM PALESTINE
The 6th Incarnation of the Word/Son/Lamb of God Comes To Salt Lake
City in Late September, 1912
This is the Face of the Man Who appeared in Salt Lake City in late September 1912 and knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple: the 6th Incarnation
of the WORD of God on this planet.
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS
Mormons are taught today that Jesus, the Word of God, was born of Mary, and return one time, probably riding a cloud, with thousands of angels blowing trumpets. But...this is not what Joseph the Seer taught. Brigham Young taught:
"Jesus has been upon the earth a great more times than you are aware of. When Jesus makes his next appearance upon the earth, but few in this church will be prepared to receive him and see him face to face and converse with him, but he will come to his temple."(Journal of Discourses 7:142)
Joseph Smith was told that the Son of Man would appear in 1891 (D&C section 130:15), in "red apparel" (D&C section 133:48), "as the dews of Carmel" (D&C section 128), and
"as a man like ourselves" (D&C 1:35). Brigham Young said (paraphrase): "Oh, ye Latter-day Saints think that Jesus has been on the Earth just one time, but He
has been in this planet many more times than you are aware of, and very few in the Church will recognize Him when He comes to His Temple as a thief in the night!"
True Believing Mormons (TBMs) today, aren't worried about the Second Coming. They are worried about paying the rent,
their mortgages, car payments, insurance payments, picking up the kids, getting dinner on the table, their bosses,
attending their meetings, paying their tithing, doing their home teaching. They attitude is: "The Brethren will
tell us everything we need to know about spiritual matters, so, why worry about these things?" And they leave it at that.
They put their full faith and trust in The Brethren in all matters regarding religion.
Mormons are taught that Jesus will appear riding upon a cloud, with thousands of angels blowing trumpets, either over Jerusalem, or over "New Jerusalem" (Jackson County, Missouri), or perhaps over every city, town, and village on Earth, and over every ship at sea. But, early Mormon leaders didn't teach that. President Wilford Woodruff, the very last Mormon Church President who uttered prophecies, and received "Thus saith the Lord" Revelation, uttered this prophecy at the dedication of the Manti Utah Mormon Temple in April, of 1898:
"Many sitting in the congregation today will stand in the flesh when the Lord Jesus Christ visits the Zion of God here in the mountains of Israel." (Conference Reports, April 1998, p.57).
By the "Mountains of Israel" he meant the mountains of Utah. Early Mormon leaders referred to Utah as "Zion" and "Israel". He said "many sitting in the congregation today will stand in the flesh" (still be alive) when the Lord Jesus visits Utah! How many Mormons sitting in the congregation
in 1898 are still alive today? None of them are. That means, that the Lord Jesus must have visited Utah before all those living in 1898 were dead. And ___HE DID___! Keep reading.
THE HOLY GHOST INCARNATE
In 1817, in Iran, a man-child was born named Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri ("Prince Beauty-Exalted of Light"). He was a descendant of King Koresh (Cyrus) of Persia, the man who sent the Jews back to their land and rebuilt their Temple. He was also a descendant of Bostanai, a 7th century A.D. Jewish man who lived in Iraq. Bostanai was a descendant of King David. A Muslim general gave him a Persian princess named Darah as a "concubine". The descendants of Bostanai and Darah eventually moved to Persia (Iran). The father of Mirza Husayn-Ali Nuri was the governor of the Iranian Province of Nur ("Light").
Mirza Husayn-Ali became the follower of a Man named Siyyid Muhammad-Ali Shirazi, in 1844. Siyyid Muhammad-Ali claimed to be a Messenger of God, and the promised Al-Mehdee ("rightly-guided one") expected by Shi'ite Muslims everywhere. Mirza Husayn-Ali was commanded to take a "new name". So, He chose the name BAHA'U'LLAH (baw-HAW-oh-LAHHH), which is Arabic and means "THE GLORY OF GOD". Siyyid Muhammad-Ali took the new name of Al-Bab'u'llah (al-baw-boo-LAHHH); which means "the Gate of God" in Arabic. All Baha'is today refer to Him simply as "THE BÁB".
The Báb (Siyyid Muhammad Ali Shirazi) taught a doctrine called "raja" (Arabic: "return"). He taught that the Manifestations of God (Prophets) and "Chosen Ones" return in every Dispensation. He (Siyyid Muhammad-Ali) was the "return" of the Imaam Mehdi, a young boy who disappeared in 260 A.H. (843 A.D.). He taught that His first disciple, Mulla Bushru'i (boosh-rooh-ee), was the "return" of the Nafs (soul) of the Prophet Muhammad, and so forth. Not all souls "return"; just the Souls of the Prophets and Chosen Ones.
The Báb (as He is called today) also taught His followers, that when they went on pilgrimage to Mecca, they would wear their shawl over their
right shoulder, and not their left as the Muslims did on pilgrimage. He who has been endowed in a Mormon Temple...let him "see"!
The followers of "The Báb" were persecuted because Muslims believed that the final Messenger and Prophet for all time was Muhammad. Muslims believe Muhammad was the "Seal" (Last/Final) Prophet of God for all eternity. Because of this, the followers of The Báb were looked upon as "Apostates" and thus were killed by Muslims, over 20,000. Often, the followers of The Báb their throats cut, or their hearts torn out, of their bowels torn out; because they were considered "heretics" and "blasphemers" against Allah.
Because He was a nobleman, Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-Oh-LAW) was not killed but He was imprisoned for four months in the "Black Pit" prison of Tehran, Iran. In the prison, He had a vision of "The Maid of Heaven" (a female angelic figure) Who told Him that He was the Promised One. After that day, Baha'u'llah proclaimed that He was the Spirit of Truth in the flesh.
"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you unto all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me...." (John 16:13-14)
"Verily, He Who is the Spirit of Truth is now come to guide you unto all truth. He speaketh not as prompted by His own Self, but as bidden by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Say, this is the One Who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause." (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p.12)
The Face of Baha'u'llah is considered to sacred to display, except to
Baha'is on Pilgrimage to the Most Holy Shrine in Bahji, Israel.
The Lord told Joseph Smith:
"You were in the beginning with the Father, that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth." (D&C 93:23)
The Father is a Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth, or "Holy Ghost". When this Spirit dwells in a Man, that Man is called "The Son of Man". The Father/Spirit of Truth is not "confined" into one physical body (a white Caucasian male) as Mormons are taught. The Spirit of Truth
can "become flesh" on a trillion planets at the same time. He is not confined to one physical body, as Mormons are taught.
Most of the followers of Siyyid Muhammad-Ali al-Baab (Whom today is referred to in English simply as "The Báb") accepted the claims of Baha'u'llah, and started to call themselves Baha'is (baw-highzz); which means "Belonging to Baha". In Arabic "Baha" means "Glory" and "Baha'u'llah" (baw-haw-ool-LAHHH) means "The Glory of God".
Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-ooL-LAHHH) was released from the Black Pit prison, and sent to Baghdad, Iraq. Later, He was exiled to Turkey. Later still, in 1868, He was exiled to the Turkish prison-city of Akka, Palestine (then controlled by Turkey). The entire city was a prison. There were no bars on doors or windows, but people could not come and go to the city freely. In Akka, Baha'u'llah lived in a small room, and over the windows and entrance to this room they place white veils. To enter the Presence of Baha'u'llah, one had to wash themselves, anoint themselves with oil, wear all white, and remove their shoes.
The room of Baha'u'llah in Akka; with windows and entrance-way covered
in white veils. Photograph taken in 1890 by Prof. Edward Browne
In His room in Akka, Baha'u'llah wore a Dervish crown given to Him by Sufis ("soo-feez") in Kurdistan, and a blood red robe (made for Him from red Persian drapes after His house was burned in Baghdad), and spent most of His time dictating epistles (called "Tablets") to His followers, directing them and answering thousands of questions. Baha'is consider these "Tablets" to be infallible Scripture. There are many hundreds of them.
Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-ooL-LAHHH) had a younger half-brother who was very jealous and ambitious, and wanted to rule the Baha'is himself, named Mirza Yahya Sub-e-Azal ("Soob-ee-Aw-zawl"). He tried to assassinate Baha'u'llah several times, not personally but via his followers (called "Aw-zawl-leezz"). So, anyone who wished to see Baha'u'llah, had to know secret handshakes and words, in order to pass through the white veil over the entrance of His room. And these passwords were given only to those most trusted. In this way, Baha'u'llah would be safe from assassins. Anyone who wanted enter the Presence of Baha'u'llah had to pass by His eldest Son, Abbas Effendi. Nobody came to the Father (Baha'u'llah) without going first to the Son (Abbas). Any Mormon who has been "endowed" in a Mormon Temple should "see" the significance of this.
A group of German Christians called "The Society of the Temple" had followed a "Christian Prophet" (George David Hartegg) to Haifa, Palestine, and built a road called "The Way of the Lord" from the port of Haifa to the foot of Mount Carmel. They built shops and homes, and over their doors wrote "Die Heer Ist Nahe" (German: "The Lord is Near"). Members of Joseph Smith's Holy Order later joined "the German Colony" after coming to Palestine in 1864. Most returned to the U.S., but twenty remained and lived in Haifa, with their children, at the German Colony, on either side of "The Way of the Lord", in 1891.
Baha'u'llah was released from the prison-city, and settled in a mansion near Akka, in a place called Bahji (baw-zhee). In 1891, Baha'u'llah and His Eldest Son took a boat a few miles down to Haifa, and they walked down a road called "The Way of the Lord" (now Ben Gurion Street) to Mount Carmel, and climbed that mountain until they were half-way to the top. There, Baha'u'llah recited, in a thunderous Voice, the "Tablet of Carmel"; which signified that the Kingdom of the Father had now been established. Baha'u'llah referred to this kingdom of "My Celestial Kingdom". He did this while wearing His blood-red robe, which was made for Him in Baghdad out of blood red Persian tarmigh drapes; after Muslim fanatics burned His house and all His clothing therein.
On the Sacred Spot on Mount Carmel where, in 1891, Baha'u'llah uttered the Tablet of Carmel ("Call out to Zion..."), the Baha'is have erected the Shrine of The Báb: the second most Holy Site in the Baha'i Faith. Photos is of the shrine from Ben Gurion Street, Haifa. Ben Gurion Street was known as "The Way of the Lord" in 1891.
In Utah, in 1891, Mormon leaders expected the Kingdom of God to be established somewhere on Earth. B.H. Roberts, a Seventy, told the Mormons in General Conference that the Kingdom would be established somewhere on the planet that year, and the Mormons may not discover more about it for many years to come.
In the year 1900, the first Baha'i missionaries arrive in New York City. The New York Herald does a large article about them, saying:
"Is Christ living in the world to-day? There are tens of thousands of person who believe that He is; that >, and that the prophecies of the Book of Revelation and the Koran are already in process of fulfillment. There are hundreds who claim to have looked upon the face and to have listened to the voice of the Divinity, and there are other hundreds who can exhibit personal letters said to have been transcribed by His own hand." (New York Herald, Sunday, August 12, 1900, underline added)
It was in 1891 that Baha'u'llah climbed Mount Carmel, and recited the "Tablet of Carmel" which meant the Kingdom of the Father had been set up on the Earth. Baha'u'llah referred to His "Kingdom" as "The Cause of God" and "The Celestial Kingdom".
Joseph Smith once prayed and asked God when Christ would return. He said he then heard a Voice which told him:
"My son, if thou livest until thou art eight-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man." (D&C 130:15)
Joseph Smith uttered two prophecies, one in 1835, and another in 1843, which said that the Lord would return in the year 1891.
Soon after Joseph Smith established a "Holy Order" and a ritual he called "Celestial Masonry" which included washing with water, anointing with oil, wearing white, taking shoes off, and learning secret handshakes and passwords to pass through a white veil. On the other side of the white veil a man sat upon a throne, wearing a red robe and a crown. Joseph Smith meant this rite only for the Holy Order. Before he was arrested in June of 1844, Joseph Smith ordained his brother Hyrum a Prophet, and Joseph planned to leave the Church in the hands of Hyrum, and travel with the Holy Order to Palestine, to await the coming of the Son of Man in 1891. But, Joseph and Hyrum were killed by an anti-Mormon mob in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844.
Why haven't you read about the Holy Order, or his plans to go to Palestine, in any Church Manual? Because, the Brethren do no think that information is important for you to know. The Brethren tell you "only" that which is "good for you" and will cause you to be "faithful" (i.e. unquestionable obedient) to them.
Before He died Baha'u'llah appointed His Eldest Son, Abbas Effendi, as His successor.
Baha'u'llah died in 1892, and was buried at Bahji ("baw-zhee"). After the death of Baha'u'llah, a Muslim imaam in Akka, a city near Haifa where the Turks kept political and religious prisoners, was planning to preach against the Baha'is of Akka; which would have led to many Baha'is being killed by Muslims in that city. Muslims believe that Baha'is are "Apostates from Islaam" and some of the more fanatical Muslims would have murdered Baha'is if the Muslim imam would have preached against them in Akka. But the night before this was to take place, Baha'u'llah opened the imaams door, and appeared to him. Baha'is (baw-highzz) do not believe in the resurrection of the physical body. Dust returns to dust. What the Muslim imam saw was the "ethereal body" of Baha'u'llah. During this vision, the physical body of Baha'u'llah was still buried at Bahji some three miles away from Akka. Because of this vision, the imam cancelled his plans to preach against the Baha'is in Akka.
Baha'u'llah was not Jesus reincarnated! He was the incarnation of the Holy Ghost. He was the "Father" or "Spirit of Truth" Who dwelt "in" Jesus
from His baptism to the Cross. "Jesus Christ" was composed of Two Divine Beings in one body: the Father (Holy Ghost) and the Son (Word). Baha'u'llah was the Holy Ghost incarnate. The Lord said to Joseph the Seer:
"Ye were in the beginning with the Father, that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth." (D&C 93:23)
Mormons are taught that God the Father is an exalted white man, and has one physical body that He is "bound" by and can't get out of at Will (i.e. God is "stuck" in the resurrected physical body of a White Man). Baha'is believe that
ALLAH is an Unknowable Essence, but His "Names and Attributes" can "Manifest" on this planet and trillions of other planets at the same time (i.e. GOD can "manifest" in a trillion physical bodies at the same time if He so Wills it).
THE SERVANT OF GLORY
The Eldest son of Baha'u'llah was born in 1844, with the name of Abbas Effendi (Arabic: "Sir Lion"). He would later receive a New Name, and He chose the name name Himself. He would be called 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW), which, in Arabic, means "Servant of Glory". His Father Baha'u'llah wrote of Abbas Effendi that He was...
"A WORD which God hath adorned with the ornament of His Own Self, and made it Sovereign over the earth and all that is therein." (The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p.135)
Baha'u'llah identified 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) as the "Word" of God. The Word will incarnate (become flesh) seven times on this planet, according to the Prophetess. Jesus was "unique" among these Incarnations, in that the Father dwelt "in" Him as well. Jesus was both a Chosen One and a Manifestation of God.
Many early Baha'is believed 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) was the reincarnation of Jesus. They wrote:
"Abbas is the heir and Master of the Kingdom. He was on earth 1900 years ago as the Nazarene." (Lou Getsinger, Notes at Acca, p.24)
"He has come again in the Kingdom of His Father." (Thorton Chase, Before Abraham I Was, p. 46)
"He is the Son of God, the only Door, the Lord of Mankind." (Assadullah, Sacred Mysteries, p.74)
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) never denied He was Jesus. But He refused to accept the title of "Christ". He said He had no title but "Servant of Glory". Jesus was "Christ" because the Father (Spirit) dwelt "in" Him. The Father did not dwell in 'Abdu'l-Baha. Baha'is refer to 'Abdu'l-Baha as "The Master". He was not a Manifestation of God. He was a Manifestation of the Son of God.
'Abdu'l-Baha was not a "Prophet" in the Baha'i sense of the term, but had a "unique station". Baha'is have no name for His "unique" spiritual station. I will call Him a "Manifestation of the Son of God".
The Báb (the Forefunner of Baha'u'llah) taught that the Prophets and Chosen Ones "return" in every Dispensation. He said that His first disciple, Mulla Husayn Bushru'i, a former Shi'ite clergyman, was the "return" of the Prophet Muhammad, and that Tahirih, a female disciple, was the "return" of Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad. Baha'u'llah Himself claimed to be the "return" of the Imaam Husayn, the son of the Imaam Ali, the first Sh'ite Imaam and the son-in-law of Muhammad. The Prophets and Chosen Ones have Divine Souls, not human souls. Human souls do not "return".
The Alawees (also called the Noo-say-ree), a sect of 12 million people in Syria and Turkey, believe that the Imaam Ali (son-in-law to Muhammad and first Shi'ite Imaam) was the reincarnation of Jesus. The Imaam Ali did claim to be "the Word of God" in the flesh. He was the 5th Incarnation of the Word of God on this planet. Muslims look upon Alawees in the same way Christians view Mormons, as "heretics" and "cultists". The Imaam Ali was martyred by Sunni Muslims, as were his sons Hasan and Husayn.
According to George Hinkle, leader of the Mormon militia in Missouri, Joseph Smith once told him:
"Mahomet (Muhammad) was a good man, and a True Prophet." (Correspondence and Orders, 1841, p.126)
George A. Smith, the cousin of Joseph Smith, and a Mormon Apostle, taught in 1852, in General Conference, the following:
"About six hundred years after Christ a Prophet appeared by the name of Mahomet (Muhammad)....Now this man descended from Abraham and was no doubt raised up by God on purpose to scourge the world for their idolatry." (Journal of Discourses 3:30-32).
Ali (aw-LEE) was the cousin of Muhammad, and basically also his adopted son. Muhammad raised Ali after his father (Abu Talib) died. Ali married Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad. Ali once said:
"I am the First. I am the Last. I was with Noah. I am the Builder. I am the destroyer. I am the Agent whereby Jesus spoke in His Cradle. I am the WORD through Which all things were consummated. I am the ONE Who organized existence when there was no heaven as you have now, nor earth as you know it now." (Sermon on the Gulf)
Ali (aw-LEE) was the 5th Incarnation of the Word of God on this planet. He died in battle in southern Iraq in 663 A.D. One of the descendant of Ali was Siyyid Ali Muhammad Shiraza Who became known as "The Báb".
THE MIRACLES OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA
The Baha'is (baw-highzz) don't like to talk about miracles, because a "miracle" is only "proof" to those who personally witness them. That is why Baha'is don't like to talk about miracles; because they are only "proof" to those
who first-hand witness the miracles. However, I don't agree with them on that point, so I will reveal here a few of the miracles of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
Healing the Blind Man
While in Akka, Palestine, 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) was known to perform miracles. The father of Khalil Shahidi, a Baha'i living in Akka, was going blind. 'Abdu'l-Baha put some fingers in His mouth, took out some spittle, and rubbed them on the man's eyes. Khalil writes:
"The One Whom All Names Revolve ['Abdu'l-Baha] took a little spittle from His Blessed Mouth, and rubbed it on my father's eyes, and said: 'It is nothing [to worry about]!' Not only did his eyes heal in perfect health, but also never again in his entire life did he suffer from eye ailments." (A Life With 'Abdu'l-Baha by Khalil Shahidi, pp.46-7)
Note: Jesus once healed a blind man by mixing His spittle with mud and putting this on the blind man's eyes (John 8:3).
Cigarettes Will Prove To Be Harmful
Around 1900, 'Abdu'l-Baha was noticing that many people in Akka was starting to smoke cigarettes, which was a "new thing" in Palestine. Smoking, at that time, was considered to be not only fashionable, but actually healthy for the lungs and blood! The Master prophesied of this new "healthy" craze: "Civilization will advance to a point one day that they will say: 'Why did previous generations use cigarettes which are so harmful?' This will greatly puzzle them." (ibid. p.112)
The Orchard Of Shaykh Mahmood Saved From Locusts
A Muslim named Shaykh Mahmood Arrabi lived in Akka, where 'Abdu'l-Baha and many Baha'is also lived. 'Abdu'l-Baha went to the Muslim masjid (mosque) every Friday, and prayed along side the Muslims. He knew that the Baha'is sometimes called 'Abdu'l-Baha "the Son of God". This bothered Shaykh Mahmood, who used to taunt 'Abdu'l-Baha every Friday saying in a very sarcastic tone: "Soooo, you're the Son of God eh?". For Muslims, Jesus was only a Prophet, and to call Jesus (or anyone else) "the Son of God" was utter blasphemy! Shaykh Mahmood owned a large orchard near Akka, and, that year, there was an infestation of locusts, which were eating all the crops and orchards around Akka. Shaykh Mahmood feared he would be ruined financially by the locusts, who were eating crops and orchards all around Akka. The local Muslim imaams prayed to Allah for assistance, but the locusts just kept eating and destroying the crops and orchards. Desperate, Shaykh Mahmood came to see 'Abdu'l-Baha and pleaded for Him to do something about the locusts. 'Abdu'l-Baha said "Your olive trees are safe from the locusts, there is no need to go (and look)". Mahmood then jumped on his horse and rode out to his orchard, and saw the locusts were everywhere, eating everything, except for his trees. He road around his orchards, and not one locust was on any of his trees, even though they were eating everything else all around Akka. He road back to Akka, and fell at the feet of 'Abdu'l-Baha saying: "You are the Son of God!" He soon thereafter became a Baha'i.
The Healing Of The Woman's Son
There is another story of a Christian woman whose young son was on his death bed. She prayed and prayed, but the doctor said he was going to die, and to prepare burial arrangements. Desperate, she went to 'Abdu'l-Baha, and fell at His feet, crying and begging Him to heal her son. He said to her "Your boy is well" and she rushed home, to find her son sitting up and asking for something to eat. There are many such stories, told by the people who witnessed them.
The Fish That Lept Out Of The Sea of Galilee
One Summer day, 'Abdu'l-Baha went to the Sea of Galilee with a Baha'i named Khusraw. As they walked around the shore, 'Abdu'l-Baha suddenly stopped and said "This is the spot where Peter used to fish". At that instant, Khusraw ("koos-raw") saw a large fish hurl itself from the sea, and it fell at the feet of 'Abdu'l-Baha, Who said: "Come Khusraw, take it, our daily substance has arrived." When they got back to Akka, Khursaw told everyone what had happened. There are hundreds of such stories; many told by the Baha'is who eye-witnessed them.
THE TEACHINGS OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA
'Abdu'l-Baha ("ab-dell bah-HAH"), the Eldest Son of Bahá'u'lláh, and the Exemplar of the Bahá'í Faith, was the "Mother Teresa" of His day, quite famous internationally in the first two decades of the 20th century. Many thousands of newspaper articles were written about Him. He was known to have miraculous powers of prophecy and healing. He prophesied of World World I and the Spanish Influenza (killed 20 million worldwide) years before they occurred. He ordered extra crops grown in northern Palestine a year before a 2-year famine; saving tens of thousands from starvation, for which He was knighted by the British in 1920 (who controlled Palestine by that time).
During the adulthood of 'Abdu'l-Baha (1864-1921) Mormon leaders taught that "Negroes" were an "inferior race" created to serve their white masters, and that their black skin was "the mark of Cain". However, 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) taught that black people were black because a black skin protected their skin from of the harsh rays of the Sun (UV rays); NOT because of any "curse" upon them from God (as Mormon prophets taught for 130 years). This teaching has been confirmed by science (i.e. people have black skin to protect their skins from harsh UV rays in tropical areas).
'Abdu'l-Baha taught that men and women should have equal education and employment opportunities. He taught that all races should live together in love and harmony. He taught many things that inspired Mahatma Ghandi (who called the Baha'i Faith "A solace for mankind") and the "Social Reform" movements of Europe and America of the early 20th century which were responsible for things such as universal health care, universal education, and equal rights for minorities and women of today. Most people today don't know that it was the teachings of 'Abdu'l-Baha which inspired these things.
'Abdu'l-Baha taught that women should get equal education to men, and be allowed to serve in all professions and the government (a radical concept in His day). He taught the principle of "Race Unity" and that black Baha'is and white Baha'is should intermarry if they wished. At this time, the LDS Church taught that intermarriage was "repugnant to normal-minded people" and blacks and whites in Utah were forbidden to marry until 1968. Blacks were banned from Mormon schools, temples, the Hotel Utah (owned by the Church), and even from the Church's amusement park Saltair. 'Abdu'l-Baha taught that Baha'i couples who become "one" both physically and spiritually are married in all the Worlds of God. No "temple sealing" was necessary. Baha'is are "sealed" by Baha'u'llah, the Holy Spirit of Promise.
PROPHETIC DREAMS ABOUT JESUS RETURNED
Thousands of people (the pure-in-heart), in 1911-1912, all over the world were having prophetic dreams where Jesus appeared to them, telling them He had returned, around the time 'Abdu'l-Baha was touring Europe and North America.
Bahá'í historian H.M. Balyuzi writes in his book 'Abdu'l-Baha of one American woman living in New York City who had recurring dreams where Jesus told her that He had returned. The woman wanted to see Him in person. She had this dream over and over again. But the woman did not know what to make of it, and thought perhaps Jesus had returned to Jerusalem. She told her little seven year old daughter about the dreams, and she told her daughter that she would go meet Jesus if she only knew where He was. Balyuzi writes:
"At home her little daughter had asked her what she would do should the Lord Jesus return to the world. She would rush to seek Him, she had said, only to be told [by her child] that "Lord Jesus was here!" [the girl's finger was on France on a globe they had in their living room]. How did she know, the mother had inquired. The child reported that the Lord Jesus had told her Himself. Some days later the mother was reproached for not doing what she had said she would do [i.e. travel to France to see Him]. Twice the Lord Jesus had told her that He was here, the little girl insisted. But she did not know where to look, the mother told her child. That afternoon, on a walk, the little girl suddenly stopped and, excited and ecstatic, pointed to a kiosk where magazines were displayed. Prominent there was the photograph of 'Abdu'l-Baha. "There, there!" the child shouted, was the Lord Jesus. The magazine which contained the photograph of 'Abdu'l-Baha [a French magazine] led the way to Paris, and the American lady, taking the first avaiable boat to cross the Atlantic, sailed that very night." ('Abdu'l-Baha, p.109)
THE PROPHECIES OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA
While in Paris, 'Abdu'l-Baha spoke at a Jewish synagogue. He told them:
"The time may come when in Europe itself they will arise against the Jews. But your declaration that Christ was the Word of God will end all such trouble. My advice is that in order to become honorable, protected and secure among the nations of the world, in order that the Christians may love and safeguard the Israelitish people, you should be willing to announce your belief in Christ, the Word of God. This is a complete statement; there is nothing more. Is it not thoughtless, ignorant prejudice which restrains you from doing so? Declare that, verily, the Word of God was realized in Him, and all will be right."
(The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.414)
The Jews listening to 'Abdu'l-Baha that day, thought He insulted them, telling them to become Christians. Christians had raped, burned, and killed
the Jews for centuries, and now this strange Man from Palestine was telling the Jews: "Europe will raise up against you, unless you accept Christ!"
Naturally, the Jews of Paris rejected 'Abdu'l-Baha and His admonitions.
The Jews of Paris later died in the Holocaust, except for the few Jewish Christians who were protected from the Nazis by other Christians.
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) then went to London, England. There wealthy British Baha'is bought Him a first-class ticked on a new ship called H.M.S Titanic, for His trip to America and Canada. But 'Abdu'l-Baha refused to take the Titanic, and told other Baha'is not to take that ship either. He told the Baha'is to tell everyone they knew not to take the Titanic. The British Baha'is were mystified. He and they took a different ship to New York City.
'Abdu'l-Baha spend a few days in New York City, and then travelled to Boston by ship. When He arrived at the docks, a Syrian Christian woman saw Him, and ran to Him and bowed down and kissed His feet saying: "In thee I recognize the Spirit of Jesus Christ".
While visiting Niagara Falls (Buffalo, New York) 'Abdu'l-Baha
prophesies of World War One
After Boston He travelled to Green Acres, Maine, Buffalo New York, and then to Montreal, Canada. During His interviews with reporters, He prophesied of World War One. While in Montreal He spoke at a Unitarian Church, and made prophecies concerning a coming great war in Europe, and a disease that would engulf the world. His prophecies were written down and published. This was 1912. World War One started in 1914, after Serbian nationalists assassinated the Grand Duke of Austria and his wife. Then Austria declared war on Serbia. Russian declared war on Austria. Germany supported Austria. England and France were under agreement to support Russia, and World War One begin. Not long afterwards, the Spanish Flu killed twenty million people around the globe. How did 'Abdu'l-Baha know this? How did He know not to take the Titanic?
Atheists and "Sunstone" Mormons will say: "Lucky guesses".
Did any President ("Living Prophet") or Apostle of the LDS Church prophesy of World War I or the "great plague" (Spanish Flu) that killed 20 million worldwide? Not even "one".
THEY BUILD A TEMPLE FOR THEIR LORD, BUT....
After Montreal 'Abdu'l-Baha travelled, by train, to Chicago, and from Chicago He came to Salt Lake City; arriving on September 28th, 1912. He checked into a hotel, and then walked about the city. A reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune noticed Him, and decided to have an interview. His photograph was taken, and, the next day, a large article appeared, with His photograph, titled "Prophet of Peace Comes to the City". On that very day, a Presbyterian minister in Salt Lake wrote an article for the Tribune titled: "What if Jesus Came To Salt Lake City?" In the article, the minister has "Jesus" walking around the city, noticing the taverns and houses of ill repute, and being disappointed in the inhabitants.
During His three day visit 'Abdu'l-Baha visited the National Irrigation Congress, being held in the Tabernacle. He also visited the Utah State Fair, and bought flower seeds. While on Temple Square, He went over and knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple, but, naturally, nobody answered. One of His entourage is reported to have said: "They build a temple for their Lord, but when He comes to them, they don't let Him in!"
'Abdu'l-Baha then went to the Gardo House, which, at that time, was on State Street, near what is now the Capitol building. In 1912, the Gardo House served as the worldwide headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the time, the President of the Church was Joseph F. Smith, the son of Hyrum Smith; brother to Joseph the Seer. The English-speakers in the entourage asked if they could have a word with "the leader of the Mormon Church". A secretary (male) asked them "What do you want to speak with him for?" They said that 'Abdu'l-Baha wanted to speak to a large assembly of Mormons, including Mormon leaders" about how the races are equal, and that men and women are equal, and that mankind must strive for peace, or else a horrible war in Europe was coming. The secretary is purported to have said: "President Smith does not have time to meet with false prophets!" and he asked the men to leave. Note: at this time, 1912, the LDS Church was still teaching the 'Negroes' were the cursed children of Cain, and that the white race and black race needed to live separately.
President Joseph F. Smith was the only President of the Church to be convicted of a felony while Church President. He was convicted of attempted manslaught; for trying to kill his neighbor because his neighbor's cattle was on his (Smith's) property and eating grass. President Joseph F. Smith almost killed his neighbor, because his neighbors cows were on his property. Smith also taught that "Negroes" were an inferior race, only suited to serve white people, cursed with the Curse of Cain, the "mark" being their
black skin. He never uttered any prophecies that I know of. Mormons in 1912 believed he, Joseph F. Smith, was the closest man to God on Earth!
Mormons will say: "If this 'Abdu'l-Baha was Jesus returned, then President Joseph F. Smith, the Living Prophet at that time, would have recognized that, and told the Members of the Church!"
Yes, "if" Joseph F. Smith was a true Prophet of God, that would have happened.
After he was convicted of attempted manslaughter, by a mostly Mormon jury, the Mormon judge gave Joseph F. Smith probation. Mormons believed that Joseph F. Smith was God's Prophet on Earth, the closest man to God on Earth, one who received Revelations from the Lord, but Joseph F. Smith denied this, saying:
"I have never pretended nor do I confess to have received revelations. I never said I had a revelation other except so far as God has shown to me that so-called Mormonism is God's divine truth; that is all." (Reed Smoot Hearings 1:483)
Xorol Oliver remembers seeing the Face of 'Abdu'l-Baha in The Salt Lake Tribune when she was about 22, and thinking "That is the face of our Lord Jesus!" But, she never meets 'Abdu'l-Baha. The next day 'Abdu'l-Baha boarded the train in Salt Lake City, for San Francisco. In San Francisco He is invited to preach at a Unitarian Church. Attending that day was the Japanese Consul General. He tells the Consul General, through His interpreter, that a "terrible weapon" would be invented soon, and it would destroy the world if not kept in check. 'Abdu'l-Baha then travels to Los Angeles, then back to New York City.
From New York City, 'Abdu'l-Baha traveled back to Palestine, to Haifa. In 1917 He orders the Baha'is to plant extra crops. In 1918 there is a great famine in Palestine, but the extra crops saves thousands around Akka and Haifa from starving; mostly Muslims. The British take control of Palestine from the Turks in 1918, and learn of 'Abdu'l-Baha and His works. They knight Him "Sir Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha" because of His saving northern Palestine from starvation, and because of all His teachings on peace and works of charity. 'Abdu'l-Baha dies in 1921, and is buried on the "Sacred Spot" on Mount Carmel where He and His Father, Baha'u'llah, climbed in 1891.
In 1930, in California, Xorol R. Oliver becomes a Baha'i: the first Mormon to do so, but not the last.
The Baha'i Faith says reincarnation for "human" souls is FALSE! We have only one lifetime on "this" material planet. The Baha'i writings are silent as to further
lives on other material planets. But Xorol R. Oliver definitely taught that we shall have further mortal probations on other material planets. She
called this "Consecutive Incarnation".
The Chosen Ones, who consists of The Manifestations of God (Holy Ghost incarnate) and the Manifestations of "the Son of" God (WORD of God incarnate) do not
have "human" souls. Their Souls are the Names/Attributes of ALLAH (The Unknowable Essence). They may "return" to this planet in every Dispensation.
HE SHALL SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE
The Lord said to Joseph the Seer:
"I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen." (D&C 36:8)
"Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you that mine eyes are upon you. I am in your midst and ye cannot see me; But the day soon cometh that ye shall see me, and know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent… Wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared…” (Doctrines and Covenant, 38:7)
“I am in your midst… And the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am. Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready.” (Doctrines and Covenant, 50:44)
"The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you." (D&C 133:2)
THE BOOK OF ANSWERS FOR MORMON SEEKERS
The Church was never meant to be an end in itself. It was established to "prepare the way" for the Kingdom of God which would be established on Earth. In the LDS Bible Dictionary it says:
"Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God. These terms are used in various combinations and with various meanings. Generally speaking, the kingdom of God on earth is the Church. Is is a preparation for the greater kingdom~ the celestial or kingdom of heaven." (LDS Bible Dict. p.721)
Blessed is the soul that hath been raised to life through
My Quickening Breath, and hath gained admittance
into My Celestial Kingdom." (Lawh-i-Aqdas 24:10
The lesser always prepares the way for the Greater. For Mormons to reject the Baha'i Faith would be like followers of John the Baptist rejecting Jesus, and most did.
There are today (2015) about six million Baha'is in 120 countries. They are usually people with "social-activist" personalities; people who are concerned with world problems and want to help solve them. If they weren't Baha'is, they'd be working for the Peace Corps, Amnesty International, and other groups such as that. They believe that the Baha'i Faith has the only "workable solutions" to world problems of hunger, racism, injustice, inequality, and war. They are usually educated, friendly, intellectual, and moderately liberal. They refer to each as "The Friends". Thy call investigators "Seekers". They refer to Baha'u'llah as "The Blesséd Beauty" and they refer to 'Abdu'l-Baha as "The Master". They refer to Jesus as "Christ". There are Baha'i Communities in Salt Lake valley, Ogden, Logan, Provo-Orem, St. George, and Cedar City. About a third of the Baha'is in North America are of the Persian (Iranian) race. At least monthly they hold public information meetings called "Firesides" where Seekers can attend and learn more about the Faith. These Firesides are free, casual, and include the serving of refreshments; like at a Church dance. There is a Baha'i bookstore in Salt Lake City, near Foothill Avenue four houses West of the Montesorri Center on 1700 South Street, on the south side of the street, in a red-brick home with white trim. There is plenty of information about the Baha'i Faith on the Internet.
Salt Lake City Baha'i Center at 2358 East 1700 South. 4 homes West of the Montessori Center on 1700 South, just West of Foothill Blvd., in east Salt Lake City. Has a small bookstore
and lending library. Holds Firesides (public information meetings) monthly and sometimes weekly. Parking on street. Call first to make sure it will be open: 801 582 2026. They will open the bookstore for you upon request.
If you don't live in or near Salt Lake Valley, then call 1-800-228-6483 anytime day or night. You can read The Book of Answers for Mormon Seekers via the link at the bottom of this page. That online booklet
answers 114 most common questions that Mormon Seekers have regarding the Baha'i Faith. It is a "must read" if you intend to investigate the Baha'i Faith.
If you want to "know" if Baha'u'llah is the Spirit of Truth/Holy Ghost Incarnate, then you must attend a Baha'i Fireside and "hear" the Words of Baha'u'llah being recited in a Baha'i Prayer at the beginning of
the Fireside. Once you hear the Words, ask yourself this question: "Are these the Words of a religious fraud, or of the Spirit of Truth?" You will "know" the answer immediately. A Baha'i Fireside (public information
meeting) is held somewhere near your home, at least once a month, at a Baha'i Center or in the home of a Baha'i that lives near you. Baha'i Firesides are free, casual, serve refreshments (like at a Church dance),
and informal. Contact information is in the links at the bottom of this page.
AN INVITATION TO THE READER
Jesus Christ was a combination of two Divine Beings in one body, the Father and the Son. The Father incarnated as Baha'u'llah. The Son will NOT return riding a cloud, but His spirit (the Word) will "return" in three "clouds" (veils): the Imaam Ali (founder of Shi'ite Islaam) in the 7th century, 'Abdu'l-Baha (Who came to Salt Lake City in September 1912) in the 20th century, and the "Seventh Angel" Who will come in the 24th century (according to Xorol the Prophetess).
There is ____NO_____ "Exaltation" reward for following men who are "Prophet/Seers/Revelators" in name only. Men who do not prophesy, do not see, do not revelate. According to Xorol, the true Prophets after Joseph Smith were Joseph Morris, George Williams, and James Brighouse. All of them prophesied (praw-fess-saw-eed), had supernatural visions, and received "Thus saith the Lord" revelations; which they published to the world-at-large, as did Joseph Smith. Mormon leaders since Joseph Smith have published "one" Revelation (D&C 136) and "one" vision (D&C 138). There have been no prophecies, no visions, and no revelations since 1918.
The "initiation rite" of the Holy Order of Joseph Smith, known today as "The Endowment", was ++++NOT++++ created to "by pass" sentinel-angels on your way to Exaltation. Joseph Smith created it to prepare the Holy Order members to "recognize" the Son of Man (Holy Ghost incarnate) when He appeared, in a blood red robe, in 1891, on Mount Carmel. A few Holy Order members were still alive, and living in Haifa, Palestine, when Baha'u'llah left His white-veil covered room in Akka, took a boat to Haifa, climbed Mount Carmel, recited the Tablet of Carmel, and walked down "The Way of the Lord" saying in Arabic (which by then the Society of the Temple and Holy Order members could understand): "This is the Day in which ye may see the Face, and hear the Voice, of the Son of Man."
We are "sealed" to Eternal Life not by any "sealer" (a Mormon high priest dressed in a white business suit) in a Mormon Temple, but by the Holy Spirit of Promise (Baha'u'llah). Joseph Smith said:
"Obtain that Holy Spirit of Promise~then you can be sealed to Eternal Life." (The Words of Joseph Smith, p.15)
The Only to "know" if Baha'u'llah is the Spirit of Truth (Holy Ghost incarnate) is to attend a Baha'i Fireside (public information
meeting) and "hear the Words" of Baha'u'llah being recited in a Baha'i Prayer, by a Believer. These prayers only last one minute,
maybe two minutes. They are at the beginning of the Fireside. Please remain silent during the prayer, and ask yourself "Are
these the Words of a man, or of the Spirit of Truth?"
Many people report that they feel thair "soul vibrating" when they first hear a Baha'i Prayer being recited. It is unlike
any other feeling you've ever had. It is NOT a "burning in the bosom". Attend a Baha'i Fireside (informal chat about
the Faith) and listen to the Baha'i Prayer at the beginning. Baha'is do not use "closing prayers" nor "Amen". There
is simply a moment of silence after the Prayer is read (about 9 seconds).
Most or all of your questions will be answered in the linked article below Answers to Questions Mormon Seekers
Frequently Have. Please read it. Your questions will be answered there.
If you want to "know" if Baha'u'llah (baw-haw-Oh-LAW) is the Spirit of Truth, then you must attend a Baha'i Fireside (public information
meeting) and "hear" the Words of Baha'u'llah being recited in a Baha'i Prayer at the beginning of the Fireside. As you listen to the prayer,
ask: "Are these the Words of the Spirit of Truth or just an ordinary man?" You'll have your answer immediately. You may attend a Baha'i Fireside
not far from your own home, by contacting the Baha'is. You can call them from anywhere in the U.S. by dialing, anytime day or night, the toll-free
number 1-800-228-6483. Leave your full name, zip code, and telephone number. Someone will call you back within a month.
For a __free___ Baha' Information Packet mailed to you click HERE.. Nobody
will knock on your door. The info packet will be mailed to you via the U.S. Postal Service.
If you have questions, please read the article linked below.