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  1. Predictions of theGreat Messengers of God Time propheciesfrom thebible Presenter: Dr. George Via, J.D.

  2. Biblical Prophecies are, for the most part, beyond the ordinary comprehension of “Mortal Man” • “seal the book even to the time of the end” Daniel 12:4 • “no man was found worthy to open the book” Revelation 5:3 • “the Lion of the tribe of Judah … a lamb … took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” Revelation 5:5,6,7 • Discerning the hidden, or secret, meaning of Prophecies requires a Divine Intermediary: “None knoweth the meaning thereof except God, and them that are well grounded in knowledge.” —Bahá’u’lláh Understanding Bible Prophecies

  3. God will never abandon Man to himself God will always send a Divine Messenger, a specially appointed Soul Each Messenger has a mission: to guide Humanity to the Path of Righteousness Each Messenger acknowledges former Messengers, and foretells His Return God’s Covenant with Mankind

  4. A Time Prophecy foretells the appearance of a Messenger of God, or a significant event • Jesus Messiah the Prince • Muhammad My two witnesses • Baha’u’llah • Michael, the great Prince The Lord of Hosts • The Ancient of Days The everlasting Father • The Glory of the Lord The mighty God • The Glory of the God of Israel • Restoration of Israel • Specifies length of time & Originating event WHAT IS A TIME PROPHECY?

  5. Seven times • Two thousand three hundred days • Seventy weeks • A time, times, and an half • One thousand two hundred and sixty days • Three and a half days • Forty-two months • One thousand two hundred and ninety days • One thousand three hundred five and thirty days • An hour, a day, a month and a year • A season and time • 666 Bible Time Prophecies

  6. Time Prophecy Timeline Seven Times Declatation of the Bab Solar years Birth of Abdu’l-Baha 2300 days Edict of Toleration House of Justiceelected 70 weeks Hejira 1335 days 1953 1963 Manassah Temple Edict The Number of the Beast 10-year crusade 677 BC 457 BC 34AD 622 AD 1844 1863 1957 602 BC 666 AD 612 AD Passing of Shoghi Effendi Birth of Christ 42 months (the beast) Nebuchadnezzar Seven Times 1260 days / 3 ½ times (Daniel) Key: Leviticus: Daniel: Revelation: Lunar years Ridvan Garden Declaration of Baha’u’llah 1290 days

  7. Time Prophecy Timeline Baha’i Faith begins For Information on The Baha’i Faith: Dr. George Via 407-647-7798 Seven Times Lev. 26:18 – 28 Punishment of Israel Declatation of the Bab May 23, 1844 Birth of Abdu’l-Baha 2300 days Dan. 8:14 “Transgression of Desolation” Edict of Toleration:Jews return to Holy Land 70 weeks Dan. 9:24 1335 days Dan. 12:12 House of Justiceelected Hejira “Messiah the Prince” “Blessed is he that waiteth” Sin of King Manassah “The Number of the Beast” 1953 1963 Temple Edict Caliphate overthrows Islam 10-year crusade 677 BC 457 BC 34AD 622 AD 1844 1863 Passing of Shoghi Effendi 602 BC Crucifixiion 666 AD Nebuchadnezzar Birth of Christ 612 AD 3 ½ times Dan. 7:25 & 12:8 1957 “Ancient of Days” “Michael the great prince” Seven Times Dan. 4:16 - 32 42 months Rev. 11:2 & 12:5 The beast with 10 horns 7 heads & 10 horns “let seven times pass over him.” 1260 days Rev. 11:3 & 12:6 “My two witnesses” “Second Woe” Rev. 11:14 Key: Leviticus: Daniel: Revelation: “Third Woe” “Abomination that maketh desolate” Ridvan Garden Declaration of Baha’u’llah 1290 days Dan. 12:11

  8. The Lord of Hosts • Isaiah 9:6 – 7 • “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” • “Then I will punish you seven times” Lev. 26 • The Book of Revelation • “My two witnesses” -- Time prophecy Rev. 12 • “a beast having seven heads and ten horns” Rev. 13 • “Six hundred three score and six” 666 • The Ancient of Days • “a fourth beast” -- Time prophecy Dan. 7 • “and it had ten horns” • One horn subdues three other horns Bible Prophecies

  9. 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: • And the government shall be upon his shoulder: • and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. • 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, • upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, • to order it, and to establish it • with judgment and with justice • from henceforth even for ever. • The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. “The Lord of hosts”Isaiah 9:6 – 7

  10. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: • And the government shall be upon his shoulder: • and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. •  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, • upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, • to order it, and to establish it • with judgment and with justice • from henceforth even for ever. • The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. “The Lord of hosts”Isaiah 9:6 – 7 Baha’u’llah Abdu’l-Baha The Bab House of Justice Guardian Mount Carmel Israel Shoghi Effendi

  11. The significance of 7: • 7 days in a week (Gen.) • Ceremonial annointing (Lev.) • “Seven Churches” “Seven Candlesticks” “Seven Stars” (Rev. ch. 1) • “Seven Portals” to Hell (Qur’an 15:44) • “Seven Valleys” or “Seven Cities” of Mystical Search The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  12. The significance of 7: “The stages that mark the wayfarer’s journey from the abode of dust to the heavenly homeland are said to be seven. Some have called these Seven Valleys,and others, Seven Cities.” Bahá'u'lláh, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys, p. 4 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  13. Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image …. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments … Then I will give peace in the land …. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. —Leviticus 26:1, 3, 6, 7 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  14. And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. —Leviticus 26:11-12 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  15. But if ye will not hearken unto me ... But that ye break my covenant ... I also will do this unto you ... Ye shall be slain before your enemies ... And I will scatter you among the heathen —Leviticus 26:14-17, 33 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  16. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seventimes more for your sins. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seventimes more plagues upon you according to your sins. —Leviticus 26:18, 21 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  17. Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seventimes for your sins. Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. —Leviticus 26:24, 28 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  18. If they shall confess their iniquity ... Then will I remember my covenant ... And ... I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly. —Leviticus 26:40, 42, 44 The Prophecy of “Seven Times”

  19. The Prophecy of “Seven Times” Let’s review: Israel obeys God God walks among them Israel disobeys God God punishes Israel “Seven Times” God saves Israel

  20. The Prophecy of “Seven Times” Israel obeys God God walks among them Israel disobeys God God punishes Israel “Seven Times” God saves Israel

  21. How Long is “Seven Times”? • Reckoning for a “Time” • Determine Event for Beginning or End of Period • Calculate Forward or Backward to Confirm Quantifying “Seven Times”

  22. According to Christian scholars, a “Time” equals a “Year” See, Motlagh, I Shall Come Again, p 337 “Each day, according to the text of the Holy Book, is a year. For in the Bible it is said: ‘The day of the Lord is one year.’” `Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 40 Quantifying “Seven Times”

  23. How Long is “Seven Times”? • A “Time” equals one year. • One year has 12 months of 30 days = 360 days • 360 days/years in a “Time” • “Seven Times” equals 2,520 years • The duration of Israel’s punishment (and Gentile rule of the Holy Land) Quantifying “Seven Times”

  24. What Event Provoked God’s Wrath? Reign of King Manasseh (Judah) • Idol Worshiping in the Temple • Name of God Expunged from Scriptures • Public Lectures ridiculing Torah • Manasseh captured by Esarhaddon andReplaced as puppet leader Motlagh, I Shall Come Again, p. 340 Quantifying “Seven Times”

  25. What Event Provoked God’s Wrath? “And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.” Jeremiah, 15:4 Quantifying “Seven Times”

  26. Calculating “Seven Times” Manasseh: Reigned 55 years from 698 - 643 B.C. Taken Captive in 22nd year: 677 B.C. * 677 B.C. + 2520 = 1844 A.D. * The Encyclopedia Judaica, pp. 852-54 Quantifying “Seven Times”

  27. Edict of Toleration signed March 21, 1844by Sultan of Turkey Ottoman Empire submits to Britain and European Nations Jews Allowed to Return to Palestine In America, Mordechai Noah pleads with Christians to help Jews resettle in Palestine What Happened in 1844

  28. The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. Psalm 147:2 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. Isaiah 27:13 Biblical references to The restoration of israel

  29. The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. Isaiah 56:8 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Jeremiah 30:17 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. Jeremiah 49:36 Biblical references to The restoration of israel

  30. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. Isaiah 10:20-21 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Micah 5:7-8 Biblical references to The restoration of israel

  31. Siyyid Ali Muhammad A young merchant from Shiraz, Iran Descendant of the Prophet Muhammad Declared He was “The Báb” The Gate of GodThe Herald of Bahá’u’lláhBeginning of the Bahá’i FaithMay 23, 1844 What Happened in 1844

  32. Abdu’l-Baha was bornThe Son of Bahá’u’lláhThe Most Great BranchSuccessor to Bahá’u’lláh The Center of His Covenant Interpreter of the Holy Word Perfect Exemplar of His Teachings “Whoso turneth towards Him hath turned towards God” God Passes By, p.242 May 23, 1844 What Happened in 1844

  33. Daniel’s Prophecy ofMichael the Great Prince The Ancient of Days The Great RedeemerThe Promised One of All Ages

  34. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince... and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.” Daniel, 12:1 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon...” Revelation, 12:7 Michael the Great Prince

  35. Daniel 9:25 foretells the coming of Christ:“Messiah the Prince” • Daniel 8:13-14 foretells the return of Christ • “Unto two thousand three hundred days” • As Christ does in Matthew 24:3, 15 • “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.” Michael the Great Prince

  36. “When shall these thing be?” “End of the World” Matt. 24:3 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. “End of these Wonders” Daniel 12:6 “Time of the End” Daniel 12:4 “Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” Luke 21:24 … and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Michael the Great Prince

  37. Daniel’s vision of the Modern World “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel, 12:4 Michael the Great Prince

  38. Daniel’s vision of the Modern World • “Time of the End” • End of Gentile Rule • Restoration of Israel • Rapid Transmigration • Exponential Increase in Human Learning Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5 Michael the Great Prince

  39. Daniel and Revelation Foretellthe Coming of The Great Redeemer: Daniel 8:14 2300 Days Rev. 1:1, 3 Things which must shortly come to pass. For the Time is at Hand. Michael the Great Prince

  40. “And one said to the man clothed in linen ... How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” “And I heard the man clothed in linen ... sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half ...”(3½ times) Daniel 12:6-7 Michael the Great Prince

  41. “The day of the Lord is a year” • 1 “Time” = 1 Year • 1 Year = 360 Days • 360 Days = 360 Years 3½ Times • 360 Years x 3.5 = 1260 Years 622 + 1260 ≠ 1844 1260 AH = 1844 AD Michael the Great Prince

  42. Revelation 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy athousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Michael the Great Prince

  43. Revelation 11:3 This foretells the coming of Islam “These two witnesses are Muhammad the Messenger of God, and ‘Alí, son of AbúTálib.” * ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 48 Michael the Great Prince

  44. Revelation 11:7 “And when they shall have finished their testimony the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.” Michael the Great Prince

  45. Revelation 13:1, 5 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast … and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. ” 42 x 30 = 1260 Michael the Great Prince

  46. Revelation 11:7 “This beast means the Umayyads who attacked them from the pit of error, and who rose against the religion of Muhammad.” ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 51 Michael the Great Prince

  47. Revelation 13 1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Michael the Great Prince

  48. “These signs are an allusion to the dynasty of the Umayyads who dominated the Muhammadan religion. Seven heads and seven crowns mean seven countries and dominions over which the Umayyads had power.” Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 69 THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

  49. Seven Dominions of Umayyads • Roman dominion (Damascus) • Persia • Arabia • Egypt • Africa (Tunis, Morocco and Algeria) • Andalusia (Spain) • Turks of Transoxania Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 69 Understanding Origins of Islam

  50. Seven Dominions of Umayyads