“Know thou that in every age and dispensation all divine ordinances are changed and transformed according to the requirement of the time, except the law of love, which, like a fountain, always flows and is never overtaken by change.” BAHA’U’LLAH.
In this day the victory of the faith is assured because of the spiritual Reality of the Oneness of the Two Worlds.
This refers to the organic truth of the oneness of humanity to which the spiritually awake have direct and immediate access in their daily transactions within the Kingdom. In the same manner that we become “open gates” for the prayerful, the needy and the seeking to enter within the reality while we are in this life; we are also enabled to be conduits for the souls who remain in organic union with us–though they have already crossed over the veil. “Teaching the cause of God is the head cornerstone of the foundation itself” (W&T, p. 10). This takes many forms in both this world and the next. Even as we are active, open gates in this life–this shall continue in the next–even as those advanced adepts who have crossed over remain open conduits and protecting guides for us as well. God’s inscrutable decree enables receptive souls to be motivated by the prompting of the spirit as real agents of the Holy Spirit. Those directly in tune with this agency are responsible for the tasks and missions set before them. There is a continual, direct interchange and transaction between the souls in this world and the next that relates to the divine function of the Oneness of Humanity as the chief cornerstone of the Divine Economy in which we participate.
In this connection “True Wealth” is, in reality nearness to God; the closer we each get to the Center–the closer we each get to one another. The reverse forces are possible as well, stagnation; separation, close-mindedness; fear of the impending reality based on false ideologies, erroneous indoctrination schemes, man-made conceptions and superstitious fears of the unknown.
The advancement of the Cause of God in this day is advancement in the everlasting Law of the Divine Love. While protected and sheltered in the Kingdom of His love–our knowledge is free to deepen in the mysteries of the reality of the Kingdom. This type of knowledge–though capable of being expressed through logic–is based upon a deeper more foundational type of experiential knowing that the true believers experience in their own personal relationship within the presence of God when holding fast and firm to the cord of the everlasting Covenant of God. ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that the: “magnet which attracts the bounties and confirmations in this day is the Covenant of God, and that it is the standard against which everything is to be judged… Should a person become the very personification of the Holy Spirit, and hesitate for an instant in the path of the Covenant, he would be truly of the legion of the lost” (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablet to Aqa Jamal, cf. ‘Abdu’l-Baha, H. M Balyuzi, p. 58).
Now the majority of the peoples of the world are innocent of all of this. They know nothing about the Covenant in the least. They have received guidance from the previous Manifestations of God and proceed at their own various paces towards ultimate reunion whether that is attained in this world or the next.
But the Baha’is are not innocent of this! They have received the specific instructions and teachings of the Covenant expressly given in this Day and Age–and tasted the fruits and gifts of the Powers from on High! Should a Christian, or a Jew or Muslim (or anyone from any background) come into Contact with this Revelation of the Most great Name (through any of the 7 Rites of Baha’u’llah: http://uhj.net/bahai-faith-history.html)–they will assuredly be guided to the Covenant as actualized in the Living Community of the Covenant in this day. Then comes the test. They judge themselves worthy or unworthy, and then are no longer innocent.
The Judgment Day depicted in the Christian scriptures is sometimes entitled “the Great White Throne Judgment” from the visions of the New Jerusalem recorded in the Book of Revelation. In Chapter 20-22 Jesus the High Priest, depicted as a Knight of Baha’u’llah and as “a Lamb as though he had been slain” is seen before the One seated upon the THRONE and among the elders. He, Jesus the High Priest, the Knight of Baha’u’llah opens the scroll sealed with seven seals from which the 7 Thunders of the Violations of the Covenant then resound. These 7 Thunders correspond with the 7 great World Wars of the 20th/21st century: (1) World War I; (2) The Great Russian Revolution; (3) World War II; (4) The Cold War–includes Korean War, Vietnam, South American War, African massacres, Afghanistan, etc.; (5) Gulf War I–includes Trade Towers 1993; (6) Gulf War II–includes Trade Towers 2001, Afghanistan, Iraq and Current ongoing global War of Terror; (7) The onrushing thermonuclear War in which one third of humankind is prophesied to be killed in one hour with every American city with a population of 100,000 or more being targeted. This includes direct attacks on New York City, the UN Building, and the UN in general (see http://www.bupc.org/UN-bomb-plot.html).
How the UN Became an Al Qaeda Target
Mark Leon Goldberg
The death toll in last Friday’s bombing of the UN building in Abuja is now up to 23. 75 others were injured. This makes it the deadliest attack in UN history.
One of the scariest and most disturbing trends for the United Nations is the way in which an international humanitarian organization has become a preferred target of Islamist extremists over the past ten years. The transformation has occurred remarkably quickly.
Since the mid 1990s, Al Qaeda leaders like Ayman al Zawahiri and the late Osama bin Laden have constructed a narrative about the United Nations that paints the world body as implacably hostile to the interests of Muslims worldwide. They portray it as part of a global conspiracy to subjugate Muslims and promote the interests of the United States and the west.
I wrote my grad school research paper on this topic and found that between 1996 and 2009, Bin Laden or Zawahiri cited the UN disparagingly in over 30 separate public messages, the vast majority coming after the September 11 attacks. This note, from Ayman al Zawahiri in March 2008, is typical for the genre:
“What is Shari’ah’s judgment on the United Nations that established Israel by its resolutions and whose Charter provides for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all member countries including Israel? Could we describe such a situation with the words “what is accepted as a norm is like that which is set as a condition?”
“In Iraq, America alleged that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. It asked the United Nations to strike Iraq. When it did not get what it wanted, it attacked Iraq itself and destroyed it, but it found no weapons of mass destruction – and this despite the fact that America holds others to account for not abiding by United Nations resolutions.”
“The property of some Muslims in the West has been frozen and they have been denied access to it. Indeed, it has been forbidden for any person to grant them any sum of money. Some have had this imposed on them by United Nations resolution, without having any charges brought against them or without any proof established against them. The funds of many charitable organizations and associations that provide aid to Muslims in Palestine and other Islamic lands have also been frozen.”
“No, by God! There is no covenant between us and them. In fact, they are belligerents wherever they live and stay, even if they take hold of the curtains of the Kaaba. The treaty that governments have made with these crusaders is not legal. It is based on the idolatrous charters of the United Nations. It was made by classes that do not regard God in their works and whose only interest is in keeping their seats and thrones.”
“I would add to what Shaykh Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdissi said, may God release him from imprisonment, and I would remind the Christians of Egypt of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia where the Serbian Orthodox – their brothers in creed – killed more than 7000 Muslims under the eyes and ears of the United Nations forces under the command of the agent and grandson of the agent, Butrus Butrus Ghali. We did not put you through investigative trials as your brothers did to our brothers, and we did not massacre you as your brothers did to our brothers in Srebrenica, Sabra and Shatilla.”
This narrative, which has been steadily built over the past 10 years or so, has been very consequential to the security of the United Nations. To be sure, UN peackeepers and aid workers have been shot at, kidnapped and killed in the past, but never before has the institution had to deal with the threat of terrorism.
The first serious attack was the 2003 bombing of UN headquarters in Iraq, which killed 22 people. In December 2007, 17 people were killed in a twin suicide bombing attack on the UN headquarters in Algiers, Algeria. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the UN has been a frequent target as well. In October 2008, a suicide bomber struck the lobby of the Islamabad headquarters of the World Food Program, killing himself and five UN humanitarian workers. Three weeks later, a team of Taliban militants attacked a guesthouse in Kabul where UN election workers were stationed. In Somalia, Al Shabaab militants launched a suicide bombing attack on a UNDP compound in northern Somalia in 2008. Now, an al Qaeda inspired group, Boko Harum, is taking credit for this latest attack in Abuja.
The trend is clear: Al Qaeda or groups that look to Al Qaeda for ideological inspiration are targeting the United Nations whenever, and wherever they can. If this trend continues–and there is no reason to think it will stop — the UN will become a real target wherever there is some sort of low-level Islamist insurgency.
That’s a serious problem for the UN, which runs humanitarian or economic development programs throughout the Magrheb, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
You expect a level of insecurity in conflict zones like Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the attack on the UN compound in Abuja shows that the UN is a target very far from hot conflict zones. UN offices in Mali, Mauritania, Indonesia, or wherever al Qaeda inspired groups have a foothold, may be next.
The organization and its member states ought to prepare accordingly. (M. L. Goldberg, UN TARGETED)
The judgment day is not God seated upon a throne, judging people sheep to the right, goats to the left—but it is the people judging themselves to be worthy or unworthy. They judge themselves as such through their words, choices and deeds. The doors of the Kingdom are always open. Many come and go freely as they please. This is not violation of the Covenant, but is the journey the people must take. In doing what they are going to do they will see the reality and make their ultimate choices bearing their own accountability in their own good time in relation to God and God alone.
Now the Covenant-breakers think that attacking and belittling the Promised Ones (that includes the living guardians) they are going to get “brownie points” with God, so to speak. This isn’t the case and Dr. Jensen said their condition “would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic!” Thus it states that they shall be judged by what they have done. Covenant breaking is the direct attack by those who are in the know and who had once tasted the wonders of the spirit. These Covenant breakers are those who then turn against the Covenant and Administration, the Supreme Institutions named in the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha’ that are Divine in origin–the guardianship and house of justice; reject the core values, principles and attack the key & central figures in the Cause.
Now part of the mission of the teachers, guides, and educators in the faith today is to make the world a better place, not worse–to be IN the world but NOT of it.
On the mystic path we walk with practical feet, ‘Abdu’l-Baha tells us to make sure that every step we take is firm in the Covenant. This is the path of the Covenant, the road less travelled, the inner path that leads to reunion with the Divine.
Our mission also includes within the contexts of our fellow Baha’is “saving the waverers” to use the phrase of Mason and Dr. Jensen. When Mason passed on, he left the inheritance of the guardianship to his only son Pepe, but in a letter written to Drs. Leland and Opal Jensen (which I read the original of myself when living at Talman in Chicago in the Spring and Summer of 1987) Mason left the full care of the Baha’i community to them. Mason wrote words to the effect that he knew Dr. Jensen’s father Christ Jensen (pronounced Chris) personally; and that the entire Jensen family was always imbued with spiritual qualities and attributes. Mason recognized their great teaching capacity and activity; and acknowledged specifically Dr. Jensen’s work as Knight of Baha’u’llah firm in the Covenant, most knowledgeable and leader (eldest living son) of the entire Jensen family. Mason wrote that should he himself pass on, he knew that the entire Baha’i world would remain safe and secure because of Dr. Leland Jensen. In fact, this is what has happened at that time.
Mason also wrote:
Statement on Succession
By MASON REMEY AGHSAN,
“The traditional background of the Prophets of Israel is that of a special and family descent from earliest times and from which seed the Prophets and Manifestations of God were descended. I, Mason Remey, feel… that the descent of the Guardianship can be brought back again into the line of descent from Baha’u’llah [a natural branch: Jewish]. This can be accomplished as soon as there may arise amongst those of this chosen descent one who will qualify [i.e. not of those that broke the Covenant]. All this can be attained in conformity with the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.” (Mason Remey AGHSAN, August 1964): http://www.bupc.org/test-of-god.html
I have attached below a series of correspondence that gets more into the reality according to the Law of Primogeniture of how the natural branch of the exilarch (exiled monarchs of King David) family of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha was known in the Plan of God (and to Mason through ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and from Mason told to Pepe) who would “arise and qualify” through “another branch” (W&T, p. 14) of the throne-line of Bostanai the exilarch–a Jewish cadet branch of the Northern family of Baha’u’llah and ‘Abdu’l-Baha.
Thus the Great White Throne Judgment has been upon the people especially since the year 2000/2001 AD when we discovered the location of Chair Mountain identified in the prophecies on Naw Ruz, 2000 AD (which is March 21, the Vernal Equinox) and unfurled the Divine Standard of the Genealogy of Baha’u’llah for the first time for all the world to see at the “New Castle Gathering” near New Castle, CO. This location turned out to be the fulfillment of the prophesied scene and location further corresponding to the prophesied date of the 9-11 Event when God brought forth His “servant the branch” (Aghsan: Zech. 3:8 kjv) during the “ten days” in September, 2001 AD. These dates spoken of in the Holy Bible and other Holy Scriptures, correspond with the Mayan and Azetc prophetic Calendars as well as those of Kali Yug, Hindu and Buddhist prophecies, those of China and the East, the Holy Cycles of Zoroaster, the Scandinavian and African traditions (the Great Pyramid is located in Africa) and the Holy Koran as well.
Thus Judgment has fallen upon all the peoples of the world, meaning–through the projection of this message they now have the exciting and positive opportunity to see the FACTS, judge themselves WORTHY and enter therein.
If they choose to remain outside: Jesus said, “shake the dust off your feet” and move on to the next one. For those who fail the test or refuse to enter: “it is no skin off my nose,” as Dr. Jensen was known to say.
Before an electron makes the quantum leap to the next higher lever–it begins to receive vast amounts of energy. These overwhelming vibrations are experienced in the Cause of God as a tremendous “wavering in the covenant” and a violent “wavering in the faith.” In the analogy the electron will either pop out and instantaneously re-appear at the next level, or it will turn against the source of the increasing vibrations and heat up, die, implode, fall back out of its positions to some fragmented quarkian former state, and be replaced by something else. The point is this: the true believers should have no fears or insecurities in the Covenant when they feel the violent winds of these tests coming upon them, when their internal clock and systems begin to race on overload, they are not cracking up, but reviving the powers of God to make that quantum leap, if they put their trust wholly in God and God alone. I have been urging the Baha’is for many years now, to lay off the self-medicating through material means; and attempt to allow this process of transfiguration and transubstantiation to naturally take place. Unlike communities who value objective or subjective faith–‘Abdu’l-Baha teaches that our faith is to be DISCERNING FAITH (For more see: http://www.bupc.org/chinvat/chinvat-current-issue.html). This also means that we are to live these experiences with eyes wide open–not eyes wide shut! We must keep our eyes wide open while we die to the things of this world and come to live in the next.
The extremely powerful forces unleashed by the potency of this Revelation are as transformative as they are destructive. These forces will inure the flexible and adaptable to move in the growth-oriented direction of personality. Those wrong egos clinging to rigid forms, systems, ideologies, reductionism, etc., when impacted by these same spiritual forces will not bend and shall all break. Shoghi Effendi calls this a twofold process: “the first,” he states, “is essentially an integrating process, while the second is fundamentally disruptive.” In order to harness these functions for the betterment of the planet ‘Abdu’l-Baha’ has delineated the Twin Institutions of the Guardianship and the House of Justice (the Legislative and Executive branches–the Amr and the Alim (named in the Kitab-i-‘Ahd)–the learned in El Baha) to deal with this: “through the close union and harmony of THESE TWO FORCES, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself” (W&T, p. 15).
Through the “close union and harmony of THESE TWO FORCES” (“The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body” W&T, p. 15)–the double-movement of the “twofold process” described by Shoghi Effendi can be navigated, and human society may manage its own affairs with safety, security and salvation for all. This is the firm foundation of the “Most Great Justice”, to be established upon the “Most Great Covenant” to be made amongst all the nations of the world in collective security and collective agreement, which shall advance all human beings upon this planet into the Golden Age of Civilization. This is the point and meaning of the letters and essays of Shoghi Effendi given in his monumental first works collected under the title “World Order of Baha’u’llah.” For all people to participate and transact within the newly revealed and established Divine Economy (for those who have received their “true wealth” (see SAQ chapter same name) and the “talents” they have been given) Shoghi Effendi continues:
“The first is essentially an integrating process, while the second is fundamentally disruptive. The former, as it steadily evolves, unfolds a System which may well serve as a pattern for that world polity toward which a strangely-disordered world is continually advancing; while the latter, as its disintegrating influence deepens, tends to tear down, with increasing violence, the antiquated barriers that seek to block humanity’s progress towards its destined goal.” (Shoghi Effendi, March 11, 1936, see WOB, pp. 170-171).
Now these integrating and disruptive forces are initiated with God Himself; channeled through the heart, mind and soul and physiological make-up of the Supreme Manifestations of God; and subsequently canalized through the human nervous systems of all the people of the world; and impact upon individuals as “an integrating process” accompanied by a cleansing, essentially “disintegrating influence” and “disruptive” force.
Now for my friends who are firm in the Covenant, who are beyond the previous “wavering stages” of the tests and assailments against these holy truths–I tell you the HOUR has come upon us!
On the scale of one day equals one year (Num. 14:34; Ez. 4:6) a prophetical hour is about 15.22 days and on the scale of 1 day equals one year that makes about 15.22 years. It is now about 15.22 years since the 9-11 event. The ONE HOUR of Judgment has reached is fullest culmination. For over 15 years period without any interruption and without any delay! –The arguments have been given, the proofs established, the treatise explained; the dissertation recorded; the enemies refuted; the testimony completed; the individuals have chosen! They have chosen their allegiances, their loyalties, their friendships, who they wish to associate with, how they wish to live their lives. They have chosen sides and judged themselves worthy or unworthy to join what Dr. Jensen has described as God’s heavenly army. Now comes what is prophesied in all the holy books of God to transpire next!
Historians will look back at that tremendous feat accomplished by the faithful during this ONE HOUR. ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that these events first transpire in the spiritual world and then outwardly in the material world. Materialists, however, secularists who deny any and all Divine Agency will remain singularly obsessed and distraught with the outer one hour of thermonuclear war, which is upon them even now. For it is written: “And I heard a voice speaking unto me like a trumpet…” (Rev. 4:1). Thus states Baha’u’llah: “Verily We bear witness to that which they have done and now are doing.”
For many historians, these 7 Thunders of the 7 World Wars that I have already mentioned are in reality the people of the world repeatedly fighting World War I over and over again. The reason for this idea is that the Causes that were behind World War I were never resolved in that war. Thus studying the underlying problems behind World War I gives us a clear field of solutions to the current problems and states of affairs. Prophetically speaking ‘Abdu’l-Baha announced in 1912 that the War would start in 1914, and this would be the battle of Armageddon prophesied in the Bible (see http://uhj.net/end-time-prophecy.html).
Thus these 7 Thunders can be seen as the resounding of the 7 main historical disruptions of the Battle of Armageddon transpiring over an approximate 149 years time-period and prophetic cycle–with the 7th Thunder corresponding to the opening of the 7th seal resounding in the physical material world in the one hour of thermonuclear war that is upon us now that the first 5 thunders have already passed over and we are currently in the throws of their combined aftershock waves in addition to the harrowing talons the six thunder currently wreaking havoc day in and day out (from the Dakotas Water Protectors on sacred Lands to the Holy City of Aleppo) with an unrelenting ferocity and longevity compared to the first 5 thunders combined! Christian scholars acknowledge the facticity of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s statements:
“Now we are ready to ask: Has there ever been a war, started by two nations, which grew into a worldwide war by the kingdoms of the world, followed by unprecedented famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places (perhaps simultaneously)? I am of the opinion that we can discern such…. I believe there is one event that fulfills all four parts of this prophecy. That terrible event has been labeled by historians as World War I, which took place between 1914 and 1918.”
“Historians agree that World War I was unique in the annals of warfare. One writer said, ‘World War I differed in many respects from any previous war. It involved literally the whole population of the warring nations. All able-bodied men were recruited or conscripted for combat or munitions factories. Women and children worked in factories. Whole populations were subject to air raids, gas attacks, and the rationing of food, clothing, and other necessities of life. Hence social effects were greater than in previous wars’”
“When added together, these facts of history give us ample reason to conclude that the Austrian declaration of war in July-August of 1914 began to fulfill the sign of the end of the age as given by our Lord.”
“I am convinced that the events of 1914-1918 fulfill the beginning of Jesus’ prophecy. World War I was unique among conflicts, not only in size and extent, but in the way it started. Until history produces a more acceptable fulfillment, it is reasonable to conclude that 1914 ushered in the beginning of the end.” (Tim LaHaye, The Beginning of the End, pp. 35-39)
Thus from the birth of the Lamb, Dr. Jensen in August of 1914 until the present day–represents the unfolding of the dire events described in the Bible and Book of Revelation pertaining to the Battle of Armageddon. The first 5 thunders resounding from 1914 to the 9-11 Event in the year 2001 and the following two final Twin Thunders signalized by the gjallarhorn blasting of the 9-11 Collapse of the Twin Towers as foretold in our press releases and announced with clarity and absolute certainty on MCAT live television during that ten year period (1991-2001).
“The time for the destruction of the world and its people hath arrived.” “The hour is approaching,” He specifically affirms, “when the most great convulsion will have appeared.” “The promised day is come, the day when tormenting trials will have surged above your heads, and beneath your feet, saying: ‘Taste ye what your hands have wrought!’” “Soon shall the blasts of His chastisement beat upon you, and the dust of hell enshroud you.” And again: “And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake.” “The day is approaching when its [thermonuclear] flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: ‘The Kingdom is God’s, the Almighty, the All-Praised!’” “The day will soon come,” He, referring to the foolish ones of the earth, has written, “whereon they will cry out for help and receive no answer.” “The day is approaching,” He moreover has prophesied, “when the wrathful anger of the Almighty will have taken hold of them. He, verily, is the Omnipotent, the All-Subduing, the Most Powerful. He shall cleanse the earth from the defilement of their corruption, and shall give it for an heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.”
Baha’u’llah, cf. Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day Is Come!
What can we as human beings say? What can be our reply? Our action? Our call to action?
Betrayed by so many who claimed to be “Baha’i but who were not. Abandoned by the once active co-workers who have fallen away. Rejected and scorned by friends and family alike–and an apathetic and ignorant society and “culture” bent on materialism, war, and self-immolation and self-destruction–we move forward ever reenergized by our own consolidating ever-advancing and growing community of real lovers of God. The faces may change, from time to time, but the reality of the hearts and souls is always like the reunion of soul-mates and dear old friends! –“Behold” He “makes all things new!”
God declares in the Book of Revelation–and this is the great Day of the resurrection from out all the peoples of the world. Now that this signal “hour” has reach its culmination–this 15 years period expressly given in the sacred scriptures and verses–the aftershock of the spiritual nature of such an overwhelming endeavor, such a mile-stone in our work, such an accomplishment for the members of our loyal and active group–and in the face of unrelenting opposition from without and ignoble betrayals from within–how can we but not declare in Jesus’s own words: “Let the dead bury the dead!” and following Christ into the glorious Kingdom established in this world and continuing into the next–how can we not but REJOICE, and be exceedingly GLAD for these ARE the BLESSINGS and FAVOURS of God!
I remain yours,
Oneness of the Two Worlds
The unity of humanity as taught by Bahá’u’lláh refers not only to men still in the flesh, but to all human beings, whether embodied or disembodied. Not only all men now living on the earth, but all in the spiritual world as well, are parts of one and the same organism and these two parts are intimately dependent, one on the other. Spiritual communion one with the other, far from being impossible or unnatural, is constant and inevitable. Those whose spiritual faculties are as yet undeveloped are unconscious of this vital connection, but as one’s faculties develop, communications with those beyond the veil gradually become more conscious and definite. To the Prophets and saints this spiritual communion is as familiar and real as are ordinary vision and conversation to the rest of mankind.
The 12 Principles That Manifest The Oneness Of The Two Worlds