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God will again send a "redeemer". As for our redeemer, "the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel."-Isaiah 47:4

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And: ("Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare" Is 42:21)... sing unto the Lord a new song... ( he will magnify the law, and make it honorable" Is 42:21)...( I will do a new thing... shall ye not know it" Isaiah 43:19 ) -Isaiah 42: 9-10

 

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Isaiah wrote: "It shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established... and all nations shall flow unto it."-Isaiah 2:2 (Also refer to Micah 4:1 and Job 19:25)

The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord (Baha'u'llah), the majesty of our God. Isaiah 35-2

 

And again: "The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see..."-Isaiah 40:5 The "redeemer"- "the glory of the Lord" will appear in the "last days." parakeet.gif (25963 bytes)
  
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He wrote: "it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people... and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." -Isaiah 11:11 bible.gif (1349 bytes)
According to Isaiah, the redeemer will begin to "recover," "again", "assemble" and "gather" the "dispersed" Jews back to Israel when he appears in the "last days." Keep in mind that the Jews have already returned to Israel and that this prophecy has already been fulfilled. It's fulfillment began with signing the of the " Edict of Toleration" by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in the sprig of 1844.

That is when the Baha'i dispensation began. It reached its climax with the coming of Baha'u'llah, who is a direct descendant of the kings of ancient Israel and whose name when translated into English is "the Glory of God."

 

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( New name !)

Isaiah next promises that the "redeemer" will appear with a "new name."

He wrote: "I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off."-Isaiah 56:5 Also "thou shalt be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name."-Isaiah 62:2

Isaiah warned those who forsake the Lord: "ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee and call his servants by another name."-Isaiah 65:15

Many Christians have concluded that the redeemer's new name is Jesus. This very possibly might have been true if it weren't for the fact that Jesus did not appear in the "last days" at a time when the Jews began to return to Israel. And also for the fact that Jesus promised that He too will have a new name when He returns.

Jesus promised: "Him that overcometh... I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."-Revelation 3:12

Jesus repeats this same promise of a "new name" two other times in this same book. (See Rev 2:17 & Rev 19:12-13) And then, in the same book, we find another hint of what the 'new name' will be.

In Revelation 21:2-10 we read "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven... for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new... 

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son... 

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having (the new name of?) the glory of God..."

 

Where Will The Redeemer Come From ?

  
Isaiah continues by next telling us where the Messiah will come from. He wrote: God "raised up the righteous man from the East ( east of Israel ) , called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings..."-Isaiah 41:2

He continues: "I am God... calling a ravenous bird from the East, the man who executeth my judgment from a far country."-Isaiah 46:11

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Similar statements can be found elsewhere in the Bible. For example, in Ezekiel 43:2-4 it says: "the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the East... and the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the East."

  Where Will The Redeemer Go To ?

Isaiah told us that the redeemer will come to Israel from the east. Next, Isaiah continues by telling us where the Messiah will come to. He wrote: "The excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord...[at a time when] the ransomed of the Lord (the Jews) shall return."-Isaiah 35:2

Later he adds that: "Sharon shall be a fold of flocks and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in for my people that have sought me."-Isaiah 65:10

In these two passages, Isaiah has described a very specific area of Israel. He says that "the glory of the Lord" will see "Carmel and Sharon" and "Sharon" and "Achor." The city which was known in ancient times as Acre, today is called Akka. The city of Akka is located across the bay from Haifa at the foot of Mt. Carmel in Israel. And both Akka and Mt. Carmel are situated on the plain of Sharon.

As you can see, Isaiah was very specific about where the Messiah will appear. He said that the Messiah will come to Akka and Mt. Carmel.

There are, of course, other references in the Bible to the Messiah coming to Mt. Carmel. In the Book of Micah, referring to the Messiah, it says that: "In that day... he shall dwell solitarily in the wood in the midst of Carmel."-Micah 7:12 

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Jesus, in the Book of Revelation, reveals that the great conflict which will rage around the Messiah in the "last days" will take place at Armageddon. In the Hebrew the word Armageddon literally means the mountain of Meggido.

The city of Meggido is located just a few miles inland from the city of Akka. Mt. Carmel is the Armageddon... the mountain of Meggido and, according to Jesus, this is where the Messiah is supposed to appear.

Baha'u'llah's Exile

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Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city. Matthew 23:34

New Era Of Peace And Unity.

Isaiah tells us that the new era which will be ushered in by the Messiah will, on one hand, be characterized by turmoil, upheaval, wars and great suffering. But, he also promises that after wards "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more"-Isaiah 2:4 Spirit.gif (6113 bytes)

Isaiah continues by speaking of the people who formerly were asleep and dead by saying: "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light... for unto us a child is born ... and his name shall be called... The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace... and the government shall be upon his shoulder... of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end..."-Isaiah 9:2-7

At the end of his book, Isaiah concludes: "Behold, I create a new heavens (religion) and a new earth ( government ): and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind... ."-Isaiah 65:17

"I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory... . all flesh (shall ) come to worship before thee."-Isaiah 66:23

 

Baha'u'llah wrote: "I am the one whom the tongue of Isaiah hath extolled, the One with Whose name both the Torah (the Old Testament) and the Evangel (the New Testament) were adorned.

"Baha'u'llah came with a "new name." Baha'u'llah's name when translated into English means the "Glory of God." His people are called by a new name.

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They are called Baha'i (followers of Baha). Baha'u'llah was born to the east of Israel in the land of Persia. He is a member of one of the oldest royal families and is descended from both the Persian kings and from Abraham and Jesse, the father of King David.

The fanatical Islamic clergy and government leaders- the "beast" of the Book of Revelation, despised him and conspired to destroy him. Even though he committed no crime, they had him arrested. He was beaten until he was bruised and bloody. He was thrown into a black pit dungeon-- an underground prison almost unimaginable in it's disgusting circumstances. It was dark, cold, vermin infested and it had no sanitary facilities.

His enemies placed Baha'u'llah in special chains that weighed over one hundred pounds a piece. They cut deeply into Baha'u'llah's shoulders and neck and scarred him for life. Baha'u'llah's health deteriorated so much in the dungeon that he almost died. His visage was so marred that his young son had difficulty recognizing him.

The Moslem clergy, not only conspired with the Government to kill the Bab, Baha'u'llah's forerunner, but they eventually killed more than 20,000* innocent believers.

Many were put to death in the most fiendishly imaginative ways. And yet, despite these persecutions, Baha'u'llah's fame increased and this new religion continued to grow.

So, Baha'u'llah's enemies, in an attempt to limit his growing popularity, exiled him away from his home country. Baha'u'llah eventually was forced to travel over 3000 miles on these exiles. His enemies eventually sent him to the most foul and desolate prison in the Ottoman empire.

They sent him to the prison city of Akka, in Israel. It was their hope that Baha'u'llah would die in this horrible prison and that he would be forgotten. Instead, by sending Baha'u'llah to Israel, his enemies unknowingly fulfilled the ancient Bible prophecies of Isaiah, Micah and the other Prophets.

 

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Thus doth the Nightingale utter His call unto you from this prison. He hath but to deliver this clear message. Whosoever desireth, let him turn aside from this counsel and whosoever desireth let him choose the path to his Lord. Baha'u'llah Tablet of Ahmad

After all, if you recall, Isaiah had promised that the Messiah would endure these hardships, come out of the prison, live to see his seed (children) and live to an old age. 

 

After spending years in Akka, Baha'u'llah eventually did come out of this prison. He and his children then pitched his tent on Mt. Carmel overlooking Akka to the north and the plain of Sharon to the south.

Baha'u'llah, the Glory of God, came to Israel from the east involuntarily as a prisoner and an exile. Life was extremely harsh in the prison city. Baha'u'llah's young son and several of Baha'u'llah's companions died as a result of the conditions in Akka.

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Baha'u'llah spent the rest of his forty year long ministry as a prisoner near Akka. As Isaiah promised, God prolonged Baha'u'llah's days. Baha'u'llah lived to be 75 years old.

It was from prison that Baha'u'llah wrote the new teachings that magnify the law and make it honorable.

He also created the new government whose increase will see no end as promised by Isaiah. The supreme governing body of Baha'u'llah's new world order is called the Universal House of Justice.

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And this is just a small fragment of the prophecies which were fulfilled by Baha'u'llah.

 

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Ask yourself, what are the mathematical odds that a man could appear at the exact time predicted in the prophecies of the four major middle eastern religions and that he could literally fulfill all of specific prophecies concerning his life and his teachings and that he could give birth to a religion which today encompasses all the nations, races and tribes of the earth...

Could Baha'u'llah actually be the Promised One?    The One who was supposed to come unexpectedly as a "thief in the night"? Micah said that people would initially turn a deaf ear to the redeemer's message while Isaiah asked: "I will do a new thing... shall ye not know it?"-Isaiah 43:19  

Ask yourself, if this story is true..."shall ye not know it?" All we ask people to do is to investigate the truth with an open and clear mind. Seek and ye shall find ( Matt 7-7 )

If you have not find it is because you have not searched.

Micah's Promises of The Redeemer 's Coming In the last chapter of his book, Micah gives us one of the most explicit descriptions of the coming of the Promised One ever to be recorded.

Micah 7:12 promises: "In that day also he (the Promised One) shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. map.gif (6807 bytes)

..Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things."

Baha'u'llah first was exiled to the city of Baghdad... the ancient capitol of the Islamic Empire. From here he was next exiled to Constantinople (modern Istanbul )... which in those days still was the capitol of the Ottoman Empire. Baha'u'llah's journey from Baghdad to Constantinople actually took him through the capitol city of the ancient Assyrians Empire thus fulfilling Micah's prophecy that he would come to Israel from Assyria.

 

Baha'u'llah eventually was forced to endure two more exiles. To Israel "from the east" involuntarily as a prisoner.

Micah continues by telling us where the redeemer will appear. He wrote: "
Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel...                           

In one sense Moses' "rod" represents his Law and his teachings. And here Micah promises that the Promised One will also "feed thy people with thy rod..." This is reminiscent of Isaiah who wrote "he will magnify the law, and make it honorable."-Isaiah 42:21

Baha'u'llah has written volumes of new teachings. The Holy Books have been unsealed and, as foretold by Jesus, the new Jerusalem--- the new Law has descended.

 

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It took forty years for the Jews to come "out of the land of Egypt." The exact length of Baha'u'llah's ministry was forty years. Baha'u'llah first received his revelation from God in 1852. He passed away in Israel in 1892.... exactly forty years. Micah continues his amazing description of the coming of the Promised one to Israel by next describing what the response to Him will be.

In Micah 7:16 we read "The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf." Evidently, people will not want to hear this message... "their ears shall be deaf."

And he said, "The LORD came from "Sinai", and rose up from "Seir" unto them; he shined forth from mount "Paran", and he came with ten thousands of  "saints": from his right hand came a fiery law for them. Deuteronomy 33:2

"Sinai" desert is the place that Moses heard God's voice, "Seir" Jesus' place "Pharan" a Mountain in Arabia is Mohamed's Place, Ten thousands ( Babi) "Saints" were martyred, Finally, in this time,: A Fiery Law from the their life blood spilled in order to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Apostle Paul also wrote: "They will stop their ears to the truth and turn to mythology..."-2 Timothy 4:4 (NEB) "Their ears shall be deaf" and "they will stop their ears to the truth and turn to mythology." ( Movies and TV programs!)

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Although most of the above notes are selected from an article written by Joel Smith and some other members of the Baha'i Faith , the opinions expressed in this article constitute author's own personal understanding and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Baha'i Faith .