Baha'u'llah entrusted the Kitab-i-'Ahd to 'Abdu'l-Baha during His last illness before His Ascension and informed the members of His family a few days before He departed from this world that in a document entrusted by Him to 'Abdu'l-Baha, He had commended them all to His care. The first time the Kitab-i-'Ahd was read aloud in the presence of a number of friends was on the ninth day after the Ascension of Baha'u'llah, and soon afterwards its text was released to the believers.
The United States of America is NOT a country made up of people, it IS a country made up of LAW. The United States exists as a legal entity, due to its Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the documents which contain the PROVISIONS that establish its institutions of Government.
This fact is true of the Baha'i Faith as well.
The Baha'i Faith is not made out of people either, but it is a faith made out of law. This "Most Great Law," is the everlasting Covenant of God, spoken of throughout the Bible (named as the everlasting covenant of peace in Ezekiel chapter 37) and promised in the Book of the prophet Isaiah as culminating in the institution of the "House of the Lord" (see Isaiah chapter 2) with the throne of David as the executive (see Isaiah chapter 9:6-7) with the living "branch" or descendant of King David seated upon that throne as the executive of the House of the Lord, the Universal House of Justice (see Isaiah chapter 11; Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 3:8; etc.).
Thus the Baha'i Faith is really the government from God, that God promised as His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Christ. The word Christ comes from the Greek word 'Christos', which is from the Hebrew word 'Messiah' and means an anointed descendant of King David. Therefore, like the government of the United States which is contained in a few short documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the Baha'i World Faith, which is the faith we have in the Government of the Kingdom of God, that God gave, ruling from the throne of David, is contained in just a two short documents, the Kitab-i-Ahd (Covenant of Baha'u'llah) and the CHARTER for the Kingdom (the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha). See page 144, of the World Order of Baha'u'llah, for more.
THE STRANGE TRUTH about the reality of government, whether it is that of the United States, nationally, for example, or the Baha'i Kingdom internationally, is that if there was ONLY ONE PERSON left in all the world, who still held to the Constitution of the United States, and all other people had either "defected" to the "enemy" or emigrated to other realms, that one single person would be the last true citizen, all by himself. If that single and lowly person, that last true citizen, then started to educate others to the Constitution of the United States, at some certain point in time, we can imagine that the government of the US in its entirety, according to the provisions of the Constitution would be reconstructed and put back into operation. Now that fact that that one person was the last citizen, does not make that person, automatically the president, the supreme court chief justice or any member of the house of representatives or of the senate for that matter. These positions and institutions of the government and how they are to evolve and function within their spheres are rightly defined in the constitution.
This same fact is true of the Baha'i Faith as well. If we were to imagine all people who went by the "name" Baha'i, to denounce the CHARTER as "inoperable," or to simply abandon the CHARTER of the sacred Will and Testament, yet still try to retain the label"Baha'i" for themselves for some other "reason of their own," if such an absurd thing were to be imagined, than that last true believer, that last true citizen of the Kingdom who held firm to every single provision of the sacred Will and Testament would be in and of themselves, the only citizen, that is, the only true Baha'i living on Earth. But through the MIGHTY power of God alone, this is NOT THE CASE today, as hundreds and thousands of people throughout the international community of the world have been educated to the reality of the Kingdom of God, and the provisions of its CHARTER of the Will and Testament which are actively operating in the world even now as we speak and are influencing great world events.
But this situation DID IN FACT HAPPEN, about 2000 years ago, when John the Baptist, who claimed not to be Christ, and not to be the light, but a forerunner of the light, rose up and prepared the way for Jesus. Jesus said that he was the Herald of God's Kingdom and to pray like this: "Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, they kingdom come, it will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Thus Jesus placed his Covenant, the COVENANT of CHRIST, in the Temple in heaven sealed with 7 seals (Rev. 5:1), to be opened 2000 years later on the great day, when all people should embrace the true religion of God, "resurrect" from the spiritually dead, by regaining their true "life" as citizens and fellow heirs of God's government of the Kingdom, and then as the nations of the world fall into a fiery war of their own making, the majority now embracing this one and single Covenant of Christ, would "resurrect" the entire Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven on a global scale. Now, that John was only one man and "the least of the kingdom was greater than he" yet Jesus outwardly looked like only one man as well, yet this Jesus, is "the first and the last" Jesus when it comes to faith, citizenship and true belief: for behold he is faithful and true! And Christ is the King, that is, the word "Christ" refers to the genealogy of King David, that Baha'u'llah is descended from through Bostanai and the exilarchs (exiled monarchs of David). The purpose of the descendant of David, is so we can recognize the true Universal House of Justice. It is the "sign" from God, that this IS the true RELIGION, and that this true RELIGION is the TRUE INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENT to lead the nations to the peace of God's grace and holy salvation!
The fact that the whole of the Baha'i Revelation and its life blood and spiritual source are summed up in the TWO TABLETS of the LAW (Kitab-i-Ahd/Will and Testament), is consistent not only with the format of constitutional government, but also within the context of the true religion from God.
Most people that are at least loosely familiar with religion may have some notion that each of the different religions or revelations that God has given, are associated with a primal book or sacred text. For example, in Judaism they have the Torah, also called the Old Testament, Muslims have the Qur'an, Hindus have the Gita, Buddhists the Tripitaka, Zoroastrians have the sacred Avesta and the Zend commentaries, all Christians have the Holy Bible, which is formed of two sacred Books, the Old Testament, meaning Old Covenant, and the New Testament meaning New Covenant, which likewise includes the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And for the Baha'is they have the Kitab-i-Ahd and the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, which is the Most Mighty Document, the Everlasting Covenant of God.
Thus the Baha'i Faith is no exception! Like all the other revelations that God gave, it too has sacred scriptures and holy writings, prayers, meditations, laws, ordinances and teachings for an ever advancing civilization and an entire way of life for the true spiritual being of man, his development and for both his material and spiritual, safety, security and salvation. But the core teaching and central Holy Book for ALL BAHA'IS is the Book of the Covenant of Baha'u'llah (Kitab-i-Ahd) and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha bound together into one sacred scroll.
THESE TWO central and sacred Holy Books for the Baha'i Faith, the "two most Mighty Documents" of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah, are again 1) the Kitab-i-Ahd, written by the Pen and Hand of no one less than Baha'u'llah Himself, and 2) the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the appointed Sole Interpreter of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah, and the one NAMED as the Center of His Covenant, by Him.
Altogether Baha'u'llah penned about 15,000 books, tablets, epistles prayers and writings throughout his entire lifetime. Yet the Kitab-i-Ahd is His central work and the axis and pivot from which all his other writings draw their authority and support. Out of all this other "sea of writings," secondary to the Kitab-i-Ahd, possibly one of the most well known books of Baha'u'llah's is His AQDAS, usually translated into English as the "Most Holy Book." In fact, the word "AQDAS" in Persian is correctly translated as not "most holy" but as "HOLY OF HOLIES", "Sanctorum (the holy of holies), or Sanctum (the holy of holies)"
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Holy Of Holies
(the holy of holies) (sanctum)
(the holy of holies) (sanctorum)
(see on-line Persian Dictionary: http://www.math.columbia.edu/~safari/masood/cgi-bin/).
The reason for this is that within the "inner sanctuary" or "Holy Of Holies" of Moses' Temple was kept a box, known as the sacred Ark of the Covenant. Strange and mystical powers have been associated with this all-sacred Ark through both history and legend down throughout the ages. Those who approached this Ark in an inappropriate manner were said to have been "instantly consumed" or destroyed, by the mighty force hidden and concealed inside its workings. In the New Testament, in the Book of Hebrews, the apostle Paul, begins to elucidate the inner content of the Ark, and alludes to their inner mysterious workings, in the forms of symbols, but then he stops, and says that now was not the time to reveal and unravel such mysteries.
In the Book of Revelation, however, we are given a vision of the Lamb, the return of Jesus who will "break the seven seals" and "unfurl the scroll" which was written within and on the back sealed with seven seals. This scroll sealed with seven seals is none other document than the Kitab-i-Ahd of Baha'u'llah (written within) joined together into one scroll with the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha (written on the back and sealed with seven seals). The sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the addendum to the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, was written in three parts at three different times in the life of 'Abdu'l-Baha, when his life was threatened and it appeared that all hope had been lost! These three parts were sealed by him making the first three seals. Together, along with the Kitab-i-Ahd rolled up "within it", these three parts of the sacred Covenant of the Will and Testament were placed inside an envelope which 'Abdu'l-Baha then sealed three more times where it was stuck down. Making six seals total thus far. Then on the front of the envelope where it was addressed to Shoghi Effendi, the Executor of the will, and the first guardian of the Cause of God, 'Abdu'l-Baha affixed the seventh seal. This seven sealed scroll of the Will and Testament on the back containing the Kitab-i-Ahd within, was then rolled up and placed inside an Aluminum Tube where it was buried under ground for a while and later, in November of 1921, was found amongst 'Abdu'l-Baha's papers in His safe.
Thus these "two Most Mighty Documents" of the Kitab-i-Ahd and the sacred Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha form the one, single, and most sacred of all the Holy Writ of the Revelation of Baha'u'llah. The reason that Baha'u'llah has called this other book The AQDAS, therefore, which is rightly translated as the Book of the Inner Sanctuary of the Holy of Holies, is because within that AQDAS (holy of Holies), or Most Holy Place is contained the Ark of His Covenant, Baha'u'llah writes:
God's Will and Testament enjoins upon the branches, the twigs, and the kinsfolk, one and all, to gaze upon the Most Great Branch. Consider what We have revealed in My Book of Aqdas, to wit:
"When the sea of My Presence is exhausted and the Book of Origin hath reached its end, turn you unto him ('Abdu'l-Baha) who is desired by God -- He Who is issued from this Ancient Root."
Thus even as the seven sealed scroll of the Covenant is the axis and pivot around which flow all key events depicted in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, so the seven sealed scroll of the Covenant itself, the entire text of the Will and Testament and that of the Kitab-i-Ahd, revolves around the one single sacred verse recorded FIRST in the AQDAS (Holy of Holies) but now openly revealed and explained regarding the successorship of Baha'u'llah here for the first time in the Kitab-i-Ahd, in which 'Abdu'l-Baha is named the Center of the Everlasting Covenant of God.
In His Book of the Covenant Baha'u'llah explains that all must turn to and accept 'Abdu'l-Baha. As, like Jesus explained, 'Abdu'l-Baha's flesh is of no avail, but the words he spoke, they are spirit and they are life, Baha'u'llah's Book of the Covenant is telling all people that they must in fact accept every single provision of the Master's sacred Will and Testament, turn unto that Book, the Will, and be lowly and submissive before it. Thus only those who are firm in the Covenant and accept the true successor to Baha'u'llah -- the current UHJ with the Davidic King as it president -- are on board the Ark of this Covenant. All others, who have jumped ship, have drowned in the sea of violation and covenant-breaking, flailing and floundering around before they go glub, glub, glub for not being on the boat, so to speak, like unto the days of Noah. In the end they will be seen to have gone down in their violation, never to be heard from again.
Not only is 'Abdu'l-Baha named the Center of the everlasting Covenant, but Baha'u'llah has NAMED Him in such a way as to REVEAL the true meaning of the prophecies fulfilled for this Covenant in Isaiah chapter 11, where it speaks of both the Ancient Root, (the root of Jesse the father of King David which is Baha'u'llah) and the "BRANCH" that is sprung from that ROOT, now identified as no one other than the person of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the selfsame center of that Covenant. Thus the Everlasting Covenant given by God to King David is continued in the Baha'i Covenant through the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Baha in the Kitab-i-Ahd, and the continuation of this lineage through His sons, grandson, and great grandson, now living in the world today, as the executive branch of the Universal House of Justice (see page 15 of the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha).
This IS the good news of the Kingdom of God, NOW proclaimed to all the nations of the world for the first time. God has declared: "I was a Hidden Treasure, but that I loved to be Known. Hence I created the Creation that I might be known." This Hidden Treasure, like the Hidden Treasure buried in that field that Jesus Christ told us His Kingdom was like, has NOW been unearthed for all the eyes of the world to see.
These two documents ARE the Most Sacred Book of the Covenant for the Baha'i Faith and due to their Most Holy Nature as the continuation of the Everlasting Covenant of God spoken of all throughout the Bible, the fact that this Covenant of Christ (the scroll) is contained within the Aqdas, is what makes the Aqdas the Most Holy Book, or the Holy of Holies of the inner sanctum of God's love, mercy, justice and everlasting decree. In fact Baha'u'llah, in the Aqdas, warned the people:
"Think not that I have revealed a mere code of laws. No! Indeed the fingers of Almighty God have unsealed the choice wine..."
Thus this is the wine of the Blood of Jesus Christ of his New Covenant, poured out for the holy communion and salvation of all the people of the world. Jesus did not give his covenant to the people but placed it within the temple in Heaven (see Hebrews). Thus the Covenant of Christ was placed as the seven sealed scroll in the Temple in the heaven of the book of Revelation, now brought out from the inner shrines of heaven, written by the Hand and Pen of God the Father Himself, and whose seals have been broke by the "son returned to establish" his fathers Kingdom.
Do not underestimate the shortness and brevity of these two books. They are the core and most sacred things and most sacred gifts of the entire Baha'i world. They are the Hidden Treasure of all the world. They are the Ark of Salvation that alone can sail the ocean of the revelation of Baha'u'llah for all time, that is, for the 5000 century Baha'i cycle, until this planet unites with another one in interplanetary federation.
First this globe will be spiritualized. THESE TWO SACRED BOOKS, THESE TWO MOST MIGHTY DOCUMENTS, THE KITAB-I-AHD and the WILL AND TESTAMENT OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA are the COVENANT OF CHRIST!
Study these books. Learn them. Memorize them. They are the source of all good, and all things without out them are brought to nothing. Like scientific and material reality, the punishments are built into the crime. If you put your hand in the fire, the fire itself burns your hand, God doesn't burn your hand. If you jump out of an airplane, the fall won't hurt you, but the SUDDEN STOP will. It is not God that will hurt you either.
God is the all-knowing, all-loving, merciful Lord. He has given us the everlasting Covenant as a shelter and as a salvation and for the forgiveness of sin: "Verily God has FORGIVEN what is past." Those who turn aside from the covenant, harm no one but themselves. Those who violate the Covenant of God or jump out of the airplane, so to speak, or leap off the ark, fall to the doom of their own making or drown in the sea of their own catastrophe. As the universal Covenant of God is the source of all civilization in our world throughout the ages, the many and numerous violations of the Covenant are the cause of the collapse of society, the onset of war and poverty, as well as other natural and man-made disasters, acts of God, and Divine Retribution, did the people but really know this!
Therefore, they have been provided here for the first time, together along with this brief explanation, FREE OF PRICE, as the waters of life which flow from the throne, and of the lamb, clear as crystal and free for the taking.
Drink! Drink these living waters deeply from the holy grail-chalice of grace, and if we have hearts and minds that believe -- these ever flowing sweet waters will yet be the sweet wine of God's everlasting victory for all mankind to breath.
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