The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
37Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a man is assuredly a lying imposter. We pray God that He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate such a claim. Should he repent, God will, no doubt, forgive him. If, however, he persisteth in his error, God will, assuredly, send down one who will deal mercilessly with him. Terrible, indeed, is God in punishing! Whosoever interpreteth this verse otherwise than its obvious meaning is deprived of the Spirit of God and of His Mercy which encompasseth all created things. Fear God, and follow not your idle fancies. Nay, rather, follow the bidding of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Wise. Erelong shall clamorous voices be raised in most lands. Shun them, O My people, and follow not the iniquitous and evilhearted. This is that of which We gave you forewarning when We were dwelling in ‘Iráq, then later while in the land of Mystery, and now from this Resplendent Spot.
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Cross-References
Adrianople and Iráq,   n63
Bahá’í Faith (Cause of God), opposition to predicted,   163
Claim to Revelation,   n62
Dispensation, Bahá’í, duration of   1, 13, 15, 155, n62
Fancies, idle,   K17, K35, K178, 159
Interpretation of Sacred Text, individual   5-6, K105, 156, n130
Next Manifestation(s) of God,   15, n62
Pretender,   K117, K184, n190
Study Guide
Who “is assuredly a lying imposter”?
Complete this quotation:
Terrible indeed
(See Note 62)
How long will the Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh last?
What caution is given?
What date marks the birth of Bahá’u’lláh’s Mission?
What would be the earliest date of the appearance of the next Manifestation of God?
(See Note 63)
Where is the Land of Mystery?
Where is the Resplendent Spot?