The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
unto God. Say: The very life of all deeds is My good pleasure, and all things depend upon Mine acceptance. Read ye the Tablets that ye may know what hath been purposed in the Books of God, the All-Glorious, the Ever-Bounteous. He who attaineth to My love hath title to a throne of gold, to sit thereon in honour over all the world; he who is deprived thereof, though he sit upon the dust, that dust would seek refuge with God, the Lord of all Religions.
37Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a man is assuredly a lying impostor. We pray God that He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate such 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 evil-hearted. 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.
38Be not dismayed, O peoples of the world, when the day-star of My beauty is set, and the heaven of My tabernacle is concealed from your eyes. Arise to further
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Paragraph 37.
Paragraph 38.
Study Guide
Paragraph 37.
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?
Paragraph 38.
When are the peoples of the world not to be dismayed?
For what are we to arise and to exalt?
We are with . . . ”
Who will arise “with such determination that the powers of earth and heaven shall be unable to defeat his purpose”?