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Tablet of the Holy Mariner (Lawh-i-Malláhu'l-Quds):
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by Aziz Mboya

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Chapter 39

"Step" -- as a reference to the appearance of prophets on earth

from heaven.

Consider the past. How many, both high and low, have, at all times,
yearningly awaited the advent of the Manifestations of God in the
sanctified persons of His chosen Ones. How often have they expected His
coming, how frequently have they prayed that the breeze of divine mercy
might blow, and the promised Beauty step forth from behind the veil of
concealment, and be made manifest to all the world. And whensoever the
portals of grace did open, and the clouds of divine bounty did rain upon
mankind, and the light of the Unseen did shine above the horizon of
celestial might, they all denied Him, and turned away from His face -- the
face of God Himself. Refer ye, to verify this truth, to that which hath
been recorded in every sacred Book.
--Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 4

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet."[1] Rendered
into the Persian tongue,[2] the purport of these words is as follows: When
the oppression and afflictions that are to befall mankind will have come to
pass, then shall the sun be withheld from shining, the moon from giving
light, the stars of heaven shall fall upon the earth, and the pillars of
the earth shall quake. At that time, the signs of the Son of man shall
appear in heaven, that is, the promised Beauty and Substance of life shall,
when these signs have appeared, step forth out of the realm of the
invisible into the visible world. And He saith: at that time, all the
peoples and kindreds that dwell on earth shall bewail and lament, and they
shall see that divine Beauty coming from heaven, riding upon the clouds
with power, grandeur, and magnificence, sending His angels with a great
sound of a trumpet. Similarly, in the three other Gospels, according to
Luke, Mark, and John, the same statements are recorded. As We have referred
at length to these in Our Tablets revealed in the Arabic tongue, We have
made no mention of them in these pages, and have confined Ourselves to but
one reference.
--Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 25

O thou honoured enquirer! [1] We bear witness that thou didst firmly adhere
unto seemly patience during the days when the Pen was held back from
movement and the Tongue hesitated to set forth an explanation regarding the
wondrous sign, the Most Great Infallibility. Thou hast asked this Wronged
One to remove for thee its veils and coverings, to elucidate its mystery
and character, its state and position, its excellence, sublimity and
exaltation. By the life of God! Were We to unveil the pearls of testimony
which lie hid within the shells of the ocean of knowledge and assurance or
to let the beauties of divine mystery which are hidden within the chambers
of utterance in the Paradise of true understanding, step out of their
habitation, then from every direction violent commotion would arise among
the leaders of religion and thou wouldst witness the people of God held
fast in the teeth of such wolves as have denied God both in the beginning
and in the end. Therefore We restrained the Pen for a considerable lapse of
time in accordance with divine wisdom and for the sake of protecting the
faithful from those who have bartered away heavenly blessings for disbelief
and have chosen for their people the abode of perdition.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 106

Say: Step out of Thy holy chamber, O Maid of Heaven, inmate of the Exalted
Paradise! Drape thyself in whatever manner pleaseth Thee in the silken
Vesture of Immortality, and put on, in the name of the All-Glorious, the
broidered Robe of Light. Hear, then, the sweet, the wondrous accent of the
Voice that cometh from the Throne of Thy Lord, the Inaccessible, the Most
High. Unveil Thy face, and manifest the beauty of the black-eyed Damsel,
and suffer not the servants of God to be deprived of the light of Thy
shining countenance. Grieve not if Thou hearest the sighs of the dwellers
of the earth, or the voice of the lamentation of the denizens of heaven.
Leave them to perish on the dust of extinction. Let them be reduced to
nothingness, inasmuch as the flame of hatred hath been kindled within their
breasts. Intone, then, before the face of the peoples of earth and heaven,
and in a most melodious voice, the anthem of praise, for a remembrance of
Him Who is the King of the names and attributes of God. Thus have We
decreed Thy destiny. Well able are We to achieve Our purpose.
--Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 282

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