References to "throne" -- throne of prophethood, throne of the sovereignty of God.
It is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the
Cause of God, Who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe
with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold them all abiding in the same
tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering
the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those
Essences of being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendour.
Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: "I
am the return of all the Prophets," He verily speaketh the truth. In like
manner, in every subsequent Revelation, the return of the former Revelation is
a fact, the truth of which is firmly established. Inasmuch as the return of the
Prophets of God, as attested by verses and traditions, hath been conclusively
demonstrated, the return of their chosen ones also is therefore definitely
proven. This return is too manifest in itself to require any evidence or proof.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 153
The Most Great Law is come, and the Ancient Beauty ruleth upon the throne
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 89
Say, this is the Day when the Speaker on Sinai hath mounted the throne of
Revelation and the people have stood before the Lord of the worlds. This is
the Day wherein the earth hath told out her tidings and hath laid bare her
treasures; when the oceans have brought forth their pearls and the divine
Lote-Tree its fruit; when the Sun hath shed its radiance and the Moons have
diffused their lights, and the Heavens have revealed their stars, and the Hour
its signs, and the Resurrection its dreadful majesty;
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 107
As for the station of the Imams and of the near ones at the threshold of
grandeur, it is that of spiritual honor and glory. Their right is to the authority
of the All-Merciful, and their crown of glory is the dust of the divine path. Their
gleaming scepter is the lights of the bounty of God. Their royal throne is the
seat of hearts, and their exalted and great crown is in the kingdom of God.
They are the monarchs of the world of spirit and heart, not that of water and
clay. They are sovereigns of the realm of the placeless, not of the graveyards
of the contingent world. No one can usurp or plunder this glorious station or
this pre-existent grandeur.
--`Abdu'l-Bahá's "Treatise on Leadership" (a provisional translation)
O followers of the Bayán! Fear ye the All-Merciful. This is the One Who
hath been glorified by Muhammad, the Apostle of God, and before Him by the
Spirit and yet before Him by the One Who discoursed with God. This is the
Point of the Bayán calling aloud before the Throne, saying: `By the
righteousness of God, ye have been created to glorify this Most Great
Announcement, this Perfect Way which lay hid within the souls of the
Prophets, which was treasured in the hearts of the chosen ones of God and
was written down by the glorious Pen of your Lord, the Possessor of Names.'
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 103
O King of Berlin! Give ear unto the Voice calling from this manifest
Temple: Verily, there is none other God but Me, the Everlasting, the
Peerless, the Ancient of Days. Take heed lest pride debar thee from
recognizing the Dayspring of Divine Revelation, lest earthly desires
shut thee out, as by a veil, from the Lord of the Throne above and of
the earth below.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Proclamation of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 39
When Christ came they denounced and slew Him, saying: `This is not the
One for whom we wait. Behold when the Messiah shall come, signs and wonders
shall testify that He is in truth the Christ. We know the signs and
conditions, and they have not appeared. The Messiah will arise out of an
unknown city. He shall sit upon the throne of David, and behold, He shall
come with a sword of steel, and with a sceptre of iron shall He rule! He
shall fulfil the law of the Prophets, He shall conquer the East and the
West, and shall glorify His chosen people the Jews. He shall bring with
Him a reign of peace, during which even the animals shall cease to be at
enmity with man. For behold the wolf and the lamb shall drink from the same
spring, and the lion and the doe shall lie down in the same pasture, the
serpent and the mouse shall share the same nest, and all God's creatures
shall be at rest'.
According to the Jews, Jesus the Christ fulfilled none of these conditions,
for their eyes were holden and they could not see.
He came from Nazareth, no unknown place. He carried no sword in His hand,
nor even a stick. He did not sit upon the Throne of David, He was a poor
man. He reformed the Law of Moses, and broke the Sabbath Day. He did not
conquer the East and the West, but was Himself subject to the Roman Law.
He did not exalt the Jews, but taught equality and brotherhood, and
rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees. He brought in no reign of peace, for
during His lifetime injustice and cruelty reached such a height that even
He Himself fell a victim to it, and died a shameful death upon the cross.
Thus the Jews thought and spoke, for they did not understand the Scriptures
nor the glorious truths that were contained in them. The letter they knew
by heart, but of the life-giving spirit they understood not a word.
Hearken, and I will show you the meaning thereof. Although He came from
Nazareth, which was a known place, He also came from Heaven. His body was
born of Mary, but His Spirit came from Heaven. The sword He carried was
the sword of His tongue, with which He divided the good from the evil,
the true from the false, the faithful from the unfaithful, and the light
from the darkness. His Word was indeed a sharp sword! The Throne upon
which He sat is the Eternal Throne from which Christ reigns for ever, a
heavenly throne, not an earthly one, for the things of earth pass away
but heavenly things pass not away. He re-interpreted and completed the
Law of Moses and fulfilled the Law of the Prophets. His word conquered
the East and the West. His Kingdom is everlasting. He exalted those Jews
who recognized Him. They were men and women of humble birth, but contact
with Him made them great and gave them everlasting dignity. The animals
who were to live with one another signified the different sects and
races, who, once having been at war, were now to dwell in love and charity,
drinking together the water of life from Christ the Eternal Spring.
-- `Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 56
CXLVII. The Most Great Name beareth Me witness! How sad if any man were,
in this Day, to rest his heart on the transitory things of this world!
Arise, and cling firmly to the Cause of God. Be most loving one to another.
Burn away, wholly for the sake of the Well-Beloved, the veil of self with
the flame of the undying Fire, and with faces joyous and beaming with
light, associate with your neighbor. Ye have well observed, in all its
aspects, the behavior of Him Who is the Word of Truth amidst you. Ye know
full well how hard it is for this Youth to allow, though it be for one
night, the heart of any one of the beloved of God to be saddened by Him.
The Word of God hath set the heart of the world afire; how regrettable if
ye fail to be enkindled with its flame! Please God, ye will regard this
blessed night as the night of unity, will knit your souls together, and
resolve to adorn yourselves with the ornament of a goodly and praiseworthy
character. Let your principal concern be to rescue the fallen from the
slough of impending extinction, and to help him embrace the ancient Faith
of God. Your behavior towards your neighbor should be such as to manifest
clearly the signs of the one true God, for ye are the first among men to
be re-created by His Spirit, the first to adore and bow the knee before
Him, the first to circle round His throne of glory. I swear by Him Who
hath caused Me to reveal whatever hath pleased Him! Ye are better known
to the inmates of the Kingdom on high than ye are known to your own selves.
Think ye these words to be vain and empty? Would that ye had the power to
perceive the things your Lord, the All-Merciful, doth see--things that
attest the excellence of your rank, that bear witness to the greatness of
your worth, that proclaim the sublimity of your station! God grant that
your desires and unmortified passions may not hinder you from that which
hath been ordained for you.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 316
Sanctify thine heart, that thou mayest remember Me; and purge thine ear,
that thou mayest hearken unto My words. Set then thy face towards the Spot
wherein the throne of thy Lord, the God of Mercy, hath been established,
and say: Praise be to Thee, O my Lord, for having enabled me to recognize
the Manifestation of Thine own Self, and aided me to fix mine heart on the
court of Thy presence, the object of my soul's adoration. I beseech Thee,
by Thy name that caused the heavens to be rent and the earth to be cleft
asunder, to ordain for me what Thou didst ordain for them that have turned
away from all else but Thee, and rested their hearts firmly upon Thee.
Grant that I may be seated in Thy presence on the seat of truth, within
the Tabernacle of Glory. Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest. There
is none other God but Thee, the All-Glorious, the All-Wise.
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 313
Say: O people of the Bayán! Did We not admonish you, in all Our Tablets and
in all Our hidden Scriptures, not to follow your evil passions and corrupt
inclinations, but to keep your eyes directed towards the Scene of
transcendent glory, on the Day when the Most Mighty Balance shall be set,
the Day when the sweet melodies of the Spirit of God shall be poured out
from the right hand of the throne of your Lord, the omnipotent Protector,
the All-Powerful, the Holy of Holies? Did We not forbid you to cleave to
the things that would shut you out from the Manifestation of our Beauty, in
its subsequent Revelation, be they the embodiments of the names of God and
all their glory, or the revealers of His attributes and their dominion?
Behold, how, as soon as I revealed Myself, ye have rejected My truth and
turned away from Me, and been of them that have regarded the signs of God
as a play and pastime!
-- Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 292