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Posted by Simon Ward ( on December 16, 2002 at 14:56:08:

As Bahais we liken the coming of Bahaullah as like a "thief in the night" (i.e no one but God knew when Christ would return), but we also point to biblical prophesy and the period of Messianistic expectation in the mid-nineteenth century, and the "Great disappointment of 1844" where certain Christian groups had predicted the return of Christ.
How do we reconcile the two, in other words, if God didn't want anyone to know when his next manifestation would return, why did he give us all those biblical clues that pointed to 1844?

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