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564) Published: Why doesn’t a Seal have legs? September 1, 2008

Posted by pete1844 in Baha'i Articles.
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Why doesn’t a Seal have legs?
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In the Holy Qur’an, the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), describes Himself as the Seal of the Prophets. He is not referring to the water-based mammal, when in the English translation of the Qur’an, we read the word seal. Rather, the seal referred to in Arabic is akin to a seal of wax affixed to a letter or document to seal it shut, finished, authorised, authenticated and made authoritative. The Seal of the Prophets then, is a seal to authenticate the Prophets gone before, and to end that line of Messengers of God, from Adam onwards, all Those Who had predicted, foretold and prefigured the Day of God which in Christian theology we refer to, from the Lord’s Prayer, as The Kingdom of God on Earth, as in “Thy Will be done, on Earth, as it is in heaven”, the Return of Christ in the Glory of The Father, or in Islamic terminology, The Day of Judgement, The Last Day, and The Great Announcement. Now, to go back to the history of Islam, after the passing of Muhammad in 632 AD, there was some debate as to who His intended successor was. There are traditions in the Hadith of Islam, sayings attributed to Muhammad , but not in the Qur’an, which variously refer to Ali, His son-in-law, and others, which are to some extent open to interpretation and can be challenged as to their authenticity. According to my belief, born of my faith and belief in Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) being the Return of Christ in the Glory of the Father, I believe that Ali WAS in fact the intended successor of Muhammad. In actual fact, Ali was not allowed by Providence to take up his rightful role in 632 AD. I have not read the history books in sufficient detail, to know what happened, suffice it to say that one of the most renowned and also one of the first believers in Muhammad, a more elderly man than Ali, Abu Bakr, became the first Caliph. After him, Omar and Othman. Under these two Caliphs, Islam became a religious movement which had to defend itself militarilyfrom attacks from surrounding superpowers like Byzantium and Persia, and in defending itself, became somewhat military in character itself. After Omar and Othman, Ali, son-in-law of Muhammad who had married His daughter, Fatimih, became the 4th Caliph. Then in 661 AD, disaster struck and tragically and mortally wounded the religious spirit of Islam, the Faith founded by Muhammad. A tribe of Arabia, called the Ummayads, formerly enemies of Muhammad and Islam, which had now become under Islam’s banner, found a way to become the ruling dynasty of the whole of Islam by virtue of occupying the seat of the Caliphate for several decades. In the year 661 AD, Ali was murdered, whilst at prayer, and the spirit of Islam, to a substantial extent, killed. In the Book of Revelation, by St John the Divine, we read of two witnesses dressed in sackcloth, who bear witness to the truth, being killed, but who are not buried, their bodies remaining in the street for all to see, without life. Baha’u’llah’s eldest Son, ‘Abdu’l-Baha explains that this refers to Muhammad and Ali whose spirit is killed, by the Ummayads, but the form and letter of whose religion is not buried, but remain visible for all to see until the this day; the form of Islam remaining but with less spirit than would have otherwise been the case:- The Pilgrimage or Haj, to Mecca and Medina, Fasting during the month of Ramadan, the praying 5 times a day, paying arms or Zakat for the poor. So from this tragic history, after the substantive death of the spirit of true Islam, the religion of the last Prophet to prophesy the coming of the Day of God, we see a seal with no legs to stand on, and now in the 19th century AD, in the year 1844, to be precise, during the reign of Queen Victoria, or 1260 AH in the Islamic calendar, the Day of God prophesied by Muhammad and all the Messengers before Him, since Adam, The Last Day, the Great Announcement, the Return of Christ in the Glory of The Father as a Thief in the Night, has now come to pass, and the Manifestation or Messenger of God who is not a Prophet to tell of the future fulfillment of these prohesies, because He IS that fulfillment. Baha’u’llah, with His Forerunner, The Bab, (1819-1850) and ‘Abdu’l-Baha (1844-1921), His Interpreter and Perfect Exemplar have arrived in the spirit and form of The Baha’i Faith. Authoritative information on this latest outpouring of God’s Revelation to man can be found at http://www.bahai.org and study of its history can demonstrate that, just as described in the Revelation of St John, this is “the day that should NOT be followed by night”, a faith that will remain united and NOT fall victim to schism and the splitting into multiple sects and denominations that has lamentably happened to both Islam AND Christianity.

562) Published: Dream: 01092008, Paxman reports Russian populism takes Europe September 1, 2008

Posted by pete1844 in Dreams.
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05:54, Monday, 1st September 2008 CE

562) 01092008, Paxman reports Russian populism takes Europe

I dreamt perhaps 2 years ago that I was watching Newsnight on BBC2, being narrated by Jeremy Paxman. His face wasn’t visible, only his voice was commenting on a graphic visual aide of a map of Europe. This map of Europe showed the western portion of the Russian Federation, coloured Red, with 3 white symbols, The Swastika, the Hammer & Sickle and a religious symbol that I don’t remember. Mr Paxman was commenting that these 3 symbols were symbolic of a new populist movement which had appeared in Russia, and which had united the whole country, taken the Russian Federation by storm, without a shot being fired, and winning the enthusiastic support of the whole population, and producing a level of material prosperity, unprecedented in Russian history. Then this new movement, inspiring the Warsaw Pact countries swept westwards, winning the enthusiastic support of whole national populations throughout Poland, Hungary, the Czeck Republic, Slovakia, pushing west into Germany, France, Spain, North Africa, and THEN coming to a stop, all without a shot being fired, and producing unity, peace, unanimity and prosperity for all Europe, all these countries on this map of Europe being now coloured Red. ONLY the United Kingdom and Eire, remained a pale, bloodless, alien white, out in the cold, isolated off the coast of Europe.

Maybe the far right and far left cancel each other out, and result in a moderate mixed economy in which the government serves the people and not the corporations, in which the government is firmly in control of the corporations, and serves the interests of the entire human race, instead of a 1% elite.

It occurs to me now that the religious symbol might have been a cross with an extra bar, slanted, across it; was that something to do with the Free French, Vichy France, or maybe the Orthodox Church. I don’t know my symbols as well as I should. From looking at Images on Google, its clear that the symbol I vaguely half remember is that of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Yep, THAT’s the one! Russian Orthodoxy.

Free French is close.

As is Vichy France. But the slanted crossbeam only occurs in the Russian Symbol. That SEEMS to ring a bell, so might be the relevant symbol, half remembered from the dream.