Baha’i Faith Basics, Part 2: Bible prophecies fulfilled

In Part 1 of the Bahá’í Faith Basics series, the appearances of the prophesied Anointed Ones was explained. Now learn how their appearances fulfilled Bible prophecies.

A short reminder: The Báb was the first Anointed One to appear, in 1844. He foretold the coming of another manifestation of God who would appear shortly after him; that person was Bahá’u’lláh, the new Messiah to Jews, Christians, and Muslims (among others). The Báb was born in 1819 and was martyred for his teachings on July 9, 1850. Bahá’u’lláh was born in 1817 and passed from this world in 1892 as an exile in the Holy Land.

Many people mistakenly believe that Bible prophecies do not give any hint of the time that the Messiah would return. You hear it all the time:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  (Matthew 24:36)

True, the Bible does not give the hour and the day of the return, but it does give the year! In several places:

“Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, ‘How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled — the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?’

“He said to me, ‘It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.’

“As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. ‘Son of man,’ he said to me, ‘understand that the vision concerns the time of the end’ “ (i.e. the latter days). (Daniel 8:13-14 & 17)

The “2,300 evenings and mornings” means 2,300 days.

“Days” in Bible prophecy mean actual years to humans. So, 2,300 days means 2,300 years to us humans. This meaning has been understood by Bible scholars for centuries based on several verses in the Bible: Gen. 29:27-28; Numbers 14:34; and Ezekiel 4:6.

But, when does the count start?  That answer is given in Daniel 9:25 –

 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,…””

It is the same starting point as for the prophecy having to do with the “70 weeks” until the coming of the first Messiah in Daniel 9:25-27 (which was, of course, Jesus the Christ). The starting date for that prophecy was the year 457 BC when the decree to rebuild Jerusalem was issued by Artaxerxes (Ezra 7). This date has been accepted by Bible scholars as the only decree of many that were issued that actually resulted in the rebuilding.

Explanation of how  the '2300 days' prophecy points to 1844 AD as the year of the coming of the Messiah.  Graphic by Christy Besozzi

Figure 1: Explanation of how the ’2300 days’ prophecy points to 1844 AD as the year of the coming of the Messiah. Graphic by Christy Besozzi

Figure 1 shows the starting point of 457 BC on the left as the start of the counting for both the “70 weeks” prophecy until the Messiah of the 1st Advent (Jesus) and the “2,300 evenings and mornings” (days) until the Messiah of the 2nd Advent.  “Anointed one” means “Christ” in Greek and “Messiah” (Mashiach) in Hebrew; therefore, Messiah = Christ in meaning (you’d be surprised how many people do not know that).

The end point of the 2,300-day (-year) period is the year 1844 AD / CE (common era) – the year that the Báb proclaimed his being the promised one. (NOTE: There is no year zero. So if you do straight math: 2,300 minus 457, you will get 1843. But then you have to add a year to account for there not being a year zero. The correct answer is 1844.)

Does Figure 1 look familiar to any of you? Seventh-day Adventists may consider it very familiar, indeed. In the early 1840s, many Christian Bible prophecy enthusiasts were proclaiming throughout North America and Europe the imminent appearance of the returned Messiah. Most pinpointed the year 1844 for the return of Christ based on the prophecies in the Book of Daniel and others. This was the time period later referred to as The Great Awakening and The Adventist Movement.

When Jesus did not come down out of the sky on a literal cloud in the year 1844 as these Bible scholars predicted, his followers were devastated. Rumblings ensued that the Bible lied – or the advocates lied, or they all lied, or the Bible is not truly from God, etc. Or so they thought. This was termed The Great Disappointment. The Seventh-day Adventists, however, accepted that Jesus came back in 1844, but only in heaven.

The big question: When Jesus did not descend from the sky and land at their feet, why did his devoted followers not make every effort to go look for him? After all, there are several places in the Bible where Jesus said that he would come back like a thief in the night:  Luke 12:39-40; Matt. 24:42-44; Rev. 3:3; Rev 16:15.

The Bible even said WHERE God would set his throne: in Elam:

“I will set my throne in Elam and destroy her king and officials,” declares the Lord.”  (Jer. 49:38)

The Báb was born in Shiraz, Iran in southwest Iran, an area known in ancient times as Elam. The Báb made his proclamation of his identity as a manifestation of God on May 23, 1844 (in the year 1260 of the Islamic calendar) in Shiraz, Iran.

Two (2) Bible prophecies fulfilled precisely by the appearance and proclamation of the Báb!

Figure 2:  The Báb was from and made His proclamation as the Promised One in Shiraz, Iran (Elam of the Old Testament).  Note that Shiraz and Baghdad are both east of the Holy Land.  Graphic by Christy Besozzi

Figure 2: The Báb was from and made His proclamation as the Promised One in Shiraz, Iran (Elam of the Old Testament). Note that Shiraz and Baghdad are both east of the Holy Land. Graphic by Christy Besozzi

But that’s not the end of it. There are yet additional time prophecies in the Book of Revelation which confirm the year of 1844.

“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1,260) days, clothed in sackcloth.”  (Rev. 11:3)

These two (2) witnesses were Muhammad and his cousin Ali. The Red Dragon beast of Revelation was Abu Sufyan and his son Mu’awiyya (of the Umayyad clan) who, through skullduggery and murder, assumed the leadership of Islam and deviated it from its true path. Muhammad had expressed his wanting Ali and his descendants to lead Islam. This desecration of Islam is reflected in the Bible verse below:

 “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” (Rev. 11:9)

The dead bodies of the two witnesses signifies the condition of Islam. That it was dead but not yet put into a grave means that the religion continued on, but the pure spirit within it was dead because of the usurpation of the successorship of the leadership of Islam by the murderous Umayyad clan. (NOTE: The Qur’an remains as Muhammad revealed it and was untouched by the Umayyads.)

Day-forYear-inProphecy“And after three days and a half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that saw them.” (Rev. 11:11)

The “spirit of life from God” returning (i.e. “they stood upon their feet”) means that God would send new manifestations (aka messengers, prophets) to renew religion at the end of those three and a half days (years).

So … what does the period of time signified by 3½ days mean?

We know that a day in Bible prophecy is a year to us humans. A year is made up of 360 days (in Bible prophecy years), which, in turn, equals 360 years. So … 360 times 3 (days) equals 1,080. The half year is equal to 180 days, which is 180 years. Therefore, 1080 + 180 = 1,260 years. This time period is referred to elsewhere in the Bible as 42 months or “time, times and a half” which all equal 1,260 days, thus equals 1,260 years (prophetic months are 30 days in length).

This means that at the end of this 1,260-year period, new manifestations of God would appear. What is the starting point? Obviously, it is the beginning of the faith of Islam counted from when Muhammad fled Mecca and went to Medina in 622 AD, known as the Hejira or Hegira, and the Islamic calendar began. The years are counted according to the lunar calendar of Islam.

Prophecy-TimelineChart_72dpiTherefore, the year 1,260 in the Islamic calendar is the year of the coming of the Messiah prophesied in the Book of Revelation. Year 1,260 AH was 1844 AD, the year the Báb proclaimed his station.

Confirmation once again! And, there are even more confirmations. Too many to recount here.

There are many books available that provide an avalanche of evidence that the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh fulfill Bible prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. One book I have found a great resource is “I Shall Come Again”, by Hushidar Motlagh, Ed.D., which is available through this website. Another is “Thief in the Night: The Case of the Missing Millennium” by William Sears.

To see a free video (1.5 hours long) on how Bible time prophecies of the coming of the Messiah have been fulfilled, see the video on YouTube, titled Christ Has Returned.

The next part of this series will give more details on the life – and death – of the Báb.

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16 Responses to “Baha’i Faith Basics, Part 2: Bible prophecies fulfilled”

  1. Baha’í Basics, Part 3: The life — and death — of the Báb | Toledo Faith & Values

    […] person! His appearance was first mentioned in my Part 1 article about the Bahá’í Faith.  In Part 2 it was revealed how Bible prophecies were fulfilled by the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and the Bahá’í […]

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  2. Christy Besozzi

    Anyone interested in an explanation of the Book of Revelation about the foretelling the coming of Muhammad and Islam – and what would happen to Islam – and the time prophecy about when the Messiah would return, go to the following websites:

    Chapter 11 of Book of Revelation explanation: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAQ/saq-11.html

    Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation explanation: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAQ/saq-13.html

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  3. Christy Besozzi

    I feel the need to address one element of the “Rapture” interpretation of Bible prophecies of the return of the Messiah: The idea that when Jesus returns, His followers will be ‘caught up in the air’.

    The word ‘air’ in the Greek version of the Bible is from the Greek ‘aer’. ‘Aer’ can be interpreted as ‘air’, but there is an equally correct interpretation of ‘atmosphere’.

    To explain how the returned Messiah would take His followers up into the atmosphere is shown in some writings (below) of Baha’u’llah, the Messiah of the 2nd Advent:

    “Know thou that he is truly learned who hath acknowledged My Revelation, and drunk from the Ocean of My knowledge, and SOARED IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF MY LOVE, and cast away all else besides Me, and taken firm hold on that which hath been sent down from the Kingdom of My wondrous utterance.”

    “This is the day on which the Bird of Utterance hath warbled its melody upon the branches, in the name of its Lord, the God of Mercy. Blessed is the man that hath, ON THE WINGS OF LONGING, SOARED TOWARDS GOD, the Lord of the Judgment Day.”

    There are several passages similar to the 2 above that speak of people ‘soaring’ spiritually.

    Which is most logical: the Messiah swooping people up off the face of the planet to go up into the air where there is little or no oxygen and it is very cold, or for the Messiah’s message of love to allow His followers to ‘soar in the atmosphere of My love” ?

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  4. Christy Besozzi

    My article reviews just a tiny portion of the evidence that the Baha’i Faith fulfills Bible prophecies of the coming of the Messiah of the Latter Days.

    There’s much, much more evidence. The books I mentioned at the end of the article are just a few of the many books. The book “I Shall Come Again” is part of a 3 volume set (of about 400 pages each) by Dr. Motlagh. See his website: http://theknowledgeofgod.com/

    The evidence is there if someone chooses to examine it.

    Since there is lots of evidence, a choice to NOT examine it is a sign of one or more of the following: a closed mind; a lazy mind; someone who was raised to fear that the devil will get them if they examine the evidence since any such claim must be a false prophet; a person who is quite satisfied with Jesus and really does not want to change (having a false idea that Jesus would return bearing the name ‘Jesus’ – the Bible says He’ll have a new name); a fan of the erroneous interpretation of prophecy that expects Jesus Himself to come down out of the sky on a literal cloud (why Jesus did not come that way 2,000 years ago was always my question); and people who love Jesus (commendable) who are fearful of somehow leaving Him behind or that they would somehow be turning their backs on Jesus (how can that be if Baha’u’llah is fulfilling prophecies made by Jesus Himself?).

    However, it remains that each individual is responsible for his or her own spiritual growth. I am only presenting a small percentage of the enormous amount of evidence of Bible prophecy fulfillment for anyone’s consideration – or not.

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    • Michele Joseph

      Another reason someone might not want examine the evidence might be that they’re the kind of person who really doesn’t care at all ; they’re only interested in yanking peoples’ chains.

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  5. Patrick O'Gara

    …until the time of the end – which was the 1840s-60s.

    Interesting. that during those years, “The Origin of Species,” (1859) and “Alice in Wonderland” (1865) was published.
    Probably the world’s two greatest books.

    The Bible is a bit too “porno” for me, who am a sensitive soul.
    All that sex and violence, (and prophecies)!
    All a matter of taste, ultimately, though.

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  6. Patrick O'Gara

    I’m not looking for proof. There is virtually none anywhere on earth, except for some mathematics and formal logic.
    Asking why the Bible describes “years” as “days” is not asking for proof. Just a bit of clarity.
    But – while there is no proof, there is evidence, which can be assessed – and then operated on.
    I can “do” religion.
    I’m doing it now.
    There are many ways of “doing” it.
    I do it my way, as the song goes.

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  7. Christy Besozzi

    The reason why the meanings were obfuscated was per the instructions of God as the visions were revealed to Daniel:

    Daniel 12:9 – “He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.”

    The meaning of the prophecies in the visions were ‘sealed’ (the meanings not easily discerned) until the time of the end – which was the 1840s-60s. When their meanings were finally discovered, that’s when The Great Awakening occurred – per the article.

    If the prophecies had been crystal clear from the beginning, there would have been the worst kind of people who would have tried to use the Manifestation of God for their own purposes – or even worse.

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  8. Michele Joseph

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/brain-religion1.htm

    Patrick, it’s in your wiring.
    You don’t have the neural pathways for it.
    You can’t do religion.
    I can’t do math.
    It’s tough, but that’s the way it is.

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  9. Michele Joseph

    Patrick, won’t do what for you ?
    You seem to be insisting that someone prove something to you.
    Toledo FAITH & Values. That is the name of this site.
    FAITH- Oxford English Dictionary- “a strong belief in GOd or in the doctrines
    of a religion based on spritual apprehension rather than proof ”
    Stop looking for proof. There is no proof.
    Some people have had experiences that make it possible for them to relate to the idea of a God; some have not.
    But nobody’s trying to prove anything to you.
    Faith- you’ve either got it or you don’t.
    And nobody can give it to you.

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  10. Patrick O'Gara

    “Num. 14:34 – “For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.” (i.e. 1 day to the Lord = 1 year for each day)”

    Yes, but why not just use “days” and “years” to denominate time the same as the rest of us poor suckers do?

    Never mind – it seems to indicate a rather vicious and vindictive God.

    …Won’t do for me. But what do I know?

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  11. Christy Besozzi

    The ‘seven times’ prophecy needs a little explanation. In the Old Testament, God got angry at the actions of the Jews and threatened to punish them ‘7 times’. In Bible prophecy, that formula “1 Day to God = 7 earth years” is applicable here which means that 1 “time” = 1 year of days (360 days) times 7 (the ‘7 times’). This 360 X 7 = 2520 days which equals 2520 earth years.

    One question is – which time of apparent punishment started the count? The chart at the end of the article explains that. Look under the “I” at the bottom of the chart.

    But, what happened in 1844 AD that shows that the punishment period of 2,520 years was over?

    In the 1830s through the 1870s, the sultans of Turkey, the heads of the Ottoman Empire, started a series of reforms to Turkey into the ‘modern’ world. These reforms were called Tanzimats, Turkish for ‘reorganization’. Britain and France put a lot of pressure on the Ottoman Empire to implement changes to provide for freedom of religion and full recognition and protections to Christians and Jews. This Edict of Toleration was signed and made law on March 21, 1844. This Edict meant that Jews were now protected which encouraged Jews from all over the world to slowly return to the area of ancient Israel. The flow of Jews to Palestine ebbed and flowed depending on other world events (pogroms in Europe; war in Europe; etc.) for many decades, but the increase of Jews in Palestine was ongoing.

    The March 21, 1844 date of the signing of the Edict was exactly 2,300 years from when Daniel had his vision of the 2,300 days (on the 1st day of the Jewish month of Nisan). So the “seven times” prophecy and the “2,300 days” prophecy both have the same end date: when the Jewish people could return to the land of ancient Israel (thus fulfilling other Old Testament prophecies as well).

    The return of the Jews to ancient Israel after WW2 was more dramatic, then the UN approval for the nation of Israel formation. But that all goes back to the March 1844 Edict that allowed the beginnings of the return.

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  12. Christy Besozzi

    First, in each of the below 3 verses, God was using the formula “1 day to God = 1 year to humans”:

    Num. 14:34 – “For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.” (i.e. 1 day to the Lord = 1 year for each day)

    Gen. 29:27-28 – “Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”

    Ezekiel 4:6 – “After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.”

    Second, the formula was proven valid when the “70 weeks” prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 came true with the Advent of Jesus the Christ. It foretold 490 years from the edict to restore Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah, and that is exactly what happened.

    Third, the formula was proven again when the “seven times” prophecy of punishment to the Jewish people came true, precisely on time using the formula. See the “I” vertical line in the chart at the end of the article.

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  13. Patrick O'Gara

    “We know that a day in Bible prophecy is a year to us humans.”

    How do we know that, Christy?

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  14. Christy Besozzi

    Michele, if you print out the last graphic, it gives a synopsis of most Bible time prophecies dealing with the coming of the Elijah and the Messiah in the latter days (i.e. the 2nd Advent).

    Just right click on the image, copy and paste into a blank document of your word processor program (MS Word?). Then enlarge the image to fill the whole page, then print. Save the file if you wish.

    Thanks for the complements, but I’m no great scholar – just a perpetual student of the topic – and a reporter.

    That book on a Baha’i interpretation of the Book of Revelation by Dr. John Able (Apocalypse Secrets) that you said you ordered will amaze you.

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  15. Michele Joseph

    Hi Christy !
    I hope you are keeping these articles you are writing !
    Please e-mail them to me so I can keep them in a file.
    They are so rich, so much information in such a small space !
    I know you have studied a life-time.
    Thank you for that !

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