O Pen of Eternity! Grieve not at the things that have befallen Thee, for erelong shall God raise up a people who will see with their own eyes and will recall Thy tribulations.Bahá’u’lláh and the exiles were at that time greatly oppressed. They endured the scorn of their fellow prisoners, hunger, and disease that was rampant within the prison. They were forbidden from receiving pilgrims or communicating with Bahá’ís outside the prison. Certainly these were tough times for all Bahá’ís, whether imprisoned or not. But Bahá’u’lláh assures his readers that this is not the end of the Baha'i Cause. He prophesies the appearance of a people who will take his laws and teachings as the animating impulse of their collective life. They will be the mirrors of his qualities "amidst all created things." Bahá’u’lláh comes not just to fulfill prophecies, but also to make further prophecies, and, in so doing, assigns that people with the messianic task of their fulfillment.
Erelong, shall We bring into being through thee men with sanctified and illumined breasts, who will testify to naught save My beauty and show forth naught but the resplendent light of My countenance. These shall in truth be the mirrors of My Names amidst all created things.
04 September 2010
What does Baha'u'llah say of his future followers?
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