The Summons of the Lord of Hosts eBook

Bahá'u'lláh
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100 O Temple of Divine Revelation!  Sound the trumpet in My Name!  O Temple of Divine mysteries!  Raise the clarion call of Thy Lord, the Unconditioned, the Unconstrained!  O Maid of Heaven!  Step forth from the chambers of paradise and announce unto the people of the world:  By the righteousness of God!  He Who is the Best-Beloved of the worlds—­He Who hath ever been the Desire of every perceiving heart, the Object of the adoration of all that are in heaven and on earth, and the Cynosure of the former and the latter generations—­is now come!

101 Take heed lest ye hesitate in recognizing this resplendent Beauty when once He hath appeared in the plenitude of His sovereign might and majesty.  He, verily, is the True One, and all else besides Him is as naught before a single one of His servants, and paleth into nothingness when brought face to face with the revelation of His splendours.  Hasten, then, to attain the living waters of His grace, and be not of the negligent.  As to him who hesitateth, though it be for less than a moment, God shall verily bring his works to naught and return him to the seat of wrath; wretched indeed is the abode of them that tarry!

Pope Pius IX

102 O Pope!  Rend the veils asunder.  He Who is the Lord of Lords is come overshadowed with clouds, and the decree hath been fulfilled by God, the Almighty, the Unrestrained.  Dispel the mists through the power of thy Lord, and ascend unto the Kingdom of His names and attributes.  Thus hath the Pen of the Most High commanded thee at the behest of thy Lord, the Almighty, the All-Compelling.  He, verily, hath again come down from Heaven even as He came down from it the first time.  Beware that thou dispute not with Him even as the Pharisees disputed with Him without a clear token or proof.  On His right hand flow the living waters of grace, and on His left the choice Wine of justice, whilst before Him march the angels of Paradise, bearing the banners of His signs.  Beware lest any name debar thee from God, the Creator of earth and heaven.  Leave thou the world behind thee, and turn towards thy Lord, through Whom the whole earth hath been illumined.

103 We have adorned the Kingdom with the ornament of Our name, the All-Glorious.  Thus hath it been decreed by God, the Fashioner of all things.  Take heed lest thy vain imaginings withhold thee, when once the Sun of Certitude hath shone forth above the horizon of the Utterance of thy Lord, the Mighty, the Beneficent.  Dwellest thou in palaces whilst He Who is the King of Revelation liveth in the most desolate of abodes?  Leave them unto such as desire them, and set thy face with joy and delight towards the Kingdom.

104 Say:  O peoples of the earth!  Destroy the abodes of negligence with the hands of power and assurance, and raise up the mansions of true knowledge within your hearts, that the All-Merciful may shed the radiance of His light upon them.  Better is this for you than all whereon the sun shineth, and unto this beareth witness He Who holdeth within His grasp the ultimate decree.  The Breeze of God hath been wafted over the world at the advent of the Desired One in His great glory, whereupon every stone and clod of earth hath cried out:  “The Promised One is come!  The Kingdom is God’s, the Mighty, the Gracious, the Forgiving.”

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