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The over-riding purpose of this compilation is to convey the astonishing realization that the same universal “Word of God” is found, Taught and described within the original core Scriptures of all major world faiths. Also, the common theme expressed of a future Redeemer to come as Promised brings these Faiths intimately together:..  with a promised future!

"Myriads of mystic tonques find utterance in one speech and myriads of hidden mysteries are revealed in a single melody." Baha'u'llah

"Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all sentient beings, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form. Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend Myself. In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium." Bhagavad-Gita Chap 4:6-8 Hindu

"The songs which the bird of thine heart had uttered in its great love for its friends have reached their ears, and moved Me to answer thy questions, and reveal to thee such secrets as I am allowed to unfold. In thine esteemed letter thou hadst inquired which of the Prophets of God should be regarded as superior to others. Know thou assuredly that the essence of all the Prophets of God is one and the same. Their unity is absolute. God, the Creator, saith: There is no distinction whatsoever among the Bearers of My Message. They all have but one purpose; their secret is the same secret. To prefer one in honor to another, to exalt certain ones above the rest, is in no wise to be permitted. Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him. If any man, therefore, should fail to comprehend this truth, and should consequently indulge in vain and unseemly language, no one whose sight is keen and whose understanding is enlightened would ever allow such idle talk to cause him to waver in his belief.  Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Author: Bahá’u’lláh,

Peruse the list of well known Faiths below. In so doing, you might be amazed at the Handiwork of God revealed therein.

Holy Name: Abraham, the Friend of God, Father of Multitudes. Family name: Abram  

Date: 2000BCE approx.

Name for God:  Elohim, (Creator) Jehovah, El Shaddai

Manner of Revelation: God appears and bids Abraham to “walk before me and be thou perfect.”

Genesis: 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”

Basic Teachings:

The most important teaching is that there is only one God.

In a world where people worshipped the sun, moon, stars, animals and forces of nature along with statues made of stone and clay symbolizing many Gods who must be appeased; Abraham,

much as Jesus in the temple, smashes the idols made by his own father. His father discovers the broken idols. When asked, Abraham told him they had destroyed themselves. His father answered, “These idols cannot do such a thing as destroy themselves, whereupon Abraham asked, “then why do you worship them’?

God established a Covenant with Abraham. Abraham hears the voice of God commanding him to teach the radical concept of an invisible single moral God.

A Second teaching found, expressed and universally echoed in all World Faiths is obedience to God. For more click here:

Holy name: Moses, the Lawgiver Family name unknown: (Moses was born in the House of Levi but was raised by Egyptian royalty beginning at three months of age.) Exo 2:1-7

 Date 1300 BC (very approx.)

Name for the Promised one: Messiah, Emmanuel? (Elijah will announce his coming)

Deuteronomy 18:18 "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him."

Malachi  3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Names for God:  Eloah (God)Elohim (God) ,Adonai (Lord), Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (I am that I am), YHWH (I am that I am), El Shaddai (God Almighty), YHWH Tzevaot (Lord of Hosts: Sabaoth in Latin transliteration)

"I will raise them up a Prophet":

Deuteronomy18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 18:17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.

And again... 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Included is a warning about false prophets and how to tell them apart.

18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.

18:21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy) KJB

A quick look at why a promised Messiah, so hoped for and prayed for as a Great Redeemer, is not recognized. (This is a common issue in many faiths.)

Many times Scriptures are not understood. Meanings are often not what they may appear to be on the surface. A good example is found here.

Jewish custom dictated Jesus could not be their Messiah as Elias (Elijah) was not physically present before Jesus' coming.

(Malachi 4:4-6) " Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (King James Bible)

In Matthew 11:11: John the Baptist is seen as the spiritual embodiment of Elias who will return As prophesied in Malachi 4:5

Matthew KJB 11:7 "And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, (the Baptist)...11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he... 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias [Elijah], which was for to come. 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Next, in the Gospel of John, John the Baptist is questioned by the Pharisees," are you Elias? John answers by saying," no".

John KJB "1:19 And this is the record of John (the Baptist), when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias [Elijah]? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Elias.

1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John 1:21 would seem to contradict the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:14. But Luke 1:17 makes it clear Elias would be present," in the spirit and power of Elias [Elijah], to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just". Again; it is the spirit and power of Elijah; not the prophet himself that is promised in Malachi.

Luke KJB "1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.... 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias [Elijah], to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

The Jews were waiting for Elias (Elijah) to introduce their Messiah as one man might introduce another as a friend. But it was the "spirit and power" changing the inner hearts of the people, not the physical life and body of the prophet himself, that was scripturally important. Hence, the Jews did not recognize their own Messiah. Neither did the learned or their followers truly understand their own Scripture.

Holy name: Zarathustra – Zaota the “Invoker”. Family name of the prophet: Maidyoi-Maungha Spitama,

Name for “The Promised One”. Khshathra (Dominion), Desirable, a kingdom yet to come.

Zoroastrianism: Ancient Faith of Persia (and home of the three kings or “wisemen” who followed the star to Bethlehem.)

Name for God: Ahura Mazda “The Wise Lord”.

Manner of Revelation:

Zoroaster received his prophetic Calling at the age of thirty when an angel brought to him a vision of God through Vohu Manah or “Good Mind”. He was instructed in Heaven receiving perfect Knowledge of the past, present and future. .

13: “As the holy one I recognized thee, Mazda Ahura, when Good Thought came to me to learn the state of my desire. Grant it me, that which none may compel you to allow, (the wish) for long continuance of blessed existence that they say is in thy Dominion. “ (Yasna 35 the Gathas)

Revealed Book:

The Zend-Avesta and Gathas contains Poetry and Hymns dealing with philosophical and theological knowledge.

Basic Teachings:

Zoroaster's teachings center on a single God, Ahura Mazda, who is alone worthy of worship. He is, according to the Gathas, the creator of heaven and earth. He is the source of the alternation of light and darkness, the sovereign lawgiver, and the very center of nature, as well as the originator of the moral order and judge of the entire world.

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Holy Name: Lord Krishna.  Family name: Possibly Arjuna the son of Kunti.

Name for the Promised One: Vishnu Yasha (Sanskrit for) Glory of God.

Name for God: Vishnu

In the Bhagavad-Gita it says: Chapter 4, Verse 6-8 ”Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all sentient beings, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form. Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend Myself. In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.”

Basic Teachings: Major themes taught by Lord Krishna include: Renunciation, devotion to God through prayer, meditation, and work done in service to others. Along with this is the necessary discipline in which the believer or seeker of truth strives, with utmost patience and forbearance, to liberate himself from the vices, desires and lures of the material temporal existence and open his inner being to the transcendent reality from which comes true peace and supreme knowledge.

Holy Book: the Bhagavad-Gita: "The Song of God"

In the Bhagavad-Gita: "The Song of God". The Blessed Lord is addressing the sinless Arjuna on the two primary ways of thinking about God. Abstinance from work or renunciation are insufficient in themselves. Works of devotion, without attachment, is far superior.

A special note: Chapter 3: verse 3 below describe Arjuna as “sinless”

3:3 “The Blessed Lord said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who realize the Self. Some are inclined to understand Him by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others are inclined to know Him by devotional work. For much more on Hinduism: click here.

The Buddha, The Enlightened One. Family Name: Siddartha Gautama

The Promised One: Maitreya Buddha, Amitabha “Source of Wisdom, Unbounded Light".

Date: Around 570 BC.

Birth Legends and Life:

He was the chief's son of a tribal group, the Shakyas, so he was born a Kshatriya. At the age of twenty-nine, he left his family in order to lead an ascetic life. A few years later he reappears with a number of followers; he and his followers devote their lives to "The Middle Way," a lifestyle that that is midway between a completely ascetic lifestyle and one that is world-devoted.

At some point he gained "enlightenment" and began to preach this new philosophy in the region of Bihar and Uttar Kadesh.

While not much is known about the earliest forms of Buddhism, it seems the earliest followers believed that there was only the one Buddha and that no more would follow. Soon, however, a doctrine of the Maitreya , or "Future Buddha," began to assert itself. In this, Buddhists believed that a second Buddha would come and purify the world; they also believed that the first Buddha prophesied this future Buddha.

Basic Teachings:

The Four Noble Truths : 1. Life is suffering; 2. Suffering is due to attachment; 3. Attachment can be overcome; 4. There is a path for accomplishing this

The Eightfold Path. 1. Right view is the true understanding of the four noble truths. 2. Right aspiration is the true desire to free oneself from attachment, ignorance, and hatefulness. 3. Right speech involves abstaining from lying, gossiping, or hurtful talk. 4. Right action involves abstaining from hurtful behaviors, such as killing, stealing, and careless sex. 5. Right livelihood means making your living in such a way as to avoid dishonesty and hurting others, including animals. 6. Right effort is a matter of exerting oneself in regards to the content of one's mind: Bad qualities should be abandoned and prevented from arising again; Good qualities should be enacted and nurtured.

7. Right mindfulness is the focusing of one's attention on one's body, feelings, thoughts, and consciousness in such a way as to overcome craving, hatred, and ignorance. 8. Right concentration is meditating in such a way as to progressively realize a true understanding of imperfection, impermanence, and non-separateness.

A history of parallels:The Writings of the Buddha were formally Canonized. This canon of Buddhism is called the Tripitaka, or "Three Baskets."  It is divided into three parts, the Vinaya , or "Conduct," the Sutta , or "Discourses," and the Abhidhamma , or "Supplementary Doctrines." The second part, the "Discourses," are the most important in Buddhism. These are discourses by the Buddha and contain the whole of Buddhist philosophy and morality.

Therevada Buddhism holds that Buddha was a historical person who, on his death, ceased to exist. There were, however, strong tendencies for Buddhists to worship Buddha as a god of some sort; these tendencies probably began as early as Buddha's lifetime.

The Mahayanists developed a theology of Buddha called the doctrine of "The Three Bodies," or Trikaya. The Buddha was not a human being, as he was in Theravada Buddhism, but the manifestation of a universal, spiritual Being. This Being had three bodies.  When it occupied the earth in the form of Siddhartha Gautama, it took on the Body of Magical Transformation (nirmanakaya ). This Body of Magical Transformation was an emanation of the Body of Bliss (sambhogakaya ), which occupies the heavens in the form of a ruling and governing God of the universe.

There are many forms of the Body of Bliss, but the one that rules over our world is Amithaba.  The Body of Bliss is an emanation of the Body of Essence (dharmakaya ), which is the principle underlying the whole of the universe. This Body of Essence became synonymous with Nirvana . It was a kind of universal soul, and Nirvana became the transcendent joining with this universal soul. For more: click here.

(Special note:) Question: are there parallels to be seen in the respective histories of Christianity and Islam as well? What about the Suni Shiit split in Islam or the ancient church campaign against the Gnostics? ( the church won thanks to Constantine.), or the Catholic Protestant split observed in Christianity?  Also, was not the Bible, the collection of books we know today, selected and canonized by a group of church Bishops, some 300 years after Jesus, under the authority of their Emperor Constantine? How does the Nicene Creed impact "Trinity" and doctrine of the Church?

Holy Name: The Christ, Messiah, The Anointed One, the Son of God. Family Name: Jesus of Nazareth. Date Approx. 6 BC – 3 BC

Name for the Promised One: Glory of the Lord or Father, the Spirit of Truth: “ I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” John 16: 12-16

Name For God: Father

Birth Legends & Life:

The birth of Jesus is extolled in ritual and song. The two Gospels telling the story are quite different. It seems like they are telling compatible but yet, different renditions. It does become apparent the popular Christmas scene is a bit faulty There are many stories about Jesus. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas tells of Jesus as a young boy while the Bible picks up when Jesus is twelve years of age. For more see "Christianity".PDF

Manner of Revelation:

A white dove descended upon him. “Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John [the Baptist]. But John tried to deter him, saying,” I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied,” Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a

voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 13-16 NIV

Revealed Book:

Primarily the he Gospels or “The Good News” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).“ Sermon on the Mount”

Basic Teachings:

The Greatest Commandment: “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “ Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12: 28-31 NIV

Jesus teaches how to pray: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, And when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when we pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before you ask Him.

In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen”. Matthew 6: 5-13 KIJ21

Jesus talks of his true reality that we are not to worship him but rather the true God who sent him. See John 12: 44-49.

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Holy Name: Muhammad. Family name: Not known. He was orphaned early and raised by his clan, the Banu Hashim. Date: 571 -584 AD

Name for the Promised One:

The Great Announcement, Illustrious Messenger Qur'an Surah 3:81 "When Allah made (His) covenant with the prophets, (He said): Behold that which I have given you of the Scripture and knowledge. And afterward there will come unto you a messenger, confirming that which ye possess. Ye shall believe in him and ye shall help him. He said: Do ye agree, and will ye take up My burden (which I lay upon you) in this (matter) ? They answered: We agree. He said: Then bear ye witness. I will be a witness with you. (The Qur'an (Pickthall tr), Sura 3 - The Family Of Imran)

Surah 81:10 And when the leaves of the Book shall be unrolled, And when the Heavens shall be stripped away, And when Hell shall be made to blaze, And when Paradise shall be brought near, Every soul shall know what it hath produced. It needs not that I swear by the stars of retrograde motions Which move swiftly and hide themselves away, And by the night when it cometh darkening on, And by the dawn when it brighteneth, 19 That this is the word of an illustrious Messenger, 81:20 Endued with power, having influence with the Lord of the Throne, Obeyed there by Angels, faithful to his trust, Qur'an Sura 81, the folding up, verse 19

Name for God: Allah – which is simply Arabic for “God”.

Manner of Revelation:

Muhammed was forty years old, and it was the fifth consecutive yearsince his annual retreats, when one night towards the end of the month of Ramadan, an angel (Gabriel) came to visit him, and announced that God had chosen him as His messenger to all mankind.” (Above text taken from “ “Islam” edited by John Alden Williams, BRAZILLER 1962)

In the Qu’ran Surah 96:1-5 God calls Muhammed to, "Proclaim! (or Read!) In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: 3: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful.  He Who taught (the use of) the Pen -Taught man that which he knew not."

Revealed Book: Holy Qu’ran

Basic Teaching and The rise of Islam:

“After his revelation Khadija was the first to believe in him. She went to her cousin Waraqa, a Christian, and described what Muhammed had experienced. He then believed Muhammed had received the Spirit of Moses; that he was the prophet for these people. Soon more believers come into the fold. One of the main proofs to many was the beautiful poetic verses of the Qu’ran.

After the death of both Khadijah and Abu Talib, the first male believer, Muhammed lost much of his political standing within his home tribe in Mecca and was heavily persecuted. He found a new haven with the people of Yathrib (Medina). Upon introduction to the Qu’ran many became Moslems.

After a period of conflict the remaining followers of Moses and Muhammed eventually came to live in peaceful fellowship as Muhammed recognized all as the followers of the same God. Jews and Christians were described as “people of the Book". The Qu’ran is simply a continuing revelation of the Bible which was revealed by God in stages to establish an ever-growing relationship between God and mankind.

The Sunni- Shia split:

“Muhammad’s death in 632 marked the first great crises for the Moslem community for there was no provision for a successor. No one could reach agreement on how to select an heir or govern.

According to Sunni thought, Muhammed died without appointing a successor to lead the Muslim community. After an initial period of confusion, a gathering of Muslims at Saqifah accepted Abu Bakr, Muhammad's father-in-law, as the first Caliph.

The second major sect, the Shia, believe that the Prophet had appointed his son-in-law Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor years earlier during an announcement at Ghadir Khom. Shi'a regard the election of Abu Bakr as illegitimate and accuse the companions involved of ulterior motives ranging from enmity towards Ali to outright hypocrisy. At the present time, perhaps 80% of Moslems are Sunni.” For more click here:

A look at Mohammad as being the "Seal of the Prophets". Verses from the Holy Qur'an are investigated with this question in mind. Can their indeed be no Revelation of the Word after Mohammed?

First, the Qur'an does seem to say Muhammad is the seal of the prophets:

(Qur'an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah  33:40) "Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things."

In the Hadith  "Tirmidhi, Kitab-ul- Manaqib" ( A traditional source of collected writings on the life and lessons given by Muhammad) Muhammad affirmed: "The chain of Messengers and Prophets has come to an end. There shall be no Messenger nor Prophet after me."

The Qur'an does mention Muhammad as being the Seal of the prophets and thus, this particular verse ( see Surah  33:40)  would apparently be in agreement with those who would categorically deny any future claim as a Messenger of God.  However, elsewhere in the Qur'an itself the traditionally accepted meaning of "seal of the prophets" becomes clouded .

"It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom -- although they had been, before, in manifest error -- 3. As well as (to confer all these benefits upon) others of them, who have not already joined them: and He is Exalted in Might, Wise. 4. Such is the Bounty of Allah, which He bestows on whom He will: and Allah is the Lord of the highest bounty." (Qur'an Sura 62:1-4)

I ask: If Mohammad's Mission was to," rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom," Could this be seen as  preparing the believers by instructing them so as to accept one who will come at a later time? "rehearse" does seem to imply practice for a future performance or a future time. This, when taken together with two more verses from the Qur'an, (below) seems to justify this idea.

Here are two more verses in the Qur'an that seem to directly tell of a future Messenger to come.

The Great Announcement, Illustrious Messenger " When Allah made (His) covenant with the prophets, (He said): Behold that which I have given you of the Scripture and knowledge. And afterward there will come unto you a messenger, confirming that which ye possess. Ye shall believe in him and ye shall help him. He said: Do ye agree, and will ye take up My burden (which I lay upon you) in this (matter) ? They answered: We agree. He said: Then bear ye witness. I will be a witness with you. (The Qur'an (Pickthall tr), Sura 3:81)

Surah 81:10-29 " When the Scrolls are laid open;  11.When the World on High is unveiled: 12. When the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; 13. And when the Garden is brought near --  14. (Then) shall each soul know what it has put forward. 15. So verily I call to witness the planets -- that recede, 16. Go straight, or hide;

17. And the Night as it dissipates --  18. And the Dawn as it breathes away the darkness --  19. Verily this is the word of a most honorable Messenger, 20. Endued with Power, with rank before the Lord of the Throne, 21. With authority there, (and) faithful of his trust.

22. And (O people!) your companion is not one possessed;

23. And without doubt he saw him in the clear horizon. 24. Neither doth he withhold Grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen. 25. Nor is it the word of an evil spirit accursed. 26. Then whither go ye?

27. Verily this is no less than a Message to (all) the Worlds: 28. (With profit) to whoever among you wills to go straight.

29. But ye shall not will Except as Allah wills, The Cherisher of the Worlds. (Qur'an Surah 81:10-29, the Folding Up)

Is this another example of believers using Scripture to propagate notions of finality; Of selecting favored verses supporting popular political views of men?  Are religious authorities seeking excuses, using deliberately contrived measures, fragmenting scripture thereby extracting some exclusive  pathway to God  from it's depths?

Holy Name: Dekanawidah ("two river-currents flowing together".' (The Peace Maker)   Family Name of Prophet: Unknown

An Iroquois prophet, statesman, and lawgiver. Among the Native Americans who inhabited what is now the United States and Canada, the most complex and successful political alliance was the Iroquois Confederation. It was formed in the fifteenth century, and established a working peace among the principal "nations" that formed part of the Iroquoian group.

Name for God: Orenda or “Holy Spirit” which gave Dekanawidah the knowledge of his mission.

Manner of Revelation: unknown.

However, there is a Legend of Dekanawidah describing how he united the Iroquois Tribes into a confederation. It illustrates spiritual truths of the battle between “good” and “evil” so common to world Faiths.

In this narrative, Adodarhoh, the evil one of crooked stature, the one whom everyone followed in a time of war and bloodshed, is made straight by the “Hymn of Peace”. Dekanawidah changes the hearts and causes them to accept his mission of bringing the five warring tribes together.

Birth Legends and Life:

“Dekanawidah was born near the Bay of Quinte, in the vicinity of Kingston, in southeastern Ontario, Canada in what then was probably Huron territory. He was reputed to have been one of 7 brothers.

Omens foreshadowed his birth, and portents accompanying this event revealed the fact to his virgin mother that Dekanawidah would be the source of evil to her people, (possibly referring to the destruction of the Huron confederation by that of the Iroquois.)

Hence at his birth his mother and grandmother sought to spare the Hurons by attempting to drown the newborn infant by thrusting it through a hole made in the ice covering a neighboring river.

Three attempts were made, but in the morning after each attempt the young Dekanawidah was found unharmed in the arms of the astonished mother. Thereupon the two women decided that it was decreed that he should live, and so resolved to rear him.

Rapidly he grew to manhood, and then, saying that he must take up his foreordained work, departed southward,

Tradition gives him rank with the demigods, owing to the masterful Orenda or magic power with which he worked tirelessly to overcome the obstacles and difficulties of his task, the astuteness he displayed in negotiation, and the wisdom he exhibited in framing the laws and in establishing the fundamental principles on which they were based and on which rested the entire structure of the Iroquois confederation.

During his travels, he associated himself with a Mohawk tribal lord in what is now New York, and named him Hahyonhwatha (Hiawatha) (He who has misplaced something, but knows where to find it). Hiawatha left his family and friends, and joined Dekanawidah in his travels, becoming his chief spokesman.

One legend has it that Dekanawidah, while brilliant, had a speech impediment, and depended on Hiawatha to do his public speaking for him. Together, they traveled the length and breadth of the lands on the south shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, as well as the river to the sea, now known as the St. Lawrence. These were the homelands of tribes with a common heritage, but who had been warring with one another for many years.Dekanawidah united them into a League of Nations that we now call the Iroquois League.

Centuries later, Longfellow "borrowed" the name of Hiawatha to be his hero in a fictional legend; there is no other connection between the two Hiawathas nor their stories. (Excerpted from Compton's Encyclopedia of American History Copyright (c) 1994 Compton's New Media, Inc)

For more on this American Indian saga, and possible connection to the US Constitution, click here.

As a short review:

A listing of  Promised Ones, A coming Redeemer, as mentioned in the following Faiths as covered above.

1. Zoroastrianism: Khshathra (Dominion), Desirable, a kingdom yet to come.

2. Hinduism: Vishnu Yasha; Sanskrit for "Glory of God".

3. Buddhism:  Maitreya Buddha, Amitabha “Source of Wisdom, Unbounded Light".

4. Judaism: Messiah, Emmanuel. Malachi  3:1 "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts."

5. Christian: Glory of the Lord or Father, the Spirit of Truth: John 16: 12-16 “ I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."

6. Islam: The Great Announcement, Illustrious Messenger  Sura 3:81 "When Allah made (His) covenant with the prophets, (He said): Behold that which I have given you of the Scripture and knowledge. And afterward there will come unto you a messenger,"

Question:

Could this be an ongoing living Covenant between God and mankind that is alive, well and functioning as you read this?

Might this truly be a progressive phenomena spanning thousands of years upon which Mankind's evolutionary spiritual destiny is based?

Here is a link to something I found during a search in Bible prophecy about the rebuilding of the 3rd Temple on the Mount in Israel, According to prophecy, the Temple will be built only after the Jews have returned to their homeland of Israel. That stipulation pretty much limits this to near the present time. Click here and see what you think???

Lauded and glorified art Thou, O Lord, my God! How can I make mention of Thee, assured as I am that no tongue, however deep its wisdom, can befittingly magnify Thy name, nor can the bird of the human heart, however great its longing, ever hope to ascend into the heaven of Thy majesty and knowledge.(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 3)

No one else besides Thee hath, at any time, been able to fathom Thy mystery, or befittingly to extol Thy greatness. Unsearchable and high above the praise of men wilt Thou remain for ever. There is none other God but Thee, the Inaccessible, the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the Holy of Holies. (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 3)

To find out Who Baha'u'llah is and his claim: click here.

Beware lest ye speak of duality in regard to My Self, for all the atoms of the earth proclaim that there is none other God but Him, the One, the Single, the Mighty, the Loving. From the beginning that hath no beginning I have proclaimed, from the realm of eternity, that I am God, none other God is there save Me, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting; and unto the end that hath no end I shall proclaim, amidst the kingdom of names, that I am God, none other God is there beside Me, the All-Glorious, the Best-Beloved. Say: Lordship is My Name, whereof I have created manifestations in the world of being, while We Ourself remain sanctified above them, would ye but ponder this truth. And Godhead is My Name, whereof We have created exponents whose power shall encompass the people of the earth and make them true worshippers of God, could ye but recognize it. Thus should ye regard all Our Names, if ye be endued with insight. (Baha'u'llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 23)

These people, all of them, have pictured a god in the realm of the mind, and worship that image which they have made for themselves. And yet that image is comprehended, the human mind being the comprehender thereof, and certainly the comprehender is greater than that which lieth within its grasp; for imagination is but the branch, while mind is the root; and certainly the root is greater than the branch. Consider then, how all the peoples of the world are bowing the knee to a fancy of their own contriving, how they have created a creator within their own minds, and they call it the Fashioner of all that is -- whereas in truth it is but an illusion. Thus are the people worshipping only an error of perception. ->

But that Essence of Essences, that Invisible of Invisibles, is sanctified above all human speculation, and never to be overtaken by the mind of man. Never shall that immemorial Reality lodge within the compass of a contingent being. His is another realm, and of that realm no understanding can be won. No access can be gained thereto; all entry is forbidden there. The utmost one can say is that Its existence can be proved, but the conditions of Its existence are unknown. (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 53)

"O SON OF SPIRIT! There is no peace for thee save by renouncing thyself and turning unto Me; for it behooveth thee to glory in My name, not in thine own; to put thy trust in Me and not in thyself, since I desire to be loved alone and above all that is." (Baha'u'llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)

"We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations -- that all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that all bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease and differences of race be annulled -- and so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away and the most great peace shall come. Is not this that which Christ foretold? Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind." (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 10) Baha'i

And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, [God] and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah. [God] That is their saying with their mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old. Allah (Himself) fighteth against them. How perverse are they!  They have taken as lords beside Allah their rabbis and their monks and the Messiah son of Mary, when they were bidden to worship only One God. There is no God save Him. Be He Glorified from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)! Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse. He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the Religion of Truth, that He may cause it to prevail over all religion, however much the idolaters may be averse. Quran: Sura 9:30 "Repentence Islam

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (King James Bible, John 1:1) Christian

Churches avidly endorse Jesus as the only begotten Son of God.
Mosques extoll Muhammed as a divine Messenger of the final Truth (Word) of Allah (God).

Yet Islam and Christianity both proclaim the greatness of God; That there is only the one true God and that it is beneficial to come to the divine Presence in true worship.

Thus, which one of these beautiful chanted prayers represents divine reality or may or may not be endorsed by the God of all being, The Counselor of all peoples, wherein the light of unity may illumine the whole Earth?

Truly, is not the same truth declared by both? Where is the great division and cause for animosity? A Christian friend of mine once stated,"The Muslim prayer is very different from the Christian one because the style of the writing is different,". I ask "Is it not better that we look at the central message and not dwell on and emphasize the seeming difference resulting from peripheral social contexts of time and place"?

For more on the essential oneness of God and the intrinsic onenesness of the human spirit: see "serving the case for world unity" at http://onenessbecomesus.com

"Lo, The Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity, with holy and sweet melodies proclaiming to the sincere ones the glad tidings of the nearness of God."

The Tablet of Ahmad is a well known and beloved writing among Baha'is world wide. This procamation by Baha'u'llah was revealed early in his ministry to a seeker after truth. This narration in English is accompanied by the "Swan Of Tuonela" by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Hear the entire Tablet of Ahmad  as a multimedia presentation by clicking the "start" arrow below.

 

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