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A major concept of this website is that the Seven Churches in The Book of Revelation, are archetype references to the Seven Major Religions in the world. The Seven Golden Candlesticks, and Seven anything else, have the same archetype purpose.

The astounding thing is that the verses regarding each of the Seven Religions appear in the same order in the Book of Revelation as the order in time in which the Seven Religions appeared on earth.

The Book of Revelation is organized in SIX Threads (represented as six VERTICAL threads in a matrix), and more astounding yet than that above, is that each of Seven Religions has its same place in the order in each and EVERY of the SIX VERICAL threads. You are presently looking at one of the SEVEN HORIZONTAL threads which in combination with the SIX VERICAL threads create the matrix.

The HORIZONTAL thread that you are examining at the moment, is the sixth thread and is for Christian religion which is represented by the Sixth Angel (and other SIXTH archetypes) including the sixth church addressed, which was the church at Philadelphia.

The collected Book of Revelation Bible verses that form the Christian thread are further down the page, but first the following concept box explains about Christianity in The Book of Revelataion..

The Sixth Angel is addressed as:
the Angel of the church of Philadelphia.
The Sixth Angel is known throughout the book,
as the Angel of the Sixth religion -
The Christian Religion.

The Angel for each religion has a specific mission.

CHRISTIAN

THE GREEK WORD PHILADELPHIA MEANS "BROTHERLY LOVE"

26 C.E.

REVEALER JESUS

Concept

The Angel of the Christian Faith is known throughout this Book as the sixth Angel. It is IMPORTANT to understand that this collection of verses is only of when the Christian Angel is addressed. There are MANY other verses throughout the Book of Revelation that deal with the Christian religion.


Chapter Three - The Book of Revelation

Bible Verses

[7] And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth

Commentary

PHILADELPHIA - CHRISTIAN - Commentary

V.7 John is now told to write to the SIXTH angel, the angel of the church Philadelphia, which was once a small town in a farming community now known as Alasehir, another place where John taught while being in Greece (now Turkey). No doubt about it, Philadelphia is a wonderful symbol for the Christian Faith - a word that means 'brotherly love'.

Baha'u'llah, who is the return as the Glory of God, has the key to open the door of renewal, that He is the descendant of David, and qualified as He has fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible as well as other religious books - the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita etc.

There always seems to be a hint of 'proof' for each religion such as mentioning of an open door for some churches (congregations) while others are reclusive, having their own doctrine, and not allowing their flock to search other ideas. It is important to search for the spiritual teachings that each prophet brings and not hang onto the image of the name. The Angel for the Christian Faith is known as the sixth Angel throughout the Book.

[8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

V.8 Commends:
He knows their works. The amazing number of charitable institutions and organizations that Christianity has supported throughout the world is unmatched by any other religion. Hospitals, orphanages, schools, universities, more humane prisons and welfare organizations and a list that is almost endless attest to its accomplishments. He says that He has set before them an open door that no man can shut, because their missionary efforts have encompassed the whole world.

Condemns:
However, while all this has been evidence of some strength, because of their lack of unity, they have had little strength as a whole, being splintered into a great number of sects. He does commend them for keeping the word, and not denying His name.

Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
King James Bible

[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

V.9 The Threat:
The reference to the synagogue of Satan both here and in (Rev.2:9) is a reference to the character of people who appear outwardly religious, but who are really only concerned with material things. The idol of materialism is a characteristic mentioned for both the Jewish Faith (Rev 2:14), and those Christians who fall into materialism, and so are the same as the Jews who do not follow the true Jewish Teachings.

For were men to abide by and observe the divine teachings, every trace of evil would be banished from the face of the earth. However, the widespread differences that exist among mankind and the prevalence of sedition, contention, conflict and the like are the primary factors which provoke the appearance of the satanic spirit. Yet the Holy Spirit hath ever shunned such matters. A world in which naught can be perceived save strife, quarrels and corruption is bound to become the seat of the throne, the very metropolis, of Satan.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 176
In answer to those who may ask you what the stand is of your religion on the subject of demons, you can say without hesitation that the concept of Satan or the Devil as an actual being opposed to God is rejected by the Baha'i teachings but that the term is understood by Baha'is to mean the promptings of self and desire and the dark side of human nature.
The Universal House of Justice, to an individual believer, 13 February 1974, published 1998 Dec 16, in Traditional practices in Africa

[10] Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

V.10 The Promise
Those who are faithful, and keep the Word with patience, will be spared in the hour of temptation that will encircle the world. These temptations of materiality and immorality have destroyed the fabric of society throughout the world. Unfortunately, many/most in the "Christian" nations have also been thoroughly infected. Those relatively few Christians who have continued to live modest and moral lives in humility and tolerance, have held fast to Christian principles of life and have been preserved from these temptations.

[11] Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

V.11 V.6 The Refrain:
The new message will come very quickly. He says to hold fast to 'what you have'. This implies that with deep devotion to God, with meditation and prayer and holding to the spiritual virtues taught by Jesus regarding tolerance and avoiding dogmatism so that they will be able to recognize the New Manifestation of God. One's crown is of course their spiritual qualities and virtues - not some kind of hat.

Again, consider how much the principles of the religion of Christ have been forgotten, and how many heresies have appeared. For example, Christ forbade revenge and transgression; furthermore, He commanded benevolence and mercy in return for injury and evil. Now reflect: among the Christian nations themselves how many sanguinary wars have taken place, and how much oppression, cruelty, rapacity and blood thirstiness have occurred! Many of these wars were carried on by command of the Popes. It is then clear and evident that in the passage of time religions become entirely changed and altered. Therefore, they are renewed.
'Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 166

[12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

V.12 The Promise:
Those that overcome will be a pillar as part of the foundation in the temple of the new world order. The New Name is Baha'u'llah. The New Jerusalem, which comes from Heaven, is the New Law and the New Order that God has brought to the world.

The descent of the New Jerusalem denoteth a heavenly Law, that Law which is the guarantor of human happiness and the effulgence of the world of God.
'Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 59
The Law of God is also described as the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. It is evident that the New Jerusalem that descends from heaven is not a city of stone, mortar, bricks, earth and wood. It is the Law of God that descends from heaven and is called new, for it is clear that the Jerusalem which is of stone and earth does not descend from heaven, and that it is not renewed; but that which is renewed is the Law of God.
'Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 67

[13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches

V.13 The Refrain:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches, which of course means what is being said unto all the religions. In other words - one must be willing to listen to the New Message.

Chapter Six - The Book of Revelation

[12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

V.12 The sixth seal, of the Sixth Angel of Christianity, is now open. Earthquakes are mentioned and again in Rev.8:5, Rev.11:13, Rev.11:19, and Rev.16:18. Earthquakes were also particularly pointed out as a sign of the "time of the end" by Jesus in Matthew, Mark 13:8, and Luke 21:11.

Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

People have often seen external events as fulfillment of these prophetic signs. For example, a dark day happened on May 19, 1780 at 10 a.m., (and in other years as well) which created quite a stir, as people at that time were aware of this prophecy. A great earthquake happened in Lisbon, Portugal in 1775, killing over 60,000 people, and was widely related to this Bible prophecy.

A longer historical view may well give new external meanings to the prophecies but we must always remember that it is the internal meanings that are of the greater significance. Earthquakes in the prophecies spiritually symbolize major disrupting changes causing trials and temptations in the social and religious orders, and the Sun and Moon often symbolize Powers and Institutions both Heavenly and earthly.

Nevertheless, if some of these mentionings of earthquakes, from the Book of Revelation's holographic structure, refer to the Rev.16:18 earthquake, that one does say that it is unique and like nothing in humanity's history.

[13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

V.13 In 1833 there was a greater shower of falling stars than was ever recorded in the past or since. These heavenly events have both external and spiritual meanings. They were noted also at the time of Jesus with the star of Bethlehem.

'Have the stars fallen?' Say: 'Yea, when He Who is the Self-Subsisting dwelt in the Land of Mystery (Adrianople). Take heed, ye who are endued with discernment!' All the signs appeared when We drew forth the Hand of Power from the bosom of majesty and might.
Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 132

However, as always it is the internal spiritual meanings that are of the greater significance.

O King! The stars of the heaven of knowledge have fallen, they who seek to establish the truth of My Cause through the things they possess, and who make mention of God in My Name. And yet, when I came unto them in My glory, they turned aside. They, indeed, are of the fallen. This is, truly, that which the Spirit of God (Jesus Christ) hath announced, when He came with truth unto you, He with Whom the Jewish doctors disputed, till at last they perpetrated what hath made the Holy Spirit to lament, and the tears of them that have near access to God to flow.
Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 48
The path hath become smooth, the way straightened, the carpet of the Kingdom is spread, the Tabernacle hath been elevated upon the Hill of Might, the powers of heaven have been shaken, the corners of the earth have quaked, the sun has been darkened, the moon ceased to give light, the stars have fallen, the nations of the earth have lamented, and the Son of Man hath come upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and He hath sent His angels with the sound of the great trumpet, and no one knows the meaning of these emblems save the wise and informed.
'Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of 'Abdu'l-Baha v1, p.145

[14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

V.14 The heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, is telling us that the old world order will be replaced by a new order.

Hereby we bear witness, that the path is lifted up in truth, the balance is laid in Justice,...the heavens rolled together as a scroll..."
Baha'i Scriptures, p. 203

Not that it can't refer to the previously mentioned earthquake, every mountain and island being moved out of their places, indicates that institutions, which are like mountains will be changed, and the islands which divide us, such as traditions and denominational differences, which are causing confrontation, will also be moved out of their places.

'Yea, more; the mountains have been scattered in dust; by Him the Lord of attributes!'
Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 132
"As you see the mountains and think of them as solid, but they shall pass away as the passing of the clouds."
Qur'an (Koran) 78:20

The world is in a state of transition, and whatever events take place in the external world - it is the internal spiritual significance that is important.

[15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid them selves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

V.15 Great fear will come to the leaders and those in high places, as well as to every person. Many fear the loss of wealth and belongings, and life itself.

One can have expectations such as they will. Some may see that people will have to hide for the fear of radiation or nuclear weapons. We always understand prophecies better - after they are past. Whatever the meaning, it is said that the people of the earth including those of influence will experience tremendous fear, and will hide in terror.

The Plain is disclosed, and mankind is sore vexed and fearful. Earthquakes have broken loose, and the tribes have lamented, for fear of God, the Lord of Strength, the All-Compelling.
Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p.131
In the Book of Isaiah it is written: "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty." No man that meditateth upon this verse can fail to recognize the greatness of this Cause, or doubt the exalted character of this Day -- the Day of God Himself. This same verse is followed by these words: "And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that Day." This is the Day which the Pen of the Most High hath glorified in all the holy Scriptures. There is no verse in them that doth not declare the glory of His holy Name, and no Book that doth not testify unto the loftiness of this most exalted theme. Were We to make mention of all that hath been revealed in these heavenly Books and holy Scriptures concerning this Revelation, this Tablet would assume impossible dimensions. It is incumbent in this Day, upon every man to place his whole trust in the manifold bounties of God, and arise to disseminate, with the utmost wisdom, the verities of His Cause. Then, and only then, will the whole earth be enveloped with the morning light of His Revelation.
Baha'u'llah, X. Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah

[16] And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

V.16 They want the rocks to fall, to surround them from danger. The chastisement of God will be recognized as just that. Finally people will understand that God is All Powerful and many will wish to escape from the power of His wrath.

Milestones of historic significance have been successively reached and rapidly left behind. A still stonier stretch of road now lies before them. Rumblings of catastrophes yet more dreadful agitate with increasing frequency a sorely stressed and chaotic world, presenting a challenge to grapple with the unfinished tasks, a challenge graver and still more pressing than any hitherto experienced.
Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 60
...the overwhelming accretion of strength to the arch enemy of the system championed by the American Union in consequence of the re-alignment of the powers in the Asiatic continent and particularly in the Far East -- these have, moreover, contributed their share, in recent years, to the deterioration of a situation which, if not remedied, is bound to involve the American nation in a catastrophe of undreamed-of dimensions and of untold consequences to the social structure, the standard and conception of the American people and government.
Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith, p. 126
The present world unrest, symptom of a world-wide malady, ... must needs culminate in that world catastrophe out of which the consciousness of world citizenship will be born, a consciousness that can alone provide an adequate basis for the organization of world unity, on which a lasting world peace must necessarily depend, the peace itself inaugurating in turn that world civilization which will mark the coming of age of the entire human race.
Shoghi Effendi, Messages to America, p. 22

[17] For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

V.17 The 'Great Day of Wrath' will come. The world can not go on in its present state.

"In the beginning of every Revelation adversities have prevailed, which later on have been turned into great prosperity." "Say: O people of God! Beware lest the powers of the earth alarm you, or the might of the nations weaken you, or the tumult of the people of discord deter you, or the exponents of earthly glory sadden you. Be ye as a mountain in the Cause of your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Glorious, the Unconstrained." "Say: Beware, O people of Baha, lest the strong ones of the earth rob you of your strength, or they who rule the world fill you with fear. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might." "I swear by My life! Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. To this testifieth the Pen of God, the Most Powerful, the All-Glorious, the Best Beloved." "Let not the happenings of the world sadden you. I swear by God! The sea of joy yearneth to attain your presence, for every good thing hath been created for you, and will, according to the needs of the times, be revealed unto you." "O my servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes.
Baha'u'llah, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 81, 82

Chapter Nine - The Book of Revelation

[13] And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

V.13 We come now to the Sixth Angel, the Angel of the Christian Religion. The voice that came from the four horns (the four corners of the earth, the four directions, the four races of man in the Sabean/Native view) before the golden altar, the Altar of God, which directed the four angels in Rev 7:1-3 to hold back (bind) the four winds of destruction, which are bound, as this verse says, in the area of the great river Euphrates.

As pointed out in Rev 7:1-3 these Four Angels/Religions are the religions of Judaism, Zoroastrian-Shiite (Iranian) Islam, Christianity, and Sunni (Arabic) Islam ( the prominent Branch of Islam of which 80% of Muslims are a member), and in they are released in the next verse.

The four horns of the Golden Alter are described in other Apocalyptic Scripture such as Ezekiel 43:15,20 and Zechariah 1:18-21. The modern reader will see increasing significance in all this as events swirl around the Euphrates and the voices of all the peoples of the earth come to a climax from the four horns/corners of the earth.

[14] Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

V.14 The Angel of the Christian Religion (culture) who had the trumpet prepared to sound; is to loose the Four angels (religions/cultures) that are holding back the destruction in the area of the great river Euphrates (Rev.7:1), that is to say in the Middle East.

Today, we do see battle lines drawn in that area by the descendants of those religions. The Jews in Israel, the Shiite Persian Muslims in Iran (the descendants of Zoroaster), and Sunni Arab Muslims, and it does seem to be the Western Christian culture that is stirring it all up.

[15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

V.15 The time given in this verse is an hour, a day, a month and a year. This may be a specific time which at present no one knows, because the Book of Revelation is not meant as prophecy for us to understand future events (except in general) but rather as prophecy for us to understand them in retrospect so that we can have confidence in its Message.

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

The world conflict (Armageddon) has been ongoing, since July 28th, 1914 and none of us know when The Great Final Battle may occur except that there may be a prophecy that it will be sometime in the range of a hundred years after its beginning, but as just stated, none can know until afterwards.

Chapter Fourteen - The Book of Revelation

[18] And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

V.18 The next Angel in the batting order is of course the sixth angel, the Angel of the Christian Religion with the power of fire, who is telling the angel that has the sharp sickle to reap, as the time has come to gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because the grapes are fully ripe in their wrath.

In Indian prophecy fire is associated with Christianity (the Religion of the Whites). Certainly, it has been the followers of the Christian Religion, that of U.S.A, Russia, which is historically a Christian country, Britain and France, that first brought this nuclear power of fire to existence. Other countries now are also obtaining this power, enough that it can ignite a worldwide conflagration.

Against the background of these afflictive disturbances -- the turmoil and tribulations of a travailing age -- we may well ponder the portentous prophecies uttered well-nigh fourscore years ago, by the Author of our Faith, as well as the dire predictions made by Him Who is the unerring Interpreter of His teachings, all foreshadowing a universal commotion, of a scope and intensity unparalleled in the annals of mankind.
Shoghi Effendi, Messages to the Baha'i World - 1950-1957, p. 103
"The days are approaching their end, and yet the peoples of the earth are seen sunk in grievous heedlessness, and lost in manifest error." "Great, great is the Cause! The hour is approaching when the most great convulsion will have appeared. I swear by Him Who is the Truth! It shall cause separation to afflict everyone, even those who circle around Me." "Say: O concourse of the heedless! I swear by God! The promised day is come, the day when tormenting trials will have surged above your heads, and beneath your feet, saying: 'Taste ye what your hands have wrought!'" "The time for the destruction of the world and its people hath arrived. He Who is the Pre-Existent is come, that He may bestow everlasting life, and grant eternal preservation, and confer that which is conducive to true living." "The day is approaching when its [civilization's] flame will devour the cities, when the Tongue of Grandeur will proclaim: 'The Kingdom is God's, the Almighty, the All-Praised!”
Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 81

[19] And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

V.19 This could well be the Seventh Angel, the Islamic Angel doing the thrusting. It may well be that the first use of a nuclear weapon in nuclear WW3 will be by an Islamic country. If not, then this is the first time that John has not identified a seventh angel and all the seven angels in order. Which Islamic country might it be? There are possible candidates, but we can't know until it happens, although other verses - Rev. 18:21, and current events, indicate it may be Pakistan, there may be some unique association with Iran as discussed in the next verse. However future events may reveal meaning to the most significant/starting event of the "Last Great Battle" of Armageddon, this and the following verse appear to indicate that it is here we will see the explanation.

Anyway, so will begin the Day of Wrath of God, foretold for centuries and millennia, and feared for decades by those who have understood the nuclear threat.

The world is in travail, and its agitation waxeth day by day. Its face is turned towards waywardness and unbelief. Such shall be its plight, that to disclose it now would not be meet and seemly. Its perversity will long continue. And when the appointed hour is come, there shall suddenly appear that which shall cause the limbs of mankind to quake. Then, and only then, will the Divine Standard be unfurled, and the Nightingale of Paradise warble its melody.
Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 118
This is the Day that God hath ordained to be a blessing unto the righteous, a retribution for the wicked, a bounty for the faithful and a fury of His wrath for the faithless and the froward.
Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 103
Say: There is no place of refuge for you, no asylum to which ye can flee, no one to defend or to protect you in this Day from the fury of the wrath of God and from His vehement power, unless and until ye seek the shadow of His Revelation. This, indeed, is His Revelation which hath been manifested unto you in the person of this Youth. Glorified, then, be God for so effulgent, so precious, so wondrous a vision.
Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 257

[20] And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

V.20

ISAIAH 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment...

ISAIAH 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

The participation of the Seventh Angel is so important and unique that the events associated with it may be combined into verse 14:15, appearing to be out of order, but if this is the case then this is the only time that this happens in the SIX times that Seven Major Religions on the earth are recited about by John in the order of their appearance. This uniqueness stresses the importance of this event in the Book of Revelation and the history of mankind, but at the moment of this writing we await the event itself in order to understand the prophecies about it.

Chapter Sixteen - The Book of Revelation

[12] And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

V.12 The sixth angel is identified with Christianity and the Christian nations, such as the United States and Britain, and it is indicative that they may bring their destruction to the area of the Euphrates river which is in Iraq (centering around Baghdad) and what was Assyria (Rev:9:18). In a spiritual sense, this sixth vial is the lack of education poured into that area by extreme Islamic fundamentalism.

"In the 12th verse, the sixth angel poured his vial upon the river Euphrates, which signifies the Turkish and Persian kingdoms. The drying up of the water means all learning and science was abolished and that ignorance prevailed. This made the way easy for the kings of the East to become powerful and arbitrary."

This lack of education in the archetype is symbolic of the lack of education in the whole world and especially of the lack of spiritual education that permits the masses of the world to be blind to the shortcomings of its leaders. Instead the ignorant masses are completely preoccupied with frivolous pursuits of entertainments, sports, fads and such.

[13] And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

V.13 This is a very significant verse upon which it would be possible to write a book in regards to there coming from the Red Dragon the seemingly marvelous technology of the False Prophet (Science disconnected from religion) that in accordance with the next verse Rev.16:14 leads the world leaders and all the peoples of the world into the Last Great Battle of Armageddon. The False Prophet is mentioned again in: Rev. 19:20 and Rev. 20:10.

Spiritual and realistic meanings such as this should have much more meaning to people than their speculations and imaginings about a False Prophet anti-Christ (not even mentioned in the Book of Revelation).

[14] For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

V.14

"These three people tried their utmost to turn all the people against the Cause of God so that they might oppose it, and so make war against God. The spirits like frogs signify their words which were spread throughout Persia."

The three people are also archetypes of great powers (rulers, kings, governments) but whose spirits are deceptive that show what appear to be wondrous accomplishments, to the kings of the whole world, and gathering them to the final battle in the day of God Almighty.

"This Sun will be resplendent, this Light will shine, My grace will surround the world, and all My enemies will be brought low." And as He said, so it was; for all the kings of the earth have not been able to withstand Him. Nay, all their standards have been overthrown, while the banner of that Oppressed One has been raised to the zenith."
Abdu'l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 17

[15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

V.15

"In the 15th verse, the words 'behold I come as a thief, etc.' are spoken by the Proclaimer of all this, the "Great Voice" as He is called at the beginning of the chapter. He says He will come suddenly like a thief, as Christ said He would come, so that no one will know it, for the thief is in the house without the inhabitants being aware of it. Therefore blessed is the one who is awake when a Manifestation comes; you will know Him. It is also said 'he keepeth his garments'. These garments signify the good qualities which the man possessed, such as love, sincerity, etc.. He (that watcheth') must keep that good character, which is like adorning him."

Baha'u'llah, The Glory of God is the 'The Great Voice' the one that fulfills the prophecies of all the religions of the past.

[16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

V.16

"In the 16th verse, Armageddon signifies Roumelia and Macedonia, for often the kings have gathered together on subjects concerning these places."

Both Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha foretold of a period of great social upheaval, conflict and calamity, as a result of the irreligion and prejudices, the ignorance and superstition, prevalent throughout the world. In an address in California in 1912, 'Abdu'l-Baha gave a warning; that Armageddon began with the first World war in 1914.

"We are on the eve of the Battle of Armageddon referred to in the 16th Chapter of Revelation. The time is two years hence, when only a spark will set aflame the whole of Europe. The world is at the threshold of a most tragic struggle. The slightest friction will bring them into a terrific crash, and there will be a conflagration, the like of which is not recorded in the past history of mankind."
'Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p.2

Wars and rumors of wars have gone on ever since.
See:

    Jer.4: 22,27,29
    Matt 24: 7,8,21,22
    Luke 21: 19,20,25,28
    Matt.13: 49,50

Chapter Twenty-One - The Book of Revelation

[9] And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

V.9 This Angel is Sixth Angel in this series, and therefore the Angel of the Christian Religion. The expression "one of the angels with the seven vials" exactly balances the same expression that is used otherwise only in 7:1 with the First Angel, that begins this series - so that we should at this point analyze the spiritual deficiencies of the world described earlier in Chapter 16 by 'Abdu'l-Baha. In summary they are:

1.(The 1st Vial) The power and influence of leaders -outwardly looking good but inwardly deceitful. (Rev 16:2)

2.(The 2nd Vial) The learned people of the world, the philosophers, and leaders of thought who taught without deference to the Teachings of the Prophets. (Rev 16:3)

3.(The 3rd Vial) The indifference, bureaucracy, of the administrators, officials and managers, applying rules of human law rather than God's principles of justice. (Rev 16:4)

4.(The 4th Vial) The oppression and unreasonable application of power by those in authority. (Rev 16:8)

5.(The 5th Vial) The darkness of complete submersion into the materialism and tinsel of day to day living. (Rev 16:10-11)

6.(The 6th Vial) The absorption of the masses into total ignorance with their being completely preoccupied with the frivolous in entertainment such as personalities, sports, clothing styles, fads, appearances and so forth, which consequently gives their rulers more power over them. (Rev 16:12)

7.(The 7th Vial) The complete daily lawlessness, insecurity, fear, threats from scams, crime, diseases and terrorism brought on by the breakdown of society and which is spread to the whole of the world as through the air (airwaves and communication?) to bring about what will be a worldwide catastrophe. (Rev 16:17)

The above is a catalog of the internal, spiritual nature of the plagues that are a cause of the plight that dwellers of Modern Babylon the Great understand not, neither as to its nature nor its source.

The Angel also wished to show John the Bride for the Days of Fulfillment, which is the Law of God for the New Day and Age.

... the principal repository of that Law which the Prophet Isaiah had anticipated, and which the writer of the Apocalypse had described as the 'new heaven' and the 'new earth,' as 'the Tabernacle of God,' as the 'Holy City,' as the 'Bride,' the 'New Jerusalem coming down from God,' this 'Most Holy Book,' whose provisions must remain inviolate for no less than a thousand years, and whose system will embrace the entire planet, may well be regarded as the brightest emanation of the mind of Baha'u'llah, as the Mother Book or His Dispensation, and the Charter of His New World order.
H.M. Balyuzi, Baha'u'llah - The King of Glory, p.351