Baháʼí prophecies

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The writings of founding members of the Baháʼí Faith include prophetic statements of future events, some of which are viewed by Baháʼís as having been fulfilled. According to Baháʼí belief, there have been individuals throughout history who were Manifestations of God, who founded major world religions and had certain supernatural powers, such as the ability to prophesy. The belief in fulfilled prophecies is presented by Baháʼí authors to demonstrate the validity of Baháʼu'lláh's claim to divinity.[1][2][3]

Prominent among Baháʼí predictions of the future is a coming golden age of mankind, and the future appearance of another Manifestation of God. Among the predictions that Baháʼís regard as fulfilled, Peter Smith summarizes: "the downfall of various world leaders; the loss of Ottoman territory; political revolution and popular rule in Iran; the twice-repeated sufferings of Germany; and what is interpreted as a reference to nuclear power. ʻAbdu'l-Bahá also predicted the outbreak of World War I (originating in a Balkan conflict), and of a further global conflict in the future; the rise of communism; and racial conflict in the United States."[1]

Most Baháʼí statements regarded as prophecies can be found in Baháʼu'lláh's tablets to the kings and rulers of the world[4] and in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas.[citation needed]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith 2000, p. 278.
  2. ^ Esslemont 1980.
  3. ^ Matthews 1993, pp. 36–37.
  4. ^ Smith 2000, p. 300.

References[edit]

  • ʻAbdu'l-Bahá (1978). Selections From the Writings of ʻAbdu'l-Bahá. Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Baháʼí Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-85398-081-0.
  • Esslemont, John (1980) [Composed 1923]. "Ch. 14". Baháʼu'lláh and the New Era (5th ed.). Wilmette, Illinois, USA: Baháʼí Publishing Trust. ISBN 0-87743-160-4.
  • Katirai, Foad (2001). Global Governance and the Lesser Peace. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-453-0.