Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 12 Para

And now the questions is, "How do we respond?" (60:1)

If Baha'u'llah is, indeed, the Christ Returned, then we should respond to Him with eagerness. But how will we know? Jesus said: (60:1)

You shall know them by their fruits. (mat 7:16) (60:2) see

And what are the "fruits" of which Jesus speaks? (60:3)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (gal 5:22-24 RSV) (60:4) see

The way we will know if Baha'u'llah is the Christ Returned is the same way that we know today that Jesus is the Christ.  We can learn about His Life and Words, His sacrifice and love, and through earnest prayer can be confirmed through inspiration of the Holy Spirit (60:5)

And because prophecy constitutes an important part of peoples' expectations of the Second Coming, I have devoted the body of this book to considering the nature of prophecy.  The First Coming of Christ was a divine gift to the world; His Second Coming is likewise.  At His First Coming, we know that for some people, their understanding of prophecy got in the way of receiving this divine gift.  In retrospect, it is easy to see that a literal interpretation of the Word of God led to this misunderstanding (60:6)

If we consider thoughtfully, we see that most of the current understanding of prophecies pointing to the Second Coming is literal in nature. I offer to the reader the thought that once again, the prophecies referring to the Coming of Christ have a deeper spiritual meaning (60:7)

With this, dear reader, I wish you Godspeed and pray that in your life you find the happiness that the Lord has promised to all those who seek Him: (60:8)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (60:9)

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (mat 7:7-8) (60:10) see

If you are interested in investigating Baha'u'llah's claim to be the Christ Returned, there is a wealth of information available for this purpose (60:11)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino