Baha'u'llah & the New Era by -J. Esslemont- 5 Para

In the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah are several references to a man called the Branch. These have often been taken by Christians as applying to Christ, but are regarded by Baha'is as referring especially to Baha'u'llah. (217:1)

The longest Bible prophecy about the Branch is in the 11th chapter of Isaiah:-- (217:2)

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.. The wolf also shall dwell with the kid; and the calf and the young lion.. and a little child shall lead them.. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (217:3)

..And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isa xi:1-12) (217:4)

"One of the great events which is to occur in the day of the.. Branch, is.. that all the nations.. will become one nation.. All will become one religion.. Israel will be gathered in the Holy Land, and that the Jewish people who are scattered.. will be assembled together.." ('Abdul-Baha) (218:1)

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