Indeed, God's ways are mysterious and unsearchable. What outward relation exists between Shiraz and Tihran, Baghdad and Constantinople, Adrianople and 'Akka and Haifa? God worked patiently, step by step, through these various cities, according to His own definite and eternal plan, so that the prophecies and predictions as foretold by the Prophets might be fulfilled. This golden thread of promise concerning the Messianic Millenium runs through the Bible, and it was so destined that God in His own good time would cause its appearance. Not even a single word will be left meaningless and unfulfilled. ('Abdul-Baha) (251:2)

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Baha'u'llah & the New Era
J. Esslemont