At this he soars me in an ecstatic trance over a godless Middle East.
At this, Baha'u'llah tells me: John, why be bewildered! I, Baha'u'llah, shall tell you the secret of the greed and of the Muslim brutality that bears it with its seven territories and its ten regimes. (17:7) see orig
The Muslim brutality that you saw began with the Umayyad Caliphate. Then it ceased. Then it came back as the Ottoman Sultanate in its spiritual error. It shall be destroyed. Folk living in the Middle East who cannot be acclaimed as living decent lives due to a founding of a militaristic Muslim world order marvel at seeing this brutality-- for it began, then ceased, then came back-- (17:8) Vz see orig
-Here indeed deep insight!-
As for the Muslim brutality that came, then ceased, this same force drove the eighth Ottoman Empire, as it were of the seven. It also shall be destroyed. (17:11) see orig
These shahs have a single aim. They have devoted their power and authority to brutality. These shahs have fought the Bab. But the Bab has prevailed over them. For he is a Lord of lords and a King of kings. And we his Babi faithful are motivated, select, and true. (17:13) Vh see orig
Continuing, he tells me: The nations, crowds, peoples, and language-groups that you see where seductive greed rules are eleven billion people set to populate the planet. (17:15) see orig
As for the ten rogue Muslim systems that you saw, as well as their brutality, these shall abhor seductive greed. They shall attack and strip it bare, swallow up its wealth, and destroy it ferociously. For Allah is fueling their fanaticism to carry out His plan, to shoot for a single goal, and to commit their sovereign power to brutality until we Speakers for God, the Bab and I, prevail. (17:16) see orig