The Covenant of God – Readings: The Promise of a New Manifestation

11. “The Lord of the universe hath never raised up a prophet nor hath He sent down a Book unless He hath established His covenant with all men, calling for their acceptance of the next Revelation and of the next Book; inasmuch as the outpourings of His bounty are ceaseless and without limit.” —Selections from the Writings of the Báb 87

12. “As for the reference in The Hidden Words regarding the Covenant entered into on Mount Párán, this signifieth that in the sight of God the past, the present and the future are all one and the same. . . . And it is a basic principle of the Law of God that in every Prophetic Mission, He entereth into a Covenant with all believers—a Covenant that endureth until the end of that Mission, until the promised day when the Personage stipulated at the outset of the Mission is made manifest. Consider Moses. . . . Verily upon Mount Sinai, Moses entered into a Covenant regarding the Messiah, with all those that would live in the Day of the Messiah. And those souls, although they appeared many centuries after Moses, were nevertheless—so far as the Covenant, which is outside time, was concerned —present there with Moses.” —Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 207

13. “The Greater Covenant into which, as affirmed in His [the Báb’s] writings, God had, from time immemorial, entered, through the Prophets of all ages, with the whole of mankind, regarding the newborn Revelation, had already been fulfilled. It had now to be supplemented by a Lesser Covenant which He felt bound to make with the entire body of His followers concerning the One Whose advent He characterized as the fruit and ultimate purpose of His Dispensation. Such a Covenant had invariably been the feature of every previous religion. It had existed, under various forms, with varying degrees of emphasis, had always been couched in veiled language, and had been alluded to in cryptic prophecies, in abstruse allegories, in unauthenticated traditions, and in the fragmentary and obscure passages of the sacred Scriptures. In the Bábí Dispensation, however, it was destined to be established in clear and unequivocal language. . . .” —Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By 27-28

14. “‘I am not apprehensive for My own self . . . My fears are for Him [the next Manifestation] Who will be sent down unto you after Me—Him Who will be invested with great sovereignty and mighty dominion.’ . . . ‘By those words which I have revealed, Myself is not intended, but rather He Who will come after Me. . . .’” —Bahá’u’lláh, quoted in The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh 117

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