All the Messengers in the past have promised that a great World Teacher would come Who would bring an age of peace to mankind. Sometimes they refer to this as the return of their own spirit, sometimes it seems like another person, as in this quotation from the Christian scriptures: "I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you unto all truth..."
Bahá'ís believe that, although the Messengers are all different individuals, it is the same spirit, the spirit of God, which is in them all. So, in one sense, it is the same Messenger Who comes each time. In another sense, it is actually a different person.
The name Bahá'u'lláh means 'the Glory of God' or 'Glory of the Lord'. This title is mentioned in many prophecies in the Holy Books.
Bahá'ís believe that Bahá'u'lláh is the Prince of Peace promised to the Jews by Isaiah, the Spirit of Truth promised by Christ as His Return, the Promised One of Islam, the Return of Krishna, the Buddha Maitreya.
Because of His Faith, Bahá'u'lláh was bastinadoed (beaten on the soles of the feet), imprisoned in a dungeon in chains, exiled from country to country, and imprisoned again for most of the rest of His life. He accepted all this because of His love for God and His desire to serve Him. He never stopped telling everyone about the Message which God had given Him, the Message of peace and love and brotherhood between all people and all nations.
Despite His sufferings, Bahá'u'lláh was happy because He was doing the will of God.
This is the day when the will of God will be done upon all the earth:
"The promises of God, as recorded in the holy Scriptures, have all been fulfilled...This is the day which the Pen of the Most High hath glorified in all the Holy Scriptures."
This is the day for which humanity has been hoping and waiting for thousands of years:
"Verily I say, this is the day in which mankind can behold the face, and hear the Voice, of the Promised One....Great indeed is this Day! "
This is the promised Age of Peace.
Each Messenger also brings social teachings designed for each particular age. The teachings of Bahá'u'lláh are for the age we live in today. Here are some examples:
"That one indeed is a man who today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race...The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."
"The day is approaching when all the peoples of the world will have adopted one universal language, one common script...These things are absolutely essential."
"...among the teachings...is the equality of women and men."
"It is important to limit riches, as it is important to limit poverty. Either extreme is not good."
"When a conference is convened, representative of all nations...then universal peace will be established..."
"Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him."
"War shall cease between the nations, and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen as a new world, and all men will live as brothers."
"O people! The Day, promised unto you in all the Scriptures, is now come."
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All quotations are from the Bahá'í writings unless otherwise stated.