A collection of 456 messages sent to Baha’i Institutions, individuals, and gatherings during the twenty-three-year period which is referred to as the Third Epoch of the Formative Age.
“The study of the messages contained in this volume yields a treasure of insight, knowledge, and understanding of the principles guiding the unfoldment of the Baha’i Faith and the efforts of individuals and communities as they strive to adopt the pattern of life prescribed by Baha’u’llah. . . . the inclusion of virtually every major message of the Third Epoch enables one to survey significant developments in the organic growth of the Bahá’í world community, to follow its increasing maturity and acquisition of new powers and capacities, to perceive a continuity in its development, and to detect patterns in the interplay between the forces of light and darkness, between crisis and victory. Individuals, communities, and institutions will find the book an important aid in making decisions as they apply themselves to meeting current challenges and will derive continual inspiration and encouragement from the majestic pronouncements, authoritative elucidations, and ennobling, luminous, and loving counsels of the Universal House of Justice. The messages themselves are sufficient proof that the Covenant of Baha’u’llah is unbroken, that the channel of divine guidance remains open, and that ‘the Day which shall not be followed by night’ has at last dawned upon the world.” —National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States