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Number - 500,000
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Bahá'í Cycle. A period of time beginning with the Declaration of the Báb, including the Bahá'í Dispensation (the Bahá'í Era) and extending beyond it into the future, to include the dispensations of future Manifestations of God who shall be under the shadow of Bahá'u'lláh. In a letter interpreting a Zoroastrian prophecy, 'Abdu'l-Bahá described the Bahá'í Cycle as lasting 'at least five hundred thousand [500,000] years'.8 The Bahá'í Cycle is also called by Shoghi Effendi the 'Era of Fulfilment', which succeeded the 'Prophetic Era' or 'Adamic Cycle'.
[BD 35]
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Bahá'í Era. Began May 22, 1844, at 2 hours and 11 minutes after sunset in S̲h̲íráz, Persia. The first century of this Era comprises the "Heroic, the Primitive, the Apostolic Age...and also the initial stages of the Formative, the Transitional, the Iron Age" ushered in by 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Will and Testament. (GPB xi, xiii). The Bahá'í Revelation is "the consummation of all the Dispensations within the Adamic Cycle, inaugurating an era of at least a thousand year's duration, and a cycle destined to last no less than five thousand centuries [500,000 years] ...." (GPB 100).
[BG 11]
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