Entry by troops – imminent? overdue? centuries away?
Sen McGlinn argues that the timetable for entry by troops, or at least the achievement of the lesser peace, should be measured in hundreds of years:
Whether Shoghi Effendi was looking back to the promise about “this qarn” given in the “Seven Candles” or was alluding to the reference to “this great `asr which is the qarn of Baha’u’llah” in Some Answered Questions itself, it is clear that when Shoghi Effendi says that “world unity … as Abdu’l-Baha assures us, will, in this century, be securely established” he is not using ‘century’ to refer to a period of 100 years, but to a long period, apparently the equivalent of the “cycle of Baha’u’llah.” A long long – long – century, when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)