“Everything is renewed and so, the essence of Divine Religion must be renewed too. Imitations must completely vanish and the light of truth must shine. The teachings that are the spirit of this era must be propagated, and those are the teachings of Bahā’u’llāh that are famous in the horizons and are the breath of the Holy Spirit.”
Reference:- Abdul Baha, Makatib (Egypt), Vol: 3, P.332
Baha’is claim that after the spring of each Prophet’s teachings a winter occurs in which another Prophet must appear:
“. . . The appearances of the Manifestations of God are the divine springtime . . . Bahā’u’llāh has come into this world. He has renewed that springtime.”
Reference:- Abdul Baha, The Promulgation Of Universal Peace, P.10
This is only a recipe prescribed for the previous religions. Although `Abdu’l-Bahā claims that religions must be renewed. However, Bahā’u’llāh believes that he himself is the last Manifestation and there will be no Manifestations after him. This is what he utters after expressing his dissatisfaction with the Bābīs who were making new claims by the day:
“Whoso layeth claim to a Revelation direct from God, ere the expiration of a full thousand years, such a man is assuredly a lying impostor. We pray God that He may graciously assist him to retract and repudiate such claim. Should he repent, God will, no doubt, forgive him. If, however, he persisteth in his error, God will, assuredly, send down one who will deal mercilessly with him.”
Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, The Kitāb-i-Īqān, p. 32.
In the notes under this verse it has been clearly mentioned:
“The Dispensation of Bahā’u’llāh will last until the coming of the next Manifestation of God, Whose advent will not take place before at least “a full thousand years” will have elapsed.”
Reference:- Bahaullah, The Kitabi Aqdas, P. 195
These contradictions are very clear. In the first instance Bahā’u’llāh claims that no manifestation will ever appear again but elsewhere he claims a manifestation will appear no less than a thousand years from now!
The contradictions regarding the concept of cycles are even more severe.
Refer:- Twelve Principles – A Comprehensive Investigation on the Bahai Teachings