In the early 19th century, in a series of events that are (for the most part) never talked about, a religious fervor spread over the world as people everywhere anxiously awaited the return of Jesus Christ. Comparisons to recent events like the 2012 scare don't do it justice. Entirely new sects of Christianity were formed. Stores sold "Rapture Robes" garments specifically yanked out of when righteous purchaser ascended to heaven. There was debate on the floor of congress for several days over the United States official position should Christ return to earth. for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 In an event unnoticed by the Christian world a young man in the Persian city of Tabriz declared himself to be the herald of Christ's return. This happened both on the very day that William Miller (founder of the Millerites) predicted, and on the hour that Samuel Morse wrote the first telegraph message, "what hath God wrought". This man, Mullah Muhammad Ali was not a christian, but his coming had been prophesied in Islamic teachings. The Callipate of Iran, fearing for their political positions condemed Ali (who had taken the name of The Bab, which means "the gate" in Farsi). His followers were hunted, persecuted, jailed and martyred in his name. Finally the Bab was detained and told to perform a miracle in order to prove his status as a prophet of God. The Bab refused and was ordered executed as an apostate. Early in the morning of July 9th, 1850 the Bab was sent for, interrupting his discussion with his factor. He told the guard, "Not until I have said all the things I wish to say can any earthly power silence me. Though all the world be aligned against me, yet shall it be powerless to deter me from fulfilling, to the last word, my intention." The guard took him anyway to be executed, and as the Bab was dragged through town a young man by the name of Anis flung himself at the Bab's feet and implored that he not be separated from him. The order was signed to have Anis executed alongside the Bab. In order to prevent the prophesy of the return of the 12th imam from comming true the caliphate had arrange for the Bab to be killed by firing squad of a christian regiment. The prophecy saying that he would be killed by his own religion. The commander of the regiment came to the Bab, saying that he held no ill will toward him. The Bab replied, "Follow your orders, and if your intention be sincere, The Almighty is surely able relieve you of your perplexity." The Bab and Anis were suspended from a rope tied to a peg in the wall and subjected to a firing squad of 500. When the dust cleared The Bab was nowhere to be seen. Anis stood unharmed, the rope having been severed by the hail of bullets. A furious search was begun, before The Bab was found, in the jail cell where he had been interrupted. He told the guard, "I have finished my conversation, now you may proceed to fulfill your intention." The christian commander ordered his men to return to the barracks and swore on his life never to repeat that action. A Muslim regiment volunteered, and once again The Bab was suspended. Before his sentence was carried out he told the crowd, "The day will come when you have recognized me. That day I will have ceased to be with you." The hail of gunfire reduced the bodies of The Bab and Anis to a pulp, leaving their faces miraculously untouched. No sooner had the shots fired then a cloud of dust descended on the city of Tabriz, obscuring the sun completely, terrifying the people for 24 hours. An earthquake shook the city of Siraz (the capital) more violently then any on record. The Bab's body was ordered fed to dogs, who refused to touch it, and then after discarded outside the city gates. It was rescued by his followers and now lies in a special shrine on Mount Carmel in Haifa Israel. The religion he helped to found, The Baha'i Faith has grown to over 8 million followers and is the fastest growing religion on the planet. Their teaching of the unity of mankind, and the oneness of all religions has spoken to millions.