However, this ultimate goal could not be attained, and men were deprived thereof by virtue of their evil deeds, which brought upon them the retribution of God, in accordance with the basic principles of His divine rule.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 177)
O Ye Peoples of the World! Know verily that an unforeseen calamity is following you and that grievous retribution awaiteth you.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 63).