The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84
Revelation, chapter 21 verse 16—" And the city lieth four square, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with a reed 12,000 furlongs (1500 miles)."
Note.—This extent will include the whole present dominion of New Zealand (including Norfolk Island and the Chatham Islands), where the recognition by aboriginal language translated and other of God's glorious providences may be seen.—Read Ezekiel, chap. 37.
Nota Bene.—The same word which represents a "bone" in Maori and cognate languages, represents also variously a "bone," "family," "tribe," or "nation." And I may also mention here that the same word "Ihu," which in Maori represents the "nose," is also rendered into Maori for Jesus.
Note.—The measures of length for the city described by Saint John may be applied, in miles, to the larger city described by Ezekiel, which also lieth four square (and in the original no descriptive measures are given by Ezekiel), and it would include, I think, all the Maori speaking islands, and, applying the same rule to all the holy oblation, would, I think, show the grand desideratum.—Ezekiel, chap 48 verse 20.
The oblation to be offered to the Lord of 25,000 by 10,000 seems to me intended to represent the sum of the offering for the priests and Levites, and would not be very far off the relative proportions of water and land on the whole earth. Or it may be intended otherwise, but there seem to be repetitions, which may have been made in the copying. The language of the prophet is to a certain extent figurative, but if Ezekiel's city is the same as that inner city described by Saint John, and referred to by Isaiah, what objection can be made to the length, north and south, being taken to mean geographical miles, and overlook variations in (measures of) breadth, or longitude, the same being caused by the figure or shape of the earth.page 12
Nota Bene.—In the 18th verse, length is described as eastward and westward, but in the 8th and 10th, breadth is described as eastward and westward.
The figures or numbers throughout appearing consistent (I allude to figures only), any alteration in the translation of the verses 15 to 20 of chapter 47, describing sides or aspects, to render the reading consistent also, will doubtless appear in good time (if) as well as in other verses of chapter 48, describing the apportionment of the whole holy oblation.
The meaning or signification of the words in the original languages, used as proper names in the Old and New Testament, as in describing the borders of the land—Ezekiel, chap. 47 verses 15 to 20, and chap. 48 verse 1—might be found in a Table or Vocabulary thereof.
When the contributor of these notes, a very few months ago, read from a telegram that the nations had agreed upon Greenwich being fixed as the world's meridian for longitude, it read in his ears something like the sounding of the fourth trumpet. And whether England's place would be with the 10,000 in breadth for the priests toward the west, or with the 10,000 toward the east (verse 10), the residue of 5000 would be found to be left in the place assigned for it.
Visions, or dreams, have sometimes been understood only faintly at first, the plain interpretation being only clearly given afterwards, as in the case of Cornelius and Peter (Acts of the Apostles, chap. 10), when Peter said: "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons."—Verse 34.
The explanation of some of these mysteries and apparent difficulties in translation or interpretation, perhaps may be easily found in the joining of the two sticks of Judah and Joseph.—Ezekiel, chap. 37. This being done, the city and suburbs, or the fifth part of the length of the whole holy oblation which is to be offered, also four square (Ezekiel, chap. 48 verse 20), being found, when attempted to include all the people of the recognised language, "The name of the city from that day shall (surely) be the Lord is there."—Chap. 4S verse 35.
The following are the rest of the note6 previously referred to:—
Revelation, Chapter 9.
Verse 1—" And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth : and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit."
Note (as a hopeful comment) Peter's fall.—Luke, 22, verses 56 and 57—" But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said: This man was also with him. And he denied, saying: Woman, I know him not,"
Verses 5 and 10—" And their power was to hurt men five months."
Note.—Locusts live in warmer countries about five months, and die they do no good, and do hurt all their lives.
Verse 11—"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the-bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Note.—Its equivalent in English is the Destroyer, or Exterminator.
Read Ezekiel, chapter 39.—Gog, Magog, and Hamon Gog—
Means the multitude of the wicked, heathen or unbelievers,. witches, men of secret societies, societies with secrets, &c., and are equivalent to their similitudes in Revelation, especially and including the locusts.—Revelation, chap. 9.
Notes on Ezekiel, chapter 39. Chap. 39.
Verses 2 and 4—Mountains of Israel—
Means, I think, The Law of God, The Word or the Church of God.
Verse 5—Open field—
It may mean, perhaps, secular legislation.
Verse 11—Hast of the Sea—
Means sun rising, or clearness and light.
Verse 12—Seven Months—
It may mean the time, however long, from the promulgation/ to the general acceptance and acknowledgment of the application of the prophecies of Ezekiel and Saint John.
Verse 15—A Man's Bone—
Do not mistake this bone for the "dry bones" mentioned in the 37th chapter, which are to live and to breathe, and be covered; the others, as worse than worthless, are to be buried out of sight.
Verse 15—A Sign—
It surely means a sign of cleansing or being cleansed, and not one of uncleanness.
Chap 40. Chapter 40.
Verse 2—Frame of a City—
The New Jerusalem.
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25, verse 14), and the alms of the heart He promises to bless (Matthew, chapter 6 verse 4).
How completely opposite the secret of God to the secret and hidden covenants of men.page 14
As for me, I will say with Jacob: "O, my soul, come not thou into their secret: unto their assembly, mine honour be not thou united" (Genesis, chap. 40 verse 6). And with David, "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity" (Psalm 64, verse 2). "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."—1st John, chap. 1 verse 5.
"And say to Archippas : Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord that thou fulfil it." "Paul and Timotheus to the faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse."—Chap. 4 verse 17.
The Bible in which the preceding notes were written was left at the club house first of all on the first date named, 19th February, to be re-bound, the cover being broken. Two days after, in the Press, Christ-church, newspaper of the 21st February, the following notice appeared, dated Invercargill, 20th February, 1885:—"The funerals of Messrs Rowlands and Dun, drowned on Saturday, took place to-day, and were the most numerously attended for years past, Rowlands being a prominent Freemason and Oddfellow. Rowlands had in his pocket when drowned a copy of Masonic Funeral Service which he had procured from Dunedin as Secretary of Lodge, so as to be prepared in the event of death of a member of the order. This was printed and used to-day for his own burial service."
The Bible was given back to me repaired on the 27th of the same month, and I finally returned it to the club house on the succeeding Wednesday.
On the subject of Masonic funerals, in which professing Christians are concerned, I introduce here an enquiry I made in a letter addressed to the Very Rev. H. Jacobs, Dean of Christchurch, on 11th September, 1884;—"Dear Sir,—I have a question to ask you, which I have desired to ask during the last two months, and its answer will afford me information which, in a crude and hesitating way, I have long desired to have. . . . . . . . About two months ago I read in the newspaper an account of the funeral of the late Dr. Donald: that his coffin was attended to the grave by ' His Lordship the Bishop, the Very Reverend the Dean, and clergy:' that at the grave the choir of Holy Trinity Church sang two hymns, and after his Lordship the Primate had concluded the service at the grave, the Masonic burial service was read, and 'the responses were taken up by the Church of England Choir, accompanied by the organ belonging to the Lodge of Unanimity,' My question is simply this: Did the Bishop and clergy remain at the grave during the Masonic service thereat ?"
What follows is the reply of the Rev. Henry Jacobs, dated 12th September, 1884:—"I am glad to be able to give a distinct answer to your question. The Bishop and the officiating clergy did not remain at the grave during the Masonic service at the funeral of the late Dr Donald. They left directly after the conclusion of the burial service-of the Church/' This last letter was addressed to Mr. Thos. Perry, Upper Merivale.page 15
The Invercargill priest of heathenism was buried, as related, while my Bible with the notes written in it was being re-bound at the club house. In the same newspaper, the Press, of 21st February, 1885, there is a most corrupting notice of a Masonic sermon by a clergyman of the Church of England.
What can be the symbols of men, the corner-stone of whose temple is secrecy, to true ministers of the Church of Christ? Do you seek to change times and laws, or is the world turned into another meaning ? The people of Athens who worshipped The Unknown God in the days of St. Paul (Acts, chapter 17 verse 23) were innocence when compared with such dissimulation.
The sympathies of men extend themselves, and bonds to secrecy tend to destroy the integrity of the soul, to make and harden liars, and to strengthen the hands of wicked men; and the teaching of Christ is perverted when lectured on by the chaplains of such an institution. The plague is not peculiar to the Church of England, and there is in the neighbourhood a Presbyterian minister who has, as a champion, troubled the faith.
What answer did our Lord Jesus Christ give to the tempter ?
"Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
The Lord thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore: and throughout all generations.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen !
St. Albans, New Zealand,
19th October, 1885.
J. T. Smith & Co., Printers, &c., Hereford-Street, Christchurch.