The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 13
My Son James,—
You remember well, three years ago, when we all lived together, that your Mother and I could not agree upon religious matters, and which has been the cause of our separation, as your mother chose to leave moon that account, thinking, of course, that she was acting according to the Scriptures. Poor deluded woman! What a pity she had not been better acquainted with the Apostle Paul—as she considered me an unbeliever, and his advice in such a case is, if a believing wife has an unbelieving husband, he says that she is not to leave him. Such is the teaching of the Spirit, my boy, whatever your mother may tell you to the contrary; and if you turn up Corinthians—, you will see ft for yourself. You know my boy, that the great matter that we used to dispute about was the personal reign of Christ and the near fulfilment of the Prophecies, and the great wars that was likely to break out on the Continent resulting in the supremacy of Russia in that quarter of the globe. Of course, your Mother could not heir such an interpretation of the Scriptures. Seeing that she had been taught different from the day that she was a child, and being highly developed in the organs of veneration and in habitivenesss, it seemed almost like death itself to believe that her parents and her ancestors could be taught wrong; and besides, she had a belief which is very popular these times of ignorance—viz., she believed that she was born of the Holy Spirit and that she was taught by the same Spirit—a belief which is held by about five hundred different Sects—from the Roman Catholic Religion, down to what is designated the Christian Disciples, which seems to me to be a doctrine very much akin to the doctrine of infallibility. All these different Sects pray that they may be taught by that one infallible Spirit, and if their prayers are answered, which they believe they are, how comes it that the Spirit of God, which is infallible, teaches such a variety of doctrines, and how does that same spirit teach your Mother different from the Apostle Paul; and all these different Sects say that there are good Christians among them. But of late years, we have had another added to the number—viz., Spiritualism—another development of the Spirit, by which it only communicates through tables, hats, and other materials; and the strange part of it is, my boy, that the tables follow me. Another strange part of the business is, ask any of these people if they are Christians, they will answer you that they hope they are. Ask them if they are heirs and joint-heirs with Christ in the promises made to Abraham, some will say yes, while others will say no; and if you ask them that answer you in the affirmative, what these promises are, they cannot tell you anything about them. But if you ask these same parties if they have got the property that was left them by their father, they will answer you yes immediately. Even ask their ministers, and you will find them no better. But, my boy, there is one thing which they seem all to agree about—viz., they believe there are three persons in the God-head—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They believe that the Son is as old as the Father, and the Holy Spirit, is as old as both. Now, my son, you will be in great difficulty to know how all these different Sects can be right when you come across such Scripture truths as these following :—There is only one God and one mediation between God and man—the man Christ Jesus j and you will also wonder how they can make out that Christ was God, when Moses says that God would raise up a man like unto Him. Now, my boy, if God would raise up a page 7 man like unto Him, how could it he himself; or can you believe that Pilate nailed up God upon the cross; or do you think Christ would pray to God himself, according to the popular dogmas. True, Christ said himself, "Those that has seen me, his seen the Father." How so? Let Paul explain he says that Christ was God manifested in flesh, and that he was the express image of his Father's person, so that it is quite reconcilable with the Scriptures to say that those who had seen him had Been the Father. Another thing which they all agree upon is, that we are all born with immortal souls, and that when we die, these souls go either to heaven or hell, and remain there until the judgment, when all their bodies are resussected, the souls are brought from heaven and hell, put into the bodies, and judged the second time, as if God could make a mistake the first. However, the Roman Catholics take a more reasonable view of the matter. They believe they go into Purgotry, awaiting the judgment. But, my boy, you will have little difficulty in seeing the absurdity such a belief involves. Not only that, but the Scripture teaches that we are to seek for life and immortality through patient continuance in well doing. Why seek for it if we get it at our birth? And the Scripture also teaches that God only hath immortality. There is another matter which might be of some importance to you, which I have not touched upon yet—viz., some four years ago, that wonderful book, Baxter's Napoleon, the Monarch of the World, came out and startled the whole of so-called Christendom. Some believed in the book, while others condemned it without shewing any Scripture reason. But, my boy, your father, if you can remember, took a different course—taking the book and comparing it with the word of God, and after finding out its fallicies, delivered a course of lecture in the Foresters' Hall (Royal George Hotel), and gave it as his opinion, that so far as Napoleon Dynasty was concerned, it must fall to the ground, and Continental Europe be ruled by the "King of the North," or Emperor of Russia; and, when the present war broke out, he delivered another lecture in the same place, and still adhered to his former opinion. The following is the grist of his lecture, giving a description of the colossal image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream:—
The organization which this vast Empire will assume, my boy, when fully developed, is represented in the seventh chapter of Daniel, by a collossus in human form, which, as an apparition, flitted before the mind of Nebuchadnezzar in a dream. Daniel says, that the scene of which it was the subject, was representative of what should be in the Latter Days. This being admitted, it follows that what is recorded in that chapter, is yet in the future. The scene exhibits a colossus standing on its feet in unrivalled brightness of glory and terrible to behold. Standing thus for a time, not indicated, another object appears—even a stone representative of a Power not in mortal hands. The stone power smites the collossus on the feet, and it falls, after which the stone proceeds to reduce the broken fragments to dust, which, by the violence of the process, is carried away so completely that not a vestige of the colossus remain; and, the place left void by the disappearance of the stone, becomes the territory of the stone power, which, by the operation, becomes a Mountain Dominion and fills the whole Image Earth.
This scene has never been exhibited before the eyes of the world, because the constituents of the colossus have never yet been put together so as to form the image of the scene. These constituents are represented by the page 8 different metallic parts, as the Challeo-Assyrian golden head, the Medo Persic Assyrian silver arm" and breast, the Macedo Assyrian belly of brass, the Greco-Assyrian and Greco-Egyptian not hern and southern thighs of brass, the Latino-Assyrian iron and clay feet and toes Now, while the head, breast and arms, belly, thighs, legs and to us have all existed, the feet have not yet been formed, so that it has been hitherto impossible for the colossal image to stand erect as Nebuchadnezzar saw it in his dream. It is therefore the mission of the Autocrat to form the feet and set up the image before the world in all its excellent brightness and terribles of form; that all men subject to the Kingdom of Babylon may worship the work of its creators power.
When it stands upon the Plain of Dura, my boy, the imperial fabric will rest upon the Russo-Greek and Latin feet and toes—two Emperors and ten Kings on the Roman earth, whatever may do beyond. The form of the image necessitates the reduction of the present number of European Emperors from four to two; and you know, my boy, at present there are four—viz., Turkey, Russia, Austria, and the French. There are but two legs, therefore there can be only two imperial divisions of the do opinions in its latter-day or time-of-the end manifestation. From mature consideration, I am certain that Russia will he the golden-head, and also one of the Emperors or legs of the image. With regard to the second leg, I am not so certain. I had a strong opinion that Austria was the other; but it is possible that the the German Empire may be formed and declared an Empire, and if that is the case, it will suit the prophecy of Daniel. But, my boy, so far as Russia is concerned, I feel so certain that I will stake my religion upon it, and, if I am wrong, I will admit that your mother is right. But, as to the present Napoleon Empire, it is simply meteoric. Providence has raised it up as the Frog Power Dominion to work out by its policy an antagonistic Russo-Austrian Policy, leading to the manifestation of the image preparatory to the overthrow of the Kingdom of Babylon by the Stone-Power or Kingdom of God. Had the French Empire not been resuscitated, events would have flowed in a different channel, and the gathering of the nations to the Armageddon conflict humanly speaking evaded. State documents prove that, the policy of Louis Napoleon has been the excuing cause of the Eastern Question, and it will be the cause of still further complications; but, my boy, you see that beyond a certain limit he cannot go. He has a mission to perform, and when it is accomplished, his work is done. He will not be allowed to settle himself upon the throne of a French empire. The age of conquest, he says, is gone never more to return, and this was most complacently re-echoed by the admirers of Louis Napoleon in England. But, my boy, how little do the puppets, through whom Providence works out his purposes, understand the times and tendencies to which they belong—they propose, but the disposition of all things is of God. There is to be no more fighting for conquest or aggrandizement or selfish advantage between France and England, says Lord Palmerston; but for the liberties of oppressed nations, and to establish the freedom and independence of Europe; and, continues he, I am confident it will be crowned I with success. There may indeed be no more fighting between France and England, as belligerent principles; but their leaders are all wrong in supposing that "the age of conquest is past for ever," and that they will succeed in estab- page 9 lishing the freedom and independence of Europe. There never has been such an age of conquest as that which will soon open upon the world. And as to the establishment of European freedom and independence, the war to be initiated is the setting in of an overwhelming inundation that will submerge them under one of the most terrible and scorching despotism that ever wrung the heart of nations. England's ally, in whom she now glories, and by whose aid she proposes to do such great things for Europe, will eventually prove but a broken reed. The French Empire must fall, and Napoleon perhaps give place to a nominee of his good friend the Autocrat, for before the end comes, the French Monarchy may be expected to reappear, and then, unless Britain can form some alliance beyond the limits of the Kingdom of Babylon, she will have to fight the battle of freedom and independence alone, and at the price of her own existence if she fail. France is "Gomerian," my boy, and as such must come into confederacy with the great Cossack Ruler of the Gogian Image, and then, though not as a principal, she will send her conquered and crest-fallen hosts to do battle for the Autocrat against Britain on the mountains of Israel's land.
Therefore, my son, it is impossible that Nebuchadnezzar's image can represent, any other Imperial confederacy of Nations than that under the King of the North in the time of the end. The names given in Ezekiel's list of God's army, are representative of the countries known to have existed under the dynastic rule of the gold, the silver, the brass, and the iron. Part of Assyria proper, already belongs to the King of the North, and pertains to the gold; Persia is to be with him as the silver element; Grecism is typified by tke brass, and his Gomerians by the iron; while his Magogians, Roshi, Muscovites and Siberians with the Central Asiatic Tartars of Togarmah's house are the clay, which he com ingles with the iron to form the fest as the connecting medium between the legs and toes. Besides, my boy, no two such Empires as that of the Image of the Northern Gog could co-exist in the latter days—there would be neither population nor space for them in the Kingdom of Babylon—as there you will see at a glance that the time and place of their existence are the same. They must therefore be one and the same confederate powers, the image being symbolical or representative of the Gogian dominion of the King of the North or Autocrat of Russia. You will then see that the future magnitude of "Gog's Dominion," or the King of the North," or the "Autocrat of Russia," will be the greatest that has ever been upon the face of the earth, and during the time that he is forming the image, Daniel describes as being "such a time of trouble—such as never has been since there was a nation to that same time;" and, my boy, you live in a terrible age, for one of the Prophets describes it in the following language :—"The slain of the Lord shall be many, from the one end of the earth to the other end of the earth. He says they shall not be lamented, neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the ground." But, my boy, Daniel does not particularize the extent of the dominion of the "King of the North" in the eleventh chapter, though, indeed, he symbolizes it in his second. But what he has omitted the eleventh of Ezekiel, has sufficiently supplied in his prophecy of "Gog." By the names of the people he mentions in Gog's title, and the description of his army, you may easy learn what nations this Autocrat gathereth, and heapeth to himself as thick clay in the day of his page 10 high exaltation. Daniel says of him in general terms :—"He shall enter into the countries and shall overwhelm and pasover, and many countries shall be at his steps." That is from weakness' as the word implies the worn-out state of the nations facilitating his progress. Ezekiel tells us that these countries are those of Magog, Gemer, Persia, Ethiopia, Lybia and Togarmah, with their hosts, in addition to Rosh, Meshekh and Thuval." He says that the "King of the North," or "Gog," is to be for a mishmar—a guard, sentinel, shepherd, or supervisor over all these, it is not to be supposed, my boy that he will be the sole Emperor or crowned head. The position marked out for him is that of a King of Kings, and a Lord of Lords, as was his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar the post Nimrond an founder of the Kingdom of Rabylon. It is probable that the house of Hapsburgh will continue imperial—nay, I would say, my boy, more than probable. The Autocrat's supervi-iorship of the Kingdom of Babylon is not at all incompatible with the Western Imperiality of Austria. Alexander, in Constantinople, and Francis Joseph, in Vienna, with the priority assigned to the former, would only be a resuseiation of an old form of the Catholic Kingdom of the Fourth Beast, as when Areadius and Honorius amicably divided, or rather agreed, to sustain (he majesty of the two-legged iron and brass dominion upon their united shoulders. According to this arrangement, there will then exist a dragon—a beast with two horns like the horns of a lamb, and the ten horns, exercising all the powers now exercised by the thrones, principalities, and powers, in the countries named by Ezekiel, and represented by the Diadmed Ten Homed symbol. The Autocrat, then, as chief Emperor, will become in the progress of events "Lord of the Ascendant," even the "Agog" of the east and west. Shinning from his lofty throne, as Lucifer, son of the morning over the nations weakened by the gratification of his insatiable ambition. If he has not yet said it, the time is coming when he will think an evil thought; and say in his heart as it is revealed of him—"I will ascend into Heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the Mount of the Congregation (Zion) in the sides of the North; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.!" He who made man (my boy), and knows thoroughly the vanity and presumption of the human heart, has spoken thus of Bel-shadzer, the type of the last occupant as the throne of the Kingdom of Babylon. A man of such a soul as this is not upright, and therefore unfit to rule the world for God, for he that ruleth over men must be just ruling in the fear of God. His dominions duration must therefore of necessity be brief; but, while it lasts, he will prove himself to be "a proud man who enlargeth his desire as the grave and as death, and cannot be satisfied; but gathereth unto himself all nations, and heapeth unto him all peoples—lading himself with 'thick clay.' "
By turning my Boy to a Map of Europe and Asia, you may trace out the territory of the Kingdom of Babylon as it is detined to exist in its last form under the 'King of the North "in his Gogian manifestation. The names of countries furnished by Ezekiel will had you to a just conception of its general extent; besides "all the Russias," it will take in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portngal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Prussia, Austria, Turkey, Persia, Tartary, page 11 Greece, and Roman Africa and Egypt. This will be a dominion of great magnitude, extending from the North Sea to the Wall of China and Affghanstan, and from the Ice Sea to the Deserts of Africa and Arabia.
Having shown you the future magnitude of the Emperor of Russia's do ninions, you will be very anxious, my boy, to know what Great Britain is doing in the meantime. It seems to me to be very evident that when Russia comes against Turkey in Europe, that England takes possession of Turkey in Asia. As the prophet says, "But these shall escape out of his hand—Edom and Moab, and the chief territory of the sons of Ammdon and these territories are not included in the Gogian empire, they are situated in the south and south-east of the Holy Land, and will fall under the dominion of another power, hostile to the "King of the North." I think it is probable that the power holding these countries will, for a time, possess Egypt, but in the course of the war loose it; "for the land of Egypt shall not escape the 'King of the North.' "which implies its independance of him to a certain time. The power that is to be antagonistic to the "King of the North" is very evidently England, as it is designated "The Old Lion, and the Young Lions, and the Merchants of Tarshish" and in another place it is said—" he to the land shadowing with wings lor Colonies) that sends her ambassadors by sea"—proving that power to be an Island State.
The next matter which I will endeavour to explain to you, my Boy, is the position of the Russian and British forces at the Advent.—"The time of trouble" spoken of by Daniel. The terrible epoch precedes the good time celebrated traditionally in the ballads of the Gentiles. The termination of the "King of the North's" career is one of the greatest events of the crises. Having been stirred up to fury by the defiance hurled against him by the Anglo Tarshish power, and in consequence invaded the Holy Land, he will take up his position "between the sea to the mountain, the glory of the holy that is between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee, and from whence to the Holy City, which he will invest with his forces. Thus he will be like a cloud preparing to sever the land marked our, being a distance of 70 miles from Jerusalem, to the rear of his position, and about 35 miles from sea to sea. Within this area is included Jezreel and the Plain of the ancient city Megiddo, celebrated in Jewish history for the great lamentation caused in Judah and Jerusalem because of the overthrow of their forces, and death of Josiah there at the band of the Egyptians. As there was a notable national mowning it is cited by Zechariah, as an illustration of a future national lamentation, at the time when "All nations shall come against Jerusalem," especially as they will over-spread the field of Josiah's disaster. The whole area that will be occupied by the "King of the North" is represented in the "Revelations" by this celebrated section of it, styled Armageddon, or the Mountain or Heap of the Valley of Judgment, On this area, my Boy, David says—"The King of the North shall plant the tents of the camp." He will then be at the head of the armies of all the nations of the Gogian confederacy gathered against Jerusalem to battle—as Zechariah and other prophets have oretold: "Well garrisoned and defended as the Holy City no doubt will be by the Anglo-Tarehish power and the Jews, the City will nevertheless be taken, but not destroyd, though page 12 great calamities will be inflicted upon the inhabitants." Jerasalem being taken, there is reason to believe that the war will be continued on the other side of the Jordon, in that part of Ammaon which does not escape out of the land of the King of the North; this will extend the seat of the war to Eastern Idumea or Edom, in the region of Bozrah; while South Edom, Moab, and the magjo part of Ammon escape its ravages. This will be the position of the two armies—Gog extending from Egypt to Mount Carmel, across the Jordon, to Bozrah eastward; while the Anglo-Tarshish forces cut off from the Mediterranean, and their western fleet will face the army in the northern part of Ammon, their communication with the ocean being maintained by the Red Sea.
This being the final position of the hostile armies, my Boy, you will see the force of Isaiah's inquiry of the bloods ained traveller. "Who is this that cometh from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his" apparel, advancing in the greatness of his strength?" The army contending for God's land is, therefore His enemy. In holding South Edom, the capital of which was Seir, Moab, and the magoj part of Ammon, ect., to Kushistan, Anglo-Tarshish will occupy a part of the terriory covenanted to Abraham and Christ; while Gog, at the same time, holds the rest. To say nothing of "their wickedness," "which is great," he is, because of this invasion and coveted appropriation of the land, the enemy of Yahweh and his King. As it is written, "Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies." Edom then may be styled the front of the Gogian armies; and therefore when Yahweh goes forth to fight them, "as when he fought in the day of battle" in old time, he strikes the first blow at Bozrah, and a terrible blow it will be, as may be conceived from the answer to another question by the same prophet, saying, "Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth the wine-press." "I have trodden," says the advancing Hero, "the winepress alone; and of the people there were none with me, for I will tread them in my anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments; and I will stain all my raiment, for the Day of Vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked and there was none to help, and I wondered that there were none to uphold; therefore, mine own arm brought salvation to me; and my fury, it upheld me, and I will tread down the people in thine anger, and make them drink in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth."
From this we learn that, when Isaiah sees him coming towards Jerusalem, a blow had been struck, and that others remained to be inflicted, and that the Jews and their British protectors had afforded no effective cooperation in the overthrow. But who was this conquering Hero from a far country whose appearance is attended with such sudden destruction? He answers the question by saying—"I that speak in righteousness mighty to save," or, as it is apocalyptically expressed, "The Faithful and True One, who in righteousness doth judge and make war; clothed in a vesture dipped in blood, whose name is called the "Word of God." David styles him "Michael, the Great Commander, who standeth for Judah; also, "The Commander of Commanders," which is equivalent to page 13 "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." Hosea calls him "Jeskeel;" Ezekiel terms him "Adonai Yahweh;" Isaiah, "The name of Yahweh coming from few burning with anger and Paul, "The Lord Jesus revealed from Heaven taking vengeance, consuming and and destroying with the brightness of his coming."
The means by which, in the absence of all co-operation, his own almighty arm brings salvation are terrific. The following testimonies will exhibit them :—"Yahweh shall cause the glory of his voice to be heard; and shall shew the lightning down of his arm with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest and hailstone; for through the violence of Yahweh shall the Assyrian be beaten down which smote with a rod. For Tophet is ordained of old—yea, for the King it is prepared. He hath made it deep and large; the pile thereof is fire, and much wood; the breath of Yahweh, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. When Yahweh shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall down, and they shall fall altogether; for this hath Yahweh spoken unto me. Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the multitude. So shall Yahweh Tz'vaoth come down to fight for Mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will Yahweh Tz'vaoth defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. On that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver and of gold. Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword * * * * * And his princes shall be afraid of the Ensign, saith Yahweh whose fire is in Zion and his furnace in Jerusalem.
And again "Come near, ye nations to hear; and and hearken, ye people; let the earth hear, and all that is therein: the world, and all things that came forth of it. For the in lignation of Yahweh upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he utterly destroys them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter, their slain also shall be cast out, and their stecnh shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scrole; and all their armies shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the tree, and as a falling from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven; behold it shall come down upon Edom, and upon the people of my curse, to judgement. The sword of Yahweh is filled with blood it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs, and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams, for Yahweh hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom, and the unicorns (one of the symbols of Britain) shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls, and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their fat made fat with fatness, tor it is the day of Yahweh's vengeance—the year of recompence for the controversy of Zion."
Furthermore, my boy, he says, "I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all my mountains, saith Adonai Yahweh—every man's sword shall be against his brother, and I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood : and I will rain upon him and upon his bands, page 14 and upon the many people that are with him, and overflowing rain and great hailstones, fire and brimstone, speak into every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, saying, assemble yourselves, and come gather yourselves in every side to my sacrifice that I do slaughter for you, a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth; and ye shall eat fat till ye be drunken of my sacrifice which I have slaughtered tor you. Thus shall ye be filled at my table—with horses and charioteers, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord G d. And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall sea my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have land upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am Yahweh, their Eloim from that day and forward, and the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they trespassed against me; therefore I hid my face from them, and gave them into the hands of their enemies; so fell they all by the sword. In the valley of Jehoshaphat will I sit to judge all the nations round about; and I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon them, such as they have not heard." "In that day," saith Yahweh, "I will smite every horse with consternation, and his rider with madness. Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their orbits, and their tongues shall consume away in their mouths, and a great tumult from Jehovah shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hands of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor. Thus will the image be smitten, the little Horn of the Goat broken without help, and the King of the North come to his end with none to help hin—a catistrophe which the struggle now raging in the Continent will be sure to end—there may be a gap between, but I don't think it.
Now my B y, you can see from the quotations that I have made that such wars as these mentioned has never happened since the world began. Therefore, they must be in the future; and I am sure that you will be astonished at your mother trying to make you disbelieve in the reign of Christ, upon earth when you read the following passages :—Jeremiah says, "Therefore, behold the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said the Lord liveth who bought up the children of Israel out of the laud of Egypt; but the Lord liveth who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the North, and from all the lands whither he had driven them; and I will bring them again into their land that. I gave unto their fore-father." Ezekiel said—" The Governments would be overturned until He came, whose right it was to reign and I would give it him." Isaiah says—" The Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem and before his ancients glorously." [unclear: Mieah] says—"That the law shall go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord for m Jerusalem; and he shall judge among many people, and? rebuke strong nations afar off. And they shall beat their [unclear: sworas] into ploughshares and their spears into pruning-hooks, neither shall they learn war any more."
Such is the truths as revealed in the Holy Writ; and I daresay you will be astonished now that all so-called Christendom are so ignorant of these truths, let Daniel answer; he says—" The wicked shall do wickedl, and none page 15 of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand." Paul says, "That Christ will come upon the world like a thief in the night." But he says to the Christian—"But ye are not the children of the darkness, but the children of the light, that that day need not come upon you unawares." John, in Revelation, says—" Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast."
Now, my Boy, you have intellect to see that the clergy of all orders are not the justified of Daniel, the children of light of Paul, neither are they the men of understanding of St John in Revelation. What are they, then? you will ask. My answer is, they are of the world, for the world loves them, and presents them with purses of sovereigns and buggies. Did you ever read of the Apostles getting anything of that sort, my Boy? And look at their bazaars of Mahuzzim, is the prophet cads them, what they call places to preach the Gospel, and in which they hold their bazaars, which I consider a perfect swindle.
It is a remarkable feature, my Boy, in the prophecy of Daniel, that the [unclear: bazaars] for priestly and [unclear: clerlcal] wares are distinguished from houses or shops of fair and honourable trade by being styled Bazaars of Mahuzzim. When jewellers, bakers, hardwaremen, etc., open stores, they emblazon their signs with their own names, but when the clergy open houses for the exercise of their profession, they impose upon the ignorant public the idea that they belong to the Apostles and their brethern! They say that these ancient worthies are still alive, and in heaven, and greatly interested in human affairs—especially in church buildings, and things transacted there. Hence they put down their statutes in inches, and on parapets, and make them presents of the churches, as is clear from the names they bear—as St. Sophia, at Constantinople; St. Peters, at Rome; our Ladys at Paris; St Paul's, at London; St. Andrew's, at Dunedin; and so forth. The imposition, however, consists in this—that while they give these buildiness to the "departed spirits," they called by these names, they will not permit the gospel the Apostles preached, and the institutions they ordained to be announced within their walls; but perversely presist in excluding it, and in making it of none effect their vain traditions. The whole system is a cheat, and a very profitable one for the present to those who live by it. It is ecclesiastical craft, caused to prosper by the civil power; and it will prosper until Israel's commander shall bring it to an end, and cause the truth by his energy to prevail at last. But it is very evident my boy that there is a screw loose somewhere as the Guardian Saints seem quite incompetent to protect Rome, and "our lady at Paris" can do nothing to protect that city against Prussian cannon, and your mother will find that her guardian saints will be quite unable to stand against the affidavits that I have filed in the Supreme Court in the case now pending regarding your custody, as I have got all my cannon in position, regular 150 pounders, viz., affidavits of character from the Superintendent downward—so that when I open fire my boy, the seige will be a short one, and you and your two sisters may soon expect to be putting gooseberries in your own garden at Caversham. And I am sure if any person has gone through tribulation to enter the kingdom it is your father, and it has turned out as Christ said while on earth that a man's foes should be those of his own house. Verily it has been too true. There is another incident in history my son I must tell you page 16 about, viz., The whole of Spain nearly burst with laughter When about two years of age, the Queen read the papal letter announcing to the whole world that Pius IX sent the golden rose to Isabella in recompense for the virtues and the purity of her life. Is England going to be a Republic? my boy, is in everybody's mouth, and of course you ask me if I can trace any thing from the Scriptures to warrant that idea, my answer is "No." But I am of opinion that Queen Victoria will be the last occupant of the thrown of England, and I will show you how I come to such conclusions. You know, my boy, that everything done in the Old Dispensation is typical of something in the New, as in the case of David's stone striking the image Goliath, and the stone Christ is to strike the image. Again, Solomon's peaceable reign was a type of the reign of Christ, and the Queen of Sheba therefore was typical of something in the reign of "the greater than Solomon." The question now is, my boy, who is the Queen of Sheba of our day, I answer Queen Victoria undoubtedly, as she holds that country, being part of India to the south-east of Judea by the Straits of Babelmandeb—and she is quite young enough to abdicate her throne, and to lay her crown and treasures at the feet of the "greater than Solomon," who will dispose of her and her affairs according to his will. The Scripture says that "the Queen of Sheba, will off him gifts," and that the Gentiles will come to see him from the ends of the earth, and say surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanities, wherein there is no profit. Even your mother might make a trip from New Zealand, as she has sufficient zeal and honesty of purpose to do so. And I am sure, my boy, you can see that if Queen Victoria was put off the throne either by death political or natural, there could be no Queen of Sheba as laid down in the prophecies, as there would be plenty of sons to fill the English throne for the next thousand years. And if you have any doubt about these truths, I can give you a further proof of my confidence, as I challenge any layman or clergyman from Dunedin to John O'Greats, and my boy, if they are afraid to accept my challenge, it is another proof that they are like the customer with the bad shilling—afraid to throw it down upon the counter—fearing that by its sound, the shop keeper would detect it was a counterfeit.
"What matters—a heart which though faulty was feeling
Be driven to excesses that once could appall,
That the sinner should suffer is only fair dealing,
As the saint keeps her charity back for the ball."
Mr Graham invites his friends to take
with him on Christmas Day
T. H. Snowdon, Printer Princes-street, Dunedin.