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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Chapter XVI. — The seven angels pour out their vials

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Chapter XVI.

The seven angels pour out their vials.

God's wrath upon mankind was poured out by His agents, the seven messengers.

2. And the first laid hands on souls full of false premises, and whose delusion was that God was with them, and on those that had the mark of the beast, and on those who worshipped His image, all on the wrong road, blind leaders of the blind.

3. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and every living soul died in the sea, as were their species and as were their signs, for between man and fish the difference was but in their congregation of common terms, and their power to put them into trains of thought.

4. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters, and men drinking drank hatred, and brass bands played on ahead, and they would march behind unto war.

5. And I heard him say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because Thou hast judged them and their notions, and their mansions in the sky, and you send them to slaughter, for not one of them had been heard to say, As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness, and shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness. Let them go down into slaughter.

6. Their thoughts did but shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou, O Lord, hast given them blood to drink.

7. And God was praised for his righteous judgments, and fables, figures, tropes, and similes, the adornment of pious lies, did stink in other nostrils besides that of Bill, an honest man who did name things true to kind, and with simplicity and in sincerity did abide with them.

8. And the fourth angel scorched them with fire, saying: When the world was a child it thought as a child, but after wandering astray for two thousand years its false premises have been cast down.

9. And the great heat caused them to blaspheme their God, which had been unto them of no scientific value, and of their only true word they repented not to give him glory.

10. The fifth angel went for the seat of the beast, whose kingdom was full of fright, doubt, and despair, and they gnawed their tongues for shame when they looked backwards on their bigotry, and their superstition, and their great darkness, and none had freed them from the tangle.

11. And of their deeds they repented not, but did blaspheme their God, which was a wrong idea, and no God at all. They saw not that His right arm, the middle term of their syllogism, should page 51 have the fruit of the spirit which was truth, meekness, goodness, long suffering, gentleness, joy, peace, and such like common terms as do but exalt the people.

12. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the Great River Euphrates, and the waters thereof were dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared for Shiloh, that stranger, and that young man, cometh from a far eastern country where the moa had roamed.

13. And I saw well reasoned science drive out fallacies and unclean frogs from the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, and his roll of a book did shower contempt upon miracles where there was naught but the work of his hand and creatures of his creation. And the same were tied down to his natural laws, and before him they pass in procession which in ten thousand years changeth not.

14. For they did pretend to work miracles when they well knew that God alone did them by the entrance of His word into the mind of man, and they dwelt upon an after state that was not, for no man hath ascended up to heaven, not even David, who did truly affirm, that his breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perished, and for the last time his eye did quiver and his brain cell explode.

15. Behold I come as a thief, and God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not to bring to nought things that are, and blessed is he that understandeth his ways. Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe, and he would have them believe, and he did create that which was not, and was moved to perform miracles as thick as blackberries to feed appetites demanding them, for at that time miracles were not to them objects of wonder. Superstition had wonders, visions, dreams, and miracles daily, especially upon an empty stomach before breakfast early in the morning, but Bill, club in hand, came lately amongst them to destroy their piffle.

16. He ranged them in line for his spiritual Armageddon, them and their aberrations and their immortalities, saying: The word was greater than flesh, and his valley of decision and his great battle was bloodless, would not bruise the wing of a fly, but faithful and true it came under the shadow of a puriri tree, and a bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench, and he shall bring forth judgment unto truth by the brightness of his coming.

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17. And Pete told them things to come, and some that would not come, and they cried it was done, saying: Well done, thou good and faithful servant, and hereupon Daniel, that true prophet, rose up and stood in his lot, for it was indeed the end of the days.

18. And there was a spiritual upheaval, great and mighty, and those gorgeous visions which did float before their heated imaginations did burst and stink, and they all did say: The father worketh hitherto, but with Bill he is now at it, and hath come into their midst, armed with strong common sense, and which did shut a door that no man can open.

19. And the city was divided, and churches toppled over, and to the readers of thy word, Great Babylon came in remembrance.

20. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found, and divine poetry with rhetorical grandeur doth hereabouts soar very high indeed, but such things did not happen amongst natural laws that are generalized facts. Islands and mountains are of solid foundation, yet withal, his Patmos periods do but glorify the word, and to him, indeed, we hand the olive branch for words that have gained immortality.

21. John's metaphor meant that Bill's smash up would show them how the ancient and holy prophets were victorious, and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, would be given to the people of the saints of the most high.