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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Chapter XX. — Satan bound for a thousand years

Chapter XX.

Satan bound for a thousand years.

And I saw Bill with his sword after the devil, whilst slowing us new things, even hidden things, and men didst not know them.

2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent which is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years This did God by calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth his counsel from a far country.

3. And he cast down imaginations and uncovered figures, and probed metaphors and exposed tropical sayings, and did whower contempt upon sorceries, and did drive them into a bottomless pit and set his seal upon them. This God did by raising up one from the north, and he shall come from the rising of the sun, shall he call upon my name, and he shall come upon princes as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay, and war; shall cease under his one faith, one God and Father of all, and with great earnestness they shall say this war shall be the last war, and page 60 that man of sin and his seed and his breed and his generation shall utterly be destroyed, for he thought by violence to change the world in a few days, when God's promise was that he himself would do it by the discovery of a new truth in a day of small things.

4. And the travail of my soul was satisfied, for many had come and many had gone, yet none had altered man's laws of thought and I praised God, saying: Thou hast taken to Thyself Thy great power, and the grass withereth and the flower fadeth, but the word of God, as now seen, shall stand for ever.

5. And my train of thought became a seven-worded reverie, but my enemies did say they were seven enthematic stings from that man of sin:—
  • Brutes' children and deaf-mutes have no soul.
  • Until taught language signs they cannot reason.
  • Deaf-mutes reason after an operation of sense.
  • They cannot think without working their fingers.
  • Their soul is dormant until fingers move.
  • Before they dream their fingers must move.
  • Without this movement their soul is dead.

And the same being true, my lonely learning, my peculiar thinking, shall spread until the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as waters do cover the sea, and this is the first resurrection.

6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, for then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord to serve him with one consent, and with him reign as long as woods grow and waters run.

7. And all mankind shall perfect their predicator upon the anvil of truth, and whilst there is death in self there is immortality in truth, and nations shall guard it and preserve it, and hand it down and lose it not, and from thence shall arise an high ideal and sound public opinion, bright with kindness and mercy to all.

8. And that which could not be believed shall come to pass for we shall see the remnant of Israel do no iniquity, nor speak lies, neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, and they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

9. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house, the cerebral of man with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts.

10. The syllogism of man is God's right arm. Be silent, there fore, O all flesh, before the Lord, for He is raised up out of His holy habitation, saying: Behold the man whose name is the branch and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord and lead them to his altar.

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11. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat thereon and there were voices, saying: This is the word of the Lord, not by might nor by power, but my spirit saith the Lord of Hoss who nameth in righteousness.

12. And behold the stone I have laid before him in his fingerring shall have seven eyes, and I have engraved the engraving thereof, and shall remove the iniquity of the world in one day, for never man spake as this man, and in him we see and hear and feel all promises fulfilled.

13. Each shall have a quickening spirit, and in that day ye shall call every man his neighbour, and all of them shall be allies, and there shall be no enemies under the vine and under the fig tree, and by their words and by their works they shall be judged.

14. Death and hell are vanished by these two olive branches, which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves, and long expected come at last these two anointed ones that stand for the true word of God.

15. The book of life was opened to the heathen prophen when he said, he hath showed thee, O man: and what doth the. Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. Here is man's duty, and the law and the prophets and the New Testament can show none better. Thus the Lord is redeemed by his servant Jacob without a mirade.