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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

Chapter XXI. — Description of the heavenly Jerusalem

Chapter XXI.

Description of the heavenly Jerusalem.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, wherein God's natural laws did continue, as in times past, and of saviours there were none, and there was no more sea, for from mountain top to height across ocean and sea they speak one to the other, and nations and peoples and tongues that had walked in great darkness saw a great light, and the world was brought into line with its one people, one universal common term, one syllogism, one destiny, one word, and that the true word of God.

2. And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, which by him was named, and he shall bring forth judgment unto truth by hid physical and scientific discovery.

3. Behold the tabernacle of God is with man when he lieth in his bed with his right hand on his stomach, his left hand on his right shoulder, and his mouth resting against his left fore- page 62 arm, and towards midnight he doth blink, grope, and meditate upon that which is uppermost in his mind, and he did talk with his God about a thing he got that day. This was his major premise, and God sat silently watching upon His throne, and say man wrestle with self, heart and conscience, and in the search for the true middle term he fell asleep. In the morning his accidental predicables galloped over the same ground, and he did find the true conclusion, and that day made amends and gave God the glory. And whilst fishing the waters of life for the true middle term, the apple of his eye ceased not, and his eye-lashes did fall down before him, and they rose again, but this was not to see It was the eye in its dual office of seeing and working God's right arm in man's act of reasoning. Here is His temple, and come it must, those worshipping therein shall have their quickening spirit constantly engaged in holy converse, coining only syllogisms of truth and righteousness. One is, that the grave cannot praise thee, the living; the living, in their muscle and motion, things that do perish, shall praise thee, as I do this very day, and my truth shall descend from father to son, and the history of my people shall not be lost.

4. The eye thus moved in predication can shed motives and principles and actions of the best, and when search in earnest both prevail, then will God wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorry nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.

5. Behold I make all things new, and these words are true and faithful, and a marvellous work hath been done, and they shall know that the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

6. It is done, and Daniel's time hath come, for many run to and fro, and knowledge hath increased.

7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and behold an hand was sent unto me, and lo! a roll of a book was therein, and I saw Bill the Namer declare in meekness a thing as it is, which is truth, and those eating, saw pending the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

8. Have a care, oh, beware, ye fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers and liars, and idolaters, their thoughts shall betray them, and their gropers shall rebuke them, and it shall remain in the minds of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof, and the stones thereof, and in that just punishment they shall find their second death.

9. Come hither and I will show you Bill's wife. A widow.

10. And on a high mountain rising from the Pacific he showed me that city holy Jerusalem, a mother in Israel.

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11. And her three score years have been for the world's good.

12. For she is plain and unnoticed, and meek and lowly, and lives with her husband and her lover, who is God.

13. She is kind and considerate, and her thoughts harm no one.

14. And she fears her maker and glorifies his name.

15. And he that talked with me had a golden reed named and described in his roll, Bill the Namer, where is found man's seven senses, saying: They are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth. And with them Bill say the human race keep dodging amongst the accidental predicables, and they were substance, quantity, quality, relation, place, time, situation, possession, action, and suffering. The categories and predicaments of mankind which did mark out certain tracks to be pursued in searching for the middle term suitable to the occasion, and in a lonely path he did track truth and sought to name it, that the world be brought into line, and in silence and in wonder he stood viewing Edom drunk with delusions, lies, folly, fallacy, ignorance, bigotry, and superstition, amidst a rank growth of clericalism and orthodoxy, where imaginations were dead drunk with gorgeous visions of immortality. And Bill loved Obadiah, who did likewise say, For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually. Yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. And Bill, an every-day saviour, whose chief concern was to keep clean and avoid temptation, shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the Mount of Esau, and his truth shall spread, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.

16. And he measured man and his new Jerusalem, and found an operation of sense was a condition precedent to the naming of his word, and in this new truth were gathered together in one, the children of God that were scattered abroad, and none say, sir, we shall see him?

17. According to the measure of a man was it seen and considered that his perishable senses must operate before his soul could frame its ever-present syllogism, and God's purpose with the human race is gradually developed by the agency of man's common term, and that thing alone.

18. And the girl born blind, deaf, and dumb, was without a soul until by her sense of touch she was taught the signs such as language supplies, and she was placed by God amongst the human race, so stricken, that His deeper purpose should be made manifest, and in her affliction was found His second coming.

19. If within her cerebral there had been an immortal soul, her thinking and her dreaming and her talking in her sleep would have been possible without that rapid movement in her fingers; page 64 in other words, if she had an immortal soul, I have my doubts about its being able to sing songs of praise when its senses of muscle and motion were not there to lead off the chorus.

20. God's natural laws are paramount, and they did compel her to coin with activity those arbitrary signs, before her soul could reason, and thus her soul of intelligence was in bondage to the flesh.

21. And every child born into the world hath no soul until it masters the sign such as language supplies, and herein is uncovered and made manifest unto all men, Bill's holy Jerusalem.

22. And I saw no temple therein other than the Kingdom of God, which was a pure dictionary encased in the cerebral of man, and the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life, yea, the words of eternal life.

23. And the city hath no need of sunlight or moonlight, for God is in everything that could be said, and in man's expression have we his presence, and in the darkest hour the activity of the human eye working against a well-primed cerebral shall lead man forward to his throne of grace.

24. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth in their inward, royal, and best trains of thought shall commune with it.

25. Night and day in all wakeful moments the gates of the mind are open to receive terms, and from them deduce the middle term of the syllogism there and then to be framed, and no altar built by man is needed, for when his hat is on his house is covered, and popes and parsons shall be glad indeed that Bill hath saved them from themselves and their false interpretation and their unnatural thesis, and in falling into line they shall say must do is a grand master.

26. Ye worship you know not what, and the hour cometh when ye shall worship neither in this church nor in that temple, nor in that pilgrimage, but in the grace and truth of your meditation shall ye worship him. The Father seeketh all to worship him in spirit and in truth. God is a spirit, and they must worship him in spirit and in truth.

27. I have named the only true God, therefore let truth and righteousness, and joy and peace and happiness be spread before the God whom I have named, whose right arm and common term doth but fill our discourse. The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.