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Chapter 16 — The Apocalypse

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         Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
         this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:
         for the time is at hand.
— REVELATION.

         Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of
         our God, in the mountain of His holiness.
— PSALMS.

1      ST. JOHN writes, in the tenth chapter of his book of
         Revelation: –

3      And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven,
         clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and
         his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of
6      fire: and he had in his hand a little book open: and he
         set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the
         earth.

The new Evangel

9      This angel or message which comes from God, clothed
         with a cloud, prefigures divine Science. To mortal sense
         Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and
12    dark; but a bright promise crowns its brow.
         When understood, it is Truth’s prism and praise. When
         you look it fairly in the face, you can heal by its means,
15    and it has for you a light above the sun, for God “is the
         light thereof.” Its feet are pillars of fire, foundations
         of Truth and Love. It brings the baptism of the Holy
18    Ghost, whose flames of Truth were prophetically de-
         scribed by John the Baptist as consuming error.


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Truth’s volume

1      This angel had in his hand “a little book,” open for
         all to read and understand. Did this same book contain
3      the revelation of divine Science, the “right
         foot” or dominant power of which was upon
         the sea, — upon elementary, latent error, the source of
6      all error’s visible forms? The angel’s left foot was upon
         the earth; that is, a secondary power was exercised upon
         visible error and audible sin. The “still, small voice”
9      of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean
         to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of
         Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.”
12    It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It
         arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent
         forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is
15    the power of Truth demonstrated, — made manifest in
         the destruction of error. Then will a voice from harmony
         cry: “Go and take the little book. . . . Take it, and eat
18    it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in
         thy mouth sweet as honey.” Mortals, obey the heavenly
         evangel. Take divine Science. Read this book from
21    beginning to end. Study it, ponder it. It will be indeed
         sweet at its first taste, when it heals you; but murmur not
         over Truth, if you find its digestion bitter. When you
24    approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when
         you eat the divine body of this Principle, — thus partak-
         ing of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love,
27    – do not be surprised nor discontented because you must
         share the hemlock cup and eat the bitter herbs; for the
         Israelites of old at the Paschal meal thus prefigured this
30    perilous passage out of bondage into the El Dorado of faith
         and hope.

To-day’s lesson

         The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, or Revela-


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1      tion of St. John, has a special suggestiveness in connec-
         tion with the nineteenth century. In the opening of the
3      sixth seal, typical of six thousand years since
         Adam, the distinctive feature has reference
         to the present age.

6      Revelation xii. 1. And there appeared a great wonder in
         heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon
         under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve
9      stars.

True estimate of God’s messenger

         Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science inter-
         prets the Principle of heavenly harmony. The great
12    miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and
         the grand necessity of existence is to gain the
         true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of
15    heaven in man. This goal is never reached while we
         hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of any-
         one whom God has appointed to voice His Word. Again,
18    without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can
         never understand the divine Principle. The botanist must
         know the genus and species of a plant in order to classify
21    it correctly. As it is with things, so is it with persons.

Persecution harmful

         Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from
         view the apostle’s character, which made him equal to
24    his great mission. Persecution of all who have
         spoken something new and better of God has
         not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal
27    to the persecutors. Why? Because it has hid from
         them the true idea which has been presented. To mis-
         understand Paul, was to be ignorant of the divine idea he
30    taught. Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a
         greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea — igno-


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1      rance of Truth and Love. The understanding of Truth
         and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal
3      good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of
         evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.

Espousals supernal

         Agassiz, through his microscope, saw the sun in an
6      egg at a point of so-called embryonic life. Because of
         his more spiritual vision, St. John saw an
         “angel standing in the sun.” The Revelator
9      beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision.
         Purity was the symbol of Life and Love. The Revelator
         saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light, a
12    bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb
         of Love. To John, “the bride” and “the Lamb” repre-
         sented the correlation of divine Principle and spiritual idea,
15    God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.

Divinity and humanity

         John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in
         the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life
18    and its demonstration, — reducing to human
         perception and understanding the Life which
         is God. In divine revelation, material and corporeal self-
21    hood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.

Spiritual sunlight

         The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man,
         the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence
24    of God and man as the divine Principle and
         divine idea. The Revelator symbolizes Spirit
         by the sun. The spiritual idea is clad with the radiance
27    of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet. The
         light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spirit-
         ual Life, which is “the light of men.” In the first chapter
30    of the Fourth Gospel it is written, “There was a man sent
         from God . . . to bear witness of that Light.”

Spiritual idea revealed

         John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the im-


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1      maculate Jesus, and John saw in those days the spiritual
         idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy
3      Ghost,- divine Science. As Elias presented
         the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus
         afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this
6      figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God’s
         motherhood. The moon is under her feet. This idea
         reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit,
9      from which the universe borrows its reflected light, sub-
         stance, life, and intelligence.

Spiritual idea crowned

         The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars. The
12    twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, — separated by
         belief from man’s divine origin and the true
         idea, — will through much tribulation yield to
15    the activities of the divine Principle of man in the har-
         mony of Science. These are the stars in the crown of
         rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens
18    of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea
         by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting
         the light which shines “unto the perfect day” as the night
21    of materialism wanes.

         Revelation xii. 2. And she being with child cried, travail-
         ing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Travail and joy

24    Also the spiritual idea is typified by a woman in tra-
         vail, waiting to be delivered of her sweet promise, but re-
         membering no more her sorrow for joy that
27    the birth goes on; for great is the idea, and the
         travail portentous.

         Revelation xii. 3. And there appeared another wonder in
30    heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads
         and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.


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The dragon as a type

1      Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a
         diviner sense., harmony is the real and discord the unreal.
3      We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and
         death. We may well be perplexed at human
         fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts
6      its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions
         of evil. But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?
         The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, — the belief
9      that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.
         This dragon stands for the sum total of human error.
         The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that mat-
12    ter has power of its own, and that by means of an
         evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be
         broken.

The sting of the serpent

15    The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of
         all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also
         sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of
18    God. The Revelator sees that old serpent,
         whose name is devil or evil, holding untiring watch, that
         he may bite the heel of truth and seemingly impede the
21    offspring of the spiritual idea, which is prolific in health,
         holiness, and immortality.

         Revelation xii. 4. And his tail drew the third part of the
24    stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the
         dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be
         delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Animal tendency

27    The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its
         way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good.
         Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers
30    to “spiritual wickedness in high places.” It
         is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel


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1      them to devour each other and cast out devils through
         Beelzebub.

3      As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error’s
         own nature and methods. This malicious animal in-
         stinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to
6      kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and
         worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This
         last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night
9      without a star.

Malicious barbarity

         The author is convinced that the accusations against
         Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated
12    by the criminal instinct here described. The
         Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God
         and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus
15    must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate,
         met and conquered sin in every form. The brutal bar-
         barity of his foes could emanate from no source except the
18    highest degree of human depravity. Jesus “opened not
         his mouth.” Until the majesty of Truth should be demon-
         strated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned
21    before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was
         unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter
         might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.

Doom of the dragon

24    From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and
         death, envy, hatred, and revenge, — all evil, — are typi-
         fied by a serpent, or animal subtlety. Jesus
27    said, quoting a line from the Psalms, “They
         hated me without a cause.” The serpent is perpetually
         close upon the heel of harmony. From the beginning
30    to the end, the serpent pursues with hatred the spiritual
         idea. In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typi-
         fies mortal mind, “more subtle than any beast of the


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1      field.” In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this
         evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen
3      with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe
         for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the
         brightness of divine glory.

6      Revelation xii. 5. And she brought forth a man child,
         who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her
         child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.

The conflict with purity

9      Led on by the grossest element of mortal mind, Herod
         decreed the death of every male child in order that the
         man Jesus, the masculine representative of the
12    spiritual idea might never hold sway and de-
         prive Herod of his crown. The impersonation of the
         spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our
15    Master; but “of his kingdom there shall be no end,”
         for Christ, God’s idea, will eventually rule all nations
         and peoples — imperatively, absolutely, finally — with di-
18    vine Science. This immaculate idea, represented first
         by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman,
         will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up
21    the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love,
         melting and purifying even the gold of human character.
         After the stars sang together and all was primeval har-
24    mony, the material lie made war upon the spiritual idea;
         but this only impelled the idea to rise to the zenith of
         demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and
27    to be caught up unto God, — to be found in its divine
         Principle.

         Revelation xii. 6. And the woman fled into the wilder-
30    ness, where she hath a place prepared of God.


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Spiritual guidance

1      As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly
         through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides
3      of human fear, — as they were led through the
         wilderness, walking wearily through the great
         desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised
6      joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires
         in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense
         of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for
9      them who love God. Stately Science pauses not, but
         moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire
         by night, leading to divine heights.

12    If we remember the beautiful description which Sir
         Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess
         in the story of Ivanhoe, –
15    When Israel, of the Lord beloved,
              Out of the land of bondage came,
              Her fathers’ God before her moved,
18    An awful guide, in smoke and flame, –

         we may also offer the prayer which concludes the same
         hymn, –
21    And oh, when stoops on Judah’s path
              In shade and storm the frequent night,
              Be Thou, longsuffering, slow to wrath,
24    A burning and a shining light!

         Revelation xii. 7, 8. And there was war in heaven:
         Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the
27    dragon fought, and his angels, and prevailed not; neither
         was their place found any more in heaven.

Angelic offices

         The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine
30    messages, different offices. Michael’s charac-
         teristic is spiritual strength. He leads the
         hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and


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1      fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task
         of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering
3      Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth
         and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong
         faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through
6      the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence
         has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is
         Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.
9      Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is
         killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail
         against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with
12    them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and
         Spirit.

         Revelation xii. 9. And the great dragon was cast out,
15    that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiv-
         eth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his
         angels were cast out with him.

Dragon cast down to earth

18    That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent
         whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelli-
         gence in matter either to benefit or to injure
21    men — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and
         it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual
         idea, and so proved to be powerless. The words “cast
24    unto the earth” show the dragon to be nothingness, dust
         to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker,
         he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or mes-
27    sages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the
         false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in
         sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the
30    Lamb of Love.

Warfare with error

         Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf.


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1      Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error. Ever
         since the foundation of the world, ever since error would
3      establish material belief, evil has tried to slay
         the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this
         lie, called evil. The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse
6      typifies the divine method of warfare in Science, and the
         glorious results of this warfare. The following chapters
         depict the fatal effects of trying to meet error with error.
9      The narrative follows the order used in Genesis. In
         Genesis, first the true method of creation is set forth and
         then the false. Here, also, the Revelator first exhibits
12    the true warfare and then the false.

         Revelation xii. 10 — 12. And I heard a loud voice saying
         in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the
15    kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the
         accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them
         before our God day and night. And they overcame him by
18    the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
         and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore
         rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the
21    inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is
         come down unto you, having great wrath, because he
         knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Paean of jubilee

24    For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and mag-
         nify the Lord of Hosts. What shall we say of the mighty
         conquest over all sin? A louder song, sweeter
27    than has ever before reached high heaven,
         now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ;
         for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her
30    primal and everlasting strain. Self-abnegation, by which
         we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against
         error, is a rule in Christian Science. This rule clearly


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1      interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented
         by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love,
3      represented by the Mother. Every mortal at some period,
         here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the
         mortal belief in a power opposed to God.

The robe of Science

6      The Scripture, “Thou hast been faithful over a few
         things, I will make thee ruler over many,” is literally ful-
         filled, when we are conscious of the supremacy
9      of Truth, by which the nothingness of error
         is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in
         proportion to its wickedness. He that touches the hem
12    of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality,
         and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet
         and certain sense that God is Love. Alas for those who
15    break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the
         serpent of sin as well as of sickness! They are dwellers
         still in the deep darkness of belief. They are in the surg-
18    ing sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the
         drowning wave.

Expiation by suffering

         What must the end be? They must eventually expi-
21    ate their sin through suffering. The sin, which one has
         made his bosom companion, comes back to him
         at last with accelerated force, for the devil
24    knoweth his time is short. Here the Scriptures declare
         that evil is temporal, not eternal. The dragon is at last
         stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods
27    of torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon
         sin’s obduracy.

         Revelation xii. 13. And when the dragon saw that he
30    was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which
         brought forth the man child.


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Apathy to occultism

1      The march of mind and of honest investigation will
         bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of
3      some sort, the growing occultism of this period.
         The present apathy as to the tendency of
         certain active yet unseen mental agencies will finally be
6      shocked into another extreme mortal mood, — into human
         indignation; for one extreme follows another.

         Revelation xii. 15, 16. And the serpent cast out of his
9      mouth water as a flood, after the woman, that he might
         cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth
         helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and
12    swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his
         mouth.

Receptive hearts

         Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for
15    Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are wait-
         ing and watching for rest and drink. Give
         them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name,
18    and never fear the consequences. What if the old dragon
         should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea?
         He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again
21    sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night.
         In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual
         idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing
24    you impart will give thanks. The waters will be paci-
         fied, and Christ will command the wave.

Hidden ways of iniquity

         When God heals the sick or the sinning, they should
27    know the great benefit which Mind has wrought. They
         should also know the great delusion of mor-
         tal mind, when it makes them sick or sinful.
30    Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the
         power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are


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1      not so willing to point out the evil in human thought,
         and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing
3      iniquity.

Christly warning

         Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary
         to ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like
6      you better when you tell them their virtues
         than when you tell them their vices. It re-
         quires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his
9      faults, and so risk human displeasure for the sake of doing
         right and benefiting our race. Who is telling mankind
         of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the
12    foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and
         designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the
         danger and yet have given no warning.

The armor of divinity

15    At all times and under all circumstances, overcome
         evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply
         the wisdom and the occasion for a victory
18    over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love,
         human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a
         higher humanity will unite all interests in the one
21    divinity.

Pure religion enthroned

         Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal
         scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism, furnishes the
24    mirror in which mortals may see their own
         image. In significant figures he depicts the
         thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind. Thus he
27    rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom.
         With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates
         of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the
30    sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery,
         lust, and hypocrisy. He takes away mitre and sceptre.
         He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on


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1      high only those who have washed their robes white in
         obedience and suffering.

Native nothingness of sin

3      Thus we see, in both the first and last books of the
         Bible, — in Genesis and in the Apocalypse, — that sin
         is to be Christianly and scientifically reduced
6      to its native nothingness. “Love one an-
         other” (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound
         counsel of the inspired writer. In Science we are chil-
9      dren of God; but whatever is of material sense, or mor-
         tal, belongs not to His children, for materiality is the
         inverted image of spirituality.

Fulfilment of the Law

12    Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing
         short of this divine Principle, understood and demon-
         strated, can ever furnish the vision of the
15    Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with
         Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness,
         and death. Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen
18    and acknowledged that matter must disappear.

In Revelation xxi. 1 we read: –

         And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first
21    heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was
         no more sea.

Man’s present possibilities

         The Revelator had not yet passed the transitional
24    stage in human experience called death, but he already
         saw a new heaven and a new earth. Through
         what sense came this vision to St. John? Not
27    through the material visual organs for seeing, for optics
         are inadequate to take in so wonderful a scene. Were this
         new heaven and new earth terrestrial or celestial, mate-


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1      rial or spiritual? They could not be the former, for the
         human sense of space is unable to grasp such a view.
3      The Revelator was on our plane of existence, while yet
         beholding what the eye cannot see, — that which is in-
         visible to the uninspired thought. This testimony of Holy
6      Writ sustains the fact in Science, that the heavens and
         earth to one human consciousness, that consciousness
         which God bestows, are spiritual, while to another, the
9      unillumined human mind, the vision is material. This
         shows unmistakably that what the human mind terms
         matter and spirit indicates states and stages of con-
12    sciousness.

Nearness of Deity

         Accompanying this scientific consciousness was an-
         other revelation, even the declaration from heaven, su-
15    preme harmony, that God, the divine Principle
         of harmony, is ever with men, and they are
         His people. Thus man was no longer regarded as a mis-
18    erable sinner, but as the blessed child of God. Why?
         Because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and
         earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was
21    the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could
         see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the
         spiritual idea and consciousness of reality. This is Scrip-
24    tural authority for concluding that such a recognition of
         being is, and has been, possible to men in this present
         state of existence, — that we can become conscious,
27    here and now, of a cessation of death, sorrow, and pain.
         This is indeed a foretaste of absolute Christian Science.
         Take heart, dear sufferer, for this reality of being will
30    surely appear sometime and in some way. There will
         be no more pain, and all tears will be wiped away. When
         you read this, remember Jesus’ words, “The kingdom of


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1      God is within you.” This spiritual consciousness is
         therefore a present possibility.

3      The Revelator also takes in another view, adapted to
         console the weary pilgrim, journeying ” uphill all the way.”

He writes, in Revelation xxi. 9: –

6      And there came unto me one of the seven angels which
         had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked
         with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride,
9      the Lamb’s wife.

Vials of wrath and consolation

         This ministry of Truth, this message from divine Love,
         carried John away in spirit. It exalted him till he be-
12    came conscious of the spiritual facts of being
         and the “New Jerusalem, coming down from
         God, out of heaven,” — the spiritual outpour-
15    ing of bliss and glory, which he describes as the city
         which “lieth foursquare.” The beauty of this text is,
         that the sum total of human misery, represented by
18    the seven angelic vials full of seven plagues, has full
         compensation in the law of Love. Note this, — that the
         very message, or swift-winged thought, which poured
21    forth hatred and torment, brought also the experience
         which at last lifted the seer to behold the great city, the
         four equal sides of which were heaven-bestowed and
24    heaven-bestowing.

Spiritual wedlock

         Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sack-
         cloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-
27    winged dove descending upon you. The very
         circumstance, which your suffering sense
         deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel
30    entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers:


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1      “Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness
         into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb’s
3      wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea.” Then
         cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will de-
         stroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material
6      sense.

The city foursquare

         This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16)
         as one that “lieth foursquare” and cometh “down from
9      God, out of heaven,” represents the light and
         glory of divine Science. The builder and
         maker of this New Jerusalem is God, as we read in the
12    book of Hebrews; and it is “a city which hath founda-
         tions.” The description is metaphoric. Spiritual teach-
         ing must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate
15    the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodi-
         gal? Taken in its allegorical sense, the description of
         the city as foursquare has a profound meaning. The
18    four sides of our city are the Word, Christ, Christianity,
         and divine Science; “and the gates of it shall not be shut
         at all by day: for there shall be no night there.” This
21    city is wholly spiritual, as its four sides indicate.

The royally divine gates

         As the Psalmist saith, “Beautiful for situation, the
         joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of
24    the north, the city of the great King.” It is
         indeed a city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and
         square. Northward, its gates open to the North Star,
27    the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; eastward,
         to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who fol-
         lowed it to the manger of Jesus; southward, to the
30    genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies,
         – the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society
         into solemn union; westward, to the grand realization


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1      of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of
         Harmony.

Revelation’s pure zenith

3      This heavenly city, lighted by the Sun of Righteous-
         ness, — this New Jerusalem, this infinite All, which to
         us seems hidden in the mist of remoteness, –
6      reached St. John’s vision while yet he taber-
         nacled with mortals.

         In Revelation xxi. 22, further describing this holy city,
9      the beloved Disciple writes: –

         And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty
         and the Lamb are the temple of it.

The shrine celestial

12    There was no temple, — that is, no material structure
         in which to worship God, for He must be worshipped
         in spirit and in love. The word temple also
15    means body. The Revelator was familiar
         with Jesus’ use of this word, as when Jesus spoke of his
         material body as the temple to be temporarily rebuilt
18    (John ii. 21). What further indication need we of the
         real man’s incorporeality than this, that John saw
         heaven and earth with “no temple [body] therein”?
21    This kingdom of God “is within you,” — is within
         reach of man’s consciousness here, and the spiritual
         idea reveals it. In divine Science, man possesses this
24    recognition of harmony consciously in proportion to his
         understanding of God.

Divine sense of Deity

         The term Lord, as used in our version of the Old
27    Testament, is often synonymous with Jehovah, and ex-
         presses the Jewish concept, not yet elevated
         to deific apprehension through spiritual trans-
30    figuration. Yet the word gradually approaches a higher
         meaning. This human sense of Deity yields to the divine


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1      sense, even as the material sense of personality yields
         to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite
3      Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father with His uni-
         versal family, held in the gospel of Love. The Lamb’s
         wife presents the unity of male and female as no longer
6      two wedded individuals, but as two individual natures
         in one; and this compounded spiritual individuality re-
         flects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being.
9      In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no
         impediment to eternal bliss, — to the perfectibility of
         God’s creation.

The city of our God

12    This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary
         nor limit, but its four cardinal points are: first, the
         Word of Life, Truth, and Love; second,
15    the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third,
         Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Prin-
         ciple of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth,
18    Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets
         this great example and the great Exemplar. This city
         of our God has no need of sun or satellite, for Love
21    is the light of it, and divine Mind is its own interpreter.
         All who are saved must walk in this light. Mighty
         potentates and dynasties will lay down their honors
24    within the heavenly city. Its gates open towards light
         and glory both within and without, for all is good, and
         nothing can enter that city, which “defileth. . . . or
27    maketh a lie.”

         The writer’s present feeble sense of Christian Science
         closes with St. John’s Revelation as recorded by the
30    great apostle, for his vision is the acme of this Science
         as the Bible reveals it.

         In the following Psalm one word shows, though faintly,


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1      the light which Christian Science throws on the Scriptures
         by substituting for the corporeal sense, the incorporeal
3      or spiritual sense of Deity: –



         PSALM XXIII


[DIVINE LOVE] is my shepherd; I shall not want.

6      [LOVE] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
         [LOVE] leadeth me beside the still waters.

         [LOVE] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]: [Love] lead-
9      eth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

         Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
         death, I will fear no evil: for [LOVE] is with me; [LOVE’s]
12    rod and [LOVE’S] staff they comfort me.

         [LOVE] prepareth a table before me in the presence of
         mine enemies: [LOVE] anointeth my head with oil; my cup
15    runneth over.

         Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
         my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness]
18    of [LOVE] for ever.




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