I saw in the distance a great city,

White and shining on the far horizon, glowing alabaster,

And there were voices and thunders, and lightnings,

And there was a great earthquake,

Such as was not since men were on the Earth,

So mighty an earthquake, and so great.

And the great city was divided into three parts,

And the cities of the nations fell.

And the great city came in remembrance before God

To give unto her the cup of the wine

Of the fierceness of his wrath,

And every island fled away,

And the mountains were not found,

And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven,

Every stone about the weight of a talent.

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone,

And threw it into the sea, saying,

"Thus, with violence shall the great city be thrown down,

And shall be found no more at all.'

And the voice of harpists, and musicians, and of pipers,

And of singers, and trumpeters,

Shall be heard no more in thee;

And no craftsmen, of whatever craft he be,

Shall be found anymore in thee;

And the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more in thee.

And the light of the candle will shine no more in thee

And the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride

Shall be heard no more in thee

For your merchants were great men of the Earth;

By there sorceries all nations were deceived.

And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints,

And all those who were slain upon Earth.

And my brothers laid hold of my hand,

And they struggled out of the pool of slime

And stood bewildered on the sea of sand,

And the skies opened and washed their naked bodies with rain.

In Heaven

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters,

And as the voice of great thunder:

And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps,

And they sang a new song before the throne.

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven,

Having the songs of day and night

And the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the Earth,

Unto them that have climbed from the pit of slime,

And stand naked and washed by rain before the throne.

And the angel cried out, "Fear God, and give glory to him;

For the hour of his judgement has come:

And worship him that made Heaven and Earth,

And the sea, and the fountains of waters."

White Horse

And I saw Heaven open, and beheld a white horse;

And he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,

And in righteousness he does judge.

His eyes were like a flame of fire,

And on his head were many crowns,

And he was cloaked in blazing light

And his feet were bare.

And his name is called the Word of God.

And the holy brotherhood followed him upon white horses,

Clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

And they entered the eternal Infinite Garden,

In whose midst stood the Tree of Life.

And the rain washed naked throngs came before them,

Trembling to receive their judgement.

For their sins were many, and they had defiled the Earth,

Yea, they had destroyed the creatures of the land and sea,

Poisoned the ground, fouled the air,

And buried alive the mother who had given them birth.

But, I saw not what befell them, for my vision changed,

New Heaven and Earth

And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth;

For the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away;

And there was no more sea.

And I saw the holy city of the brotherhood

Coming down from God out of Heaven,

Prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying:

"Lo, the mountain of the Lord's house

Is established in the top of the mountains

And is exalted above the hills;

And all people shall flow to it.

Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

To the house of God;

And he will teach us of his ways,

And we will walk in his paths:

For out of the Holy Brotherhood shall go forth the Law.

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men,

And he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,

And God himself will be with them, and be their God.'

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

And there shall be no more death,

Neither sorrow, nor crying,

Neither shall there be any more pain:

For the former things have all passed away.

Those who made war shall beat their swords into ploughshares,

And their spears into pruning hooks:

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Neither shall they learn war anymore:

For the former things have passed away.

A New Creation

And he spoke again: "Behold I make all things new.

I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

I will give to him that thirsts at the Fountain of the Water of Life freely.

He who overcomes shall inherit all things,

And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

But the fearful, and the unbelieving,

And the abominable, and murderers, and all liars,

Shall dig their own pit which burns with fire and brimstone."

Another vision

And again my vision changed,

And I heard the voices of the holy brotherhood raised in song,

Saying, "Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Law."

And I saw the Holy City,

And the brothers were streaming to it.

And the city had no need of the sun,

Neither of the moon to shine on it:

For the glory of God did lighten it.

And I saw the pure river of the Water of Life,

Clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God.

And in the middle of the river stood the Tree of Life,

Which bore fourteen kinds of fruits,

And yielded her fruit to those who would eat of it,

And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no night there;

And they need no candle, neither light of the sun,

For the Lord gives them light:

And they shall reign for ever and ever.

Conclusion

I have reached the inner vision

And through thy spirit in me

I have heard thy wondrous secret.

Through thy mystic insight

Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge

To well up within me,

A fountain of power pouring forth living waters;

A flood of love and all embracing wisdom

Like the splendour of eternal light.

dénouement  

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