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    The doom of the Babylonish woman, referred to in Reve30lation, is being fulfilled. This woman, “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus,” “drunk with the wine of her fornication,” 126 126:1would enter even the church, — the body of Christ, Truth; and, retaining the heart of the harlot and the purpose 3of the destroying angel, would pour wormwood into the waters — the disturbed human mind — to drown the strong swimmer struggling for the shore, — aiming for 6Truth, — and if possible, to poison such as drink of the living water. But the recording angel, standing with “right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,” 9has in his hand a book open (ready to be read), which uncovers and kills this mystery of iniquity and interprets the mystery of godliness, — how the first is finished and the 12second is no longer a mystery or a miracle, but a marvel, casting out evil and healing the sick. And a voice was heard, saying, “Come out of her, my people” (hearken 15not to her lies), “that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities . . . double unto her double accord18ing to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double . . . for she saith in her heart, I . . . am no widow, . . . Therefore shall her plagues come in one 21day, death, and mourning, and famine; . . . for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” That which the Revelator saw in spiritual vision will be accomplished. The 24Babylonish woman is fallen, and who should mourn over the widowhood of lust, of her that “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, 27and a cage of every unclean . . . bird”?

    One thing is eternally here; it reigns supreme to-day, to-morrow, forever. We need it in our homes, at our fire30sides, on our altars, for with it win we the race of the centuries. We have it only as we live it. This is that needful one thing — divine Science, whereby thought is 127 127:1 spiritualized, reaching outward and upward to Science in Christianity, Science in medicine, in physics, and in 3metaphysics.

    Happy are the people whose God is All-in-all, who ask only to be judged according to their works, who live to 6love. We thank the Giver of all good for the marvellous speed of the chariot-wheels of Truth and for the steadfast, calm coherence in the ranks of Christian Science.

9    On comparison, it will be found that Christian Science possesses more of Christ’s teachings and example than all other religions since the first century. Comparing 12our scientific system of metaphysical therapeutics with materia medica, we find that divine metaphysics completely overshadows and overwhelms materia medica, even 15as Aaron’s rod swallowed up the rods of the magicians of Egypt. I deliberately declare that when I was in practice, out of one hundred cases I healed ninety-nine to 18the ten of materia medica.

    We should thank God for persecution and for prosecution, if from these ensue a purer Protestantism and mono21theism for the latter days of the nineteenth century. A siege of the combined centuries, culminating in fierce attack, cannot demolish our strongholds. The forts of Christian 24Science, garrisoned by God’s chosen ones, can never surrender. Unlike Russia’s armament, ours is not costly as men count cost, but it is rich beyond price, staunch and 27indestructible on land or sea; it is not curtailed in peace, surrendered in conquest, nor laid down at the feet of progress through the hands of omnipotence. And why? 30Because it is “on earth peace, good will toward men,” — a cover and a defence adapted to all men, all nations, all times, climes, and races. I cannot quench my 128 128:1desire to say this; and words are not vain when the depth of desire can find no other outlet to liberty. 3“Therefore . . . let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works.” (Hebrews 6 : 1.)

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