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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, 9the Lamb’s wife.

    This ministry of Truth, this message from divine Love, carried John away in spirit. It exalted him till he be12Vials of wrath and consolationcame conscious of the spiritual facts of being and the “New Jerusalem, coming down from God, out of heaven,” — the spiritual outpour15ing 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 18the 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 21forth 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 24heaven-bestowing.

    Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your eyes, and you will behold the soft-27Spiritual wedlockwinged dove descending upon you. The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel 30entertained unawares. Then thought gently whispers: 575 575:1“Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb’s 3wife, — Love wedded to its own spiritual idea.” Then cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material 6sense.

    This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16) as one that “lieth foursquare” and cometh “down from 9The city foursquareGod, 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 12book of Hebrews; and it is “a city which hath foundations.” The description is metaphoric. Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate 15the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodigal? Taken in its allegorical sense, the description of the city as foursquare has a profound meaning. The 18four 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 21city is wholly spiritual, as its four sides indicate.

    As the Psalmist saith, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of 24The royally divine gatesthe 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, 27the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus; southward, to the 30genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies,  — the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union; westward, to the grand realization 576 576:1of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.

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