The Revelation of Jesus Christ by Anne Wentworth, an electronic edition. Edited with an introduction by Vickie Taft
- Section: Revelation XV. August 3.
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century
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Revelation XV. August 3.
The night of the late terrible Thunder, I lay awake a great part of the night, and after the Thunder did cease, the word of the Lord came unto me, and said:
Zion, and Babylon they did fight it out,
And Zion did whole Babylon rout:
And wounded Babylon very deep,
That Zion might rejoyce and no more weep.
This is the thing, that I must proclaim,
How it was, and how it came:
Mercy and Judgment98 they did meet,
And with a holy Kiss99 each other greet:
Justice and Equity100 took Mercies part,
And Mercy stabbed Babylon to the heart:
That Babylon did bleed unto death;
Then the Lord put his Sword in his sheath101 .
When this monstrous Whore is dead and gone,
That would not leave a Saint not one;
Makes her self drunk with the Saints Blood,
This great Whore did never do any good;
But doth all the mischief, that she can;
And the people makes a God of proud Man.
Away with their false ways altogether,
For Saints love God, and will love no other:
In Spirit and Truth the Holy God will we obey,
And let all forms and shadows flee away:
Let Babylon drink the dregs of the Cup102 ,
Of which Gods Children did so often sup;
And tasted the bitterness of wrath, then
Given to Saints by the hand of wretched men.
But Jesus hath purchased Redemption for all
His own Elect, and reign with him they shall.
Come out of Babylon, the Lord calleth them
To make haste, and come to worship him.
Those that are deaf at this call, and will not hear,
The Lord will plague them all among them there.
And his pure Spiritual Church the Lord will plant,
For to destroy all Babylon the Lord doth grant:
And to his Angels he hath given his Commission forth,
Because with whole Babylon he is wroth:
And will cut her Name off, and make her stink,
Because they all together are so fast linkt:
For that evil Spirit in every place joyns hand in hand,
For to cut off Gods Children out of the Land.
The Church of Christ hath suffered very long,
But now his Church his Spouse is very strong;
And Babylon is weak, and very feeble brought,
Because of God, our God, she will not be taught:
For she scorns to learn in Christs School,
But saith, Every one that follows God, & obeys him, is a Fool.
All Babylon are so wise in their own Eyes,
Nothing will please them but only Lyes:
Envy and malice riseth up to work very high,
But envy and malice must come down, and in Ashes lye.
The Spiritual Church, all of living Stones103 , will stand,
When Babylon and all her Brats, are purg'd out of the Land.
I see a great number of men stand like Trees104 ,
And I see them swarm about the Nation like Bees105 :
But their number will be ere long very small,
When the great Gulf doth swallow them up all:
For one shall ten thousand chace,
And Zion she shall win the Race.
98. In Psalm 101:1 & 8, David says that he will rule with "mercy and judgment" and "destroy all the wicked of the land." Wentworth imagines God initiating a similar rule over England.
99. Several times in the Bible, the brethren of Christian congregations are told to greet one another with a "holy kiss." See, e.g., Romans 16:16 and 1 Corinthians 13:12.
100. In Proverbs 1:3, "justice" and "equity" are listed as qualities which the Proverbs of Solomon will elucidate.
101. In John 18:11 Simon Peter cuts off the ear of the high priest's servant as Jesus is being arrested. Jesus tells Simon Peter, "put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" Wentworth seems to have this passage in mind here, though she places the sword in God's hand and envisions God's personified victim, Babylon, as bleeding to death rather than as simply losing an ear. Wentworth, then, uses the sheathed sword to suggest the completion of God's vengeance against His enemies, whereas in John the sheathed sword is used to symbolize Christ's submission to His enemies.
102. In Psalm 75:8, the Lord pours all of the red wine out of a cup but the dregs, which the wicked shall be forced to drink. In Isaiah 51:17, the people of Jerusalem are first forced to drink from "the cup of his [God's] fury" even to the dregs. In Isaiah 51:22-23, the Lord says he will take the cup from their hands and force those who afflict them to drink it.
103. In 1 Peter 2:4-5, Christ is called a "living stone" and the new priests are called 'lively stones' who will be built up into a "spiritual house."
104. In Mark 8:24, when Christ touches the blind man's eyes, the latter sees "men as trees, walking." The second time Christ touches the blind man's eyes, the latter sees clearly. Wentworth seems to suggest that God is in the process of healing or saving her.
105. In Psalm 118:10 &12, the pagan nations are described as swarming around the speaker like bees: "All nations compassed me about...They compassed me about like bees." The speaker vows to destroy them. Wentworth similarly envisions these "bees," i.e., the ungodly people of England, being destroyed.