The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 17/A Wonderful Prophecy
TAKEN FROM THE MOUTH OF THE SPIRIT OF A PERSON, WHO WAS BARBAROUSLY SLAIN BY THE
That this vain and transitory World will shortly be brought to its final Dissolution.
BREATHED FORTH IN THE YEAR 1712.
Woe! Woe! Woe!
I am loth to say, Woe to the old and new churches, those that are built, and those that are not built!
Not to mention the near resemblance between the names of Mohock and Gog, Hawcubite and Magog (though I think there is a great deal even in that) I shall go on to proceed in my more solid arguments, proving to you not only the things that are, but also the things that are not.
How this matter is, or when it is to be fulfilled, neither you nor I know, but I only.
They have the mark of the beast in their foreheads, and the beast himself is in their hearts, their teeth are sharp like the teeth of lions, their tails are fiery like the tails of scorpions, and their hair is as the hair of women.
[Here the spirit paused a while, and thus again proceeded.]
Now listen to what is to come:
Those that are in shall abide in, and those that are out shall abide out. Yet those that are in shall be as those that are out, and those that are out shall be as those that are in.
Be not dejected —— fear not —— but believe and tremble.
The lions of this world are dead, and the princes of this world are dead also, and the next world draweth nigh.
Shake therefore your heads, O ye people! My time is short, and yours is not long; lengthen, therefore, your repentance, and shorten your iniquities.
Lo! the comet appeareth in the south! yea, it appeareth exceedingly. Ah poor deluded Christians! Ah blind brethren! think not that this baleful dog-star only shaketh his tail at you in waggery; no, it shaketh it as a rod. It is not a sporting tail, but a fiery tail, even as the tail of a harlot; yea such a tail as may reach, and be told, to all posterity.
They put their hook into my mouth, they divided my nostrils asunder, they sent me, as they thought, to my long home; but now I am returned again to foretel their destruction.
Yet two days, a day, and half a day, yet, upon the twelfth hour of the fourth day, those emblems of Gog and Magog at the Guildhall shall fall to the ground, and be broke asunder. With them shall perish the Mohocks and Hawcubites, and the whole world shall perish with them.
[Here the spirit: disappeared, and immediately thereupon held his peace.]
- Authors of several books in favour of infidelity.