WHETHER he is aware of it or not, every individual has within himself, as God's representative, the spirit of prophecy—the ability to express the allness and present availability of divine Love. The human sense of prophecy as seen in the Bible has for the most part been the prediction of future events, because mortality is unaware of the nature and therefore ever-availability of omnipresence. This ignorance of being has brought about the prediction sometimes of good, sometimes of evil. Acting from the basis of fallen man and the evidence of the material senses, the thought of the human race has seldom gone so far as to envisage perfection as practical and available. It has vaguely and hypothetically prognosticated heaven as belonging to a distant future.

Defining the word "prophet" on page 593 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes, "A spiritual seer; disappearance of material sense before the conscious facts of spiritual Truth." The spiritual seer, as Jesus so fully exemplified in his consciousness of spiritual reality, brings about the disappearance of sin, disease, and death. The science of prophecy is therefore the omnipotence and omnipresence of good. It is the now of being. It is the continuous and eternal evidence of divine Love. It demands that the mesmeric lie of material sense receive not even a momentary acceptance.

The writer of the Apocalypse has much to say of the testimony of Jesus. We read in the nineteenth chapter of Revelation that a voice came out of the throne saying, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." And what is this spirit of prophecy as thus authoritatively enunciated? It might be fittingly summed up in the words to be found in the same chapter of Revelation, "The Lord God omnipotent reigneth."

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For Complete and Conclusive Victory
January 31, 1942

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