The 5th Showing
The fifth Revelation is that the temptation of the fend is overcome be the passion of Criste, to the encres of joy of and to His peyne everlestingly.
before God spoke any words,
He showed me Himself for a reasonable time,
and all I had seen,
and all I might learn from it,
as my simple soul could understand.
Then with no voice,
without opening His lips,
He formed these words in my soul:
Thus the fiend is overcome.
Our Lord said these words,
meaning by His blessed passion
that He showed before.
In this our Lord showed
how His passion overcomes the fiend.
God showed the fiend,
as malicious now
as before the incarnation.
Yet hard as he tries, he continually sees
all who are being saved escaping him,
by Christ’s precious passion.
That is his sorrow,
and he is seen as fully evil.
Yet all God allows him to do
turns us to joy
and him to shame and woe.
And he has as much sorrow
when God gives him leave to work
as when he does nothing;
he can never be as evil as he wishes,
for his strength is all taken in God’s hand.
But in God I see no wrath,
For our good Lord has endless regard
to His own worshipful nature
to the profit of all that shall be saved.
With might and right He withstands the reproved,
who by malice and shrewdness busies himself,
scheming and acting against God’s will.
And I saw our Lord scorn his malice,
belittling his weakness,
and willing us to do the same.
At this sight I laughed mightily,
and that made them about me laugh,
and their laughing pleased me.
I wished my fellow Christians
had seen all that I had seen,
then they would all laugh with me.
But I did not see Christ laughing;
I understood that we may laugh,
for the devil is overcome.
Then I saw Him scorn his malice;
guiding my understanding of our Lord,
an inward showing of truth,
with no change of emotion.
I saw constancy
as a worshipful property of God.
Then I fell serious and calm,
saying, “I see three things:
joy, scorn, and resolve;
I see joy, that the fiend is overcome.
I see scorn, that God scorns him,
and that he shall be scorned.
I see resolve, that he is overcome
by our Lord Jesus Christ’s blissful passion and death ;
done in full earnest and with sad travail.”
And I said, “He is scorned.”
That is, God scorns him;
He sees him now as He shall forever.
In this God showed the fiend condemned.
And I meant this when I said
he shall be scorned at doomsday,
generally, by all that shall be saved,
of whose consolation he is most jealous.
Then he shall see all the woe and oppression
that he has done to them,
turned to their endless increased joy.
And all that pain and suffering
he would have brought them to
shall go with him endlessly to Hell.