Several things about this formulation are interesting. Most interesting is the closing declaration, "And thus it is. Amen." It is iconic. It is as if the statement were an authorized, serious message, intended to be accompanied by the requisite formalities to let the reader know that this is serious stuff. This is "most holy." This is not just a passing description. It holds terrible, eternal significance. So the material that preceded it holds important keys to understanding. Important warnings and knowledge. Perhaps, as a result of the concluding punctuation, we should be very, very careful about the words that preceded it. [This is why I'm conducting this exercise.]
If we never realize who they are, does that mean they don't exist? Does it mean they weren't ordained before the foundation of the world?