Marvellous and True
THESE WONDERS first began to me from the account of the sudden death of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, vicar of Bodmin, which was stated in the London papers.
After that I received two letters, one from Plymouth Dock, dated August 23, 1813, with the following account, copied from the West Briton, or Truro Advertiser. "Melancholy event.On Tuesday last, the 17th, when the judges, &c. had proceeded in order to Bodmin church, to attend divine worship, previously to commencing the business of the assizes, they were detained for nearly a quarter of an hour by the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, vicar of Bodmin, who was to read the service, not being ready. When he came into the church there appeared something hurried in his manner; as he opened the prayer-book, he said to the Rev. Mr. Kendel, the sheriffís chaplain, ĎI fear I shall not be able to go through the service; will you assist me?í Mr. Kendel politely offered to take the whole duty; and as Mr. Pomeroy was taking off his surplice, for Mr. Kendel, he staggered, and would have fallen, had not Mr. Kendel caught him in his arms. He was immediately conveyed to his house, and medical assistance procured; but unfortunately it was only to ascertain that he had expired."
The above account was confirmed by another letter I received from Exeter, of the death of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy; and for whom I felt great concern and sorrow, which the readers will soon find why I should be so grieved for him, if this book should fall into the hands of strangers.
The following day I received a letter from a friend at Birmingham, as follows:
"As I was preaching, in our room, a gentleman came up and accosted one of our believers with saying, ĎWell, what does Mr. B. think of it now? Mr. Pomeroy is dead, who was to bring Joanna to her trial.í After I returned home I must say that I gave no credit whatever to it; as such floods of lies in every respect are cast out against us; but on reading the Traveller paper of Saturday, this morning, I find the account of his death fully confirmed. I was certainly startled, in that I thought he would live to see the awful trial."
On hearing the confirmation of his death, I was grieved to the heart, as I was left to my own thoughts, and my own feelings; and from my own feelings I was ordered to return them an answer, which I did in the following manner:
Dear Friend, August 25, 1813.
My spirits have been greatly agitated ever since I heard of the death of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy; and I have been left to my own ponderings, and my own feelings, concerning him, which I must say, are great: and I wish all the friends to be careful how they speak or judge of him; for this I wish them all to consider; his calling first was as one alone, in the beginning of the year 1796; and the events of the years were put in his hands. He acted faithfully; he stood steadfast; and strengthened me to go on; as he acted in every step as I was foretold. He went to the Chancellor Nutcombe and the Rev. Mr. ******, and many other ministers, to try to bring them forward with him; but as they said they could not judge from what Spirit I was visited, they refused to come forward with him; so that he stood steadfast alone by himself; and by his judgment the writings went out into the world; and there he stood the judge alone; and as the books were printed, the first year, I sent them to him. So that he stood steadfast till the ending of the year 1801, that his name was mentioned in the Book of Letters. Then other ministers (not those that he had invited to come forward,) hearing that the writings had been put in his hands, began to mock him and abuse him; and I was informed, that they complained to the bishop against him; so that his persecution was great, which he had not fortitude to bear; and the fear of losing his honour amongst men made him begin to waver and fall back; and seeing the peace at the end of the year, which he judged, like others, would be an established peace, and knowing the contents of the letters I had put in his hands, how great the wars would abound, and what destruction would take place in Spain, which at that time there was no appearance of, that these things would take place, and the mockery of men, caused him to stumble and fall back; and having bad advisers in his friends, he went from one error to another. Therefore, in pondering these things over, how strongly men and devils worked with him, to cause his fall, after standing so steadfast six years, and acting with every faithful and upright dealing during that time; and then to change, as though he was another man, to turn an enemy against me, to burn those letters I had put in his hands, because the truth should not appear, which caused the strife and contention between him and me, as I was ordered to reprove himall these things worked together a strong feeling in my mind and heart, to pity the man; and to love him on account of his first conduct, and to pity his weakness in his last; as I was sorry he did not live to clear his honour, by acknowledging he had acted wrong, in not returning the letters committed to his care, or acknowledge the truth they contained. I was answered concerning my own feelings for him, of love and pity; though I could not help blaming his conduct; yet still in my heart I felt a love for the man, which I was answered, that the Lordís feelings were the sameto pity his weakness, and have mercy upon him.
I can only give the letter in part, as I did not keep
a copy of the whole, not knowing it would ever go in print; but I was ordered
to point out the following pages from the Explanations of the Bible, for
them to draw their judgment: from page 174page 249 to 256page
266 to 272pages 280 and 281and page 244. And the following
"Hereís a type stands deep for man,
And Pomeroy must the Trial stand;
Or else the Trial, all will see,
Will be brought round to judge of he;
Then how can ever he appear?
His honour he can never clear."
"In justice he must now appear
To prove the truth was never clear,
If he his honour now will free.
Heís compassed round, I now tell thee,
To act in honour as a man;
Therefore the Trial he must stand."
"Some will believe, and will not grieve
To see the end appear;
While others flee like Pomeroy
With trembling and with fear.
Theyíll hear the end, mark howít doth bend;
The ending now is come,
And Pomeroy in security
Thought all from him was gone.
But now he sees the end of thee,
He cannot shun thee here;
And perfect so the end will be,
When I in power appear:
Theyíll find, like he, they cannot flee;
Their honour so is lost."
"He must appear the whole to clear;
For Iíll neíer give him up.
His honour I can never clear,
If now I let him drop.
So he must stand as I command,
And all must stand the same:
ĎWe never will give up his handí
His promise all must claim,
For to appear the whole to clear;
For I shall all go through.
And as my Bible doth appear,
The ending all shall know."
"They mock my Bible as ítis placed,
And so they mock their Lord;
Then they must fear when I am near,
As Pomeroyís fears will be.
From types and shadows I shall clear
How all the end will see."
"And this is done by my command,
And so the Trial he must stand;
Then he shall fall to rise again,
If he come forward to contend
It is the woman caused his fall,
And prove his honour clear in all,
Before the woman he betrayed:
And now sheíth cast it on his head;
And so his honour here is lost;
But when the truth to him doth burst,
Heíll find his honour rise more high
Than eíer before it here did lie;
And see his standing more secure
Than ítwas before for to endure;
Because his standing is by ME,
The womanís innocence shall free
The every fall that is in man,
That now the Trial bold will stand.
So thou of Pomeroy grieve no more:
Caníst thou believe thy God is here,
And will not justify the man,
If to the Trial he do come,
And there confess his every guilt,
The way at first his fears he felt?
Then I will surely free the man:
In Adamís fall he now doth stand.
So here of Pomeroy I shall end:
Deep are the lines that thou hast penned;
I tell you deep as none can see
The type of Pomeroy and of thee
A thing that I did first ordain,
To bring the fall now back on men;
And when that men do see it clear,
They must confess the man did err,
To blame his Maker at the first,
As Satanís subtle arts did burst
Upon the woman at that time;
And man as weak they all must find,
As he was tempted so to fall:
And now let Pomeroy judge the call;
And so from Pomeroy Iíll go on;
He stands a type to every man;
Because his honour Iíll not clear,
Till he confess the Lord is here."
The reason I am ordered to put the above in print is, to show how much they were stumbled at receiving this letter, as they could not reconcile what was said in these pages, that I had pointed out to them, concerning him; neither could they understand my letter, of my feelings, and the Lordís having love and pity for the man, as he was taken off in that manner, and had not lived to clear up the truth; but my spirits were too much agitated at that time to discern the judgment they drew; but from the judgment they had drawn from the pages, I had the following communication given me, to send them; as they had not discerned that the pages pointed out to them were in answer to his letters.
Sept. 3rd, 1813.
"Let men discern the first letter I ordered thee to send to Pomeroy, in 1804, to call him forward to answer for the letters I ordered thee to put in his hands; then they must discern what was his answercalling thee a deluded woman; denied having any letters of thine in his hands; or having any writings, or papers of thine. Here let men discern how he tried to shun giving any answer to the truth that I ordered thee to demand of him; let them discern how he tried to shun having any knowledge of thee, but from the insulting letters he said he received, and wherein he complained thou hadst abused him; how strongly he desired Sharp to prevail on thee to desist from troubling him. Here men must discern, from his letters, how much he tried to shun the truth being brought to light, that was put in his hands; and this they must compare with the answer I gave thee, that it was in vain for Pomeroy to shun the truth, or to prevail upon man to persuade thee to keep silence; because their honour as well as thine were both brought into disgrace by him; for if they were vindicating thy character, and thy visitation as being from the Lord, and thus publishing to the world; if they did not demand of him to come forward with the truth, I ask thee, how could they appear? Could they prove they had acted with justice, or with honour, as upright men, that stood between God and men? For, as they believed thy visitation to be from the Lord, they must disobey the command of the Lord, if they desisted from troubling him with letters, to find out the truth; and therefore I said it was in vain for Pomeroy to try to flee, to shun the call that was of men; if he would clear his honour, he must come forward to acknowledge every truth; for there was no other way, that his honour could be cleared.
"Therefore men must deeply discern his letters, and how much he complained of the loss of his honour; which I told thee I should repair, if he came forward as a man of honour, to acknowledge every truth. Thus they must compare the communications with his letters, and then they will see on what conditions things stood.
"Now come to the beginning: when he first fell back, in 1802, what ways he acted! what arts he used! thinking to gain his honour amongst men by destroying the truths put in his hands; and the very way he went to gain his honour, at the first, was the way he lost it; and so they must discern, at the last, had he come forward by my commands, either by writing to acknowledge all that had been put in his hands, that he had received them, that all was true, as thou hadst enumerated, but said he was sorry, through unbelief, that he had been prevailed upon to destroy them; yet he would acknowledge he had received them. Had he done this, as I demanded of him, either by letter or appearing; then I should have freed his honour, according to my promises, and cast the blame on his faithless friends, who did not discern, that in a cause like this, where any one came forward in the name of the Lord and to prophesy in His name; that the testimony of Jesusí coming is by the Spirit of Prophecy, that is now given to warn that the end is at hand; and to prove the truth of the mission the prophecies of events were ordered to be put in the hands of the ministers. And now I ask mankind, how a minister, that is an upright man, standing between God and his people, can justify himself before God and man, if he refuses to take the letters, that he may find out the truth, whether the woman be visited by the Lord, who is the God of truth, or whether she be visited by the devil, who is the father of lies? Here let men discern deeply in what manner the command was given; and then let them look to my Gospel, and know what is writtenĎBelieve not every spirit; but try the spirits, whether they are of God or not:í and know I said, that the Spirit of Truth should come to guide you into all truths. Now where are the preachers of my Gospel, who profess to believe in my Gospel and the fulfilment thereof, and do not discern that these commandments stand on record? And this is the duty of every minister, to act as Pomeroy acted at first; for if thou hadst been visited by the devil, he would have had it in his power to stop thy hand in the beginning; because the events would not have taken place, that thou wast ordered to put in his hands, if they had not come from the God of knowledge and truth, who had power to fulfil his words. And therefore, by his wisdom and his prudence, he would have soon found out if there was deceit; and that way he would have stopped thy hand. And this was the duty that every minister ought to have acted in; because I warned them of false prophets, and of true ones; or how could the Spirit of Truth come to guide you into all truths, and teach you things to come, without prophecies being given? But how are these things to be sought out, if the ministers, like careless shepherds, will give themselves no trouble to search out the truth, and try the fruit? Then how is my Gospel obeyed by them? They can no more answer to my Gospel, that they act according to my commands, that they are faithful shepherds, and teachers of the flock, who refuse to search out the truth, when it is put in their power to do itsuch can no more answer to the Scriptures, in the end, than Pomeroy could answer for himself, when the truth was demanded of him, to justify himself in keeping it back. Therefore he could not appear to come forward and cast the blame on thee, but if he appeared to clear his honour, it must be to own the truth, and blame himself for listening to the wrong advice of men; and then, from the Bible, I should have cleared his honour amongst mankind, to prove he had acted as a faithful shepherd that cared for his sheep, and as a faithful shepherd between God and man. If he had come forward with the truth, to clear himself, he would have found my promises true; but this I did not tell thee he would do; for know I told thee how much he feared to appear, knowing he could not clear himself of what he had done, without acknowledging every truth, which he thought would condemn him, and justify thy writings, that he had advertised came from the devil. But know my promise, that stands on record: he that confesseth his sins shall find mercy, if he forsake them to turn from the evil of his ways. Here I have shown thee how I should have cleared his honour, had he come and repented; but they must discern, from his letters, how he contended of the loss of his honour, which I told thee he would never regain, without appearing to clear the truth; and they must discern deeply how much he wished to have all concealed and given up concerning him, that he might not be brought forward in thy writings; then they may understand my answer to his requestthat I would never give him up, but all the truth must be brought to light and published concerning him.
"This was my strict command; then they must discern what I said concerning the trial being brought round to judge of him, if he refused to come himself; then let them see how the trial was brought round by the witnesses concerning Pomeroy; then how I ordered all to go in print. So that, according to the words I spoke of him, saying, I would never give up the man, they will find are all fulfilled; for I did not give up to any request, that he made. And it was to try the wisdom of men, how they would compare the things together, that I ordered them to try their judgment, and draw their judgment from the communications; which no man could draw a clear judgment from, without going back to the beginning, to discern the letter I ordered thee to send; then to compare it with his answer, how much he intended for all to be given up concerning him, that none of the truths might be made known, or published; then they must know that my answer was, never to give up to his request; but to have every truth tried and proved.
"Here I have shown them the way that they must judge of the pages that I ordered thee to point out to them, that it was in answer to his letters, which I ordered thee to put in print; and here they may clearly judge the whole. But if his letters had been kept back, and not put in print, all would have stumbled, as Pomeroy began; for they would not have understood the meaning of the words, saying I would not give him up; neither should the believers give him up, to the request that he made, which is the meaning of the words. Therefore the letters, that wounded thee to the heart, to see them in print when he was no more, I now tell thee will ease the hearts of many; because they cannot see clearly the meaning of the one without the other; and perfectly so my Bible standswithout clearing the ending from the beginning; comparing my Gospel with the Prophets; and the Redemption with the Fall; without weighing the whole together, men can draw no more judgment from the Scriptures, to understand them and discern the fulfilment; than they could draw their judgment clear from what thou hadst pointed out to them; because thou didst never mention that the answers were given to his letters. And now thou must point out to them, from his calling at first, where he stood without conditions to be the man as I told thee that thy writings should go out by; and by him it was done; and where he stands without conditions, that they may discern what is spoken on conditions, that no man can draw a clear judgment of, till they have seen the end."
After this letter was sent, I took my book, and was reading
the first letter I was ordered to send to Pomeroy in 1804, when I came to
these words, "Jones believes my Visitation to be from the Lord; and in obedience
to his command, he waited upon you. Now if you blame Jones for doing that,
I must beg you will throw off your gown." On reading these lines, it struck
so forcibly upon my mind that he had not; neither was he dead; and therefore
thought to myself it was a thing done in mockery, by some one who had seen
the book, and had placed his death in that manner, that he took off his gown,
and did not go into his pulpit; and though I reasoned with myself every way
of the inconsistency of my thoughts, that he would not suffer any one to
do such a thing; and that they dared not do it without his permission; yet
I could not get the impression off my mind. I told my thoughts to more than
forty of my friends. They reasoned with me how unlikely it was for any such
thing to be done; or that he was not dead; for it would have been contradicted
in the papers; even if he had been seized with a fit and recovered, it would
have been put in the papers; and therefore no one could join with me in opinion,
that any thing of the kind had been done in mockery; or that Pomeroy was
not dead. Their reasoning was strong with me every way; but still the impression
was made so powerfully upon my mind, that there was no truth in it, but a
thing done in mockery to me.
To my thoughts I was answered:
"Now suppose that he is dead,
As in the paper it was said
The way his death did then appear;
Wilt thou then see the mystery clear?
So now discern the way I warn:
If he be dead and gone,
As in thy thoughts thou still dost fear
íTis mockery done by man.
For I have left thee to thy fears,
For ends thou dost not know;
But when the mystery is made clear,
Thouílt find mankind is so.
For all thy thoughts call thou to mind:
Thouíst reasoned every way:
And yet within thou still art blind;
Because thou still dost say,
The way his death was placed by thee
In mockery might be done;
And fools together might agree
This way to mock thy hand.
And though thy reasonings have been strong,
íTis folly to judge so;
And thou wilt know, before ítis long,
In folly thou dost go;
To judge that man could do the thing,
Because thy words were plain
"And so weíll mock her in the end"
The simple sons of men!
Now thou discern how I do warn,
Though simply here ítis penned.
But this I tell thee of mankind,
Theyíll judge so in the end:
And in thy judgment men do stand
So perfect like thy thought,
And unbelief is in your land,
The way that thou hast wrote
perfectly like thy thoughts of Pomeroy when thou seest the likeness in thy letter, and the likeness of his death, how it was said he took off his gown, when he was in the desk. Here the likeness struck so deep upon thy mind, which made thee doubt of the truth of what thou hadst heard; because thou judgedst that in mockery a thing like this might be done, to place it from thy letter. And this is the perfect state of mankind, who are filled with unbelief: they judge that thou hast discerned from the Scriptures that the redemption of man must take place; and therefore, in mockery they judge, that thou hast warned mankind: the time is at hand, thou hast seen from the Revelations, that a great wonder is to appear, before the end cometh, of salvation and strength of the kingdom of God, and the power of his Christ. This men judge that thou hast seen; and therefore, in mockery to mankind, to mock both God and man, they judge that thou hast placed thyself to be the Woman, to make the Revelations true: for so thou art judged and condemned by men, that it is in mockery what thou hast done; because thou hast discerned from the Scriptures how to place it; and so they have judged from the fall, that thou hast observed the promise was made to the woman in the fall; and therefore, in mockery with God and man, thou hast brought forward the Scriptures, to say, the promise that was made to the woman at first must be claimed by the woman at last; and as it is written that enmity should be kindled between Satan and the Woman, so they judge thy disputes were pretended, that appeared to mankind; because thou hast discerned from the Scriptures how to place them. In that perfect likeness thou hast judged men may mock from thy letter, in that likeness men have judged that thou hast been mocking from the Scriptures.
"Iíll tell thee more another day;
But mark the words I now do say:
When Pomeroyís death is clear to thee,
Thy folly great they all will see.
The very way thou judgídst the first,
From thy own letter how ítwas placed,
That fools and knaves might act that way;
Thouíst judged the world, as they judge thee.
So unjust judgment doth appear:
íTis truth must make all mysteries clear.
Therefore the truth I did demand,
That Pomeroy should the trial stand;
Though in it he did not appear;
And therefore I forbade thee there
To see the witnesses at the time;
Although the trial I called thine;
And yet no trial thou didst stand,
To be examined then by man.
Whether the witnesses were true,
They brought no knowledge to thy view,
Of any witness they did bear,
Till for the press did all appear.
And thus mankind do not discern
The way I brought thy trial on,
To have the witnesses so agree.
Thou stoodíst the trial, just like he;
And he like thee stood just the same;
Though to it he did never come;
And in it thou didst not appear.
So both together now compare,
The way the trial now doth stand
Between the WOMAN and the MAN."
From the above communication I was convinced of my folly, in judging it was done out of mockery; and I was answered that the judgment of my friends was rightit could not be done in mockery. "And no more than Pomeroy would have suffered a thing like that to have gone out in his name, and he not sharply have reproved the person, and immediately contradicted it in another paper; any more than he would have suffered the one, to have his name forged, and not contradicted itno more, ******* shall find, would I suffer thee to forge my name, and have things go out in my name, as prophecies given from the Lord, without contradicting thy assertions, by proving all was false that thou hadst put in Pomeroyís hands; for not one of the events should have taken place to thy predictions. Hadst thou invented the name of the Bishop, to put the event of his death in Pomeroyís hands, to tell him it was a sign which the Lord had given thee to know that thy visitation was from Him; but if thy visitation had not been from ME, that sign should not have been fulfilled; for I would have contradicted it, by prolonging the Bishopís life, that it should not have taken place at that time, if I had designed to have taken him that year. And perfectly so of the following year: if thine had been inventions, from any thoughts of thy own, of what would happen in Italy, or England; and thou hadst put it in his hands in the name of the Lord, I would have worked another way, that thy inventions should not come true of prophecies. Had it been done in mockery, I would soon have confounded the whole; and therefore the judgment of all thy friends was right, to think that such a thing could not be done in mockery, without being contradicted, to prove it was false. Then, if man would contend for his honour, if mockery was done in his name, I ask mankind what they judge of ME, that I should suffer all thy writings to go out in my name, and not work a way to prove to mankind there was no truth in what thou hadst said? And therefore, no more than he would suffer the one, would I suffer the other: and as thy friends judged of man, so have they judged of the Lord, that these truths could not be in thy writings, to be placed in the name of the Lord, if the Lord had not spoken by thee."
After this my mind was perfectly composed, and my heart set at rest, being answered
"Thou must love man more than thy God, and have a greater desire for his honour than mine, if thou grievest thyself for carrying on the contention, when he began it; and to clear thy honour, when he went to rob thee of it. For thou must disgrace both God and man, if thou hadst submitted to his request through the advice of his faithless friends; for then thou must rob ME of my wisdom, in ordering thee to put the events in his hands."
After this reproof was given me, I saw my own error; and was ordered to examine deeply the judgment of the friends, concerning the pages that I had pointed out to them.
One of the friends saith his judgment was, "That Pomeroy would certainly bring me to the trial; that now his death has taken place, he is quite foiled; and he looks upon it a mystery all through, beyond his comprehension; but the more he thinks of it, the more he is lost; but he expects that the Lord will clear it up, and then something great and grand will appear."
Another saith"It is all dark and mysterious to him; from what was said of Pomeroy, he judged he must come forward at the trial; but trusted that the Lord would make his own words clear to his people: crooked paths he will make straight, and lead the blind by a way they know not, till at last he shall lead his faithful into the joys of his Kingdom."
Another of the friends was so much stumbled at my letter, and the pages which were pointed out, that he said, "his mind had been considerably harassed, and perplexed with even doubts of the visitation: he could not describe his feelings: that he could not make the communications and the event either consistent or satisfactory to himself: that his judgment was dark, intricate, and confused, but trusted that the Lord would make clear this mystery."
In this manner they drew their judgments, stumbled and confused; and I must say that the trial of their faith was very great; because my letter tried them to the utmost, to say the Lord had love and pity for the man; and yet to take him out of the world in such manner, before he had acknowledged the truth. This, with the lines in the pages before mentioned, they could no way make consistent with each other; and I by no means wonder that they were stumbled; as there are mysteries concealed from them. But what they know not now, they will know hereafter. Yet there were others who drew a different judgment, which will appear in the next book. I was then ordered to bring together from the books where Pomeroy stands on conditions, and where he stands without conditions.
The First Book of Strange Effects of Faith, 9th page, are these words given in 1795, in answer to Mr. L.ís giving it up:
"Now tell him plain heís not the man;
For ítis by Pomeroy that it must be done
Back to the Church the standard all must come."
"Here discern, I told thee, without any conditions he was the one man that thy writings would be brought to light by, before ever thou hadst written a line to him, to know what he would do. Here let men discern, what was spoken as an assurance that should be done by him was done by him; for he was the Standard of the Church, as being a Minister of the Church: and here let men discern, when thy writings were published, according to his direction, it was the church ministers that were first awakened, to join with him; but here the standard in him began to fall, when the others began to stand; but then discern the standard was great. Now come to the words I said before, in the 8th page:
"But, O, thrice happy is the man
That doth begin and will go on,
Till every curtain be drawn back,
To know and prove if I do speak."
"Here he stands on conditions, whether he would go on
or not, till every thing was tried and proved; for every curtain being drawn
back meaneth, every thing must be made clear to mankind. And now discern
how great were the promises made to him, if he had stood steadfast to the
end: and these promises were spiritually to be honoured by the Lord; which
he fell from, to gain the praise and applause of men; and that way he lost
them both: because the applause and praise of men he never can gain, to say
he acted wisely at the last, when he fell back, however prudently he acted
at the first. Here let men discern the beginning of these two pages, which
I have pointed out to thee; the one without conditions, that thy writings
would be brought to light by him; the other was on condition, if he went
on to the end.
"Page 14, given in 1796:
"I say the fruit shall surely fall:
Let Pomeroy stand and hear his call;
And now a Moses let him be,
Or else my judgments all shall see.
Then all together you may feast,
And all together fast.
Iíll bring a mystery in the end,
That shall for ever last."
"Here let men discern, he stands on conditions of being
compared to the likeness of Moses, who began and went on to the end; therefore
I said I would bring a mystery in the end that should last for ever: and
there is a mystery of Pomeroy that no one hath clearly understood, in what
manner his calling was at the first; and how great were the promises, if
he stood to the last. But this is known unto all, how he fell back, by the
temptations of the devil and the persecution of men; and let men see in what
manner I worked with thee, how I afflicted thee, how I threatened thee not
to raise thee up, before thou hadst brought to light the hidden things that
were done in darkness, concerning Pomeroy; which he thought, as all the power
was in his hands, he should conceal it from mankind, by destroying it; and
gain his honour by disgracing thine, when he joined with the multitude to
do evil, to publish to the world that thou wast led by the devil. Thus he
thought to gain his honour with men; and this honour I took from him.
"Now come to the 41st page, given in 1796: let men discern the depth of the words
"Let the sons of men beware
That she be not denied;
More fatal now than Adamís fall
íTwill happen to the man."
"Here thou sayest in thy heart, Pomeroy perfectly obeyed at first, and did not deny thee any thing thou requiredst of him. Therefore thy inquiry is, whether that fatal fall compared to Adam now alludes to him? To thy inquiry I shall answer:
"Know, in the first place, how great was his calling, if he stood steadfast to the end; and how great were my decrees for Adam, had he stood steadfast to obey my commands: but Adam was betrayed by the subtlety of the serpent; and through his fall the curse was pronounced upon the serpent; and the promise was then made, in the Fall, for ME to die for the transgression of man, to cast out the devil, that betrayed the woman, which appeared in the form of a serpent at first; and know I have told thee, the time is at hand that I am coming to free the Fall, and bring in the redemption of man; and I have already told thee, from the subtlety of the devil, how he would work another way, as he worked in my Gospel, to bring the fall of man like the fall of the angels, to worship him for the great power he would have told them he was invested with; and what honour and power he would give to men, if they would fall down and worship him. And therefore the fall of Adam is not so dangerous to the human race, as is now supposed by men.
"But I shall answer thee of Pomeroyís fall, as thou sayest he obeyed in part; and stood steadfast till thy writings went out by him. His fall is from that honour he would have gained from God and man, had he stood steadfast to the end of thy calling.
"And now discern in what manner he hath acted where he
stands on conditions:
"For in the dark the light doth shine;
Your eyes are dazzled here:
And will you shudder at the thought,
To see the mystery clear?
Or will you, like the Jews of old,
Keep seals upon the tomb?
Or will you bribe the keepers here
The truth may not be known?
Then sure to others Iíll appear;
In the highway Iíll go."
"Here let men discern he stood on conditions: and, like
the inquiry made of him, perfectly so hath been his conduct; because, thou
knowest, like the Jews of old, he kept back the seals that were put in his
hands.But now I ask thee, what seals were put in his hands at that
time, for him to deliver up? For, thou knowest, this was but the second letter
I ordered thee to send to him, in 1796, after he had contended with thee
in Taylorís house, concerning the Marriage of the Lamb; so that this prophecy
was then sent him, of what he would do, if, like Adam, he fell back. And
let men discern in what manner he tried to bribe the keepers of the knowledge
of the truth; not with money, but with words, every way to work upon thy
feelings, and the feelings of Taylor likewise, to gain his end, thinking
the truth should not be known; but now discern, the keepers here could not
be bribed; because the truths that were known to thee, known to Taylor, and
to others, I ordered should be brought forward and made public, while the
witnesses were living. But now I ask thee, if these things could be brought
forward, to be clearly pointed out to men after his death, if they had not
been brought forward and proved by his life? Therefore, let no one marvel
that I called forward thy trial, to have the witnesses appear, while he was
living; and ordered thee not to wait till thy trial was called forward by
thy enemies. Let men discern in what manner thy trial stands between him
and thee; so that, in the end, men of wisdom will clearly discern how the
light shined in darkness, when his eyes were dazzled that he could not see
the light. But here let men observe in what manner I placed Pomeroy with
thee at first, as one man to be a helper with thee, to bring the work to
light; and know what I told thee the likeness would be in the end: for as
Adam and Eve were placed together temporally; so, in a spiritual sense, I
placed Pomeroy and thee together: and know, my promises were made great to
the man, if he stood steadfast till every truth was tried and proved; to
stand with thee, and by thee; but hadst thou understood the meaning of these
"As was the first, so is the last;
For Adam stood alone.
His helpmate did not strengthen him,
But surely pulled him down;
So would thy friends have done by thee,
If thou hadst them obeyed;
But now the womanís conquering seed
Shall bruise the serpentís head."
"Hadst thou understood the meaning of the words, and the
manner he was placed as one man alone, a helper with thee, thou wouldest
have discerned, that when the Fall was reversed, the man would act at the
last as Eve acted at the first; for though he strengthened thee for a while;
yet, when temptations came strongly upon him, he would surely have pulled
thee down, if thou hadst obeyed his command, to conceal his name, concealed
the letters put in his hands, to leave him quite out of the question. How
couldest thou then prove to the world that the events of years had been put
into the hands of the ministers, if thou hadst concealed who they were? Would
not the world have judged thee an impostor, and a deceiver of mankind? Which
way couldest thou clear thyself? Which way couldest thou clear my wisdom,
by ordering thee to put letters in the hands of the ministers, to prove the
events had been put in their hands, which had been fulfilled, before I ordered
thee to publish to the world of events, that were hastening on, that they
might judge of what was to come, from the truth of the past that had taken
place? But how could this be tried and proved, if thou hadst acted according
to Pomeroyís wisdom? But now let men discern how I have bruised Satanís head
that he cannot conquer thee; for it was I the Lord that kept thee from falling:
and as I have begun I shall go on, till I shall bruise his head from
First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 12, given in 1796.
"Unto the world thou art unknown;
But not unknown to ME:
And thee men say they do not know;
But ME they donít deny.
And to menís conscience let them go
Their Saviour is their cry.
Now, as to men thou art unknown,
Thy bondsman I will be;
And every debt Iíll surely pay,
If men will now trust thee.
The letter put in Pomeroyís hand,
It was a debt of trust;
But when the debt he did demand,
The grave hath paid the first.
Then as the grave hath paid the one,
That to my friend was given;
Let all the seals come to his hand,
Iíll surely pay the seven.
But if he says he knows my name,
Then on my words rely:
Iíll never put my friends to shame,
But every debt Iíll pay.
But as to thee, thou dost not know;
Thou art a stranger there;
But keep my memory in view
Will he deny me here?
Then all the goods Iíll surely leave.
If credit I have none;
And to another house Iíll cleave
The gold is still my own.
So perfect like the dream Iíll do:
Thou art unknown to man;
But unto ME it can never be;
Thy nature, nor thy name."
"I shall answer thee from these words:
"The letter put in Pomeroyís hand,
It was a debt of trust."
"Here let men discern in what manner I have spoken of the debt of trust put into his hands, for him to act faithfully to his trust, to prove the truth, for thee, or against thee; but when he demanded to know the truth, the bishopís death proved the first; then discern what is said further: as the grave paid the one, the seals should be put into his hands; and in like manner should the seven be paid. But this is a mystery thou dost not understand; because thou sayest, it was not by death that all were fulfilled. Call to thy remembrance what were the events put in his hands; in 1796 the Bishopís death, one; in 1797, the events which took place in Italy, two; England seeking for peace, but in vain, three; the harvest of that year, 1797, four; the large sums of money that would be demanded at the end of that year, five; the harvest of 1799, six; and the harvest of the year 1800, seven. These events were fulfilled before Pomeroy fell back. Thus thou hast discerned how the seven debts were paid, that were debts of trust, to know the truth of the words. But now observe what followeth:
"As to thee, thou dost not know;
Thou art a stranger there;
But keep my memory in view
Will he deny ME here?"
"Here men must discern in what manner I spoke of Pomeroy, if he denied ME, in my visitation to thee, and gave no credit that it was from the Lord: then I said all the goods I would surely leave, and cleave to another house; because the gold, that is a reward, I said was still my own; which meaneth, that honour and reward should not rest upon him in the end, if he denied me in thee; but as the grave paid the first, so should the grave pay the last. So if men discern the type and shadow, and how the grave is twice mentioned, and the gold to be still my own; they might judge he would fall in death, after he began to deny ME in thee.
"Now observe what is said further:
"So wonder now and stand amazed,
Ye fools and slow of heart;
For on the woman you may gaze,
But I shall take her part.
For all her friends she surely left,
To follow my command;
Then to her now Iíll strongly cleave;
Sheíth chosen the better part."
"Here let men ponder deeply what thou hast went through, to follow on to know the Lord; and how thou regardest not thy own honour, but determined to follow on to be clear in judging, before thou wouldest condemn; that thou mayest err on the safest side. Let men trace the different conduct between Pomeroy and thee.
"And now come to the following words, in page 23:
"But when the stars together come,
And they do all agree;
I say the mystery will be known,
Why I have stumbled thee."
"For I now tell thee, I have stumbled thee, and stumbled all, concerning Pomeroy; for ye have not discerned in what manner I placed him without conditions, that by him the writings should go out in the world; and how I spoke of him on conditions, that he might discern his fall. But now I ask thee how a heart like thine could ever have went on with him, if thou hadst clearly discerned the end? And deeper things will be yet discerned, why it was my wisdom to stumble thee.
"Here I have shown thee how he was placed two ways; and two ways his past conduct hath been. And I will show thee why I have placed it two ways; because the heart of the man was known unto ME, that as a faithful shepherd, that cared for his sheep, he would act with wisdom and prudence, to search out the truth. And know what I said to Peter"Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou ME more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again, the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou ME? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou ME? Peter was grieved, because he said unto him the third time, lovest thou ME? and he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep." From these words I shall answer thee. I that knew all things, knew Pomeroyís heart; that, like the command I gave to Peter, to feed my lambs, and feed my sheep, was a law written upon his heart; and therefore, as a faithful shepherd, that taketh care of his sheep, to guard them against the wolf, if he knew them in danger; so I knew that the heart and mind of him was to act faithfully, to search out both ways; whether thou wast in danger of the wolf; which meaneth, to be in danger of Satanís arts; or, whether thou wast a sheep of mine, visited by my Spirit, that he should feed and take care of; and therefore I told thee he would go on faithfully, while he stood alone; because that I who know all things, knew he would act as a faithful shepherd at the first; that my command would be obeyed by him; but I well knew the malice of men and devils, with what rage and fury they would break out against him, when thy writings went out in the world; and therefore I gave thee the prophecies the other way; as I knew he would fall from his own first steadfastness, when assaulted by men and devils. Now call to thy remembrance what the people told ****: that Pomeroy wrote the books, and thou signedst thy name to them. Know they said he was the Prophet: call to thy remembrance what were thy thoughts: didst thou not say in thy heart, that thou wast not sorry to see him fall back, as men had placed thy writings to him; then dost thou marvel in thy heart, that I should leave the man to Satanís temptations, and the persecution of others, to confound the wisdom of men at first, and prove their judgment wrong, that placed thy writings to him? For, as ye are with men, I must act after the manner of men; for I well knew it was impossible for thee to abide in Exeter and have thy writings proved there, if Pomeroy had stood steadfast with thee; because men and devils would have risen in fury against thee, and against man; for as they began, they would have went on, to say he had written from his own invention what he was ashamed to put his own name to; and therefore desire thee to give thine. So that, one way or other, both would be condemned. Call to thy remembrance what they said of *****; what they approved of, in thy writings, they said was written by him. And this the world would have affirmed, had I permitted any man to take the writings from thy mouth, after I ordered thee not to write the communications thyself; and therefore I told thee I should gain two handmaids to write for thee; and this thou knowest was in 1795. And now let them discern in what manner I worked a way to have strangers come forward, that had no knowledge of thee, or thy writings that had been carried on so many years, and published to the world, before ever they had heard thy name. This was my wisdom to baffle the wisdom of men; for I have shown thee plainly, from the wisdom of a few, what the wisdom of thousands would be: and, as books are printed now against thee, Satan would have had every advantage to work in men to publish books against him and thee, if he had stood steadfast, to go on; and therefore I permitted his fall from any faith in thy mission.
"And now call to thy remembrance what have been thy pondering thoughts of thy observations in the world, how strongly do men rule with arbitrary power over the minds of one the other, so that ye dare not say your souls are your own, that by your own masters ye can stand or fall; because the fear of men, and the dread of men, make many fall from their own steadfastness: manís inhumanity to man makes countless ages mourn.
"This is thy discernment and pondering; then marvel not in thy heart that I should permit Pomeroy to fall off, when I saw by what arbitrary power that men began with over him: but know I told thee, if he repented and acknowledged the truths, that were put in his hands, I should make his standing more secure than it was before he fell. For I have already shown thee how his standing could not be secure, to go on and stand according to his calling at first; but, in his unbelief, he hath acted like the unbelieving world, as I told thee before by the Bible, that they were doing the very things that he did by thy writings. Are they not parting the Bible, to take away one part, that it may not be understood? Thou hast heard in what manner the Arians are parting the Bible: and was this to be done by all in like manner, to take away one part; men would have no clear knowledge of the Scriptures, to compare them together, or show the truth one part with the other. This could not be done by man; if all joined alike, then there could be no witnesses of the Scriptures, to prove the contents; and the knowledge would be concealed from public view, as the truth of thy writings was concealed by him. So both together stand in one likeness.
"Now call to thy remembrance what books thou hast heard of, and what books have been brought to thy view, that are printed against the Scriptures, against my Gospel: much worse than ever were printed against thee. And now I ask mankind how these blasphemous writers, that are daily increasing, will ever be put a stop to by the wisdom of men? This is impossible for man to do; and therefore the Scriptures would fall to the ground, like the falling leaves in the autumn, one leaf after the other till the trees are stripped bare by the frost: and so are the frozen hearts of men become to strip the Scriptures all the same; for as the wind weakens the leaves, to make them fall off one after the other; just so will the wind of words that is in men, that is now rising high amongst mankind, to fill them up with unbelief, strip the Bible in like manner, as the trees are stripped of their leaves: and as the cold makes them wither to die away, so do the cold hearts of men make the Scriptures die the same; and therefore I said in my Gospel, that if the days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved. And know I compared my coming to the budding leaves that appeared in the spring; for, when the autumn hath stripped the one, that all die away by the cold and the frost; so doth the warmth of the spring bring on the other, to have new leaves appear to man, though all come from the same tree. And now I tell thee of the new leaves: there must be a renewal of my Spirit, a visitation of my Spirit, according to my Gospel, according to the Prophets, to show mankind that the TREE is the same: it is not dead, though the leaves are withered in the autumn, which I have clearly shown thee, from the hearts of men, how my Bible is become dead to them; but I shall show them, by the spring and the leaves that will appear, that the TREE, which is my Promises, stands steadfast, and will be fulfilled: and I shall return like the leaves in the spring. And therefore I have commanded thee to bring together all the prophecies of Pomeroy, where he stands on conditions, and where he stands without conditions; which I have clearly pointed out to thee both ways, that men may discern how they were fulfilled, according to the prophecies spoken of him; and this I have ordered thee to publish to the world, that men may judge of events in this present age, and what hath taken place in so few years, before their view.
"All these things I have ordered thee to bring together in a straight line, that men may see the calling clear; for thou knowest how many were stumbled concerning Pomeroy; because they did not discern where he stands on conditions, nor where he stood without conditions; and, as men are stumbled concerning him, because they judge, if he began, he must go on; without discerning that his fall was foretoldso in like manner men stumble at the Scriptures; for they do not discern in what manner they standwhat is said on conditions, being placed for man, before my appointed time is come to fulfil my words and promises, that stand on record, without any conditions.
"Now come to the beginning.Genesis, i. 26, 27. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
"Now come to my Gospel. Luke, ii. 10, 11, 12. "And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a SAVIOUR, which is CHRIST the LORD. And this shall be the sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
John, i. 1, 2, 14. "In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The same was in the beginning with GOD.And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, as of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth."
Isaiah, xl. 5. "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
"Here let men discern what is spoken without conditionsthat the Lord would create MAN in his own image, and after his own likeness: then let them discern from my Gospel, how that Word became flesh, and dwelt with men; then let them discern what was said by the Angel at my birth"Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
"Here let men discern, these words stand without any conditions, but to say they shall be fulfilled in the end, to fulfil the promise made in the beginning. But now come to ADAM: he was created of the dust of the ground; and a command was given him; so that HE was placed on conditions: on condition he stood; and on that condition he fell: And so men went on in every age. But now I ask mankind, what Image or Likeness ADAM bore of his CREATOR? Did he not hide himself from God, when he was betrayed, through the subtlety of the serpent, that beguiled the woman? And did he not cast the blame on his Creator, for giving him the woman? Then where was the Likeness and Image of God in him? In thy heart thou answerest, none: either in wisdom, power, or strength, to withstand the subtlety of the devil. But know, in my Gospel, I had power to withstand, power to contend and overcome. And here let men discern, how the promise was first fulfilled, of man being created in the Image of God and his Likeness: not by Adamís transgressions, who was overcome by the subtlety of the serpent; but by my obedience, to overcome him in the end. And this stands without conditions, that my becoming flesh to dwell with men should be good tidings to all in the end. And let men look to the Gospel, what is said of the SIGN; then they will discern it was not to be fulfilled when I became flesh, and dwelt with men. Look to the words of Simeon:"And Simeon blessed him; and said unto Mary his mother, Behold this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign that shall be spoken against."
"Thus let men discern, that my being born to dwell with men was a sign I should be rejected by men; but that it should be good tidings to all in the end is an assurance it shall be so. But if men cannot discern from Pomeroy what was spoken on conditions, and what was spoken without conditions, that I said should be done by him, they can never see their Bibles clear; and therefore I have brought it round in this manner, to place things plain before them, that they may see how it was spoken two ways of him; and two ways it was fulfilled; but the end is not yet. Therefore, if men cannot discern the one, that hath happened in their own days, and before their eyes; they cannot discern to understand what was spoken in ages past, that they have had no knowledge of; but all is judged a fable; thou knowest, by thousands it is judged inventions of men; and therefore I have brought round by the visitation of my Spirit what is out of the power of any man to invent, and the truth is easy to be proved; because I have worked it every way, that no deceit can be practised. And therefore thou hast nothing to fear, to stand the trial with men; for the Truth of my Words is plain before thee: the Spirit of Truth and knowledge is before thee: and let those that reprove answer, how thou hadst wisdom and knowledge in thyself to know how Pomeroy would act, to put it in print; and after he had fulfilled the words, to point it out to mankind, that thou hast brought it round like the Bible, to show them what stands without conditions shall be fulfilled in the end.
"Now come back to the Prophet: Isaiah, xxv. 8. "He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." This, let men discern, is promised to be fulfilled without any conditions being placed.lv. 12. "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing and all the trees of the forest shall clap their hands."Here no conditions are made; but a positive decree that such a change shall take place as is mentioned in the following verse"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." Here let men discern this chapter, and what the thoughts of the Lord are in the end for man. Then come to chapter lxv. 17, 18"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy." This let men discern stands without any conditions; because it is a promise the Lord hath made, that he will accomplish in the end. And all these Scriptures that I have ordered thee to bring forward, saying it shall be, they will find I shall fulfil, in as perfect and true a manner as Pomeroy fulfilled the words I spoke of him in the beginning, to say thy writings should go out by him; and therefore I ordered thee to bring in a straight line how he tried the Ministers, the pains he took to bring them forward with him, but they all refused; and I ordered thee to write to different Ministers, that it might not be said thou hadst tried none but him, but if thou hadst written to others, they would have acted like him; and therefore I ordered thee to write to others, to invite them, and threatened them of the judgments that would come through unbelief. Yet there was no way that they would come forward; for by him I said it should be done; and by Pomeroy it was done; and perfectly so they will find the Scriptures, that thou hast pointed out, in like manner.
"Now come to Daniel, vii. And let them discern in what manner he saw the vision, in what manner my coming is with the clouds of heaven, to bring in the kingdom, that I have promised by the Prophets. And let them discern that no conditions stand there in the end, when I come according to the vision and according to the Prophets.
Zechariah, xiv. "And the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with theeAnd the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day there shall be one LORD and his name one."
Matthew, xxiv.; Luke, xxi. "And then shall they see the Sign of the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh."
"Here let men discern I said this shall be, that the redemption of man shall be brought in at my coming, according to the Prophets; and I shall come according to my Gospel. Here the words stand like the words I spoke of Pomeroy, that thy writings should go out by his judgment alone; and all mankind will find the time is fast approaching, that I shall come according to the Gospel, and fulfil the words of the Prophets, that I have ordered thee to bring together. This will be as perfectly fulfilled as the words were fulfilled of him, what I told thee he would do at the first. But I came to destroy the works of the devil, and took manís nature upon ME, to become flesh and blood, to dwell with men; then how could men simply suppose in that likeness I could destroy all the powers of hell, and chain down Satan to his den? Weak and simple are the judgments of men, thus simply to suppose! No, it is in the power and strength of the Spirit, that is above Satan, with saints and angels, and with martyrs who have suffered with ME, through his reign. For, as I was put to death for man, when I took manís nature upon ME; so have my followers been put to death for my sake; therefore men must deeply discern, that my coming is in vengeance, to take vengeance of my adversary, and the adversary of my friends and followers. But how could this be done in the flesh, for ME to be exalted by men, to be looked upon then as a Prince and a Saviour, and to be exalted then by mankind, if the enemy had worked no way in men to come against ME? Then I ask them what day of vengeance could be in my heart, either against men or devils? Neither could I come in vengeance for my own death only; because it was a voluntary act of my own, to take manís nature upon ME, to dwell with men, and be a judge of their suffering, their nature, and their temptations, which I had power to resist; and therefore I could not take vengeance for myself, if my friends and followers had not suffered likewise. So that it could not be done with justice, as a God, before years had rolled on to bring the blood of Saints upon him, who were put to death for my sake, as I gave up my life for them. And this men must discern from the words of the prophets, how my coming is with saints and angels, to establish my kingdom in righteousness and peace; but what saints had I got, to have a knowledge of ME, or my love to mankind, who had been sufferers for my sake, to come with ME in triumph and glory, before I became flesh to dwell with men, to be the first born among many brethren, that should come with me in triumph and glory?
"These things men no more discern, in what manner the Scriptures stand both ways, than thou discernedst in what manner Pomeroy stood, before I ordered thee to bring together the different Communications, that I had ordered thee to put in print concerning him. But I ask thee, how they could have been fulfilled, if he had never fallen from his faith? He could not have acted like the Jews of old, to keep seals upon the tomb, if he had not kept back the writings, that the truth might not be made known; neither could I have said unto thee concerning him
"As to thee, thou dost not know;
Thou art a stranger there;
But keep my memory in view:
Will he deny me here?"
"Had he known that it was I the Lord who visited thee; and how much thou hast feared to say the Lord saith, if he had not spoken; had he known thee, and thy tears, and prayers, all thy doubts and fears of being deceived, and all the signs I have set before thee, and how powerful my visitation had been unto thee; that all came from ME the living Lord; then he would not have denied ME in my visitation to thee; had he been clear, he would no more have denied thee, than he denied my Gospel, which thou knowest, from his preaching, he went on powerfully to support.
"And now the Prophecies I have given thee concerning Pomeroy, must be compared together, the two different ways they were spoken; and two different ways they have been already fulfilled; but the end is not yet. There is a mystery concerning him, as I have told thee; and that mankind will find in the end: and as it stood two different ways of him, so two different ways men must discern, from the Prophets, how the words were spoken of ME; first to come and die for the transgression of man; and at that time not to be esteemed by them, but to be forsaken by them. Know what is said by the Prophet: Zechariah, xii. "And they shall look on ME, whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one is in bitterness for his first born,"and then I shall be the desire of nations; and then the desire of nations will come.
"And now I shall answer thee of Pomeroyís words, when he said unto thee, "Leave me out of the question." This was speaking perfectly like the Jews, who desired to have the Gospel left out of the question; and would not believe in ME or my Gospel. Then they might as well leave all the Prophets out of the question; for no more can they prove the one without the other, than thou canst prove thy Prophecies clear, to leave Pomeroy out of the question; because in his hands were the truths put at first, that were for signs to him, and to thee, and as signs to mankind, that it came from the Lord; that I had made it clear to thee, by the knowledge of the truth, that thy visitation was from the God of Truth. But how could this be known and proved, if he had been left out of the question, and his name concealed from mankind? And perfectly so, I tell thee now, men have not discerned in what manner he stands upon conditions; and how he hath fulfilled them; therefore I ordered thee to bring the whole together, and put it in print, in the way I have explained it to thee; that in seeing they might see, and in hearing they might understand in what likeness the Scriptures stand with the words I spoke to thee of Pomeroy.
"And now I shall come further to the Scriptures, to show thee where they stand without conditions, that must be fulfilled to make them true.
Revelation, xxii. 1, 2, 3, 13."And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse:I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last."
"Here let men observe how these words stand without any conditions, but a promise that shall be fulfilled.But now I ask mankind what manner of fruit, or what leaves have already appeared, to heal the nations? Have not the prophets been in ages past? and were the nations healed by them? Hath not my Gospel been near two thousand years? and are the nations healed by it? In thy heart thou answerest, no. Then let them discern the promise that stands on record, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last, is not fulfilled; neither hath the fruit yet appeared; or the leaves of my words, that shall be given to heal the nations. Therefore let them observe, when this promise is fulfilled the Spirit and the Bride say, COME: and this is a promise which stands on record, that my Spirit shall come to warn of the end: and the FRUITS are the fruits of my Spirit; and the LEAVES are the words which I shall give, when the fruits of my Spirit are poured out strongly upon men, to make them fruit fit for their Masterís use. Then the LEAVES of their WORDS, which will fly abroad amongst all nations, will be the healing of them, when I have brought round thy Writings to compare with the Scriptures, to show them plainly how things must be compared together, and brought round, in this present age, to lay all before their view, the way I shall make my Bible true; for I tell thee, the Bible will never convince men who are in unbelief, before I have brought round a mystery in this present age, in some likeness of the Scriptures, to make them know that there is a God, and a faithful rewarder of them that diligently seek him: and they shall know that my Gospel is true.
"But now I ask thee and all mankind, how could I come in honour and justice, as a God, to remove the curse from off the earth, and destroy the works of the devil, to establish peace and righteousness upon the earth? Could I come in justice to do this for men, before I have made it the desire of men? And therefore the fruit must be in men, to have a longing desire for my coming; and the leaves is the word that I have already revealed: and greater things will be revealed, to place the fruit in the hearts of men.
"And now I shall call thee to the professors of religion. Do they not say, if they are in Christ, it is all they have to look for, and all they have to desire, thinking they shall go to glory when they die? Then, by their desire I can neither come in honour, faithfulness, justice, nor truth, to destroy the works of the devil for their sakes; because they do not desire it; and Satan would have room to plead, that my coming was not in love to man, if the hearts of all were like these professors.
"And now come to the profane, who are hardened on by the devil; do not they cry out and say, they do not want his works to be destroyed, or his power cut off? while others say, there is no devil to destroy? Then I cannot come, according to my Gospel, with justice, or honour, to bring in the redemption of men who have no desire to be redeemed.
"And therefore the fruit must be in the heart, in a different manner than these I have mentioned, for ME to be the desire of nations. And these things stand without conditions, that they shall be fulfilled; and therefore
Earth and hell may rage in vain,
But I shall plant this FRUIT in men;
As some already doth appear;
Behold the TREE, the fruit is here.
And so I tell thee ítwill abound;
And men may tremble at the sound,
Who now do wish to keep it back,
And say, "the LEAVES we wish to pluck,
That they may never now appear,
To show the ending now draws near."
Iíll tell thee more another day:
The heads of men I mean to try,
The way they place the TREE of LIFE;
For thatís the way Iíll end the strife.
Iíll gain the FRUIT if it be in man;
And then the LEAVES I know will come;
For I shall make them fly abroad,
When deeper mysteries here Iíve showed;
And greater judgments will come on,
As I have warned of every land.
And so the truth I shall make clear,
And prove that I have spoken here;
For now the words Iíll answer thee;
Because thy heart is known to ME,
To wish to have the fruit abound,
And men rejoice to hear the sound.
But now one thought Iíll call thee back
íTis not my love that now is slack;
But Satanís arts I know too well,
That every way his rage doth swell;
And therefore I must work it round
A way that he cannot be found
To work with power so in man.
Remember, Pomeroy could not stand,
With all the rage that did appear;
For Satan gained his footing there;
And therefore I must work a way
His every arts for to betray;
And then Iíll show the fruit in men,
How altogether they may stand,
To have these leaves to fly abroad.
To other nations ítwill be known
What wonders do in England burst.
I said this land Iíd free it first
From all the sorrows they are in,
Before my kingdom down I bring,
To have the hearts of all the same;
And they shall know my every name
I died for man, but not in vain.
And here this subject I shall end:
But all my Bible Iíll go through,
And bring the likeness to their view.
"Here I have shown thee a few Scriptures, that stand without
conditions to be fulfilled; and now I ask thee, how mankind can come forward
and plead their Scriptures, who boast of their knowledge and belief in them?
how will they pretend to prove them true, who began so soon to mock that
thy writings could not be true, if thou wast baffled in one thing; as they
boasted so much of Pomeroyís death. But I now tell thee, their boasting is
to destroy the Scriptures, that all may appear as a dead letter to man, that
never was fulfilled; and therefore they judge it never will, without discerning
the Six Days in the Creation, before the day of rest came inthat one
day is a thousand years; which meaneth, from the beginning of the Six Daysí
labour; but know, I said in my Gospel, that those days should be shortened;
and ye know not how near they are to an end; and therefore I shall bring
my Bible forward with strange events that are hastening on, that the blind
may begin to see how the fruit begins to appear with the leaves."
A Communication given in answer to a Dream in 1796. First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 24.
"Another day Iíll tell thee more,
And deeper things explain;
But for the present Iíll end here
And think upon thy dream.
For down thouíst fallen, to man thouíst called;
Assistance he refused;
Then thou jumpídst off, ítis known to all,
And stood upon thy shoes:
On thy own feet, the mysteryís great;
And there thouílt surely stand.
Wilt thou go back, (am I now slack?)
And trust to menís weak hands?
Theyíll surely come, as he hath done;
Thy Jury cannot stay:
When to the purpose all do come,
Thouílt surely go that way.
Thy journey through I bid thee go;
Thou canst not tarry here:
The rest not come, it shall be known
Iíll make the mystery clear."
"Here let men discern at what time this was to be fulfilled: not at the time that Pomeroy gave thee assistance, but to be at a time that thou calledst to him in vain, that he refused to give thee any assistance, either by word, or returning thy writings, that thou hadst put in his hands, to prove the truth of the warning; and to be at a time when others came forward to search out the truth, that I said would surely come, as he had done; which I called as a Jury that could not stay. But know I said, when they came, thou wouldest go the way that they came; that thou must go through the journey, and couldest not stay at Exeter. Let them discern at what place the words were written, and how thy friends came from London, when I ordered thee to put all in their hands; and thou shouldest follow them, to have the cause tried there. Discern how it was spoken, that thou shouldest stand alone, by thyself, with strangers; and how assistance would be refused by Pomeroy; for there the mystery stood great to all. But had he stood steadfast with thee to the end, there could be no mystery concerning him; neither could the words have been fulfilled, that I answered thee, from the dream of thy falling down, and calling to a man to assist thee, and raise thee up; which Pomeroy refused to do. When thou sawest thyself in danger, then spirits and strength arose in thee to go from him, and stand upon thy own faith, and thy own belief.
"And now let men discern how Pomeroy began to cause thy
fall, by his letters and advertisement; and know how many said then that
thou hadst acknowledged thyself that thy writings were from the devil; and
in the eyes of many thou wast fallen; and thy own spirits sank within thee.
Thus let men deeply discern what happened at that time, when he fell back,
and others came forward, and thou left Exeter to join with them. This, if
men clearly discerned, they would see thy calling clear by the manner it
was foretold, and the way I ordered thee to go."
Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 109, given in 1797:
"But deeper things are still behind,
Iíll show another day:
The pilgrims that are in the wind
Are all unknown to thee:
And still my ways are all unknown."
"From these words I shall answer thee. Let men compare this with the other, what I told thee of strangers coming to thee; and these I compared to pilgrims, that were unknown to thee; for my ways are all unknown concerning Pomeroy; but let them discern, at the time I told thee of joining with others, he leaves thee; therefore if men weighed the whole together, that I have ordered thee to bring forward, they would clearly discern, that there was no assurance that he would stand in a steady faith with thee, like other believers. But I shall show thee the mystery of Pomeroy; and why I chose a man that acted like him; and spoke of him in a manner that no one discerned: it is to bring men to the Scriptures, that they may observe, from him, how man fulfilleth but in part what they expect is fulfilled in the whole; and so I tell thee of my Gospel: how many professors of religion suppose the fulfilment was then accomplished, when I came to die for the transgression of man; but their judgment is as wrong, to think all was finished that I came to die for, to bring in the redemption of man. This was no more finished, or fulfilled, and my designs were no more accomplished then, to destroy the works of the devil any more than Pomeroy went through all the office expected by man. And now come to their discernment, who judge that he must fall to rise again; because I said he must stand the trial in the end. But this men do not discern, in what manner he stood the trial with men, to have his honour lost; neither do they discern in what manner all the conduct that he hath acted with must stand the trial with men in the end. There are deeper mysteries still behind, that men will find another day. But now, if they judge that Pomeroy must appear in person, or he could stand no trial with man; then I ask them how they will explain the meaning of my words, that I said my Bible must stand the trial? I said Satan must stand the trial; and I said in my Gospel, Satan must be judged. These things men must discern and weigh together.But know what I said of believers, and those that were called forward first in the work, who came in by faith; I said they were but as water-pots filled with water, before the end cometh, for me to turn the water into wine. But now I ask them, how could I turn the water into wine, by a strength of wisdom, to join with their faith in the end, and a strength of knowledge, to understand all these things, by making every crooked path straight before them, that they may discern their own folly, when I come to make all things clear? But if they saw all things clear at present, and understood all mysteries, to know the meaning of all that was spoken; then they must be as men filled with wine already: for as wine is strong, so must their wisdom be strong, their understanding be strong, and their judgment must be great; for this I have told thee will be in the end.
"When I turn the water into wine
Theyíll own thy writings all divine,
And know the wisdom came from me,
It never was brought round by thee;
For none but fools can judge it so;
And men their honour must let go,
If they submit to thy weak head,
To say from thee all this is said,
And by thy wisdom so brought round.
I ask mankind how they are found
In brighter wisdom for to go?
A Solomon must answer, no:
His wisdom cannot equal thine,
If theyíll not own the writings mine;
For to indite all that is penned;
Theyíll see their folly in the end.
So for the present Iíll end here;
Another day Iíll show more clear
The mysteries deep that are behind,
To show the folly in mankind;
And then Iíll open every door,
To show them what Iíve still in store,
To bring them back from Adamís fall;
And the Creation I shall call;
What was decreed in heaven at first
I shall accomplish at the last.
"I have shown thee in what likeness Pomeroy stands with
my Bible, where it is on conditions, and where it is not. And so I tell thee
of my Gospel, there are no conditions fixed of the Comforterís coming; for
I said he should come and abide with you for ever: I said the Spirit of Truth
should come to guide you into all truths, and teach you things to come: and
the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And now I have brought
it round in this manner, to prove the truth of my words; and now thou must
bring forward some of thy own prophecies, that have stood so long in print,
unperceived by men. Now let them answer the following words, printed in
Strange Effects of Faith, page 16.
"Now shall men say all this by thee is done?
Thy head is wiser than the sonís of men;
And if they say that it comes from the devil,
Then plainly tell them that their thoughts are evil;
For Satanís wisdom never lay so deep.
Yet to thyself thou must the secret keep;
But if men say that it comes from on high,
My judges shall appear the truth to try;
Then in thy faith be steadfast still,
With salt be seasoned well;
Remember thy baptismal vow,
And triumph over hell.
Your Captain too shall quickly come,
And bring all to an end,
And fix his glorious empire oíer
The wise whose hearts will bend.
As in a humble manger here
Kings did their Sovereign see;
So my low handmaid doth appear
To all a mystery."
Here I shall make an inquiry of men, whether they say that this is all brought round by the devil, or whether they will say
"I yield! I yield!
I can hold out no more;
I sink, by dying love compelled,
And own him conqueror.
Is this the wisdom of a God,
To deal with simple men?
Then, when his wisdom flies abroad,
We all to nothing come.
Could Satan bring it round this way;
And make his salve with such a clay,
To have the blind begin to see;
And judge the writings came from he?
Then deep in wisdom he must shine,
Beyond a thought was ever mine;
And great in power must appear,
To speak the truth, and make it clear.
But I can never join with man,
To think so wise he laid his plan,
And so in power to make it good,
To prove the truth of what he said.
But here with man Iíll jest no more;
Because I know my God is here,
Which I can prove in every sound;
Beyond manís knowledge I have found
The truth of what was said before;
But now I see the truth more clear,
The way the Lord hath brought it round:
I judge his voice is in the sound;
So now your charges you may load,
And let your shots to fly;
You all will find I have a God,
And every armourís nigh,
That will confound in every sound
His armour Iíll put on;
And then heíll shake the earthly ground;
I mean the hearts of men.
When they appear to see it clear,
Confounded all will be,
Who did pretend to baffle here
We cannot answer thee
One word of a thousand: it is the Lordís doing, and marvellous in our eyes."
Here I have shown how Pomeroy stood on conditions, and
how he acted both ways. I am likewise ordered to bring forward what was said
of others, to whom I was ordered to write in 1796 how the conditions were
placed for them; accordingly wrote to *****; but it was not told me whether
he would hear or not; but that it stood on conditions.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 85.
"Now like the Psalm I shall begin,
My name shall fly abroad;
And let the heathen nations hear
The sentence of the Lord.
So with thy letter now begin,
That thou must send to *****
The souls of many he shall win,
If he my voice will hear.
My words before him they must come,
And let him weigh them deep;
For now my time is fully up,
If England now does sleep.
Out of their dream they must awake,
If they preserved will be
My rod and sceptre both Iíll shake,
If men do not obey.
Great is my promise if they do,
But threatenings are severe;
And they shall find my words are true
Before Iíve ended here.
So with thy letter now begin;
For I shall all men try;
And if they to the purpose come,
Theyíll surely find me nigh.
Shocked with surprise heíll surely be,
As you this day begin;
Another time I shall explain
The meaning of the thing."
The Sunday after I had sent the letter, the reverend gentlemanís text was from Hebrews, iii. 7. "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, &c." When I came home, being full of doubts, I was answered
"O, thou of little faith, why dost thou doubt,
Because all mysteries thou canst not find out?
I said, in by-paths thou must first go through,
Unhang the gates, and oíer the stiles must go;
Then in the gap I bade thee for to come,
Or in my fury I should throw all down;
Then in the gap I bid thee now appear,
Make up the breach, as Moses did before.
And from the text I said Iíd fix it there:
The Holy Ghost to thee is surely come;
íTis HE inspires, it must to all be known.
From place to place, and heart to heart I go,
And know before what every man will do.
Out of his mouth to-day he did declare
That very text that brings the substance here;
For like the text I say Iíll surely do,
If men will not obey, and own me true;
Provoked to anger, I shall soon begin,
If men deny, when thou hast told my mind.
And now I tell thee, if thou dost draw back,
Thou and thy friends in pieces I shall break;
But let thy friends with thee in this agree,
Then by their faith preserved they shall be,
As all thy writings are in a straight line;
And can they prove the writings are not mine?
No greater judges then they must appear
Than thou wast of the sermon thou didst hear;
And that thou sayest thou didíst not understand;
So wilt not justify, nor wilt condemn.
So to mankind I now do say the same:
If theyíll not justify, they canít condemn;
And to thy judgment they must give it up;
And ítis by thee the Curtains must come back.
For he that preached it now the judge must be;
And now I tell thee, so must it by thee:
If that thy writings they canít understand,
But say it is out of the reach of man
To judge aright of things that are too high;
Then to thyself they all must give the day."
The sermon he preached was upon the Holy Ghost, which I could by no means understand; it was beyond my comprehension; but I thought the manner he spoke was like peopleís saying, "it was all finished, when Christ died;" but yet, as I did not fully understand his meaning, I said I would neither justify nor condemn. And here I was answered, that he must be the judge of his sermon, and I must be the judge of my own writings; for his sermon was too high for me; and my writings were too high for him; as he gave no answer to my letter, and said he did not understand it.
"Now I shall answer thee. No man, without a strength of faith, believing thy visitation to be from the Lord, could be a clear judge of thy writings. Discern these two lines
"Then by their faith preserved they shall be;
As all thy writings are in a straight line."
"But what straight line were they in at that time? Know I said thou must go in by-paths first, to unhang the gates, to go over the stiles, and then to come into the gap to make up the breach, as Moses did before. Then how could all be in a straight line then? But now I have ordered thee to bring all in a straight line, and to go into the gap, and make up the breach: for ye must know that there is a breach to make up now; and the gap is broken down for the sheep to go out. Here let men of wisdom land back their thoughts to what was then: and discern how things stand now; as I have ordered thee to bring it together in a straight line. Then they may understand at what time my great promises or great threatenings will take place, at a time I told thee to make up the breach; but what breach then hadst thou got to make up, when thou judgedst thou hadst a Moses to depend upon, or one like him, that would act faithfully and true? Know I told thee of ***** he would be shocked with surprise; but what shock could it be to him to receive thy letter, which he did not understand? But know, when I ordered thee to write to the Bishop, in 1799, then he was shocked with surprise, and returned thy letter with anger and indignation. Know what ******* told Nutcombethat his master trembled with passion, and said, ĎNow she hath written to the Bishop! carry back her letter directly to ******** and forbid her writing to me any more?í
"Now come to the other: what answer I gave thee in 1797, to *****ís sermon."
The text was from 2 Corinthians, viii. 9."For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."
In the course of his sermon he said, if we did not believe
in Christ, because we could not find out all mysteries, we should be like
a man, who sought for an anchor in the dark, and so make shipwreck of faith
and a good conscience; or like a philosopher, who threw away his cup, because
he was outdone by a boy, who made a cup with the hollow of his hand to drink
out of. In his sermon he said, that nothing could strike us more forcibly
than our own consciences, when our Saviour said, "I was hungry, and ye gave
me no meat; thirsty, ye gave me no drink: as much as ye did it not to the
least of my disciples, ye did it not unto me."
I thought he was acting like the philosopher; and out of his own mouth I could condemn him.
When I came home, it was answered me in the following manner:
"Now, Joanna, thee Iíll answer,
As the matter did appear,
If thou clear canst judge thy Master,
In it I was surely there.
Out of his mouth dost thou condemn;
And Iíll condemn him too:
What he did say I bade him weigh,
And lay before his view.
ĎThe thingís too highí ****** now cries,
ĎToo wondrous to believeí
As he can never find the way
These truths thou didst receive.
Then like the man will he go on,
His cup to throw away;
Because he is outdone by one
Appears so low as thee;
Or in the dark to miss his mark,
No pilot can he see,
No rock to climb, his anchor gone;
His shipwreck let him see;
What hazard run, what rock to climb,
When heís benighted here;
And faith, and hope, and all is gone,
And charity despairs.
For charity heíth none for me,
To see my honour die:
Am I not come to poverty,
Humbly to him apply?
And will he say, like thee, that day,
He did something bestow,
For to assist me in the way,
My journey to go through?
To bid me come has he begun?
Or wished my kingdom here?
As all my flock has now become
Just like thy father here;
Wounded like he my people be,
What clothing do you send?
I ask you whereís your charity,
See my imprisoned friend!
With grief oppressed you wound her breast,
And stones for bread you send.
She does not want your charity,
If gold be what you mean:
The charity wanted by she
Is faith and love to show;
The feeble knee for to confirm,
With charity below;
And judge your God as Abraham did,
He is faithful in the end;
He wonít deceive those that believe.
Now to the other send:
For perfect here do men appear;
My word they do forget:
No prophecies are mine; by them
The mysteries seem forgot.
My Bibleís clear; ítis man doth err;
And trace my Bible back;
Did I not tell you, in the end
The mysteries would be great?
The prophetís word is on record
A child should lead you all;
What answer now from you Iíve got?
You mind it not at all;
And marvellous things to you I bring,
And marvellous all is done;
Were you to see the perfect day,
Your senses would be gone;
The sun so bright would take your sight,
When brilliant it doth shine;
You cannot long look in the sun,
Nor see the things divine;
So it must appear now clouded here,
Your senses to secure.
Thy fatherís hand so near doth stand,
I here can say no more."
"Now I shall answer thee, that they may discern in what manner I spoke on conditions, when I first ordered thee to write to Moore; but if they had understood my sayings, they might have understood that he would never stand as a judge with thee. But here thou art puzzled at my saying, if thou clearly canst judge thy master, in it I was surely there; for it was wisdom worked by ME to discern the folly of the philosopher; but he did not discern the folly in himself, that he was acting in like manner; and therefore I told thee he would go on to throw away his cup: because here was an inquiry made to him. And now look further; I asked, what rock had he to climb? and said when his anchor was gone, he would make a shipwreck of his faith. Then I told thee how he would act with theeto send stones, instead of bread; and with what sorrow he would wound thy breast.
"So that if men weighed the Communication, what I answered thee of Moore in 1797; and the manner of his conduct in 1799; with what indignation Moore and Nutcombe joined together against thee; and with what contempt thy letter was returned, when I ordered thee to write to him, that thy writings should go out in the world, as from the Lord, unless he came to pass his judgment with others, to say they were not from the Lord; and then I ordered thee to give up to the judgment of seven men, if they judged they were from a wrong spirit. But this, thou knowest, they refused to do; then discern these words:
"For charity heís none for ME,
To see my honour die.
Am I not come to poverty,
Humbly to him to apply?"
"Here let men look deeply to my inquiry; because I tell thee, two ways it stands between the Lord and thee: for if they judged thou wast writing from a wrong spirit, saying Ďthe Lord saith,í when he had not spoken; then where was his regard for my honour, to let it die in that manner, that I could not gain shepherds to stop thy hand from letting mockery go out in the world, when it was offered to be given up to so few as seven men? Then what shipwreck did he make of faith in my Gospel! Here he did the very thing in 1799 that I told thee in 1797. But now these things are brought round, to show mankind in what manner the truth was foretold, how every man would act, that they might be clear in judging, and just in condemning, if thou wast led by a wrong spirit. But here let them discern further: what I say unto one, I say unto all; these dark things, that I mentioned to thee, of being benighted; to ask what rocks they would climb; or how they would shun the dangers, if faith and hope and all was gone? These things did not happen in his days; because, thou knowest, the man is no more. But now I have ordered thee to bring all these things together, in a straight line, that they might see how all was foretold; and I have ordered thee to send it to the Bishops, that they might all discern what I say of one I say of all, if they act all alike.
"This answer which I gave thee of Moore was never seen by him; but now it is brought out for others to judge what is my answer to those who act like him. And know what I said in my Gospel: he that knoweth his Masterís will and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes; but he that knoweth it not, with few; and therefore those who act now like Moore will find dangers to come upon them, when they know not where to fly; because here I have given light and knowledge to man, and brought the truth plainly before them, which he had not then got such light in his possession; and therefore I do not condemn the man, any further than his wisdom, and that he did not act according to my Gospel, or the commands I gave to my disciples. But as thou sayest in thy heart, he was a man that bore a good character, and thou judgest him a religious man, though he acted wrong through unbelief; to thy judgment I shall leave him; because thou sayest he stumbled in the dark: but those who stumble now, must stumble at the noon-day sun: and then they may grope for the wall, like the blind. It is for the living to lay it to heart, that I ordered thee to write to such men in the beginning, who trusted too much to their own wisdom; and were perfectly like the philosophercould not bear to be outdone by one that they looked upon as so much beneath them. But the answer given concerning them, they had got no knowledge of; so that my answer is for the living, and not for the dead. And here I shall conclude with the words I sent to ******."
"So now your parish meetings call,
And quit yourselves like men;
The tree of knowledge comes to all,
And the good fruit must come."
Now I am ordered to bring forward my prophecies, which
allude to the nation, to show how they stand on conditions, like the former;
for I am answered, that one way or the other, the Lord will fulfil them,
accordingly as they are complied with. I shall first bring forward the promises
to the nation.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 43.
"If to my voice you will but hearken,
And obey my strict command;
You shall know from what Iíve spoken,
This shall be a happy land.
Like Jehoshaphat be doing,
Never fight but with my word;
Do you know what Iím pursuing,
To make all men know the Lord.
By the heavens! (Iíll swear no greater,)
Mark the words I say to thee,
Iíve indited every letter
That was sent, they all shall see.
íTis the wood that next shall kindle,
And Iíll make it for to burn:
Plain as thou didst hear the sermon,
Full as plain shall I return.
If the first appeared a mystery,
Yet the next thou knowest was plain;
Perfect so, I now do tell thee,
I will make it plain to men;
For the truth shall come before them,
And I will tell them who I am."
First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 41, given in 1797.
"Fast the storms are hastening on;
But if England does awake,
And come to perfect day,
íTis other nations I shall shake
The sunshine here youíll see;
For as the clouds this day dismissed
The sunshine at the end;
Then shining days Iíll bring to pass,
And stand your every friend.
So now ítis time for to awake."
Word in Season, page 54, given in 1803.
"It now is come to every land,
And fast it shall appear;
But now if England will awake,
Iíll make the foes to yield.
Sennacherib here shall not appear,
With all his boasted pride,
If England will awaken here
You know what nameís applied,
That I compare, I tell you here,
With all Sennacheribís host:
But now if England will take care,
Iíll rid him from this coast.
But to take care, thouíst asked me here,
What care it is I mean?
Iíve told thee that he is the Beast
íTis Buonaparte, I mean."
First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 12, given in 1796:
"Christís Kingdom come, be every sound
I hear thee say, Amen!
Then first this nation I shall clear,
If they like thee go on.
What I shall clear Iíll tell thee here:
Their loads Iíll take away;
My yoke is easy they shall bear,
My goodness they shall see;
My burdenís light; Iíll clear the fight,
And make all foes to fly."
But on the other hand, I am answered, that the Lord will act according to what is said in the 8th page of the Strange Effects of Faith:
"If by the wise men I am mocked now,
Like Herodís fury Iíll fulfil my vow:
Who my anger shall appease?
If all deny my will,
My thunderbolts shall loudly roar,
And menís proud hearts Iíll chill."
"I shall answer thee from these words. If men go on to
mock, now I have made all so plain before them, then I shall bring on my
threatened judgments, that stand in thy writings: and if they say, that this
book is a mystery they cannot understand; they will find the next to be plain,
so that a wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein. And let them
see, from the following lines, why my judgments shall come on. As men mock
that there is no God, I will now make myself known amongst mankind, in such
a way and manner, that they shall know that there is a God, and a faithful
rewarder of them that diligently seek him: and they that honour ME I will
honour; and they that despise ME shall be lightly esteemed. Now let their
First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 2.
"Survey your land, see how all stands,
And how all men appear:
Then you must know, a God must go
For to reclaim all here.
For thereís no man on earth can stand,
If he in fury break:
Theyíve burnt the Bible in this land,
Where must the ashes sink?
If Abelís blood for vengeance stood,
And CHRISTís doth stand the same,
A day of vengeance in his heart,
Then tremble at the flames.
When men begin the whole to burn,
Shall not the LORD awake?
His vengeance on the Tempter turn,
Or your Land stands at stake,
To suffer men for to go on
And burn the WORD OF GOD;
Against your Land, their guilt must stand,
And fear HIS flaming Rod.
The world by water once was drowned,
But fire it now must come;
The way the Bible men destroyed,
Must all turn back again.
So all weigh deep, the LORD doth speak
For allís before HIS THRONE:
And for to know, that it is so,
His Spirit is come down.
So Iíll end here, and say no more;
Let Solomon be found,
For to appear and try all here
It is the Law of God:
And if you now refuse to hear,
Then tremble at His Rod."
Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 106.
The following communication was given to Joanna in 1797, after she had been into Exeter, and was informed that a dissenting minister had said, the Virgin Mary was a whore, and our Saviour was a bastard; and this pernicious idea he tried to instil into the minds of some young men that went to school to him. When I heard it, my soul trembled, my heart shook, and anger and indignation rose within me against him; as I was going, I thought to myself I might say with Peter, I wish to have him destroyed; and wondered the ministers did not warmly reprove him; but was answered in the following manner:
"Now Joanna thee Iíll answer:
These blasphemers must appear;
For though Satan is their master,
It is what was said before.
Now if I find men hot nor cold,
When thouíst these things to them unfold,
But dead, and sickly, and lukewarm,
Iíll bring on all a dreadful storm;
If they my honour wonít maintain,
Like Eli, they shall sure be slain;
For though thou fearíst to write the word,
Iíll let them know, with one accord,
That I no Bastard did appear,
My MOTHER no Adulterer;
My Gospel they shall find is true
And they have made it good;
Iíll bring the mysteries to their view:
Theyíve opened all my side;
They crucify their Lord afresh,
And open every wound.
íTis perfect what the Scriptures saith
Now let a Paul be found;
Let Pomeroy bring his fifty men,
That will awake like Paul,
And then the HOLY GHOST shall come
And soon destroy them all."
The meaning of the words, of bringing fifty men, who will awake like Paul, was in answer to a sermon that I heard preached by a reverend divine, from Genesis, xviii. 23, 24. "And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city; wilt thou also destroy, and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?" He began his discourse with Abrahamís pleading for Sodom; and then he brought in these words, "And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." After he had explained Abrahamís pleading with the Lord, that it was far from him to slay the righteous with the wicked, to destroy the whole city for the great sins committed in Sodom, he then brought it to our nation, and lamented of the increasing sins in our nation; yet he pleaded strongly from Abrahamís words, and the answer the Lord gave to Abraham, that the Lord would spare the city for the sake of fifty righteous; and therefore he trusted that our nation would be spared for the sake of the righteous: for he was certain there was not one wanting of the fifty; and it was to his words I was answered concerning the blasphemy spoken by the other against the Gospel.
"Now I shall answer thee further. Let him come to Abrahamís faith; and let him bring his fifty men, who will come forward to prove the Gospel true, from what I have revealed to thee; because I tell thee, it is by the Holy Ghost proving the knowledge of the Lord, by the visitation of his Spirit, that these blasphemers must be destroyed. I do not tell thee, by cutting them off by death; but by destroying the works of the devil in them; to bring them out of darkness into my marvellous light; and to prove the truth of my Gospel, by the visitation of my Spirit.
"Now call to thy remembrance how ***** told thee, that, after seeing thy books, he burnt all his books that he had of the Unitarian Doctrine, though he had many neatly bound; and know how the Deists and Atheists have been convinced by thy writings, who had before been stumbled by the ministers, who had told them all was finished; and thus they could not see my Gospel true, if it was no more to be fulfilled. And know what ****** told thee of a ministerís saying that the Bible would be no more fulfilled than it was already; then remember his answer: "then we are hoodwinked in our Bibles, if there is no more to be fulfilled." And now I tell thee from such men, who say the whole is finished, it gives room for Satanís working, that there is no truth in the Gospel, no truth in the Prophets; so that the Scriptures could never proceed from the God of truth. Then now I ask him, where are his fifty men, that awake like Paul, to convince these blasphemous writers, that thou hast trembled to see. Call to thy remembrance how thou hast been shocked to see the blasphemy that men have written against the Scriptures, against the Gospel; and the ways of the Lord every way, thou knowest, are blasphemed: and where are his righteous men, who can turn one of them from the evil of their ways, to prevent these increasing sins? For I have already told thee, and I tell thee again, these righteous men, who boast of their religion; yet, by saying all is finished, is like throwing oil into the fire, to quench the flames, which makes it burn the greater; and therefore if he will bring his fifty righteous men he must find them amongst the flock that I have already prepared for thee; and then he may plead as Abraham did. I shall not destroy the nation for fiftyís sake, if he will this way bring them forward.
"And now come to what I have told thee before, and bring forward the Prophecies that stand in print, that they may see the truth of my words."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 109.
The following was written in answer to a dignitary of the church, to whom I have sent many letters. It was from the text he preached on a thanksgiving day in 1797"Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling." Psalm ii. It was answered me in the following manner:
"Now thou hast ended Iíll begin.
The Second Psalm to all is come;
My sword is drawn, and dipped in blood,
íTis time for man to know his God.
For conquering now Iíll conquer all,
And fast the deluge down shall fall,
Till every nation you shall see,
Will each fall down and worship me.
Iíll trifle now with man no more,
My sword Iíll send from shore to shore,
Until the nations do comply,
And in the valleys humbly lie,
To worship at Emanuelís feet:
Now Iíve begun Iíll finish it.
But if your peace youíll keep at home,
My mind and will must be made known;
That every nation now may fear;
Let England know my Kingdomís near,
When every burden Iíll relieve,
And gladden soon the hearts that grieve.
But if this way you do go on,
To keep in darkness still your land,
Just like thy head all hearts will be
ĎWe cannot standílie down, like thee.
Provoked by anger first theyíll go;
Careless, like thee, of what they do,
Until their feet are wet with blood,
And soon the pain will seize their head;
Then sure, like thee, theyíll all lie down
ĎWe cannot stand, nor bear the wound.í
Therefore ye shepherds, now awake.
The helmet of salvation take,
And the whole armour now put on:
And show the corner-stone to man;
The temple-gate throw open wide,
And show your flocks where they must hide;
The Rock of Ages now is come
Such days as these were never known,
Nor did a woman so appear
To write, or act, as thou hast here.
Then every thing together weigh,
Youíll see the dawning of the day;
Though like the weather it doth appear
The sun seems hid and cloudy here,
That you cannot behold the sun
No more you see the days are come."
"I shall answer thee of the Second Psalm. Now let men land back their thoughts to see the time that this was given; and then look back on what hath followed since. Let them compare this with the nations abroad and at home; then they will see the truth has followed, like what I told thee of the shepherds. And now let them discern deeply, how greatly the burden is complained of in your land: and now I give the warning to all, the fulfilment of this is hastening fast. Hitherto thy WRITINGS have been as a candle hid under a bushel; but now I have ordered thee to put it on a candlestick, that it might give light to all that are in the house: the HOUSE is the house of faith; but the candlesticks are the heads of the church, that are invested with power amongst mankind: and as I have told thee of the standard of the church; let them look to their Prayer-Books, and see how the standard beginneth.
"Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.I will arise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee; and am no more worthy to be called thy son.Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"Here I have shown thee the standard they must all come to, and then they will come to the standard of everlasting happiness: for know I have told thee
"My arms are open all men to receive:
The waterís flowing, and the fountain gives;
The gates of mercy Iíll throw open wide;
And all shall find the SPIRIT and the BRIDE
Do now invite you all to come to ME.
Returning sinners I will surely free;
And so my shepherds, if they now awake,
Theyíll surely find their cause Iíll undertake;
Who like the Prodigal, (I know of some,)
Who spent his money with the harlots strong,
Until that poverty it did appear;
In his distress he sought his father there.
But this I mean to turn another way:
Who like the Prodigal went off from ME;
But when he sees heíth wasted all his store;
His stock of WISDOM he can gain no more,
Without unto his Father he doth turn,
And plainly sees then all his knowledge gone;
That he was blind become, naked and poor:
Now ask for WISDOM, and Iíll give him more;
Because I tell thee I shall give it right,
And make his wisdom now for to shine bright.
If like the prodigal heíll now return,
Then like the Fatherís love my heart will yearn;
Full of compassion he will find it so;
Iíll hold his hand, and will not let it go;
If he repents before it is too late,
Heíll find the gate of mercy is not shut.
And so my mercies now stand out for all,
That now return and donít reject my call,
To act like faithful soldiers in the fight;
Theyíll find my power, and theyíll find my might.
That is in wisdom, man judges to be so;
Yet heavier weight than they can ever go:
And so my faithful shepherds now give up;
And then the curtains you may all draw back,
And see the blaze of day begin to break;
And so youíll find my promises are great,
If my commands you do but now obey;
But if refused, Iíll turn the other way;
Because my thunder it shall loudly roll
To break in pieces the most stubborn soul.
So now my threatenings let them all appear,
Go to thy printed books and shew them where,
And how through faith awhile Iíve kept them back;
Because my promises are never slack;
And so my promise I did then fulfil,
And wait awhile, though anger then did feel:
Part of my threatenings by the load that comes,
And by menís vices, they are hastening on."
A communication given in July, 1797, taken from the Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 114.
"So thus will come the hearts of men;
Like fevers they will rise
ĎOur sons weíve lost, our gold is past,
ĎAnd allís before our eyes,
ĎAnd to no use doth it produce;
ĎWe are but burthened more;
ĎWe see the shore, and all is oíer,
ĎWeíve wasted all our store!í
So this theyíll see; as deep as thee
Their sorrows they will come,
And perfect like thy Fatherís house
Theyíll see it in the land:
The quarries they have patched them up
íTis nought but beggary here:
Thy Fatherís house is just like mine;
But out the rags Iíll tear;
I will begin as thou didíst then,
The floors Iíll make more clean,
Their ragged garments throw away,
For in the light shall come;
To make it dry the rags shall fly,
And down they all shall drop:
Iíll make the water run, like thee;
The cob can never hurt
If all is goneI see my land
As empty doth appear,
So perfect like thy Fatherís house
What furniture is here
That I can hurt? ítis mire and dirt
Appear in every mind!
And perfect like thy Fatherís house
I now do see my land;
Then Iíll go on as thou didst begin,
Till I have joined the two;
And both together they must hang,
The Gentiles and the Jews;
Then at their feet (the mysteryís great)
The nations all must come."
Here I shall give the meaning of my Fatherís house: As he lived by himself, I made it a custom to go in the summer to make his house thoroughly clean and wash the floors: the glass was broken, but the landlady would not mend it; so it was stopped up with rags, which I pulled out to dry the floors. I was answered as follows:
"The windows I shall all unhang,
As thou hast now begun;
And through the glass you all may see
The days are hastening on:
For as the squares of glass are broke,
And rags do so appear,
The paper is clinged to keep the stroke
When winter doth appear.
So now this thing I shall explain,
And to the nation come:
The quarrels they are broken out,
I say, in every land;
And, like these windows are patched up
With rags and paper here;
But like thy pen, I say, must drop,
When winter doth appear;
Because the glass it is not whole,
The rags will tumble down;
When thunder sounds from pole to pole
No safety can be found,
So with the land ítis just the same;
Theyíve like thy Father done;
They patch my people up with lies
For to keep out the sun.
For as thou sayest thou caníst not see,
Because the place is dark;
Just so, I say, my people be
But now come to the mark:
Take all the rags and stuff away,
And thou wilt see more clear;
Nor through a glass ítwonít darkly be,
Because they are broken there;
And then the sunshine thou must see,
Or feel the piercing wind,
I tell thee plainís the mystery;
íTis perfect like mankind:
For by my House theyíve done the same,
And darkened every mind;
Patched up the Law and Gospel too,
To beggar all mankind;
For as thy Fatherís house appeared
So beggarly to man,
Just so my honour must appear,
The way that they go on."
The former words I could not understand, and I was answered in the following manner:
"What, is thy head so very weak
In things that are so plain?
Iíll tell thee all the mystery,
And all the rags I mean,
The quarrels broke you well do know,
To every nation come;
The way they mend it all with rags
It must to thee be known;
Theyíve patched it up with broken laws,
That from their garments come;
And weak as paper all hath been,
To bring my land to shame.
Are not the windows all broke down,
As those do now appear?
And whereís the glazier that is found
To mend the glass thatís here?
But in thy heart thou sayíst thereís none;
And I may say the same;
For who my Gospel now doth mend,
To say my words are come;
And that the truth is verified
My Gospel to fulfil?
No; this the wise men have denied;
Their ragged garments still
Are patched and stuffed in every hole,
To darken all mankind;
Because their purse they all would save,
And darken every mind;
Give me the rent! is every cry
But who allow repair?
For perfect like this landlady
Are all the wise men here;
And if this way they do go on,
My anger fast will smoke;
For I shall to the purpose come,
And down the rags shall drop;
Iíll pull them out as thou hast done,
My floors for to make dry;
In every step Iíll act like thee
Now in this house of clay;
My Fatherís laws Iíll now maintain,
And vindicate his cause;
My anger it shall rise like thine,
To vindicate his laws.
Iím wearied out, as thou hast been,
To hear their foolish tales;
But to the purpose let them come,
If I their wounds do heal.
Wrong in their work do all men go,
And every man doth err;
They cut the fuel high, I know,
And spoil the vineyards here;
Close to the root doth no man go
To reason Iíll begin;
But as their weakness I do know,
I shall explain the thing:
For like thy Father all have done,
To cut my Bible high,
So that the stubble still doth stand
And hereís the mystery:
Another after him did come
To cut the fuel low,
Because thy Fatherís labourís gone,
And all did own ítwas so;
Then own your labour all is gone,
And now your weakness see;
Then to my Holy Hills Iíll come,
And cut the stumps away;
Close to the root Iíll surely go,
Till I have made it plain;
The barren wilderness youíll see,
That man could never prune;
Weak as thy Father all are come;
For here my words go deep
The branch cut off and stumps remain,
If I like man should sleep."
The Valley of Jehoshaphat, a communication given in 1796.
"For to the valley all must come
That will be sons of light;
A valleyís low, you all shall know,
And lowly all must come,
When that I do begin to plead,
And rescue every man;
For when the battles I have fought,
And every victory won,
Iíll bring them in the valley low,
And reason then with men.
The valleys low, Iíll let them know,
It must be in the heart;
Together every man shall come
And know how I did smart.
And what I suffered to this day,
As I for man do feel;
The marks can neíer be done away
My side is open still
A doubting Thomas to receive,
A persecuting Paul;
The trembling jailers I will free,
And men shall know ME all,
That in the valley now will come,
As doves begin to fly.
The valley must be in the heart
The battleís drawing nigh;
Imperfect is thy Fatherís house;
Imperfectís every land;
Then trust to ME for victory,
If ye are imperfect men.
As to perfection I see none
The perfect ones are gone;
Sickly and wounded all by sin,
I see, is every one.
I said thy Fatherís house, like mine,
Was now to ruin come;
Therefore I see ítis time for ME
To come and make an end.
íTis deeper than philosophy
The lines that thou hast penned.
Now let the learned men appear
Their Bibles to explain,
And tell ME how they think ítwill be
That I shall call them in;
What signs or wonders will they see,
That I have not foretold;
Or how do they expect ítwill be,
My Bible all unfold?
If they will say they can explain,
And show their judgment clear;
I say that they are more than men
A Peter must be here;
For flesh and blood can never know,
The way I shall proceed.
íTis words must try the hearts of men,
Or they will never bleed;
For signs or wonders will not do,
íTis words do try the heart:
And words shall bring all to their view
Why I for man did smart.
So now if man will humbly come
Thy written hand to see,
And own thou art a simple worm,
My Spirit sure ít must be,
And from the Spirit wish to know,
And honour the Most High;
Then sure my Spirit they shall know,
And so may prophesy."
"Know what I told thee of thy fatherís house, which I compared to the Shepherds, and the likeness of your nation: and this I ordered thee to bring forward to join together, that they may see how many years are past and gone, since I told thee all went wrong in their labour; that they cut my Bible high; that they cut off the branches, and let the stumps remain; that men were come as weak as thy father; because their labour is gone, that they have neither power to cut off the stumps; neither have they wisdom to discern my Bible how it stands, or how my Gospel stands; neither do they understand the Revelations, that when they break, the end is at hand: therefore I said unto thee
"The Woman clothed with the Sun shall make all nations
Because the mystery Iíll explain, the Revelations break."
"Then wonders here will fast appear,
And wonders will come on;
But now this land Iíll surely spare,
If ABRAHAM now do come,
To plead at last, as thou didst first
Thy pleading let men see:
And let him bring his FIFTY MEN
To join as Sheep with thee."
"Then they will find I shall fulfil the words that I have said in thy writings.
"On my holy hill
Iíll come to cut the stumps away:
The barren wilderness Iíll prune
Where men can never go."
"But know I have told thee
"A Canaís wonder must begin,
To make the water wine;
And greater wonders shall be seen
Than were wrought at that time."
"And now let men see what I said of thy fatherís house; and compare it with your land."
Here I am ordered to bring forward my own pleading and petitions to the Lord, in 1794.
I was deeply wounded with the conduct of the Methodists, who said that my writings were not from the Lord. I was ordered to pen my feelings, and was answered that the preparation of the heart, and the answer of the tongue, were both from the Lord. I was to pen my feelings in verse, and it should be answered to me. I wished to forgive all injuries; but said, to my shame, I could not forget them, though I wished them to be buried in oblivion, never to be remembered any more.
ĎBut, Oh, the follies of my heart!
Why do these thoughts arise?
And every injury done to me
Lie spread before my eyes;
All past offences now appear
As strong within my view
As though they were this moment done,
And old things now were new.
But let old things be done away,
And new things now appear;
And every heart united be
In Christ our Saviour dear;
That Satan may no more destroy
Our unity and peace;
Our hearts unite, dear Lord, in thee
May every jarring cease!í
THE ANSWER OF THE SPIRIT
"Is this the language of thy heart?
The Lord will grant it thee;
In perfect love unite your hearts
In bonds of unity.
The heavenly music shall appear
In every heart and voice;
The devils shall all rage and fear;
And angels shall rejoice,
To chain the powers of darkness down
That have destroyed your peace;
In Christ shall all united be,
And every jarring cease.
Then now be strong and stand like men,
With salt be seasoned well,
And pray for power to stand against
The fiery darts of hell."
ĎThat power, dear Lord, is all in thee;
Thou knowest our feeble frame;
No power hath man to help himself,
But what from Jesus came.í
"I know your weakness, and your power,
I know what man can do;
Ask but believing to receive,
And I will give it you."
ĎBut, Oh! that faith, dear Lord of life,
Must surely come from thee;
Thou art the Author of our faith,
Our finisher must be.í
"Thouíst spoken right: I know it well,
The power of man is small;
But I that died to vanquish hell,
Have died to give you all
All that you ask in humble faith,
Believing in my Name
My promise is, to cast out none,
That thus believing come."
ĎAll this, dear Lord, I know is true;
Thy promises are sure:
Our fearful hearts cannot believe,
Unless thou givíst the power.
For though we know thy promise true,
And thus we may believe;
Yet subtilly doth Satan come,
And all our hopes deceive;
For when he cannot sore affright,
In his own shape appear;
He will come as an Angel bright
To thy best followers here.í
"Iíve heard the reasoning of thy heart,
And know the sentence just;
The tempter of mankind how strong,
He will mankind molest;
But am not I the Strong Man armed,
To keep him by my power?
And him Iíll bind with cords so strong,
He shanít my saints devour:
Then come all you of little faith,
And I will give you more:
I died to rescue every soul
That trusteth in my power."
ĎDear Lord, thy goodness and thy love
My soul cannot deny;
But humbly I may say, Amen,
To what my Lord doth say.í
"And dost thou humbly say, Amen?
And soít shall be to thee,
And every true believing soul
That doth rely on ME.
I freely come to seek and save,
With open arms receive;
And will not scorn the meanest name
That doth in ME believe."
ĎThen now, dear Lord, grant that thy love
May fall on every heart;
Thy quickening Spirit from above
To every soul impart.
For none, dear Lord, can come to thee,
Unless thou givíst the power;
By nature we are fallen so low,
We cannot rise no more;
Corrupt we are in heart and life;
Our adversaryís nigh,
And like a lion doth pursue
Our utter misery.í
"All this I know as well as thee;
Manís practice is unclean;
There is no good that can be found
In the dead sons of men,
Until the quickening grace of God
Be printed in their hearts,
That from the evil of their ways
Theyíre drawn for to depart.
But, Oh! the stubborn hearts of men
Are all concealed from thee,
How strongly to resist my love
Perfidious man will flee.
I came to save the world thatís lost,
With open arms of love,
And died upon the cursed cross,
The guilt of man to move.
Yet thus did they resist my love,
And hugged their pleasing sin;
With pleasure ate forbidden fruit,
While poison lay within."
ĎDear Lord, thy sentence all is just
Against rebellious men;
I know thy love they did resist,
And gloried in their shame:
To trample on thy heavenly love
Rebellious men have stood,
And hugged the Serpent in their arms,
That poisoned all their blood.
Yet still, dear Lord, some pity take
On wretched sinful men;
The poison of the deadly snake
Runs strong through every vein;
Too strong for fallen man to cure,
The poison lies so deep,
Must be the Heavenís Physician sure
To bring the blood more sweet.í
"All this I know as well
But mildness will not do;
Therefore my Spirit is provoked,
And I my work shall show,
With tumult and the dreadful war,
And famine next shall come;
The sword of vengeance from above
Shall go through every land;
For I did whet my glittering sword,
And bathed deep ítwill be;
For Iíll not sheathe it up again,
Till sinners do comply
To own I am the living Lord,
And fear my holy name;
Then shall my Spirit be impressed
On every soul of man.
But first shall my devouring sword
And famine make the way;
For conquering I will conquer now
All those who donít comply.
No longer shall my patience bear
To hear my name blasphemed;
No longer will the sinners spare,
That do not fear my name.
For near upon two thousand years
Iíve borne with sinful men,
Since on the Cross of Calvary
My blood for them was slain.
But, Oh, how few regard my love!
How few regard my pain!
How few think on my bloody sweat,
When I for man was slain!
How few think on the Cross I hung!
How few regard my name!
How few despise the cursed sins
That caused all my shame!
But now my shame is past and gone,
And the victorious hour
Is come, that on the sons of men
I shall fulfil my power.
But first will I a warning give,
And those that do believe,
And that trust in my mercies great
They mercies shall receive;
But those that do despise my word,
Of warning them before,
Shall feel the terror of my rod,
And feel my mighty power.
The time appointed is at hand,
That I shall visit all
With sword, with famine, and the plague,
That on my name donít call.
Therefore let none be mockers now,
Nor think this will not be;
For I that am in heaven so high
Have all these things decreed.
Iíve sent my angels unto thee,
To warn all men before,
That of the blood of every soul
That I may now be clear.
And this shall be a sign to thee:
My servants soon shall come;
For I will so incline their hearts,
That my will may be done."
"And now remember the first writings of the ponderings of thy heart:
ĎWhy do these thoughts arise
And every injury done to ME
Lies spread before my eyes?
All past offences now appear
As strong within my view,
As though they were this moment done,
And old things now are new.í
So it is with the Lord of life:
Old things do now appear;
The past and present in his view,
What HE for man did bear;
But old things shall be done away,
And new things now shall come;
The Lord that sitteth on his throne
Will make an end of sin."
ĎIf these be thy decrees, dear Lord,
Awake the shepherdsí voice
For to call back the wandering sheep,
Let all in thee rejoice.
Ah! make them now awake, dear Lord,
As men from frighted sleep:
And from the altar to the porch
Thy faithful servants weep;
And may they daily cry to thee,
Thy wandering sheep to spare;
And bring them back into thy fold,
Oh, thou Redeemer dear!
For Paul we know may plant in vain,
And Apollos water too;
Unless thou dost their labours bless,
Their preaching will not do.í
"Their labour I will surely bless,
If they obey my word;
And crown their preaching with success.
For my name is the Lord."
ĎDear Lord, incline them to believe,
And they will all obey;
For when they know it is thy will,
Thy servants canít say nay:
With willing and obedient tongues,
Thy truth shall fly abroad;
And all thy faithful servants shall
Obey their King and God.í
"My faithful servants shall obey;
My laws upon their hearts
Shall deeply be imprinted strong,
That they may not depart.
But those that carelessly do hear,
And slight my heavenly word,
Shall feel the terrors of my wrath,
And know I am the Lord.
I caused my servants for to err,
For ends they did not know,
That every truth may be more clear
To all mankind to show."
ĎDear Lord, thy wisdom O how deep;
How wondrous doth it shine!
As high as heavenís above the earth,
So high from all mankind
In wisdom is thy knowledge hid,
In wisdom is made known;
In wisdom thou revealíst thyself,
And thou art God alone.
O, Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
One God, in presence three,
Thy wondrous wisdom, when revealed,
How wondrous great ítwill be!
How foolish is the heart of man,
Thy wisdom to dispute!
Let every tongue be silent now,
And every mouth be stopped;
The pearl of great price, dear Lord,
Let us dig deep to find,
And sell our foolish wisdom now,
Since thereís none in mankind.í
"The wisdom of the prudent men
íTwas I alone concealed,
That they might see with eyes more bright
When I the truth revealed."
ĎBut Oh, the follies of my heart!
Why do I doubt within
The truth of thy revealed word,
When I so much have seen?
Pardon, dear Lord, my foolish make:
Thou knowíst my timid mind;
Forgive the weakness of my heart,
Thou Saviour dear, most kind;
I would believe thy promise, Lord,
Help thou my unbelief;
But while I am thus left alone,
My soul is full of grief;
For as a sparrow on a house
Thou knowíst I stand alone;
And to assist in any thing,
Dear Lord, thou knowíst Iíve none,
For who hath this report believed?
Or who thy threatenings fear?
As ítis the cry of every heart,
Things will bide as they are.
For who hath ascended up on high,
Or who thy counsel knows?
To condescend to such as me,
Thou wilt not stoop so low:
And can it be, dear Lord of life,
That thou wilt stoop so low,
To such a worthless worm as me,
Thy secret truths to show?í
"Yes, I will stoop to such as thee;
My law is upon thy heart;
And not a word thatís in thy mouth
Shall ever more depart.
But all shall come upon the lands,
As I myself decreed;
But those that call upon my SON,
For them heíll intercede;
For him have I exalted high,
And those that do him fear,
My SON for them shall intercede;
For I his voice will hear.
But every proud and scornful heart
Shall suddenly come low;
And that I am the Lord alone
Shall every creature know."
ĎIs this thy just decree, O Lord,
That judgment to the line,
And righteous to the plummet lie
In thy appointed time?
Judgments are thy strange works, O Lord,
Dear Saviour intercede,
And pierce the sinnersí hearts to turn
Thy dying love to plead;
And cast their eyes to Calvary,
And see their bleeding Lord,
And now abhor the cursed sins
That made their Saviour bleed;
And may they praise thy dying love,
And meditate with shame,
How long thou hast invited them
While they despise thy name!
Dear Lord, thy sentence all is just
Against rebellious men;
For who can plead the sinnersí cause
But thy beloved SON?
Then now what shall I say, dear Lord?
My eyes run down in tears;
Thy sentence I must own is just;
But O, the sinners spare,
And may they daily flock to thee
As doves to windows fly!
And may they hear thy pardoning voice
Cry out their Saviourís nigh.í
"Iím nigh to save all who believe,
And now obey my call;
The blood that Iíve already shed
Is enough to save you all.
All that believe, and do obey,
And fear my holy name,
Shall find my mercies still as great;
For I am God the same,
As when I NINEVEH did spare,
When they my word believed,
And every soul in humble dust,
Before the Lord did grieve.
But let not NINEVEH arise
In judgment to this LAND;
But let them know Iím not in jest
My judgments are at hand."
ĎThen now, dear Lord, what shall I say?
Thy heavenly will be done;
And may the sinners daily cry
To thy beloved SON!
And now, O ye inhabitants
Of England, be ye wise,
And the long sufferings of the Lord,
And all his warnings praise;
That in the midst of judgments, He
His mercies called to mind,
And warned you of approaching ills,
That you might mercy find.
Return, return, Oh! England,
Return without delay;
Appease the SON; with due respect
Your timely homage pay,
And his long-sufferings, and His love.
Now quickly call to mind;
In humbleness appease His wrath,
That you may mercy find.
His judgments now alarm your fears;
His love your souls awake,
And think of all that he hath done,
That you may heaven partake.
No longer slight his mercies now,
Nor spurn his offered grace;
But humbly come, with broken hearts,
His mercies to embrace.
But can you think your backs are brass,
Your sinews iron be,
That you can dwell in endless flames,
To all eternity!
But Oh, the trembling of my heart!
It doth for sinners mourn,
And therefore I must once more cry,
Oh, England now return!í
"But Oh, far short dost thou now come
To love my creatures more
Than I who suffered on the Cross,
And so long with them bore!"
The first time that the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy came to me, in 1796, I read to him the threatenings in the above, which made him ask, why I did not publish, to warn of the rod before these things came upon us? He did not at that time seem to be staggered at my petitions, or of the Spiritís answering me; but after some person told him that I had prophesied of things that did not come to pass, he then went to Mrs. Taylor and said he feared I was trifling with the Holy Ghost, by what I had read to him, in this Communication; therefore he said to her, "She will be out of her mind soon; I should not wonder if it were in a few weeks:" but that he should be very happy, if he could do any thing for me;and now I hope he will enjoy that happiness; and then I shall be very happy to see him happy: for this calls to my remembrance what is said in my writings:
Strange Effects of Faith, page 90.
"For though my sons they are fast bound,
And on the altar cast;
But Satanís doom must so come round
To be the ram at last.
If men, like Abraham, do begin,
I will my sons unbind:
The walls which Satan made so strong
Shall with his horns come down.
The walls of Jericho must fall;
The rams-horns must appear;
But let the sound be known to all,
íTis I have spoken it here.
I shall throw down, and now build up,
That you may stand secure,
And build upon a firmer hope
Than you have stood before;
Because my mind I have concealed
From all the sons of men;
But when the mysteries are revealed,
Then will your hopes be known."
"Now let men look to the Communication, the year that it was given, and let them call to their remembrance at what time thou didst read it to him; and let them remember; because from the feelings of thy heart, trembling to hear the judgments pronounced, thy pleading was in verse; as Abraham contended in words to my threatenings, so were thy answers and petitions in verse, which he judged trifling, that could not be from the Lord. But now let them discern what hath been fulfilled; what hath taken place upon all nations; compare the words with the events, and see what hath followed since 1796. Then they will know that the preparation of the heart, and the answer of the tongue, are both from the Lord; for ye know not, when my Spirit is strong in power and love, moving upon the heartye know not which way the words proceed, or how the working of the Spirit is, to plead with the Lord, in the manner he pleads with his creatures, where the heart and soul are united to the Lord.
"The further meaning of this Communication I shall answer in the next book, when greater mysteries will be made known, and a greater light given, from thy works and writings, that came from ME, will be unfolded in the next; and then they will find the truth of *********ís words"The Bible is like a flower, that is opening in its bud;" and now the bud and blossom shall appear.
"And now come to thy observation on Pomeroyís words."
He said the ministers were like a rope of sand, that would neither join together, nor bind together. From his observation, I thought the different opinions of men made the Scriptures the same; for it is written"The wisdom of God is foolishness to man; and the wisdom of man is foolishness with God:" and this truth is plain and easy to be understood, as men so foolishly pretend to explain the hidden mysteries of the Bible, by their own wisdom; and they have explained it so many ways, that the Bible can have no meaning or explanation at all by the wisdom of men: for the wise men, the learned, and the good men, have drawn so many judgments different from each other, that they have made the Bible like a rope of sand, that cannot join together; and so they make their own wisdom, that will soon break in sunder; but the wisdom of God is wiser than all the wisdom of men, like a three-fold cord that cannot be broken. As soon as I had written these words, from my own observation, I was answered in the following lines:
"Now from thy wisdom I will answer man,
Thouíst plainly seen their wisdom like the sand,
That ítis impossible for man to join;
But now my foolishness Iíll make it hang
Just like a three-fold cord that is not broke
By strength of man, unless you do it cut;
And now I tell thee, if men cut it here,
Just like a rope of sand shall all appear;
I say, in pieces so Iíll break your land.
And here Iíll end it by the rope of sand;
Unless theyíll come and join it with my word,
And then Iíll join them like a three-fold cord;
Because my weakness, every soul shall see,
Is stronger than the strength of man can be;
And so my folly, in thy writings here,
Is concealed in wisdom that no man can clear,
To prove them weak or foolish in the end.
But for to try menís wisdom I intend
To bring it round in this weak foolish hand,
To prove that men were like thy rope of sand,
That by their wisdom they could never join;
But like a three-fold cord they will find mine,
To break in pieces all their ropes of sand;
For so theyíll find my three-fold cord shall stand."
And here I shall conclude with the words of St. Paul, Acts xxv. 612. "And when he had tarried among them more than ten days, he went down unto C¾sarea; and the next day sitting on the judgment seat, commanded Paul to be brought. And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove. While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the Temple, nor yet against C¾sar, have I offended any thing at all. But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? Then said Paul, I stand at C¾sarís judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto C¾sar. Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto C¾sar? unto C¾sar shalt thou go." And again, I repeat the words of Paul"I stand at C¾sarís judgment seat, where I ought to be judged."
Some part of this book is copied from different books
of Joanna Southcottís writings, which are in print; but all the other part,
from herself and the answers given to her from the Spirit, at the time the
book was writing, I took from her mouth.
Witness, JANE TOWNLEY.
FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 1813.
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