EXCELLETH THE WEAPONS OF WAR,
AND HEREIN IS SHEWN THAT
STRANGE WORKS OF THE LORD,
HIS DARLING ATTRIBUTE.
I SHALL begin this book with my observations on the weather, which I was ordered to mark, from Christmas-day till the New Year’s day, Old Style.
December 25.Christmas-day was mild, rather heavy, rained a little in the afternoon.
Sunday, the 26.The weather was remarkably fine; the sun shone beautifully.
27.The weather was much changed; the frost came in, and a thick heavy fog, which increased so much towards the evening, that even torches were not sufficient to travel with in safety.
The fog continued till January the 3rd. It lasted eight days; many accidents happened, and some lives were lost, people not being able to see their way, or the dangers that were before them, from the darkness occasioned by the fog. So the
year ended and the new year began during the continuation of the fog.
Now I shall come to the last day of the year, Old Style, Wednesday, January 12th. The sun set very brilliantly, with a bright sparkling lustre, too dazzling for my eyes to look at.
The first day of the new year, Old Style, the sun shone very bright; and though the frost continued, yet it was a very fine, clear day; the weather continues very cold; and several people have lost their lives, from the severity of the frost.
The ANSWER of the SPIRIT.
"I shall answer thee from the weather. As the old year ended and the new year began with men, according to the new style which they have made; so they will find new things come upon them, which their dark benighted minds have no knowledge of; and through unbelief they are so blinded, and their understanding so darkened, that they neither discern what they are doing, nor where they are going; for, as the old style is altered by men, just so is my Bible altered by men; because they have all placed it another way, not discerning its fulfilment, in what manner I have spoken of the end. Therefore they do not see the days of their visitation, because their wisdom hath placed my Bible wrong. And let men see in what manner I ordered thee to put in the paper the Scripture prophecies, which I told thee I should go on to fulfil, which they no more discerned, in what manner I spoke of them, to compare them to the days that are come, than they discerned in what manner I have spoken to thee; for both alike is darkness to them, that in seeing they cannot see, nor in hearing can they understand; and as the darkness of their minds, so the year ended, and the new began, by the
wisdom of men. But now come to the old style, which I told thee I should always go to; for this I shall bring to thee and the believers. So as the year ended to thee, with a sparkling lustre round the sun, too bright for thy eyes to look into; and as the sun arose again the next morning, with a sparkling lustre of light; perfectly so thou wilt find the event of this year will happen to thee and true believers: though the year ended in a cloud to thy mind, because thou canst not look into the depth of my wisdom, in the way I have directed thee, in the year that is past; this is too bright for thy understanding; it takes thy senses, as the sparkling lustre of the sun took thy sight, so that thou couldest not look at it; perfectly so I now tell thee, if thou wouldest call back the strength of thy faith, when the visitation of my Spirit was so strong upon thee, all appeared to thee like a bright sparkling lustre of my ways, of my wisdom, and the fulfilment of my decrees; that now thy light shall break forth as the morning, and thy righteousness appear as the noon-day sun, that I shall make bare my arm amongst mankind, and prove that thy visitation was from ME the living Lord, by the light of my Spirit breaking out upon men, and the power of my Spirit to awaken them. This was thy faith, that I should fulfil the vision I shewed theeArise, shine; for the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen: therefore arise, and shine, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem. These things appeared to thee, by an eye of faith, as though they were done; yet still, clouds came over thy mind, from the wisdom of men, after I had ordered thee to give the warning, and set the sign before them; but this sign, like the weather, ended in clouds and thick darkness; so that no light appeared to men; neither did it appear to thee; because the ways of men had clouded thy mind,
and darkened thy understanding, perfectly like the weather, of the ending and the beginning of the year, placed by men’s wisdom in one likeness. And know I told thee that this would be the state of men, till I began to work in their hearts; and then the truth of my words would break out, like the sparkling lustre of the sun. For they will see, in the ensuing year, the truth of the sign, which I told thee in the year that is past; and therefore I shewed thee that sparkling lustre in the sun, when the year ended, by my style, as I had told thee before. Now, let the worldly-wise men answer, how there came to be so great a difference in the sunshine and the weather, of the ending and the beginning of the year, of the new style placed by the wisdom of men, and the old style that I told thee I should go to, for days and for years; and that ended and began, perfectly as I told thee I should work round, to bring the sparkling sun to light, like the noon-day sun before them.
"Here let men discern in what manner I spoke of the sign; and to shew thee that that sign should be fulfilled, I shewed thee the brightness of the sun in the end. Here let men of wisdom answer, how this should come to pass, for thee to bring out such a likeness to men, to compare the darkness of the weather to the darkness of their understanding, as the year is placed by them; and to bring the light like the light of my word, from the sign of the ending of the year as placed by ME. Do men simply suppose, that if thou hadst set a sign from thyself, or from a wrong spirit, which is not of God, that I should work a way round to shew thee that that sign should be fulfilled, by the sign I had set in the heavens, of the setting and rising sun, when it came to my appointed time? This no man of learning who believes that my eye is everywhere present, that nothing can be
concealed from my knowledge, who believes in the Scriptures and the fulfilment thereof, can come forward simply to say, that this happened by chance, to strengthen thy hand to go on, the way I shall direct thee, the ensuing year; because I tell thee, if men are silent, I shall not keep silence; and what I command thou must obey; and therefore I shall direct thee, how to go on to break silence in men, that the day-light might now appear.
"For now I shall come back to the sign which I have told thee is of Pomeroy; for I have answered thee already concerning his saying thou wast born for his ruin; then that blame must be laid on ME; for he cannot lay it on thee; because it must be to the Spirit which visits thee; and this I shall demand of him to clear; for all his words must be sent to him, if thou hearest nothing from him before the time I have mentioned. And, as he said thou hadst set his house on fire, or inquired why thou didst not; this charge he laid on thee; but this I shall demand of him to clear thee from, and bring the charge on ME; for I now tell thee, I shall either set his heart on fire, with love to burn within, seeing my mercies to forgive the past, and to shew him I have blessings in store for him, if my commands are now obeyed by him. So that I shall do what he inquired of thee, why thou didst not do it; for if his heart will not burn with love, then I will make it burn with anger, till he shall confess that he hath set his own house on fire, by giving way to Satan’s temptations, whom he said thou wast led by. So that all his words and all his sayings, which he cast on thee, I shall now compel him to cast on ME; and then let him bring forward his arguments, which way he will prove his assertions to be true. But thou sayest within, that his answer will befrom the persecution he suffered of men;
for this was his pleading at the first; and this may be his pleading at the last. To this pleading at first I gave up, and confined thy understanding, as not to enter into a contention with him, to know why he gave out thy writings to go out in the world by his judgment, one year; and then come to condemn his judgment the next, without shewing any proof, only that he could not bear the persecution. Then now I shall call him to my Gospel; and let him see what persecution I bore, in love to him and all mankind.
"Thus let him trace my Gospel through, and view ME in the garden of Gethsemane, before I suffered the agonies of death for man. Then I will say unto him as I did to my disciples,could ye not watch one hour with ME? could ye bear no reproach for me? no persecution for my sake, that bore persecution to the death of the cross, for your sakes? Look to my disciples, and see what persecution they bore, at a time when I told them that my kingdom was not of this world; but that they must go through to drink of the cup which I had drank; that they would be put to death for my sake. I set no joys before them, but the glories of heaven; yet see what they went through to gain that crown. But now I have set before men the joys of fighting to overcome both spiritually and temporally; because I have told thee, the time is at hand, of my coming according to my Gospel, to destroy my enemies, and enjoy my friends, in this world and that which is to come. So that my promises now are double to what I said to my disciples; then now I ask thee where is the man, who professes to be a believer in ME and my Gospel, and cannot bear any persecution for my sake? Then, I tell thee, he is not worthy of ME. Know what I said to Pilateif my kingdom had been of this world, then my servants would have fought; but now my kingdom is not from hence;
yet I said that for this cause was I born, and for this cause came I into the world. And now come to my disciples.They fought to establish my Gospel; and they continued to fight, till they had overcome, to have my Gospel established, though not universally throughout the world; yet it was established to stand for the end, to shew mankind that there is a time, that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of the living God. And this I have warned thee is now at hand, that I shall establish, and bring in the REDEMPTION of MAN; then where is my servant, where is my follower, or where is my disciple, that will not now fight with the SWORD of the SPIRIT to prove that my kingdom is nigh at hand? But who can fight with this SWORD that hath no enemy to fight against him? Without persecution my Gospel cannot be fulfilled. Will a king go to war when he hath no enemy to war against him? In thy heart thou answerest, no; without he unjustly kindles a war against a nation; then he compels them to fight in their own defence. Now perfectly so stands my Gospel. It is the enemy who hath unjustly kindled the war, against the visitation of my Spirit, against my warning that my kingdom is at hand; then now I ask thee where are my friends, or my followers, where are my servants, or my faithful soldiers, who will not now take up the SPIRITUAL SWORD to fight against my enemies? Because this is the war unjustly kindled against my love and mercies to man; and thus I knew the end would be; therefore he is no warrior, nor servant of mine, who cannot bear reproach for my sake.
"Therefore, I tell thee this of Pomeroy, if he keep silence till I order thee to send again; thy inquiry must be at last, as I ordered thee at first, when thou judgedst thou shouldest see him no morewill he resign that thou shalt look for another, who
can bear to draw the SPIRITUAL SWORD for ME, and to maintain the SPIRITUAL FIGHT? Therefore, I tell thee, he must resign to give up the calling I have called him to; or he must draw the SWORD; as I told my disciples, he must bear the CROSS if he will wear the CROWN.
"This is my answer to thy saying, it was for the persecution of men, which he met with in receiving thy writings, that he said thou wast born for his ruin; but now I tell thee, in like manner he might say the same of ME; because it was I the Lord that invited him, and promised blessings, if he obeyed his call; but threatened judgments in the end, if he refused, when called again. And now discern, from the letter I ordered thee to send, that his calling at last was like the first, that I had a great work for him to do; and if he obeyeth, he will find my promises true. But know he stands two ways, as I told thee from the first to the last; but one way or other, whether won by love, or feared by judgments, thou wilt find that he will acknowledge his belief in thy visitation to be from the Lord of lords and King of kings, before this year hath an end. For all his follies I shall lay before him, and shew him plainly, it was not thee that had any thing to do with disgracing his character; because thou hadst no knowledge of him, but through my visitation, to direct thee to him. So that it is the Spirit which he hath blamed, it is the Spirit which he hath condemned, and spoken so harshly against at first, when he fell back, and wrote so warmly against thee in his letters. And therefore, I tell thee, it is impossible for him to shun his call, without proving what spirit it is, which he hath so harshly condemned; for he hath a power put in his hands, which no man hath had but himself; and therefore he cannot act according to thy judgment, to go on and treat the whole with a silent contempt, till awful judgments have
taken place upon the nation, to prove the threatenings which I ordered thee to put in the papers. Because I tell thee, it is not thy spirit, but it is my SPIRIT that he hath so wrongly condemned: and though I have borne with him these twelve years, I shall now bear with him no longer; for he shall find thy character is the most sacred; because thou standest between GOD and MAN; and therefore thy innocence I shall clear. And now let his words appear, which he spoke to thee in Taylor’s house."
Mr. Pomeroy said, in January, 1802, that I was born for his ruin; because I had put his name in print. He would sooner I had set his house on fire: and from the letter I sent to the coffee-house, to vindicate him, he said I could do nothing more to disgrace his character, than for me to take his part; and to see his name stand with mine was a disgrace to him. But he then desired me to sign my name to what he had said, that it was the devil ordered me to put his name in print. I said, then my name must stand with yours, sir. Mrs. Taylor said the same. But he answered"this is in a different light: it is to clear me from joining with you in the prophecies." As he said he was so persecuted, that he could not go into any company, and that I did not know how he was situated through persecution; and this made me sign my name to what he had said: not that the writings were from the devil, but that he had said my being ordered to put his name in print was from the devil; and this paper I signed, as he said it would free him from the persecution. And since that evening, when I signed the paper in Mr. Taylor’s house, in 1802, I do not recollect that I ever saw Mr. Pomeroy afterwards.
But as some unbelievers have said, that we are agreed, and there is a collusion between Mr. Pomeroy and me, because I have appealed to him
as my judge; and the Spirit that visits me hath explained the manner of his fall, to pity his weakness and forgive the past, if he repent of what he hath done; this people have looked upon as a designed thing by me, to make him a judge in my behalf; and that we are agreed together.
Now, to such judgment I answer, that they do not know me; neither do they know Mr. Pomeroy; for, like his former words, when he fell back, would be the language of his heart now, if the Lord were not to work upon his heart to convince him of his errors: for the same indignation men and devils would work upon him now, as they did at that time, if the Lord were to leave him to their working. This I have been answered. Then what confidence could I put in a man who hath shewed such indignation against me? And which may be further proved in his letters, which he sent to my friends in 1804, as he would not condescend to answer my letters to me; for he never wrote a letter to me in his life, but hath treated my name with scorn and contempt, as though I were really led by the devil; and that it was a disgrace to his character to say that he ever received my letters of prophecies from me. And though I was ordered to send him the book with the sign I have put into the hands of the bishops, respecting him; and the book containing the letters I had sent him copies of before; yet he remains silent, and hath given no answer, either to me or my friends. Therefore I can prove to the world that there is no agreement nor any league between him and me, though I have appealed to him as my judge; because I was ordered so to do.
But some have even said, that I should bribe Mr. Pomeroy to judge in my favour. In this they do not know him. Were I wicked enough to attempt doing such a thing, he would soon say, as a judge said at Exeter, when a lady was going to
take her trial for the murder of her maid; she offered the judge five hundred pounds to be favourable to her. He said, "If you will bribe the judge, you will surely bribe the jury; and of all women, you ought to be hanged." And perfectly so would be Mr. Pomeroy’s answer; he would say, "Out of your own mouth will I condemn you, that yours is not confidence in the Lord, that your visitation is from him, to rely upon his words and promises; but your trust is in the arm of flesh; and now I can prove my former assertions right, that you are under the influence of an evil spirit, which you have proved by this offer."
So, like the woman, I should soon be cast, if I were another such as man, through ignorance, hath judged me. He must be a knave and a fool, who can talk of bribery in spiritual things. If the Lord cannot keep up his own work, and fulfil his own works, by his own power and wisdom, in the time to come, as he hath in the time that is past; then let it fall to the ground; for it never can stand by the wisdom or power of men; neither do I wish to deceive mankind, or deceive myself. For were the whole nation to come forward and say they believed my visitation was from the Lord, if I had not clear and sure ground to believe it from the truth of his words, and the manner of his visitation to me, to know in whom I had believed, to rely upon the Lord; I never could rely upon the wisdom of men; for I should no more rely upon their faith, through their wisdom, than I relied upon their unbelief, when, by their judgment, they thought the visitation of the Lord would not come to a woman; and therefore they would not believe it was come to me. But in that the Lord made me a judge for myself at first, and so he will make me a judge for myself at last. But were this a temporal cause, instead of a spiritual one, I should never have appealed to Mr. Pomeroy
as my judge; looking upon his conduct, for these last twelve years; neither would I have troubled him on any occasion whatever; but it is the Lord who hath called him to be my judge, as the events were put into his hands: and no man can be a judge of the truth but himself. But as he complained of the persecution he had suffered on my account, I of myself should never have troubled him more: and it is Mr. Pomeroy’s own conduct that hath compelled me to trouble him now; for had he returned the letters delivered to him with the signs of the events, which were put in his hands; then the letters would have appeared, for every one to judge of the truth; but, as he destroyed them, I am compelled to write to him again; because I am answered, that the Lord will never give him up till he acknowledges the truth of what I was ordered to send him. And therefore he may say with David,
Psalm cxxxix."Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me; such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain unto it: whither shall I go from thy spirit, or whither shall I fly from thy presence? If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me, even the night shall be light about me: yea, the darkness hideth not from thee, but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."
The wisdom of man may baffle the wisdom of the Most High; but he cannot overcome it, to conquer in the end; and therefore it is fruitless for man to contend with his Maker. And, however marvellous it may appear in Mr. Pomeroy’s eyes, he will find the hand of the Lord is in it, which he cannot shun.
But I can assure them, who say I shall bribe him, that he will have no reward from me, if he comes forward and proves my visitation is from the Lord;
for then to the Lord he must look for his reward, as I have done; but, on the other hand, if he comes forward and proves that my visitation is from the devil; that what I am ordered to lay before him produces no conviction of conscience to him, that it is from the Lord; then I own I must be deceived by a wrong spirit; and in that case, I must say, it would be but justice in me to pay his expenses: for, if I am a fool, I ought to pay for my folly, and be prevented going on any further,either to be deceived myself, or to deceive others.
Thursday, December 30th, 1813.
When I awaked in the morning I began to meditate on what I had put in the newspaper, how I had been forty years wearied with the perverse hearts of men, because I thought upon none but my enemies, and had forgotten my friends. So that I had wrongfully condemned the innocent with the guilty; but in this I saw my error; for though I have reason to complain against the conduct of men, on the one hand; yet there is no woman upon earth who hath more reason to justify the conduct of mankind than I have; because, owing to the persecution of my enemies, I have, on the other hand, experienced the sincerest friendship in men who have acted towards me as fathers and brothers; and the greater the persecution hath been from my enemies, the greater I have seen the warmth and zeal in my friends to come forward in my behalf. So that I can by no means condemn the conduct of men in general, because my enemies in mankind against me have proved the friendship in others the greater. Thus I reflected how I had forgotten my friends, when I thought only upon my enemies; but the true and sincere friendship I have met with in my friends made me say that I could die a martyr for their sakes:
and thus my ponderings went deep of the different conduct of mankind.
The ANSWER of the SPIRIT.
"And now I shall answer from thy pondering thoughts; for it was I who brought all things to thy remembrance, from thy youth up to this day. And I now tell thee, in like manner as thou sayest by mankind, that thy foes have made the love of thy friends appear much greater to thee, than it could possibly have been done if thou hadst had no enemies.
"As ’tis with thee it is with ME,
I tell thee, now the same:
Thy foes have gained the victory,
Who do not know thy name.
How can this be, is said by thee,
Thy foes the victory gain?
I’ll answer here, and make it clear,
And so my words maintain:
Because the love in men thou didst prove,
For to admire the more:
When men thy enemies arose,
Thy friends in love appear’d,
To shew that great, without deceit,
Their friendship did abound:
Like fathers here they did appear,
Like brothers men were found
To stand by thee, they all may see,
When foes against thee came:
That way men got the victory,
It must to all be known.
But now within thou dost begin
To say, ’twas not thy foes
That any victory here could win,
Who did on thee impose
With arts and lies; let men be wise,
No victory they could gain;
But know, thy friends did them chastise
And see the victory plain.
Because thy thoughts thou hast not wrote,
Nor penned thy pondering clear:
A man-hater thou could’st not be,
As men have judged thee here.
Could’st thou hate man? as thou’st discerned,
In grief they stood thy friends;
In thy distress they calmed thy breast,
And every aid did lend
To calm thy grief, and give relief:
Their friendship every way
By foes was triedthe field is wide;
And now like thee I say:
Though it not clear to thee appear
How foes the victory got;
But I shall further answer here,
And tell thee it was not
The foes that won: I shall begin
Ne’er gained the heart of thee;
But to thy friends thou must discern,
(The way thy friends didst see
To shine more bright before thy sight,)
That men thou could’st not hate;
Thy enemies did make them bright,
And love in thee create.
"Now see the way men got the day:
Thy pondering deep I know;
Because thou’st pondered every way,
How men their love did shew,
To make it clear that thou must err,
For to condemn mankind,
When Satan strong in man appeared
In malice to combine,
With arts and lies, (like men grow wise,)
With all the rage of hell.
Thou knowest thy foes did thee despise,
Which made thy friends to swell
In love the same, who knew thy name,
And took thy every part:
Then against man how can I come
With an unfeeling heart?
The thoughts of thee mankind must see;
For I shall answer here,
This perfect likeness is in ME:
My Bible so I’ll clear.
Because their love I sure can prove,
In every age that’s past,
It hath been seen so strong in men,
From enemies that burst.
So all the Prophets call to mind,
How men their love did shew;
Though Satan’s fury they did find
In man to bring a blow
Upon the head where man obeyed;
Yet they did not turn back,
But still went on, as I command;
Then can my love be slack,
Not to regard, nor yet reward
The love in man to ME?
Which I have proved from those who loved,
By their great enemy.
And to my Gospel now I’ll come:
The love in man was great
When Satan’s fury it was strong,
The rage of hell did heat
The pride of man: I tell thee plain
He worked it every way:
To make men judge ME poor and mean,
Know what my foes did say
A poor man I must surely be;
My parents they did know.
So here’s the pride in men, you see,
When I appeared so low;
But then in man the love did come,
And my Disciples see,
How they in love to ME did burn,
Despised by enemies;
A fiery zeal did they reveal,
What were their hearts and thoughts.
Did Peter then his love conceal?
‘Let fire from heaven be brought,’
Was spoke by he, you all may see,
For to destroy my foes.
And though they were reproved by ME,
Yet still their love, thou know’st,
It did go on the same to burn,
Till they died for my sake.
Then now to men I thus shall come,
Their cause I’ll undertake:
For just like thee, they all shall see,
I cannot now hate man:
The foes have got the victory,
To make ME love more strong.
For though the words, which I have spoke,
To thee they are not clear,
How they should gain the victory,
Thy pondering thoughts appear:
’Twas from thy foes, thou well dost know,
That made men brighter shine,
This way to gain the heart of thee;
Thy ponderings call to mind.
"Then see it clear, the victory here
Came from thy deadly foes;
Because that I shall call thee back,
The mysteries deep unclose.
Call thou to mind when all mankind
Were sickly and lukewarm;
I ask thee what inveterate foe
That thou could’st then discern?
For ninety-two bring to thy view,
When all appeared as friends;
And out of love pretended so,
Satan would gain his ends;
If thou’dst go on, as thou’dst begun,
The still small voice to hear,
They told thee dangers would come on,
And thou hadst room to fear.
So thus in love thy friends did prove
’Twas done in love to thee.
Thy former writings now call back,
Then sick of men to be;
Sick of them all, thou know’st the call,
Thou surely wast at first;
For now I ask thee, where’s the man
On whom thy love was placed?
Thou answerest none; then now discern
The way I’m warning here:
Thou’dst not one friend for to depend
That thou could’st trust, be clear;
Nor yet a foe, thou well dost know,
That did in anger burst.
They judged in folly thou didst go,
And so their words were placed;
So sickly here did all appear,
And thou grew’st sick of men;
And thou may’st easy see it here,
Judge from thy written hand:
The world adieu! thou well dost know,
In heart was spoke by thee:
Sick of mankind was then thy mind
In checkered lines thou’dst see
The hearts of all, when I did call,
And warned thee at the first;
In black and white, thou’dst judge aright,
For so mankind did burst,
And so went on, ’tis known to men,
Till thou grew’st sick of all;
But trusted in ME thy guide to be,
And so to judge thy call:
If ’twas of God, it would be known;
Thy reasoning thoughts went deep:
But sick of men thou sure wast come,
As they were all asleep.
Because no love they there did prove,
To say, ‘we’ll judge the sound,
And wait awhile who may beguile,
The truth may soon be found,
As years roll on.’ Did they begin
This way their reason rule?
No: well thou know’st it was not so;
But love thou saw’st grow cold,
Till Pomeroy came: behold the man;
He worked thy passions high;
Because thou know’st the way he went
The spirits for to try.
But I’ll end here, and say no more,
But to the purpose come;
And from the pondering heart of thee,
I’ll shew the state of man.
"Now I shall begin from thy youth, where thou sayest thou regardest men, as they regarded thee. This I shall bring back to the Creation. For, though Adam fell, I pitied the man; because he repented of what he had done. And from Abel ye may discern, that the Lord was not forgotten by them; for as thou sayest thou hast met with a mixture in mankind, some shewing their love and friendship, while others were enemies; thou must condemn the innocent with the guilty, if thou condemnest all men, because of some, who were thy enemies, if thou dost forget thy friends. This was my feeling for man, in the first age of the world. But now I shall come to the deluge, and come to thy pondering thoughts: when all men forsook thee, that thou hadst not amongst thy religious acquaintance any man that seemed to concern himself about thee, all become cold and lukewarm; then thou saidst thou wouldest bid the world adieu, and bid adieu to men. In this state the world was come, when the Lord said it repented him that he had made man; that
he would destroy man whom he had created; so there was but a NOAH found to build the ark; and he, like thee, was judged a fool; but now I ask thee, where will you find from Scripture, that men rose to be warm and zealous with him, while others were against him? This discord did not arise in the latter years of Noah’s warning; therefore, I tell thee, they became perfectly like the men to thee, regardless of the warning, judging him a fool, as men judge thee.
"This was the state of man, when the world was drowned, in the perfect state thou foundest men, when in thy heart thou despisedst them all. But thou sayest, that thou didst not despise them; though thou wast wearied out with their conduct, and wishedst to forsake them, as thou sawest they had forsaken thee. Then I tell thee thou despisedst their conduct, if thou didst not despise the men, and wert weary of them, as I was weary of the world, when I destroyed it. So now judge from thy own feelings, what was the state of mankind, when I forsook them all, and brought the deluge upon them. Yet know, at that time I had a NOAH to build the ark, that by obedience man might be preserved and tried again. Here, in the likeness with thee, to have one man that I directed thee to, was the beginning after the flood; then look to the Scriptures through, and discern the ages back. I had some men warm with the prophets, to fear my threatenings, to fear my judgments; so that all men did not come like the antediluvian world, for ME to have no man to regard my name; and yet, I tell thee, in a dead state were the Jews become, when I took man’s nature upon ME; and yet, in that dead state, there were many, as well as Simeon, who were waiting for my coming. Then now discern in my Gospel: though my enemies were furious, as Satan’s working was strong in man; yet, on the
other hand, my disciples were zealous, and ran every hazard for my sake, till they were put to death for ME, as I died for them. In like manner see the martyrs, and all the love that hath been shewn to me in men, which could not be proved to shew the love of man so great, if this persecution had not arisen. And therefore, I tell thee, it was the enemies who were the means of gaining the victory for my friends; because it shewed the greatness of their love, to suffer so much through persecution, for my sake; and therefore I said I should come again to raise up my friends in the last days; and destroy those who would not that I should come and rule over them, when I came to bring in my kingdom of righteousness and peace: for then will the enemy be cast out, the prince of this world, that hardens men to go on in this persecution. So that here the enemies in mankind gain the victory over their leader. I do not tell thee, that it is they will conquer him, or gain the victory to triumph over him. This I have told thee will not be till the end, that the final day of judgment takes place; and yet, I tell thee, it is by his followers, that I shall gain the victory for my friends; because, if all resisted his temptation, and none joined with him, to persecute ME and my true friends; I ask thee how I could cast him out? And therefore, as I told thee, it is through the love of my friends, and the persecution of my enemies, that the victory will be wrought in the end, for to fulfil the words I said in my Gospel, that the prince of this world should be judged and cast out: and now I have set a way for judgment.
"Here I shall come back again to thy thoughts. Thou sayest, that thou didst not do justice to mankind, to say thou hast been forty years wearied out with the perverse hearts of men; because, on the other hand, thou hast been strengthened
and supported, and thou hast been protected by men; so that, under my blessing, I have made men instruments in my hands to protect thee through every difficulty, and to fulfil the promise I made thee. Thus men, as well as women, have joined in love and friendship to thee; and the greatest number is in men. From these ponderings, thou thoughtest thou hadst no right to speak in that harsh manner of men, from the kindness they had shewn thee, and the persecution they go through on thy account; therefore thou canst not condemn the innocent with the guilty, to call the hearts of men perverse; and therefore thou wishest, for their sakes, that I would take the cause in hand, to make bare my arm, to make the truths clear before them, and to remove the stumbling-blocks out of their way, that they may go on their way rejoicing, knowing the time of their deliverance draweth near
"Because that men thou canst not blame;
For men are men, thou dost discern;
They do not act such cruel part.
’Tis but where Satan fills the heart
With every furious rage of hell,
Which he doth work in man to swell;
Then there perverse the hearts must be;
Because their hearts do join with he;
While other men join with the Lord.
Now mark the difference in thy word,
And call thee back to ninety-two,
How different men stood in thy view,
When all together thou didst blame,
And in thy heart didst all condemn,
That true religion there was none:
Thy mind and heart from man was gone;
But now the difference let men see,
How great the change is worked in thee.
Though man thou’st blame, but call to mind
What different conduct thou dost find
So planted in the sons of men.
Against thyself thou didst complain,
That thou too harsh hadst judged mankind;
For all thy friends thou’st called to mind,
How men like brothers did appear
‘How harsh have I condemned them here!’
And now thy harshness thou may’st see,
In likeness I did answer thee,
That I was grieved for man the same,
And said they did not know my name;
And this I said to thee at first,
That wrong men’s judgment all was placed;
But now the changes I see here,
And like thy answer I’ll appear;
For I cannot condemn them all.
If strong my judgments now do fall,
Like thee, in love I’ll think on men;
I know and see what they have done.
Because it is in love to ME:
That they have shewn their love to thee;
And so I say ’tis for my sake
The mock of fools they now do take,
To bear their scorn and still go on:
They’ll find, like thee, in love to man,
That all my promise I’ll fulfil,
And all their wounds I’ll surely heal.
"But, when I speak the words of man,
Both sexes together here I mean;
Because ’tis for the human race
That I have so unveiled my face:
But I shall still unveil it more,
Till I’ve unbolted every door
That hath a heart to let me in,
And so the victories I shall win.
But where the bolts are made so strong,
That Satan guards I cannot come;
Then I shall leave them for his prey,
And from that door I’ll turn away;
But where ’tis bolted but by man,
I’ll find a way to overcome.
"So here’s the difference in the two:
Now see the change before your view,
That at this time is come to thee;
Yet greater change they’ll find in ME.
But now thy writings must appear,
And what thou judg’dst of man before.
So both together let them weigh;
Then see the dawning of the day;
Because my heart they’ll find like thine,
To turn to men when they prove kind,
And wish to know my perfect love;
This change in thee they’ll surely prove
To find it in the Lord the same,
And they shall find my every name."
In the year 1794, after the Scriptures had been explained to me in an extraordinary manner; and the truth of my writings in 1792, appeared in 1793, of the war, and which still was going on in 1794, I was ordered to write to the Methodists; as I was foretold the end of all things was at hand, and I should not conceal what was revealed to me, but send to Mr. Leach, to warn all men of approaching dangers. I did as I was bid; he sent me back a few lines to say, if it was so, what could he do? He would not give warning of what he did not believe: he said he believed, as many more did, that we should see good days; and did not think there was any danger. This letter surprised me, coming from a minister of the Gospel: I read it, on my knees in prayer to the Lord, and was answered in a manner that quite astonished me; and I thought to send him the words given me in answer to his letter; but as the people all joined with him, by saying they hoped I would trouble them no more, as he had other things to mind; this prevented my sending the answer. Their words might have been unnoticed by some, but they were not by me; as my eye is quick in discerning, my heart is tender in feeling, deep are my meditations, strong is my memory, and every one’s conduct laid clear before me. And, when I was forsaken by all, that I thought men cared for none but themselves; as they well knew that I believed it from the Lord, and many of the truths had then appeared; but they took no pains to convince me, if they thought it was not from the Lord; nor shewed any regard to search out the truth, if it was from him; and as
they were all great professors of religion, this made me think that true religion was gone out of doors; for I had as good an opinion of the man I sent the letter to, as I had of any one I knew. But their answer made me say with David
"Since godly men decay, O Lord,
Do thou my cause defend;
For scarce these wretched times afford
One just and faithful friend."
My soul was overwhelmed with woe,
When tidings to me came
The anger of the Lord was great
If I concealed his name:
The things that he revealed to me
Should public fly abroad,
That all the world may see and know
He is the living Lord.
I asked the world what they could do
In this my grand concern;
But not a word of answer then
I to such question learned.
But all that they could do for me
It plainly did appear,
That if I was oppressed with grief,
My burden I might bear:
As I had fished so might I fry,
For ought that they could tell;
And as I’d lived so might I die,
And in the darkness dwell,
Their thoughts were otherwise employed
On whom they should court next,
For the great things they all enjoyed,
And laughed to see me vexed.
Oh, then I turned about to him
Who faithful is and true,
And bid this false, deceitful world,
And all mankind adieu.
With broken heart, and broken speech,
Most earnestly I prayed,
That I might live to be set free
From this false-hearted world;
At whose false smiles God was estranged,
Whilst I on rocks was hurled.
For all the former things of old
Came quickly to my mind,
And how the conduct of most men
To me had proved unkind.
I’ll do no more to court their love,
Nor seek their friendship more;
The happiness that I shall prove
Lies not within their power.
I want the pinions of a dove
To climb the heavenly road;
There sits my Saviour dressed in love,
And there’s my smiling God.
For now the world I bid adieu,
Since now I plainly see
The hearts of men in checkered lines
Lie open unto me:
For some have my destruction sought,
With arts as deep as hell,
When disappointed of their wiles,
With malice next did swell.
I then thought on religious men,
Some comfort there to find;
But disappointed were my hopes;
Their conduct proved unkind.
So now the world I plainly see
In colours black and white:
Farewell, vain world! adieu to thee!
For God is my delight.
Now I’ve been tried, as gold by fire:
But blessed be the cross
Which purifies my soul thereby
To cleanse me from the dross.
Lord, in thy Spirit may I drink
Much deeper every day,
Till I arrive at Jordan’s brink,
And thou direct the way;
Then lead me up to Pisgah’s top,
The promised land to see;
There would my spirit long to drop;
And dwell, dear Lord, with thee!
When I had written this I was stopped with the following words:
"Now stop thy hand ere thou dost further go;
Read back thy writings, I do bid thee do;
For in the end I heard thy mournful tale
I am not man; thy God will never fail.
The top and bottom must together come
Drink in the spirit of thy God, not man;
Then as a God to reason I’ll begin;
For now I say I heard thy mournful tale;
Here is the woman left unto herself;
Cast out by all, when miseries did come on.
Bring forth your arguments, ye sons of men;
As all your conduct I did clearly spy:
I am not man: the truth I’ll not deny;
For all thou’st written I well know is true;
Thou well may’st say, thou bidd’st the world adieu.
For in it thou’st not found a faithful friend,
But these two women of whom thou hast penned;
And of the world they both may say the same.
Bring forth your arguments, ye sons of men,
Your hearts are broken all by cruelty;
I’ll break the hearts of men, they all shall see.
I made the WOMAN to complete your bliss;
But you have robbed her of her every peace;
And now, I say, I’ll be the woman’s friend,
And prove the truth of all that thou hast penned."
This was written in 1794, when I had not one friend in the world to depend upon, amongst all my religious acquaintance, but only Mrs. Woolland and Mrs. Minifie; and, as to my father’s house, they had all forsaken me, brothers and sisters, through unbelief.
The ANSWER of the SPIRIT.
December 31st, 1813.
"Now I shall answer thee. Know the answer I gave thee then, when thou wert sinking in despair; I said that thou shouldest find me God, and not man; and therefore I should not fail thee. And now appeal to thy own conscience, whether I have not fulfilled the promise that I made thee, to deliver thee out of the hands of these people, who so wounded and dejected thy spirits, because they could not see that thy visitation was from the Lord, but expected the visitation to be to themselves; and so to themselves I left them; and, according to my promises, I raised friends for thee; then now on my promises do thou rely, and thou wilt find all fulfilled in the end.
"Now I shall call thee back, to judge of thy
feelings for man, at that time when in thy heart thou wast wearied with all; and had it not been my command, thou wouldest never have gone to them afterwards, but shunned them, as they shunned thee.
"This was the feeling of thy heart thena resentment against all men, and those thou callest religious men; but now come to the feeling of thy heart at this present time, and remember the words thou saidst, that from the sincere friendship thou hadst met with in mankind, and the great regard they had shewed thee, and the great persecution they went through for thy sake, as believing thy visitation was from the Lord, that thou couldest die a martyr, if it was my command, sooner than have thy friends thus persecuted; and it is for such a time as this, to shew how great is the difference in thee, in thy love and feeling for men now, to what it was in 1794, when thou wast slighted and neglected by men; it is to shew the difference in thy heart, that I ordered thee to put in print what hazards thou wouldest run, that thou wouldest sooner die, in love to God and man, than let thy foes go on to triumph as they did, against thy friends. Because I tell thee, the coldness of thy heart, and what thou didst write in the bitterness of thy soul against mankind, condemning all men, will yet be in public print. Then let men weigh thy different feelings together; because they will all find that the shadows in thee are the substance in ME; and it is to see the warmth of men, their zeal, and love, to wish for my coming to establish my kingdom in righteousness and peace, and to free them from the temptations of Satan, to prove, though they are tempted to evil, yet they wish to be freed from that temptation; it is this desire in the hearts of men, and their suffering of temptations for my sake, that will kindle a fire of love
in my heart, to feel for man, as thou hast begun; and therefore I said in my Gospel, that the publicans and harlots will enter into the kingdom of heaven, before the scribes and pharisees, who boasted of their religion, and made long prayers, to be seen of men; and on their religion they relied; and by their great profession many were deceived, as they are to this day; but know what I said of the publican and the phariseethe pharisee boasted of his religion, but the publican professed himself a sinner; and therefore he prayed the Lord to have mercy on him. Know I said that he went down to his house justified rather than the proud pharisee. And now call to thy remembrance, how many men, who made no profession of religion at all, as well as the professors of religion, who have shewed great kindness to thee, in supporting thee to carry on the work of the Lord; and this is done for my sake, while the great boasters of religion will not put forth a little finger, or give themselves the least trouble, to know whether I have spoken or not. From this different conduct in men, let them discern my Gospel, what I said of receiving sinners, what I said of the publicans and harlots, that they should enter the kingdom of heaven, before the proud, boasting pharisees.
"And now discern the difference of their love,
From thy own feelings, I’ll my Gospel prove;
And so thy early days I’ll now call back;
Because the sinners thou didst never like;
It was religion drew the heart of thee;
For there thou thought’st my likeness thou didst see,
That it was placed in true religious men,
And, from thy heart, thou judg’dst the same of them:
And so religious men thou sought’st to find,
When leaving the world and tired of mankind.
Because from it I broke the heart of thee;
So from the world and sinners thou didst flee,
When thy petition was to ME in prayer,
From my directions, I’d direct thee where
That great professors thou would’st surely find.
It was my wisdom for to shew mankind:
In their true colours ye can not judge man.
So now look deep and then discern my plan;
Because I tell thee it was for this day
I directed thee in such crooked way,
As by thy wisdom thou could’st ne’er find out:
By thy temptations thou didst often doubt
Whether ’twas I that did direct thy hand
To go the way thy trial so did stand;
And so my wisdom it did keep thee there;
Thou didst often doubt the answers to thy prayers,
Whether that they came from the Lord or no,
By all the sorrows thou didst undergo;
Because religion thou found’st there a farce,
When in the end the day-light there did burst,
To shew the secrets of the heart of man.
I tell thee plain, it is for to discern
That men in judging cannot judge aright:
In great professors there is great deceit.
"This is my Gospel I did say before,
And I directed thee to prove it clear.
So by the shadows every one may see
What great deceit there in professors be,
That of their goodness they so much do boast,
And so their ragged garments will be lost.
For now I tell thee, if I judge your land,
Among professors thousands now do stand
To sicken ME, as thou grew’st sick of all.
So of religion let them not boast at all;
For like thy heart they’ll surely find ME here
Return to sinners, they my heart will share;
Because, I tell thee, thousands will repent,
And see their folly how their minds were bent
In Satan’s fetters they’ll say they were bound;
But they’ll rejoice to hear a different sound,
That from his fetters I shall set them free,
And bring to man a glorious harvest day.
In triumph, now above or here below,
Returning sinners shall my favour know;
Because in sinners now they’ve shewn their love,
Which of their masters they do most approve;
As God and Mammon they cannot agree
One of the two is put their choice to be.
"So now the sinners have begun their choice,
To choose the Lord with an united voice.
But this thou say’st it is not done by all;
Because the rage of hell in some doth fall,
Heated with fury for to hear my name
The hardened sinners they do much blaspheme.
To such I answer, they are not the men
Whom I call sinners; you do not discern
I’ve said, in many Satan forms a part;
Then there you’ll find the hardened stubborn heart,
That will in no wise bow unto my name;
Because that Satan doth their hearts inflame.
"But now of sinners I shall come to men:
’Tis the sins of nature which are in them.
Remember David always loved his Lord;
But natural sins that brought on him the sword,
So natural sins, I tell thee, in mankind,
Of different passions you in sinners find;
And yet these sins they surely may forsake;
For in the heart of man there’s room to work,
And so in man there’s surely room to draw
A heart to love, where mercy I do shew;
And when my goodness I do prove it clear,
The hearts of sinners I shall change them here;
Because their hearts I’ll draw them so by love,
The vice of nature I’ve a way to move,
And sins in nature I do pity here;
Because the fall of man, I do see clear,
Hath brought him weak; and tainted by the Fall
Some vice or other I do see in all;
Because, I tell thee, there’s no man that’s free,
Till nature’s changed and they do live in ME;
Because some spot of sin there is in men,
And by temptations Satan leads them on
Strong in the vices they’re inclined unto.
The different sinners I shall now go through:
The sins of nature they are placed in men,
In different passions after their own form,
And yet, I tell thee, ’tis the form of men
That will repent the sins that they have done.
"But where the sinner’s heart is formed of hell,
Envy and malice in man do swell;
And so he’s heated on against his God;
In Satan’s nature such a man is shewed;
And in his likeness he doth still go on.
Such hardened sinners never will return;
Because their vices they came all from hell:
Look to the murderers, and ye may tell
Who hardened them in sin to do the first,
And hardened still when on the gallows placed.
These are not crimes that did from nature come;
No, no; by Satan they are hardened on;
And with their master, you may now contend
As well to turn him, as to turn such men;
Because to him they give their heart and mind,
And so they’re hardened to the end, you find;
Then can they love my kingdom for to hear?
Shall I destroy what they do love so dear,
In every hardened sin for to go on?
No; there the servant like the master’s come;
And there the sinner never will repent;
Because his heart and mind are fully bent
For to go on, as he is hardened there,
Till with his master he his grief will share;
And in the end his sweetness he will know,
What he delights in, he will feel the blow
For to be bitter, he’ll find in the end,
And prove that Satan never was his friend.
So here I’ve shewn thee of the sins from hell,
Where in that likeness sinners’ hearts do swell;
I tell thee plain, such men will never turn;
And thou hast seen the end, thou know’st, of one,
Whom Satan tempted there was not a God;
Then could he love or ever fear his rod?
"But now unto the sinners I shall turn:
Where Satan blinds them they may surely mourn,
When I their eyes do open for to see
There is a GOD, and my reward shall be
To every one that loves and fears my name;
I’ve shewn what sins I will forgive in men,
And shewn what sinners that will now repent,
And how my heart, like thine, shall now relent
Against the judgments I have passed on men,
If they awake, as thy friends have begun;
For then the sinners I shall surely free,
And from thy heart let them the likeness see;
And for their sins thou know’st how thou didst pray,
That I would take their load of guilt away.
For though they sinned they shewed their love to ME;
That I’d shew mercy was the prayer of thee,
And so I told thee, mercy they should find;
For deep the mysteries now that lie behind.
"But here I’ll try if thou canst judge aright:
Thou answerest, no; ’tis buried from thy sight;
Because thou judgest some ne’er can enter heaven;
Whose sins were great, can they now be forgiven,
To dwell with saints and angels there above?
Are these the mercies great that they will prove?
"But to thy thoughts I now shall answer here:
The stars in glory you may now see clear
Are like the stars that you do see below;
Some near the earth, and little brightness shew;
Yet in the firmament you see they’re placed;
Then from the heaven of heavens judge all the rest.
The heaven of heavens will make your bliss complete;
But different heavens, I say, are at my feet;
In different mansions there will many come:
Where I shew mercy Satan hath no room,
I say, to enter and destroy them there
That man who’s freed from hell doth mercy share.
"So here I’ve answered now the thoughts of thee,
The way in mercy I may sinners free,
Whom thou didst judge could never enter heaven:
I’ve shewn the way that they may be forgiven,
For to find mercy and not enter hell,
Where the infernal rage of Satan swells.
So this I’ve answered, and I’ll say no more:
I’ve shewn mankind the way they all do err,
To think professors do my favour gain.
Know what I told thee by the sun and rain,
That all their prayers I surely should turn back;
For like the ministers they all did act,
And like them wound and grieve the heart of thee,
Refused to hear the warning given by ME.
And so alike I did their prayers refuse;
Because, I tell thee, like the stubborn Jews,
Who thought by their goodness they should heaven gain,
And by their prayers they should it all obtain;
But this I told them it would never do,
To pray against my word, and man be true;
And so to their God they all would give the lie.
Then sure in men the strongest power must be,
If they by prayer can overcome the Lord,
For to go back and not fulfil his word
To them who do his words and laws obey;
Against my honour men do falsely pray;
Against my wisdom, as I’ve laid my plan;
They judge their prayers the whole shall overcome;
And as a God I shall to man submit.
So these self-righteous think to finish it,
To spread my Gospel; but they do not know
The way it stands to waken now the Jews,
And how it stands to waken all mankind.
For by their wisdom they can never find,
And by their prayers I ask what they have done?
Look through thy writings; have they altered one
That stood of threatenings in your land t’appear?
Thou know’st, for blessings I said in three years
I’d shew in harvests if my friends did come;
And now I ask if I did alter one?
I told the sorrows that in the land appeared;
A heavy burden men would bring it here;
And now I ask if they did this prevent?
Throughout your land, you’ve heard the discontent,
The load and burden which are in your land;
And this thou know’st is still complained by man.
But will they say, this burden they’ve removed?
They boast of blessings; now come to my love;
I said the harvest did with believers stand;
If they increased I’d shew it in the land;
And so you see believers do increase.
If I send blessings, let no man to jest,
To say I sent them quite against my word,
And so their prayers did quite prevent the rod.
But now I answer, they’ll not find it so;
Judge from thy feelings, and my mind they’ll know,
The way my heart will now be drawn to men,
To undertake their cause and pity them.
"So here I’ll leave, men’s wisdom for to try;
But they must judge from what they’ve seen in thee,
And then I tell thee I shall further go;
For deeper mysteries they’ll hereafter know.
And now the deeper mysteries I’ll reveal,
And nothing from thee will I e’er conceal,
That’s for your good, for thee or man to know:
And from thy writings thou hast searched them through
What is already opened to thy view;
And there thou’st find how all is now foretold.
But deeper mysteries I shall soon unfold;
For in the books that now are sealed up,
They’ll find foretold how everything will drop,
Before it comes unto the bolted door,
And then I said I’d surely tell them more.
For deeper mysteries lie still behind,
Which I shall surely open to mankind,
When that obedience doth in them begin;
Because, I say, that way they all must win,
For what at first was lost by Adam’s fall.
Look deep to Abraham, and behold the call;
By his obedience the promise there was made,
How in the end all nations should be led
For to obtain the blessing from it there,
And by obedience I the end shall clear.
"So when men come according to my word,
They’ll find me as a true and faithful God;
But now my Bible men do not discern,
The way and manner I throughout did warn;
If disobedience first brought on a curse,
And so by it that Paradise was lost;
I said, that obedience should it regain.
For that’s the way I’ll shew to man my mind,
The way returning sinners do repent.
And so they all shall find my mind is bent
The promise that I made I’ll now fulfil;
And so in Isaac every land shall feel
The promised blessings I have now in store,
If they’ll awake, and own the Lord is here.
"For now I shall come to the purpose with all mankind, and prove from my visitation to thee, that no prayers nor petitions of men have altered one of my decrees. Now call to thy remembrance the time when the Methodist Preachers said they should pray Buonaparte dead; let the date and words appear, and I shall answer thee."
This was in 1803 when I was at Leeds; some one said to a Methodist Preacher"What shall we do with Buonaparte?" He said, "O, pray him dead;" and spoke in a manner as though he easily could do it.
"Now let men discern how many years he hath went on conquering, as I told thee, since this man boasted of his prayers, to pray him dead. And now come to my Gospel, what I said of the scribes and pharisees, who made long prayers, and thought that they should be heard for their much speaking; but this I told them would be rejected, if I was rejected by them, after I had shown my power by the miracles I wrought amongst them; and perfectly so I tell them now: the prayers of the Jews could not keep their city, nor defend themselves against the power of their enemies,
but were scattered into all nations, as I told them; and all their prayers and petitions to this day have never regained their city for them. And though you have heard that they have given much money unto Buonaparte, seeing he was a conqueror, and many simply supposed he would conquer for them, as they set him as a Saviour, in my stead; yet know I always told thee that he would never gain the victory for them, but they would see him fall, like other men, when my appointed time was come; and then they would see they had been worshipping the Beast, instead of ME. For as they chose a murderer at first to be freed, when I was cast; so they have chosen one at the last: and this they must be convinced of, to look on ME whom they crucified, before any deliverance will come to the Jews. But they must first see my Gospel clear by the TYPES and SHADOWS I have placed for the END, before they will be convinced of the errors they are in; and therefore the Revelation is placed of TYPES and SHADOWS, to shew you the END. But this must be clearly proved that these TYPES and SHADOWS do appear in this NATION before the other NATIONS will begin to fear, to fall before you.
"And now I shall return to what I told thee of Buonaparte, that he would go on conquering and to conquer, till my appointed time was come to cut him short; but I have already told thee what his end will be; and all will find my words are true. So that it is not the prayers of men which have altered one of my decrees. They ask and receive not, because they ask amiss; for their petitions are, that I would rob myself of my own honour, to go from what I have revealed to thee, to bring honour and glory to man: for thus I must have given the Spirit the lie, that I have warned thee by, if they could ‘pray him dead’ in any other way than I revealed to thee. And let them
discern, when I began to weaken his power, it was not by the power and strength of men, but by my power in the weather; and know I have told thee it is by my power that the FRENCH NATION shall come into distress by the weather, which I shall send there; for they shall know he is no God, whom they have set up.
"Therefore my decrees will be fulfilled, according to what I have revealed unto thee; because my word shall stand; so it is in vain for men to think, by their power, or their wisdom, or by their prayers, to alter my decrees. Let them pray as I taught them in my Gospel, that my kingdom may come, and my will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. This is the prayer I shall hear and answer; for this I have told thee I am hastening on to fulfil; and then they will join with thee in prayer, that my will may be made known amongst mankind; that I shall enlighten their understanding to know the days of their visitation, that they may know my will and obey it; confess their blindness, and their ignorance of the days that are come; and what is my will, that they cannot do it for want of knowledge. These are the prayers and petitions, which I shall hear and answer; for in this they own themselves but men, and that my will cannot be done by them, before my will is made known to them. My mind and will are revealed to thee; and, as they search out to know the will of a man, when he is deceased, so let them search out to know my mind and will, in the way I have directed. Then their prayers will excel the weapons of war, and change the scenes of sorrow in this nation; for then they will begin to do my will on earth, as it is done in heaven. For if I command my angels to go, they go, as ministering spirits, where they are sent. And so I have told them I have sent them to thee, as guardians and ministering spirits,
to reveal what I have revealed to them; because the powerful visitation of my Spirit is too great for thee to bear long; neither should my Spirit be always working in that manner, as thou hast felt it at the three different times; but let men know, the Scriptures shall be fulfilled, that men shall judge angels; but how are men to judge angels, if they were not sent as ministering spirits? And so, from thy writings, which men have judged too free and familiar, for a God to answer thee, in all thy petitions, in all thy doubts, fears, and jealousies; let them discern in what manner thou art answered by them, after the manner of men, after the language of men, and after the free conversation of men, one with another. Thus let them judge the likeness: therefore I said that with
"Angels and men I shall begin:
Let men and angels join;
The CHURCH triumphant so must come,
Alike for to combine.
For saints above, enthroned in love,
With angels there do meet,
And down below mankind will know
The angels here will greet
Like brethren here for to appear;
For so the end will come,
When I have made my Bible clear,
For heaven and earth to join.
For those above, enthroned in love,
Will love mankind to see
Delivered from the wrath of hell
Angels and men agree.
And so in men thou’lt find they’ll come,
Like men for to appear;
Because it will be in their form,
But angels working there
To influence them: ye don’t discern
How comes the different sound.
When Satan strong in man is formed,
And angels so are found
To form the same, if men discern,
What difference doth appear;
I tell thee ’tis from all unknown
The different spirits here.
For now to men I first shall come;
They’ve spirits of their own;
And some are easy worked upon,
It must to all be known.
Their anger ye may work it high,
Or passions you may turn,
If wisely ye do work that way,
To change the minds in some;
They will be led, as I have said,
And let their reason rule;
Then angels here can strong appear
To work upon that soul.
The spirits, see, united be
In harmony and love;
For saints and angels do agree
In earth and heaven above.
Though not to all alike’s the call,
The way I’ve sent them here;
And yet, I tell thee, unto all
My angels do appear
To work with men, where they can join,
And work upon the heart:
But where that men resist them here,
Then here they must depart.
When they are gone, I tell thee plain,
As men resist my love,
The fallen angels soon are seen
Men’s passions for to move
A different way, I now tell thee
The way the man’s inclined.
And so the difference thou dost see
So greatly in mankind:
And how ’tis so you all may know,
While Satan’s power remains:
But now, I say, I’ll stop the foe,
And make an end of sin.
The time’s near come and hastening on,
That I shall this fulfil,
But I’ll end here, and say no more:
Let men judge as they will,
They’ll find it true, before their view,
What here I’ve answered thee;
Another day thou’lt prove it true,
The likeness thou wilt see."
I am now ordered to pen what were my feelings, when I heard of the death of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, in August, 1813, as they are answered to me, and I am ordered to put them in print.
Not knowing that there were two ministers of one name at Bodmin, I thought it was the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, I had been ordered to write to, whom I had always judged, from my writings, the Lord would convince in the end. But as I thought he was taken by death, I began to grow jealous of my writings, and of the Bible likewise; as I began to meditate how he had acted for six years in every step according to the directions of the Gospel, and the commands which the Lord gave to the prophets and his apostles, to try the spirits, whether they were of God or not, and to be clear in judging, before they condemned. And, as my writings went out in the world by his judgment alone, my thoughts went deep of the different conduct of him from all other ministers, whom I had been ordered to write unto, who treated my letters with silent contempt, contrary to the Gospel: yet they went to the grave, and their pomp followed them. But the sudden manner I thought he was cut off, without living to clear himself, why he fell back, or what caused his unbelief; this caused deep ponderings in my mind and heart, to take the ways of the Lord in question, and the Scriptures and my writings in question, that there could not be a God in power, in justice, mercy, and goodness, as is recorded in holy writ, and what was revealed to me in my writings. This I meditated deeply upon; and my own jealousies, with doubts and fears, came strongly upon my mind, how often I had been alarmed with fears, when my writings were not fulfilled according to the hasty judgment, which I had drawn myself; and how, through a wrong judgment, not understanding my writings, I have grown jealous of the Spirit, and determined to destroy the whole; particularly when my brother told me a lie, to deny the truth of the Spirit; I then thought to burn the whole, and never be led by the Spirit any more; and pondered deeply in
my own heart, how so many truths could come from a spirit, which was not of God. These meditations, and reflections of my own weakness, through jealousy and unbelief, thinking what I should have done myself, had it not been for the Spirit reasoning with me of the wrong judgment I had drawn of things I did not understand, and which were explained to me by the Spirit; and knowing that Mr. Pomeroy had not this assistance, I therefore in my heart pitied him in his fall, and was grieved that he had not lived to clear his honour, as I then supposed he was dead.
In this manner was my meditation for three or four days, before I took up the book and read the letter I had sent to him; and then it struck forcibly upon me, that he whom I had written to was still alive. I then began to blame myself for taking the ways of the Lord in question; and have since been often grieved to the heart that I should do it.
The ANSWER of the SPIRIT.
"I shall answer why I commanded thee to bring forward thy own thoughts: it is to shew what wrong judgment men draw, for want of the knowledge of the truth, as thou drewest a wrong judgment of thy Creator, because thou judgedst I had taken him by death, in a way and manner that some, who were believers in my visitation to thee, might have placed as a judgment upon him; and it was from not knowing that he was living, and that I should fulfil the words, which I had spoken to thee concerning him, that if I took him by judgments, it should be when the things were made plain before him, that he refused to walk in the light when the light was brought to him; but as thou judgedst I had taken him before it was revealed the way the light should be brought to him to convince him; this made thee take my words
and my ways and decrees in question, for want of knowing the truth. And perfectly like thee is the state of mankind: it is for want of knowing the true meaning of the Scriptures, in what manner they stand for the end, that makes men take my wisdom in question, in the manner of my visitation to thee. For as thou wast stumbled, as two men bore one name, not knowing there were two ministers of one name in that place; this made thee draw a wrong judgment, that it must be him to whom I had ordered thee to write. In this perfect state stand mankind: they draw as wrong a judgment of my Gospel and the prophets, and as wrong a judgment of the end, as thou drewest of his death; and therefore this great contention is amongst mankind, because they do not place the Scriptures to the true sense and meaning of the WORD, that my Gospel hath two meanings, the spiritual and the temporal; and for want of this knowledge, the way it will be brought in and fulfilled, it makes men to err, and take my wisdom in question, as thou didst concerning the man whom thou judgedst I had unjustly punished; because he had acted more consistently with my ways and my Gospel, than the others, whom thou sayest went to the grave, and their pomp followed them. This was for want of knowing what were my decrees, that he who began according to my Gospel was still alive to complete the work which he had begun, if my offers of love are not rejected, when I make it plain before him. But now I ask thee what pomp followed those men? They died the common lot of all men: and those who have the riches of the world, their pomp may follow them to the grave; yet these are but honours one of another; but the honour that cometh down from God is greater: the pomp they enjoyed is but the vanity of the world, which perisheth at the grave; but the honour and glory, which come from the Lord
go beyond the grave, and will not stop there. Look to the memory of the prophets, to my disciples, and the martyrs: they are dead; but their names have not perished, and will be had in everlasting remembrance till time is no more: and so I tell thee of these days, those who fight valiantly, as good soldiers and servants, for my coming, and for my kingdom, their names will stand in everlasting remembrance, who are taken before the time, and those who remain to the end will be standing pillars of blessings to men, so that all generations will call them blessed.
"Now I shall come to thy other ponderings, which made thee feel for and pity the man, from thy own feelings and thy own weakness, knowing how often thou hast been ready to sink in despair. When things did not come clear to thy judgment, thou grewest jealous that it was not from the Lord, and thoughtest to destroy the whole; so it was from thy own feelings, thy own weakness, and thy own temptations, which made thee feel in thy heart so much for him, to pity his fall, and take my ways and wisdom in question, that I had not prolonged his life, to convince him, as I had convinced thee. But now thou seest that his life is prolonged, to try him, as I have tried thee; and if, like thee, he will be convinced, like thee he will find my promises sure. But from thy pity, through thy own weakness, which made thee so greatly to feel for him, and which thou couldest never have done if thy faith had always stood steadfast, and no doubts or jealousies arose in thy mind; but had always judged, as some truths had taken place, in my appointed time, all would be fulfilled; had this strength of faith been always in thee, thou couldest not have felt that pity for the man. Now perfectly so stands my Gospel: had I not taken men’s nature upon ME; to feel their weakness, suffer myself to be persecuted, to be a judge for men,
what they suffer by persecution; suffered the temptations of the devil, to be a judge for men, what they suffer by temptations; had I not in all things resembled men, and bore all their infirmities, I could not be that judge for men, to pity their weakness, which I now am. And from thy feelings, from thy ponderings, the way thou feltest so much in thy heart for him, saying with thyself, from thy own infirmities, thou shouldest have acted like him, in the time of temptations, if I had not kept thee by my power; in that perfect likeness stands my Gospel: I bore every infirmity of man, as man; but then in power I was GOD and MAN. But this power is not in men; and, from thy likeness, they may see why I came to take their nature upon ME,to suffer for their transgressions, that I might be a merciful judge for them; knowing in all things what they have to go through; and therefore I said in my Gospel, he that believeth in ME shall be saved; because they must believe in my mercies, in my loving-kindness towards the sons of men, that I shall plead men’s cause from my own knowledge of their infirmities as thou pleadedst in thy heart, from thy own weakness and thy own feelings. And this was a thing ordained by ME, to shew mankind in what likeness I shall pity them, like thee, from taking man’s nature upon ME, to judge of their temptations from my own; and therefore I concealed from thee a knowledge of the truth, when thou heardest the report at first; but left thee to thy own feelings, and the ponderings of thy own heart. But I now tell thee and all mankind, had I suffered an evil spirit to work upon thy heart at the time, he would have worked different feelings, and different passions, to have said, that it was a just judgment which came upon him, that my threatenings were fulfilled in him. Thus Satan would soon have worked upon thee, if I had suffered his temptations
to come upon thee: yet I know that thou hast often condemned thyself for taking my ways and my wisdom in question, and for taking my power in question; but of this grieve no more; because it was my permission, that thou shouldest speak the first; and then to convince thee that there was a God in power, thou hast felt my power in various ways. For in thy likeness the NATION stand at present: they have taken in question the manner of my visitation, that it cannot be to thee, as thou hast reported to the world; and they have taken in question my power, that I shall not go on according to my threatenings, however stubborn or hardened men go on, through unbelief, or however greatly mockery may abound, to say, where are the threatenings, or where are the judgments? because they are not speedily executed. Yet, I tell thee, like thy thoughts, being stumbled at my decrees, because thou didst not know the truth, thou tookest my Bible in question, and my power in question; and perfectly so stand your nation at large. But now judge for thyself how soon thou wast convinced of thy error as to his death; and how soon, to convince thee of thy errors in taking my power and my decrees in question, thou feltest the power of my Spirit, more than ever thou feltest it in thy life; and perfectly so I tell thee of the nation: however my wisdom be taken in question, in my visitation to a woman, however my Bible be taken in question by mankind, or however great my power be taken in question, that men judge I cannot fulfil my word; yet, as the sudden surprises came to thee, one after the other, to know and feel that there was a God in power; perfectly so this nation, and all the surrounding nations, will feel and know, either in love or anger. To thee it was with cords of love, to convince thee of thy folly, and thy weakness;
and so in cords of love shall I draw many; and they shall feel the power of my Spirit; and they may look forward with joy, longing to see the day of my power; while, on the other hand, those who mock and despise my power, will feel it in anger.But now I know thy pondering thoughts: though thou didst not despise my power, yet thou tookest it in question, in thy thoughts, whether it was so great as recorded in Scripture. This reasoning in thee I permitted; because I knew how greatly thou wast stumbled at my ways and my decrees, concerning Pomeroy: and here was room for thee to stumble, while thou judgedst in that manner I had taken him by death, and not prolonged his life, to make the things more plain before him, that I might be clear in judging, and just in condemning. If he goeth on hardened, when the things are made clear and plain before him; and if he loves the praise of men more than the praise of God, and trusts more to the honour of man than to the honour that cometh down from above, and will not suffer any reproach for my sake; then thou sayest in thy heart my sentence must be just in condemning him. I shall, therefore, try the man; and in the end thou wilt see my justice, my wisdom, and my goodness, which thou in folly tookest in question, whether there was a God in mercy and knowledge, as is recorded in the Scriptures: and now thou shalt find the Scriptures true: and from knowledge thou shalt judge aright, when every truth is brought before thee, and the day-light bursts unto thee. But know, when thou drewest thy judgment, it was in the dark, without any knowledge of the truth; and perfectly like thee is the state of mankind: they judge in the dark, as thou judgedst, without a knowledge of the truth; therefore my ways and my decrees are taken in question by the sons of men.
"This answer which I have given to thee is for all men; for what I say unto one I say unto all; and therefore thy pondering thoughts must go in print, to shew how wrongly thou hast judged of my ways and my decrees, for want of a knowledge of the truth. For now thou seest that it was never my design to deal with the man, as thou simply didst suppose; therefore I shall try him, and make the things clear before him. And so I tell thee of all mankind: I shall set the daylight before them, that they may walk in the light, if they do not refuse the light; but if they refuse to come to the light, and love darkness rather than light, then through darkness they will fall. Perfectly like the shadow, which began the year, if men have wisdom to discern the types and shadows placed in thy book, and weigh the whole together; what was spoken in the papers, which I ordered thee to publish; what I have explained from the signs of the weather; and what I have answered from all thy pondering thoughts,if men of wisdom could see the whole, and draw a right judgment from it; then they would know that it was the Lord’s doing; and see the daylight break before them, so that they need not stumble nor fall. But, for want of knowledge, thou wilt find many go on in as great a darkness, through the year to the ending, as they did in the beginning; while others will see the perfect day break in upon them, as thou sawest the new year break in to thee with every sparkling lustre. And perfectly so I shall bring out my Bible to men: from the Prophets and my Gospel, I shall make it clear to mankind, to prove that it is my visitation to thee. And therefore they will find the ensuing year such a year, as I told thee before, as was never seen in ENGLAND since it was a nation, TO HAVE THE TRUE MEANING OF THE SCRIPTURES TO BE BROUGHT FORWARD AND PROVED TO MEN. But thou sayest in thy heart
the SCRIPTURES are brought forward and explained and believed by thousands, from the visitation of my SPIRIT to thee. To thy thoughts I shall answer: a belief is one thing, proving the truth is another thing; they have seen the truth of my words in the Prophecies, which have hastened on; but that thou art the WOMAN I have mentioned in the Revelation, that was placed as a SIGN for men, to know when the END was come or nigh at handthis is believed by the believers; but now I ask thee, when it was proved? They can only speak by belief; but they cannot prove either of the chapters is yet fulfilled; and therefore, it is by proving the truth thereof that will begin to awaken the JEWS: DEISTS and ATHEISTS will also be convinced thereby; and the hearts of the ARIANS will begin to shake; for I shall make my Gospel plain before them; and the ROMAN CATHOLICS, who have good hearts, will see their errors in trusting to man for their pardon, and will turn unto ME the living Lord. These changes will begin to take place the ensuing year; and so they will increase, till I shall make this a happy land, to fulfil the words of the Prophet, where I directed thy hand to, Isaiah xliii. and xliv. Let them look to verses 9, 10, as men pretend to say, that visitations like thine have often appeared and come to nothing; let them bring forth, in any age of the world, that ever a WOMAN appeared in thy likeness, in the Spirit of Prophecy, to be fulfilled as I have fulfilled my words to thee, and to be placed to the Scriptures, as a sign foretold, that shall arise in the end when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of the living God. This likeness never appeared in the world before; for I now tell them, they cannot bring forward any likeness to compare with thine. And, from the truth, ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord; and my servants whom I have chosen shall confirm my words. For these are the people I
have formed for myself: they shall shew forth my praises; for I shall go on to prove the truth of the Scriptures I have compared thee to. Therefore I shewed thee from the Revelations, what was the meaning of the WOMAN being clothed with the SUN, that the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS should arise with healing in his wings, to heal the fall of the WOMAN."
I shall conclude with what I am answered will be the language of the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy’s heart, when all is laid before him.
"If I must stand the judge for all,
I must judge from on high
The warning came; I’ve seen it long;
The truths stand everywhere.
I know with her I did contend,
That SPAIN did not appear
As she had said; but I’m misled;
I see her words are true:
And other things I now can bring
Them strong before my view.
So all together if I weigh,
I must her judges free;
Their judgment clear doth now appear,
They all have judged like me
Then at the first, till men did burst
To foil my judgment there;
But now I see it, at the last,
My judgment it was clear."
The contents of this Book taken from Joanna Southcott’s mouth by me,
Witness, JANE TOWNLEY.
Jan. 25, 1814.
____________ o0o ____________
Return to Joanna Southcott Writings
Last updated 3rd December 2009