ANNOUNCING THE COMING OF
CALL TO THE HEBREWS,
From Isaiah xi.
"And there shall come forth a ROD out of the STEM of JESSE, and a BRANCH shall grow out of his ROOTS."
Revelation xxii. 16.
"I am the ROOT and the OFFSPRING of DAVID, and the bright and morning STAR."
Here is a call to the Jews, to answer, how they will expect the Branch, without the Root, whom they cut off, and set at nought.
I SHALL begin my address to the JEWS from Jacobís dying words.
Genesis xlix. 10, 11, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26."The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his assís colt unto the choice vine: he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall. The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him. But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel). Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb. The blessings of the father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors, unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren."
Now, earth, earth, hear the Lordís controversy with his people: now bring forth your arguments, and show your strong reasons, how you will prove the Prophets without the Gospel, or the Gospel without the Prophets. Come to the Psalms.
Psalm lxviii. 18."Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious
also, that the Lord God might dwell among them."
Psalm cx. 1, 2."The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies."
THE ANSWER OF THE SPIRIT.
"And now I shall set this Sign to the JEWS, whereby they shall know whether my Gospel is true or not. For, like Joseph, was my life sought by them, and, like Joseph, I was separated from them; but now, like Joseph, will I make myself known unto them, by signs and wonders that I shall set before them. This year, in the sixty-fifth year of thy age, thou shalt have a SON, by the power of the MOST HIGH, which if they receive as their Prophet, Priest, and King, then I will restore them to their own land, and cast out the heathen for their sakes, as I cast out them when they cast out me, by rejecting me as their Saviour, Prince, and King, for which I said I was born, but not at that time to establish my kingdom. Know, I was then despised and rejected of men, according to the words of the Prophet: for who can declare my generation? But now let them answer the Prophets, how they can prove them true, without my first coming to take manís nature upon ME, in the virginís womb, and to die for the transgression of man, by the enmity that was kindled against ME? And, when the end cometh, for ME to fulfil Jacobís dying words, then, in like manner, it is by the power of my Spirit, the power of my strength, that a SECOND SON must be born, like the first; that is, of God, and not of man. And now come to the second Psalm.
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Ask ME, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potterís vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little: blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
"And this year have I declared unto thee, that my SON shall be born, from the power of the FATHER, who was despised and rejected of men, who was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearer was dumb. Know what I said in my Gospel.
John x. 15, 16, 17."As the Father knoweth ME, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love ME, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again."
"But how can I take it again, without coming in Spirit, as a FATHER, to take it in a SON? Know, as a SON I came at first; but, as a BRIDEGROOM I said I should come at last; then know, as a king brings in his heir to his crown, by the bride, so shall I bring in my HEIR to my KINGDOM that I died to redeem. And now let the Jews awake, as men out of sleep, and let them see their Prophets clear, and let them see the Psalms clear; then they will see I must first come to have my enemies as spoken in the Psalms; and, after that, to
ascend on high, to receive gifts for men; yea, even for the rebellious Jews, that the Lord God might dwell among them. But how is the Lord God to dwell amongst them, if I do not create a Son, by the same power I came amongst them? And to prove my power, that it is of God, and not of man, it must be made known unto all men whomsoever, that read this book of thine, that no man hath been in thy presence, or put a foot in the room where I have confined thee, since the time I ordered thy confinement, which time was October 11, 1813. And thou must let it be known to the world, that thou canst say with Agur:Proverbs, xxx. 18, 19. "There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not."
And to this I can take my solemn oath, that I never had knowledge of man in my life. So that, if the words of the Spirit are fulfilled in me, this year, to have a Son, it is by the power of the Lord, and not of man: and this sign is set, to prove the truth of the Gospel; or to prove that the Gospel is not true. For this I am answered, if the visitation of the Lord to me now does not produce a Son, this year; then Jesus Christ was not the Son of God, born in the manner spoken by the Virgin Mary; but if I have a Son, this year; then, in like manner our Saviour was born. And now they must look on him whom they have pierced, and believe in the THREE-ONE-GOD, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
"Now I tell thee, it is for their sakes, and to restore them to their kingdom, that I shall give power to the SON to destroy the heathen, to bring in mine inheritance, to call my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth. For now shall I say to the south, give up; and to the north, keep not back: for now
I will say, as I said in my Gospel, he that honoureth the Son, honoureth the Father also.
John x. 30, 35, 36, 37, 38."I and my Father are one. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God. If I do not the works of my Father, believe ME not. But if I do, though ye believe not ME, believe the works: that ye may know and believe that the Father is in ME and I in him."
John xviii. 33, 34, 35, 36, 37."Then Pilate entered into the judgment-hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of ME? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: What hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate, therefore, said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world."
"Now come to the Prophet: Micah v. 1, 2, 3, 4."Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall HE come forth unto ME, that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Therefore will he give them up until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God, and they shall abide: for now shall HE be great unto the ends of the earth."
"Now open your eyes, ye blind, and unstop your ears, ye deaf, that in hearing ye may hear, and in seeing ye may perceive in what manner the Prophet spoke of my first coming"They shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek." Here let them compare this with my Gospel, how I came, and what I came forto be the ruler of Israeland to be rejected. Therefore I said in my Gospel, I had power to lay down my life, and power to take it up again: but, as they rejected ME, I rejected them; I gave them up without a king; I gave them up without a prince; I gave them up without power as a nation, but scattered them in all nations, as I told them. But now is the time that she that travaileth shall bring forth a Son, that I said should be revealed. Let them not say, she that travaileth to bring forth alludes to my birth, in the second verse:no; from my birth came my death; then I gave them up: I was not great to the ends of the earth; neither did I execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen: No; I gave up them that gave up ME, to the fury of the heathen, and to them that called not upon my name. But now is the time that I shall fulfil the words I said to Pilate and the words that Pilate wrote upon my cross"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." But, as they rejected ME as being King, when I came as a Son; then let them receive the SON that now comes in the
name of the FATHER; then let them own the truth of my words, that they have seen the SON and the FATHER also; because the Son is in the Father, and the Father in the Son; then if they worship the Son they must worship the Father also. And let them look to their Prophets, then they will see that they prophesied of ME two ways; to come as a sufferer, and to come as a conqueror: first to die for men, to redeem them from the fall; and next to come as a Prince and Saviour, to reign in the kingdom I died to redeem. And now I tell them, it is not all the power in the world, nor all the nations upon earth, shall ever establish the Jews upon the throne of Jerusalem, to be a peaceable and happy nation, if they will not receive the SON, that I have told thee shall be born this year, to be the KING over them. Therefore, let them not look to the great men amongst them, or to their rabbis, their priests, or their rulers, to think that their King shall come from them, when their great men amongst them sought my life, and the meanness of my birth was then despised. But know what I said in my Gospel: Before honour cometh humility; therefore let them not despise the day of small things; if they wish to come to great things, they must not despise the meanness of the Childís birth, to say, thou art not grand enough for them; but let them look to the marvellous manner and the way I have placed the Sign before them; let them look to thy age, and the manner I have confined thee from any man coming into thy presence; and to prevent men saying, a man might come in womanís apparel, I have also forbidden all thy female friends to come into thy presence likewise. Therefore, I have ordered it in such manner as it is impossible for deceit to be practised.
"Now come to the Prophet: Isaiah lxvi. 6, 7, 8."A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompense to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such a thing? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day, or shall a nation be born at once?"
"Yes; I tell thee, this is the NATION of the JEWS; and the CHILD that is to lead them they will find is born in a day they little think of, and in an hour unaware, before this year hath got an end. For now shall I create all things new: the new heavens, and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness: for now I shall come to the professors of my Gospel, whom I have told thee are as blind as the Jews: can they say that this chapter was fulfilled in the days of my flesh? When I was born, will they say, that I was the MAN-CHILD that then brought in the great deliverance? Did I not say through my Gospel, that I should come again as a Bridegroom? Did I not tell my disciples I had many things to say unto them, that they could not bear, but what was hidden should be made known, what was concealed should be revealed, and that the Son of Man should be revealed in a day they little thought of? But I was revealed to them then, and was in person with them; but I told them I should come again, and should scarce find faith on the earth, because my Gospel was not understood, nor in what manner I should visit by the Spirit.
"And now come to the words of the Prophet: Isaiah lii. 14, 15."As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
so shall he sprinkle many nations, the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them, shall they see; and that which they had not heard, shall they consider."
"Now come to the Gospel: did the kings shut their mouths at ME, when I became flesh and dwelt with men? or did I then make known in what manner the Comforter should come to abide with you for ever? or in what manner the Spirit of Truth should be sent to guide you into all truth? did I explain my meaningat my second coming, should I find faith on the earth? Neither did I explain the parables that I likened the kingdom of heaven tothe coming of the Bridegroom; and he that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom. Then, to prove my words true, that my second coming is as a Bridegroom, there must be a Bride prepared, to fulfil my sayings, and the visions of John.
Revelation xii. 1, 2."And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Chapter xix. 7."Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."
"Being clothed with the SUN is the Sun of Righteousness, to arise with healing in his wings, to heal the WOMAN of the FALL; but how could it be said, the Bride, the Lambís wife, without a spiritual visitation, to prove that as the BRIDEGROOM I meant to come in Spirit, to visit like a Bridegroom, and to make myself known?
"Now come to Isaiah liii. 8, 10, 11, 12."He was taken from prison, and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was
cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong."
Genesis vi. 3."And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man."
"The Spirit, and the Soul have one meaning; and, therefore, it is by the SPIRIT that the SEED here mentioned must appear, to fulfil the words of the prophet. But no man, by learning, can explain the meaning of the prophetís words.Were my days then prolonged? Had I any portion of the great divided with me? Did I divide the spoil with the strong? No: I was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearer was dumb. But this was the day of vengeance I had in my heart, to come again, in power and great glory, to destroy the works of the devil.
"I shall explain to thee the meaning of the words"When thou shalt make his SOUL an offering for sin." When I was put to death, it was the BODY that I said I laid down, and should take up again, and it was in the BODY that I was crucified. But now come to the SOUL, that I have told thee has the same meaning as the SPIRIT: and here is the offering made for sin, when I condescend to visit by my Spirit in manner like a bridegroom, to bring in my HEIRS to the KINGDOM. Then must men be made JOINT-HEIRS with ME, for as I came first to bear the
transgression of man, and was cut off by the fury of the devil working in men; so when I come to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman, it is in SPIRIT that I must make my SOUL an offering for sin, to bring in my heirs to the kingdom: and therefore I said, the kingdom of heaven is within you: and to prove the truth of my words, a SECOND BIRTH must appear. Know what I said to Nicodemus. John iii. 37. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his motherís womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again."
"Had my sayings been understood, that a SECOND CHILD should be born of my Spirit, then impostors would have arisen; neither could I have asked Nicodemus how he, being a master of Israel, knew not these things. He could have no knowledge from my Gospel: I spoke concerning the Prophets, that he might understand how I came first to die for man; but to fulfil them in the end, it is in Spirit that the spiritual child must be born again. These things stand on record, but are not understood by man.
Isaiah liv. 5, 6."For thy Maker is thine Husband; the LORD of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken
and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God."
"Then come the great blessings to her children, because they will be taught of the Lord, and their righteousness is of ME, saith the Lord; but how can men prove that this chapter was ever fulfilled? Where is the nation, where is the people, that can prove that all their children were taught of the Lord, and that great hath been the peace upon the earth? These things were never fulfilled; and, therefore, the professors of religion saying all is finished, is but adding fuel to the fire, to strengthen the hands of the deists and atheists.
"Now come to the lxii. chapter. "For Zionís sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalemís sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. The Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory."
"But where is the man who can answer these words, that they were fulfilled when I became flesh and dwelt with men? Instead of righteousness being established, and salvation as a lamp that burneth, destruction followed Jerusalem; instead of peace, wars and tumults; instead of all the kings seeing my glory, or the glory brought to my people, they saw ME put to a shameful death, the Jews scattered in all nations, and my disciples put to death, that bore testimony of ME. So that the words of the Prophet were not then fulfilled.
"But now mark the words that follow: "Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
Thou shalt no more be termed, Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed, Desolate: For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."
"Here let them see in what likeness of marriage this is compared to, when this righteousness is to be established in the earth. Let men compare this with the Revelation, and with the chapter I have mentioned before; then they must see the new name that must be given in the end, when I come as a bridegroom, to fulfil the words of the Prophet; then shall I set up the watchmen upon the walls of Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night; for they that make mention of the Lord must not keep silence. Therefore it is written, give him no rest, till he hath established, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The Lord hath sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his strength: and now they shall all find that the arm of my strength is come, and my work is before ME: the Lord hath proclaimed unto the ends of the world, say ye to the Daughter of Zion, behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him. But this no man can prove was ever yet accomplished: but, let them see, it is compared to marriage, when I return to my people.
Revelation, xxi. 2, 3."And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God."
"The new Jerusalem, coming down from heaven, meaneth where the visitation is made known: it does not mean Jerusalem where it stood, that this warning must be given, that these watchmen must be placed; but their petitions must be, to make the new Jerusalem to be a praise in the whole earth, and to awaken the Jews.
"Now come to Isaiah xi."And there shall come forth a ROD out of the STEM of Jesse, and a BRANCH shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord."
Revelation xxii. 16, 17."I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the ROOT and the OFF-SPRING of David, and the bright and morning STAR. And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
"Now I ask mankind how the BRANCH is to grow out of the ROOT, without the Spirit and the Bride? For, when this BRANCH appeareth, then let them see, peace and righteousness are to follow: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and a little child shall lead them: they shall not hurt, nor destroy, in all my holy mountain." Here, if men understood the prophets aright, they would see that a SECOND CHILD must be born, of the power and the Spirit of the Lord; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. This must be fulfilled, before the words of the Prophets can take place; and this is my meaning in thy writings.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 51.
"But now my flock Iíll lead them by a CHILD,
Till all like lambs are brought into the fold,
And then my kingdom shall begin to reign;
But deeper mysteries I shall soon explain."
"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."
"But thus thou judgedst that I had compared thee to a child for wisdom; and therefore, they must become as little children in wisdom. Now I shall explain to thee the meaning: know it is saidA little child shall lead them: the sucking child; and the weaned child. It is not for men to suppose that the child will be born with wisdom and understanding, with power and strength, to lead the people. No: the meaning of the words iswhen the CHILD is born, men will see their Bibles clear; men will see the days of their visitation clear; so that the knowledge of the Lord, that was concealed from man, to prevent impostors from arising, will then be made known over the whole earth. But had this been understood by men of learning, to see that a BRANCH must come from the ROOT, to stand as an ensign of the people, thousands of impostors would have arisen, to have said that they were visited like the Virgin Mary; and so the child would have appeared, in arts, by an impostor and a harlot, that might have been believed at first; but seeing no likeness of the chapter fulfilled after the birth of the child, then men would have grown jealous of the truth when the true child was born; and therefore I have worked it round this way, to conceal from
the knowledge of men that a SECOND CHILD must be born, in a likeness of the FIRST: and this the JEWS are waiting for. But know how many men have placed this chapter to themselves, without observing in what manner it is spoken, that "a branch shall grow out of his roots; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him." Now let men of learning answer, how they will prove the Prophetís words true, without the SECOND being like the FIRST? And therefore, the knowledge of the CHILD must come to the WOMAN; and her visitation must be made known, to prove that the CHILD is not from MAN, but from the power of the LORD; then they may set up "the ENSIGN of the PEOPLE: to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious." Now remember the words I said to thee in 1794.First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 82.
"Yet in it thou the Prophetess dost see;
As it was in fore times now shall surely be;
I have said already thou shalt have a SON;
Ere he can speak all this shall sure be done:
Great peace in England after that shall be,
Because the remnant will believe in ME.
íTis the last plague that ever shall come here,
Before the Bridegroom doth to all appear."
I left out the two lines of having the Son, as I did not understand it. The meaning of the Bridegroom appearing to all is, when the Lord cometh in might, majesty, and glory, to destroy the power of Satan, and make a full end of sin; but this will be a happy land before that takes place. For men must see from Isaiah xi. what followeth the birth of the child.
Verse 11."And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt,
and from Pathros.""And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
"Now come to my Gospel; there was a part of the Jews that believed in my first coming, that I was the MESSIAH spoken of, to come and die for the transgression of man; and they believed in my coming again; but they did not understand in what manner I must visit by my Spirit, to have the SECOND CHILD born, whose rest shall be glorious. And this is the CHILD the Jews are waiting for, the remnant that stand out in unbelief. And now the Jews will be awakened; and the hearts of the Arians will shake, when they begin to see my Gospel clear, and compare it with the words of the Prophet: and therefore I said in my Gospel, he that believed in ME should be saved; but he that believed not should be damned: which meaneth, destruction should come upon them. But do men simply suppose that all the Jews are gone to hell, that stood out in unbelief ever since my coming in the flesh? I tell thee, no: those that were good men have not been lost; because they have been looking for the CHILD to come in power and great glory, to have the government on his shoulder, to be the mighty Counsellor, and the Prince of Peace. And this they knew was not established, when I came. Now look to Isaiah ix. what confusion is spoken of in the chapter.
Verses 36."Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee, according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice, when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor,
as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."
"Now let the Jews answer, how the words of the prophet could be fulfilled, in this chapter, if the Prince of Peace had been then established? Then I must have increased their joy, like the joy of harvest; and had no garments rolled in blood, no burning or fuel of fire, either against ME, or I against them. If the peace had been then established, how could it be said by the Prophet, "For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still; for the people turned not unto him that smote them; neither do they seek the Lord of hosts." Now let the eyes of menís understanding be opened, and they will clearly see, from this chapter, that the SON would be rejected when it was first born amongst mankind; that the leaders of the people would make them to err, and they kindled the wrath of the Lord against them; but when the eyes of their understanding are opened to see the Psalms and the Prophets, and to see that no blessings followed this FIRST BIRTH unto the Jews as a nation; because it is written, "The Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. The ancient and the honourable, he is the head; the prophet that telleth lies, he is the tail." Therefore the Lord would have no pleasure in them. And this followed after the birth of the CHILD. Then now let them look to my Gospel, and what I said to my Disciples.
John xvi. 7, 8."Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for, if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but, if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."
"Now I shall explain the meaning of my words: the COMFORTER, that I said should come, was the Prince of Peace; therefore I said, he should glorify ME; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. Now when men see my Gospel clear, and understand the meaning of another COMFORTER, that should abide for ever; and understand from the Prophets, that in love to men, and to free them from the transgressions of the fall, I must take manís nature upon ME, to die for their transgression, before I can come in power and great glory, to cut off the adversary, that betrayed the woman; therefore I said, if I was lifted up, the prince of this world should be cast out: for I should draw all men unto ME. And now I will tell thee how I will draw all men unto ME: when the PRINCE of PEACE is come, to bring all things to their remembrance, from the foundation of the world, then they will see, it was the EVERLASTING FATHER, the MIGHTY COUNSELLOR, that first showed his love, to die for man, to have the government all his own, and then to send the SON, proceeding from the FATHER, to establish the kingdom in peace; then, of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. And now is the time that I
shall perform this; and therefore I told thee, in ninety-four
"Of FRANCE, and SPAIN, and every distant
Iíd save a remnant; but one nation lost"
"And that should be for the sake of the JEWS, that I should destroy the nation that had their possession; for I said I gave it to the heathen, and they that called not upon my name; therefore it is said, in the second Psalm, "Ask of ME, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." And this I shall do for the sake of the Jews, to make them a nation, that are now scattered and have no country, if they now awaken, from the sign I have set before them. Because this calling is to the JEWS, that have no prince, nor king, over them: but now I shall send them a Prince and a Saviour; which meaneth, if they believe in the SON, they must believe in the FATHER; and then I shall save them with an everlasting salvation. But I now tell thee and all mankind, if I fulfil the Sign this year, to prove to the Jews that my Gospel is true; yet, if they now reject the SON, as they rejected the FATHER, then their last error will be worse than the first; for I shall leave them without help, and without hope. Because the Sign which I have set before them, they must know that none but a God can foreknow, and have power to fulfil; for where is the woman of thy age, if she were married, could foretell that she should have a son, when she had no knowledge of being with child? In thy heart thou answerest, none.
"Now come to my Gospel: Matthew xiii. 31."Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of
mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field: which, indeed, is the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
"Know what I said in my Gospel: "If ye had faith, as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Now this strength of faith I have given to thee; and things that appear impossible with man, thou hast believed are possible with God; then now let them see my parables further: "The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." As I likened the kingdom of heaven in parables; so, in like manner, I shall call thee back to the parable of the Child, when I ordered thee to call together thy judges, to prove thy writings, and make public to the world, that whoever would, might come and judge for themselves; and when the people were assembled together, I ordered the box, in which thy writings were placed, to be put upon a table, but not to be opened, nor the cord broken till thou hadst brought in a little child in thy arms, which was Foleyís son, and I ordered thee to place him on the box, to stand in the midst of the congregation, with a bride cake in his hand; and then I ordered that all the company should kiss the child. Then know with what eagerness they all took the child, from one to the other, and kissed him; and though the company was large, know, the child smiled upon all, which was remarked by them, how a child so young would be taken by strangers, from one to the other, with a smiling countenance, and not cry. Know, I placed him
as one of the judges; but no one knew for what ends I ordered this to be done, as the type and shadow were hidden from all. Then I ordered the cord to be cut, and to be cut in pieces; then know my answer: As they had cut the cord, so would the nations be cut, before that child was old enough to know good from evil: but the depth of knowing good from evil cannot be known by the child yet; but mark what hath happened upon the nations abroad, since January 1803, when this was done. Here is the first type of the CHILD standing alone, to make up the twelve. Now come to the second, when I ordered thee to call all thy witnesses together, to have the truth proved, of what they knew concerning my visitation to thee from the beginning; and then I ordered that strangers and unbelievers should be invited the second time to come forward; and, if they proved the visitation not from the Lord, then to their judgment I said thou shouldest give up; but know, they refused to come forward and pass their judgment. Then I ordered the writings to be proved by the witnesses; and the further judgment was given, from the truth they heard from the witnesses; then I placed the child the second time to stand as a judge with man; and with men he held up his hands, in the petition to have the power of evil destroyed, that my kingdom might be established in righteousness and peace. Here is the second type of the child, hidden from all, why I ordered this to be done. But now come to the third, which I have compared to thy awful trial; which, as I have told thee, may be awful and serious, though the end may be glorious to them that believe, but awful and fatal to them that now mock: for the Child, first being brought in alone, I shall compare in two ways; the
one to my first coming: though I was received by my friends, yet I was rejected by my enemies: and, like the cord, the nation was cut in pieces, and the Jews scattered; but now I shall come to the other, to place the last to the first. Know, at the second meeting, the child stood with Harwood, who is an officer in your army: And now the warrior shall begin, if the Child is rejected; because I have told thee, like the child standing with man, so the Child, that I have said shall be now set up as a Sign to the Jews, is like the FATHER and the SON. And know, the FATHER of the CHILD is the Shepherd of his flock: and now the good Shepherd shall appear, by the power of the FATHER. For I now tell thee, this year thou wilt have a SON, by the power of the Most HIGH; and thy public Trial will not* appear, for thee to be called forward in a solemn assembly, to testify the truth of the Child, before thou canst go with the Child in thy arms, while the milk is in thy breasts, that men may know thou hast not deceived. And then let the Jews appear, that they may judge for themselves; as I have told thee, this CHILD is to restore them to their own land, to be as a PRINCE of PEACE, and a KING over them: and when they have agreed together to kiss the Child and receive it, I shall fulfil as I have spoken concerning the Jews, both by the prophets and in thy writings."
Strange Effects of Faith, page 53.
"For I will have a strong army;
Jews and Gentiles shall agree;
And my Spirit goes before them,
I will gain the victory.
For my servants Iíll awaken,
And their hearts Iíll fill with love;
They shall find theyíre not forsaken
By their heavenly Lord above."
* The solemn assembly on high is the first fulfilment; both mother and child were taken from the Earth.
"Know I said
"I will come again in glory,
As a Lamb thatís newly slain."
"And now I shall explain the meaning of the words, that thou hast been stumbling at; because thou sayest, "a lamb that is slain is dead." And now I shall come to my Gospel: know I said, my flesh was meat indeed; and now I shall explain the meaning: As a lamb that is newly slain is meat to eat, so they shall find my words to be meat for all, and drink for all. The life that I laid down for men, was to come again in power, and to free them from their grand adversary. But could men simply suppose, that I should come as the mighty God, the everlasting Father, to dwell with men, and forsake the heaven of heavens? No: this was never my design. I took manís nature upon ME, to be a true judge for man, as I have explained to thee already; and therefore I spoke two ways in my Gospel: I said, my Father and I were ONE; before Abraham was I AM; that I was in the FATHER, and the FATHER in ME. But know, at another time, I said, the FATHER was greater than I: and this I spoke concerning the SON, that I said should be revealed at my second coming.
Luke xvii. 20."When he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come; he answered them and said, the kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here, or lo there: for behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
"Now discern the words that I said, of the kingdom of God coming not with observation; neither should they say, Lo here, or lo there; for the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke xviii. 17."Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein."
"I shall answer thee from my Gospel: in the perfect manner I have spoken in thy writings, that thou couldest not understand, that a visitation like this would ever come to thee, before a sudden surprise came upon thee, to explain the mysteries of thy writings, and of the scriptures, which I told thee were concealed from all, to prevent impostors; therefore I spoke in that manner through my Gospel. Know, in the Revelation, how the new Jerusalem is compared as coming down from heaven, and how I compared the kingdoms of this world to the kingdom of God, that I should make at my second coming, to bring in the redemption of man; and therefore I said, Ye shall desire to see one of the days of the SON of MAN, and ye shall not see it; for as the lightning, that lightneth out of one part under heaven shineth unto the other part under heaven, so shall also the SON of MAN be in His day: but first must HE suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. Had these sayings of mine been understood, and the words I said to Nicodemus, of being born again of the Spirit, they would clearly have understood that there would be a SECOND SON like the FIRST: and, I now tell thee, many will desire to see the day, who have been great mockers and despisers; they will wish to see the day that the SON of MAN appeareth to shine under the heavens. For so it is hastening on; and therefore I said, the kingdom of heaven was within you: and it must be in the womb, to be born, as I was, before this glory can appear to men: and as a LITTLE CHILD HE must be first received, if they will obtain the kingdom of glory, that shall follow His birth: therefore I said, it did not come with observation; neither by saying, lo here, or lo there. But know how many have arisen, to call themselves the CHRIST,
or the second like unto the first; but now my answer is from my Gospel; for now is the time that the SON of MAN is revealed, to be born of the SPIRIT, that is now within thee: "And where the body is, there will the eagles be gathered together." And now I shall tell thee why I compared it to eagles: because an eagle is an eager bird, and a strong bird; and perfectly so I shall make mankind eager to search out the truth; and then I shall give them strength to stand, to confound all gainsayers of my Gospel. And now let them see, though my promises are so great, to bring in everlasting happiness for man; yet, persecution will arise, and therefore the threatened judgments will come on: but I shall avenge the woman of her adversary.
John xii. 23, 24."The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified."
"I shall answer thee from these words, saying the hour is come, that the SON of MAN shall be glorified. But how did I say he should be glorified? Let men see the following verse: "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground, and die, it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." Now let men answer these scriptures, which I have ordered thee to bring together, from the Prophets and from my Gospel, how they will explain them, for ME to bring forth the fruits of my SPIRIT, to abide as the COMFORTER in the end? Could I then abide with mankind, when I came to give my life for the transgression of the fall? What fruits of my Spirit could I then have brought to man? But know, I said I should raise it up again at the last day; and send them ANOTHER COMFORTER. Therefore, if men saw my Gospel clear, they would know that a visitation of my SPIRIT must come to a WOMAN at last, to bring in the SON, that was
to be revealed, as it was to a WOMAN at first; and then they will see the perfect GODHEAD: the TRINITY in UNITY, and the UNITY in TRINITY: heaven and earth alike to join: for this is the meaning of my kingdom coming down to man. But now I ask mankind, what SON they expected should be revealed in his day? I was revealed at that time, and was amongst them; and therefore, if men understood my Gospel aright, they would expect to see another SON revealed like the first, before the glory of my kingdom was brought in. Let them look to the words of John.
1 John iii. 2."Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
"Let men answer, what was the meaning of the apostlesí words. They had seen ME; they had known my likeness; and they had seen ME after my resurrection; therefore the apostles could not speak of the past; they were speaking of what was to come. But thou sayest in thy heart, they were speaking of my coming in glory, in the last day. To thy judgment I shall leave thee. They wrote, as thou hast, by inspiration, without understanding the full meaning of what they wrote; but their writings speak of another, that they were looking for to come, that should be ready to be revealed in the last time, wherein men should greatly rejoice.
"I shall answer thee further from the Revelation. When the WOMAN appeareth, clothed with the SUN, then cometh salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our GOD, and the power of his CHRIST. Now let them see what the power is:
Rev. xv. 4."Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy:
for all nations shall come and worship before thee."
"Now where are the wise men who can answer these words? that men shall sing "the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints." Let men turn their thoughts every way: either in the midst of the greatest afflictions, that ever befell nations, or in the midst of the greatest blessings, were these words ever spoken by men, to praise the Lord, as is here mentioned? These marvellous workings will never appear before the power of CHRIST is seen in the power of a BRIDEGROOM, according to the MARRIAGE mentioned in the Revelation; then they will see the second LIGHTNING like the first; and the second is made FLESH, to dwell with men. And till this be made known, and the truth be proved, I now tell thee, it is not all the bishops in England, nor all the learned men upon earth, that can be competent judges of the Scriptures, to confound those men who write blasphemy against them: and this sin is daily increasing; therefore, if they have not strength themselves, to confound gainsayers, let them take hold of my strength; and let it be made known amongst mankind; let them see my wisdom, and copy after it; and then, if a host of enemies come against them, I shall confound them all, by the wondrous manner I am working to prove the truth of the Gospel and the Prophets; and they shall find my threatenings just, if they cannot stop these blasphemous writers by their own wisdom, and they refuse the wisdom that I have laid out before them.
"And now come to my Gospel. I said, if the days were not shortened, no flesh should be saved.
And see how fast infidelity is increasing, to bring men like the antediluvian world of old; see how the Scriptures are blasphemed, by the books that have been brought to thee; my Gospel is blasphemed; and my visitation to warn of the end, that I am coming to put an end to sin, is blasphemed likewise; and were it to go on till the six thousand years were up, men would become like the world of old, to be destroyed by fire, as they were by water: but know that I said, for the ELECTíS sake, the days should be shortened. And now I will tell thee who is the ELECT, that I said they should be shortened for: It is the SON of MAN, that I said should be revealed.
Isaiah xlii.Observe the commentators on this chapter: "The mission of Christ to the Gentiles: his meekness and constancy: Godís promises to him: an exhortation to praise God for his Gospel: God will no longer forbear to manifest himself."
"Now let men look this chapter through; and let them answer, when it was fulfilled? All must answer as thou dost; it never was fulfilled.
Verse 10."Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles and the inhabitants thereof."
"Then now like them I answer; God will no longer forbear to manifest himself, in the mission of CHRIST, the SON that I have revealed to thee."Behold my SERVANT whom I uphold, mine ELECT in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my SPIRIT upon him, he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break: and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail, nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment
in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law."
"Now look to the Jews, look to all nations, and see if this hath been fulfilled: and look to your own nation, and see if they have judgment enough to clear my Gospel, and confound all gainsayers.But let them observe what is said by the Prophet"Mine ELECT in whom my soul delighteth," that I have put my SPIRIT upon."He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street," when he brings forth judgment to the Gentiles. Then how could this mission allude to ME, when I dwelt with men? No: I tell them, it is for the end, when I bring in the SON, in whom my soul delighteth, to finish the work that I began; to bring him in as a Prince of Peace. Then the eyes of menís understanding will be opened to see my Gospel clear, with the Prophets; then will the Gentiles have judgment to confound the Jews, and point out my Gospel clear to mankind. Therefore I said, in thy First Book of Wonders
"The WOMAN clothed with the SUN should make all nations shake;
For now the mystery Iíll explain, the Revelations break."
"And now they will find them to break fast upon them. It is not the WOMAN makes the nations shake, that is with child, travailing in birth and pained to be delivered; but it is the CHILD, when he is born; then the nations will begin to shake; and then they will know, if thou art the WOMAN mentioned in the Revelation, to bring the MAN-CHILD into the world; then BUONAPARTE is the Beast in the Revelation, whom they have worshipped. And now let the JEWS see their folly: for though it is written, the dragon stood before the WOMAN, which was ready
to be delivered, for to devour her CHILD, as soon as it was born, and the CHILD was caught up unto GOD and to his throne; that hath a meaning which men do not understand: but this I shall leave to try their wisdom; and I shall explain the chapter further, when I have seen the wisdom of men.
"Now come to Isaiah xlix. 1, 3, 6. "Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. And he said, It is a light thing, that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth."
"And now I will raise up that LIGHT to the Gentiles, to see my Gospel with the Prophets, that will be able to awaken the Jews; because it is from the womb that I have called him, and from the bowels of his mother have I made mention of his name, at a time and at an age that must appear marvellous in all menís eyes. Therefore they may say, "Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted."For now I have tried the Gentiles, and I find them as blind as the Jews: and, as to persecution, I now tell thee, if it were not for the laws of your land, the persecution would now be as great as it was by the Jews, when they put their prophets to death, and when they clamoured for my blood: and this, thou knowest, has been the desire of many, to see thee put to death, as I was; and therefore,
it is the laws of your land that have made ME defend this nation from the foreign enemy, while mine anger and indignation are kindled, to hear the blasphemy throughout the land: but now I will make the Bible plain before them, and prove the truth of my Gospel, by the SIGN I have set.
"Now come to Isaiah lix. 16, 17, 19, 21."He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. As for ME, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seedís seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever."
Isaiah lx. 1, 2, 3."Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."
"Now I ask mankind, who they place this power to? It is said, "He saw that there was no man, and wondered there was no intercessor:" then now let them understand the words"It shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the
mouth of thy SEED, nor out of the mouth of thy SEEDíS SEED, saith the Lord:" then now let them answer, where that SEEDíS SEED is. Will they say, that the SEEDíS SEED is in heaven, that children are born there? In thy heart thou answerest, that no man can be so ignorant as to place it there; then let them know that the SECOND BIRTH must take place upon earth, to fulfil the words of the prophet. What enemies had I got upon earth, before I became flesh and blood, to dwell with men? They had no knowledge of ME, nor of the power of my Spirit, before I came to dwell amongst them, and showed my power by the miracles I wrought: but what garment of vengeance did I then put on? Did I not submit to all their laws, and bear all their persecution? By their laws I submitted to the death upon the cross; but here let men remember what I said of my second comingto destroy mine enemies, that would not that I should come and rule over them; and as a Bridegroom I said I should appear: and here are the garments of vengeance for clothing. For now come to a Bridegroom; if he be in great power to protect the Bride; then by marriage the power is put on, to bring in the heirs to have the kingdom established. So that it is by the SEEDíS SEED that the crowns are established one after the other: and so they will find, by the SEEDíS SEED of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall arise with healing in his wings. Therefore I said in my Gospel, ELIAS is come, and ELIAS shall come: and so, I tell thee, I first came to be conquered, by the power and madness of men and devils; but now I shall come as a conqueror. Here come to the wisdom of men, who said that my Birth should have been written in the Sun, "Salvation by Jesus Christ,"
that every one might see and believe. And now I am dealing with men after the manner of men; and for this reason I have visited thee in this manner, that my visitation might be seen, to prove that the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee: for darkness must cover the whole earth, and gross darkness the people, if they simply suppose that a WOMAN is come forward of herself to the world in my name, saying, The Lord of Hosts is her husband, and the holy One of Israel is his name; that she is the Bride, the Lambís Wife, clothed with the Sun of Righteousness, that shall shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day, till she hath trod all the light that shineth in darkness under her feet, and brought the perfect day-light to man. For in this character I have brought thee out to the world, in this character I have upheld thee, and strengthened thy hand, by fulfilling the words I put in thy mouth, and by raising up friends for thee, as stars to arise and shine upon thy head: and now as stars I will make them shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day, till all this gross darkness be done away. And therefore, they shall know it is the Lord that is risen upon thee, and it is his glory that is seen upon thee, to show mankind that the Bridegroom is at hand. For now the Gentiles shall come to thy light, which is the fulfilment of the Gospel; and kings shall come to the brightness of thy rising.But know, this rising is not in thee, neither is the brightness in thee; but the power and strength are in ME: for now my sons shall come from afar, and my daughters shall be nursed at thy side; because from this shall my Gospel be made known, and the SEEDíS SEED shall be understood. Now I ask them, when this prophecy was fulfilled? Were my praises then set forth? Did I then show the house of my glory,
or glorify myself amongst mankind? Did they then fly to me as a cloud, and as doves to the windows? Did they then wait for ME; and did the ships of Tarshish first bring my sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the holy One of Israel? Was this done in the days of the flesh, that I was thus glorified by man? Where were the sons of strangers, that built up the walls? and where were the kings that ministered unto ME? No: in their wrath they smote ME; in their wrath they persecuted ME; therefore I said I would give them up until she that travaileth hath brought forth. Then cometh the SEEDíS SEED, that they may now seek my favour, and I shall have mercy on them: then shall the gates be open continually; they shall not be shut by day or by night: for now will I throw the Scriptures open to their view. For as the flowers come on in the spring, one after the other, to open in the bud, till ye see all the flowers opened; perfectly so shall I go on, till I have made my Bible as plain before them, as ye see the flowers, when they are fully blown: for so shall the full-blown rose appear; and therefore I told thee that the Rose of Sharon should be here: the glory of Lebanon shall come unto ME; the fir-tree, and the pine-tree, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary: for now will I make the place of my feet glorious. But, let them know how I was afflicted, how I was persecuted when first my feet trod the earthly ground: but now will I make them bend before ME, or I will destroy them; they that despise ME shall now bow down to the sole of my feet, and they shall know that I am the LORD, the HOLY ONE of Israel. But now I ask mankind, how they will place this chapter?
or which way will they explain it? Thou sayest, it is spoken by the Prophet"The city of the Lord, the Zion of the holy One of Israel:" and it is spoken of a people forsaken and hated, that "the Lord will make an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations." But now I ask them, how they will bring it to the JEWS, that these blessings shall rest upon, to make this a happy people, to call their walls, Salvation, and their gates, Praise, before their great DELIVERER is come to be made known to all nations? Now see the words of the Prophet"The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." Here let the learned answer, how this can be fulfilled without a visitation from the Lord, to bring that light, that God be their Glory. Is not the Lord in heaven? and doth not the working of his Spirit with the children of men go on in every age? Where is the age that the Lord hath entirely forsaken his people? Doth not the Lord dwell in heaven above, and amongst the inhabitants of the earth below? and yet this chapter is not fulfilled; neither will the words of the Prophets be fulfilled, till the BRANCH of my planting, the WORK of my hands that I may be glorified, is placed amongst them; then "a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time." And now they will find the time is come. When I came first in the FLESH, it was to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our GOD: for I knew I should be rejected and despised by them; and therefore I told them of the day of vengeance, that would come upon them: but the acceptable year of the Lord I told them was at my return, that I should call them trees of righteousness, and turn their sorrows
into joy, when they begin to look on ME whom they have pierced, and be longing for my coming: then will the chapter be fulfilled.
"Now come to the Prophet: Jeremiah xxiii. 5."Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
"Was this done in my days, when I said I was the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star? But was not the Root then cut off? Was Judah saved, and did Israel dwell in safety? Is it established to this day? All men must answer, no. Then know, the BRANCH must spring from the ROOT, before the fulfilment of the Prophetís words can be true.
Zechariah ii. 10, 12, 13."Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation."
Zechariah iii. 8, 10."Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my SERVANT THE BRANCH. In that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig-tree."
"Here let men see, from the Prophets, what a change is to take place for manís happiness, when I bring forth my BRANCH to man: for though I said, I am the VINE, ye are the BRANCHES;
and so I called the believers in my Gospel as branches joined to the vine, and as brethren, when I came as the SON; but know what I compared my second coming tothe Bridegroom and the Root of David; then from the ROOT the BRANCH must come to dwell amongst mankind; therefore, it is spoken to the daughter of Zion, lo, I come and dwell in the midst of thee. Here let men discern the Prophets aright, in what manner it is spoken of a WOMAN, that my coming is first made known to; then they must know this BRANCH does not allude to the sons of men; but as a Branch springing from the Root, from the power of the Lord. For I now tell thee of men, that there is no particular man ye can place it to, for to prove that the Branch was come, that the Sun of Righteousness would arise with healing in his wings. But here is a way that I have worked round to make it clear; from the manner of my visitation to thee, they will find that the Branch will come from the Root, as I told thee of the budding leaves, that bud in the spring; because the tree is the same; for though they fall off in the autumn, yet they bud again in the spring, from the same tree that the branches come; and perfectly so the end must be: I came to seek and to save that which was lost, and to bring in the Redemption of man. I placed the types and shadows in my Gospel, whereby they should know when the end was at hand; and I placed them likewise by the Prophets, that I said I came to fulfil.
"Now come further to the words of the Prophet: Zechariah vi. 12, 13."Speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of Hosts, saying, Behold the MAN whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD; even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear
he glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both."
"Now this was not fulfilled in my days; therefore I said that the Gentiles were more blind than the Jews; because the Jews looked to these promises to be fulfilled, when the MESSIAH came: and therefore they rejected ME and my Gospel, not understanding that there must be a ROOT and a BRANCH both to come from the Spirit of the Lord. Know I said of a grain of wheat, it is first cast into the ground to die away; and then it ariseth and bringeth its increase. In this manner the Scriptures are placed; but how could I express my love to mankind, how could I say my delight should be with the sons of men, that I should bring in a happy and glorious kingdom for them, and destroy the works of the devil for their sakes, before I had tried the love of men? Can men simply suppose that I should return in love to mankind, to bring in everlasting blessings to man, and to establish the earth with every blessing, and redeem them from every sorrow,can men simply suppose that I should do this, while I stand as a crucified Saviour, or as a malefactor to be despised and rejected of men? In this manner I cannot return, before the BRANCH springs from the ROOT, to be esteemed and beloved of men, to be worshipped as a Prince and a Saviour. How can I confound the devil and fallen angels, to cast them out for their rebellion, and bring in Redemption to men who stand out in rebellion the same, were the day of judgment to come in this manner? Then it must be fatal for man, or my honour must be lost, if I do not prove the blindness in men, and that the temptations of the devil were the cause of their persecution, through unbelief; because they did not discern
in what manner the Prophets spoke of the Root and the Branch; that the Root should be cut off to die away like a grain of wheat, because I came to die for the transgression of man; and so I said, in like manner as the wheat returned to bear its increase, the increase again must come from ME. And now I shall make the Scriptures as plain as the noon-day sun before themthat, from the ROOT, the BRANCH shall come to bring in the branches in men.
"Now come to the Prophet: Zechariah ix. 9."Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: HE is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
"Then come to my Gospel: Luke xix. 30, 31, 35."Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon."
"Now I shall answer thee from my Gospel, and from the words of the Prophets. When I rode to Jerusalem upon a colt, whereon never man sat, my disciples thought that the fulfilment of the Prophetís words would then take place, because they found it in the manner I had told them. This filled my disciples with joy; therefore they began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. But see how their joy was rejected by the Pharisees, and likewise
by the Jews; therefore I told them, instead of these blessings being then established, to fulfil the words of the Prophets, destruction should come upon them.
Verses 41, 42."And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side."
"Here let them look to my Gospel, and what followed after they had put ME to death, and preferred a murderer before ME: so the murderers came upon them; and they had their own choice, which hath followed them through many generations. But now I shall turn back to the words of the Prophet: for, like my riding to Jerusalem, they will see my coming now.
"And let their blasphemy appear,
In every book thatís penned,
That men by lies invented here,
Against thee to contend:
Then they may see the mystery,
What they have made thee here
More ignorant than the assís colt,
Thy folly must appear.
If any truths in them were found,
Then sure the horse and mule
In greater wisdom must be found:
No reason here to rule
Could be in thee, as men do see;
Theyíve robbed thee of thy fame,
More ignorant than the beast to be,
The way theyíve placed thy name
In every vice for to appear,
By arts contrived from hell.
But if I now come round this way,
Judge where my rage must swell,
When come to clear her virtue here,
And prove in it she stood.
These wonders they will clear the whole,
And men may judge her Lord
Is come the way as they do say:
A fool she must appear,
If any truth in them did lie
The end will make all clear.
But Iíll end here, and say no more:
Iíll try the heads of men;
It is thy foes must make it clear,
From all that they have penned.
So now weigh deep; thy foes may weep,
To see their KING become,
I tell them, like a murdered sheep
The end must now be known.
"Now* I shall come to what was put in the newspapers; and begin with the Kingís Jester. From thy observation, I shall answer of the third murder being committed; and I tell thee, the third murder hath been committed. The first was when I gave up my life for man; and my love for man hath been murdered to this day, by the unbelief that is in mankind. The second murder was in my Disciples, and all that were put to death for my sake, for bearing testimony of ME and my Gospel: this was the second murder committed by men. But now I shall come to the third: thy character is murdered, by bearing testimony of my visitation to thee; and they are crucifying ME afresh, to put ME again to an open shame. But now I tell thee, like the king, they shall go no further; for now will I make myself known amongst mankind, by the manner of my visitation to thee. I have directed thee in this manner, to keep thee from
* A nobleman sent to crave the Kingís pardon for a third murder he had committed. The King told his Jester that he did not know what to do, as he had already twice pardoned him. The Jester replied that the man had only killed one person, as if the King had had him hanged he could not have killed the other two. See Book 59, p. 41
any man coming into thy presence, to prove that this visitation is from the Lord. And now let all their infamous books appear, that have been written against thee, and the Spirit that directs thee; and then I will prove the truth of my words, that the third murder hath been committed. And now come to the words of the Prophets, that I ordered thee to put in the newspaper.
Isaiah lxiii. 5."And I looked, and there was none to help, and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto ME, and my fury, it upheld ME."
"Now I shall answer thee from these words of the Prophet: and see the truth of the words, that there was none to help, none to uphold; for neither threatenings, nor invitations, promised blessings, nor threatened judgments have made any one to come forward, to help or to uphold. If they judge it of God, they ought to uphold the word; if they prove it not of God, they ought to help to pull it down, by searching into every truth, as they were directed; but this no one hath stirred to do.
"Then now my own arm shall bring salvation unto ME; because my hand, that is stretched out upon thee, shall be stretched out still: for my fury, it shall uphold ME. Know I have told thee my hand is stretched out in love to thee, and with cords of love have I drawn thee; but now I ask thee, where is the man who can answer for himself, in keeping silence, when it is known in what manner my hand is on thee? Therefore I will tread down all their wisdom, all their knowledge, and all their boasting: for now I shall come to the purpose with all men; if they speak according to the thoughts which came into thy mind, that men would say, "We said she was
under the influence of the devil, and now it is proved"should this be the language of their hearts, I should soon bring the strength of their wisdom to the ground. Let them look to my Gospel, and see what they were who were possessed with the devil; let them look to their Bedlams, and places for mad people; see how soon their senses are gone, where Satan hath a power to work strongly; and let them look to the self-murders, where Satan gains an influence over the mind and heart; and let them look to every crime in men, if they are hardened on in sin, where Satan hath a full influence over the heart, he can lead them every way to do evil. But now let them look to thy life, thou hast feared sin from thy youth up; then will they presumptuously say that thy whole life hath been under the influence of the devil, to hate the evil and choose the good? Here men will find they have no strength to stand, no arguments to plead, when I begin in man to plead against them, and prove that such watchmen are all blind, that they are all ignorant, that they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark; because it is impossible for men to bark this way, to say that the hand of evil is upon thee in so strong and powerful a manner, without doing thee hurt, or giving thee pain. And therefore, with the thunder of my words shall I confound all such men, and like an earthquake I shall make them tremble before ME: for now they may stay themselves with wonders, that they cannot find out or understand: but, without they see signs and wonders, they will not believe; and therefore marvel not in thy heart as to the way and manner I am working round to throw their wisdom and strength to the ground. Therefore I shall make them drunk, but not with wine; they shall be staggered, but not with strong drink:
for I shall stir up jealousy amongst them, and I shall kindle a war against them, till I have prevailed against mine enemies and thine. And so they will find the truth of the words fulfilled this year, that I ordered thee to put in the papers last year; for like the letters I shall go on.
"Now come to the second letter; and know what I said in my Gospelby the manís petition I spared the fig-tree one year; and so I told thee, from one November to the other; but if they now turn unto the Lord, HE will have mercy on them, and to the most high God, HE will abundantly pardon them. For now they will surely find that the Kingís business requireth haste
"For a quick work is hastening on,
And that they will surely find.
You little know what lies behind,
To make a quick work to appear,
Before that I have ended here.
So every letter they will find
Some truth to prove to all mankind,
That in this year will plain be seen,
When once my wonders do begin,
To let the truth to fly abroad;
Theyíll wonder at the ways of God,
And of my Gospel wonder more,
When Iíve unbolted every door,
That theyíd no wisdom for to see
The way my coming first must be,
It is in Spirit, like the first
The MOTHER and the BRIDE are placed
Both in one likeness to appear;
Then how my Gospel will they clear,
That as a BRIDEGROOM I can come,
To warn in Spirit of the end?
My Gospel men do not discern,
The way nor manner I did warn:
I said, ye must be born again
Look deep, ye learned sons of men.
So if to man, it is to ME
A second likeness men must see,
That some resemblance of the first,
For so the SECOND BIRTH is placed,
Which never could be understood,
Before I came to make it good,
Thus of the Spirit to be born,
When I my wonders do perform;
You neíer discerned the SECOND CHILD;
For here the learned all are foiled.
"Now come to the third letter. I said that men did not know the ways of the Lord; for they were like the Jews of old, blind through unbelief: but now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. Know, in this letter, I ordered the newspapers to be kept; for they will all find the prophecies true; and true they shall find them: for as the sudden surprise came to thee, so shall it come to them.
"Now come to the fourth letter. Know I told thee that the ensuing year would be such as never was seen in England, since it was a nation; for if my commands were obeyed, that I sent blessings to the nation, such as were never experienced before; yet Satanís weapons would be strong with rage and fury. I shall answer thee from this prophecy, which no man can understand, by any wisdom, how to prove it true either way. Call to thy remembrance the history of England, and what dreadful scenes of sorrow and misery, wars, and tumults one with the other, plague and pestilence, have been in the land, and what years of sorrow thou hast read of; then if I bring all these miseries upon the nation, to excel them in sorrow, greater than they ever were, this nation must be destroyed, if these miseries come at home, and a powerful enemy abroad; so that it cannot come that way, to make this a happy land in the end, as I have promised. And now on the other hand: what blessings can I send to this nation, such as were never experienced before, to cause Satanís weapons to be strong with rage and fury? For this, I said would be in men, like
Sodom and Gomorrah; but if every earthly blessing attend this nation; and I conquer their enemies for them abroad, and bring every blessing to them at home, of the fruits of the earth, and the fruits of the fields, and enliven your nation by trade abroad, so that all may have labour at home; where is there room for Satanís fury to arise and work in the hearts of men against blessings of this kind? So that no man by wisdom can clear this prophecy, to prove it true either way; but from what alarmed thy fears and jealousy, I shall prove the truth of my words, that such a visitation as hath been to thee this year never happened in England, since it was a nation; and the blessings that will attend it, which I have told thee shall follow, will make this a happy land, and bring such blessings to this nation, as never were experienced before, since it was a nation. Yet Satanís malice will rise in men with fury, however clear the truth is proved, by my command being perfectly obeyed: because lies will be invented, whatever prudent steps are taken, till my awful judgments come upon them, to cut them off for their blasphemy and lies. Therefore I warned thee so much of the Bishops, and sent out my threatenings so severe, if they refused to search into the truth: because, from the power they are invested with, and the position they are placed in, all must know, that they would not let their honour down, to be imposed upon with art and deceit, or wink at a contrivance to deceive the public, or join in any confederacy of this kind; and therefore I ordered thee to apply to the Bishops, that no one might say deceit was practised by thee or thy friends.
"And now discern the words further. I said that thy faith was a gift of God, which the world can neither give thee nor take from thee: and
they will find, that the sound of thy MASTERíS feet is behind thee; and now the sound of thy MASTERíS feet is come unto thee."
A further explanation of the letters in the newspapers will be given in the next book. But now the reader must understand, that the threatenings put in the newspapers do not all allude to this nation; they allude to the nations abroad; I mean the severe threatenings in the first letter. But this nation and the Jews must look to the promises, if they awake, as men out of sleep, to be convinced.Isaiah i. 8, 9. xlvi. lxv. lxvi.And now they may see the truth of these words"If I have no one to come forward to plead my cause for me, the Lord is working a way for me to plead it myself, and to shame all that shamed me, and confound all that confounded me." And let them remember, I had no knowledge of this present visitation, when the above promise was made me.
And now I shall come to the Books of Wonders, which I have been informed many have complained they cannot understand. At this I do not marvel; for I never understood them myself till now. First Book, page 82. Therein are my petitions and the answer of the Spirit: my pleading appears to be to our Saviour
ĎAnd 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."
"Now I shall answer thee. No more than thou understoodest the meaning of the words, in my answer to thy inquiry, if the Lord of Life would stoop so low, as to visit thee by prophecies, no more do men understand the Scriptures; for if thou hadst understood the meaning of the words, then thou wouldest have known that I meant to visit thee further than by prophecies; and that it was a SON unborn that I should exalt high: and if men honoured him, or made petitions to him, then his petitions I should answer; because, in honouring the SON they honour the FATHER; and therefore I worked in thee to plead in a way thou didst not understand in what manner were thy petitions, nor in what manner were my answers. But here men may clearly see from my sayings, what I have suffered for mankind, near upon two thousand years, by their blasphemy against ME and my Gospel; but now if they receive the SON in my name, then all the past I shall forgive; and therefore, if they receive Him as the Prince of Peace, a Prince of Peace I will make Him. And let them see the promises, if they receive Him; and let them see that this was a prophecy given in 1794, in speaking of my SON, that I should exalt high amongst mankind; but the meaning was concealed from thy knowledge, before my visitation came, as I told thee, like the Virgin Maryís. And now I shall answer those who may say it is blasphemy for thee to believe that thou shalt have a SON like her, by being visited from on High; then, in like manner, they must say my Gospel is blasphemy; and so join with the Arians and the Jews; for they cannot condemn the one without the other; nor can they prove
the one without the other; because I told them that at my second coming there was a SON to be revealed.
"And now come to Psalm lxxii. 1, 2, 3, 13, 14."Give the King thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the Kingís Son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people.He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight."
"Now let men answer, if this Psalm was fulfilled by Solomon. Did not the people complain to Solomonís son, saying, "Thy father made our yoke grievous; now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke, which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee?" 1 Kings xii. 4. Then how will men place this to Solomon, to say that his name shall endure for ever, his name shall be continued as long as the sun, and men shall be blessed in him, and all nations shall call him blessed? Now let men answer, when this Psalm was ever fulfilled by any kingís son that reigned upon the earth. In thy heart thou answerest, it is impossible for man to prove it.
"And now I shall come to thy ponderings and petitions, which thou didst not understand in what manner were thy pleadings, nor in what manner were my answers: and perfectly so are the words of David, in his petition, which is placed to Solomon, showing the happiness, justice, and glory of his reign, and of Christís kingdom under that type. Now I ask mankind, whether this was fulfilled, when the angels rejoiced at my birth, saying, "Peace on earth, and good will
towards men?" Did this happiness then take place? were these blessings throughout the earth? Then all mankind must answer, no: yet, for that end was I born, and for that end came I into the world, in good will towards men, to establish peace in the end. And let them look to Pilateís question and my answer.
John xviii. 33, 36, 37."Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a King then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth."
"Here let them inquire, as Pilate did, what is truth? And look to the words of David"Give the King thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the Kingís Son."
"Then let them look to the Revelation xxii. 12, 13. "Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with ME, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
"Let them weigh that chapter with the Psalm; and then they will find the KINGíS SON mentioned by David, that such blessings are to follow upon earth from his reign, is the SON that I have revealed to thee. I took manís nature upon ME at first, for all the reasons I have explained to thee; but now they will find ME to be the last, to bring in a SON, to establish the earth in righteousness.
"Here come to thy First Book of Wonders." Page 68.
"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."
"Then now let them see what blaze of day I have brought before them. Can men simply suppose I shall establish a kingdom in righteousness and peace, and bring down every heavenly blessing to man, and have no heavenly Heir to sit upon the Throne? Then all my Bible is null and void.
"And now come to thy Second Book of Wonders." Page 86.
"For like that Trial now the end shall come;
Because I tell thee now Iíll bring the SON."
"And know I have told thee, that thou shalt not be called forward in a public Trial, before the SON is born, and thou canst produce the SON that is spoken of through thy writings, if men understood what they read."
"Know of my coming I said so ítwould be;
As thou didst hear the sudden death of he:
And this I told thee would be unaware,
And for surprises thou must now prepare."
"And thou knowest what sudden surprise came to thee by my visitation. Now let the Jews weigh deeply the history of thy fatherís family; because it is for their sakes, to show them that the entail is not cut off, that I ordered thee to publish all thy history through, what thy parents had told thee, and what thou hadst known thyself: and I called every thing quick to thy remembrance: and let them see what I have compared my likeness to in the history."
"Weigh deep the Parable, ye sons of men,
And so the HEIR you may see at the last,
When further wonders to mankind do burst."
"And now I have ordered thee to bring out these wonders to men. This is the CHILD, and this is the HEIR they will find spoken of through thy writings, and through the Scriptures; and yet it was concealed from the knowledge and understanding of all, before it was now revealed by ME: and they will find that this is the GLORY of the LORD, that is to be revealed, spoken of by the prophets, that all flesh shall see it together; for all shall see the glory of HIS reign."
After I thought I had written enough to finish my book, I found there was more wanted to fill up the four sheets, and I was answered thus
"By obeying my commands thou hast put a two-edged sword in the hands of thy friends and my friends: for now I ask them, where are the impostors that would commit themselves, as thou hast done, to prove to the world that it is by thy own Master thou must stand or fall? For thou hast now put it out of thy power to act with art or deceit. Canst thou now get another to personate thee in thy likeness, to personate thee in thy age, and to prove the will is thine? Will Townley* or Underwood agree to that? and will the witnesses join with it? will Sharp+ tell an impostor that he drew her likeness, if a woman, in any likeness of thee, should come forward? Then now let them see that thou hast put it out of thy power to act with deceit. If thou art deceived in whom thou hast believed, then it is the Spirit they must blame: but no man can blame thee, because thy upright dealings all must see, and that thou dost not wish to be deceived, nor deceive others, but to have the truth appear.
*Miss Jane Townley, a lady of means, provided a home for
Joanna for nearly ten years. She and her maid, Ann Underwood, acted as her
+ William Sharp, the celebrated engraver, a prominent believer in Joanna Southcott.
"And now call to thy remembrance that on the sofa thou sawest the candle, when it came to the hour of twelve, with a large flame, and the appearance of a ring round it, and the appearance of a large bowl behind it; between the bowl and the candle the hand appeared, held out to thee, that first struck terror to thy heart, before I told thee not to fear, it was I, which dismissed thy fears. Then know, the second time the hand appeared; and now remember the words I said unto theeLet this night be kept in everlasting remembrance; and if I bring thee into prosperity, do not forget the giver. Then now, I tell thee, I am the giver of this blessing to thee and all mankind; for all
"May bless the day the CHILD is born,
That do not treat the Babe with scorn;
But those that do despise him here
Before ME never shall appear
To see my kingdom crowned in peace,
Nor yet in Heaven their souls shall rest;
Because my wonders are too great,
The way Iíve worked, to prove deceit
Could eíer be practised now by thee;
If thou art deceived, thenít must be ME
That hath deceived thee at the last
And so my Gospel shall be placed;
If thou dost not produce an HEIR,
To have a Davidís throne appear.
"So now thy writings all may see,
The way that I have spoken by thee;
Because I said the SECOND CHILD
That way the learned all would foil:
I said the MAN that set thee free,
A Davidís crown Iíd give to he.
But now I ask thee, whereís the man
Can set thee free from thy own hand,
Before the MAN-CHILD doth appear,
To prove thouíst brought the SON and HEIR?
Thy writings none do understand
I said that Kings by my command
Must give their kingdoms unto ME.
Now Iíll explain the mystery:
I do not say their crown shall fall;
With ME theyíll reign, I tell you all,
If theyíll submit unto my word,
And now be guided by their Lord.
I said with kings Iíd reign on earth:
Mark ye the Scripture what it saith,
That ítis by ME that kings shall reign,
And just decrees shall be in men.
But now Iíll prove theyíve reigned alone;
But not as Gods; theyíve reigned as MEN.
But now as GODS Iíll make them all
That donít refuse this heavenly call,
When every mystery Iíve made clear,
To prove to man the SON and HEIR.
Now here I showed the HAND at first,
And here my SPIRIT strong did burst,
To show thee of the SECOND HAND,
That in your nation strong shall stand.
And so in print the Sign must go:
The SECOND HAND, they all shall know,
It is the SON that shall be born;
Fatal for those that do him scorn;
Because that Iíll uphold his hand,
And bring destruction in the land,
That doth despise the INFANTíS Birth.
For strong my power shall come forth,
I tell thee, more than men can bear,
That now despise the heavenly HEIR;
Because that I have made it plain
To all the learned sons of men,
If they like Pilate will begin
To wash their hands, as he did then,
And say, no fault they find in ME;
And so he wrote my destiny,
Which to all nations shall appear,
Before that I have ended here.
Judge for thyself what is in thee;
Thou sayest thereís nought; ítis all in ME;
And so thy witness here can prove;
Then let them know that GOD is LOVE;
Love to deliver and redeem
The fallen race that trust in men.
So for the present this Iíll leave,
And to the press it must be sent;
And there the vision must be placed
And men may judge it at the last,
As thou didst judge it GOD and MAN;
For in that likeness HE shall stand."
I shall here insert the vision alluded to in the above lines. On the 14th of October, 1813, I was ordered to sit up all night in a room by myself; which I did. Many extraordinary things were revealed to me, why Christ took manís nature upon him, and what he suffered for manís sake; and that I should keep that night in everlasting remembrance, and not forget the giver of the blessings I enjoyed. About twelve oíclock I looked at the candle: there appeared something like a large bowl behind it, with a point towards the candle; the candle was flaming very bright; and there appeared a ring, as red as scarlet, circled round the middle of the flame; immediately there appeared a hand as white as snow, which came out between the bowl and the candle, and pointed towards me. I trembled to see it, but was answered"FEAR NOT; IT IS I." I was then ordered to put on my glasses; and the hand appeared the second time, more brilliant than before; but this time the flame of the candle seemed parted in two, and looked in a different manner than the first, but burned very bright. The hand was pointed towards me the second time, as white as snow, and a red cuff was upon the wrist.
I am ordered to insert a few lines, from a communication given me in 1794.
"Before the MARRIAGE, I have this decreed,
That BANNS in CHURCHES public should be read,
That all may know the WEDDING-DAY is near.
Now to the ministers my mind declare,
That things are standing where they should not stand,
To speak of Marriage by a WOMANíS Hand;
Because thou knowest the MEN do sure go first;
But now the WOMAN in their room is placed."
The meaning of these words I never understood, and therefore did not put them in print until now that I am ordered.
THE ANSWER OF THE SPIRIT.
"Now I shall explain to thee the meaning of things standing where they should not stand, and the MARRIAGE being published by the WOMAN standing in the place of MAN. But know, the MARRIAGE was revealed to thee from the Revelation, but concealed from thy knowledge of any visitation, further than PROPHECIES; and to show mankind that thou hadst no thought of this visitation, I called out thy thoughts, in the Second Book of Wonders, and concealed from thee, when I ordered thy Wedding-clothes to be made, and told thee that an *earthly union must take place, to complete the happiness of MAN, and take away the reproach of WOMEN in the FALL, which no marriage union with man could do. Therefore they must now look back, to see in what manner I have spoken through thy writings; and then they will see, from my ordering thee to publish, that a marriage union must take place, and then to confine thee from every man, that I intended to visit thee in power myself. And now come to the words I said in thy writings. First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 42.
"So hereís the FATHER and the CHILD,
The SPIRIT and the BRIDE:
She leans upon her husbandís arm
The truth canít be denied."
"Now let them see the truth of the wordsit is in the power of my arm, in the God of thy salvation, in my strength, and my power, that thou believest thou shalt have the CHILD; for I shall call out thy pondering thoughts, and the words thou hast said in thy heart, that many would say thy faith must be strong, to think that thou shalt have a CHILD, by the power of the MOST HIGH, without having an earthly husband;
* To conform to the laws of man and to legalise the birth, a marriage service was performed on November 12th 1814 between Joanna Southcott and Mr. John Smith, steward to the Earl of Darnley.
but thou sayest, it must be stronger to think that thou shouldest have a child by man, in the sixty-fifth year of thy age; yet, from the power thou hast felt of the Lord, thou sayest, nothing is impossible with God. Then now let men see thy calling clear, how thou published the MARRIAGE before it took place. So here thou standest in the place of MAN, by obeying my command; then now let them see my Gospel clear, how things are standing where they ought not to stand: are not the Jews standing as an outcast nation, that are scattered into all nations? and yet, from them the Prophets came; from them my Gospel came; and from them I was born. Then now I ask mankind, if the HEBREWS are not standing where they ought not to stand, an outcast nation, and a scattered people? Therefore, let no one marvel at my mercies and my goodness, to call them together, to make them a nation and a people, and to establish a KING upon their throne, to raise up the THRONE of DAVID, as I promised. For now they shall find the words of Paul true.
Romans xi. 1, 2, 15, 16."I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches."
"Then now let them see; here is life from the dead: I was dead, and am alive, and live for evermore. And now they shall find, the fruit is holy. Let them weigh this chapter deeply; and then, let not the GENTILES boast against the unbelief
of the JEWS; for I have tried the Gentiles with Prophecies, that have come on faster to prove the truth of my words, than ever they came on to the Jews; and yet see how great is the persecution, how blind are the Gentiles, denying the very Gospel they profess to believe and preach!
"And now come to the 25th verse. "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceit, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in: and so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins."
"Then now let those that reprove answer, how this covenant can come again to the JEWS, to graft them into the vine again, without its being life from the dead? When men begin to bring forward their arguments, they will find I shall bring forth mine, and prove my Gospel true: For GOD hath concluded them all in unbelief, that HE might have mercy upon all."
And I am now answered, that impostors will arise, saying that they are the women; and they might succeed in deceiving, if the Lord had not worked a way to prevent them, by the three signs, which I am now ordered to put in print. Therefore, to prevent all imposition that may be attempted upon the Hebrews, I here give notice, for them not to receive any person who may come to them in the name of JOANNA SOUTHCOTT; unless they can prove that she stands on the will of the late James Cosins, and can produce the probate of his will. I shall here state the particulars. In the summer of 1812,
Mr. James Cosins informed me that he should bequeath part of his property to me; and if he found himself ill, and sent for Underwood, she was to attend him; as he should appoint her Executrix. On the 15th of November following, he sent for her. As he was judged to be dying, she attended, and found him very ill, but a little recovered. He desired her to attend the next day, with two witnesses, as he had not made his will. The friends with him did not suppose that he would live till the following day; but the next morning I was answered that he would live to do the will of the Lord on his dying bed; for the Lord would raise him up to do it, and have mercy upon him.I went with the friends, as appointed, and found Mr. Cosins so much recovered, that he sat up in his bed and wrote his will with his own hand, in the presence of the witnesses. After it was signed, he delivered it into my hands, and said, "I die happy in this faith; but should not in any other." He made his will on the 16th November, and died on the 17th. The will runs as follows, after bequeathing some legacies"The remaining part of my property, under every description whatever, and wheresoever, I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Joanna Southcott, Miss Jane Townley, and Mrs. Ann Underwood, for their sole use." Therefore, this is placed as a sign, that no one is to be received, coming in my name, without they can produce the probate of such will, proved at Doctorsí Commons, dated the 5th of January, 1813.
I am likewise ordered to print the Register of my age:"Joanna, Daughter of William and Hannah Southcott, baptized the sixth day of June, 1750."as appears by the Register of Baptisms of Ottery St. Maryís Parish, Devon.
The above Register was taken out the 6th of May, 1810. I was born in April, but do not know the day of the month.
Another sign I am ordered to mention. There have been many impostors who have gone about in London, whose scandalous conduct, and calling themselves Joanna Southcott, have caused much mockery to my friends; and being misrepresented in various ways, I was inclined to have my likeness taken, in order to expose these false misrepresentations, when I should be no more. I was answered, it was the will of the Lord that it should be done. Mr. Sharp took my likeness, and engraved it. In it I had the Bible placed before me, as opened by me promiscuously to the two last chapters of Isaiah.
These three signs are placed, in order that the Hebrews may not be imposed upon by any arts, that may be practised; as they are to receive no woman as Joanna Southcott, or coming from Joanna Southcott, unless she can produce the above documents, and bring Mr. Sharp to prove it is the woman he took the likeness from.
And now let them observe the following directions.
"Let thy friends, wherever thy books are sold, send this book to the principal person of the Jews, in the place where they reside; and let the Jews assemble themselves together, and weigh it with attention, and pass their judgment on it; and let them give in their answer, in person, to thy friend who shall have sent the book, that thy friend may write down their answer for thee; for no letters must be sent to thee from any one, but thy friends; for if that were granted, impostors would write, and all manner of letters would be sent.
"If the Jews are convinced from this book, that a Child is born, as mentioned in the book, and they receive him as their Prince, they will have further directions from the friends who send them the book; and when the *Child is born, it is those friends that will make it known to them. So they must not trust to any one, but the persons that send the book, and they will let them see thy likeness."
The contents of this book are taken from Joanna Southcottís mouth by me,
Witness JANE TOWNLEY.
Thursday, March 10, 1814.
* The mystery of the birth of the Child will be made clear on the examination of the Box of Sealed Writings by the Bishops.
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