ANSWER of the LORD to the HEBREWS.
"Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel; and answer for thyself to the Laws of Moses."
"Now let them be strict to observe all the Laws which I gave to Moses, if they expect deliverance from them; and let them look to the sixteen verses, and see all the curses which Moses pronounced against them, if they departed from his commandments."
"So if they will be judged by the Laws of Moses, then by his Laws they shall be judged. For, if they had their houses full of gold and silver, they shall never be restored to the promised land, without they keep every command of Moses perfectly."
Come to their other Prophets:
Isaiah liii. 6.
"The Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all."
Zechariah xii. 10.
"They shall look upon ME whom they have pierced."
"Thus are TWO THINGS set before the HEBREWS; let them choose which they will; either to keep the COMMANDMENTS of MOSES perfectly; or to ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS, as spoken by the Prophets."
I SHALL begin this Book with the following, which was inserted in the Observer Newspaper of April 3, 1814.
Questions put to the professors of religion, who have condemned Joanna Southcottís last Book.
I am informed, from my last publication, announcing the coming of SHILOH, to gather the Jews and restore them to the Promised Land, by a SECOND SON being born, by the power of the MOST HIGH, that it is by some called blasphemy; that others say, it makes JESUS CHRIST an insufficient SAVIOUR, and that they want no more Saviours; and that others say, the doctrine of the Millennium is doubtful.
As to these people I am answered, that it is for want of understanding the true meaning of the Scriptures, that such wrong judgment is drawn by them; therefore they are referred to the following passages in the Gospel:
John, ii. 1921. "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.He spake of the temple of his body."
John, x. 17, 18. "I lay down my life, that I might take it again. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."
"Now let those who reprove answer, from the words of the Jews, Matthew, xxvii. 4047, HOW I can come down from the Cross, to do away the shame that was cast upon ME, being condemned as a guilty malefactor. Can I prove the power, which I said, in the days of the flesh, I had got, as being the SON of GOD, before I have shewed that power, in raising up a Body in the likeness that I laid down?
"Let this be answered by the sons of men,
and I shall answer thee again. Let them prove my Gospel true; or let them acknowledge that they do not believe it, until I have fulfilled my words, in raising the TEMPLE which the Jews destroyed, by my own power, and not by the power of man. Let them answer, how they make ME a sufficient SAVIOUR, if I have not power, in the end, to fulfil my words? And, let them prove when SHILOH came to gather together the outcasts of Israel, and fulfilled Jacobís dying words. This I never promised to accomplish, till my second coming, that the SON of MAN should be revealed, whom I should raise up in the last days. And let them answer, who is the COMFORTER, whom I said I should send, that when HE came HE should reprove the world of sin? And who is the COMFORTER who I said should come, if they deny a SECOND SON? Because then they deny my second coming.
"I shall contend with men that contend with thee, until I have shamed all that shame thee, and confounded all that confound thee; unless it be those who are void of understanding, whom nothing can shame: for now the wisdom of Solomon will be proved, in all the proverbs he spake to men.
"This is the answer of the Lord to thy accusers, and not thine, and which must go into the paper: for, in condemning thee, they must condemn me likewise." JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.
Saturday, April 2, 1814.
The following is the answer of the Jews, at Birmingham, to the Book sent to them.
"She has begun with a wrong set of people; for, according to what Moses said to the children of Israel, Beware of false prophets; for they will give you signs and tokens, which shall absolutely
come true; but believe them not; for it is the Lord that tries you, to see whether you are true to your God, and to God only: for we do believe only in one God, and no Trinity whatsoever."
THE ANSWER OF THE SPIRIT.
"Now I shall answer thee, from the words of Moses to the children of Israel, in the chapter he mentioned to thee, saying, if "the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet."Deuteronomy, xiii. But to the words of that prophet, by signs and wonders, worked by enchantment, did they turn away from the LIVING GOD, and followed after other gods to their hurt. For now I shall shew them what their forefathers were: as soon as they had seen my power, in delivering them from the hand of Pharaoh, and the hard bondage they complained of, how soon did they say unto Aaron, "Make us Gods, which shall go before us: for, as for this MOSES, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him!"Exodus, xxxii. Let them see from this chapter, how soon Moses was forgotten, who delivered them; and how soon the power of the Most High was forgotten, who wrought their deliverance by the hand of Moses. Let them look to the molten calf, which Aaron made for them: and they said, "These be thy Gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." These were the gods which the Lord forbade them to follow after; or to worship any graven images, or the works of menís hands, that they set up to worship. This MOSES forbade them;
but this they followed on to do, like the heathens, whom the Lord drove out before them, that offered up their sons and daughters to devils; the children of Israel corrupted themselves in the like manner as the heathens had done, by offering up their sons and daughters unto devils, but not to the Lord. These were the signs and wonders that I forbade, which they had learned in the land of Egypt. And let them look back to Pharaoh, what signs and wonders he shewed in Egypt, by the enchantment of his magicians, in many of the likenesses of Moses; for, by witchcraft, signs and wonders were wrought in their days; and so they will find, in all nations amongst the heathens, that signs and wonders might be shewn by enchantment, while Satanís power remaineth; because he can shew his power in men who give themselves up to worship him. And those heathen nations whom the Lord cast out had given themselves up to worship the devil; and therefore Moses gave them a strict command, that they should not follow after their gods, nor worship them; that there was no god for them to worship, but the GOD of HEAVEN and EARTH, who created MAN and breathed in him the breath of life, that he became a living soul: and that soul is required of the Lord to worship his Creator, who made him at first. But let them see how they departed from that command, which was given by Moses; let them trace the reign of their kings throughout, and what abominations were committed in Israel; let them see the end of Solomonís reign, and how greatly the kingdom was rended from him.
2 Kings, xvi. 14. When Ahaz began to reign over Judah, he did not do as his father David had done: "But he walked in the ways of the kings
of Israel; yea, and made his sons to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel. And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree." These were the gods that they worshipped, whom MOSES forbade.
2 Kings, xvii. 16, 17. "And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divinations and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger."
"Here were the signs and wonders, wrought by enchantment, which the LORD forbade by MOSES; and this brought on their destruction.
Psalm, cvi. 3739. "Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions."
"These were the gods that they set up, by signs and lying wonders, and forgot the GOD of heaven, who delivered their fathers out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage; and brought upon themselves all the evils which Moses warned them of. And now I say with Moses, I set before them TWO THINGS, choose which they will, the LAW of MOSES, or the GOSPEL of CHRIST. If they say, "We reject the GOSPEL; we believe in GOD the Creator of the
universe, a ONE GOD, as spoken by Moses; but we will not believe in any MEDIATOR, that shall stand between GOD and MAN; therefore, we will choose the LAWS of MOSES but not the GOSPEL." Then my answer is this to the Hebrews; let them look to all the commands which Moses gave them, and let them strictly observe to do them; let them look to the ten commandments, and see if they have never broken them; let them look to all the rules which Moses laid before them; and now let them strictly observe to do them, if they will enter into the Promised rest. For, if they say they will be judged by the LAW, then by the LAW they shall be judged; and Moses will come as a swift witness against them, that they have broken all his statutes, and in all the judgments which he laid before them. So now it is time for the Jews to turn away from every evil of sin, and be strict observers of the LAW; or how will they stand in the great day of the LORD, to be judged by the LAWS of MOSES? Here I tell them, they will tremble, and every face must gather paleness, when I come as a swift witness against them, to judge them from the laws of Moses. If they choose to be judged thereby, thereby they shall be judged; and then let them judge for themselves, what their end must be, when all the laws, like bills of indictment, will come strongly against them, one after the other, if they will not trust in any MEDIATOR to plead their cause, as MOSES did.
Exodus, xxxii. 714. "And the Lord said unto Moses, go, get thee down: for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf,
and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, these be thy gods, in original O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a greater nation. And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt, with great power, and with a mighty hand? Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, for mischief did he bring them out to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land, that I have spoken of, will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the Lord repented of the evil, which he had thought to do unto his people."
"Here, in the figure of MOSES, stands the MESSIAH; here stands the MEDIATOR and the REDEEMER. Are they vain and simple enough, to believe that the GOD of the whole earth, the great I AM, the CREATOR of the universe, should condescend to speak to dust and ashes, unto Moses, as a man, to say, Let ME alone that my wrath may wax hot against them? What power had MOSES to stay the hand of the wrath of GOD? And should MOSES dare to plead with his MAKER and his CREATOR, that he had more wisdom than the MOST HIGH, to ask what would become of HIS great name? to tell HIM what the
Egyptians would say, and remind HIM of HIS promise made to their forefathers? Did not the LORD know all THIS, as well as Moses, and all the promises HE had made? Should MAN dare thus to contend with his MAKER, who was provoked to anger by their provocations? MOSES dared not thus to plead, if a Mediator between GOD and MAN had not at that time put the words in the mouth of MOSES, to plead in the Lordís stead. Let them look to the beginning.
Genesis, i. 26."And God said, Let us make man in our image." "Let them answer, unto whom the Lord was speaking? Will they say, the LORD placed himself with the ANGELS, that HE had no ONE to commune with, or to take counsel with, higher than them? O, vain and simple men! If I placed TWO for companions on EARTH, male and female, to commune together; then, let them know, there are TWO in HEAVEN to commune together likewise, which are the FATHER and the SON: and, in the SON the LOVE was placed, to pity the fallen race of men; and, there the PROMISE was made in the Fall, that my HEEL should be bruised for the transgression of MAN, to bruise the head of the serpent in the end; which is to destroy the works of the devil, that they offered up their sons and daughters to. And now let them answer, who is the HOLY ONE of the LORD, that is spoken of throughout the prophets?
Isaiah, v. 24, 25. "Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the HOLY ONE of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them; and the
hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets: for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. And he will lift up an ensign to the nations."
"Now let them look to the time of their destruction, when they despised the words of the HOLY ONE sent unto them, and cast away the law of the LORD. But where is the ENSIGN set up for the nations from far? And here let them discern the time that I have said the ENSIGN shall be set up far from Jerusalem, where I was put to death by the unbelieving Jews.
Isaiah, xli. 13, 14. "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not: I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel. I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy REDEEMER, the HOLY ONE of Israel."
"Now let them answer, who is the REDEEMER, whom they will place to the HOLY ONE of Israel? and who is the JACOB here spoken of, and Israel that shall trust in the REDEEMER, the HOLY ONE of Israel? Will they answer, it is the JEWS, if they stand out now through unbelief? And look to the prophetís words further.
Verse 16. "Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the HOLY ONE of Israel."
"Now let them look back to the LAWS of Moses, which they have broken throughout; and the ten commandments they have broken them all; then, who is the HOLY ONE of Israel, that shall redeem them, if they do not look upon HIM whom they have pierced? Let them hear and understand the words of their prophets.
Verses 20, 21. "That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the
hand of the LORD hath done this, and the HOLY ONE of Israel hath created it. Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob."
"Who is the KING of JACOB? Is there now a king in Israel? Is there a holy man amongst them, that hath kept the laws undefiled? All the Jews must answer, no: there is not such a holy man amongst them. Let them answer the words of the prophet.
Verses 2628. "Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? Yea, there is none that sheweth; yea, there is none that declareth; yea, there is none that heareth your words. The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them, and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. For I beheld, and there was no man, even amongst them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word."
"Now come to Bradleyís letter, of the other Jew."
Mr. Bradley says, he informed a Jew that there was good news for their people; for the MESSIAH would soon come. He answered him with vehemence, "Then it will be bad news for you Christians; for you will all be cut off."
"Then now let him look to the words of the Prophet.
Isaiah, lxi. 8, 9. "I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering, and I will direct their works in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed."
"Here let this wise Jew answer, how the seed of the JEWS came among the GENTILES, but from the GOSPEL? They that believed among the Jews were separated from their brethren, as Joseph was; and they became Christians, and turned to the Gentiles. Here the seed of the Jews began to mix with the Gentiles: and let them remember how many thousands of the Hebrews, at that time, believed in the Gospel, and were called Christians, instead of Jews; and let them consider, that, for more than eighteen hundred years, the seeds have been increasing amongst the Gentiles; therefore ye cannot tell from what stock ye all sprung, since the converted Jews turned to the Gentiles. But now is the time that the seed will be known; because those who proceed from FAITH, from the converted Jews, will now rejoice in the Lord, as is spoken by the words of the prophet.
Verses 10, 11. "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
"Now let him answer, from the words of the prophet, how the Christians and the Gentiles can be cut off, that do believe in the Gospel, and the fulfilment, according to the words of the prophets? Then the Scriptures must be null and void, if they are cut off, who are now looking for the fulfilment.
"Let them look to Isaiah, xxv. 8, 9.
"He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
"When were these words fulfilled by the unbelieving Jews, who now stand out in unbelief? But let them see from the desire of the Christians, who are longing and waiting for the salvation of the Lord, looking for his coming to swallow up death in victory, it is by them the words are fulfilling. So let them not say that the Christians will be cut off, at the coming of the Lord, whom they are waiting for. But now I will tell them who will be cut off: those who reject the GOSPEL, and put their trust in the LAWS of MOSES; if they do not keep those laws perfect and holy before GOD, then MOSESí LAWS are a swift witness against them, and they will be cut off according to his words.
Deuteronomy, xxvi. 16. "This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice."
"Now let them answer, if all this is done by them: will not conscience now condemn them, that the Laws of Moses are witness against them? And let them look to the 28th chapter, how great were the promises made to the Hebrews, if they kept all the laws which Moses gave them: and let them look to the 15th verse. "But it
shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments, and all his statutes, which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee." Then let them see the chapter to the end, and see what room they have to boast that they shall not be cut off: if they rely upon the LAWS of MOSES, and do not keep them, then their condemnation is sure. So now is the time for all men to fix, which they will look untothe promises of GOD, made in the GOSPEL, or the LAWS of MOSES.
John, i. 17. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
John, iii. 1417. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
Psalm, xl. 68. "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt-offering and sin-offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of ME, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."
Isaiah, i. 11, 12. "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. When ye come to appear before ME,
who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts?"
"Now I shall answer thee. For the burnt-offerings of rams, and of lambs, and of the beasts, were but types and shadows, to be done away. The two types stand for the end: the sin-offerings and the peace-offerings. But these offerings did not do away the sins of the people; and therefore I said, Lo, I come to do thy will, O GOD; to give up my life as a sacrifice for the redemption of man. For know I told thee, in the Fall, Adam cast the blame upon his Creator, for giving him the woman; and that blame I said I would bear, to die for the transgression of man, to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman, to prove the just judgments of God in the end; that if I suffered for the woman, as she betrayed the man; so, in like manner, shall Satan be cast out, that betrayed the woman: and this is the just will of God, to take away the evil and establish the good, that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of the living God.
"And now I shall answer further, why it was the will of GOD that I should take MANíS nature upon ME: it was that I might be a clear and just judge for man, in all things: but I ask mankind, how JEHOVAH, the Creator of the universe, who was never touched with the infirmities of men, could be a clear judge, to pity their weakness, their infirmities, and their temptations, to show them any mercy in the end, if I had not taken manís nature upon ME? But know what is written concerning Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis, xviii. 2022. "And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether
according to the cry of it, which is come up unto ME; and if not, I will know."
"Here let men answer, why I said I would go down to know, and not trust the report which the angels brought?
"Now I shall begin to throw open the Bible, which stands in figures throughout for the end: for neither the Law nor the Gospel have ever been kept aright by men; because of the various temptations men are liable to; and therefore I came down to know all the temptations they had to go through, as I said by Sodom and Gomorrah, I will go down and see. But now come to the creations upon the earth: have I not ordered that kings and rulers, judges and counsellors, should be placed upon the earth, to rule by the Lord? And as I have placed this on the earth; do men simply suppose that JAH JEHOVAH, the mighty GOD of Jacob, did not create ONE above the ANGELS, to do the WILL of GOD, and be a counsellor with him in heaven; ONE in whom he could confide? But know it is written, he chargeth his angels with folly. Now, from the earth, judge the heavens, how things are presented from one to the other, before they are brought unto your kings and princes; and know in what manner I have compared the kings to a likeness of the King of kings, and Lord of lords: and now I ask mankind, if the prince takes away the power of the king, so long as the king reigneth? or do the prince and king make two kings? In thy heart thou answerest, no: then, from this likeness, let them judge the FATHER and the SON, and know it is but one GOD, and one MEDIATOR between God and man. Do not the sons of your kings go out to war against his enemies? but does that take the power from the king, or his honour from him, because he sends his sons to fight the battles in his stead?
And where they gain the victory, doth not the king gain the honour and glory, from the victory which his sons have gained? Here let men see the parable clear; then they will see that there are not two GODS, but one GOD; not two LORDS, but one LORD; that the SON doth not take the honour from the FATHER, any more than a prince doth from the king: but he that giveth no honour to the prince, cannot give honour to his father; and the king would be angry to see his son despised. This I have made plain before mankind, to shew them plainly the truth of the Prophets, and the truth of my Gospel, which all mankind shall find is true.
"And now I will shew thee how all stand in figures, in types, and shadows, for the end. The great promise was made to Abraham, when he offered up his son Isaac, as a sacrifice, by Godís command: for though I prevented him from slaying his son, yet, in heart it was done by him; because he would have laid his hand upon the son and slain him, if the Lord had not sent the angel to prevent him. See the promise. Genesis, xxii. 1618. "By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son; that in blessing, I will bless theeand in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: because thou hast obeyed my voice."
"But no more than Isaac was made the sacrifice, no more have these promised blessings ever yet taken place upon the earth: but know I came to be the ISAAC that was offered up as a sacrifice for sin. Then let them look to the xxvith chapter, and see the promise made to Isaac.
Verses 3, 4. "I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which
I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
"Here let men see in what manner this type and this shadow stand; then they must know that the true ISAAC must appear, who was offered up, before these blessings can take place, to bring in a SEED of FAITH, like the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and then the seed of faith will remain: for I shall destroy the enemy that soweth the tares amongst the wheat: and I shall bring in all these blessings, that are promised throughout the Scriptures. This will I fulfil, when I have set my KING upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psalm, xxi. 1, 2."The King shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heartís desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips."
"Here the Psalms of David stand as figures for the end, though judged by mankind that they alluded to David: but was David that King of glory, who is written of in the Psalms?
Psalm, xxiv. 710."Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory."
"Now let the Jews answer, who is the HOLY ONE of Israel, spoken of throughout the Psalms, and throughout their Prophets?
Isaiah, lv. 5, 6."Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the HOLY ONE of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near."
Isaiah, xlix. 7."Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his HOLY ONE, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the HOLY ONE of Israel, and he shall choose thee."
"Let them answer, who is the HOLY ONE, spoken of by the Prophets? There is ONE GOD, and his name ONE; and there is one LORD, the HOLY ONE of Israel; and his name ONE. So there is but ONE GOD as they allow; yet there is the HOLY ONE of Israel, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, whom they must now look unto to the ends of the earth, if they will be saved. For the laws of Moses condemn them all; and as a swift witness he will come against them, that they cannot answer one word of a thousand, to justify themselves in keeping his commandments. So if I try them by the laws of Moses, then they are all cast and condemned.
"Here I shall leave thee for the present, of the Jews, and turn to the Gentiles, who profess to believe in my Gospel, and no more discern what they believe, to be redeemed by my power, and to be saved with an everlasting salvation, according to my Gospel;those who say all is finished, no more discern what they are to be saved by, than the Jews discern how they can be saved by the laws of Moses.
"And now I shall answer thee from their saying, if they believe in my visitation to thee, that a SECOND SON is to be born in a likeness of the FIRST, then JESUS CHRIST must be an insufficient SAVIOUR. To their folly I now tell thee and all mankind, that an insufficient Saviour they have
made of ME, and an insufficient Saviour I must be, if I have not power to raise a body in my own likeness, to reign upon this earth, with my faithful friends and followers, when I bring in the redemption of man; for they will all find, that as wrong as they drew their judgment of thee, saying, thou art an impostor, which is a thing impossible for man to prove; fully as wrong they have drawn their judgment of ME and my Gospel, which man cannot prove to be true, without my raising up a BODY to be glorified, here on earth, in the likeness of what I laid down for man. Now come to my Gospel: Luke, xxi. 24 verse, to the end. Are not the Jews scattered in all nations? Is not Jerusalem trodden down of the Gentiles? not the Gentiles that are become Christians, because these are the Gentiles that must be fulfilled. Now let them answer, what is the meaning of being fulfilled, and what were the signs that I spoke of the end. Let them look to all nations, and see what hath followed since my visitation to thee in ninety-two: and remember the words and the tidings which the angels brought.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 32.
"What good news the angels bring!
What glad tidings of our King!
Christ descending from his throne
To bring his Fatherís glory down."
"Now look to my Gospel. Luke, xxi. 27, 28."Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
John, xxi. 22."Jesus saith unto him, if I will
that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me."
Acts, i. 611. "When they were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto ME, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And, while they looked stedfastly towards heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner."
"Now let them answer, in what likeness the Disciples saw ME? When the cloud covered ME, they could see nothing but the cloud; and in like manner the angels told them I should come again; and this is the meaning of my words in my Gospel, of coming in a cloud, with power and great glory; and so, like a cloud, I have overshadowed thee; for though my power is seen like a cloud, and to thee the power is felt, yet from all am I concealed from your sight. And this is the perfect manner I said I should return to bring in the redemption of man; and, if I have not power this to accomplish, then, an insufficient SAVIOUR they must make of ME; to lay a foundation that I cannot complete its building; for an insufficient Saviour I am made by all sects and parties; and this I said I should find at
my second coming. What insufficient Saviour do the Calvinists make of ME, that I can save none but those that were elected before the foundation of the world! Then to what purpose was my coming to save those that were saved before? For, by their doctrine, they could not be lost; and by their doctrine they must judge that an unwise God was the Creator of the universe, to make a decree, in every age of the world, that some were elected to be saved, that they could not be lost; and others were reprobated to be lost, that they could not be saved; and yet they presumptuously say, it pleased GOD to put his own SON to a shameful death, to lay on him the iniquities of all; and to suffer persecution to this day, for the sake of the men whom HE had ordained should not be lost; when I said in my Gospel, I came to seek and to save that which was lost! Here is the blindness and ignorance of men; so that an insufficient Saviour I am made by them.
"And now I shall come to another class of people, who say they are saved by their own righteousness, their own merit, and their own goodness; that they are all righteous within, that they are all holy, that they are all pure, that all Christís righteousness is within them. So by their own merit they are saved; then to what purpose was my shedding my blood for them, if their own goodness saves them?
"But now I shall come further to their saying that I am an insufficient SAVIOUR, if I fulfil my Gospel the way I have revealed to thee; but I tell thee, if I do not fulfil it this way, an insufficient Saviour I must be to convince the Jews, convince the Deists and Atheists, convince the Arians, and those who say that my mother was an harlot, and that I was a bastard. Thus I have
not yet shewn my power sufficient enough to convince any of their errors, that now stand out in unbelief. As my ways and my wisdom are called blasphemy, by the boasters of religion, and taken in question by them; then now I call them forward to shew their wisdom and their power, to convince these blasphemers, of every sect and party, whether they mock the Gospel, or whether they mock the Prophets; let men shew their sufficiency, from the Gospel and from the Prophets, to convince mankind of their errors; or let them stop their blasphemy that they are daily committing, in the manner they are speaking against my visitation to thee. Let them prove the time that ever the words of the Prophets were fulfilled, which I ordered thee to bring together in thy last book; let them not say it was thy opinions, or thy notions; because it was my command to thee, to bring them forward, in the manner they are placed together; and the manner they are explained was not from thy wisdom, but mine; not from thy understanding, but my directions; for it was I revealed the sense and meaning of them.Now let them answer, from their wisdom, WHO is the SON of MAN that I said should be revealed, and in what HE should be revealed? Let them answer, who is the SON of MAN coming in a cloud with power and great glory, for men to expect their redemption to draw near? Let them answer the meaning of these words:
Luke, xxi. 35, 36. "For as a snare it shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the SON of MAN."
"Here let them answer the meaning of the words,
who is the SON of MAN, that as a snare is here meant, that they cannot understand? But if they blame my explanation to thee, let them shew their wisdom, to prove my Gospel true another way. And let them see, throughout the land, the blasphemy spoken against the Scriptures; and how it is out of the power of men to prove the Scriptures true, to shame and confound these blasphemers. This sufficiency is not in man; for insufficient are their ways, insufficient is their wisdom, their knowledge, or their understanding, and insufficient is their power. But now I shall shew the full sufficiency of my power and wisdom, to save to the utmost all nations, kindred, and people, to bring them to the knowledge of the LIVING GOD; that the kingdoms of this world might become the kingdoms of the living God, for every knee to bow to ME. Have I yet taken my great power, to reign and rule over the hearts of men? This sufficiency is behind; but this is the time that they will see the sufficiency of my power to destroy those my enemies that would not that I should come and reign over them, by raising up a BODY in the likeness of what I laid down. But do men simply suppose, that I shall leave the glories of heaven, to come down and dwell with men upon earth, because I have not power to raise my likeness, in my name, and in my stead? Let them answer the words in the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts, iii. 19."Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and HE shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things."
"Now let them answer, with all their boasted
wisdom, what is the meaning of the Apostleís words? what are the times of refreshing, to come from the presence of the Lord? and what is the meaning of sending JESUS CHRIST, to raise up a Prophet, according to the words of Moses? The Apostles did not understand what they wrote, any more than thou hast understood what thou hast written. If they had understood, they would have known, in the end, that I should raise up my likeness, greater than MOSES, to be a Prophet, Priest, and King, to lead the people in the last days. But what likeness of MOSES was there in ME? Did I deliver the people from the hands of their enemies? did I establish them in any promised land, when I became flesh and blood and dwelt with men? Let them prove that this was done; and let them prove the time and season that the words of the Prophets have been fulfilled, in the chapters I pointed out to thee. This is impossible for them to prove; then now I ask them, where is my merit, where is my wisdom, or where is my power, to fulfil the words I said in my Gospel, that I came not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil them? And thou hast faith enough to believe in my sufficiency, my power, and my goodness, that what I have said I have power to fulfil, and to complete the foundation that I laid in the beginning. Because I have told thee, from my first coming, it was to die for the transgression of man, to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman; and, by the Gospel, to prepare the way, to make the path straight in the wilderness, that they may see, in the end, the way I meant to visit again, to set my SON on the holy hill of Zion. For, I now tell thee and all mankind, the Gospel is much plainer to be understood, in what manner my Second Coming would be, than my
First was from the Prophets.Let them answer from the words of Paul, how GOD shall send forth his SON made of a WOMAN? WHO is the SON that is to be revealed in the last days? WHO is the LORD GOD that is to dwell amongst mankind? What remains to be testified in due time? I now tell thee, the blindness of the professors of religion wrest the Scriptures to their own condemnation; because they deny the truths they contain; and by saying they are fulfilled, when they are not, they strengthen the hands of evil doers to go on in unbelief.
"Now come to the words I spoke to thee this morning, that I should descend from the Cross, and build up the temple, which the Jews destroyed in ME.
Matthew, xxvii. 3943. "They that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, thou that destroyest the Temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests, mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the Cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will save him: for he said, I am the Son of God."
"Now I shall answer thee, from the language of mankind, and from the words I said to thee in the morningIf I am the SON of GOD, this year will I come down from the Cross, by producing a BODY like my OWN, by producing LIFE as I laid down, by placing a CHILD in the midst of them; and whosoever receiveth the CHILD, receiveth ME; and whosoever rejecteth the CHILD, rejecteth ME. And I shall explain to thee the meaning, why I said, come down from the Cross; as thou sayest in thy heart,
I was then taken down from the Cross, and after that ascended to glory, from the account given by my disciples. But know, the Cross stood as a disgrace, that as a malefactor I was put to death, and with malefactors I expired on the Cross; so that my honour still stands as one stained with guilty blood, that men by repentance have not done away; neither have the eyes of their understanding been opened to see it was in love to man, that I submitted to the death of the Cross; but how was that love mocked and despised by the Jews! how were my disciples put to death, for bearing testimony of ME, as the SON of GOD, to do away the stain of sin in the end! But who believed their report? See the nations everywhere: am I not looked upon as a malefactor, and the Cross stained with guilty blood? Is not this the language of the Jews? Do they not mock and despise my Gospel? Is not the language of their hearts now as it was in days of oldWe have a law, and by that law he ought to die? Know the letter that Bradley sent thee; then, from them, I still stand on the Cross as a guilty malefactor, to be put to death.
"Now come to the Christians, in your own land, who call themselves Christian, by the Gospel; and do they not say, that the Virgin Mary was a whore? that her son was a bastard? Is there not worse said by the professors of religion, than by the Deists and Atheists, who place the Scriptures by the inventions of men? Thou knowest that Paine put all to menís invention: then, by them, the Cross stands stained with a malefactor; and it is in men I stand condemned; because it is looked upon as invention. But now come to those who profess to believe that there was a Gospel, that I was put to death for saying I was the SON of GOD; and my Disciples
blamed for believing my report, from the miracles I wrought. So that from men who so unjustly condemn, and do not believe I was the SON of GOD, I must now stand upon the Cross as a guilty malefactor, with eternal disgrace resting upon my memory, which I have not power to do away. So that if ye discern the language of menís hearts, every way and everywhere, I still stand on the Cross, as a guilty malefactor, justly condemned to die. For know I have told thee from the Calvinists, if they understood the doctrine which they preach, they make no more merit of my death, than the Jews, and the unbelieving world; for the way they have placed ELECTION and REPROBATION to be a fixed decree by the Lord, before the foundation of the world, to go on in every age, and yet my blood must be shed to justify the one, and condemn the other;now from such doctrine, saying, the Lord delights in such cruelty, it gives room for Satan to plead in men, that the Bible is an eternal disgrace to the Deity: and were it not for the blindness and ignorance of men, that the true knowledge and meaning of the Scriptures are reserved to the end, their sins would be of the blackest die, who place my Gospel this way. But know what I have told thee already, of ELECTION and REPROBATION: the ELECT was MAN, from the foundation of the world, and the reprobate was the devil, who first worked rebellion in heaven, and as soon as man was created, worked rebellion in man, when he had betrayed the woman, in the Fall: and it was to free man from the Fall that I suffered the death upon the Cross, to cast out the adversary that betrayed the WOMAN, that MAN might have hope in the end. But where is this doctrine preached? who points out my love to man, in the shameful death I died for them? who hath cleared
my honour, in submitting to the death upon the Cross? or who hath cleared the honour of God, to have this to be his will, that I should submit? In thy heart thou answerest, no man: for every doctrine thou hast deeply meditated upon; because I have called all things to thy remembrance; and thou hast said in thy heart, there is no way placed by man, which clearly proves the love of God in Christ Jesus, by the shameful manner I expired on the Cross. This thou hast been deeply pondering upon: because I have opened the eyes of thy understanding to see the madness and folly of these Gospel preachers, how they stain the honour of God, in my love to die for man, more than to clear my honour, to shew for what ends I gave up my life. So that, by every sect and party of religion, I still stand as a guilty malefactor, offered up upon the Cross; because my honour is stained by all.
"Now come to the ROMAN CATHOLICS, who trust in man for their salvation, for their pardons, to send them to heaven; then if man could pardon, what need I to die on the Cross? If man could save them with an everlasting salvation, and cast out their adversary that betrayed them, and bring in the redemption of man, then my Gospel must be null and void: madness and folly they must judge in the FATHER and the SON, for ME to submit to such a shameful death. And therefore I told thee, in the morning, I should come down from the Cross, and build up the TEMPLE of my BODY, which I said they should destroy, and I should raise it up again in three days. I have shewn thee already how I stand on the Cross, by every sect and party, with an accusation written, This is JESUS the KING of the JEWS. This was mocked when I was on the Cross, and now I have told them that I shall raise up a body that I laid down
for man, to fulfil the words which Pilate wrote; but then see the professors of religion; this is brought as an accusation against ME, as it was by the Jews, when I expired on the Cross. Therefore marvel not at the anger and indignation I worked in thy spirits, when they told thee the words which were spoken, that if I raised up ANOTHER, according to my Gospel, to reign with my people here upon earth, when I come to claim the kingdom I died to redeem; this they say makes ME an insufficient SAVIOUR: and this every sect and party have made ME; neither is it in the power of men to make ME a complete, sufficient Saviour and Redeemer, before I come in power to fulfil my Gospel, according to the plan laid before them. But now is the time they shall find that man hath made ME an insufficient SAVIOUR; but I will prove myself a complete SAVIOUR and REDEEMER to all them that will trust in ME, and believe in my Gospel, that GOD so loved the world that HE sent his SON, not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that I shall take away the sin of the world, and bring in that rest and peace that still remain for the children of God. And this is the way I shall come down from the Cross, by clearing my honour and love to mankind, in submitting to the death of the Cross; and which I know is impossible for men to clear: they cannot quench the flames of fire, that are burning with indignation in the hearts of men, set on by the devil; they cannot stop the mouths of lions, that are ready to tear and devour one the other, filled up with rage and fury; so that their malice cannot be stopped, neither can their mouths be shut, by any power or wisdom in men.
"But now I will tell thee how I shall gain the victory in warby fulfilling the words I said in
my Gospel, and the words which my accusers upbraided ME withThou that destroyest the TEMPLE and buildest it in three days, save thyself; if thou be the SON of GOD, come down from the Cross. And now I shall shew thee how I cannot come down from the Cross, to clear my honour amongst mankind, before I raise up a BODY, to be called the TEMPLE of the LIVING GOD, in the likeness of the BODY that I gave up on the Cross for man; and now is the time, I have told thee, that I shall shew my power amongst mankind, by the fulfilment of my Gospel.
"Now come to the words of John, xvi. 7."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."
"I have already explained to thee why I could not, in justice and honour, come to destroy the power of the devil, for betraying the WOMAN, before I had suffered for the transgression of MAN, who cast the blame on ME for giving him the WOMAN; and as by the Fall man brought himself under the power of the devil, which bringeth all miseries into the world, so by my death I shall destroy him that hath the power of death, which is the devil: because by his arts, in betraying the woman, he brought the sentence of death upon all mankind. And therefore I came that MAN might have life, and the sentence of death to be passed on him that caused the Fall: therefore I said, If I was lifted up, the prince of this world should be cast out; and I would draw all men unto ME.
"And now look to the words of John, xvi. 712. "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: of sin, because they believe not on ME; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now."
"Here let the Scribes and Pharisees appear, who boast of their profession of faith, in believing my Gospel, and boast of their wisdom and knowledge to understand my Gospel; let them answer, WHO I meant, that I said I would send unto you? and when HE comes, who is HE that can reprove the world of sin? This cannot be done by man. As my Gospel now stands, do not all professors of religion reprove one the other? do they not condemn the judgment one of another? Then how can they reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment? Where is the man upon earth who can come forward boldly this to do? Do not the professors of religion boast of their righteousness, and of the judgment they have of the Gospel? and yet they condemn one the other, from the different opinions there are in mankind. Like Babelís builders, they confound their speeches: then how can MAN reprove the world, before the COMFORTER comes, whom I said I would send unto you? and when he cometh, he will do what no MAN can do: because in HIM I shall prove the truth of my Gospel, that the TEMPLE of my BODY, which they destroyed, they will see I have power to raise up again a LIVING TEMPLE, in my likeness, to be the TEMPLE of the LIVING GOD. And this is the SPIRIT of TRUTH, which I said should guide you into all truths: for HE shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever HE shall hear, that shall HE speak: and HE will shew you things to come. Now let
men answer, when this SPIRIT ever appeared, that could guide men into all truths, that doth not speak of himself? for HE shall glorify ME; for HE shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you: all things that the FATHER hath, are mine; therefore I said, that HE shall take of mine, and shew it unto you. Now let men answer, when this COMFORTER ever appeared, with this knowledge and power from the FATHER? When I became flesh and dwelt with men, I spake of the FATHER, and spake of myself: for I said, before Abraham was I AM: I said, I was in the FATHER, and the FATHER in ME: that I come from God; I go to God. I spoke of the glory I had with the FATHER before the foundation of the world; but know, I told my disciples that the COMFORTER should come, if I went away: for their hearts were filled with sorrow at my telling them I should leave them; and therefore I told them I should send them a COMFORTER, which should be another in my stead, to abide with man for ever. Then, how can they prove my Gospel true, for the final day of judgment to take place, before I have fulfilled my words? And now is the time I shall fulfil them: for know I have told thee, the BODY I shall raise up is the SPIRIT of TRUTH to fulfil my words. But HE cannot speak of himself; because it is I have spoken of him: and when HE cometh, HE will glorify the FATHER that sent him; because HE cannot bear testimony of himself; for it is my Gospel which beareth testimony of him, that I should send him before the end: and then HE can prove my Gospel true; and all his friends and followers can boldly come forward to join with him in the truth of my Gospel.
"Now look to John, xv. 25, 26. "But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled
that is written in their law. They hated ME without a cause. But when the COMFORTER is come, whom I will send unto you from the FATHER, even the SPIRIT of TRUTH, which proceedeth from the FATHER, HE shall testify of ME.
"Here men neither see nor understand what I said in my Gospel, as to WHO is the COMFORTER; WHO is the HE that I said should testify of ME, when HE did come. I said to my disciples, Ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with ME from the beginning: and they bore witness of my words, and of my sayings; and they bore witness of my miracles; they bore witness of my death, and resurrection; and they bore witness of the power I gave them, and warned their hearers to be waiting for my coming, without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews, ix. 28. "Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall HE appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
"This no man can explain, by his own wisdom; but I shall explain it to thee. When I took manís nature upon ME, I was subject to men, and not MEN to ME: and I bore their sins with my own body on the Cross; for, as a sinner, I was condemned to die by man; and as a sinner I now stand condemned, as a guilty malefactor on the Cross; then now I ask, by the wisdom of man, how I can appear the second time without sin unto salvation? Were I to call the day of judgment now, should I not stand condemned by the Jews and Gentiles, that there was no truth in my Gospel, no truth in my Disciples? All that I have brought forward to thee would be pointed out by mankind, as is already done by Deists, Atheists, and Arians; then now let mankind answer, how I can appear the second time without
sin unto salvation, before I have fulfilled my own word, and the words of mine Apostles? Were I now to come, with saints and angels, to bring in the day of judgment, as the Scriptures now stand, the Prophets, and the Apostles, must all be found liars, and my sayings false, as the fulfilment thereof cannot be proved: for men and devils would rise up against the Scriptures; and where is the man who could prove them true? And therefore, the wisdom of men can never clear my honour as a God. For I shall now shew thee the folly in men, who boast of their belief in the Gospel, and expect the day of judgment to come before they can prove any truth that is fulfilledonly my disciples being put to death, and the Jews scattered in all nations: and now they deny the SPIRIT of TRUTH, where more truths have followed, that can be pointed out from my visitation to thee, than they can prove from the Gospel, that ever have yet taken place.
"So if the SPIRIT of TRUTH be denied, my Gospel is denied throughout. I have already explained to thee how my disciples bore witness of ME; because they had been with ME from the beginning; but now I shall come to the present day; for these are my disciples, and these are my witnesses, who have been with thee from the beginning, who know the warning I have given them, that my SECOND COMING was nigh, that the SPIRIT of TRUTH should come to guide them into all truths.
"Now come to the Prophecies I gave to thee. Answer of the Lord, page 105.
"Theyíll find the SPIRIT and the BRIDE are
Theyíll find the ROOT of DAVID to appear,
And then the MORNING STAR, you may see clear,
Is with the EVENING STAR arose to shine;
The nightís approaching, and the day decline,
For Satanís kingdom for to govern here;
íTis MAN hath all to hope; but fools shall fear,
Who judge these things came from a Womanís hand,
Without the LORD, and in such order stand.
Then tell ME why such thoughts neíer came before,
To prove my Bible and to make it clear,
That every word thatís written there is true?
íTis more than any learned man can do,
To make my Bible clear, as thou hast done;
I ask, what rock this nation build upon,
If that my Bible they do all deny?
And now Iíll come to the weak faith of thee."
"Here let men mark when this was given and published in 1802; and let them compare this with what I have revealed to thee now of the COMFORTERíS coming; and let them look further to thy Sealed Prophecies. First Book, page 15, given in 1796.
"Let Jews and Gentiles both appear
The Bride must crown the end.
For if like man I do go on,
As VERY MAN to be;
I sure shall to the purpose come,
And strongly cleave to thee,
So wonder now and stand amazed,
Ye fools and slow of heart;
For on the WOMAN you may gaze,
But I shall take her part.
For all her friends she surely left,
To follow my command;
Then to her now Iíll strongly cleave:
Sheíth chose the better part."
"Now let them see in what manner I have spoken to thee in the likeness of my Gospel, to fulfil my Gospel. Know I said, as I came like MAN, so I said I should act like VERY MAN, and cleave to thee, to bring in the HEIR to my KINGDOM. Let them look to Page 96, of the same book.
"And as like MAN I did appear,
I say like MAN Iíll answer here:
You say the kings receive their crowns,
And ítis by heirship they are found;
Then tell ME where the heirs do come;
Is it from woman or from man?
Let all the learned men appear,
And tell ME if they bring the heirs,
From any law that they have got:
The mysteryís deep, beyond your thought.
I placed my Bible all like MAN,
That heaven and earth alike might come:
And now like MAN I do appear,
To prove the WOMAN brings the HEIRS,
That must possess my every crown;
And so the end shall now be found.
For if I ever join with man,
I said like him Iíd laid my plan:
And so my plan Iíve shewed it plain
Look deep ye learned sons of men."
"Now let them weigh these things together, in what manner, like my Gospel, I have spoken to thee; though not understood by thee, nor any of the believers, before my visitation came to thee in a manner that astonished thee, that in the like manner I was born of the Virgin Mary, as she was visited from on high, so thy visitation is now the same, to bring in the COMFORTER, that I said should proceed from the FATHER, that the FATHER would send him in my name:
"And now in my name all this is done.
Awake ye simple sons of men;
And now my Gospel you see clear,
The way that I must first appear,
To prove my Gospel all is true:
I call both Gentiles and the Jews
To answer now to my Gospela little while and ye shall not see ME; and again, a little while and ye shall see ME; because I go to the Father. Do ye inquire among yourselves of what I said, a little while and ye shall not see ME; and again, a little while and ye shall see ME? Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; but your sorrows
shall be turned into joy: a woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world: and ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. But did no one take the joy from the Disciples? was their sorrow turned into joy, when they saw ME expire on the Cross, when they were persecuted, and put to death? Read the life of my Disciples, and what they went through; did the COMFORTER then come? or did they see the MAN-CHILD born, that they should see my likeness again, in raising a body by my own power, in a likeness of the body I laid down for man? This was not seen by my Disciples; neither did any COMFORTER come to them: they had the COMFORT of the HOLY GHOST to strengthen and support them; and they felt the power of my SPIRIT to enable them to go through the persecution they had to go through; but the COMFORTER I mentioned, whom I should send unto you, is not yet come; but know, from the womanís travailing to be delivered of the CHILD, forgetting the anguish for joy that a man is born, is to shew mankind that this COMFORTER and SPIRIT of TRUTH must be born of a WOMAN, as I was born. And I do not tell thee that thy anguish will not be great in labour, before the Child is born: and now I shall shew thee the folly of the believers, who judge, because thy visitation is from the Lord, that thou wilt not suffer according to nature, as other women do, in child-bearing: because they judge that all pain will be taken from thee. And now I shall shew thee their folly: know what I said in this chapter, of forgetting
the anguish of her pain; know what I said of destroying the temple, and raising it in three days; then let no one marvel to see thee in great agonies of pain, till the third day appeareth. Know what I have said to thee already, that thou must suffer like thy MASTER for the stubborn sons of men; and know I have told thee that thy sufferings will paint mine to the life, when the Child is struggling in the womb to get life. This I have told thee already, that as I suffered for the transgression of MAN, in child-bearing thou wilt suffer for the transgression of the WOMAN; and therefore it is written, She shall be saved through child-bearing; and then the next enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
"So here let man discern my plan,
The way Iíll bring all round.
And now I ask thee, whereís the man
My wisdom shall confound?
For, in the end, ítis my intend
To make it out so clear,
That thereís no man on earth can stand
To prove thouírt guilty here
Of arts, or lies, or strange disguise,
As they do now condemn.
But they will find themselves unwise;
For I shall make it plain,
That every truth is found in thee,
My Gospel to fulfil:
But Satan is thy enemy;
And menís hearts I shall chill,
Who now go on by Satan strong,
And fill their tongues with lies.
I know the venom that is come,
And how the fools chastise:
With every art that hell hath got,
He now will work in man,
To say that thou wilt act that way,
That their deceit is known,
To place on thee, I now do see;
But Iíll confound the whole;
For like themselves they all judge thee,
Where Satanís rage doth fall.
"And therefore marvel not in thy heart, that I have told thee thy sufferings must be great; and thy danger of life will appear great: and this is the sorrow that thy friends and believers will feel, as I told thee, till the third day; for here is the TRANCE mentioned in thy writings; first the Trance of thy mind, from my visitation to thee at first; but the next comes when LIFE is brought into the world. And know what I have said in thy writings: Strange Effects of Faith, page 280.
"Then now ítis LIFE brings on the strife
Behold an INFANT cry,
The MOTHERíS pain doth all remain,
When it is brought so nigh."
"Now I shall answer thee from these words: Hadst thou understood them, thou wouldest have known that it was from a CHILD being made mention of to be born of thee, which would bring on strife and contention amongst mankind: and now thou wilt find, that strife and contention to rise high. See on the one hand what raptures of joy that the believers are filled with, to hear the glad tidings, that the PRINCE of PEACE will now be born, to fulfil the words of the Prophets, to be the COMFORTER I said in my Gospel; and to come according to the words of Paul.
1 Corinthians, iv. 5, 6."Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God. And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself, and to Apollos, for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men, above that which is written, that
no one of you be puffed up for one against another."
"Here Paul plainly saw that the Lord would come to bring to light the hidden things of darkness: for all my Gospel seemed hid in darkness to all my disciples; because none clearly understood in what manner I spoke of my Second Coming; nor in what manner I should fulfil the words of the Prophets; and therefore John the Baptist sent out his disciples to know if I was the CHRIST, or whether they should look for another. But know my answer to his inquiry: Tell John what ye yourselves have seen and heard. But I did not tell him whether they should look for another or not, that should come after ME, and be preferred before ME. For know, when I became flesh and dwelt with men, I was not preferred as a PRINCE, or a SAVIOUR, but was condemned to death as a guilty malefactor; but now the COMFORTER, whom I shall send in my name, will be preferred as a PRINCE and a SAVIOUR: and then the FATHER will be honoured for the SONíS sake; because they will see the truth of my Gospel.
"And now I shall answer the thoughts of thy heart. Thou sayest, it was John the Baptist that said, HE it is who cometh after me is preferred before me, whose shoe-latchet I am not worthy to unloose. Here I do not marvel that the words stumbled thee, of my placing his words to a likeness of myself; for then I must make the SON greater than the FATHER, and could not be the LAMB of GOD to take away the sin of the world. But I shall explain the sense and meaning thereof. Know that John and I came into the world nearly together, not long one after the other; and know what is written of John the Baptist in my Gospel.
Matthew, iii. 1."In those days came John
the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is HE that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."
"Now I shall answer thee of Johnís preaching, and of my coming in the fleshit was to lay the foundation, to prepare the way for ME to finish what I began. Two ways I was spoken of by the prophets, and therefore two ways they must be fulfilled. But now I ask mankind, from the prophets, whom they would receive as the SON of GOD? whom would they receive as the HOLY ONE of Israel? For though it is written, the LORD and his HOLY ONE; yet the HOLY ONE of GOD they would not permit, but judged their own selves to be the holy ones of Israel; and from this pride and vain boasting came their fall; and, instead of being the holy ones of Israel, they became an outcast nation. So that it is not from the Prophets that the LORD and his HOLY ONE will be received, but from the plan of my Gospel. I came to prepare the way, to make straight the path before mankind; and now I shall make it plain and straight before all men. I laid the foundation, I began the building of the house; but from the wisdom of men, all must say, that I began the building which I was not able to complete and finish. But know what I said of a king going to war.
Luke, xiv. 31."What king going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?"
"From these words I shall answer thee. It is not from the Prophets that I could meet the king,
with ten thousand to destroy his twenty thousand; this could not be done had I not come to lay the foundation, to shew in what manner I should return again, and how my Gospel stands to fulfil the Prophets in the end, and the Psalms of David, which never were fulfilled in man; but now I have told thee that they shall be fulfilled in the SON that shall be born of thee this year. For HE shall be the King that I shall enable, with ten thousand, to destroy those that rise up against him with twenty thousand. So that if his enemies be double at first; yet, I tell thee, one man shall chase a thousand, and two shall put ten thousand to flight at the last. For now I shall make my Gospel clear; and prove that this was the building, this was the tower, that I laid the foundation, for to raise it up in the end. But know how I was mocked on the Cross"Let him come down from the Cross, and we will believe him. He saved others, himself HE cannot save:" and to their mockery I gave up, and laid my plan to return again. And all shall find, that according to my Gospel is my return, to come down from the Cross, and raise the SON that now shall reign in DAVIDíS stead. But here I shall leave thee at present, from my Gospel, and come to the witness that my Disciples bore of ME.
Romans, i. 14."Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scriptures) concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."
Romans, ii. 1416."For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things
contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the works of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing, or else excusing one anotherin the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my Gospel."
Romans, iv. 1925. "And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarahís womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God: and being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."
Romans, viii. 1719, 3234, 39. "If children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of Godís elect? It is God that justifieth: who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand
of God, who also maketh intercession for us.Height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus."
Romans, xi. 25, 26. "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery (lest ye should be wise in your own conceits) 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."
Galatians, iv. 47. "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore, thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
1 Timothy, ii. 37. "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour: who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle (I speak the truth in Christ, I lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity."
Philippians, iii. 20, 21. "For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Philippians, ii. 1016. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."
1 Corinthians, i. 49. "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God, which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you. So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord."
Galatians, i. 8, 9. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach another Gospel unto you, than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
1 Thessalonians, v. 23."And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians, xiii. 9."For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away
childish things. Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know, even also as I am known."
"Now I shall answer thee from the words of Paul, which I ordered thee to place together, that men may see what Paulís preaching was, what Paulís Gospel was; that he said, if he, or an angel from heaven, preached any other Gospel, than he had preached, let him be accursed. I have ordered thee to bring this together, that men may consider what they do read; for I now tell thee, every one that denieth my coming, to bring in that PERFECT ONE which Paul speaks of, preaches another Gospel, and another doctrine, that was never taught by ME nor my Disciples. Let men look through all the epistles of Paul and Peter, James and John, and the Revelation throughout, and then they will find that a further revelation was to be given, how that PERFECT ONE would come: for already it is but in part that my Gospel hath been fulfilled. Now let men call reason to their assistance, and know, that, if Paul, from the abundance of revelation that was revealed to him, to know of my coming, and be looking for it, yet if he knew but in part, and prophesied but in part, because he knew not in what manner HE which is perfect should come to fulfil my Gospel, and the words of my Disciples, and do away that which is but in part;if Paul saw but through a glass darkly, after being visited by the Holy Ghost, and led powerfully by my Spirit, I now ask the professors of religion, how they can boast of their wisdom and knowledge, to say they know the whole, that they can see face to face, to understand how my Gospel will be fulfilled? Then they must boast of greater wisdom than ever my Disciples boasted of;
because they wrote of a further revelation, that should be given in the last time; and if this revelation be denied by man, then all my Disciples must be found liars, and all my Gospel null and void. Then what Saviour do such professors make of ME? What Gospel do they trust to, if they deny every truth it contains, to say that these things will never be fulfilled? Here I tell thee, in one likeness stand Jews and Gentiles.
"And now come to the words of the Jews, who say, that they trust in the LAWS of MOSES for their salvation; then let them look to the LAWS of MOSES, and see their destruction, if they do not keep his laws perfectly. And let them see what the laws of Moses were, and appeal to their own consciences, whether Moses will not come as a swift witness against them, that they have not kept the laws which he commanded them. Now as I have brought forward my Gospel, and mine Apostles, to the professors of my Gospel, to let them see what they must expect, if they say my Gospel is false: then I ask them on what Saviour do they rely, as these sayings were never fulfilled? Let this be answered by men of learning: for I now tell thee, the boasters of religion have turned the Gospel in such manner as to make it appear another Gospel; and therefore it must be men of learning that can see the plain truth before them, or it must be men of faith to believe that, what I have said I have power to fulfil, to believe all things, and to hope all things, and know, that faith, hope, and charity, must now be joined together; but the greatest is charity, to believe and rely upon the honour of GOD, and believe in the SON whom HE hath sent; that died for the transgression of man, but is able of the stones to raise children unto Abraham, and to prove his power
in raising up a likeness of his BODY, which they destroyed. This must be the faith of the believers who now look upon JESUS CHRIST as an all-sufficient SAVIOUR; for without this CHARITY, faith and hope will both fail, of looking for the redemption promised in the end.
"Here I have warned the professors of my Gospel, what their faith must be, to be saved by the Gospel. And now I shall come to the JEWS, and tell them what their religion must be, if they will be saved by the LAWS of MOSES. Let them look to the xi. chapter of Deuteronomy, how great are the promises in that chapter, if they kept all the laws which Moses commanded them. Let them look to the 8th verse"Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land whither ye go to possess it; and that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them, and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey." Verses 26, 27. "Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: and a curse, if ye will not obey." Chapter xxviii. likewise is for the Jews to observe and keep holy, if they will be saved by the Laws of Moses. Let them see how great are the promises, if they obeyed all the commandments that were given them; but let them see, from the 16th verse to the end, all the curses which Moses pronounced against them, if they departed from his commandments. But now I know the thoughts of thy heart: thou sayest, no man can live by the commandments of Moses, to observe and do them all, while Satanís power remaineth; because many things
were hard for men to bear. To thy thoughts I shall answer: it was for the hardness and stubbornness of their hearts, that the law of Moses was so strict against them; for know I said they were a stiff-necked people, that would not be won by love; and this was proved when I became flesh and dwelt amongst them. No offers of mercy, nor any love shewed to mankind, could move their hearts, that stood out stubborn in unbelief; but those amongst them that were of a different make, to be won by love, by love they came into my Gospel, and are now scattered amongst the Gentiles: for it was by the Jews that the Gospel was established. And now I am come to try them again, and thou wilt find them like the former, different makes, and different spirits amongst the Jews, as ye find amongst the Christians; for now I shall try all men, WHO IS THE SEED OF ABRAHAM BY FAITH; whether Jews or Gentiles, Greeks or Arabians, male or female, will now be made one in CHRIST JESUS, that now come in by FAITH, to believe in the promise I made to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, that they should possess the Promised Land. For now they will find is coming the ISAAC in whom all the families of the earth shall be blessed, who now see that what was spoken of MAN must be fulfilled by the power of the MOST HIGH: and those who have faith to believe in the fulfilment of my words, that this is the BODY I said I should raise in the end; such, I tell thee, are the CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, who shall possess the Promised Land; for I shall cast out all the heathens for their sakes, and now establish the THRONE of DAVID for ever in Jerusalem, as I have promised. For, where I was crucified, I will be exalted; where I died for MAN, my SON shall reign over MAN.
For now will I gain my honour amongst mankind; for they shall find the truth of my Gospel, what I said, at my returnTake these mine enemies, that would not that I should come and reign over them, and slay them before ME; but, on the other hand, to my faithful friends, who rejoice to hear of my coming, let them be of good cheer: for I have overcome the world by my death, and they will find the time is hastening on, that a quick work the Lord will do upon the earth, and fill the hearts of believers with joy. And where I am the desire of nations, those nations will find themselves blessed; and therefore I told thee, that this would be the first HAPPY LAND: for thou wilt find, when the CHILD is born, thousands and tens of thousands in this land will rejoice to hear the news; and therefore I said HE would gladly be received where he was born. Hadst thou understood thy own writings, thou wouldest have known that HE was spoken of to be born in this present age, and by the power of the MOST HIGH; but this I concealed from thy knowledge; for hadst thou understood it, I know thy own jealousies of putting thee off so long, on the one hand, and the mockery that would be in mankind too great for man to bear, they would have heard, on the other hand; and therefore it was my wisdom to conceal it, till the time was come for ME to reveal it, that they will not have one year to mock. So now I say to thy accusers, and to all thy inveterate foes, who wish thy death and destruction, by murdering thy character, what they do they must do quickly; for they will not have a long time to boast in their infamy, by lies from hell, which men are inventing. For I know how Satan is entering into menís hearts, by every temptation, as he did into Judas; but I have
put it out of their power to bring on thy death, as they did mine.
"And now come to the blasphemy, which thou hast heard to have been spoken by men."
From letters we have received from different places, in the country, we learn that some have received the last book with joy; others have said, that if I am with child, it is by the devil, and it is the devilís son; others have used very obscene language, which I shall not repeat, but give the answer of the Spirit to their blasphemy.
"From the judgment of such men, God and man must both stand silent to the wisdom, knowledge, and power of the devil, in the manner all this is brought round; but I shall let such brutish men to know that they have placed themselves upon a level with the devil. For I ask them, how can MAN be superior to the devil, in a likeness of his CREATOR to be formed a CREATIVE BEING, whom the WOMAN was prepared for, to have the works which the LORD had created to increase by, if Satan was a CREATIVE BEING, like MAN? I ask them, what they judge of their CREATOR, to form a WOMAN for Satanís pleasure? No woman would ever have been created, if Satan had a power, either like God or man, to be a creative being of children. This is out of Satanís power: but he is the corrupter of children, by temptations; and he is the tempter of men, to tempt them to every vice, and every evil; and, by temptations, he entereth into the heart; yet he hath no power to enter into the womb, to create children."
When the above was written, I was seized with a violent sickness, and felt as if I was dying, for a short time, but recovered.I was answered, that my sickness was to shew what the Lord would do to such men, if this blasphemy went on;
for the Lord would make them sick unto death; that they should die of their sickness, and the Lord would send them unto their master, which is the devil, who would soon convince them that he could not be a creative being; for if that was in his power, he would soon destroy the race of men, to have the women all his own.
"But I now tell thee, this is the sin against the HOLY GHOST, that I said should never be forgiven; for I now tell thee and all mankind, it is the greatest sin that can be committed by man, to say that the devil hath the power to be the creator of children. Let them look to all the crimes he hath tempted men and women to do, who are led away by his temptations; and let them look to those poor creatures who have lost their senses, through his temptations and influence; and how, in various ways, he hath shewn his power over the human race; then let such madmen and fools know, if Satan had power to create children, he would soon have brought in a race of devils, and claimed the kingdom all his own. So here let such fools see their folly, or they will see it when it is too late. But now let men of wisdom see in what manner this is brought round, to prove the truth of the Scriptures, which I have ordered thee to bring together, and shewn thee that this must be, to fulfil them; and this I have warned of throughout thy writings; but in a manner not understood. Let them look through The Strange Effects of Faith, and they will find that it was all foretold.See pages 86 and 87.
"If I bring them to the manger,
Will they now the BABE despise?
If they do not, I do tell them
All that their fore-fathers done
I will blot out of my memory,
If they to the purpose come,"
"And now act wise: Ďif she disguise,
ĎWeíll soon find out the cheat;
ĎBut if from heaven the sound is given,
Ď íTis our Immanuelís feet.
ĎBeyond our heads are mysteries laid;
ĎThey mysteries are to all.
ĎThe Prophets knew not what they said,
ĎIf this is now the call.í
Now Iíll explain what I do mean;
They did not understand
What was the FULNESS of the TIME:
They judged it then at hand."
"This Prophecy is plain to be understood, printed in 1801. And now they can easily find out the cheat, if any deceit is practised by thee. And let them see the beginning of the words, in page 150.
"So she and I the cause will try,
And let the stars appear,
If in the land there twelve do lie,
To judge the STAR is here."
"And here I have told thee the SECOND STAR will appear. Now come to the letters I ordered thee to send out in May, 1802. Strange Effects of Faith, Eighth Part, page 100. I ordered thee to send out one thousand letters, sealed with J. C. and the two stars, to the Parliament, to free Brothers from prison, as a sign that he should be freed by man; for he was not the character he mentioned; and therefore would never be delivered by any power from the Lord, only by working in the hearts of men to deliver him. But the character he spoke of, of delivering the Jews, will never be in a mere man; but now, I have told thee, by my power I shall raise up their DELIVERER unto them that now believe. But know I speak of things to come, from types and shadows, as though they were the substance; and therefore I said
"Such a May was never seen by man;
The SECOND STAR is sent throughout your land,
To shew my second coming doth appear;
And Iím rejected now, I say, take care."
"Now I shall answer thee from this type and this shadow. The seal is nothing, being sent through the land; but now the time is come, that I have told thee, this May thou wilt feel the LIFE of the CHILD within thee, that will be announced throughout the land. For as I spoke of May, in May it will be; and then they will see, from the shadow, what the substance meaneth, of the SECOND STAR and my SECOND COMING; and as I told thee that my harvest was fast approaching, so they will find, before the ensuing harvest is ended, that the SON whom I have warned thee of will be born, who is now despised and rejected by men, letters returned with scorn and contempt, so now I warn them one and all, if this scorn and this contempt go on; then they may say, the harvest is over, the day is ended, and we are not saved: like the foolish virgins they will come too late, if they reject the warning in May. But, on the other hand, the joy of believers; their joy will increase, like the joy of harvest; for it will come to what I told thee in ninety-two, when thou wast at thy sisterís house, in the time of harvest, and the reapers were rejoicing at the end of the harvest-day, with songs of mirth, which, from my visitation to thee, thou couldest not bear to hear the singing of songs; but know I told thee to mark the next, and I should spiritualize it to thee; which was
"Britons, to arm yourselves prepare;
Prepare yourselves with force and might,
And shew how Christians now can fight,
For to maintain their Gospelís right
Then brave England!"
"For every foe shall fall before them; therefore I said
"If England did but awake,
And come to perfect day,
íTwas other nations I should shake
The sunshine here theyíll see."
"And now call further to thy remembrance of the harvest-day: as it was on a Saturday, when it was drawing to near midnight, that thy Sister wished them to sing Psalms instead of Songs, which was complied with by all; and the first that was sung was Psalm, xcv.
"O come, loud anthems let us sing,
Loud thanks to our almighty King:
For we our voices high should raise,
When our salvationís rock we praise.
Into his presence let us haste
To thank him for his favours past;
To him address, in joyful songs,
The praise that to his Name belongs."
"As soon as this was begun, remember the sudden joy thou didst feel in thy heart, when thou heardst the Psalm sung, according to the manner of my visitation to thee: and know, the hundredth Psalm was sung
"With one consent, let all the earth
To God their cheerful voices raise."
"These things I have called to thy remembrance, what types and shadows I ordered thee to mark, from the harvest of ninety-two, when I first visited thee by the Spirit of Prophecy; and that the believers may see how I have brought this round, for their rejoicing to be in the time of harvest. Now let them weigh deeply the 102nd page of the same book, and then they may see how plainly I spoke that this would be the end
"Because the C doth with the STAR appear,
And all shall know my chariot wheels are near;
For in the SPIRIT here I say Iím come,
And you may find ME in the WOMANíS FORM."
"And now, in the WOMANíS FORM the CHILD is concealed from all, that they will surely find will appear to mankind. So now let men trace thy writings through: the First and Second Book of Sealed Prophecies; the Eight Books of Strange Effects of Faith; they will find how all is foretold, that now will open like a flower in its bud. And now I ask mankind, how they will appear, with assurance and confidence, to place all these things together, and say it was brought round by the foreknowledge, wisdom, and power of the devil?"
Good Friday, April 8th, 1814.
I was meditating on the Gospel throughout, and saw that it was impossible for the preachers to prove the Gospel true, in the way they are explaining it. For they are doing by the Gospel, as I did, in my childish years, by a bed of carnations, which I had sown in the garden. When they came to the bud, being curious to know whether they were red or white, I pinched off the top of a bud from every stalk, as I simply thought they would grow out again like the rest; but when the time came for the flowers to open, I saw the beauty of the flowers that I had not meddled with open to perfection; but those flowers, which my curiosity had made me open before the time, were withered, and did not come to any perfection; and then I saw my own folly. To my pondering thoughts I was answered as follows:
"It was I that called this to thy remembrance, to shew the people, that in thy likeness stand mankind; for like thy folly, by the flowers, before the full time was come for them to open of
themselves, perfectly so have men done by the Scriptures: they have picked off the top and spoiled the beauty of the Gospel, before the full time is come for the Scriptures to open of themselves: the curiosity of men hath caused them to dive into things they did not understand. But know, when thou pickedst off the top of the bud, thou couldest but discern the colour of the flower; because the beauty was concealed, till the time came of its being full blown of itself; now perfectly so stands my Gospel: they have picked it, and chopped it, like thy flowers, which thou sayest thou spoiledst the beauty of: when thou sawest the others appear in their full bloom, those thou hadst picked came to no perfection. And this is the perfect likeness of professors of religion: they have picked away all the beauty of the Gospel, all the beauty of the Prophets, and my Disciples; and made the Gospel appear with no more beauty in it, than there was in the flowers, which thou hadst spoiled, by thy eager desire to know the colour, before the full time was come to discover themselves. And now I tell thee, men of wisdom, understanding, and prudence, who are endowed with good hearts, will as clearly see their folly, in the manner they have picked the Bible and the Gospel, to destroy the beauty thereof; when they see the full blown flowers appear, for all my Gospel to open before them in all its truth, beauty, and splendour; then they will see their folly as clearly as thou sawest thine, when I throw open the whole before their view; and they find, that the SON is born to be the WOMANíS CONQUERING SEED. For know, I said, when man fell, it was the SEED of the WOMAN should bruise the serpentís head; but had I been the SEED of the WOMAN, I could not have been
the SON of GOD, to say I was before the world began: had I been made of the WOMAN, then it was HER NATURE I must have taken upon ME, in the likeness of the sons of men. Therefore men do not understand the full meaning of the Scriptures, any more than thou understoodest what colours thy flowers were of, when the buds appeared, from the seed that was sown; and therefore in thy folly do men go on, without discerning that I came to die for the transgression of the Fall.
"As the man cast his blame on ME:
And so they nailed ME to the tree.
Then now their folly let it all appear;
I ask what beauty men can eíer see there?
And mark the words from men to thee are come:
Just like thy flowers all my beautyís gone;
For so ítis mangled by the sons of men,
And from the hand that first did pluck the fruit.
Now let the sons of men, I say, be mute,
She saw her folly, as ítwas seen by thee;
And men, through folly, nailed ME to the tree;
And so my Gospel doth to man appear,
Just like thy flowers thouíst discerned it here,
Because this day I brought all to thy view,
A type and shadow all will find is true:
From the same stalk that thou didst spoil the one
Thou seest the beauty afterwards to come,
When the full time the blossom did appear,
And perfect so my Gospel doth stand here;
In the same likeness, all the wise may see
My beauty lost, when I was on the tree,
Brought through the weakness of the womanís hand,
That in the end she might in power stand,
To claim the promise I made her at first;
And now the womanís conquering seed shall burst;
Just like the beauty in thy garden there,
The full blown flowers they shall all appear.
But this Iíll end, menís wisdom for to try;
If they have eyes to see as clear as thee,
íTis in their seasons all things must appear,
If they will see its perfect beauty here;
And now the season Iíve said is come,
That all my promises I shall perform,
That, like thy flowers, were concealed from thee;
But nowís the time that opened all shall be.
So now together let my words appear;
And know the way I answered the Church Prayers."
Answer to the Church Prayers, pages 18, 19, printed in 1803.
"Then now Iím come, I say, again
For to be born anew;
And in the SPIRIT to be born,
And all shall find it true.
My SPIRIT here doth strong appear,
That every soul shall find;
The word of GOD, it shall be known,
Is published to mankind.
So I am come again the same
Unto a WOMAN here;
And now Iíll tell my every NAME,
And make the mystery clear
Born of the WOMAN as at first,
And of the SPIRIT born;
And I shall prove it in the last,
My SPIRIT here is come;
That is, my WORD, now on record,
And see my Bible clear
That when the fulness it is come,
The WOMAN must appear,
I tell you all, to free the FALL,
That is the LAW of GOD.
His SON must then the WOMAN call
For to avenge his blood
On Satanís head, as I have said,
To free you from the LAW;
That ye as men pronounced dead
Your ADVOCATE must shew."
Mark from page 22 to page 38. Full Assurance, page 57, given in 1794.
"No more the INFANT will be had in scorn,
But joyfully received where he is born:
And a true SAVIOUR I will surely be
To those that put their trust alone in ME;
A Prince, and Saviour, and a conquering King;
So all the earth my praises they shall sing."
"I shall answer thee from the lines which thou hast left out
"That as the horses do the harness wear,
So let them know my chariotís coming near;
The heavenly vision shall to all be known,
That in my chariot I am coming down.
No more in swaddlings doth the Infant lie;
But now heíll come in gloryís bright array;
No more the meanness of his birth shall scorn;
For now a PRINCE I will to all be known."
"Now I shall answer thee from thy thoughts: Thou sayest, by the letters, which have been sent from both Jews and Gentiles, thou hast heard the greatest scorn and contempt from both parties; to such I answer, that I am not come to those who do not come to ME; neither is the CHILD born for them that do not gladly receive him. Because I have made this clearer to mankind than ever I made things before, either by the Prophets or in my Gospel; and yet they may see it all foretold throughout the Prophets and throughout the Gospel; and if they search thy writings through, they will find, from ninety-two to this day, here a little and there a little. I have warned thee of it, so that the noon-day sun cannot be plainer, to shew the power of your Creator, than this is to shew the power and wisdom of a God, to make it clear to mankind that this is the PRINCE of PEACE, spoken of throughout the Scriptures. And they that reject him, I shall reject them; so that HE is neither born in them, nor for them. But now see the raptures of joy in believers, where by faith HE is born in them; how eager are they longing for the day to behold the heavenly stranger! So HE will not be born in a stable, laid in swaddling clothes in a manger; but thou knowest already what robes are prepared for the CHILD: and as I have told thee HE
is born to possess the THRONE of DAVID; and all the Promised Land, which the Jews lost by their rebellion, HE is born to regain the whole. For now shall I fight every battle for him: then how can they scorn the meanness of his birth? Because thy father lost his land, as the Hebrews have lost their possession; so they that scorn the one may scorn the other; and they that reject the one, must reject the other. Here let the different opinions of the Hebrews be penned."
The answer of the Hebrews at Birmingham is already mentioned in this book. The answer from Sheffield is, that they do not believe in JESUS CHRIST, no more can they believe in Joanna Southcott; and they must have more satisfactory proofs, before they can believe. The answer from Liverpool, from the person to whom the book was sent, is, "That he would not so much insult the understandings of his brethren, as to call them together on such ridiculous and nonsensical business: their faith is firmly fixed, and not to be shaken; being firmly convinced, that he who believes in the true and living God of Israel alone is in the true path."
"I shall answer him: and let him not do violence to his understanding, to say, he is in the right path, by believing in the ONE GOD, if he do not keep all the commandments that the Lord God commanded him to keep; which I tell thee he is not doing, and therefore he hath betrayed his own understanding, to judge himself in the right path: and all the Prophets he must look upon as a farrago of nonsense, if he do not see the HOLY ONE of Israel, one spoken of higher than the sons of men, to be exalted by the ONE GOD. For he hath betrayed his own understanding throughout the Prophets: and let him appeal to his own conscience, if he hath kept the
commandments of God, to be in the right path. If he have not, he must see the dangers before him. And now let him call his understanding and his boasted wisdom together, how he would appear before that ONE GOD, without the sentence of condemnation being passed against him, in breaking the commandments which were given to Moses. So let not such men boast of their wisdom; for should I call them to the Prophets, in whom they trusted, they would find themselves all stand guilty and condemned to this day; then how shall they be gathered together as a people, ever to possess the Promised Land? This is my answer to this proud boasting man, who neither understands what he reads, nor what he believes, to judge himself in the right path, and place the wisdom and judgment of others to himself, as though he could answer for the whole. Now let the judgment of others appear."
From a conversation which a friend had with a Hebrew gentleman; he said, they had been expecting the Messiah a long time; and that some of them were looking for some great event to take place before the end of the ensuing autumn. Being asked if he would not be disappointed in the Messiahís coming from the Gentiles; he said, Certainly not; he conceived that HE must arise from the Gentiles; or else how could we be united. One of the heads of the Hebrews in London said, he would pass no judgment till the CHILD was born. Some others who were told of it, were eager to hear, and seemed rejoiced, and said they wished it might be true.
"So there are different minds amongst the Hebrews, as well as amongst the Christians; and different answers they will receive. I will not blame any man for waiting with prudence, until
he knoweth whether the report be true or not; as many false prophets are gone out in the world, and many deceivers have been in every age; therefore it is right for a man to be clear in judging, before he justifieth or condemneth. But know my inquiry at the end of the last book, whether they would believe and be convinced, if thou hadst a CHILD, according to the prophecies given to thee; for I shall make it so clear, and establish it by honourable witnesses, to prove that no deceit is practised, and that no deceit can be practised, in the way I shall direct, when thou feelest the life within. And now, I tell thee, the time is come to fulfil Jacobís dying words.
Genesis, xlix. 10. "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."
"But know, the sceptre was departed, as their crown, when I came; but the sceptre and the law-giver from being between his feet, until SHILOH come, meaneth the PROMISE that stands on record for the HEBREWS in the end; and these promises will never be done away, till the gathering of the people; and those who now stand out in unbelief, the crown and sceptre will depart from them; for now is the time it is held out to them, to be a nation and a people, and to have the THRONE of DAVID established. But if they do not come in now as a people, then those are the Jews who are Jews inwardly; not by name as Jews outwardly, but by faith. For now is the time that the promise shall be fulfilled; and no other crown and sceptre will ever be held out to them more, if they refuse the SHILOH who is now coming: and now is the time that it will depart from them, if they stand out in unbelief. And therefore men of learning must see, from the
Prophets, how the promise stands in the end, for the Jews; and from the epistles of Paul, that GOD had not cast away his people, to cut them off for ever: but blindness in part was to them, until the fulness of the GENTILES should come in; and then their DELIVERER should come out of ZION: Zion meaneth, where the Lord visiteth. Now let them observe, when I came there was no gathering of the people then; therefore I could not be the SHILOH there mentioned; and I said then, that my Kingdom was not of this world, though I came to establish my Kingdom in the end: and know I said that they should see ME no more till they should say, "Blessed is HE that cometh in the name of the Lord." So that the promise stands for the end, unto them that now shall be looking for the coming of SHILOH, and believe that HE cometh in the name of the Lord. So that the sceptre is not departed from them yet, to be without help and without hope, in the end. But now they may see how it will depart from them for ever, that now stand out in unbelief; because the people that now come in by FAITH, will be reckoned as the SEED of ABRAHAM, unto whom the Promised Land shall be given; for I will make them the people that were not the people, unto whom the PROMISE was made, by an OUTWARD NAME being given, if they now stand out through unbelief, to reject their call, when I have made it clear. But I now tell thee, all will not; neither will all believe: therefore the sceptre will depart from some; and therefore it is written, other nations will be joined to them, when I establish them in their own land. So here let the HEBREWS judge for themselves, what they have to hope and fear; and let them know, that a DELIVERER, in the likeness of the power given to MOSES, and a PROPHET like unto him,
hath never been raised up to them yet, for I did not come to be that Prophet, but to raise him in the end. Here I shall leave thee as to the Jews, till thou hast heard further concerning them.
"And now I shall answer thee further of the professors of my Gospel, who are as ignorant of the fulfilment thereof, as the Jews are of their Prophets; for the prophecies, which they say alluded to ME, when I became flesh and dwelt with men, were never fulfilled in my days; and yet I came to prepare the way that I might fulfil them in the end, by the SON, that I said should be revealed in the last days. But know what I said of my Bible, that it was forgotten by all the sons of men; for were I to call Jews and Gentiles, who deny a visitation like this, to fulfil the Scriptures, and demand of them, how they can be fulfilled any other way, to make my Gospel and the Prophets true; they could not answer one word of a thousand. When I call them to every promise that stands on record, can men point out a way to have them fulfilled by their wisdom; and if they are not fulfilled, then my Gospel is null and void: for I said I came to fulfil them; and I laid a straight path in the end, how I should fulfil them, in the end, when revealed."
After I had concluded my book, and sent it to the press, on Saturday, the following news was brought to me the next day, Easter Sunday evening.
"The allied powers having proclaimed that the Emperor Napoleon was the only obstacle to the re-establishment of the peace of Europe, the Emperor Napoleon, faithful to his oath, declares that he renounces for himself and his heirs, the thrones of France and Italy, and that there is no personal sacrifice, even that of life,
which he is not ready to make to the interest of France.
"Dated at the Palace
of Fontainbleau, the April, 1814."
This happy event taking place, I was answered that I should add further to my book, and come to the First Book of Wonders, printed in September, 1813, and the meaning of page 73 should be explained to me.
"They do not understand the Revelations, that when they break, the end is at hand; therefore I said unto thee
"The WOMAN clothed with the SUN shall make all nations shake;
Because the mystery Iíll explainthe Revelations break."
"And now I shall shew thee how the Revelations are breaking: know I told thee that Buonaparte was the beast mentioned in the Revelations, that had his power given him for a time; but know I told thee, if they wished for his destruction they must sign against Satanís power, which was given to him, and sign for the kingdom of Christ to come; and this has been done by thousands: for though the sealing is stopped for the present, yet every month this desire hath appeared in some. The names may be collected together, as far as they can, to be placed at the end of the book, to know how many stand with the Lamb, longing for his coming to establish his kingdom. Then know I have told thee, this year the MAN-CHILD shall be born, to establish the kingdom I died to redeem. Now come to the Revelations further.
Rev. i. 8, 18, 19."I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the
things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter."
Chapter iv. 8, 11."They rested not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Chapter xii. 1, 5, 10."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 brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."
Chapter xi. 1417."The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, we give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned."
"Now let men look to the Revelations, and they may understand the visions shewn to John, and compare them with my Gospel. John was shewn in vision of what was past, that in like
manner it would come again; he saw ME then ascending the throne, but not ruling the nations then: yet the rod of iron came upon the Jews, and hath continued to this day amongst mankind. But John saw, in like manner, what was to come like the first; and then he saw I should take my great power, and should reign upon earth, when the SECOND likeness of the WOMAN appeared of the FIRST. If men understood the Revelations of John, they would clearly see that in the likeness of my coming first, will be my coming again, when I take my great power to reign, that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdoms of the living God: for then they will find, as iron is strong, so will my words be strong, my Gospel will be strong, and the words of the Prophets be strong. So that as iron joins together, that no man can break asunder, so will the strength of the Scriptures be; because the truth will make them strong, when I descend, as I ascended, to fulfil the Revelations. Then the SECOND CHILD, that ascendeth to God and his throne, meaneth to the THRONE of DAVID, that is promised throughout the Scriptures to be raised up in the end: and, to fulfil the words of David, "I will set my king upon my holy hill of Zion."
"Let them look to chapter xxi. 3, 4."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. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
"Here let them look to the end of the Revelations, what is to take place, when the truth of all breaks before them: and know I told thee, this year how the nations would shake, by the Revelations beginning to break; then now let
them see what I have said this year shall take place in this nation, of the MAN-CHILD being born; for the power of the Beast must fall before him.
"Then look to chapter xiv. 1. "I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having his Fatherís name written in their foreheads."
"Let them see, in this chapter, what is the rejoicing in heaven and earth, by those that join with the Lamb. Verse 3. "And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."
"Here thou art stumbled in thy mind, how no one can learn the Song, but the hundred and forty and four thousand. To thy thoughts I shall answer: see the words that follow further"which were redeemed from the earth." This meaneth, those that believe in my Gospel, and the fulfilment thereof, and believe in my visitation to thee, that the Lamb shall now appear to bring in the redemption of man. Such will learn the New Song; because it is a new song to men on earth and the saints in glory: for the manner the Scriptures would be fulfilled was concealed from saints and angels, before the time was come of its fulfilment, to be revealed: as neither men on earth nor angels in heaven could ever dive into the deep secrets of the MOST HIGH; for no man by searching could find out God, none could find out the Almighty to perfection; for his hidden counsels were concealed from all, and the Revelations were concealed from all; for no more than man by strength can break a bar of
iron in sunder, no more by wisdom could men understand the meaning of the Revelations, before I begin to break the truth before them. And now they may see the wonders begin to break before them: know what raptures of joy thou hast heard everywhere from believers, to hear that the MAN-CHILD will now be born, to establish that happiness in the earth, which is promised throughout the Scriptures. Here they stand with the Lamb, to learn the New Song; then here the power of the Beast must fall.
Verse 6. "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the seas, and the fountains of water."
"Here let men see what followeth, when this new song cometh to mankind, and they rejoice to stand with the Lamb on mount Sion; then cometh the fall of Babylon, "that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of her fornications. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God."
"So that now they may see how great is the curse pronounced against those that shall worship the Image of the Beast, after the sense and meaning of the Revelations are thrown open to their view: for this is the everlasting Gospel that must be preached throughout all the earth. Let them look to verse 14. "And I looked, and
behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle." For here is come the harvest, to separate the wheat from the tares, and to save them that believe. But, from the Revelations, all may see what will be the end of unbelievers; because now I have made things plainer to men, than it was ever made before: for I said wonders here would fast appear; and do they not see wonders come one after the other? that a greater wonder is wrought in thee than was ever wrought in the Marriage of Cana? And do they not see a great wonder in Buonaparte, who hath been, like Sennacherib, boasting of his great power and strength in conquering the nations? And know what thou hast read in the paper, that he said no power was superior to his own; but know I told thee, at that time, how great would be his fall, when my appointed time was come; and know I told thee, that this year they would see my wonders to begin; and now let them look to the First Book of Wonders, pages 59, 60, what I ordered thee to bring together of thy former prophecies, that I told thee this year I should go on to fulfil them; and let them look to these words
"If the first appeared a mystery,
Yet the next thou knowest was plain;
Perfect so, I now do tell thee,
I will make it plain to men."
"Now, if my Gospel stands as a mystery to the Jews; as the manner of my first coming to be born of a Virgin, taking manís nature upon ME, appeared a mystery to them, as they could not see it clearly, from their prophets, why I should come to die for the transgression of man; but I now tell thee and all mankind, this was decreed in heaven by the FATHER and the SON,
before the foundation of the world was laid, or man was created upon the earth, for ME to become flesh and blood, and to take manís nature upon ME, to be a judge of man, to be a judge for man, and to be a judge of all the subtle arts of the devil. Can men simply suppose that I created men upon the earth, and knowing the temptations they were liable to, while I suffered Satanís power to reign, without coming myself and suffer with them, to be a just judge for them? Yet all this is a mystery, and why I died for the transgression of man is a mystery which men do not understand, that it was from the FALL, as man cast the blame on his Creator, for giving him the woman, which I have explained to thee already; and yet this doth not appear clear to the wisdom and understanding of men; and it is impossible to make it plain to them, before the SECOND CHILD is born, for ME to fulfil all the promises that stand with the SON of GOD to be fulfilled in the HOLY ONE of Israel.
"Now come to Paul: 1 Corinthians, xv. And know it is written, HE taketh away the FIRST, that he may establish the SECOND; and here they may see who the SECOND is. Verses 22 to 29. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits, afterward they that are Christís, at his coming." Now let them answer what are the FIRST-FRUITS of CHRIST at his coming? "Then cometh the end, when HE shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed, is death."
"The meaning of Death being called an enemy is, because the devil brought the condemnation
of death into the world. So when Satanís power is destroyed, death is destroyed; and when death and hell are conquered, and peace and righteousness established in the earth, then will all be subdued unto HIM; "then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." Who is the SON here meant, that must reign till HE hath put all enemies under his feet? I know the thoughts of thy heart: thou sayest, that the professors of religion will say, it is the reign of CHRIST in glory. Then let them answer, what enemies have I been reigning over, that I have put under my feet? Let this be answered by the professorswhere are the enemies that I have subdued? where are the nations that I have conquered, that stand out in enmity against ME and my Gospel? And yet, my reign hath been in heaven, with the FATHER in glory, from the foundation of the world, save the short time I was upon the earth, to prepare the way for my coming. And will the professors of religion say, that I am not accepted of the FATHER, to have no reign, before I have put my enemies under my feet, and then to lay down my power in subjection unto HIM that put all things under ME? Then what an all-sufficient Saviour do these professors of religion make of ME and my Gospel! I shall now shew thee plainly the true meaning of the Apostleís words: he warned his hearers, throughout his epistles, to be looking for my coming again; but in this chapter he telleth them more plainly of CHRIST the FIRST-FRUITS, which is, the fruits of my Spirit at my coming, as I said in my Gospel to be born again. I do not tell thee it is I, the SON of GOD, who gave my life for the redemption of man, that shall be born again of the woman; but it is the FRUITS of my SPIRIT that shall be born again, at my coming, to bring in the end to man: and this is the SON
that must reign, to have power given him to destroy those nations that are enemies to ME and my Gospel. For, as a Prophet, Priest, and King, HE must reign upon the earth; as a PROPHET, to let them know their destiny, if they would not that HE should reign in my stead; and, as a PRIEST, to give righteous laws amongst them, to set forth my Gospel, and set forth my love to mankind; and, as a KING, in power, HE will reign upon the THRONE of DAVID, which I shall raise up according to my promise. And then will all kings reign by the rule of my Gospel; because, I tell thee, HE must reign in power, as a King, to war against my enemies, till I have subdued them, to bring them all to the Gospel; and then, when all are subdued, wars and fighting will cease for ever; peace and happiness will be established in the earth. And THIS is the SON that will be subject unto GOD with his subjects: for, as HE reigns with them, so HE will reign like them, to give all glory, honour, and power, unto GOD the FATHER and SON. And this is the meaning of the words that I said, if the FIRST was a mystery, yet the NEXT should make it plain; and now I have made it plain to men, what are the FIRST-FRUITS of my SPIRIT, to dwell with men; and now the truth shall come before them; and then they may know WHO I am that have visited thee, to bring in the FRUITS of my SPIRIT.
"And NOW they will see that the STORMS are fast hastening on abroad; for PEACE will not be so soon established, in all nations, as ye vainly suppose. But see the promise made to ENGLAND, if they awake to see the perfect day: then let them see the promises are great. And now let them see the truth of my words concerning BUONAPARTE. I said I would rid him from this coast: and now ye say his power is gone.
I said, if all hearts were like the BELIEVERS, to be longing for CHRISTíS KINGDOM to come, I would make all foes to fly before them. And now let them see, from Buonaparteís power being taken away, how I have fulfilled the one; and so I shall go on to fulfil the whole, till I have made this a HAPPY LAND, if they now awake to see the Bible clear, and to see my Gospel clear. But know what I said on the other hand
"If by the wise-men I am mocked now,
Like Herodís fury Iíll fulfil my vow."
"Which meaneth, should men of wisdom, men of learning, that are rulers of your nation, and teachers of the nation, now begin to mock, like the vulgar and ignorant, who say thou art with child by the Devilshould this be said by men of wisdom and learning, like the mock of fools, that I said ye must hear; then my anger will be kindled to bring on destruction upon them. For know I told thee that all thy enemies proceed from hell, and the mock of fools thou wouldest hear, because they speak what is impossible, to place such power where there is none, to create, as they have ignorantly spoken. And let them see, on the other hand, the 61st page, how the Bible is denied, and a Devil is denied; and yet, from an aggravating, contentious spirit, like the master they serve, they will acknowledge a Devil that they denied before. So now let them fear what their mockery may bring upon them; for God is mocked by such men; and the devil is mocked by such men; because they say they despise the CHILD, as being from him. Then now I ask them, where they will flee to hide themselves from the wrath to come? But of such hardened sinners I shall leave for the present; for they are pulling Divine vengeance upon their own heads: and just they will find is thy observation; if the devil can create children, he hath created enough
already, old and young; so he need not work miracles upon thy age, to add to the number; for these fools must be answered according to their folly.
"But now I shall return to men of wisdom. Let them look to all thy former prophecies, which I ordered thee to bring together, in the First Book of Wonders; and then they may see the day-light begin to dawn; and what I said of thy fatherís house, from page 68 to page 73; and they will see the truth of my words, that their labour is gone; now the time is come for ME to fulfil the scriptures, that they may see their own weakness, that they had not wisdom, nor understanding, to know how they would be fulfilled
"Till on my holy hill I come
To cut the stumps away"
And do the work that is beyond manís power to do, and where man can never go to accomplish. For know I said, they had done by the Bible as thy father had done by the fuel on the hills, and like thy father by the windows.
"Theyíd patchíd my people up with lies for to keep out the sun."
"And by false doctrine, turning the meaning of the Gospel another way, and denying the fulfilment thereof, they have shut out the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that he may never arise with healing in his wings; then how will they prove the Scriptures true, if he does not arise in the end? Now look to the following words: First Book of Wonders, page 70.
"For as thou sayest thou canst not see,
Because the place is dark,
Just so I say my people be;
But now come to the mark.
Take all the rags and stuff away,
And thou wilt see more clear;
Nor through a glass it wonít darkly be,
Because they are broken there."
"And perfectly so is the truth of my Gospel broken through by men: they have never looked for the mark which I fixed for the end; and therefore they have brought in false doctrine, that was never taught by ME nor my disciples; for now I have brought the MARK plain before them, how the Scriptures stand for the end. So that the sun-shine will now appear to men of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; they will now see that the Scriptures cannot be hid; because the truth shines bright amongst them: but if they are hid to any, it must be to those who will shut their eyes against the day-light and determine to be wilfully blind; then such must be lost. But now I ask mankind, how they will explain Paulís words?
2 Corinthians, iv. 3, 4. "But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."
"Now I shall answer thee from Paulís words. The true light of the glory of the Gospel, when the end cometh to fulfil it, hath already been hid from all; for where is the man upon earth that can prove his knowledge and judgment clear, to point out a way that the Gospel would be fulfilled. This has been hid, but now is the time this hidden mystery is revealed; then now it is no longer hidden from man, what the glory of the Gospel isto bring in for man, in the end, a full redemption and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world, that now repent and turn to the Gospel: for now I shall save MAN, and destroy the works of the devil, who is the god of this world, and hath blinded the minds of men that go on in unbelief: but if they now go on in unbelief, and stumble at the noonday sun; then,
I tell thee, they are lost, as no more atonement will be made than what is now offered to men. So here let men look at the Gospel, and understand what they read.
"And now come to thy prophecies, which I ordered thee to bring forward of Buonaparte, page 60, that I should rid him from this coast. Now bring thy other prophecies together, what I said in the Warning to the World, page 48, what would be the end of Buonaparte, if they set him up as a king, or in the likeness of a king. Now remember what I told thee in years past, of the FRENCH NATION. "If they set up another king, or the likeness of a king, in FRANCE, his destruction would be sought, like the former, and this destruction Buonaparte will find, if he remaineth long in that place:" and this destruction is come upon him, to fly from the people that set him up. For, know, I told thee, that this was the fulfilment of Danielís vision; and this is the time it will be fulfilled. Daniel, ii. 44. "In the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom that shall not be destroyed." And now let men see how this hath happened together, at the time I have warned thee I am preparing my KING, to sit upon my holy hill of Sion; and to raise up the Kingdom that is fallen through unbelief, which will now be established through faith, and given to them that believe."
The contents of this Book taken from Joanna Southcottís mouth, by me,
Wednesday, April 13th, 1814.
[This subject will be continued in the next book; and also the list of those who have Signed, which could not be obtained in time for this, as first intended, will be inserted.]
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