PART THE SECOND.
Sunday Afternoon, Sept. 30, 1804.
JOANNA has been reading through Job; as she is to read her Bible through, and draw her own observations, and her own judgment from what she reads. But as she wished, if it was the will of the Lord, to answer Mr. Maudesley's letter, she desired it to be read again, to see if the Lord would be pleased to answer it.-"Now, Joanna, I shall answer this letter after thou hast drawn thy judgment upon the Book of Job: and when thou hast drawn thy judgment, I shall answer thee again." Now Joanna's judgment upon the Book of Job is very different to what it ever was before. When we come to weigh the 1st chapter, and the 8th verse-"The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God and escheweth evil?" Here the Lord justifieth Job's conduct, as being an upright and good man; but Satan goes on to condemn him; and the Lord gave Satan leave every way to try him; and when Job's trial was put to the utmost, and his wife condemned him, in chap. ii, 9; but Job reproves her in verse 10.-"Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What! shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" In chap. i. 21, he saith-"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."-In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Yet, in chap. iii. we hear Job complaining, and wishing the day to be dark, wherein he had been born. After his complaining his friends reproved him. But no man, without experience, can be a judge of Job in this case. Consider the affliction he lay in, when his grief seemed more than he could bear. He might have this sorrow of heart without murmuring against God. This is my judgment drawn from experience; for though I had never Job's afflictions in a manner like him; yet a similar case was mine in 1792, when I judged myself visited by the Lord, and the powers of darkness broke in upon me, and every friend was entirely against me. This made me miserable and unhappy, fearing I might do wrong, and not knowing how to do right; having the threatenings of the Lord on the one hand, if I did not obey; and Men and Devils tormenting me on the other hand, of the fatal destruction I should meet with, if I did obey. This has often made me wish, with Job, that I had died in my cradle; or that I had been drowned, when an infant that I fell into the river; and yet at the same time, Heaven is my witness, I had not one thought to murmur against God; and only thought I was a short-sighted creature, fearing I might act wrong; therefore, I wished sooner never to see life, than to live to offend the Lord; which in that confusion and difficulty I was afraid I might offend him. And this appears to me the case of Job; but when I come to Job's friends, it appeareth to me, Satan worked strongly in them, to try to persuade Job to acknowledge he had been a very wicked man, which Job refused to do. This appeareth to me to be the arts of the Devil, to make God the liar, when the Lord had justified Job: and by Job's words he affirms the truth of what the Lord had said concerning him. Hear what Job says, chap. xxix to chap. xxxii. But hear what answer Elihu made him; and how he goes on to chap. xxxviii. Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind. In the last chap. 7th verse, the anger of the Lord was kindled against his friends: for he said, "For ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath." Now, though Job's friends were, as he said, cruel tormentors and miserable comforters; yet they did not speak against God: yet by their judgment they denied the LORD, like the Devil, that when the Lord justified Job, Satan condemned him; and when Job justified himself, his friends condemned him; they told lies to him; and wanted Job to affirm they were true. See chap. xx. 19, what they upbraid Job with; and how false was their accusation; therefore, though they justified God, and condemned Job for justifying himself, yet they did not justify the truth of the words of the Lord, that he had spoken of Job, as Job by justifying himself did. This is my judgment in reading the Book of Job. Wherein I err I trust the Lord will forgive me, as I am ordered to draw my own judgment, and cannot deceive the Lord with the thoughts of my heart.
the answer of the lord.
"Now I will answer thy thoughts of Job. I shall not blame thy judgment that thou hast drawn: for though I bid thee draw thy own judgment, yet thy ideas come from me; and it is I that work them in thee. And now I tell thee of Job's friends: Satan worked strong in them to make Job confess himself guilty of crimes he had never committed; then Satan might accuse me, out of Job's own mouth. Therefore Job contended with men as I contended with the Devil; and Job justified himself, as I justified him.-So
Here's a mystery deep of Job,
That I shall now explain.
I did with Satan first dispute,
And he did then maintain
That Job was not what I had spoke,
And so he tried the man;
And on his friends he strong did work
To bring the likeness on;
That Job with man might so contend,
Himself to justify;
And like thy judgment, in the end,
Satan might give the lie,
I say, to me, if words from he
Were spoken like the rest.
This is a mystery none did see,
Till I had fill'd thy breast,
For to discern how I do warn,
From shadows placed before;
This is the way, I now do say,
Thy thoughts do so appear.
So now let men the same begin
To copy after thee;
Then, I do tell them, in the end
Aright they all will see,
And now to clear the End that's near,
From Job I shall begin
And from thyself I will appear,
As thou hast form'd the thing:
For with thyself thou him compared
And so I'll place the line;
For men like them have greatly erred
That every soul will find.
Just like Job's friends have thine gone on,
And like them still they be;
But to the purpose I shall come,
And let men answer me,
If they can clear their sayings here,
What they against thee spoke?
I tell them, no: they all must know,
Like Job's, they wrong have wrote;
And so their tongues have all been wrong;
But thee I'll justify.
When to the purpose all do come,
Will they their God deny,
That lies all through, they'll prove it so,
And lies from me appear,
Because thy life I've justified?
Then let Men answer here,
If they can come and prove it wrong?
But let the truth be spoke;
Would they wish thee for to condemn,
Thy God in all to mock?
Had Job denied, then I must lie,
And prov'd his God unjust.
Now I'll explain what I do mean,
The way he me might cast:
His friends see clear, they did appear
Against him strong to burst;
And they condemn'd his every hand,
In guilt he must be found.
If Job the same himself had blamed,
Then Satan must be crowned.
To say that he, more just than me.
Did sure condemn the Man.
The crimes that they did lay on he,
I tell you all discern,
No Justice there they then did clear,
That in the Man was found;
But his accusers he did hear,
And by his conscience crowned,
The words of me were spoke for he,
To prove it in the end.
So Men and Devils both you see
Must to my sceptre bend.
But had the Man himself condemn'd,
He must condemn his God,
To justify him from on high,
The paths that he had trod.
So, if that he had done like they,
The truth denied all there:
And said in sin his life had been;
And his accusers were
More just than he, then I must lie! ! !
Now see the mystery plain;
Because the truth he must deny;
Could I his cause maintain
From first to last, if Job had burst,
Just like his friends appear,
And say in sin his life had been;
As they condemn'd him there?
Then they might swell with arts from hell,
The man I could not free;
He must be cast, if he had burst
In lies spoken like they.
Could I appear the man to clear,
That was such sinner great,
When I had boldly said before
In him was no deceit;
No, no: to man I thus shall come,
And answer so for thee;
I've plac'd thy life throughout the land,
That men thy life might see;
How every way men would betray,
And Satan work'd the same.
Then now to Man I so shall come;
The truth from thee it came,
Like Job before, I'll answer here,
I did him justify;
And if his life he had condemn'd,
His God he'd give the lie;
And so denied what I had said,
If he'd denied the whole.
But the first lines call thou to mind-
Thy word did hasty fall:
Had he denied then I must lie
That upright he appear'd.
And so to Men I now do say,
The same I'll answer here-
Thy life hath been, to me 'tis seen,
Then fearing of thy God,
Which Men and Devils both condemn'd,
But let them fear my rod:
Because from thee the truth they'll see;
But Job's friends thou hast found.
I know they've spoken so by thee,
But let them hear the sound,
When at the last the truth doth burst,
And I in power appear;
I shall condemn thy every friend,
That acts as Job's did there.
My Bible so all flesh shall know,
I plac'd it for the end;
These wondrous things I order'd so,
Because 'twas my intend,
When at the last the whole did burst,
To work my Bible through,
To shew the shadows from the first
The way I shall go through,
To clear the whole: and Men must fall,
That will with me dispute;
The likeness I have shew'd in all,
So let mankind stand mute.
For God or Man they must condemn,
In what was said before:
And will they answer from thy hand,
That Job the most did err?
If they say no: I'll answer so,
That silent all must stand;
Because with he do all agree,
And Men alike condemn;
As thou say'st here, I now shall clear;
The truth in all I know.
Sufferings that no one here could bear,
That thou hast all gone through,
Unless that I who dwell on high
Had strengthen'd thee in all.
Therefore thy friends at first did lie,
When I to thee did call;
Because thy friends they did pretend
To act like Job's before;
And thought to see it in the end,
That thou would'st answer here,
Some sin in thee must surely be,
That I'd afflict thee so:
For many ways I so disguis'd,
Thou knew'st not how to go;
Yet still in me thy trust I see,
And so thy foes I'll shame;
Because the end 'tis my intend
That all shall know my Name.
The mystery here of Job I'll clear-
Should I afflict one Man
With grief too great for him to bear,
By Satan's artful hand?
I tell thee no; it should not be so,
Had I not ends behind.
Another day to shew the way
The Tempter I should bind.
So from the word that's on record,
Satan did try the man,
Then every way for to betray;
But see how he did stand,
With words appear himself to clear,
As I had clear'd before;
And though he thought my rod was there,
The grief that he did bear
Came all from me, was judged by he
And yet he did submit:
But now I'll chain the enemy,
And lay him at Men's feet.
One chapter there to thee I'll clear,
I say, the following day:
And other mysteries will appear,
I shall before thee lay;
Because to Man all Types must come-
The Type of Job stands deep:
After his fall which came by Hell,
He did in grandeur break;
And from his friends see what is penn'd,
They surely did repent;
Their boasting soon was at an end-
And so my mind is bent:
The just I'll free, as I did he
And make their foes to turn;
Because the end, they all shall see,
It just like Job's shall come."
The xxxviii chapter, ver. 11. "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?"-The 13, 14, 15 verses. "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken."
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer:
Mark the words were written there,
That were spoken by thy Master,
When the whirlwind did appear.
Disputes at first, 'twas I that burst,
With Satan for a time;
Disputes with men did then come on,
But no one knew my mind;
For silent there I all did hear,
But then my silence broke
In thunder there for to appear;
But men discern'd it not,
That for the last the thing was plac'd,
To shake the whole away.
And from the Seal I now shall burst:
This is the House of Clay,
That I am come to seal in Man,
For Satan I'll destroy;
For his proud waves have been so strong,
My friends cannot enjoy
Their peace in me, I plain do see,
But now I'll shake the whole;
For his high hand shall never stand,
I'll make the foe to fall.
If he at first on Man did burst,
Then now I'll burst on he,
And plead like Job, to have him cast-
A mystery none do see.
So I'll end here, and say no more,
The lines for all go deep.
The Type of Job doth here appear,
To make thy friends to weep;
Though some begin, as they had done,
And presents send to thee.
This is a shadow deep for Man,
That every soul shall see;
So if they turn, as some have done,
I shall forgive them all
That do repent, and now relent,
They e'er condemn'd thy call.-
I shall reason with thee on the morrow."
Here ends Sunday night, Sept. 30, 1804.
Monday, October 1, 1804.
"And now I shall come to answer the man, who wished thee to enquire of me concerning him. Let not his heart be cast down, nor his spirits grieved, at any arts or subtlety that the Devil may try to blast his comforts. But let him weigh deep the Book of Job, and see the judgment thou drawest from it, and the answer that I have given thee. For now I tell thee, Satan will try many, as he tried Job; but let men stand out like Job, and I shall arise to plead for man, as I pleaded for Job. But he that falleth by temptations, will fall on the corner stone, which is the foundation that was laid in the fall; and then that promise will break him off from obtaining it. But now is the time for that corner stone, and that promise to fall on the head where it was laid, which was on the head of the Serpent, that is, the Devil: and it shall grind all his power, like powder. So now let men take care they do not fall on that promise: that meaneth, not to believe it, and stumble at its fulfilment; for then they may fall to be broken off, when the stone falls on the head of the woman's betrayer, and men's accuser. But now let the man stand steadfast in his faith, and he shall live for ever in me, whether in this world, or that which is to come. Now let him weigh deep the xli. ch. of Job. My answer to Job was never discerned by any man; neither was it ever understood by man, what I meant in the following words-"Canst thou draw out Leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord, which thou lettest down? Canst thou put a hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?" These are the words men never understood. The Leviathan meaneth the Devil; and by his contending against Job, I drew him out with the hook of his words, and by the cord that I let down to give him the power, then I put the hook into his nose, and bored his jaw through with a thorn, that he could never more condemn Job. But now do men vainly suppose this was done for Job only? I tell them no: it stands a type for all men; and like the Leviathan in the sea is the power of the Devil against man, which man of himself can no more destroy, than he can destroy the Leviathan in the sea. But by my wisdom I shamed the Devil concerning Job, and confounded the Devil concerning Job, and I took Satan's power from Job, that he could no more accuse him, and no more condemn him: as he tried to the utmost, and found Job what I said he was.-And now I am come the same to justify all men, that are longing for my coming; and shew Satan, it was their being dead to knowledge that made them clamour for my Blood, and put me to death: and so I fell on the corner stone of the promise: and though I was broken at that time to be put to death, yet when the fulfilment of the promise comes, know it must fall on him, to grind him to powder. This is the fulfilment of the fall. But if men fall on that promise, as the Jews did, they will fall to be broken off. But let them know, that I fell to rise again, to throw all his power, and cast the corner stone on him: for all men must know that that corner stone meaneth the promise that was made in the fall. Now let the learned answer, what they make of that corner stone? But I answer, they can no more explain it, than they can draw out the Leviathan with the hook: neither can they explain the mysteries of my Bible, in what manner, and for what purpose, all Types and Shadows were placed, and all these words were spoken.
"So now to Man I bold shall come:
Read all my Bible through,
And just like thee, to ponder on
What's laid before their view;
And let them see as deep as thee,
My wisdom's hid in all,
That to the end 'tis my intend
To bring you to the Fall;
Then I'll draw out with every hook
The tempter that stood there.
But how by Man can this be done?
Now see my Bible clear:
As I did say to Job that day,
I now may say to man;
The Leviathan there's none can slay,
The way I said to him;
And now the same I say to man-
Can you destroy your foe,
That, like that fish, is surely strong,
And doth a-fishing go?
I know for man his power is strong,
They cannot him destroy;
But I'm a God shall send a rod;
For man I will enjoy."
Ch. xli. last verse.-"He beholdeth all high things: he is a King over all the children of pride."
"Now from the verse that there is mention'd
Let the wise and learned see;
Then they must drop all contention,
Know the fish was nam'd by me;
What I compar'd, they all must hear,
A Type of Satan stood.
How can men say another way
I do the fish allude,
To be the whole when I do call
My children from distress?
As I did there to Job appear,
His sufferings to redress,
His grief to free, I now tell thee,
The fish I did compare;
There was no wisdom wrought in he
For to destroy him there;
And so to Man I now shall come-
You can't destroy your Foe:
For as I said the fish was strong,
So Satan's arts I know;
But as a king can you now bring
That fish upon the sea,
That all the children here of pride
His power do cast away?
In power there can he appear,
O'er all them that are proud?
I tell thee, No; he cannot go;
Nor can you this allude,
To make it plain by learned men,
The way 'tis mention'd there.
Nought but the fish did I allude,
That did in power appear,
No; 'twas to Hell, the truth I tell,
Though like a fable penn'd;
For Satan's arts they so did swell
Against my every friend;
So unto him I then did say,
Could he destroy his Foe,
Who like that fish in power did lie?
But now the truth you know,
'Twas drawn from he, the end you see,
Because you know 'twas great;
And I did turn his enemies,
That judg'd there was deceit
Found in the Man, his grief did come,
But I did turn the whole;
And now the end 'tis my intend,
The same on Man shall fall;
Though Satan first in rage may burst,
My friends for to condemn;
But I do tell them at the last
My thundering voice shall come;
My friends I'll free, I now tell thee,
As I freed Job before.
But first, you see, condemn'd they be
By false friends to appear,
Who say, 'tis wrong they do go on,
My friends they would confound;
And strong the tempter now is come,
I say, in every sound,
For to condemn in every Man
That upright wish to be,
And wish the Serpent was destroy'd,
That they might live in me.
Then these to Job I shall allude-
And here the lines go deep:
Because they wish for to be good,
That they my laws may keep;
Sin to be gone, and I may come
To be the guide of all;
Then all may see they upright be,
Or they'd reject the call.
So unto Job I all allude
That wish my Kingdom near;
But I do say to thee this day
False friends do now appear,
As his did come, I see in Man
They daily do abound;
Hypocrisy they do condemn,
But their words will be found
I say, at last, as Job's did burst-
It fell upon their heads:
And in the end 'tis my intend,
That back their words I'll lead
Upon them all, when I do call;
So let the words be penn'd.
This is a warning deep for all;
For so they'll see the end."
In chap. viii. Job is deeply condemned by his friends, verse 13-"And the hypocrite's hope shall perish"-Chap. xi. 2, 3, Job is again reproved by his friends-"Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified? Should thy lies make men hold their peace? And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?" Chap. xv. Job is again reproved by his friends, verse 4, 5-"Yea, thou casteth off fear, and restraineth prayer before God. For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty." Chap. xx. Job is again reproved by his friends, verse 5-"The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment." This they laid to Job, that his triumph was the triumph of the wicked, and his joy, the joy of the hypocrite, which they said would perish like his own dung; and they which saw him, should say where is he? Therefore Job might well say, in chap. xxi. 27-"Behold I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me." But how do his friends reprove him, in chap. xxii. 5, 6, 7-"Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite? For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing. Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry." But see what Job answers for himself, in chap. xxix. 12, 13-"I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy." Now let God be true and every man a liar: for in the same manner that the Lord spoke of Job to the Devil, in the same manner he justified Job to his friends. So, blessed be God, a good conscience is better than ten thousand witnesses. For so Job was able to justify himself; and their boasting as fools was but for a moment; and thus will be the boasting of all those who judge of things they know nothing about, as Job's friends judged him. "They neither knew the cause, nor his life; and therefore they drew a proud and ignorant judgment; but were soon cut down in their own boasting, and brought upon themselves what they blamed Job for-that they had judged as hypocrites, condemning the innocent, and clearing the guilty. For though they did not discern what they were doing; yet in the manner they condemned Job, they joined with his accuser, which was the Devil, who condemned him to me. Now remember what I told thee in 1792: thy cause was like Job's cause; and thy friends were like Job's friends; and because they could not account for my wondrous working with thee, they were sometimes silent; and when they spoke, they spoke wrong; for when they drew their judgment, they drew it from the Devil. And now I will prove they are perfectly like Job's friends; for while they are boasting of their great goodness to me, and the great merits of their Saviour, they are just like Job's friends, they wanted to make their God the Liar, by denying the promise that was made in the Fall; and by denying the fulfilment of the Merit of my Death. Now, as I said by Job, I say by thee: if Job had said of himself, what his friends said of him, he could not have said he was a perfect and upright man; for, then he must have given his God the lie, and denied the truth of what I said to Satan concerning him. And just the same I say of thee: shouldst thou speak after the manner of the world, to say thy writings were from thy own invention, thou must give the spirit the lie; as I have said through thy writings that they came from me. Now, if thou sayest they are from the Devil, then thou must be openly obeying him. But here in thy heart thou hast often pondered like Job, when confusion has filled thy mind, and knew not from whence they came. How often has this been thy complaining-Oh! that I could come before the Lord! Oh! that I could bow myself before the Most High!-
"And now to Man I bold will come:
For I shall answer here.
Perfect like Job thy cause has been,
So let thy Foes take care;
For much like he, I now tell thee,
Satan did thee condemn;
Therefore I gave him liberty
All ways to try thy hand.
So every way, I now do say,
The tempter did appear;
And every way, they all may see,
Like Job thou didst appear.
Integrity was found in thee,
Thou never would'st give up
The hopes that thou hadst got in me,
Which made thy foe to drop.
I say, in he 't can never be
In boldness to appear;
Because I let him every way,
Like Job, to try thee here.
Then now to Men I'll boldly come,
And let them all stand mute,
Their boasting shall be overthrown,
When I do strike the root;
Then they shall see they surely be
Like Job's friends heretofore;
Their boasting is hypocrisy,
Their triumphs shall be o'er;
Because of me, all flesh will see,
They cannot find a Man
My Bible clears as thou hast here,
To glorify my Name;
In wisdom shine the thoughts of thine,
Thy God in all thou'st freed.
Bring me the Man that now can come,
My Bible clear like thee:
Though 'tis from Hell some men do tell,
Then Satan all may shame;
If 'tis from thee, they all must see
Thou'st honour'd great my Name.
Then where's the Man can dare to stand
For to condemn thee here?
For let them seek throughout the land,
My Bible none can clear,
As thou hast done, I'll answer Man-
Let every book be found
Against my Bible that is penn'd,
And let them judge thy sound;
Then they must say another way-
"We judg'd the Bible wrong;
Therefore our hearts were led astray,
Our Bibles to condemn."
But let them see the lines of thee,
Which way can Man appear,
I ask them now, to answer thee,
The way thou'st work'd it here?
If by thy hand they say 'tis done,
Then by it they shall fall.
Let these pretended Christians come
To answer one and all:
When men appear, as they have here,
You know, throughout the land;
My Bible's mocked every where-
Then let these Christians stand
To answer men, as thou hast done-
'Tis more than Man can do.
My honour they do try to shun;
My words I'll prove them true.
My honour here can men now clear-
Ne'er to support my word;
Can I be honour'd by their prayers,
While they deny their Lord?
And while then here men do appear
My Bible to disgrace,
My honour they'll not try to clear-
Then judge, ye fallen race,
If honour due is brought from you?
I tell you, you bring none;
Just like the Friends of Job were penn'd,
My honour you unthrone;
For they appear'd, I tell you here,
As Satan did at first,
That way my honour tried to clear-
See how the end did burst:
When I did come I did condemn-
My thunder will appear,
I'll make men tremble in this land:
Like Job's friends, men shall hear,
That right of me, they all shall see,
Like thee they have not spoke:
And if they say't comes not from me,
Let them no longer mock;
For they must see a mind in thee
My honour all to clear;
But can men say 'tis done by them,
Because they meet in Prayer?
I tell them, No; it is not so;
Though thou dost pray the same;
But if no further thou dost go,
Could'st thou exalt my Name?
I tell thee, No; they all shall know,
Their Prayers are all in vain,
If they no further will go through,
My honour to maintain.
So let them see the end of thee,
When I have all work'd round,
And then their boasting they will see,
Like Job's friends they are found.
So I'll end here, and say no more;
But to the Psalms I'll come:
What in thy pondering heart appear'd
Must now be penn'd by them;
Then I'll explain what all do mean,
When thou hast all gone through;
For now with men I shall contend-
The End is in my view."
Monday Evening, Oct. 1.
Joanna has been reading the Psalms all the day, wherein her heart has been pondering.
And now I shall give the thoughts of my heart, from the words of David. His heart has often been like mine; and mine joins with him in complaining against my enemies; and relying only on the mercies of God. But from my judgment of David, whatever was his fault concerning Uriah, he appears, by the Psalms, to have a warm zeal and love for God, and a desire for his honour and glory, as far as my heart ponders upon the Psalms; and I do not read of any one in the Old Testament, that seems to have more of a heart to honour and glorify God than David. Hear what he says, Psalm xix. 14-"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." And how strong is his Faith. Psalm xxiii. 4-"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm xxv. 14-"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant." Psalm xxvii. 8-"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face, my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek; hide not thy face from me." Ver. 14-"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm xxx. 4, 5-"Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness: for his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm xxxvii. 4, 5-"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Ver. 11-"The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." Ver. 28, 29-"For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever." Psalm lxxiii. 25-"Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." Psalm lxxiv. 10-"O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?" Ver. 22-"Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily."
Here ends Monday Night.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, Three o'clock.
Joanna has finished reading the Psalms through; and from pondering them in her own heart, she can see the manner of her own life through all David's. Sometimes he writes strong in faith, and his whole confidence and rejoicing in the Lord; other times he writes in despair, being overpowered by his enemies. The different manner of David's writing, no man can be a clear judge of, but those that can judge by experience, the different manner that our own spirits may be led; for though my life has not been like David's, yet it has been similar to it in another way; therefore in the Psalms of David I see the different feelings of my own heart placed every way. But one thing David and I differ in: Psalm lxix. 21. Though he speaks of himself, he prophesies of our Saviour-"They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." In the following verse, he prays for utter destruction upon his enemies, without shewing any mercy to man; and in the same manner he writes in Psalm cix. fatal judgments without mercies on his enemies. Here David and I widely differ, on the one hand, and yet we join together on the other. Now I shall explain my meaning: I never could feel that anger and indignation against the greatest enemy I had in this world, but always felt in my heart to pray for my enemies, that the Lord would turn them from the evil of their ways. And though I have been provoked, to see the hardness of men's hearts, and have been angry with them; yet I always wished to see them turn from their evil, that they might not perish everlastingly. This is my heart, in a temporal sense, that I cannot join with David there; yet I can join with David in a spiritual sense. When I come to reflect on all the misery and sufferings, that the Devil has brought on mankind, from the Fall of Adam to this day, and the dreadful blasphemy, he has come to me against the Lord, and against his Anointed, who is full of mercies, goodness, and truth; but Satan's malice has been full of blasphemy. Here I can join with David, against the Devil. Psalm cix. 17, 18-"As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones." Now this is the spirit of the Devil, from his own confession to me. Then if it be his delight, let his delight come upon him; and let him not make others miserable with the wretchedness that he delights in. Here, in a spiritual sense, my heart joins with David: and the feelings of my heart, in various different ways, are perfectly penned by David in the Psalms. And the Spirit of the Lord must be with David, or he would never have had such strong love for the Lord, as he expressed. But the prophecies of David go deep to the establishing of Christ's kingdom: Psalm cx. 1-"The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." Here David in spirit calls our Saviour, Lord: and he adds, in ver. 3-"Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth." Psalm lxxxix. 19, 27, 28, 15-"Thou spakest in vision to thy Holy One, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance." Psalm lxxxv. 9, 10, 11-"Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from Heaven." Psalm lxxxii. 8 -"Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations." Psalm lxxviii. 2, 6-"I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old. That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children." Psalm lxxvi. 9, 10-"When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth: surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath thou shalt restrain." Psalm lxxv. 10-"All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted." Psalm lxviii. 18-"Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them." Psalm lxvii. 7-"God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him." Psalm. lxvi. 4-"All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name." Psalm xlvi. 9, 10-"He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm xl. 6, 7, 8-"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." Psalm ix. 5, 6-"Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them." Psalm viii. 5, 6-"Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hand; thou hast put all things under his feet." Psalm ii. 6, 7, 8-"Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession."
the answer of the lord.
"Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee. From the manner thou hast brought backward the Psalms, so shall I bring all things backward. Now remember Psalm ii.-Ask and receive thy full demands; then will I give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Then goes on what the prophecies are; and that help should be laid upon one that was mighty, to receive gifts for men. Now all things thou hast worked backward, for me to ask and demand them all. But what are the gifts I am to ask for men, but to give them the gift of my spirit, and to destroy their enemy, the Devil? Now as thou hast worked backward the prophecies of me, to ask and receive, so I have worked backward the Bible, for thee to ask and receive thy full demands, that the Woman's betrayer might be cast; and the Woman might be freed. This is the help that is laid upon one that is mighty: that is able to save unto the utmost all them that long for his coming.-
"Now I'll begin from what thou'st done,
To trace the Psalmist back,
And then, I tell thee, in the end
They'll find how all must break.
Wisely the words were judg'd by thee
Of David's prophecy:
It was in spirit he did see
The words that here do lie;
Because the Lord with one accord,
Plac'd Judgment at the first,
That at his right hand I should sit,
Until the end did burst,
That I did come for to fulfil,
As it is said before-
You know it was my Father's will,
In the Creation here,
The Woman's Seed should bruise the head
Of him that did betray;
For so the Promise first was laid,
And backward, now I say,
The whole shall come, as thou hast done,
For backward I shall go,
Till on the Serpent I shall turn,
I say, the every blow.
Let Men see clear what's written there,
And trace the Psalms like thee,
And then I bid them answer here,
How they the whole can free?
What vision first can they now place,
That did of me foretell;
That help in me should surely be,
The mighty one excel?
Or what First Born was judg'd by men
To be exalted so,
Higher than earthly king to come
Above them, you do know?
Let men appear and answer here,
How they do judge the thing?
Because the words are written here-
Higher than earthly kings.
This sure to Man can never come;
Then it must come to me,
Who shed my Blood then in Man's stead;
As there the fault you see,
Was cast by Man: so I did come;
But now I'll bring it back,
I say, upon the Serpent's head,
And he shall feel the rack.
Because that long he did blaspheme,
And does it to this day;
But he shall know my every Name-
The Promises do lay
For me to come again to Man,
And plead my promise here;
And as a God I'll now awake,
I've told thee so before;
When I at first to thee did burst,
In Spirit to appear,
I said the Serpent should be cast-
The second Psalm was near;
That I'd fulfil my Father's will,
And my demand I'd claim;
And now this day, to thee I say,
I will the whole maintain;
My cause I'll plead, as I have said-
Remember all before:
How the reproach of wicked men
Doth daily here appear;
But I'll go back to bring the stroke,
I tell thee, now on Men,
If that my Bible still they'll mock,
When I have shew'd them plain
How it doth appear my Bible clear,
That no Man can deny.
But if they now begin to fear,
And see how all do lie;
Then they'll see plain in every line,
When I was murder'd here,
That I ascended up on high,
To make my Bible clear:
And gifts for men I said I'd bring,
And so 't shall now come down;
I said the Comforter should come-
The Holy Ghost be found,
That in my Name should surely come,
And in my Name 'tis done.
And as thou say'st of David's Psalms-
His mind was like thine own;
Only in one thou canst not join,
Then now I'll join with thee:
As to the Serpent thou art come,
In Spirit join'd with he;
That's David here I mean to clear,
That wish'd it to the man:
My enemies he could not bear-
The shadows from him come.
But thou dost say another way,
That Satan is the Foe:
Mankind he daily does betray,
And that thou well dost know;
In blasphemy he came to thee,
And did blaspheme my Name;
Thou wish'd it now to fall on he-
So all thy foes I'll shame,
If they will say another way,
"We do not wish it here;
Though he the Woman did betray,
Her guilt we will not clear,
To have it laid on Satan's head,
But let her guilt go on."
Then as the Psalm mankind do read,
They could not bear for Man;
But now the same I do discern,
'Tis to the Serpent plac'd:
And in like manner men are come,
Their Lord for to disgrace;
Then surely I, who dwell on high,
Have shed my Blood in vain,
If men go on my enemies,
And Satan's cause maintain.
But if they turn, in sorrow mourn,
And all begin like thee-
"On Satan's head it might be laid,
His blasphemy, we see,
Will never cease, to bring in peace
We wish him for to fall."
Then their rebellion let them turn-
For I shall answer all,
That gifts for them shall surely come,
Their pardon I'll implore;
And give my Kingdom unto them-
And I shall give them more:
My Spirit strong on them shall come,
In blessings to abound,
When Satan's power is overturn'd,
And I have chain'd him down.
Then men may say from day to day,
"We benefits receive,
Strong from our God, what he hath said-
His words we do believe;
He loads us here, as doth appear-
Our Bibles here are true;
We know the Spirit cannot err-
Bring all before our view:
Our Bibles here we see them clear,
This Promise made at first,
And now the mystery we see clear,
How plain the truth must burst-
On Satan's head, as she hath said,
It must be laid by she;
Because by Man 'twas never done-
Adam at first, we see,
Cast it on God, who felt the rod,
And suffer'd here for Man;
And David here did so appear,
To cast it back on them.
But now from she we plain do see,
She cast the whole on Hell;
Can we appear in conscience here
Her wisdom to condemn,
When for our good we know she stood,
Though Man blam'd her at first,
And to her weakness all allude,
Though he as weak was cast?"
Did he appear more strong than her?
Was he not soon betray'd?
But was his justice then as clear,
To cast it on my head?
So now let Man the trial stand,
And answer from thy word;
How they'll appear to answer here,
Still to condemn their God?
They've still blamed man in all they've done,
And David they blame here;
They judg'd it cruelty in Man
To speak in words severe;
But now 'tis come to thy weak hand,
Thou speak'st a different way;
Then how can men the whole condemn?
Unless they boldly say-
" 'Tis on our God we wish the rod
For ever to remain:
We wish not to avenge his Blood
On Satan's head nor Man.
No; blasphemy we wish to see
Against his holy Name;
We do not wish for to be free
From Satan's cursed chain."
Then surely I, who dwell on high,
Like David must appear,
To be their fatal enemy,
Unless they'll answer here-
"By thy weak hand we wish to stand-
The Woman's pleading's just:
We cannot wish the curse on man,
Nor wish our Saviour cast,
Such grief to bear as he did here,
And ne'er avenge the deed;
The Woman's pleading, we see clear,
Brings all on Satan's head.
Then like the first we see the last-
Our God we now see true:
He made the Woman at the first,
And said he this would do,
A helpmate here for Man t' appear-
He was not good alone;
And from our Bibles we see clear-
Could it be good in Man
To cast the blame, as by Adam done,
The Serpent's guilt to free?
And David here there's few will clear,
To praise the curse of he,
So strong on Man to have it come-
His anger there went deep.
And now we see a different way
The Woman here doth break:
We now see all join'd with the Fall-
Then how can we complain?
If we refuse the Woman's call,
For wishing to free man,
Then we must blame, ourselves to shame,
Our Bible to condemn,
If God a Helpmate made of her,
And in the volume come,
As written there for to appear,
His words for to make good;
His Father's will for to fulfil,
And in her weakness stood
A help for Man-shall we condemn,
Because he doth appear
To prove at last his word at first,
And be our Helpmate here?
The stronger come the weak to bind,
In hand and heart to he?
That the strong man he now may find,
And may his fetters see?
Though strong to man we know he's come,
And us in sorrow bound;
The stronger here will now appear-
Then let his works be crown'd,
To bind the whole that caus'd the Fall-
From Satan's arts it came:
Our God and Saviour now we'll call,
That he may chain him down."
So thus let Men the trial stand,
And I'll stand strong for all;
But if they'll not, I'll tell their lot,
That down they all must fall.
So I'll go back as thou hast wrote,
And bring it to the first;
The second Psalm shall now be known,
In truth and power shall burst;
The Heathens here shall surely fear,
And all the earth shall see,
That to the ending now 'tis come,
That my Name prais'd shall be
From sea to sea, I now do say;
And so from shore to shore,
I'll bring my blessings down to men,
That wait the truth to hear.
For all to see it so shall be,
I'll make the wars to cease,
When I have gain'd the Victory,
I'll bring a lasting Peace;
In every land it so shall stand-
Then see my Bible true,
I'll break the Bow, they all shall know,
That doth in war pursue;
In sunder here I'll cut the spear,
And so it down shall fall;
And as a God I'll send the rod,
Till I have conquer'd all.
Then I'll be known a God to come,
And bring my Glory here;
Exalted then I'll be by men,
That do me love and fear;
Because the Earth when I bring forth
A Paradise for Man,
I know that they will worship me,
And in my Temple come,
With praises great, without deceit,
When harmony abounds,
And righteousness together meet
And love in every sound
Will then begin, the hearts of Men,
That now the Truth embrace,
They'll say that all is joined sweet,
And Man return the Kiss:
That is my Word, that's on record,
They will embrace it here,
And say, "With pleasure now we see
The truth in all is clear.
Burnt offerings here they did appear,
We find they did not do;
Their sacrifices none can clear,
For Solomon, we know,
He offer'd up, but all did drop-
The Beasts, we see, were slain;
But still in Hell the Beast doth swell,
And there he doth remain,
Till Christ shall come to be our King,
And then destroy the Foe:
Lo, in the volume of the Book,
We know 'tis written so;
That he did come, his blood was slain"-
But must his blood stop there?
No; in the Spirit, I'll maintain,
I must again appear,
My Father's will for to fulfil,
The Helpmate at the first;
And then you'll find my avenging heel
Must on the Serpent burst.
For I'll make good, as first it stood,
The Promise in the Fall
Will bring at last, as first was plac'd,
I now do tell you all.
Another day, to thee I say,
The Psalms I'll all go through:
And thou may'st ponder in the way;
Thy heart I well do know,
Like David's here it did appear,
Because I plac'd it so,
For thou to live in faith and fear,
That thou like him might go;
Sometimes went on, thy faith was strong,
Relying on thy God;
Another day in tears did say,
In bye-paths thou hast trod.
So just like him thy life hath been,
But not in sin appear'd;
Because by me thy heart, they'll see,
Was always guided here;
For when I come in Spirit strong,
The carnal Man must die;
So 'tis by thee, all flesh may see,
Thy history doth not lie;
The truth is shewn, to me 'tis known,
And so I'll end it here,
Until, I say, another day,
My Spirit shall appear.
I will reason with thee on the morrow."
Here ends Tuesday night, Oct. 2, 1804.-All taken from Joanna Southcott's mouth.
Wednesday Morning, October 3, 1804.
On the Tuesday night, Joanna felt a heavenly joy, and said she was obliged to keep back what she felt in the explanations of the Psalms, or her eyes would have been drowned in tears of joy; and the feelings of her heart too great to bear, to see in what a clear and beautiful manner the Psalms were explained. But in the night she was distressed with dreams-and dreamt that she lay upon the floor dying; and her mouth was almost cleaved together; but she awaked and found it a dream. She then went to sleep again, and dreamt that she was disputing with many people about her writings. They told her she was prophesied of in the Psalms to be a false Prophet. She asked them where? and said, if they could point it out and shew her where it was in the Psalms, she would give up her writings. In this confused manner she awaked in the morning, and found her spirits greatly oppressed; her heart seemed swelled too big for her body; and all her joy and happiness seemed fled. Her head felt as though it was filled with rivers of water; but cannot shed a tear. So that she is now jealous for herself, whether she was not in a sin, to keep back the feelings of her heart, and amusing herself with nonsense, because she would not discern the beauty of the Psalms, in what wondrous and clear manner they were all explained; and how true and clear the Psalms stand for the fulfilment of Christ's Kingdom, which she tried to stifle, when she was giving the lines in the evening, fearing the joy of its being at hand would be too great for her; and in the morning she awoke with a load too great for her to bear. And now her enquiry is-Lord, let me know my transgression, and wherein I have offended! When she opened her Bible in the morning, it was at Psalm xl. She cast her eye on ver. 2-"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song into my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
the answer of the lord.
"Now Joanna, I shall answer thee. The shadow to thee is the substance to the nation. I do not blame thy amusing thyself to keep back the ponderings of thy heart; because I know, if the eyes of thy understanding were clearly opened, and thou discernedst clearly the days that are come, and gave thyself up to the fullness of joy, it would be more than thou couldst bear, to go through all my labour. But though I do not blame thee, I brought this shadow upon thee, to bring it to the nation. If they say like thee, "We will amuse ourselves in any worldly nonsense, to keep ourselves from discerning the truth. If it be so, we will not see it; neither will we discern it; therefore we are resolved never to see the Truth, nor to believe it, nor attend to things that are for our eternal happiness. If they are so, they are too great for us; therefore we are determined not to discern them. So we will amuse ourselves in vanity and pleasure, that are of this world, to stifle the whole." Then I tell thee their pleasures and amusement will turn, like thine, into the greatest heaviness and sorrow. For if they will not delight themselves in the joy of my Kingdom, they shall feel the sorrow that is approaching; for their worldly amusements will bring sorrow upon them, too great to bear: for if they refuse the joy of the one, they shall feel the sorrow of the other.
"So now from thee the Type they'll see,
Is hastening fast for all;
But I the shadow plac'd in thee,
That men might know their call.
So now thy dream I shall explain,
And bring it out to Man:
Thou saidst thy joy thou didst keep back,
Fearing thy eyes would run,
I say, with joy, for to destroy
Thy perfect labour here;
Because in love thy heart thou'st prove,
It was too great to bear
The whole to see, was said by thee-
And all my words discern;
And thy confusion soon would be
Too great to hear my tongue;
Or words were spoke, thou fearest thy lot,
Could not them both go through;
Therefore thy joy thou didst keep back-
Then I brought to thy view
A death was near for to appear,
In agonies to come.
And so your land like thee doth stand,
If they this way go on,
To say like thee-"we will not see
Our Bible to appear;
That Christ is come the whole to free,
'Twill drown our senses here;
So we'll go on as we have done,
And still keep back the whole."
Then soon, like thee, their end they'll see
In agonies to fall.-
Now I'll explain the other dream,
And to the purpose come:
The people that did dispute with thee
Did wrongly turn the Psalms,
And said that there thou didst appear
A prophet wrong to be;
But I shall boldly answer here;
And let men answer me,
If they can say another way,
They'll make the Psalmist good,
It was not David's prophecies,
The way that I allude.
The Psalmist here then let them clear
The whole before their view,
And let men answer when and where
They'll prove the Psalmist true;
Or how 't can come as plac'd by man,
Then I'll give up the whole?
There's not that earthly man can stand
To prove my words must fall;
That I shall say to thee this day-
The lines for all go deep.
Thy sorrows I shall take away,
And bring thee from the pit
Of horror here that did appear:
Upon the rock thou'lt be;
And so thy feet I'll ever keep,
Thy standing is in me.
I'll take thee from the mire and clay,
That is so strong in Man;
I'll guide thee in the perfect way,
And thou shalt ever stand;
To praise my name the end shall come,
And thou thy God shalt bless.
The liars I shall all unthrone;
Though many do profess
They trust in me, I plain do see,
And yet they turn aside,
And trust in lies-I'll not disguise,
The field is open'd wide,
I say, for all to judge the call,
My Bible to go through;
And strong in Spirit now I call,
That every soul shall know.-
So, from thy dream, let men contend
To prove thou'st plac'd it wrong;
Then they must say the same by me
As they by thee have done-
"Our Bible here we now will clear:
No prophecies can be,
For him in Spirit to appear,
The nations all to free."
Then I'll appear to answer here,
As thou didst say before,
My Bible I will all give up,
If men can prove it here-
The second Psalm has ever come,
The heathens for to free;
When did I govern every land?
Then let Men answer me,
When it was done, be spoke by Man?
But this they cannot do.-
The secrets of the Lord are come,
That every soul shall know,
For to reveal and not conceal,
The end for all draws near;
The Covenant is come to Man,
That I shall now make clear.
So Men discern how I do warn,
And weigh my Bible deep,
You'll find the end for all is come-
The second Psalm shall break,
I say, for all: 'tis I did call
And visit at the first:
In ninety-two, thou well dost know,
I told thee so 't should burst.
Now mark all lands, how they do stand
In tumult and in war;
And I do say to thee this day,
Much stronger 'twill appear;
Till I've brought low, they all shall know,
The nations, like my word;
And then the gleanings men may shew,
That they will turn to God.
Then all I'll free from misery;
Their swords in sunder break;
And then the spear, they need not fear,
I shall in sunder cut.
Then Men with me in peace shall be;
For I'll enjoy them all,
That now in heart will turn to me;
But know the rest must fall;
For I'll put out their every name;
They shall no longer stand.-
But evermore can men appear,
To answer my demand,
To say 'twas done in any land?
Then how can men appear,
To prove my Bible true doth stand,
If I the truth don't clear?
So now I call, to warn them all,
The heathens I'll destroy,
That will not flee, and turn to me-
For man I'll now enjoy,
That looks to me the truth to see,
My Bible to appear.
The ending, every soul will see,
For Man is drawing near;
For now, like thee, they all shall see,
My Spirit it is come;
And the destroying enemy
I'll now destroy for Man.
Because the end 'twas my intend
To bring his ruin here;
His vice is drawing to an end,
Though he doth strong appear.
Perpetually, I now do say,
He's working here with men,
Their innocence for to betray-
But long he cannot stand.
My Bible through I now shall go,
And will fulfil the whole:
I'll bring the ending of the Foe,
And that he'll surely know.-
So now see clear the Psalmist here:
And thou go to the end;
Then the New Song shall all appear;
For now 'tis my intend,
New Songs of praises shall begin,
I say, in every heart,
That wish my kingdom for to win-
Satan shall feel the dart,
That he on Man hath brought so long-
So trace my Bible through:
The Psalmist now for all shall come,
And Songs begin anew.
Now here I see the mind of thee,
Thou'st ponder'd to the end:
That different Psalms there surely be-
Now let thy thoughts be penn'd."
From the ponderings of Joanna's heart, in reading the Psalms, she took notice how they changed after they came to Psalm cxvii-"O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord." Then followeth, Psalm cxviii, how all are to praise the Lord:-"The house of Israel, and the house of Aaron, now say his mercy endureth for ever." Ver. 16, 17, 18-"The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death." Now this is a prophecy, by my judgment, of the Kingdom of Christ, at his second coming: for he was chastened sore; and though he was put to death by man, yet the Lord did not give him over to that death; for his body did not see the grave; neither did the holy one see corruption; but he arose again from death, perfect in his own body, to declare to his disciples the wondrous works he should do at his second coming. So this appears to me the prophecies of David, in Psalm cxviii. Then, if we follow to Psalm cxix, it goes on to a change: of man wishing to come to a perfect knowledge of God. Weigh the Psalm deeply through. Ver. 103, 105-"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!-Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Here David goes through with a full desire to come to the perfection of God: and complaining of every thing that kept him from God. But he says-"My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes," Ver. 171. Then David goes on to shew the happiness of those who are in favour with God, in Psalm cxlv. 4-"One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts." Ver. 11, 12, 21-"They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power. To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever." Psalm cxlvii. 14, 15-"He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly." Psalm cxlix. 1, 2-"Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King." From the latter part of the Psalms it appears to me, that David was exhorting the people to be looking for the kingdom of Christ, which he had been prophesying of; and which he, in spirit, seemed to long for; as he prayed to be freed from every sin:-and here I join with David, hand and heart!
the answer of the lord.
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,
As thy pondering heart appears:
As my Spirit was with David,
Perfect so, I tell thee here,
It is with thee, all flesh shall see
My words to fly abroad;
And my commandments, all shall see,
Are given from thy God:
That on the earth may all come forth,
What is my just decree;
And from my Spirit, all shall know,
The words are given to thee.
So from the Psalms, as thou hast nam'd,
If men will weigh them deep,
They'll find the Psalms that thou hast nam'd,
Must make thy foes to weep;
Because in thee, all flesh shall see,
I've plac'd my Spirit strong,
As 'twas in David, all may see
These things to me were known;
That at the end I did intend
To have them all appear,
Though he to sin did sure begin
To shame his Maker there;
But now, at last, the Psalms are plac'd,
A heart so much like thine-
And now the mysteries I shall clear,
To bring it to mankind.
The thoughts of thee are join'd with me,
Throughout my Bible here,
To bring it on the enemy,
That did to her appear,
I say, at first when she was cast-
'Twas Satan caus'd her fall.
No blame on me was brought by she-
And now I'll answer all:
My honour here I'll prove it clear,
For to avenge her blow;
Because that she doth honour me,
And that you all must know.
Now as the verse before thy view,
Thy pondering heart I see;
But not like Man to have it come,
Then now I'll join with thee."
Psalm cxl. 9, 10, 11-"As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him."
"Now, here within thou dost begin
To ponder from the word.
The heart of Man to thee's unknown,
If he could wish the Lord,
Such vengeance take as he did speak,
'Tis cruel unto thee;
But from the ponderings in thy heart,
Thou'st wish'd it so to be,
To fall on hell, as he doth swell
All ages to destroy;
As thou'st look back to see the wreck,
Man never did enjoy
A life of peace did he possess,
As Satan's arts were strong.
Therefore the ponderings in thy heart,
Like David now thou'lt turn
A different way, I now do say,
And yet you wished the whole
Upon the Tempter's head to lay,
And in the pit to fall.
Thou wished him there, to rise no more,
To be a plague to Man;
And David's spirit must be there,
To wish it so to come,
Whatever way is judg'd by thee
Did in his heart appear.
He ne'er could judge that wicked men
Could all be rooted here,
While Satan's reign did still remain
So strong to work in Man.
The way that David did contend,
'Twas for the end to come;
And now in thee the end they'll see,
Thou'st fix'd all to the root,
For to destroy the enemy,
That did tempt her to the fruit,
That evil here might strong appear;
But now I'll cut him down.-
A David's heart in thee is here,
Though 'tis a different sound;
A different way, I now do say,
Thou'st wish'd to have it so-
That all the evil in the earth
May be cast down below;
That is the thing that brought in sin-
By Satan's arts 'twas done;
And him thou'st wish'd to overthrow,
He might no longer stand;
Because that sin hath ever been,
Ever since Adam's Fall;
Till Satan's cast thou know'st 'twill last,
And sorrow bring on all."
Psalm cxlii. 4-"I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me."
"Now here's a word thou dost not understand;
The words of David no man can command,
What in his heart he ponder'd and did pen-
And here's a verse ne'er understood by men.
Could David say, that no man did know he?
No: here's a mystery I shall answer thee:
For I'm the man that no one here doth know,
That I did come to seek the overthrow
Of the proud Tempter, that at first betray'd,
And bring the every guilt upon his head.
But know, by Man I could not do at first;
Because on me the guilt he surely cast,
To give the Woman then into his care;
And so the guilt both she and I did share;
But as the Woman cast it on his head,
And said 'twas the Serpent that had her betray'd;
And as the Woman then did cast it there,
So she and I will come the whole to clear.
So here's a mystery that no man doth know-
I came to die, that he might feel the blow;
And yet the words no man e'er understood,
Nor knew my death which way for to allude.
That I should come and suffer so for Man,
And let the Jews so strong against me stand,
If that the merit of my death end there,
I ask, my mercies how they could appear?
Because that refuge in me they found none;
Nor any refuge did I find in them;
Because you know, they clamour'd for my Blood-
Then how my Bible is it understood,
That all the earth should come and worship me?
The verse before thee let the Nation see."
Psalm cxxxviii. 4-"All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth."
"Now, from these words, let all men answer,
Can they prove 'twas ever so?
Yet if I was David's Master,
All his words must sure come true;
Because of me, all flesh shall see,
He prophesied before;
And in the end 'tis my intend
His every word to clear,
So here's the word that's on record.
That now I'll make to stand;
It is the word now of the Lord
Shall go through every land,
My Bible here I now shall clear,
And it I'll all fulfil;
And when my wonders do appear,
I shall the whole fulfil."
Psalm cxxxii. 15 to the end-"I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish."
"Now here again, I say to men,
My Bible none do see:
Though it was spoke of David's reign,
It ne'er was done by he;
But know that I, who dwell on high,
With David did compare;
His root and offspring I did say-
Then now discern it here;
The root in me must surely be,
To make the Blossom come:
And here's the bud, you all shall see;
The lamp that must be known;
The anointed see it sure was me,
To bring these blessings down.
From David it could never be,
His foes for to confound;
No; 'tis my name the whole shall shame;
On me the crown shall stand,
When I appear to govern here,
And reign in every land."
Psalm cxix. 160, 166, 174-"Thy word is true from the beginning, and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight."
"Now here to Man again I'll come:
The Psalms stand deep for thee;
And perfect as the words are penn'd,
Thy heart I know to be.
Then from the first I now shall burst,
From the beginning here;
And at the last when all is cast,
They'll find my judgments clear.
Then righteousness, in perfect peace,
For ever shall endure;
And from the Psalms, that thou hast penn'd,
My covenant is sure.
So now the Psalmist all weigh deep-
Thy life in it they'll see;
Though they deny-"it is a lie-
For David 'tis and me;"
They'll own it true, before their view,
For David it does stand;
And own of me he prophesied;
But thee they will condemn-
To say, that there can ought appear
A Prophecy of thee.
Now pen the verse thou'st marked here,
And then I'll answer thee."
Psalm cii. 6, 7, 8-"I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house-top. Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me." Ver. 18, 16, 22-"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory, when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord." Psalm c. 5-"For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." Psalm xcviii. 1, 2, and part of ver. 3-"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God." Psalm xcvii. 11-"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart." Psalm xcvi. 12, 13-"All the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth." Psalm xciv. 8, 9, 12-"Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law." Psalm xcii. 11-"Mine eye shall see my desire on mine enemies." Psalm xci. 11, 12, 13-"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet." Psalm cxiii. 4, 5, 6, 9-"The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God-who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children." Psalm cxviii. 7-"The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore I shall see my desire upon them that hate me." Psalm cxvi. 6, 7-"The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee." Psalm cxi. 10-"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." Psalm cix. 2, 3, 4-"For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love, they are my adversaries." Psalm lxxxviii. 15-"I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors, I am distracted." Psalm lxxxvi. 11, 12-"Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore." Psalm lxxvii. 6, 7-"I will call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?" Psalm lxxii. 15, 16-"And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth." Psalm lxix. 6, 7, 8-"Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of Hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children."
the answer of the lord.
"Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee, before thou goest any further, as thou sayest this has been thy frequent prayers, that none of those that believe in thy writings may come to shame or reproach for thee. Then here is the Prophecy of the true spirit that is in thee. But from whom came that Spirit upon thee? Are not my laws written in thy heart? And the manner of thy life is written in the Psalms.
"So now, Joanna, thee I'll answer:
As the Psalms are written here,
Let them know I am thy master,
And thy Spirit did prepare
All to go through, as thou didst do-
A Pelican at first,
Because alone, they all do know,
My Spirit here did burst;
And so to man thou didst become
Just like an Owl appear,
That in the desert may be seen-
Thou'dst not one helper here;
When I began to lead thee on,
Thou perfect stood alone,
Just like a Sparrow on the house,
To every soul 'tis known.
So all may see the state of thee,
Just as my Bible's penn'd;
I lead the Spirit here of thee-
And so they'll find the end.
Thou didst go on, to me 'tis known,
Sometimes in faith and fear;
And other times thy faith was gone,
To sink in deep despair.
Then surely I, who dwell on high,
Did pluck thee from the Fall;
I took thee from the mire and clay,
Where men did sink thee all.
Thy standing sure shall now endure
For all thy life hath been
Just like the Psalms are mention'd here,
Thy writings prove the thing.
When men look back on what thou'st wrote,
They'll see thy feeling breast;
When misery and jealousy,
By men and devils plac'd
So strong in thee, thy grief they'll see,
When I the whole unfold;
And perfect as the Psalms are here,
The truth will then be told.
But it was I that dwell on high,
That gave thee faith so strong,
To say thou could'st not shun mine eye,
The whole to me was known.
So thou wert clear I must be here,
Or things could not come true;
And as to me thou mad'st thy prayer,
Mine eye was in thy view,
That I did see the grief of thee,
And all thy ways did know;
And if the things came not from me,
Thou judg'd I'd overthrow:
Never like Man thou judg'st my name,
That I the whole don't see;
Thou judg'st my honour and my fame
Would soon confuted thee;
If not from Heaven the lines were given,
Thou judg'st that all must fall;
Because that I who dwell on high
Would ne'er support thy call.
So thou'st appear, I tell them here,
Just like the Psalms are penn'd;
For I have heard thy every prayer,
The way thy heart did bend;
But unto Man I know thou'rt come
Much like an Owl appear;
The ignorance of foolish men,
They so have plac'd thee here.
So men may see the life of thee,
When they have seen the whole;
Just as the Psalms that thou hast penn'd,
It must appear to all.
False tongues appear, you all do hear,
With lies thou'rt compass'd round,
That in the end to all I'll clear
For so it will be found;
The words of man in hatred come,
In malice to proceed;
But I shall prove it in the end-
Like me, they'd make thee bleed;
As they did me on Calvary,
If they could so appear:
They hate thee all without a cause;
And for thy Love appear
In malice great, full of deceit-
But see thy love to Man,
What sufferings here for Man thou'st bear!
And judge thy written hand;
If not from me thy writings be,
Thy hazard must be great,
The truth to know if it was so-
In thee there's no deceit;
But had all been in a straight line,
My answer could not go,
Thyself to free, as I do say,
The world like me don't know.
When jealousy and misery
Alarm'd thy faithful breast,
I knew the pondering heart of thee,
How in the flames thou'dst cast,
Thou saidst, the whole, if wrong did fall,
And so I thee shall clear.
Then let thy love be known to all,
How thou didst persevere;
The truth to know, how thou didst go
To put in every hand;
And when my Promise I did make,
To ask me, and command,
Then let them see the words of thee-
Thou ask'd it for Man's good;
As Satan is your enemy,
Let all be understood-
No grandeur here thou wish'd to share,
But to adore thy God,
And Man's redemption wish'd to hear,
And have my purchase Blood
The lands to free from misery,
And happiness possess:
This is the perfect love of thee,
Though men do wound thy breast.
Then sure 'tis wrong what they have done
Thy love and pity see,
Which men in rage and fury turn,
Just like the Psalms to be.
Unjustly here do all appear,
For cause they can have none,
In rage to burn, as men do come,
Thy love for to unthrone.
But as from Hell the whole doth swell,
The standard thou'st plac'd there;
And wish his Fall to be from all,
Let men in conscience clear
What they have done, I say, in Man:
They cannot justify
To ill requite, thy love to slight;
In pity men should lie,
If they believ'd thou wert deceiv'd,
Such hazard for to run;
They all must see the bent of thee
Throughout in love to Man;
Then pity they should shew to thee,
And not thy heart condemn.
But I'll appear to answer here;
In lying tongues they're found,
With malice they can never clear,
I say, in any sound.
That they do come in malice strong-
But I shall take thy part,
With those that are thy helpers here,
And join'd in hand and heart.
So, in the end, 'tis my intend
To shew my Bible clear;
And those that are thy every friends,
They shall with joy appear,
I say, to see the mind of me-
Thy enemies shall fall.
And here's another mystery,
I from the Psalms shall call:
Humble I'm come for to look down,
And view the things below;
The barren womb shall now be found
In joyful heart to go;
Her children see in joy shall be,
How they are born of God:
And I'll destroy their enemy,
That vex them with his rod;
Then glory here shall great appear,
And men in joy may sing,
That the new song to all is come;
For Jacob's God and King
Is come to all to free the Fall.
And I shall answer here,
And from this Psalm the whole I'll call;
I ask how men can clear
The words are penn'd are judg'd to mean
When I did come below?
But can they say I then did reign,
In power these things to shew?
I tell them no: it was not so;
Nor there's no man can clear
That peace to Man it then did come;
No: wars and tumults were
Continued then, you know, by men,
Oppression still went on:
And to this day, you all must say,
It is in every land.
Then can you clear the Psalm that's here,
In blessings to abound?
I tell you no: 'twas never so;
These things were never found
To be in Men, since here I came-
And me they did destroy:
You see the Jews in every land,
What peace do they enjoy?
And as to Men, see how they stand-
In peace do they appear?
Then 'tis in spirit I must come
My Bible all to clear;
Then I'll come down, it shall be found,
Like rain upon the grass:
And great my blessings shall be found,
And peace shall all possess.
So in my reign shall all be seen,
The righteous flourish here;
And peace abundant shall be found,
That ever shall endure.
The enemy, they all shall see,
Shall lick the dust of Man;
For so the Serpent's doom shall be,
He to that end shall come.
Then may the kings their presents bring,
To build my house anew;
And every nation worship me,
And all shall find it true;
The needy here their grief I'll clear,
And all the poor I'll free;
For great my bounty shall appear,
That every soul shall see:
I shall redeem from hell and sin,
From their deceitful foe;
I'll make them precious in my sight,
My blood shall cleanse them so!
So, as I live, let no one grieve-
You know I rose again,
And said to Man that I should come,
My every cause maintain.
So friends appear the shadows here,
For presents they do send:
It is my work to carry on;
And I shall stand their friend:
And thou dost know, the truth is so,
That prayers for me are made,
To bring my kingdom down below-
O men! you're all misled,
That now do say another way,
I did it at the first.
It was not so, you all do know;
Nor did my glory burst
So strong on Man, as in this Psalm,
That all is mention'd there;
But now, I say, in every land
My glory shall appear
Handful of wheat, you'll find it great,
Or else, I say, of corn;
Though 'tis but few, thou well dost know,
That now wish to be born,
So strong in me the whole to see,
But yet they will increase:
Though with a handful in the land,
I did begin in peace
To tell my mind, that near the time,
My kingdom is at hand;
Like Lebanon, they all will find,
My handful now will stand
To shake the whole, till men will fall,
My kingdom wish to see;
And say-"we're guilty one and all,
To be her enemy,
If Christ is come for to perform,
The prophecies are here;
And to the woman it must come
To plead her promise there.
That at the first it was so plac'd-
Then why do men dispute?
If blessings great on Man are cast,
Then Christ must strike the root;
Then cities here might well appear
In prospect to be found,
And like the grass to flourish here,
When Christ the whole hath crown'd;
Then he'll endure for evermore
Like Jacob's God and King.
We never did discern it here,
The way he'd bring all in;
Our Bibles true before our view
We ne'er expect'd to see;
That Christ should come our prince and king,
All nations worship he.
'Twas never so, we well do know,
Yet so 'tis said shall come;
And yet the woman we deny,
Our Bibles to condemn;
Because that clear they can't appear,
The way that all hath stood;
We know, the Lord must interfere,
If he doth make all good.
Then all will bless, when they possess
The blessings are in store;
And Satan's arts must surely miss,
When he can tempt no more.
Then well we know that joy may flow,
When Christ that is the vine,
And all the branches he'th plac'd so,
To have his heart and mind.
Then will begin the praise to him,
And all will bless his Name;
They'll say from Israel's God and King
Do all these blessings come."-
So Men will praise the end of days,
As Adam prais'd the first,
When the woman I did create;
For so the end will burst:
But standing sure for to endure,
Will be the state of Man;
And their temptations will be o'er,
The way I've laid my plan.-
So I'll end here and say no more,
Until another day.
Thy pondering heart doth now appear,
And thoughts within thee lay-
"Oh, that to all it so did fall,
From Adam at the first!"
Then how in justice could I call
To have the Serpent cast,
So far from Man as shall be done?
No: this could never be:
I know thy pondering heart doth run
And wish the whole to free!"
Here ends Wednesday night, October 3.
THE PROVERBS AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 1804.
Thursday morning Joanna dreamt that she saw a house tumble down in the same manner as you might see a chest-of-drawers fall, without any part of it being broken, so that you might raise it up again, and place it as it was before; and perfectly so the house fell, and they raised it up, and placed it as before; and Joanna thought she went into the house afterwards, and went up into many of the rooms; and it stood upon a solid foundation; but she told the master, she was afraid it would tumble again; but he told her it would not.
Thursday evening. I Joanna have finished reading through all the works of Solomon; and as I am commanded to draw my own judgment, before any answer is given me, I shall now draw it perfectly to the ponderings of my own heart, whether I draw it right or wrong; for I cannot deceive the Lord; therefore I shall not try to draw my judgment with man, in reading the Proverbs of Solomon. His advice is good; and by his wisdom, in his advice, he foretelleth the end of his children; what their evils would bring upon them, for the punishment that he said would follow sin, followed the generation of Solomon's children; which is a type for all mankind; as it appeareth to me, that although Solomon was endowed with so much wisdom, I cannot say his heart was like David's, neither was his repentance like David's. So that from my judgment, wisdom alone will not do, without a sincere desire of the heart, to have the laws of the Lord written there. The wisdom of God is one thing, because he is infinite in goodness and mercy, as well as infinite in wisdom and truth. Now, from my observation of Solomon, the wisdom of God would not do for Man till his heart was renewed to the likeness of the Lord, in that state of innocence that he was at first created in; as from my judgment, David, without this abundance of wisdom that Solomon possessed, had a more humble and penitent heart, and deeply repented of the sins he had committed; but Solomon's complaining is, that all was evil and vanity, of the sins that he had committed; but he does not repent, like David, in his writings, whatever he did in his heart; and yet, by his wisdom, his counsel was noble; and by his wisdom his prophecies, to me, appear deep of the kingdom of Christ. And here I shall begin from the Wisdom of Solomon, viii. 8-"If a man desireth much experience, she knoweth things of old, and conjectureth aright what is to come: and can expound dark sentences; she foreseeth signs and wonders, and the events of seasons and times." Ver. 14-"I shall set the people in order, and the nations shall be subject unto me." Chap. vi. 17-"For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline; and the care of discipline is love; and love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption; and incorruption maketh us near unto God: therefore the desire of wisdom bringeth to a kingdom." In chap. v. 4-"We fools accounted his life madness; and his end to be without honour: how is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints!" Ver. 17-"He shall take to him his jealousy for complete armour, and make the creature his weapon for the revenge of his enemies; he shall put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and true judgment instead of a helmet. He shall take holiness for an invincible shield." Chap. iv. 13, 14, 15, 18, 19-"He being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time: for his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. This the people saw and understood it not; neither laid they up this in their minds, that his grace and mercy is with his saints, and that he hath respect unto his chosen. They shall see him and despise him; but God shall laugh them to scorn. For he shall rend them and cast them down headlong; they shall be speechless; and he shall shake them from the foundation." Chap. iii. 7, 8, 9, 13-"In the time of their visitation, they shall shine, and run to and fro like sparks among the stubble. They shall judge the nations, and have dominion over the people, and their Lord shall reign for ever; they that put their trust in him shall understand the truth. Blessed is the barren that is undefiled; she shall have fruit in the visitation of souls." Chap. i. 2, 7-"For the Lord will be found of them that tempt him not: and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him. The spirit of the Lord filleth the world: and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice."-Now, as I am ordered to draw my own judgment, first from the Wisdom of Solomon: for that wisdom, which Solomon speaks of, to have all power to reign and rule, and to subdue all things to himself, could never be in an earthly object, as to fallen man; it must allude to the knowledge and power of God, in and through his Son, in the verses here mentioned; for, in chap. vii. 25, 26, 27, he says-"She is the breath of the power of God, and a pure influence flowing from the glory of the almighty: therefore can no defiled thing fall into her. For she is the brightness of everlasting light, the unspotted mirror of the power of God, and the image of his goodness; and being but one, she can do all things: and remaining in herself, she maketh all things new." Now this was the wisdom of Solomon, that the Lord had given him, to know and understand what the Lord would do, by his wisdom in the end. Now from my judgment, no man can understand, or believe, that all this wisdom, knowledge, power, goodness, and truth was in Solomon, or in any man, to accomplish these things; for Solomon said to himself-I myself am a mortal man, like to all, and the offspring of him, that was first made of the earth. Then he cannot say that he is entering into holy souls, to make them friends of God, and prophets; and that vice shall not prevail against wisdom. This could never be alluded to Man: it can be none, but the power of God in the wisdom of his Son, who was without sin unto salvation; and in him was wisdom, goodness, and truth: whom it is clear that the Jews counted his life madness, and his end to be without honour; but how they must appear, when he cometh again in might, majesty, and glory, to put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and true judgment instead of a helmet, and his severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword, and the world shall fight with him, against the unwise; Then may they cry out, when they begin to see his power bringing in his glorious kingdom of peace-"How is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot among the saints! Therefore we erred from the way of truth; and the light of righteousness has not shined unto us; and the sun of righteousness rose not upon us. We wearied ourselves in the ways of wickedness; but the ways of the Lord we have not known. What hath pride profited us? Or what good have riches, with our vaunting, brought us?" Now this appeareth to me, that the wisdom of Solomon was given to him to discern the last days; though none of the commentators ever placed it so; neither is the name of Christ ever mentioned in the contents of the chapter. So it appeareth to me that the wisdom of Solomon, was the wisdom God gave him, concealed from the world; a light shining in darkness to mankind; that now appeareth breaking out; and the true believers, that rely wholly on the fulfilment of the Bible, of Christ's glorious and peaceable kingdom to be established, as promised, have already begun to fight with him, against the unwise, that judge all things will remain as they are. But if no change is ever to take place, how can men believe changes ever did take place? For the world to be once drowned; the wonders that were done in Egypt; Sodom and Gomorrah burnt; the temple and Jerusalem destroyed; and the Gospel of Christ brought in. Now as all these changes have taken place, why not the change take place for the kingdom of Christ to be brought in to fulfil the Law and the Gospel? This is the pondering of my heart, and are my thoughts on the Wisdom of Solomon; if I am wrong, the Lord reprove me, and shew me the error of my judgment: and now I am waiting for his answer.
the answer of the lord.
"And now, Joanna, I shall answer thee. The preparation of thy heart, and the answer of thy tongue, are both from the Lord; and no more than men have discerned the wisdom of Solomon, no more have they discerned the wisdom of my Bible. So, if they cannot understand the wisdom of a Man, they cannot understand the wisdom of a God; for that wisdom, which Solomon speaks of, was not in him to be pure and undefiled.-
"Now from thy dream I shall explain:
For there the house did fall-
The house of clay, to thee I say,
Ne'er rose to conquer all;
No; it was I, that dwell on high,
Fell by the wrath of Man:
Though in the sepulchre I did lie,
You know I rose again,
And perfect stood!-So now allude,
The house of clay must fall.
But it is I, that dwell on high,
Must rise again for all!
My standing sure shall now endure:
From Solomon you see,
The wisdom that I gave him here
He prophesied of me.
And now to thee, all flesh shall see,
The wisdom here is come;
That he did say should be in she
And bring me now the Man,
That will appear the whole to clear-
Thy pondering heart goes deep:
Men by their wisdom they do err,
As he in sin did break.
Though wisdom strong to him did come,
But did it him improve,
To live in virtue all his life,
For to reward my love?
That I did come, and place so strong,
His greatness all might see?
But mark the way he did go on,
Till he fell back from me;
Then boast no more of wisdom here,
That it is plac'd in Man.
I tell thee, greatly all do err-
The Trial none can stand,
To say that Man did ever come
In wisdom so to shine;
In all the virtues there are plac'd
A warning to mankind.
From Solomon it now must come,
Your wisdom it must fall;
No more than he, you all must see,
You so can boast at all.
So learned Men must now begin
To see their folly deep;
The wisdom here of Solomon
Did of my coming speak.
Wisdom in thee was plac'd by me,
His wisdom to discern;
That unto him could never be
Such wonders to perform;
As wisdom there he said should clear
The wicked to tread down;
And make the nations for to fear-
Can this in Man be found?
I tell thee, No; it is not so;
Nor was it done by he;
Nor did they judge the man a fool-
Let wise men answer me,
If wisdom here he so did share,
And all men judged him wise;
In grandeur great he did appear,
And so did end his days;
Then how can Man so simply come,
With him to place the word?
To say with madness they compar'd
The steps that he had trod?
Or did they say, that very way,
That honour he had none,
When that his life I took away?
My Bible none discern! ! !
Did he appear (now answer here)
In righteousness to come,
That as a breastplate he did wear
To judge the sons of men?
The world with he, did they agree,
As it is mention'd there,
To say that they did fight with he,
And the unwise beware?
Did he cast down, in every sound,
His thundering bolts abroad?
And from the clouds could he be found
To set the mark of God?
I tell thee, No; it was not so;
His hailstones could not fall,
Nor with his wrath to fly abroad
The raging seas to call.
No, no; by Man 'twas never done-
He could not this go through:
And from the Life that he did run-
Call all before thy view
How he began to fall in sin,
And wrong built altars here:
Then how can men allude to him,
What they can never clear?
No; 'tis from me the whole must be,
For I shall so go on,
Until my wisdom all shall see
Is like his words become.
I shall not stop, so all may hope
That wish the whole to see;
The wisdom of his words to drop
And now fulfill'd in me.
So 'tis not thee, all flesh must see,
By wisdom drew it here:
No; it was I, that dwell on high,
Did in thy heart appear
To ponder on, as thou'st begun;
My Law is written there.
Back to the standard all must come-
And let thy Life appear;
When thou began in Prayer, 'tis seen,
To wrestle with thy God;
I said my Laws upon thy heart
Should sure be writ and known
Then now see plain, ye sons of men,
What LAWS are written here!
Then how with her can you contend,
Without your wisdom clear,
That you can say another way,
The wisdom he did see
Was in himself? Can you now tell
It did not speak of me?
I tell you vain, ye sons of men,
Your judgment must appear,
If you do say another way
In judgment she doth err,
The things to place, ye fallen race,
That my wisdom it must come
These wondrous things to bring to pass-
It ne'er was done by Man.
What mighty winds can you now find
From Man can surely blow?
What storms are here, like bows appear,
That Man by strength can throw
For to lay waste, the earth to pass,
Ill dealings cast away-
The mighty men to overthrow,
Their strength to cast away,
That will not stoop, beneath my feet,
To wish my Kingdom here;
And work with me the whole to see
That the unwise may fear?
So now begin from Solomon
His wisdom you'll trace deep;
And from the words to thee are seen
I shall begin to speak:
A short time here I did appear
My Labour to go through;
And now the long time I shall clear,
For I'll fulfil it so;
Though hasty then, I say to men,
My Life was took away;
Because it was by wicked men
My Life they hasty slay'd:
But ne'er discern'd what they had done;
And understood it not,
If their redemption ever came,
Then I their sins must blot.
To come at first and claim the last,
God's wisdom all go through;
That as the promise first was plac'd,
Satan must feel his due.
So wisdom here is plac'd in her
The promise for to crave;
And by it she can never err;
Her promise she shall have,
As at the first in her 'twas plac'd,
To have the guilty fall;
So at the last the whole shall burst,
I now do tell you all;
Then can you blame, and will you shame
The wisdom that is here?
Then sure my anger you'll inflame,
My answer you shall hear:
If you despise for to be wise,
To hear my just decree,
Then now the end 'tis my intend
My laughter soon will be;
For Men I'll scorn, it shall be known,
If they do scorn me here;
'Tis I must come the righteous man
In boldness to appear.
Now bring me one that you can name,
That you've afflicted here,
That you can call the righteous man,
To make you tremble here;
Amaz'd to see the power of HE,
And his salvation come;
I tell you plain, ye sons of men,
It ne'er was meant in Man.
No: 'tis in me the power must be,
For so I shall appear;
And my salvation Men shall see-
Then let my foes to fear;
For upright men with me will join,
Till I have gone all through;
And then the souls of righteous men
In God they'll find him true.
Torments to them shall never come,
For I shall free them here.
And to the verse that thou dost look
I now shall answer here:
They'll see the word that's on record,
That they ne'er judg'd was true;
That in the end 'twas my intend
To bring all to their view.
For the just man must now be known
He is the Son of God;
And from the cross it must be shewn,
His enemies, 'tis know'd,
Said, "if it be so, we this shall know,
So let him help him here;
If from the cross he now can go,
We will believe and fear."
With torturing then they did begin
The Son to crucify;
But never one discern'd the thing
That Solomon did say-
That wisdom here in him was clear,
Yet he ne'er understood;
For in his wisdom he did err,
And ne'er discern'd his God-
That unto him 'twould all be done,
As it is mention'd here;
The torturing then of sinful men
With patience I did bear;
Condemn'd with shame my death it came,
For they condemn'd me so,
To say if I was then the Son
Of God he then should go-
Deliver me from misery;
But this he did not do.
But now I say to thee this day
The former words are true;
Then now at last the whole shall burst;
Their vices let them see,
How they imagin'd in their hearts,
Such evil things of me.
The mysteries there they could not clear,
God's ways they were not known;
And from the wisdom of men here,
They never did discern
The wisdom great that he did speak
Did all of me foretell;
They cannot bring a righteous man,
That way to rise and fall.
So now the end 'tis my intend
My Bible all to clear;
And I shall point out every way
Whereof I'm spoken here.
For God created man at first
Immortal for to be;
In his own image he was plac'd
For all eternity:
Yet Satan there did strong appear,
In envy for to swell;
And death into the world it came,
By Satan's arts from hell;
So if with him you now will join,
You'll surely find it so;
The Devil's envy Men do bind,
That they with him might go.
But I'll be found now to mankind
That will not tempt me here;
And unto such they now shall find
Their Lord in power appear;
That don't distrust me at the last,
My wisdom all shall see;
A loving spirit now shall burst
To those that join with me.
My Spirit here shall strong appear,
The world throughout to fill;
And they that long my voice to hear
Shall have my knowledge still,
To shew them plain the time is come
My Bible to make good;
Dark sayings, ne'er observ'd by Man,
Must now be understood
Were spoke of me, though none did see
Till I in thee appear'd;
Then know, the wisdom given she,
To ask her full reward,
As at the first the thing was plac'd,
She craves it in the end.-
Will you despise her being wise,
To make your foe to bend;
My sons to free from misery,
That on your God confide?
It was the wisdom first of me,
And yet from Man 'twas hid
Till at the last I come to burst
And place the wisdom here,
The woman should her promise claim-
Then let her foes take care!"
Solomon's Song, viii. 3, 5, 6-"His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave." Chap. vi. 10, 11-"Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded." Chap. v. 2, 3-"I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?" Chap. iv. 15, 16-"A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits."-The contents of this chapter: Christ setteth forth the graces of the church. Ver. 8-"He sheweth his love to her." Ver. 16-"The Church prayeth to be made fit for his presence." Ver. 8-"Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon." Chap. ii. 11, 12, 13, 15, 16-"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes. My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies."
the answer of the lord.
"Now I'll begin from Solomon,
Ere thou dost further go.
They say that all is to the church-
And I shall make it so:
But unto all can they now call,
And let the church appear,
To say "we're thine, and thou art mine,"
And boldly answer here,
That from the heart they can impart
To prove they're so with me?
I tell thee, no: all hearts I know,
And every heart I see;
Though unto all is now the call,
But all will not comply;
The churches here cannot appear
To say-"in us does lie-
That we are thine, and thou art mine:"
No: every heart I see,
They cannot bring it to the church,
Till all in heart like thee
Do join the same to have me come-
The church must here stand mute,
Till they with thee united be
To strike unto the root,
The foxes here, I mean to clear
To take them all away;
My tender vines do now appear,
The branches so do lay,
To join with thee; all flesh must see,
I tell thee, 'tis not so,
That all the branches in the Church,
Like those, with thee do go.
So here are some the branches come,
And enter'd in the vine;
But unto all it so must come
Before the church be mine,
To answer here, as doth appear,
They both are join'd as one.
But from the lilies now appear,
To feed with them I'm come;
As lilies white, before your sight,
So white I'll make them all.
The flowers here do now appear;
The singing birds do call,
That they are clear, the truth is here;
The turtle's voice is come,
To bring in peace, let tumults cease:
A turtle must be known,
How peace from her did first appear,
The waters to abate:
So now the turtle's voice is here,
To tell you all your fate-
That I am come for to bring in
My every tender vine;
And all the foxes shall be seen
To perish in their time.
So here's the call, to one and all-
My calling is begun;
And if with me you join'd will be,
Unto the vine now turn;
Then I'll appear to answer here,
And say that thou art mine:
And so my kingdom you shall share,
And I shall call you mine;
And you the same may claim my name,
To say you're join'd with me.
So here's the church I'll never blame;
For in the clefts you'll see,
That I am come to visit Man-
That is the rock for all,
And so with me you join'd may be-
The foxes down shall fall:
I'll take away, I now do say,
All that do hurt my vine.
Now see my bible how 't doth lay,
A warning to mankind.
If I appear the whole to clear,
The Foxes to destroy;
Then where's the man with me can stand
That won't the whole enjoy.
So now appear, the sword is near,
That will destroy my Foe;
The valiant Men expert in war
Must now in valour go,
Till they bring in their every King,
Where wisdom strong is plac'd;
For every victory they shall win,
And all my goodness taste.
So come with me, you all shall see
What wonders will appear,
When I from Lebanon do come,
My spouse in all to clear:
My spouse you'll see is join'd with me;
My sister, and my bride;
And my beloved, all shall see,
Doth in my truth confide.
Till I shall come to dwell with them,
As it is said before;
Because their Love I now shall prove
My heart hath ravish'd here
Better than wine, behold the time
That all these things did come;
And every age call you to mind,
And see if e'er 'twas done,
Like sisters here for to appear
Espous'd in Love to me,
Wishing to bring my Kingdom here,
That they may dwell with me:
But I am thine, and thou art mine,
Is now their every cry.
Now tell me if there was a time,
My chosen friends were nigh,
For to appear as these do here-
Invite me to come down,
Into the Garden to appear?
This Earth shall so be found;
For as at first it was so plac'd,
I'll make it so for Man;
Like Paradise the whole shall burst,
When I do end my plan.
My spices here shall then appear,
And strongly fly abroad:
And in the Spirit I am here,
To let Men know their Lord
Is come to clear the Bible here:
For all I'll now make true.
I tell you all 'tis time to fear,
That mockery do pursue.
For now see plain, ye sons of men,
The way my Church is plac'd;
It is of Woman, I'll maintain,
To make my love to burst.
My sisters here and spouse appear-
Mark how the whole go through;
Then how the Church can you now clear,
To prove 'tis done by you;
When you stand out so full of doubt,
And all the truth deny?
The mysteries no man did find out,
Why that the Church did lie
So to compare with Women here-
My spouse and sisters too.
See how their love to me is dear,
Bring all before your view;
Then you must say another way-
"We cannot here dispute:
We see their love for Christ doth lie,
To strike close to the root
That did begin to bring in sin,
That Men might God despise:
But now we see the hearts of them,
They've surely done more wise;
Then can we clear he is not here,
Their every heart to draw?
Then sure his Love, we now must prove,
Doth with these Women go."
So I'll appear the whole to clear,
The Church I'm come to call;
And see if they will join with you,
And full of Love be all.
Now if 't be so, my love they'll know
I equal shall return;
For where I see your Love to flow,
Mine is more strong than Men's.
So now appear my voice to hear,
And open to the sound;
For as the words are mention'd here,
They're in these Women found.
Then how can Men the Trial stand,
That do the truth deny.
When do you see the ways of me
Do like my Bible lie,
To prove to all this is the call,
My kingdom is at hand?-
And as the words are mention'd here
The perfect truth does stand:
The Vision see, was shewn to thee-
Wet with the dew I'm come;
Thou knowest my hair did so appear,
And I no coat had on.
So every way, I now do say,
The likeness doth appear;
Thou saw'st the sweat upon my face,
With wet disorder'd hair.-
With tears within thou dost begin,
My perfect Love to see:
And I thy love would stronger win,
But weakness I do see,
When I impart to thee my heart,
How it in Love is come
To waken all, to hear the call,
That upon me will turn.
Under thy head my Hand was laid,
My Breathing thou didst feel;
And so I'm come to rescue Man,
The Woman's Fall to heal.
Then Women here must first appear-
And first they did begin;
And now at last they so are plac'd,
When I come to explain
My Bible here, to prove it clear,
How every thing has stood;
And thy Beloved thou didst fear
Had left thee, as a God,
When Satan strong to thee did come-
Let all Men hear thy cry-
"That my beloved he is gone;
I knew not where he lay!"-
Till I again in Love did turn,
And in thee did appear;
Then thy Beloved must be known,
Is strong in Spirit here.
Then now let Men in Love begin
To ask thee where I'm gone,
That in the Spirit thou hast seen,
And felt my power strong?
But 'tis not so, thou well dost know:
I always do abide
In power strong, as I did come
Though in me thou'st confide;
Because that here I do appear
In Spirit now with thee:
But if too strong I here should come,
It is too strong for thee
Always to bear, I tell thee here,
Therefore I lead thee on,
A gentle manner thou can'st bear;
But let my power be shewn,
What I shall do, they all shall know,
When to the purpose come,
The words are now before thy eyes,
I'll answer here to Man:
Under thy head my hand was laid,
My left hand did appear;
My right hand see embraced thee,
When Breathing strong was here.
Then now see plain, ye sons of men,
The way I've led all on:
It was to Women, not to Men,
I in this Power did come.
Now tell me plain, ye sons of men,
What Women do appear
That on the Lord so strong do lean
When all are baffled here?
I've rais'd thee up; so all may hope,
The end for all is near.
The apple tree was shown to thee -
Thy birth did so appear;
As from the fruit, let all be mute,
The orchards did abound,
Wherein thy birth I did bring forth,
Let all men judge the sound:
The nuts to thee were shewn by me,
Thou knowest, in ninety-two.
The Garden here I mean to clear,
The Orchard in thy view,
Where thou didst see the nuts to be,
But then that fruit did fall;
The Vineyard then I shew'd to thee,
The vines should flourish all
That did appear; I told thee there
The bud was on the vine;
Or on the trees that joined were
In hand and heart with mine.
So weigh the whole, then men must fall
That with thee do dispute;
My Bible must surprise them all-
I've fix'd thee to the root
That is to come of ages strong-
I ask them who is she
That's looking for the morning here,
These wondrous things to see?
Fair as the moon she now is come,
For all her words are fair,
The power of darkness to unthrone;
For now her light I'll clear,
Light in the darkness it hath shin'd:
But yet conceal'd from Man:
But now I'll further tell my mind,
Her light as clear is come,
As Satan's first, when he did burst
The Woman to betray.
But now as fair, I tell you here,
Her Promises do lay.
Clear as the sun her light is come;
My banner doth appear,
That is of Love, I now shall prove,
And terrible 'tis here,
To overthrow her every foe.
So all these lines weigh deep;
Judge if a Woman so could go,
Without the Lord did speak;
I tell you plain, ye sons of men,
You've drawn your judgment wrong;
For when you see the lines of she,
Yourselves you must condemn;
Or, you must blame your God to shame,
This way to raise her up:
These wondrous visions for to see,
To strengthen all her hope;
And sickness here that did appear
Like one condemn'd to die;
Then why her sickness should I clear
To fill her with a lie?
If 'twas not true, before my view,
The vision she hath penn'd,
I'd ne'er let her to go through
Still leaning on her friend;
Judging 'tis me, they all shall see,
Thy hand and heart resign,
Thy life and all given up to me-
And now I tell thee, mine
Shall be the same!-so know my name,
To rescue thee I'm come.
So Women here in love appear,
You'll find my love is strong
To free you all from Adam's fall:
If Eve brought in the first,
Of sorrow here that did appear,
Then I'll bring in the last;
For joy shall come the same to Man;
So now the Woman see!
My church upon her it must stand,
As Women join'd with me.
So I'll end here, and say no more;
But let your songs abound;
For you may sing, your God and King
Will for you now be found:
So 'twas the Song of Solomon-
And songs I've made for all
That now will see the mystery,
And judge from whence the Call.
So learned men, if they contend,
They cannot answer here:
But by the Woman in the end
My Church must sure stand fair.
The shadow see was plac'd of she,
And so I've brought the end;
And now the learned let them see
Which way their minds will bend."
Here ends Solomon's Song, for the present,-Friday night, October 5, 1804.
ECCLESIASTES AND PROVERBS.
Saturday Morning, Oct. 6, 1804.
Now Joanna begins with Ecclesiastes xi. 1, 2-"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth." Chap. viii. 11-"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Chap. vii. 29-"Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." Ver. 8-"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit." Chap. iii. 14-"I know that whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him." Proverbs xxix. 27-"An unjust man is an abomination to the just; and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked." Chap. xxviii. 26-"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered." Chap. xxvii. 12-"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished." Chap. xxv. 2-"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter." Ver. 5-"Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness." Ver. 19-"Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint." Chap. xxiv. 12-"If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?" Chap. xxi. 2-"Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts." Chap. xix. 9-"A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish." Chap. xviii. 13-"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." Chap. xvii. 13-"Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house." Ver. 15-"He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord." Chap. xv. 22-"Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established." Chap. xvi. 1-"The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord." Ver. 3-"Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established." Chap. xiv. 10-"The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy." Ver. 27-"The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." Chap. xii. 13-"The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble." Ver. 19-"The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment." Chap. xi. 14-"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." Ver. 26-"He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it." Ver. 30-"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." Ver. 31-"Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth." Chap. x. 29-"The way of the Lord is strength to the upright." Ver. 30-"The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth." Chap. viii. 12-"I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions." Ver. 29-"When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:" Ver. 30-"Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;" Ver. 31-"Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men." Chap. iii. 19-"The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens." Ver. 32-"For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous." Ver. 6-"In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Chap. ii. 5-"Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." Ver. 6-"For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Ver. 22-"But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." Chap. i. 23-"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you." Ver. 24-"Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded." Ver. 25-"But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof." Ver. 26-"I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh." Ver. 29-"For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord."
the answer of the lord.
"Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee, from the words of Solomon; a wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is heaviness to his mother. And now I shall tell thee from the wisdom of Solomon, who is the wise son, that shall make glad his father that first created him to have his delight with the sons of men: for by my wisdom, I laid the foundation of the earth, and by my wisdom I formed man in it; and now my secrets shall be with them that fear me; and they who delight in the knowledge of their God, the knowledge of their God shall be given unto them; and I will pour out my wisdom upon them. The wisdom that was given to Solomon, was wisdom given for all men to know and understand the end of all things; that the wicked should be rooted out, and they that trust in the Lord, should be established in the earth.
"So I'll begin from Solomon:
As backward thou didst go,
And so the same I shall go on
Till I the end shall shew.
The bread is on the water cast-
My word doth now appear.
You know that water bread would waste,
If men should cast it there;
Then 'tis my word that's on record
Is bread for all to find:
And if they'll now believe their Lord,
'Tis my appointed time
For men to see the ways of me,
In wisdom to appear;
And many portions now I'll give
To them that seek me here.
Evils will come upon the land,
And fast they will abound:
But they that trust to my commands,
In secret will be found,
Themselves to free from misery,
When it doth hasten on:
But evil workers, I do see,
They are more harden'd strong.
A sentence here they oft did hear
Against them it was cast;
But hastily the fools do say-
These judgments did not burst.
So evil here doth strong appear
Against my every hand;
They say my words they will not hear
As judgments are prolong'd:
But I do say to thee this day
That hasty they will fall;
The time's at hand you'll see your land
To tremble one and all,
That now do mock the coming stroke;
For men I now do see,
Inventions here in them appear
To mock the words of me;
They will not clear my Bible here,
Nor suffer 't to be done;
But judge that all is ended here,
The wisdom given to Man,
Was it for he, blind mortals see,
And for himself alone?
No: it was wisdom come from me,
Given out for every man.
That at the last when I do burst
My Spirit to appear,
The wisdom given at the first,
Men all might see it clear.
For now the end, 'tis my intend,
The wisdom seen by he
That better shall the ending come
Than the beginning be.
But can you say, in every way,
The ending is the best?
Man that's of a Woman born,
And in this world is plac'd,
If he grows up, can he now hope
His end for to appear
Much better than his birth did drop?
If every sin appear
Strong in the Man, will you contend
His ending is the best?
And if he goes to slay a friend
With malice in his breast;
If he goes through what's in his view,
His faithful friend to slay,
Then will you say the end is best
What in his thoughts did lay;
That power there did so appear,
His thoughts for to complete?
No, no; the end he most must fear,
Because his evil great
Must fall on him, at last must come
His ending's not the best;
The thing much better was for him
To stop it at the first,
And ne'er go through what's in his view;
So ending you see here
With Solomon can never join,
In earthly things appear;
Because in all I'll prove the Fall
It often is for men,
That they the ending cannot call
The best for them to come;
If men begin to harbour sin,
Imagine at the first,
And then in practice they go on,
Their ending is the worst.
So now if men do clear discern,
From Solomon appear,
They all must say another way-
"We cannot see it clear
The ending best for all to burst;
We know it is not so."
But I shall prove it at the last,
And prove his wisdom true-
The ending here doth now draw near,
For I shall end for man,
Better than the beginning was:
For so I've laid my plan.
When at the first the Woman plac'd
In the beginning here.
You say the Man was not then blest,
As she at first did err;
But now at last I'll prove it best-
I'm to the ending come;
And better here shall all appear
When I do end my plan.
Then all shall see the depth of me
When I do strong appear;
They'll see the end of every thing,
And Satan conquer'd here.
Then sure the best it now must burst,
The ending all will see;
Though she brought sorrow at the first,
But joy shall come by me.
For upright here did Man appear
When I did create him first;
And upright here he doth appear,
That now in love doth burst
To see the end, as I intend
To make the whole for Man.
And from the words that here are penn'd,
They with their Lord must join-
"We know our God what e'er he'th done,
And what was his decree,
We know it shall for ever stand,
No man can baffle he.
Then why should Men so vain contend,
To take away his word?
We well do know what he's decreed
Is power like a God."
Then how can Man so simply come
To alter my decrees?
Impossible for to be done,
For I shall answer thee-
The wisdom here that doth appear,
And Solomon foretells,
You know my doings at the first,
And what I said of Hell;
The Serpent there that did appear,
I said that he should fall:
Upon his head the curse was laid;
Then will you answer all-
"We'll take away what he did say;
It shall not so appear;
We'll place it all another way?"
Vain mortals, you do err;
'Tis more than you can ever do,
My word I've plac'd so strong;
From Solomon, you all shall know,
My wisdom there did come,
To shew him plain what was the end
Of all things to appear.
So with their God men do contend;
But ne'er discern it here
The words of him from me they came-
His wisdom all went deep;
And though you say he liv'd in sin,
His wisdom I'll not break;
But to his word I ever stood,
And to it now I'll stand;
And he that trusteth his own heart
Must be a foolish man;
For wisdom here no man can clear,
That will not weigh the whole.
And now my Bible forward call-
The pit's dug deep for all
That now will stand in Satan's hand-
He dug the pit at first!
Because the Woman should not stand,
But now in it he's cast;
I tell you there he shall appear-
He dug a pit for all;
And now he's caught in his own snare,
He in it now shall fall:
He roll'd the stone at first, 'tis known,
To roll it back on Man;
But now the end is come of all-
The Rolling Stone shall turn
The same on He; the end shall be,
And he shall feel his fall.
As he did dig the pit for she,
In justice she must call
On him the same; the time is come,
The prudent men may see
The evils that are hastening on,
When all fulfill'd must be;
So they will hide, in me abide,
And make their refuge strong.
The simple here will not see clear,
Till their destruction's come.
Unfaithful men do now begin,
As troubles do appear,
I know, to wrest the every thing
And make my Bible err.
So if you trust to those who wrest
My Bible and thy word,
Troubles you'll see, I now tell ye,
Your confidence hath fled;
For broken here must all appear;
For I shall answer thee-
My glory I conceal'd from Man:
They ne'er discern'd from me
The wisdom came from Solomon,
To shew you all the end.
And now the wisdom of a king
Would be to bow and bend,
The truth to know if it was so,
My kingdom was at hand;
And then the mysteries they would know,
To save throughout the land.
My Spirit here doth strong appear,
A candle 'tis for Men,
If they my knowledge wish to hear,
And judge as I command,
The truth to know, and search all through;
For I search every heart.
And now the ending's in my view,
I to you shall impart
The time is come, the end for Man,
From Solomon now see;
The pondering of the heart is God's,
Who ponders deep in thee.
So if 't be so, all flesh must know,
Thy pondering heart goes deep;
Because from me thy ponderings be-
Then let the wise to speak:
Can men appear to answer here,
A thing to them unknown?
Or can they prove their judgment clear
In what was never shewn?
Can this be done? answer, vain men:
The way you all dispute,
Your folly must bring on your shame,
For I shall strike all mute;
For evil here you do appear
For to reward the good;
Then now which way can you appear?
Let this be understood:
If evil you reward for good,
Your evil can't depart;
Now let the whole be understood-
You wound the upright heart,
Who wish to free from misery;
And can you call this just?
No, no: I say, your misery
By Solomon is plac'd;
Because that here I did prepare
The every heart of thine;
So now thy foes let them take care,
And further know my mind.
'Tis from my tongue thy words have sprung,
The answers that are here.
The ways of men they judge them clean
In their own eyes appear;
But I the Lord, must now be known,
Do every spirit weigh.
My Spirit soon shall fly abroad-
And let the learned see,
No council here do they appear;
Then now can they defeat?
I tell them, no; they all do err;
The mysteries here lie great;
For though to them the whole is known
That they have wished to die;
But from the manner they do act
Can it defeated be?
I tell them no: they all do know
The thing they do support,
And counsellors here do all appear,
To carry on my work.
So how can Man the Trial stand,
That counsel here gave none?
My counsellors here do strong appear,
And with thee they do join;
So fountains here shall strong appear,
I say, of life for man;
And for the evil they'll not fear,
When I have shew'd them plain,
How they'll depart from every smart,
That is of death to be.-
Though first thou feel'st an aching heart,
Let all men judge from thee,
How at the last thy joys did burst,
And so shall joys come on:
I say, thy sorrows at the first
Were quite unknown to Man;
And so at last thy joys were plac'd,
What Man doth little know;
Such happiness no one did taste,
As tasted was by you;
Yet still behind, they all will find,
I've greater joys in store
Than ever yet came in thy mind,
When lying tongues are o'er.
The lip of truth come from thy youth,
Establish'd now shall be;
And all the lies that men have spoke,
With shame, they'll surely see;
For I'll appear to answer here,
The counsel hath been great;
Then surely no man need to fear,
They know without deceit,
The truth to Man in all is known,
The manner spoke by thee.
Then where's the man shall thee unthrone?
The Proverbs let men see;
As all is plac'd, so all has burst,
Then safety must be here;
The counsellor's come, be 't known to Man,
In counsel all's seen clear,
That comes from God thy written word:
Then how can men contend,
To say from me 't can never be?
Your counsel's all in vain.
To judge a thing you've never seen-
My counsellors must appear,
Who judg'd it right before their sight,
The truth they'd all see clear.
So they shall stand by my command,
The righteous shall appear
For to endure for evermore-
But who is righteous here?
To judge a thing they have not seen,
In justice cannot be;
No uprightness, nor righteousness,
Should this be done by me;
Should I come down from Heaven's high throne,
To be a judge of Men,
And all their conduct quite unknown,
What judge could I then stand?
For Satan strong would all condemn,
That vice in all appear'd;-
And men, as judges in the land,
In judgment strong do err.
The hearts of men to me are known,
What men do never see:
Then how in Judgment could I come,
If nought was known to me?
So men appear and answer here,
If brighter you can shine,
In wisdom for to be so clear
And wisdom not like mine?
The truth to know how things do go,
You boast more than your God;
Such wisdom I shall never show,
To let no truth be known.
So now begin from Solomon,
And see his wisdom clear;
You must search out the every thing,
If you'll be judges here:
If you will not, I'll tell your lot,
Like foolish men you'll fall;
But if you're wise I'll not disguise,
But now I'll tell you all,
The fruit is here that doth appear,
A tree of life for man! !
And if in it you'll now appear
You'll find the end's at hand;
That all will break as he did speak,
By wisdom at the first.
So now to win you may begin,
And find the end to burst:
The prudent here shall now appear
The whole for to receive,
What in my Bible's spoken here;
So let the wise believe
That now the end is come to Men,
To make my wisdom shine.
For when the world I did create
The wisdom all was mine,
For to bring forth a glorious earth,
When I created man;
Though Satan robb'd him at his birth,
I'd deeply laid my plan,
That at the last it so should burst,
Man should be my delight.
Therefore the Serpent I did cast,
To bring all to men's sight;
That they might see the mind of me,
When all came to the end.
And now with Man I'll surely be;
It is my full intent
With man to end as I intend,
Who form'd him at the first.
To my invention all must bend,
My wisdom now shall burst;
Because that clear I'll make all here-
The Proverbs in my view;
The secrets of the Lord are here,
The righteous all shall know,
My words with thee they surely be,
My secrets they are here:
And Solomon with me did join,
And I shall prove it clear.
Trust in the Lord with one accord,
And then I will direct;
In all thy ways acknowledge me,
Thy paths I will protect.
So do not fear the dangers near,
Thy goings I do know;
Thy ways didst all direct to me,
And I did guide thee so,
That there's no man on earth can stand
To overthrow thy word;
I'll cut the wicked from the land;
And men shall know their Lord
Will now possess the every Earth,
And claim it for my own:
In glory now I'll bring all forth,
And let my power be shewn.
So now the call is here to all,
In my reproof you'll hear:
My Spirit strong to you shall come
And make my words appear:
You'll find them true before your view,
If now in faith you'll come:
But if you'll not, I'll tell your lot,
You must receive your doom:
For I have call'd, 'tis known to all,
But Man refus'd to hear;
And if that so you on do go
When sorrow doth appear,
You'll find the same from me shall come,
Your grief I'll not regard;
When your calamity comes on
My answer must be heard:
I call'd in vain, ye sons of men,
And you refus'd to hear;
Then how with me can you contend,
To ask me then in prayer
To visit you, when you'd not go
To listen to my word,
When I so long to you did come,
And you reject your Lord?
I call'd in vain to sinful men,
Your stubbornness I see-
And stubborn then I'll answer men
As they now answer me.
So on record is every word,
From Solomon appears;
And on record you'll find my word,
As he hath spoken there
Will be the end to every man-
The wise and foolish see;
And now together let them stand-
But who can answer me,
When all's gone through before their view?
My Bible now begin;
And from the pondering of thy heart
I'll answer thee again."
Here ends Saturday night, Oct. 6, 1804.
"Now thou hast gotten new paper, I shall relieve thee for the present from the Bible, and come to * * * * * * *; for there, I tell thee, my anger is kindled, by his calling thy writings a farrago of nonsense; and that farrago of nonsense he shall find came from me; therefore, I permitted he should take the honour of men with my honour, that they might be able to take the cause in hand, to clear their own honour. For I tell thee, they could not take it in hand to clear my honour; because the unbelief of men is against them; but now I have made an opening for them, and it would be fatal for thee, and them, if you did not pursue for your own honour; for that is the way I shall clear mine.
"So let no one blame, nor no one shame,
For I shall all go through.
It is my honour to support
That I have order'd so;
The thing to Man this way shall come,
His folly all shall see;
And then I'll bring it to the land,
And shew mankind from he,
What folly here from Man appears,
That boasts against my word:
The ways of * * * * * * * none can clear,
For he'th brought on a rod
On him to fall; I tell you all,
Your nation is the same;
And so like * * * * * * * they will fall-
I'll never honour Man,
That me do mock, they'll feel the stroke-
And * * * * * * * now shall see
It is the Lord he hath disgrac'd:
Then shall I honour he?
I tell him, No; that he shall know,
And all shall know the same;
My anger onward now shall go
To those that mock my name.
My Bible see, is known to thee,
No greater to appear,
Than in the words I've spoke to thee;
So let them all take care!
If I went on, from man to man,
In ages that are past,
And simply I did lead them on,
I tell them at the last
Shall I appear then stronger here
Unto a simple Maid
Than unto Man I then did come?
No: Men you're all misled.
But all is here, I now shall clear,
Doth like my bible stand;
And so my Bible's mocked here
By thousands in the land.
Farrago here they cannot clear;
Then now I'll clear the whole:
I know my Bible Men do tear,
Like * * * * * * *'s words do fall.
The Bible see, is known to me,
Is mock'd like * * * * * * *'s word;
And perfect as he mocked thee,
So Men do mock the Lord.
The Bible through, I well do know,
They mock all that is penn'd:
From heart to heart I sure do go,
And now I'll prove, the end
Is surely come the same to man-
They're like the Jews of old:
In my command they would not stand,
And so their faith grew cold;
And Israel there did so appear
To bring their sorrows on;
My statutes they could never bear
For to continue long;
They did depart in mind and heart,
My statutes they despis'd;
Forgot the blessings I had sent,
Wonders before their eyes
They quite forgot, I minded them not,
As years to them roll'd on;
And now the same I see my name
Is mock'd throughout the land.
Thy writings here I now shall clear,
'Tis more than man can do
To make their mockery out so clear,
If they will all go through;
As thousands stand now in the land,
My Bible to despise.
Men say like He, 'tis known to me,
"Should God act so unwise,
That way to come to every Man?"
As in my Bible penn'd-
The mysteries there no man can clear,
Till I do shew the end;
How all was plac'd from shadows first,
The shadow of the Fall;
Then I began to guide them on,
And so I Man did call
For to obey what I did say,
And sacrifice prepare;
The Beast I order'd them to slay,
And my command was there,
This should be done from man to man-
But what was it to me?
'Twas but a Type that now shall stand-
The Beast you all must slay.
Could Bullocks there to man appear
To atone for any guilt?
I ask, my honour could they clear,
To say that they had spilt
The blood of beasts and sins increas'd?
How could the beasts free Man?
No, no; the end was my intend
To shew my every plan.
The Beast at first, you know, was cast,
A curse upon them all;
But on the head where it was laid,
The Serpent in the Fall,
Above the Beasts, you know, his curse
Was then pronounc'd by me:
But now the shadow of that Curse
In Beasts, to man did say
That they should kill, their blood to spill,
Atonement for to make;
A mystery see the end must be,
For so you all must break,
The Beast to kill, his blood to spill,
As man at first spill'd mine.
Therefore this thing I did command,
To shew it at a time
From shadows here I first appear'd,
From shadows I went on,
From Types, thou seest the ways of me
Do in my Bible stand;
As thou goest through, thou well dost know,
How Moses' Type was plac'd;
And first the Serpent I did shew,
And now observe the next:
His hand appear'd so wither'd there,
That I did soon restore.
These shadows see I then told he,
My wonders would be more
In Egypt wrought, as then I spoke,
And so I did go on
From Types all through, thou well dost know,
And simply did guide Man;
And simply here I now appear,
To tell you all the end;
These Types and Shadows pass'd before,
From Bullocks I did send,
That unto me no use could be,
Yet it was my command;
Because the ending all might see,
The Beast can never stand.
So now from Saul I'll answer all:
As he the Beast did save,
His Kingdom I from him did call-
I said not one should live;
So now again I say to Men,
The Beast I now shall slay,
Whereon whose head the Curse was laid,
And then the end you'll see:
When every Man with me doth join,
Wishing to slay the whole;
The Beast in Hell that there doth swell-
These offerings two must fall;
For offerings two, thou well dost know,
Are in my Bible penn'd;
Sin offering there it doth appear,
But mark and see the end;
Peace offering see was plac'd by me;
Then let Men know the two:
A sacrifice they made of me,
And they the Lamb did slay;
The Type before did then appear,
The Hyssop and the Blood,
My chosen Men I then did clear,
When Pharaoh felt the Flood;
So Pharaoh see the Beast must be-
The sin offering was there;
The peace offering must come from me-
And now the Type see clear.
So by the Lamb you now must stand:
It is his Blood must free,
To bring the peace offerings to Man,
If you will live in me,
And now regain the promised land,
And Canaan's happy shore:
It is in me you now must stand,
Your peace offerings are here.
For now from sin I shall begin
To cleanse the whole away;
Because the Beast shall now be seen
That all his Power I'll slay.
The shadows here shall all appear?
A substance great for man.
From types and shadows I shall clear
The way the end shall come.
But thou dost begin to work within,
To ask what shadow here
That like the Bible can be seen
To have your peace appear?
Because that long thou'st ponder'd on,
It did with none remain;
Their peace to wars they soon did turn,
And often did complain
They were distress'd and sore oppress'd,
Then how can I go through,
To make my Bible at the last
A Type before their view?
But I do say to thee this day,
The Type in it stands deep:
When I my chosen call'd away,
And Pharaoh I made sink,
Then I went on, by Joshua's hand,
The heathens to destroy;
And if they'd done by my command
They might the whole enjoy;
But I saw clear the Beast was there,
To work in every heart;
And so their minds he did ensnare,
Till they did from me depart;
Then did begin their sorrows strong,
When they did wrong pursue:
But when the end to all is come
The sin offering is so,
The Beast be slain, not to remain,
Whereon I plac'd the Curse:
On Satan's head it first was laid,
And now he shall not miss
That curse on he pronounc'd to be-
The offerings must be here;
Wishing to slay the Beast with me,
And let my peace appear;
Then peace offerings to Man I'll bring,
And for them I'll atone;
And so the Lamb the Blood must come
To make your peace be known;
Then it may stand by my command,
When all my foes are fled;
As Israel stood by Joshua's hand:
But know, when he was dead,
They did depart in mind and heart;
And this will ever be,
Till as a King I do begin
The every Beast to slay.
But Man would not, you see his lot,
And so his crown did fall-
His Kingdom then to David came;
That Type stands deep for all:
But here thy mind is deep confin'd-
"Did David bring in peace?"
I tell thee, No: it was not so,
Neither did he release
The grief of Men, for it was strong,
And sin did then abound-
And when upon this Earth I came,
The same I heard the sound.
So David here I did appear,
In tumult and in war;
But now the end for all is near,
In Spirit I'll appear;
My Spirit strong shall be in Man,
For to destroy the Foe,
That works within to tempt to sin,
And then my peace you'll know."
Joshua xx. 1, 2, 3-"The Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge; that the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood." Chap. vii. part of verse 13-"Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing, in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you." Deuteronomy xxx. 15, 19-"See, I have set before thee, this day, life and good, and death and evil; . . . I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."
reflections of joanna, on the conduct of * * * * * * *
Thursday, October 11, 1804.
It is useless now to say he is not prepared; for he has had time to prepare himself; and he must answer to his own letters; so he is caught in a net by his own feet. I remember his once saying to me, that if he were in my place he should be jealous of the Spirit; but if it was of God, he would work more powerfully for me. Now I see, by his jealousy, he hath brought upon himself shame and confusion of face; but as he hath acted so weakly and simply, and the wisdom of the Lord is so powerful, that he can in no way shun his destiny now; neither could I shun mine; neither can the nation shun theirs. For the Type of * * * * * * * stands deep of the nation, to what disgrace they will bring themselves that mocked the coming of the Lord, and his visitation to me.
the answer of the lord.
"Now, Joanna, I shall answer thee from what I said in * * * * * * *'s letter. If he trembles to meet thee, as being a simple woman, as conscious guilt must condemn him, that he hath mocked and despised thee, and dealt deceitfully with thee; how must all the nation tremble at my coming, that have mocked all my warnings, all my invitations, and despised my love, and destroyed the truth of my Bible, as he destroyed the truth of thy words: for they have as much destroyed the truth of my Bible, as he denied the truth of thy writings.
"And now I shall come to the City of Refuge. I have already told thee, my Bible stands for Types and Shadows of the End. Now the cities of refuge were for those that committed a murder unawares and unwittingly, that they might fly for refuge; and now I tell thee, the end is come for me to be the city of refuge for all Men: and those that have committed Blasphemy through ignorance, unwillingly or unwittingly, may now fly to me for refuge.
"For I'll appear to answer here,
And tell what this doth mean:
The refuge see it must be me-
But many may complain:
"It is in sin our lives have been,
And we have mock'd his word;
But had we e'er believ'd the thing
As coming from the Lord,
We should not then, as sinful men,
Mock'd on as we did say.
Unwilling here we must appear,
No wit on us did lay;
'Twas not by wit we did commit
The crimes that we have done;
No: ignorance here our guilt must clear,
And so we fly to shun;
Our guilt appears, we now see clear,
We had no wit to see
The way our Saviour murder'd was,
And we his murderers be.
As at the first, the Jews were cast;
But refuge they had none"-
Because to me they would not flee,
And so their death brought on.
"And now the same, we do blaspheme,
His murderers to appear;
For if we do discern the thing,
And see our Bibles clear,
We all must see, as plain as she,
The Beast must surely die-
And his atoning Blood must come;
Our refuge there doth lie.
Then if 't be so, to him we'll go,
For if we've murder'd here,
Unwillingly, we now must say,
We in it did appear:
Because our minds we so do find,
Our God we wish'd to know;
He is the refuge of our minds;
Then to him now we'll go:
To him we'll flee, our guilt to free,
As we can now appear;
We had no wisdom for to see
That we were murdering here."
So if men fly to me this way,
Though murder they did commit,
Their refuge I will surely be,
And they shall find it great;
But if they'll not, I'll tell their lot,
The slayers will appear
To be destroy'd, if they enjoy
The guilt they cannot clear.
Because not one on earth can come
To say thou writ'st from hell;
Nor yet from thee can ever be
Such wonders for to tell.
Then men must know that they do go
To sin against my word;
And plain their murder they must shew,
It is against the Lord.
So if they say they will not fly,
To have the refuge come;
But willingly they now will die,
And willing will go on
Against my word that's on record,
Against my Spirit here;
If they go on with one accord,
Like murderers to appear,
To slay the whole that they might fall,
No refuge they will see;
Then there's no city they can call
That was design'd by me.
So life and death is now set forth,
I say, before your view;
Choose which you will, I tell you still,
Refuge is in my view;
If Men will flee this way to me
They may choose life and live!
But if they'll not, I'll tell their lot,
They must choose death and grieve,
With sin to die, I now do say,
The Root I shall destroy:
But if that Men will live in ME,
I shall them now enjoy.
The cursed thing must now be seen,
That kept your power so low;
It is the power of hell within
That daily wounds you so.
You cannot stand as I command,
While he do strong pursues
He is accurs'd in every land,
And Men do feel his blow;
He weakens here, as doth appear,
The strength and power of man,
If in their hearts they harbour here
That he must ever stand;
I tell you, No; it is not so;
The cursed thing shall fall,
And down to hell he there may swell-
Men's refuge they may call
In me to trust, and him to cast,
Then you may face your foe:
Before you all they now shall fall,
And you will find it true.
The Scriptures here you'll then see clear,
How all stood for the end:
You'll say, "our refuge doth appear,
And all our foes must bend:"
For they shall fall, I tell you all,
That Satan do support:
That cursed thing with them they'll bring,
And then they'll feel their hurt;
Because conceal'd he'll be reveal'd,
When all together come-
And then the meaning of my words
Will surely be made known;
For then they'll see the mystery,
Why Men are fallen so,
Not to appear, the truth to clear,
And let their honour go;
Because conceal'd will be reveal'd,
The cursed thing they've got;
And so the end will now descend
To those that folly wrought.
The love of gold, I'll now unfold,
Hath been a snare to Man.
Now I'll explain what all doth mean,
See how the Type did come;
The love of gold must now be told,
Brought the curst thing to Man.
So Lovers here do now appear-
Love of the world is come,
I say, in Man; their gold is strong,
They set their hearts that way:
But if like Joshua they go on,
They'll find their Foes to lay
Before them all, as his did fall,
And his did perish there.
So now I tell you one and all,
The end will so appear;
From Samuel come, I say to man,
Burnt offerings will not do;
Your Sacrifices will not stand-
Bring all before your view:
Obedience here the end must clear;
For I shall answer Man,
Obedience first for him was plac'd,
And so the end must come.
Then now see plain, ye sons of men,
What I did say before;
My Father's will for to maintain,
I come in all to clear.
Changes thou see throughout to be,
And now I'll change the whole,
As changes there did strong appear,
My Bible so doth fall.
Then now the end, 'tis my intend
To work the change all through;
For Satan now must fall like Men,
That every soul shall know.
So stubborn here if Men appear,
Their stubbornness they'll see,
When that the End I come to clear,
And the true David be;
My sling and stone shall then be known,
It shall destroy my Foe.
Though I at first in wars did burst,
As Men did me pursue;
But now at last, mark how I'm plac'd,
A different way for Man:
Like Esther here for to appear,
To free my own I'm come.
So if my word you do reject,
Then I'll reject you all;
For so my coming you expect,
My Gospel so must fall.
So witchcraft here must so appear
In those that do rebel;
For now the mystery I'll make clear,
Their influence comes from Hell.
Obedience first, you know, was plac'd,
And so the end must be;
It is obedience at the last,
That every soul must see,
That will bring in, my Kingdom win,
Obedience must appear;
No sacrifice that can be seen
Can with it now compare;
Because my word, that's on record,
Men must be taught of me;
If they will know the living Lord,
My statutes they must see;
As on record you'll find my word
From shadows to appear-
I said the Jews were taught of God,
And I'd deliver there:
A David's crown should so be found,
If me they did obey;
But you do know, it is not so,
They've turn'd a different way;
So far from me you know they be,
And I'll be far from all;
The Promise of the Jews, you see,
Is gone, as they did fall!
No David's crown to them is found,
As promis'd at the first:
And far from me they surely be-
And now, I say, at last,
From every word that's on record,
My Gospel must appear;
And far from me my saints I see,
Believers do appear
Far from my word that's on record,
Far from the truth to stand,
Far from the Spirit of the Lord,
I see throughout the land!
Then far from me they sure must be;
My promise who can claim,
That now my Bible will not see,
The truth will not maintain?
Their sons are gone, I say, like him,
Their evil doth abound;
I know that many righteous men
Like Eli now are found;
Their sons do turn against me strong,
Yet them they'll not reprove;
They'll find the time, before 'tis long,
That I shall shew my love
To such, they'll see, as honour me,
My favours to implore;
And then their refuge they may see,
To flee and sin no more;
But if they'll not, they'll see their lot-
The righteous Men will fall;
For out their memories I shall blot,
I now do tell you all;
For I'll appear to answer here,
My Gospel it must come,
The every mystery for to clear,
This way I'll answer Man."
the sealed being present at the trial.
August 15, 1804.
Information to those of the sealed number, who wish to be present at the Trial; as no one is to be refused admittance; being the principal part of a Letter, written to Mr. Hirst.
The following remarkable communication is now ordered to be printed. It is in answer to the following dream of Joanna's:-I dreamt that I had a large cloth full of eggs, and was going to put them up in a cart, without the cloth being tied, and as soon as I let go the cloth, the eggs began to tumble about the cart, and I began to pick them up, and put them into a very large jar; there was a woman on the other side of the cart, and I told her to pick them up also, which she did; but the eggs rolled so fast, that I thought the greatest part of them were dashed to pieces, though the woman and I were as expeditious as possible to pick them up; yet with all our industry, we could not save the whole, and I was sorry to see so many broken in pieces.
the answer of the lord.
"Now I will answer thee this simple, foolish dream, that thou never thought worth repeating or penning, before I brought it all to thy remembrance, and ordered it to be penned. The eggs are the sealed people; those that were preserved whole, are those that keep their faith whole; but those that rolled off and were broke in pieces, are those that roll off through unbelief and fall away; and it is as much impossible to restore them, as it is to put an egg together after it is broken in pieces.
"So here's the mystery of thy dream,
That for the Sealed I'll explain;
Into one lot they all did come,
And all their names were sign'd as one;
But when they together do appear,
And all the books are open'd here,
Then many Seals they'll find are broke,
And they may tremble at the stroke,
To see thy Trial so come on;
'Tis but the Egg of Faith can stand,
That like thy Eggs their Faith keep well.
The mysteries now I shall unfold:
For those whose faith did fall away,
And like thy Eggs their Seals do lay,
Broken in pieces, and not whole,
I tell thee, like thy eggs they'll fall.
So this to Hirst I bid thee send,
And let him shew it to thy friends,
That wish thy Trial for to see,
With Seals that are whole to come to thee;
No other way can they appear-
The eggs that fell were broken there,
And so I say that Men will fall,
That have not kept their Seals all whole;
But they that have, and wish to come,
I tell thee, I'll refuse no man,
That the expenses he can bear,
And wish to see thy Trial clear;
They are all welcome for to come
And see what is the end of Man,
That they that time will hear from thee;
The shadow's deep they all will see:
When thou some thousands there did meet,
Thou knowest the number it was great;
The multitude might all command,
The words that thou hadst got to say;
And so thy Trial it will be,
After some days when I appear,
And in the Spirit enter there.
My will and power for to shew,
And mysteries great they'll see and know;
But then I tell thee none can stand,
That are not seal'd as I command."
The meaning of the multitude: when Joanna was at Halifax, in Yorkshire, at Mr. Jowett's, about this time last year, many people came from distances; some said there were 15,000, others 9,000, and others 6,000; and Joanna believes the last number was within compass; and is a shadow of her Trial.
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,
As that day did then appear,
When I do bring on thy Trial,
So will Men be gather'd there:
No house for thee, they all will see,
Is large enough for Man;
So in the Field they all must yield,
And with thee for to stand,
When I do come in Spirit strong,
For all to know their doom.
I tell you plain, ye sons of men,
You cannot find a room
That can contain the every man,
That wish the whole to know;
Therefore in public it must be done,
And I shall order it so.
When Men are clear the calling here,
Is surely from on high;
And every truth I'd prove so fair,
My friends may boldly say-
"What Man can doubt we've now found out
The hidden mysteries plain?
We judg'd of God, but now 'tis known,
And this we'll now maintain:
For all is true before our view,
And mysteries we've discern'd
Much greater than we ever knew,
And now we bold can stand."
This will be seen and known by Men,
When I do strong appear;
They'll know from Heaven the whole was given,
And nothing have to fear.
Then thou must go, I tell thee so,
To meet them in the Field;
And then that day thy friends may say-
"We know our foes must yield;
Our standing's strong, the time is come,
Our foes must all submit;
And Christ, we see, our King will be,
We'll worship at his feet:
Because that Hell, we now know well,
Its power he will destroy;
And so bring forth a glorious earth,
That we might now enjoy
The Paradise that is of Christ,
His Kingdom we see clear,
All things are open to our view,
Now what have we to fear?"
Then will begin the joy to Men,
To see the rebel cast;
The mysteries here I shall not pen,
That then they'll see to burst.
So now tell all, they shall not fall,
That strong in faith do stand;
The Sealed Number may come all
To judge thy written hand,
That can appear, I tell thee here,
When in the Field I call;
That is the way, I now do say,
That I shall clear the whole.
So boldly stand, by my command,
Those that their Seals have got;
Those that have not, I'll tell their lot,
Just like thy Eggs they're broke:
And down they'll fall, I tell them all,
None but the seal'd can stand;
For in the Field the rest must yield,
When I the foe condemn:
Because, in thee they'll all find me
In power strong to break!
And those that are thy enemies,
I cannot one protect,
I tell thee, there if they appear
Into the Field to come;
Because the foe that day, they'll know,
Will feel my powerful hand-
To make him fear and tremble there,
If he my friends molest;
'Tis but the Sealed I can spare,
When in the Field I burst.
So now if Men presume to come,
Without a Seal appear,
I'll tell them all their final doom,
My fury they will hear;
No friends to me, they all shall see,
My anger it will break;
My Kingdom here for to appear,
My Kingdom you reject.
Then how can I, who dwell on high,
E'er vindicate my foe?
If I screen Man, who against me stands,
Satan may answer here,
I must screen him, as well as them,
My Kingdom they despis'd.
Then how can Man the Trial stand,
When Satan I chastise?
He'th had his reign, I tell you plain.
His ending's drawing near;
And now discern, ye sons of men,
And see my Bible clear.
Isaiah xlvi. 10-"Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."-Now go back to the beginning. Genesis ii. 18-"And the Lord God said, It is not good that the Man should be alone; I will make him an helpmeet for him." Chap. iii. 13, 14-"And the Woman said, The Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field." Weigh deep the three following verses, then come to Matthew v. 18-"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Now I shall answer thee, as thou hast put one verse before the other, the last first, and the first last, just so stands my Bible, and just so was my heel bruised before Satan's head.
"But when I come in power to man,
My Father's will to clear,
The last is first, the first is last,
And I'm your Helpmate here.
I tell you plain, ye sons of men,
The Woman nought can do;
No; it is me, the end you'll see,
When I have all went through.
So now for Man the time's at hand,
Your Helpmate shall appear-
The Spirit's me, you all shall see,
That will my Gospel clear.
The words I spoke, the way I act,
Was ne'er discern'd by Man;
Because this day to thee I say,
I often stumbled them;
Or how could I, who dwell on high,
E'er save them by my death,
If they had known they had murder'd me:
Mark what the Scripture saith-
They did not know what they did do!
To knowledge Men were dead;
But now I'll bring all to their view,
For I am the living head,
That shall appear the whole to clear,
They'll see my Spirit strong;
No enemy that day could bear
Into the Field to come.
So I'll end here, and say no more,
But this I bid thee send;
And now this answer let them hear,
That wrote thee as a friend."
After this communication was written, the Spirit seemed to leave Joanna, and there was no further communication till half past six o'clock; the thoughts of her awful Trial seemed as though it was over her head, and greater than she could bear; and was answered with these words:
"Thy Trial there's no Man could bear,
If I in Spirit was not there;
But soon thy Trial will come on-
Over thy head thou say'st 'tis come,
Over thy Spirits to appear,
And so thy doom thou'lt shortly hear."
Joanna being very faint, Townley persuaded her to take a little port wine. It was in a tea-cup, and she said to herself, when the wine was brought, "May I drink deep into the Spirit of Christ!" She was immediately answered, "Wilt thou break that tea-cup as thou didst break the glasses? then I will take thy Trial from thee; for thou wilt break thyself off from me." These words cut her to the heart, and Joanna thought she would sooner die as a martyr, than ever desert the Lord or his cause; so that she was fearful of letting the cup fall. As we were writing, she took up the book of the Flock of Sheep, and opened it at the place of Osmyn, which affected her heart deeply.
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,
Let thy doubts and fears be gone;
I that am thy every master,
Much like Osmyn now am come.
'Twas thee to try, I now do say,
I did thy grief awake,
And shew'd thee of the awful day,
That on thy head would break.
I painted here, to make thee fear,
What thou hast to go through;
And then in sorrows thou wert found,
I brought all to thy view.
If thou would'st break ('twas I did speak)
Thyself then off from me,
The Trial thou should'st never bear,
That thou wilt shortly see.
But then behind thou soon would'st find
Thy ruin to appear;
Because to me thou'd prove unkind,
My Cross thou could'st not bear.
Then I must fall, I tell you all,
As it was plac'd at first;
Orlando, Osmyn's ruin sought,
And so the end must burst.
If thou had'st done as then I said,
To break thyself from me;
But from the Parable that's here,
I hold the hand of thee.
It could not go, I well do know,
For thou art in my hand;
And so the Trial thou'lt go through,
And by thee I will stand.
So do not fear, thy Trial's near,
But I shall thee support;
My rival may thy heart ensnare,
But he shall never hurt.
I say, thy hand in mine does stand,
And I will guide thee through;
Not all thy foes who're in the land,
By Satan's arts can do.
For every way, I now do say,
I've tried thy every hand;
And silent here I did appear,
To see if thou would'st stand.
Oft to indite, when I'd not speak,
The letters waiting here,
For thou to send unto thy friends,
But thou didst not appear
To answer one, till I did come,
And answers gave to thee.
So where's the Man shall dare condemn
A heart that acts like thee?
Now I'll go on, from man to man,
And all thy foes confound;
And in the journal this must stand,
For all to judge the sound."
Letters came from Mr. Hirst, and Mr. Senior, on Friday, August 10, 1804, which Joanna did not answer till this day. Yesterday, she said the letters must be answered, but as no communication was given her she could not answer them, so we did not write till half past six o'clock, and the Spirit of the Lord broke in upon her, and gave her an answer to Mr. Hirst's letter, which was finished this morning. After that, she had no communication till this evening, after the melancholy had seized her spirits; and one part of her melancholy sprung from our telling things of gipsies and people's telling of fortunes, which had been true; this worked a jealousy in Joanna's heart, that as knowledge had been given to them from a wrong Spirit, and thinking of her awful trial, how she should appear if there was a possibility of her being deceived; but as soon as the question was put to her, of breaking herself off, she trembled at the thoughts and burst into tears, and thought she would sooner die than run that fatal hazard.
"Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer:
How canst thou with them compare;
All the wisdom of thy master,
With the lying gipsies there?
If ought be true, before their view,
That Satan here did see,
In them he'll speak, in them he'll break,
For now I'll answer thee:
As I do come, and in my name,
The words are spoken here;
So Satan works the same with them,
In things that he can clear.
So some things true, before their view,
Satan by chance may know;
Bring the Egyptians to thy view,
What wonders they did shew;
For to go on, as I began,
By Moses to appear.
So in the land they still do stand,
By Satan's wonders here;
But as to thee, let all men see
The way that all's brought round;
No Devil here thou hast to fear,
For I am in the sound.
The wisdom see brought round by me,
The lines that thou hast penn'd;
And all thy footsteps let them see,
Then wisely judge the end.
Call back thy youth, and let the truth
That did to thee appear,
And every footstep thou hast trod,
Let Men discern them here;
Then they will see the mystery,
What fortune teller's come;
It is to tell the fates of all,
And so I've answer'd Man.
The fate of Hell to thee I'll tell,
The fate of Man below;
And can thy heart in grief now swell,
To strike the fatal blow
Upon the head of one that laid
Thy soul in deep distress?
But for my promise is thy plead,
So calm thy grief to rest;
For I'll appear, I tell thee here,
Thy every wound to heal;
And thou hast nothing now to fear,
My power shall never fail
To carry on as I've begun,
And then the end thou'lt see;
When every victory thou hast won,
Thou triumph wilt with me.
So I'll end here, and say no more,
But I must win them all;
Because thy weakness they may see,
When I do let thee fall;
To be alone, thy grief to come,
And Spirit thou hast none;
Then let them see 'tis all in me,
To make the victory come."
The explanations of the bible are continued in the