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Strange Effects of Faith:
JOANNA SOUTHCOTT’s PROPHECIES
OF THINGS WHICH ARE TO COME.
I SHALL now answer for myself to the public; as I have sent printed letters throughout the kingdom by divine command. I answer for myself, that I have written no cunningly devised fable, nor have built my faith on a sandy foundation: but I must entreat my readers to search the Scriptures; for in them, ye think ye have eternal life: for these are they which testify of me, or some such one to arise before man’s redemption can ever come.—The Spirit and the Bride must come. Then whosoever will, may come, and take of the waters of life freely. But here my readers will say, I have begun at the Revelations, and have ended at Genesis.—But so you must go back with your Bibles, if you will ever trace the divine footsteps of the Lord—for his footsteps have been hid in the great deep, and his paths past man’s finding out—“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” The Lord said he would make man in his own image; and he said, it was not good for the man to be alone: I will make an helpmate for him. Now let us reason together, saith the Lord: “But, O man,
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where is thy reason; if I am the first, I said at first, It was not good for the man to be alone; and made the woman to be his helpmate to complete his happiness. Now if I am the last, she must complete it at last. What I said at first—I must complete at last. But know, Satan came after me at first, and as he now stands, I was the beginning, and Satan is the ending, if I stop here; then how can I be the first and the last; if I do not accomplish at last what I said at first? Now here is the wisdom of the wise men perished, and the understanding of the prudent men hid. My word at first was, it was not good for the man to be alone. My word at last is now the same. The man is evil here alone; the pride of man aspires to be a god.
“Too plain I see as he’th his Maker’s form,
They judg’d my honour all their own;
If I had so ordain’d my plan,
To give my wisdom all to man.
Your spirits you do little know,
Satan would swell your pride below;
But as the woman doth appear,
She never was a saviour here:
Nor in my Bible said to be.
Then here you all may honour me;
To say the woman now is good,
Because in her the light has stood;
Though weak as water she appears,
The Spirit of the Lord is here,
And on the water now doth move,
That all mankind may know my love;
For I’ll divide the day from night,
Bring every mystery to your sight.”
And now I shall give you a clear prophecy from the Bible, placed backward, as the sun went backward for Hezekiah, when he was pronounced to die, but when the Lord promised to prolong his life, it was by the sign of the sun going backward ten degrees. Now when the Lord giveth a newness of life to man, the Bible must be placed backward, the same, to shew you
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he hath renewed his covenant with you, and raised you from death unto life, by as pleasant and sweet a fruit as the figs were when applied to Hezekiah, and the Lord added to his life fifteen years, after he was pronounced to die.—And when the Bible goeth backward, then the Lord will add to man all the promises in the Bible which I have set before you—and know that his promises are yea, and amen. Then is it not your privilege to plead them?—So the following lines are from the Bible, and I shall give you the explanation of them in part, and then judge for yourselves.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, Come: and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come.” “For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” “Thy Maker is thy husband; the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken, and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me. Whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.”
“In sorrow thou shalt bring forth thy children: thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” “I will put enmity between her seed and thy seed, and it shall bruise thy head.” “I, Jesus, sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
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“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” “Blessed are they who do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life.” “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be moved; but my kindness shall not depart from thee: neither shall the covenant of my peace be moved, saith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires—and I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.” “A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. 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.”
“Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? Set me as a seal upon thy heart, and as a seal upon thy arm.” “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear upon 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 grapes give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Oh! my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs; let me see thy countenance: let me hear thy voice, for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. 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 law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence; and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life to depart from the snares of
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death. Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known. Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in judgment: nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous, for the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. 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 will give thee the heathen for thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession: sojourn in the land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and unto thy seed I will give all these countries: and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father: and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries: and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: because that Abraham obeyed my voice: and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws. And God said, let us make man in our own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth—So God created man in his own image: in the image of God created he him, male and female, created he them: and God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God, and of the Lamb shall be in it: and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in
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their foreheads. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river was there the tree of life, which hath twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years; and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And I heard a loud voice,
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saying in heaven, Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night, and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt upon the earth. And after three days and a half, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them who saw them. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father—to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, amen. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh. And he swallowed up death in victory, and the Lord God shall wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it, and it shall be said in that day; lo! this is our God: we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have waited for him: we will be glad, and rejoice in his salvation. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder. So he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place, and he shall be for a glorious Throne to his father’s house. And it shall come to pass, in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, praise the Lord, call upon his name,
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declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid and the calf, and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob unto the mighty God: for he saith, Are not my Princes, altogether Kings? Bind up the testimony: Seal the law among my disciples. Behold I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel. Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion; which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever; as the mountains are round about Jerusalem; so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth, even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, give us seven days respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel, and then if there be no man to save us we will come out to thee. And Rebecca took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. And I will make of thee a great nation, and will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an helpmate for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from man made he a woman. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters—and God said, Let there be light, and there was light—and God saw the light, that it was good.” I have given my readers the prophecies of the
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Bible, as I was ordered to fulfil the Scriptures, to begin with the last, and to bring it back to the first, that the first may be last, and the last may be first: and speak from the parable of the labourers being called into the vineyard, at the eleventh hour, to receive equal with them who have borne the burthen and the heat of the day; and here is the last hour for man. The first man Adam, had every promise made him to be in the likeness of his Creator. Male and female created he them at the time the heavens had suffered violence, and man hath been pursued by violence ever since the Creation. Men have used violence one with another, as the fallen angels did in heaven before they were cast out; and the promise was made to the faithful that they should fight and overcome on earth, as the angels did in heaven. Now to gain this promise, men have borne the burthen and heat of men’s anger:—“Witness all the prophets, Apostles, and Martyrs, what they suffered from the violence of men. Thus heaven and earth have suffered violence, and in the likeness of men I came down to dwell amongst them: and in their likeness I died with them.
“And so far is the likeness of man and me—
And heaven and earth shall now agree;
For in man’s likeness I’ll appear,
At first the heavens I did clear;
And cast the rebel from my throne,
And in my likeness soon ’twas known:
The earth all in confusion stood,
Though all things I pronounced good;
As good in heaven did all appear—
But now the mysteries I shall clear.
Proud Lucifer, from heaven’s high throne,
Judg’d he had power like my own;
And so in heaven he did swell,
And made the angels to rebel,
And so the tumult it went on;
The wars with angels are unknown
Before I cast the rebel down.
On earth the likeness soon was found;
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And so on earth it hath gone on,
As it in heaven at first begun.
But now your privilege you may see,
Awake mankind, and act like me;
To cast the rebel from your throne,
And then the earth is all your own.
So in my likeness now appear,
And then the mysteries I shall clear,
When you begin to act like me,
In my perfection all shall see
Your kingdom shall in glory burst,
When you the rebel here have cast.
For now you see the journey’s end,
In heaven the rebel I made bend;
And cast him headlong from my throne,
And then in peace, to all be ’t known,
I did the heavens alone possess.
And now my likeness I’ll place this:
Let men, as gods, now boldly stand,
If they this earth will now command;
Then now as gods they must appear,
And boldly tell the Serpent here,
That earth was never made for he,
And with the woman all agree.
It was for man the earth was made,
When the foundation first was laid;
And now the earth you’ve all gone through,
Survey your lands, and claim your due;
And see the landmarks, how they’re plac’d,
And now arise, ye fallen race,
And say, as gods we now shall be—
Thou spok’st the truth, we’ll conquer thee;
For in God’s likeness we’ll appear,
Our Saviour died our guilt to clear.
Then now his promise we do claim,
He made the woman at the time;
That we should surely bruise thy head,
And now that promise is our plead;
That we may have this earth our own,
Like God, thy power for to unthrone;
And in his likeness to appear,
We do not want thy presence here,
For to direct us what to do,
Our God, our God, we wish to know;
And him to serve, and to obey,
We see the landmarks how they lay,
That we are liken’d to our God,
By every footstep we have trod.
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Christ died for us, and we for him,
And plain the likeness now is seen.
Then as the likeness doth appear,
Our God for us must conquer here;
By every promise he hath made,
We see the landmarks how they’re laid.”
The following words were from myself, bursting into tears and thankfulness at the unbounded goodness of God, for the clear manifestation of his love to man.
Glory, honour, praise and power,
Be unto the Lamb for ever,
For thou’rt worthy of a God,
To have the power and use the rod.
The Answer of the Spirit to these words:
“Then now let all men say the same,
And they shall know their Maker’s name;
That in my likeness they appear,
For in the woman I stand here:
So with the woman let them stand,
And every promise now command,
That I have plac’d before them all,
For so my kingdom now shall fall;
And to the faithful must appear,
For every mystery I shall clear,
And place them in the seven here.
It is the Mother and the Son,
And Abel’s vengeance now must come;
And Abraham’s promise must appear,
And Isaac next the truth see clear;
And Jacob’s princes now become,
And Moses gain the promis’d land;
And Hezekiah must be found
To pray for life, and must abound
To raise a fallen David’s throne.
Then all these landmarks are your own,
For I have brought it back to man,
That in my likeness you may stand;
And in my likeness to appear,
And then pursue your journey here.
As I have brought it back to man,
How in my likeness all do stand:
The woman in her husband’s room,
Then, Lucifer, now, know thy doom.”
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This subject I shall drop for the present, and defer the further explanation of it till another time, and insert a letter that I sent to a gentleman in London, on 20th October, 1801.
Sir, Exeter, 20th Oct. 1801.
I must beg to inform you, you judge too highly of me and Mr. Brothers. The name of the bride, and the name of Mr. Brothers lead you into mistaken notions. Christ is the bridegroom, believers are the brides; but the shadow is to one, the substance to all. It is placed in the Bible, “the bride, the Lamb’s wife, hath made herself ready;” that means, by perfect obedience to the commands of the Lord, she is ready to declare what is his righteous will concerning men: That the marriage of the Lamb is come to all that come unto him; that he will join all nations and kindreds together as the heart of one man. For the Lord will not leave till he be the desire of every nation. You little think what is before you, nor how true my writings have been this year; but another year will convince you my prophecies will come on fast. The name of Mr. Brothers stumbles himself and all men. Christ is the Prince, the King of kings, that will rule and reign in every heart, and all believers are his brothers; and when the Lord brings in his glorious Kingdom, he will make his brothers kings and princes unto God: for his friends are his brothers; and for your sakes Mr. Brothers has suffered imprisonment, to shew what his brethren have suffered for the sake of Christ, in Mr. Brothers and me. There is a great mystery in his having been in prison near seven years; and I have suffered imprisonment in mind and heart, in temptation and persecution, in sorrows more than pen can paint, or heart conceive, for near ten years.
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So now you see a mystery,
The man and woman plac’d,
And bound as prisoners for to be,
And every sorrow taste.
And to the Fall this calls you all—
A mystery deep for man:
Which at the time, the nations all,
In sorrow seem’d to stand.
Tumult and war abroad did appear;
Distresses were at home:
And Zion’s travails must be clear,
When he and I did groan.
Encompass’d round with every sound,
By man that is unjust:
They said the same, my senses gone,
And both alike were plac’d.
But soon you’ll see a mystery,
When heaven frees our chains,
Then your deliverance you will see,
That never felt our pain.
In heart and mind, what did we find!
Temptations strong within,
Encompass’d round with every sound,
And sore afflictions seen.
What we went through you do not know:
But this you do discern
Because the prison’s in your view,
Which keeps the man from harm.
While I without, so full of doubt,
Feel every travail pain
Of jealousy and misery,
While faith and fear remain.
Left to go on, and stumble men;
Their senses all seem lost:
They know not who does guide my hand;
Nor can their wisdom boast
That they could see as clear as me,
Of what was hastening on:
Nor how their bows now broken be;
The wise men are become
To miss their mark, and in the dark,
They’ll be benighted soon;
And like the blind, the wall can’t find:
They’re sun-clouded at noon.
If they can’t see the mystery,
To shivers all are broke,
And like the clock, strike sixty three,
And miss in every stroke.
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For thirty-one it struck at ten,
And thirteen at eleven:
But when it to the middle came,
Two strokes alone were given.
So it began, and so went on,
With random work all round;
And when unto the four it came,
Full sixty strokes were found.
So by the clock, from every stroke,
No man could judge the hour,
And so to men it now is come,
It’s all beyond their power.
For random work did all begin,
And random work will end;
And you will see a mystery,
In all that I have penn’d.
And every line you’ll find goes deep,
To shivers all are broke,
For like the clock the wise men speak,
And miss in every stroke.
So if the hour you wish to know,
You must look to the dial;
For like the stroke the words did flow,
And every word did fail.
As I have said, they were misled,
As Ahab’s prophets were,
To tell the king for to go on
In such a random war.
But for the dial, it did not fail,
But every hour did keep;
So all might
see, that look’d at it,
That random it did speak.
Now I’ll explain what this doth mean;
The church clock it came from,
That regular in hours went,
But every hour struck wrong.
So from the clock, and from the stroke,
I’ll fully answer here;
The dial was true, bring to your view,
The Bible does not err.
But as for men, they now are come
To run their Bibles so,
That every word they speak is wrong,
The truth from none you know.
For every hour’s beyond their power,
For man to speak aright;
Unless it’s by the Spirit’s power,
To bring it to their sight.
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Then to the Bible you must look,
To see how all is plac’d;
The man the truth he did forsake,
And did his Lord disgrace;
To blame the partner of his soul,
And cast the blame on Heaven:
The Serpent must been screen’d from all,
Had not her word been given.
And now, alone, she makes her moan,
And does for vengeance call,
For men to free her misery,
And break the bonds for all.
As man was bound, as she was found
For to bring on his guilt,
But she is free—a mystery—
No prison she has felt,
Because no blame she cast on man,
Nor did her Maker blame;
’Twas but the Serpent she condemn’d,
And now she cries the same.
So how can she in prison be?
Will you the woman cast?
And say the Serpent now you’ll free,
And let his malice burst?
Upon you all it sure must fall,
To strike the woman dead;
Then with the Devil you must fall,
No advocate to plead.
For if you stand, be ’t known to man,
The woman must you free;
And Christ in her must sure be found,
In freedom left for man.
For in the Fall, I tell you all,
She no man did condemn,
When on her head the blame was laid,
The Serpent did appear;
And on his head the blame she laid,
Will you condemn her here?
Then Satan he, a man must be,
Much stronger than at first,
And there’s no way you can be
Your advocate is lost.
Here I shall tell you the mystery of the clock. I was at Sowton, near Exeter. I was there one day in 1796, and took notice of the church clock, how it struck. At ten it struck thirty-one—at eleven it struck thirteen—at twelve it struck two—at three it struck
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one—at four it struck sixty—at five it struck sixty-three—and at eight (they say) it struck forty; but I cannot remember every hour. It was then deeply explained to me as a type of the nation.—I am, &c.
Having received letters from many different men, that they are the gods of the earth, and the Lord will reveal himself to no other: the letters were answered to me in the following manner: “Now I shall answer thee and all mankind. They shall know I am loving unto every one, but to strip man of the pride, that the fallen angels had, I took a bone from him in Paradise to preserve him at last.—And therefore man alone is imperfect; then how can an imperfect man aspire to perfection? I tell thee there is no perfection in man, and had he been made the perfect man alone without woman, Satan would have swelled him with as great a pride, as he did the fallen angels; and men and devils would have perished together: for men would aspire to be gods by the arts of Satan—therefore the bone that I took from man, and the tree of life which I preserved for man, shall be for his preservation at last. And all men shall know the same hand that brought him the evil fruit, shall bring him the good fruit—and as a child is nourished by his mother’s milk: so ye must become as new-born babes to desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby—and now all men shall know the sincere milk of the Word must come from the woman, that no man may boast. But when ye are come to stronger years, then will the Scriptures be opened to your view.
For then you all will see the wine,
That I’m the root, and thou’rt the vine,
And then the wine must all appear.
And now the mysteries I shall clear:
Man with his Maker did contend,
But now ’tis drawing to an end,
That I shall so contend with all,
And prove to man I knew his fall,
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Without the woman would appear,
And now without the woman here,
Do men aspire as gods to be,
And say the knowledge of the tree
Is surely plac’d in them alone,
And they as gods my mind have known.
Men now as gods they may appear,
But I shall fully answer here;
That they as gods shall never come,
Till they are joined to their bone;
And with the woman do agree
To take the fruit held out by she;
And then I’ll join them to the vine,
And all shall know the root is mine;
Who took the partner from my heart,
As I at first the man did part
To take from him one single bone,
To be his helpmate then alone.
But as his helpmate he did blame,
By her I’ll put mankind to shame,
And as his rival will appear:
I died the woman’s guilt to clear,
And now in her I’ll clear the whole,
And bring all to the Gospel pole.
So let the barren womb appear,
That I pronounc’d so blessed here:
And see the paps that ne’er gave suck,
So full of every perfect milk,
And perfect it shall now appear,
For all my Gospel now I’ll clear;
As indignation I did see,
In my disciples for to be;
To see the woman on my head,
Give me such honour as she laid.
So on my head she doth appear,
And honour to me she brings here:
Which men’s proud hearts cannot approve,
Because yourselves too much you love,
And all my love you have forgot,
When I your ransom dearly bought,
When nailed to the cursed tree—
Appear, vain man, and answer me,
How you can stand without your bone?
You say you’re gods, and gods alone,
Then gods alone appear to be,
But never ask an help from me;
For I shall never help you here,
But in your helpmate all I’ll clear,
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Because my ways are not like man,
You know not how I’ve laid my plan;
For your redemption to appear
And prove my wisdom did not err,
When I the woman first did form,
Though man too soon my ways did scorn.
And now vain men, I’ll scorn you all,
That now despise the woman’s call;
For you shall find I’m not like man,
For to despise my Father’s plan;
But in the woman I’ll appear,
And your redemption so I’ll clear.
Then at the head I now must stand,
The second Adam now to man,
And bring the partner from my side,
Whom I’ve pronounc’d to be the bride,
That over her I now do rule,
And man must judge his God a fool
To let the woman thus appear
In wisdom man can never clear,
In arguments for to confound,
That ’tis not like the heavenly sound,
In every promise made at first,
And here your happiness must burst.
For now in Adam I do stand,
But as a God and not as man,
Though in your likeness I appear,
But now the likeness I shall clear:
For now I’ll cleave unto the bride,
As it by Adam was applied;
And to the bride I’ll surely cleave,
Father and mother now I’ll leave;
For to complete my Father’s will,
The woman shall the serpent chill;
For I in her will strong appear,
And all her children strong I’ll clear;
And you shall find I’m more than man,
Then how shall Satan foil her hand,
Or dare to pluck her hand from me?
And now your weakness you may see;
That you could never keep the bride
From Satan’s arts that were applied;
But said she did you overcome,
Then now I’ll turn it back on man;
For she shall overcome the whole,
As I in power o’er her do rule;
As her desire in me is plac’d,
I’ll answer now the human race,
And let thy words in print to stand,
And then I’ll boldly answer man;
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That thy desire is all to me,
And I am the rival all shall see;
That is in power to keep the bride,
And throw my Bible open wide;
Which I shall do now by her hand,
For now I see the pride of man,
That they as gods would now appear,
Did not the woman foil them here;
And so she foil’d them at the first,
When they in Paradise were plac’d;
And now the last she doth appear,
And all shall find she’ll foil them here.
Here I shall insert the lines that I am ordered, and which I never thought to have made public to the world—but now being commanded I must obey. I was ordered to choose one of these two things, viz.:—to have an inheritance given me with my brethren and fellow-labourers in the Lord—or, when I had finished my work the Lord had given me to do, to depart this life and be with Christ. So death or life was put to my choice. But as my desire is not for this world, but to be with Christ, which is far better, I gave the following answer, which is the desire of my soul; but never intended to have it made public, though now I am commanded to do it. It is as follows:—O my God, my answer is ready, when I have finished the work thou hast given me to do, for thy own honour and great glory, and the good of mankind, let me, I pray thee, have a building with God, eternal in the heavens.
And when the mighty work is wrought,
Receive thy ready bride,
Give me in heaven a happy lot,
With all the sanctified.
For thou that know’st all things, knowest I love thee,
And that I set no idol up above thee;
I love thee more than life or interest,
Nor hast thou any rival in my breast,
That with my Saviour I can now compare.
For O, the heavens to me would scarce seem fair,
Unless I there behold thy glorious face,
And coop all heaven in the dear embrace:
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So here, my Lord, my hand and heart resign,
And let me say my Lord alone is mine.
Here is the Answer of the Spirit to the above words:
“Then now I answer, I’m thy Lord alone,
And in thee now I’ll lower the pride of man;
And let their fig-leaves now for to appear,
And say we’re naked, now we all see clear,
Because as gods we can’t aspire to be,
Though we are told so, as they now told thee.
Then now I ask who ’twas that told them so?
And will they answer now they do not know;
Or will they answer, Satan in disguise?
Then I will answer, men that now act wise,
And then as gods I’ll make them to appear,
And give them clothing they did never wear.
For on the serpent both must cast the blame,
And then they’ll find that I am God the same
As in the new Creation at the first,
And in the woman did man’s pleasure burst;
When from his sleep he did awake to see
His perfect likeness in the woman be.
A happy union then did soon take place,
Awake, awake, O all ye sleepy race,
And see your helpmate stand before your eyes,
Which soon in wonder will you all surprise,
Much more than Adam was surprised at first,
And more than Adam shall your glory burst
To see your helpmate then for to appear,
And bring such news as you did never hear,
And bring such knowledge to the sons of men,
And see the good fruit to be handed down.
Then all together men will stand amaz’d,
In heavenly raptures men will stand and gaze—
‘To what new pitch of knowledge are we brought,
To know our Maker by a woman taught—
To be our Father, and to be our friend—
To be our Saviour, now from heaven descend
With heavenly wings then gliding from above,
With transport joy we see the harmless dove;
Bone of our bone, and flesh like ours to be,
Is this the hand that Satan did betray?
Is this the hand our Saviour did redeem?
Then now we see the fountain, and the stream,
As from the woman he did come at first,
And in the woman doth his glory burst;
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And in the woman it doth all appear,
And now we see the light divided here:
The man in darkness he appear’d at first,
But from the woman did the light then burst;
And in the woman we do now see clear
Our Maker’s wisdom, when he form’d her here.
O! blessed Maker, how could Adam blame,
We see thy wisdom, and admire the same.
Blest be the fruit, now given from her hand,
We see thy wisdom in the woman stand;
That all alike we may be perfect men;
And ’tis by faith we must perfection gain;
And ’tis by faith the promises were made,
Our Maker’s wisdom cannot be betray’d.
So by thy wisdom we’ll receive our bone,
And then these promises are all our own;
Because we know she there was took at first,
And now our bone returneth it back at last.
For we, like Adam, all have been asleep,
But now, like Adam we may wake and weep;
With joy and gladness we may now behold
Our Maker’s goodness he doth now unfold,
And plain we see we are not perfect men,
Until our bone is join’d to us again.
And here’s the pearl that we find was hid,
And here’s the fountain that at first was laid,
For sure he wisely then did lay the plan,
To raise the house of clay as he began—
For now his building he hath all gone through,
We see the beauty, and the house we know
Is like the corner stone was laid at first
And in this likeness all our joys do burst;
And in his likeness it doth all appear,
We see no shadow of a turning here;
So altogether it is like our God,
He doth not vary, as before he said.
Then how shall man like God for to appear,
If he do vary from his Maker here;
For every turning now we plainly see,
Is found in man, that now doth turn from he.
Then how God’s likeness can we see in man,
That from his Maker layeth his every plan?
And judge his ways are clean before his sight,
And crooked now he makes the paths so straight;
And by these crooked paths we now see clear
That God is right and men alone do err,
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As he does vary from the ways of God,
And now the fall of Eve is clearly shew’d;
To be as gods brought on her fall at first,
To be as gods the Serpent now does burst
As much in man we see him to appear,
As in the woman when he made her err.
So now in both we plainly see the fall,
And now our God we see is all in all:
And all in all he doth to us appear,
And now the day-light we do see most clear;
If we will come to be the sons of God,
We must confess the truth of what he said:
It is not good for man to be alone.
We all came naked from our mother’s womb;
And naked thither we will now return,
And of her spirit let us to be born,
Because the mystery now we plainly see,
Christ’s Kingdom we must all enjoy that way.’
For now like Moses ye must all appear,
Put off your shoes, the ground is holy here:
For in your shoes, I say, you all do stand,
And in your wisdom I do now see man
To stand with boldness out against his God,
Then you may tremble all at Moses’ rod.
If he puts off the wisdom he hath plac’d,
And now like Moses will his God embrace,
And now to stand like Moses heretofore,
Put off his wisdom, and I’ll say no more.
And to God’s wisdom let him now submit,
And then he’ll put the shoes from off his feet.
And then the flaming bush will fast appear,
And Israel’s children may begin to fear;
And say, my face they tremble for to see—
Deep are the lines and great the mystery;
As many Moseses, I say, are found,
To call their wisdom, all to hear the sound;
And so their shoes already they’ve put off,
I mean their wisdom, now I’ve said enough.
Then to the flaming bush they may appear,
And then my voice, I say, they’ll surely hear:
For deeper mysteries lie before your view,
From types and shadows all my Bible through;
But when the substance doth to you appear,
Then every mystery I shall surely clear.”
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Here I shall insert part of two letters, that I sent to two reverend divines, on the 6th of December, 1801, in answer to two dreams of the former, and other things relating to the latter: the whole of which may perhaps be given to the world hereafter.
I beg pardon for troubling you with a letter; but conscience compels me: and I am commanded to write to you from your dreams. The Lord is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. He warns by dreams and visions of the night; and the angels of the Lord are ministering spirits. You are warned in your dreams of dangers that will fall on ministers, if they are now careless in looking into these mysteries, and do not awake as men out of sleep. This was my prophecy in the beginning—that when the sword of war ceased, the sword of the spirit must begin. That meaneth men disputing by words, like swords contending with each other. They that are led by the Spirit of the Lord believing and looking for Christ’s Kingdom, and pleading for it: and they that are led by the spirit of the devil, believing all a dream, and pleading against it. So this controversy will be among men upon the earth, as it was among the angels in heaven, when Satan and his party were cast out: and so it will be now upon the earth. A holy war will now ensue: and Satan and his party be cut off from the face of the earth. For now the Lord will try men—who is for him, and who is against him. They that are for him will possess his Holy Mountain, and he will take the stumbling-block out of the way of his people; and they shall enjoy his glorious and peaceable kingdom:—but those that are against him he will cut off from the face of the earth; as the angels were cast out of heaven. Satan must fall, and all his friends must fall with him, as the angels did. The Lord will send out his destroying angel to go through the land, and will cut off men faster by the
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plague, pestilence, or some other diseases, than they were by the sword of war. But judgment will begin at the house of God: that is, with the Shepherds of his flock. If they will not give them the warning their blood will be required at the Shepherds’ hands, if they die in their sins. Therefore, it is written their teachers were blind guides, and their priests were polluters of the sanctuary. Woe unto them that go unto them! For now if the blind are leaders of the blind, they will all fall into the ditch together. So this danger stands before you, and all Shepherds, if you do not awake, as men out of sleep. Now I shall come to the other dream of the horse carrying you into the pulpit, and you there finding these words, “and Jesus wept.” Then now reflect on his love to man: and now he is come to try men’s love to him: and he finds them every where and in every place, cold and lukewarm. Then may he not weep to see his love so great for men, to shed his blood for their sakes, and them so dead and cold to him?—“The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib, but Israel doth not know: my people do not consider.” Your horse knew his owner, and his master’s crib, to carry you into the pulpit. But mark, what words met you there, “and Jesus wept” to see you had no salt in yourself, but was carried away by every wind that blew. The Lord hath set an example for man, by saying, “I will go down, and see whether these things are so as they are come up before me.” The Lord did not want to go down to know, for his eye is every where present: but he spoke these words as a pattern for men. When strange things are brought before them, deep and weighty, they ought to go down and know if it be so; that they may be clear when they judge, and just if they condemn. Now judge for yourself, Sir, if your text may not be applied to you, and unto all ministers. Is there not cause enough to
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say, “Jesus wept?” judge the writings which way you will. If you judge them not of God, where is the regard for his honour and great name, to suffer a woman to go on, and to say the Lord saith, if he hath not spoken. All the letters I have wrote to ministers in his name, from 1793 to this time, must now be brought forward before the whole; and how will ministers answer for themselves, if they judge it not of God? for it is written, “Thou shall not suffer sin upon thy neighbour:” (Lev. xix. 17.) and this is the sin they ought not to suffer.—Yet they are suffering the greatest sin that ever was committed in the world, if they judge the writings not of the Lord—to see his name branded throughout the world—to say he is come in the spirit of prophecy, speaking in the woman, to warn all men of his coming in majesty, and great glory, and great power, to save his friends, and destroy his foes. Now if I have said what the Lord hath not spoken, are not all the woes pronounced against me? and would not men shew their love to God, to put my foolish tongue to silence; not to rob God of his honour, and brand his name with arts and lies, if it be lies? How ready are men to contend for their own honour? Then ought they not to contend for the honour of God? But on the other hand—if it be of God, let men judge for themselves. When our dear Redeemer came to bear the blame man cast on him in Paradise, how ready were men, how warm and zealous to cast it on him, and say, “Crucify him, Crucify him.” They were not wanting to bruise his heel: but now he is come in the Spirit to fulfil the prophecies given to the woman, to bruise the serpent’s head, how lukewarm is man now found? Not caring whether his head be bruised or not: but sooner say, with the Jews of old, “His blood be on us, and our children:” we will not try to bring it on the head of the serpent. Yet all men know it was prophesied, “the day of vengeance was in his heart,” (Isaiah lxiii) so it must fall on man or devils. May not this
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unkind, cold return in man grieve the holy spirit of the Lord? and meet every minister at his pulpit door with these words, “and Jesus wept?” This letter I was ordered to send to you with these words—“Whether he will hear, or whether he will forbear, speak my words unto him.” I was ordered to have your name written in the sealed book; and you are at liberty to come and judge for yourself. I know the expense of the journey is great, but the love of Christ to lay down his life for man was much greater. Consider what a thorny journey he undertook for man. Fatal indeed must it now be for all men, if no man would undertake a journey for his sake, to find out the truth of these things.
“For as the dream did so appear
The roads are so for man;
The shepherds may begin to fear,
They’ll feel my heavy hand.
If they stand out, so full of doubt,
They all will tumble down;
The horse and rider I shall throw,
That will not judge the sound.
I well may weep to see my sheep
Such careless shepherds have,
When I have shewn them all so plain,
How they their flocks may save.
In Adam’s stand I now demand
The man for to appear;
And tell me from the woman’s hand,
Why he denied me here?
Will you begin as Adam then,
The woman we obey’d—
Then I’ll confess the fault is mine,
If you be now misled.
But if you flee another way,
As man obey’d at first,
When Satan’s arts did her betray,
And death on man was cast.
I told you then, ye simple men,
That he would bruise my heel,
And just the same I told you then,
The Serpent she would foil;
To bruise his head, as it was said,
And now his head I’ll bruise,
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If you like Adam now proceed,
And don’t her hand refuse.
For I’ll begin to plead for man,
This way I cannot blame;
He first obey’d, as she hath said,
And now he has done the same.
Then she and I the cause must try,
And man must sure be free,
In Adam’s innocence you’re found,
In true simplicity.
Five thousand years you now see clear—
Five men have right obey’d,
That now together sealed are,
And six in part are laid.
But like the date, it came too late,
To have the letter through;
And so ’t will be, the end you’ll see,
The century all shall know:
’Tis now too late, the book is shut,
And all is sealed up;
The six did come by my command,
And Satan here must stop.
For I’ll begin to place these men,
To every thousand past,
And first from Adam I’ll begin,
He right obey’d at last.
And Noah then I’ll prove the same,
And Abraham must appear,
And Daniel in the lion’s den,
And Moses’ rod is near.
So for the six, I now will fix,
The shortening of the days;
In true obedience, like the rest,
And all shall see my ways.
That is to come, so much like man,
The century’s now too late,
To have the thousand years to stand,
Like every other date.
So I’ll begin to seal up man,
That now obeys my word,
And strike the lintels of the doors,
And send my glittering sword,
For to go through, you all shall know,
And Pharaoh’s host destroy,
My sealed number now shall come,
My Kingdom to enjoy.
So it shall not stand, by my command,
As it hath stood before,
And it shall never come to pass,
As men suppose it here.
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For I’ll go on as I’ve begun,
And all I’ll now go through,
And as the people cursed thee,
I’ll bring it to thy view.
They shall not stand against thy hand,
For every soul shall fall,
And now you all shall see my ways,
I will destroy them all.
So ask a sign and thou shalt find,
The sign it shall be given,
And all shall see it so shall be,
When I the lump have leavened.”
The latter part of these verses was addressed to the latter divine, and which was explained to me from a dream of Mrs. Jones. She dreamed she heard me reading my writings, and also the seventh chapter of Isaiah, the 7th and 11th verses particularly. Soon after she told me the dream, I went to Mr. Taylor’s; and a lady who was there, and who firmly believed my writings herself, told me how much she had heard me cursed, as they said, peace and plenty were come, and they judged every thing would go on well, as it had for years past; but as it is in the 7th verse, it will not stand according to their judgment; and as the sign is mentioned in the 11th verse, it is now said to me, I shall ask a sign, and it shall be granted me, to the convincing of you and all mankind. I shall conclude this with the words I finished the former divine’s letter. I trust you will pardon the liberty I have taken, as I have not done it of myself; but sent you a letter as I was ordered by the Spirit, word for word, perfect as indited to me by the Spirit. So I have forwarded it to you, and I trust the will of the Lord will be done in you, and by you. I shall be happy to see you in Exeter, with the other ministers, for then you will be a clear judge for yourself.—I am, &c.
I shall now give some faint description of the manner in which I was led in 1792, which brought me to my prophecies. My religion is that of the established
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Church of England; but being of St. Paul’s mind, to try all, prove all things, and to hold fast that which is good; knowing God is no respecter of persons; but in every place where his Gospel is preached, it is said, the Lord is in the midst of them; I attended constantly my church, forenoons and afternoons, and received the Sacrament. At the same time I also attended Mr. Wesley’s preachers at eight o’clock in the mornings and at six in the evenings; these hours not interfering with the service of the established Church; but did not then join their Society, though I was much invited to do so. But at Christmas, 1792, by divine command, I was ordered to join the Society, for ends I should know hereafter, for something should happen in the class meeting, which would be the means of convincing the people. So I joined them as commanded, but nothing happened till the Easter following: the Good Friday I was more than commonly struck with the love of Christ for man: and all his love and sufferings from the manger to the Cross appeared before me in such lively colours, that it would be fruitless to attempt to pen the feelings of my heart. The Sunday following I was deeply struck with hearing the 24th chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel read, and particularly noticed these words in the 25th verse, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and entered into glory?” And how he expounded to them in the Scriptures. This brought all the Scriptures to my remembrance the following day, and thinking with myself, that I might say with our Saviour, ye fools, and slow of heart, to disbelieve them. How true is God to his word, how true to his promises! My past life with the Bible came quick to my remembrance: and I began to meditate on what manner I was sent to Exeter, praising the Lord in my heart for all his goodness towards me. I was then answered, I should go to the class meeting and speak of these things, that had been called to my remembrance. But
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thinking with myself, no one spoke of past experience in a class meeting; how should I go to act different from others? But I was answered, “If thou art afraid to speak of the goodness of God, I will take it from thee. For now thou art comforted, strengthen thy brethren.” This made me speak of the manner of my coming to Exeter in the class meeting, which you will see in my fifth book. Thus I thought they might judge me simple, and I was much confused whilst I was speaking. The day following I had a cloud come over my soul in the morning, and all my comfort seemed gone. I went alone, and was earnest in prayer, as the comforts of the Lord seemed to have left me. I was answered, the people at the meeting were malicious against me; hearing me speak so much of the goodness of God, they had been in prayer that the Lord would take it from me. At these words I started with confusion, and said to myself, it cannot be; they are too religious men, and Mr. E—, I know to be too good a man. I was answered, it was not he, it was the rest. But he wished me out of the Society, fearing I should hurt the people. I said, why had he not told me so? I was answered by the Spirit, because he was afraid to offend thee. This occasioned me to be drowned in tears, and I said to myself, I would not be offended; and judged I was going out of my senses. Tears and prayers were my private companions, and I began to reflect upon myself, that ever I thought so much of the Scriptures; and called to my remembrance my father’s words, who often used to say to me in my early age—“Joanna, my dear child, why dost thou exercise thyself in things too high for thee? It must be milk for babes, but wine for men of stronger years.” This was often his gentle reproof, when seeing me affected in reading the Gospel. Here I thought his advice good, and determined in my heart not to ponder so deep as I had done; but the more I thought to give it up, the more the Bible broke in upon me, and seemed as though I had
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ministers preaching in my ears—in this confusion I spent the day in tears and prayers, and could have said with St. Paul, whether in my senses or out of my senses I could not tell; but trembled for fear I should have lost them. It is fruitless to pen the particulars of that week, but at the end I was powerfully told that I should go to the class meeting, and tell the people what had happened unto me; and what was also in their hearts and thoughts concerning me. This I trembled to do, but was threatened that the Lord would withdraw his Spirit from me, if I did not do as I was commanded. This made me go with trembling steps, and when I came I thought many times I should have fainted at the meeting, as the class leader began with these words—Let us come to the purpose of the things that are present, and say no more of the things which are past.—This took all fortitude from me, and I thought of leaving the meeting, as I grew faint, but was answered I should not—and then the Lord restored my courage, and I told them I thought it was the powers of darkness that had given me such an account of them, that such things as before mentioned were in their hearts and minds concerning me to set me against them. But finding the class leader was silent, and the men looked one upon another with confusion in their countenances; I began to grow jealous, and thought to myself, what can all this mean? I was answered by the Spirit I should leave the meeting for good. The next day I was earnest in prayer, being jealous for myself as well as for them: but I was answered, what I was told was the truth—the very hearts and thoughts of the men. I said to myself, Mr. E. is a good man, and I never will believe any other.—I was answered, Mr. Eastlake was a good man, and an humble Christian before the Lord, but he must come more out of himself, and rely more upon the wisdom of God. I will make this a deep convincing proof to him and to all mankind. This strange working of the Spirit within, and seeing every face formed against me
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without of these my companions, whom I thought religious, made me weary heaven with prayers, to know if it was the command of God or not, viz.—the going to speak as I had in the class meeting—this I continued for four days, pleading the words and the promises of God: when all on a sudden I thought the voice of the Lord came to me with power,—“It was I, the Lord, that sent thee unto them, and my loving-kindness I will never take from thee: it is impossible for man to attempt it; I bid men pray for mercies, but not to direct the hand of the Almighty.” Then followed the words spoken in verse in my first book.
“In thunder now the God the silence broke,
And from a cloud his lofty language spoke:
Who, and where art thou, O fond, presumptuous man,
That by thy own weak measures mine would span;
Undaunted, as if an equal match for me?
Stand forth, and answer my demands of thee:
But first let thy original be trac’d,
And tell me then what mighty thing thou wast,
When to the world my potent word gave birth,
And fix’d my centre on the floating earth;
Didst thou assist me with one single thought,
Or my ideas rectify in aught?”
These words were delivered to me in a voice which seemed to mix both love and anger together, and this made me earnest in prayer to know its meaning, and I was answered, the Lord was angry with them for directing the hand of the Almighty, whose ways were as far from man’s ways, as the heavens were distant from the earth. These strange things brought me into a slow fever, for I brought myself almost lifeless by fervent prayer. I then went into the country to my sister’s for the benefit of the air, where the powers of darkness so strongly assaulted me for ten days, as is written in my first book. So my controversies began with the devil and will end with men; for as the different spirits invisible I contended in 1792, so now I shall contend with the same spirits now visible in man.—The Spirit of the Lord working in one part
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and the spirits of darkness working in the other: for I find the spirits of men now visible, as I found then the spirits invisible. But here I shall proceed to give a further account of what happened in 1792: after the powers of darkness had left me, and the Spirit of the Lord came strong upon me, and renewed my former strength, I returned back to Exeter, and was persuaded by some of my friends to join the Society again; but I told them what had happened, and assured them it came from the Lord, and that I knew it; at which they marvelled, and could scarce give it credit. The next day I was powerfully answered in prayer, it was true, and it was from the Lord: and I should go to Mr. E. and he would confess the truth, and the Lord would draw him by another man to come to me. The Sunday following I met the man, and he entreated me to join the meeting again; I told him they had judged me wrongfully, and asked whom we ought to obey, God or man? He answered, the Lord. I told him I had; and would never more go to the meeting, unless Mr. E. would tell me the truth. He said he would go to Mr. E. and would make him come to me, and was as good as his word. Mr. E. came, and I told him all I have written, and as much more: he confessed all was true; but wished I had told them, that the Lord had commanded me to speak of past experience, for then he said no one would have been offended; but there had been a great deal said about it. He then desired me to come and join them again. Finding the truth of all, I returned home and made a promising prayer, that as the Lord had been so gracious and good to me to lay every heart open before me, and every tongue to confess the truth: I would live in perfect obedience to all his commands as long as I lived; and earnestly prayed, that the Lord would not suffer any wrong spirit to deceive me, but keep me as in the hollow of his hand, as the apple of his eye, and that by the God of truth, I might be led into every truth. The morning
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following the Spirit of the Lord broke in upon me, and I was ordered to go to the class meeting in their own wisdom, and tell them that the Lord had sent me unto them to reprove their harsh judging, for who is he that judgeth another? They were no doers of the law but judges, and they should not direct the hand of the Almighty; for his ways were not as man’s ways, nor his thoughts as man’s thoughts. Thus being ordered to go and reprove them, chilled my heart and soul within me; well knowing if they had been offended with my speaking of the goodness of God to me, they would be much more offended if I went to reprove them: so that I thought it impossible to go; but I was answered by the Spirit I should remember my promise;
“When thou hast made a vow to God,
Defer not then to pray,
For God has no delight in fools,
Who mock him in delay.”
These and many more words to the same purpose, made me determine if they were all against me, suffer what I would, I would persevere, and do as I was commanded. But the powers of darkness pressing hard upon me, my own fears began to alarm me, thinking I should not have strength of mind, nor utterance of speech, to go through without some assistance: therefore I prayed the Lord would permit me to go to Mr. Eastlake, the class leader, and consult with him. I was answered “Go to Eastlake, and do as he directs thee, and thou wilt see what man is!” The Saturday night I dreamed I was in St. Peter’s church, Exeter, and trying to seat myself on a chair, it gave way, and I was near falling, when I awoke. I was answered by the Spirit, so will Eastlake deceive thee. Thou trustest in man, and thou wilt see what man is! When I came out of St. Peter’s I spoke to Mr. Eastlake, and said I had something to say to him, but he very coolly answered, and addressed another man, not heeding my words. I then followed him slowly till he came
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near his house, when the man left him; he then looking coolly on me, said, he would speak to me another time. At this I felt as though a dagger had been put to my heart, and jealousy arose in my breast—I went into the fields where I might have liberty to indulge my sorrows alone. Deep were my thoughts, tears, and prayers—jealous for myself, as thinking so good a man as Mr. Eastlake could not err. I was answered if it be of man, it will come to nothing: if it be of God they cannot overthrow it; lest they are found to fight against God. But thy friends are like Job’s friends; because they cannot account for the manner of God’s strange dealing with thee: they are sometimes silent, and when they speak they speak wrong. In this confusion of my heart, I went into a building made for cattle, and took out my Common Prayer Book, and opened to the 110th Psalm, and was deeply struck with these words, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power,” which gave me much comfort. I then opened to the 72nd Psalm, and was struck with the 18th and 19th verses: “Blessed be the God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things: and blessed be his glorious name for ever, and let the whole earth be filled with his glory.” The Psalms with many powerful words coming to me, seemed to administer some consolation to my wounded heart—yet still jealousy alarmed my breast, fearing I was led into some errors, and in a retired manner, alone, I spent the day. In the evening I was earnest in prayer, that the Lord would direct me aright, and I was answered, Then have thy conversation aright. This alarmed my jealousy, that all I had been doing was wrong; and I said, how aright? I was answered, have thy conversation in the world, and give up thy thoughts of religion, and all will be well. This I knew came from the powers of darkness; and said to myself, It is written, ye shall have your conversation in heaven, and commune with God in your hearts, and he will commune with you. I was answered,
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If thou doest these things, thou wilt lose thy senses, if thou dost not give up troubling thyself so much about religion. I said to myself, what then will become of me if I give up religion? I am lost for ever; and I had rather lose my senses than my soul. I was answered; why canst thou not do as others, who mind the world? and all is well. Thus being answered by the powers of darkness increased my sorrows, as I well knew such arguments never came from the Spirit of the Lord; and my troubles seemed greater than I could bear. I was then answered, “Heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
“A tedious night shall a bright morning have,
“And then thy soul shall take her old abode,
“And cloth’d in flesh thou shalt behold thy God.”
These words gave me ease, and I wished for the dawn of the returning day. I was much comforted in the morning; and after sitting at my labour many hours pondering in my heart all that was past, and thinking with myself, why I was ordered to do all as Mr. Eastlake directed me. And he had directed me to nothing, but deferred to another time. Then a holy fear seized my soul, and I felt as though I had been in the presence of the Most High, when a powerful voice came through me,—“I no more intended thou shouldst go to the class meeting to reprove them, than I intended Abraham should offer up his son Isaac. I only did it to try thy obedience; and as far as thou hadst it in thy heart to obey, so far will I reward thee. For now will I swear unto thee as I did unto Abraham, that I will make with thee an everlasting covenant, and I will save thee with an everlasting salvation. Thou shalt prophesy in my name, and I will bear thee witness.” What followed you will see in the 27th page of my first book. Here I have given my readers in what a strange manner I was led on to believe the words from the truth I had been told of what was in the hearts and thoughts of men. Here the
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wisdom of God may appear foolishness with men; and I must answer the wisdom of men hath appeared foolishness with me. For as Hezekiah, that was a good man, when the Lord left him to himself to see what he would do, did wrong; so I see all men when left to themselves do wrong. Here I shall drop this subject, and insert an anonymous letter that was sent to me by the wisdom of man, but who was ashamed of putting his name to it; and well he might. How unmanly do men appear to take it upon them to reprove a woman, and not have manly courage to own their names, fearing their deeds should be reproved:—so they loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. Now I shall put this wise letter in print, and shew the writer he hath gathered his light from the moon: but when the light of the sun arises, the light of the moon disappears; for the moon cannot lighten the day, neither can the writer of this letter answer one word of a thousand, when I begin to point out the daylight to him. Here follows his letter, word for word.
‘Time and circumstances, the best tutors of all others I should suppose, must have opened your eyes, and have convinced you, and your deluded followers, that your communications are not from the fountain of truth. Had you or they been open to conviction, the lame excuse concerning your father’s death on the 22nd of September, was sufficient evidence to prove you in error: but admitting that had not, the death of the worthy Basil Bruce, surely was more than enough to determine the whole business; as you positively declare that the Lord had chosen him and his father to go to Exeter and judge your writings: but it was as though the Lord had spoken with an audible voice—he died the very night that the rest set off for Exeter. Your trifling attempt to interpret this solemn affair, only proves that the Lord knows not to-day what he
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shall do to-morrow. I may, perhaps, be told that the Lord has been pleased to deal in this way with his prophets. Such an answer as this may satisfy those who do not judge for themselves: but those who have made the Bible their study, and even the writer of this, is ready to prove that the Lord never gave a positive command, and like a weak man, repented of what he had done; dis-annulling his former command:—this is making the eternal Lord of Heaven more inconsistent than the fabulous heathen gods, who, when they decreed or swore by the infernal Styx, never violated their oath.
But were the circumstances I have mentioned incapable of convincing you, and your followers, surely the present one before them is sufficient;—you tell them that this last May would be “a fatal May for man,” and that as soon as June made its appearance people were to be convinced that your writings were given from the Spirit of truth. May is past; nothing uncommon has taken place; June is here, yet all things remain as they were: what miserable excuse is to be brought forward now? Is the fatal thing to be understood to mean that a few letters have been sent to a parcel of men, the greater part of whom neither believe in God, Devil, Heaven, or Hell? Alas! my good woman, open your eyes, and read your Bible. This is the command of the Lord, “they have Moses and the prophets.” Now then let us be honest to God and ourselves, and be tried by the word of God. When the children of Israel desired to know how they were to know a true from a false prophet, Moses says, “If thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken; when a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously: thou shall not be afraid of him.” Now, agreeable to the positive declaration of the word of God, you have spoken presumptuously; as the things you have mentioned have
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neither “followed nor come to pass,” from which it appears evident that you have presumed to speak in the name of the Lord, what he has not commanded: therefore I refer you to the 20th verse of the same 18th chapter, “but the prophet which shall presume to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, even that prophet shall die.” Ezek. ch. 13. “Thus saith the Lord God, Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing; they have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them; and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination? Whereas ye say, the Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken, and mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel.”
It has been a custom with me never to condemn any one. Whenever I have done so from my own spirit I have generally found myself in an error; which has given me pain: if the sacred word condemns any one, they stand condemned without my poor condemnation, but whenever the word of God condemns, I should be a traitor to the truth, if I was to say, it is not so. I, perhaps, may be told that many things mentioned by Mr. Brothers have not come to pass, and that those who have taken up your writings may with as great propriety believe what you have said, though it has fallen out contrary, as to believe Mr. Brothers, whose writings they profess to believe: but it is not possible so far, to prove that any one thing he mentioned has erred in its accomplishment; even the very dates have not yet failed;—whenever they do, be assured such communication cannot have been given by the Spirit of God.
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The writer of this hopes you will have honesty and candour enough to let the whole be read before those poor deluded men your followers; he has no objection if it is necessary for the sake of defending the word of God, to come forward; but as he seeks neither applause nor popularity, he for the present conceals his name: but if you are afraid of coming to the only fountain we have given us for determining what is true, the contents of this letter will be given.’
N.B.—This letter was received Monday, June 21, 1802.
The following are the names of the gentlemen alluded to in the above letter, under the name of poor deluded men: they being convinced that Joanna Southcott’s writings are of divine authority, and published by divine command, particularly request their names to be published to the world at large in this book. Rev. Stanhope Bruce, Rev. Thomas Webster, Rev. Thomas P. Foley, William Sharp, George Turner, and John Wilson.
One gentleman being absent, we have not taken the liberty of inserting his name. Now I have given my readers the anonymous letter that was sent me, I shall now answer for myself, to such poor deluded men, who judge of things they know nothing about; but like men looking in the fervent sunshine, whose bright splendour is too strong for their eyesight; and going into a dark room become sun-blind—and this is the darkness of men’s understanding—seeing the daylight of the Gospel thrown open before them by a woman, bright as the fervent sun; truths of the prophecies clear as the moon: which is as much too strong for their weak judgment as the fervent sunshine is for their eyesight—for they can no more look into the divine brightness and beauty of the one than the other. And this being lost by the divine beauty and splendour, they go and consult with their dark benighted minds
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where no light is, and so they grope for the wall like the blind. I will not say the writer of the above letter was a fool; but I say he is a man void of understanding, and has concealed his name, knowing that if his deeds were brought to the light, he would be reproved: and then he could not answer for himself—but now I will answer for myself. It was written, if my father died at the appointed time, then Christ’s Kingdom must be established at whatever time my writings were proved; but if he did not, Christ’s Kingdom would not be established at that time. Before the appointed time was up, I wrote to one of my friends, and said my father must out-run the time specified, though when I wrote the letter he appeared to me to be a dying man. But he out-ran the time as I said—I then wrote to another of my friends, he would die at a time he was not judged to die—unexpected and suddenly it would appear. Now I must inform my readers the very day my father was death-seized, I saw my brother-in-law, and asked him when he saw my father. He answered last week, and he never saw him look better, and thought he would out-live him. A few days after, I received a letter that my father was dying: and when I came to see him, found he was seized with convulsion fits, which caused his death, the very day my brother judged he would out-live him: and my sister’s son said the week before he thought his grand-father would live for ten years: he looked so well, so ruddy and lively. So my father died according to my prophecies spoken of him, having out-run the time I said at first, and died at a time unexpected at last—and so will the coming of Christ’s Kingdom be. And now I shall answer for Mr. Bruce. I grant he was chosen with his worthy father to judge of my writings, as one of the twelve: and as they were coming down to Exeter to judge them, he was called to his Father in heaven; so he went one journey to Christ’s Kingdom in heaven: while his father was pursuing his to prove Christ’s Kingdom upon earth. And here the father and the son were separated on earth, at the second coming of
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Christ; that was compared to the shadow of Christ! as the father and the son were separated in heaven at the first coming of Christ. Now let the blind to see, and the deaf to hear! Mr. Bruce and his son were compared as types and shadows of the father and son in heaven. But how could this shadow be perfect like the substance, if they had not been parted on earth as they were in heaven? For as the Son of God left his Father’s throne, and came down to dwell amongst men, when he came to bring in his Gospel, to be wounded for our sins, and to be bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was laid upon him:—To be the judge of all men, he dwelt amongst men; and so the father and the son were divided, that they might judge together of heaven and earth. Now I must answer; the worthy Mr. Bruce was chosen with his father to judge of me and my writings, when the saints must judge the earth. So to make the perfect likeness of the father and son, the Lord parted them on earth, as they were parted before in heaven—that the son might ascend up into glory, and judge of things in heaven, while the father is judging of things on earth; that the son might give up all judgment to God; and be a clear proof to man of the second coming of Christ, by parting the father and the son at his second coming; as the father and the son were parted at the first—so this brings the shadow and the substance together.
“For now the last is like the first,
And now my Kingdom it shall burst;
For as the shadows do appear,
Just so the substance I shall clear.
The Father and the Son were plac’d as one,
But when the prophecies of man were come,
They then divided, and the Son you see,
Did leave his Father, and came down to ye.
But unbelief did then in man appear,
And now the likeness I to all shall clear;
For now the second coming does appear,
The father and the son are parted here:
But see in judgment they stand both as one,
And now unto the purpose I shall come;
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Judges together I say both do stand,
And all may see it by his written hand;
How both in judgment these two do agree;
And now I’ll answer all the mystery:
Should I as simple now like man appear,
And say the likeness I shall now compare,
To part the father, and to take the son,
To shew the likeness did in heaven begin,
To tell the truth I knew they could not bear,
But mark the letter, and you may see clear;
I said the mourning it was sent for me,
And with the ointment it should all agree.
For well you know the son on earth did fall,
I said the funeral soon would prove his call;
That like the Son he would to all appear,
And by his death I’ll prove the likeness here.
But if the likeness I had made more plain
Could they have borne it then? (his friends I mean)
Oh simple men for to direct your God,
I told his death though ’twas not understood.
And so my Gospel I did speak the same,
And now I’ll answer, (O ye simple men;)
I said the buildings I would soon destroy;
But leave the meaning man for to enjoy
The devil’s wisdom he in them had plac’d.
But now be wise O all ye sullen race:
For as that mystery you did not see plain,
Then now by Bruce the same you do contend;
Though plainer mysteries lay before your view,
He was the judge, I’ll prove his judgment true:
And to his father now he all hath given up,
And so you see his life did surely drop:
So here the likeness you may all see plain,
And now in judgment this I’ll now maintain;
The father here pronounc’d the judge alone,
Then sure the son must die to make it come;
As in the funeral service doth appear.
And now the mysteries I to all shall clear;
For here’s the very father, and the son,
That subject unto God must now become;
That put the serpent now beneath his feet,
Here lieth the mystery, and the truth is great,
Because the Son of God cannot appear
In no subjection as is liken’d there.
But to be subject must inferior be—
So now I’ve shew’d you plain the mystery;
For to be subject is the son of man,
And now to reason I shall strong begin;
As in the burial service doth appear,
Then every mystery I will now make clear.
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“The last enemy that is to be destroyed is death, and that enemy was passed on man by the fall. Then when all is put under foot by the united Trinity, to bring in the perfect unity of God and man; then comes in the likeness of God’s image; and now is the likeness begun from my Gospel, spoken by the Spirit. I will end, and come to the words I said unto Peter—when one said I was Elias, another said John the Baptist; I asked Peter who he said I was? He answered, Thou art Christ the son of the living God. Now mark my answer,—Blessed art thou Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but the Spirit of the living God. And on this Rock will I build my church—and now mark the first letter I ordered thee to send to Bruce; and on this Rock will I now build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. For now I answer, these men that I ordered thee first to write to, some said on one hand, and some said on another, but these seven have said it is from the living God; and on this Rock will I build my church.
“For now the living God he shall appear,
And every mystery I to man will clear;
As in one Spirit they do all agree,
And here’s the rock that every soul shall see,
Where all the gates of Hell shall not prevail,
But at that time you know the words did fail:
Because the gates of Hell were open wide,
But here’s the mystery shall be now applied.
I’ll surely shut, and none shall open here,
And every mystery I to man will clear;
Because these hearts are open’d unto me,
My seven Spirits surely in them be.
And now I tell them there’s no man can shut,
And death and hell may tremble at their feet.
For May is over, June doth now appear,
Wise fools, I tell you now for to take care:
For such a May was never seen by man,
The second star is sent throughout your land;
To shew my second coming doth appear,
And I’m rejected—now I say take care.
My seals are broken and turn’d back by man,
I spoke of May, and May, I say, is gone.
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So now in June my answer doth appear,
Judge well your nation and the whole compare.
So altogether see how this doth stand,
And then you’ll know how now to judge your land.
For such a thing was never done before,
Throughout the land to send the second star:
For all shall know that star is sure my seal,
What to the bride my Spirit did reveal!
So now, wise fools, you’ve boasted all too soon,
But mark, your sun you’ll find to cloud ere noon,
Because the C doth with the star appear,
And all shall know my chariot wheels are here:
For in the Spirit here, I say, I’m come,
And you may find me in the woman’s form.
But not a heathen god appear’d to be,
To swear by Styx,—vain man, now answer me;
If I a father do to man appear,
He threatens long before he strikes severe;
And as your right hand you do little know
I’ve waited patient and kept back the blow;
But as your boasting I do see so soon,
Mark well, I’ve told you what should come in June.
And now my answer to you doth appear,
Wise fools, I tell ye, you have all to fear:
For here’s my answer now turn’d back in June:
Once more I tell you, you’ve boasted all too soon.
For as the truth you do not seek to know,
Then groping for the walls you all may go;
Because from you it surely is conceal’d,
What to my chosen members is reveal’d.
But what vain vision doth to you appear,
That like the heathen gods, you me compare;
And hope that others will confirm the word,
Just like yourselves you all do judge your God,
Much like a dog, to bite before he bark.
And now my Gospel you’ve judg’d in the dark,
Because dumb dogs I call’d them all before,
That could not bark, and now the truth see clear.
But like a clock my words shall ever stand;
He warneth before he strikes, and now command;
Because this May I’ve warning sent to all,
One thousand letters shew you every call,
That I’ve sent out to warn you one and all.
And now this warning if they all despise,
I say, too late, they’ll surely grow more wise.
So of my patience let men mock no more,
My eye is kindl’d and they may see here,
How that thy eye is kindl’d to a flame,
And they shall surely find my eyes the same.
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Because the voice of wisdom it is here,
And loudly calling men for to appear.
But Wisdom’s voice, I see it’s all in vain,
The lepers still I see their spots remain:
For what is black, I see will not be white,
And if the mortar doth the foolish break,
I see their folly they will still contain.
Then now be wise, O all ye sons of men,
For in the mortar I have bray’d them all,
By sword, by famine, and by every call,
Because the sword you know it has been here,
And so the famine has been to the poor:
And all these shadows there’s no man does see,
Then now I tell you all a mystery.
In ages back, it ever was the same,
For Satan always did this kingdom claim;
Because the woman by his arts did fall—
Then now be wise, I tell you one and all;
That now the woman doth my Promise claim,
And here’s her seed, O all ye simple men,
Who I’ve deluded to believe her word,
And in their hand I’ve surely put the sword,
That all shall find will cut the serpent down,
And on this Rock my church shall now be found:
That all the gates of Hell shall not prevail,
I’ll act by man, as they’ve acted by my seal.
And all shall find this hath been May for man,
As never was before since Earth began.
So now, wise fools, I’d have you boast no more,
But see my eye how it’s inflamed here;
Because my eye they all may see in thee,
As thine’s inflam’d, they’ll find the eye of me;
But as the other doth not feel the pain,
Just so, my friends, my eye to them remain;
So by thy eyes the public now may see
What is my heart, and know the eye of me.
For as thy eye’s inflam’d on the right side,
Just so my anger’s right, as now’s applied:
But as the left is so near thy heart,
Just so, my friends, shall never feel the smart.
And as thy sight to all men doth appear,
I tell you, England, you may hope and fear.
So now of boasting let them say no more,
There’s no vain vision doth to you appear;
But by thy sight I shall confirm the whole.
Weigh all together, let your reason fall,
For times and circumstance will soon appear,
To prove to man my eye’s inflamed here.
So now the letter let them all weigh deep,
The man in silence let him silence keep;
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Or stronger reasons let him to assign,
To prove to man the writings are not mine;
Because the great A line he cannot see,
A partial judge, no judge at all can be.
Because that Brothers, he said, did not err,
Then ’tis from Satan must his truth appear;
Because of late I’ve surely left the man,
To shew you Satan, and his every plan;
That if the woman did not interfere,
You men would find the serpent to appear,
With every art as much to cheat the man.
And so your Maker you have blam’d in vain;
And now like Satan you do tempt your God,
To send down vengeance, and you call my rod,
And when my rod in vengeance doth appear,
You must confess you all did ask it here.
For as at first, you did the woman blame,
And so at last your God you’ve done the same,
For now at last the same you’ve blam’d your God.
So now your fig-leaves let them to be shew’d,
That you together have so vainly sew’d,
If they can cover, let your fig-leaves do,
For all your clothing I shall take away,
And now, O men! hear ye, what I do say;
I’ve other clothing you must all put on,
If naked garments you’ll confess are come,
Then all your garments I will give anew,
Weigh well the words and you shall find it true.
But if your fig-leaves now you wish to wear,
Then my new garments you can never bear;
Because my clothing it must now be new,
I’ll mend no longer, for it will not do;
For worse and worse I see the rent is made,
And never was a nation more misled,
That those who judge, that e’er a woman’s hand,
Such wondrous writings ever could command,
Unless from God the words were surely cast;
And here’s the wine will make the bottles burst,
As the new wine does to you all appear;
Then the old bottles, let them now take care,
But for the bottles I have now made new
The wine’s the same and bring all to your view.
So both together now I say will stand,
And so in the end you all will find the land:
So I’ll conclude with warning to the wise,
Another day I shall them all surprise.”
Here is the answer to the anonymous letter. But having mentioned about my eyes, which may appear puzzling to my readers, I must inform them I have
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had an inflammation in my right eye ever since I came to London. And I was told the eye of the Lord was as much inflamed against the people, as mine appeared to the sight; because they had rejected the word of the Lord; and let them take care the Lord does not reject them. And I must inform my readers these signs have often been set before me; for in January, 1796, I had an inflammation seized my finger, and it was then said, it should be as a sign to me—that men’s hearts would be inflamed the same, and their hands would break out against their governors. I shall leave particulars: only call to your remembrance the following year seven hundred men mutinied on the sea. Some were hanged in the ships, and some were shot in Plymouth, tied to their coffins. In January, 1800, I had an inflammation seized my leg, at first it appeared a small spot, but when that was removed it broke out more and more, till both legs became inflamed. It was then said to be as a sign to me that the heat of the summer would bring in a dearth, and men’s hearts would be inflamed like my feet.—I shall leave all the particulars, but only call my readers to reflect that the truth followed in the 1800, and men’s hearts were inflamed as before mentioned, and mobs rose in various parts of the kingdom the spring after, and were pacified (as it was said to me) by the prudent care of men, as by the prudent care of the apothecary my legs had been cured. But further particulars I shall now leave, as the substance follows the shadows—so now judge for yourselves. When the eye of the Lord is inflamed, I may answer with St. Paul, “Who is afflicted and burn not?”
Here I shall drop this subject, and insert a particular circumstance I was commanded to do. Being invited with my friends to dine at a gentleman’s house, I was ordered to obey.—But when the day arrived for me to go, I felt such a gloom come over me that I wished to decline going, if I could with any propriety; but knowing it would be imprudent I went. When I arrived there I found freedom with the master and mistress of the house. My heart seemed to be drawn
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particularly to the mistress; but soon after a stranger came in, when I felt myself hurt, and my spirits became oppressed I could scarce speak. While I was at dinner I thought I would have given any thing to be out of the company, as I felt no freedom of speech, and thought it was casting of pearls before swine, and that which is holy before dogs, to speak before that same stranger. I spoke to the mistress concerning him, but she begged me to take no notice of him. So I began, but in a confused manner, as I felt my spirits much oppressed before three gentlemen entered the room; I then felt a sudden joy at their appearance; though I thought before I went, they were the very men upon whose account I should feel that load upon my spirits, for I knew of their coming; but found myself deceived! The person who occasioned my embarrassment was to me unknown of being there—but others gave me pleasure when they arrived, and I felt embarrassed as before when they were gone, but freedom of spirit whilst they were there. This circumstance I was ordered to put in print with the Answer of the Spirit as follows:—
“Now thou hast ended I’ll begin,
In print let all these truths be seen;
For now the mysteries I shall clear,
And tell thee why I sent thee there.
All hearts I know, all hearts I’ll try,
And then my arrows fast shall fly;
My Spirit it is just like thine,
I know the stranger, and his mind;
My Kingdom he don’t wish to see,
He neither loves his God nor Thee.
For Satan did his spirit draw,
And I drew thine the truth to know,
That light with darkness can’t appear,
For what communion can be there?
For God with Belial can’t agree,
Then how thy heart could it be free,
When I within did know the man?
I’ve made thy spirit like my own;
And as my Spirit did appear,
A son of Belial sure was there;
Whose lukewarm heart could never see
The different love in man and me:
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That I must sure complete your bliss,
If for my kingdom you do thirst;
And your hearts I must refine,
And love must kindle at the time;
For all shall know that God is love,
And so my friends they all shall prove;
For there’s no man can dwell in me,
That in this love doth not agree.
For all shall find my heart like thine,
Thou wast impatient at the time,
And didst not wish to tarry there,
And now the mystery I shall clear;
I tell thee I am just the same,
Men only laugh to hear my name;
Therefore unpleasant ’tis to me,
Such lukewarm christians for to see,
When all my Bible’s made so clear,
And Satan shall be conquer’d here,
And bring my glorious kingdom down.
Then these may tremble at the sound
That now dislike the heavenly call,
And from that man I’ll answer all;
That I’ve a Spirit just like thee,
The man thou didst not love to see;
Nor with him there for to abide—
Ah! here’s a field that’s open’d wide:
For all shall find I am the same,
And all such men I now shall name,
Are full as sickly unto me,
As his appearance was to thee;
But when the three they did appear,
I say my Spirit enter’d there;
For wrongly thou didst judge the men,
As they condemn’d thee but unseen.
But when these men do know the whole,
They’ll wish my kingdom for to fall;
A lively christian one will be,
The man that took the eye of thee,
Though of thy words he there did laugh,
But mark the blot—I’ve said enough,
For he will laugh another way,
When I my angels send to he;
For strongly guarded I’ll make all,
For Satan’s malice so will fall;
That if my friends I do not guard,
I know their foes will be too hard.
But now I’ll be a man of war,
And every foe I now will clear;
And all my friends they now shall see,
That double guarded they shall be;
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Therefore that word in thee I spoke,
Though he did laugh and seem’d to mock;
But now I’d have him mock no more,
For strong my guards must now appear;
That he will surely find for all
That now believe this heavenly call.
For now a father I’ll appear,
And all my children I’ll make heirs;
And now a man of war I’ll be,
And every foe they now shall see,
I’ll surely put beneath their feet,
And all shall find the victory’s great,
And now a king I will appear,
And princes now I’ll make my heirs.
For as men’s lukewarm hearts I see,
My friends do kindle flames in me;
Because I see their perfect love,
And mine more strong they now shall prove:
But those that lukewarm do appear,
My kingdom they shall never share:
For I’m the Counsellor now become,
The mighty counsellor shall be known;
And every trial now I’ll plead,
And all my jury now I’ll lead,
To speak in justice at my bar,
And from the judge I this shall clear:
The jury must the sentence pass,
And then the judge condemns at last.
And so the judge I will appear,
And now the mysteries I will clear:
I’ll judge the quick, I’ll judge the dead,
For so men’s spirits now are led;
For some in death do now appear,
And so in death I’ll judge them here.
But some are quicken’d by my power,
And they shall see the glorious hour,
To have my harvest to appear,
And like the husbandman, see clear—
Rejoices in the harvest day,
For so my harvest now does lay.
For altogether I’ll cut down,
And now let all men judge the sound;
For now men’s wisdom I’ll cut all,
Just like the harvest now shall fall:
That is men’s wisdom all must see,
Just like the corn cut down must be.
And so the wheat I know will fall,
Confess dead-ripe they are grown all:
For they in wisdom cannot grow,
Because the Bible you’ve run through:
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And now the mysteries you’ll see plain,
That this is come, the harvest time,
And now my reapers do appear,
To cut my wheat and tell them here
Their wisdom can no longer grow,
They see the stubble and the straw,
Whereon the bullocks they may feed,
But they are cut down, the wheat to breed.
For now the ground I’ll make anew,
And like the husbandman I’ll do,
I’ll fan my corn, I’ll sow my wheat,
And now the increase I’ll make great.”
Here I shall break off this subject for the present, and insert a few verses, that were spoken in answer to my contending with men.
“As the furnace smoke ascended,
So the smoke in man appears;
But as the sound from Heaven resounds
With harmony so sweet,
So will the end of all be found,
When you together meet.
To see all clear thy hour draws near,
And near does all come round,
And ninety-two brings to thy view,
How different was the sound!
For Satan came and did blaspheme,
And fill’d thy soul with woe;
Then did my angels visit thee,
And heavenly joys did flow.
So both did come to thee unseen,
But now the sight appears,
These different spirits both are come,
And both thou now seest clear.
So what began unseen to man,
Is now seen plain to all,
And thou with Hell didst first contend,
And so goes on thy call.
So all is plain when learned men
Have weigh’d the matter deep,
It is with Hell thou dost contend,
For he in man doth speak,
And angels here do now appear,
For they do speak in man,
And tell thee for to persevere—
Like a good soldier stand.
So both are come the ranks to join,
And I’ll join with my friends;
And Satan’s come to join his own,
Mark well and see the end.”
 The clock struck at random.