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For now the words I'll answer thee;
Tis not my love that now is slack;
"Here I have shewn thee a few scriptures, that stand without conditions to be fulfilled ; and now I ask thee, how mankind can come forward and plead their scriptures, who boast of their knowledge and belief in them? how will they pretend to prove them true, who began so soon to mock that thy writings could not be true, if thou wast baffled in one thing; as they boasted so much of ****** *'s death. But I now tell thee, their boasting is to destroy the Scriptures, that all may appear as a dead letter to man, that never was fulfilled; and therefore they judge it never will, without discerning the Six Daysin the Creation, before the day of rest came in—that one day is a thousand years; which meaneth, from thfe beginning of the Six Days' labour; but know, I said in my Gospel, that those days should be shortened; and ye know not how near they are to an end; and therefore I shall bring tny Bible forward with strange events that are hastening on, that the blind may begin to see how the fruit begins to appear with the leaves."
A Communication given in answer to a Dream in 1796. First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page £4.
"Another day I'll tell thee more, - »
And deeper things explain;
And think upon thy dream.
Assistance lie refused;
And stood upon thy shoes:
And there thou'lt surely stand.
And trust to men's weak hands i
Thy Jury cunnot stay:
Thou'lt surely go that way.
Thou canst not tarry here:
I'll make the mystery clear."
"Here let men discern at what time this was to be fulfilled: not at the time that ******* gave thee assistance, but to be at a time that thou calledst to him in vain, that he refused to give thee any assistance, either by word, or returning thy writings, that thou hadst put in his hands, to prove the truth of the warning; and to be at a time when others came forward to search out the truth, that I said would surely come, as he had woe; which I called as a Jury that could not stay. But know I said, when they came, thou wouldest go the way that they came; that thou must go through the journey, and couldest not stay at Exeter. Let them discern at what place the words were written, and how thy friends came from London, when I ordered thee to put all in their hands; and thou shouldest follow them, to have the cause tried there. Discern how it was spoken, that thou shouldest stand alone, by thyself, with strangers; and how assistance would be refused by *******; for there the mystery stood great to all. But had he stood stedfast with thee to the end, there could be no mystery concerning him; neither could the words have been fulfilled, that I answered thee, from the dream of thy falling down, and calling to a man to assist thee, and raise thee up; which ******* refused to do. When thou sawest thyself in danger, then spirits and strength arose in thee to go from him, and stand upon thy own faith, and thy own belief.
"And now let men discern how ******* oe_ gan to cause thy fall, by his letters and advertisement; and know how many said then that thou hadst acknowledged thyself thy that writings were from the devil; and in the eyes of many thou wast fallen ; and thy own spirits sunk within thee. Thus Jet men deeply discern what happened at thai time, when he fell back, and others came forward, and thou left Exeter to join with them. This, if men clearly discerned, they would see thy calling clear, by the manner it was foretold, and the way I ordered thee to go."
Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 109, given in 1797:
"But deeper things arc still behind,
I'll shew another day:
Are all unknown to thee:
■ From these words I shall answer thee. Let men compare this with the other, what I told thee of strangers coming to thee; and these I compared to pilgrims, that were unknown to thee; for my ways are all unknown concerning ****** *j but let them discern, at the time I told thee of joining with others, he leaves thee; therefore if men weighed the whole together, that I have ordered thee to bring forward, they would clearly discern, that there was no assurance that he would stand in a steady faith with thee, like other believers. But I shall shew thee the mystery of" *******j and why I chose a man that acted like him; and spoke of him in a manner that no one discerned: it is to bring men to the Scriptures, that they may observe, from him, how man fulfilleth but in part what they expect is fulfilled in the whole; and so I tell thee of my Gospel: how many professors of religion suppose the fulfilment was then accomplished, when I came to die for the transgression of man; but their judgment is as wrong, to think all was finished, that I came to die for, to bring in the redemption of man. This was no more finished, or fulfilled, nor my designs were no more accomplished then, to destroy the works of the devil any more than ******* hath went through all the office expected by man. And now come to their discernment, who judge that/lie must fall to rise again; because I said he must stand the trial in the end. But this men do not discern, in what manner he stood the trial with men, to have his honour lost; neither do they discern in wh manner all the conduct that he hath acted must stand the trial with men in the end. Th are deeper mysteries still behind, that met find another day. But now, if they judge ••••••« must appear in person, or he
stand no trial with man; then I ask them
they will explain the meaning of my words, that "I said my Bible must stand the trial? I said Satan must stand the trial; and I said in my Gospel, Satan must be judged. These things men must discern and weigh together. — But know what I said of believers, and those that were called forward first in the work, Avho came in by faith; I said they were but as water-pots filled with water, before the end conieth, for. me to turn the water into wine. But now I ask them, how could I turn the water into wine, by a strength of wisdom, to join with their faith in the end, and a strength of knowledge, to understand all these things, by making every crooked path straight before them, that they may discern their own folly, when I come to make all things clear? But if they saw all things clear at present, and understood all mysteries, to know the meaning of all that was spoken; then they must be as men filled with wine already: for as wine is strong, so must their wisdom be strong, their understanding be strong, and their judgment must be great; for this I have told thee will be in the end. —
When I turn the water into wine