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To shew the folly in mankind; , ,t ,. •/.,,.
And then I'll open every door, , ,
To shew them .what I've still in store,
"I have shewn thee in what likeness ******* stands with my Bible, where it is on conditions, and where it is not. And so I tell thee of my Gospel, there are no conditions fixed of. the Comforters coming; for I said he should come and abide with you for ever: I said the Spirit of Truth should come to guide you into all truths, and teach you things to come: and the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And now I have brought it round in this manner, to prove the truth of my words; and now thou must bring forward some of thy own prophecies, that have stood so long in print, unperceived by men. Now let them answer the following words, printed in 1801.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 16.
•' Now shall men suy all this by thee is done f
With salt be season'd well-;
And triumph over hell.
And bring all to an end,
The wise whose hearts will bend.
Kings did their Sovereign see;
To all a mystery." '■••
Here I shall make an inquiry of men, whether they say that this is all brought round by the devil, or whether they will say—
I yield! I yield f
I can hold out no more;
And own him conqueror.
To deal with simple men?
We all to nothing come.
And let your shots to fly;
And: every armour's nigh,
His armour I'll put on;
I mean the hearts of men.
Confounded all will be,
We cannot answer thee—
One word of a thousand: it is the Lord's doing, and marvellous in our eyes."
Here 1 have shewn how ******* stood on conditions, and how he acted both ways. I am likewise ordered to bring forward what was said of others, whom I was ordered to write unto, in 1796, how the conditions were placed for them; I accordingly wrote to **«**• but it was not told me whether he would hear or not; but that it stood on conditions.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 85.
"Now like the Psalm I shall begin,
My name shall fly abroad;
The sentence of the Lord.
That thou must send to * * * * •
If he my voice will hear.
And let him weigh them deep;
If England now does sleep.
If they preserv'd will be
If men do not obey.
But threatenings are severe;
Before I've ended here.
For I shall all men try;
They'll surely find me nigh.
As you this day begin;
The meaning of the thing."
The Sunday after I had sent the letter, the reverend gentleman's text was from Hebrews, iii. 7"Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, to-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, &c." When I came home, being full of doubts, I was answered—
"O, thou of little faith, why dost thou doticr/
The sermon he preached was upon the Holj Ghost, which I could by ho means understand it was beyond my 'comprehension; but I thougl\ the manner he spoke was like people's saying, ** i was all finished, when Christ died;" but yet. a:s did not fully Understand his meaning, I said would neither justify nor condemn.' And here
was answered, that he must be the judge of his sermon, and I must be the judge of my own writings; for his sermon "was too high for me; and my writings were too high for him; as he gave no answer to my letter, and said he did not understand it.
"Now I shall answer thee. No man, without a strength of faith, believing thy visitation to be from the Lord, could be a clear judge of thy writings. Discern these two lines—
Then by their faith preserved they shall be;
But what straight line were they in at that time r Know 1 said thou must go in bye-paths first, to unhang the gates, to go over the stiles, and then to come into the gap to make up the breach, as Moses did before. Then how could all be in a straight line then? But now I have ordered thee to bring all in a straight line, and to go into the gap, and make up the breach: for ye must know that there is a breach to make up now; and the gap is broken down for the sheep to go out. Here let men of wisdom land back their thoughts to what was then: and discern how things stand now,; as I have ordered thee to. bring it together in a straight line. Then they may understand at what time my great promises or great threateniugs will take place, at a time I told thee to make up the breach; but what breach then hadst thou got to make up, when thou judgedst thou hadst a Moses to depend upon, or one like him, that would act faithfully and true? Know I told thee of***** he would be shocked with surprise; but what shock could it be to him to receive thy letter, which he did not understand? But know, when I ordered thee to write to the Bishop, in 1799, then he was shocked with surprise,,/and returned thy letter