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because I tell thee, it is by the jloly Ghost proving the knowledge of the Lord, by the visitation of his Spirit, that these blasphemers must be destroyed. / do not tell thee, by cutting them off by death; but by destroying the works of the devil in them; to bring them out of darkness into my marvellous light; and to prove the truth of my Gospel, by the visitation of my Spirit.
Now call to thy remembrance how ***** told thee, that, after seeing thy books, he burnt all his books that he had of the Unitarian Doctrine, though he had many neatly bound; and know how the Deists and Atheists have been convinced by thy writings, who had before been stumbled by the ministers, who had told them all was finished; and thus they could not see my Gospel true, if it was no more to be fulfilled. And know what ****** told thee of a minister's saying that the bible would be no more fulfilled than it was already; then remember his answer: "then we are hoodwinked in our bibles, if there is no more to be fulfilled." And now 1 tell thee, from such men, who say the whole is finished, it gives room for Satan's working, that there is-no truth in the Gospel, no truth in the Prophets; so that the Scriptures could never proceed from the God of truth. Then now I ask him, where are his fifty men, that awake like Paid,' to convince these blasphemous writers, that thou hast trembled to see. Call to thy remembrance how thou hast been shocked to see the blasplu my that men have written against the Scriptures, against the Gospel; and the ways of the Lord, every way, thou knowest, are blasphemed: and where are his righteous men, who can turn one of them from the evil of their ways, to prevent these increasing sins? For I have already tojd'thee, and I tell thee again, these righteous men, who boast of their religion,' yet, by saying all is finished,
is like throwing oil into the fire, to quench the flames, which makes it burn the greater; and therefore if he will bring his fifty righteous -men, he must find them amongst the flock, that I have already prepared for thee; and then he may plead as Abraham did. I shall not destroy the nation for fifty's sake, if he will this way bring them forward.
"And now come to whatl have told thee before, and bring forward the Prophecies that stand in print, that they may see the truth of mV words." Strange Effects of Faith, page 109
•The following was written in answer to a dignitary of the church, to whom I have sent many letters. It was from the text he preached on a thanksgiving day in 1797—" Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembliug." Psalm ii. It was answered me in the following manner:
* Now thou hast ended I'll begin.
The Second Psalra to all is come;
Mi swqrd is drawn, and dipp'd in blood,
Tis time for man to kn,ow nis God.
For conquering now 1*11 conquer all,
And fast the deluge down shall fall, - ; • Till every nation you shall see,
Will each fall down and worship me.
ni trifle now with man no more,
My sword I'll send from shore to shore,
Until the nations do comply,
And in the vallies humbly lie,
To worship at Emanuel's feet i
Now I've begun I'll finish it.
But if your peace you'll keep at home,
My mind and will must be made known;
That every nation now may fear;
lei England know my Kingdom's near,
When every burthen 1*11 relieve, rr And gladden soon the hearts that grieve.
But if this way you do go on, ■. ..- . 1 -To foepin dprknew still your hind,
Just like thy head all hearts will be—
** We cannot itandv-r-lie down, like thee.
Provok'd by anger first they'll go;
Careless, like thee, of. what they do,
Until their feet arc wet with blood,
And soon the pain will sei/e their head;
Then sure, like thee, they'll all lie down—
"We cannot stand, nor bear the wound."
Therefore yc shepherds, now awake,
The helmet of salvation take,
And the whole armour now put on:
And show the corner-stone to man;
The temple-gate throw open wide,
And show your flocks where they must hide;
The Rock of Ages now is come—
Such days as these were never known,
Nor did a woman so appear
To write, or act, as thou hast here.
Then every thing together weigh,
You'll sec the dawning of the day;
Though like the weather it doth appear—
The.sun seems hid and cloudy here,
That you cannot behold the sun—
No more you see the days arc come."
"I shall answer thee of the Second Psalm. Now let men land hack their thoughts to see the time that this was given; and then look hack on what hath followed since. Let them compare this with the,nations abroad and at home; then they wilfsee the truth has followed, like what I told thee of the shepherds. And now let them discern deeply, how greatly the burthen is complained of in your land: and now / give the warning to all, the fulfilment of this is hastening fast. Hitherto thy Writings have been as a candle hid under a bushel; but now I have ordered thee to put it on a candlestick, that it might give light to all that are in the house: the House is the house of faith; but the candlesticks are the heads of the church, that are invested with power amongst mankind: and as I have told thee of the standard of the church; let them look to their Prayer-Books, and see how the standard beginneth.
".Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.—I will arise and go to my Father, and will Say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee; and am no more worthy to be called thy son.—Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.—If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, ho is faithful and just, to forgive us our sinsx and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"Here I have shewn thee the standard they must all come to, and then they will come to the standrrd of everlasting happiness: for know I have told thee—
My arms are open all men to receive: x
The water's flowing, and the fountain gives;
To act like faithful soldiers in the fight;
And so my promise I did then fulfil, .,,4
And wait awhile, though anger then did feel:
A communication given in July, 1797, taken from the Second Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 114.
"So thus will come the hearts of men;
Like fevers they will rise—
"And all's before our eyes,
"We are but burthened more;
"We've wasted all our stote!" «
So this they'll see; as deep as thee
Their sorrows they will come,
They'll see it in the land:
Tis nought but beggiry here:
But out the rags I'll tear;
The floors I'll make more clean,
For in the light shall come;
And down they all shall drop; . .'