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John iii. 3. — Jets ii. 31. — Romans viii. 17.— Galatians iv. 4. — 1 Corinthians xv. 22. — John nr. 26.—Ecctcsiastes vii. 29.— 1 Corinthians xv'. «,47.
"Sow I shall aaswer thee from these Texts of Scripture, which I have brought forward, and explained so many years ago.
"Now come to the believers. They have -read thy books through, but never discerned that a temporal marriage must take place, before thy writings can be fulfilled; and thou thyself hadst not observed it, since I ordered thee to put in print thy desire to go to glory, that no one might attempt to prevail on thee in marriage; but, as the believers have not seen what was so plain before them, that no fulfilment of thy writings can take place, before the Bride is joined to an earthly Bridegroom; and therefore it is said in my Gospel, "He that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom; but the friends of the Bridegroom rejoice greatly; and so 'will thy friends all rejoice when marriage hath taken from thee thy reproach among women, and all is made as clear as the noon-day sun; then will your rejoicing be great when every thing is made so plain before them, that there is no room for doubt left, which I have told thee I shall now make clear to every man, to open my Gospel, prove the Visitation of my Spirit according to my Gospel, and prove that my Kingdom is nigh at hand. For all will come as suddenly and unexpectedly as this Book will appear to believers, to the surprise and astonishment of then) all, brought round in a way and manner that was never observed by them, because they always judged that thy awful Trial was nothing but thy Trance. But now I ask thee, what awful Trial that would be to thee, if I was to take thee as soon as thou entered the room, and by angels convey thee to glory, and place all the joys of heaven before thee? It would be a day of rejoicing to thee, as there would be nothing fatal nor sorrowful; neither could it be any thing awful to thee, but to them. Therefore it could not be called thy Awful Trial, if nothing more awful than that had appeared in it. But now reflect with thyself what awful scenes have appeared to thy view, since I told thee of an earthly marriage, to be joined in wedlock with man; that he must take my yoke upon him; and he shall find my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. For ye know, when marriages take place, ye call it like bullocks yoked in together, that are to draw together; but know it is often said, if one draweth forward, and the other backward, they can never plough the grouud; and therefore I said—
"I would have a plough that was strong—
44 So now be wise, I've warn'd you all
"But now the fatal hour call back,
Tby every friend to call to mind,
And how in love they'd all been kind.
And what they'd sufl'er'd for thy sake.
This made thy love and courage break.
And like a soldier to begin.
Thy musing thoughts must now be secu,
The ways men's mockery did appear,
To make thy friends like soldiers here.
And so like man thou didst complain,
To see his soldiers so were slain.
What cruelty they then did bear;
Like him thou felt, thy followers here
By every mockery compass'd round,
Like hunted harts thy friends were found -,
Breathless and faint as men go on,
Thou saw'st thy friends were now become j
Because the world began to boast,
And say thy champion now was lost;
And so the winds were rising high,
Against thy friends thy foes did fly;
Yet my deliverance made thee smart.
The way 'twas fix'd by Satan's dart;
And then to prove I'm in thy form,
I shew d how I had led thee on,
"While thou in grief wast wounded here;
A burden dread thou could'st not bear,
If it was not in love to Me,
And thy true friends that thou would'st free.
Thou saidst, in love to God and man,
Thy awful trial thou would'st stand;
And so the words must follow here,
For Me to make the mysteries clear;
The way that I am in thy form,
It is in Spirit it must be known."
The following Communication was given to me. After it was revealed that a marriage union must take place, then the enemyhroke in strongly upon me, which was the first time I felt any change from the heavenly joy I experienced since this visitation began; it was after I was warned of the marriage, which made me shudder at the thought; and I looked upon matrimony far worse than death. I was then ordered to call to my remembrance all the kindness of my friendsj
what love and regard they had shewn me, and
how they had done every thing to clear my
honour from the malicious inventions that had
been raised against my character; how they had
come forward and applied to the law for redress
against the book wherein I was scandalously
abused; and how they had challenged my
enemies to come forward and prove the infamous
assertions, which they boldly made against me.
All these malicious slanders and reports came
strongly into my mind, which burned like fury on
the one hand, and love to my friends burned
strongly on the other; and as I was answered,
there was no way that my innocence and injured
honour could be cleared but by a marriage union;
so that the love of God, and love to my friends,
broke in strongly upon me, that I thought I
could freely go to the flames and die a martyr,
sooner than my enemies should triumph over me
and my friends; and as the command was given
me by the Lord, I would sooner die any death
than disobey. Thus my pondering thoughts were
then called out, which I am ordered to pen ia
part, explaining my sorrows.—
"What thou hast suffered first for man,
And then they'll know my heavenly plan.
For this is known to thee before:
I ask what Bride could so appear,
If thou in courage didst not rise,
To say, " my sufferings 1 despise?
"I'd sooner die the fatal night,
"Than let my foes in triumph fight \
"So boldly on to hurt my fame.
"No! they shall know my every name;
"In love to God, in love to man,
"This hazard great I now will ruu.
"So 'tis my love that will me bear;
"My dangers great I will not fear.
"If I am borne. them to go through,
"Tis his command, and it I'll do:"