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husband; but thou sayest, it must be stronger to think that thou shouldcst have a child by man, in the sixty-fifth year of thy age; yet, from the power thou hast felt of the Lord, thou sayest, notbiug is impossible with God. Then now let men see thy calling clear, how thou publishedst the Marriage before it took place. So here thou standest in the place of Man, by obeying my command; then now let them see my Gospel clear, how things are standing where they ought not to stand: are not the Jew* standing as an outcast nation, that are scattered into all nations? and yet, from them the Prophets came; from them my Gospel came; and from them I was born. Then now I ask mankind, if the Hebrews are not standing wl/g,re they ought not to stand, an outcast nation, qad a scattered people? Therefore, let no one marvel at my mercies and goodness, to call them togeibpr, to make them a nation and a people, and to establish a King upon their throne, to raise iip the ThHone of David, as X promised. for now they shall find the words of Paul true."
Htmuns xi. 1, 2, 15, 16. "I say then, Hatl) God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.- For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the Viorld, what shall the receiving of them be, but lijfe from the dead? For if the first-fruit be hojy, ti»e lump is also holy: and if the root be hoty, so are the branches."
*■' Then now let them see; here is life from the dead: I was dead, and am alive, and live for evermore. And now they shall find, the fruit is holy. Let them weigh this chapter deeply; and then, kt not th& Gektiles boast against the un-> belief of the Jews; for I have tried the Gentiles with Prophecies, that have come n* taster, to prove the truth of my words, than ever they came on to the Jews; and yet see hour great is the persecution, how blind are the Gentiles, denying the very Gospel they profess to believe and preach!
"And now come to the 25th verse. "For 1 would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye should be wise in your own conceit,) that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fulttes* of the Gentiles be come in: and so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them, when 1 take away their sins."
"Then now let those that reprove answer, how this covenant can come again to the J Ews, tit graft them into the vine again, without its being life from the dead? When men begin to bring forward their arguments, they will find I shall bring forth mine, and prove my Gospel true: For Goo hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon ail."
And I am now answered, that Impostors will arise, saying that they are the women; and they might succeed in deceiving, if the Lord had not worked away to prevent them, by the three signs, which I am now ordered to put in print. Therefore, to prevent aH imposition that may be attempted upon the Hebrews, I here give notice, for them not to receive any person who may come to them in tha name gf Joanna SouthCot T; unless they can prove that they stand on the will of the late James Cosins, and can produce the probate of his will. I shall here state the particulars. In the summer of 1812, Mr. James Cosins informed me that he should bequeath part of his property to me; and if he found himself ill, and sent for Underwood, she was to attend him; as he should appoint her Executrix. On the 15th of November following, he sent for her. As he was judged to be dying, she attended, and found him very ill; but was a little recovered. He desired her to attend the next day, with two witnesses, as he had not made his will. The friends with him did not suppose that he would live till the following day; but the next morning I was answered, that he would live to the will of the Lord on his dying bed; for the Lord would raise him up to do it, and have mercy upon him.—I went with the friends, as appointed, and found Mr. Cosins so much recovered, that he sat up in his bed and wrote his will with his own hand, in the presence of the witnesses. After it was signed, he delivered it into my hands, and said, "I die happy in this faith; but should not in any other." He made his will on the 16th November, and died on the 17th. The will runs as follows, after bequeathing some legacies—" The remaining part of my property, under every description whatever, and wheresoever, I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Joanna Southcott, Miss Jane Townley, and Mrs. Ann Underwood, for their sole use." Therefore, this is placed as a sign, that no one is to be received, coming in my name, without they can produce the probate of such will, proved at Doctors' Commons, dated the 5th of January, 1813.
I am likewise ordered to print the Register of my age: —" Joanna, Daughter of William and Hannah Southcott, baptized the sixth day of June, 1750.—As appears by the Register of Baptisms of Ortery, St. Mary's Parish, Devon." The above Register was taken oat the 6th of May, 1810. I was born in April, but do not know the day of the month.
Another sign I am ordered to mention. There have been many impostors who hare gone about in London, from whose scandalous conduct, and calling themselves Joanna Southcott, much mockery has Iteen caused to my friends; and being misrepresented in various ways, I was inclined to have my likeness taken, in order to expose these false misrepresentations, when I should be no more. I was answered, it was the will of the Lord that it should be done. Mr. Sharp took my likeness, and engraved it. In it I had the bible placed before me, as opened by me promiscuously to the two last chapters of Isaiah.
These three signs are placed, in order that the Hebrews may not be imposed upon by any arts, that may be practised; as they are to receive no woman as Joanna Southcott, or coming from Joanna Southcott, without she can produce the above documents, and bring Mr. Sharp to prove it is the woman he took the likeness from.
And now let them observe the following directions.
"Let thy friends, wherever thy books are sold, send this book to the principal person of the Jews, in the place where they reside; and let the Jews assemble themselves together, and weigh it with attention, and pass their judgment on it; and let them give in their answer, in person, to thy friend who shall have sent the book, that thy friend may write down their answer for thee; for no letters must be sent to thee from any one, but thy friends; for if that were granted, impostors would write, and all manner of letters would be sent.
"If the Jews are convinced from this book, if a Child is bdrn, as mentioned in the book, "that they receive him as their Prince; then-they' will have further directions from the friends who send them the book; and when the Child is both, it is those friends that will make; ft known to them. So they must-not trust to any1 one, but the persons that send the book, and they will let them see thy likeness." '' " ,
The contents of this book taken from Joanna Southcott's mouth by me,
- :'. Ahk Us&£*woodi
Witness Jane Townlev, • ..,..:■