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Thou slialt no more be termed, Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed, Desolate. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the brjde, so shah thy God rejoice over thee."
"Here let them see in what likeness of marriage this is compared to, when this righteousness is to be established in the earth. Let men compare this with the Revelation and with the chapter I have mentioned before; then they must see the new name that must be given in the end, when I come as a bridegroom, to fulfil the words of the Prophet; then shall I set up the watchmen upon the walls of Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night; for they that make mention of the Lord must not keep silence. Therefore it is written, give him. no rest, till he hath established, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The Lord hath sworu by his right hand and by the arm of his strength: and now they shall all find that the arm of my strength is come, and my work is before Me: the Lord hath proclaimed unto the ends of the world, say ye to the Daughter of Zion, behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his \vork is before him. But tjiis no man can prove was ever yet accomplished: but, let them see, it is compared to marriage, when I return to my people."
Revelation, xxi. 2, 3. "And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down IV God out of heaven, prepared as a bride ado for her husband. And 1 heard a great voi of heaven, saying, Behold, the taberu God is with men, and he will dwell wit' and they shall be his people, and God ihall be with them, and be their God."
44 The new Jerusalem, coming down from heaven, meaneth where the visitation is made known: it does not mean Jerusalem where it stood, that this warning must be given, that these watchmen must be placed; but their petitions must be, to make the new Jerusalem to be a praise in the whole earth, and to awake the Jews.
"Now come to Isaiah xi. "And there shall come forth a Rod out of the Stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord."
Revelation xxii. 16, 17. "I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. lam the Root and the OffSpring of David, and the bright and morning Star. And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
"Now I ask mankind how the Branch is' to grow out of the Root, without the Spirit and the Bride? For, when this Branch appeareth, then let them see, peace and righteousness are to follow: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lay down with the kid, and a little child shall lead them: they shall not hurt, nor destroy, in all my holy mountain." Here, if men understood the prophets aright, they would see that a Second Child must be born, of the power and the Spirit of the Lord; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. This must be fulfilled, before the words of the Prophets can take place; and this is my meaning in thy writings.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 51.
"But now my flock I'll lead them by a Childj ■ •
"The Prophet's word is on record—
A Child should lead you all;
You mind it not at all." ■
"But thus thou judgedst that I had compared thee to a child for wisdom; and therefore, they must become as little children in wisdom. Now I shall explain to thee the meaning: know it is said—A little child shall lead them: the sucking child; and the weaned child. It is not for men to suppose that the child will be born with wisdom and understanding, with power and strength, to lead the people. No :. the meaning of the words is—when the Child is born, men will see their bibles clear; men will see the days of their visitation clear; so that the knowledge of the Lord, that was concealed from man, to prevent impostors from arising, will then be made known over the whole earth. But had this been under*tood by men of learning, to see that a Branch must come from the Root, to stand as an ensign of the people, thousands of impostors would have arisen, to have said that they were visited like the Virgin Mary; and so the have appeared, in arts, by an a harlot, that might ha first; but seeing no likeues fulfilled after the men would have j when the true child have worked it round
the knowledge of men thatasECOND Child must be born, in a likeness of the First: and this the Jews are waiting for. But know how many men have placed this chapter to theirselves, without observing in what manner it is spoken, that "a branch shall grow out of his roots; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him." Now let men of learning answer, how they will prove the Prophet's words true, without the Second being like the First? And therefore, the knowledge of the Child must come to the Woman; and her visitation must be made known, to prove that the Child is not from Man, but from the power of the Lord: then they may set up "the Ensign of the People: to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious." Now remember the words I said to thee in 1794.—Fifit Beok of Sealed Prophecies, page 82.
"Yet in it thou the Prophetess dost see;
I left out the two lines of having the Son, as I did not understand it. The meaning of th« Bridegroom's appearing to all is, when the Lord cometh in might, majesty, and glory, to destroy the power of Satan, and make a full end of sia; but this will be a happy land before that takes place. For men must see from Isaiah xi. what followeth the birth of the child.
Verse 11. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again tin second time, to recover the remnant of his petf» pie which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros."—'* Aad lie shall set up an ensign for tbe nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
"Now come to my Gospel: there was part of tbe Jews that believed in my first coming, that I was the Messiah, spoken of, to come and die for the transgression of man; and they believed in my coming again; but did not understand in what manner I must visit by my Spirit, to have the Second Child born, whose rest shall be glorious. And this is the Child the Jews are waiting for, the remnant that stand out in unbelief. And now the Jews will be awakened; and the hearts of the Ari&ua will shake, when they begin to see my Gospel clear, and compare it with the words of the Prophet: and therefore I said in my Gospel, he that believed in Me should be saved; but he that believed not should be damned: which meaneth, destruction should come upon them. But do men simply suppose that all the Jews are gone to htll, that stood out in unbelief ever since my coming in the flesh? I led thee, no: those that were good men have not been lost; because they have been looking tor the Child to come iu power and great glory, to have the government on bis shoulder, to be the mighty Counsellor, and the Prince of Peace. And this they knew was not established, when I came. Now look to Isaiah ix. what confusion i» spoken of iu tbe chapter.
Verses 3-6.—" Thou hastu and not increased the joy: according to the joy in rejoice, when they di\ bast broken the yok ■>tatf of his shoulder,