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and I shall answer thee again. Let them prove my Gospel true; or let them acknowledge that they do not believe it, until I have fulfilled my words, in raising the Temple which the Jews destroyed, by my own power, and not by the power of man. Let them answer, how they make Me a sufficient Saviour, if I have not power, in the end, to fulfil my words? And, Jet them prove when Shiloh came to gather together the outcasts of Israel, aud fulfilled Jacob's dying words. This I never promised to accomplish, till my second coming, that the Son of Man should be revealed, whom I should raise up in the last days. And let them answer, who is the Comforter, whom I said I should send, that when He came He should reprove the world of sin? And who is the Comforter who I said should come, if they deuy a Second Son? Be? cause then they deny my second coming.
■' I shall contend with men that contend with thee, until 1 have shamed all that shame thee, and confounded all that confound thee; unless it be those who are void of understanding, whom nothing can shame: for now the wisdom of Solomon will be proved, in all the proverbs he spake to men. . " This is the answer of the Lord to thy accusers, and not thine, and which must go into the paper: for, in condemning thee, they must condemn me likewise." Joanna Southcott.
Saturday, Aprils, 1814.
The following is the answer of the Jews, at Birmingham, to the Book sent to them.
"She has began with a wrong set of people; for, according to what Moses said to the children of Israel, Beware of false prophets; for they will give you signs and tokens, which shall absolutely come true; but believe them not; for It is the Lord that tries you, to see whether you are true to your God, and to God only: for we do believe only in one God, and no Trinity whatsoever."
The Answer of the Spirit.
"Now I shall answer thee, from the words of Moses to the children of Israel, in the chapter he mentioned to thee, saying, if " the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them J thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet."—Deuteronomy, xiii. But to the words of that prophet, by signs and wonders, worked by enchantment, did they turn away from the Living God, and followed after other gods to their hurt. For now I shall shew them what their forefathers were: as soon as they had seen my power, in delivering them from the hand of Pharaoh, and the hard bondage they complained of, how soon did they say unto Aaron, " make us Gods, which shall go before us: for, as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, tee wot not what is become of him!" —Exodus, xxxii. Let them see from this chapter, how soon Moses was forgotten, who delivered them; and how soon the power of the Most High was forgotten, who wrought their deliverance by the hand of Moses. Let them look to the molten calf, which Aaron made for them and they said, "These be thy Gods, O Isra which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt These were the gods which the Lord foi them to follow after; or to worship any j images, or the works of men's hands, that I «et up to worship. This Moses forbade the
but this they followed on to do, like the heathens, whom the Lord drove out before them, that offered up their sons and daughters to devils; the children of Israel corrupted themselves in the like manner as the heathens had done, by offering up their sons and daughters unto devils, but not to the Lord. These were the signs and wonders that I forbade, which they had learned in the land of Egypt. And let them look back to Pharaoh, what signs and wonders he shewed in Egypt, by the enchantment of his magicians, in many of the likenesses of Moses; for, by witchcraft, signs and wonders were wrought in their days; and so they will find, in all nations amongst the heathens, that signs and wonders might be shewn by enchantment, while Satan's power remaineth; because he can sheio his power in men who give theirselves up to worship him. And those heathen nations whom the Lord cast out had given themselves up to worship the devil; and therefore Moses gave them a strict command, that they should not follow after their gods, nor worship them; that there was no god for them to worship, but the God of Heavek and Earth, who created Max, and breathed in him the breath of life, that he became a living soul: and that soul is required of the Lord to worship his Creator, who made him at first. But let them see how they departed from that command, which was given by Moses; let them trace the reign of their kings throughout, and what abominations were committed in let them see the end of Solomon's i how greatly the kingdom was him."
2 Kings, xvi. 1—4. When Ahaz bet over Judah, he did not do as his lath done: "But he walked in the ways
of Israel; yea, and made his sons to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel. And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree." These were the gods that they zvorshipped, whom Moses forbade.
2 Kings, xvii. 16—17. "And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used diviuations and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger." *
"Here were the signs and zoonders, wrought by enchantment, xvhich the Lord forbade, by' Moses; and this brought on their destruction.
Psalm, cvi. d7—3.9. "Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions."
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universe, a One God, as spoken by Moses; but we will not believe in any Mediator, that shall stand between God and Man; therefore, we will choose the Laws of Moses, but not the GosPel." Then my answer is this to the Hebrews; let them look to all the commands which Moses gave them, and let them strictly observe to do them; let them look to the ten commandments, and see if they have never broken them; let them look to all the rules which Moses laid before them; and now let them strictly observe to do them, if they will enter into the promised rest. For, if they say they will be judged by the Law; then by the Law they shall be judged; and Moses will come as a swift witness against them, that they have broken all his statutes, and all the judgments which he laid before them. So now it is time for the Jews to turn away from every evil of sin, and be strict observers of the Law; or bow will they stand in the great day of the Lord, to be judged by the Laws of Moses? Here I tell them, they will tremble, and every face must gather paleness, when I come as a swift witness against them, to judge them from the laws of Moses. If they choose to be judged thereby, thereby they shall be judged ; aud then let them judge for theirselves, what their end must be, when all the laws, like bills of indictment, will come strongly against them, one after the other, if they will not trust in any Mediator, to plead their cause, as MoSes did."
Exodur, xxxii. 7—14. "And the Lord said unto Moses, go, get thee down: for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a moltea