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"From these words I shall answer thee. Let men compare this with the other, what I told thee of strangers coming to thee; and these I compared to pilgrims, that were unknown to thee; for my ways are all unknown concerning ******* but let them discern, at the time I told thee of joining with others, he leaves thee; therefore if men weighed the whole together, that I have ordered thee to bring forward, they would clearly discern, that there was no assurance that he would stand in a steady faith with thee, like other believers. But I shall shew thee the mystery of *******; and why I chose a man that acted like him; and spoke of him in a manner that no one discerned: it is to bring men to the Scriptures, that they may observe, from him, how man fulfilleth but in part what they expect is fulfilled in the whole; and so I tell thee of my Gospel: how many professors of religion suppose the fulfilment was then accomplished, when I came to die for the transgression of man; but their judgment is as wrong, to think all was finished, that I came to die for, to bring in the redemption of man. This was no more finished, or fulfilled, nor my designs were no more accomplished then, to destroy the works of the devil any more than ******* hath went through all the office expected by man. And now come to

their discernment, who judge that he must fall to rise again; because I said he must stand the trial in the end. But this men do not discern, in what manner he stood the trial with men, to have his honour lost; neither do they discern in what manner all the conduct that he hath acted with must stand the trial with men in the end. There are deeper mysteries still behind, that men will. find another day. But now, if they judge that must appear in person, or he could stand no trial with man; then I ask them how

they will explain the meaning of my words, that I said my Bible must stand the trial? I said Satan must stand the trial; and I said in my Gospel, Satan must be judged. These things men must discern and weigh together. But know what I said of believers, and those that were called forward first in the work, who came in by faith; I said they were but as water-pots filled with water, before the end cometh, for me to turn the water into wine. But now I ask them, how could I turn the water into wine, by a strength of wisdom, to join with their faith in the end, and a strength of knowledge, to understand all these things, by making every crooked path straight before them, that they may discern their own folly, when I come to make all things clear? But if they saw all things clear at present, and understood all mysteries, to know the meaning of all that was spoken; then they must be as men filled with wine already: for as wine is strong, so must their wisdom be strong, their understanding be strong, and their judgment must be great; for this I have told thee will be in the end.

When I turn the water into wine
They'll own thy writings all divine,
And know the wisdom came from me,
It never was brought round by thee;
For none but fools can judge it so ;
And men their honour must let go,
If they submit to thy weak head,
To say from thee, all this is said,
And by thy wisdom so brought round.
I ask mankind how they are found
In brighter wisdom for to go?
A Solomon must answer, no:

His wisdom cannot equal thine,
If they'll not own the writings mine ;
For to incite all that is penn'd;
They'll see their folly in the end.
So for the present I'll end here:
Another day I'll shew more clear


The mysteries deep that are behind,
To shew the folly in mankind;
And then I'll open every door,

To shew them what I've still in store,
To bring them back from Adam's fall;
And the creation I shall call :

What was decreed in heaven at first
I shall accomplish at the last.

"I have shewn thee in what likeness

stands with my Bible, where it is on conditions, and where it is not. And so I tell thee of my Gospel, there are no conditions fixed of the Comforter's coming; for I said he should come and abide with you for ever: I said the Spirit of Truth should come to guide you into all truths, and teach you things to come: and the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. And now I have brought it round in this manner, to prove the truth of my words; and now thou must bring forward some of thy own prophecies, that have stood so long in print, unperceived by men. Now let them answer the following words, printed in 1801.

Strange Effects of Faith, page 16.
"Now shall men say all this by thee is done?
Thy head is wiser than the son's of men;
And if they say that it comes from the devil,
Then plainly tell them that their thoughts are evil;
For Satan's wisdom never lay so deep.
Yet to thyself thou must the secret keep;
But if men say that it comes from on high,
My judges shall appear the truth to try;
Then in thy faith be stedfast still,
With salt be season'd well;
Remember thy baptismal vow,
And triumph over hell.

Your Captain too shall quickly come,
And bring all to an end,

And fix his glorious empire o'er

The wise whose hearts will bend.

As in a humble manger here
Kings did their Sovereign see;
So my low handmaid doth appear
To all a mystery."


Here I shall make an inquiry of men, whether they say that this is all brought round by the devil, or whether they will say

" I yield! I yield!

I can hold out no more;
I sink, by dying love compell'd,
And own him conqueror.
Is this the wisdom of a God,
To deal with simple men?
Then, when his wisdom flies abroad,
We all to nothing come.

Could Satan bring it round this way;
And make his salve with such a clay,
To have the blind begin to see;
And judge the writings came from he?
Then deep in wisdom he must shine,
Beyond a thought was ever mine;
And great in power must appear,
To speak the truth, and make it clear.
But I can never join with man,
To think so wise he laid his plan,
And so in power to make it good,
To prove the truth of what he said.
But here with man I'll jest no more;
Because I know my God is here,
Which I can prove in
Beyond man's knowledge I've found
The truth of what was said before;
But now I see the truth more clear,
The way the Lord hath brought it round : .
I judge his voice is in the sound ;
So now your charges you may load,
And let your shots to fly;

You all will find I have a God,

And every armour's nigh,

That will confound in every sound

His armour I'll put on;

And then he'll shake the earthly ground;
I mean the hearts of men.
When they appear to see it clear,

Confounded all will be,

Who did pretend to baffle here

We cannot answer thee

One word of a thousand: it is the Lord's doing, and marvellous in our eyes."


stood on

I am

Here I have shewn how conditions, and how he acted both ways. likewise ordered to bring forward what was said of others, whom I was ordered to write unto, in 1796, how the conditions were placed for them; I accordingly wrote to *****; but it was not told me whether he would hear or not; but that it stood on conditions.

Strange Effects of Faith, page 85.

"Now like the Psalm I shall begin,
My name shall fly abroad;
And let the heathen nations hear
The sentence of the Lord.
So with thy letter now begin,

That thou must send to

The souls of many he shall win,

If he my voice will hear.

My words before him they must come,
And let him weigh them deep;
For now my time is fully up,

If England now does sleep.

Out of their dream they must awake,
If they preserv'd will be

My rod and sceptre both I'll shake,
If men do not obey.

Great is my promise if they do,

But threatenings are severe;
And they shall find my words are true

Before I've ended here.

So with thy letter now begin;

For I shall all men try;

And if they to the purpose come,
They'll surely find me nigh.
Shock'd with surprise he'll surely be,
As you this day begin;

Another time I shall explain

The meaning of the thing."

The Sunday after I had sent the letter, the reverend gentleman's text was from Hebrews, iii. 7. "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, to-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, &c." When I came home, being full of doubts, I was answered

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