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others the mist will cover them; though thou sayest, if all come true this year, how can unbelief abound? To this I answer, will men read and judge for themselves? Thou answerest, no. Then how can men be convinced by the judgments? I tell thee, no :The sheep will perish for want of shepherds. For if all the judgments I have threatened shall come upon the land this year, and a year of sorrows, as you have never yet seen, yet it will end as a mist over your land. The stars will be sealed in sorrow, and the clouds will keep:
The following communication was given to me concerning my friends, who I believed were ill, by their long silence; and as I was going to send a letter about my fears, I was ordered to enquire for a letter, before I dropped mine in the post ; which my friend did, who returned rejoicing to find a letter, which dismissed all my fears ; and then I cast my former letter in the fire. Simple as it may appear to mankind, it was answered to me, as a type for me and the nation, in the following manner :
It was I that worked within thee to make an enquiry before the letter was put in the post, as I knew there was a letter there to dismiss thy fears; the letter came, and thy fears vanished, and was consumed in the fire at the end of the day, as thou little thoughtest of, and in an hour unaware * ; for while thy fears were writing, the letter that dismissed them was coming. Now here stands the type deep for your land, and for thee, and all true believers ; for when your fears are most alarmed, and thou beginnest most to fear ; in that very day and hour thou art ready to sink ; like the letter that was ready to sink, or bo dropped in the post, thy deliverance will come, and thy friends and believers will rejoice, as Turner did when he came home with the letter ; for I tell thee, that is but the shadow, the substance will be great to all. So let this shadow be kept in remembrance to you
* Joanna did not think the post had come in.
all, for every type and shadow goes deep, and as thy fears were consumed in the fire, so they shall be consumed and vanished, by the fire of my love, and the fire of men's anger i for, as the fire is good to warm you, so shall my love warm you, and dismiss all your fears; and as a fire that is furious kindles Aames, so will the fire of Satan's malice kindle flames in men also ; and then all thy fears will be dismissed, and my truth will stand before thee, like the letter ; to shew thee thou hast feared a fear where no fear was : for all thy fears have been as fruitless and as wrong as it was to fear thy friends' illness, when thou sawest his hand writing before thee; and just the same thou shalt see it is MY HAND WRITING that is before thee. And now I shall come to the nation: for in like manner it will coine upon them in a day they do not think of, and in an hour unaware; the news will come to them that their dangers are great ; as the truth is to thee, so are the dangers to your land; for know, I told thee thy fears must come first, and the land must first boast ; but thy fears shall yanish, and the land shall fear : for when the news is brought to thee that thy fears are vanished, the fears of the nation will be on fire, burning like thy letter; and the fire of mine anger shall burn them up; for their faith or fear is, it will not come ; but when they begin to fear dangers, they will find them kindled like ihe flames of thy letter' ; for their fears will be kindled to a flame to consume them. For now I shall come to the purpose with all men, I said in the beginning I only meant to mock those that said, unless they saw signs and wonders they would not believe. Now thou sayest in thy heart, that believers are stumbled thereby. To this I answer, how could I try their faith without foiling them, for they have not weighed the whole together; neither have they discerned ; what was said was not to be understood by the world at large. Do men simply suppose I meant to set signs, like the wisdom
of men, to tell them in a straight line what should happen, and what shall come on *, as your simple wisdom is? Thou knowest I told thee it was not for the unbelieving world to know the times nor seasons when it would come on, but only given to believers; but your wisdom hath been to act contrary to my words; and ye have inade it public amongst mankind : what I said was for believers only; therefore ye have foiled yourselves and seen the truth of my words, that judgments deferred to another March and Aprilwould only place thorns in believers' breasts, and add to their sorrows; for my wisdom is, first to let believers feel the mockery of mankind, and heighten their sorrows, before I heightened their deliverance ; and gave the land room to boast, as Pharoah did. For thou knowest what I said of the Egyptian host, in the 18ooth. I tell thee thou must look to the past, to know the events of this year, and the fatal dangers that are threatened, they may expect another; but I tell thee, the shadow of all will come this year; and the preparation that is making, will bring in the dangers that are threatened ; but mark, I told thee they would not come all at once; and yet all at once, they that are believers are looking for them, contrary to what was said. I told thee, that unbelievers should have no knowledge of the time, day, nor hour : now ye have told them of a time, day, and hour, when they are to expect it; and so your wisdom would make MY WORDS false, if thesubstance of what was said of March and April, was to roll on this March and April; but if you weigh every shadow, I tell thee every shadow hath appeared ; and every shadow of what I said will follow this year ; but the aweful substance will not a come, until the following year; then cometh the substance of every shadow. For as I have told thee,
Many believers at Leeds and other parts, did from their own judgments inform unbelievers of what was to take place, when it was declared it was hid from the understanding of the world.
16 A WARNING TO THE WORLD.
and prove them, and they that approve of my ways, iny wisdom, and my decrees, will be fit companions to reign with me; but they that disap. prove them will never reign with me in my Kingdom of Peace, either enthroned above, or here below. That is, they will not be my companions, nor visit this lower world, to join with the church militant here on earth, to reign with me in glory, as my companions to visit men. For the saints that are now living, and ashamed of me and my Gospel, and of the wisdom of my Death, the manner of my Coming in the Spirit, to reveal all mysteries unto them, I shall be ashamed of them before my Father, which is in Heaven, For I now tell thee, they that despise thy writings, do not despise thee, but me; as the writings are not thine, but mine. It is not thy wisdom but my wisdom to accomplish in the woman what she was created for; and what I died for, to bear the blame for man, that Satan might bear what was cast on him, by the woman. Now if this wisdom is despised by men, and they are ashamed to hear that my Death must be turned back on Satan's head, I shall be ashamed of them, when they come before my Father in glory. For though I do not say the righteous, that believe in Me, shall perish; but in my Father's house there are many mansions; and as one star differeth from another in the firmament, so will one star differ from another in glory, for so will the difference of the saints above be. It is them that are longing for ME, to bring in my Kingdom, to dwell with them, that will reign wirh me in my Kingdom ; and where I am they shall be also, that enjoy my Kingdom above, to be welcomed into the joy of their Lord, when my delight is with the sons of men, then will their delight be with them also ; for the church triumphant will join with the church militant here on earth. But how can they be united together, that have no share or lot in the matter? I tell thee, no: great now will be