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ABOUT BBIKG PRESEKT AT THE TRIAL. 187
"For all is tne before our view,
«« And mysteries weNfcdiscern'd
"And now, we bold can stand."
When I do strong appear;
And nothing have to fear.
To meet them in the Field;
"\Ve know our foes must yield;
"Our foes must all submit;
"We'll worship at his feet:
"Its power he will destroy;
"That we might now enjoy
"His Kingdom we see clearj
"Now what have we to fear?"
To see the rebel cast; '•-.'>
The mysteries here I shall not pen,
That then they'll see to burst.
That strong in faith do stand;
To judge thy written hand,
When in the Field I call;
That I shall clear the whole.
Those that their Seal* have got;
Just like thy Egi;s they'ie broke;
None but the seal'd can stand;
When I the foe condemn:
In Power strung to break!
I cannot one protect,
Into the I''ield to come;
Willi>el My Powerful Ha:id—
If b* my friends molest;
'Tis but the Sealed I can spare,
Isaiah xlvi. 10–4 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, my council shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."—Now go back to the beginning. Genesis ii. 18–-And the Lord God said, it is not good for the Man to be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Chap. iii. 13, 14—And the Woman said, the Serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the Serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. Weigh deep the three following verses, then come to Matthew v. 18—For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Now I shall answer thee, as thou hast put one verse before the other, the last first, and the first last, just so stands my Bible, and just so was my heel bruised before Satan's head.
But when I come in power to Man,
The last is first, the first is last,
JSBI1?<> FBESENT AT THE TBIAI,,
I telt you phtin, ye sons of men,
The Woman nought can do;
Whti. •. have all went through.
Your Helpmate shall appear—:
That will My Gospel clear.
V.'as ne'er discern d by Man;
I often stumbled them;
E'er save them by mv Death,
Marlv what the Scripture saith—
To knowledge Men were dead;
For I Am the Living Head,
They'll see My Spirit strong;
Into tlie Field to come,
But this 1 bid thee «ciid;
That wrote thee as a friend.
After this communication was written, the Spirit seemed to leave Joanna, and there was no further communication till 'half past six o'clock; the thoughts of her awful Trial seemed as though it was over her head, and greater than she could bear;
and was answered with these words:
f Thy Trial there's no Man could bear,
If 1 in Spirit was not there;
But soon thy Trial will come on—
Over tlty head thou -rfv'st 'tis come,
Over thy Spirits to a;)|>ear,
And so thy doom thou'it shortly hear."
Joanna being very faint, Townley persuaded her to take a little port wine. It was in a tea-cup, and she said to herself, when the wine was brought, *' May I drink deep into the Spirit of Christ /" She was immediately answered, <* Wilt thou break that tea-cup as thou didst break the glasses? then I will take thy Trial from thee; for thou wilt break thyseif off from me.” These words cut her to the heart, and Joanna thought she would sooner die as a martyr, than ever desert the Lord or his cause; so that she was fearful of letting the cup fall. As we were writing, she took up the book of the Flock of Sheep, and opened it at the place of Osmyn, which affected
her heart deeply.
Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer,
THE LIMITS OF SATAN'S FOREKNtWLEDGB.
Oft to indite, when I'd not speak,
The letters waiting here,
But tliou didst not appear
And answers i;ave to thee.
A heai t that acts like thce?
And all thy foes confound;
For all to judge the so»nd.
Letters came from Mr. Hirtt, and Mr. Senior, on Friday, August 1O, 1804, which Joanna did not answer till this day. Yesterday, she said the letters must be answered, but as no communication was given her the could not answer them, so we did not write till half past six o'clock, and the Spirit of the Lord broke in upon her, and gave her an answer to Mr. Hirst's letter, which was finished this morning. 'After that, she had no communication till this evening, after the melancholy had seized her spirits; and one part of her melancholy sprung from our telling things of gipsies and people's telling of fortunes, which had been true; this worked a jealousy in Joanna's heart, that as knowledges had.be^n given to them from a wrong Spirit, and thinking of tier awful trial, how she should appear it there was a possibility of her being deceived'; but as soon as the question was put to her, of breaking herself oft', she trembled at the thoughts and burst into tears, and thought she would sooner die than run that fatal hazard.
Now, Joanna, thee I'll answer:
How cans't thou wiih them compare;
With the^lymg gipsies there?
That Satan here did see,
For now I'll answer thee:
The words are spoken here;
Ib things that he can clear.