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ment for sin after death, which they also allow to be just ; but where is the man that goes to see this punishment 2 For it is of no use to the living; neither does it turn any from their sins ! But when the Lord begins to shew his punishment and judgments here upon EARTH, then they turn many from the evil of their ways; and they stand to posterity to shew the Pow ER of God, and his judgment. Therefore the things that I once marvelled at, why the Lord should harden Pharoah's heart, I now see D1 v INE and INFINITE w is Dox1 in it; for if the Lord had not visibly punished Pharoah in this world, no man would have thought of his punishment afterwards ; therefore, if we look back to the original crimes of Egypt, and their cruelty to the children of Israel, it was wisdom, justice, and goodness in GoD, to shew his public judgments to the world ; and that crimes like theirs should not go unpunished ; but had not the Lord raised them up to shew them, the world could never have known them. Now, when we trace the wondrous works of God throughout ... the Bible, they stand upon record, to shew the punishment due to sin in this world, which never would have been of use to man, if all had been punished in the world to come ; and if no visible judgments had appeared here, their punishment after death would be of no use to the living. Now if we look to Turkey, we see the wretched cruelty that is committed there ; yet till the Lord begins, by visible judgments, to shew his wondrous works and power, the Turks will have no more knowledge of God than Pharoah had ; for the death of one bloody monarch raised up another just as bad. Therefore, the Lord must shew his v1s1B Le Pow ER in this world, that it might be made known in the earth, that there is a GoD, to reward the righteous, and punish the wicked ; therefore I see the w isDox. of God in all his dealings.
REASONS FOR VISIBLE JUDGMENTS. 20.1
THE ANSWER OF THE LORD.
"Now, Joanna, I shall answer the pondering of thy heart, that thou art afraid to mention; but as thpu canst not conceal thy thoughts from Me, thou shalt not conceal them from the world; for 1 knew every thought of thy heart, as thou wast reading through thy Bible, that if it was not from what I had revealed to thee before, to try Satan's reign here upon earth, that I might be clear to men and angels, of my first casting him out of Heaven, and at last to chain him to utter darkness by himself, thou shpuldest have marvelled why I created Man at all, as all knowledge was in Me, that men would sin, and sin would bring upon, them sorrow. These have been theponderings of thy heart; and that the revelation, which has been given- to thee, is ihe very thing that clears the Justice o/GoD in All Things; for without Satan's suffering, who is the origin of evil, thou couldest not see tn thy heart why Men should be created to suffer; but thon saycst thou art afraid, that thy thoughts have b,een sinful, taking in question the Wisdom of the Most High. Now I shall answer thee: the ponderings of thy heart are just; for it was I that caused them to work within thee. H was never My Justice, nor ever My Decree to create Men to suffer, and fief thenuthor that tempts them to evil; yet Men are endowed with sense, and) with reason; and as thou sayest they had my visitation from age to age, to warn then), to teach them, to direct them, and to punish them, visibly in this world, that men might know there was a punishment due to sin; therefore if men were determined to be rebellious, they ought to suffer for their rebellion; and if men will give themselves up to hearts of cruelty, they ought to suffer for their cruelty; and this in thy own heart thou sayest is just. And now I shall come to the Creation of Man: What I said before he fell—it was not good for the Man ta
be alone, I would make a helpmate for him. Now you say that helpmate caused the Fall; but by whose arts did she cause it Thou sayest by the Devil. Then on his head she cast it; and on his head I placedit: But know, in the garden the TREE of LIFE was preserved for MAN.—Now I shall go back to thy pondering thoughts of the cre ATIon. For as I hardened Pharoah's heart, to shew my visible judgments in this world, so I put ponderings in thy heart to answer the world at large thereby ; for thy thoughts are the thoughts of thousands—why did I crease Man to be miserable * I answer : I created Man to be perfect in happiness; and perfect in happiness are millions, which will be till time is no more ; then their happiness and heavenly joys will be visibly seen. Then why should I keep back that happiness from Man Or why should I not create a race to be happy, because all would not accept that happiness? Now I shall come to the FLooD. When the whole world was hardened in sin, and their hearts were bent to do evil, would my prolonging their lives have been a blessing to them, that they might add sin to sin, and make their punishment the greater 2 Thou sayest no : then where was the difference of my putting a stop to their sin in a day, that they might encrease no more in it, or letting them live a little longer in this world, and so cut them off one by one, without any visible sign Would their punishment have been the less I tell thee, No ; but now as I cut off the race of Man in a day, that had none of MY SPIRIT within then, so will I cut off all the powers of darkness, whose spirit is opposite to MIN E : and as I saved No AH in the ARK, wherein MY SPIRIT dwelled, so will I preserve men who long for MY SPIRIT to be within them ; and as I told No AH how to make the ARK, so I have told thee every particular, how to make the Ank of the N Ew cov EN ANT that is between GoD and Man ; and how I shall destroy all the works of the Devil.
END of THE DIVINE v1s1TATION To MAN. 203
Know what I said to No AH after the flood, I do set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between ME and the earth. Now mark my next visitation to Man—Let us godown and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speeches. Then followeth my visitation to ARRAHAM, and the great Promise I made to him, for his Obedience. Then followeth my visitation to JAcob, and to Josepit. All were liessed through the obedience of AD RAHAM, till it came to Moses. Then a king rose that knew not God ; then came on their aftlictions; and then came their deliverance. And, now I tell thee, the Type of Pharoah is already began in Satan : my commands have been obeyed as they were by No AH, when I destroyed the world of sin; and now I will destroy the Man of Sin, which is the Devil, with all his host, and all his power; as I destroyed Pharoah, and all his host, for pursuing after the children of Israel, so will I overthrow Satan for pursuing those whom [ . forbid. For the perfect obedience of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has been here ; and in this perfect and true obedience all the families of the earth sh ALL BE BLEssed, that will join with thee : let them be as the HEART of on E MAN united together in faith ; and I will free them, as I freed the children of Israel; for I told thee, that was a Type of the Last DAys; and know how Pharoah was destroytd, that pursued after them, and how I destroyed their enemies, that were before them, who had no. knowledge of a GoD.
So here the Type stands deep for Man-
And if their lives I had prolong’d, I ask what good to them o; done * Because thou knowest that all must die, And in the grave forgotten lie: And so in death they did appear; But they are not forgotten here, Because it stands upon record, The wondrous working of the Lord; When that my people I did free Behind I drown'd their enemy, And then before them I did go, Till I'd destroy'd their every foe. Now here's the shadow of the last ; The Type stands deep how I shall burst ; Now I am come to make an end, . This is the way the whole shall bend. The enemy doth now pursue, As Pharoah did at first; Because that ME, he well doth know, I'm come to lave him cast, My friends to free from misery, But he'll not let them go; But doth pursue, I well do know, Like Pharoah he doth do; But I'll go on the same with him As Moses did at first ; I tell you 'tis my strong intend That way it now shall burst; The shadow there that did appear Shall now be done for Man: And Satan is the Pharoah here, And so his doom shall come; And so behind, they all shall find, Though he do ji. close, I tell thee, now my every mind Is to destroy his host. Then I'll go through, they all shall know, And smite the foes before; For every nation now shall know Their end is drawing near. The Promise great, without deceit, Shall surely come to Man; , Tor Abraham's faith, I now shall clear, In thee it hath been strong; Then lsaacs see, and Jacobs be - Now joined with the word, And in obedience I do see How they believe their Lord. So Jacob's sons they now may come, Believers may appear; They'll find my Promises are strong, As I have spokeu here. And so the lands they now do stand Like Israel's chosen race,