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in the days of Noah, the waters prevailed fifteen cubits above the surface of the planet, so that all things wherein was the breath of life died, but that which was in the ark; now, tell me where the waters retired to then, and I will tell thee where they will retire to now? there are many seas now, but they must return, or else the scriptures will be false.
The minister.-It is not a fair question.
Many of the people looked earnestly at him, and some smiled upon him, seeing he could not answer.
Another gentleman said, You are harsh on him; but I should like to know where the sea will retire to.
John answered him, It may rain for many days, and yet the seas will be no larger; but the air which draweth the tide out of the hollow of the planet, which is the north and south poles, being lowered as the magnet is lowered on the iron, draweth it where it listeth, so did the air draw the water out of the hollow of the planet before, and after it had been a hundred and fifty days on the surface thereof, the Lord partly removed the attraction, and a part of the waters returned back to their former place, but yet left many seas. So Jehovah will set his hand a second time, and suspend the attraction of the air, and then the seas shall retire, and there shall be no more rain, nor clouds, but the earth shall perspire and give its dew, so that the planet shall give its full increase of all things that are sown therein; and the sun in the firmament shall shine clearly without a cloud, and the immortal life shall swallow up the mortal, to them that are found in Israel with the Spirit of God put within them, and the nations who escape into the clefts of the rocks and caves of the earth, who in their mortal lives live a thousand years, shall see the image of God without death, as the body of Jesus was seen.
About 12 o'clock at noon he arrived at Manchester, where he was treated with a great deal of disrespect and persecution, which is detailed elsewhere.
On the 5th instant, when near Huddersfield, a gen
tleman, from Leeds, who sat on the front of the coach, called to a person behind, saying, Ask the prophet if there will be a poll demanded to-morrow, at Wakefield ? and who will gain the victory? The man answered, the Spirit had not moved him.
John Wroe said, What are these two colours before us? “The victory will be given into the hand of him who beareth the yellow colour, let the man be whom he may, and to-morrow there will be a poll demanded.”
From Eliza Higgison.
The 6th instant was the day of nomination, preparatory to the election of a Knight of the Shire for the West Riding of Yorkshire, which took place at Wakefield. The candidates were Charles William Howard, called Lord Morpeth, of the yellow or reform party, and John Stuart Wortley, of the blue or conservative party, a poll was demanded, and there were great doubts which would be successful.
John Wroe sent the following letter to Morpeth, giving him an account of what was revealed to him the preceding day.
Wakefield, 6th of 5th month, 1835. Friend Morpeth,
I have been travelling in some parts of Ireland and Scotland, and yesterday, the 5th instant, as I was coming from Huddersfield, on my return home, a person on the front of the coach said, Inquire of the prophet behind the coach, whether a poll will be demanded ? or who will prevail ?
The man said, the Spirit had not moved him to do it.
Hearing this, the Spirit of the Lord fell on me, and I declared in his name, that there were two colours before me, but victory was given to the yellow, let the man be whom he may.
“The six churches in Asia were set typical of the two churches, which were in each of the three dispensations, making six, which are the churches of the Hebrews and the Gentiles, which now tremble at the
oracle of God; and the reform in all nations is set typical of the sixth church; and these six churches which refuse reform, are compared to Absalom the son of King David. (see 2 Samuel xvii. 7--17.) Those who have spoken this day against reform in the church, their counsel is not good, for if they could by money draw the people, as Absalom would have drawn the city wherein his father was, into the sea, yet they would not prevail, for reform shall go from nation to nation, till the sixth church has put on immortality.
“Now, comfort thyself with these words, for God is with thee, and will give the thing into thy hand, that thou mayst know that he does nothing before he makes it known.”
I am a freeholder of Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but now residing in Wakefield; but thou wilt not stand in need of my vote, elso I would give thee it.
Written from John Wroe's mouth by William Tillotson.
To this the following answer was received.
Ferry Bridge, May 9th, 1835.
I was very sorry the other day to be so fatigued with the exertions of the day, as not to be able to have the pleasure of a personal interview. I am much gratified by the result of your prophecies, and sincerely hope that you will contribute to their accomplishment by recording your vote in my favour. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient servant,
On Tuesday, the 12th instant, the prophecy of the election was verified, in the return of Morpeth by a majority of 2,807.
On the 25th of 5th month, 1835, The Book of Laws and Articles of Faith, were delivered to Morpeth, as sent by William Tillotson, with the following letter.
Wakefield, 14th of 5th month, 1835. Friend Morpeth,
It being reported generally that we are not believers in the sacred Scriptures, I hand these pamphlets unto thee, that thou mayst know what our faith is, which I request thou wilt read, that thou mayst see the fulfilments of the things therein contained, as thou hast seen the thing fulfilled which I brought to thee from John Wroe on the 6th instant, (as it was not he who brought it, but I on behalf of him, being a secretary to the Society.)
These pamphlets, together with some other things, were, on the 19th of the 3rd month, delivered into the hands of Herbert Taylor, for his Majesty.
John Wroe signed the petitions for reform in Parliament, which were sent from Wakefield, in winter, 1831, in full assurance from what had been revealed to him by the Divine Spirit, that the object of the said petitions would speedily be granted, and reform take place, which he declared in the hearing of many people, at the same time. Yet we are not looking to any reform that can or will take place, either in church or state, in any nation, but unto that reform which is promised in the Scriptures; that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of God and the Lord shall be king over all the earth, and in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name one, and all shall know him from the greatest to the least, and death, pain and grief be no more. I have seen thy answer to John Wroe's letter.
William T. TILLOTSON, J. Israelites' Printing Office, Wakefield.
To the foregoing letter, William Tillotson received the following answer.
Irish Office, May 26th, 1835. I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, dated 14th of 5th month, and to express my thanks for the communication which you have so kindly made to me. I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant,
Wakefield, 8th of 5th month, 1835. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, to make known what was shewn to me at Glasgow.
“Nations shall fight one against another, with new instruments of war, acting by the force of the air, quicksilver instead of powder, which shall execute and do mightily; but the plague shall do more mightily, for the plague which is upon the face of the earth shall not leave it, but shall go from nation to nation, and execute my fierce wrath ; for as a boy goeth out and guides his kite by the band in the air, so will I command the plague to fly in the air, and fall where it listeth; and he who mocketh me not with the mark, this air shall not be death unto him, neither shall the sting of a serpent injure him, but he shall shake them from him, as Paul shook the venomous beast from his hand, as it is written in Acts, “ And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.” Acts xxviii. 5. “And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Num. xxi. 9. And as my Spirit did for them at that time, so shall it do now. And the Scriptures shall have their accomplishment; the tenants of those that are redeemed from amongst men shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruninghooks, (Isa. ii. 4,)