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The MORNING STAR is gone and past
The Sun his course hath run;
And Night is coming on.
And in the midst there's Seven,
Until the whole are leaven'd."
“ Now look back to the time when this was given, in 1794; let men consider how many years thou wentest on with difficulty, and no one to assist thee in thy labour for seven years, upon thy own expenses, and thy own industry ; and let them see thy faith and courage, to leave thy own native place, thy friends, and thy relations, to come with strangers, trusting and relying on my promises, that I should raise friends for thee. And though thou sawest him fall back, and sawest others fall back; yet still my promises kept thee from despair; because thou judgedst thy God as Abraham did; and the language of thy heart hath always been that thou couldest sooner believe there was no God, than thou couldest believe there was a faithless God. But thou always judge edst he was a faithful rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and that if I speak the word it shall be done, as the Centurion said of his servant. But I now tell thee, there are many who profess to be children of my Kingdom, who will be cast out for want of faith, while there are many from the cast and the west, from the north and the south, that are now strangers to my Gospel, who will come in by strong faith.
“ Here I have ordered thee to bring this forward ; because thou art a living witness of the truth of my fulfilling my promises to thee; for thou must go back to ninety-two, which made me say thou hadst waited long. But now, from
thee, let them judge on the one hand, and from Pomeroy let them judge on the other, how wrong was his judgment, and how darkened was his understanding, after he began to listen to the advice of men; and therefore I ordered thee to have all the letters reprinted in this book, that men might clearly see, from his letters, how his understanding was darkened, and how his judgment was wrong, and thine was right. —And now come to what I said before.”
Strange Effects of Faith, page 51, wherein is explained how the malice of Satan first rose against the Son of God in heaven, next against the woman, whom the Lord created for man's happiness.
“ But as his malice rose against these two,
“ Bring forth your arguments, ye sons of mens
" But deeper mysteries I shall soon explain:
But yet my thunder must before me roll,
“ From CAIN and ABEL I shall next go on,
To those that will but my commands obey. “Now let all the letters which thou didst send to Pomeroy, and his answers, and thy friends' letters to him, follow here."
A Copy of a Letter from Joanna to the
Rev. Mr. Pomeroy. Rev. SIR,
I have a message from God unto you. If you will not be a just judge, be an unjust judge, that I may be avenged of my adversary. Therefore render anto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's, and unto
God the things which are God's: but the things that are God's you have kept back, and you say, committed to the flames. "Then my answer is, out of your own mouth will I condemn you : and you will find you have a God to deal with ; therefore you must give a satisfactory answer, why you burnt the letters? And what they contained ? You may say, I am he that troubleth Israel; but I have not troubled Israel, but I am troubling you and your father's house, which I mean are the Bishops, because you call them réverend fathers in God. They have acted just like you, to keep back the truths of the Bible, as you have kept back the truths of my writings ; they have denied the truths of the Bible, as you have denied the truths of my writings; they have denied the promise made in the fall to the woman; that though they must own it was a promise made, yet they cleny it to be a promise to be claimed ; or a promise that ever the Lord will fulfil. Then what do men make of their Bibles? It was to shew what mankind is, that the Lord ordered me to put the writings in your hands, and concealed from me, that you would go from your word, and not be as good as your promise. And now, sir, I must come to the purpose with you. You may think it strange, when I tell you, there is not one man upon earth, hath strengthened my faith so much to prove clearly my visitation from the Lord, as you have: you may ask me how? To this I answer: When I first sent to you concerning my prophecies, in •1796, you declared to me, they were 'never from the Devil ; but have often pleaded with me, if they were not from myself? "But I was the judge there; and knew they were not of myself; and as you affirmed they were not from the Devil, then I knew they must be from the Lord. Now, while you affirm my writings were pot from the Devil you acted as a worthy, relia
33 gious minister; as a wise man, as a good man, and as one that seemed to wish to be clear in judging, before you condemned. You told me, in 1796, you was willing to receive any thing from my hands, that you might be a judge of the truth; and when the truth followed by the Bishop's death, you asked me in Mr. Taylor's house, and Mrs. Taylor's presence, in January 1797, if I could put into your hands the events of the wars concerning Italy, or England ; then you would believe my calling was of God? The week following I put in your hands what would happen to Italy, which took place within the six months you mentioned; as you asked me what would happen in three months, or six months. I put in your hands, England would seek for peace, but in vain ; for we bad involved ourselves in such tumults of war, that the wise men, with all their wisdom, would not be able to make a peace; and that large sums of money would be demanded at the end of the year : all these truths, you know followed. But I confess you simply asked me if I did not know these things from myself ; - which, you know, I told you, I knew no more from myself than your table. At the same time there were in the writings events that were to take place in years to come, that now seem bursting out in all nations ; and you told me yourself, you knew they would be true; yet for some time disputed with me, if it was not from myself, or my own knowledge ; but when I assured you it was not from inyself, and I had no knowledge of my own, you asked me, why I did not publish to the world ? For, if you was clear you was called of God, you would fear no man. And now, sir, I am clear I am called of God; for the wondrous visitation that hath happened to me for the three months past, is impossible to come from any but a God;