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grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.”
“ Then come the great blessings to her children, because they will be taught of the Lord, and their righteousness is of ME, saith the Lord; but how can men prove that this chapter was ever fulfilled? Where is the nation, where is the people, that can prove that all their children were taught of the Lord, and that great bath been the peace upon the eartlı? These things were never fulfilled; and, therefore, the professors of religion's saying all is finished, is but adding fuel to the firé, to strengthen the hands of the deists and atheists.
"Now come to the lxii. chapter. “ For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that børneth. The Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all the kings thy glory.”
" But where is the man who can answer these words, that they were fulfilled when I became fesh and dwelt with men ? Instead of righteousness being established, and salvation as a lamp that burneth, destruction followed Jerusalem; instead of peace, wars and tumults; instead of all the kings seeing my glory, or the glory brought to my people, they saw me put to a shameful death, the Jews scattered in all nations, and my disciples put to death, that bore testimony of ME. So that the words of the Prophet were not then fulfilled.
" But now mark the words that follow : 6 Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt. be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
15 Thou shalt no more be termed, Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed, Desolate. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” .! Here let them see in what likeness of marriage this is compared to, when this righteousness is to be established in the earth. Let men compare this with the Revelation and with the chapter I have mentioned before; then they must see the new name that must be given in the end, when I come as a bridegroom, to fulfil the words of the Prophet; then shall I set up the watchmen upon the walls of Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day por night; for they that make mention of the Lord must not keep silence. Therefore it is written, give him no rest, till he hath established, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. The Lord hath sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his strength: and now they shall all find that the arm of my strength is come, and my work is before ME: the Lord hath proclaimed unto the ends of the world, say ye to the Daughter of Zion, behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him. But thiş po man can prove was ever yet acconplished: but, let them see, it is compared to marriage, when I return to my people.”
Revelation, xxi. 2, 3. “And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
* The new Jerusalem, coming down from heaven, meaneth where the visitation is made known: it does not mean Jerusalem where it stood, that this warning must be given, that these watchmen must be placed; but their petitions must be, to make the new Jerusalem to be a praise in the whole earth, and to awake the Jews.
“ Now come to Isaiah xi. " And there shall come forth a ROD out of the STEM of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord.”
Recelation xxii. 16, 17. “), Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the ROOT and the OFFSPRING of David, and the bright and morning STAR. And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come: and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." . .
« Now I ask mankind how the BRANCH is to grow out of the ROOT, without the Spirit and the Bride ? For, when this BRANCH appeareth, then let them see, peace and righteousness are to follow: “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lay down with the kid, and a little child shall lead them : they shall not hurt, nor destroy, in all my holy mountain." Here, if men understood the prophets aright, they would see that a SECOND CHILD must be born, of the power and the Spirit of the Lord; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. This must be fulfilled, before the words of the Prophets can take place; and this is my meaning in thy writings.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 51,
Jo " But now my flock I'll lead them by a child,
Till all like lambs are brought into the fold, .
But deeper mysteries I shall soon explain."
“ The Prophet's word is on record c .. ACHILD should lead you all;
What answer now from you I've got? ' •I*. You mind it not at all.” :
“ But thus thou judgedst that I had compared thee to a child for wisdomn; and therefore, they must become as little children: in wisdom. Now I shall explain to thee the meaning: know it is said--A little child shall lead them : the sucking child; and the weaned child. It is not for men to suppose that the child will be born with wisdom and understanding, with power and strength, to lead the people. No: the meaning of the words is—when the child is born, men will see their bibles clear; men will see the days of their visitation clear; so that the knowledge of the Lord, that was concealed from man, to prevent impostors from arising, will then be made known over the whole earth. But had this been understood bymen of learning, to see that a BRANCH must come from the Root, to stand as an ensign of the people, thousands of impostors would have arisen, to have said that they were visited like the Virgin Mary; and so the child would have appeared, in arts, by an impostor. and a harlot, that might have been believed at first; but seeing no likeness of the chapter fulfilled after the birth of the child; then men would have grown jealous of the truth when the true child was born; and therefore I have worked it round this way, to conceal from
the knowledge of men that a SECOND CHILD must be born, in a likeness of the FIRST: and this the Jews are waiting for. But know how many men have placed this chapter to theirselves, without observing in what manner it is spoken, that " a branch shall grow out of his roots; and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.” Now let men of learning answer, how they will prove the Prophet's words true, without the SECOND being like the FIRST ? And therefore, the knowledge of the CHILD must come to the womAN; and her visitation must be made known, to prove that the child is not from MAN, but from the power of the LORD: then they may set up “ the ENSIGN of the PEOPLE: to it shall the Gentiles seek; and his rest shall be glorious.” Now remember the words I said to thee in 1794.-First Book of Sealed Prophecies, page 82.
" Yet in it thou the Prophetess dost see;
Before the Bridegroom doth to all appear." I left out the two lines of having the Son, as I did not understand it. The meaning of the Bridegroom's appearing to all is, when the Lord cometh in might, majesty, and glory, to destroy the power of Satan, and make a full end of sin; but this will be a happy land before that takes place. For men must see from Isaiah xi. what. followeth the birth of the child.
Verse 11. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second tiine, to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from