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any kind; for it is by guilt alone that the suspicion of guilt has its beginning. We know by natural reason, that no person whatever can suspect a thing that he believed never existed; exactly so must it be with the parents of the human race. If it be believed by every Christian Church, that the knowledge of evil came through the woman, who can deny, from the authority of the Bible, that the knowledge of the good must not be at last convey. ed through the same means; and for the woman . in the end to be the help mate to man, agreeably to divine proinise at her creation; and as the whole human race was tainted by evil, and brought into misery, the whole liuman race must be redeemed from that state by a Divine Power--which must be the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the only true Spirit of Prophecy. It is from this Spirit that Joanna South, cott writes; for of all her productions, from 1792, to this day, many have come true, and the rest are daily fulfilling. I have read, I have reflected, I have taken every pains to find out imposition, and her character I have found to be without deception; neither has she talents or abilities to deceive

I have the natural pride of man, and have no desire to be an object of ridicule ; but whatever pain or mortification the pride of character, or reputation, may produce in me, it is my superior duty to adhere to truth. The mockery of the world I must endure; the pity of my friends, who would promote every worldly advantage for my interest, I must feel, and many, I know, are sorry for me, believing me to be a deluded man. It is my sincere

wish that they may throw aside their prejudices, as I have done, and endeavour at least to prove me in error. To my philosophical friends I will ask this question : Have they ever blamed the celebrated Sir Isaac Newton, who was once the President of the Royal Society, for believing the Bible to be the Book of Divine Wisdom? Have they ever pitied that distinguished character for his belief in prophecies and divine revelation ? If Sir Isaac Newton, who believed the Bible to be the Word of God, and who wrote upon the Prophecies, and made calculations by his learning and great natural abilities, should now escape the censure of mankind, why are persons at this present day to be condemned, who believe in the same Divine Spirit; and that all prophecies will be fulfilled ; and MAN'S REDEMPTION TAKE PLACE, agreeably to the LORD'S PRAYER, that the Lord's kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven? I well know that the character and memory of Sir Isaac Newton is respected by all the learned world: not a man in the Royal Society will lift up his voice against their late President. Although Sir Isaac Newton wrote upon what human learning could never discover; yet his intentions were upright. He did not consider that it is the weak things of this world, which are to confound the wisdom of the wise or learned-and that by the weakest instruments will the Divine Being convey his Wisdom for man's redemption from death, hell, and sin, produced by the satanic powers of darkness. I could mention a variety of distinguished charac

ters of different ages, whose memories are reflected upon with respect; but I have chosen this one, for to lead the mind to serious reflection upon divine Subjects, without being afraid or ashamed ; however it may seem that I am making a compromise, by bringing forth the names of distinguished men, to recommend the following communications to the world, as it was necessary, according tohuman order, that I should thus proceed. As the light spreads forth-human learning must disappear, where it does not promote the love of God above all things, and of our neighbours as ourselves.-All the human race are now invited to be brethren, and to love one another; for every difficulty will be removed. · The Communication upon the Church Prayers, which is now recommended to public notice, was written at Oldswinford in Worcestershire, at the house of that faithful friend to the truth, the Rev. T. P. Foley, where Joanna resided for above two months. The Communication was given in answer to another clergyman of the established Church.It is to be understood, that the Woman here inentioned has been writing for many years past, from a Spirit invisible: and what that Spirit is, the world must judge; however, by reading her writings, and comparing them with the 12th chapter of the Revelations, her character will there be found, at the first verse. Some such character must come forth: she has written upon various parts of the Old and New Testament; and many of her communications have been given in answer to questions proposed, and also


to objections made by different persons. Such answers have been given, that human learning could not produce, and will in the end prove the complete fulfilment of the Scriptures.

The Church Prayers were composed upwards of 250 years ago—and it is very remarkable, it is mentioned in several parts of Joanna's writings, that the Protestant Church is so highly favoured on account of the purity of the Prayers, that its ministers will be the means of bringing forth the Divine Knowledge from her pen; and which will go forth to the WHOLE WORLD. But the English nation will be the first redeemed: it is in this country that the sealing of the people has begun, and perhaps may end about the 12th of January, 1804. It is required from Divine Authority, that every one who receives his Seal will sign his Name, that it is the desire of his heart for Christ's glorious and peaceable Kingdom to be established and come upon earth, and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven; and Satan's kingdom to be destroyed, which is the desire and prayer of Joanna Southcott, and of every one who signs with his hand; for a time must come when there can be no security, but in the divine Power of Christ, whose love invites every man to claim this privilege, which is his birthright from his merciful Creator, and are now invited to stand like Gods to claim their own, and then command the earth : -GOD AT FIRST CREATED MAN TO BE IMMORTAL, AND MADE HIM AN IMAGE OF HIS OWN ETERNITY.

W. SHARP Tichfield Street, Dec. 25, 1808.


FRIDAY, September 14, 1803, Joanna was informed that a Cleryman lad said, "we knew enough already, and want no prophecies to teach us more, we shall never have any more knowledge, and we do not want it.”

In answer to his words, I was ordered to take my Prayer Book in my hand, and to place the words as I should be directed from the different prayers.--The first I was ordered to pen, was from the first prayer, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Second, the Lord's prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”—The third, “All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting: Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory: The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee: The holy church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee.-0 Lord, let thy mercies lighten upon us,— Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people:- be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands; serve the Lord with gladness, and come before him with a song:- O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done marvellous things.--He hath remembered his mercy and truth towards the house of Israel;

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