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" I now answer thee, the Promise made in the 18th page must first be fulfilled of the three years of plenty, before the judgments ean take place ; for, as men did not draw back, I could not draw back from my Promise.-.-But now come to the letter sent to Foley, how the Signs of Judgments were set from the weather at thy father's death; and know, I told thee, in the 1800, I should set the Signs three years for Blessings; and then, if unbelief abounded in the fourth year of the century, I should set them for Judgments. And now the fourth year is come ; and the Signs of Judgments are set from the weather ; and the shadow of dangers have come from the weather on the seas, when it came to March and April. Now mark the letter that was sent to Foley * Now compare the Signs set of the weather with the shadows that have began from the weather, and with thy starting friends, that I compared with the starting horse, which thou didst ride on : for there are thousands like that horse, that will not go one step, without starting or going backward, as the horse did, any longer than as the path appears plain and straight before them. Now this truth is plain in man, as I then told thee ; therefore, to set the type to man, I ordered thee to go through thy journey with that starting horse, to shew thee what starting friends thou wouldest have. But I now tell thee, all such will turn back as empty as the horse did. And now let all men judge for themselves, from the type of the weather, and thy friends, and compare it with that letter. So let all this be compared together, and then he that can answer it let him appear ; but not appear to answer as the ignorant sons of men have already answered, it is from the Devil, because they believe it so. But let men know it is impossible for every man's belief to be right; therefore they must prove it from the Devil if they can by the Scrip
* Page 68 of the Second Book of Letters, printed in 1802.
tures. If they profess to prove it from him, there is no other way that men must argue ; neither let men boast, as the ignorant sons of men have already boasted, the Bible hath this meaning or that meaning, as they have placed it. For that is another thing impossible, to place the Bible to the wisdom of men, for the wisdom of men hath placed it so many ways, that it is impossible for the wisdom of men to make my Bible true. So men's belief of the Scriptures is no argument for men to plead by, any more than the belief of the Jews, the way that they believed it. Yet as their faith is it will happen unto them for their Redemption, but they must first own the truth of their words--my blood hath been upon them and their children; and my Judgments have followed them. Then they shall see the Promises made to the Prophets, when they look on HIM whom they have crucified ; then cometh their Redemption. But one Prophecy must be fulfilled before the other can take place : They must first confess they hid their faces from ME: I was despised, and they esteemed me not; I bore their griefs, and carried their sorrows ; yet they did not esteem ME, though I was wounded for their transgressions, and bruised for their iniquities. Then by my stripes they shall be healed, when they acknowledge like sheep they have all gone astray : then shall I see the travail of my Soul and be satisfied. But this chapter * must be fulfilled before the other Promises can take place for the Jews. Then cometh the fulfilment of the others. Mark the chapters that follow ; so let the Jews fulfil the one before they look for the fulfilment of the other ; for I will never fulfil my Promises to them, before iny Words are fulfilled by them. And this is for the Jews, as they plead one Promise without the fulfilment of the other; and so their judgment would make my Bible false. And now I shall come to the Gentiles, whose wisdom makes my Bible false the
Isaiah LIII chapter.
same. So let no man boast of explaining my Bible without he can make it true, which is impossible for the judgment of man to do. But now I tell thee I have begun, and i will go on till I have made all my Bible true, which is impossible for man to do by arguments. Therefore men musť plead from thy Writings, how such truths have happened'; how such mysteries were brought round; how such types and shadows were placed in such manner; and how in years they were brought round to be fulfilled, either from the Devil, or from any infusion that did not come from the infusion of my Spirit. Let this be answered by the wise and learned, how they would prove it from the Devil ; or how they would prove it from any Spirit: but from Me, the LIVING LORD, every soul shall know thy Writings are ; so let' them weigh the whole together with every page that I have · mentioned: and here thy book endeth, with this command to the Shepherds. "The blood of the nation is on the heads of the Shepherds, if they do not search into every truth ; and the sheep that perish in their sins, their blood will I require at the Shepherds! hands, if the Shepherds are not faithful.”
. When I had written these words I was ordered to open my Bible. It was in the Wisdom of Solo-' mon, vi. chap. and the fourth verse I was ondered to pen " Because being ministers of his Kingdom, ye have not judged aright, nor kept the law, nor walked after the council of God.”
, Here I have faithfully given to the world the WORDS OF THE LORD, as delivered to me; and I am ready to answer to the world for every truth I have here asserted. But the names of the clergy I should not have put in print, if I had not been strictly order ed to it. So I conclude with the words of St. Peter WHO OUGHT WE TO OBEY, GOD OR MAN, JUDGE YE. London, May 10th, 1804. JOANNA SOUTHCOTT.