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cannot be the least doubt, it being said of the woman that the Dragon persecuted her, and she fled into the wilderness." Thus, from your publication, you make the wonder that appeared so great in heaven, of the woman clothed with the sun, which John saw in his vision, to represent the church in a persecuted state. Now, as you was open and candid with me, to let me know the wrong judgment Fisher had drawn of my writings, I shall be the same with you, to point out the errors in your judgment. All the visions John saw in heaven must take place

The visions that were shewn to John were not for the sake of the dead, but for the sake of the living: he was shewn things present, and things to come. Now, as this vision was shewn him as a wonder in Heaven, it shewed what a wonder it would be upon Earth, concerning the Woman, when the Sun of Righteousness arises with healing in his wings, to heal the fall of the woman, and fulfil the promise that was made her in the fall. This is the wonder that would appear upon earth to man, as it was ever concealed from man, the manner our Redemption would be brought in, to be redeemed from the fall. The wisest philosopher, or the deepest divine never discerned how man, that was born of a woman, could ever be freed from the fall

, as long as the woman stands under the condemnation of the fall. Therefore the Son must make her free, before we can be free indeed, to be made heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. And this appeareth a great wonder to men, which John saw in his vision would be a wonder to them, to see the Promise made to the woman must first be fulfilled, to bruise the serpent's head; and the Lord must heal her of the fall, before man's redemption can take place. But now I ask, what wonder could appear to man, to see the church in a persecuted state? If we trace back the records of the Bible, we may see often amongst the Jews, whom the Lord

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I shall come to another: his saying I should ascend into heaven in the month of November. Then Fisher must know more than I do; for never was such a word said by me ; neither is there such a word in my writings : but it was said to me, in the year 1792, in the middle of the year, “ I will add to thy days fifteen years; and that fifteen years is not expired at the time Fisher mentioned. So I know not how he judged I should die in the month of November. This is an invention of his own; and some things that Mr. Abbott told me, that Fisher had said to you were full as erroneous, and of his own invention, as these you have mentioned. And now I shall come to another observation you made in your letter. You said Mr. Fisher said, “No one dare take up the cause against me.” This is a judgment he hath drawn of himself, from these words—that no one should take up the cause against me and prosper ; for in the end the Lord would confound all my enemies, and shame those that tried to shame me, and confound all those that went to confound me; but if no one took up the cause against me, then my prophecies could not be fulfilled; for how could men be ashamed or confounded, when they saw all the truth fulfilled, to know my visitation was from the Lord, that never had come forward against it? So Fisher hath placed my writings according to his own judgnient, as you have placed some passages of the Bible, which I must beg you will bear with me, when I tell you, they are as wrongly placed as Fisher hath placed my writings. Now, as you have mentioned the 12th chapter of Revelation, wherein you seem to marvel of what Fisher said, of comparing me to the woman mentioned in that chapter, you seem to write as though it was as erroneous as the other; and from your own books you must think So; as you say in the 10th

your last public cation, * That the woman in the 12th chapter of the Pevelation, is the church of Christ, which there

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cannot be the least doubt, it being said of the woman that the Dragon persecuted her, and she fled into the wilderness." Thus, from your publication, you make the wonder that appeared so great in heaven, of the woman clothed with the sun, which John saw in his vision, to represent the church in a persecuted state. Now, as you was open and candid with me, to let me know the wrong judgment Fisher had drawn of my writings, I shall be the same with you, to point out the errors in your judgment. All the visions John saw in heaven must take place upon earth. The visions that were shewn to John were not for the sake of the dead, but for the sake of the living: he was shewn things present, and things to come. Now, as this vision was shewn him as a wonder in Heaven, it shewed what a wonder it would be upon Earth, concerning the Woman, when the Sun of Righteousness arises with healing in his wings, to heal the fall of the woman, and fulfil the promise that was made her in the fall. This is the wonder that would appear upon earth to man, as it was ever concealed from man, the manner our Redemption would be brought in, to be redeemed from the fall. The wisest philosopher, or the deepest divine never discerned how man, that was born of a woman, could ever be freed from the fall, as long as the woman stands under the condemnation of the fall. Therefore the Son must make her free, before we can be free indeed, to be made heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. And this appeareth a great wonder to men, which John saw in his vision would be a wonder to them, to see the Promise made to the woman must first be fulfilled, to bruise the serpent's head; and the Lord must heal her of the fall, before man's redemption can take place. But now I ask, what wonder could appear to man, to see the church in a persecuted státe? If we trace back the records of the Bible, we may see often amongst the Jews, whom the Lord

called his chosen people, how often their churches were in a persecuted state ; and the holy temple that Solomon built was destroyed; the same we may see in the destruction of Jerusalem; and the persecuted state the disciples were in ; again we may trace it by the martyrs, and how they were persecuted by the Romans. I might fill my paper, to enumerate all the persecutions that Christian Churches have been in ; so that can appear no wonder to man. But here is a wonder that is astonishing to all, to hear that the Sun of Righteousness will now arise with healing in his wings, to heal the fall of the woman, as he

promised in the creation, after her fall, that her seed should bruise the serpent's head, by the enmity the Lord would place between the woman and the serpent, and between her seed and his seed. And here is another wonder that John saw in heaven, to see the dragon deceiving mankind, as to draw the third part of the stars of heaven to the earth : mankind are compared to stars in the firmament; and by the Gospel they are compared as stars of heaven, believing in their redemption, in and through the merits of Christ. And this is a wonder to believers, to see the Scriptures so clearly explained ; and know how the promise was made in the fall, to think that mankind should be so blind, not to discern the mystery, when it is so clearly explained ; and by the Spirit of Prophecy, given with the explanation, to know it is the Spirit of God that is now come to call all things to our remembrance, from the foundation of the world to this day ; and knowing what the Lord said, when he made the woman, she should be a helpmate to man for his good, as he was not good alone : and the Lord saith, I AM ALPHA and OMEGA, the BEGINNING and the ENDING, the FIRST and the LAST. So if the Lord was the beginning, to create the woman for man's good, he will be the ending, to fulfil it; and if he was the first, to make the proinise to the woman after the fall, of bruising

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the serpent's head, he will at last fulfil his promise, that we may have a right to the Tree of Life. And this is a wonder now to mankind, whose eyes are open to see the mystery, how men, endowed with reason, can be so blinded in the Scriptures, as not to see the calling clear: and this is the second wonder that John saw, that would take place upon earth; and these two wonders now appear. But it never was a wonder to man to see the devil drawing thousands to hell ; because it hath been in all ages of the world, and to this day, with a high hand; so those things cannot be called a wonder; but the other is a wonder to them whose eyes are open, how men, professing the knowledge of their Bibles, can now be so blind, as not to see the wonder clear, and to see the mystery clear, how the woman is a wonder to unbelievers, and they are a wonder to believers. The persecution plainly appeareth ; and I grant, world is a wilderness, where I have fled; but the Lord hath prepared a place for me. So what Fisher said, that is in my writings, I never shall go from ; and I will now prove to the whole world, it is out of the power of men to prove the chapter the way they have began to explain it : but I know it is explained many different ways by men; one man that wrote against me said, it was the Church in a glorified state; because the Woman was clothed with the Sun; you say it is the Church in a persecuted state ; and some commentators on the Bible have placed it an. other way; and from the different disputes I have heard of men, I may say the 12th chapter is explained almost twelve different ways. Then now to come to a judge of assize, who sits on the bench to judge supposed criminals; but when the jury are called upon to giye in their verdict, and give it in several different ways; I ask, to whose judgment will the judge give it up? You will answer, to neither, till the jury are of one mind; perfectly so I say of the Scriptures : I am the judge for myself, from the vi

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