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2 Corinthians iii. 17. “Now the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Ephesians v. 19. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.” chap. vi. 12. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Colossians i, 27. “ Christ in you the hope of glory."
i Peter, v. 7. “ Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith."
1. John iv. 18. “There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casteth out fear.”
I have proved the truth of these texts of scripture by experience; that there is joy in believing, and consolation within, which proceedeth from the Lord, that the world can neither give nor take away; and there is love kindied in the heart, by the Spirit of the Lord working with our spirits, which çasteth out fear. So that, as a blind man can judge of the weather, in the summer, by his feeling, without sight, so can I jndge of the truth of the Gospel, from what I have telt, without being in the days of our Saviour, to see his miracles to confirm the truth; and as the different changes of weather are felt and known, with out seeing from whence they come ; so are the different changes felt and known, when yisited 'by the Spirit of the Lord. It bringeth joy, peace, and happiness within, and a steadfast faith to rely upon the Lord, and believe all his promises that stand on record, that the gates of hell shall never prevail against us; and this kindleth a love which
casteth out fear: but how soon do we feel tho change, when the Lord leaves us to ourselves for a while, like the setting sun that is bid from us ! then Satan, as a roaring lion, that is seeking whom he may devour, works doubts and fears in our minds, to blast all our bappiness, to chill our love, by his working fears within us, until the Lord returns again to visit us; which proves the truth of our Saviour's saying, “ Without me ye can do nothing." And this I know by experience: but where a man bath no faith in the scriptures, no reliance upon the word of God, he dotb not know from whence the effects of evil proceed, or how Satan works upon his mind, to darken bis understanding, to harden bis heart, that it is frozen, like the weather, against God and all that is good; and they will not know from whence it proceeds, without being brought to believe the scriptures, and rely upon the word of God; then they will know that every good and perfect gift cometh down from the Father of light, in whom is no variableness, nor the shadow of turning ; but every evil word and work, every hardness of heart and unbelief, that is in mankind, is worked on by the devil, who tempted to unbelief in the beginning, and so he will go on to the ending; which we may discern from every age of the world. Where men give theirselves up to unbelief, they will do despite to the Spirit of the Lord: and this present age is like the former. When our Saviour wrought the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, after he had been buried, and they found many believed, seeing so great a miracle wrought before them; then the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death; because by reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus; perfectly so is this present age; for as the Lord has given a testimony of his coming, by the visitation of his Spirit, to give propriecies, that they may know it is from the Lord, (for the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy) and many are become believers, from seeing the truths before them; but we see men, like the chief priests in the days of our Saviour, inventing all manner of falsehoods, that the truth may not be believed ; and which I have already proved from the books published against me.
In reading attentively through Lane's publicacation, I can scarce find a single page but contains gross misrepresentation, and false inventions against me, and the spirit that visit me; so that in one likeness stand the
past ages with the
present, which proves to me the truth of the Ġospel, that it is no invention of men; and proves the truth of our Saviour's words, that, as they persecuted him, they would persecute those who bore witness of him.
John xv. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.—Remember the words that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's
The truth of this I shall prove from the Gospel : St. John xvi. 13. “How beit, when the Spirit of Truth is come he will guide you into all truths ; for be shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come.” Here our Saviour plainly told his disciples, that the visitation of his Spirit should come when the prince of this world should be judged. Let inen read from the 7th verse to the 12th, and then they may understand at what time the Spirit of Truth, here spoken of, was to be sent, and for wliat ends, and how be testifieth of our Saviour, that he not
only died to save those who believed in his Gospel, for their salvation, but, as I have already explained, to bring in the full redemption of man, and take away the sin of the world, and however great the scriptures are denied, of a visitation from the Lord, and the power of the devil; yet I can prove there are spirits invisible, good and bad, that have visited me, and of both I have a clear knowledge by experience, as I have already stated. But this testimony will not be believed ; who will take my word, without I can bring proofs why the Spirit of Truth is come to guide us into all truths, and teach us things to come
This I shall prove from the prophecies given me, whatever false inventions men may bring forward in my name, to make them appear false. I can prove to the whole world, that there is not a year since 1792, but some of the prophecies have been fulfilled, more or less. I shall begin from the Strange Effects of Faith, 1st Book, page 25, what I was warned of in 1792, was coming upon the whole earth, of wars and tumults, pestilence, and famine, going through the lands, men's hearts failing them for very troubles, because they have not known the visitation of the Lord. Let men weigh these words with what hath happened since upon the nations abroad; but the end is not yet.' In 1792, I was warned that war would break out in 1793, which took place ; the rebellion in Ireland; the mutiny on the seas; the event of Italy in 1797 ; the harvest of 1797 ; the continuation of the war in 1797, when men thought there would be a peace; the harvests of 1799, and 1800, with many other events I was warned of, before they took place, and put them in the hands of ministers, before I published to the world in 1801. When I published to the world I was warned that three good liarvests should follow, if inen searched into the writings, which they did, and the three harvests followed as foretold. When peace was proclaimed in 1801, I was answered, that the war was not begun to what it would be; and the distress of Spain was then foretold. Now let them look to the events of Spain, and what was foretold concerning them. When they signed the ratification of the articles of peace, April 29th, at Amiens, I was answered, it was what would bring on a war; for as the 1802, was like the 1792, peace and plenty; so would the 1803 be like the 1793, that the war would break out again; and the power of the Beast was given to Bonaparte ; and how he would go on to conquer in the natious abroad.
Here I have mentioned a few of the leading events, that I prophesied of before they took place; and I refer the readers to my books for further particulars, and leave them to judge for themselves, whether I am visited by the Spirit of Truth, according to the Gospel. But I shall judge for myself, that it is the Spirit of Truth sent to warn us of what is hastening on, that we may know these are the wars and tumults, that our Saviour said should take place prior to his coming to bring in the redemption of man; but as men say, wars and tumults are common, how are they to know the wars that bring in the end, that they may lift up their heads that their redemption draweth nigh, without the warning being given from the Lord : For this is the meaning of the Two Witnesses in Reo. xi, It is the Witness of the Gospel of what our Saviour spoke of the end; and now we have the Witness of the Truth of his Spirit, to shew men plainly the end is at hand; and these Two Witnesses are slain through unbelief. Let men discern, from Paine's book, how the Gospel is denied, and slain through unbelief; and let them discern from Lane's book, how the visia tation of the Lord, and the warning from his