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sitation of the Spirit of the Lord to me, and the truths that have followed my Prophecies from 1792 to this day. Therefore I may say with the Prophet of old, If it be not of God, how cometh it to pass ? and like the woman of Samaria, Behold the man that told me all things, tell me, is not this the Christ? The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy; and without that Spirit the Church cannot become the Bride, to testify of the coming of their Lord : and on that Spirit I rely, as a judge for myself, which judgment I will never give up, until I see men agree together of one' mind in the explanation of the Scriptures. Suppose you were going a jour, ney, and came to a road which led four different ways; and there you met four men, and enquired of them which road you must take, to go to any particular place that you were going to. If they should answer, one of them, you must take the right, and turn that way ; the other answer, no; that is not the road; you must turn to the left; the third answer, neither of them is right; you must pursue the path that is before you; the fourth answer, they have directed you wrong; and you are come out of your way; you must return back again. Now I ask you, which of these men's judgment you would rely on? You must answer, neither ; but be convinced they did not know the way; and therefore you would follow your own mind, to go on till you found a better guide, that knew how to direct you aright ; and perfectly so I say of mankind : such contrary guides I have found them all; therefore my trust is in the Lord, knowing he is the God of truth, that must lead us into all truths, as our Saviour told us in St. John's Gospel, xiv. 17.-The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him : but ye know him ; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. Thus our Saviour told his Disciples, the Comforter should come to his faithful believers, to direct and guide: them into all truths. Ver. 26; mark our Saviour's words: The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance. But he never taught us these knowledges would come by man: but mark what is said in chap. xvi. 13. So, if you weigh the Scriptures through, you must discern how knowledge must come from the Spirit of the Lord ; and St. Paul saith, This is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you : Quench not the Spirit ; despise not prophecies.—Then why should man resist his will, and teach others to do the same? And now I shall come to Ezekiel ix. which, you observe, Fisher said alluded to me.
This is a judgment he hath drawn of himself; and yet these things are explained concerning the Sealing, how the Lord, in former ages, set signs and marks for his people. When the Lord delivered the children of Israel from the hand of Pharaoh, and sent out the destroying angel to go through the land of Egypt, he orderede mark to be set on the door-posts, sprinkled with the blood of the Lamb, for the children of Israel, that the destroying angel should pass by the door where lie saw the blood appear; the same is said in the Prophet Ezekiel, a mark should be set upon them that sigh and cry for all the abominations that were done in Jerusalem; and these the Lord promised he would preserve, on whom the mark was. So we see, in all ages back, how the Lord set a mark from one sign or another upon his own people, when destruction was threatened against those that regarded not the threatenings. The same is said in Revelation vii. the angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the fatal destruction should not come before the servants of God were sealed. This is said to the angels, having the seal of the living God; but you cannot suppose the angels are to come visibly as men, and set a seal. upon the foreheads of the men; for that must be worse enthusiasm than Fisher's; because, in every age of the world, when the Lord did any wondrous work upon earth, he had always instruments upon earth to do it by: he did his wonders in Egypt by the hand of Moses; and we may see in Judges v. when the Lord delivered his people, he raised up Deborah as a mother in Israel, to be an instrument in his hand; the same we may see in Esther : He made her an instrument in his hand, for the deliverance of his people ; Judith the same; and when our Saviour came into the world, he did not come as the angels did to Lot, but he was born of the woman; and so he was born for the woman, to seal Satan's destructior in the end, according to the promise made in the fall; and it is Satan's destruction bringeth in our redemption : when we are freed from that old serpent, called the devil, that betrayed the woman at first, then cometh salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ, when the accuser of the brethren is cast down. Therefore, men have nothing to marvel, the sealing beginneth with a woman, to seal Satan's destruction, by the Lord's direction, as he sealed her's at first. What has man to do with the woman, to free her from the fall, when he cannot free himself? then reason must tell us, he cannot free her : No; this must be done by the power of God, and by his promise ; and there the woman must trust in the Saviour that was born of her, knowing he was born for her, when she comes in perfect obedience to obey her Lord at last, as Eve obeyed the serpent at first; and we know from the Scriptures, what is bound on Earth is bound in Heaven, and what is sealed on Earth is sealed in Heaven; therefore, we have nothing to marvel, that the command should be given to the creature to join his Creator. Now as concerning the Sealing, there is first a signing, to subscribe with their hands unto the Lord, that his kingdom may come, and Satan's power destroyed, that God may be all in all; but if any fall back through unbelief, after they have signed, their names are ordered to be blotted out of the book, before it is sealed up; and so it is said in the Scriptures, if any men turn back from the Lord, he will blot them out of the book of his remembrance, and remember them no more ; and it is said in the Revelation, if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city. But as to the Sealed Number, to say they will all live to enjoy the kingdom of Christ below, it never was so said in my writings; and so far from it, that it is said many of the Sealed would die, and come with the Lord in triumph in the air, when he cometh in might, majesty, and glory, to destroy the powers of darkness with the breath of his mouth, and the brightness of his coming; for then will chapter xx. be fulfilled, and Satan sealed down, that he shall deceive the nations no inore, till the thousand years shall be fulfilled; and then will be completed the marriage of the Lamb, to unite all hearts to him, to be as one sheep under one shepherd, and Christ will be the Shepherd of the whole : for he is the chief Shepherd that is to appear, when the glory of the Lord is all revealed; but shadows come before the substance, as they have stood throughout the Scriptures; and so it was in the days of our Saviour; John the Baptist was the forerunner to warn mankind that Christ was the Messiah coming after him, and preferred before him. Now as John was visited by the Spirit, to warn of our Saviour, before he began to make known himself clearly to the world, John bore the testimony of him; perfectly so, if you read the Scriptures that I have pointed out, and as many more that I could point out, you will find the Lord promised to visit by his Spirit, to warn of his Coming, before he cometh in might, majesty, and power ; therefore it is written, The Spirit and the Bride say,
come, and it is said in 1 Peter i. 52" Who are kept by the power of God through faith, ready to be revealed in the last time.” Here the apostle sheweth us a further revelation would be given of the Spirit of Christ ; because we can have no revelation of man, any further than was given by the disciples; and if we look to all the writings of men, they are so full of contradiction one to the other, that we can draw no knowledge from the judgment of men; so that no revelation can come from them, without it is given by the Spirit of the Lord. All other writings are men's opinions; and as you have observed in your writings how the professors of religion write one against the other, because they differ in their opinions, and perfectly so the world may condemn your writings, that do not join with you in opinion ; but we know from the Scriptures, it is written, The wisdom of the wise men should perish, the understanding of the prudent men should be hid ; for the Lord will confound the wisdom of men, that no flesh should glory in his presence, to be able to boast of their own wisdom and knowledge, whom the Lord hath pronounced dead to knowledge. Therefore it is written, all knowledge must come by the revelation of the Spirit of God; and the Spirit of Prophecy is the Spirit of Jesus, who gave him- . self a ransoin for all, to be testified in due time. But where is the man who can tell what was to be testified in due time? or what is meant by the words of St. Paul in 2 Cor. x. 6—“And having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” Here are Scriptures men never understood; neither could the apostle say, we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, if all could be understood by man ; therefore he saith, the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned ; then how can the Scriptures be true, if the natural man can discern all mysteries, without the revelation of