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TFIE FIRST CHAPTER OF ECCLESIASTES EXPLAINED.
November 1803, I was ordered to open my Bible —which was at the 1st Chapter of Ecclesiastes and the Qth Verse :—" The thing which hath been, it i* that which shall be done : and that which is done is that which shall be, and there is no new thing under the sun."
This Chapter appeared to me to have no meaning, but I was answered in the following manner—"Simple as this Chapter appeareth to thee, it was the WisDom Of The Lordj that was given to Solomon; but thou canst not understand it without My Spirit; and now I will answer thee: The thing which hath been, is that which is now done. Now ask mankind ifi this is a new thing, for the Woman to condemn the Serpent, which is the Devil? Did she not do it in the Creation? and now she hath done it again. Is it a new thing for a Woman to deliver her People? did not Esther do it? did not Judith do it? and was it not a Woman that nailed Sisera to the ground? Kut by whose power do you judge it was clone ? was it by My Power, making the Woman an instrument in My Hand? or was it in the Women's power to do it of themselves ? Men must own these wondrous works were never done by Women without my strength and protection: Then why do ye marvel if I give this Woman to nail Satan to the ground by My Power, to cut off his head; that meaneth his Power from the Sons of Men; and the gallows he hath built for Man, I shall cause him to hang thereon. Could I have not struck Haman dead? Could I not have slain Holophernes in the battle? Could I have caused Sisera's death no other way but by the hands of a Woman? did I do it any other way but by the hands of a Woman? O, ye simple sons of men! who washed my feet with their .tears? who poured the Ointment on my Head? was I not anointed by the Woman with the Most Precious Ointment? Then what new thing is there now done? Have not all these things been already done by "Women—your Foes destroyed, your People freed, your Saviour's Head anointed, and Satan condemned by Women? Then that which hath been done, must be now done: Satan cast, Man freed, and My Head anointed by a Woman.
As she th' anointed me now here
To be your great Deliverer;
To be your Captain, Prince, arid King,
And bring my glorious Kingdom down,
That is, inpower upon this Earth;
You know I told you at my death,
Or when my death was drawing near.
The Woman's Ointment did appear,
That she did pour upon my Read.
The Costly Ointment thenwas laid,
Thatmenat first in her did blame,
With indignation did condemn,
And said th? thing was done to waste, ,
And yet, toife they Lovt profess'4. ■
But how did I reprove them all! ,
And said, her Love on Me should fell;
For a Good Work on Me she'd wrought,
A work that man had never thought,
Whv she did so anoint MY head;
And for my funeral then I said,
The Ointment was prepar'd for MX,
To rise again her King to be!
And a good work she'd done for all.
For me to conquer death and hell:'
Fur as the work I said was coon.
It must by all be understood,
It never was the work of iMen;
For they the Woman did condemn.
Before I took the Woman's part;
For Satan levell'd with his dart
The indignation then in Man;
Because the Woman they condemn'd,
To see her so anoint my head.
But know, my answer what I said.
The very thing which she had done
Throughout all nations should he knoan:
Where er my Gos]>el did appear.
And perfect so, I tell you here,
The Perfect Ointment now is come.
And the good work must now be known;
For she's anointed Me your, Kino;
And indignation strong is seen
In great professors to appear.
But now to all I'll answer here:
Her ointment shall for ever stand;
M be the Kino in every land:
And so the Seal, 1 say, must go—■
The distant lands these things must know;
And what the Woman hatb begun.
Now 1 shall assign my reasons to the world why I am ordered to put in print the Names of the Ministers of Exeter, into whose hands the Letters were put, of the Events of these Years—When I was at Stockton-upon Tees in December last, 1803, I was repeating in a large company the truths that I have here mentioned, three Methodist Preachers were present, who had the confidence to tell me I had told nothing but lies—I mentioned to them my friends in Exeter, who had copied the letters; and the gentlemen who wrote to the clergy, to enquire into the truth, to whom they might appeal. But they answered, myself and friends were all Liars; for they would not believe them, as they might have ends to deceive the world. Now to prove the truth to the world, the Lord hath commanded me to put in print the Names of the Ministers and the places of their abode, that
fcvery man might know I have not written any cunningly devised fables to deceive anyone. And it is sakl to me, the Lord will be deaf of the blood of this Nation, and will set the Truth before them, before the fatal Judgments shall fall upon them. Therefore I am now ordered to make the truths clear to the world; and that my end will be fatal, and the end of my friends will be fatal, if we are now afraid of offending Men, or putting their Names or places of abode in print. It was for these ends I was ordered to write unto them, and put the events of years into their hands. I shall give the following words perfect as they were spoken to me: "What use would my Wisdom be to command thee to put Letters in their bands, and to conceal them from the world? then my Wisdom must perish like the Wisdom of Men; and putting the Letters in their hands would be as wrong as thou then didst judge it. But my Wisdom was behind to have them made public to the world at large, that all men might know thou hast told them no cunningly devised fables—but made known the Coming of the Lord Jesos Christ.'* And now I shall give the Names of the Ministers, that diey may 3ppeal to my Enemies to be my judges: The Rev. Chancellor Nutcombe, West Morchard, Devonshire—The Rev. Archdeacon Moore, at Heavy-tree, near Exeter—The Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, then in Exeter, but, now in Cornwall—The Rev. Mr. Tucker of Heavy-tree, near Exeter, to whom I sent the letter in March 1800, that the harvest of that year would be worse than 1799, and which brought a much greater dearth than \7QQ—not only upon the wheat but every article that was made use of tor food, so that it was universally observed in Devonshire, that a guinea would go farther in Housekeeping in 1799 than one guinea and half would ia 1800; for all vegetables were treble the pnee of the year before, butter double, and cheese and animal food in proportion.—And now I am clear, from every Truth that my calling is from
the Lord, who is wondrous in Wisdom, wondrous in Working, wondrous in Council and in Truth* for none but a God could have brought round such wisdom, in such a manner but a God of Truth; and the very things that caused jealousy in my mind and heart, putting Letters in the hands of ministers, who were not convinced by the Truth, made me then jealous of the Spirit, that it was not the Wisdom of God to have them put into the hands of such men, as the clouds in them covered the light from my eyes; but now the clouds begin to, burst, and the Wisdom of a God appears to shine bright in every line and in every direction to me; and every crooked path is now made straight before me, and the light of the Lord breaks strong upon me ; for the tracks of his footsteps are now plain, whose footsteps were hid in the great deep; and therefore my spirits have often sunk in the great deep with them; but now, blessed be the Name of the Lord, his footsteps appear out of the great deep, and the water-floods are dried up from me, for the Wisdom of my God appears; therefore I cannot fear all the rage of men or devils, for all the arguments they can bring forward cannot confound the Wisdom of a God ; therefore I fear not to incur the anger of men, if they are angry with me for obeying the commands of the Lord.
I fear not their anger, no dangers I fear.
But God is my guardian, and he will protect