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THE SIGN OF THE PROPHET JONAH. 439 again was hardened; then came on the prophecies of Jonah upon them ; so his words were ful6illed at last, though by their repentance they were deferred at first. But know how Jonah's anger was kindled, when he saw Nineveh was not destroyed! Now I tell you all, the prophet Jonah is known unto you. And now I shall go from the types of Jonah : mark in the first place how he was warned; how he fled, and how he was compelled ; how he again warned ; and low judgments were deferred; and how his anger was kindled. Then look to the type of the prophet, whom I told thee was the prophet Jonah : See how he hath warned; how he hath threatened; how judg. ments are deferred ; and how he is provoked to an. ger! Here I have shewed thee the likeness of Jonah in the prophet that I have told thee of—but I know the pondering of thy heart; “ Jonah did not exalt himself, as Brothers has done.” To this I answer, Brothers fled as far from me, and from my Spirit, and from my teaching, when he began to exalt himself so high, as Jonah fled, when he went to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Now mark the storm first came on Jonah; and the ship was in danger on Jonah's account, because he fled from the presence of the Lord ; then why do ye marvel, ye men of Israel, that dangers rosc upon Jonahı first; and that ye should be in danger, that joined with him, when I have told you he fled from my Spirit to exalt himself ? Here thou sayest he did not act like Jonah; yet I tell thee he acted worse than Jonah, to exalt himself to what I had never, exalted. him; and yet I tell thee, they will all find the PROPher Jonah is in hin; and as Jonah was cast into the fish's belly, by being cast into the sea, so is Jonah now cast into prison. But know, ( vain and stubborn men, I commanded the fish to give up his prey, and he obeyed-But I have commanded MEN to give up their prey, and they refuse:l! I threatened Nineveh, and they repented; I have threatened thee,

O ENGLAND, and thou art hardened: Then now mark what I said in my Gospel, Nineveh should rise up in judgment against you ; and against you in judgment will Nineveh rise. But now I shall explain more clearly of the types: If Jonah must arise in the last days, perfectly like the Jonah here mentioned in my Bible; to flee into Tarshish; to be cast. into the sea; to be swallowed up by the fish ; and then to be brought to land again, in every likeness as Jonah was, then every type and shadow, that stands in my Bible, must come to the perfect likeness the same ; then the Jacobs must be like Jacob, to have no other meaning but man; and the Esaus like Esau, to have no other meaning the same; then there could be no parables in my Bible : The seed sown by the way side, and amongst the thorns, could have no other allusion, no other meaning than the words, as they were perfectly spoken'; for in that manner they must be perfectly fulfilled. How then could I liken any thing by parables ? therefore let the eyes of thy understanding be open, and see the likeness of what I compare things to—for I tell you all, the prophet Jonah is in prison ; and he fed from my Spirit, as I have told thee, as Jonah fled, from me ; for as Jonah's was, by fleeing one way ; so I tell thee, by pride he fled the other way to exalt himself to what I never exalted him, which brought the storms and tempest upon him, as Jonah brought the storms upon himself. Here I have shewed thee the shadow of Jonah, and of Nineveh, compared with BROTHERs, and the NATION: hut mark what followed Nineveh afterwards, when they began to be filled with unbelief; that Jonah was a false prophet; and that they were not protected for their repentance ; destruction came upon them, without another warning from Jonah! And so, I tell thee, it will come upon this nation, though the anger of Jonah is in the imprisoned prophet. Now thou seest the anger of Jonah before thee-“I do well to be

DISOBEDIENCE OF JONAH AND OTHER PROPHETS.411 angry, even unto death !" and this anger is now in the Jonah where I have placed the likeness. But mark my answer : If thou hast pity on the Gourd, should I not shew pity to Nineveh, that great city! Now I tell thee from the prophet Jonah : in the days of Nineveh many repented ; and thousands of souls were saved; the same, I tell thee, it will be in this present age ; though thousands and tens of thousands are hardened by lingering judgments, yet I tell thee every wise and good heart will have time to be brought in by lingering judgments. Know what is said in thy writings : If I pull the weeds too soon, I should destroy the wheat ;" so I say by this Nation, should I cut it off by the plague and pestilence, before I begin to cut short the enemy; your Land must be · totally destroyed. Therefore I shall go on, as I have told thee, to begin abroad, and end at home, that I may preserve my wheat, and preserve this Land, according to my Promise, that the remnant which are saved, may enjoy the land in peace and happiness, to awaken others ! So do not expect to see the fulfilment, before the time that I have mentioned. But now I shall come once more to the prophet Jonah : See what befel him for running from my presence ; see what befel the prophet that disobeyed my command ; though he listened to the voice of a prophet, yet see, his life was not spared. Then now judge for yourselves, as these things befel the prophets that disobeyed my command, how fatal it is for a prophet to disobey my voice, when I visit by MY SPIRIT, and bid him go and declare my decrees! Shall Man that is dust and ashes disobey my commands, like Adam at the first ? or shall a Woman that obeyed the serpent at first, disobey my command when I come to visit her? Then see from my prophets how fatal is their end. Now as their end stands on record for man, let no man judge or condemn a propliet, before they can prove he is not a prophet; and let them be clear in judging be

fore they condemn. Could the old prophet save the young one, when he had deceived him? Then who art thou, O man, to compel the soul thou canst not save ? Could the mariners save Jonah, when he disobeyed my command ? Could they prevent the storm that arose ? They must all answer, No; their attempts were vain and fruitless. Then in seeing these things to arise upon the prophets, if they do not obey my command, leave them to their own masters ; for it is by them they must stand or fall. Now you see from my Bible what befel the prophets that disobeyed ME; and what befel those that persecuted the prophets ; then let the eyes of your understanding be opened ; and know, my Bible stands as a looking-glass before you. How many have said of my Bible, there is enough in it to teach you all things; but where is the man that is taught by it? where is the man that will listen to my Bible, or pay any regard to what it contains ? Now I shall come to reason with man : Am I a God of TRUTH Thou answerest, Yes; and where is the man will answer nay, that believes there is a God? Then if I am the God of TRUTH, my Truth must follow ; but where is the man who can prove all my TRUTHS are fulfilled? But if you believe my Gospel, you must believe they will be fulfilled; and all the signs that my Bible contains of the shadows, as the spring, are now before you; then say not in your hearts ye believe my Bible, if you believe not in MY WORD ; for where is the man who can stand before ME, and answer one word of a thousand, when I begin to call forward my Bible? How strict are mankind to observe every shadow in thy writings, that doth not appear to their judgment to be fulfilled ! while my Bible appeareth as a book that is sealed, as though they discerned not a word that is there; and yet they boast of their knowledge of the Bible !

TYPE OF JONAH AND REPENTING NINEVEH. 443

Then now to men I bold may come,

And bid them look and see,
What I to Jonah now have done

The storm came first on he;
But know at last how all his placid,

From Nineveh see clear :
By their repentance you are cast;

Like them you would not fear;
Yet there are some, to me 'tis known,

Believ'd my word at first :
And though the judgments that were shewn
- Did not so hasty burst,
Yet they went on, their faith is known,

When others did appear-
The truth before them then was shewn

To make ail mysteries elear ;
That still bebind my Hand they'd find,

Though Jonah Hled from ME;
Another here they saw more clear,

And how the end must be.
My prophets come, must hasten on,

As they did all foretel,
And my disciples, 't must be known,

Shew I must all reveal.
My Gospel see, it must agrce

With what I said before.
But how a Jonah could you see,

To make my Gospel clear,
Had he not come in such a form

To make the shadow plain?
If to the sub: tance he had come,

And in the fish remaind;
Then all must come, be 't known to men,

As I had said before;
Your houses build upon the sand

You'd ask what fools were there,
To build them so ! you well do know,

No man will this begin;
Because the raging seas, you know,

They're always hastening on ;
And so the sand they do command,

Then no man will build there:
Or on the rock how can they stand,

That in the seas appear?
So now see plain, ye sons of men,

The likeness I have plac'd;
The Rock Of Ages I did mean,

Where you cannot be cast;
Because the sand, you may command,

Is quickly wash'd away ;
You have no footing there to stand,

To guard the raying seas.
But see the ROCK; keep on the top,
The waves can't swell so high !

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