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phecies of it, though even against the obvious tendency of the words themselves; for whereas mention is made by Isaiah of new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteous


The time when, and the manner how, this glorious dispensation is to take place being darkly pointed out in the holy writ, many excellent persons have for an age past employed their studies to inquire after it ; no wise man can think, that in search they were, or are, still misemployed.

Taking it then for a truth, without controversy, that there is to be a state of the church on earth more resplendent than ever yet there has been; and conceiving it agreeable to those methods of divine wisdom and compassion which are left us upon sacred record, that some farther previous discoveries will be made from Heaven of its commencement; to the end that the unbelieving and abominable part of mankind, in rejecting the obvious notices thereof, may be left without excuse, to fall under the direful strokes of almighty vengeance; and that the true followers of the Lamb may prepare to render him all glory, and to partake of the magnificence and triumphant joy of his marriage-feast.

A considerable part of holy writ does evidently point out this glorious dispensation, touching the calling of the Jews, the conversion of all nations, the destruction of Antichrist, an universal Holiness to the Lord; and, in fine, the kingdom of God on earth. 'Tis then no enthusiasm to make these the subject of our daily prayers, nor consequently to make them the subject of our expectation.

Where there, seems a necessity of a further revelation, the time being come (till then reserved in the father's hand,) who knows but the testimony of Jesus is to be the spirit of prophecy, sent down again into the world? Granting this to be the testimony, it is certain, God is absolute master and disposer of his own favours; he was not restrained to the tribe

of Levi, to choose a prophet under the law, nor to the scribes and doctors to make an apostle.

The prophecy of Joel, quoted by St. Peter, in the Acts, is allowed by many not to be so fulfilled by the Pentecost, but that a more full accomplishment thereof is yet to come.

The author having, in November last, seen of these Camisars, Mr. Boissier, Mr. Marion, Mr. Fage, and Mr. Cavalier, being persons professing to be inspired, he soon gathered from their discourses, that the tidings they brought to us were the speedy approach of the great things promised throughout the whole scriptures, and which are meant by the words in our Lord's Prayer, "thy kingdom come ne;" the matter seemed to him of an high nature, not fit to be despised, and also requiring great caution and scrutiny, he examined all the objections he could either hear or think of: and the better to found a judgment thereof, he visited all the natives of the Cevennes that were then to be found in town; the effect of which was a full satisfaction in himself of the truth of divine inspiration in the Cevennes, and as the history of so amazing a providence well verified, he gave the same to be made public.

A Cry from the Desart.—An extract of some minutes of Mr. Matthew Boissier; written and signed by his own hand.

SOON after the peace of Ryswick, anno 1697, I went for a while to Loriol, the place of my birth, in Dauphiny. There some friends invited me to go to a meeting hard by, on the Lord's-day morning following. When I came to the assembly, there was a girl preaching with

an eloquence and fluency to me most admirable. This girl, after the Spirit of God had honoured her with his gifts, learned a little to read. When her sermon was over, there came in many more, who showed a great desire to hear her. She said she was no ways able of herself to gratify them; but presently fell upon her knees, and earnestly besought God, of his good pleasure, to unloose her tongue, that she might again declare his word, for the consolation of his people. She was immediately answered; the Spirit fell upon her, and she made a long prayer. Methought I heard an angel, so charming were the words that came from her mouth. After prayer she set a psalm, and tuned it melodiously; then she gave us a discourse, so excellent, so pathetic, so well digested, with that holy gracefulness and ardent zeal, that we could not but believe it was more than human that spoke in her. A poor simple girl, as she was, could never certainly be capable of speaking at that rate. I went away, pierced to the very heart and soul, and full of the impression of those wonderful things that faithful servant of God had pronounced, and I wrote down a good part of them, as well as I could remember. She quoted many texts of the Old and New Testament, as if she had the whole Bible by heart (several of which are expressed in the said minutes ;) and she applied them so aptly, that it affected us strangely. She expressed a

sad lamentation for the deplorable condition of the churches of France; for those that were in the dungeons or in the galleys, in the convents or in banishment; adding, that our sins were the sole cause thereof: but she uttered, at the same time, the noblest and sweetest consolations -possible, promises of mercy, peace, grace, felicity, and joy everlasting. She declared these things in the name of God, all-sufficient, and abounding in goodness, to those who obstinately reject not the paternal solicitations of his kindness. She promised also, on the same part, after a manner very powerful, exact, and pressing, that religion, in its purity, should be re-established in the kingdom.

I saw several times at Geneva, a girl of Languedoc, who had inspirations. She said several things in the ecstacy that concerned myself, and whereof it was absolutely impossible she should be informed in a natural way., She enjoyed a wonderful communion of the Spirit of God.

Compan gave me a long recital of the marvellous things which passed before the eyes of all in the Cevennes, and which may, I think, and ought to be accounted miracles; and of some things which befel himself, which cannot be looked upon other than the manifest and immediate works of the Almighty.

Isabel Charras, of Les Roches, declared the 19th of February, 1706.

I LEFT France in the year 1696. From the beginning of 1689, for seven years complete, until my leaving that country, I saw in the Vellay abundance of people of every age and sex, that fell into violent agitations of body in an extraordinary manner; during which they uttered. large discourses, very pious, and strongly hortatory of repentance. They had also predictions of the ruin of mystical Babylon, with assurances that the church would speedily be delivered out of affliction. They were forewarned and directed in a multitude of things, relating either to their own particular conduct, or to the religious assemblies (held almost daily in secret) for their safety. They always spoke good French in the inspiration, though they never could at other times; and during their discourses then, they spoke in the manner as if the Divine Spirit had spoke in them, saying, I tell thee, I declare to thee, my child, &c.

One John Heraut, of our neighbourhood, and four or five of his children, had all of them the gift of inspiration. The two youngest were, one of five and a half, and the other seven years old, when they first had it. I have seen these many a time in their ecstacies.

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