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The Early Broadsides

Letter from Sister Harmon
Portland, Maine, Dec. 20, 1845

  As God has shown me in holy vision the travels of the Advent people to the Holy City, and the rich reward to be given those who wait the return of their Lord from the wedding, it may be my duty to give you a short  sketch  of what God has revealed to me. The dear saints have got many trials to pass through.

  But our light afflictions which are but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are  not seen are eternal.

  I have tried to bring back a  good  report,  &  a  few  grapes  from the heavenly Canaan, for which many would stone me, as the congregation bade stone Caleb and  Joshua for their report, (Num. 14: 10).

  But I declare to you, my  brother  in  the  Lord,  it is a goodly land, and we are well able to go up and possess it.

  While praying at the family altar the Holy Ghost fell on me and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far  above  the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher.

At this, I raised my eyes  and  see a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.  On  this  path  the  Advent people were traveling to the City, which  was at the farther end of the path.  They had a bright light set up behind  them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry.

  This light shone all along the path  and  gave  light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if  they  kept  their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them,  leading  them  to  the City, they were safe.

But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected  to  have  entered  it  before. Then Jesus would encourage them by  raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious  light  which  wave over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah! 

  Others  rashly  denied  the  light behind them, and said that it  was  not God that had led them out so far. The light behind  them  went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they  stumbled  and  got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus,  and  fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. 

  It  was just as impossible for them to get on the path again  &  go  to  the  City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected.  They  fell  all  the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the  day  and  hour  of  Jesus' coming.  The living saints, 144, 000 in number, know and understand the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder & an earthquake.

When God spake the time, he poured  on  us  the  Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine  with  the  glory of God as Moses did when he came down from Mount Sinai, (Ex. 34: 30-34). By this time the 144, 000 were  all  sealed  and  perfectly  united.  On their foreheads was written, God,  New  Jerusalem,  and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name. 

  At  our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently  up to lay hands on us to thrust us in prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and  the  wicked  would  fall  helpless  to the ground.

  Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash  one  another's feet, and salute the holy brethren with a holy kiss,  and they worshipped at our feet.

  Soon our eyes were drawn to  the  East,  for  a  small black cloud had appeared about half as large  as  a man's hand, which we all knew was the Sign of the Son of Man.  We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, lighter, and brighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it  was a great white cloud.  The bottom appeared like fire, a rainbow  was over it, around the cloud were ten thousand angels singing a most lovely song.  And on it sat the Son of Man, on his head were crowns, his hair was white and curly and lay on his shoulders.

  His feet had the appearance of fire, in his right hand was a  sharp sickle, in his left a silver trumpet.  His eyes were as a  flame  of  fire,  which searched his children through and through.

  Then  all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected  gathered blackness.  Then we all cried out, who shall be able to  stand? Is my robe spotless?

  Then the angels ceased to sing, and there  was  some  time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke, Those who have clean hands and a pure heart shall be able to stand, my grace is sufficient for you. At this, our faces lighted up, and joy filled  every  heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sang again  while the cloud drew still nearer the earth.

Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as he descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of  fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints then raised his  eyes and hands to heaven & cried out, Awake! Awake! ye that  sleep  in  the  dust, and arise. Then there was a mighty  earthquake.  The  graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality.

  The 144, 000 shouted, Hallelujah! as they recognised their  friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the  same  moment  we were changed and caught up together with them to meet  the  Lord  in the air.

  We all entered the cloud together, and were  7  days  ascending  to  the  sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory.

Here on the sea  of  glass  the  144,  000 stood in a perfect square. Some of  them  had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared hung with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were  all  clothed  with  a glorious  white  mantle  from  their shoulders to their feet.

Angels  were  all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to  the  gate of the City. Jesus raised his mighty glorious arm, laid hold  of  the gate and swung it back on its golden hinges, and said  to us, You have washed your robes in my blood, stood stiffly for my truth, enter in.

  We all marched in and felt we had a perfect right in the City.  Here we see the tree of life, & the throne of God.  Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side  of  the river was the tree of life. 

  On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree and a trunk on the other side of the river,  both of pure transparent gold. At first I thought I see two  trees.  I  looked  again  and  see they were united at the top in one  tree.  So  it  was  the tree of life on either side of the river of life.  Its branches bowed to the place where we stood. And  the  fruit  was  glorious, which looked like gold mixed with silver.

  We  all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory  of the place, when Bro. Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel  of the kingdom, whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came  up  to  us and asked us what we had passed through while they were  sleeping.

  We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they  looked  so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal  weight  of  glory that surrounded us, that  we  could  not  speak  them  out,  and  we  all  cried  out Hallelujah, heaven is cheap  enough,  and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring.

 And as we were gazing at the glories  of  the  place,  our  eyes  were  attracted  upwards  to something that had the appearance of silver. I asked Jesus to let me see what was within there. In a moment we were winging our way upward and entering in. 

  Here  we  saw  good  old father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Noah, Daniel,  and  many like them. And I saw a veil with a heavy fringe of  silver,  and gold as a border on the bottom. It was very beautiful. 

I asked Jesus what was within the veil. He raised it with his own right arm, and bade me take heed. I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with pure gold, and it had a glorious border resembling Jesus'  crowns. On it were two bright angels; their wings were spread  over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces  turned  towards  each  other  and  looking downward.

  In the ark, beneath where the angels wings were spread, was a golden pot of Manna  of  a yellowish cast, and I saw a rod, which Jesus said was Aarons,  I  saw  it  bud,  blossom, and bear fruit.

  And I saw two long golden rods on which hung silver wires, and on the wires most  glorious grapes. One cluster was more than a man here can carry. And  I  saw  Jesus  step up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes, and  pomegranates,  and bear them down to the city, and place them on  the supper table.  I steped up to see how much was taken away, and  there was just as much left, and we shouted Hallelujah. Amen.

We  all  descended from this place down into the city, and with  Jesus  at our head we all descended from the city down to this  earth,  on  a  great  and mighty mountain, which could not bear Jesus  up,  and it parted asunder, and there was a mighty plain.

Then we looked up and saw the great city with twelve foundations, twelve gates,  three  on  each  side,  and an angel at each gate, and  all  cried out the city, the great city, it's coming, it's coming down  from  God,  out  of heaven, and it came and settled on the  place  where  we stood.

  Then we began to look at the glorious things outside of the city. There I saw most glorious houses, that had  the appearance of silver, supported by four pillars, set with pearls most glorious to behold, which were to be inhabited by the saints. 

  In them was a golden shelf, I saw many of the saints go  into the houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the  shelf,  then go out into the field by the houses to do something with  the  earth, not as we have to do with the earth here; no,  no.  A  glorious  light shone all about their heads, and they  were  continually  shouting  and  offering praises to God.

  And I  saw  another  field  full  of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out, well they will never fade.

  Next I saw a  field of tall grass, most glorious to behold. It was living green, and  had  a reflection of silver and gold as it waved proudly to the  glory  of  King Jesus.

  Then we entered a field full of all kinds  of  beasts;  the  lion,  the  lamb,  the leopard and the wolf,  altogether  in  perfect  union. We passed through the midst of  them, and they followed on peaceably after.

  Then we entered a wood, not  like the dark woods we have here, no no, but light, and all  over  glorious. The branches of the trees waved to and fro, and we  all  cried out, we will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep  in  this  woods. 

  We passed through the woods, for we were on our way to Mount Zion, as we were traveling along we met a company who were also gazing at the glories of the place: I noticed red as  a border on their garments. Their crowns were brilliant--their robes were  pure white.  As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they  were? 

  He said they were martyrs that had been slain for him. With  them  was  an  innumerable  company of little ones, they had a  hem of red on their garments also.

  Mount Zion was just before us,  and on the Mount sat a glorious temple, and about it were seven  other mountains, on which grew roses and lillies, and I saw the  little  ones  climb, or if they chose use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains, and pluck the never fading flowers. 

  There  were  all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place. The box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate and the fig tree, bowed down with the weight of its timely figs that made the place look all over glorious.

  And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised his lovely voice and said, only the 144, 000 enter this place, and we shouted Hallelujah.

  Well bless the Lord, Bro. Jacobs, it is an extra meeting for those who have the seal of the living God.

  This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most  glorious. The glorious things I saw there, I cannot  begin to describe.  O, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the upper world; but if faithful you soon will know all about it.

  I saw there the  tables  of stone in which the names of the 144, 000, were engraved  in  letters  of  gold.  After we had beheld the glory of the  temple,  we went out.

  Then Jesus left us and went to the city. 

  Soon  we  heard  his  lovely  voice again, saying: Come my people,  you  have come out of great tribulation, and done my will, suffered for  me, come in to supper, for I will gird myself, and serve  you. 

  We  shouted  Hallelujah, glory, and entered into the city, and I  saw  a table of pure silver, it was many miles in length, yet  our  eyes  could extend over it. And I saw the fruit of the  tree  of  life,  the  manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many  other  kinds  of  fruit.  We  all reclined at the table.

  I asked  Jesus to let me eat of the fruit. He said, not now.  Those who  eat  of  the  fruit of this land, go back to earth no more. 

  But  in  a  little while if faithful, you shall both eat of the fruit of the tree of life, and drink of the water of the fountain, and  he  said,  you  must go back to earth again, and relate to others, what I have revealed to you.

  Then an angel bore me gently down to this dark world.

  Sometimes I think I cannot stay here any longer,  all things of earth look so dreary. I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a better land. O, that I had  wings  like a dove,  then  would  I  fly  away,  and  be  at rest.-- Ellen G. Harmon

N.B. This was not written for publication; but for the encouragement of all who may see  it,  and  be  encouraged by it. E. G. H.

Letter from Sister Harmon
Falmouth Mass., Feb. 15, 1846

 My vision which you published in the Day-Star was written under a deep sense of duty, to you, not expecting you would publish it.

 Had I for once thought it was to be spread before the many readers of your paper, I should have been more particular and stated some things which I left out.

 As the readers of the Day-Star have seen a part of what God has revealed to me, and as the part which I have not written is of vast importance to the Saints; I humbly request you to publish this also in your paper.

 God showed me the following, one year ago this month:--I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

 I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired his lovely person.  The Fathers person I could not behold for a cloud of glorious light covered him. I asked Jesus if his Father had a form like himself; He said he had, but I could not behold it; for, said he, if you should for once see the glory of his person, you would cease to exist.  Before the throne was the Advent people, the Church, and the world.

 I saw a company bowed down before the throne, deeply interested while most of them stood up disinterested and careless.  Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus, then he would look to his Father and appeared to be pleading with him.  Then a light came from the Father to his Son and from him to the praying company.

 Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne.  But few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it.  Others were careless and did not cherish the light and it moved off from them.  Some cherished it and went and bowed down before the throne with the little praying company.  This company all received the light, and rejoiced in it as their countenances shone with its glory.

 Then I saw the Father rise from the throne and in a flaming chariot go into the Holy of Holies within the vail, and did sit.  There I saw thrones which I had not seen before.

 Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and most of those who were bowed down rose up with him.  And I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after he rose up, and they were left in perfect darkness.

 Those who rose up when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on him as he left the throne, and led them out a little way, then he raised his right arm and we heard his lovely voice saying, wait ye, I am going to my Father to receive the Kingdom.

Keep your garments spotless and in a little while I will return from the wedding, and receive you to myself. And I saw a cloudy chariot with wheels like flaming fire. Angels were all about the chariot as it came where Jesus was; he stepped into it and was borne to the Holiest where the Father sat. Then I beheld Jesus as he was before the Father a great High Priest. On the hem of his garment was a bell and a pomgranite, a bell and a pomgranite. Then Jesus shewed me the difference between faith and feeling.

And I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus in the Holiest, and praying, Father give us thy spirit. Then Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost. In the breath was light, power and much love, joy and peace. Then I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne.

 They did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne and pray, My Father give us thy spirit. Then Satan would breathe on them an unholy influence. In it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy and peace. 

 Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children. I saw one after another leave the company who were praying to Jesus in the Holiest, go and join those before the throne and they at once received the unholy influence of Satan.

 About four months since, I had a vision of events, all in the future. And I saw the time of trouble, such as never was, --Jesus  told me it was the time of Jacob's trouble, and that we should be delivered out of it by  the  voice of God. Just before we entered  it, we all received the seal  of  the  living God.

 Then I saw the four Angels cease to hold  the  four  winds.  And  I  saw famine,  pestilence and sword, nation  rose  against nation, and the whole world was in confusion.

 Then  we cried to God for deliverance day  and night till we began  to hear the bells on Jesus' garment.  And I saw Jesus rise up in  the  Holiest, and as he came out we heard  the tinkling of the bells,  and  knew  our High Priest was coming out.

 Then we heard the  voice  of God which shook the  heavens and earth, and gave the 144,000   the day and hour of Jesus' coming.  Then the saints were free, united and full of the glory of God, for he had turned their captivity.

 And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood and he laid off his priestly garment and put on his kingly robe, took his place on the cloud which carried him to the east where it first appeared to the saints on earth, a small  black cloud, which was the  sign  of  the  Son  of Man.

 While the cloud was passing from the  Holiest  to  the  east  which  took a  number of days, the  Synagogue  of  Satan worshiped at the saints feet. - Ellen G. Harmon