Greetings all my relations,
We are continuing with the first book of Pa Natan…she is the Mentinah Temple Clerk, in charge of the records for her sister the prophetess…
I am Pa Natan and I do now take up the stylus to write for my family.
For, Shimlei had but one son and he was the eldest, and it is the custom, or rather it has become the custom, of the people that the eldest son keeps and writes the books of remembrance for the family.
And behold, I am not the eldest of my family but I do take up the stylus.
And we deem this no dishonor and hold that it is not requisite that only the
eldest son keep the records, but it is a custom among the people.
And when Shigoeth perished upon Shi-Muelnah, there were many men who could lay claim to an inheritance from Hagoth, even unto the seat of the high priest.
But the Council of Mentinah did choose rather to call my sister, Nin-Shepa, to the seat of the high priest unto Mentinah.
Wherefore, she does sit in the seat and counsel the people.
For she does walk and talk with God upon the Way and she does possess also that gift whereby she may look upon records written in strange tongues and translate them into that which is understandable to us.
But this is not all.
She does also possess a gift that is most powerful.
When moved upon by the Holy Ghost;
Nin-Shepa may look upon the vistas of time and foresee what is shortly to come to pass.
Wherefore, she has foresight in the Spirit and can see afar off.
And behold, so esteemed is she in her gifts, and also in the holy manner in which she does keep the commandments and statutes and revelations of Jesus, that they did elect her to be the prophetess to the people and high priest over the city.
And behold, she has called upon me to be a clerk unto her, even as
my father was clerk unto Manti.
Now, I have found in the records some notable omissions which the Spirit, which is in me when I take up my staff to write, does impress upon me that they should not have been left out of that which ought to be passed on to our descendents.
Wherefore, I do begin my work of history, beginning not in my own time but some time ago, when the brethren of Ougou went even down unto the Land Southward to preach the gospel unto the people of the land.
For, their works and words are important to us who remain in the land of Mentinah and their story is told during the winter months;
when all the works of the heroes of the people are rehearsed in the hearing of the little ones.
And, if their history is so important to us in our day, I see not why it should not be as
important unto them of our posterity who may wish to do the things we do.
Wherefore, I do begin my record with an abridgement of the works and writings of the mission of the brothers and sister of Ougou;
Unto the Nephites of the Land Southward.
1) Now, it was unto the City of Gad that Shigath, the brother of Sanhagot and Him-pah-neth had made his journey when the brethren of Ougou separated themselves from each other.
And behold, Gad was an exceedingly wicked city.
2) And when Shigath entered the city through the gate there of the Spirit spoke to him, saying:
3) Shigath, testify against this city.
For, there is not one righteous soul in it and, surely, the Lord will smite every inhabitant of it.
4) And behold, it was even as the Spirit gave witness unto Shigath.
For, as he made his way through the streets of the city, the little children seeing him did begin to follow with taunting and mocking.
And the youths took up stones to throw at him and staves they took into their hands with which to beat him.
And, ere he had progressed far into the city, a great multitude gathered and ushered him with violence into the very center of the city.
And, when they had reached the center of the city, they threw him to the ground
and beat him brutally.
5) And behold, this was before he had even opened his mouth to speak to anyone.
Wherefore, it was as the Spirit testified to him.
Verily, the City of Gad was a City of vipers.
6) Wherefore, when he could raise himself up again from the ground, he did also raise up his hands unto the Lord and he did pray a mighty prayer unto his God for deliverance from the people.
And these are the words which he spoke in the hearing of all the people:
7) Oh God! Hear now the voice of your servant.
Yea, hearken unto me, Father.
For, I have come into this city upon Your errand to preach repentance and salvation unto this people. But, before any word had proceeded out of my mouth, the people, young and old, did take up their stones and their staves to beat me.
And they did set upon me with violence.
Wherefore, I do give thanks unto You, Father, that You did see fit to send me even into this evil city, that I, by the power of the Holy Ghost, might prophesy against it for Your Son’s sake.
8) For I know that He is come into the world even now and shall take up His cross.
And if it be my cross that I shall be cast to the earth and even beaten unto death in this place, I shall still raise up my voice in thanksgiving for the knowledge that I have of the saving grace of my Redeemer.
9) Wherefore, Father, look upon me now.
I do not ask to be delivered from the multitude of this sinful city, for I would be even as my Savior, if it be that You do ask it of me.
And behold, if I may sacrifice my life for the sake of Him who is mighty to save, then I shall esteem myself blessed forever and ever.
10) And behold, when the multitude heard his words, for he spoke with the power of the Holy Ghost and they did pierce them as with arrows, they did pull back from him and they ceased to lay hold upon him and to beat him.
And, seeing this, Shigath was strengthened and he continued, saying:
11) Yea, Father, hear my voice!
For, I came into this city to testify of the Christ, and behold, before even I had opened my mouth they have sought to take away my life.
But I do raise up my heart and my soul unto You with thanksgiving.
For, even if my life is taken this day at the hands of evil men, I shall raise up my voice in praise of my God and in thanks for all wherein He does bless me.
For behold, if I do lose my life in testifying of the Christ, it shall be an honor unto me and I shall rejoice in it.
For Jesus is a worthy name to take even unto death!
12) And when he had said this, one man stood forth and spoke evil words against him, saying:
13) Behold, it is even as I have told you.
This is one like unto he who came even unto my own city.
Yea, one such as he, in the same apparel and speaking with the same strangeness, did come into the City of Laman and testified against us.
And some there were that believed on his words but they are all dead or cast out of the city.
Believe me, you people of Gad, this one is a trouble maker just as that other and you should do unto him as we did unto his brother.
14) For, he will testify against you because of your riches and because that you are elevated above all that is common in the land.
Do not let him speak, for they who are not of your distinction shall find reason to
rise up against you because of his words.
Yea, they will feel justified because of his teaching to kill you and take away all that you possess. And behold, they who are common shall take possession of your women and children to make slaves of them.
I say unto you, Do not listen unto this man nor let him speak.
For, all his words will speak evil concerning you and this city.
Yea, call upon the guard of the city to take this man and kill him.
If you do not, you will be sorry.
For, the poor will have occasion in him to rise against you.
And after this manner did he speak against Shigath unto the people of Gad to incite them
to take away his life.
15) But Shigath did but look upon him and answered him not, but smiled on him and prayed again unto the Father, saying:
16) Oh great Father which is in Heaven.
I forgive this man for the evil words which he has spoken against me.
For, how can he know that I am like unto some other man who has come into the land.
Yea, he knows nothing of what he speaks and does testify to me unto this people without knowledge.
Wherefore, I do forgive him his words.
And behold, if the multitude does take away my life because of the words which he has spoken in his ignorance, I do forgive him of it also.
For, if they do take away my life, it shall be because I do lift up my voice unto heaven and testify of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
17) And yet another man stood forth and spoke unto the multitude, saying:
18) Hold, my brethren.
For you know not what this man is.
Shall we take away a man’s life upon the rumor?
I say unto you, Let us rightly examine this man to see if there be any truth in the rumor or no.
Then let us do unto him as seems us right according to our law and our custom.
But, can we act now upon the words of one man against another?
I say unto you, It must be admitted that our ways are not the same as all the cities in this land, for we are more blessed than they all.
But, can it be said that we have left the path laid out for us by our law?
Wherefore, let us take this man and examine him straitly.
19) And the multitude were in accord, for the words of Shigath had filled them with dread.
But behold, they were also filled with anger.
For, they had heard of the preaching of a new prophet in the City of Laman and they desired not any preaching of the sort in their city.
Wherefore, they took Shigath and they bound him by the hands and set a rod to span his arms, that he had not the liberty to use them and stopped his mouth that he could not speak.
And behold, they caused that he should walk thus bound and gagged through the midst of the throng even up to the place where the Chief Judge of the city did sit to hear the complaints of higher magnitude.
And there, before the judge, they did cast him down before the judge, and he was made low before the majesty of him they had elevated to a high position.
20) And the judge, having been apprised of the complaint against Shigath, saw that the multitude was against him in spirit and he spoke to the multitude, saying:
21) Who shall speak for this man? And none came forward. And he continued, saying:
22) Then let his gag be removed.
23) And when this was done, the multitude cried out and a great clamor rose up from them that the judge should not let the man speak, for his words would be nothing but evil concerning the people of Gad.
But he raised his hand and called in the guard to quiet the people. And when the people were all quieted again, he made inquiry of witnesses as to what evil the man had spoken.
And, looking down upon the accused, he asked him:
24) What have you testified before this people that has made them rise up so? What evil have you professed that they should wish me to cast you into prison or take away your life?
Speak truly, for I am a servant of the people and shall know if you lie.
And Shigath answered him, saying:
25) Behold, of a surety I have not testified ought of these people, nor of your city.
I did but enter into the city and was immediately set upon.
And I had not crossed one street but that the people of this city did take me and beat me and take hold of me to take away my life.
26) And the judge answered him, saying:
27) Surely this people shall not have done this thing without some provocation.
What are you and where do you come from?
For, I see that your raiment is course and of a kind the commoners wear.
And every citizen of this city knows our law – that no common man may enter the city without his master to guide him and speak for him.
For behold, we are a chosen people and God has elevated us above the common folk.
Wherefore, they live in a common way without the city, and we, being elevated above them, live with distinction within it.
Wherefore, who are you, that you should breach the peace and the law of our city thus, coming into the gate dressed as you are in the rags of the common man?
28) And Shigath answered him, saying:
29) I am Shigath, the son of Sahnempet, who is the high priest of the City of Mentinah of the Nemenhah. I am the same as any citizen of that city and my raiment is that which I choose, as a free man, to wear.
I know not if I am common, but that I am a free citizen of a free city, the son of a free man and slave of no man.
30) Now hearing this, the judge became concerned.
For, it was also in their law that no free man should stand bound before the judgment seat and, in this, he perceived that he had erred.
Wherefore, he commanded that Shigath be loosed from his bonds and he continued his examination, saying:
31) You will forgive the rashness of the good people of our city.
For, we have heard rumors of strange prophets in the land who come into the cities and make havoc among the common and the poor.
I say unto you, whoever you are, You shall not have the liberty to do this in our city, if you be such a one.
32) Now, you have declared yourself to be a free man from a free city and the son of a free man.
If you be no slave to any man, answer me in this:
Why do you choose to attire yourself as a slave?
33) And Shigath answered him, saying:
34) In my city there is no slave, but all are free men and women.
35) And the judge answered:
36) Yea, we know of this law.
For, in our city also there is no slave and all are free men. Behold, this is our
law, that no slave or common man may come into the city.
Wherefore, we are free within the city walls of the rabble of the poor.
But look you, we are distinct from the rabble by our mode of dress.
It is easy to know who is rich and who is poor, who is bond and who is free, by that distinction.
37) And Shigath answered him:
38) Nay, it is not so in Mentinah, nor in any city in the Land Northward.
For, all men and women are free and there are no poor.
No one has the ownership of any other person at all;
For we have all things in common;
Even as we have been taught by our prophets and from on high.
In Mentinah, there is no city wall and there is not one slave in all the land.
39) And the judge answered:
40) Now I understand then why you attire yourself as a common man.
It is clear to me that all are equally common in your land and in your city.
Wherefore, I judge that you lie when you say that you are a free man, the son of a free man, and no man’s bondservant.
For, you are all slaves one to another.
41) Whereupon, the judge caused that the guards bind again the hands of Shigath, and they cast him down upon the floor before the judgment seat.
And the judge continued, saying:
42) I declare that this man is common and may not address us in this seat.
Who will stand forward to speak for this man?
Who was the man who insisted that he be examined?
Let him stand forth.
43) And the man’s name was Cishem and he did stand forth to advocate for Shigath, saying:
44) I am Cishem, a free man of this city, and it is I who insisted that this man be brought before the judge to be examined according to our law.
But behold, I do not speak for him, nor shall I,for I know not what he is nor what is crime in him, except that he has come into the city ignorant of our statutes, in the raiment of a common man.
45) And the judge continued, saying:
46) Very well then.
Let him be examined.
Tell me, Cishem, did you listen to any of this man’s words when
he was rightly apprehended by the people?
47) And Cishem answered him:
48) Yes, I did hear him. He lifted up his voice in prayerto his God giving thanks that he had been delivered into the hands of this people.
He thanked God that he might be killed in the name of one Jesus, of whom this people have heard before.
Yea, he thanked his God that he might be chosen to give up his life in this
49) And the judge continued:
50) This is strange indeed.
Do you mean that he spoke no words of prophecy or condemnation of our city or
of our people.
He spoke no such words in my hearing, but gave thanks only that God would so treat him.
52) And the judge continued:
53) There is nothing in our law that prevents any man, be he free or bond, from praying to his God.
Therefore, I can find no fault in him in this.
Who, therefore, has made accusation against him?
Let him stand forward and be heard.
54) But behold, the man would not stand forward, for he knew that he was a stranger in the city as well and that he had spoken against Shigath in rumor only.
Wherefore, not knowing the laws of the city himself, he refused to stand forth, but retired quickly out of the city.
Wherefore, the judge continued in his examination:
55) We have heard of this Jesus Christ who is so prominently taught in other cities in this land, but the people have unanimously rejected this teaching.
We do not believe that God shall comedown from His place of eminence and live upon the earth as has been taught.
Indeed, such a teaching we know to be foolishness.
Behold, what man, having attained his distinction, does go down in among the commoners to be as they are and live as they do?
We cannot believe it of God, nor even of the Son of God.
56) We believe that God has given us our eminence and that it would be a dishonor to Him for us to condescend to go down out of the city to go to and from among them who have no distinction.
How then, shall we believe that the very Son of God shall come in the form of man, He being a very eternal God, and walk among us as a common man?
57) Wherefore, since testimony has been given that you gave thanks to your strange God that you might be so honored as to give up your life in the name of this Jesus, I perceive that you are of this same cult. Is it of this Jesus that you wish to teach, and is it for this purpose that you have come into our city?
58) And Shigath answered him, saying:
59) Yea, it is as you say.
60) And he was about to testify more, but one of the guards who had bound him and cast him to the floor struck him suddenly with a staff and commanded him to shut up his mouth.
61) And the judge continued:
62) Then, by the testimony of his own mouth, this man has condemned himself.
For, even as we have cast out and even put to death all they who have come into our city preaching lies about this commoner, Jesus, who is supposedly to come unto all the poor and elevate to the kingdom of heaven, we must also judge this foreigner in like manner.
63) Now, because that he is not of this city, I cannot pronounce death upon him.
But, it is my decree that he be purged and smitten, that he be stripped naked and beaten, that the soles of his feet be burned, that he be bound up again and that he be cast out of the city.
Let him find comfort from those who would give comfort to the slave who is cast off.
64) And Shigath was gagged and a staff was set to span his arms that he had not the liberty of them.
And he was stripped naked before the multitude.
And the guard who had cast him to the floor stepped forward and beat him with the lash until his flesh did brake forth and he bled.
And vinegar was cast upon his wounds and salt.
And when all this was done unto him, the guards raised him to his feet and he was made
to walk through the throng even to the gate of the city.
And he was cast down upon the ground outside the city, bound and gagged, and the guards returned into the city and closed the gate upon him.
65) Thus was Shigath cast out of the City of Gad and thus was he found in a lowly and abandoned state by his brother, his sister and the seven companions, having at that moment arrived at the gate.
66) And behold, they watched with horror as the scene unfolded before them. For, they saw only that a wretch had been cast down naked by the side of the road and that he was beaten and scourged and barely sensible.
67) And they did approach the wretch quickly and Phezah, who had been a judge in his own city before the day of his repentance, took off ofhim his own cloak and placed it upon Shigath and Hemset anointed his wounds with precious oil. And they raised him up and carried him away to a safe place to minister unto him.
68) And behold, when they had washed him and ministered to him, Sanhagot saw that he was his brother and Him-pah-neth fell upon his neck and kissed him and he revived and beheld his relations.
And Shigath cried in his anguish for the people of Gad, but Sanhagot was filled with a righteous indignation.
69) And he left Him-pah-neth, Hemset and Korim with Shigath to care for him and went forth with his companions to testify against the city. And behold, because that Stephat and Nepham were attired as captains of the gate and Phezah was richly attired, the guards at the gate gave them leave to enter. And they went straightway unto the place of judgment,and behold, the judge still sat upon the seat. And Sanhagot spoke boldly as they entered into the place of judgment, saying:
70) Who is it that has judged my brother in this place, and has beaten him, and scourged him, and in all ways made a hiss and a shame of him, and cast him desolate upon the ground still bound and helpless?
Who is it that has done this un-manful thing unto a fellow creature?
Let me know this man’s name and let me see his face.
For, I know not the customs and the ways of this place, being a foreigner, but I would take the measure of such a creature, that I might know against whom I shall testify in this place.
71) And the judge, hearing the bold words of Sanhagot, stood forth and answered him, saying:
72) I am Pahorat, Chief Judge of the City of Gad.
It is I and none other who has pronounced right judgment upon the beggar Shigath who came into this righteous city claiming noble birth withlies, and praising God that he should be allowed to die in the name of a false Christ.
This is according to the will of the people and our law.
Who are you, that you should approach this seat of judgment so brazenly?
But look! By your attire I perceive that you are also of this same ilk.
73) And Phezah answered him. Now, Phezah knew the laws and customs of the cities in this part of the Land Southward and stood forth to speak on behalf of the foreigners, saying:
74) Not so, Pahorat.
I am Phezah and was a Judge in the City of Josh.
You speak unwisely of these men.
Indeed, I may say that you speak without knowledge.
I am this man’s companion and I advocate for him.
I am this man’s companion and his advocate.
We come as a body of men who say the same and claim the same.
We speak and act together in this thing and wewould have our answer.
For, a man has been beaten and scourged and cast out of the city bound that he might perish.
For what cause was he handled thus?
75) And Pahorat answered him, saying:
76) The man first came up to this judgment seat attired as a beggar.
By our law, none such may even enter our city without proper escort. We do not excuse ourselves, for, this is our law.
Let all who enter our cityknow it.
77) And Phezah answered him, saying:
78) Was this man, who was obviously a foreigner, appraised of this law? Let him who told the man about the law, or let him who stretched forth his hand to him to prevent him entering the cityin error come forward.
Was there none at the gate?
None in the streets of the city?
And whoso first took hold of him, did he not instruct the man of his error?
Is there no such procedure in your law?
79) And Pahoraz answered him, saying:
80) We are not isolated among the cities.
We have commerce with all.
Of course there is such a provision in the law.
81) And Phezah answered him:
82) I know that there is such a provision, for, I know that there are many merchants in the City of Laman who do business with this city.
Behold, I have never heard of any of them, or of their servants and bondservants, handled in such a way.
Wherefore, since it is according to your law that the stranger be informed of it, let he who did instruct this stranger come forward and make an account of it.
83) And Pahorat said unto him:
84) There is no such man or woman.
None was needed.
For, no sooner had he been brought into our presence before this seat did he begin to testify of this Christwho is to come. Wherefore, we knew him to be of a dangerous set of slaves who have attempted to rise up against their rightful masters.
Yea, I myself heard him speak of this same Jesus. Wherefore, I did rightly pronounce judgment upon him quickly, that his words mayn’t take any effect upon the people.
For, I know this doctrine to be a pernicious thing among they who are not of distinction.
85) And Phezah continued:
86) Tell me, did he at any time preachof the coming of this Jesus? Or did he at any time call any to repentance?
For, all that has been reported of him is that he gave thanks to his God that he might suffer death in the name of Christ.
87) And Pahorat said:
88) It is so.
But behold, that is all I needed to hear to know that this man was dangerous.
But look, do you now advocate for this Sanhagot, the brother of him against whom I have passed judgment, or do you advocate in favor of this Christ?
For, I shall judge you too, if either be certain.
89) And Phezah said:
90) I do advocate for both.
But behold, you shall not treat with me as you did this poor man.
Nay, you shall not bind me and beat me. You shall not purge me with the lash, nor anoint my wounds with vinegar and salt.
I know the law of this city and of all the cities round about.
You shall nottreat me as a slave or beggar.
91) And behold, Pahorat knew that Phezah spoke the truth and that he did know the law.
Wherefore, fearing that his judgment against a judge of a neighbor city might bring about a contention between the two, he deferred his inquiry of Phezah.
But Phezah did continue, saying:
92) Of a surety, you have judged this man rightly, in that he is a stranger who knows not the customs of the land.
And you do judge him rightly, in that he is a servant of this Christ, of whom we have all heard from time to time all the days of our lives.
But, I ask you, if this man attempted to convince no man to believe in this Christ, you did judge him wrongfully.
For, the law of this city does not attempt to govern a man’s private thoughts and beliefs.
93) And behold, even if he had attempted to convince you of the merits of his beliefs, it is the law of this city to set such a one outside the city wall with a few stripes and an admonition.
But you beat him and scourged him and then you did set him without the wall bound and marked so that any who might find him might know that the onus of the judgment seat lay upon him. And thus you left him to die without succor.
Surely, you sentenced this man to death wrongfully, and now do you wonder that his brother comes inquiring as to the reason?
94) I know also that it is contrary to the law of this city to lay hold upon any man, be he bond or free, poor or of that distinction set upon him by riches and much property, to take away his life without due cause.
Now behold, according to the law, you had no such causein this man.
Wherefore did you handle him in so unlawful a manner?
95) And Pahorat answered him, saying:
96) Behold, we have had word of such men in the City of Laman, who come into among the people and testify against their ways and customs.
We want no such men among us.
Wherefore, I did pass judgment upon this man as an example to others who might think to do unto us as they have done unto other cities round about.
And behold, the wild places are full of these men who have come out of the City of Laman. Shall they all come into our city and testify against us because they are cast out of their own?
Let them testify against their own city.
97) And Phezah said unto him:
98) Then I do condemn you before the law, Pahorat of the High Seat of the City of Josh. For, you have not gained your seat that you might controvert and change the law, but to prosecute and enforce it, that law which is established by they unto whom the people have given this power.
Or am I mistaken in the notion that the law is made by the consent of its citizens?
And have you taken upon yourself to become a King unto this city, to make its laws irrespective of the sentiments of its subjects?
99) And behold, these words of Phezah began to stir up the hearts of the people who stood round about the judgment seat.
For, the people of the City of Josh were puffed up in the pride of their hearts and wanted
no King to rule over them. And behold, they consideredthe judges to be their servants. Wherefore, the words of Phezah did stir them up against Pahorat because they did call to their attention how he had not followed the law which had been given him.
100) And the news quickly went out from the place of judgment of how Pahorat had attempted to set aside the law of the city and make himself King and a multitude began to gather to the place.
101) And Pahorat did fear for himself and did rise up out of the judgment seat and stood forth on his feet to speak, saying:
102) Now behold, this man has condemned me before the law and I do now stand asone man accused before this judgment seat and not the judge of it.
And I do speak to defend myself before this people.
103) Behold, I do not wish to be King, but only to preserve the ways and customs of my people. I know that the laws made by this people are for the good of all those who have such as is required to be called with distinction to rule over all the others who live round about.
It is because that God has called us to this calling, and has set His seal upon the calling by giving us riches where other men have not, that we feel qualified to rule.
Wherefore, since I have obtained this distinction among men in great measure, the
people have chosen me to sit in judgment over causes of great matter.
And I do esteem their having called upon me to do this work for them as confidence in my judgment.
Wherefore, I do not attempt to remake the law, but to anticipate the will of the people.
104) And behold, I have removed myself from the seat of judgment to defend my own actions. And there is no judge in the seat.
Wherefore, I do call upon all the people gathered here to act as High Judge for the
people. And I do make an inquiry of this man who makes advocacy for these foreigners.
105) Behold, do you believe in this Jesus Christ, of whom this man has testified? Or do you also serve this false master of whom other false prophets have testified?
106) And Phezah answered him:
107) Yea, I do believe on Him and I do testify of Him.
Behold, I was of high rank among my own people and my own city, and I did pass judgment upon all according to our law.
And I did puff myself up as you have done because my neighbor had less than I.
And I did justify myself in not giving of my considerable substance unto the beggar because he had brought upon himself his lowly state.
Yea, I did rationalize my lack of charity, and even my cruelty, because I believed that the Lord had qualified me.
Yea, I did answer to all the qualifications established by my people to act as judge for them.
108) And behold, I did also seek to take away the life of one of these false prophets, as you say.
But, when I did stretch out my hand to smite the man, even this same brother of he whom you have scourged, behold, I was smitten and cast down to the earth.
But I say unto you, It was not by the hand of this man that I was cast down, but by the power of the Spirit which was in him.
109) And when I was thus smitten and cast down unto the earth, I did pass from before men as one who is dead.
And I was taken into a place wherein I might be judged of my works. And One sat upon a judgment seat before me and examined my mind and my heart. But He did not examine me with vain words. Nay, He looked upon me and knew my thoughts, and He looked into me and knew my heart and my intentions.
110) Behold, this same who examined me and knew me without a word is Jesus Christ who will come. And He did fill my mind with a clearer understanding of my own wickedness.
And, when He had shown me all my deeds and thoughts, He revealed to me the awful state of those who, seeing what I had seen, refuse to repent and go on to that futurity which awaits the wicked. And behold, my soul was wracked with the knowledge that I must remain in eternity, not in the state of bliss afforded by that worthiness that I assumed the blessings of my earthly prosperity gave ample proof, but rather in an awful state of unending woe and misery.
Do not attempt to imagine my agony, for you cannot perceive of such things and remain
in the body.
111) Wherefore, I did cry out unto the Lord before whom I knelt, that I might be given opportunity to repent of my wickedness and return at some later date beforethat same judgment seat to be examined again, perchance a different outcome might befall me.
112) Now, I know not if anything I may do in this life can overcome the immensity of my crimes, but I know this – I shall not wish to entertain that great Lord again in His great wrath.
But rather, I would kneel before Him and beg His forgiveness, hoping that what I do henceforth may have some effect upon His judgment.
113) Now behold, He did grant my desire, wherefore, I do testify not only of my belief in the words of these men, but also that I have seen the face of this Jesus Christ. Yea, I declare unto you that He is not a false Christ, as you flatter yourself in styling Him, and these are not false prophets. And I admonish you to hearken unto their words.
114) Now behold, when Phezah had finished speaking in this manner, the people were all taken aback by the things which he had spoken.
And even Pahorat was also abashed. But he was also wounded in his pride because of the things which Phezah had testified, and alsoafraid that he might be taken in some offense.
Wherefore, he did press forward with his suit, saying:
115) Behold, you have at last answered my question.
Yea,in the hearing of all the people, you have declared that you are also for this Christ, the teaching of whom this people have condemned.
And if, as you say, you come as a body of men to advocate for these heathen from the north, then you also are all alike convicted of your testament of this false Christ.
116) And behold, the people are all responsible for this law which does dictate that all who profess this Christ shall be cast out of the city.
Wherefore, I am justified in demanding that you all be removed from this place and cast out, for, you are all of the same molding and we can only expect the same language from
117) And behold, the people all cried out in one voice in favor of the demand. For, although they wished no king to rule over them, they also knew that they had condoned a law that testified against them and they wished no further exposure to prophets who condemned for the distinction which they enjoyed over their fellow men.
Wherefore, they cried mightily that the men be cast out of the city.
118) But behold, once again Sanhagot stretched forth his hand before them that sought to take hold of them and cried:
119) Nay, touch us not!
For we are all filled with that Holy Ghost of which Phezah spoke.
And behold, though he realize it not, and believe it not, he is forgiven of his sins and stands blameless before God this day because of the testimony he has given of His Son.
Stretch not forth your hands to take hold of any of us.
For, in the moment that you do, the Lord will smite you from on high.
120) And the people did not heed the words of Sanhagot and did proceed to rush upon the men to take hold of them in order that they might cast them out from among their midst.
And there was a great tumult in the place of judgment and a great multitude rushed forward upon the little band of prophets to take hold of them.
But behold, they could not.
121) And the mob did begin to contend with one another with their fists in competition over who might actually lay hold of the men, but none could, and they began mightily to contend one with another in great confusion.
And, when all was in confusion and all the host was contenting one with another, there was a great sound and a rush of commotion.
And behold, all the people fell to their knees and then upon their faces, excepting Pahorat, the Chief Judge of the City of Gad.
122) And when all was quiet, Sanhagot lifted up his voice again to Pahorat, to prophesy against him, saying:
123) Behold, you have testified against us and caused that we be cast out from among the people of Gad.
Yea, you have lifted up a testimony most false before the face of the only real Judge in the Universe.
Do you suppose that your life in this city is worth anything?
Do you suppose that any of your wealth or your costly things can buy you distinction now?
124) For behold, the tale will go forth that the prophets of God were set upon by a great multitude in the City of Gad at the instigation of the Chief Judge.
And the story will go forth that a great multitude of men, even hundreds, could not subdue the prophets and all were cast down to the earth – all excepting the Chief
And you will be esteemed the cause of all this mischief.
125) And behold, can you imagine that all they who have been cast down this day for attempting to do exactly that which Phezah and indeed all these my companions attempted to do, will not now go to that same place and experience all that befell each of these?
What will be their opinion of you when they do return unto their senses?
126) Behold, I say unto you, There will be some who continue in their wicked ways who will seek to take away your seat and your life because they saw not you also kneeling before that great Judge.
Will they support you now, oh Chief Judge of the City of Gad?
127) And what of those who shall repent as these men have repented?
What? Will you have all these prostrate men put to the sword, that you need not risk some of them going forth and testifying of the Christ?
128) For, He does now live even as you and I live.
Yea, He is a reality which you must face.
He has promised to come even here into our part of the world, for He redeems His people.
But, shall He redeem you?
129) And behold, the place began again to fill with yet more people.
And they looked upon all they who had fallen and wondered.
And it was as Sanhagot had prophesied, they did look up even unto Pahorat and
were amazed. For, of all the men of the city assembled, he was the only one who had not been smitten even to the ground.
Yea, he stood upon his own feet and had not fallen as if dead.
130) And Sanhagot spoke unto them, saying:
131) Behold, the Lord has smitten all these men because of the action of this same you see before you. Yea, even he who is chief among you has brought upon this citymisery so great that it cannot be expressed.
For, because of the wickedness of this city and of this people, when the Lord does come even unto this country to redeem His own, the City of Gad shall burn and every soul in it. Thus has the Spirit spoken unto me that I should say unto this people, and thus shall be the fate of all who repent not and remain in the City of Gad.
132) Wherefore, repent and leave this place.
For, the Lord has spoken against it for the wickedness which is in it.
133) And, when he had pronounced these things, Sanhagotand his companions strode out of the city unmolested.
For, none dared assail them and all were amazed at them.
Chapter Seven…to be continued…cj