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Joseph Hoag - "The Prophet"
Posted by: James C. Clark Date: February 17, 2002 at 13:22:59
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After searching for an hour for the "vision" of Joseph Hoag I broke down and typed it myself. Here it is for anyone who would like to cut and paste it.

"The Vision"

In the year 1803, probably in the eighth or ninth month, I was one day alone in the field and observed that the sun shone clear, but that a mist eclipsed the brightness of its shining.
As I reflected upon the singularity of the event, my mind was struck into a silence, the most solemn I ever remember to have witnessed, for it seemed as if all my faculties were laid low, and unusually brought into a deep silence. I said to myself, what can this all mean?
I do not recollect ever before to have been sensible of such feelings.
And I heard a voice from heaven say, "This that thou seest, which dims the brightness of the sun, is a sign of the present and coming times."
"I took the forefathers of this country from a land of oppression, I planted them here among the people of the forrest. I sustained them, and while they were humble I blessed them, and fed them, and they became a numerous people, but they have now become proud and lifted up, and have forgotten me, who nourished and protected them in the wilderness, and are running into every abomination and evil practice, of which the old countries are guilty; I have taken quietude from the land and suffered a dividing spirit to come among them."
"Lift up thine eyes and behold." And I saw them divide in great heat. This division began in the Church in points of doctrine. It commenced in the Presbyterian Society, and went through the various religious denominations, and in its progress and close the effect was nearly the same. Those who dissented went off with high heads and taunting language, and those who kept to their organized sentiments appeared exercised and sorrowful. When the dividing spirit entered the Society of Friends, it raged in as high a degree as any it had before discovered, and as before, those who separated went with lofty looks and taunting, censuring language; those who kept to their ancient principles retired by themselves.
It next appeared in the Lodge of the Free Masons, and it broke out in appearance like a volcano, in asmuch as it set the country in an uproar for a length of time. Then it entered politics throughout the United States, and it did not stop until it produced a civil war, and an abundance of human blood was shed in the course of combat. The Southern States lost their power and slavery was annihilated from their borders.
Then a monarchical power arose, took the government of the States, established a national religion, and made all societies tributary to support its expenses.
I saw them take property from Friends to a large amount.
I was amazed, at beholding this and heard a voice proclaim, "This power shall not always stand, but with this power I will chastise my Church, until they return to the faithfulness of their forefathers.
"Thou seest what is coming on thy native land for their iniquity, and the blood of Africa; the remembrance of which has come up before me. This vision is yet for many days."
I had no idea of writing it down for many years, until it became such a burden, that for my relief I have written it.
       (Signed) Joseph Hoag

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