Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
The fruit of the Spirit is Love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.
I. The Early Quakers showed great love for each other. (click)
I give you a new commandment:
that you should love one another.
Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
By this shall all know that you are My disciples,
if you love one another.
II. Their ministries exhibited signs and miracles. (click)
They went out and preached everywhere,
while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message
by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied it.
III. The Early Quakers were massively persecuted.(click)
Tens of thousands sent to prison.
Hundreds killed in prison or attacked in meetings.
Four Quakers Hung in Boston
Two hundred sentenced to slavery.
Tens of thousands' property seized.
Indeed all who delight in piety
and are determined to live a devoted and godly life
in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution.
IV. Despite being subjected to brutality,
they prayed for and blessed their enemies
But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you,
and persecute you;
From Mary Howgill's, a prophecy from God, of why the persecutions were allowed:
Cromwell's Puritan government had severely persecuted the Quakers for failure to tithe and failure to swear. King Charles II returned to the throne, and shortly outlawed any service except the Church of England, with large fines, seizure of property, imprisonments, and finally banishment to the Caribbean colonies of Jamaica and Barbados. Just before this happened, Mary Howgill had a vision of the terrible persecutions to come. She was dismayed, and turned to the Lord, pleading for him to prevent it. In reply, thus said the Lord:
"I will allow this violence to come, and the chains of the wild-beasts to be broken, that they may bow down a stiff-necked and a gain-saying [opposing] people, against me, and against my name. I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that I may show my power upon every man and woman; and I will suffer the violent to go on in their violence, for the trying of the faith of my own people, unto whom I have made known my Kingdom, and entrusted them with my secrets, upon whom in the Light of my countenance will I shine, and they shall see the glory of my throne, and they shall magnify my name. And after the night of Apostasy, and after the dragon's rage, my people shall bear a further testimony of my great and glorious name, and they shall leave a more clear and heavenly declaration upon record, than my servants heretofore have done, and it shall stand to ages, and in generations to come, that they may see how God manifested himself unto his people in a day of great suffering."
A prophecy related by Mary Howgill, 4/1660.
Francis Howgill Delivers a Message from God
Declaring the Early Quakers Would be Eternally Memorialized
In a time (1662) of great persecution in London, Francis Howgill wrote from his deep, rapturous experience in heaven:
‘The stirrings of my heart have been many, deep, and ponderous some months, weeks, and days, concerning this people which the Lord has raised to bear testimony unto his name, in this the day of his power; and intercession has been made often for them to the Lord, and a patient waiting to know his mind concerning them for the time to come; which often I received satisfaction in as to myself but yet something I was drawn by the Lord to wait for, that I might comfort and strengthen his flock by an assured testimony. And while I was waiting out of all visible things, and quite out of the world in my spirit, and my heart upon nothing but the living God, the Lord opened the springs of the great deep, and overflowed my whole heart with light and love; and my eyes were as a fountain because of tears of joy, because of his heritage, of whom he showed me, and said unto me in a full, fresh, living power, and a holy, full testimony, so that my heart was ravished there with joy unspeakable, and I was out of the body with God in his heavenly paradise, where I saw and felt things unutterable, and beyond all demonstration or speech. At last the life closed with my understanding, and my spirit listened unto him; and the everlasting God said, "Shall I hide anything from them that seek my face in righteousness? No, I will manifest it to them that fear me; I will speak, and you listen, and publish it among all my people, that they may be comforted, and you satisfied.'"
And thus said the living God of heaven and earth, upon the 28th of the Third month, 1662.
'The sun shall leave its shining brightness, and cease to give light to the world; and the moon shall be altogether darkness, and give no light unto the night; the stars shall cease to know their office or place; my covenant with day, night, times, and seasons, shall sooner come to an end, than the covenant I have made with this people, into which they are entered with me, shall end, or be broken. Yes, though the powers of darkness and hell combine against them, and the jaws of death open its mouth, yet I will deliver them, and lead them through all. I will confound their enemies as I did in Jacob, and scatter them as I did in Israel in the days of old. I will take their enemies; I will hurl them here and there, as stones hurled in a sling; and the memorial of this Nation, which is holy unto me, shall never be rooted out, but shall live through ages, as a cloud of witnesses, in generations to come. I have brought them to the birth, yes, I have brought them forth; I have swaddled them, and they are mine. I will nourish them and carry them, as on eagles' wings; and though clouds gather against them, I will make my way through them; though darkness gather together on heap, and tempests gender, I will scatter them as with an east wind; and nations shall know they are my inheritance, and they shall know I am the living God, who will plead their cause with all that rise up in opposition against them.'
These words are holy, faithful, eternal, good, and true; blessed are they that hear and believe unto the end: and because of them no strength was left in me for a while; but at last my heart was filled with joy, even as when the ark of God was brought from the house of Obed-edom, when David danced before it, and Israel shouted for joy.