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that are daily increasing, will ever be put a stop to, by the wisdom of men? This is impossible for man to do; and therefore the Scriptures would fall to the ground, like the falling leaves in the autumn, one leaf after the other till the trees are stript' bare by the frost: and so are the frozen hearts of men become to strip the Scriptures all the same; for as the wind weakens the leaves, to make them fall off one after the other ; just so will the wind of words that is in men, that is now rising high amongst mankind, to fill them up with unbelief, to strip the Bible in like mannen, as the trees are stript of their leaves : and as the cold makes them wither to die away, so do the cold hearts of men make the Scriptures die the same ; and therefore I said in my Gospel, that if the days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved. And know I compared my coming to the budding leaves that appeared in the spring; for, when the autumn hath stript the one, that all dię away by the cold and the frost; so doth the warmth of the spring bring on the other, to have new leaves appear to man, though all come from the same tree. And now I tell thee of the new leaves : there must be a renewal of my Spirit, a visitation of my Spirit, according to my Gospel
, according to the Prophets, to shew mankind that the Tree is the same : it is not dead, though the leaves are withered in the autumn, which I have clearly shewn thee, from the hearts of men, how my Bible is become dead to them ; but I shall shew them, by the spring and the leaves that will appear, that the TREE, which is my Promises, stands sted fast, and will be fulfilled : and I shall return like the leaves in the spring. And therefore I have commanded thee to bring together all the prophecies of ******, where he stands, on conditions, and where he stands without
33 conditions; which I have clearly pointed out to thee both ways, that men may discern how they were fulfilled, according to the prophecies spoken of him; and this I have ordered thee to publish to the world, that men may judge of events in this present age, and what hath taken place in so few years, before their view.
“ All these things I have ordered thee to bring together in a straight line, that men may see the calling clear; for thou knowest how many were stumbled concerning ******* ; because they did not discern where he stands on conditions, nor where he stood without conditions ; and, as men are stumbled concerning him, because they judge, if he began, he must go on; without discerning that his fall was foretold. So in like manner men stumble at the Scriptures ; for they do not discern in what manner they stand-what is said on conditions, being placed for man, before my appointed time is come to fulfil my words and promises, that stand on record, without any conditions.
“ Now come to the beginning.-Genesis, i. 26. “ And God said, Let us make man in our Image, after our likeness : and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own Image, in the Image of God created he him: male and female created he them."
" Now come to my Gospel. Luke, ii. 10, 11. " And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be the sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.'
John, i. 1, 2, 14. “ In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God. The same was in the beginning with God. And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us; and we beheld his glory, as of the only begotten of the FATHER, full of grace and truth.”
Isaiah, xl. 5. “ And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together : for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”
“Here let men discern what is spoken without conditions that the Lord would create Man in his own image, and after his own likeness: then let them discern from my Gospel, how that WORD became flesh, and dwelt with men; then let them discern what was said by the Angel at my birth“ Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
" Here let men discern, these words stand without any conditions, but to say they shall be fulfilled in the end, to fulfil the promise made in the beginning. But now come to Adam: he was created of the dust of the ground ; and a command was given him; so that he was placed on conditions : on condition he stood; and on that condition he fell: And so men went on in every age. But now I ask mankind, what Image or Likeness Adam bore of his CREATOR? Did he not hide himself from God, when he was betrayed, through the subtlety of the serpent, that beguiled the woman? And did he not cast the blame on his Creator, for giving him the woman? Then where was the Likeness and Image of God in him? In thy heart thou answerest, pone: either in wisdom, power, or strength, to withstand the subtlety of the devil. But know, in my Gospel, I had power to withstand, power to contend and overcome. And here let men discern, how the promise was first fulfilled, of man 95 being created in the Image of God and his Likeness: not by Adam's transgressions, who was overcome by the subtlety of the serpent; but by my obedience, to overcome him in the end. And this stands without conditions, that my becoming flesh to dwell with men should be good tidings to all in the end. And let men look to the Gospel, what is said of the Sign; then they will discern it was not to be fulfilled when I became flesh, and dwelt with men. Look to the words of Simeon :-“ And Simeon blessed him; and said unto Mary his mother, Behold this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign that shall be spoken against.”
“ Thus let men discern, that my being born to dwell with ined was a sign I should be rejected by men; but that it should be good tidings to all in the end is an assurance it shall be so. But if men cannot discern from ******* what was spoken on conditions, and what was spoken without conditions, that I said should be done by him, they can never see their Bibles clear ; and therefore I have brought it round in this manner, to place things plain before them, that they may see how it was spoken two ways of him; and two ways it was fulfilled; but the end is Dot yet. Therefore, if men cannot discern the one, that hath happened in their own days, and before their eyes ; they cannot discern to understand what was spoken in ages past, that they have had no knowledge of: but all is judged a fable; thou knowest, by thousands it is judged inventions of men ; and therefore I have brought round by the visitation of my Spirit what is out of the power of any man to invent, and the truth is easy to be proved; because I have worked it every way, that no deceit can be practised. And therefore thou hast nothing to fear, to stand the trial with men; for the Truth of my Words is
plain before thee: the Spirit of Truth and knows ledge is before thee: and let those that reprove answer, how thou hadst wisdom and knowledge in thyself to know how ******* would act, to put it in print; and after he had fulfilled the words, to point it out to mankind, that thou hast brought it round like the Bible, to shew them what stands without conditions shall be fulfilled in the end.
“Now come back to the Prophet: Isaiah, xxv. 8. “ He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.”. This, let men discern, is promised to be folfilled without any conditions being placed. lv. 12. * For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the forest shall clap their hands.”— Here no conditions are made; but a positive decree that such a change shall take place as is meni tioned in the following verse". Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree: and it shall be to the Lord an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Here let men discern this chapter, and what the thoughts of the Lord are in the end for inan. Then come to the sixty-fifth chapter.-“ For behold I create new heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
But he ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create': for behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” This let men discern stands without any conditions ; because it is a promise tlie Lord hath made, that he will accomplish’in the
And all these scriptures that I have ordered thee to bring forward, saying it shall be, they will find I shall fulfil, in as perfect and true 2