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21 made of me, and an insufficient Saviour I must be, if I have not power to raise a body in my own likeness, to reign upon this earth, with my faithful friends and followers, when I bring in the redemption of man; for they will all find, that as wrong as they drew their judgment of thee, saying, thou art an impostor, which is a thing impossible for man to prove; fully as wrong they have drawn their judgment of me and my Gospel, which man cannot prove to be true, without my raising up a BODY to be glorified, here on earth, in the likeness of what I laid down for man. Now come to my Gospel: Luke, xxi. 24 verse, to the end. Are not the Jews scattered in all nations? Is not Jerusalem trodden down of the Gentiles? not the Gentiles that are become Christians, because these are the Gentiles that must be fulfilled. Now let them answer, what is the meaning of being fulfilled, and what were the signs that I spoke of the end. Let them look to all nations, and see what hath followed since my visitation to thee in ninety-two: and remember the words and the tidings which the angels brought.
Strange Effects of Faith, page 32.
“Now look to my Gospel. Luke, xxi. 27, 28.-“ Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh
John, xxi. 22.---- Jesus saith unto him, if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me."
Acts, i. 6-11. “ When they were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power : But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto MF, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And, while they looked stedfastly towards heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner."
“ Now let them answer, in what likeness the Disciples saw me? When the cloud covered ME, they could see nothing but the cloud ; and in like manner the angels told them I should cone again ; and this is the meaning of my words in my Gospel, of coming in a cloud, with power and great glory; and so, like a cloud, I have overshadowed thee; for though my power is seen like a cloud, and to thee the power is felt; yet from all am I concealed from your sight. And this is the perfect manner I said I should return to bring in the redemption of man: and, if I have not power this to accomplish; then, an insufficient Saviour they must make of me; to Jay a foundation that I cannot complete it's building; for an insufficient Saviour I am made by all sects and parties; and this I said I should find at 23 my second coming. What insufficient Saviour do the Calvinists make of me, that I can save none but those that were elected before the foundation of the world! Then to what purpose was my coming to save those that were saved before? For, by their doctrine, they could not be lost; and by their doctrine they must judge that an unwise God was the Creator of the universe, to make a decree, in every age of the world, that some were elected to be saved, that they could not be lost; and others were reprobated to be lost, that they could not be saved ; and yet they presumptuously say, it pleased God to put his own Son to a shameful death, to lay on him the iniquities of all; and to suffer persecution to this day, for the sake of the men whom HE had ordained should not be lost; when I said in my Gospel, I came to seek and to save that which was lost! Here is the blindness and ignorance of men; so that an insufficient Saviour I am made by them.
“ And now I shall come to another class of people, who say they are saved by their own righteousness, their own merit, and their own goodness; that they are all righteous within, that they are all holy, that they are all pure, that all Christ's righteousness is within them. So by their own merit they are saved; then to what purpose was my shedding my blood for them, if their own goodness saves them?
“ But now I shall come further to their saying that I am an insufficient Saviour, if I fulfil my Gospel the way: have revealed to thee; but I tell thee, if I do not fulfil it this way, an insufficient Saviour I must be to convince the Jews, convince the Deists and Atheists, convince the Arians, and those who say that my mother was an harlot, and that I was a bastard. Thus I have
not yet shewn my power sufficient enough to convince any of their errors, that now stand out in unbelief. As my ways and my wisdom are called blasphemy, by the boasters of religion, and taken in question by them; then now I call them forward to shew their visdom and their power, to convince these blasphemers, of every sect and party, whether they mock the Gospel, or whether they mock the Prophets ; let men shew their sufficiency, from the Gospel and from the Prophets, to convince mankind of their errors or let them stop their blasphemy that they are daily committing, in the manner they are speaking against my visitation to thee. Let them prove the time that ever the words of the Prophets were fulfilled, which I ordered thee to bring together in thy last book; let them not say it was thy opinions, or thy notions; because it was my command to thee, to bring them forward, in the manner they are placed together; and the manner they are explained was not from thy wisdom, but mine ; not from thy understanding, but
my directions ; for it was I revealed the sense and meaning of them.--Now let them answer, from their wisdom, who is the Son of Man that I said should be revealed, and in what he should be revealed ? Let thein answer, who is the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory, for men to expect their redemption to draw near? Let them answer the meaning of these words :
Luke, xxi. 35-36. “ For as a snare it shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
" Here let them answer the meaning of the
25 words, who is the Son of Man, that as a spare is here meant, that they cannot understand? But if they blame my explanation to thee, let them shew their wisdom, to prove my Gospel true another way. And let them see, throughout the land, the blasphemy spoken against the Scriptures, and how it is out of the power of men to prove the Scriptures true, to shame and confound these blasphemers. This sufficiency is not in man; for insufficient are their ways, insufficient is their wisdom, their knowledge, or their understanding, and insufficient is their power. But now I shall shew the full sufficiency of my power and wisdom, to save to the utinost all nations, kindred, and people, to bring them to the know ledge of the LIVING GOD; that the kingdoms of this world might become the kingdoms of the living God, for every knee to bow to ME. Have I yet taken my great power, to reign and rule over the hearts of men? This sufficiency is be, bind, but this is the time that they will see the sufficiency of my power to destroy those my ene- , mies that would not that I should come and reign over them, by, raising up a BODY in the likeness of whüt I laid down. But do men simply suppose, that I shall leave the glories of heaven, to come down and dwell with men upon earth, because I have not power to raise my likeness, in my name, and in my stead? Let them answer the words in the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts, ini. 19.-" Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord : and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was, preached unto you; whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things.”
Now let them answer, with all their boasted