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name of the Father; then let them own the truth of my words, that they have seen the Son and the Father also; because the Son is in the Father, and the Father in the Son; then if they worship the Son they must worship the Father also. And let them look to their Prophets, then they will see that they prophesied of me two ways; to come as a sufferer, and to come as a conqueror: first to die for men, to redeem thein from the fall; and next to come as a prince and saviour, to reign in the kingdom I died to redeem. And now I tell them, it is not all the power in the world, nor all the nations upon earth, shall ever establish the Jews upon the throne of Jerusalem, to be a peaceable and hap, py nation, if they will not receive the Son, that I have told thee shall be born this year, to be the KING over them. Therefore, let them not look to the great men amongst them, or to their rabbies, their priests, or their rulers, to think that their King shall come from them, when their great men amongst them sought my life, and the meanness of my birth was then despised. But know what I said in my Gospel: Before honour cometh humility; therefore let them not despise the day of small things; if they wish to come to great things, they must not despise the meanness of the Child's birth, to say, thou art not grand enough for them; but let them look to the marvellous manner the way I have placed the Sign before them ; let them look to thy age, and the manner I have confined thee from any man coming into thy presence; and to prevent men's saying, a man might come in women's apparel, I have also forbidden all thy female friends to come into thy presence likewise. Therefore, I have ordered it in such manner as it is impossible for deceit to be practised..
.."Now come to the Prophet: Isaiah Ixvi. 6,7; 8. “A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompense to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such a thing? Shall the earth be inade to bring forth in one day, or shall a nation be born at once ?"
Yes; I tell thee, this is the NATION of the Jews; and the CHILD that is to lead them they will find is born in a day they little think of, and in an hour unaware, before this year hath got an end. For now shall I create all things new: the new heavens, and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness : for now I shall come to the professors of niy Gospel, whom I have told thee are as blind as the Jews : can they say that this chapter was fulfilled in the days of my flesh: When I was born, will they say, that I was the MANCHILD, that then brought in the great deliverance? Did I not say through my Gospel, that I should come again as a Bridegroom? Did I not tell my disciples I had many things to say unto them, that they could not bear, but what was hidden should be made known, what was concealed should be revealed, and that the Son of Man should be revealed in a day they little thought of? But I was revealed to them then, and was in person with them ; but I told them I should come again, and should scarce find faith on the earth, because my Gospel was not understood, in what manner I should visit by the Spirit.
" And now come to the words of the Prophet: Isaiah lii. 14, 15.-" As many were astonished at . thee ; (bis visage was so marred more than any man, and his forin more than the sons of men)
soʻshall he sprinkle many nations, the kings shall shut their mouths at him ; for that which had pot been told them, shall they see; and that which they had not heard, shall they consider.”
" Now come to the Gospel: did the kings shut their mouths at me, when I became flesh and dwelt with men ? or did I then make known in what manner the Comforter should come to abide with you for ever? or in what manner the Spirit of Truth should be sent to guide you into all truths ? did I explain my meaning--at my second commg, should I find faith on the earth? Neither did I explain the parables that I likened the kingdom of heaven to-the coming of the Bridegroom; and he that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom. Then, to prove my words true, that my second coming is as a Bridegroom, there must be a Bride prepared, to fulfil my sayings, and the visions of John.
Revelations xii. 1, 2.." And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars : And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Chapter xix. 7. “ Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him ; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."
“ Being clothed with the Sun is the Sun of! Righteousness, to arise with healing in his wings, to heal the Woman of the Fall; but how could it be said, the Bride, the Lamb's wife, without a spiritual visitation, to prove that as the BrideGROOM I meant to come in Spirit, to visit like a Bridegroom, and make myself known?"
"Now come to Isaiah liji. 8, 10, 11, 12:" He was taken from prison, and from judgment: and who shalt declare his generation for he was
cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong."
Genesis vi. 3.-" And the Lord said, ! rit shall not always strive with man.”
“ The Spirit and the Soul have one meaning; and, therefore, it is by the Spirit that the SEED here mentioned must appear, to fulfil the words of the prophet. But no man, by learning, can explain the meaning of the prophet's words. — Were my days then prolonged ? Had I any portion of the great divided with me? Did I divide the spoil with the strong ? No: I was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearer was dumb. But this was the day of vengeance I had in my heart, to come again, in power and great glory, to destroy the works of the devil.
“ I shall explain to thee the meaning of the words". When thou shalt make his Soul an offering for sin,” When I was put to death, it was the BODY that I said I laid down, and should take it up again, and it was in the BODY that I was crucified. But now come to the SOUL, that I have told thee the spirit has the same meaning with : and here is the offering made for sin, when I condescend to visit by my Spirit in man. ner like a bridegroom, to bring in my HEIRS to the KINGDOM. Then must men be made JOINTHEIRS with me: for as I came first to bear the
13 transgression of man, and was cut off by the fury of the devil working in men; so when I come to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman, it is in sPIRIT that I must make my soul an offering for sin, to bring in my heirs to the kingdom: and therefore I said, the kingdom of heaven is within you : and to prove the truth of my words, a SECOND BIRTH must appear. Know what I said to Nicodemus." John iii, 3-7. " Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Ni. codemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? can he enter the second time into his inother's womb, and be born again? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again."
" Had my sayings been understood, that a SECOND CHILD should be born of my Spirit, then impostors would have arisen ; neither could I have asked Nicodemus how he, being a master of Israel, knew not these things. He could have no knowledge from my Gospel : I spoke concerning the Prophets, that he might understand how I came first to die for man, but to fulfil them in the end, it is in Spirit that the spiritual child must be born again. These things stand on record, but not understood by man.
Isaiah, liv. 5, 6.--" For thy Maker is thine Husband (the Lord of Hosts is his name) and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and