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and our Saviour told the Jews, that they would bring upon themselves all the righteous blood shed from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zechariah son of Barachias, whom they slew between the temple and the altar; and our Saviour says, What is done to my brethren is done to ME. So if we discern the Scriptures througlı, we shall find, what is done to a prophet, that is sent in the name of the Lord, is done unto the Lord ; therefore we are commanded to be clear in judging, before we condemn, that we may not bring innocent blood upon our heads. But let us consider what our Saviour said would be his answer at his Second Coming: As much as ye have done it to the least of my disciples, ye hare done it unto me: and he that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward. But as men cannot understand the Scriptures, how in all ages of the world, that in rejecting the prophets they rejected the Lord, I shall put a simple parable before them. Suppose a King sends out a messenger with any command of his, and the subjects abuse that messenger, mock and despise him, and evil entreat him, for obeying the king's command; would not the anger of the king be kindled against those men ? is not the dishonour done to the king? And mark the parable which our Saviour brought in of the husbandmen destroying the servants: What shall the lord of the vineyard do to these husbandmen when he cometh? Therefore men must first prove my visitation is not from the Lord, before they can prove that blessings or judgments will not come, as the Spirit is obeyed or disobeyed; and this no man upon earth hath ever proved, from the Scriptures and my writings, comparing them together, that my visitation is not from the Lord; though numbers of men have said, as well as him, it is from the devil; but saying a thing is not proving it; they must first prove from the Scriptures that Saran will come to plead his own destruction ;
that he will plead the merits of Christ and the love of Christ, to have his heel bruised for the transgression of man, that Satan's head may be bruised for betraying the woman. This they must do, from the Scriptures, and prove such thing is prophesied of; in the next place, they must prove, that foreknowledge is given to the devil, to know what the Lord will do upon the earth, in wars, tumults, pestilence, and famines, and every distress that he will bring on; every kno: ledge they must prove is in the devil, before they can prove my writings come from him ; and this they cannot prove from the Scriptures; because our Saviour said, Satan was a liar from the beginning, and so he had continued ; then how can a Tar foretel every truth? or how could the prophet of old say, if it be not of God, how comes it to pass, if foreknowledge was in the devil? or how could the Lord say to his prophets, those who prophesied falsely in his name, when he had not sent them, nor commanded them, their prophecies should not come to pass? but to know a thing was of God, he says, before they sprang forth I told you of them, that men might know it was the Lord had spoken.
And now I shall come to another observation, which he has made from the 34th and 35th pages of the Seventh Book, printed in March, 1802, which he condemns as being explained by the spirit of the devil, in saying, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, (in Rev. v. 5.) that prevailed to have the books opened, should allude to any man ; as he says, the Lion and the Lamb both allude to Christ. Now from the Scriptures I shall answer; though I did not understand them at that time; neither had I read inuch of the Revelation, when that communication was given. I wrote by the Spirit, as I was directed, judging it was the Spirit of God, who could not err; but since this letter came, I have read the Revelation through; and from the Revelation I am clearly convinced, that the Lion and the Lamb can
not mean one; because it is said in chap. iv. In the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind; and the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle; and they rested not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come:” and these beasts gave glory and honour and thanks to him. Now as one of these beasts was compared to a lion, we must come to a further observation : it is said-One of the elders said unto me, weep not; the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to loose the seals : And behold, and lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stoud a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth; and he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sitteth upon the throne ; and when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of the saints, and they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred and people and tongue and nation, and hast made us unto our God as kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth." From this chapter we may clearly dis-cern, that there is one that makes intercession to the Lamb, to have the books opened; now we must know from the Scriptures, that it is said, Jacob wrestled with God and prevailed ; and when Jacob called his sons together, that he might tell them what would befal in the last days, he says, “ Judah is a lion's whelp from the prey; my son, thou art gone up : he stooped down; he couched as a lion, and as an
old lion : who shall raise him up? The sceptre shall.
power be given to Christ, to be one with God, and · God with him, who had he to plead to, to make
intercession and prevail ? for if men, discern the chapter, they must see that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah first prevails; and one of the four beasts, that was with the elders in the midst of the Throne, was compared to a Lion ; but the Lamb that stood in the midst of them, that was slain, he was full of all power baving the Seven Spirits of God; and he took the book out of the right hand of him that sitteth upon the throne, after they had prevailed to have it opened; and these beasts fell down before the Lamb, producing the prayer of the saints to him. Now if men discern this chapter, they must plainly discern inter
cession was made by the saints unto the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of the world; and his merit they pleaded-For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, by thy blood, out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation. Here we see the prayers of the saints, and the praises of the saints, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was lain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honourand glory and blessing: glory and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Here we see, the Lamb of God is united with God, by the saints in heaven, to be worshipped together, having honour and power, wisdom and strength together; then who are the four beasts, that one resembled a lion, that make an intercession to prevail, and fall down before the Lamb and produce the prayers of the saints, and their petitions to him? Those who dispute their being men, let them answer it; and let them say, why the Tribe of Judah was sealed to be twelye thousand, if it did not allude to the number of men. As to being of the root of David is very clear, from the Scriptures ; the promise was made, in the end that the Lord would establish the throne of David in peace and righteousness upon the earth. Now as it is written of the seed of Abraham, which is of faith and obedience, wherein all the families of the earth shall be blessed ; so it is said of the seed of David ; therefore our Saviour says, I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star ; but why did our Saviour say this, but because Mary was of the house and lineage of David, unto whom the promise was made? But if Christ died to reconcile the world unto God, that we might be one with God, and God with us, to be inade heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; then man inust be compared to the likeness of David, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; or how can it be written, the Lord will raise up the house of David, and establish the house