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going on to fulfil, and shall not cease till they are all fulfilled; but not in the manner he described; and all will find he is the prophet Jonah ; but a greater than Jonah will come to fulfil the Scriptures that he hath pointed out to be hastening on.
And now I shall answer thy thoughts, saying, will not the world say, thou bast applied the Scriptures to thyself, as being the woman mentioned in the Revelation ? Here thou sayest the three different classes stand in a likeness, and in one likeness the three are condemned by the world, as applying the Scripture to themselves, and all alike have the anger of the world kindled against them, and all three have been written against ; so thy inquiry is, where is thedifference of the likeness in the three? But now I shall tell thee where the difference lieth in the three ; and let them discern thy mission, and thy calling, in what manner the Scriptures are applied, that I have brought forward by thee; and then they will see there is no likeness at all; because I tell thee concerning the Revelation, it is not thyself as a woman that hath presumed to say thou hast power given thee to heal the fall of the woman, but a Scripture explained to thee, (1 Cor. xiv. xx.) thus from that chapter the Sun of Righteousness must first arise with healing in his wings, to heal the fall of the woman; before the Redemption of Man can take place; and that promise was made in the beginning to bruise the head of her adversary, that betrayed her ; therefore the Scriptores are not pointed out to thee as a mere mortal, only alluding to thyself; but as a Scripture truth that must take place and be fulfilled, and the fall of the woman must be healed, before your Redemption can ever take place. So if they discern deeply how the chapter stands for the end, to bring in the kingdom of God, and the Power of bis Christ, they must discern these Scriptures are only the fulfillment of my Gospel. When
I come to bring in the Redemption of Man, I must first redeem the woman, that stands under the condemnation of the fall; and her adversary must be cut off. So these Scriptures are not applied to thee only, as they have applied the Scriptures to themselves; but a scripture I have said I am coming to fulfil, to redeem you from the fall, according to the promise I made in my Gospel, which I am now coming to fufil, and make the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the living God. Now I shall come to the other chapter, that they say thou hast placed to thyself, from the marriage of the Lamb; but know what I told thee of the marriage of the Lamb, that its only true meaning is to unite all nations unto me, that will accept my offered mercies, as marriage unites a man and woman together. This I have told thee is the Marriage of the Lamb; and this union must take place, before my Kingdom of Peace is established, or the kingdoms of this world can become the kingdoms of the living God: and these are the words I said in my Gospel, If I was lifted I would draw all men unto me, and the prince of this world should be cast out ; and these words I spoke of the END, what I should do when I came in might, majesty, and glory, to bring in the Redemption of Man; and then cometh the Kingdom of your God. Now discern what is said by the prophet IsaiahThy 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. Then now I ask them,-how they will prove this chapter to be fulfilled, or their Maker to be called the Husband, before the people become the wife? for by that name the Church must stand as the Bride and as the wife, when I come to be the God of the whole Earth, that all my children are taught of Me: and great shall be the peace upon the earth, when I am as a Husband over all. So let no one say thou hast placed Scriptures to thyself in a likoness of the others that place the Scriptures to theirselves; because the Scriptures that I have pointed out to thee are Scriptures that must be fulfilled, before your Redemption can take place; and what I told thee in the beginning I am coming in the Spirit to accomplish, to have the heathens for mine inheritance, and the termost parts of the earth for my possession.”
From this Communication I see the wisdom of · God in his visitation to such a man as Mr. Brothers,
for to shew the Calvinists their perfect likeness, how they place all to mean themselves ; and like him they will be deceived in the end. And now I shall shew what the Calvinist doctrine is from. Mr. Cooper's Books, who preaches that doctrine. He says, “I believe that none will be saved but the Elect of God, whom he hath chosen out of mankind, from the foundation of the world, for whom alone Christ died, and who are predestinated to be conformed to Christ's image, in this world, and also in that which is to come.
Now I shall shew what the likeness of Christ's image is : when we say we are predestinated to be conformed to this image, we must consider what his image was. When Satan came to tempt our Saviour, he disputed with the devil, and confounded him, rejecting all the honours that Satan offered him, if he would fall down and worship him ; but Jesus answered, get thee hence, Satan; for it is written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Here our Saviour bids defiance to Satan's temptation, and his power, telling him the Lord alone is to be worshipped. Then our Saviour goes on to exhort the people that they were blessed who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled: and blessed are the merciful, for they shall-obtain mercy; and he exhorted them to seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things should be added unto them. Our Saviour further exhorts them to ask and it shall be given ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock and it shall be opened unto you. These are the exhorCations our Saviour gave to the people ; and then he goes on to cast out devils, wherever he fourd them in the people; if they came unto him, Jesus cast out the unclean spirits from them that were possessed with them : and our Saviour said, the Prince of this world should be cast out, if he was lifted up: and the prince of this world should be judged when the Spirit of Truth came to guide us into all truths, and to teach us things to come : and our Saviour said he came to do the will of his Father; and he honoured the Father. Then how can man say he is predestinated to be in the image or likeness of Christ, to be conformed to the will of God, without honouring our Creator, acknowledging his wisdom in the beginning, and his justice in the ending; that if Christ was lifted up for the transgression of man, the prince of this world should be cast out; and our Saviour would draw all men to him that would be conformed to his image and likeness ? For this was his predestination for the end—that all men should worship the Lord ; and this was the doctrine our Saviour taught us, and to pray that the kingdom of the Lord might come, and his will be done on earth, as it is in heaven : and our Saviour promised us that he will take out of his kingdom all that offend and do wickedly, when he comes to bring in our redemption, and make the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the living God. This was the Gospel Christ taught us ; and this was the Gospel the Apostles preached in his likeness, saying, Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world ; 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 the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouths of all his holy prophets since the world began : and our Saviour suffered for the FIRST, that he might establish the last, to destroy the Hvorks of the devil and make the law honourable in the end. But as some may not understand the words, what is meant by the FIRST I must lead them to the Fall. He bore the transgression of man, according to the promise, and had his heel bruised, that he might establish the fulfilment of the promise that was made to the woman, of bruising the Serpent's head, Adam was the first whom the Lord called to after the fall, and when he was reproved for eating the forbidden fruit, hás answer was, “ The woman thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat; and this blame our Saviour bore, and suffered for the transgression of man, and had his heel bruised, according to the promise. But the second promise was to the woman, that when the Lord enquired what she had done, her answer was, The Serpent beguiled me and I did eat. And it was from her words that the curse was pronounced on that old serpent called the devil; and wliich is also said by the Apostle : Our Saviour suffered, that through death he might destroy bini which hath the power of death, that is the devil. But as men do not look to the First, they are all stumbled at the LAST, and do not discern what they are predestinated for in the end, which is to have the same mind in them that was in Christ Jesus that the name of the Lord may run and be glorified, and the evil power that is at enmity against God may be destroyed : and for this cause was the Son, of God made manisest, that he might destroy the