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of God is nigh at hand; then will the words of our Saviour be fulfilled, and the prince of this world be.cast out; and the Lord will draw all men unto him, and the prince of this world will be judged. When the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into all truths; and he will gicrify God; and he will : shew you things to come : he shall glorify ME, and shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you, Thus our Saviour assures us that the Spirit of Trutlı must first come, to testify of him ; because the Comførter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in his name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance. Thus our Saviour spoke of the Spirit, concerning himself, to testify of His coming in might, majesty, and glory; and when we consider the words of our Saviour, Joku xvii. 3. when Pilate said, " Art thou a King ?” Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King : to this end was I born; and for this cause came I' into the world." Then it is plain that our Saviour came into the world to have the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the living God, as it was prophesied of by Daniel; and that he should destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and bring in the redemption of mao, according to his promises. But these scriptures of the prophets being placed in this manner, the Jews had no knowledge in what manner the Lord would fulfil them : they did not believe that he must first come to bear the transgression of man, or to be bruised for our iniquities, that the chastisement of our peace 'was upon him, and with his stripes we are to be healed ; this prophecy the Jews never expected to be fulfilled ; neither do they believe the other prophets, that they shall look on him whom they have pierced ; and therefore they fulfil the prophecies through unbelief, judging that the Son of God 'could not be wounded for the transgression of man, that they should first see their King meek and lowly riding upon an ass. This the Jews did not believe ; and therefore they stand out in unbelief to this day; and yet they are expecting the fulfilment of the other prophecies, to see the Lord come in might, inajesty, and power, to be the Prince of Peace, as is said by Isaiah ; and to fulfil the prophecies of Daniel. Thus the Jews believe one part of the prophecies, and not the other; and perfectly so stand men now under the Gospel; therefore we cannot condemn the prophecies that stand on record, to say they are not true, because the wisdom of men will not believe them true; but if we search the Scriptures, we shall find they are joined together, and one part is fulfilled of the prophecies of our Saviour, though they are not believed by thousands, any more than they are by the Jews ; which can be proved by the Arians and other different sects of religion ; but their unbelief, or want of judgment, doth not prove the prophets were false ; and yet we may observe from Jeremiah, that he himself drew a wrong judgment; . for when'the Lord threatened judgments for the rebellion of the house of Israel, but promised blessings if they repented, the prophet looked to the one, but not to the other; therefore, he said, Ah, Lord God, surely thou hast greatly deceived this people, and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace, whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. Now this was the wrong judgment in the prophet, but not in the words of the Lord; for if men begin to read the prophecies of Jeremiah, from the i, chap. to the ivth, where Jeremiah thus.complains, they will find that it was on conditions the promise stood ; and if they read through Jeremiah, they will find the words of the Lord were fulfilled concerning Jerusalem ; but many of his prophecies stood FOR THE END; therefore they could not be fulfilled in his days. And here we may see, from the judgment of the prophet, that he drew a wrong and hasty judgment of his own; but that does not
prove the words of the Lord were wrong. Now the same observation we may draw from the Words of the Lord in the beginning to Jeremiah, in the i, chapter, where the Lord'said, “ Be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them; for behold I have made thee a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and a brazen wall against the whole land, and against the kings of Judah ; and they shall fight against thee, but shall not prevail against thee, for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee." Now if we read through Jeremiah, we shall find the truth of every word, for they did fight against him, and they cast him into a dungeon ; yet the Lord was with him to deliver him, and he worked in the heart of the king to have him delivered out of the dungeon, and the Lord delivered him to the end, though they fought against him, as the Lord said they would do: but the Lord delivered him out of their hands; they had no power to destroy the prophet, and yet, we may see, in the midst of distress, how apt we are to sink in despair, and speak unadvisedly with our lips. This was the case with Jeremiah, in the xx chapler ; when he was put in the stocks, and abused by the son of the priest, Jeremiah said in the bitternes of his soul, Lord thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed ; I am in derision daily, every one, mocketh me.” Here Jeremiah had expected, from the words of the Lord, that they should not prevail against him, and that they would have no power to hurt him at all. So it was from his wrong discernment of the words that caused Jeremiah to complain, when they fought against him, as the Lord said; he discerned one part, but not the other ; the promises that the Lord would deliver him were strong upon his mind; but that they would fight against him, for the Lord to deliver him; he did not consider, that if he was in no trouble, or no
derision, and no one fighting against him, then the Lord would have had nothing io deliver him from ; and thus we may observe, from the wrong judgment of the prophets, how they sometimes spoke unadvisedly, as in the case of Moses : he expected the Lord would have delivered the children of Israel as soon as he came to Pharaoh ; and therefore he complained too hastily, that the Lord had not delivered them; and this was the wrong judgment of men, placing the ways of the Lord to their own ways and wisdom; but the Lord fulfilleth his words according to his own ways and wisdom, and so he delivered tlre children of Israel according to his promises, that never failed; and the same we may see by Jeremiah, in all that they fought against him, it was not in their power to prevail against him ; for the Lord delivered him out of all their power in the end, according to his words and promises: and though they wished to put him to death, they had not power to accomplish their design; because the Lord was with him to deliver him. And thus we may discern from the prophet Jeremiah, how he drew a wrong judgment, when his spirits were overcome by the persecution of his enemies, when they were fighting against him : but see how the Lord delivered him, and brought destruction upon his enemies, who fought against him, and mocked him. So let them read the
prophecies through, and then they will see that the words of the Lord were perfectly fulfilled in the end; therefore, 'no man can prove from these prophets, that the LORD varied from his words or promises : and we know from the Gospel, that our Saviour said he came not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil them : till heaven and earth - pass, one jot or one tittle shall. in no wise pass from the Law till all be fulfilled : and on his words we are to depend; but all the words of the prophets it
was never said that they should be fulblled, vill it came to the LAST DAYS, that the Lord cometh in the clouds of heaven, to make the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the living God, according to the words of Daniel and the other prophets. So here we may discern, from these prophets, that were only called to prophesy, no inan can say the Lord varied from his words, or prove the word of the Lord false, unless they can prove that the words of the prophets will never be falfilled; which is out of the power of man to do, as the Jews are a standing proverb before us: and if we look to the Gospel, and look around us in every nation, and look to the many false doctrines that have of late years increased in this nation, and the many false prophets, and false Christs that hath lately risen, and if we discern from the Spirit of Truth that hath visited, to shew us things to come; before they sprang forth, or any of the things appeared, they were all forelo!d, what is now before us in this nation, and the surrounding nations ; and if we discern all these things, we may discern the Scriptures, as our Saviour said, like the green leaves shooting forth, to shew us all the end is near, and like flowers in the bud beginning to open, so we may see the whole opening to our view. " And here I shall leave the prophets, who were only called to prophesy, that no man can prove the Lord deceived them : and our Saviour's promie is, that they shall not be deceived; for all should be fulfilled.
And now I shall come to the prophets that Mr. Brothers hath placed a likeness to himself, which are Moses and Elijah.'
Now when the Lord came to Moses in Mount Horeb, and appeared in the bush, which seemed burning with fire, but was not consumed : in this marvellous manner, with signs and wonders, the Lord first appeared unto Moses, when he com