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TO THE READER.
Wakefield, 1832, 12th Month: JOHN WROE said, he was commanded to summon six men out from amongst the house of Israel, to read the Bible before him: and we came, according to our signatures. And he said, The Lord had said to him, He would put his Spirit upon him, and by it he would pick out such and such passages, which remain over and above the Hebrew and Gentile Churches; and by it he would gather the children out of all Nations where they were driven, of which the fragments stood typical, spoken of by Jesus.
The reading of the Bible began on Monday, the 3rd inst. at ten minutes before two o'clock in the afternoon, and continued day and night, till the whole was ended, which was on Thursday, the 6th, at 4 o'clock in the morning, which was sixty-two hours, wherein he neither eat bread nor drank water, as commanded; and those passages written which are taken; and never less than three men in his company, nor he out of their sight, but always together, till the whole was read.
THOMAS L. MORT, I. from Huddersfield.
We who signed our names to the above, now agree, that these Sermons having laid upwards of twelve Months dormant, should be no longer kept from the world; but should be printed and published, and sold in all Stationers' Shops, and sent to all Ñations.
And for this purpose we deliver them to the Printers, GEORGE MEREDITH, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire; and JOSEPH CHURCHWARD, of Devonport, Devonshire; and that the same be entered at Stationers' Hall, lest they should be adulterated,
Wakefield, 1834, 4th Month, 20th day.
ALMIGHTY GOD! who hast caused the Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; and ever hold fast the blessed hope of eternal life, which thou hast shewed to Israel, in preserving spirit, soul and body, blameless at thy appear
OUR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Eor thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever Amen.
THE WORKS WHICH WERE TO BE DONEIN
The 1st Day. The Creation and fall of the life of man, and the preserving of his soul.
We believe that at the beginning, Je
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hovah created the heaven, and the earth, | 1st Ch. in the first six days of the first thousand years; and he created flesh and bone, and gave it his Spirit by measure, to quicken that body, and called it man, a little lower than the angels.
"And he planted a garden, and put the man therein; and commanded him, saying, Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat; for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die."(a)
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Then the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: so she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and 1 & 6 v gave also unto her husband, and he did eat."(b) And they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons. (c)
"And the man said, The woman whom 12---15 thon gavest to be wtih me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
(a) Signifying the death of the body within the thousand years. (b) She took of the fruit of the tree in its uncleanness and did eat; by giving way unto Satan, and gave unto her husband, and he became inoculated with a heart of blood, and became a living soul.
The transgression of the woman, caused the death of the body to reign over her and her seed, for six thousand years. And the transgression of the man in sinning against God, without repentance while they live. causes the second death to have power over the soul in hell for seven thousand years; these are the two debtors, the body fifty pence, and the soul five hundred; and the officer holds them till their debts are paid.
(e) And (Jesus) seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
And by Jehovah was man driven out from the garden of Eden, lest he should put forth his hand and take of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.
So Jehovah placed at the east of the garden of Eden, cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life,
haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus said, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. And in the morning as they pased by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
Question. What is meant by the fig tree? Answer. It is set typical of man's body. Question. What is meant by finding nothing but leaves? Answer. The leaves which he bears are his children, but no immortal fruit. Question. What is immortal? Answer. It is the body of Christ when he was seen forty days upon this planet, the blood not being the life of his temple, but the Spirit. Question. What is meant by no man eating fruit of the fig tree hereafter? Answer. Because the fig tree was cursed till the fulness of times. It is the curse that was pronounced upon them in the beginning, by Eve giving way unto Satan, and Adam hearkening to her, for a time and times, which is six days, set typical of six thousand years, that it should not bear figs till then. Question. What is meant by figs, and the time of figs? Answer. It is the fruit which flesh and blood will produce without death, when the curse is removed, being no accuser between man and God during the thousand years. Question What is meant by for ever? Answer. For ever is an appointed time of God, which is divided into three periods, each period two thousand years, which makes six thousand. Question. What is meant by the tree being dried up from the roots? Answer At the end of times, all that have sinned against God, and not repented, the second death will have power over their souls, and their bodies will die, as the fig tree was, when it was dried up. But those who have not done it, and are only under the sentence of the first death pronounced upon the body, which is for the sin one against another, will, as said in Isaiah, 2nd chapter, 19th verse: "Go into the holes of the rocks, and caves of the earth," and will be preserved. And when all the others are destroyed they will come out, and seek Mount Zion, the redeemed, the bride, with the Bridegroom of the new world; of which the vine tree, which was Christ, stood a figure. And they will fall down before them, and their lives will be reprieved. And these are the nations which are to be saved, they being of the old world, of which blood is the life, of which the pruned fig tree is the figure spoken of in Luke, 13th chapter. 6---9 verse, which will live a thousand years without death.