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he would destroy man whom he had created; so there was but a Noah found to build the ark; and he, like thee, was judged a fool; but now I ask thee, where will you find, from Scripture, that men rose to be warm and zealous with him, while others were against him? This discord did not arise, in the latter years of Noah's warning; therefore, I tell thee, they became perfectly like the men to thee, regardless of the warning, judge ing him a fool, as men judge thee.

“ This was the state of man, when the world was drowned, in the perfect state thou foundest men, when in thy heart thou despisedst them all. But thou sayest, that thou didst not despise them; though thou wast wearied out with their conduct, and wishedst to forsake them, as thou sawest they had forsaken thee. Then í tell thee thou despisedst their conduct, if thou didst not despise the men, and wert weary of them, as I was weary of the world, when I destroyed it. So now judge from thy own feelings, what was the state of mankind, when I forsook them all, and brought the deluge upon them. Yet know, at that time I had a Noah to build the ark, that by obedience man might be preserved and tried again. Here, in the likeness with thee, to have one man that I directed thee to, was the beginning after the flood; then look to the Scriptures through, and discern the ages back. I had some men warm with the prophets, to fear my threatenings, to fear my judgments; so that all men did not come like the antediluvian world, for me to have no man to regard my name; and yet, I tell thee, in a dead state were the Jews become, when I took man's nature upon ME; and yet, in that dead state, there were many, as well as Simeon, who were waiting for my coming. Then now discern in my Gospel : though my enemies were furious, as Sa. tan's working was strong in man; yet, on the

other hand, my disciples were zealous, and ran every hazard for my sake, till they were put to death for ME, as I died for them. În like manner see the martyrs, and all the love that hath been shewn to me in men, which could not be proved to shew the love of man so great, if this persecution had not arisen. And therefore, I tell thee, it was the enemies who were the means of gaining the victory for my friends; because it shewed the greatness of their love, to suffer so much through persecution, for my sake; and therefore I said I should come again to raise up my friends in the last days; and destroy those who would not that I should come and rule over them, when I came to bring in my kingdom of righteousness and peace: for then will the enemy be cast out, the prince of this world, that hardens men to go on in this persecution. So that here the enemies in mankind gain the victory over their leader. I do 'not tell thee, that it is they will conquer him, or gain the victory to triumph over him. This I have told thee will not be till the end, that the final day of judgment takes place; and yet, I tell thee, it is by his followers, that I shall gain the victory for my friends; because, if all 'resisted his temptation, and none joined with him, to persecute me and my true friends; I ask thee how I could cast him out? And therefore, as I told thee, it is through the love of my friends, and the persecution of my enemies, that the victory will be wrought in the end, for to fulfil the words I said in my Gospel, that the prince of this world should be judged and cast out: and now I have 'set a way for judgment.

“ Here I shall come back again to thy thoughts. Thou sayest, that thou didst not do justice to mankind, to say thou hast been forty years wearied out with the perverse hearts of men ; because, on the other hand, thou hast been strengthched and supported, and thou hast been protected by men; so that, under my blessing, I have made men instruments in my hands to protect thee through every difficulty, and to fulfil the promise I made thee. Thus men, as well as women, have joined in love and friendship to thee; and the greatest number is in men. From these ponderings, thou thoughtest thou hadst no right to speak in that harsh manner of men, from the kindness they had shewn thee, and the persecution they go through on thy account; therefore thou canst not condemn the innocent with the guilty, to call the hearts of men perverse ; and therefore thou wishest, for their sakes, that I would take the cause in hand, to make bare my arm, to make the truths clear before them, and to remove the stumbling blocks out of their way, that they may go on their way rejoicing, knowing the time of their deliverance draweth near

Because that men thou canst not blame;
For men are men, thou dost discern;
They do not act such cruel part.
'Tis but where Satan fills the heart
With every furious rage of hell,
Which he doth work in man to swell;
Then there perverse the hearts must be;
Because their hearts do join with he;
While other men join with the Lord.
Now mark the difference in thy word,
And call thee back to ninety-two,
How different men stood in thy view,
When all together thou didst blame,
And in thy heart didst all condemn,
That true religion there was none:
Thy mind and heart from man was gone;
But now the difference let men see,
How great the change is work'd in thee.
Though man thou'st blame, but call to mind
What different conduct thou dost find
So planted in the sons of men.
Against thyself thou didst complain,
That thou too harsh hadst judg'd mankind;
For all thy friends thou'st called to mind,

other hand, my disciples were zealous, and ran every hazard for my sake, till they were put to death for me, as I died for them. In like manner see the martyrs, and all the love that hath been shewn to me in men, which could not be proved to shew the love of man so great, if this persecution had not arisen. And therefore, I tell thee, it was the enemies who were the means of gaining the victory for my friends; because it shewed the greatness of their love, to suffer so much through persecution, for my sake; and therefore I said I should come again to raise up my friends in the last days; and destroy those who would not that I should come and rule over 'them, when I came to bring in my kingdom of righteousness and peace: for then will the enemy be cast out, the prince of this world, that hardens men to go on in this persecution. So that here 'the enemies in mankind gain the victory over their leader. I do 'not tell thee, 'that it is they will conquer him, or gain the victory to triumph over him. This I have told thee will not be till the end, that the final day of judgment takes place; and yet, I tell thee, it is by his followers, that I shall gain the victory for my friends; because, if all resisted his temptation, and none joined with him, to persecute me and my true friends; I ask thee how I could cast him out? And therefore, as I told 'thee, it is through the love of my friends, and the persecution of my enemies, that the victory will be wrought in the end, for to fulfil the words I said in my Gospel, that the prince of this world ‘should be judged and cast out; and now I have set a way for judgment.

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