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it is the lares of your land that have made me defend this nation from the foreign enemy, while mine anger and indignation are kindled, to hear the blasphemy throughout the land: but now I will make the Bible plain before them, and prove the truth of my Gospel, by the sign I have set." :41

“ Now come to Isaiah lix, 16, 17, 19, 21. " He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore his arın brought salvation unto him, and his righteousness, it sustained him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.' So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun : when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. As for Me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord, My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, for out of the mouth of thiy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever."

" Isaiah lx. 1, 2, 3, “ Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.' The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."

. Now I ask mankind, who they place this power to? It is said, “He saw that there was no man, and wondered there was no intercessor :" then now let them understand the words—“ It shall not départ out of thy mouth, nor out of the

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mouth of thy SEED, nor out of the mouth of thy Seed's SEED, saith the Lord .!!! then mov let them ánswer, where that SEED'S SEED: is. Will they say, that the SEED'S SEED is in heaven, that children are born there? In thy heart thou an swerest, that no man can be so ignorant as to place it there; then let them know that the SECOND BIRTH must take place upon earth, to fulfil the words of the prophets. What enemies had I got upon earth, before. I became flesh and blood, to dwell with men. They had no knowledge of ME, nor the power of my Spirit, before I came to dwell amongst them, and shewed my power by the miracles I wrought: but what garment of vengeance did I then put on? Did I not submit to all their laws, and bear all their persecution ? By their laws I submitted to the death upon the cross; but here let men remember what I said of my second coming to destroy mine enemies, that would not that I should come and rule over them; and as a Bridegroom I said I should appear: and here are the garments of vengeance for clothing. For now come to a Bridegroom; if he be in great power to pror tect the Bride; then by marriage the power is put on, to bring in the heirs to have the kingdom established. So that it is by the SEED's SEED, that the crowns are established one after the other; and so they will find, by the SEED's SEED of RIGHTEOUSNESS, that the SUN of RIGHTEOUSNESS shall arise with healing in his wings. . Therefore I said in my Gospel, ELIAS is come, and ELIAS shall come: and so, I tell thee, I first came to be conquered, by the power and madness of men and devils ; but now I shall come as a conqueror. Here come to the wisdom of men, who said that my Birth should have been written in the Sun, " Salvation by Jesus

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after Christ,” that every one might see and believe. And now I am dealing with men after the manner of men ; and for this reason I have visited thee in this mapper, that 'my visitation might be seen, to prove that the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee: for darkness must cover the whole earth, and gross darkness the people, if they simply suppose that a woman is come forward of herself to the world in my name, saying, The Lord of Hosts is her husband, and the holy One of Israel is his name; that she is the Bride, the Lamb's Wife, clothed with the Sun of Righteousness, that shall shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day, till she hath trod all the light that shineth in darkness under her feet, and brought the perfect day-light to man. For in this character I have brought thee out to the world, in this character I have upheld thee, and strengthened thy hand, by fulfilling the words I put in tly mouth, and by raising up friends for thee, as stars to arise and shine upon thy head : and nowsas stars I will make them shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day; till all this gross darkness be done away. And theretore, they shall know it is the Lord that is risen upon thee, and it is his glory that is seen upon thee, toʻshew mankind that the Bridegroom is at hand. For now the Gentiles shall come to thy light, which is the fulfilment of the Gospel; and kings shall come to the brightness of thy rising.- But know, this rising is not in thee, neither is the brightness in thee; but the power and strength are io ME: for now my sons shall come from afar, and my daughters shall be norsed at thy side; because from this Ishall my Gospel be made known, and the SEED's SEED shall be understood. Now I ask them, when this prophecy was fulfilled ? were my praises then set forth ? did I then shew the house of my glory, 37. or glorify myself amongst mankind: Did they theu fly to me as a cloud, and, as doves to the windows? Did they then wait for ME; and the ships of Tarshish first to bring, my sons from afar, their silver and gold with them,, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the holy One of Israel? Was this done in the days of the flesh, that I was thus glorified by man? Where were the sons of strangers, that built up the walls and where were the kings that ministered unto ME? No: in their wrath they smote ME; in their wrath they persecuted ME; there, fore I said I would give them up until she that travaileth hath brought forth. , Then cometh the SEED'S SEED, that they may now seek my favour, and I shall have mercy on them : then, shall the gates be open continually; they shall not be shut by day or by night : for now will I throw the Scriptures open to their view. For as the flowers come on in the spring, one after the other, to open in the bud, till ye see all the flowers opened; perfectly so shall I go on, till I. bave made my Bible as plain before them, as ye see the flowers, when they are fully blown; for so shall the fullblown rose appear; and therefore I told thee that the Rose of Sharon should be here: the glory of Lebanou shall come unto ME;, the firtree, and the pine-tree, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary: for now will I make the place of my feet glorious. But, let them know how. I was afflicted, how I was persecuted, when first my feet trad the eartlily ground : but now will I make them bend, before ME, or l will destroy them; they that despise me shall now bow down to the sole of my feet; and they shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy ONE of Israel. But now I ask mankind, how they will place this chapter? or

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which way will they explain it? Thou sayest, it is spoken by the Prophet_^ The city of the Lord, the Zion of the holy One of Israel :" and it is spoken of a people forsaked and hated, that " the Lord will make an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.". But now I ask them, how they will bring it to the Jews, that these blessings shall rest. upon, to make this a happy people, to call their walls, Salvation and their gates, Praise, before their great DELIVERER is come to be made known to all nations. Now see the words of the Prophet" The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” . Here let the learned answer, how this can be fulfilled without a visi. tation from the Lord, to bring that light, that God be their Glory. Is 'not the Lord in heaven? and doth not the working of his Spirit with the children of men go on in every age? Where is the age that the Lord hath entirely forsaken his people? - Doth not the Lord dwell in heaven above, and amongst the inhabitants of the earth below and yet this chapter is not fulfilled; neither will the words of the Prophets be fulfilled, till the BRANCH of my planting the WORK of pay hands, that I may be glorified, is placed amongst them, then " a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation : I the Lord will hasten it in his tinie." And now they will find the time is come. When I came first in the FLESH, it was to proclaim the acceptaBle year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God : for I knew I should be rejected and despised by them; and therefore I told them of the day of vengeance, that would come upon them : but the acceptable year of the Lord I told them was at my return, that I should call then trees of righteousness, and turn their sor.

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