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also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Psalm cx. 1, 2.-" The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies."
The Answer of the SPIRIT,
" And now I shall set this Sign to the Jews, whereby they shall know whether my Gospel is true or not. For, like Joseph, was my life sought by them, and, like Joseph, I was separated from them; but now, like Joseph, will I make myself known unto them, by signs and wonders that I shall set before them. This year, in the sixty-fifth year of thy age, thou shalt have a Son, by the power of the most High, which if they receive as their Prophet, Priest, and King, then I will re: store them to their own land, and cast out the heathens for their sakes, as I cast out them when , they cast out me, by rejecting me as their Saviour, Prince, and King, for which I said I was born, but not at that time to establish my kingdom. Know, I was then despised and rejected of men, according to the words of the Prophet; for who can declare my generation. But now let them answer the Prophets, how they can prove them true, without my first coming to take man's nature upon me, in the virgin's womb, and to die for the transgression of man, by the enmity that was kindled against Me? And, when the end cometh, for me to fulfil Jacob's dying words, then, in like manner, it is by the power of my Spirit, the power of my strength, that a SECOND Son must be born, like the first; that is, of God, and uot of man. And now come to the second Psalm.
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, thou art my Son, this day have I begot ten thee. Ask me, and I will give thee the hea+ then for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings : be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little: blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
“And this year have I declared unto thee, that my Son shall be born, from the power of the FATHER, who was despised and rejected of men, who was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before his shearer was dumb. Know what I said in my Gospel.
John X. 15, 16, 17.-" As the Father knoweth ME, even so know I the Father : and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love Me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.”
" But how can I take it again, without coming in Spirit, as a Father, to take it in a Son? Know, as a Son I came at first; but, as a BRIDEGROOM I said I should come at last; then know, as a king brings in his heir to his crown, by the bride, so shall I bring in my HEIR to my KINGDOM that I died to redeem. And now let the Jews awake, as men out of sleep, and let them see their Prophets clear, and let them see the Psalms clear; then they will see I must first come to have my enemies, as spoken in the Psalms; and, after that, to
ascend on high, to receive gifts for meni; yea, even for the rebellious Jews, that the Lord God might dwell among them. But how is the Lord God to dwellamongst them, if I do not create a Son, by the same power I came amongst them? And to prove my power, that it is of God, and not of man, it inust be made known unto all men whomsoever that read this book of thine, that no man hath been in thy presence, or put a foot in the room where I have confined thee, since the time I ordered thy confinement, which time was October 11, 1813. And thou must let it be known to the world, that thou canst say with Agur:-Proverbs, xxx 18, 19. “ There be three ibings which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not."
And this I can take my solemn oatlı to, that I never had knowledge of man in my life. So tbat, if the words of the Spirit are fulfilled in me, this year, to have a Son, it is by the power of the Lord, and not of man: and this sign is set, to prove the truth of the Gospel; or to prove that the Gospel is not true. For this I am auswered, if the visitation of the Lord to me now does not produce a Son, this year; then Jesus Christ was not the Son of God, born in the manper spoken by the Virgin Mary; but if I have a Son, this year, then, in like manner our Saviour was born. And now they must look on him whom they have pierced, and believe in the THREE-ONE-Gos, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
“Now I tell thee, it is for their sakes, and to restore them to their kingdom, that I shall give power to the Son to destroy the heathen, to bring in mine inheritance, to call my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth. For now shall I say to the south, give up; and to the north, keep not back : for now
I will say; as I said in my Gospel, he that honoureth the Son, honoureth the Father also.
John x. 30, 35, 36, 37, 38.-"I and my Father are one., If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scriptures cannot be broken; say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God. If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me; believe the works: that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him.”
John xviii. 33, 34, 35, 36, 37.-" Then Pilate entered into the judgment-hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews ? Jesus answered him, sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of ME? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: What hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdomn not from hence. Pilate, therefore, said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into thee world.”.
“Now come to the Prophet: Micah v. 1, 2, 3, 4.-—"Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops : he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge, of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto ME, that is to be ruler in Israel : whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting, Therefore will he give them up until the time that she, which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God, and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.”
“Now open your eyes, ye blind, and unstop your ears, ye deaf, that in hearing ye may hear, and in seeing ye may perceive in what manner the Prophet spoke of my first coming—"They shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.” Here let them compare this with my Gospel, how I came, and what I came for to be the ruler of Israel - and be rejected. Therefore I said in my Gospel, I had power to lay down my life, and power to take it up again : but, as they rejected me, I rejected them; I gave them up without a king; I gave them up without a prince; I gave them up without power as a nation, but scattered them in all nations, as I told them. But now is the time that she that travaileth shall bring forth a Son, that I said should be revealed. Let them not say, she that travaileth to bring forth, alludes to my birth, in the second verse :-no; from my birth came my death; then I gave them up: I was not great to the ends of the earth; neither did I execute ven. geance in anger and fury upon the heathens :: No; I gave up them that gave up ME, to the fury of the heathens, and to them that called not upon my name. But now is the time that I shall fulfil the words I said to Pilate, and the words that Pilate wrote upon my cross —" Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” But, as they rejected me as being King, when I came as a Son; then let them receive the son that now comes in the