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mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ : how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”
“ And here the Spirit is denied by him; then my Gospel must be denied likewise; therefore his boasting of a belief in the Gospel, while he is turning away those who believe in its fulfilment, is like the boasting spoken of by the Apostle, whoin he hath quoted against the believers. For all his speeches are but swelling words of vanity, avd deceiving the hearers.
“ Now discern in what manner he hath placed together Mahomet, the Gospel, the visitation of my Spirit to thee, and all impostors and visionaries, as though they stood in the same likeness; for he hath brought forward nothing to shew the difference, or to prove the difference; then may not an Atheist, from his words, say that all the visionaries were in one likeness. Dreams and visions were seen by my Disciples, which is recorded in the Gospel; so when placed together in this manner, it gives room for Satan's working in the hearts of men to place them alike. And such doetrine is but adding fuel to the fire that is already kindled in Deists and Atheists, who presumptuously come forward against the Scriptures with blasphemy, as these men have come forward against thee, speaking evil of things which they know nothing about.
“ Now come to the end, what he said of Mahomet: “ He composed an absurd and impious system ; which was formed partly from visions,
which he pretended to have seen ; ayd partly from extracts out of the Old and New Testament. The book is called the Koran ; and this medley of truth and error, sets aside the Bible among all the followers of Mahomet to the present day. In this respect the Koran has decidedly the advantage, that the visions which it contains are said to be written in the most elegant stile which the Arabic language affords; whilst, on the contrary, Joanna's dreams are the most vulgar and abominable trash, that ever was read or written.”
" I shall answer thee from his observation. He might as well have said that the Koran excelleth the Gospel, from the dreams and visions therein contained; for, when Peter was ordered to kill and eat, from the dream and vision shewn to him, and other dreams and visions throughout the Revelations, what John saw of Satan's being chained down, and what he saw in the 12th chapter, of Satan's malice against the woman ; — thus he might say in his heart, that the Koran excelleth the Gospel, as well as to say it excelleth thy dreains and visions, which he calleth vulgar: because I shewed thee, in the beginning, the fallen fruit with a black veil round them, which I compared to the hearts of men; and whose likeness thou hast seen and proved. But know what Solomon saith : “ Reprove a wise man, and he will love thec; reprove a fool, and he will hate thee.” Where a man hath wisa dom to see things which may be a reproof to him, he may call himself in question, whether he hath acted in that likeness, and take the reproof to himself, and he may love the person that gave the reproof: if he judge it from the Lord, he will say with David, " Blessed be the rod of the Lord;
if from the righteous, let the righteous reprove and smite me; but the ways of the wicked I bate.” Now I tell him, however vulgar he inay call thy dreams, which I ordered thee to put in print, they will all find the truth of them hereafter. And I now tell thee, it was to try man. kind, what their belief is in the Scriptures, concerning the dreams and visions shewn to the prophets, that I gave thee dreams in like manner. So he that mocks the one mocks the other, and must know that he is condemning the Scriptures throughout; therefore I shall answer such men according to their folly. If I permitted vulgar dreams to be shewn to thee, I well knew that in like manner thou wouldest have vulgar and is. norant men to contend with; if I perinitted abominable traslı to be shewn to thee, I well knew thou wouldest have abominable trash, in men, to contend with. And let all their trash be brought together, then let them see their own likeness, from the dreams and visions I shewed to thee; for their own shame stands before them; and in condemning thee, they condemn theirselves. But it is not thee that they condemn; it is ME, and my Gospel; the visitation of my Spirit, to warn mankind that the end is at hand, that I shall fulfil it, is what is now called trash, by men who do not believe in the one nor the other. Because I tell thee, it is blasphemy in men to say that they believe the Scriptures to be the word of God, that all the Prophets wrote by the Lord, and from the Gospel believe in the Son of God; while, at the same time, they boldly say that neither the one nor the other will ever be fulfilled. Such language is like Satan's in the beginning, who, in the form of a serpent, tempted the woman, and betrayed her, saying, that what the Lord had said concern
ing the forbidden fruit was not true; for it would not be in that likeness that they should die. This was the sense and meaning of his words : but he told her, that they should be as gods, knowing good from evil. Here the temptations began in the first, in the form of a serpent; but then in Cain he went on in the form of man, and thus he hath continued to this day. But now, from the fall, let them look to all nations, kin. dred, and people; then they will see the truth of the words spoken by the Lord concerning the forbidden fruit-dead to the knowledge of God, to his wisdom, and his decrees, dead in trespasses and sin, dead to the happiness man was created for, without feeling any lively sense of the mercies and love of his Creator. But know, from the Scriptures, and from the Gospel, Max is promised to be restored from the fall, in the end, that he may come to a true knowledge of the love of God which is in CHRIST Jesus, in sending his Son to take away the sin of the world, in the end, and bring in the redemption of man. But here, like the serpent's betraying the woman with lies, through the subtlety of the devil: so in like man. ner he is now working in men to say that the word of God will never be fulfilled; but make the Scriptures, like the Koran of Mahomet, truth and errors blended together, by those who allow any truth in the Scriptures; while others place the Scriptures as a fabrication altogether, in the likeness that he hath placed the whole together. So now I ask mankind, what knowledge believers would gain, to go to such teachers and pastors for an explanation of the Gospel, or of the Scriptures which I ordered thee to bring together?
“Now come to my Gospel. Matthew, xxiv. 27 -44-51. “For as the lightning cometh out of the
east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord liath-made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods. And if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my lord delayeth his coming, and shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkard ; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of; and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites.”
" Look to the parables in the xxv. chapter, and let him answer when either was fulfilled, or in what manner they will be fulfilled ? Thou sayest in thy heart, neither of these chapters have yet been fulfilled. To thy words I answer. If they never are to be fulfilled, if they never will be fulfilled as I have revealed to thee, and various other sayings through my Gospel, which are spoken in like manner, of the Son of Man being revealed, in a day men little think of, and in a way men little think of; if these things are not fulfilled, then my Gospel cannot be finished be. fore I come to fulfil my sayings. And he that denies the fulfilment of this, denyeth the truth of my Gospel to be spoken by the God of truth; and therefore I tell thee, it is but hypocrisy for inen to pretend to preach the Gospel, and vainly boast of their worthiness of receiving the bread and wine in token of my love, to die for man, till