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Me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved, because he said unto him the third time, lovest thou Me rand he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, feed my sheep." From these words I shall answer thee. I that knew all things, knew*## • * * * 's heart; th«it, like the command I gave to Peter, to feed my lambs, and feed my sheep, was a law written upon his heart; and therefore, as a faithful shepherd, that taketh care of his sheep, to guard them against the wolf, if he knew them in danger; so I knew that the heart and mind of him was to act faithfully, to search out both ways; whether thou wast in danger of the wolf; which meaneth, to be in danger of Satan's arts; or, whether thou wast a sheep of mine, visited by my Spirit, that he should feed and take care of; and therefore I told thee he would go on faithfully, while he stood alone; because that I who know all things, knew he would act as a faithful shepherd at the first; that my command would be obeyed by him; but I well knew the malice of men and devils, with what rage and fury they would break out against him, when thy writings went out in the world; and therefore I gave thee the prophecies the other way; as I knew he would fall from his own first stedfastness, when assaulted by men and devils. Now call to thy remembrance what the people told * * * *: that ***•**• wrote the books, and thou signedst thy nnnie to them. Know they said he was the Prophet: call to thy r what were thy thoughts: didst thou r heart, that thou wast not sorry to see Y as men had placed thy writings to hin thou marvel in thy heart, that I sh man to Satan's temptations, and the pe
others, to confound the wisdom of men at firs^ and prove their judgment wrong, that placed thy writings to him? For, as ye are with men, I must act after the manner of men; foF 1 well knew it was impossible for thee to abide in Exeter and have thy writings proved there, if ******* had stood stedfast with thee; because men and devils would have risen in fury against thee, and against the man; for as they began, they would have went on, to say he had written from his own invention what he was ashamed to put his own name to; and therefore desire thee to give thine. So that, one way or other, both would be condemned. Call to thy remembrance what they said of *****; what they approved of, in thy writings, the said was written by him. And this the world would have affirmed, had I permitted any man to take the writings from thy mouth, after I ordered thee not to write the communications thyself; and therefore I told thee I should gain two handmaids to write for thee; and this thou knowest was in 1795. And now let them discern in what manner I worked a way to have strangers come forward, that had no knowledge of thee, or thy writings that had been carrie'd on so many years, and published to the world, before ever they had heard thy name. This was my wisdom, to baffle the wisdom of men; for J have shewn thee, plainly, from the wisdom of a few, what the wisdom of .thousands would be: and, as books are printed now against thee, Satan would have had every advantage to work in men to publish books against him and thee, if he had stood stedfast, to go on; and therefore I permitted his fall from any jaith in thy mission.
'.' And now call to thy remembrance what have been thy pondering thoughts of thy observations in the world, how strongly do men rule with arbitrary power over the minds of one the other,
^so that ye dare not say your souls are your own, that by your own masters ye can stand or fall; because the fear of men, and the dread of men, make many fall from their own stedfastness: mans inhumanity to man makes countless ages mourn. .
"This is thy discernment and pondering; then marvel not in thy .heart that I should permit *«***** lo fall oftj when I saw by what arbitrary power that men began with . over him: but know I told thee, if he repented and acknowledged the truths, that were put in his hands, I should make his standing more secure than it was before he fell. For I have already shewn thee how his standing could not be secure, to go on and stand according to his calling at first; bur, in. his unbelief, he liath acted like the unbelieving world, as I told thee before by the Bibte, that they were doing the very things thai he did by ihy writings. Are they not parting the Bible, to take away .one part, that it may not be understood? Thou hast heard in what manner the Arians are parting the Bible: and was this to be done by all in like manner, to take away one, part; men would have no clear knowledge of the Scriptures, to compare them together, or shew the truth one part with the other. This could not be done by man; if all joined alike, then there could be no witnesses of the Scriptures, to prove the contents; and the knowledge would be concealed from public view, as the truth of thy writings was concealed by him. So both together stand in one likeness.
"Now call to thy remembrance what books thou .hast heard of, and what books have been brought to thy view, that are printed against the Scriptures, against my Gospel; much worse than ever was printed against thee. And now I ask mankind how* these blasphemous writeri,
that are daily increasing, will ever be put a stop to, by the wisdom of men? This is impossible <#br man to do; and therefore the Scriptures would fait to the ground, like the falling leaves in the autumn, one leaf after the other till the trees are stript bare by the frost: and so are the frozen hearts of men become to strip the Scriptures all the same; for as the wind weakens the leaves, to make them fall off one after the other ; just so Will the wind of words that is in men, that is now rising high amongst mankind, to fill them tip with unbelief, to strip the Bible in like manner, as the trees are stript of their leaves: and as the cold makes them wither to die away, so do the cold hearts of men make the Scriptures die the same; and therefore I said in my Gospel, that if the clays were not shortened, no- flesh would be saved. And know I compared my coming .to the budding leaves that appeared in the spring; for, when the autumn hath stript the one, that all die away by the cold and the frost; so doth the warmth of the spring bring on the other, to have new leaves appear to man, though all come from the same tree. And now I tell thee of the new leaves: there must be a renewal of my Spirit, a visitation of my Spirit, according to my Gospel, according to the Prophets, to shew mankind that the Tree is the same: it is not dead, though the leaves are withered in the autumn, which I have clearly shewn thee, from the hearts of men, how my Bible is become dead to them; but I shall shew them, by the spring and the leaves that will appear, that the Thee, which is my Promises, stands stedfast, and will be fulfilled: and I shall return like the leaves in the spring. And therefore I have commanded thee to bring together all the prophecies of ***** **} where he stands on conditions, and where he stands without
conditions; which I have clearly pointed out to thee both ways, that men may discern how they were fulfilled, according to the prophecies spoken of him; and this I have ordered thee to publish to the world, that men may judge of events in this present age, and what hath taken place in so few years, before their view.
"All these things I have ordered thee to bring together in a straight line, that men may see the calling clear; for thou knowest how many were stumbled concerning *******j because they did not discern where he stands on conditions, nor where he stood without conditions; and, as men are stumbled concerning him, because they judge, if he began, he must go on; without,discerning that his fall was foretold. So in like manner men stumble at the Scriptures; for they do not discern in what manner they stand—what is said on conditions, being placed for man, before my appointed time is come to fulfil my words and promises, that stand on record, without any conditions.
*' Now come to the beginning.—Genesis, i. 26. 14 And God said, Let us make man in our Image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own Image, in the Image of God created he him: male and female created he them."
** Now come to mv Gospel. Luke, ii. ] "And the Angel said unto'them, behold I bring you good tidings of j which shall be to all people. For unti born this day, in the city of David, a S which is Christ the Lord. And tli the sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe in swaddling clothes, lying in a mang<