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''Now come to' the Prophet: Isaiah lxvi.6,7,8f.< "A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendered* recompense to his" enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her J>ain came, she was delivered of a mart-child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such a thing? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day, or shall a nation be born at once?"
"Yes; I tell thee, this is the Nation- of the Jews; and the Chilo that is to lead them they will find is born in a day they little think of, and in an hour unaware, before this vear hath s£>t an end. For now shall I create all things new: the new heavens, and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness: for now I shall come to the professors of my Gospel, whom I have told thee are as blind as the Jews: can they say that this chapter was fulfilled in the days of" iny flesh? When I was born, will they say, that I was the ManChild, that then brought in the great deliverance? Did I not say through my Gospel, that I should come again as a Bridegroom? Did I not tell my disciples I had many things to say unto them, that they could not bear, but what was hidden should be made known, what was concealed should be revealed, and that the Son of Man should be revealed in a day they little thought of? But I was revealed to them then, and was in person with them; but I told them I should come again, and should scarce find faith on the earth, because my Gospel was not understood, in what manner I should visit by the Spirit.—
"And now come to the words of the Prophet: Isaiah lii. 14, 15.—" As many were astonished at thee; (his visage wa* so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men)' so shall he sprinkle many nations, the kings shall shut their mouths at him; for that which had not been told them, shall they see; and that which they had not heard, shall they consider."
"Now come to the Gospel: did the kings shut their mouths at Me, when I became flesh and dwelt with men? or did I then make known in what manner the Comforter should come to abide with you for ever.-' or in what manner the Spirit of Truth should be sent to guide you into all truths? did I explain my meaning—at my second coming, should I find faith on the earth? Neither did I explain the parables that I likened the kingdom of heaven to —the coming of the Bridegroom; and he that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom. Then, to prove my words true, that my second coming is as a Bridegroom, there must be a Bride prepared, to fulfil my sayings, and the visions of John.
Revelations xii. 1,2. "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Chapter xix. 7. "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him ; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."
"Being clothed with the Suv is the Sun o Righteousness, to arise with healing in his wings, to heal the Woman of the Tall; but how cou it be said, the Bride, the Lamb's wife, witho a spiritual visitation, to prove- that as the Bn Groom I meant to come in Spirit, to vis Bridegroom, and make myself known» "Now come to Isaiah liii. s. 10, f* He was taken from prison, and fro ami-who shall declare hit ireneration
rut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him, he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong."
Genesis vi. 3.—" And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man."
"The Spirit and the Soul have one meaning; and, therefore, it is by the Spirit that the Seed here mentioned must appear, to fulfil the words of the prophet But no man, by learning, can explain the meaning of the prophet's words.—Were my days then prolonged? Had I any portion of the great divided with me? Did I divide the spoil with the strong? No: 1 was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before the shearer was dumb. But this was the day of vengeance I had in my heart, to come again, in power and great glory, to destroy the works of the devil.
"I shall explain to thee the meaning of the words—" When thou shalt make his Soul an offering for sin." When I was put to death, it was the Body that I said I laid down, and should take it up again, and it was in the Body that I was crucified. But now come to the Soul, that I have tuld thee the Spirit has the same meaning with: and here is the offering made for sin, when I condescend to visit by my Spirit in manner like a bridegroom, to bring in my Heirs to the Kingdom. Then must men be made JointHeirs with Me: for as I came first to bear the transgression of man, and was cut off by the fury of the devil working in men; so when 1 come to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman, it is in Spirit that I must make my Soul an offering for sin, to bring in my heirs to the kingdom: and therefore I said, the kingdom of heaven is within you: and to prove the truth of my words, a Second Biiith must appear. Know what I said to Nicodemus."' John iii, 3—7. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born again? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, lie cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh , and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again."
"Had my sayings been understood, that a Second Child should be born of my Spirit, then impostors would have arisen; neither could I have asked Nicodemus how he, being a master of Israel, knew not these thiugs. He could have no knowledge from my Gospel: I spoke concerning the Prophets, that he might understand how I came first to die for man; but to fulfil them in the end, it is in Spirit that the spiritual child must be born again. These things stand on record, but not understood by man.
Isaiah, liv. 5, 6.—" For thy Maker is thine Husband (the Lord of Hoitt it hi* name) and thy Redeemer the Holy Oo«r of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall he be called, lor the Lord hath called thee as a woman forukeu and grieved iri spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God."
"Then come the great blessings to her children, because they will be taught of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord; but how can men prove that this chapter was ever fulfilled? Where is the nation, where is the people, that can prove that all their children were taught of the Lord, and that great hath been the peace upon the earth? These things were never fulfilled; and, therefore, the professors of religion's saying all is finished, is but adding fuel to the fire, to strengthen the hands of the deists and atheists.
"Now come to the lxii. chapter. "For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burnetii. The Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all the kings thy glory."
"But where is the man who can answer these words, that they were fulfilled when I became flesh and dwelt with men? Instead of righteousness being established, and salvation as a lamp that burnetii, destruction followed Jerusalem; instead of peace, wars and tumults; instead of all the kings seeing my glory, or the glory brought to my people, they saw Me put to a shameful death, the Jews scattered in all nations, and mv discipies put to death, that bore testimony of Me. So that the words of the Prophet were not then fulfilled.
"But now mark the words that follow: "Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.