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mouth of thy Seed, nor out of the mouth of thy Seed's Seed, saith the Lord:" then now let them answer, 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 answerest, 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 prophet. What enemies had I ?ot 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 vena^ance for clothing. For now come to a Bridegroom; if he be in great power to protect 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, Eli As 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 wisdonf of men, who said that my Birth should ha^e been written in the Sun, "Salvation by Jesus 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 manner, 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 wo Max 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 thy mouth, and by raising up friends for thee, as stars to arise and shine upon thy head: and now as stars I will make them shine brighter and brighter to the perfect day, till all this gross darkness be done away. And therefore, they shall know it is the Lord that is risen upon thee, and it is his glory that is seen upon thee, to shew 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 in Me: for now my sons shall come from afar, and my daughters shall be nursed at thy side; because from this; shall my Gospel be made known, and the Seed's Seed shall beunderstood. Now I ask them, when this prophecy was fulfilled? were my praises then eet fortn ? did I then shew the liouse of my glory, or glorify myself amongst mankind? Did they then Hy to me as a cloud, and as doves to the windows? Did they then wait for Me; and the ships of Tarahish 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; therefore 1 said 1 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 have 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 Lebanon 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 trod the earthly ground: but now will I make them bend before Me, or 1 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?
which way will they explain it? Thou sayest, it is spoken by the Prophet—'* The ciy of tbe Lord, the Zioa of the holy One or Israel:" and it is spoken of a people forsaken and hated, that "the Lord will make an eternal excellency, a jpy of many generations.'' But now I ask tbetn, how thej- will bring it to the Jews, that these blessings shall rest upon, to mike this a nappy 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 tbe days of thy mourning shall be ended.'' Here let the learned answer, how this can be fulfilled without a visitation from tbe 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 tbe Lord hath entirely forsaken his people? Doth not the Lord dwell in heaven above, and amongst the inhabitants of tbe earth below? and yet this chapter is not fulfilled; neither will the words of tbe Proptiets be fulfilled, ^ill the Branch of my planting, tbe Work of my hands, that I may he glorified, is placed amongst them; then "a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I tl»e Lord will hasten it in his time." And now they will find tbe time is come. When I came first in the Flesh, it icas to proclaim, the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of veageance of our Gop: for I knew I should be rejected and despised by them: and therefore I told them nf the day of vengeance, that would come upon thqm,: bpt the acceptable year of the Lord I told them was at my return, that I should call them trees of righteousness, and turn their sor
rows into joy, when they begin to look btr fa«: Wfeom they have pierced, and be longing for my coming: then will the chapter be fulfilled.
"Now come to the Prophet: Jeremiah xxiii. 5. "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,' that I will raise unto David a righteous lh.uich, and a King shall reign and prosper, and sbalh execute judgment and justice in tl>e earth. IoV his days Judah shall be saverl, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The LORD ot\u ltruHTisous
"Was this done in my days, when I said I was the Hoot and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star? But was not the Root thew cut off? Was Judah saved, and Israel dwelled1 in safety? Is it established to this day? Alb men must answer, no. Then kr.ow, the n Ranch* must spring from the Root, before the fulfilment? of the Prophet's words can be true."
Zecharieh ii. 10, 12, 13. "Sing and rejoice,
0 daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will' dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And' the Lord shall inlierit Judah his portion in the! holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Bei silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he. is1 raised up out of his holy habitation."
Zechariah iit 8, 10. "Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy feUows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my Servant The BRANCH. In that day, saith the Lord of Hosts, shall ye call every man hh neighbour under the vine and under the fig-tree."
"Here let men see, from the Prophets, what a change is to take place for man's happiness, when
1 bring forth my Branch to man: for though I said, lam the Vine, ye are the Branches; and