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not yet shewn my power sufficient enough to convince any of their errors, that now stand out in unbelief. As my ways and my wisdom are called blasphemy, by the boasters of religion, and taken in question by them; then now I call them forward to shew their wisdom and their power, to convince these blasphemers, of every sect and party, whether they mock the Gospel, or whether they mock the Prophets; let men shew their sufficiency, from the Gospel and from the Prophets, to convince mankind of their errors; or let them stop their blasphemy that they ar* daily committing, in the manner they are speaking against my visitation to thee. Let them prove the time that ever the words of the Prophets were fulfilled, which I ordered thee to bring together in thy last book; let them not say it was thy opinions, or thy notions; because it was my command to thee, to bring them forward, in the manner they are placed together; and the manner they are explained was not from thy wisdom, but mine; not from thy understanding, but my directiops; for it was I revealed the sense and meaning of them.—Now let them answer, from their wisdom, Who is the Son of Man that I said should be revealed, and in what H t should be revealed r Let them answer, ivlw is the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory, for men to expect their redemption to draw near? Let them answer the meaning of these words:
Luke, xxi. 35—36. "For as a snare jt shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." . •»' Here let them answer the meauina of the words, who is- the So.v of Max, that as a snare is here meant, that they cannot understand? But if they blame my explanation to thee, let them shew their wisdom, to prove my Gospel true another way. And let them see, throughout the land, the blasphemy spoken against the Scriptures; and how it is out of the power of men to prove the Scriptures true, to shame and confound these blasphemers. This sufficiency is not in man; for insufficient are their ways, insufficient is their wisdom, their knowledge, or their understanding, and insufficient is their power. But now I shall shew the full sufficiency of my power and wisdom, to save to the utmost all nations, kindred, and people, to bring them to the knowledge of the Living God; that the kingdoms of this world might become the kingdoms of the living God, for every knee to bow to Me. Have J yet taken my great power, to reign and rule over the hearts of men? This sufficiency is behind; but this is the time that they will see the sufficiency of my power to destroy those my enemies that would not that I should come and reign over them, by raising up a Body in the likeness of what I laid down. But do men simply suppose, that I shall leave the glories of heaven, to come down and .dwell with men upon earth, because I have not power to raise my likeness, in my name, and in my stead? Let them answer the word8 in the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts, iii. 19.—" Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord: and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things."
"Now let them answer, with all their boasted wisdom, what is the meaning of the Apostle's words? what are the times of refreshing, to come from the presence of the Lord? and what is the meaning of sending Jesus Christ, to raise up a Prophet, according to the words of Moses? The Apostles did not understand what they wrote, any more than thou hast understood what thou hast written. If they had understood, they would have known, in the end, that I should raise up my likeness, greater than Moses, to be a Prophet, Priest, and King, to lead the people in the last days. But what likeness of Moses was there in Me? Did-I deliver the people from the hands of their enemies? did I establish them in any promised land, when I became flesh and blood and dwelt with men? Lei them prove that this was done; and let them prove the time and season that the words of the Prophets have been fulfilled, in the chapters I pointed out to thee. This is impossible for them to prove; then now I ask them, where is my merit, where is my wisdom, or where is my power, to fulfil the words I said in my Gospel, that I came not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil them? And thou hast faith enough to believe in my sufficiency, my power, and my goodness, that what I have said I have power to fulfil, and to complete the foundation that I laid in the beginning. Because I have told thee, from my first coming, it was to die for the transgression of man, to cast out the adversary that betrayed the woman; and, by the Gospel, to prepare the way, to make the path straight in the wilderness, that they may see, in the end, the way I meant to visit again, to set my Son on the holy hill of Zion. For, I now tell thee and all mankind, the Gospel is much plainer to be understood, in what manner my Second Coming would be, than my
First was from the Prophets.—Let them answer from the words of Paul, how God shall send forth his Son made of a Woman? Who is the Son that is to be revealed in the last days? Who is the Lord God that is to dwell amongst mankind? What remains to be testified in due time? I now tell thee, the blindness of the professors of religion wrest the scriptures to their own condemnation; because they deny the truths they contain; and by saying they are fulfilled, when they are not, they strengthen the hands of evil doers to go on in unbelief.
"Now come to the words I spoke to thee this morning, that I should descend from the cross, and build up the temple, which the Jews destroyed in Me.
Matthew, xxvii. 39—43. "They that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, thou that destroyest the temple, and buiidcst it in three days, save thyself: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. .Likewise also the chief priests, mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will save him: for he said, I am the Son of God."
"Now I shall answer thee, from the language of mankind, and from the words I said to thee in the morning— If I am the Son »/ God, this year will I come down from the cross, by producing a Body like my Own, by producing Life as I laid down, by placing a cm Ld in the midst of them; and whosoever receiveth the Child, receiveth M E; and whosoever rejecteth the Child, rejecteth Me. And I shall explain to thee the meaning, why I aid. come dvwnjrom the cross; as thou sayest in
thy heart, / wot then taken down from the cross, and after that ascended to glory, from the account given by my disciples. But know, the Cross stood as a disgrace, that as a malefactor I was put to death, and with malefactors 1 expired on the cross; so that my honour still stands as one stained with guilty blood, that men by rer pentance have not done away; neither have the eyes of their understanding been opened to see it was in love to man, that I submitted to the death pf the cross; but how was that love mocked and despised by the Jews! how were my disciples put to death, fur bearing testimony of Me, as the Son of God, to do away the stain of sin in the end! But who believed their report? See the rations every where: am I not looked upon as a malefactor, and the cross stained with guilty blood? Is not this the language of the Jews? Do they not mock and despise my Gospel? I« not the language of their hearts now as it was in days of old?—We have a law, and by that law he ought to die r Know the letter that Bradley sent thee; then, from them, I still stand op the. cross as a guilty malefactor, to be put to death.
"Now come to the Christians, in your owq land, who call themselves Christians, by the Gospel; and do tJiey not say, that the Virgin Mary was a whore? that her son was a bastard? Is there not worse said by the professors of religion, than by the Deists and Atheists, who place the scriptures by the inventions of men? Thou knpwest that Paine,put all to men's invention: then, by them, the cross stands stained with a malefactor; and it is in men I stand condemned; because it is Looked upon as invention. But now come to those who profess to believe that there was a Gospel, that I was puj; to death for saying I was the Son of God; autl my Dis