Volume 4, The Works of George Fox, Doctrinal Books I, Continued
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WORLD'S RELATIONSHIP,
—By G. F.
The relationship, which stands in destroying,
Here is the pure religion known without guile, who are out of Cain's way,
And all that profess a relationship one to another,
The faith of such is no better than the faith of the Pharisees,
To believe only of a Christ because the scriptures declare of him, is to believe as the Pharisees believed, who were the persecutors and murderers of the just, but to believe in the light, the life that gave forth the scriptures is seen, and Christ is believed in, and here he has the witness in himself, and comes to be a child of light, and born of God, which birth overcomes the world. Now, said Christ, they hate the light, because their deeds are evil, and will not bring their deeds to it, because the light will reprove them, and this is the condemnation, the light, said Christ. Now it appears who hate the light: priests, teachers, people, young and old hate the light, and will not bring their deeds to the light, because the light will reprove them. Neither will they allow others that walk in the light, and love the light, and bring their deeds to the light, to show them their deeds with the light, and reprove them with the light, because they hate the light, and those who walk in it, and cast them into prison, and so are stumbling at the light all sorts of people, [mark,] it is the light that they hate, said Christ, they hate the light which reproves their evil deeds.
This light is that which the world and its teachers cannot endure to hear talk of, but hate it, and those who walk in the light. It is the light that is so much stumbled at, because their deeds are evil, and they walk in darkness, there is a proof; for those who walk in the light stumble not, but come to receive the light of life. Here Christ's words are fulfilled among them that hate the light, and will not bring their deeds to the light, because the light will reprove them. For that which makes manifest is light; so that which makes manifest they cannot endure, but would be in the dark, and keep their deeds in the dark as it is manifest. Christ said the devil shall cast some of you into prison; he is out of the light, out of the truth, and a liar, and a murderer from the beginning, which now is seen with the light, and trampled upon. All who do not own the light, which comes from the word [within you heart and mouth], are the wicked seeds-men, sowing abroad for tares; there lies, the evil reports. Those who are gone from the light, that comes from the word of truth, are given up to believe lies and reports, and may cry up darkness. If you hate the light, what do you have to preach, other than darkness; if you turn from the light, pitiful preaching results, which hates the light, which manifests all the works of darkness.
Friends,—Your conditions is grieved and lamented over, your want of the life of God, and barrenness of his power among you, whose lean souls are seen, whose barrenness, and barren womb appears, who thirst little after the living God, whose wildness, wantonness, and negligence of the everlasting salvation appears; yet full, like Sodom and Gomorrah, being full of that which is wicked and profane; the streets of your town will manifest it. O, people, where is your salvation, and what assurance have you of that, and of your eternal inheritance, where nothing that does defile enters? O, are you come to examine and see whether Christ is in you, or not, that wickedness, profaneness, unrighteousness, ungodliness, filthiness might go out of you? For if Christ is found within you, the strong man goes out that has kept the house, and defiled the heart, and the body, and the mind, and that imprisoned the soul; if Christ is felt within, there is the soul's bishop. O, people, I am grieved with your abominations, and filthiness, and unsavoriness, and untowardness, and your unsubjected state to the life and power of God. If you do not repent, and your minds are not changed to serve the living God in spirit, which mortifies sin and corruption, the earth will vomit you out, who have cumbered it, and destroyed the creatures of God on your filthy ungodly lusts, and that you have served and pleasured. O, I am weary of mine adversaries, said the Lord, I am weary of your abominations, you have loaded the just, and pressed it as a cart with sheaves, your hearts are gross and fat; with your tongues you have talked of God, but your hearts have been far off, after your own ends: your younger children, boys and people, are full of lightness, wildness, folly, and vanity, and envy, and mocking, scorn and derision, (which is not a good savor in your streets), stubbornness, and untowardness, and profaneness, and wildness, more like Esau's and Ishmael's stock, than Isaac's and Jacob's. Your old men are not sober, nor solid, nor grave, and so they are not good patterns to the younger; so you are all more like heathens than christians, empty of the good, full of the forgetfulness of God, and out of his fear, as though there was no God, as though you had never heard talk of God, nor scripture, nor Christ; but this saying is fulfilled, the teachers have not profited the people at all, Jer 23. But like people, like priest. But what a teacher is he that must serve this people? Who must be the prophet, or the priest, that must fit such a people? Surely he must be such a one who teaches for filthy lucre, and bears rules by his means, that will divine for money, that will preach peace to them, while they put into his mouth, such as mind earthly things, who serves not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies, that has such fruits in the streets. Butthose who seek for their gain from their quarter, and the price, never lead people to the Lord, but lead them into the earth, and to be like themselves, and they live like beasts and swine, as you may read. Jer 5, Mic 3, Eze 34, Isa 56, Jer 23, Rom 13, Mat 12, whose fruits declare it.
And away with the profession of God with your lips, while your hearts are afar off; and away with your making a trade of the scriptures, Christ's and the prophets' and the apostles' words, for which many suffered death in giving them forth. Away with your lukewarmness, and away with your carnal formality, and away with your doctrines and traditions of men, which perish in the using of them. Away with your singing of David's quakings, and tremblings, and fasts in meter, and instead, come to sing in the spirit. Away with your hour-glass-preaching, and hypocritical praying, and your old mass-house-worship, which is called steeple-house or church, and come to the church in God. 1 Thes 1, and to worship God in spirit, John 4, and the Lord is come to teach his people himself, by his spirit, and to bring them off from all the world's teachers, and churches, and ways, to Christ, the way to himself, and he does enlighten everyone that comes into the world, that all through the light might believe; and everyone believing in the light, which has enlightened them, they shall become the children of the light; but those who hate the light that does enlighten them, they hate Christ, and that condemns them: and that is the light that lets the drunkard see he should not be drunk, and the curser that he should not curse, nor swear, and the thief, that he should not steal, and that the cozener should not cozen, nor cheat, nor wrong, nor defraud; and lets the profane see he should not profane; and lets the envious man see he should not envy, nor fight, nor quarrel, nor lie, nor commit adultery; that is the light which discovers that: not to look after a woman to lust after her, that is the light that said so. If you love the light, it will let you see all your evil thoughts, words, and actions, which be wrought out of God, and turn you from them; and coming into the light, your works will be wrought in God, and your words will be from him, and so good, that is in everyone of your bosoms that will judge you, and condemn you acting contrary to it, and reprove you; but if you consider it, and hearken to it, it will turn your minds to the Lord God; and if you hate it, it will be your condemnation. Therefore, now while you have time, consider and prize it, for this is the day of your visitation, and salvation proffered to you. With the light which you see your sin, which Christ Jesus has enlightened you withal, with the same you may see your salvation, Christ Jesus, from whence it comes, to save you from your sin. And people, that which may be known of God is made manifest within you, which God has showed unto you, that when you do the thing which is not convenient, not righteous, but worthy of death, by that of God in you, you can know; and while your minds are reprobate from that, you are all strangers from the life of God, and the covenant of promise. And friends, the light you must feel in your own hearts, to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ, 2 Cor 4, and all the children of the Lord, shall be taught of the Lord, Isa 54, and you must come to know the anointing in you, to teach you, 1 John 2, and the kingdom of heaven you must know within you, Luke 17, and that is it which never consents to sin. And you must come to know the new covenant, the law in your minds, and in your hearts, by which you need not say to one another, know the Lord, but that all might come to know him, from the greatest to the least, that witness the law of God put and written in your minds and hearts, that you may come to witness the Lord is your God, and you his people. Repent, for fear that you come to say you had time, when it is passed; so from a lover of your souls, and your eternal good.
Come, away with your self-righteousness, and your feigned humility, and your will-worship, and your carnal security, and take heed of drunkenness, and filthiness, and profaneness, and scoffing, mocking, scorning, and derision, for such who live in such things, and act such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and away with that you call your sacraments, and your sprinkling infants, and come to Christ the substance, and come to the spirit, that you may be baptized into one body, that you may come to possess the things the scriptures speak of.
The very mist of the air is among you, and so are so light, and vain, which are the prince of the air's fruits, and the priest's who has long preached for his mouth; but if you put not into his mouth, see if he turn not against you, and you shall not keep him long; so look unto Christ Jesus to teach you, who said, learn of me, who is the way to the Father, who has enlightened you, that with the light you may see him, who is the bread to feed upon; but if you hate it, then you feed upon husks.
This is to be read among the people of Uxbridge.
A WORD IN THE BEHALF OF THE KING,
— By George Fox
Let all people consider what they do, and what they say, and practice; who say they are christians (and go under that name) and bring Peter's words,1 Pet 2:17, Honor all men, [Mark,] that is a large word, for if they honored all men, then they would not hurt any man, but love all men, and have all men in esteem; and if they esteemed a man, they would never hurt him; and if they esteemed all men, and honored them, then they would hurt no man. So if they only practiced what they say, there would be no strife in Christendom; nor would there be strife with any men, nor hatred of any man, nor violence, nor striking any man - for he honored him, and had him in esteem, and he that honored him, loved him.
Now he that does not honor all men, nor does not love all men, nor has not all men in esteem, (though he may say these words of the apostle, yet he is out of the doctrine of the apostle, and practice) he is in the nature of a Jew, or a heathen, that hates, and dishonors, slanders, backbites, and envies, and does violence to men, does not honor them, nor has them not in esteem, nor does not love them. So look what derision, scorn, maliciousness, and what envy men live in, abusing one another, and wronging one another, yet would not these be called christians? do these honor all men? Do these love all men, even their enemies? Have these all men in esteem, that will strike, and fight, and shed men's blood? Are these such as keep Christ's commands, who said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27, Again he said, “All things whatsoever you would that men should do unto you, do you the same unto them, for that is the law and the prophets.” Luke 6:31. Now he that loves his neighbor as himself, he will not hurt him; and he that wrongs or deceives his neighbor, or strikes, or abuses, or sheds another man's blood, he would not have the same done unto himself by another; and so such an one is out of Christ's doctrine, and a transgressor of the law and the prophets.
Now is it not so, that many esteem clothes and riches, and so admire men's persons because of advantage. Thus they have become respecters of men's persons, and do not honor all men, but disesteem them that have not fine clothes, and gay apparel, and riches, and esteem them that have; and so honor the one, and dishonor the other; now this is respecting of persons, and not to honor all men, as the apostle James in 2:12 speaks of, who said, “My brethren have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory with respect of persons. For if there come a man with a gold ring, and goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and you have respect to him that wears the gay clothing, and say unto him, sit you here in a good place, and say to the poor man stand you there, or sit here under my foot-stool.” Now this is being the respecter of persons, who has not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, and not the one who honors of all men, and so there is the sect maker; but who honors all men, they are no sect makers, but are out of them all.
The second thing is this, “Love the brotherhood, and love enemies;” now here is the two things, to love enemies, it is not to kill them, and to destroy them, but to overcome them with the good; now enemies are sons of Adam, in whom the enmity is, and the sins of the flesh, who be strangers from the life of God, and the covenant of promise and sonship, in which is the brotherhood.
Those that are in the love of God, (which is to the world), would have all others to be saved, and to know their mind and their salvation. Now if they would have all men to be saved, they would not have them destroyed, neither destroy them. Even if they are hypocrites, or blasphemers, or dissenters, or heretics, or fanatics, let them be what they will; he would have them to be saved. The patience and long suffering of God is great salvation. Paul and David, who were great transgressors, witnessed this salvation. But the impatient and envious, (which are the tares), they destroy the saints, and pluck up the wheat for tares, as blasphemers and heretics. But these have not the spirit of Christ guiding of them, and such cannot love enemies, for those who hate enemies, are out of the commands of Christ, and out of his spirit, and mind, who persecute about religion, and church worship, but do not love enemies; neither are they in brotherly fellowship, nor in the spirit and power of God, that goes over all transgression, that was before it was. So those who hate enemies have not all men in esteem, (mark, all men), these are not in brotherly fellowship, nor do not love brotherhood, but are respecters of persons, that do not honor all men, and love enemies; but are in hatred, and envy, and fury, and rage, and madness, (not in the love and meekness), and that is the fanatic spirit, that does not love enemies.
Thirdly, “Fear God and honor the king;” so mark, those who fear God, honor the king; and to fear God is to depart from sin, and evil, (and that keeps the heart clean) which is the beginning of wisdom. Now such as do not fear God, do not honor the king; and such as do not depart from sin and evil, do not fear God, and they do not honor the king.
It may be they may talk of him with the lips, and bow the knee, put off the hat, etc. But that is not the honor; for those who live not in the fear of God, do not honor the king. Drunkards, and swearers, and cursers, you fear not God, therefore you honor not the king; for the scriptures said, “you shall not swear nor curse,” as Paul said, to the Romans , and as Christ said, Mat 5:32-37 and James said, James 5:12. And all you who live in adultery, fornication, uncleanness, idolatry, whoredom, lasciviousness, effeminateness, pleasures, gaming, sporting, pastime, which stirs up vain and idle words, (for which you must give an account) and vain actions, and taking God's name in vain, you fear not God that do so; therefore you honor not the king, but do dishonor him, and this nation, and his government, and his kingdom; “for righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people,” said Solomon; and, said the apostle, “this know you, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, or covetous man, who is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, or of God.” Eph 5:5-6.
And all you cozeners, cheaters, defrauders, dissemblers, liars, backbiters, slanderers, false accusers, envious, and malicious persons, murderers, plotters, fighters, quarrelers, brawlers, scolders, tumultuous ones, rioters, ambitious, proud, heady, high-minded, vain-glorious, perverse, wicked, and willful men, you live not in God's fear, therefore you cannot honor the king; for they who honor the king, must fear God, as you may read, 1 Pet 2:17. All reproachers, scoffers, scorners, despisers, and mockers, and such as give nicknames to one another, and foolish jesters, and vain, and corrupt, and filthy talkers, who vomit out your own shame by your corrupt communication, you do not fear God; therefore you do not honor the king in your hearts. All of you must come to the witness of God in yourselves, which lets you see sin and evil, and then depart from it. The fear of God is to depart from sin and evil, and then you come to honor the king as you live in God's fear, and there is no other way.
All you who are earthly-minded, and live in oppression, extortion, grinding the face of the poor, in covetousness, which is idolatry, and rebellion against God, which is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness, which is iniquity, and say you shall have peace, though you walk in the stubbornness of your hearts, and regard not the Lord; you do not fear God, neither do you honor the king.
All you insober, intemperate, immodest, ungracious, who choose vice rather than virtue and piety, you fear not God, but cast his law and his fear behind your backs; therefore you honor not the king, for you are to be in the fear of God, before you honor the king.
So never profess that you honor the king, who do not live in the fear of God; and never profess that you are fearing God, and honoring of the king, while you are cursing, swearing, damning, roaring, drinking healths, and spoiling, and misspending, consuming, and destroying the creatures, and drinking in, and vomiting up again. All that be there (and are so doing), fear not God, and so they do not honor the king, (this is not for the king's health, nor this is not for the king's honor), but as I said before, such dishonor him.
All that follow the vain fashions of this world, that live in the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, which is not of God the Father, but of the world, these fear not God, so they honor not the king.
And all thieves, robbers, man-slayers, plotters to destroy men's persons, lives and estates, to bring men into poverty, and to undo one another; these live not in the fear of God, which is to love enemies, and to do good for evil; and these honor not all men, these love not the brotherhood, these cannot honor the king, that live not in God's fear.
All those who make discord, and strife, and dissension among people by lies, and false reports, and dissemble to get gain, and lay snares for the righteous, and betray the innocent to get gain and advantage to themselves, by telling lies of some to others, these fear not God, these do not honor the king.
And all who envy one another about their fashions, and diet, because they have not means to maintain it as high as others, though they would be in the same fashion, and live as high as others, but their estates will not maintain it, and therefore they envy all others who have estates, and can maintain it; and likewise those who have estates to maintain their fashions, etc. They envy others that would be there, and do as they do, but have not wherewithal to maintain it; and so these do not esteem all men, nor love brotherhood, nor fear God, nor honor the king, that have not departed from these evils; for those who go into evil, and live in evil, or in any manner of sin and wickedness, do not fear God, but they fear God, that depart from sin and evil, and such are those who honor all men, and love the brotherhood, who depart from sin, and these are those who honor the king.
But now, cursers, swearers, covenant-breakers, perjured persons, who will swear, and break oaths, and forswear, make covenants, and vows, and promises, and protestations, and leagues, and break them, such fear not God, nor honor the king.
And such as will fight, and kill, and destroy for a morsel of bread, or a mess of pottage, are profane, as Esau was. These are men without natural affection, lovers of themselves, and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, truce-breakers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of them that are good, traitors, and men of corrupt minds, and to every good work are reprobates. These do not fear God, neither can these honor the king, nor the kingdom, nor nation wherein they live.
All that follow gluttony, excess and riot, who eat and drink, and rise up to play, feasts, banquets, stage-plays, bear-baitings, cock-fights, horse-races, hunting, hawking, dancing, carousing, wantonness, spending their times after the lusts and pleasures of the world, which perish with the using; these fear not God, these are not like to honor the king, that destroy the creatures upon their lusts, and vain pleasures.
Therefore tremble before the Lord God, you that do not fear his name, but live in sin, and wickedness, enviousness, maliciousness, strife, bitterness, wrath, anger, and clamor, and evil-speaking, lying, false accusing, persecuting the innocent; and live in drunkenness, bloody-mindedness, hateful, and hating one another, desperate, rash, hasty, perverse, unruly, disorderly, rebellious, unmerciful, cruel, hard-hearted, fierce, despisers, wrathful, obstinate, willful, stubborn, full of threats, revilings, haters of God; you love not enemies, you honor not all men, you do not love the brotherhood, you do not depart from sin and evil, you do not fear God, nor is it like that you should honor the king.
Therefore, all people from the highest to the lowest, it is a warning to you all to depart from sin, and all manner of evil whatsoever. You that live in adultery, idolatry, fornication, uncleanness, whoredom, cursing, swearing, drunkenness, lying, sporting, and pleasures, and in cozening, cheating, deceiving, and defrauding one another, dissembling, reproaching, persecuting one another with tongue or hand, backbiting, or slandering, or false accusing one another, rage, malice and hatred, and envying one another; fear God, and depart from those things, and come into the chasteness, and temperance, and sobriety, and truth, and righteousness, and meekness, and lowliness of mind, out of the high-mindedness, and to love the brotherhood, honor all men, fear God, and then you honor the king.
For as you live in sin and evil, you honor not all men, you love not the brotherhood, you fear not God, you honor not the king; that is from the Lord God to you all, you dishonor men, you dishonor the brotherhood, you dishonor the king, you cast the fear of God behind your backs, and his law also, who live in sin and evil, though you talk ever so much of your honoring the king, we will never believe you, that you honor him while you live in sin, for that is it which is to his dishonor and reproach, and will bring the judgments of God upon the land.
So while you live in the wrath, and revenge, swearing, cursing, blaspheming the name of God, and taking it in vain, and professing him in words, but in works denying of him, living in lying, deceit, and hypocrisy, and dissimulation, in unrighteousness, injustice, and iniquity, in pride, idleness, and fullness of bread, in drunkenness, riotousness, and vain pleasures and delights, (which causes you to forget God), and all manner of cozening, cheating, deceit, defrauding, puffed up, heady, high-minded, ambitious, and overreaching one another in bargaining, to overthrow one another to make yourselves rich; we do say, and know, and believe that you neither fear God, nor honor the king, nor love enemies, nor love the brotherhood, nor honor all men, who are so wicked, and malicious and envious against men.
All that are persecutors about religion, church-worship, ordinances, ministers' maintenance, and their traditions, which the apostles never did so in the primitive times, neither did Christ ever give any such command; these fear not God that do so, neither do they honor all men that do persecute them about religion and worship, and cast them into prison, nor love enemies, nor love brotherhood, nor fear God, nor Christ, nor honor the king; for Christ gave them no such command, as you may read in the scriptures of truth.
Fifthly, and all those who persecute people about observing of days, and not observing of days, meats, and drinks, which stand in the will-worship, as the apostle speaks of, 2 Col, who neglect the body. The kingdom of heaven stands not in such things, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; and those who do so (contrary to the apostle, who said, “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind,” Rom 14), bring people from waiting to be satisfied in their own minds, that persecute them, and compel them to observe days, and times, and months, and years. These love not the brotherhood, nor honor all men, nor fear God, nor Christ, nor honor the king; for that which keeps in the honor of the king, keeps in righteousness, keeps in truth, keeps in justice, which establishes a kingdom, and keeps in the kingdom of God, which stands not in meats and drinks.
Sixthly, and all who teach for filthy lucre, for hire, and for the love of money, such serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies: and all who judge for gifts and rewards, and oppress the poor, and do not equal justice to all, nor minister freely, as Christ commanded, (who have received freely), these fear not God, nor regard the scriptures of truth, nor honor the king, who is to keep all to truth, righteousness, and justice.
Seventhly, and all who get a form of godliness, the scripture of truth, (which was given forth from them who were in the spirit of truth), and yet fine, prison, and persecute such as are in the same spirit as they were in that gave it forth; these neither regard God, nor his fear, nor truth, justice, nor equity; so these cannot honor the king, but such who honor the king, must be temperate, moderate, sober, patient, meek, mild, gentle, loving, do equally, justly, righteously, be holy, godly, true, and faithful, peaceable, merciful, and humble; for humility is that which goes before the honor, and these are the fruits of them that fear God, and honor the king, and love the brotherhood, and honor all men. 1 Pet 2:17.
And the fruits of them that fear not God, and do not honor the king, nor love the brotherhood, nor honor all men (though they pretend to do it), are such as these: cursing, swearing, drunkenness, whoredom, lying, murder, plotting, killing, fighting, theft, adultery, fornication, lasciviousness, pride, envy, hatred, malice, cruelty, oppression, unmerciful, idolatry, covetousness, inordinate affections, lust, voluptuous,(- given to luxury),insatiable, incorrigible, impenitency, unbelief, uncharitable, unthankful, hardness of heart, enmity, strife, competition, discord, persecution, and hauling (violent dragging) men without cause, and laying snares for the innocent.
Never did any kill about religion but the heathen, and Cain, and the Jews, which had a law from God to kill and put to death such as drew them from their God, by which law they were to receive a punishment according to their transgression, whipped, or stoned, or run through. Therefore did the Jews think they did God good service, by killing such as were contrary minded to them, in that they did obey the law. Therefore, under this pretence they did kill the saints, the christians in the primitive times, for they were to love their brethren, and to hate their enemies; for they were their enemies, the heathen, and Gentiles, and such as set up a strange God among them. Therefore the christians (who own Christ, which ends this law, and the Jews' types, and figures, and shadows held up by it), were to love enemies; and this was the difference whereby they differed from the Pharisees, that were to hate enemies, and the christians were to love them. For the time has been, said Christ, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” but said he now, “He that smites you on the one cheek, turn to him the other, and resist not evil, but love your enemies:” Now the Jews who hated enemies, their weapons were carnal, but those who love enemies (the christians), their weapons were and are spiritual: so Christ ends that law of the Jews, which they thought they did God good service by, when they put to death them that were contrary minded to them; for they could not love enemies that killed them, neither can those who love enemies now kill them; for they love them that preserve them, and do not kill them, for Christ who ends the prophets (when his disciples would have had fire to come down from heaven, as the prophet had), rebuked them, and told them they knew not what spirit they were of, and said “he came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them.”
Christ nor the apostles never set up any law or commandment to imprison, or persecute any, brethren, or enemies, but love, for God loved the world; and so those who love the brotherhood, and honor all men, that have all men in esteem, they cannot hurt any man upon the earth, that owes nothing to any man but love, that is the debt which must be paid, for love envies not, and he that envies is out of love, and not a child of God, but of Cain, and so a vagabond.
Now all Christendom do profess Christ and God in words, (but are out of the life, and out of the power), who fall into differences and strife about earthly things, and inventions, as days, meats, and their own traditions, which the kingdom of God stands not in, but in power, in righteousness, and joy in the Holy Ghost; but now since the days of Christ and the apostles in the primitive times, they have made laws to persecute one another, who have lost brotherhood, and honoring all men, which if they were in the kingdom which stands in power, (and not in meats and drinks, or days, or outward things), but in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, then they would feel the law of love, the law of the spirit of life, and to be made free from the law of sin and death. But those who fall out about days, and meats, and drinks, and inventions, and their own traditions, are out of the kingdom of God, and out of the brotherly love, not esteeming all men, not fearing God, and those who do so, are contrary to Christ and the apostles in the primitive times.
So they do not do God good service that persecute about religion now, and about the church-worship, for Christ commands them to love enemies, who ended the Jews' law, that did persecute the Gentiles, and such among themselves as did draw from the law of God. Christ broke down the partition-wall which was between Jew and Gentile, who slew the enmity, and so of two made one new man, and thereby came the love to enemies.
Friends,—The mighty God of heaven and earth, that created all things, that has given you breath, and life, and strength to this day, commands you all to repent, and to believe in his Son the Lord Jesus Christ, who was crucified at Jerusalem, who was dead, and ascended, and is alive again, and lives for evermore, the man Christ Jesus, who now reigns; he commands that all powers, principalities, dominions should be subject to him. And this is the command of the Lord God to you, and you all, who rules kingdoms and kings with his mighty hand, which is his mighty power, as he does the waters; so he has kings in his hand, as he has the waters; the Lord of hosts, of heaven and earth, is his name, who sent his Son, who is the life of men, the Saviour of the world, the great and mighty prince of peace, the covenant of God with mankind, to make reconciliation for iniquity, and finish transgression, and put an end to sin, the great governor of heaven and earth, who has all power in heaven and earth given unto him, whose command is, that he will be worshipped in spirit and in truth: the spirit that mortifies sin, the truth, the devil and sin is out of, for by your Muhammad have you been deceived, which saint is set up;therefore is the dreadful presence of the Almighty God, the everlasting Father of life appeared among you, and to you; unless you regard and embrace his voice, his power, his command, [the] mighty God of power, of dFriends,—The mighty God of heaven and earth, that created all things, that has given you breath, and life, and strength to this day, commands you all to repent, and to believe in his Son the Lord Jesus Christ, who was crucified at Jerusalem, who was dead, and ascended, and is alive again, and lives for evermore, the man Christ Jesus, who now reigns; he commands that all powers, principalities, dominions should be subject to him. And this is the command of the Lord God to you, and you all, who rules kingdoms and kings with his mighty hand, which is his mighty power, as he does the waters; so he has kings in his hand, as he has the waters; the Lord of hosts, of heaven and earth, is his name, who sent his Son, who is the life of men, the Saviour of the world, the great and mighty prince of peace, the covenant of God with mankind, to make reconciliation for iniquity, and finish transgression, and put an end to sin, the great governor of heaven and earth, who has all power in heaven and earth given unto him, whose command is, that he will be worshipped in spirit and in truth: the spirit that mortifies sin, the truth, the devil and sin is out of, for by your Muhammad have you been deceived, which saint is set up;therefore is the dreadful presence of the Almighty God, the everlasting Father of life appeared among you, and to you; unless you regard and embrace his voice, his power, his command, [the] mighty God of power, of dominion, and of dominions, who rules over all nations, heaven and earth; [unless you regard all of these, God] will seize upon you, and surprise you, and take you at unawares, and bring his judgments and dread upon you, which is now appeared in this the day of his Son; and the hour of his judgment is come, and coming upon all the world, of the mighty God of heaven and earth, of the mighty righteous God of heaven and earth, who in righteousness reigns, and in truth and equity.
Therefore dread the Lord, whose mighty power is spreading over all nations, who commands all nations to forsake idols, and images, observances of inventions, to serve and to worship him, the Creator of all things, that clothes the earth with grass, and causes the trees to bud, and bring forth; that gathers the waters together in one place, that established man upon the earth, the eternal God, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the word and charge of the mighty God is to you, and you throughout all your dominions, not give any worship to the sun, the moon, gods of stone, or gods of wood, brass, or silver, or iron, and not to put any trust or confidence in them, nor anything else, but the living God, or any false conceptions, but the living God, the Lord of hosts, who gives you all breath, life, strength, and all things needful; that you might worship him who is a spirit, whose dominion is set up, and setting up, whose glory now is revealed, and revealing; whose kingdom is now set up, and setting up, and spreading over all the world, who will be glorified and admired, the mighty King, the Lord of hosts, by all that fear him, the terrible God of heaven and earth to the wicked, and they shall find him dreadful that have trusted in lying vanities, and false conceptions, the Lord of hosts is his name, who delivers his people from their iniquities, and their sins; therefore remember him, for now is the day of his Son, the Lamb's power, who is come to reign, and to rule all nations with a rod of iron, whose scepter is gone forth, and righteousness shall shine throughout the world, to the ends of the earth, Christ Jesus the everlasting covenant of God, the great sacrifice, that one offering which ended all sacrifices, and offerings of rams, lambs, oxen, sheep, and whatsoever was outward, Christ the mystery of God, the Saviour of the world, to all that believe in him, that through him they might have life, who is the way again to God, who is the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, that leads the sons of Adam, and the daughters of Adam, and is their guide up to the Father, who is the life, the light, and power of God, and their sanctification, that makes people clean, and presents them to the Father spotless, and blameless; for Adam being driven from God, for sin and transgression, and Adam's sons and daughters scattered up and down the face of the whole earth, divided into families, and into nations, and several kingdoms, spread up and down the face of the earth, and some in one worship, and some in another; some worship the sun, some the moon, some stocks, some stones, and some looking at Muhammad, others setting up dead images, and likenesses, which the Lord never did command.
Now all the sons and daughters of Adam being dead in sins, and trespasses, and in darkness under the power of Satan, killing and slaying about their worship, being in darkness, and death, wanting life, and light, being separated from the Creator, in sin and transgression, have set up their inventions in the earth, and outward worships and inventions, but Christ is the second Adam, the Son of God, which God sent into the world, which does enlighten every one that cometh into the world, that all through the light might believe, and that all might believe in Christ; and this is the light that Christ the Son of God has enlightened every one that comes into the world withal, that he sees his evil deeds that he has done, his evil works that he has acted, his evil ways that he has walked in, his ungodly deeds, that he has ungodly committed, and his ungodly thoughts, that he ungodly thinks, and his ungodly words, which he ungodly speaks; this is the light that discovers and makes manifest all this to people, their sin and transgression, which they have done in the first Adam, which separated them from God: now Christ, the second Adam, does enlighten them, with which light they see their sin; now being in this light, they see their Saviour Christ, from whence the light comes to save them from their sins, he is the second Adam, their life, and being in the light they have life, being in the light Christ the life has enlightened them withal, they have life, for Christ is the life; which light and life that does enlighten every one that comes into the world, every one receiving, they are separated from sin by Christ, and by him brought to God again; for sin and transgression separates from God, and this is that that brings people to worship God in truth, the light which Christ the truth enlightens every man that comes into the world withal, which believing in, he has life, he has truth, and he passes from death, and from darkness, from sin, and transgression, and has the witness in himself, through which light and life all comes to the Father of life, which light brings from all the worship of images: as stocks, and stones, and gods made of men's hands — yes, and from Muhammad — [from all false images] to the Lord Jesus Christ, the great prophet, the Saviour of the world, whom God did promise by his prophet he would give for a light to the Gentiles, a ruler to the people, and that he should be his salvation to the ends of the earth: and a new covenant to the house of Israel, and the house of Judah, who would put his law in their minds and hearts, and they should not depart from him; which every one of you that come into the world being enlightened, and having light from the Son of God, and feel your teacher that tells you all that ever you have done, you have thought, or you have spoken, that is the man Christ Jesus, who said, "learn of me, I am the way to the Father," that enlightens every man; so all that come into the world must learn of him; (all the sons of Adam, and daughters of Adam, in the transgression are drove from God,) the way again to God, out of sin and darkness, and death and damnation, to life and light again, and salvation. So everyone that comes into the world being enlightened, and being in the light they have the witness in themselves, and he that believes shall not come into condemnation; but he comes into the light that condemns all that is contrary, he comes into the light, into the truth, into the light that is the truth, where the Father of light is worshipped, and the devil and sin are out of; which truth will out-last all false worships, and worships that be out of truth. Now is the mighty supreme judge risen, and the mighty supreme authority set up, and the mighty King of glory, the Lord of hosts (risen) is his name, before whose presence shall all nations tremble, and before whose presence shall all nations and kings shake, for the mighty God of power, of heaven and earth is come to rule, and his mighty power is gone forth to the gathering of all nations to himself, to the subduing all powers to himself, who will rule and reign, whose right it is, the Lord God of hosts, whose the earth is, and the heavens, and the sea, and all things that be therein, and people upon the earth, and gives them breath, and life, and strength, and all things that is good, that they might serve, glorify, and worship him that is the Creator. Therefore, give attention to your Maker, to your Creator, and dread before Him; for before Him, the Lord God of might and power, shall all nations tremble in this his day, in this day of his power, for his mighty power has gone forth to gather all nations, which does compass them, and all nations before Him is but as the drop of the bucket: and now is his day of gathering of all nations and kings to the battle of the great King of heaven and earth, and nothing shall reign and rule but righteousness itself, and that over all kingdoms and dominions, and thrones, and principalities is set up, and the standard of the most high God is pitched over the whole world, and his call is to the bar of righteousness, all kings, and dominions, and powers whatsoever; therefore, dread his name, for his name is dreadful, the Lord God, the mighty God, the Most High, who is in his glory, and rules in his dignity, and power, and majesty; who is a spirit, and will be worshipped in spirit and in truth, by whose breath of life man came to live, who is a spirit, and will be worshipped in spirit, and that is the spirit that mortifies the sin, and that is it in which people must have fellowship with God, and with one another, and with his prophets', and apostles', and Son's words: therefore, fear the Lord, let him be your fear and dread, and turn to the light, which Christ the Son has enlightened you withal, and believe in Christ, the saviour of the world, the offering for the sin of the whole world, that you might have life in him, and through him, and come to the dominion, (which Adam has lost), over all the creatures, to Christ, the light and life, the power and righteousness over all, and wisdom of God itself, that renews man into the dominion which man has lost; Christ, by whom the world was made, was before it was made, who is the brightness of his glory, the express image of the substance of God: in him was life, and the life was the light of men, which does enlighten every man that comes into the world; through the light that enlightens them they have life, light, justification, sanctification, redemption, they have salvation, they have truth, they have peace with God; for the light is the covenant, “I will give him for a covenant of light to the Gentiles,” said God, “and a leader to the people:” So that light should be the leader of every man that comes into the world, the light with which every man is enlightened that comes into the world, that is the leader; which light was with the Father, glorified before the world began; which light lets men see all their evil ways and sins, and transgressions they have done in the world, and the first transgression that was upon the earth, with which light, (the covenant of God,) sin and transgression is finished and blotted out, (to them that believe in it,) the which separated them from God, (sin and transgression,) Christ, the light and truth, separates from the sin, transgression, and iniquity, and reconciles to God, and brings to unity with God again, and in that has the people life and immortality, and that is the word of the Lord God to all, and I charge you all to hear it, the light that lightens every one that comes into the world, it will make you free from sin, by which light shall every one that believes see their salvation Christ Jesus, and the man that has told them all that ever they have done, and they shall know his salvation to the ends of the world, and to you all this is the word of the Lord God, you believing in the light, which Christ has enlightened every one that comes into the world withal, they being in the light, with the light they are justified; and he that believes in the light shall never be condemned in this world, nor in the world without end. And in the light you will have unity with God, and peace with God, and one with another, and bring you to live peaceably upon earth one with another: yes, all nations and men, the sons and daughters of Adam being enlightened, having a light from Christ Jesus the second Adam, the way to the Father; the life, the truth, all being in this truth which the second Adam has enlightened them withal, who is the life, the truth, the way to God, the way again to God the father of life, where man is driven from, and cannot enter again, but by the light, Christ the second Adam. So all being in the light, they are in the way, they have found the way Christ Jesus, the chief shepherd, the bishop of the soul, (which soul is immortal,) the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, who was with the Father before the world began, by whom all was created, who is the soul's bishop, and the author of man's salvation, and redemption, and justification, (who has been driven from him by sin and transgression,) Christ who blots it out, and is the offering that offered himself for the sins of the whole world, who is the light of the world, that enlightens every man that comes into the world, that all through this light might believe in the Son of God, Christ Jesus, the one offering, who is the way to God, and the covenant between God and man, in him is God well pleased, and does accept man; and they which believe in him have life, have power, have wisdom, and receive him that gives them power; and no one upon earth has life, peace, or justification, but such as come into the light of Christ the justification, the life of all that come to God, who was glorified with him before the world began, who lets all men see their way again to God, who is the life, the truth, and the leader of the people; which light is the condemnation to them that do not believe in it, and such have not unity with God, nor one with another; they be not in the one offering, the great sacrifice, the Prince of life, Christ Jesus, the Immanuel, and know not the interpretation thereof, that is, God with us. Therefore, every one of you that would have salvation, receive the light, and so you receive Christ your salvation, and neglect it not; for this is the day of your salvation and visitation; and the mighty power of God is gone forth among you, and his everlasting gospel, which is his power, is going forth to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that dwell upon the earth, by which gospel shall kindreds and nations be gathered unto him, and into the mystery of the fellowship of the gospel, which fellowship is everlasting, the gospel everlasting, the power of God everlasting, in which is the fellowship, so that is everlasting; in this, people have fellowship with God, and one with another.
Some Papers Written to the Magistrates of Malta, and to the Emperor of the House of Austria, and to All the Princes Under Him. To the King of France, and to All the Powers that are Under Him; and to the King of Spain, and Lastly, to the Pope.
—By George Fox
TO THE MAGISTRATES OF THE ISLE OF MALTA
The mighty day of the Lord is coming upon all wickedness, and ungodliness, and Christ is come to reign, who is the prince of life, who will rule all nations with a rod of iron, whose dread and power is to be sounded over all nations.
Friends, read this over, which is for your general and universal good, and consider as you read, and then you will see what has been up and reigned since the apostles' days, and where you are, and what you act, and by what weapons you hold up your religion, since the apostles' days.
—By George Fox
Friends,—There has been a mighty breach in Germany, about religion, and much killing and slaying one another, and that is because they have been out of the patience, out of the life of the prophets, of Christ, and the apostles, whose weapons were not carnal, but spiritual. This life that was in Christ, and in the apostles, did not lead to do any such thing, nor to kill men, but to save men's lives, not to war with flesh and blood, and to use carnal weapons about religion, as the Jews did, who were not christians. The apostle said, (and you may read his testimony that said it), “they warred not with flesh and blood, their weapons were not carnal, but spiritual, mighty through God to the plucking down of strongholds, spiritual wickedness, and rulers of darkness, and to bring the creatures into the liberty of the sons of God;” for the devil went out of truth, and tempted others out of truth to sin, and so came death. The devil, the strong man’s kept house, has the power of death, and set up his works in men's hearts, who murders and yield their members to sin and to unrighteousness, by obeying the devil’s will to murder one another about their church, ministry, worship, and religion; yes, even murder one another about the interpretation of the prophets', Christ's, and the apostles' words. Now Christ, who is manifested, (who was glorified with the Father before the world began), in the flesh, to destroy the sin which is in the flesh, yet to save the man and the woman; and manifested to destroy the devil's works, yet to save the man and the woman, and through death to destroy the devil, the power of death, and death. So a stronger one than the devil comes to take the house [heart], and take the possession, and so truth comes to be known; Christ in you, who sanctifies the man, redeems the man, and justifies the man to God. So he does not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. Let the mind of Christ be in you, and the apostles that followed Christ, said, they “wrestled not with flesh and blood, they did not kill the creatures.” So all the wrestlers with flesh and blood, and killers of creatures, have been taught from the devil; he was the first author, and they have sprung from him. Such as Christ said should come, Mat7, and Mat 24, “Ravening wolves having got the sheep's clothing, but inwardly ravened, false prophets, and antichrist:” Now there is no false prophet nor antichrist, unless he is first inwardly ravened, and then he will cry, “Lo, he is here or there in the bread and wine,” and put the bread and wine in the secret chamber, in the secret place, and say he is there, now these inwardly ravening wolves, antichrist, and false prophets, which Christ said to his disciples should come, and before the disciples deceased, they saw there were come, 1 John 2:4, and they went forth from them, in the Revelation of John it is written, all that dwelled upon the earth went after them, and when they had gotten ahead in the world, they turned against the saints, and those who kept the testimony of Jesus, and overcame and killed them, and when he had overcome the saints and killed them, then power was given unto the beast over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, [mark] over the tongues, as well learned men as others, and then the cry was: Who was like unto the beast, who is able to make war with the beast? Then he set up his names, images, lying signs and wonders.
Now here the true church was in the wilderness; here were the saints and true prophets killed; and the beast had power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, [mark that,] and read over the 12th and 13th chapters of Revelation. Then the whore sat upon the beast which had the dragon's power, and all nations drank the cup of her fornication, and the kings of the earth drank the cup of her fornication, and she corrupted the earth, and made the inhabitants of the earth drunk. She sits upon the waters, and the waters, where the whore sits and reigns over the kings of the earth, are people, [mark,] people are waters; and waters where the whore sits are nations, nations are waters. The waters where the whore sits are multitudes, and the waters where the whore sits are tongues; and this is the great whore, mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots; so here is the whore, this woman, and all nations, and the kings of the earth have drunk her cup of fornication, and the kings and nations while they took this whore's cup, could not be married to Christ; for the true church, the true woman, was in the wilderness, and this whore has sat as a queen, and has drunk the blood of the martyrs, the prophets, and saints, so killed the true ministers, and drunk their blood. The beast and whore has power over tongues, and sits over tongues, which they tell the world is the original, and that they are orthodox men [who know the Greek and Hebrew] to open scriptures. And why should not the whore and beast have power over their tongues, just as did Pilate the murderer, who crucified Christ the just, and wrote a superscription in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, and set it upon Christ, as in John you may read? Babylon was the beginning of many languages, as is disclosed in Genesis. Although murdered, he that was dead is alive, and lives forevermore, who was glorified with the Father before the world began, who was before Babylon was. He, whom Pilate sat the tongues on top of, is risen; and is where beast, dragon, false prophet, antichrist, great whore, mother of harlots, and mystery Babylon are not. So the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory, and the beast shall be taken, and with him the false prophet and the dragon, and cast into the lake of fire. The judgment of the great whore is come, mystery Babylon,; and they shall be cast into the lake of fire, and shall be confounded and be burnt with fire. The marriage of the Lamb is come, and the everlasting gospel shall be preached again, to all that dwell upon the earth, to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people. [Now mark,] the tongues may say, (who have told the world they have been the orthodox men, and have had the original language and meaning); what, have we not had the gospel all this while? I say no, those who went from the spirit of the Lord, and ravened from the spirit of God; they went from the power of God, which is the gospel. So has this whore brought all nations on heaps, with the beast, false prophets, dragon, and antichrist; but now the man-child is brought forth to rule all nations with a rod of iron. The Lamb and the saints shall have the victory; and the beast, dragon, false prophets, great whore, and kings of the earth shall make war with the Lamb and the saints, but he shall kill with the sword, and slay with the sword, which are the words of his mouth. Now is the marriage of the Lamb come, and the bride and the Lamb's wife known. All the killing, (about religion, and church, ministry, and worship), by fire, by faggot, by racks, inquisitions, by banishments, imprisonments, and whippings, has been by the beast, whore, false prophets, and inwardly ravening wolves; who have ravened inwardly from the spirit of God, and have not had the spirit of the apostles, nor Christ, who saved men's lives, and did not war with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness. So these [of the false church] have warred against flesh and blood, and creatures, like wolves which have had the sheep's clothing; they comprise the great whore Babylon, mother of harlots, the false church, which has ruled and reigned over the kings of the earth, since the days of the apostles. But now she shall be confounded, and the loss of her children has come; she, who has sat as a queen, and seen no sorrow; who has killed and slain, whipped and martyred, and burnt and racked, and imprisoned, and all this righteous blood, which has been shed about religion, church, and worship, has been by the beast, great whore, and mother of harlots, and the dragon, and antichrist, and false prophets, inwardly ravening wolves, having sheep's clothing, but ravened from the spirit of God. These all turned against those who had the spirit of God, and killed them. These lost the spiritual weapons, and instead of warring with the powers of darkness, and rulers of darkness, they warred with flesh and blood. So here is Cain's weapons; and now with the power of God they are made manifest. Instead of saving men's lives, they are destroying them. Instead of bringing the creature into the liberty of the sons of God, and instead of striking at the powers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness that captivates the creature, they stock, and whip, and burn, imprison, rack, and hang, kill, and banish the creature, instead of bringing the creature into the liberty of the sons of God. To this shows quite a contrary spirit than what was in the apostles in their days. Now is the Lord redeeming and recovering things that were in the apostles' days; and now the gospel of God is known, the power of God; and now is the mystery of the fellowship known, by which shall all the mysteries and fellowships upon the earth are broken, which are not in the power of God. Now vials, and plagues, and thunders, and woes are coming upon the world, and the smoke of the bottomless pit has ascended, and the torments of this great whore has come in this the Lamb's day, whose scepter of righteousness has gone forth, who will rule all nations with a rod of iron, and make war in righteousness. There is a people risen of the north that shall spoil Babylon. Now this is the day of the Lamb's power, and in this day of his power is the gospel going forth to all nations, kindreds, and tongues, and people, that they may be ruled as with a rod of iron. For they have been waters corrupt and drunken; corrupted with idols, images, relics, running to graves, seeking the living among the dead, which had a check by the angel, to them that did so, with a question saying, “why seek you the living among the dead, he is risen.” The life is risen, and many sit with him in heavenly places, and the kindness and riches which the Lord showed towards the apostles, is now known, and the age is come, and the gathering of people into unity , into the power of the Lord God in the gospel, into the life which gave forth scriptures, and to the breaking of the beast's horns, marks, and images. Now a whore goes from something, for when the children of Israel transgressed the law of God, they played the harlot with other nations, the heathen; so these inwardly ravened from the spirit of God, though they had sheep's clothing, went out from the apostles, who had the spirit of God; and got the world’s support to go against them, turned against them that had the spirit of God, and killed them; the whore did this, though they had sheep's clothing. So among these inwardly raveners, which have sheep's clothing, has all the blood been shed, who are a field of blood, about church, about religion, and set up dead images, dead crosses, schools, and colleges, to make their ministers; which ministers went forth from the apostles, (to set up tithes and temples). But the apostles were not of men, nor made by man; the apostles witnessed the end of the first priesthood and tithes, Heb 7, the end of the temple and true offerings; these went forth from the apostles into the world, set up all their lying signs and wonders, killed, slew, and compelled to worship. These have been out of the power of God, the cross of Christ, and out of the gospel, which is the power of God, out of the image of God, and out of the word of God; for these things were to continue, until the words of God were fulfilled. Now is the fulfilling of the word of God. Now is the earthquake known, such an earthquake as has not been since the foundation of the world. The mystery of iniquity shall be discovered, and the true mystery of godliness is revealed, which does discover it. Glory to God in the highest, and the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory.
Now friend, prince, palatine, you have been moderate, your fame has come into England of your temperance, and of your moderation, and sober carriage towards the Lord's servants, and messengers, whom he is sending to all nations with the everlasting gospel, and to preach the everlasting gospel to them that dwell upon the earth; and happy are they, and blessed will it be to you, that do not lift up a hand or allow your servants to do so, in this day of the Lamb's power, against the Lamb. For now is his dread going forth to all the world, and all nations. His righteous scepter shall be set up, and his kingdom is known, where there is no end, and life and immortality is come to light through the gospel, and a thirst is risen among people, and those who thirst have of the water of life freely, and these worship not the beast, and receive none of his marks, images, or names, but has their Father's name in their foreheads. And these have come out from the great whore, which has corrupted the earth, and made the inhabitants of the earth drunk. The inhabitants of the earth are drunk almost in every place, and the earth corrupted, with images, and idols, and likenesses by this false church, since the woman and true church went into the wilderness, and true martyrs, and prophets slain, which is out of the life of the sheep, and the nature of them, for never did sheep nor lambs worry dogs, nor wolves, nor beasts, but they were as sheep among such. As Christ told the apostles to go into all nations; so the inwardly raveners with sheep's clothing, beast, dragon, and whore, have spread over all nations, and has brought the nations into waters, Rev 13, having power over all nations. So the false church has killed the prophets, martyrs, and saints, and drunk their blood, and overcome them; and the man-child has been caught up unto God, and the woman has fled into the wilderness. But now is the man-child brought forth to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and the marriage of the Lamb has come, and the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory. The dragon, beast, whore, and false prophet, shall be taken and cast into the lake of fire, and the Lamb and the saints shall over all have victory and dominion. The whore's flesh shall be burnt with fire; the beast and the false prophets shall be cast into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone. These had the sheep's clothing, but are quite out of the life of Christ, the prophets, and the apostles. These have brought all into heaps about words, and this is in whole Christendom. Now friend, this is the day of your visitation. now you have time, prize it, and keep in the fear of the Lord God, and his counsel, and his dread, that you may grow in wisdom. The fear of the Lord is to depart from sin, and evil, and the beginning of that wisdom by which all things were created. With this wisdom you may come to be ordered to the glory of the Creator, and with this wisdom you may order all things that are under your dominion to the glory of him that created them. With that wisdom you may come to answer the principle of God in every man, which is just, holy, good, and righteous; and then with that you will be a good savor unto the Lord, and a good savor in the hearts of all people that are under your dominion. The power, life, wisdom, counsel, and instruction will be with you, of the Lord God Almighty, and you shall have his blessing. For the power of the Lord God of life is spreading itself over all nations, over all the world, and his salvation is known, and knowing, yes, to the ends of the earth. The great, the mighty power of God, Christ Jesus, the mighty prince of life, has now come [in his true sheep] to rule and reign himself in the hearts of people. The Lord’s dread and terrors shall take hold of all nations, and the Lord alone will reign, and the kingdom of the most high is ruling in men, and will rule in men, and the tabernacle of God is now with them. Now, friend, the ground and cause in the whole Christendom, since the days of the apostles, that they have been in heaps, is that though they have had scriptures, but they have not been in the life that they were in who gave forth the scriptures. They were not in the spirit of God, in which spirit is the unity with God, and with one another, and no killing and slaying of men and women. The spirit of truth wrestles with the powers and rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness; by which it brings men into the liberty of the sons of God with knowledge of the scriptures, and prophets', Christ's, and apostles' words, the saints' words, Christ's commands and ordinances. But Christendom has torn one another about the sheep's clothing, which all Christendom has had, and have inwardly ravened, and are broken all into heaps about them, and striving about the words; that is, while they have lacked the word Christ Jesus, which is called the word of God, in which the prophets do end, the first priesthood ends; the temple, the circumcision, and the first covenant ends, along with apostles' words, the scriptures of truth - they all end in Christ the word, which was in the beginning. So the word reconciles men to the scriptures, for they are all fulfilled in the word [Christ within], who was in the beginning, before scriptures were given forth; and it reconciles to the just men's spirits, which gave forth scriptures, who all learned of God, and received the spirit which spoke them forth. So the word of reconciliation, which was in the beginning, has been lacking. The word of power and life has been lacking, yes, since the days of the apostles; but now it is made manifest to hammer down all this wickedness, to cut down all this wickedness, and to burn it up. Again, friend, be tender to all that fear God, and give a charge to all that be in office under you, to be gentle, and easy to be entreated; this shows the wisdom which is from above that is a mark and a sign of it. Seek the honor that is from above, and keep above the honor which is below, which God will stain; and be of Solomon's mind, who said, “before honor is humility;” and be of Moses’ mind, who said, “would to God all the Lord's people were prophets;” and of Joel's mind, who said, “that sons and daughters should prophesy;” and of Peter's, that witnessed it. Now this power, this life, is witnessed and spreading itself abroad, and is fulfilled and fulfilling that promise, which said, “He will pour out his spirit upon all flesh, and his sons and daughters shall prophesy, and the children of the Lord shall be all taught of the Lord; Isaiah's prophesy is fulfilled and fulfilling.” Christ said to the Jews, it is written, “They shall all be taught of God, and everyone that has heard and learned of the Father, comes unto me, their savior, their captain, their way to God, and they hear him;” and such witness Moses’ prophecy fulfilled, who said, “a prophet like unto me will God raise up, him shall you hear.” So the prophet is heard, who is the salvation to the ends of the earth, as God said, “I will give him for a covenant, and to be my salvation to the ends of the earth, to enlighten the Gentiles, the heathen, and a covenant to the house of Judah, and to the house of Israel, (which are called the people of God), and I will put my laws into their minds, and into their hearts, that had them without them before.” Now many witness this leader, this covenant of God, the light to the Gentiles, who said to the prisoners “show yourselves forth.” Many have showed themselves forth, and see over the dark night of apostasy, to the life which was with the Father before the world began, glory be to the Highest; they see the life, Christ Jesus, who enlightens every man that comes into the world, that all through him might believe. Every man who comes into the world, being turned to the light which Christ has enlightened him withal, they are turned to their savior Christ, from whom the light comes, the second Adam, which blots out the deeds done in the first Adam's nature, in the transgression drove from God. For when man transgressed the command of God, the law was added because of transgression upon the man, and there stood the first covenant of works and all temples, tithes, priesthood, and offerings, which must change. But the second covenant, the everlasting covenant, comes within the man again, and there is circumcision in the man [heart], in the spirit; and man's body comes to be the temple of God; and this ends the first priesthood with the everlasting priesthood, which ends all the changeable and brings people to see the beginning, that does end all the changeable types, figures, and shadows.
Now friend and friends, (that are associated with you), do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God; this is what the Lord requires, and that will be of good report to you. Come to know the seed of God in your own particular, and your own particulars, which is the heir of the promise of God, of life, of the power of the world, where there is no end. For everyone of you, as has been said before, being enlightened, having a light from Christ Jesus, the savior of the soul, everyone being in the light which has enlightened them, they are in Christ, and they come to feel the witness in their own selves, and a spring of life springing up in them unto eternal life. Now those who do not believe are with the light condemned. Friend, read this over, this is for you, and your council, from a lover of your soul, and all your souls' eternal good; this is for the establishing of righteousness and peace, by the mighty power that feels and fathoms the whole world, that gives to feel dominion before the world was, in this the day of the Lord's power, which is now made manifest among his saints, and elect.
Let this be sent to the Palatinate, and to Holland, and into Hungary, and into Poland.
The Lord has an elect royal seed to be gathered in those parts.
Read this over, it concerns your general good, and all the powers that are under you, which are suitable things to this present age.
—By G. F.
Friend,—Let none in all your dominion under you be imprisoned until death, or persecuted, or banished concerning religion, church, or ministry, or about the scriptures, Christ's, the apostles', or saints' words; for those who do so, are out of the life of Christ, the apostles, and the saints. For all Christendom has been on heaps, killing and destroying one another about the ministry, church-worship, and scriptures; killing, imprisoning, banishing, whipping, and torturing the bodies of men. Now the cause is, that magistrates are out of the life of Christ, the prophets, and the apostles, (and now into that, from which the scriptures were given, the Lord God is bringing his people, in which they shall have unity, and fellowship with God, with the scriptures, and with one another). Therefore, because the magistrates are out of the life that gave forth the scripture, there are so many ways, opinions, and judgments about the scriptures; they lack the spirit that gave them forth, in which they shall all have fellowship, and in which is the bond of peace.
George Bailey was moved of the Lord to go over into France, and was imprisoned to death in Paris, whose innocent blood will be required at your hands, and lies upon your heads. You should have overcome evil with good, you should heap coals of fire upon your adversaries' heads, and you should love enemies, whether they are heretics, or whatever you call them, for this is the doctrine of Christ. You should receive strangers, you should not imprison them. You lack the life of which the scriptures speak; you have the words, but you lack the life and power. You are of those whom the apostle saw would come, and of whom the spirit speaks expressly, having said they would depart from the faith, and give heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; forbidding meats, and marriages, and their murdering about religion, has been the work of you and the pope, since the days of the apostles, and the true church fled into the wilderness. Rev 12. Christ told the Jews they were murderers, and persecutors, and had shed blood; and that all the righteous blood shed from Abel would be required at their hands, for Christ came to save men's lives, not to destroy them. When the apostles would have had fire to come down from heaven to burn men who would not listen to them, he rebuked their zeal. Now you, and the pope, instead of calling fire down from heaven, you have set up fires. Therefore consider your ways, so that the Lord may show to you mercy, and give you repentance, if you turn to him.
For the apostle saw such as you coming up, that should go in Cain's way, and Balaam's way, in envy and murder, and love the wages of unrighteousness, (for will not the pope sell pardons); and he saw them go in Core's way, such as had the form, but denied the power, who opposed the truth, and these the apostle saw come up before his decease; and Christ said false prophets should come, Mat7 and Mat 24, and antichrist which had the sheep's clothing, but inwardly ravening wolves; this Christ spoke to his apostles and disciples, which were to go and spread the truth in all nations, and before the apostles deceased, they saw that the wolves were come, and they went from them, 1 John 2:18-19,4:1-3, and they went into images, and idols, and he tells the saints and the true church keep themselves from idols; and they had the anointing within them, and they need not that any man teach them, but as the same anointing teaches them. So Christ said they should come, the false prophets and antichrist, that had the sheep's clothing, and John saw they had come , and these were the last times then; and such went forth from them, and such were the heretics, who drew people from the anointing within them, which anointing the apostle told them would teach them all things. So the false prophets, which went in Cain's and Core's and Balaam's way, (murderers and in sheep's clothing), went forth from the apostles into the world. These were the heretics and seducers that forbade eating of meats and marriages, and in the world they set up their churches, tithes, and temples, and ministers made by the will of man. These heretics and seducers went forth from the apostles, the true ministers, who had not been made ministers of man or by man, but had been made ministers by the will of God. Those who went forth from them, set up their churches in the world, killing with Cain's weapons, (they were in the dragon's power), and slaying the witnesses, Rev 11; and the dragon made war with the woman, the true church, and she fled into the wilderness, there to be fed for a time, and times, and half a time, and the man-child was caught up to God, then people worshipped the dragon, and the beast, and the dragon gave his power to him, and he made war with the saints, and overcame them, and killed them that kept the testimony of Jesus, and power was given to the beast over all kindreds, tongues and nations; [mark,] the beast having power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and the true ministers killed, and the true church fled into the wilderness; here stands the tongues the beast has the power over, the tongues which the world calls their original. So the beast had power over the tongues, and over the naturals, when he killed the saints, killed the true ministers; and then he having power over all tongues, kindreds, and nations, the beast and his names were set up with his lying signs and wonders. All that have lived upon earth have worshipped him, but who had their names written in the Lamb's book of life, slain from the foundation of the world. And then the whore she got upon the beast, that was in the dragon's power, and the nations drank the cup of her fornication, and she has corrupted the earth, made the inhabitants of the earth drunk. Now this whore, this false woman, mystery Babylon, this fenced city, this false church, gotten up since the true woman went into the wilderness, which all nations embrace and reflect, and which cup of her fornications the kings of the earth drank; were not these kings and nations [supposedly] married to Christ? Just as the Jews, when they had transgressed the law of God, played the harlot, going among other nations and among the heathen, so the seducers, heretics, and false prophets, who had the sheep's clothing, went forth from the apostles. They whored and went forth from the apostles. They were inwardly ravened from the spirit, and all nations drank her cup, and she sits upon the waters, and multitudes, and tongues. Now nations are waters; and people, multitudes, and tongues are waters, (this may all Christendom witness.) Now you may say, is the whore on our tongues, including our orthodox [those who read Greek and Hebrew] men, the pillars of our church? Tongues are natural, and the whore is upon them, and she drinks the blood of the martyrs, the blood of the saints, and the blood of the prophets. This whore, this false woman, this fenced city is guarded with Cain's weapons [murder and violence], the dragon's power, Core's gainsaying, and Balaam's stumbling blocks, images, and idols; but no such things were among the apostles, but got up since the days of the apostles, and the true woman fled into the wilderness, the true church. So the whore is on people's tongues, orthodox men, (so called) and why not the beast and the whore on your tongues, murderers, as well as Pilate the murderer? for when he had murdered Christ, he set upon him Hebrew, Greek and Latin, and there stands the orthodox men's original, the tongues of which Babel was the original, and which were never ministers of Christ, then (I say) they cried up that to be the original; but the word in the beginning was the original, before Babel was; and when the mother of harlots, the great whore, the beast, and the dragon, and Pilate is not, nor tongues neither, the word remains, and lives and abides forever.
Now all the blood that has been shed since the days of the apostles has been by this fenced city, this whore, this mystery Babylon, this false church that was set up; and the kings of the earth have drunk her cup, which are in the fornication, by the beast, and by the dragon, about religion, since the days of the apostles and since the true church fled into the wilderness. So now all the killing and slaying in the whole Christendom has been by the whore's, the beast's, and dragon's power; who has wrestled with flesh and blood, who has racked, tortured, burned, banished, and whipped creatures, and defaced the workmanship of God; for the creature is the workmanship of God. The apostles did not wrestle with flesh and blood, they did not strike at creatures, but they strove to bring people up into the liberty of the sons of God. The apostles wrestled with principalities, and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places, and rulers in darkness, and said, there was a glory of the first body, and a glory of the second, and their weapons were spiritual and not carnal. Christ was made manifest to destroy the works of the devil and death, (in death, the devil had his authority and works, which he set up), and to save men's lives, who came to condemn sin in the flesh, that people by him might become the sons of God, [mark that]. So, since the days of the apostles and Christ, and the woman that had fled into the wilderness, all this blood has been shed by the beast and false prophet; this woman, the false church, has been fenced with Cain's weapons, murderers, sacrificers. Having the form of godliness, they take of the earth, and sacrifice of the earth; and these are Cain's weapons, for whatever is not received from God and from his spirit is from the earth. By this have all the righteous blood been shed by these wolves, seducers, heretics, false prophets, beast, dragon, great whore, mother of harlots, the false church; who went forth from the apostles, made up this church, and the true church has been in the wilderness, and the man-child caught up to God, and the true prophet slain. So your field is a field of blood, and much blood has been shed among you in the whole of Christendom, on pretence of the victims being heretics, and blasphemers; and was that not the same pretence for which Christ was slain, as well as the apostles and prophets? Did Christ and the apostles ever give any such command that those who dissented with them, should be put to death and killed. On the contrary, Christ commanded to love enemies; and he prophesied that those who kept his testimony would be killed, as well he prophesied that all, who dwelled upon the earth, would worship the beast, except those who had their names written in the Lamb's book of life before the foundation of the world. Those who would raven and tear and were inwardly raveners, would rack and fry the flesh with fire, and mangle the creatures; these were the inwardly ravening wolves and false prophets, who had the sheep's clothing, which went forth from the apostles into the world. These did not have the Father or the Son; but they told the world that Christ was in the sacrament, and Christ was in the bread and wine, and that was his body and his blood. They erred, for the scriptures say, that bread and wine is only a memory and a show until he comes. The apostle said, examine, and so eat, and then examine again after he has eaten; and know you not yourselves, how that Christ is in you except you are reprobates; If he is witnessed within, and known within, then he has come; so then what need do you have of bread and wine to put you in remembrance of him? These things have gotten up since the days of the apostles, namely: setting up all these schools and colleges to make ministers; setting up these temples east and west; and setting up these jewels, beads, pictures, nunneries, holy-days, crosses, and saints' days. Since the days of the apostles has this false church, this whore, who has been fenced [protected and supported] with Cain's weapons; and all the covetous teachers for filthy lucre with the love of money, all the strikers, and all the quickly angry are found in her. These kind of ministers were forbidden by the apostle; ministers must be first proved before they can minister; therefore is it like that God should send a company of men to destroy his workmanship, to imprison, destroy, banish, kill his creatures? Christ came to save men's lives, and the apostles brings them to the liberty of the sons of God; and these false church ministers destroy creatures. They are the false church of false christians, who are not likely to bring any to the glory of the first body, or the second either. Since the days of the apostles, the woman has been in the wilderness, and the prophets, martyrs, and true ministers have been killed. The false ministers got up and spread over the world, and this false church is the beast in the dragon's power, the antichrist and false prophet in the beast's power; but now is the man-child brought forth into the world, to rule all nations with a rod of iron. The kings of the earth, the beast, the dragon, the whore have risen against the saints, but the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory; they shall kill and slay with the sword, which is the word of his mouth. The beast and the false prophet shall be taken alive and cast into the lake of fire, that burns with fire and brimstone. The judgment of the great whore is come; this false woman, mystery Babylon, shall be confounded; her flesh shall be burnt with fire; and the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory. The everlasting gospel shall be preached again to them that dwell upon the earth, to all nations, tongues, kindreds, and people; and the bride, the Lamb's wife, is known again. This is the day the marriage of the Lamb is come, that the bride and the Lamb's wife is known. So the true church is known again, whereby people are brought into that which the apostles were in. The age is come that the kindness of the Lord, and the riches that he showed forth to the apostle, is seen in this the day of the Lamb's power, which over you all is stretched, and which enlightens everyone of you that comes into the world; with which light you will see all your evil deeds that you have ever done, all your evil ways you have walked in, all your ungodly words you have spoken, and all your unrighteous thoughts you have thought. That is the light, with which Christ the Savior of the soul has enlightened you; loving it and believing in it, you shall feel the springs of life spring up in you to eternal life, and it will be your teacher; but hating it, it will be your condemnation. This is the word of the Lord to you.
Friend,—Your cruelty has come up into remembrance with the Lord, and with his power are you fathomed in this his day; with your inquisitions, and cruelties, which you have acted upon such that to your mind have been contrary. The Lord has remembered you, and remembered those whom you have martyred; and in this day of the Lamb you will be recompensed, and your inquisitions, your fires, your swords, your tortures, shall not secure you, nor profit you, nor stand you in any stead. The Lord has come, and is coming to call you to an account for your actions, for your works, for your deeds; and into remembrance of him they have come, and you, your religion, your church, and profession and worship that you have defended, by swords, by faggots, by inquisitions and tortures. You, (who have had the name of a christian), have caused the heathen to blaspheme by your bloody cruel doings among them; you have shamed the name of a christian, and the day of your recompense is come and coming, and draws on quickly. Your fires, faggots, inquisitions, racks, tortures, and swords shall not be of no help to you; they shall do you no good in this day of the Lamb's power, which is now stretched over you, with your jewels, your pictures, your images, your relics, and your crosses of wood and stone, all with which you have corrupted the earth. The day of the Lord's power has gone over you, and the day of the dread of the Lord shall overtake you. The Lord is now risen, the morning star is now broken forth, and your religion and your profession shall be at an end; the end of it is seen in the mighty power which is endless, and the Lord's hand is against you and all, who have been quite contrary to the apostles and Christ. Did the apostles have inquisitions, racks, tortures, fires, faggots, images, nunneries, wooden and stone crosses, beads, pictures? Did they fight with Cain's weapons, a war with flesh and blood? Did they burn and kill heretics, that were contrary minded from them? Your desolation is coming, the Lord's power is over you, and with it you are comprehended to be out of truth, to be such as the apostles saw were coming up before their decease, in Cain's, Core's, Balaam's way, killing, slaying, such as be contrary to your minds, Cain-like, Jew-like, that was in the transgression, which turned against the just, doing the devil's work, as Christ said of the Jews, they were of their father the devil, the murderer turned against the just. The apostles and Christ were not persecutors, but the just always suffered by the unjust, and with all your lying signs and wonders have you deceived the nations, and kept the simplicity of truth from them, by your inquisitions, fires, faggots, Cain's weapons, that went forth from the apostles, which made up your pope's church, you heretics, Cains, Cores, Balaams, which they saw coming in as they declared in their epistles, your weapons declares you to be of that stock which went forth from the apostles into the world, that set up your lying signs and wonders there, inquisitions, fires, faggots, jewels, beads, pictures, images, wooden and stone crosses, that went forth from the apostles, that were in the power of God, the cross of Christ, and said the power of God was the cross of Christ.
Those that went forth from the true church of the apostles have set up your church, which the spirit spoke expressly should come, and depart from the faith, and give heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, forbidding of meats and marriages. So you are come and fulfilled that the spirit spoke expressly you should do, and you are such that Christ said should inwardly raven, have sheep's clothing, inwardly ravening wolves, the antichrists and false prophets, against the true Christ, and so you have put your bread and wine for him. You say he is in the desert, in the secret chamber, lo here, and lo there. How have you ravened over nations, with sheep's clothing upon your backs, but you have rent and torn and worried the lambs, the sheep, that is declared by your fruits; what thistles, and briars, and brambles may be gathered among you, that is declared also by your fruits, how you are like thistles, thorns, briars, the witness in all your consciences shall answer it, who are the inwardly raveners, that Christ said should come, Mat 7, and Mat 24, and John saw was come, the 1st epistle, and 2d chapter, and the 4th chapter, which went forth from the apostles into the world, and in the Revelation, all that dwelled upon the earth went after them, all the world went after them, but they whose names were written in the Lamb's book of life, before the foundation of the world was. So you worship the dragon who gave his power to the beast, you worship the beast, and the beast made war with the saints, and overcame them, the dragon was wroth with the woman, and fled into the wilderness, and the man-child was caught up to God, and the beast killed the saints that had the testimony of Jesus, and power was given to him over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, he established his lying signs and wonders in his nations, and his marks, and his horns, and his images, likenesses, and his names, and the whore sat upon the beast. Then came up your church to be established, when the true woman was gone into the wilderness to be kept for a time, and times, and half a time. And the woman, the great whore, made all nations drunk with the cup of her fornication, and the kings of the earth, she has corrupted the earth with her images, and idols, and made the inhabitants of the earth drunk; she sits upon the waters, and the waters are nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, she has drank the blood of the martyrs, the blood of the prophets, and this is the false church, the false woman, the whore, and there you are. The true woman, the true church has been in the wilderness, and you the false woman, the false church has ruled. But now is the judgment of the great whore come. Now is Babylon confounded, and confounding, and now shall the beast be taken, the old dragon, the false prophet, and cast into the lake of fire. And now shall the Lamb and the saints have the victory, now is the man-child brought forth into the world, which shall rule all nations with a rod of iron, and this is the day of the Lamb's power, and now shall the everlasting gospel go forth to all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and to them that dwell upon the earth, which is the power of God, through which power life and immortality shall come to light, and you to be judged with the power, and your mother and popish church, and to the power, and to the state the apostles were in, is the saints come, which have victory with the Lamb, over all your jewels, beads, pictures, crosses, images; for the power, the hand of the Lord is turned against you, and with it you are all compassed, pope, papists, Jesuits, inquisitions, nunneries, pictures, beads, jewels, crosses, by the cross of Christ, the power of God, with that you are comprehended, and judged, and trampled over, and gone over, through which power the saints are crucified to the world. Now is the mystery of iniquity discovered, that man of sin the apostle said should come, which has destroyed, and devoured, and wrestled with creatures, flesh and blood, and killed, and murdered men and women, and not saved their lives. This has been the work of the man of sin, which the apostles discovered. We have come to the apostles' power which they were in, by which we comprehend you who have done the man of sin's will, pope, papists, and Jesuits, priests, and you. The Lord reward you, as you have drunk blood, he will give you blood to drink. As you have killed with the sword, so shall you perish by the sword; pope, papists, and Jesuits, and you, and yours, which sword is gone over you, and turned against you.
The mysteries of God is manifest with which the mystery of iniquity is comprehended, which has wrought since the days of the apostles, and began in their days, and you fulfill the prophecy of Christ, which said love should grow cold; you have not loved your enemies, heretics, separatists are enemies, you have not overcome evil with good; you have not converted by the power, by the faith, by the life and light of Christ Jesus: but by swords and faggots, and inquisitions, have you made nations to bend to you, and the simple foolish people to stand in awe of you; and the ignorant world whom you have gathered into your body to make up your church withal, and so your love declares itself like Cain, killers, slayers, murderers, you have broken the command of God, which said receive strangers. For as the apostle was to go over all nations, so has the deceit since the apostles' days, the false prophets spread over all nations, and the mystery of the iniquity, the beast and dragon, the whore's power. But now shall all these be taken, and the everlasting gospel be preached again to all kindreds, tongues and nations, to all that dwell upon the earth. The great and mighty day of the Lord is come, and coming to all the world, and his salvation shall be known to all the ends of the earth, and life and immortality shall come to light, and the Lamb's power known in this the day of the Lamb, Christ Jesus who is come to reign, who does enlighten everyone that comes into the world, that all through the light might believe, that all with the light might see their salvation, their Savior the Lord Jesus Christ, from whence it comes, and receive his power, and enter into covenant with God, Christ Jesus the covenant of God, given for a leader to the people, which said to the prisoners, show yourselves forth; which now has thousands, and ten thousands showed themselves forth, which has received the leader, and feels the leader Christ Jesus the covenant, the leader of his people, the way to the Father, and this in all your consciences shall you witness, with the light which Christ Jesus has enlightened you all with, which is your teacher if you love it, your condemnation if you hate it.
The light discovers and makes manifest in all your consciences, popes, cardinals, Jesuits, priests, kings, all the blood you have shed, all the tortures, and fires, racks, and inquisitions that you have put people unto, that is the light which makes it manifest, that comes from Christ the Savior of the world, which does enlighten everyone that comes into the world, that all through the light might believe, and save men's lives, he that believes in the light has life and salvation, and comes not into condemnation; he that does not believe is condemned, and he that does believe has the witness in himself, and can set to his seal that God is true; so it is the light which everyone of you is enlightened withal, which is your condemnation, for all your actions, your cruel actions, your cruel deeds, and killing and slaying, and slaughtering, and burning the lambs, the babes of Christ, and such as to your minds have been contrary, with the light, the witness in all your consciences are all these things comprehended, and in this the day of the Lamb shall the witness in your consciences answer in you against your actions, and cruelties in you, in the pope, cardinals, kings, Jesuits, priests, papists, the light which Christ Jesus has enlightened everyone of you withal, shall cry against your evil works, your deeds, your carriages, and condemn you for them all, and tell you they are all evil, in this day of the Lamb's power. And the Lord Jesus Christ, the man whom God has ordained, is come to judge, to judge according to the secrets of every man's heart, and the world in righteousness, and you shall give an account according to the deeds done in the body, and the light shall answer to it. By your beads, nunneries, and jewels, by your crosses, pictures, and images, inquisitions, racks, fires, and prisons, have you buried the witness in yourselves, and gone from the light in your own particulars, which should have kept you up to receive Christ the image of God; and by your killing, and slaying the creatures, by your wrestling with flesh and blood, taking away men and women's lives, have you lost the spiritual weapons, which should have wrestled with powers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places. But now is the man-child brought forth into the world, whom the kings of the earth, beast, false prophet, and dragon, great whore, make war against, but the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory, who kills with the sword, and slays with the sword, which is the word of his mouth. Now are the reapers going forth to reap, the angel going forth to reap with a sharp sickle, and now shall the wine-press be trodden without the city. Now is the gathering together to the great battle of the great God Almighty, now shall the fowls of the air feed upon the flesh of kings and captains, and now is your day of visitation, which with many of you is over, for many of you are to be numbered with the sword, and cut down to the earth, which has grown like sturdy oaks, which has lain like a barren wilderness full of venomous serpents, and wolves, devouring lions, and ravenous beasts, and bears. Your field has been a field of blood, and the righteous blood lies among you, the field of the persecutors upon the earth, transgressors, destroyers, the earth the field, the world the field of blood, where all the blood of the righteous lies, and it is required of you, the righteous blood that has been shed since the days of the apostles by you, the witness in all your consciences shall answer it. Oh your field looks red with the blood of the righteous, the blood of the saints, and prophets, and martyrs! Oh Christendom how are you besprinkled with blood! Oh, how has this whore, this woman, this false church, besprinkled herself with blood, and drank the blood of the saints, prophets, and martyrs, since the woman fled into the wilderness, the true church, and she has sat as a queen, seeing no sorrow! now loss of children, now sorrow, now blood to drink, you are of the whore, and you are judged with that which let us see to the apostles, before the whore came up: Hallelujah to the Lord in the highest, the saints shall have the victory, and the mighty God is risen, the Lamb's power is known, the marriage of the Lamb is come, the bride the Lamb's wife is witnessed, she has trimmed herself for her husband. The alarm to the world is given, the trumpet is sounding, the woes is going forth, plagues to the beast, vials, and thunders, and earthquake, such a one as has not been since the foundation of the world, coming upon you, and all the earth, the light which Christ has enlightened you withal, shall answer it, and answer the salvation and condemnation, the light in all your consciences shall answer it. Now is the Lord gathering from east to west, from north to south, and now shall the angel be known that holds the four winds. The mighty God of Jacob is risen upon you, the seed of the woman, Christ to sit upon the head of the serpent, and you shall in no wise escape, you have been out of the wisdom of God, out of the power and life of God, in the dragon's power, destroying, and devouring, and the earthquake among you shall be known, the dread of the power of the Lord God of life, is gone over you with woes, plagues, terrors, and amazements; you shall be laid level with the earth, the Lord of hosts has spoken it, the Lord God of thunders will perform his word, and accomplish his desires upon you, and be avenged upon you his adversaries. The day of his visitation is come, recompense, and vengeance, and fury upon you, and you, his adversaries, no hiding-place will be found for you to escape his judgments, his power, his hand, his thunder, his sword, his arm, his strength is over you all, with it you are fathomed and comprehended, in which power, strength, life, arm, his salvation, his servants are in, and the Lamb, the man-child rules and reigns, who makes war in righteousness, with which power they go over you, and shall answer the light in everyone of you, which you are enlightened withal, pope, cardinals, kings, Jesuits, priests, and papists, I say the light in all your consciences, shall answer to the power of God that is over you, with which you are comprehended, and by the church of our Lord Jesus Christ, (the Lamb) who be in the power the apostles were in, by which they comprehend the world, and fathom it, and you who are out of it, this power shall tread you to dust and powder under their feet, who are come into the power of the Lamb, the Lord, the Father before the world began, in which the Lamb and the saints have victory, and the age is come the apostle spoke of, that he will show forth his exceeding riches, his grace and kindness through Jesus Christ, which the apostle spoke of to the Ephesians. Now is redemption known, redeeming and recovering that which was lost, and restoring into that which was before the apostasy came up, which was in and among the apostles, with which (over you) this is seen, and the fellowship in the mystery, people are brought into, which is the gospel the power of God, which is everlasting, universal, and this mystery and fellowship is possessed, glory in the Highest, with which mystery and fellowship, is all other mysteries of iniquity discovered, and comprehended, and you, and all fellowships of the world, your time of desolation is at hand, the power of the Lord is gone over you, and against you, and it you cannot escape. Consider this, and read it over, let a copy of it go to your father the pope, and cardinals, and scatter it among the Jesuits, and priests, and the rest of your fellow-kings, and emperors, for the day of the Lord's power is going over you, passing over you, his mighty hand and arm is stretched over you, and the Son is come who reigns in his power, and he has set up his kingdom which is without end, the Lamb's authority, and throne, the everlasting Father, the prince of life, the heir of all things reigns and rules, in the midst of his saints and prophets, his righteous scepter, throne and dominion is set up, and they shall have the victory, and the hand and power of the Lord God is come over you, and his terrors, thunders, woes, plagues, and judgments, you must drink the fury of the cup of the Lord God's wrath and indignation, for with a high hand, and stretched-out arm, and mighty power, dread, and authority, will the Lamb, the man-child who is brought forth, rule you, and all the world, who now sits upon his throne, conquering, and to conquer, who goes on subduing all principalities, thrones, dominions, and powers to himself, who will have the rule, the government, the victory, the glory and honor to himself; so to you this is a visitation from the Lord, and the power of the most high God, and the Lamb in this his day, who will rule, reign, and subdue.
The apostle said, let your moderation appear to all men, but your immoderation has appeared to all men, to all nations about you, of all you papists, your imprisonments, your killing, your inquisitions, your racks, your tortures, your burning, your immoderation has appeared to all men and sufficiently is seen, and has declared itself.
Friend, read this over, and the sad lamentation that is over you. You may behold, how your field is a field of blood, and how you are naked, your emperors and your princes, from the spiritual Weapons, and the armor of God, who has had the form, but out of the power since the Apostles' days, for yet you, nor any of your company dare ever adventure a meeting in the field with them that have the spiritual weapons, (as in the book called The Papist's Strength Broken, may be seen). Therefore, they, and all the emperors and princes, and yourself, having not the spiritual weapons, nor the armor of God, you have set up your inquisitions, your racks, your tortures, your prisons, your banishments, and this shows you have no rule nor government by the power of God. Therefore read this over, that you may see what you have gotten up into, since the Apostles' days, and how you have killed and mangled, martyred and tortured, which is not the work of a true Christian, whose command from Christ was to love your enemies.
Friend, and friends, innocent blood has long cried for vengeance to the Lord, the earth almost swims with innocent blood, and the cry of it is heard, your frozen profession, your cold winter images set up in your streets, and the Lord God of power, of dread, of heaven and of earth, will be avenged on you, and you all. His day is approaching, his day is drawing near at hand on you all, his everlasting arm, his power is stretched over you, and gone beyond you, the Lord God is angry with all your idol images, your pictures, your jewels, your beads, your nunneries, all your several orders you have set up in your wills, and your will-worship, and your several orders of feigned humility. You have been fed like fat hogs in dens, you great and rich cardinals and pope, and seeing that you would not receive the Lord's messengers, but threw them into prison, and into your inquisition,* whose blood lies upon you, it may be before long the Lord may give you a visit another way, for his dread is gone out, the zeal of the Lord is kindled against you, he that touches his, touches the apple of his eye, and he shall never prosper; the dread of the Lord is coming upon you, and his mighty power before long, who has stained the earth and corrupted it with your images, but now is the Lord risen, that will plead with you. You have drunk the blood of the saints and martyrs. Now must you have blood to drink, for there is that gone forth that is against you, and you shall not be able to stand before the Lord, before his power, the mighty God of Jacob. God will break down your images, and your nunneries, and dethrone the pope of his power, (the Lord alone will reign). For he has long existed before the whore, the false church, which has gotten up since the true church went into the wilderness, and the man-child caught up to God; but now the judgment of the great whore has come, and the Lamb, and the saints shall have the victory.
The Lamb's wife is known again, and the cry is, and the voice is, come out of her, that has been the whore, that has drunk the blood of the saints. Oh blood! The fields are sprinkled with the blood of the innocent, and you are the field of blood. Now the is Lord coming to take vengeance upon you, and his hand is stretched over your heads. His power is gone over you, and with that he will rule you and smite you under, and bring you lofty ones from your seats, and abase your pride, and take the glory to himself, and deface your glory and honor. You have been the cage of unclean birds, and the locusts, that have gone in swarms, that come out of the bottomless pit. The Lord God in his mighty power is entered into all your quarters, your wickedness has grown to the full, your time draws to an end, that the Lord God will be revenged on you. Now have you come into the remembrance of the Almighty. The Lords will destroy your will-worship. The Lord break will down all your feigned humility, all your invented images, pope, cardinals, orders, nunneries, pictures, and relics; the Lord will break down whatsoever, for you are as a barren wilderness.
Oh, you have long cumbered the ground! You have long stained the earth; and the man of sin has long reigned among you, and with Cain's weapons you have slain many that have been contrary to your minds. You have been the great city, and with Cain's weapons you are fenced. You have reigned over the kings of the earth, the false church, the whore, since the woman went into the wilderness, as you may read in the Revelation. The Lord has come to break you to pieces, with his mighty power, and to lay your city level, and his power is entered among you; for how much blood, (which is immeasurable here to be measured), have you slain and drunk since the days of the apostles, and made yourselves drunk with it? But now has the indignation and wrath of the Almighty come, and is coming upon you, and you, pope, must feel it. The Lord God of heaven and earth is come to rule and reign, whose kingdom is without end, in whose hand all kings are as the waters, and you, and your images, and relics, and cardinals, and the several orders, they are only like the relics, and the potsherds.
The mighty God is risen, tremble before him, for he will abase you, and go over you all in his mighty power, for the blood of the innocent lies upon you, who have laid aside the scriptures, and the exhortations in them, which is to entertain strangers, and you imprison them until death, and you burn and rack people. This is your church's authority, for the whore has drunk the blood of the saints, apostatized from the true church, and set up images, and idols, (the true church is told to abstain from idols), and departed from the true faith, and has taken the glory and honor to yourself, that glory which belongs to God. You have gone into Cain's ways, (murderers), and are out of Abel's. You have gone into Balaam's way, for the wages of unrighteousness. You are as the devil that John speaks of, that casts into prison, and you are them that have a name, but are dead. You are the blasphemers, who said they were Jews, and are not. You have taken the honor and glory to yourselves, and you compel others to worship the beast, and the whore; but now is the cry gone out, worship not the beast, come out of her, fear God and give glory to him. Now see your fenced cities broken down with the arm of the Lord God. The power of the Lord God is going over your city to break it down, and you are as Cain, that went from God, to whom the woe belongs, and plagues, and misery, and thunders, and vials, and the earthquake shall be known to shake down that part.
Are not you ravening wolves that set up your images, earthen images, crosses, and temples? The mystery of God is revealed, that discovers you all, and is revealing you. The Lord God will confound you, who have trusted in your graven images, your molten images, who have deceived the world, made havoc, shed blood every way, and flung your swords about you, set as a queen that sees no sorrow, but now desolation is coming upon you, now it is near the door, now shall the power of the Lord God go over you like reeds. For you and your relics are as pieces of clay, as potsherds, and pieces of dusty cloth, with dark Cain's spirit, and wolfish spirits, that Christ said should come, that went forth from the apostles, and the world is gone after you, but the Lord God is risen; the Lamb, and the saints shall have the victory, and he shall kill with the sword, and slay with the sword, even the word of his mouth, who have been the cause of all bloodshed about religion, worship, and church, and ministry. Tremble you pope; tremble, fear, and quake you pope; tremble you cardinals; tremble you Jesuits; tremble you priests; tremble all you orders of monks, and friars, and tremble you papists of whatever rank, for now is the power of the Lord God coming over you. Now you shall be shaken; and by whom shall you be shaken and dashed to pieces? The living Almighty God will reign, who thunders out his power, and has uttered forth his voice, and has sent his servants before to warn you, for before the Lord God brings his judgments on a city, he sends his servants to inform them, whom you have imprisoned, and kept in your prison even to death, the noise of which visitation of the Lord's servants is gone abroad, who were sent to visit the pope, from the Lord God of hosts, of power, of heaven and of earth, whom you have thus evilly entreated? They were sent so that the kindness of the Lord might be known to you, before he has brought his judgment and sword, and his plagues, and his woes, that with his mighty thundering power you might be warned, for by that he will break down your images, and pictures, and nunneries, and strike, and break down your orders, and break down your fatherhood, your popehood, and lay it in the dust, for you have been the wolves, you have been a wilderness, and as wolves ravening up and down in the wilderness, and made the earth like a wilderness, but the Lord God of power, of life, of heaven and of earth will now reign and rule, oh how have you cankered and cumbered the earth, and stained the ground!
Oh how the Lord is grieved! Oh how the Lord is burdened with your filthiness and pollutions! “I will arise,” said the Lord, “I will avenge me of all my enemies,” fear and dread shall surprise you, and take hold upon you, and you shall become as a quivering leaf, as a shaking leaf; the Lord has spoken it, and he will bring his power over all nations, and break you to dust, and trample you to powder, in this day of his glorious appearance. His majesty shines forth, and in his righteousness he reigns, the Lamb and the bride is known, his wife is witnessed, he is going on conquering, and to conquer; and the everlasting gospel shall be preached again to all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and to them that dwell upon the earth, for the beast has had power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations, with lying signs, and wonders, and has corrupted the earth, and made the inhabitants thereof drunk, which has overcome the saints, and killed them, and drank their blood, and you have had the outside, the sheep's clothing, but the sheep's life has been wanting, and you have been them that Christ said should come, Mat 7:15, which John saw had already come,1 John 2:18, which went from the apostles, which the world went after, and sat up your lying signs, and wonders, and miracles, and your images in the world, (a cage of unclean birds, the habitation of dragons), the great city reigns over the kings of the earth, who have been guided with the dragon's power, and the beast took it, and the whore took it, the false church, and since have the true church and the woman been in the wilderness, but now is come forth to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and the saints shall have the victory, glory to God in the highest, and the everlasting gospel shall be preached, as I said before, to all kindreds, tongues, and nations, and to that the apostles were in, his people shall come into, and thousands, and ten thousands witness it. The arm of the Lord is spreading over the whole world, the host of heaven shall be known, and the reapers, and they are going forth to cut down, and the gathering together to the battle of the great day of God Almighty, the fowls of the air shall feed on the flesh of captains, and nobles, and great men, the mighty angel is going forth with the vials of the Almighty, pouring them out, and the wrath of the Almighty is to be poured out without mixture upon you, and that you must drink. The sharp glittering sword of the Almighty is drawn, and hangs over your head, you pope, therefore call in your Jesuits, priests, and cardinals, and give up to the Lord when he calls, for he is coming, he is near at hand, to throw down all your images, nunneries, pictures, crosses, jails; deliver up all your arms, your carnal weapons, for the mighty God of power is come upon you, and coming upon you, and you shall not escape his arm. The Lord will plead with you in his power, in his strength, in his might, and you shall feel his sword, (hand, arm, and strength, and his threshing instrument); which is drawn, which will hew you to pieces, and you shall have no place to flee.
You have been worse than the heathen, you have been worse than the Jews, you have made the name of a christian to stink among Jews and Gentiles, by your fires, inquisitions, and cruel acts, your crosses, beads, and your nunneries; you have been worse than the heathenish philosophers. I will make you to know that I am the Lord, said the Lord God Almighty, who will stamp you to powder, and make you as ashes. Cain's weapons shall not secure you, who have turned against those in the true faith; you would let them have no place among you. Now will the Lord God Almighty reign and rule, and of you take vengeance, and be revenged on you his enemies, for his elect’s sake, who by you have suffered since the days of the apostles, under your kingdom, and your islands, and your nations. On you all will the Lord God take vengeance, and make you as a shaking leaf, (as before), whose dread, power, and authority, and dominion over you all is set, the righteous scepter over you all is gone, and the bar of judgment to which you shall be called is set up. You are ripe for the sword, for the press, to be trodden without the city. His sword is drawn to cut you all down. Consider with yourselves what you have done; since the days of the apostles, in this time, and times, and half a time; since the woman has been in the wilderness, and nourished and fed there of God. Consider how unlike the apostles you have been, and the churches among them, unlike Peter, unlike Paul. Having published your traditions, which you call your church, such traditions have been invented by yourselves, you have made the true practices of the church of God, and the commands of God to no effect. Thus deceived the world, deceived the ignorant, and deceived nations; but now shall the everlasting gospel and the power of God go forth, and you shall be taken, and the judgment has come. The beast and false prophet, and the whore the mother of all harlots, and Babylon is confounded, and the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory. The everlasting gospel shall be preached, through which life and immortality shall come to light, in which is the power of God, the unity, and fellowship. The mystery of the fellowship, in the mystery of godliness, is the fellowship that is everlasting. In the light is the power of God, which is the cross of Christ, instead of which, you have set up your stone, wooden, golden, and iron crosses, by your church authority, which has ravened from the power of God, the cross of Christ; but with the power of God, the cross of Christ, you are all judged, along with your crosses, including the founders of them, and all the rest of your lying signs and wonders. The power of God is going over you, which power is the cross of Christ that shall throw down all your crosses, nunneries, inquisitions, images, and your lying signs and wonders; and the mystery of God is now revealed, Christ Jesus to the church is known, of which church the apostles were, which was before you came up, and is now seen over, as is seen the age to come with the exceeding riches of his grace, which the Lord showed through Jesus Christ to the churches among the apostles, Eph 2. Therefore now is the dread of the mighty God, the great and mighty day of the Lord's power gone over you, and going over you, and with that power you are foreseen, before you were, and before you came up, and what you have done since you came up, and since you reigned. This is the day of the Lamb and his power, (and his wife his church is known, Rev 19:7); and with this power the Lamb fathoms you all, your time, your reign, your actions. He sees before you came up to the days of the apostles, and we are of the true church, and none of yours, 1 Pet 2:9, but are of the royal elect seed of God, and co-heirs with Christ, and heirs of the covenant of God, Christ Jesus the covenant of God, that stands sure; whose blessing, life, and immortality we possess, with which power you are seen as dead corrupt trees, lying in a wilderness, full of vipers, serpents, and venomous beasts, locusts, unclean spirits, and fruitless trees that have not borne fruit to God, but cumbered the earth.
Therefore I charge you, and command you from the Lord God, that you read this over, and consider as you read it, for you and you shall feel it, the Lord's power which is to come upon you; the woes, the plagues, the vials, the thunders, the judgments of the Almighty, the recompense, the indignation, the fury of the Lord is coming upon you, and over you are his terrors, and upon you is his power gone, and that is the word of the Lord God to you. You have kindled your fires, and made them flame [to burn] for the servants of the Lord God; but now shall they be for yourselves. You shall be ruled by that power of life, in that power the servants, sons, and daughters of the Almighty reign; in the power, word, and life, over you all, which was before you were, which power will bruise you under, and the Lord God of power will make you to know that he rules, and he will be worshipped in the truth, (that Cain and the devil is out of, the murderer is out of), and be worshipped in the spirit. Christ has enlightened every man that comes into the world, from which you have ravened - from truth, from the light, from the worship of God in the truth; and so with the light are you judged, comprehended and condemned. With this light and power, you are all seen, and comprehended, which was before the world was made, by which power the glory is known, which was with the Father before the world began. The plagues of God will be your portion, oh pope, you who has deceived nations. All you Jesuits, and cardinals howl, for your misery is coming, said the Lord God, who will be worshipped in spirit, and in truth, and with none of your inventions.
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The Roman sect's Inquisitions stands as history's greatest act of brutality committed in the name of religion. But it was all predicted in the Bible's Book of Revelation: the whore was drunk on the blood of the saints. The Roman sect's inquisitions and slaughters took place throughout Europe during the Middle Ages (800 AD to 1500 AD), in which nine million souls were put to death, accused of witchcraft. The Roman sect's methods and numbers of killing and torture make the 20th Century Nazis look like amateurs. Those intelligent enough to have seen the barbarity and falseness of the Roman religion quickly died from torture. The still lauded pillars of the Roman faith, Augustine and Thomas, approved and supported such murders in writing; unrepudiated, they stand as testimony to the continued depravity of the Roman Catholic sect. The Roman Catholic English Queen Mary, (nicknamed bloody Mary), burned over 300 Protestants at the stake.
The Protestants and Catholics are part of the same beast, the second beast of Revelation with horns like a lamb, but who speaks like a dragon, which re-established the heathen religious traditions that the early Christian church almost destroyed, (the wound to the first beast's head), at the early Church's peak. The false church, Roman Catholic and Protestants alike, boasts she is not a widow and will never see grief. These false churches boast that Christ is their husband; but all of these false churches are the whore of Babylon, who ignore Christ's commands to repent, his teachings, his requirements, his warnings, his required holiness, his gospel, his Kingdom, his promised freedom from sin, and his cross of self-denial - the Missing Cross to Purity.
All worships not totally controlled by the Holy Spirit are an abomination; God is a Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and Truth. See Proper Worship for how the early Church and the early Quakers worshipped in Spirit and Truth.
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