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Jesus is recorded six times saying (click here to see) that before death some then with him would see his return or that all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before that generation, 2000 years ago, would pass away.
He returned 2000 years ago, 350 years ago, and any other time his true believers prepare the way for him in their hearts. He will return many more times. For the Kingdom of God is within and around us - it is a different dimension to be lived in, a spiritual dimension to be entered while still physically on the earth; George Fox called it paradise, as he describes below.
Fox and his Quakers testified that his return occurred in thousands of them 350 years ago, as recorded below.
The following are selections from George Fox's writings
From George Fox's Letter 300.
And all you that have received the power of Christ in your hearts,
From the Journal of George Fox
The kingdom of God, which most people talk of as something far in the future and refer to it only as happening after death, is in measure to be known and entered into in this life; but that none can know an entrance into it, other than those who are regenerated and born again.
And John said, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him." 1 John 3:1 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God." v2. “If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone that does righteousness is born of him." 1 John 2:29. "Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God." 1 John 3:9. "Let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He who does not love, does not know God; for God is love," 1 John 4:7-8. “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." 1 John 5:1. "Whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4. Are not these, who were born of God, in the kingdom of God, (having overcome the world)? And seeing John says, "Everyone that does righteousness is born of God;” do not those who practice righteousness and stand firm in righteousness see the kingdom of God and enter into it?
Peter, in his first general epistle to the church of Christ, said, "As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, so you may grow by it." 1 Pet 2:2. And he tells them they were "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that they should show forth the praises of him who had called them out of darkness into his marvelous light." v9. "And that as lively stones they were built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." v5. Did not these newborn babes, these lively stones, spiritual household, royal priesthood, holy nation, and chosen generation, who were called out of darkness into Christ's marvelous light, see and enter into his holy kingdom; being heirs of the same? Those were "born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God which lives and abides forever." 1 Pet.1:23. And did not such have an entrance ministered to them into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
James, in his general epistle to the church of Christ, said, "Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?" James 2:5. The apostle Paul said, "God sent forth his son made of a woman to redeem them that were under the law, that we may receive the adoption of sons; and because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. For which reason you are no more a servant but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ." Gal. 4:4-7. The same apostle said, "As many as are led by the spirit of God they are the sons of God;" and tells the saints at Rome, "You have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together," (namely with Christ). Rom. 8:14-17. Now since they are the sons of God that are led by the spirit of God, and the spirit bears witness to their spirit that they are the children of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, are not all these children of God heirs of the righteous, glorious kingdom of God? And do they not see it and enter into it?
The Lord said in Hosea 1:10. "Where it was said to them, you are not my people, there it shall be said to them, you are the sons of the living God." Did not this relate to the gospel days of the new covenant? Rom 9:26. And what the Lord said by the prophet Jer 31:1 the apostle applies to the gospel days, and says, "Be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty." 2Cor. 6:16. Are not these the children that see and enter into the righteous kingdom of God, that separate from that which is unclean and touch it not?
The Lord said to Job, "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7. Where did these sons of God shout for joy? Was it not in his kingdom of glory?
Christ said, "The least in the kingdom of God is greater than John." Luke 7:28. And in Luke 16:16: he says, "The law and the prophets were until John; since that time (namely since the law, and the prophets, and John), the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it."
The good seed are the children of the kingdom. Mat 13:38. And "the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." Mat 13:43. Christ said to his disciples, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. "Mark 4:11. Christ lifted up his eyes upon his disciples, and said, "Blessed be you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Luke 6:20. The apostles preached the kingdom of God. These were born again, that saw and knew the kingdom of God and preached it.
Christ said to his disciples, "Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32. "I appoint to you a kingdom," said Christ, "as my Father has appointed to me." Luke 22:29. The Lord said, "He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son." Rev. 21:7. And John said, "I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one." 1 John 2:14. "And Christ, by whom are all things, is said to bring many sons to glory." Heb. 2:10
He said, "Woe to you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites, for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow them that are entering to go in." Mat 23:13. "Woe to you, religious lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered." Luke 11:52. Christ gives to his children the keys of the kingdom, his spirit; but the scribes, pharisees, and lawyers, (great professors) were erred from the spirit, like the great professors in our age. They scoff at the spirit, and draw people from the spirit of God within; these shut up the kingdom from men, and draw people from the key of knowledge, and the key of the kingdom. "For no man knows the things of God but by the spirit of God;" for the things of God are spiritually discerned. The spirit is the key, by which the kingdom of God and the things of God are revealed, discerned, and known, according to 1 Cor. 2:10-14. The apostle names some in his epistle to the Colossians, and says, "These are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God." Col 4:11. And he tells that church, that "God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." Col 1:13. So you may see these were born again who were translated into the kingdom of Christ, and were fellow workers unto the kingdom of God.
Christ exhorts his disciples to love and to do good, that they might be the children of their Father which is in heaven. Mat 5:45. He bids them be perfect, even as their Father which is in heaven is perfect. Mat 5:48. The apostle said to the church at Philippi, "That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation;" among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life, etc. Phil. 2:15-16. And writing to the church of the Thessalonians, he puts them in mind how he had exhorted them that they would "walk worthy of God, who had called them into his kingdom and glory." 1 Thess. 2:12.
The Lord had promised by the prophet Joel, that he would "pour out of his spirit upon all flesh," and that "sons and daughters should prophesy; old men should dream dreams, and young men see visions," Joel 2:28. The reason that sons and daughters, handmaids, servants, young men, and old men have not these heavenly visions, dreams, and prophecies, is because they are "erred from the spirit of God," which he pours upon them; but as many as are led by the spirit of God are the sons of God.
John said Christ was the true Light, "which lights every man that comes into the world." John 1:9. And that "as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God: John1:12, which were born not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God." v13. The reason why people do not become the sons of God, is because they do not receive Christ. The Jews, the great professors, who had the promises, prophecies, figures, and shadows of him, would not receive him when he came. And now the priests and high professors of Christ are so far from receiving the light of Christ, and believing in it, that they hate the light and scoff at it, calling it a natural conscience, and some, "Jack O lantern." Such are not likely to become the sons of God, nor to see the glorious kingdom of Christ, which stands in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For the light that shines in the heart gives the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus." Those who do not receive Christ Jesus, but hate his light (which is the life in him) and yet profess him in words neither know the children of the light, nor true fellowship in the light, nor the kingdom of God, that stands in righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost; but by the light they are condemned. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither come to the light, for fear his deeds will be disapproved." John 3:19-20. But the children of the light, that walk in the light, come to heavenly Jerusalem, to the city of the living God, to the innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the first born, that are written in heaven, and can sing Hallelujah.
While I was in prison here, the Baptists and fifth-monarchy-men prophesied, that this year Christ would come, and reign upon earth a thousand years. And they looked upon this reign to be outward: when he had come inwardly in the hearts of his people, to reign and rule; these "believers" would not receive him in their hearts. So they failed in their prophecy and expectation, and did not have the possession of him. But Christ has come, and does dwell and reign in the hearts of his people. Thousands, at the door of whose hearts he has been knocking, have opened to him; and he has come in, and does sup with them, and they with him; the heavenly supper with the heavenly and spiritual man. So many of these Baptists and monarchy-people became the greatest enemies to the followers of Christ, but he reigns in the hearts of his saints over all their envy.
While I was under this spiritual travail and suffering, the state of the city New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven, was opened to me; which the carnal-minded believers to think is physical city, like an outward city that drops out of the sky. But I saw the beauty and glory of it, the length, the breadth, and the height of that, all in complete proportion. I saw that all, who are within the light of Christ, in his faith, which he is the author of, in the spirit, the holy ghost, which Christ, the holy prophets, and apostles were in, and within the grace, truth, and power of God, which are the walls of the city; such are within the city, are members of this city, and have right to eat of the tree of life, which yields her fruit every month, and whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. But they who are out of the grace, truth, light, spirit, and power of God, are those who resist the Holy Ghost, quench, vex, and grieve the spirit of God, who hate the light, turn the grace of God into wantonness, and contemptuously disregard the spirit of grace. Such as have erred from the faith, made shipwreck of it and of a good conscience, who abuse the power of God, and despise prophesying, revelation, and inspiration, these are the dogs and unbelievers that are without the city. These make up the great city Babylon, confusion, and her cage, the power of darkness; and the evil spirit of error surrounds and covers them over. In this great city Babylon are the false prophets; in the false power and false spirit; the beast in the dragon's power, and the whore that is gone a whoring from the spirit of God, and from Christ her husband. But the Lord's power is over all this power of darkness, cage, whore, beast, dragon, false prophets and their worshippers, who are for the lake which burns with fire. Many things more did I see concerning the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, which are hard to be uttered, and would be hard to be received. But, in short, this holy city is within the light; and all that are within the light, are within the city; the gates whereof stand open all the day (for there is no night there), that all may come in. Christ's blood being shed for every man, he tasted death for every man, and enlightens every man that comes into the world; and his grace, that brings salvation, having appeared to all men, there is no place or language where his voice may not be heard. The christians in the primitive times were called by Christ 'a city set upon a hill;' they were also called 'the light of the world,' and ‘the salt of the earth;' but when christians lost the light, salt, and power of God, they came to be trodden under foot, like unsavory salt. Just as the Jews were preserved above all nations while they kept the law of God, but when they turned their backs on God and his law, they were trodden under foot of other nation. Likewise Adam and Eve, while they obeyed God, were kept in his image and in the paradise of God, in dominion over all the works of his hands; but when they disobeyed God, they lost the image of God, the righteousness and holiness in which they were made; they lost their dominion, were driven out of paradise, and so fell under the dark power of satan, and came under the chains of darkness. But the promise of God was, ‘that the seed of the woman, Christ Jesus, should bruise the serpent's head,' should break his power and authority, which had led into captivity, and kept him in prison. So Christ, who is the first and last, sets man free, and is the resurrection of the just and unjust, the judge of the quick and dead; and they that are in him are invested with everlasting rest and peace, out of all the labors, travails, and miseries of Adam in the fall. So he is sufficient and fully able to restore man up into the state that he was in before he fell; and not into that state only, but up into that state also that never fell, and beyond that state even to himself.
from Statement of Principles Concerning false Prophets and Antichrists by George Fox
False prophets and antichrists are much talked of in this part of the World called christendom, and they bring the 7th Chapter and 24th Chapter of Matthew, and say, they are come but now.
To which I answer, Christ said they should come, that antichrist and false prophets would come; to the disciples He said they shall come to you, meaning His disciples; and he gave them the marks how they should know them: A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit, neither can a good tree bring forth evil fruit; but yet if it were possible, they should deceive the very elect. For they should have the sheep's clothing; but He told them that they should not go after them, for they were inwardly ravening wolves, having the sheep's clothing. And these were the antichrists, and false prophets, false Christs, and deceivers that ravened inwardly from the light, and so from the Seed, the true Christ. And as Christ said they should come to his disciples, before his disciples decease they did come; as may be read in John’s first Epistle, Chap. 4:1. and Chap. 2:18. Who said, Little children I write unto you, it is the last time whereof you have heard say that antichrist should come, even now are there many antichrists and false prophets already gone out into the world. So Christ had said before they should come, and his disciples said they were come, who went from them, being inwardly ravened from the spirit, which is sixteen hundred years since; and John which saw they were come, kept the saints to the anointing in them, and [cautioning them of being deceived], told them that they needed no man to teach them, but as that did teach them, they should continue in the Father and in the Son. 1 John 2:26-27.
And so these antichrists, false prophets, wolves, false Christs, inward raveners, should bear briars, thorns, thistles, which Christ said should come his disciples said had come, which went forth from them into the world. And in the Revelation it is said, all the world went after them. So they went from the church-fellowship, the gospel; they went from the fellowship of the Spirit, being inwardly ravened from it; they went from the anointing within to teach; they went from the law in the heart the new covenant; they went from the kingdom within; they went from the Word in the heart to obey and do; they went from the light in the heart, which gives the knowledge of God in the face of Jesus.
And so they lost the pearl hidden in the field, the Word in their hearts, and so the false prophets, going from the Apostles; in the Revelation, the world is going after them; so John wrote to the seven churches which were going astray, allowing Jezebel to teach: and setting up idols, and such as said they were Jews and were not, but the synagogues of Satan. He goes on in his Revelation, until he comes to the 11th Chapter, where the Witnesses are slain, the two Olive Trees that bear the oil to anoint the nations; the two candlesticks that bears the light. And in the 12th of the Revelation, the woman, the true church, fled into the wilderness prepared for her by God, and to be fed there for a time, and times, and half a time: And in the 11th of the Revelation, The Dragon gave his power to the beast, and the beast with the dragons power made war with the saints, and killed those that were of the remnant of her seed, who kept the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy, which were in that the inwardly raveners were gone from. That all that dwelled on the earth worshipped the beast, and worshipped the dragon, and caused and compelled both small and great; and here came up the compelling to worship, then the false church the whore, got up upon the beast in the dragons power, and caused all nations to drink her cup; here came up the whore that went from the Apostles, out of their life, power and Spirit.
And fornication was before the nations could be married to Christ, they took this whores cup of fornication, and the saints and martyrs which were not the inward raveners, which could not drink her cup; she drank their blood, even of the saints and prophets which kept the testimony of Jesus, which did not inwardly raven; and so such work as this has been set up these fifteen hundred years, killing and slaying. For these false prophets spread over all nations, as the apostles were to go over all nations; and these in this work work are the wolves in sheep's clothing made the inwardly raveners from the Spirit of God whose fruits are briars and thorns, and this work have they made since the apostles days, who have ravened from the life and power; having the sheep's word's, the scriptures, but not in the power which gave them forth; therefore are they so thorny and briary, who have worried and killed the Lambs, and compelled to worship, and forced about religion, and maintenance, which was not the work of the Apostles.
And so John said again, the beast would be taken, and the dragon, and the false prophet which deceived the nations, that Christ said should come, and John said was come, which went forth from them; and since the world has gone after them about this fifteen hundred years; which beast and false prophet shall be taken and cast into the lake of fire, and must deceive the nations no more.
And the whore, the Great Whore, which has compelled all nations to drink her cup of fornication, which has drunk the blood of the saints, should be taken even in her drunkenness, in whom the blood of the prophets and martyrs is; whose flesh must be burnt with fire; and Babylon shall be confounded, and all the merchants that trade with her shall howl and cry, alas, how is the great city fallen! for in this great city has been the trading, which must be cast down, and all the merchants of this great city have been the inwardly raveners from the Spirit of God, who have built up and thrown down. So to that which they ravened from, must all come, before the sheep's life can be known; and so the Witnesses are risen, and rising, which hold the light, and bear the oil to give light to the nations, and anoint them with the Spirit and power that the apostles were in, and fellowship and worship; and the cry begins, fear God, give glory to him; come out of her, my people, lest you be partakers of her plagues; and the reapers are going forth; and the prophets prophesy, witnessing the Lords Spirit poured forth upon them, as it was among the apostles, and the everlasting Gospel preached again to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.
The camp of God was to be kept clean and holy. That which was unclean, or defiled, was to be kept out of God's camp in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament, all that is defiled and unclean must be kept out of God's kingdom, the new and heavenly Jerusalem that is from above. All was to pass through the fire (all those things that would bear the fire) and to be purified by fire and water, before the people might come into God's camp. Num 31:23 So all must be circumcised, and baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire, cleansed with the blood of Christ, and washed with the water of the word, before they come into the kingdom of God, into heavenly Jerusalem.
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