THE DISCOVERY OF MANS RETURN To his First Estate by the operation of the Power of GOD in the great Work of REGENERATION.

With a Word to all Saints, who set their faces towards Sion to seek the Lord their God. And to those that are waiting in Sion, to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

A Word to the Back-slider, who hath tasted of the good Word of GOD, and the powers of the World to come, and hath turned the grace of God into wantonness, and gone back into spiritual Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord is Crucified.

With a Discovery of Mystery-Babylon, and her Merchants: With a Word to the hard-hearted un­believing Jews, who profess Christ in words, and de­ny to be guided by his Counsel, the light in their Conscience, and stumble at him to their own Destruction.

From the Spirit of the Lord, Written by one whom the people of this World calls a Quaker, whose name in the flesh is William Deusbury; but hath a New Name, the world knows not, written in the Book of Life.

London, Printed for Giles Calvert, at the Black-spread-Eagle, at the West-end of Pauls. 1655.

All Men and Women, Behold, and see in what Estate you were created.

ANd God said, let us make man in our Image, Gen. 1. 26, 27 God created man in his own Image, and in the Image of God created he him, male and fe­male created he them.

And the Lord God took the man and put Gen. 2. 15▪ 16, 17 him in the Garden of Eden to dress it, a [...]d to keep it, and the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the Garden thou mayst freely eat▪ but of the tree of the know­ledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day thou earest thereof thou shalt surely dye the death.

The S [...]rpent was more subtil than a [...]y beast of the Field, Gen. 3. [...], to 16 which the Lord God had made, he said unto the Woman, ye shall not surely die, for God doth know that in the day you [...]at thereof, your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God know­ing good and evill.

And when the woman saw the tree was good [...]or food, and that it was pleasant unto the eyes, and a tree to be de [...]red to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat.

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made them aprons.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his Wife [Page 2] [...]d themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden; and the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and was af­fraid, and because I was naked, I hid my self. And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? hast thou eaten of the tree where [...]f I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat? and the man said, the woman who thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto t [...]e woman, what is this that thou hast done? the woman said the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the Serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattel, and above every Beast of the field, upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the daies of thy life.

And I will put enmity betwixt thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his he [...]l.

And the Lord God said, Behold this man is become as one of Gen. 3. 22▪ 23, 24. us to know Good and evil, and now lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live for ever, therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of E­den, to till the ground from whence he was taken▪ and he drove out the man, and placed at the East end of the garden Rev. 2 5 of Eden, Cherubims and a flaming sword, which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.

Every Man and Woman behold and see how you are fallen from the estate and condition you were created in; Gen. 1. 26, 27 you were created in the image of God to delight alone in him, but you are fallen in obeying the counsel of the Ser­pent, and are driven out of the presence of God into the earth, and there your minds are feeding upon the dustGen. 3. 24 of the earth, created objects which will perish: some de­light in father and mother, some in wife and children, some [...]n house and lands, some in mony & gold, some in meats & Luk 14 26 Mat. 10 37 Eph 4 5 [...]. 2 3 [...] 9 33 [...]oh. 5. 44 drinks, some in raiment what they shall put on, some in [Page 3] lusts and pleasures, in wantonness, vain idle communi­cation, foolish jesting and laughter, which is madness and folly, and some in honour and preferments in this world, wherein their hearts are lifted up in pride and exaltation above others whom they have power over, not consider­ing how ye are dri [...]en out from the presence of the Lord wherein you were placed in the beginning: and some1 Cor. 3. 6 there are that feed upon the letter of the Scripture, which is death, comprehending God and Christ in their wisdome from what the Saints of the most high God spoke forth from the life they enjoyed in Christ Jesus, which was inCol. 1▪ 27 them the hope of their glory, and man in his serpentine wisdome steals the Saints words into his understanding,Ier. 23. 30 1 Cor. 9 9▪ 27 and never knew the life and power thereof in himself, and so speakes a divination of his own brain, a riddle to his own heart, and while he speaks to others, himself is a cast-away.

Every man and woman in particular, deal justly with your hearts, and see where your hearts are, and what they delight in, for in some of these created objects you delight in, and feed upon, if you cannot witness your change by the eternal and powerful Word of Truth; for into the earth you are driven from the presence of God, and these are the fruits which spring forth of theGen. 3 24▪ Mat. 15. 19 earth which is in your hearts, self-love, pride, covetous­ness, anger, revenge, hastiness, frowardness, back-biting,Gal. 15 19, 20, 21 hard-heartedness, cruelty, and oppression, lust and un­cleanness, drunkenness, impatiency, and unbelief, and you are fenced out from coming to the Tree of Life with Cherubims and the flaming Sword, which turns every way to keep the Tree of Life. So every one see whatGen. 3. 24 you can witness of your return again unto God from whence you are separated by the disobedience and evill of your hearts, and see what is the ground of the hope of your callings, and by what power you are acted in your obedience unto God, whether by the power of the first [Page 4] Adam, or by the power of the second, for if thou upon the convincement of the evill of thy waies, doe not wait in the light, which is in thy conscience, that convinceth thee of the evill of thy doings, for power from the LordEph. 5. 3 to guide thee forth of the evill, which the light discovers, which would guide thee into the Kingdome of God, but thou runnest out into the wisdom of the first Adam, to seek the Kingdome of God in outward formes and ob­servationsLuke 17. 20 according as thou comprehendest of the Saints practices, and thou imitatest their practices in thy wis­dome, and though thou walk never so strictly in these outward formes, thou art alive in the first Adam, sewing fig-leaves together to cover thy nakedness, a peece of newGen. 3 7 Mat. 9. 16 17 Gen 1. 14. to [...] cloth in an old garment, thou art putting new wine into old bottles, and art building up a tower to get up to God, in thy heathenish and Babylonish wisdom, and confusi­on will come upon thee: in the day when the Lord comes to look for fruit, thou wilt be found a fruitlesse tree that cumbers the ground: Cain, with his offering up sacrifice unto God in thy first nature, Esau seekingGen. 5 Gen. 27. 34 38 Heb. 12. 17 Gen. 12 9 10 [...] Pet. 1. 19, 20 the birth-right with teares, who shall never find it, and all the fruit that is raised in thee is from Hagar the Bond-woman, and thou hast thy end for thy self in all that thou dost which is thy hire, which thou expectest in the end, life, for thy labour, and obedience, and thou regards not the glory of the Lord, and his fear is not before thine eyes; therefore every man and woman, deal just­ly with your own hearts, under what name or title so­ever thou be, whether thou be a Teacher of others, or a Professor of what thou comprehendest to be truth from the Testimony the Saints gave forth, from the life and power of Christ that was in them, and thou expectest life in thy outward formes and observations, and mindest not to be guided by the light which is of Christ in thy own conscience, which light guided the Saints that gave forth the Scriptures, and while thou disobeyest that light, profess what thou wilt, thou art in the fall, first Adam [Page 5] is yet alive in thee, Cain is not yet banished, nor Esau re­probated,Gen 4. 10, 11, 12 Gen. 21. 1 [...] Gal. 4. 3 [...] nor the bond-woman and her son cast out; which are all figures and types of the first nature, which is yet alive in thee, and thy will is thy guide, and thy heart is in the earth, notwithstanding all thy profession, and thouRev. 28. 3 art a painted beast, made drunk with the wine of the wrath of the Whore, which is thy wisdom, which compre­hends▪ that which thou never didst know manifest in it self, and sits deckt a well-favoured harlot, above the Crosse of Christ, thou wilt be found a Thief and Robber, who comes not in by the door Jesus Christ, but climbs upI [...]hn 1. [...] some other way; and thus far went the Scribes and Pha­risees, and the young man, who had kept the Comman­dementsMat. 10. 20, 2 [...] from his youth, but when he should have sold all for Christ, he went away sorrowful: And thus far went Paul when he persecuted Jesus Christ, according to the Law he walked blameless, and all thy strict walking to getPhil. 3 5▪ 6 life in observations according to the Letter, is striving a­gain to get the tree of life by thy own power, who art fenced out with Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turns every way to keep the way of the tree of life: And ifGen. 3. 24 thou never [...]awest thy self senced out from the presence of God, notwithstanding all thy righteousness in observati­ons, thou art not come so near God as to see the flaming sword, which is placed to meet thee in every way thou turnest to get life in thy own power, and to cut thee down and kill thee, [...]hat Christ may be thy life, thou art alive inGen 2▪ 7 [...] [...] 1 [...] [...] ▪ 11▪ 12 13 the first Adam, and art in the death, for death reignes over all from Adam to Moses, and Moses is until the Prophets, and the Prophets till John, and John untill Christ, and if thou canst not witnesse that thou art come to Moses, pro­fessLuke 1 26 I [...]. 1. [...], [...] 9, [...] 20 2 [...] [...] ▪ Mat. 7. 1 [...] 14 what thou wilt thou hast not set thy face towards God, no [...] one step in the strait and narrow way to eternal life, but art going the broad way to destruction, whatever thou be, whether a Teacher of others, or a Professor of what thou comprehendest to be truth from the Le [...]ter of [Page 6] the Scripture, under what form, name, or title soever thou be, thou art a dead man, and a dead woman, and the wrath of God abides on thee, though thou see it not▪ Rom. 7. 9. there Paul witnesseth, I was alive without the Law once,Eph. 2 1. 2. 3 Ioh. 3. 36 but when the Commandement came, sin revived, and I dyed. Friends, every one in particular, deal justly with your hearts, see what you can witness of your death with Christ by the powerful word of truth which enlightens the conscience, and condemns sin in the flesh, for every oneIoh 1. 9 Rom. 8. 3 would ascend with Christ to be partakers of the life and glory with him, but he becomes a stumbling stone to be1 Pet. 2 8 Gal. 3. 27 Rom. 6. 3 [...] Rom. 8. 17 2 Tim. 2 11. 12. [...]oh. 5. 15 baptized with him into his sufferings and death, to ascend with him into hell, and this thou must witness before ever thou come to sit with him in heavenly places; for it is they, and they alone that shall reign with him, who suffer with him, and they that are dead with him shall live with him; it is the dead that hears the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live: Arise thou that sleep­est in the dust of the earth, securely in thy earthly andEph. 5. 14 Serpentine wisdom, thy mind feeding upon the dust of the earth, created objects which will perish; arise, stand up to Judgement that Christ may give thee life: This is re­quiredMich. 6. 1 of thee, O man▪ to doe justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God; examine thy heart, and deal justly with thy own soul; there is a light in thy conscience, which light is of Christ, minding it will let thee see the my­steryIoh. 1. 9. & 8 12. & 9. 5 of iniquity that lodgeth in thy heart, which is deceit­ful and desperately wicked; and this light in thy conscience which discovers unto thee the evil of thy heart, is of the [...]er. 17: [...] etarnal Word of God, and was from the beginning, according as it is written in the outward testimony ofEph. 5. 13, the truth.

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word is God; and the same was in the beginning with God; all things were made by him, a [...]d without him was Io [...]. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. not any thing made that was made; in him was life, and [Page 7] the life was th [...] light of men and the light shineth in [...], and the darkness comprehends it not: Every one a­rise out of your earthly wisdome, and minde the light in thy conscience, and wait on the power of the Lord inRev. 20. 12, 13. it, and it will bring thee to Judgement before the Throne of the Lamb, where the righteous Law will be opened in thy heart, that will cry through thy earthly heart for righteousness and judgement, and the book will be opened in thee, where thou shalt see all written that thou hast done in the body, and shall give an account2 Cor 5. [...] M [...]t. 12. [...]6 for every idle word, and receive thy reward for what thou hast done, and thy reward is wrath and condem­nation which will pass upon thee from the presence of the Lamb for thy disobedience, and breaking of the righte­ous Law, which must be fulfilled, and what way so­ever [...]es 2. 10 thou turnest to get life in outward formes and ob­servations, the flaming sword, which is the righteous Law▪ that goes out of the mouth of the Lamb, it will turn every way and meet thee, and cut thee down and cast thee into hell, where there is weeping and wailing for want of the presence of God, and thou canst doe no­thing to pacifie the wrath of God which is gone out a­gainst thee. Now wouldst thou hide thy self as Adam Gen 3 8 9, 10 Gen. 3. 7 did, when he appeares in thy heart, thy fig-leafed gar­ment of prayers, tears, forms, outward observations ac­cording unto thy comprehensions of the letter, will not cover thy nakedness; it served to cover thy nakedness from the sight of men, but now when the Lord appears in thy heart, thou canst not stand before him; now comes Cain in thee to be driven from the face of God to be a fu­gitiveGen. 4. 12, 13, 14 and a vagabond in the earth notwithstanding all his sacrifice; and Esau in thee reprobated, never to have the blessing though he seek it with teares, and the bond­womanGen. 27 34, 38 Heb▪ 12 17 Ge [...]. 21. 10 Rev. 19. 15 and her son cast out, and the first Adam now slain with the sharp sword that goeth out of the mouth of the Lamb, and art made to give up thy soul to God [Page 8] whose it is, to doe with thee what he will, if he destroy thee for ever he may; and if he save thee from eternall death it is his free love; now art thou baptized withRom. 3. 6 to [...] 2 Tim. 2. 11. [...]2 Christ into his sufferings and death, where thou liest seal­ed down under the eternal judgement of God, and there perishest for ever for any power or help thou hast in thy self, and this is the administration of Moses, where thou lyest condemned for ever under the righteous Law, with­out any help or hope untill the administration of the Prophets, that prophesie of a Christ that hath satisfied the righteous Law of God for thee who art lost and con­demnedM [...]t. [...]. 11 L [...]ke 19. 10 under the power of the Law of Moses, and now there is a secret hope raised up in thy soul, and thou lookest up from under the condemning power of Moses for a Saviour; and the Prophets are until John, and of all that were born of woman there was not one greater than John; for he is a burning and a shining light that lets thee see theLuk. 16 16, 17 Ma [...]. 11. 11 Iohn 5. 35 filthiness of thy heart, and the Law shines in its purity to condemn the earthly man in thee, but he strengthens the hope in thee that was raised up by the Prophets, to see the beauty and excellency of Iesus Christ, which ravishes thy lost condemned soul that thou art willing to sell all for him, the Scripture being now fulfilled in thee who wit­nesses this from the daies of John even until now, the King­dom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force, now is every▪ mountain and hill layd low in thee,Mat 1. 12 Luke 3. 5 and crooked wayes made strait, and the rough way in thee made smooth, and thou wait in the wi [...]derness and lost condition of thy self, for the salvation of God, to be ma­nifest to the in Iesus Christ: and in the appointed time of the Father, the Son of man comes to thy soul as a2 Pet. 2. 10 L [...]k▪ 17. 24 Iohn 5. 25 Thief in the night, as the lightning from the East to the West, so is his appearance in thee, and causes thy dead soul to hear his voice, which witnesses to it eternal life freely through his own blood, and thy soul heares his voice, and by the word of his power is made to live, [Page 9] and are sealed up by the holy spirit of promise, the Spirit of God bearing witness with thy spirit, that thou art his child: now comest thou to witness the second Adam toRom. [...]. 16 1 Cor. 14. 45 R [...]m. 6 23 Eph▪ 25▪ [...], 10 be a quickning spirit, and Isaac the promised seed to be heir for ever; and that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life: and that by grace tho [...] ar [...] sa­ved through Faith in the Lord Jesus, not of works lest any should boast, and he that hath hope in him purifies himself as he is pure, and the love of Christ constrains thee now, who can witnes this work of Regeneration mani­fest in thee, to follow him whither soever he goes, no more to obey him for life as thou didst, when thou wast with­out▪ 1 Iohn 3 [...] 2 Cor. 3. 14 Titus 3▪ 5 seeking him in forms and observations, but now the love and life thou enjoyest in Christ Jesus constrains thee to deny thy self, and take up thy Cross daily and follow him: Now art thou come into the beginning to live in theLuke 9. 23▪ 24 Lord, guided by the powerfull word of faith, the light that shines in thy heart, which is the light of the City, New Jerusalem, to whom thou art come to worship theIohn 4. 110 5 Father in Spirit and Truth, and all that are come to walk in the light of the City New Jerusalem, are the true Is­raelIohn 23. 24 of God that are taught of God, to whom the New and everlasting Covenant is made, according to the pro­miseIsaiah 54 14 Heb. 8. 10, 1. 12 of the Lord: This is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah, after those daies, saith the Lord, I will put my Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be to them Ezek. 36 24, 25. 26▪ 27. 28 a God, and they shall be to me a people, and they shall teach no more every man his Neighbour, and every man his Brother, saying, know▪the Lord, for they shall all know Iet. [...]. 33. 3 [...] me from the least of them to the greatest of them, I will be mercifull unto their unrighteousness, and their sinnes and their iniquities will I remember no more, and in this City t [...]ere is no need of the Sun, neither of the Moon Rev. 21 23 24 25 & 27 ver to shine in it, which are borrowed lights, outward dis­pensations, and teachings of men, for the glory of the [Page 10] Lord God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof, and the Nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the Kings of the earth bring their glory and honour unto it, and the [...] shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abhomina­tion, or worketh a lye, but they which are written in the Lambs Rev. 22. 5 Book of life, and the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day; for there shall be no night there; for the Lord giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.

HALLELUIAH, to the Highest.

A Word from the Lord to all that are waiting on the Lord in Sion: And to those that are weeping, and are se [...]king the Lord their God, asking the way to Sion with their faces thitherwards.

FEar not ye mourners in Sion, the Lord waits on you to be gracious unto you, & Is [...] 61. 2 Isa. 3 [...]. 18, & 20▪ 21 though he give you the bread of adver­sity now, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your Teachers be removed in­to Corners any more, but your eyes shall see your Teachers, and your eares shall hear a voice behind you, saying, this is the way, walk [...] 1. 9 & 8. 12 Eph. 5 13 1 Iohn 2 27 Isa. 42 3 Mat▪ 12. 20. Prov. 20. 22 in it, when you turn to the right hand or to the left, there­fore every one of you mind the light which is of Jesus Christ in you, that judgeth the unrighteousness of your hearts, give up to be guided by the pure light in you, which is your Teacher, the counsel of Iesus Christ, and it will bring Judgement forth unto victory; and whatever he makes manifest to you to be his will, wait on the Lord in his counsel, and he will give you power to obey, and when you have obeyed his will, take [...]eed of departing from the counsel of the Lord, which is the light within you, to hearken to the counsel of your own hearts, which will draw your minds to look back to your obedience, and the experiences you have passed through, so will the beast, which received a deadly wound with the sword, the righteous Law, that [Page 12] goes out of the mouth of the Lamb, in you his deadlyRev. 13. 3 wound will be healed, and sits a painted beast above the Cross of Christ, working lying wonders in your hearts, and imitating the operations of the power of God who is purifying his Sons and Daughters with the spirit ofRev. 1 [...]. 11, 12▪ 13▪ 15 Judgement, and the Spirit of burning, and the beast in you, that tasted of the power of God when he received his deadly wound under the justice of God, now can imitate the same in deceit, and cause fire to come down from hea­ven in the sight of men, imitating the operation of the spirit of burning, and so deceives himself and all that dwel upon the earth, he is made manifest to all that dwell in theMat. 13. 37 1 Pet. 5 8 heavenly light in their hearts. All friends mind your watch, for your adversary the devil goes about like a roaring lyon2 Pet. 1. 19 seeking whom he may devour; abide in the counsel of the Lord, which is the light in you, and you will discern be­tween the Beast, which is Antichrist in his lying wonders, and the Lamb Iesus Christ in the operation of his power; so you will come to try the spirits whether they be of God1 Joh. 4 1, 2, 3 yea or no; all that are guided by the Beast have their life in speaking and acting in outward operations what they once experienced, and what they comprehended to be truth; speaking that they enjoy not, and is exalted in pride, the heart returned into the earth. But thou that art guided by the Lamb, the light in thy conscience▪ the righteous Law cries through thy earthly heart, and brings it to judgment, and thou canst find no life in the operations of the power of God, nor in thy obedience, but whilst the presence of the Lord is with thee in it; and when thou hast done the will of God in obeying what he hath made known unto thee, thou seest thy self to be an unprofitable servant, and hast need of patience, that thou mayst receive the promiseLuke 17. 10 Heu. 10 36 Col. 3. 2 Eze 36 31 32 1 Cor. 1. 2 [...], 31 where thy life is hid with Christ in God, to save the freely for his names sake, or else thou perishest, and to carry thee on by his mighty power, or else thou fallest; so thou hast n [...]thing to glory in but in the Lord.

[Page 13]And as they that are guided by the Beast (which is An­tichrist) speak of the truth, a riddle to their own hearts, not knowing the power and life of what they speak, ad­ding to the Word of the Lord, and the plagues and curse of God will be added unto them. But thou that art guid­edRev. 22▪ 1 [...] by the Lamb Iesus Christ, thou knowest when the Word of the Lord is committed to thee: If any have my Word▪ (saith the [...]) let him speak my Word faithfully: is not my Word Like [...] (saith the Lord) and like a ham­mar I [...]r 23. 28. 29 that breaketh the rocks in peeces: Thou canst witnesse the VVord of the Lord to be as a fire, and as a hammar2 Cor. 10. 4. 5 to break the rocks in pieces in thee, and bring down all in thee in subjection to its self, and it alone rules in thee: and thou that canst witness the word of the Lord thus ma­nifest in thee, thou art a true Messenger of the Lord, let not the deceipt stop thy mouth; for the word the Lord calls thee to speak, shall perfect his work for which he is sent.Rev. 14. 4. 5

All friends stand fast in the counsel and will of God, be faithfull in following the Lamb dayly through the Cross, and none be discouraged; in temptations be con­tent; Iames [...]. 3 look up to the Lord to keep you in the hour of tem­ptations; for it is no sin to be tempted, but to yeeld to the tempter; and when the Lord delivers you from the power of the Tempter, watch that your will get not from under the Cross, but sink down into the love of God, and every one be content in what the Lord hath made ma­nifestMa [...]. 25▪ 20. 21. 22 23. to you, and be faithful according to your Talents, and more will be communicated to you; and none look forth at others conditions; for if you do, the Enemy will cause you to stumble, and you will come to a loss in your own condition: wait patiently in the cousel of the Lord, the light in you; for he is making a short work in the earthMat. 1. [...]0 v. 12 that you that come into the Vineyard at the eleventh hour, shal receive as much as they that came in [...]t the third hour, and have laboured in the heat of the day.

[Page 14]All ye children of the Lord lift up your heads, behold your King riding in majesty and power, upon the wild Ass Colt, which is your wild nature, subjecting it to himself,Mat. 21. 5 that you may enter with him through the gates of the City into New Jerusalem, where there enters nothing that worketh abomination, and maketh a lye, but what is writ­ten in the Lambs book of life, and there you shall dwel inRev. 22. 14 Rev. 21. 27 Cant. 2▪ [...] the banqueting house of the Lord forever, feeding upon the feast of fat things, rejoycing [...] [...]he eternal love and mercy of your souls, in the free Covenant of life, in the blood of Christ, who is the Lord of Lords, and King ofRev. 17. 4 Rev. 19. 16 Rev. 5 9. 10 Kings, God blessed for ever, who is riding on in Majesty and in Power, conquering and to conquer all the powers of darkness in the hearts of his Saints, that they may reign as Kings upon the earth, to the praise and glory of our God, who is taking unto him his great power to reign in his Saints for evermore, to whom alone be all honour, glory, power, and eternal praises for ever.

To all revolted souls who have depar­ted from the Counsel of the Lord, and are made drunk with the Wine of the wrath of the fornication ofRevelat. 8. 3 the Whore, bewitched with the mo­ther of Witch-craft, to return into spiritual Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord is Crucified.

WHoever thou art, in whom the righteous law of God, Jesus Christ the light in thee hath cried through thy earthly heart, for righ­teousnessRevelat. 20. [...] Matth. 12 36 and judgment, and there thou didst stand arraigned before the Throne of the Lamb, where the book was opened in thee, and written therein all the deeds thou hast done in the body, and the sentence of wrath and judgement passed out of the mouth of the Lamb on thee for every idle word, and all that thou hast done, and in this thy condemned estate, thou runnedst too and fro to hide thee from the wrath ofGenesi. 3 2. the Lamb, in reforming thy wayes, and strictly observing what thou wast convinced of to bee the Will of God; but what way soever thou turnedst in thy obedience to­wards God, to get life, thither the flaming sword turned that proceeded out of the mouth of the Lamb, and cutRevel. 19. 15 thee down, and cast thee into hell, where thou lyest weep­ing and waling under the wrath of God, sealed down under his eternall judgment for evermore, for any [Page 16] help or power thou hadst in thy self, untill Jesus Christ manifested eternal love and mercy freely to thy poor lost condemned soul, and raised thee up to a lively hope, and sealed thee up in the Covenant of life with his own blood: Now after the witnesses have sealed up their testimony, the Beast, which is thy will, that ascends out of the bottomlesse pit of thy deceived heart, which is de­ceitful and desperately wicked, hath made warre against the witnesses, Christ in thee, and slain them, and theyRev. 11. 7▪ 8 Ier▪ 17 9 lie dead in the spiritual City of Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord is Crucified, and thou art made drunk with the wine of the wrath of the fornication of the whore, and bewitched with her witch-crafts, who now tells thee, whom he loves he loves to the end, and to the pure all things are pure, thou art no more under the Law but under grace, and all things are alike, that when thou disobeyest the pure Law, which once had power over thee, and it witnesseth against thee secretly, crying in thy heart, use thy liberty, but not as an occasion to the flesh, thou regardest not the counsel of the Lord,Gal. 5. 13. but harkens to the Mother of Harlots in thee, and cau­ses thee to wrest the Scriptures to thine own destruction, and tels thee the Law hath no power over thee, thou art under Grace, it is but the Law in thy Members, that wars against the Law in thy mind, the acting of the hu­manity which acts in its place, that the Grace of God may appear more gloriously, God sees no sin in thee, for it is no more thou, but sinne that dwels in thee, and the former misery thou was in under the wrath of God, for the dis-obeying of the righteous Law, thou now treadst under thy feet, and lies slain in spriritual So­dom and Egypt, in thy heart, yet not put in grave, but lies in thy sight, and lets thee see the evil of thy doings, and vexes and torments thy earthly and carnal heart in the midst of all thy joy; but the Whore in thee tels thee, that the former trouble thou wast in, it was through the ignorance of God, but now thou art grown [Page 17] up to a higher stature in Christ, to see nothing but love in whatsoever thou doest, and now thou knowest nothing but to eat, and to drink, and be merry, for the Children of the Bride-Chamber cannot mourn while the Bride-groom is with them: time was thou didst mourn, but it was when the Bride groome was not with thee; but now the Winter is past, and Summer come; and singing of birds is heard in thy land, and now wash thy face, and anoint thy head with Oyl, that thou appear no more before men, as thou didst when thou wast a Pharisee; now to be a friend to Publicans and Sinners, and become all to all that thou mayest win some, and whatever thou doest it is God that acts thee, for thou art not stronger than he to resist him, and if hee would have it otherwayes, how couldst thou hinder it? so it is as it must be, and it cannot be otherwise, thus the subtle Serpent winds into the minde of man, and causeth him to wrest the Scrip­tures to his own destruction to draw back into perdi­tion.

Woe, woe unto thee thou Back-slider in heart, who chargest God, who is purity it self, to be the Authour ofProv. 14. 14 H [...]b. 1. 13 sinne, and the actor of thee in all thy filthy and unrigh­teous walking, and hast turned the Grace of God intoHeb. 10 38 Romans 6▪ 1 Mat. 25 17▪ 18 wantonnesse, and takest liberty to sinne, because Grace abounds, and makest the comming of Christ, (who came to fullfill the Law) to destroy it, through the evil of thy heart, that when the righteous Law cries in thee for pu­rity, and condemns thee for thy unrighteous walking, then thou fliest to the free Grace in Christ, to save thee from the power of the Law, but thou shalt finde the Law hath power over the fleshly man, as long as hee lives,Romans 7. 1 and the fleshly man that now guides thee, is under the Law untill it be destroyed through faith in Jesus Christ,Mat. 15. 17, 18 for he came not to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it, and the Saints witnesse it, though thou wrest the words of Paul (when he declared his condition before he came to the fullnesse of stature in Christ) to thy own destructi­on. [Page 18] I see a Law in my members warring against the Law of Romans 7 23 my mind, and brings mee into Captivity into the Law of sin, which is in my Members; but he gave not up himselfRomans 6. 16 to be a servant of sin as thou doest, it was his burthen that made him to cry, Oh wretched man that I am, who shall de­liver Roman 7 25 me from this body of death; and he waited in the Faith untill hee was freed, Romans 8. 2. For the I aw of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the Law of sin and death, that the righteousnesse of the Law Romans vc. 5 might bee fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit; He witnessed Christ came in him to fullfill the Law, and so do all the Saints now, according to their growth; some witness the Law fullfilled in them, andLuk. 9. 23. others are waiting in the faith patiently, following the Lord dayly through the Crosse, until the Law be fulfil­led. But thou art departed from the counsel of the Lord thy God, and caused his name to bee evil spoken of, and hast made the hearts of his people sad, as they did that the Apostle speaks of; For many walk of whom I have told Phil. 3. 1 [...]. 19 you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemie [...] of the Crosse of Christ, whose end ù destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things. These Scriptures are fullfilled in thee, which the Apostle mentions, And while they promise them 2 Pet. 2 19▪ 20 21 liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption, for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bon­dage, for if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again intangled therein and overcome, the latter end of them is worse with them then the beginning, for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteouse esse, then after▪ they have known it, to turn from the holy Commandment delivered unto them, but it is happened un­to thee according to the true Proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again, and the Sow that was washed to her wallow­ing Verse 2 [...] in the mire, and thou mayest read what will be manifest to thee from the Lord.

[Page 19]For if we sin wilfully, after we have received the know­ledgeHebrews 10. 2 [...] to 32 verse. of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for of judgement, and fiery in­dignation, which shal devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses Law died without mercy, how much sorer punishment suppose ye shalt thou be thought worthy of, who hast trodden under foot the Son of God, and hast counted the blood of the Covenant wherewith thou wast sanctified an unholy thing, and hast done des­pite unto the Spirit of grace; and we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompence saith the Lord: it is a fearfull thing to fall into the hands of the li­ving God.

Remember from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and Revelations 2 5 do thy first work, in minding that light of Jesus Christ in thee, before whom thou once stoodest condemned for that thou now livest in; prize the time, and give up to be gui­ded by the counsel of the Lord in thee, the light of thyEphesians 4 [...]3 Conscience, that discovers every vain thought, wait on the power that is present with the light; and it will dashPsalm 137. 8. 9 Babylons children against the stones, which is sin in its con­ception, so will thy carnal minde bee brought to the crosse dayly, and thy heart will be purged with the spirit of judge­ment, and the spirit of burning: kiss the Son in obeying his counsel, the light in thee, lest thou perish in the way; for if his anger be kindled a little, blessed are they that trust in him. Psalm 2▪ 11, [...]2

The Discovery of Mistery-Babylon.

‘To all inslaved Captives in Babylons Kingdome, who are made drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornications,Rev. 18. 3 and bewitched through the multitude of her inchantments.’

FRiends, Babylon, is within you, the mother of Harlots is within you, and she bewitchesRev. 17. 5 you through the abundance of her Sorce­ries; and the beast is within you that ari­sethRev. 11. 7 out of the bottomless pit of the de­ceived heart, which is deceitfull▪ and des­perately wicked; and the beast which all the world wan­dersJe [...]. 17. 9 Rev. 13. 4 after, is your wills, that makes war against the Lamb of God in you, which is the light that makes manifest the evil of your hearts, and your wisdom is the great WhoreIohn 1. 9 Eph. 5. 13 Rev 17. 3 Rev. 17. 4 that sits upon the Beast, that ariseth out of the bottomless pit of the deceitfull heart, and she finds out many deceitful inventions to preserve the beastly wil alive, having a golden Cup in her hand, ful of the abhominations of the earth, and this golden Cup is your outward professions, glorious com­prehensions and conceivements of God and Christ, imita­ting what the Saints did impower, according as they were2 Pet. 1. 11 moved by the operation of the spirit of the most high God and you imitate the Saints practice by your wisdom.

There is nothing but confusion in the Ringdome of Ba­bylon; so come you to be divided into so many particularGen. 11. 7, 8, 9 forms, as Presbyterians, Independents, Anabaptists, and divers others that are in outward worships painted over with glorious words, and yet you whose wills guide you, are painted Beasts, bewitched with the Mother of Harlots, notwithstanding all your outward professions and glorious observations, they are but the golden Cup, and within youRev. 17. 4 Mat. 15 19, 29 Genes [...]s 6. 5 are ful of the abhominations of the earth, as self-love, cove­tousness, lust, and uncleanness, hastiness, frowardness, back­biting, [Page 21] slandering, hard-hartednesse, cruelty, and op­pression,Gal. 5▪ 19▪ 20, 21 Prove▪ b [...] 1. 7 grinding the faces of the poor, impatiency, and unbeleef, and the fear of the Lord is not before your eys, & thus you lie poor inslaved Captives in the Kingdome of Babylon, refreshing your hearts in the creature injoyments,Luke 14 26 Marth 10 37 Matth. 1 [...] ▪ 29 [...]. 9. 23 Io [...] 5 44. which will perish, some in father and mother, some in wife and children, some in house and land, some in money and gold, some in self-wisdome, delighting in themselves some in honour and preferment in this world, and when there is injoyment of these visible creatures, then there is content; and when they are taken away there is trouble, the mind alwaies plodding, contriving, and acting every way to get of the Creatures what the heart lusts after, and he that gets the most is the highest exalted, so every one is exalted a­bove another, and there is nothing but tyranny, cruelty,Matth▪ 6. 21 M [...]cah 21, 2 Prov. 22 16 Am [...] 4. 1. H [...]sea 2. 7 Rev. 18 2 [...] Rev. 18 13 Ioh 1. 9 and 8 12 and 9. 5 1 Iohn 2 27 8 Luke 17. 2 [...], 21 and oppression among you, you sons and daughters of Babylon; And in her was found the blood of the Prophets, and of the Saints, and all that were slain upon the earth.

The Merchants of Babylon are your Teachers, who draw you from your guide, which is the pure light of Christ in you, to seek the Kingdome of God in observa­tions without you, contrary to the mind of Christ, the Kingdome of God comes not with observations, neither shall they say, lo here, or lo there, for behold the King­dome of God is within you.

But these your Merchants have no Scripture for their Merchandize, which they sell to you inslaved Captives for so many hundreds in the year, and is payed in the Nation, or elsewhere; for these observations they tell you, you must observe, or else you cannot come to the Kingdome of heaven, though they are contrary to the Scripture, as are practised by them; there is no Scripture that witnesseth their call to the Ministry by [...]mane wisdome; Notmany 1 Cor. 1. 26. great, not many noble, not many wise after the flesh.

There is no Scripture that any that Jesus Christ sentMatth. 10 8 forth, made a bargain with the people for so much a year, as these do that profess themselves to be sent of Christ.

[Page 22]This is the call of the Ministers of Christ, Paul an Apo­stle Gal. 1. 11, 12 of Jesus Christ, neither of man, nor by man, but by the Revelation of Jesus Christ▪

I send you forth (saith Jesus Christ) as Lambs among Mat. 10▪ 16 Mat. 10. 10. v. 8 Wolves, into what Town or City ye enter, inquire who is wor­thy and if they receive you, there abide, eating such things as is set before you, the labourer is worthy of his meat, freely ye have received, freely minister.

Those whom Jesus Christ commits the Word of eternal life unto, and calls them forth to declare it unto others, the love of Jesus Christ, which is sealed up to their souls2 Cor. 5. 14. 19 20 through his own blood, constrains them to give up them­selves to death, in witnessing forth the eternal life they injoy in Christ, as it was, it is; the love of Christ constraineth me to Preach the Gospel (saith Paul) But these your Mer­chants are they, which have forsaken the right way, and areActs 21. 13 2 Pet. 2. 15 Iude 11 gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bo­sor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.

And as there is no Scripture for their call to the Ministe­ry by their humane learning, nor making bargains with the people for so much in the year; so there is no Scripture for these observations they call the Ordinances of God, as they are practised by them.

There is no Scripture that Christ or any that he sent forth, did take a child, and sprinkled water on its face, and said in so doing they baptized it into the Church of Christ.

Suffer little children to come unto me (saith Christ) a [...]d Mark 1 [...]. 14, 5 forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdome of God; for who­soever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, Matth. 19. 14 shall not enter therein, he sets the child as a type and a fi­gure, to shew forth to every one, that they must become as a little child depending upon the will of God, before they enter into the Kingdome of God: he took them upLuke [...]8. 16 17 Mark 1 [...]. 16 in his arms, and put his hands on them, and blessed them; but that he sprinkled water on their faces, and said, Hee baptized them into his Church, there is no such Scripture.

An other observation your Teachers tel you, you mu [Page 23] observe, is hearing these stndied Sermons, in taking a part of [...] Peter 1. 20 Revelat▪ 22, 18 Scripture, and adding to it their wisdom, calls it the word of God, which is contrary to the Scripture; but they say, they have Christ for an example.

There was delivered unto him the book of the Prophet Isaiah, and when he had opened the book▪ he found where it was written. Luke 4 7 22. 23. The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel unto the poor, he hath sent me to heal the bro­ken hearted to preach deliverance to the Captives, & recovering the sight of the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord: and he closed the book and sate down: and he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears; and all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth; he was the substance of the prophecy which was then fulfil­led in him.

This is no ground for any to take the Saints words, and add to it their wisdom, and call that the word of God.Ier▪ [...]3. 29 30

The Prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream: he that hath my Word let him speak my Word faithfully. What is the chaff to the Wheat? saith the Lord. Is not my word like a fire, and like a hammer? saith the Lord, that breaks the2 Cor 1 [...] ▪ 4, 5 rocks in pieces. All to whom the word of the Lord is commit­ted, can witness it to be as a fire within them, and as a ham­mer that breaks rocks in pieces, in subjecting all in the heart, under the power of it self, so it alone rules and guides him that he is what he speaks, that if he had never seen any thing that the Saints hath declared without him, he had known what is manifest in him: and he to whom the word is thus made manifest is a true Minister of Christ, who is called to speak the Word faithfully.Isa▪ 56▪ 10, [...]1 [...]0. 5 30, 31 M cah 3. 11 verse 5 Ier. 23 30

But these that call themselves your Teachers, and makes bargaains with you for so much in the year, they never wit­nessed the word of the Lord in them, as a fire & like a ham­mer that breaks the rocks in pieces, so they never had any thing to have spoken of the Lord; but as they have stoln it from the testimony of the Saints, so they speak a divination [Page 24] of their own brain, a riddle to their own-hearts; and whilest they speak to others, themselves are cast away.

And the Lord testifies against them, Behold I am against 1▪ [...] ▪ 9. 27 the Prophets saith the Lord, that steals my word every one from his neighbour.

Behold I am a ainst the Prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongue, and say, H [...] sai [...]h. Je. 23 31▪ 32

Behold I am against them that prophesie false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to erre by their lies, and by their lightness▪ yet I sent them not nor commanded them; therefore they shal not profit the people at all saith the Lord, and this fruit is made manifest of the ministry that hath been in England.

Another observation your Teachers tell you to observe which is contrary to the Sci [...]ture at it is practised by them in singing of David's Psal. in Metre, taking David's word [...], who was a man after Gods own heart, and putting words into the mouths of poor ignorant people to sing that which they never knew, and so causes them to blaspheme the name ofPsalm 131. 1 God, saying; Let us sing to the praise and glory of God▪ as, O Lord I am not puft in mind, I have no scornful eye, I do not ex­ercise my self in things that be too high for me: when they ne­ver knew any change wrought in their minds, and so causethPsalm 38. 1. 10. 7 the people to lie. And causing them to sing David's prayers, as, O Lord rebuke me not in thy wrath, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure, for thine arrows stick [...]ast in me, & thy hand pres­seth me sore, for my iniquities are gone over my head, as a heavy burthen, they are too heavy for me to bear; my wounds stink and are corrupt, because of my foolishness, I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly, I go mourning all th [...] day long; and may be none of you in al that place can witness the condition and so blas­phemes the name of God, who wil be worshipped in spirit & in truth, and this is the rule given out from him, If any be af­flicted, Iohn 4. 24 Iame: 5 16 let him pray if any be merry let him sing Psalms: and there is none merry but the ransomed of the Lord, who re­turns to Sion with joy and singing, and [...]verlasting j [...]y shal be Isaiah 51. 11 upon their heads, and they shal obtain gladness and joy; and sor­row and sighing flies away.

[Page 25]All people may search the Scriptures, and see how you have been deceived by your Teachers, who have caused you to seek your lost God in carnal & dead observations, which they have not any Scripture for, all cease from them; for the Lord com­plains of them; The leaders of my people causeth them to erre, L [...]k▪ 17. 2 [...] 2 Cor▪ 36 Isalah 3▪ 12 saith the Lord of Hosts; and now are these Scriptures fulfilled in these men, which the Apostle prophesied [...]f.

This know also, that in the last daies perillous times shal2 [...]mothy 3. 1 2 [...] come; for men shal be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to Parent [...], unthank­ful, unholy; all people see, are not your Teachers [...] [...]? before they come at you, they must know what they must have▪ covetous, griping for much; and if you wil not give them so much as they can have in another place, they wil not come at you; here is self-love and covetousness manifested: without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, traytors▪ hea­dy, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having [...] form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such the Apostle exhorts to turn away. All people be­hold and see all these Scriptures are fulfilled in your Teachers, they speak against pride and live in it: against covetousness, and live in it; they teach by their wor [...]s to be natural affecti­onated one towards another, and they walk contrary, causing poor people to pay, to maintain them in pride and high ranks in the earth, who can scarce get bread for their bellies, and cloaths for their backs; yet they force them to pay to them, beeing void of all natural affections; and they are truce-brea­kers, breaking all Bonds and Covenants if they can get more mony in another place. Thus they shew forth to all the world, that they are lovers of pleasures, more than lovers of God & have a form of godliness in words▪ but deny the power there­of; from such turn away; for of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women, laden with sin and divers lusts; these Scriptures are fulfilled in your teachers every one hath his particular house to creep into, where none must come but themselves or whom they please which is con­trary to the practice of Christ or any that he sent forth▪ they [Page 26] went through the Countries, Towns, Cities, Villages, accordingMat. 10. 12. 16 as they were guided by the spirit of God, to declare what he gave them to speak; and your Teachers lead silly women cap­tives, laden with sin, and led away with divers lusts, ever learn­ing, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; do they not tel you to look for Christs coming in such observati­ons as they set up? which is nothing but the invention of their brains▪ for Christ tels you, The Kingdom of God comes not with Luke 17. 20. 2 Ephesians 5. 3 observations, but is within you. But many of them that deny, that the light in your conscience, which makes manifest the evil of your hearts, is the Kingdom of God, calling it the light of a corrupt conscience, so shuts the Kingdom of heaven a­gainst men and wil neither enter in themselves to be guided by1 Iohn 2▪ 27 Matth. [...]3. 13 the pure light of the Kingdom of Christ within them, nor suf­fer them that are entring in, to enter as the Scribes and Phari­sees did; now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these men resist the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobates2 Tim. 3. 8 9 Revelat. 18. 11 concerning the faith, but they shall proceed no further, for their folly shal be made manifest to all men, as their also was, and no man shal buy their merchandize any more▪

All you inslaved Captives in the Kingdom of Babylon, why will you lay out your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfies not? hearken diligently unto Jesus Chrst, the light that lets you see the evil of yourIsaiah 55. 2 hearts to be guided by it, and you shal eat that which is good; Incline your ears (saith Christ) and come unto me; hear and your Ephesian▪ 2. 13 Isaiah 55▪ 3 souls shal live, and I wil make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David; mind the call of a powerful and tender Father in the Lord Jesus, who calls, Come forth of Baby­lon my people, and touch no unclean thing, and I wil receive you, & Revelat. 18 4 2 Cor. 6▪ 7▪ 18 wil be a Father unto you and ye shal be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord God Almighty. Friends prize your time sleight not the day of the Lords mercy, for he waits to be gracious and saith, I stretch forth my arm all the day long to a back-sliding Isaiah 38. 18 Isaiah 65. 2 Ieremiah 3 12 14 22 and gain-saying people. Every one mind your conditions, deal justly with your own hearts, see what your hearts hath fellow­ship with▪ and what guides your minds for the Kingdom of [Page 27] Christ is within you, it is not in observations as your TeachersMosea 14 4 Micah 6 [...] Ma [...]. 6 21 Luke 17. 21 Roman 8. 14 1 Iohn 6 26 Matth. 23▪ 31 Mark 24 32 36 tels you; for they deceive you, therefore Christ forewarned us for looking forth at those which would come in the latter daies that would say, Loe here is Christ, lo there is Christ, as it is in these our daies, some say, Lo here is Christ in the Presbyterian practice; the Independents say He is there, and the Anabap­tists say, Loe he is here. But friends mind what Christ saith un­to you, Beleeve them not, look not forth, the Kingdom of Christ is not in any of those, nor in any other outward observations, but (be awarned) the Kingdom of Christ is in you, and that is the light which lets you see the evil of your hearts; and ChristLuke 17 20. 21 Ephesians 5▪ 3 Matthew 3. 21 32 3. 33 Zachary 4. 19 compares it to a grain of Mustard seed, the least of all seeds, & it grows up above all other herbs, and becomes a tree that the Fowls of the ayr lodges therein; and he compares it to a little leaven, that a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, and it leavened the whole lump. These are earthly parables and figures, which Christ laies down, speaking to the earthly and carnal heart of man, that he may read his condition within. Therefore despise not the day of smal things, but mind theIohn 1. [...] counsel of the Lord Jesus, the little light that shines in thy dark heart, look upon the figures, the parables, the little leaven which is hid in three measures of meal, it changes the wholeIohn 1. 1 to 6 lump into the nature of it self; so the little light that shines in thy dark heart, is the powerful word of faith, which was in the beginning by which all things were created, and without him was nothing made, this word is life, and the life is the light of men, and light shines in darkness and the darkness comprehends it not: this light is the word of faith the Apostle exhorted to takeRom. 10. 6, 7, [...] heed unto; Say not in thy heart, who shall ascend up to Heaven to fetch Christ down? or down into the deep to fetch him up? the word is nigh thee, in thy heart and in thy mouth, and this is the word of faith which we preach, the unction of the holy one gi­ven of the Father, whereby we need not to teach one another1 Iohn 1. 1 [...] 1 Iohn 1▪ 27 2 Peter 1▪ 19 Romans [...]. 14 but as the anointing teacheth us, which is truth and no lie, which is the sure word of Prophesie, whereunto ye do wel to take heed as unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.

[Page 28]All people return within, give up your selves freely to bee guided by that light, that discovers to you the evil of your hearts, and none be discouraged because you see an evil heart, but prize the love of God that discovers it to you, and whate­ver the light makes manifest to you to be evil; wait on the LordProver. 20 22 Lame▪ [...]. 3. 25 Isaiah [...] 17 Matthew 25. 21 for power, and he wil give thee power to obey, and in being faithful in a little, more wil be communicated from the Lord, so wil the righteous law be set up into your hearts, that wil cry through your earthly and carnal hearts for righteousness and judgment, and so will bring you to an account for every idleMatth. 12. 36 2 Co▪ 5 10 Isa. 57 15, 16 word, and all deeds done in the body. Look up unto the Lord against whom you have sinned, and he wil arm you with pow­er to what he laies upon you, with patience to undergo his wil until all the powers of the earth in you be famished, and slain under his righteous judgments; then wil judgment be broughtMatth. 12▪ 20 forth unto victory, that you can no longer live without the lo­ving kindnesse of your Father in Christ Jesus.

Now is the parable fulfilled, the little grain of Mustard-seedMatth 13 31 32, 33 Luke 15 17▪ 18 19▪ 20 grown up above all hearbs, and the little leaven hath leavened the whole lump, and the Prodigal starved for ever, if his father receive him not freely into his house.

Thou that canst witnesse this condition, stand still in the will of God, he wil raise up his seed in thee to trust in his name, andIsaiah 55. 3 Isaia [...] 817 Revela 18. 4 2 C [...]. 6. 17 to delight in the eternal Covenant of love and life, he hath made with thy soul in the Lord Jesus Christ, and wil guide thee by the word of his power, in a way thou knowest not, forth of Babylon (where thou wast an inslaved captive under the pow­erEphesi 2. 2, 3 Matthew 7 13 of the filthy beast, which is thy wil; and the whore the mo­ther of Witchcrafts, which is thy wisdome, which inthralled thee under the power of darknesse, to satisfie the lusts of thineH [...]bbak. 2. 4. R [...]man 1. 17 1 Iohn. 3. 3 Act. 15. 9 C [...]l. 1 13 2 Pete. 2. 9 R [...]velat. 15. 13 Revel. 9 1 6▪ own heart which led thee to destruction) up to Sion, to live by faith in the Lord Jesus, which wil purifie thy heart, and set thy soul free from under the powers of darknesse, into the glori­ous liberty of the sons of God, where thou shalt sing the songs of Sion, Hallelujahs and Praises for evermore, unto the Lord God that sits upon the Throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.

‘To all inslaved, heard-hearted, and unbeleeving Iews in this Nation and elsewhere, who are made drunkRevela 18. 3 with the Wisdome of the Whore, and bewitched through the abundance of Sorceries, to put the day of the Lord a far off, looking for Christs comming in the Spirit, as the hard-hearted unbeleeving Iews in the letter, did for his comming in the flesh, according to the promise; but they limited the holy one, according to their carnal Wisdome, expected his comming in great Pomp and Glory: and when hee came in that poor despised way, contrary to their expectations, theyLuke 27 Matthew 13▪ 54 5▪ 5 [...], 57 Ma. k 6. 4 stumbled at him, and would not own him to be their Sa­viour, but rose up against him, and put him to death,’Matth. 27. 1, to 50. vers.

BEhold, you hard-hearted and unbelieving Jews, do you not look for Christ coming in the Spirit according to his promise, as they did for his coming in the flesh? but you limit the holy one, as they also did expecting Christ to come in power and glory, according to your own fancies; and so puts the day of the Lord a far off you, in rejecting and despising the counsel of Jesus Christ the pure light in your Consciences, which lets you see every evil thought, word and action, and cries behind you, This is the way walk in it; but you disobeyIsaiah 30 21 the light, and hearkens to the counsel of your hearts, as the Jews in the letter did, that put Christ to death, and so you slay the witnesses in spiritual Sodom and Egypt in your hearts, whereRevelat. 11. 8 our Lord is crucified, in not regarding the counsel of Christ, which is that light that shines in your dark hearts, which knocks at the door according to his words, I stand at the door Revelat. 3▪ 20 and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and wil sup with him, and he with me.

[Page 30]Oh thou inslaved soul under the power of Babylon in thee,Revelat▪ 19. 4 2 Peter 1. 16 Colos. 1 27 Iuda 1 Psalm 2 12 Matth. 7. 14 2 Tim. 2 11 2 Ephes. [...] 22 Revel. 2▪ 14 Act▪ 26. 18 Revel. 2 9 10 Revel. 15▪ 3 Revelat. 19 1 come forth, mind the light in thee, which is the sure word of prophesie, whereunto you do wel to take heed, as unto a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts▪ stand not out against this secret counsel of Christ in you lest you perish in your gain-sayings; for if his anger be kindled a little, blessed are all they that trust in him. All give up, give up freely to be guided by the counsel of the Lord the light in you, beleeving in his power that is present with the light; he wil lead you dayly through the Cross in the streight way of his sufferings and death, where the old man wil be put off with his deeds, and so you shal have right to the tree of life, and shal enter with him through the Gates into the City New Jerusalem, where you shal have communion with the Father and the Son, and an inheritance with those that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and shal reign as Kings upon Earth, to the praise and glory of the riches of the grace of our hea­venly Father, to whom alone be all power, dominion, honour and glory, for ever and ever.


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