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of the earth shall be blessed; the false apostles declare that out of; and banished from the seed of Abraham, which is Christ, a very large proportion of the families of the earth shall be cursed.
I might go on, in many other instances to point out the difference between the true and the false apostles, were not my proofs already sufficiently multiplied.
Thus having proceeded with you through one of your papers, I turn to another, and had I leisure, and you were able to bear it, I would minutely attend to every particular.
The raven, you observe, was in the ark; he left it, you add, and returned not. The raven is the emblern of uncleanness, he was pronounced unclean under the law. The ark is Christ. In Christ, as in the ark, we are saved, we are accepted in the beloved. All the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed, for when all we like sheep had gone astray, the Lord laid on him the iniquities of us all, and he bear all our sins in his own body on the tree, but, having put away our sins by the sacrifice of himself, the raven left the ark, and returned no more, so that in the resurrection morning, our true saving ark, appeared the second time, without sin unto salvation. The uncleanness thus effectually put away, the apostle Peter, who was a true apostle, says, God hath shewed me, that I should not call any Man common or unclean. It is therefore matter of divine consolation, that the raven was in the ark, that he left the ark, and that he returned no more into the ark.-You desire me to read the 13th and 19th chapters of Revelations; I have read them, and I have to assure you, that the prophecy of the destruction of the beast, and the false prophet, gives me ineffable satisfaction, when those deceivers of the nations, when the roaring lion, and his deceiving spirit, are both destroyed, then they will no more work in the hearts of the children of men, then they will no more blind their minds, preventing the light of the knowledge of the glorious gospel from shining into their hearts. The nations will then be deceived no more, the blessed consequences of which will be, that they shall, from the least to the greatest, know him, whom to know is life eternal.
Agreeably to your wishes I have also turned to Deuteronomy xiii. and I greatly admire the counsel given by my God to his chosen people, through the instrumentality of his servant Moses. Happy for you could you have followed this counsel. The Apostles of the Lamb, acquainted with the true God, assure you that the only wise
God is your Saviour, and that the just God is a Saviour, but you have met with false prophets, who deceived you by their dreams, while they have dreamed of a just God who is not a Saviour. Such dreamers as these have a mouth, speaking great things, Daniel vii. last clause of the 8th verse. They are wells without water, &c. &c. Epistle of Jude. But why multiply passages, since, as you well observe, from Genesis to Revelations the scriptures abound with prophecies, alluding to this monster, this deceiver, this liar, this murderer from the beginning, this evil worker who worketh in the hearts of the children of disobedience, this man of sin, who sitteth in God's temple, shewing himself that he is God, yet opposing himself to all that is called God. But blessed be God, while the scriptures froin their commencement, to their conclusion, give an account of him, and the dreadful havoc he has made, the same scriptures give as full, and as clear an account of that superior Being, who was ordained to bruise his head, to cast him out, to lead captivity captive, to save that which was lost, to bring again that which was driven away, to heal that which was sick, to burn the evil seed sown by the enemy, in one word, to be more than Conqueror over death, and him who had the power of death, that is the Devil. Finally, although the enemy of your peace should persuade you to believe that when I preached Jesus unto you, I was a false prophet, yet, as we have already seen, his deceptive powers will terminate this he himself knows, and he is come down, having great wrath knowing he shall reign but a short time.
But you next direct me to Isaiah lxvi. 23 and 24. Thus runs the divine declaration : “ And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon unto another, and from one sabbath unto another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases, of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all fesh.”
Who are the men that have transgressed against God? certainly all flesh, Genesis vi. 12. “ All flesh bad corrupted his way upon the earth," all have sinned, but it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord, and they, that is all flesh, or all men, shall, when they come to worship before God, look on the carcases, &c. But what are these carcases ? Let us consult the oracles of truth. Jeremiah xvi. 18. “ And first I will recompense their iniquity and their Vol. I.
sin, double because they have defiled my land, they have filled mme inheritance with the carcases of their detestal le, and abominable things. The carcases then, are the detestable and abominable things, which defiled God's inheritance. What is God's inheritance? unquestionably the lost nature. I will give thee the heathen for thine in heritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession, when Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities, the sins and iniquities of God's inheritance, were recompensed double. Isaiah xl. 2. “Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned : for she hath received of the Lord's hands double for all her sins. Again, these carcases are dead bodies, the apostle complains of one of these same carcases, in his Epistle to the Romans. “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of sin and death ?” and as every man bears about with him this body of sin and death, termed by the Prophet Isaiah a carcase, and Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of the devil, so in the end of the world, when Jesus makes known his great salvation, he will separate the evil body of sin and death from the purchased body, which is the human nature, and the nature thus saved shall look on the carcases of their detestable things, from which, according to the word of the Lord, they are thus saved, beholding with ineffable satisfaction, their final destruction. For they, that is the carcases, shall be destroyed, and their worm, the worm of the carcuses, shall not die, and their fire, that is the fire of the carcases shall not be quenched. And they, that is the carcases, shall be an abhorring unto ull flesh.
Now, a large proportion of mankind are, and will for a season continue, pleased with these carcases ! they take delight in this body of sin and death! but when the face of the covering taken from all people, and the veil from all nations, and when the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, then every individual shall look on those carcases, with the same genuine abhorrence, which, even in the present moment, powerfully operates in the heart of every true believer, and all, with one accord, shall say, “O Lord, other Lords beside thee have had dominion over us, but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. Be assured then, it will be for our advantage, and the advantage of every son and daughter of Adam, that the detestable carcases of all flesh shall be destroyed; and here, suffer me to
repeat, that the whole Bible agrees in this one divine testimony, that Jesus is, and will be, the complete saviour of his own, that is the human family, which for his pleasure are, and were created, and the complete, all-sufficient, ali-glorious conqueror, of his, and all men's inveterate adversary, the complete destruction of death, and of sin, which originated with, is the work of, and springs from, this baleful foe. Hosea xiii. 14. “ () grave I will be thy destruction." Giory therefore to our incarnate God, the just God, and the Saviour who will render unto Cæsar, the things which are Cæsar's, and unto God the things which are God's. The descendants of the first dwellers in Paradise are, unquestionably, the things which are God's. Sin, that now abideth in our hearts, is indubitably the work of the devil, and the sins of mankind may, with propriety, be considered the things of Cæsar. This Prince of the power of the air, who now worketh in the hearts of the children of disobedience, and thus letteth, and will let, until he be taken out of the way. But out of the way he shall be taken, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it, and he is faithful, who hath promised, and who will perform.
Again, Zachariah v. The prophet saw in vision a woman, in the midst of an epha, and the spirit “ said, this is Wickedness." Thus you see wickedness is called a Woman, the woman spoken of in the Revelations, who made the nations drunk with the wine of fornication. But this wickedness was carried into the land of Shinar. Babylon was in the land of Shinar, and being the residence of iniquity, is properly styled the abomination of the whole earth. Revelations xvii. 5. The Prophet Ezekiel, in the 18th chapter of his prophecy, gives us a view of God's righteous Law, we are there assured that the soul that sinneth shall die. We have before considered this positive declaration, we have before concluded all under sin, every soul hath sinned, death, we have seen, is the wages of sin, and Jesus by suffering death, hath paid the wages which were due, by the grace of God, tasting death for every man. Tis therefore that the love of Christ constrained the apostle to judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead, so that what Moses and the prophets say of sin and of death, the wages of sin, only serves to shew the greatness of the grace which came by Christ Jesus, and of the gift of God through him. The sum and substance of the Old and New Testament results in two eminently consolatory facts. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. Death, the wages of sin, was due to every man, to the whole world, and the
gift of God, which is eternal life, is given to every man, to the whole world. But the gifts, as well as the callings of God, are without repentance. (God having so loved the world as to give them his Son, that this son, thus given, may be the life of the world, will never repent, or call back again the mighty gifi. Jesus Christ is now, and will forever be, the life of the world, which divine truth will, in due time, be testified, for it is written, They shall be all taught of God, and when they are all taught of God they shall know him, and when they know him they shall believe in him, and when they believe in him they shall be saved from the misery which is consequent upon unbelief. Unbelief is the work of the devil, every unbeliever is blind, but it is the God of this world that blinds the children of men. Jesus, however, as we before observed, was manitested to destroy the works of the devil, and he will assuredly accomplish his purpose. Indeed the revelation of Jesus, who is the light of the world, will destroy the darkness which covers the earth, the gross darkness which covers the people : like the rising sun, he will dispel by the brightness of his coming, the long night of error which hath enshrouded his inheritance.
You observe “you will now preach to me.” I am ready to hear every one, who is willing to preach to me, because I possess a criterion, by which I can distinguish the ministers of Christ from the ministers of antichrist. The ministers of Christ are under the influence of the spirit of Christ, nor can we be deceived in the character of this spirit; our Saviour has told us, his spirit is a comforter, who shall take of his and shew it unto us. Every one taught by this spirit when preaching to their fellow sinners will preach the same doctrines which the apostles preached, “ to wit, God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing unto them their trespasses," and whoever lends credence to this divine report, will have peace and joy in believing.
The spirit of Antichrist, on the contrary, is a spirit of bondage ; they who are under the influence of this spirit, will assure us that God does not love sinners, that Jesus Christ is not their Saviour. They do not preach peace by Christ Jesus, they assure sinners God is not reconciled to them, nor ever will be, and the believers of these doctrines will have neither peace nor joy. If you be under the influence of the spirit of God, your preaching to me will be in the following manner. “Thou art a guilty, an ungodly man, thou art a poor undone lost sinner, but listen to the word of the Lord by