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signed for a future day, they would never have been penned to stand upon record. The prophets never understood what they wrote ; nor in what manner they would be all fulfilled; nor for what ends they were designed. Now I tell thee, as the prophet was ordered to take a woman of whoredom to be his wife, just so did I take people of whoredom, to call them in by the Gospel. "Now consider what the Gentiles were, but a people of whoredom, having no husband : and such were the people that I called in. But know the reason why I ordered the prophet to take to bimself a wife of whoredom; because I said the land was filled with whioredom, and they were departing from me. Now here stands the type of the Gentiles, and the departing of the Jews : For when I called in the people that was filled with whoredom, having no husband, so I cast out them that were my people, professing that I was their husband. But now mark further in the chapter, and I will answer thee what appeareth so puzzling to thy head.—After I had ordered the prophet to take the wife of whoredoms, and the children of whoredoms, because they were departed from me, I said they should cease to have the kingdom of the house of Israel ; for I would break the bow of Israel, and no more have mercy upon the house of Israel ; but I would have mercy upon the house of Judah. Now come to my Gospel, and see how the Jews were entirely cut off'; how the kingdom was taken from them; in what manner they were scattered! The people that were first my own chosen people, as a wife is chosen by her husband, so were the Jews chosen by ME; but see how they were perfectly cast out, by wandering from ME, when I came amongst them. But know, as it was said of the house of Judah, that I would have mercy on them ; so it was with many of the Jews, and they were inixed with the Gentiles, which were the people, of whoredom, as having no husband; that meaneth, they had no God like the Jews to trust

TYPE OP THE CHILDREN OF WHOREDOM. 405 to, in power to protect them. Here the thoughts of whoredom may go deep : as there is no bond to protect, nor any power to defend ; so it is with an adulterous woman; and so it is with an adulterous nation, that have no God to look unto for protection, and for direction : this was the state of the Gentiles, when I called them in to be a people, that were not a people ; to be a beloved, that was not a beloved; for I called them in to be a husband unto them, that they might bear sons and daughters unto ME. Now mark the name I said he should call the son : Jezreel ; and I would avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and would cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. Here thou art stumbled in thy mind. But now remember what Jehu did, after I had anointed him king ; how he departed from ME, and followed the golden calves that were in Bethel : he took no heed to walk in the laws of the Lord God of Israel ; neither departed he from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin : then how dost thou marvel, that I said, I would avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and take the kingdom from them ? and this befel the Jews; and in this state they now stand, having no kingdom, nor a nation of their own ; but are a scattered people, while they see an adulterous nation called in to be a people; and they stand a proverb of my just displeasure-But from their proverb let all men take care, and know what is said in the end : though I cast out Israel as a people, and would no more have mercy on them then ; yet, I said, the number of Israel should be as the sands of the sea, that could not be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it is said unto them, ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the Living God. Here are mysteries too deep for the learned; words that no man can understand ; how the children of Judah, and the children of Israel should be gathered together in one HEAD. Here thou

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hast looked to the remarks of men, whose remarks, as men, I will not condemn; but I will tell thee the remarks that must be made here : Ephesians 1. 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Chrift; both which are in heaven and which are on earth even in him; ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of his glory. Let the eyes of your understanding be enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling.

Now I shall answer thee of these words. Know the hope of a thing is not the fulfilment of a thing; so if you weigh my Gospel through, you will see from my own words, and from the words of my disciples, they had many things to hope for, that should be fulfilled in their time, that were not then fulfilled. Now inark from the words I told thee to compare with the words of the prophet : in the fulness of times to gather all in one, in Christ, which are in heaven, and which are in earth. Now if all things be gathered together in Christ, that are on earth, let men answer Me, how they must remain for ever in the power of the devil? For know, it is written the world lieth in the power of the wicked one. But know from my Gospel, the apostles were assured, that that wicked one would be destroyed : And this was the hope they taught men to wait for the fulness of times. Now I shall tell thee the fulness of times from the apostle's words. Before the foundation of the world, God had chosen man, that he should be holy and without blame before him, in love : We through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.' Then let men observe, though they had received the power of the Holy Ghost, they had not that perfection they were looking for the powers of darkness were still pursuing them. So if men would open their eyes, and get understanding, they would see the ANCIENT OF DAYS must come, to make . JEWS CAST OFF AND GENTILES CALLED. 407 that perfection in man, that he ordained before the foundation of the world ; then cometh the fulfilment of the prophet's words—the children of Israel shall be as the sands of the sea, that cannot be numbered ; and the place where it was said, ye are not of my people, there shall it be said, ye are the sons of the LIVING GOD. Now mark the Law and the Gospel together ; what was spoken by the prophets, and what was spoken by the apostles; then first come to the Gentiles : they were not my people, as the children of Israel were ; yet the children of Israel were turned out, and the Gentiles were taken in. Now mark what is said by the apostle : If the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but lite from the dead? Hear these words, ye men of learning, and ye that boast of your understanding: doth not my Bible affirm, that the fulfilment thereof is called the restoration of the Jews? But what restoration doth that mean? Not a Jew outwardly by forın or name ; but a Jew inwardly by faith : and know by faith the promise was made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now when that promise is fulfilled, and my Gospel is fulfilled, know it is said-a Life from the dead: then if it be a life from the dead ; that is, the restoration of faith ; know, by faith they must be restored from that death, which was pronounced on man in the Fall; and renewed by the power of God, who is able to make you whole, through the death of his Son. Mark further the apostle's words : Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in, and so all Israel shall be saved ; as it is written—there shall come out of Zion the Deliverer. Now let men look deep and tell ME, what that Deliverer means? Is it God, or is it man, that shall turn away ingodliness from Jacob? O, ye blind guides, read your Bibles, and weigh them together ; and know, that Israel shall be saved in the day of my power;

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that are the Israels by faith, as Abraham was ; and then shall all the wild olive branches be cut off, through unbelief. For he that is planted in as a true branch, must be planted into the vine ; that is, in Christ, for redemption : For that is the Israel that shall be saved, when I come to bring in my Kingdom ; and then, I tell you, the children of Israel, which are the children of faith, will be as the sands on the sea shore, which cannot be measured. Who can measure the depth of faith? Who could measure Abraham's faith, when he offered up his son Isaac ? Who could measure the faith of the Jews, when they were cast into the fiery furnace ? Or who could measure Daniel's faith? Who could measure the faith of the apostles ? And who can now measure the faith of believers ? And who can number all the proofs they have for their faith? Yet, all these things are but shadows, to what the substance is hastening on. And now mark deep, all ye professors, how few amongst these believers are judged by you to be the true Israel of God! I tell you none. Are they not looked upon as madmen and fools ? therefore I tell you all, you will see the time hastening on, that it will be allowed by all men, in the place where you have said unto them they are not my people, there shall it be said unto them, ye are the sons of the LIVING GOD! Now I shall call you back to the apostles: they were judged as madmen and fools, as ye are now ; and yet know, their names on record stand, as the sons of the LIVING God, by their faith in the Gospel. So the shadow began by them; but now it is time the substance must come ; that the children of Judah, and the children of Israel, must be gathered together in one HEAD. For I now tell thee, of all nations, kindreds, and people, those that are not gathered together, as branches to be planted into the vine, will be cut off ; but those that are of the true Israel of God, relying on his promises by faith, are the people that will now be preserved :

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