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A. Then ye must all mind the light; for the law is light,' said Solomon; then ye must all mind the spirit, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Many may have the Old and New Testament, yet be from the law and testimony; for the law and testimony were before Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, the Acts, Epistles, and Revelations were written, as in Isaiah viii. which the prophet minded. And they that say the Old and New Testament, are the law and testimony, show themselves to be ignorant of the spirit, and ignorant of the law and testimony. And the law and testimony doth not deny the scriptures, but owns them in their place, and sees the fulfilling of them with the testimony of Jesus; they see Jesus who was before scripture was, and comes to fulfil it.
William Jefferies' book, called . Antichrist made known.' In which
are these principles following.
P. He saith, "Men are mistaken in saying, the Romish whore of Babylon, is antichrist. And the chief city of this great whore, the mother of harlots, is the city of Rome, the pope, cardinals, bishops, and clergy. The spirit of antichrist denies Christ come in the flesh, and says the light within is Christ, when at the best it is but the light of nature. And this is the spirit of error and darkness, and their light is become darkness. See pages 63, 64. 68.
A. The light which doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world,' is Christ, and none can confess him in truth, nor see him, nor lift him up, as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, but who are in the light which cometh from him. And by this thou hast overthrown thyself; for they that confess the light in them to be Christ, (which Christ saith he is,) these do not deny Christ come in the flesh. And the devil may confess the son of God, and the Jews may confess he is to come, as the apostates confess he is come. But none of all these know him in the flesh, confess him come in the flesh,' or know his flesh, or the flesh of the son of man, but who are in the light that comes from him that doth enlighten every man,' &c. which light was before any natural created lights were made, 'glorified with the Father before the world began.' And walking in the light, it leads into the day, where there is no night, which light is Christ the covenant of God; and such come to know the darkness past. Now I say, neither apostates nor Jews, whose ears are stopped, and eyes closed to that of God in them; nor that are inwardly ravened, having sheep's clothing, who are Babylon, who are the harlot, who is the mother of
them all, who are ravened inwardly from the spirit of God: none of all these can confess Christ come in the flesh,' but only from the let
for these know not his flesh. The devil is out of the truth, and truth is atop of him. The Jews' eyes must be opened, and their ears unstopped before they know his flesh. The apostates must come all to that which they have ravened from inwardly, before they come to know Christ's flesh, and are of his flesh, and eat his flesh, and confess that Christ is come in the flesh,' who is the offering, and the sacrifice of the whole world that makes the peace between God and man, and • perfects for ever them that are sanctified.' The top-stone laid atop of all sin, and transgression, death, hell, and grave, bruised the serpent's head. Here is no Babylon, here is no antichrist, and this the Quakers confess with the light within them. And all upon the earth are antichrists, and know not Christ, not Christ come in the flesh, that are from the light that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world, and own not that, but deny it. And all sects, bishops, mother of harlots, antichrists, popes, cardinals, and clergy, Babylon, Romish whore, who are gotten up since the days of the apostles, inwardly ravened, having had the sheep's clothing; they are not likely, any of these that are ravened, to own the light that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world. And to Babylon, and so harlots, and so waters, and so from the rock.
P. And he saith, The whore will confess Christ come in the flesh. Satan transforming himself into an angel of light, he maketh the fountain of waters bitter; the sweet promises, the water of life, which makes glad the city of God, he makes like wormwood, and changeth the taste of them,' pages 72. 74.
A. Antichrist, the mother of harlots, false prophets, which went forth from the apostles, as in John's epistle; these will confess Christ come in the flesh as ye do, and all sects upon the earth; else without the sheep's clothing ye could not deceive the nations. So ye have brought the nations, tongues, people, languages, and multitudes, to be like waters. But these are the waters which now begin to grow for neither the devil, nor antichrist, nor false prophets, nor mother of harlots, who are gone from the truth, and are inwardly ravened, though they may have the sheep's clothing, can touch the waters of life, nor the fountain, to make the waters bitter that make glad the city of God. For ye that are inwardly ravened, who have got the sheep's clothing, as the devil who went out of the truth, you get scriptures, and your confession of Christ is as his. The inward raveners, who, since the days of the apostles, the world hath been after, have gotten the scriptures; and being out of the truth with the devil, are the deceivers of the nations. And there are (out of the truth) the beast, false prophet,
antichrist, mother of harlots, deceivers, man of sin, devil's messengers and ministers, and the damnable heresies; their tongues are waters, their peoples are waters, their nations waters, and multitudes waters; all on heaps about scriptures, destroying one another about the prophets,' apostles,' and Christ's words, and ministers' maintenance. Now the deyil, the beast, false prophets, and antichrist, are taken, and the mother of harlots, and cast in the lake of fire, and Babylon is confounded, and the everlasting gospel shall be preached to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
And as for all the rest of the stuff in thy book, thy pack of confusion, Babylon's children, it will fall heavy upon thyself, and be thy own burthen, and press thee under, which in the day of thy judgment thou shalt remember that I am a friend to all souls. Their is neither Jew that professeth a Christ was to come, nor Christian that professeth a Christ is come; nor any one upon the earth (though ye have all the scriptures) knows the flesh of Christ, but who owns the light which doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world. For the Jews knew not the flesh of Christ, though they had scriptures, (but crucified him, whose ears were stopped and eyes closed to that of God in them. The Gentiles knew not the flesh of Christ, who were astray from the life of God; neither do those called Christians know the flesh of Christ, who are inwardly ravened from the spirit of God in them, though they have gotten all the sheep's clothing, and talk Christ is come, and died at Jerusalem, as the Jews could say of him to come, and to be born at Bethlehem; yet they could not confess him come in the flesh, nor did know his flesh; no more do these Christians know his flesh, though they have all the form of godliness. But who come to the seed, Christ himself, they know it in them; then they shall know the one offering (atop of all the world's sects) for the sins of the whole world; for none know the flesh of Christ, nor Christ, nor as God was in Christ, but as they come to the light with which they are enlightened, which who hate know him not, but it is your condemnation, and that ye shall all feel at last. So the one offering, which is Christ, is set over the whole world, and his flesh the world knows not, nor the princes of the world; but where the seed is come out of the grave, it knows him, the seed knows him; and these are of his flesh and of his bone, it is their meat and drink. And Christ is now come, who treads the winepress alone without the city. Though all the beasts, and false prophets, and antichrists upon the earth rise against him, yet the Lamb and the sạints shall have the victory, and the nations shall be ruled with a rod of iron; and he that was dead, is alive again; he by whom the world was made is manifest, and he rules in his saints, and the tabernacle of God is with men.
P. And whereas thou sayst that antichrist will be a single person.'
A. Which is contrary to the apostle, 1 John i. 1S.'who saith, Even now there are many antichrists, whereby we know it is the last time;' and they went out from us, but they were not of us;' the antichrists are they who are against Christ.
The agreement of Divers Ministers of Christ, so called, in the
County of Worcester and parts adjacent, which are fifty-eight in number. Some of their principles follow.
P. They say, “they have sought God's direction out of the scriptures, which they call his holy word, and what is the greatness of their work, and edification, and salvation of souls,' &c. And “do humbly bewail our too great neglect, who have not frequently and earnestly laboured in so great a work: and especially that we have done no more. in catechising, and personally instructing,' &c. page 3.
A. It was the ministers' work, before the apostacy, to go from house to house, and warn all both small and great, yea, with tears; this was the work of the ministry in the spirit. And they were in the spirit that gave forth scriptures; and so brought people into the life that gave them forth, with which they were able to instruct one another, and to stir up the pure in one another. And the work of the apostles, the ministers of the gospel, and Christ, was to bring people into the life that gave forth scriptures, and into the substance, Christ Jesus, that the scriptures testified of. But you who are fain to seek in the letter for it, in the scripture for it, and have it not from within, as they had that gave forth the scripture and received it of God, are never like to beget to God. And when truth comes, as it did among the Pharisees, which came to end their forms, and their shadows, the builders stood up, and rejected it in their forms. And now, since the days of the apostles, such as have had the scriptures, but inwardly ravened from the spirit of God, are standing against the light, Christ Jesus, that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world. And so ye get people into a form, and cover them with sheep's clothing; but now Christ is come, reigns and rules, and his saints with him, all rise up in arms against him, kings of the earth, beast, and false prophets, the dragon and his angels. But the Lamb and the saints shall have the victory; glory to the Highest. And so that is but the blind zeal that is stirred up in the apostates, against Christ in this age, as it was in the Jews against Christ in their
age. But Jews must come to that which they closed their eyes and stopped their cars against, and the apostates must come to
that which they have ravened from, before they be stirred up in the
P. And you say, 'Aged men are commonly more ignorant than the younger sort, and our unskilfulness and others' unfitness for the work,' &c. page 7.
A. Your unskilfulness, and the ignorance of your old men, is because ye have been ignorant of the work of God; therefore is there so much ignorance among you and the old men; and this you may publish to the nation to your shame. And who will be catechised by unskilful men, and ignorant men? But this is it, that your folly might appear, and that ye might publish it forth, and set it upon the house tops, that all that run might read you fifty-eight pastors and teachers, and your young men as your
P. You say, “We receive the public maintenance to this end, that we may be enabled to lay out our endeavours for the good of the whole parish from whence we receive it. And we are further obliged .in justice to do our best for their salvation.'
A. How can men that are ignorant, and unskilful, (and the old men are yet foolish,) and of your unfitness, do good for the salvation of men, when the old men are so ignorant, yea, more than the young? But it is the public maintenance that enables you, which did not enable the apostles; and that is the thing which you in the apostacy have looked at; for take away that from you, and pluck down your schools and colleges, and we should have but few ministers in England among you; but few instructers. So these are all made by men, since the days of the apostles, in the apostacy, and teach for filthy lucre, and the love of money, which is disapproved of by Paul and Timothy. And take away but your public maintenance, and few of you would be able to preach the gospel freely; if this trial was made, to prove you, it would be found that your God was your belly, and him it was ye served; and him it is that helps and enables. But Christ and God was ever the enabler of his ministers, and prophets, and apostles; whose the earth was, and they trusted in him; in Christ by whom all things were made, that were made and created.
P. It astonished us many times (ye say) when we have talked with some of our hearers, that they knew so little of our doctrine, which we have taught to them many years. It is sad to us to hear many men that can talk so about matters of the world understandingly, that can scarce speak a word of sense about the matters of their salvation, or scarce give a reasonable answer to a question of the fundamentals of christianity,'
A. Thus you have spoken to your shame, and it is manifest that here is, like people, like priest.' This shows ye have not profited them at all; and