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god and prince, who is out of truth, and there is no truth in him, whose service is but a slavery and bondage in his unclean ghost, in which there is no true joy, but misery in the end, which is your reward and portion, who are subjects of his unrighteous, ungodlike kingdom of death, darkness and corruption, which is an unholy and unjust kingdom, which he upholds with his foul, unclean spirit, who goes on his belly, and dust is his meat all the days of his life? and if their god and prince's meat be dust, and he go upon his belly, then how will you disobedient ones, in whom he rules, go? and what is your meat but dust? for do you think you must fare better, or go better than your god and prince, that is out of truth, and there is no truth in him doth? Oh, no; therefore obey truth, which the world's god and prince is out of; and the pure Spirit of God, that foul, unclean spirit is out of; and then you will have heavenly milk and wine, and the honey and honey-comb, and bread of life from heaven, by which you may live by Christ that gives it you, the prince of life, who destroys the prince of death, and his followers, that will not have Christ to rule over them.
For doth not the apostle say, “that there should be a falling away? And that the man of sin should be revealed, that son of perdition ? And was he not manisest when Adam and Eve fell away, and the Jews fell away? And is he not manifest now when the christians are fallen away from that power and spirit the apostles were in, according to their own confession?
And doth not this man of sin oppose, and exalt himself above all that is called God, to wit, in man; and will not let his obedient sons (them that are fallen away, and gone after him, who is out of truth) own the light of Christ, and his grace, spirit, word, faith, and anointing within them, to save and teach them?
But this man of sin, the son of perdition, sits in the temple of God, and shows himself that he is God; but he is the disobedient world's god, that lies in wickedness, and them that be dead in his sins.
For as Christ said to the Jews, God was not the God of the dead, but of the living: and therefore he said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,' who were living. Though Christ through death destroyed death, and the devil, the power of death, who had brought people out of life and truth, into death; but Christ by his quickening spirit makes alive, who is risen from death, and is alive, and lives for evermore: and, therefore, he is God, not only of the living, but of the dead, who quickens the dead, who doth reveal this wicked man of sin, and takes him away, who hath letted, who hath exalted himself above all that is called God in the temples of men and women, that fall away from the truth, to him, who is out of truth; but the Lord will consume him with the holy spirit of his mouth, that unclean, foul spirit, in whom
there is no truth, and destroy that foul, dark spirit with the brightness of his coming. For this world's god, who is out of truth, satan, the adversary of mankind, he comes into the disobedient to the truth, with his lying signs and wonders, and with his power of deceivableness and unrighteousness in them that perish, because they receive not the love of the truth, that they may be saved.
So you may all clearly see, if people receive the truth, in the love of it, this man of sin, the son of perdition, the world's god, and prince of the air, who is out of truth, and abode not in the truth, and there is no truth in him, could never deceive them, nor get into their temple, to sit there, if they receive it, and walk in the love of it, for the truth is over bim, in which they are saved, which they that go from it, to him that is out of truth, they perish, though they may have the glory of the wicked world from that foul, unclean spirit, that is out of truth, for a season; but that glory and joy will perish, and be consumed and destroyed with its god, by the Holy Spirit that comes out of the mouth of the Lord, and through the brightness of his coming, who is come and coming. And ride on, O Lord, in thy truth, to consume the wicked one, which hath sprung as the grass; so that the workers of iniquity have flourished, to the dishonour of thy great name, and the grief of thy good spirit.
And the world's god hath wrought with this foul, unclean spirit in people's hearts adultery, theft, murder, and all manner of unrighteousness, sin and evil, ungodliness, wantonness, voluptuousness, and the pleasures of this world; and such have their false, loose liberty in that foul spirit for a time, but eternal misery will be the end of it. And such are they that kill the just, though he do not resist them, and kick against that which pricks them in themselves, and are disobedient to it, and persecute God's children and servants that are led by it, to wit, the good spirit.
And this was and is the unclean path of all the disobedient, that follow the old murderer, the world's god, and adversary of man's happiness; and he fills the disobedient ones, and puffs them up, and fills them with air, vessels of God's wrath, that cannot hold the living water; for how should they, when they are disobedient to God, and truth's good spirit ?
And then they are thrown down into hell and the flaming fire, where they centre at last; for how can they come into heaven by following him that is out of truth, in whom there is no truth?
For if they come to heaven, they must come to the grace and truth, that comes by Jesus Christ, which will turn them to Jesus Christ, from whence it comes, who bruiseth this serpent, the world's god's head, and destroyeth him and his works, who is out of truth. And therefore they are not to serve him, whom God and Christ will destroy, but serve the living God, and Jesus Christ, through his grace, truth and spirit, and hear his voice, and follow him, who will give them life eternal.
And the world's god, the prince of the air, cannot pluck Christ's sheep out of his fold, in the truth; for he is out of truth, and there is no truth in him: And therefore he is not like to come into truth, or to meddle with Christ's sheep in his fold of truth. And, indeed, that lying, foul, unclean spirit, that is out of truth, cannot prevail upon any, except they first disobey the voice and command of God and Christ, and err from the faith, and quench the spirit, and walk despitefully against the spirit of grace, and hate the light of Christ, and disobey the power of God, the gospel, and not regard the word in the heart and mouth, and the truth in the inward parts; into such he may enter, and exalt himself as God, into their house and temple, and fill it with his unclean goods, and lying foul spirit.
But all they which do live in and obey the truth, and walk in the spirit, and do the word, and receive the grace, and believe in the light of Christ Jesus, which is the life in him, by whom all things were made, and so become children of the light, and walk therein, then they walk in that which condemns the prince of the air, the god of the world, and all them in whom he rules. And so walking in the light, life and truth, they walk over the head of him in whom there is no truth, and so in fellowship one with another, and with the Son and the Father, in this heavenly light, which is the life in Christ.
Now when Jesus was led of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempt. ed of the devil, and when he had fasted forty days and forty nights he was afterwards hungry, and this tempter said unto him, · If he was the Son of God, command these stones to be made bread.'
But Jesus said unto him, • It is written, man lives not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.'
And again, the devil takes him up, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written, he shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot again a stone.'
And Jesus said unto him, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'
And again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and said unto Jesus, . All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.'
Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee behind me satan; for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'
So here you may see, how the serpent, the devil, set upon Christ, to tempt him to the creatures, and to destroy bimself, and to worship him.
But Christ, who bruises his head, and destroys him and his works, which he had set up in man and woman, whom he had beguiled by his temptation, and so got into them through their disobedience to the God of truth's command, else he could not.
But here he finds nothing in Christ, nor got nothing from him, but judgment, and bruising his head, and destroying him and his works.
So Christ, who hath overcome this tempter, this adversary of man's happiness, and under a pretence, that man and woman should be as gods, they falling from the truth, and departing from it, he getting into their temple, became their god, and there he sits till he be consumed with the breath of the Lord's mouth, and the brightness of his coming.
So we have not such a high priest as cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin, and no guile found in his mouth; who remaineth a priest for ever, and is able to save to the uttermost all that come to God through him.
So now, it is clear, he that was tempted hath a feeling of the infirmities of his people, in all points tempted, tempted like unto them. So he is able to support, and to succour them with his grace, power, spirit, truth and light over the head of the tempter, who saith to his believers, • I have overcome the world, be of good comfort;' and thercfore it is said, • He that believes, overcomes the world and its god,' in whom there is no truth.
Now the devil would have given Christ the kingdoms and the glory of the world (which were not in his power to give) if he would have fallen down and worshipped him, who is out of the truth, and in him is no truth.
But what glory of the world was this he would have given to Christ, the truth? It is his world of wickedness, that lies in unrighteousness, which he hath made like a wilderness; such kingdoms and such glory he would have given him, and then Christ, who was the truth, must have gone out of truth, if he had worshipped him, that was out of truth, which could not be; for the Son of God doth not change.
And none can fall down and worship the devil, the god of the world, who is out of truth, but they must go from the spirit of God, and from the grace and truth in their own hearts; they must fall from this; for this would keep up their hearts, minds and eyes to the God of truth. Who reveals his glory of another world in his people; yea, they are changed from glory to glory, until they come into his image.
But what is the glory of the world, and its kingdom that lies in wick. edness? What glory can that be, that the devil can give, the world's god, that is out of truth, in whom there is no truth? For John saith, .all that is in the world, the lust of the eye, and of the flesh, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but of the world, that passeth away; and the lusts thereof, the pomps and vanities of the world, the pleasures, the plays, the shows, the idleness, gluttony, drunkenness, whoredom, and all the ungodliness and deceit, that is unlike God: who is it like then? Why it is like him, the world's god, that is out of truth, in whom there is no truth, but presumption and blasphemy, a liar, and the father of all liars, who puffs up with airy notions his servants, and fills them with pride and wickedness, the murderer, persecutor, and destroyer; he hath no other glory to give, who is out of truth, and there is no truth in him.
For the glory of the creation is the Lord's, who created it; for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof, and he gives the increase.
For as Christ saith, " that Solomon, the wise man and great king, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of the lilies.' So Christ set up a lily beyond and above all Solomon's glory; for the lily was arrayed of God, and every herb, and every weed, and every tree are arrayed by God with the glory they have.
The world's god, the devil, the prince of darkness, he cannot array a nettle, a thistle, nor a thorn; for he is no creator, but a destroyer; for the eternal God of truth is the creator: but the world's god is out of truth, and a destroyer and an adversary to they that keep in truth.
So the world's god out of truth, could not give Christ the glory of a thistle nor nettle; for it was none of his to give to Christ nor no man; for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof, and he gives it unto the sons of men, and so to live upon the earth, and to serve and worship him in spirit and truth, which the world's god is out of.
Now the world's god, which is out of truth, and there is no truth in him; if ye disobey God and Christ's voice and command, and go from his spirit, and err from it and the true faith, and hate his light, and walk despitefully against the spirit of grace, which he hath given to teach you, and bring your salvation.
Now, I say, if men fall down from this grace, spirit, and truth, which should keep their minds up to the God of truth and Christ; and when the world's god, satan, tempts ye, and says, he will give you the glory of this world, of wickedness, the pomps of the world, the lusts of the flesh, and the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life, fornication, whoredom, drunkenness, theft, murder, defraud, deceit, cozening, cheating, and all unrighteousness, and fill you with so much malice, envy, and pride, that you envy one another about it, and think that each one is finer than yourselves; that no vain fashion can hardly please your lust