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the innocent blood they had shed both in the city and country; and they were driven out of their own city and land, and scattered over all nations. The Jews had never power to get the land since, nor to build Jerusalem nor the temple; but the Turk hath both the land of Canaan and that which is called “the city of Jerusalem.” Now the Turk neither makes images nor worships images; so it is a just hand of the Lord that he should be over the persecuting, idolatrous Jews, so that they cannot defile the land of Canaan now with images and idols, for the Turk hath not, who neither makes images nor idols, nor worships them. The Jews must never hope, believe, nor expect, that ever they shall go again into the land of Canaan, to set up an outward worship at Jerusalem, and there for their priests to offer outward sacrifices of rams, sheep, and heifers, &c. for burnt-offerings; for Christ, the one offering, hath offered himself once for all, and by this one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. And Christ hath changed the priesthood of Aaron, that offered sacrifices, which was made after the power of a carnal commandment; but Christ was made after the power of an endless life, a priest for ever, who was holy, harmless, and separate from sinners, and is a priest made higher than the heavens. This is the priest that gives power to all that receive him to become the sons and daughters of God; and Jerusalem that is above is the mother of all the sons and daughters of God, which is free; but Jerusalem that is below is in bondage with her children. They that are the children of Jerusalem that is above do not look down at Jerusalem that is below; but they look at Jerusalem that is above, which is their mother. Christ said, “Neither at outward Jerusalem, nor in the mountain of Samaria should God be worshipped; but God should be worshipped in spirit and in truth; for he is a spirit, and such he seeks to worship him.” John iv. This is the worship that Christ set up above sixteen hundred years ago; therefore the idolatrous Jews must never think to offer their outward offerings and sacrifices, nor set up their outward worship at Jerusalem, in the holy land of Canaan more. For Christ, by the offering up of himself once for all, for the sins of the whole world, hath ended all the Jews' offerings, and changed the priesthood, and the law by which it was made, and hath blotted out the hand-writing of ordinances, which commanded both priests and offerings, and triumphed over them. So he is the offering and sacrifice of all the children of the New Testament, new covenant, and heavenly new Jerusalem that is above. He is their prophet that openeth to them, their shepherd that seeds them, their bishop that oversees them, and priest that died for their sins and is risen for their justification, who sanctifies and presents them to God. He is the one Mediator betwixt God and man, even the man Christ Jesus. • G. F. ‘Kingston, the 9th of the 10th month, 1687.’


After this I went to Guilford to visit Friends there, and staid three days with them, and had a large and very good meeting on first-day. After which I came back to Kingston again, and tarried about two weeks longer, visiting Friends and having meetings amongst them, both at their public meeting-house and in their families. Many things I wrote while I was at Kingston; amongst which the following was one:

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, (mark, not perish,) but have everlasting life.” John iii. 16. ‘Again he saith, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath, (mark, hath,) everlasting life.” ver. 36. So these believers have everlasting life while they are upon the earth. And “he that believeth on Christ is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, and the wrath of God abideth on him. He that heareth Christ's word, and believeth on God that sent him, hath, (mark, hath,) everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death,” the death in the first Adam, “to life,” the life in Christ the second Adam. John v. 24. And that meat which Christ doth give endureth unto everlasting life, as in John vi. 27. And the water that Christ doth give shall be in him that drinks it “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John iv. 14. Christ said to the Jews, “Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me: and ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” John v. 39, 40. Here ye may see, the eternal life is to be found in Christ, and not in the scriptures which testify of him, the life. Christ's sheep that hear his voice, know, and follow him; he gives unto them eternal life, and they shall not perish, neither shall any pluck them out of his hand. They shall not pluck Christ's sheep, to whom he hath given eternal life, out of his eternal hand. Christ said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, (mark, though he were dead,) yet shall he live, (mark, live, though he were dead;) and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Martha said, “Yea, Lord.” John xxv. 26. This is the true substantial belief, which they that believe shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John saith, “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” I John v. 11. “The life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.” 1 John i. 2. So these were the believers that had eternal life in the Son of God, and showed it unto others. “He that hath the Son hath life,” saith John, “ and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John v. 12. Christ saith, “Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive a hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” .Matt. xix. 29. The wicked that do not receive Christ shall go into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life. The true servants of God have their fruits unto holiness, and their end is everlasting life. For “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Such have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore 1 desire that God's people may endure all things, that they may obtain this salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. For Christ, being made perfect, became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him. This eternal salvation is above an external salvation: for they come to receive an eternal inheritance, and live in the possession of the everlasting gospel of joy, comfort, peace, and salvation, having everlasting life in Christ Jesus. G. F. “Kingston, the 6th of the 11th month, 1687.’

Another paper I wrote concerning the stone spoken of by Daniel, chap. ii. which became a great mountain and filled the whole earth, showing, ‘that thereby was set forth the kingdom and power of Christ.’

“When Christ, the stone that became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth, had broken to pieces the head of gold, the breast of silver, the belly of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet part iron part clay, which were the four monarchies, the Babylonian and Mede, the Grecian and the Roman, and had ended the outward Jews' typical kingdom, Daniel saith, “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed.” Dan. ii. 44. Christ saith, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Matt. xxviii. 18. And “my kingdom is not of this world.” John xviii. 36. “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature; for by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers; all things were created by him and for him, and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Col. xv. 16, 17. Here ye may see all things consist by Jesus Christ, and all things were created by Christ and for him, whether they be things in heaven or things in earth, visible or invisible; yea, thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers, these were all created by him and for him. Christ is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Rev. xix. 16. The “Prince of the kings of the earth.” chap. i. 5. Out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, with which he shall smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessel of a potter shall they be dashed in pieces who do not obey

him, the “King of kings and Lord of lords.” This is Christ, who saith, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last;” so he is over all nations, and above them all. We must understand this rod of iron, by which Christ doth rule the nations, is a figurative speech of Christ who is ascended into heaven, and is at the right hand of God. All power in heaven and earth is given unto him, and all things were created by him and for him: so then they are Christ's, and he hath power over all things; for all are his. So, as the scripture saith, “By me kings reign and princes decree justice.” Prov. viii. 15. But if they abuse his power and do not do justice, as is decreed by Christ, the “King of kings and Lord of lords, the first and the last,” they must feel the weight of his rod of iron, by which he will rule such as abuse his power. That is decreed by him, who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him, and rules in the kingdoms of men. G. F. ‘Kingston, the 11th month, 1687.’

Several other things I wrote while I was at Kingston; for my spirit being continually exercised towards God, I had many precious openings of divine matters; and divers places of scripture, both in the Old Testament and in the New, relating to the state of regeneration and sanctification, &c. were brought to my remembrance by the holy spirit; some of which I committed to writing, as followeth:

“THEY that touched the dead were unclean, and were to be cleansed by the water of purification. Numb. xix. And they which touch the dead doctrines or faiths, and let them in, burden the pure, defile and make themselves unclean, until the spring of the water of the word do arise and wash and clean them; for all the dead in Adam in the fall are unclean, and they must be washed by Christ, in his blood and water of life, who quickeneth and makes alive. “A dwarf might not come near to offer upon God's altar; but he might eat of the holy bread, that he might grow. Lev. xxi. 20. &c. So the new-born babes may eat of the milk of the word, that they may grow thereby and increase. He that had any blemish might not come near to offer upon God's altar; neither might any thing be offered upon God's altar that had any blemish, or was unclean. Lev. xxi. And it is said, “The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Psalm i. 5. But God standeth in the congregation of the mighty." Psalm lxxxii. 1. “The camp of God was to be kept clean and holy. That which was unclean, or defiled, was to be kept out of God's camp in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament, all that is defiled and unclean must be kept out of God's kingdom, the new and heavenly Jerusalem that is Wol. II. 42

from above. All was to pass through the fire (even of those things that would bear the fire) and to be purified by fire and water, before the people might come into God's camp. Numb. xxxi. So all must be circumcised, and baptized with the holy ghost and fire, cleansed with the blood of Christ, and washed with the water of the word, before they come into the kingdom of God, into heavenly Jerusalem. “The apostle Paul saith, “We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” 2 Cor. v. 1, 2, 4. Here is [“We in the earthly house of this tabernacle;”) which [We] are they that have received Christ, are become the sons of God, new creatures, and children of the light, that believe in Christ's light; who have an eternal house in the heavens, where mortality is swallowed up of life, in which house from heaven they will not groan. ‘Peter said, “I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me.” 2 Pet. i. 13, 14. Peter knew he must put off this tabernacle shortly : but as long as he was in it, he did stir up the saints to their duty in holiness, that they might remember it after he was deceased. ‘Paul saith, “The first man is of the earth, earthly.” (mark, earthly) 1 Cor. xv. 47. “And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (mark, the heavenly) ver. 49. And “we have this treasure in earthen vessels,” &c. 2 Cor. iv. 7. “And I live,” said he, “yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Gal. ii. 20. who is the life of all God's people. ‘Christ said to the Jews, “That the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob: for he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto him.” Luke xx. 37, 38. So “none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself; for whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Whether we live therefore or die we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died and rose, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.” Rom. xiv. 7, 8, 9. For all died in Adam: and Christ by the grace of God tasted death for every man, that they might come out of the death in Adam to the eternal life in Jesus Christ: who is also a quickening spirit; for as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. So Christ that died and rose again, is Lord both of the

living and of the dead; for the living live to the Lord, and die in him, and are blessed.

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