THE REVELATION OF REVELATIONS — Second Edition
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Jane Lead, 17th Century Prophetess of God [1624–1704] (with Francis Lee): An update to the 1683 Edition, 18 years after it was first printed for the public by Jane Lead.

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Jane Lead’s
The Revelation of Revelations

S e c o n d   E d i t i o n   1701

 

The Revelation of Revelations — Second Edition 1701

This is a Second Edition of the above Prophetic Work by Jane Lead, brought forth for illumination and clarification  to the Nazarite Flock, regarding the opening, unsealing and discovery of the Seven Seals, the Seven Thunders, and the New Jerusalem State which they are to look to in themselves —  also glimpsing the role of the Divine Magia  who shall work in the Holy Ghost’s Power as commissioned from the New Jerusalem Realm.  Jane Lead first published her Revelation of Revelations to the World by Order from God’s Virgin Wisdom in 1683.
This Second Edition was published by Jane Lead and Francis Lee in 1701.
 

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How does the 2nd Edition differ from the 1st? 

Eighteen years had passed since the printing of the First Edition.  The public reaction to, and the questions about, the message conveyed in the first edition of The Revelation of Revelations, continued steadily throughout those years.  Jane Lead’s failing eyesight is thought to have been completely lost by this time, and her son-in-law, Francis Lee, was clearly involved in the preparation of the Second Edition.   The modifications, clarifications, and additions were guided by him, together with  the counsel of J.L. who had come to rely heavily upon his assistance in her later years.  

In addition to the First Edition’s Epistle written by J.L. and updated only slightly in the Second Edition [now titled The Epistle Dedicatory], there is added Jane Lead’s, Author’s Preface to This Second EditionShe is also said to have collaborated with Dr. Lee on the first seven questions [Q.1 through Q.7.] in the newly added Appendix.

Francis Lee’s unique contributions appearing within this Second Edition are as follows: 
   An Advertisement to Reader, which follows after the The Epistle Dedicatory and before the Author’s Preface in the original manuscript.
 
Propositions Needful to be Considered by Readers, which follows the Author’s Preface in the original manuscript.
 
Contents, which follows the Propositions and immediately precedes the main body of The Revelation of Revelations in the 2nd Edition.
     It is a subjective List of Topics within each of the newly defined chapters of Jane Lead’s prophetic message.
  
Appendix, which follows The Conclusion of the main body of J.L.’s message, and which addresses often-asked Questions  [Q.8 through Q.16.] 

Details about the Changes:   The majority of the new material will be found near the beginning and near the end of the 2nd Edition manuscript.  In general, the shortening of J.L.’s long sentences has mostly been accomplished by either simply replacing commas with semi-colons or colons, with spaces being added between the segments,  or by replacing semi-colons/colons with periods.  Many long paragraphs have been shortened.    Words or phrases have often been added to the older 1st Edition text, for the purpose of clarification of the text in the 2nd.  The Reader will also find that there are many words newly capitalized in the 2nd Edition that were not so in the 1st.  

In some instances, particularly where the Melchizedeck Priesthood is opened, the 2nd Edition modifications to existing text were more extensive, and larger amounts of 1st Edition text were eliminated or moved.   In these cases, you will find that notice of the content of such changes has been left within this transcription of the Second Edition.  The main body of Jane Lead’s original printing of the message was further divided, in this 2nd Edition, into an Introduction, followed by a total of 31 Chapters plus a Conclusion.

Also to be noted is that Francis Lee sometimes chose to use ornate English script to emphasize certain words in this Second Edition (as he sometimes did in his own printed works).  He was also partial to the use of the apostrophe, particularly in verbs of the past tense, many of which have been changed [i.e. chang’d] throughout the Second Edition.

For the convenience of the previous Readers of Jane Lead’s works, who desire to "see at a glance" how the Second Edition differs from the First — we offer the following key...

Modifications made to the First Edition Text of The Revelation of Revelations (including the new capitalization of many hundreds of words) are, in this Second Edition, shown bolded (when printed) and shown bolded in this contrasting color (when the manuscript is viewed on-screen).  

Text that was Added as New Material, which is exclusive to this Second Edition, is shown also in this contrasting color without being bolded (when the manuscript is viewed on-screen).  Occasionally, the definition of an archaic English word has been supplied {in reduced size} to assist the understanding of the Reader.  In two instances, omitted text from J.L.’s Diary, that was intended to have been included in any 2nd Edition, has been inserted in this transcription for the benefit of the Reader.  Cross-references were also added to some of the questions in the Appendix.

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This authentic on-line manuscript from 1701 has been out of print and circulation for several hundred years and has been generally inaccessible to the general public.  It contains terminology and sections that are missing from modern edited versions. 

The on-line reproduction presents the authentic old manuscript "as close to the original as possible" — and in precisely the same order as the original — rendering  the text and appearance of the 1701 printing without any interpretation or commentary — both of which are here left for the Spirit of Truth, who will always provide for the seeking and humble in heart.  Notes that appeared in the margins of the original have been included in-line with the text  but are usually shown in a reduced size.

 


 

T H E

R E V E L A T I O N

O F

Revelations:

A N

E  S  S  A  Y

Towards the

Unsealing, Opening and Discovering

T H E

Seven Seals,  the Seven Thunders, 
and the New-Jerusalem State.


By   J .   L E A D.


The Second Edition.     With an Appendix.



Rev. 5.9   And they sang a new Song, saying, Thou
art worthy to take the Book, and open the Seals
thereof.

1Cor.1.10   For God hath revealed them unto us
by his Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God.


L O N D O N :   Printed  by J. Bradford,  at  the
Bible  in  Little Britain,   1 7 0 1.

 

 

 

The Epistle

  D E D I C A T O R Y

To the Living Stones gathered,
and to be
gathered to Christ,
the Foundation Stone;

where-ever hid, scattered and dispersed, who
are Elected in GOD for the New-Jerusalem
Glory
and Mount-Zion-Church:
All Love, Grace, Peace and Joy be
multiplied from
HIM who Was, Is,
and is to Come
.

THE Establishment of the restored Sion-Church cannot be by Man or after Manly Wisdom;  but by the Holy Spirit which Christ our Prince and Saviour hath sent in his own Name, to build upon the Foundation of the Father and the Son;  a Rock indeed, which remaineth steady and unshaken from Time to Eternity.   And indeed, who else is found sufficient for the Gathering and Building, of these holy Temple-Stones;   that are to be fitly compacted together, to make up this Glorious Church, that may be presented all fair, without Spot;  as becomes the Spouse and Bride of the Lamb:  which you will find the whole subject of the following Revelations tend to;  even to the bringing out of all that are found in Lifeless Forms, into the very substantial Life and Ministration of the holy Spirit;  where the Increase and growing up is known, into that Body, in which GOD will Move and Work All.   For the which end all Prophecies that have been from the foundation of the World, may have their fulfilling in this last Age:  for the which also, good Assurance is given, from the fresh springing of the Word of Wisdom;  that may produce a sealed Commission, not only in Letter, but from the feeling fiery breath of the true Unction.  Which is the living Epistle, by which alone I desire to be made known to You;  and from thence do send pure Love-greeting to them, whose Ears are opened to hear and receive what the Spirit of Truth hath declared, and unfolded in this little Volume.    Which now is presented to publick view, contrary to the intent and purpose of the subordinate Author hereof.  Who, as I was waiting in my continued course and order, upon the Heavenly showering,  to feed, and be refreshed in this all-fruitful and pleasant Pasture;  being satisfied here to take my lengths and breadths in all free conference with the Lord, the Spirit (whom I did well know by his inward flaming Body, which at certain times did stir and rise;  for then I could hear and distinctly know the Voice of his Mouth, which came as a soft melting Fire-Breath, and) said, Record what since October 1679 hath been Seen, Heard, Tasted and Felt: and shun not to declare it, for it hath a peculiar Service on God's behalf to do; though at present hid from Thee,  Only observe, and be watchful: and I will certainly follow This at the Heels.

And thus You may perceive under what Constraint I am, and by whose Commission these deep and mystical Revelations are now Published:  for who fore-sees what effects they are to have, and what Souls and Spirits are to be touched and enkindled from the same burning Ray;  which will surely over-shadow the Believing.

And for the Doubtful, I have only this Caution, and that from the Holy and Just One, That henceforth they cease from rash and uncircumcised Judgment, which doth arise from the rational Will and Spirit, and above all to put on the meek, simple and child-like Spirit:  and so cease to be Injurious to their own Souls;  for nothing is more prejudicial to the growing and springing Life and Light, than to give way to Incredulity, and an evil Suspicion, raised from the dark Mists of Sense, and worldly Wisdom, which can never reach the deep things of the Spirit.  Therefore, if there be any force, power, or authority in that Word of Life that was from the beginning, and is now come to bear his own living Record in our day;   this Word and Spirit of Truth and Wisdom let none resist, but open the everlasting Doors of their Souls and Minds for to take it in.  And so you will of the lively Hope partake, and bear the true and living Testimony with us, That the Morning Star is risen for to lead us out of Our selves, where nothing but Darkness is:   and where the fallen Spirits keep their strong Hold, binding and putting out the Eyes of Sampson the Nazarite, who is the figure of the eternal Spirit, which is in all the Sons of Adam, against which the grand Apollyon hatcheth his treacherous Conspiracy.    For he hath great Indignation against us, because such Love, Grace and Goodness hath now abounded in Christ Jesus our Lord, who is come to offer himself an effectual Salvation in all.  There is not a Door that he passeth by, but that at one time or other he knocks at it, and would find entrance in, to redeem and fetch out his own eternal Spirit, from under Bondage, Death and Misery:   But such are the subtil Wiles of that Enemy of all Mankind, that he provides a Dalilah for some to steal and draw away their Minds, and to seduce their more Noble part to that which is vile, base and sensual.

And then, another more subtil Bait he casts out for those who are partly Mortified, and have escaped those worldly Charms, and are come to a sober and lawful use of the things of this Creation, and yet are held Captives through the Multiplicity of Mortal Cares, Businesses and Concerns for the outward Man;   whereby they are so overcharged and weighed down in their Spirits, that they cannot get up to shake off this earthly Dust, to walk with God in Enoch’s state:  not observing that Counsel of the Lord Christs  First to seek the Kingdom of Heaven;  and with all getting, to get Wisdom.   The contrary to which is most universally practiced, in making sure first of the Beast’s Kingdom, and the perishing Mammon of Unrighteousness; and then if the Kingdom of Heaven will fall in, and be added to them, it shall be welcome.  But alas!  this will not do;  Christ will not be served last.  Wherefore, let not the Serpent beguile any who seek the Pearl of Christ’s Kingdom: But be wise, to avoid the choaking Earth and drowning Floods; and trust the Lord upon his Word, who will certainly make good whatsoever we part with on his account;  as there are some who can witness to God’s Truth and Faithfulness in this matter.

A Third Caution is, for those who are got out of the Throng and Incumbrance of worldly Multiplicity, and have thrown off all those Weights and Sins which do so easily beset them;   they must know that this will not fully secure them:  tho’ it be a very good Ground-Work, and greatly advantageous for the rearing up of God’s perfect Tabernacle within them, for the following Glories to rest upon.   But be advertised they must from the holy and true fore-sight of the Spirit of JESUS, who knows the Dangers and Perils which attend this State also;  though they have escaped the worldly Bondage and earthly Pollutions, yet Spiritual Defilements may remain;  which are of more dangerous consequence than briary Cares and worldly Distractions,  For we have not only to do with a Birth of Flesh and Blood, but there are Infernal Powers and Principalities of an higher Descent, which join their Forces with the Rational Spirit, which is the more wise and sober part in Man:   and therefore most readily take upon them, to prescribe Laws and Rules for the superior Soul to walk by.  Who finding it self fallen, stands in great need of an Help and Guide, to bring it out of this wretched Plunge, and confused State;  being convinced by Christ (the true Life and Light risen Within) how the case stands with it, and thereby made eagerly desirous to be set free from those inward usurping Powers, which come with all deceiveableness, to circumvent and keep the Soul in the strong hold of a rational Sense:  which must be quitted.   And now the Enlightened Soul feeling the Malady so great, and so powerful, looks out diligently for a speedy Relief;  and is ready to embrace every Physician that doth profess to be skillful in the curing of Souls:  Whereupon comes in a second Danger, of which ye will do well to take heed, that is, to be cautioned from whom you receive Spiritual Medicine, and whether they be such who have the true Balsam and Tincture of Life to give forth from the very Unction of God resting in themfor no other can be profitable unto you.   All who have not this Soveraign White Stone, which knows only how to pour out his Name as precious Ointment from Vessel to Vessel, are Physicians of no Value.   Therefore while ye in the state of Minority are, and have need to be under Pastors and Teachers, till you are come up to the highest Form, ready prepared and qualified for the great Master-Teacher to undertake you, even the Holy Spirit:   (who will perfect whatever was lacking in other Teachings, and through other Mediums) for this direct your Eye, waiting in a peaceable Concord and silent Harmony, in your own Jerusalem within, whereupon written is to be, Holiness to the Lord in every Property:   and then you will come to know the fresh Pasture-springs, which are only under the breaking-up-Seal of the holy Unction;  where no defiled foot hath ever come to raise the Dust to discolour this golden Stream.

This is the Ministration which you will find the following Openings to point out, and lead to.   And though as yet it be an unbeaten Path, which the Lord hath by his Instrument now declared, and made known in way of Vision and Prophecy;  yet it is the true Day-star that will give its own light and witness:  Therefore let the Wonderers, Despisers and Contemners take heed of making a Mock of that which the Alpha and Omega will own and stand by, as his express Mind;  who prohibited the Publisher hereof from altering the Way and Manner of the revealing of these great and deep things.   Wherefore you have them unpolished in their own naked Simplicity, as they were every Day revealed, and given forth, not in the dress of human Wisdom;  no, they are of another descent, and the spiritual Ones in God will feel, know and taste from what Treasure-House they proceed.    And as for others, we do not heed their Judgment, only shall be found in hearty Prayer for their true Enlightening:   that all may come to know what the Love-Trumpet doth now sound for.  Is it not that both Earth and Sea may give up their long buried Dead, and that this cursed Ground may no longer shut up the dead in Christ?    Are not these Tidings brought from the bright East?  that the Lord is coming to bring forth himself, in a new and marvellous Resurrection, such as never was yet:  and therefore hath beforehand, sent his holy Spirit of Prophecy, to proclaim what he intends to fulfil, according to his antient Purpose and Decree;  and for this end He hath shewed what Gates are to open, to give entrance into this All-fruitful Sharon, {Margin Note: see the Glory of Sharon printed in 1700} whence the scattered Love-flock hath been hunted and chased as panting Harts, shifting their Pastures, and yet not finding where to lie down and be at Rest.    Which indeed can never be expected, till through the Seven Seals ye do come;  where the full glorious Resurrection-Day ye shall witness, through All things becoming New:  where the holy Spirit, your Over-seer, and feeling Life, shall ever and always be known for fixation in the Resurrection State.   And though the Sadducees be numerous, that have no Faith ever to see this first Resurrection, which is from the Body of Sin to be made free;  giving witness hereunto first, by being begotten alive from the Dead, according to the Scriptures, You hath he quickened, who were dead in Trespasses and Sin:   It is not therefore incredible to us that God should raise the Dead, (see Rom. 4th, 5th & 7th Chapters) but each one in Christ’s Order; for allowance must be given for degrees.   For as the Death is gradual, so is also the Resurrection, being  perfected through renewed Acts of Power.  A Similitude whereof we may see in the visible Sun, which doth not attain its Meridian height at his first rising:  even so the Body of the Resurrection doth not at once, but by degrees, advance to its full height of Lustre and Glory.   So as we must give way to Measures and Degrees in all sorts, whether in Dying or Rising;    all opening one Everlasting Mystery of Glory in the Powers of our Lord Jesus:  who will bring All, one after another, up to Glory.   Now then let each one prove his own Work wrought in God, whether in Death, Resurrection, Ascension, or Glorification; {Margin Note: as you may see in the Book, Entitled, The Heavenly Cloud, by the same Author} for these are all linked together, though not attained but in their own Order, still going on from the first Step to the last;   the Way for the Attainment of which, you will find Here described, according to the measure of the Spirit, given for Manifestation of these long hidden Truths, that have lain under the Seals:  where you will find the Path that leadeth into the Death; and the loosing therefrom, through the seventh Seal, opening for the Resurrection, which the seven Thunders do plainly express;  and so may proceed on to the Ascending Reign in Christ’s Kingdom, which is great and magnificent, giving its own signal Demonstration, by opening the divine M A G I A, whereby the holy Spirit comes to act in his own place, viz. in the ascended Body of the Resurrection, from thence to go forth and work his Wonders, such as yet were never wrought.   Which will be the Introduction into the fixed Glorification, for to be Co-centred in the ascended triumphant Spirit, the Glory of which is attributed to the Lamb of God, of whom it is said, That he is worthy to receive Blessing, Wisdom, Power, Strength and Glory, for the effecting of so full and perfect a Redemption; all which shall be assigned to the Glorified Ones in Christ:  who in the Royal unchangeable Priesthood shall be confirmed, as going up from Glory to Glory, till swallowed up in Glory, Power, Might and Excellency.   The Manner of which is defined as the Close of all that hath been treated of in this Book, and the finishing Testimony which at present was given me from the Lord of Glory.    Therefore so receive them in Faith and Love;  for this is the day of Gods Revelation, who sends forth this as a fore-going Harbinger:  who according to his Promise will soon follow to fulfil all the rich and precious Things prophesied of herein;  and therefore calleth upon his scattered Stones to get together;  to Harmonize in the Eternal Light, Love and Purity;  provoking each other to go on forward in this four-fold Process of our Lord Jesus, arising out of this long Night of Slumber;  for the Day is broken, and the Morning-Star may be discerned.   Consider to what a Life of Glory and Immortality ye are called;   it is great and wonderful indeed;  yet know, the East-Gate now will open to those that earnestly knock thereat;  so that there is a certain possibility to get up unto all these Degrees of Glory: Wherefore let none doubt, but be girded on with the Omnipotency of Faith, which will rid the way swiftly, leaving all unbelieving Loiterers behind.    A Race we have to run;  some may not be yet set out, others newly engaged, and others a good way in the Race: but blessed are they who shall at the Prize first come;  that so they may return to strengthen, and encourage their Companions in the Race;  who may see the Rosie Garland of Victory in their Hands, and the Diadem of precious Stones, as the Prize which they have won.   Which doth well deserve to be run hard for;  not delaying so much time as to look behind, being once set out, but so run that we may obtain.

But it may be questioned, Who, and Where those are which are so resolute and strong in Spirit, as to hold out to the end of the Race?  

Answ.  For this, none can be found indeed, but such as are arisen with Christ from the dead;  He is and must, become the Racer in us;  for all other Legs we run with will soon tire and be weary;  therefore set not out till Christ your Life and Strength be risen, as a Gyant {Giant} refreshed, to run out this conquering Race, where ye may come to lie down under his encompassing Glory, as in an everlasting pleasant Shade, possessing all those high and wonderful Immunities, Glories, Crowns, Joys, Gifts, Powers, in the Holy Spirit, who will magnifie his Office in acting and working all in the Body of the Resurrection.   Concerning which I shall no further enlarge, but refer you to what is treated of in the former, and the following Revelations.

I shall now cease, and shut up all in that springing Fountain, from whence this Bundle of Revelations did proceed;  having a good Hope and certain Persuasion, that the Lord will be with his own Testimony in a Light Ray, spreading over all the Darkness of those Minds that shall attend to,  and receive without Prejudice, what is written.     Though to some it may appear Abtruse, Deep and Mystical, and hard to be understood:   yet to others, who are come under the teachings of the same Unction, it will appear Plain, and easily apprehended;   and the Spirit will bear record with us, of what was, and is, and yet is to come.   Now the things yet to come, is that Powerful and Princely Reign unto Glorification, which hath long been Prophesied of, and now again with an Affirmation, that the Lord will suddenly be upon us, to take unto him his Kingdom, with which nothing of the Beasts Reign shall mingle.   Oh ! Holy, Precious and Elect, let us not Sleep, but set our Morning-Watch, for Tidings are come to make all things ready for him:  Let it appear who the Wise Virgins are, by their making themselves ready to meet the Lord, not only for a Visit of Salvation;  but for an Eternal Marriage, and an un-interrupted Nuptial Fruition;   and so to be ever with the Lord, or rather the Lord to be Ever with Us, as his dear Bride, perfectly redeemed from the Earth;  as it becometh her thus Holy and Blameless to be found;   for the everlasting Priestly Celebration and Holy Ministration, that is in no other Temple but what is called GOD and the LAMB, where the only true Spiritual Worshippers are found:   And from whence our Praise-Offerings will spring, as from the bright Sphere of Glory, that swallows up Darkness, Death, Sorrow, Contempt, and the Curse in a full and total Victory.   For the Hopes of which, and first budding Fruits I now shall Conclude, with high Acclamation, Glory, Salvation and Praise to GOD and the LAMB, that cometh to Reign evermore;  Even so and Amen.

Known to be Yours, in the Unsealed Book of Life,
which none can shut again,

J. Lead.   


An Advertisement to the
R E A D E R.

THIS Book is a Explication upon the Apocalypse, very Different from All that have been Before.   It contains in it many things Uncommon, some of which are indeed hard to be uttered; and therefore difficult to be comprehended, except perhaps by some few that may have their Senses Exercised to Mystical and Spiritual Objects.  Notwithstanding there are many other things herein declard, that may be of more General Edification to all the Sincere Waiters for the Kingdom of God;  which is here shewn to consist Primarily in an Essential Manifestation of the Powers of the Holy Ghost within the Soul, really and effectually displaying those Wonders and Glories that are foretold in that Divine Revelation, which is the Testimony of JESUS to his Church.   As such, ought it to be Reverd, and as a Book fit to make Wise as many as Read the same, with an Humble and Stedfast Dependance upon that Spirit, from whence it proceeded Originally:  So far is it from having a Tendency to make any Mad, that come to it but with prepared hearts, as some Despisers of this Sacred Book have not been Afraid, or Ashamd, Publickly to Avouch; to the great Reproach of that holy Religion which they profess, and Despight to the Holy Ghost the Author and Inspirer.    Whose Portion therefore, unless they Repent, is among Mockers.

But it is not at all to be wonderd at, if there be many that Mock at the Mystical and Hidden Wisdom of God;  and some that Scoff at the Promise of the FATHER concerning the Kingdom of his Son, as foretold by his Holy Prophets, with the Highest Contempt and Derision of them that Obey a most clear, express, and even inculcated Command of Christ (Rev. 1.3 & 22.7) still crying out, where is the Promise of This his Coming, and of these Glorious Things which you tell us of?    For they are Foolishness to the Natural and Carnal Man, and to the Wise of This World:  but they are the Power of God to such as are taught in his School;  and will not be Rejected, but Justified by all the true Disciples and Children of Wisdom.   And let the Despisers say what they will, it must still remain an infallible and an unchangeable Truth, what the Holy Ghost hath said, Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the Words of this Prophesy [which is called the Apocalypse (or Revelation) of Jesus Christ] and keepeth those Things that are written therein.   That this Blessing may be obtained, was the end both of Writing and Publishing this Prophetical Interpretation of It.    Where in a new way of Reading and Hearing the same is propounded, and the most effectual Method of Keeping and Benefiting by those Great Truths therein containd, is experimentally Deliverd.   And tho it be not after the Manner of a Commentary, yet the Greatest part of this Divine Book, as to what is most Essential, is sufficiently Commented upon in this so singular Way for the Benefit of as many as seek to obtain the Blessing, pronouncd upon the Readers and Hearers thereof in Spirit.  Who also will not fail to be the Doers.    Those will be here found Describd under the Twelve Gates of Wisdom, and the Three Orders of the Priesthood.

The Rareness of this Treatise being such, as for some of the Copies to be Sold at a very Excessive Rate, This Edition has been calld for at this Time, with no small Importunity:  Which hath some Advantages above the Former, that are not Inconsiderable.  For by Revising it according to the Original some pretty Gross Faults have been Amended, some Defects supplied, and others Rectifyd from the Authors Mouth:  besides the whole is Distinguishd into Chapters, several Transpositions duly Orderd, and an Appendix added for the Resolution of Certain Questions addressd to the Author, concerning some difficulties, both in This and some other Late Publishd Writings.

The Reader also is desird to take Notice that this Book is the First of all the Writings of the Author, that was Designd for the Publick, having been also seen by her Spiritual Friend, of whom mention is  made in the  DIARY, before his Decease in the Year 1681.   But that the Heavenly Cloud which was Written after it, was Publishd before it by way of Introduction.   And it is to be observd, that herein is laid the Foundation most clearly, of a certain Doctrine which the Author was then very little Acquainted with, and seems not to have been Establishd in till about Fourteen Years after.  And this not being so much as suspected by the Author, may be a stronger Motive for Consideration.

Lastly it is needful to Advertise, that this Spiritual or Mystical Interpretation of that Part of Scripture which is generally Agreed on to be the most difficult of the Whole Bible, doth not preclude any other Sense or Interpretation which is more External or more Universal nor doth at all Derogate from the Divine Authority of it, by  shewing how It hath need of a Divine Interpreter.   For the Author acknowledgeth, that such only was the Talent given to her:  to another may be given another Talent, to Profit with all.    And undoubtedly it will be found that all Human Literature  and Wisdom are greatly too short, without the Assistance of a Divine Ray, to find out the Mystick Profundities of that Wonderful Prophesy.   It is the Spirit of God which can only search out, and Reveal, these Deep Things of God;  which is without all Peradventure the Best Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   And if it be the Interpreter of the whole Scripture, or of the whole Will of God; surely there can be no Pretences for Rejecting it in that Part which is confessedly the most of all Abstruse.    If it be True therefore which the church of England Asserts, in conformity with other Reformd Doctors, in her Second Homily of the Scripture, That the Revelation of the Holy Ghost Inspireth the true Meaning of the Scripture into us; nothing in the World can be more Absurd, than to condemn the Book which is here Presented to Thee, O Reader, for pretending to be a Revelation, concerning the Apocalyptical Seals and Thunders, and concerning the Glorious State of the New Jerusalem upon Earth, therein Foretold;  or to be an Interpretation Divinely Inspird, by an Internal and Experimental Manifestation of those Mystick Truths, in the Unsealing of those Seals in the Soul, opening the Voices of the Thunders, and discovering of the State of Christs Kingdom;  or for taking the Name thence of the Revelation of Revelations.    Which has so much need of unveiling by the Divine Spirit, being indeed Veild from all but the Enlightend Eye; and most specially as to the Grand Mystery therein containd.   Which Mystery, being the Hidden Mystery of the Light-Kingdom within the Soul, is the Main Subject of This Treatise.   Let the Spiritual Reader Judge of what is Written therein, according to the Measure of the Spirit of Christ which he possesseth.   Giving all the Glory to the Revealer Alone, who is the Great Teacher and Master of Souls;  and leaving what he may not Understand, or Receive, to the Determination of Him who is coming to set all things to rights in his Church.

 

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T O   T H I S

Second Edition.

. 1. THE Most High G O D, who in His Wisdom and Providence, did give the first Birth to the Manifestations, and Revelations, contain’d in this book, and open’d a way for their Publication;  has now the Second time moved for the Reprinting of them, by such as Worthily did entertain the Spiritual Mysteries herein contain’d.   For the which acceptable Service may the Fullness of all Blessing, out of the original Spring, plentifully visit them;  with all Impartial Lovers of, and waiters for, what is Prophesied herein.  Though so many years have past since the first Date thereof;   nevertheless there is a Fullness of Time near Approaching, in which the Deep Secrets of Wisdom shall stand open to the true Seekers, and Lovers, as shall out-bid all for her Pearl:  who will accounted be the Best Adventurers, by the Increase and Gain that shall into their Possession come.

. 2.  As mention has been made in this Book of the Seven Seals, in the Internal and Mystical Way; which has been carried on in the Experimental Process, according to the Lively Pattern of the Lamb of God:  Now whoever can witness their Arrivement hereunto, such shall both know and see more Marvellous and Wonderful Things that shall follow hereupon;  according to what (in some degree) in the Sequel of this Treatise is open’d, which may prepare, and usher in, what is yet further to be Unseald to them, who are call’d up to be of the Princely Order, and Privy Council, to the Emanuel-King.    Gracious, Good and Happy News these have to bring to them, whose Birth is from the New Jerusalem Mother, whose Children, as to the Outward Principle, in Sorrow and Trouble have been, under many Fiery Tryals and Provings;   which but needful and expedient was to be, before the Jubilee for Release, and Glorious Liberty was to come in.  But now a Reviving Day is upon its Rising;  the Long Mourning and Expecting Watchers do hear the joyful sounding of the Feet of that Angelical Host, that do Trumpet forth the very near Appearance and Approach of the mighty God and Saviour:  that will manifest himself by his Redeeming Power, that shall rest upon such, who worthily deputed shall be to Represent him in his Soveraignty.   For as there has been Prophecy upon Prophecy tending hereunto:  so here shall not the Rest be:  nor are we to take up herein;   but to look for the Day of full Consummation.

. 3.  In Assurance whereof, a Voice from the Heavenly Throne did utter it self, saying, “I am Alpha and Omega by whom the Seven Seals of the Book are open’d;  which was Revealed for Preparation, and due Qualification of such as are Elected, and Ordained, to know and see what is yet to be brought forth, when the Numbers of Time shall expired be.   Which in the Father’s Counsel may to Mortals shut up and Concealed be, as in the Outward Visible Birth of Nature they have yet their Consistency.   But there is an Offspring or holy Generation, to whom the Secrets of God do belong:  To them will be given that Fathoming Line, that shall reach the Treasure which none else capable can be to find;  that will be manifested and opened near the end of Time.”

. 4.  Now the Great and Weighty Thing that was sounded in my Inward Ear, was the Blissful Day, wherein Seven times seven Seals are to be melted away, which upon Seven Mountains (that were also bright and fiery) fixed were.  And as it was only Appropriated to the Lamb of God to open the Seven Sealed Book:  So now the Eternal Father in Conjunction with the Eternal Wisdom, in and through the glorified Humanity of Christ, in the Ghostly Power, are all  Conquering together, to break open these Seals, wherein the Unknown and Unsearchable Wonders have Lain, that Exhibited forth upon this visible Creation shall be;   that will Metamorphose it, so making a most unexpected Change in those that to a good Degree of Illumination have attained.   And as to those that ignorant are, Despising and Rejecting the Purity and Spirituality of his Kingdom, Fear and Dread, and Amazement will upon them be, that they will run to take shelter under the Skirts of the Sanctified Ones.   For such upon those Mountains shall called up be, from whom all false Coverings and Vails shall be rolled away.   In plainness and nakedness the Father here will reveal himself, not only by Species and Vision, but by pure Act and Miraculous Deeds, that shall rest, and abide, as a sealed Testimony upon the called and chosen hereunto.   For it is foreseen, and known by the Wisdom of God, that nothing less than these Miraculous Powers breaking forth, will prepare and make way for the Lord Christ’s Personal Appearance, who will before raise up, and send forth his Living witnesses and Messengers, to make ready a Spouse and Bride here upon the Earth:  that may be thus richly Gifted and Impowered, for the Solemnity of the great Marriage-Day.   Unto which there is a Cry and Call to make ready, even for this great and remarkable Day, that may be nearer, than any even among the Sanctified, are well aware of.

. 5.  Awake, awake ye Worthy Denizons, out of your slumbering Bed, for the Third Watch is now set;  and the Morning Star begins to cast its twinkling light out, to lead you where you shall feast upon those Mountains, that are mere Power;   and so shall come the Kingdom of the Blessed Just One to be lifted up, and Established over all the great swelling Mountains of the Earthly Principle, that have hitherto born Sway and Dominion.  The moldering Matter hereof that has so deeply infected, every weight thereof, is cast aside.   For another cloathing for you, Dear Saints, who of the Unsealed Book have been given to Read, and to Understand the Mysteries therein contain’d, provided is.   For the Seventh Angel is now upon sounding, and is computing the Numbers out of all Nations and Kingdoms, and Languages, that are to be Sealed with that Name EMANUEL;   which is the Stone cut out of these Mountains without Hands.    It rests upon the Holy and Prepared Souls, that have Believed in his Name:   Who mightier Works therefrom shall go forth to do, to express the Lord from Heaven Descended is, to begin his Reign, by visible Signs and Acts of his Power.  Which hitherto in every Age since Christ’s first Appearance have been declining, or even have had their shutting up:  The Purifying Faith being attained to, but not the Acting Wonder of it.  Numerous Precious Saints passing away without seeing the Consummation of Christ’s visible Kingdom here on Earth, for the which a fullness of the Times in the Heavens prefix’d is:  which, as may be expected, must have their Accomplishment now in this Present, and in every succeeding, Generation of Time.   And as the World in general abounds in all manner of Iniquity, in a grosser Sensuality and Love of Earthly Pleasure;  and whereas another sort that are more refin’d, yet live in the Self-reasoning, and disputing against the Day-Spring of Christ’s Love Peaceable and Powerful Kingdom;  which is the first to be known within: so Ignorant, Dark, Confused, and altogether Strangers are they to, and Insensible of, the Appearances of this Inward Kingdom;  that it is no marvel if Opposition and Persecution against the Brightness of his Rising be.   But Rejoice we do in Hope, that the Mountains which contain the Treasures of Invincible Power are now upon their Unsealing, and will make a perfect Cure of the Woundings, and Breaches, that in Sorrow have been hitherto endured among the Flocks of Christ’s Sheepfold.

. 6.  Further it was given me to understand, that to those who had separated, and devoted themselves more peculiarly from the Worldly Trafick and Business;  to be of the High and Holy Order, under the Priestly Anointing; which to such as thus Redeemed out of the Earth are, shall be granted therein to officiate as Spiritual Officers in Christ’s Kingdom.  These shall be exercised, and made skillful and able in all the Divine Sciences:  and so be prefer’d, for the sake of the Trust committed to them in Spiritual Matters,  (as the Prophet Daniel was a Type of) in the very Exterior Part, relating to the Outward Kingdom.   So these Spiritual minded Persons, out of all Countries and Kingdoms, will be specially noted:  and by the mighty God and Saviour called forth, to be of this Royal Family and Progeny; being gifted and impowered according to the various Degrees, and Capacities they are found in.   And some having a more near Intimacy and free Correspondency with Christ their Head Power and Life, to these a more immediate conveyance out of the Fullness of the God-head may be dispenced.

. 7.  Hence we may see what advantages in way of Spiritual Preferment, and Dignification, confer’d may be upon the Separated Fold, that of the Virgin-Purity of Christ have taken hold.    Which is a very weighty Motive, and a seasonable Word that does speak it self forth:  which I shall apply more particularly to Three sorts of   Persons.  The First, are those that in an Outward Capacity have all Liberty to set themselves free from all Temporary and Worldly Entanglements:   and may command their time to imploy their Minds most intirely in a waiting Posture, for the Heavenly Powers to come rushing down, and fill them with all Ghostly might;  as witnessed hath been in Ages past.   What a worthy Engagement would this be, if the Monarchs of the Earth, and the Great and Noble Ones, would turn the Tide of what they do possess of the Earth, in the Fulness thereof upward, towards the Heavens, to draw Christ’s Kingdom down;  and lay down their Scepters and Crowns at his Feet;  making it their Study to promote, advance and spread his Honour throughout the Earth?   How would this lay a sure and unshaken Foundation for them in that Kingdom, where they shall inherit such a weight of Glory, as is beyond all that there is a possibility of making a Description of.   For so ye that are but Mortal and Temporal Kings and Queens, Princes and Nobles, shall be made Immortal and Eternal.   Therefore as you do the Lord Christ true homage, and Honour; by Promoting, Cherishing and Nourishing that Virgin Church. as is gathered out of all Sects and Parties making up the pure unfeighned Love-Philadelphian Fold, which the Emanuel King will own, and walk and appear Great in the midst of them:   so you cannot do your selves greater Good and Kindness, than in holy Boldness to confess, and maintain the Royalty’s that do belong to this Heavenly and Spiritual Kingdom.    Of  which a Pledge you may come to have in this present Time; which is Peace, Joy, and Love in Him, who is a God of Love:  and an assured Reward in Eternity.

. 8.  The Second Call is to such, as have been drawn, and inclined in their Minds, to live such a Life of Abstraction and Introversion;  whereby an open Gate they may find for passage into the Knowledge of all Divine Secrets:  and so beginning a Familiar Acquaintance with the whole Tri-Unity, that may stand unvail’d and free, to receive into their Deified Family.   Which is so considerable and high an Favour, that it may well deserve a putting off all Conversation that is inconsistent, and disagreeing, to such a high Sacred Communion and Fellowship.   For here is an undoubted Possibility:  as known it has been to some, not only in past Ages, but in the present;  while carried out and off from Terrestrial Objects and Things, they have made a deep launch into the Heavenly and Eternal Light of Lights.   Now the pleasurable Sights and Enjoyments, to those, that have been herein taken up, may well enforce an Estrangement to all Temporal things;  so far as they are an Impediment to this Life.   Whoever comes to this high and lofty Sphere, will keep their Walks firm and sure here:  and not permit any thing to draw them down, tho’ never so plausible, or lawful in it self.   Yet, there will be a danger of sustaining Loss thereby:  which the superior Wisdom of God does well warn such holy separated Souls to avoid;  and so by keeping in all Watchfulness hereunto, such private Entercourses with the Trinity may be experienced.   Now the peculiar Offices of these holy Sequestered Spirits is to look into the Heavenly Records, and to see whose Names are written therein:  And, according to the Knowledge they have obtain’d in the deep things of God, to declare and communicate to such as have a right thereto.  This Eminency will be confer’d upon the Sanctuary-Waiters and Dwellers. 

. 9.  Now the Third Rank and Degree are those that do Love and Believe, and wait for the Kingdom of Christ in his Spiritual Appearance;  but are not under such an Obligation for such a constant Severation, from all worldly Commerce and Business:  but as they stand Circumstanced in just Callings, Imployments, and Business, and in Relative Tyes, found they shall be, governing all Temporal Affairs and Matters with a Spiritual Mind;  these shall not fail to be partakers also of the good things that in store reserved are, for such as so use and manage all things that Terrestrial be, only to serve, and not infringe, what may be their Portion in Spirituals and Eternals.   These are to be considered as the holy People, that were praying without in the Temple, while Zacharias was in the inward and most holy Place, offering up the Flaming Incense, to mingle with their Prayers that were without.    So this advantage the forementioned have, like Zacharias, to recommend and offer to God, and be Messengers to bring down the Mind of God as the Prophets did of old to the People.   This is much higher to be prefer’d, because they have an immediate Access and Freedom, to confer with Christ their Head and Soveraign King.   But is is hoped and expected as the high order of Nazarite Spirits shall shine forth lustrously, with the Marks and Signs wherein the Name of God may be legibly read in the visible part, as it hath been before privately concealed in the Heart:  So from this outward Court and Form of Religious Worship, a Call there may be to this more Inward and Spiritual Ministration.   Which will not be denied to those that are earnest seekers for it, by putting themselves into a meet habit and disposition of Mind, so spiritual, as they may receive yet more abundantly of that Unction, which may make them Kingly Priests, and Divine Seers, as standing Oracles to give forth the Counsel and Mind of God.    

. 10.  Who would not now come out of all Terrestrial Worldly-mindedness on one hand;  and on the other, out of the Painted Forms and outside Appearances of a Religious Profession;   for to find admission into this most Holy separated Court, wherein the Glory of the Tri-une Majesty will fill the Place, and Temple of the Heart?

. 11.  Now to you lastly I address, Dear and worthy Saints, who inclined, and fully bent in your Minds hereunto be:  Go ye on to pursue, and you will not fail to obtain the weighty and precious Treasures, which the Everlasting Mountains shall to you bring forth;  the which opened and unsealed for you shall be by the Holy Ghost.   Unto whose Teachings and Openings, I shall still offer, and commend you.   And what in this ensuing Little Volume you either have, or may have (thro’ the Key of Wisdom) further unlocked to you;   a numerous Blessing of Increase may it prove accordingly.   This Concluding Word I shall only leave with you, to peruse and ponder well the Twelve Gates of Wisdom:  that as you read it in the Outward Letter, the Spirit (which is the Kernel and Life) may your true Meat and Feeding be:  And so passing from Gate to Gate, you will the unsearchable and weighty Treasures of Wisdom therein meet:   And so come forth Richly Laden with her Merchandize, to give forth and enrich others therewithal;  while you more than enough in your selves shall still possess.   [Margin Note: But moreover in the Passing thro’ these Sophical Gates, ye ought more specially to try and examine your selves by the Standard of the Sanctuary, that is here laid down;  to the end  that every one may see and discern which of the Three Orders of the Holy Priesthood he stands related to:  which therefore are in this Edition more distinctly represented, than in the Former, for a Glass and Mirror to all Wisdom’s Children.]     I shall cease now from any other Motive, than what you have here presented obvious to your inward Eye.   And so in the mutual Love, Peace, Purity and Joy of HIM, who is our Everlasting Head and Fountain-spring, I rest and desire to remain no longer in Time, than to be serviceable to my Fellow Members, in what relates to the Deep Things of Eternity.

Yours,

J.  LEAD.


P R O P O S I T I O N S
Needful to be Consider’d by
them that would read with
Profit this Book of the
Revelation of Revelations.

I.   THere is a Mystical and Magical Sense of St. John’s Revelations, as well as a Literal and Ecclesiastical.

II.   It is called Mystical, as it relates to the Hidden Mystery of God in the Soul:  and it is called Magical as it relates to the Knowing and Setting on Work the Forms of Nature by the Holy Ghost.

III.   Which Sense is not Penetrable by Human Reason;  but only by the Divine Spirit in Man.

IV.  This Divine Spirit is Universal;  and Subsists in every Man:  but is in many, not only Obstructed, but even perfectly Hidden.

V.   The Cause of this Obstruction and Hiding is the Aversion of the Will of Man from the Will of God:  and the Removal therefore thereof is the Conversion of That Will into This.

VI.   The Conversion of the Will of Man into the Will of God is not Instantaneous;  but by a Gradual Process.

VII.   This Process is made through all the Forms of Nature, and through all the Divine Spirits, or Divine Forms.

VIII.   These Forms of Nature, and these Spirits of God are Seven:  which Natural and Divine Septenary is a Manifestation of the Trinity, as the Trinity is of the Unity.

IX.   This Manifestation of the Divine Ternary, or Trinity, in the Septenary, both Natural and Divine, or in Nature and Grace, is from the Center, which is Quaternary.

X.   The Divine Quaternary is the number of the New Jerusalem (therefore represented as Four-square) or of the Angelical World:  which is the Divine Bride, and the Mother of all that are Regenerated after the Spirit Angelically.  [Rev.   21.2   Gal. 4.26]

XI.   In every Human Soul this Quaternary, or Center, is to be found;  as standing in the Midst betwixt the two Principles of Darkness and Light; and from thence begins the Manifestation of the Spirit in Light.

XII.   This Manifestation, or Emanation, of the Spirit of the Soul in Light, is made in the Blessed Quinary, or the Holy fifth Number of Christ JESUS, who is the Light of the World.

XIII.   The Quinary reveals the Souls under the Altar, receiving from God their White Virgin Robes:  but who are not yet perfected; and therefore are to wait for a Little Season.

XIV.   The Altar is the Cross; the Souls under the Altar, the Souls under the Cross, or those that are Crucified with Jesus:  These having passed the Mystick Death in the Fourth Central Number, where the Light is generated from the Cross, begin to Arise in the next Holy Number, till at length they attain the Sabbath of their Rest in the Seventh;  in which the Divine Spirit is fully Manifested, and the Soul fully Perfected.

XV.   The Souls Perfection is in the full Manifestation of the Divine Spirit, in every Form and Property thereof, thro a real Formation and Generation of Christ within the same, as the True Life and Light of the Soul.

XVI.   Every Human Soul is a Spiritual Substance having just Seven Forms, neither more, nor less;  for the Imaging forth therein of the Divine Nature in Trinity:  and when all these are perfected, then is the Tri-une Image perfectly restored, and the Kingdom of Heaven made manifest in the Soul.

XVII.   The Seven Seals are the Seven Forms of Nature in the Soul;  and are the Seven Spirits which belong to the Father, as considerd without the Son, that is, to the Power of God in his Anger and Severity.

XVIII.   As the Seven Seals are the Fathers Nature, so the Seven Candlesticks are the Son’s.

XIX.   The Soul being Sealed up in the Justice of God, under the Seven Seals, there is none able to break open these Seals, and to enkindle Light in the Soul, which may overcome Death; but the LAMB that was Slain, and is Alive.

XX.   As the Seals obstruct the Manifestation of Christs Kingdom in the Soul, and in the Church: so the Opening of them by the Lamb is the Revelation of his Kingdom, and of the Angelical World; which cannot be without his generating the Soul, in, and thro himself, into the Light.

XXI.   The new Generation of the Soul is a Passing out of Darkness into Light; thro the power of the Lamb raising up Himself therein;  and redeeming it from the Wrathful Source of Nature, in its dark and fiery Properties.

XXII.   This Internal Resurrection and Redemption brings the Spirit of the Soul, through all the Seals of Nature, into the very Substantiality of Christs Universal Body, the Principle and Center of Light Eternal, where Wisdom reigns in the Wonders of God.

XXIII.   The Regenerated Spirit draws after it the Soul, and that also draws the Body; without which it cannot be perfected:  And so the Soul is cloathed upon with the Heavenly Body of the Inward Christ.

XXIV.   This Inward Christ, or Christ Formed within, is the New Creature: and is One with Jesus Christ sitting in the Heavenly Places at the right hand of the Father;  being Spirit of his Spirit, and Flesh of his Flesh.

XXV.   Thus the Saints are One Body in Him; and He is this Body in God:  they enter into His Humanity; and he becomes Man in them.

XXVI.   By this New Generation, or new Birth of Spirit, Soul, and Body; is the New Man Perfected in Christ;  and reigns with Christ, in the New Garment of his Body, compleatly put on by virtue of the Seventh Seal broken up, in the Lambs Nature.

XXVII.   The Seventh Seal Opend, shews the Holy Temple of God: in which are the Seven Candlesticks or the Seven Lights of Christ in the Soul.

XXVIII.   The two Apocalyptical Seas, which are the Fountains and Seats of two contrary Principalities, are the Seventh Seal considerd either as Shut or Open’d.

XXIX.   The Seventh Seal considerd as Shut, is the Fountain and Seat of the Antichristian Beast; arising out of the Sea of Corrupt Nature, or the Properties and Forms of Nature in their Impure State.

XXX.   The Seventh Seal Open’d is the Fountain and Seat of the Peaceable Lamb-like Kingdom, and the Throne of Christ in the Soul, as standing upon the Sea of Uncorrupt Nature, or the Properties and Forms of Nature in their Pure State, and fully Harmonizd.

XXXI.   The Glassy Sea is the Seventh Spirit of the Eternal Incorruptible Nature, in which is the joy and delight of the Divine Majesty;  wherein the blessed Trinity triumphantly manifests it self, and beholds the true Angelical World, with the Holy Harpers of God.

XXXII.   This Sea is the Water-Spirit, and the Water-Stone of the Wise:  It is as the very Substance and Corporeity of the Divine Nature, and Compaction of all the Eternal Divine Powers, Properties and Forms:  And herein are the burning Lamps of Love Revealed; which are the Seven Spirits of the Lamb.

XXXIII.   The Conquerors that stand upon this Sea, are such as in whom all the Seven Seals have been broken up, all the Seven Holy Lights of Christ have been Unseald, and all the Angelical Thunders have been heard to utter their Voices;  whereby there is such a Perfect Conversion gradually wrought out, of the Human Will into the Divine Will, as they being fully Passive to every Divine Influence and Motion, in the Harmony of the Angelical World, are made as it were the Harps of God.

XXXIV.   The Process of this Conversion and Transportation is thro the Mystical Death and Annihilation which is comprehended under the Seven Seals being only consummated under the Seventh, or Last.

XXXV.   The Process of the Mystical Death properly consists in a Sevenfold Purification and Refining, according to the Number and Order of the Seals.   Yet chiefly herein are the Four First concernd.

XXXVI.   The Process of the Mystic Resurrection, and the First Resurrection, (which follows immediately hereupon) and of the Manifestation of it, is to be lookd for under the Mystery of the Seven Thunders.

XXXVII.   The Ladder of Mystical Ascension, which is a True Manuduction to the Divine Magick, is set forth according to the Gates of the New Jerusalem;  which are supposed to be Successive.

XXXVIII.   The Glorification, or Descension, is the New Jerusalem it self:  that is, such a State actually Introduced into the Soul, as may answer to the Pattern of that City descending from GOD, in a full Consummation of the Divine Nuptials.

XXXIX.   In this Consummation of the Nuptials betwixt Christ and the Soul the true Divine Magick breaks forth, by the Souls Unipotency with Him; whereby all Natures Secret Forms are set on work from the Holy Ghost.

XL.   The Angels of the Revelations are the Angels of Time; being Consummated after this Manner:  Who are all Magicians of the Holy Ghost, and the Anointed Priests of the Third and Highest Order; which is called the Order of Melchizedeck.

 

 



C   O  N  T  E  N  T  S .

THE   Introduction.  The Motive of Publication.

Chap. I.   The Preparatory Work of the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles Waiting at Jerusalem.  The Great difficulty of this Waiting.  Means to attain Peace and Uniformity of Spirit.   The Ministration of the Fire of the Holy Ghost exemplified.  Its Effects.   The South and North Wind.

Chap. II.   A Visitation from Christ.  His Mediatorial Office Internal  as well as External.  The Return of the Soul to the Heavenly Unity and Simplicity.  The Vision of the New Jerusalem.  A Prophecy concerning its Foundation.  Another Visional Manifestation, shewing the Manner of its Descent on the Earth.

Chap. III.   A Discovery concerning the Natives of the New Jerusalem.   The Pure Originality of Mankind.   The Universal Restitution of the whole Human Race.    The Universality and Divine Decree in Adam.   Gods General and Radical Election.   His Particular and Priestly Election:  and the more Eminent Grace and Glory of the First-born Elect.

Chap. IV.   An Appearance of the True Purgatory.   The Call and Admonition of Christ.    The Ghostly Overshadowing.   The Garment of the Sun.    The Central Flame in the Soul.   The Royal Decree for the Reduction of the Exiles.   An Objection concerning the distinct fulfilling of it Removd.

Chap. V.   The Mystical Opening of the First,  Second,  Third,  Fourth,  Fifth,   and Sixth Seals;  with some Particular Experiences of the Author concerning each.

Chap. VI.   The Mystery of the Trumpets Synchronizing with the Seals.   The Sixth Trumpet Particularly Applied.   A Divine Admonition and Encouragement.   The Six Engagements, and Overcomings.

Chap. VII.   The Mystical Interpretation of the Two Seas, mentioned Rev. xv. 2. and xiii.1.

Chap. VIII.    The Mystical Opening of the Seventh Seal.   The Preparation to it in the Soul.   The several Admonitions, in this Process, given as from the Person of Christ.

Chap. IX.   The voices of the Seven Thunders Internally.   The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks under the 4th Thunder.   And of the Signal of the Lambs Bride under the 6th.

Verses upon the Mystical Opening of the Thunders.

The Same by Another Hand, with some Variation.

Chap. X.   The Thousand Years Reign of Christ.   An Awakening Call from his Spirit.    Some Particulars concerning the Persons fitted for This Reign.    Concerning the manner of its Introduction.   An Objection about it cleard.   The Time of its Commencing.   Signs of it:  and the Safest Method of Calculation.   A Divine Excitement.

Chap. XI.   A Spiritual Communication with Christ, concerning the Entrance of his Kingdom.   A Transportation in Spirit:  and an Incorporation with the Blessed Society.    An Introduction to the Seven Divine Properties.

Chap. XII.   A Description of the Seven Properties of the Holy Ghost which usher in the Kingdom of Christ.   1. Of the Light of Prophesy.   2. Of the Fiery Mantle of the Elijah.   3. Of the Magical Body.   4. Of the Triumphant Majesty.   5. Of the Angelical harmony of Love.   6. Of the Riches of Faith: and its inherent Omnipotency.   7. Of the Life of Praise. With some Particular and Seasonable Monitions.

Chap. XIII.    The Preparation of the Personal Reign of Christ.   The Wedding-Garment.  The Personating of Christ in his Saints.   The Extensiveness of their Commission.

Chap. XIV.   An Answer to a Query, where this Government shall begin to be fixd.   A Prophesy concerning Judah.   The Rending down of the Partition Wall Interpreted.

Chap. XV.   The Mystical Interpretation of Rev. xii.   The Heavenly Woman, and her Seed.   Wisdom is a Virgin.  Is Male and Female.  Is of Eternal Origination.   Is the Universal Manifestatrix of all Things.    A Description of the Nativity, Nature and Alliance of Wisdom.   The War of the Dragon.   The Flight into the Wilderness.

Chap. XVI.   A Further Manifestation of the Mystery of  Divine Wisdom, as under a Female Appearance.    Divine Generation and Regeneration.   The Five Organical Faculties;   being the Five First Gates of Wisdom.

Chap. XVII.    The Seven remaining  Gates of Wisdom Interpreted.   The 1st Gate of Renunciation of the World; and the Office of the Angel of this Gate.    The 2d Gate, calld the Wrestling Gate; and the Office of its Angel.   The 3d, the Gate of Translation; and the Feast of Sophia.   The 4th, or the Bountiful Gate describd.   The 5th, being that of Wisdom’s Factory.   The 6th, the Transferring Gate; and the First Matter of the Holy Magia.   The 7th, the Gate of Projection; and the Manner and Effects of its Operation.

V E R S E S upon the Twelve Gates of Wisdom.

The same Paraphrasd by a Friend of the Author.

Chap. XVIII.   A Further Manifestation concerning the Ground of the Divine Magick;  and particularly of the Magical Eye.   Rules for the Attainment of it.

Chap. XIX.   The Principles of this Holy Magick more fully Reveald;  with the Resolution of some Difficulties concerning it.   Its Subject, and Object Stated.   The Ends of it.

Chap. XX.   An Invitation into the School of Pentecost, to learn this Magical Philosophy.    With a Prophesy concerning It.

Chap. XXI.   An Experimental Manifestation concerning the Sea of Glass, Rev.  xv. 2.    The Internal Mystery of it in the Soul decipherd.   The Union of Light and Love.

Chap. XXII.    The Holy Convocation.   A Prophesy concerning the Reign of God by Urim and Thummim.   The Total Alteration of all External Constitutions.   Some needful Cautions to the Waiters for this new Constitution.

Chap. XXIII.    Openings of the Love-Kingdom.   The Introduction into it.    The Grounds of the Authors Certainty.   The Super-eminence of Divine Charity.   The Flame of the Holy Ghost how Sensibly and Bodily to be felt.   The Body of Love.   An Objection Answerd.

Chap. XXIV.   A more Particular Explication of the Nature of this Kingdom;  with a Perswasive to press after it.   A Seasonable Reflection on the Apostolical Dispensation.

Verses upon Divine Love.

The Same by Another Hand, with some Alteration.

Chap. XXV.   The State of the Priesthood of the Order of Melchizedeck.   The Vision of the Heavenly Tabernacle.

Chap. XXVI.    The Call to this Priesthood, and Election of the Priests.   The Manner and Nature of their Separation to it.   The Lot of their Inheritance.

Chap. XXVII.    The Three Ranks of the Priesthood.   A Description of the First Rank, who are yet in the Purgative Life:   Of the Second that are Arrivd to a State of Divine Illumination:   Of the Third, that are the Real Adeptists of the Holy Ghost.   The Qualification of the 2d and 3d Orders.   Some Difficulties concerning them Resolvd.

Chap. XXVIII.    The Tendency and Offices of this Priesthood.   1. Intercession.   2. Absolution, or the Power of the Keys.    3. Miraculous Acts.  A Search for these Priests.

Chap. XXIX.   A Prophesy concerning a New Disciplehood.

Chap. XXX.   The Manner of Divine Revelation Considerd, as under the New Ministration.   Rules for Preservation against the Mixture of Spirits; and Delusions of Fancy.

Chap. XXXI.    The Security of true Divine Revelation, and the most certain way to attain it.   The Being in the Spirit interpreted.   Some material Cautions:   1. To Disputers and Infidels.   2. To the Initiated of the First Order.   3. To the Illuminated of the Second.

The Conclusion.    1. Prophetical.   2. Invitatory.

APPENDIX.   A Resolution of some Questions sent to the Author while this Book was Reprinting.

 



T H E

R E V E L A T I O N

Of   Revelations.


The  I N T R O D U C T I O N.

IT was in my purpose to have suspended, as yet, any further manifestation of the Revelation that still followed me, and I would have hid the Golden Talent only for an Increase in its own invisible Ground, from whence it open’d at first;   till such time as it might come forth in the multiplying Number of the Holy Spirit, to seal up the Glory of all that had gone before in Vision and Prophecy:  But Christ, with the bright Banner of Glory, stood before me, and said, Keep in Record the Journal of the new raised Life, according to the Profession thou art going on in;  and know that what hath, and is further to be revealed, shall be sealed with a mighty Witness, conquering all Opposition, where ever it shall rise:   Wherefore, go on, and forbear not Writing;   for it shall be as the Unclouding of the present dark Day, and many shall come in at the brightness of its rising, tho it now seems to be under an Eclipse.

Thus was I afresh enkindled from the All-piercing Word of my Lord, who knows for what end he moves me hereunto:  tho I still objected against it, as foreseeing no Passage for such high Mysteries;  nor likelihood of their Reception in that Love which is void of censuring; and therefore would rather have hid these Heavenly Things in their own Centre.   But seeing it hath pleased the Lord to over-rule my Resolution, I shall be obedient to his Word, as believing it may extend to the benefit of some who are known to himself, who will not dis-esteem the preciousness of the Spirit for the Vessels sake: Wherefore, I shall no longer be backward to reveal what is of great weight and importance, as being well assured, that the Lord Jesus will go along with me, till I have fulfilld the Declaration of the whole Mystery.


C H A P.    I.

[Margin Note:  October 26, 1679.]  

I Feel the divine Agent that works mightily in Holy separated Souls and Minds, driving on to make way for what is yet behind, in reference to the manifestation of that Kingdom, which now the Lord is about to restore in his Saints: and therefore gives forth fresh and lively Ideas of it, that pure Minds may be excited to look for its coming in their New Earth and Heavens.   Which are to be garnished as with Purity, so with Dominion and Power, even the rising Body of the Holy Spirit, which must restore all things which have been in Confusion.   Now what goeth before to make ready for this,  [Margin Note: Meaning the Book of the Heavenly Cloud]  hath been already set down by the Golden Pen, which is dipped in the springing Unction:  to which more considerable Revelations are added by Him, who saith, He is come to make all things New;  being ready to give forth the Promise of the Father, in the Ministration of the everlasting Gospel.   I say, the faithful Witness, and Ground of all Mysteries, minded me of his Charge to his Disciples when he was to disappear to the Outward, viz. That they should wait at Jerusalem, the holy City, in Harmony, Concord and Oneness of Mind, with great confidence and love to each other[Margin Note: Acts 1. v.4.]    A deeper search the holy One doth make in them, who in this last Age are waiting to be endowed with the full acting Body of the Deity:  which will be manifested in a different manner, than in the days of the Apostles, that being by way of Gift, coming down as a Shower;  but now those who shall be endowed with this signal Blessing, must have it by way of a Birth in them.   The Apostles were to wait at Jerusalem, which was a Figure of the Principle of Light, where all Natures and Properties are harmoniz’d into an equal Temperature, all Faculties are spiritualiz’d and purged from their Drossiness, and so reconciled to each other in a sweet Love-Accord.    It is plainly shewed me, that the holy Spirit will have its Birth in a peaceable Habitation, where the conquering Life of Jesus, by his Dying and Rising, hath first made its way by reconciling the Properties of Nature, and bringing them to a divine Harmony:  by which he reneweth Nature into a soft and sweet Mildness, causing all Contrarieties of Spirit to cease, by subduing it to the Light-Principle.    Wherefore it is but in vain to expect the Establishment of that Kingdom, which the Birth of the holy Spirit will bring to us, till this Thorow Work be wrought, that we may come to Unity in our Selves, and with one Another, which is a very high Perfection.   And truly, from hence I have been informed where the Birth of Power hath stuck, and why so many fruitless Births have been brought forth:   Wherefore, let not our bribed Senses, or the Spirit of Unbelief, so far delude us, to make us believe,  that the Holy Spirit will open its Birth, but according to what hath been by the Lord himself revealed.

But it may be objected, That if the Terms be so hard, it looks as an Impossibility to obtain it, because nothing of the evil Qualities and striving Properties must remain, which are not so quite allayed in any, but may be stirred up again into Motion.   Pray therefore let us know what Provision hath been revealed against this, that it may beget a Hope and Belief in those who are yet in the Division and Strife;  (the Good warring against the Evil, and the Evil against the Good,) being divided betwixt the Night and the Day:   as even the greatest Saints are.

For Answer to this Objection be it known; the Spirit of the Lord hath searched and found out a Cure, which will bring the broken and divided Estate of the first Adamical Birth into Unity, Harmony and pure Liberty.   I shall, as I am able, bring it forth in the same Model it was given to me, for a true seeing Glass;  by which I was directed to fathom the deepest Ground of my eternal Soul:  and to find out its true Essential Properties, as they were derived from the unmixed Purity of the one pure Element.   This pure Eternal Living Soul, thus breathed by God, into an Angelical Image, and formed into an Organical Body from the one pure Element, was to be seen in the first Paradisical Man: But when Lucifer prevailed by darting in his Hellish Fire, it left such a Sting, which hath poysoned all the inward Essences of  every Immortal part;  and therefore the Wound is found so deep, that no Medicine can be found to reach it but Christ, the in-breathed Word:  who only can reach the Soul’s original Ground and being the Creating Fiat can alone make all New again,  according to the highest Uniformity of the express Deity. [Margin Note:  Ephes. 1. v.10.]   And this cometh first to be known in a fiery Ray of Love-Light, that discovers where the Root of Sin doth lie;  and so when the Spirit of the Soul comes, by the Word of Life, to understand its own Original;  and by what Means it hath been corrupted and captivated, it is made full-willing and eager to strike in with that Christ, which riseth from the Centre-Light in its own Soul, to redeem and reconcile all to himself, that was alienated from him in the Birth of Strife.    Thus Christ in us, is our Peace indeed, who hath made of both and all, one New Creature;  having abolished the Law of Enmity, blotting and rooting out Sin, by the same degrees as his own righteous Nature enters in, which restores all peaceable Concord.   So that the Spirit, who is made Partaker of this Gift of God, hath put on Royal Liberty:  and being clothed with Christs Essential Body, finds itself unloaded of all Sinful Weights, and moves swiftly in the Circle of Light, and runs its Races through the unknown Spaces and Christalline Sphears;  where other Worlds do appear, with all their Glorious Objects, Ranks, and Orders.   Which must needs make this World look base and vile to a Soul that is come naked and free out of the original Womb;  as begotten again from the Dead, rising in a perfect clarified Body of Light, and being quite recovered from that desperate lapsed State that would have sunk the Soul into everlasting Death.  

Thus you see by what Means the disagreeing Properties of Nature may come to be harmoniz’d, as in the beginning:   God must become Man, and by his consuming fiery Property destroy original Sin;  which is the first Engine that moves the Wheel of Strife and Division in the Soul:  which Fire is Gods choice Instrument, when set and turned by his hand, who gave it a Being out of *Eternal Nature, into which it must be dissolved again, that it may be a meet Instrument for the Holy Spirit to play such Tunes, and Triumphant Sounds, and teach such new Lessons, as have not hitherto been understood.  [Margin Note: *What is here to be understood by Eternal Nature, and how to be taken in a sound Sense, may be seen at large in an Admirable Piece, called Theological Mystica, or the Mystick Divinity of the Eternal Invisibles, by J.P. MD. Printed in 8ov. Anno 1683. the very same Year with the First Edition of This: but a little sooner.]   All which shall be made good when the Soul shall be brought forth as a well tuned Instrument, new strung & qualified, in the deified Man;   wherein the Holy Spirit moves every Property, according to the Central Wheel, in its new begotten Form:  which is set free to run its Races in the Sphere of Light, where weak Mortality, with its sinful Essences are out-run and left behind in the Fall.   Let not this seem strange, or impossible;  for in the Deep a Means is found for the bringing forth of this long buried Seed, which hath long waited to arise in its original Body of essential Perfection and harmoniz’d Powers, that it may appear that God is come to move and shew himself in the Covenant of his Love, according to the Preordination, in the Heart of Christ; for by him we do obtain this Resurrection, in order to all the following Glories, which the holy Spirit will bring with him: Even so Amen.

[Margin Note: November 15, 1679.]

This Instruction being so immediately from the Lord, carried great Weight with it, and made me resolve to wait upon the working Power in my inward Deep, for the reducing of every divided Property to Unity;  for I was fully convinced that this Uniformity must be the Temple in which the holy Spirit will appear, for the bringing of all working Powers to a Heavenly Consort, and Agreement:   I sat upon this day by day;  and as I found great drivings thereunto from the South Wind of Heaven, so strong Storms were raised from the North, with roaring Seas that lifted up their Waves to scatter and make void this holy Enterprize, by injecting divers Temptations that such a thing as this could not hold or abide, but would have its Overturnings and Changes:  For that nothing less than a God can always be in an equal Temperature;  and that this was rather the full Effect of the holy Spirits coming, than a Preparation for it.   Thus was I puzzled and tossed to and fro in my Mind, as if I were put upon That which should never be brought about, or carried through to the desired End.   But the Lords Word was mighty and powerful to press me forward to this sweet and well ordered Composure of Mind, to abide in an equal Temperature;  notwithstanding all that might come in to discourage me, whether from these visible things, or from the dark Principality:  which is much more hurtful, in regard that they, as Spirits, can shoot in their Darts before we are aware.   So that this hath been my watchful Exercise for some days, to resist what would have done Violence to That, which in Concord and Peace, would ever unshaken remain.


C H A P.    II.

[Margin Note:  November 16, 1679.]  

T H E  Holy One, according to his friendly way and manner of Visitation, did after all this, exceedingly comfort and strengthen me to maintain his right of Conquest, over all that which yet is left to vex, and awaken Anxiousness, or any Fear or Turmoil in the Soul.   My Jesus thus spake, Consider, and know thou art to hold fast what I have purchased by the fore-passed Death in thee, as having assumed that Body of Sin to offer it up for a consuming Sacrifice, once for all, as was shewed in the Type of the Visible Body;  which is now done again in the Invisible. [Margin Note: Rom. 6.14.]  So that you are to reckon and account your Sins virtually done away;  they can claim no Law either to Arraign or Condemn:  Look upon all Motions of this kind to be at the check of the Spirit, who hath again quickened the Dead, and will no more give way to That which came into the flesh for to Destroy.    And therefore let none pretend a necessity of continuing in That which hath brought in Confusion and Disagreement;  seeing a Redeeming Spirit is come down to renew, and gather in the lost again to the divine Being, from whence they did proceed at first, pure as God is pure: To which degree of Perfection that we may be restored again, is the end of Christs Mediatorial Office, not only Without, but Within us;  where the Body of Sin hath been yielded up for an Offering.   This confirming Word, Christ the Lord, who is rising, left with me, for them who have been in the Death with him;   that we henceforth may know our selves in him to be acquitted, and released from all Claims, which the evil Powers and Properties can make for upholding that Kingdom where the Beast’s Throne is, which consists of Envy, Wrath & Strife;    from all which, by an Eternal Decree of the Lord JEHOVAH, you are set free, and brought into the Harmony of that Kingdom, where the springing Joy, from the Peace of God doth run as a River that hath its Division through all the Properties, for to bring them to the Heavenly Unity:  whereby the Creature is set free from the Bondage of Sin, and a Wayfaring Life, according to the Pattern seen in the Mount of Vision, to which my Spirit hath been oft taken up, to see the wonderful Plat-form of the New-Jerusalem.   Which as the Day of God did break more clear, so it became more obvious.

 

The Vision of the New-Jerusalem.

THE  Lord took me away from my mortal Part, and shewed me the Situation of this great Glory, [Margin Note: Rev. 21. v. 10.]  and said, Behold, and see the Pattern of the Heavenly Houses and Mansions, which make up the New-Jerusalem, where the Glory of the One only God doth fill all with the Essential Light and Splendor of his divine Goodness. I shall, as I am able, describe what I did see in the Heavens of this Mother-City (for so it was named to me) who is to bring forth Her first and free-born to replenish the New Earth and Heavens.   It appeared as a City founded upon one square Stone, whose Dimensions were very large;  It was all paved with light flaming Colours, appearing like so many various sparkling Stones, inlaid on the great Foundation Stone, which gave forth a Luster, as if so many bright Suns had been there:  Towards the Verge or out-side of this square Stone were seen many Seraphick Bodies, wreathing Arm in Arm, and several rows of various Spiritual Forms, of different Ranks and Stature: These Rows appeared like the Stories of a Building, which were carried up higher and higher in a square Figure, till it was wonderful high;  and upon the Heads of the most inward glorified Bodies, a Covering was spread by one more Diaphanous, and of greater splendor than all the rest;  the Height of his Person was higher by the head than all the other;  who called to me, out of this most glorious Building, “To take good heed of all I had seen, for it had a further Meaning, which I was to have revealed, when driven by the Spirit into the Light-Mystery, where all deep things do open.”  Oh my dear Lord!  be thou an All-springing Testimony Within, [and from this New-Jerusalem.]

[Margin Note:  November 24, 1679.]

My Spirit being drawn out for a further Inquiry concerning this New-Jerusalem state, what the Appearance of it to us did signifie for this present Time?   the Foundation-Stone thereof gave forth this Word, That such a City the mighty Cyrus would himself be the Founder of, upon the visible Stage of this World, altho’ there be little appearance of it, as yet;   because Elect Stones are at present lying amongst the Rubbish of Confusion;   who in due time are to be linked together, to make up a strong City of Defense:   Through the Gates of which no unclean Vessel shall pass, nor whatsoever is Lame or Blemished, according as was seen in the Pattern.   This the Lord will effect by his Might and Spirit, and establish this City on Mount-Zion:  at which the whole World shall Tremble.

[Margin Note:  November 25, 1679.]

Whilst the Lord was communing with me about this Heavenly City, I saw it descend, and cover the whole Earth;  and all those who were not prepared to enter, and who could claim no Birth-right-freedom in this Mother-City, did flee away by Multitudes, Heaps upon Heaps;  to hide themselves from the bright Splendor of the divine Body, with the Anointed Head in the midst of it.   The Glory was so great, that we can only give an Eclipsed account of what was seen.   But as the Descent of this Magnificence did terrifie, and cause above three parts of the World to flee away, as having an irreconcileable Enmity to Spirits and Bodies of such Purity;   so on the other hand, I saw a Numerous Company gathered to it, from all Quarters;   the Trumpet-shout of Jerusalem’s great King calling them in from all Parts, they were all the first-born of this Mother-City, who well knows her own;  calling them by that Name, which is impressed upon them in flaming Characters of Love.   Multitudes of this kind encompassed the Holy City;  but few were admitted to the Seraphick Wreath:   even those only who had put on the Glorified Body.   Whereupon I asked, Why those who were Calld, and had the Name of the Heavenly City upon them, were not received in?   And the Lord said, That those who were taken into the Glory, had finished their inward Transformation, to the utmost Perfection, waiting only for the Consummation of the Nuptial Glory;  but that the rest, tho’ far gone in true Regeneration, could not be admitted until their Redemption were perfectly wrought out:  to the end that no flaw may be found in the Stones that are to constitute this divine Building;  but as any shall arrive to this degree of Perfection, so this City shall descend and take them in.   So it drew up out of sight.


C H A P.    III.

[Margin Note:  November 28, 1679.]  

HEreupon followed a further discovery, to let me know the Royal Freedom of the spiritual Seed proceeding from the New-Jerusalem, as the Virgin-Bride of God;  who tho come down into this visible Birth of Time, yet was before all Time, in the Substantiality of spiritual Essence:  by whom the renewed fruitfulness of this free Birth shall in this last Age of the World be made manifest.    Which was the joyful Message which sounded in my Heavens;  with what is further to be declared for our Consolation.   It was thus laid before me, That the Jerusalem from above hath been these many Ages travelling {travailing} to bring forth her first and free-born, according to that divine Likeness, whose Descent is not to be found within the verge of Time.   For here the Gate of Gods Deep hath been opend, to let us in to see the wonderful Mystery, that was fore-ordained to work through all the Vicissitudes of Time, since the first Creation.   Now then let us consider what the first Plant of Paradise was, from whence we are all sprung;  it was but a Flower from the Earth; For out of the Dust of the Earth the Lord God created Man, and breathed into his Nostrils the Breath of Life, and Man became a living Soul;  which was pure, as immediately proceeding from the most Holy.   But how soon did this Glory fade and return to Earth again?   Whereas if he had kept his first Estate, he would have been advanced to higher degrees of Perfection, and become fruitful in Gods Virgin off-spring.  

All which Design for a limited time was overturned, but the Foundation of God’s Election stood so firm in the Essentiality of the out-breathed Word (which was the Light of Adam’s Life in the Center of Immortality) that the same Word will restore ALL again, according to the first gracious Intent of the wise Creator:  whose purposed Grace shall renew the face of ALL things, that have been marred in the first Adamical Image.   But tho so desperate a Fall hath overtaken the Whole Creation, yet is it but as the fading, or cropping, of a Flower;   whose eternal ROOT remaining, will put forth and spring a-fresh in a more glorious Beauty and Figure, than the first ever had.   For tho’ by one Man's Disobedience all are made subject to Death and the Curse, [Margin Note: Rom. 5. v.12; Gen. 3. v. 6]  (which is the bruising of the Heel) yet the Head-Life remains, which will recover, raise and make ALL sound again;  for in this promised Seed the faded Life will be quickened, according to the Election of Him, who will hereby more Eminently make known the Riches of his Grace and Glory, in his Vessels prepared thereunto.    For tho there be in all Men an Holy Seed remaining, whereby they are in a possibility of recovery;  yet because all have not an Heart to improve this Talent, it continues an unprofitable dead Seed to many;   notwithstanding All are calld, To take of the Water of Life freely, [Margin Note: Isa. 55. v.1.]  that by its quickening Virtue the buried Seed may be raised to a new Life, in a Body of its own kind:  Which Seed through many Deaths does renew its never-fading Flower of Life, for a higher degree of Glory in the New Jerusalem-State of Fixation.   Now from what hath been said, we are informed, that there is an Elect Number which is to make up the New Jerusalem-Bride, here upon Earth, who shall finish the Mystery of the Seventh Seal, and be all-instated in that Kingdom, which the Alpha and Omega hath designed for his Virgin-Bride, before ever Paradise, or This World were.   And that I might know that this design, and unchangeable purpose of God is still going on, there was shewed me a clear White Stone, in which were engraven numberless Names;  all ordained to make up the Glory of this City of God, which shall be the Praise and Admiration of the Heavens, and a dread and amazement to the Earth;   for the Revelation of it will bring a Wo upon them, who have no part in it.    This the Lord himself did signifie, saying, Henceforth know your Free-Birth, Name and Place in this City:  and be not fearful or unbelieving, but travel on in the assured Hope, that shall not be made ashamed;  for the everlasting Father hath prepared for you this City, of which I am the Builder in you.


C H A P.    IV.

[Margin Note:  December, about the Beginning, 1679.]

THE Hand of the Lord was strong upon me still, and took me up into a high and lofty Place, where I saw a burning Furnace, which appeared all Blue like the airy Clouds, and the Lord walking in it to and fro, who said, See whether thou canst make thy Pass to me, and abide in this pure everlasting burning Region, which is the Spirit’s purging Fire, that will devour whatsoever is not of the same Essentiality with me.   Upon which I replied, Ah! my Lord, I am free to make my Pass to thee, but how shall I get rid of this Body?   I would fain exist in that pure Essence with thee, where nothing of this lump of Earth might prevent my constant Walks in those high Places with thee, whose presence will make these outward Elements to flee away from the superior Spirit.   The Holy One replied, Be not troubled at thy Binding Mortality, for I will descend in this fiery Cloud into thee as a baptizing Fire, which shall take away the gross Impurities of the Senses, that thou mayst be clarified, in order to thy Codeification, which will manifest the out-spreading Name of thy Emmanuel, whereby thou shalt receive Power to ascend through Fire and Air, and continue that all-desirable freedom of Communion with the holy Trinity: And though none in a Body of Flesh and Sin can come up to me, yet Grace, Pity and Love do move to descend in the Spirit’s flaming Cloud to make the way free, that such may have a Pass, who account no Place their Rest or Dwelling besides Me:  Wherefore pursue and watch to drink in of this pure Spirit of Burning, which shall clear and take out of the way whatsoever hath kept from ascending into the Holy City.   Whilst these Words were spoken from the Anointing, I felt a sensible rising and spreading over all my Heart, Head and Body, as if all were covered with a Cloud of Sun-heat, giving out Light, by which I could see what was inwardly done, as well as feel it.   Then it was further spoke to me, that I should take notice that this was also the bright Garment of the Sun.    Such is the Nature of this secret flaming Matter, that it feeds, strengthens and clarifies a naked Spirit all at once.   Then was I inquisitive to know the Substance or Ground of it, but it was replyed; Meddle thou not with that, only receive it passively:  and Co-operate with it when it ariseth, and then walk with, and draw in the feeding Fire and Air:  and when it resteth in its own place, rest thou with it;  and be assured it will not leave thee, till it have concentred thee in the Deity.

This light flaming Cloud encompassing me, gave this further Revelation, to shew what the Holy One is about to do, in order to the laying of the Foundation of this strong City, in which the mighty God will pitch his Tabernacle, and settle his Rest forever.   Many Types, Images and foregoing Figures of this Jerusalem have been given through the several Ages of the World;   but the Heavenly Thing it self hath not been brought forth, as now it will be;   because the set time approacheth:  For the trying burning Furnace is enkindled, and the Wind of the Almighty forcibly blows up the Flames thereof in the Center of the Soul of every one, who are the Elect Members of this Holy Corporation.   Now is the time for the Spirit of Burning and Judgment, to prepare each Stone, which is designed for this super-excellent Glory:  No counterfeit Gold, or reprobate Silver can pass through this Furnace;  which is ordained to prove whatsoever comes to be built on this Foundation.   The mighty King sends forth his Decrees to fulfil the ancient Prophecies, concerning the return of the long Captivity of Those, who belong to this Mother-City;  that they may know their Original Freedom, and no longer abide as Captive Exiles among the Babylonians, in Confusion and Reproach.   And what sign will the Lord give for This, but by loosing the last Seal;  under which doth lie the rich Bank, and vast Treasury of Wisdom, Spirit and Power, which shall so vigorously carry on this New-Jerusalem-Building:   that all the Powers which the Dragon and Beast can raise by their Agents, visible and invisible, shall but turn to their Shame and Confusion;  when the Lamb ariseth to open the Seventh Seal.   Under which the most precious things, even that fine transparent Matter lies hid;  that is to be manifested in due time, for the Beautifying of this divine Building.

But here an Objection may arise, and question this revealed Grace, and proclaimed Liberty, to the Children of the Captivity;  who are now called to set upon this Heavenly Building:  which is This; That the time is not yet;  and that the last Seal is not so near breaking open;  and who is it that can give a Sign for a Testimony that this Decree is already gone forth?

To all which the Spirit of Truth gives this Answer, (who best knows what he hath wrought, in order hereunto, in the Central Deep of some Elect Vessels;  who are not to make any out-cry until the Mystery be fully finished in them).   “Know that the time is at hand;  wherefore let none look afar off, or run out from themselves, and neglect their own Vintage at Home:  but regard how near the Grape is to ripeness, which contains the Wine that is to be drunk at the Marriage-Supper of the Lamb.”    Who charges it as a great over-sight upon those that are Regenerate, that they have put this Day afar off, not discerning the Lord’s Body, who is quickened from the dead in them, who are passed from Death with Him, and so are put in Subordinate Commission with the Lamb to break open all those Seals;  which shall make way for the descent of the Holy City.   For what in John’s Revelation is mentioned concerning these things, is very obscure and mystical:   and there is no fathoming of it to the utmost, until the Lord himself come with the Plummet-Line of the Holy Spirit, to measure out the meaning.   Though there are some who have been favoured with this Light of Revelation, by means of which they understand what lies hid under those Allegorical Expressions, and through the opening of the Seals have discovered those rich Jewels:  which were concealed under that dark Covert.   The Opening of which Seals I shall set down in order, according as it was acted in my own Particular;   through my Soul’s waiting with the Lamb’s rising Power, in a particular Experience of my own in the Divine Mystery.


C H A P.    V.

[Margin Note:  The opening of the first Seal.   Rev. 6. v. 1, 2.]   

AT the opening of the first Seal, the Spirit of Faith came forth to encounter with the fearful and unbelieving Spirits, that set before me an Impossibility of ever reaching to a Paradisical Purity and Mount-Zion-DignityAnd I was kept under a great Fear and Perplexity, under the Dominion of Unbelief, until this first Seal was broke open.   For thereupon the strong Lion of the Tribe of Judah set me free to run the Race of Faith unto the end, giving in this Caution, “To take care to be well mounted on this Horse of the Spirit of Faith, and to hold fast to him who rides on it, who hath the conquering Bow in his Hand, to shoot his Arrows into those unbelieving Spirits, that would still keep us in Doubts and Perplexity.”

[Margin Note: The opening of the second Seal.   Rev. 6. v. 3, 4.]   

At the opening of the second Seal, all Peace, Pleasure and Joy were taken away from the Earthly Life, and withal such a Light broke forth, which made me see the vile Abomination of an Earthly state, compared with the Perfection of the Divine Life:  So that now I rejoyc’d in nothing more than to see him who sat upon the Red Horse, slaying with his Sword the Beasts and creeping things of the Earth;  that is, all the moving stirring Essences springing from the original source of Evil, and to find him taking away Peace from the Earthly Life, so that the Earthly Mind is bereft of all Peace, Rest, Content and Satisfaction in all its goings out, whether in Thought, Word or Action.   But how comes this to pass?   Why?   because he that sits on the Red Horse gives a mighty Sword to the Spirit of the Soul, that thereby it may kill and destroy all the Essences of the Earthly Life, in joint-Union with Christ.   Which Sword is nothing else but the Power of the Spirit of Life, which is Christ’s Deity in his Eternal Humanity, now fixed in the Centre of the Soul.   It is Christ’s risen Life in his Saints enabling them to conquer the Essences of the Earthly Life (which is the Beast) in themselves.    Now this taking away of Peace from the Earthly Life, is a blessed Introduction to its final Destruction, which is to follow upon it, according to the intention of the Kingly Redeemer.

[Margin Note:  The opening of the third Seal.   Rev. 6. v. 5, 6.]   

The opening of the third Seal, sheweth Christ, in us, riding on a Black Horse, with a pair of Balances in his Hand, signifying Famine on the Life of the Beast in his Saints, that its day of plenty is passing away, and that its Earthly Essences must be weighed in the Balance of Righteousness.   For the Lamb’s Life rising in his dead and risen Saints, putting them into one Scale, weigheth all their Thoughts, Words, and Actions, in the weight of Perfection;  Christ, the holy One, being in the other, to see whether they be brought into an even Poise with it;  to the end that so all Increase and Plenty might richly abound in the fruitfulness of the Spirit;  from which Heavenly sowing, such a Crop doth spring as may proclaim a Plenty, that may all former exceed;   and thus it will naturally spring in the Soul, which is Even balanced with Christ the Anointed:  And nothing of the Oyl and Wine, which from hence shall proceed, shall ever be hurt or diminished.

[Margin Note:  The opening of the fourth Seal.   Rev. 6. v. 7, 8.]   

At the opening of the fourth Seal, Christ rides in his Saints on a Powerful Horse, whose Name is Conquering Death, and hath Hell following him.   But tho’ this Death looks grim, yet it is such a Death as shall only hurt the fourth part of the Earth:  that is, the evil Principle in the earthly Life, which reigns, and hath the dominion until the Life of Christ be risen in his Saints.   Till which Time the Beast may be permitted to kill the Life of Christ in the Soul with Hunger, Famine, and languishing Death: For it is said, that the Beast shall make War with the Saints, and for a time overcome them;  that is, keep them under by reigning over them in the Worldly Dominion;  which reacheth to their outward Man, as standing in his Elementary Kingdom, where he hath great Power to afflict and famish unto Death, by several Cruelties;  when so far permitted.

[Margin Note:  Particular Experiences concerning this fourth Seal opening.]     But I have experimentally found that the greatest Fury, Hellish Force and Wrath of the Dragon is quelled, subdued, and totally overcome by the Blood, and inlaid Life of the Holy Lamb of God, rising in his powerful Might within me.    Who upon my complaint of the continual Usurpation of the Beast’s Kingdom, hath given assurance that there is a Vial of Wrath preparing to be poured out upon him;  which shall drown his Kingdom in everlasting Perdition:  that he may no longer insult over the sealed Ones of God;  to whom Power shall be given to bind him in everlasting Chains.   For the Lord Omnipotent, in the Life of the Lamb, is coming to reign over all the Beasts of the Earth:  and to exalt Them to a victorious Kingdom, who have been killed and slain with him.

[Margin Note: The opening of the fifth Seal.  Rev. 6. v. 9, 10, 11.]   

The opening of the fifth Seal, discovers the Souls of the slain Saints under the Altar of the Deity and Humanity.   Here the Soul witnesseth Conformity to the Death of the Lamb, and lies as a live burning Coal under his Altar;  and cries incessantly to arise in such Power of Majesty, that it might be able to take Vengeance of those that have killed the just One;   whose Eternal Generation is to be counted from the Virgin-Seed, introduced into Nature.   Who hath lain a long time sealed up in Death:  But as Abel’s Blood did cry for Vengeance, so does the Blood of Jesus cry more strongly in the Souls of them who are dead with Christ.   And the Lord hath expressly assured, that when the rising Incense goeth up from the Altar, from the Soul’s live Coal, it is a sure Testimony that the Resurrection is nigh:  when the naked Soul shall be cloathed with its long white Robe.   And though this hath been a long Rest and Confinement to many;  yet it hath only been permitted that a stronger Cry might ascend:  Even as we see now that John’s long sleeping Prophecy is Now by some strong crying Souls awakened, till all the Seals be made to fly open;  to the end that these Imprisoned Souls in Christ may by their opening, come to be set upon the Throne, where they shall judge the Dragon and the Beast, with all their Adherents, that formerly exercised Cruelty over them unto Death.   Therefore rejoice all ye, who do find the Effects of the fifth Seal opening in your selves:  For by them ye may know the Nearness of the Jerusalem-Kingdom.   Look for its fulfilling in the World Within:   which shall also in due time be fulfilled in the Outward World.

[Margin Note:  The opening of the sixth Seal.   Rev. 6. v. 12. to the end, & chap 7.]    

I proceed now to the opening of the sixth Seal, where the first thing observable, is the great Earthquake, representing the terrible Shakings of the very Foundations of the old Earth;  in which is the original Seed of Sin:  the Hour of whose Judgment is come;  and the Trumpet hath sounded for the dissolving this first Earth and Heavens, that their Place may be no more found;  the Wind of the mighty Spirit blows upon all Flesh, to make it dye and wither.   The Sun of the outward Reason is changed into Blackness, and the Moon of the Senses into Blood, and all the Starry Imaginations drop like untimely Fruit, and every Island and Mountain of strength melteth away;  For there can be no hiding in this Day, a Consumption being determined upon the whole Universe, which hath been under the Beast’s Captivity.   We may call this a blessed Ruin and Undoing, to see a Destruction come upon all that hath kept the Lamb and his Kingdom out.   This causes a great out-cry and perplexity in the Properties of degenerate Nature, where the King of Reason, and the Captains, the Senses, do not know whither to flee from the Face of Him, who is come to make all things New:   which could not be till all of the old Building was broken down, and taken to pieces, where the fretting Leprosie of Sin doth still rise.   The Wisdom of God could no better way contrive, for the laying of a sound and sinless Foundation for the New-Jerusalem, according to this fore-contrived Model:  As by express Word it came unto me, that none could, or ever should come to the opening of the seventh Seal, till all this were fully finished;  and I must give Witness that it is a doing, and it doth not seem grievous, because of what is to succeed and follow, when the next Seal shall be opened.


C H A P.    VI.

[Margin Note: The Mystery of the Trumpets Synchronizing with the Seals:
And in particular of the sixth Trumpet.
]   

THus I have been driven on according to Experience and Revelation, to open the Mystical Meaning of what is Written in the Revelation, according as it is to be fulfilled in Holy and Heaven-born-Saints:  though I also well know, that their opening will cause a terrible Day of Wo to the Rebellious and Unregenerate.    For they who shall then be found in the Beast’s Kingdom, must look to fall and go into Perdition with him;  for as there are inward Vials to be poured forth, so there are outward Vials to be poured forth on the World.   Which I could enlarge upon, but that is not my Commission, being otherwise instigated:   Besides, the Lord shewed me, that to every Seal there is an Eye opens within, which is therefore called upon to look Inward, where the great Mystery is to be opened.   And as every Seal hath its Eye, so the Ear hath its sounding Horn, which is filled with Holy Oyl, which makes Kings and Priests in God’s Tabernacle.    These are the Trumpets that give the most certain sound for Time to end, and the everlasting Kingdom of the Alpha and Omega to begin, in that Soul when the sixth Trumpet shall sound:  Upon which follows the loosing of those Angels that have been bound, who are to fight the Lamb’s Battle, and to revenge his Quarrel.   For the great and last War will be upon this sixth Seal’s opening;   and the Lord did testifie it would be such, as in no fore-going Seal had been known.   But he said withal, I am the Lord strong and mighty, who will prevail, and wholly overturn the Kingdom of the Dragon and Beast:  Continue thou, whilst I am doing this in the most holy secret of my Being, where the constant Mediatorship and Offerings may go on, as the strength of an Army that shall all overcome, through the burning Incense that is mingled by the Angel, whose place is to stand always at the Altar;  no hurt or suffering by all this Conflagration, shall touch the Jewel that lies hid in my Deity, that would shine forth again in the Body of its Native Virginity, as before time was;  wherefore suffer thou all this Violence on thy Elementary part, as knowing that it will not at all disturb the inward Temple-Worship and Communion of the pure Spirit.   But now, as of old time, in the first elect Church and People, God was ministered to, and worshipped in a dark, formal, mixed manner, going up and down in a moveable Tabernacle, till Solomon’s day where the Typical Temple, which was to be filled with the Glory, was built:  Even so since the time of the Son of Man’s offering up himself, the holy One hath walked in Clouds, and hath been worshipped after an imperfect rate, and therefore he hath prepared a burning flaming Day for all his Vessels to pass through, to know whether they be Sanctuary proof or no.   For the Lord is carrying on a pure Jerusalem-Worship in truth, and substantiality:   Rejoyce all ye, who shall stand the tryal of this sixth Seal, in order to it.

Now according to this divine Interpretation of the six Seals, we may know how near the end of Time, and the passing away of the old Heavens and Earth in our selves are;  for that it is we are to look to, at every Seals opening:   For from the first to the last there is a sounding Trumpet to bring Ruin and Desolation, to the first six days Creation, because of Sin and the Curse which came in by the Serpent’s sting;  by which means the Beast hath erected his Kingdom, and corrupted the whole Principle of Time.    Which the holy One hath suffered now so many thousand Years:  During which all Just Men died indeed in the Faith of this Prophecy;  but attained not to that Degree, which is to usher in the heavenly new Jerusalem in her Glory.   But the Lord is now stirring, and in good earnest is sounding his Trumpets for Battle:  And there is That in us which doth witness he is going on Gradually, to Unmake and dissolve all of the first Creation.    For the Lamb will not much longer carry the weight and burden of a sinful Creation:  He hath in some already sounded to Judgment;  and will set himself free thereby, and the Spirits and Souls of those who are resolved to follow him through every Seal, till they shall Overcome.    It was given me to observe, that there are six Engagements, to which six Overcomings do answer, mentioned in the Revelation[Margin Note:  Rev. 2. & 3.]  and to every Conquest a most high and wonderful Reward promised:  All which is to encourage to follow Him cheerfully, who is our Leader;  who hath sworn that Time shall be no longer than till he hath gotten the Victory over the Beast and Whore, and hath destroyed the Dragon’s Kingdom in every Property within us;   who are elected to reign in his Life with him on his Throne, with a train of new created Powers, in the Properties of the redeemed Earth in the Soul’s Essence.   And then we shall know how unconfined the Lordly Dominion over all Outward Things is, even over all the Beasts of this visible Earth, who must be subjected to the Lamb:   who hath taken his Victorious Crown, and put it on the Heads of the holy Warriors, that have passed through all;  and are come to the last Overcoming, that gives entrance into the seventh Seal.


C H A P.    VII.

[Margin Note:  The Mystical Meaning of the Two Seas.   Rev.15.2 and 13.1.]

AS  I was recollecting in my Mind the near approaching time for the manifestation of this great Overturning, which is to bring in the overflowing stream of Christ’s Kingdom into the Overcomers:  Behold I did see, and hear the Voice of him from whom the first Heavens and Earth did flee away, who uttered these Words;   As there hath been a long and tedious War between the House of God, and the Serpent’s Brood, together with the Harlot and Beast, who have maintained their envious War on the Ground of fallen Nature;   now come and see the Place where they shall lie bound in perpetual Captivity.   And immediately I was all filled with Light from the opened Centre of the peaceable Kingdom, that flows in as a virtual Life, felt in the Quality of the pure Glassy Sea, with Sounds, Powers and Lightnings, as if all of the old Earth were now drowned in this bright Ocean;  and there followed a bright Star, with a Voice going forth, which said, The Lamb rising out of this new Elementary Sea, overcomes the Serpent and Beast, with all their Seed;  and this will be their Deluge to an everlasting Victory.   So from hence it was demonstrated, that the Beast hath his Sea, wherein the great Leviathan sporteth himself, and casts out Floods to persecute and make War against the Virgin-Seed, whose Element is the mild and sweet Temperature of the glassy Sea:  The other, out of which it is said that the Beast did rise, is a terrible tossing working Sea, where all the worldly Spirits drive their Traffick, for to make Babylon pompous and great;  who-ever love the Earth, and are admirers of the Beast, that gives Riches and worldly Honours to such as serve him.   But oh! come here, and see how he must fall with his whole Hierarchy.   Wherefore let none trust to his Kingdom, which in one day shall be made desolate through the fiery Judgments.   Here are two Seas at strife one against the other;  turn your Eyes inward, ye are the Lamb’s Warriors, and witness bear to these two Seas meeting, within the Ground of Nature.   The Sea of the Beast contains great abundance of Riches, according to its perishable kind;  besides, there is an overflow to the Merchants of it, that are in a free Trade to uphold that worldly Kingdom, wherein all Nursery of Sins-Witchcraft is maintained.   But according as I was called upon to come and see, I saw how the Beast and all his rich trafficking-Sea is to be dryed up, as the Lamb of God shall fill his Vials from out of this glassy Sea, and pour them upon it:  Then all its Pomp and Riches shall sink as a Mill-stone never to rise again.   Oh! at this let all our Nations rejoyce within us as this Vision is fulfilling.


C H A P.    VIII.

[Margin Note:  The seventh Seal, shown by way of Vision,
some space of time after the opening of the other Seals.] 

NOW follows another great Mystery, which I was called upon to look into, concerning the seventh Seal, wherein lies hid the Reward and rich Prize, which though not yet given in Possession, yet the Holy One hath seen it expedient to Reveal it, by breathing forth this Word in me, saying, Come thou apart, and sanctifie a Fast, touching nothing of the Leaven which is found in the House of Fallen Nature;  abstain from every other Cup, but what I the Anointed shall fill out unto thee, from the burning Sea of Glass, which will be a Lamp to give Light, and perfect Knowledge, in the most hidden things that everlasting Wisdom hath hitherto sealed up.

For to you who are come to the sixth Seal, and to your burning Elements in the heat of that melting Furnace, these further Secrets are disclosed, for the Consolation of you, who shall hold out in this last Battle-Race for Conquest.   Therefore put on your Life-Armour day by day, and continue in the Fight for joy of that which is now revealed, as your Reward;  taking all care to abstain from the Leaven of Imaginations, which may stop the Sluice of Revelation in its Purity.

The empty Bowl with light burning Oyl then began to come in, and became a rising Spring, which did give light to the dark Socket of my Understanding within;  and the first thing that was shewed me, was an open Book, written within, and every one of the seven Seals broken;  and it was in the Hand of the God-head-man, who said, Come and read what are the seven Thunders, which my faithful Witness did declare of in his day of Revelation;  but which were then to be sealed up, because the Day of their fulfilling was so far off.   But now in this present time, there hath been such a fervent heat of flaming Intercession, as hath made all these Seals to melt away, that the Secrets contained in the Book might be opened, and made known.

This Living Book, which was presented to my view to read, was the glorified Person of the Lord Jesus, who did now appear to reveal what was sealed up in the seven Thunders. [Margin Note:   The seventh Seal is included in the seven Thunders, opening as the effect of this Seal.]   His presence was not terrible, as appearing under the Veil of pure Humanity, where he hides me as in the Clefts of his own Spiritual Body, whilst he talketh with me;  who thus said, Thou art come to a deep Knowledge;  for here the greatest Good, and highest Being stands Unsealed to the introverted Eye of thy Spirit, that can enter into the Light of Eternity, where the Looking-Glass of all Mysteries does stand open.


C H A P.    IX.

[Margin Note: The first Thunder. ] 

NOW the cry of the first Thunder was this;  Behold how the six days Creation is come to its limit, and Man ceaseth to be;  being returned into the Eternity of his own Spirit, there to rest in God:  while the Number of the Beast is summed up, and his Kingdom finished;   with the Ordinances of Day and Night, which take place in this changeable Element;   from whence the Craft and Subtilty of Reason doth arise to uphold and maintain the lapsed earthly Life.   All which there will be no further need of, according to what the second Thunder doth utter.

[Margin Note: The second Thunder. ]   

The second Thunder uttered as follows;  Come and see them, who out of the Bed of passive stillness do now arise, and come forth all new and immortalized, to rule as Gods in an immutable Creation!  These are they who have been exercised in great Tribulation, and lain as dead under the Seals;   but they are come to live, and take the Lamb’s Power to reign in God’s Omnipotency;  which is the only Instrument they shall play upon, to subdue all inwardly and outwardly:  For they are now put in Commission under him, who is come to judge the Quick and Dead, and to remove all things, wherein the Serpent’s Brood hath been nourished.

[Margin Note: The third Thunder. ]   

The cry of the third Thunder is this; Ho!  come ye whose Names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life;  The way is all cleared, and the great River Euphrates is dryed up, for to give Passage to the Holy Land, where the Tree of Life shall meet you with its flowing Fruits, whose savour leaves a perpetual Sweetness, and such a strength of Joy as will make you know the Feast of Tabernacles is come indeed, with God alone, it for to celebrate and keep.   The Walls all ranged are with Seraphims, that are appointed for your Guard, to usher you into an higher Sphere, and more magnificent Place, than this which was the Seat of the first Paradisical Man, where you are to make but your forty days stay:   For an higher Orb doth descend as a Cloud to take up the Elders, that have their Throne-Seats prepared in the great Jerusalem-City, which is the settled Rest, where no more removing is feared, for there is an indissolvable Link, all fixed in a Co-operating Power, which never shuts up.

[Margin Note:  The fourth Thunder. ]   

The fourth Thunder opened thus unto me, by way of Vision;  I saw seven Golden Candlesticks branched out from a Stud of Gold, and each Socket appeared empty; and there came one in the appearance of a Jasper-light, and poured in some sparkling Liquor, and there arose a shining burning Lamp, which sent forth Flakes of light very numerous, running up and down like Lightning, so as nothing could contain them, nor prevent them from going whither they would;  then was it cry’d in my hearing, What hast thou seen? but the great Wonder of the fourth Thunder, disclosing the fiery Lamps, that are appointed to be fixed in renewed Nature, which are so impowering, that on whomsoever they rest, they act, and do whatsoever they sink their Will into.   For the Concord of these seven Spirits is of that force, as they can save or destroy;  bind or loose:   They are the seven proper Powers that must make out, who are God’s Co-deified Ones, and commissionated to act in this last Scene of Wonders, in the wonder-City, that shall be all compacted of pure Spirits:  Hear and see, ye shall be planted there as the great Canons;  for these Powers will multiply as a great Host, which can cut off this visible World at one stroke:  This is the great reserve to be given as a Reward to the suffering Conquerors.

[Margin Note:  The fifth Thunder. ]   

The fifth Thunder cryed, Now unseal the Tabernacle-Testimony;   let the Eternal Gospel of Love and Peace go forth in the cloven Tongue, which can only speak out what springs from the original Law of restored Nature, to its primary Purity, out of the Fountain of the Deity:   Behold, these are the separated and anointed Ones, who have this Gospel-Dispensation as a perpetual rising spring, proceeding from the holy Spirit, who can indeed absolve and pronounce Remission of Sins.   For Power will rest upon those who can convey the New-Testament-Blood, to heal and deliver from the infective Root of Sin;  not in a painted formal Imitation, but there shall go forth a Fire-breath, to send this healing Gospel into the very Center-Root of the Sick and Sorrowful in Spirit, who under the wound of Sin have laid long for Cure.   To which true Royalty and Priesthood, some shall be more eminently ordained, for the gathering in of those who lie under the Babylonish Rubbish:   who shall be raised through the out-going Might of the everlasting Testimony in the Blood of the Lamb’s Life, which is the known Character that only shall be given to them.

[Margin Note:  The sixth Thunder. ]   

The Declaration of the sixth Thunder was thus represented to me; I saw one holding forth a Saphire Signet, or sealing Stone, with which were to be marked all the Free-born that do belong to the New-Jerusalem;  for none but such as are marked can have right to the vast Riches, which are concentred in Wisdom’s Bank, who to this day hath locked up the Bride’s Dowry, and will not part with it, till she can come with this Seal upon her Heart.   Which is now brought out to put the highest impress of Sapphire-Glory, and Purity, that may signifie, that the Lamb’s Bride is all thus dignified.   Oh! Who shall henceforth detain those Riches, Wealth and Honours, which have been treasured up from before the Foundation of the World?   For all must now be given up to her command, whether it be in Heaven or Earth, or in the Glassy Sea, whether in Heights, or in Depths, or in any of the Eternal Spheres.   The sealing Name is everywhere the Authority, that must set all open, which hath been locked up hitherto;  because none could bring along with them the Seal which is now freely brought down of God’s own engraving, and therefore can never be counterfeited;  for it bears the lively Portraiture of Father, Son and Spirit, to whom all Riches, Power and Glory are given.

[Margin Note:  The seventh Thunder. ]  

The last Thunder comes in great Power, to declare the Great Day of the Marriage-Feast of the Lamb; The Fountains run now with that Spirit-Wine, that was in the Grape before all Time;  the choice and precious Fruits, ripened by the Serene and Pure Element, are prepared, and the Table is covered with all Replenishments, that God himself can set out:  to express the Content and Joy, he takes to see this consummating Day;  wherein Isaac hath brought home his Rebecca into God the Father’s and the Mother Jerusalem’s Glory, where henceforth a perpetual Feast of Joy forever is to be kept.   Angels now sound your Trumpet-Songs;  because the Harvest is reaped and God’s Kingdom come.   The Lamb and Bride are now met, to maintain a living Fame in another Creation.   The Redemption is finished;  Salvation is witnessed;  and the Mystery of God is unsealed.   The Harpers are summon’d to the Holy Quire, with their Sounds and fiery Tongues;  that may proclaim the LAMB hath given up the Kingdom, consisting of perfect Spirits:  that GOD only may be the Top-covering of great Majesty, Strength, Wisdom and Glory;   in, and over all the Inhabitants of this Holy City, which beareth this Name. The Almighty creating Power dwelleth and taketh up his Abode here.

Henceforth bless ye the LORD on High:
It’s He that hath unseal’d Treasures richly.
What can hide them from the Spirit’s Eye,
That pierced have into the HEART of the Deity?
Tribute Off’rings pay to your GOD and KING,
Who hath reveal’d this Wonderful Thing.

Oh what Seraphick Sounds are those I hear!
Are they not the Thunders of the Light-Sphere:
Calling for an attentive Ear-Spirit to hear?
Which as the Doors be to the Golden Ore.
Where so vast Treasures laid up are in store:
But found only by Spirits that are Poor.

This is the State in which the Souls blest Eye
May see God without Thought, Intellectually.
Tho’ Speech and Converse away may fly,
The Thunder of his Power abides Essentially;
This is the Day we rejoice to see,
Even the Acting Power of the Deity.

What is it but the piercing Eye,
That can the unseal’d Book untye?
Wherein the perfect Number Seven lies.
Blest is that Power from on High,
That struck the Crystal Rock,
From whence the Thunders fly.

I feel the gushing in of Crystal Springs,
That whirl me round upon a Cherub’s Wings
No more can look down to Earthly Things.
O how clear is the Glass through which I see,
Beholding glorious Objects variously,
That snatch’d away are, before I am aware?

Then pass we to the Sea of Glass?
And through all Worlds we make our Pass,
Till brought we are to our own Land,
Where Wonders all in order stand;
Viewing what Mortal cannot endure,
Even those Celestials that are ever Pure.

Blest are those in whom the Wonders
Of the seven
Thunders unlocked be,
That feel, that see, that possess GOD in Unity,
Raised high into the Heart of the Deity;
Whence flow the secret pleasant things,
That swallow up in Joy which ever springs.

 

The Same by Another Hand, with some Variation.

HEnceforth Bless the Lord on High,
Who has Unseal’d Victoriously,
Treasures Rich that hidden lie:
What can be hid from Souls, that have the Art
Of piercing into Jesu’s Heart?
Hence Tribute Offerings let us bring,
Just due to the Almighty King.
Who only can Reveal these wond’rous things.

O what Seraphick Sounds are these I hear?
The Thunders sure of the Celestial Sphere,
Calling th’ attentive Ear-Spirit forth to hear.
Which as the Doors are to the Golden Ore,
Where Treasures infinite are laid in store;
But found alone by Spirits meek and poor.

This is the State, in which the Soul’s bright Eye
May see God Intellectually;
Tho’ Speech and outward Converse fly,
The Thunder of his Power abides Essentially.
This is the Day in which we shall Rejoice,
To see the Acting Power of God, and hear His
         Mighty Voice,
As Thunders, and as many Waters noise.

What is it but the Fiery piercing Eye,
That can the long Seal’d Book Untye?
Wherein the perfect Number Seven does lie.
Blest be that Power, that from on High,
Hath open struck the Crystal Rock,
Whence the
Seven Thunders all amazing fly.

I feel the gushing in of Crystal Springs,
Whirling as on Cherubick Wings;
Nor condescending more to Earthly things.
The Glass so clear, thro’ which I see,
Beholding Glorious Objects variously,
That snatch’d away before I am aware——.

Pass we on to the Sea of Glass,
Thro’ all Worlds we make our Pass.
Brought home at last to our own Native Land,
Where all God’s Wonders Fair,
In sweet and beauteous order stand:
I view what Mortal Eye could never bear.
Ah me !  How lovely all things shine
In their Celestial Forms Divine?
O Mirror clear !  O Lot and Portion dear !
O Blest Inheritance to dwell for ever here !

Thrice Blest in whom the latter Ages Wonders,
Shall be Unmask’t of these seven mighty Thunders
          That feel and see;
That possess God in Unity:
High raised into the Bosom Heart of Love,
         The Secret of the Deity.
         From whence there springs
All hidden Blessings, pleasant things: 
         Fruits Paradisial grow:
         Rivers of Pleasure flow;
That swallow up in Joy that has no End——.

 

Thus were the seven Thunders opened and interpreted to me from the springing Word, upon which I closely waited, and witnessed, and felt a sweet and precious Anointing, and refreshing Joy to come in from every Thunder-Cry.   Oh! this is so great, so weighty and rich, and such surprising Goodness, which in this Book of Life is found, which is now unsealing, that no other things any more ought to be minded by us.


C H A P.    X.

[Margin Note:  The Mystery opened of the thousand years Reign.   Rev. 20. 5, 6.]

THus the Triumphant King and Conqueror (who is possessed of all the Royal Powers and Dignities, that are unfolded in these seven Thunders) hath given his Word, that none of these shall fail in any one that hath the mark of the seventh Conquering Seal broken up in themselves, to whom joint-power and authority will be given, in order to the beginning of that Reign, which is to be settled here on Earth, according to the Prophecy in John’s Revelation;   which presseth hard upon me from the Fiery Cloud, that circles round my Spirit for a defensive Banner, which will let nothing of the eclipsing dark Principle come in, whilst the Center deep from the Soul’s fiery Essence opens, and the bright Streamers from the Heart of the glorified Jesus, who meets me in such a peaceable Love-paved-Walk, into which none can come to see or hear what passeth by way of Prospect or Communication;   but what, and so much as I am ordered to declare, I shall faithfully give out, according to the mind of my Lord, who sees the effect that shall follow all these Revelations given by him.

The Prophecy of the Thousand Years Reign, mentioned in the Revelations, was set before me and opened.   As to the Time, Persons and Place, much Controversie hath been concerning this Mystery, which I shall not meddle with, but shall only faithfully declare what the Morning-Star hath expressly revealed from his own Mouth, who with this Salutation began; Awake ye, who have been under Death and Judgment;  know ye not that my Reign is near?  The fore-going Prophecy must have its fulfilling, and there are those who are a ripening for it, upon whom my Kingdom shall be fixed.   Wherefore do thou warily observe the following Particulars, which are the fore-going Signs of my Personal Reign, whereby it may be known how near it is.

The first Particular concerns those Persons in whom this Reign is to begin, who are such as have been Beheaded, suffering an inward spiritual Martyrdom, for the hope of a Resurrection in a God-head-Body and Spirit.   The manner of Death is here to be taken notice of;  they are said to have been Beheaded, that is, who have their Head Life, where the rational Understanding is seated, and from whence all sensible operations go forth, cut off, and separated from them, because by means of it the Dragon and Beast have found place to establish their Kingdoms in Man, and have been hereby in all Ages upheld;  the main of the Serpent’s strength having always lain in the Craft and Subtlety of Reason, which is the Fore-Head-mark of the Beast.   Who then are they who have known this Honourable Death from the flaming Sword in the Hand of the Cherubim, but those who shall hear the Resurrection-Trumpet, to let them know their Thrones are set, and their Conquering-Crowns to their new-risen Heads are fitted, and that all Power and Judgment is given unto them, to personate the mighty King Jesus here upon Earth.   For Christ the Lord shall have no need in his own particular glorified Person to come down amongst the Inhabitants of the Earth.    There is something to be done first by them, who are to Personate him in the Kingly Dominion;  his transparent Body is such, as will not (till this first Reign be finished) be any way bearable to the present consistency of things, which must be first Sublimed.  It is sufficient that the Lord is come in his witnessing Power and Presence, through a new-risen Life with and in his Elders, for to reign in the Majesty of his all-governing Eye, which pierceth as devouring Flames, and burning Coals of Fire, which run from each to other, and from one end of the Earth to the other.   If the Lord will but supply the visible Humanity with a mighty flow from the Deity, and with a witnessing Omnipotency, it will be sufficient and considerable Glory.  

Next, we are to consider where the Reign of Christ is to be manifested, to wit, in Renewed Nature’s center, which is made all Seraphick, in the Soul’s inward Essence, from whence the Serpent and Beast are cast out, and have no more place;  they are in this latter Reign chained up, though in the fore-going dominion which the Lord had in the Soul, he was always in Contest with these potent Adversaries, who exerted all their strength to keep their hold in the mixed frame of Nature;  all of which being now overturned, they have no place where to establish their Dominion:  So that now all Strife ceaseth, because the Lord alone doth reign in Peace over all the Region of Light.    For now the Soul is Born anew into the light World, and is most firmly established in its Kingly Power, which is not from received Gifts or Powers, as in the day of Pentecost, but all comes in with the risen Birth, from whence the Powers do naturally and uncessantly flow, and therefore out of all danger of mutability, which might threaten a disappointment of any thing, that is agreed upon by the Kingly Soul, with his seven counseling Spirits, which do continually stand before the Throne in the inward Heavens;  which by the scattering Coals from the Deity are made as an enduring burning Element, where the Glory of Christ’s Personality may be seen, but not otherwise detained as to his individual Person, but as the same likeness is risen by virtue of the creating Word in his Members.   Who are intrusted with this active powerful Body, suitable for the management of such a Kingdom, in which the Soul at first reigns invisibly over all its inward Motions and Properties, as over People, Nations and Languages, all which by Wisdom’s Power are kept in a God-like temperature, such as may express the Lord is come to Personate himself in a righteous and peaceable Government, such as never yet hath been in the World since Adam lost Paradise.

Objection. But shall this be an Universal Reign?   And after what manner shall it be Modeliz’d in this visible Creation?   That which is Internal and Spiritual will not be so much taken notice of, though it comes to this height of Perfection, for it may be hid amongst a small Number, yet may be known but only to one another;  the generality still abiding under the Beast’s Power and Name, which is his accursed Nature.

This Query was answered me in plainness of Truth, thus;  That this glorious Reign would not be Universal, nor break out all at once, but Gradually from the burning Unction, which prepares Christ’s way, and makes room for his Kingdom:   There is much to be done first, and here must a Beheading go before, and a plucking up all that hath made desolate, and after all this a coming up again in the Resurrection, which is a rare attainment indeed;  for it is a Resurrection to a state wholly sound and sinless, even the same to which our Lord was raised after Death.   The Prophecy doth not say, That all the dead were raised up to reign with Christ a Thousand Years;  but it is expressly declared, that the rest of the Dead did not rise till the Thousand Years were expired;  from whence it was cleared up to me, that many may be going through this Spiritual dying, and yet continue dead, whilst others are raised, according to that Word, Blessed are they who are partakers of this first Resurrection; so that it will not be Universal.

But besides this, there are those who are Unrighteous, of whom it is Prophesied, Let him that is unjust, be unjust still; these shall in no wise enter into Christ’s Kingdom, but be shut out of the holy City, which shall rule over them.   For this Kingdom shall not only be inward, in the Properties of the Soul, but shall also exercise its dominion over this visible Principle;   and those who are unconverted shall be as Stubble before the bright flaming Cherubims, who in the Lamb’s Power shall reign on the Earth:  The Elect shall reap and long enjoy the creating Works of their own Hands;  for with no less Power shall the Representatives of Christ the Lord be invested.   This declared must be throughout all Worlds, that Christ will appear in his Saints that are risen again to bear the Trophy of a Death-Conquering-Power.

Now the next enquiry is, When is the time that this may be expected, because hitherto there is but very small appearance of any such thing?  that is, Who is yet qualified in such a high degree as this Heavenly Kingdom requires?  Who are willing to be Beheaded, and through Death, to be made partakers of this Reign?

But yet not withstanding all these Objections of Fear and Unbelief, and the whole throng of discouraging Spirits of the sensible Life, whose cry is, Who is able to suffer all this?   Faith and Love are given to the worthy pretenders to this Kingdom, whereby they are carried as with Wings, over all the Floods of Fear and Discouragement;  neither shall they want {lack} either Resolution or Valour to wade through the greatest opposing Difficulties, who are designed for it, and found in the Lamb’s Roll.   A double and trebble portion of his Spirit the Lord hath said he will add to them, who first shall abrogate the Law of Sense, which hath been the chief hinderance of his Kingdom, which therefore is to be made void, because it diverts the Soul from fetching all its Supplies from the Rock;  neither can Faith arrive to its full strength, till Sense be led into captivity, and cast into a dead sleep.

Now as to the Time of the Lord’s Reign, when it shall be, you will be apt to say, That this is an unknown thing, and that none can prefix the time.   It is true, that many have Calculated, and puzzled their Spirits about it in vain:   But if we will know how near the time is, we must not look without us, but in the unsealed Book of Life within us;  there you will find the fore-going Signs, which are first to be accomplished in your own Heavens and Earth:  We may try and prove our selves by what hath been already revealed from the seven Seals and Thunders, how near the Kingdom of our Lord is approached unto us.   Let each of us examine our selves, how far the preparative work is advanced in us:  We see what the Beast and Dragon’s Kingdom must suffer in us, to make way for this Reign, which cannot be established till all this Trash be taken out of the way.   Therefore we shall only know the time by such an one, who shall give the first deadly stroke, and come forth a Conqueror over the whole sensitive Life, and this outward Kingdom, which stands divided between Good and Evil.   In such an Overcomer as this my Jesus expressed, he would appear and personate a Kingly Reign;   and that we are not to look out for any other Sign at this time;  but the Manifestation of this conquering Life:  And further He said, There would go forth an Arrow from the Word of Revelation, which should so closely stick in some, as to pierce through the Heart of the Beast, who hath warred to hinder the Lord’s triumphant Reign in his Saints.   By all which it is clear, that there is no surer sign of the approaching Personal Reign of Christ, than to see the Beast wounded to the very Heart;  for no sooner will the Beast be removed, but his Kingdom will appear, whose Right it is to rule in Heaven and Earth.   Who is it now that will suck in the Marrow of these precious things, which is the dropping Oil which distills from the Olive-Tree, to make our way smooth, light and clear, and to preserve us from being daunted, though our Portion should be a draught of Blood?   For the Life of the Beast must be taken away, before the Lord appear in us like himself, in Power, Glory and Majesty.   Oh! What Drawings and Desires may these weighty sayings from the Lord, enkindle in us for his coming to reign in absolute Dominion within us.

The Word came to me, Run hard, there is a rich Prey to be taken, by treading down of the Beast, which may be taken, if pursued to the Victory:  Wherefore be Valiant in the Faith, for all Might is in God, to overcome whatsoever opposeth his Reign and Personal Kingdom.


C H A P.    XI.

[Margin Note:  January 2d, 1682.] 

MUch and free Communication I had with the Lord this Night, and a Cloud of Light appeared in me, which raised my hope higher;  I had also many Queries satisfied.   Then there appeared to me a pitched Standard, which reached from the Earth to the Heavens, where its top was hid;  it resembled a strait ascending Flame;  and it was signified, that this was the Standard of Overcoming Power, which no earthly Warrior would venture to engage with;  for its Dominion reached from the Earth to the Heavens;  and this Word was added, Stick close to it, and move not from under it, for it will be a shelter from the Storm which is coming on, with a flowing Sea of Troubles, raised by the wrathful One, whose Kingdom is Division.

This Motto and Inscription also was given out from the Sealed Book within, as follows; In Christ I live, in Christ I dye, that I may cease from Sin, and bestial Properties:  that so the first Ground of Life may rise over all, to immortalize the Reign of Christ.   Words no more as empty Sails spread out shall be, but become the Thundering Air of an Almighty Power, which is Christ in his Essential Spirit, who wanders from the Heights above and Depths below, will in his time show:   Look and read the circle Line, and the most marvelous things ye may further know and find.

Upon some inward Conference, a little after with my Lord about the Ship-wrecked-Bark of Nature, which still upon the foreign Coast doth lie, and is often in Jeopardy by reason of some Tides, which might make the Vessel Spring-a-Leek;  the Lord did immediately come in with these Words, saying, Make reflection, and ponder well my Grace and Love, which hath been so great, as to lay in my Life so deep with thine;  that thou canst suffer nothing but I do call it mine.   Thy broken Vessel shall be renewed into its Original:  when all of sinful Properties shall be drowned in the Alpha and Omega, who is the beginning and end of Time;  and who will open the sealed Mine, where the unsearchable Riches shall freely abound, as in the state of Innocency, where nothing of necessity or want was known:  All this is going on, and advancing in the moving Circle of the Deity; all that is required of thee, is to be steady in the highest float of Faith.

My Spirit was then let down into the deep Center and Circumference, where the personal Glory met me, with whom I had great Felicity, to behold the Shepherd with his Fold, who friendly saluted me;   for though a naked Spirit, I was not dispised by such dignified bodies;  though I was made very sensible of the want {lack} of such a glorious Body.   And as soon as I desired it, I was forthwith* imbodyed as in the same Glory, and was joyned to the Heavenly Train. [Margin Note:  *This is to be understood, carried up in a Spiritual Transportation.]   I rejoyced greatly that I had made a slip out of the vile Garment, though but for a while, though I was to take it up again, and appear amongst the Inhabitants of Time, till my course was fulfilled.   This bright Cloathing is only bearable by Jerusalem Natives:  And though these were the all-desirable Flocks, that I would chuse to abide withal forever; yet I found a prohibition at the present, that it must not be desired.   This royal Priestly Garment being reserved till we be called into View, and have Communion with the most Holy of Beings:  who did not bring me hither to send me away empty;   but gave me to taste of the choice Fruits of that unknown Climate.   The refreshing taste of which is left upon the Center-Mouth of my Heart:  From whence the Life-Fruits should spring evermore, as was said to me;  with an Advertisement to wait till Wisdom’s Garden in the Soul be planted, and richly furnished with those blossoming Powers that may draw the high and lofty One to look down and walk there.

Oh! what are these forcible Powers which I feel winding my Spirit deeper in;  where Inquiry was made, What would be the sign of the Center-dwellers in the most Holy of Beings, which should need no Witness from Man, (for that was poor and insufficient)?    Wherefore be quiet and still, and cease from all Creaturely Evidence, and look for the Witness of the unsealed Book, to exert the seven flowing Properties of the Holy Ghost, which will out-vive {out-live or out-last} all worded Testimonies that are so fluent in this Age:  Wherefore a more sure Seal is provided, that will remove all Doubts and Suspicions, of which festival Cup I was called to drink, from the hand of him who is appointed to fill it out, as the last and great Reserve, which shall silence all Controversies, and doubtful Disputations, and ratifie and confirm who they are that are Born again to act, move and live from a new generating Spring, that worketh away every thing that defiles, and makes obstruction:  Which seven evidencing Powers were revealed to me, in which the Personal Reign of Christ would consist.


C H A P.    XII.

[Margin Note:  First Property.]

THE First was a circling Cloud of Light, from whence uncessant Revelation would spring, and open what was never known before, concerning the invisible Scenes of Glory, to which the mortal Man hath been altogether a stranger, not having understood his original Royalty.   But where Christ, the central Light, is entered into the Soul’s Essence, there everlasting Light doth break, which shews invisible things in their first pure Ground, where the Eternal Fire-Soul moves strong to come out of an impotent weak Life, that hath been shut up in this vile Body of Sin;  the Light of Revelation making it restless any longer to abide therein, and so it is made to pursue another Beginning from a new-rising-Spring, flowing from the God-head, that affords strength for a Co-deified Operation, which may give a living Testimony, that a new Spring is appearing out of an old Tree, whose Sap is renewed to bring forth the second Property of the Holy Ghost, as another Fruit-bearing Branch.

[Margin Note:  Second Property. ]

Which Branch is put forth from the All-compassing Element, wherein the Soul is baptized, as in a Cloud of Fire;  whoever they be that come to know This, need no greater Witness, as to their own particular;  for they know their dwelling is in the very Center-Heart of God, they are fed and cherished with the Blood of Life, and Oily Lamp, that makes all the Body within to be as a burning Cherubim, that at times and seasons can mount and fly into the very Heavens:  Though this be yet a mystical and dark Speech, and little experienced, yet know, the time of Elijah is nigh, and a Whirl-wind is descending from the Alpha and Omega, to take up the slain Witnesses, who have been in the World so undervalued.   The Ascension-Gate by this bright Key is unlocked, to go in after him, who was translated from among Men, so as not to be yet hid in the Mystery:  And thus shall it be again, tho’ in another Form and Model;  for these Elijah-Prophets, though they shall be redeemed from every thing which is of the degenerate Nature, yet in this shall differ from Elijah:  for whereas he was taken up, and seen no more among Men, these in their visable Persons shall remain on the Earth, and every where carry along with them their encompassing Chariots of Fire, which shall be discoverable to none but the Ministering Elijah’s, that will not cease to follow fully, where the Life-Witness doth remain after this sort and kind.

[Margin Note: Third Property. ] 

The Third out-flowing Property of the Holy Ghost, which ushers in Christ’s Reign, is this, that a simplified naked Soul, coming forth from the baptizing Cloud, puts on a Cloathing of impregnable defense and power, viz. a meer Magical Body, such as the Lord Christ had after his Resurrection, consisting of the One pure Element, which can swallow up the visible gross substance of Flesh, that it may no longer be an Impediment to the Soul’s running its Race:   Indeed such a Body is very suitable for the great things that are to be wrought by the Christed Kings on Earth;  for if provision of such a Body were not made by Christ, it would be in vain for him to go about to settle his Kingdom, where the Beast and Dragon have had their Dominion so long, and who will not now be dethroned upon a slight account:  They will hold their Propriety in the outward Husk of the Body, when they can find no place for themselves in the Soul:  Therefore the Lord hath revealed, That he will turn the very Body into its Paradisical Property again, that the dark Prince and his Agents may not be able to overthrow the Lord’s personal reign in his Saints;  who would desire no fairer mark to shoot their Arrows at, than a frail mortal Body of Flesh.    Wherefore the Lord hath said, That he will raise a firm Tabernacle, which no earthly Weapon shall be able to pierce,  which will be a fit Garment to last out the thousand Years:  Let the Just and Holy believe this, and see all this finished first, in the Kingdom that is within the Soul’s Essence, and then such may conclude that they shall assume a visible Power and Right to reign with Christ, over all Kingdoms of this World in Magical Might.

[Margin Note:  Fourth Property. ]

The Fourth out going Power of the Holy Ghost, sets the Soul free in the Eternal liberty, from all Conflicts which the Dragon, or the starry Region hath introduced;  for the Soul now is influenced by those superior Planets, to which these outward Planets are subject.   The Soul and Christ are in a mutual agreement, to break away from the Infectious Rays of Time and Mortality; being encompassed with that Sun that will set no more, nor with-draw;  for it is the Glory of seven Days, that runs its Circle without the least diminishing of its Light:  and fixeth the Soul in its pure splendorous Body;  when the Soul shall find it self in another form of Life, and seated as a high Principality before Jehovah’s Throne, attending there to know the Counsel and Decrees of the Soveraign Majesty, under whom is managed all inferior Government, which shall be committed to those who reign with Christ the Lord.    Oh! this will be a wonderful time indeed !   For while the Lord is opening these things to me, I am as one sunk into the Abyssal Ground, where I am as nothing, till he put forth a piercing Ray from his flaming Eye, to fetch my Spirit up again;  who thus spake unto me, Stand thou up, and hear and declare the new Model of my Reign, and let it be published;  for it is time to awaken those who are ordained for the first Resurrection, that they may no longer sleep in the Day-break of my Appearance:   And do thou solemnly set thy Heart to the great Immunities that are revealed, not only for speculation, but for fulfilling, where great Earnestness shall be found.  

Thus the Holy One set home his Word, and causeth it to pass through a Vessel that is nothing to be accounted of, whereat my self stands amazed, what should move the Lord thus to appear, and hold such a free Converse, and leave such weighty things in trust with me?   Oh! What can be said, but that it is the Good-will and Pleasure of my Christ and King, who will change Tin and Dross into Gold, as it pleaseth him?

[Margin Note:  Fifth Property. ]

The Fifth Property of the Holy Ghost is, that whereby the Soul gets free from the striving Elements, and comes to Rest and Peace, all Wars and Combats ceasing.   The Soul having got up these four ascending Steps towards the Throne, can now look down like a Tower of strength, terrible to all the lower Inhabitants round about:  It is a Palace compacted within it self, knowing nothing but a serene Peace and Concord;  neither Dragon nor Beast do so much as attempt to come here;  for Love and Peace is their Hell and Torment.    Christ’s personal Reign in his Saints, consists of Peace, Power, Love and Joy;  the Holy Ghost moveth in the mild and meek Property from the Water of Life, that captivates the Enmity and Strife, and shuts up the dark Center with all its Spirits:  This carries a two-fold meaning, for first it is to be understood of that Love and Peace which possesseth the whole inward Hemisphere of the Soul;  and in the next place of the same Love flowing forth and diffusing it self through all the Subjects of that peaceful Kingdom, which Christ will establish in the high Angelical Harmony of Love.

[Margin Note: Sixth Property of the Soul. ]

The Sixth out-flowing Property, is the Omnipotence of God, exerted in the renewed part, in an absolute and Almighty Dominion, that admits of no control.   Here is no need of going out to borrow Gifts or Powers, which are now fixed in the Soul to manifest the Wonders of the Magia, which hath been shut up in Wisdom’s Principle, whose Virgin’s Crown of Power is sent down as a signal Testimony of the Kingly Reign that must prevail over all the Earth.    The bright flaming Standard of Christ’s Personality will be of that Magnificence, as to draw home the dispersed and scattered Flock, which hath suffered Violence in this Babylonish Kingdom.   A Jubilee will be proclaimed by them, to whom this Dominion shall first come.   They, the Head-Kings and Leaders are appointed to shine forth as Stars, that shall bear such sway in God’s Omnipotency, as shall make all the Elect to haste and fly to this Kingdom, as Doves to the Windows, where all occasions of complaint about the Necessities of Life shall be cut off,  because Wisdom’s Store-house shall from the Inherent Omnipotency, abundantly supply whatsoever is needful of this kind.   The Paradisical lost Power shall be restored in a higher degree than ever, to the end that Self-Love and Propriety may be taken away, which cannot enter into Christ’s Kingdom;  for the Lord hath averred {affirmed}, That none who are thus Spirited shall ever his Kingdom inherit.   The vast and inexhaustible Treasure of Divine Riches cannot be enjoyed in Propriety, but only in Love’s Communion.

[Margin Note: Seventh Property. ]

The Seventh and Last Property of the Holy Ghost, that gives witness to Christ’s Reign, doth consist in a Life of Praise and Exaltation, which goeth forth in the Angelical Tongues, Powers, and Sounds of so many perfumed Offerings, paying an everlasting Love-Tribute of Joy to the Ancient of Dayes;  by and in whom they are come to reign over all Kingdoms in this World, in Christ’s personal Power:  The New Hallelujahs from the Fire-breath of the Holy Ghost shall be the Holy Sport and Celestial Play of the Children of this Kingdom:  All their Works shall speak forth the Praises of the Most High;  for Wisdom’s Spirit will act so high, and in such a mysterious manner, as hitherto hath not been known;.  All which miraculous Powers have been reserved to make up the Glory of Christ’s second coming in his Representatives here on Earth.   For if the Lord should not in this manner demonstrate his God-head-Power in his Saints, they would be set very light by, and it would be a vain thing to assume the Title and Name of Kings without the Anointing Power suitable to it.   No Dominion, whether inward or outward, can be maintained without Loves-Omnipotency.   And truly, my Lord hath assured me, that he hath made large and full Provision for this Day, who upon some private Objections of my own, said to me, Be thou nothing doubtful concerning all the great Things of my Kingdom, which have been open’d to thee from the Center of Light;  they have been reveal’d for a ground of Faith:   The Hand of the Dyal is moving towards the fixed Hour, which will manifest all these working Powers of the Holy Ghost:  Wherefore do not streighten {confine or distress} thy self, nor any to whom this Word shall come, but run out in a spacious large Belief, answerable to Loves-Power, and the ability of the Object, to whom the Eye of Faith is directed:  For wonderful things are upon the Wheel, by which you may know it is high time to put forth your Hands to raise and awaken that which hath been so long asleep.   This was the concluding Word of Counsel from the Lord.


C H A P.    XIII.

THE  fore-going Properties, is that which makes way for the Reign of Christ in personal Power and Glory, which is now the great thing to be waited for, as the End and Consummation of all that hath been revealed.   In the bare discovery of which we are not to rest, but we are to press forward to enjoy the Fruit or Product of it in the inward Center, where Christ will be manifested in his personal Glory and Power.   For the driving seeking Spirit will not be at rest, till it can put on its Resurrection-Body:  It knows that hitherto, notwithstanding all its Refinings and Dyings to sinful Self, and the World, it yet remains a naked Spirit, which must return into the Virgin-Womb of Eternity, there to be regenerated into an Heavenly Corporeity, from the one Holy Element, out of which Christ’s Holy Personality is taken:  This is the rich Garment with which the Sion-Kings are to be arrayed, and thereby will be distinguished from those who stick fast in corrupted Nature, and are not regenerated into this bright Image;  and from those also, who though they are regenerated according to the inward Man, yet being intangled in the Thicket of the Many things, are fain {constrained or obliged} to stay behind, till those who by their hard pressing forward, have overcome the World, Beast and Dragon.   Therefore be first instated in the Lord’s Personal Power;  for the Lord assured me, that this would be the way he would take in this present Age, to instate some who are known to him, in his Personal Reign, that they may enjoy here on Earth their first Heavens, to the Terror, Grief, and Envy of such, who have been hard, and cruel in the Beast’s Kingdom, restraining their good things from the Lambs of Christ’s Fold.   Here it will be as in the case of Dives and Lazarus, they shall see those who were most despicable in their Eyes, to be greatly beloved and honoured, as being intrusted with a Kingdom, in which they shall Reign as the true Born Co-heirs with their Head, Christ, bearing rule over all those who have been their Oppressors in this World.   It was also revealed to me, That there were others which stood in a mixed state, and divided between the two Kingdoms of Light and Darkness, but yet followed after the Mark and Crown;  these would scarce believe that such a Commission as this would ever be given to any appearing in a Mortal Form, to be crowned as Co-heirs with the Lord in his Personal Glory:  But the Just One hath shewed that thus it shall be, to convince and provoke to Emulation these last spoken of, that they also may make haste to be made Kings and Priests to God.


C H A P.    XIV.

THE  grand Query, after all that hath been revealed, concerning the Reign of Christ in his Saints, is this, Where this Government shall be pitched?   It is an ancient Scripture-Prophecy, that Judah shall reign with God, for he is faithful with the Saints.   The Scepter shall not depart till Shiloh come, who is the King and Law-giver, that is, was, and is to come.   And to whom will he come first of all, but to those pure Virgin-Spirits, who travel {travail} to bring forth Christ Spiritually, as the product of an invisible Almightiness, which will appear to be that Man-Child which is to rule the Nations with the Rod of God’s Power, in this World, and do far greater Wonders with it than Moses ever did with his.   For the Eternal Magia shall bring forth all her Plants of renown.   The highest Wisdom shall be brought into Manifestation, and replenish the Earth a-new, that God may walk in the midst of it, and no longer be unknown to its Inhabitants, who are refined from their Dross, and thereby got a free and open entrance into the Jerusalem from above.   The partition-Wall must be broken down, that Christ above and Christ beneath may joyn together for mutual Joy and Fruition.

But here it may be Objected, How can this be as long as the Body is yet Terrestrial;  for an Earthly Body cannot ascend to the Lord’s Glory?

I Answer; That therefore a new Body is prepared, even a Heavenly, such an one as Christ had, who could change his Form how and when he pleased:  So he appeared to Moses and Elias in his transfigured bright Body, and then came down again in a terrestrial Body to the sight of Mortals;  which Power shall be renewed again in those who shall personate Christ upon the Earth;  they shall ascend and descend at pleasure and transmute themselves readily, which state will much excel all Visions of the glorified Person of Christ;   for without this Celestial Body we cannot hold out in that Sublime, and Seraphick Communion with Christ, which shall be in this Kingdom of the Saints:  Wherefore there is such a Body prepared, which shall be able to pass into the invisible Orb, where the King of Glory dwells:  It is given me to see this approaching day in the Spirit.    If the Representation thereof be so glorious, what will the thing it self, when actually accomplished?   This report which the Holy Ghost doth give of it, doth powerfully constrain the Soul to put in its whole stock of Faith for it.


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