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Lord, and Life. We are now by an earthquake and the Making of the prison beginning to awake ; and to make to our Prisoners feet, as the Jaylor at Philippi, did tó Paul, and Silas his, looking for Salvation there, and waiting when he will lead his Captivity Captive, and convert us from being Goals, and Tombs, to be his City, and Temple, built of precious stones, in whom he will live and walk, and caufe us to live and walk in him. We are giving up our own life, which is death, finding in these present earthquakes the true life which hath been buried in us, nom rising, and are with the whole Creation groaning to be found in him giving up all that we thought gain as loss, and rejoycing in our decrease seeing bis encrease, and our dying dayly because he lives.
And we glory in him who hath wrought us to this, to be content to lose our lives that we might find them, now that the day is coming when all that will find their life, shall lose it, and what foever comes not into him, the fire of destruction shall take hold of it, and it shall be thrown with death and bell into the lake.
The ensuing Treatises, have begotten this in me, or driven it forth into a Preface or Epistle, for which the book came into my hands, by a Friends dire&tion, which Office of love I could not refuse, however conscious of my own unworthiness. And I cannot dismiss it with
so short a Preface, having the Author and book in my heart, and that venting it self out of its abundance, yet not as Solomons fool who hath his heart in his mouth, pouring out all that is in it, or more than is convenient
for an Epistolary Design, which is only to be a Sign to acquaint the Reader of what good entertainment there is to be found within.
It is time now for us to hear of power which is in the Spirit, who fo long have been opposing it, and
languishing in Flesh, in man, in forms external, in wisdom of words, in Ministers, Preachers, Vriters, Books, Universities, Moralitics, Councels, Synods, Assemblies, Civil and worldly Power, instead of standing upright and being strong in the Lord, and the power of his might; we have only exibited a shell and carcase of Religion, and have beld out our selves the generation which these last Times by the express predi&tion of the spirit were to bring forth, Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. It hath been the hour and power of Darkness; the man of sin his revealing, and fitting in the Temple of God, and holding forth himself to be God; The Spirit hath given this Man large Rope, he hath suffered this 2 Tim. 3. 5. Absolom the underminer of his Father David, his bair to grow, and is now coming forth the strong and spread and tall Oak where this man is hanging, and twisting himself for his destruction; He baib been contented to become the stone, though precious and the head of the Corner, to be rejected by the builders, that Satan and all his Kingdom might fall upon him, and dash themselves to pieces; and he is pleased to make his way through these clouds, and to rise more gloriously the King, of Israel, from under the stuff, higher by the head and shoulders than any, annointed with the oy! of gladness above his fellows; This is the Child set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and a sign to be spoken against; Christ the power of God, and wisdom of God, the foolishness and weakness of man.
What destrutions do we see already made? what heaps upon heaps by a Jaw-bone of an Ass? the weakness of God stronger than man, and the foolilhness of God wiser than man; How far is the day of the Lord already risen upon the tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Oaks of Balhan, and the high
Ela . 2. 12. mountains and Hils, upon the high Towers and
fenced Walls? what ruine upon these? how many gallant Ships wrackt, how many pleasant Piltures defaced? And yet the rest of the trees and ships and Towers, the high things which yet stand, do not fear nor lay to heart, nor begin to stoop and bow of themselves, but say we sit as a Queen, and fhall see no forrow; they see not who is risen; They bribe their own consciences as they did the Soldiers, least they should speak the truth; they are far
from asking the quesiion, What ay led thee O sea that thou fleddest, and thou Jordan that thou waft driven back! ye mountains that ye skipped like Rams! Treinble thou earth at the presence of the Lord; Power belongs to God, he pulls down one, and sets up another; How hath be broken the staff of the wicked, the Scepter of the rulers? how hath bell enlarged her self! and what glory and pomp is sent down thither, which stand expelling those by whose hand, they were
thrown down, to come to them, and have taken up Ifa. 14. 9.a Proverb to entertain them with! Hell from be.
neath is moved for thee, to meet thee at thy coming; it stirreth up the dead for thee, and all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from the thrones all the Kings of the nations; all they shall speak and say unto thee, art thou also become weak as we! art thou become like to us! The worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee, EC.
Human Learning, the excellency of power and strength created, thou Ruben my first born, the head of this world, thou shalt be made the tay); thou that wilt comprehend Christ, thou that wilt bring God into thy compass and under thy Span, and weigh him in thy ballance, thou that knowejt no Spirit
nor wisdom besides thy self, thou that condemnest that which is not there for folly and weak
Gen. 49. So
ness; thou Lucifer fon of the morning, that hast Said, I will ascend into heaven, and set my
Throne above the Stars, I will be like the most high; thou Spirit of the world that wilt acknowledge none above thee, Thou fhalt not excell be cause thou didst ascend into my bed; he went up to my couch; I will rise out of the 'weak and foolish things to confound thee; I will ordain strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings to undo thee; I will fight against thee in the Carpenters Son and the Fishermen: Judah shall have the Scepter, binding his Foal unto the Vine, Gen: 49. and his Alles Colt unto the choyce Vine: Thé "0. 11. King that rides on the Ass, and the Foal of an Ass, tohom the Boys and Girls follow with the voyce of Hosanna, Mall destroy your place and Nation: ye Scribes, Pharisees, Lawyers, Rabbies, after that you have mocked him, and crucified him, done to him whatever you listed, he will rise again, and fear will take hold of you as forrow upon a woman, and you will call to the Rocks and Mountains to fall upon you, and so go unto your
And thou Independency, the faireft Form, the most beautiful face as yet that ihe Sun barb looked on, The world hath thrown dirt on thee, and disguised thee, which thou hast washed off; take Num. 1%. beed thy Father (pit not in thy Face; that will make thee ashamed indeed: Thou art Ráchel, thou bast with great wrestlings prevailed, and brought föreb Gad, a Troop, and hast routed, pursued, destroyed, taken; if thou lift up thy self azainst thy Root that bears ther, that Spirit that hath lifted rhee up, thou shalt be so dealt withal, in thy high mindedness, if thou work not out thy salvation in fear and trembling.
And thou Righteousness that deriveft thy pede. gree from Adam, and ftandeft in the Law, and