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ing out, My file h and my blood, be upon the Daughter of Babylon ; the souls under the Altar are groaning, How long, O Lord God, Holy and True, will it be ere thou avenge our blood upon them that dwell on the Earth ? and will the Lord refrain himfelf, and shut out the Prayers of bis Prisoners of Hope? I tell you nay; but as a Lion, and as a young Lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of Shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be affraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: fo Mall the Lord of Hofts come down, to fight for Mount Sion, and for the Hill thereof; Uiterly to dethrone the Antichristian Beast, and whore, who have made themselves drunk with the blood of the Saints ( for which he will make them drunk with blood (even their own blood ) for ibey are wortby) and to cause bis poor oppressed ones, to inherit the Throne of Glory, in despite of their Oppressors!" Reader, whoever thou art, inte whose hand's his little Tract may come, I cannot but crave thy stay, out of pure love, to speak a few things to thee in the Portal. If thon art one that art a Scorner, Derider, Persecutor of the Saints ( under what denomination Soever ) if thou art glad in thy heart ( as, was wicked Edom and Tykus of old) at the sufferings of the People of the Lord, yea ; if thou art but a civilized person, or a meer outside Professor, without any acquaintance with the work of Regeneration upon thy Spirit, and the Power, and Mystery of Christianity, and Godliness; whatever thy enjoyments, comforts, hopes, or confidences be, know of a certainty, that this day of the Lord's Wrath, will sweep them away all
, and tbou wilt utterly perish in the flames of his Indignation. Oh then thou wilt cry out, 1 Fool accounted their life madnels, and their end so be without honour, but now they are pumbred among che Children of God, and crowned with glory; but I am cast out to be tormented, millions of millions of ages : 0 that I could prevail with thee, seriously to consider of thy state, ( art thon able to meet, and contend with the Most High?) to proceed no further in rebellion, treasuring up praih againt the day of wrath, and the revelation of the righteous Judgment of God. Ofling away thy Weapons, kiss the Sor, that he be not angry with thee, and thou perish in the way! Content not thy self, in being accounted a Chriftian, that thou hast escaped the pollutions of the World, nor in the performance of some dead, formal, saplefs and spiritless service to the Lord, which profiterh nothing : Get an Ina terest in Chrift, freely tendred in the Gospel, deep humiliation for thy.fora wier iniquiries, a Spirit of Grace and Supplication, inward Purity and Heart-uprightness, or perish for ever. Oh see that thou haft Ogl in thy
vessel, as well as in thy lamp, or thou wilt not be able to dwell with devou. ring fire, and everlasting burnings! If thou art a Child of Light, indeed begotter of the Lord, acquainted, and holding communion with bima in his Ivory: Pallaces; O what cause
, haft tbou ta tryumph in God, for his wonderful, wonderful Grace to thee! O how should ft thon love him? how should'st thom praise him? with what eagerness shouldest thon be profecuting
the concerns of his Glory? how tenderly should't thou be affe&ted with his dishonour ? how full of Supplications and heart-groans for him, to arise thoroughly to plead his Cause? bow.ready to sell all for his Glories sake, and follow him whither foever he goes? O take heed of giving way to a spirit of Number ( the temptation of this day of the Bridegrooms tarria ance ) do not say, a confederacy, with those that say a confederacy, against the Lord ; receive not the Mark of the Beast in thy forehead, ar hand : Keep thy Virginity,in respect of Worship,that thou mayest be found without fault before the Throne of the Lamb: Hold fast thy beginning confidence, that hath so great a'recompence of reward: 'tis but a very little while, and thy God will come wiib Vengeance, evex God with a Recompence, he will come and save thee. Stand fast, and keep thy ground, with in a small moment thou shalt be singing, The Winter is past, the Rain is over and gone-- Keep faithful to God, and while thou art in the Wilderneß thou shalt not be without thy fprings of living Water, he will speak comfortably to thy beart, and give thee ihy Vinyards from hence, and the Valley of Achor for a door of Hope; and he will bring thee Safe (yeathe right way) to Canaan, where thou shalt see thy King in his beauty, hunger no more, neither thirst any more, nither shall the Sun light on thee, nor
heat, for the Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed thee, and Mall lead thee unto living Fountains of Waters, and sod Mall wipe away all Tears from thy eyes. O blessed Day! O royal State! do not your
heari's fing, under the thought of it? who would refuse (if the Lord would firengthen him) to swim through a Sea of blood (though his own blood ).to follow JESUS who will assuredly crown us, with its Enjoyment? If thou art one who ( through the power of Temptation) art turned afide by the Flock of the Companions, and art worshipping with the Nations, waiting at the posts of an Antichristian Ministry for teachings, I do allure thee my bowels are troubled for thee, and with a Pon dipt in my own Tears could I write to thee. Owhy wilt thou forsake the Fountain of Living Waters, for broken Cisterns that will hold no water ? wilt thou change thy glory for that which will not profit : Is it because there is not bread enough inthy Fathers
horife, that thou goeft a begging to the doors of strangers ? Is it nothing to thee to calf contempt upon the pure Inftitutions of Christ
, to provoke the Lord to send leannes intothy soul? Is it a small matter to be an occasion of grief, and stumbling to thy Brethren, to pour contempt upon the Officess wisdom and Faithfulness of Christ, to harden persons in a falfe way of wora Shipping of God, to rheir
eternal ruine to disobey ihe Heavenly Voice;calling aloud to thee, to come from the Lions dens, and mountains of the Leopards, to come out of Babylon? O arise, depart hence, this is not your reft, stie's polluted, hasten thine escape, be like the He-Goat before the Flocks in thy retreat from the Tents of these False-worshippers, left being partaker of their sin, thou receiveft of their plagues, that are even ready to be poured forth! who knows but this may be the last Warning thon mayest have from God? I could easily expatiaté ( for great is my pity towards thee ) were I not sensible how far I have already exceeded the limits of an Epiftle, to so Small a Treatise, which I willingly submit to thy censure ( through the importunity of many judicious Christians ) with this request that thou reade it with seriousness and impartiality. It bath m given up to the Lord, and the service of his poor People, for above this that it hath lain by me : if thou art any way advantaged or bettered by it, give God the glory, and let him have a share in thy Prayers, when neareft the Throne, who accounts it his glory to be
A Servant to the weakest of the Lord's Lambs.
A Christian and Sober Testimony against
The PREFACE to the ensuing Discourse. Eing to treat of one part of the instituted Worship of Chrift, under the Gospel, with respect unto the duty incumbent
upon the Saints, in order thereunto, it may seem to any indifferent
person, but a reasonable Poftulatum in the present Enquiry, that the whole thereof be divolved upon the Scriptures of the NewTeltament 3 and those Royal Laws, that Chrift (the alone King and Law-giver of his Church) hath given forth for Saints under the Newa Teftament-Dispensation to walk by, until they arrive unto a perfect man, upto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Chrift, Eph.4. 13. not perplexing our selves, nor the consciences of any, with the judgmenis of men in generations paft, (wherein they cannot aquiesce, though to take off the prejudices of some againit Truth, upon the account of its seeming novelty, we may bere and there manifelt their harmony wiib'us, in the main Principles of the ensuing Structure) nor what was (or may be supposed to be) permitted, unto the Saints, before the time of Reformation, whilft the worldly Sanctuary was yet standing, the carnal Ordinances appertaining thereunto in being, at leaft by the Providence of God, not fully diffolved, as afterward, both it and they were, being buried in the ashes and ruines of that Temple, to which they were inseparably annext. Yet, inasmuch, as some beams of Light may be communicated unto the present Enquiry, by a retrospection into the state of things in the time of the old Law, it fhall not be grievous to us, (nor will it be altogether unprofitable to the Reader) briefly to remark, so far as may concern the
e te them, that the Lord gave uñto the people of the Jews (whom
matter in hand, the state and management of affairs, under that Oeconomy and Dispensation. Not to mention the Administration of holy things in the time of the Ante. Delwvian Fathers, not the general Apostacy from the pure wayes of God, in the dayes of Serb, (when according to their duty the faithful Remnant (the Sons of God ) separated from the wicked (or the daughters of men), and folemnly joyped themselves together, toborhip God according to his holy Appointments, Gen. 4. 26.) Let us take a brief view of things, with relation unto the People of God, after the giving of Moses's Law,when a Standard was set up for them to repair unto, and they becamé (being gathered into one ) as a City on an Hill, confpicudus unto all, First then,
unto fews ( he had chosen out of all the Nations of the World, to be a People near to him, his peculiar treafure above them all) Statutes and Off dinances to walk by, both with relation to Civils and Ecclefiafticks, which they were indispensibly bound to conform to, without adding to,or detrating therefrom:That the management of all their affairs was singly to be bottom'd upon, and conform to, these Statutes and Judgments, is very frequently afferted in Scripture, Exod. 21, 1: Lev. 18.4. and 19. 37. and 20. 22. and 25. 18. and 26. 15;43: Deut.4.1,5,8. and 5.1, and 7.17, and 11, 1; 3 2. and 12,1, and 26. 16. and 30. 16. i Chron. 16. 12. and 28.7. Pfal. 89. 30. Ezek. 5.6. and 36. 27. Dan. 9.5.
zly. That persons were appointed by the Lord, to be chosen by the Congregation, for the publick administration of Ordinances and Worship, cannot be denied: Thus were the Livites, Exod. 13. 2, 12, 13. and 22.29. Numb.3. 12. called therefore the Wave-Offering of the Children of Israel, Numb. 8.9, 10, 11, because given up by them to the Lord as their Offering, by Colemn Ordination and Imposition of hands.
zly. That persons thus invested into the Office of Priesthood were not left to the liberty of their own wills, nor had they any depen dance upon the Will or Authority of the sons of men (one, or other of them ) either in respect of the matter or manner of their WorThip, the whole whereof was purely of Sovereign Institution, and Dis vine Appointment, Exod. 25.9,40. Numb. 8.5. Heb.8. 5. 1 Chrona 28.11. Exod.8. 27. Lev, 1o. I. Exod. 39, 1,5,7, 21, 26, 31, 43.