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Which garment I said I would open hereafter ; so that now being come to it again, I shall open what is meant by this garment down to the foot, and by his vesture dipt in blood.

This Son of Man John saw in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, it was no other but Jesus Christ, and this Jesus Christ is the only wise God, as I have shewed before. And it is he that John saw cloathed with a garment down to the foot, and it is he that is cloathed with a vesture dipt in blood. Now the word vesture, and the word garment, sigifies both one thing; only this is to be minded by the reader, what the spirit doth mean by this garment down to his foot, and his vesture dipt in blood. The meaning of the spirit is this ; the eternal spirit it became flesh, so that the flesh of Christ was a garment or a vesture that did cloath the Godhead spirit with; so that he being clothed with flesh from the head to the foot, this Aesh is called by the spirit a garment down to the foot. So that this garment of flesh, is that vesture dipt in blood, according to that saying of Isaiah the prophet, Isaiah lxiii. 1. Who is this that cometh from Edon, with dyed garments?

So in verse 2. Wherefore art thou red in thy apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat? This prophesy of Isaiah is, that God would become flesh, and so cloath himself with a garment of flesh, so that this garment might be made red with blood; that is, the whole body of Aesh which is called the garment of the God-head life, might be made red, even as one that treadeth the wine-fat; for if a man should tread the wine-fat of the grapes with no other apparel on but his flesh only, it would make him look red as if he had been treading in a pool of blood. Even fo doth the prophet's words signify when he faith, Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat ? as if the prophet should say, Wherefore doth thy flesh, which is thy apparel, or thy garment, look red? for thou hast been treading the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God, like unto him that treadeth the wine-fat of the grape ; fo that thy flesh, which is thy garment down to the foot, must needs look red with blood; for the garment of his flesh is that vesture dipt in blood. This the prophets did see by the eye of faith, and so they called the flesh of Christ a garment, red like the wine of the ripe grape, in regard he had not yet suffered death in the Aesh, but was to suffer.

But the Revelation of John saw that he had suffered death in that flesh, and therefore faith, And he was cloathed with a vesture dipt in blood ; meaning his flesh was dipt in blood, in that he had troden the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God; that is, he trod the wine-press of his own wrath against sin. For he is the Almighty God himself, though he cloathed himself with a garment of fesh that he might be capable to die, and that reason, the devil, might be the more capable to put him to death.

That the garment, or vesture of Aesh he had on him, might be dipt in blood for the redemption of the seed of Adam to an eternal happiness, and that his blood might keep down the reprobate seed to endless misery. So that the reader may see what the spirit doth mean by Christ being cloathed with a garment down to the foot, and his vesture dipt in blood; for I think none are so igno

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rant, as to think that it was any woollen, or linen, or silk garment that was dipt in blood ; that would have been little benefit to any man. rance of people is so great, that they will think and believe any thing though never so contrary to reason, and yet seem to be wise men in reason, but the greater is their darkness in spiritual and heavenly things ; yet the feed of faith may see what this vesture dipt in blood is, and who it was that was cloathed with this garmant down to the foot; it was no other but God himself, as is said in the same verse. And his name is called the word of God; for there is none can truly be called the word of God, but God; for the word was with God, and the word was God, as I have shewed before.

C H A P. LXXV.

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ERSE 14. And the armies which were in heaven, followed him upon

white horses, cloathed in fine linen, white and clean. These armies which were in heaven, they are the saints; and the prophets, apostles, and witnesses of the spirit, are the captains over these armies; that is, all true believers in every commiflion are in these three armies, and there is one chief general in all the armies in heaven, and that is God himself; so that all these armies in heaven follow him upon white horses. For as the general hath a white horse to sit upon, so likewise have all the armies in heaven; that is to say, all the saints, white horses to sit upon also.

The reader may remember that I shewed before what is meant by a white horse, and how that God himself had a white horse to sit upon; to wit, his own righteousness of faith ; by which power of faith God created all things, and by the power of faith he fulfilled the law, and by the power of faith he laid down his life unto death, and by the power of faith did rise again ; so that this righteousness of faith is that white horse that Christ doth sit upon. Likewise the armies in heaven they follow him upon white horses also; that is, all the saints, as aforesaid, being true believers in Christ's death, that his blood was the blood of God, so that this blood hath washed their souls in it, that their hearts are purified by faith in the blood of the Lamb, so that they have the righteousness of faith in them; and this righteousness of faith is called by the spirit, a white horse. So that all the armies in heaven, that is all true believers, they have white horses to fit upon to follow their God, their King, and their Redeemer. And as for their being cloathed in fine linen, white and clean, that signifies their souls being purified by faith, the guilt of all sin is cleansed from them ; so that though their souls were red as scarlet with the guilt of sin, yet now being purified by faith, they are made as white as snow ; so that their fouls are cloathed now with peace, joy, and glory which is as fine linen, white and clean, &c.

Verse 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should finite the nations, and he shall rule then with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. This sharp sword that goeth out of his mouth, it is out of the mouth of Christ; that is, when he 2.1 command his angels to pour out their vials of wrath, or plagues, upon the

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enemies of truth. It may be called a sharp sword that goeth out of his mouth, so that by the word of his mouth he shall cause his angels to smite the nations ; and when they have smiten them dead, he by a word of his mouth will raise them again, and rule them with a rod of iron, in that he will make them undergo a second death. So that the two-edged sword that goeth out of his mouth, shall cut both ways, that is to say, 'it shall cut down this natural life, and cut down that spiritual life also, so that after death they shall have a living death, and a dying life; so that he will rule them with a rod of iron in utter darkness, where is weeping and gnashing of teeth for evermore,

For as much as he hath trod the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, he hath purchased to himself a greater power than he had before; even a power, that after he hath killed this natural life, to kill both body and foul of his enemies in hell fire; that is, with a second and eternal death, and so he will rule them with a rod of iron indeed.

I would not have the reader to stumble, because it is said in fcripture in divers places, and in this verse also, that he treadeth the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God, as if there were a father above Christ, as men have vainly imagined, and have not stuck to say that Christ trod the wine-press of his father's wrath. But I would have the reader to know, that there is no such saying in all the Bible, as that he trod the wine-press of his father's wrath ; but be treadeth the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God, for he is the Almighty God himself, though in a two-fold condition, as I have shewed before in this treatise ; which methinks might satisfy the mind of any sober moderate man ; but if it doth not satisfy the reason of 'man, I cannot help it, the thing is truth in itself, and it was a truth to the prophets and apostles, and to John the Evangelist, and it is a truth to me, and will be a truth to all the true believers to the world's end.

CH A P. LXXVI.

ERSE 16. And he hath on his vesture, and on his thigh, a name written,

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This vesture is the body of his fesh, as I said before; and on his thigh, fignifies that part of his vesture that is fitest to write his name upon, the thigh being the most fleshy part of a man, and so fitest to write upon; that is, it was the fitest part of all the body to thrust the spear into, so that there was written on his vesture, and on his thigh, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. That is, he was pierced with the devil's spear in the body, and in his thigh, and by the blood that came out of his own vesture, there was this name written upon his own body, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. That is, that body was the body of God, and that blood was the blood of God ; so that he being the King of Heaven, he must needs be King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; for who is King of Kings, but God himself only?

So that as he was the Creator of all things, he had this name written on him as he was the Creator, Jehovah, God Almighty, I am that I am ; this was the name of God as he was the Creator; and this name was written on his fpiritual body,

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which was his vesture for his God-head spirit to live in; but now God is become Aesh, and hath cloathed the God-head life with a garment of flesh as a vesture, and shed his most precious blood, he being in the condition of a fon, or a fervant, he made himself capable of the pains of death, and so died unto sin; that is to satisfy fin, for nothing could fatisfy sin, but the blood of God. And by his dying unto it, he destroyed fin, in that death could not keep him under it. For if death could have kept that body of Christ in the grave, so that it might not have risen again, then sin and death would have lived for ever and ever, and this world would have had no end. So that by this death of God, he hath conquered sin, death and hell for the feed of Adam, that they shall have no power over them, not as to keep them under eternal torments. But on the contrary, he hath by his death overcome sin, death, and hell, so as to make them serve for the eternal torment of the seed of the serpent who have acted sin. So that as he hath gone through the condition of a Redeemer and overcome sin, death, and hell

, upon those two consideration, aforesaid. By the body of his flesh he hath purchased to himself, as he is the Redeemer, a name written on that body of desh, which is called his vesture, King of Kings, and Lords of Lords.

But here is one thing more to be minded, that this death of Christ was that which treadeth the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God. For God was wrath with sin, and nothing culd punish sin, but an eternal death; so that God having no way to destroy sin, and to be even with the ferpent, that brought sin and death into the world, not only to himself, and his own seed, but also to Adam and his feed. So that God being willing to avenge himself of the serpent, and his feed, and to restore Adam and his feed again, he took upon him the feed of Abraham, which is the nature of Adam, and not the nature of angels, of whose nature the serpent was of, and so cloathed the eternal fpirit with a body of flesh, and so offered up the eternal spirit unto death, that he might destroy him that had the power of death, which is the devil, which devil is no other but the spirit of reason in man. So that as death was in the devil's hands before Christ's death, yet now by his death, he had gained the power

of death himself into his own hands. So that now he will deliver his own feed from it, and will inflict the fame death eternal upon the devil, and his feed, as he would have done upon God and his feed. ·

So that the wrath of almighty God it was against fin and death, which the serpent brought into this world upon all the feed of Adam; and the body of God, by the assistance of the eternal spirit, muft tread the wine-press of it. That is, the eternal spirit was the life of the blood, that was in that blessed body, so that he poured out his soul unto death, and was offered up through the eternal {pirit ; and this was the treading the wine-press of the wrath of Almighty God, he being the Almighty God himself, and by this work of redemption, he hath a name written upon that body of flesh he suffered death in, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

I confess these things are deep mysteries, hard for me to explain in words, and more hard to be understood by those who know not what revelation doth mean; for things of this nature cannot be explained with that case, as other matters may, which

is more easy to understand; but the feed of faith may see what is meant by the wine-press of God's wrath, and who it was that treadeth it in, that his soul was made an offering for sin, and so hath a name by his sufferings, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, as aforesaid.

CHA P. LXXVII.

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N verse 16 John hath concluded the marriage of the Lamb, with the joy

and glory the faints shall have in heaven, over the destruction of Babylon; that is, over the destruction of all wicked persecuting men from the begining of the world to the latter end thereof, and by what means these things have been accomplished; even by that sharp sword that goeth out of Christ's mouth, in giving his angels command to pour out the vials of his wrath upon the earth, and by his own garment dip'd in blood, hath he accomplished glory, and eternal happiness to the saints; and shame, and endless misery to the reprobate. So that in the latter part of this chapter, the spirit doth call to remembrance, the great destruction of that great city Babylon, and doth incite the faints in heaven to increase their joy in heaven, by feeding upon the destruction of that great whore, who caused all the nations of the earth to drink the wine of her fornication, as you may see in verse 17.

Verse 17. And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and be cryed with a loud voice, saying, to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God. These fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, are the saints; they are called by the spirit, the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, and these fowls are invited to supper with the great God. Here the reader may see that Christ is the great God, for they sup with him they were married unto; that is, the Lamb they were married unto, and he the fowls of heaven must fup with. Also this is he that is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, even the great God, and that which the great God, and the fowls of heaven must have to supper, it is set down in verse 18.

Verse 18. That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the field of captains, aud the files of men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the files of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. . This verse doth imply all, both great and small

, that fought under the banner of the beast, and the false prophet ; which false prophet signifies the spiritual power of the whore, as aforefaid, and the beast signifies the civil power, or head magistrate, who commited fornication with the woman, and so joined together to fight against God and his faints. And these kings, captains, and mighty men, and small and great, they were all authorized by these two powers aforesaid, to fight against God, and his faints, and so they did persecute and kill many of them, yea, they killed Christ himself. So that now as these men did eat the flesh of the faints, and drink their blood, in that they were pleased in their minds that they had shed the blood of saints, and the blood of prophets and apostles ; for that is called by the spirit, eating and drinking So likewise now the great God hath by the sword that goeth out of his mouth

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