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E PIs T L E to the RE A DE R.

Had thoughts when I writthe Interpretation of the eleventh of the Revelation, to have written no more books, thinking in myself that there were sufficient mysteries written to have satisfied the spirit of any man, as well as myself, who came to understand the mysteries of the true God, and the right devil, as I myself did. - - And because those heavenly things there treated upon were so strange, neither did I ever find, or read such a kind of language, not in all the ancient fathers writings, and all who have undertaken to interpret the scriptures, and especially this book of the Revelation of saint John. In all my zeal in religion, which was very great, I found no satisfaction neither in their writings, nor in their preaching ; which was an evident sign to me, that those preachers and writers were not sent of God. For certainly if they had, I should have found rest there, and so would many more; but I see all our preachers and teachers of all opinions in religion, they did, and do come short of the glory of God, in that none of them hath, or can declare unto the people neither by writing, nor speaking, what the true God is in his form and nature, nor the right devil his form and nature, not with all their wisdom of reason, and great learning, and study of the scriptures. When as to know God, is life eternal, so that I know now by experience, that there is a great deal of difference between knowledge, and thinking I know ; for true knowledge it gives satisfaction to the spirit of man, and whoever knoweth the true God, must needs know the right devil: And can a man be more satisfied in his mind than he that knows the true God, and the right devil? for by this knowledge the spirit of man hath peace with God. Also he knowing the devil, where he is, and what he is, he is not afraid of him, for the great trouble that lieth almost upon all men and women's spirits, is, they know not God, therefore they do not love God, but fear his anger they do not know. And as for the devil, they fear him to be some spirit flying in the air, even a fićtion of their own brain: the imagination of reason through its ignorance hath created such a devil to itself, that the fear of it hath caused many men and women to loose their wits. When as indeed, and in truth, there is no devil but men and women, neither doth any devil commit fornication, neither temporal nor spiritual with idols, but men and women ; neither doth any devil persecute

and kill the saints or others, but men and women; so that there is no other

devil to be damned to eternity, but men and women.

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for God’s spirit to walkin, and the "paths of God are but three paths, to wit, the

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HAP. I. What is meant by him that is, which was, and which is to come;
and of the seven spirits, or seven blessings of the seven churches of Asia.
Chap. II. What is meant by eating of the tree of life; and of not being hurt by
the second death; and of the hidden manna; and what is meant by ruling with a rod
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co III. What is meant by not bloting a man's name out of the book of life; and
by being a pillar in the temple of God; and by him that overcometh.
Chap. IV. What is meant by the seven spirits of God; and how those seven spi-
rits are but one spirit.
Chap. V. What is meant by the throne of God; and that there is a kingdom above
the stars, as there is here below.
Chap. VI. How jesus Christ is call’d by the spirit the Alpha and Omega; and how
God was in a two-fold condition, and so made capable to suffer the pains of death.
Chap. VII. The resemblance and likeness of the seven churches of Europe, unto the
'... soven churches of Asia; how their ministry doth differ; and how their reward will
differ also.
Chap.VIII. A farther interpretation of the throne of God in heaven ; and of the
seven lamps burning with fire 3 and of the seven spirits of God.
Chap. IX. What is meant by the sea of glass in heaven ; and of the four beafts
full of eyes ; and how Christ is call'd David’s lord, and David's son ; and the
difference of the four beafts in their forms, yet all but mem.
Chap. X. The interpretation of the six wings the four beafts had apiece; and what
is meant by their being full of eyes before and behind; and of their giving thanks,
praise, honour, and glory to Chrift, as he is the Creator.
Chap. XI. The difference of the power of God as he was the Creator, and His
power as he is a Redeemer, there being a two-fold state and condition in God;
what is meant by the book of life, and the seals on the back side.
Chap. XII. Howjohn wept, because be could see none in heaven, nor in earth, that could
open the book of life; how the lion of the tribe of judah doth prevail to open the
book, as he is the Redeemer, and not as he is the Creator; and what is meant by the
feven borns. - .
Chap. XIII. A farther interpretation of the seven horns; and what is meant by ten days
tribulation; and by the seven eyes; how Chrift opened the book of life, as he is a Son.
Chap. XIV. The interpretation of the song of Moses, and of the Lamb ; why
Moses’s song may he called an old song, and the song of the Lamb a new song;
and what is meant by the golden vials and harps, - - -
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