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They having the knowledge of the true God. And why did they know the true God ? Because they had a true ministry to preach unto them. And why was their ministry true any more than these now a-days?
Because the angels or ministers of the seven churches of Asia, received their authority and commission to preach from heaven, which was from Christ himself, after he was ascended, as you may read in the Acts, and as I have largely opened in the Interpretation of the Eleventh chapter of the Reves, lation.
But the seven angels or ministry of the seven churches of Europe, take up their ministry by tradition, imitating the true ministry as aforesaid.
Therefore but anti-angels, seeming to be true, but are not ; neither will that ministry which taketh it up by tradition, having no commission from God, receive that blessed reward as the angels of the seven churches of Asia shall, but altogether to the contrary.
For when they shall say, Lord, we have preached in thy name, and prayed in thy name, and cast out devils, and have done many wondrous things in thy name ; Christ will say, Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I know you not ; for Christ will not kpow those which he doth not send.
For it is a dangerous thing for a man to take upon him to be a minister of Christ, when as he sent himn not ; but this hath been the practice and custom of. men so to do these thirteen hundred and fifty years.
And this traditional ministry of the seven churches of Europe, are the seven anti-angels which were to
sound after the ten persecutions, whereof six of them have sounded already, and the seventh doth now sound ; the Quakers ministry being the seventh and last anti-angel that will sound till time be no more.
Their ministry seeming to carry the most pure shew of righteousness of life, but the worst and most cursed of all the seven churches in Europe, in point of doctrine. . For their ministry doth deny both the Father and the Son to be a person in the form of a man, without them; for they have got God and Christ all within them, so that they mind no person of Christ without them. :
As I have opened more large in the Interpretation of the eleventh chapter of the Revelation, and in the Quakers neck broken, where I have shewn that they are led and guided by the spirit of Anti-christ more in point of doctrine, than any other of the six churches aforesaid
And the Quakers ministry being the seventh and last anti-angel that will sound in opposition, or by way of imitating the seven angels of Asia ; for there must be seven anti-angels, as well as seven true.
That is, there was a ministry that had a com-i. mission from Christ, to preach unto the seven churches of Asia, and that was a true ministry ; there is also a ministry of the seven churches of Europe, which have no commission from Christ to preach, therefore not true.
Yet, called seven angels, by the Revelation of John, in chap. x. ver 7, wh
nap. x. ver 7, where he saith, But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall
begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
I would have the reader to understand, that John did mot mean when the seventh angel of the church of Asia sounded, that then the mystery of God should be finished; for the seven angels of Asia sounded many hundred years ago, and yet the mystery of God was not finished then.
But his meaning was when the seven anti-angels sounded, who have no commission to preach, then the mystery of God should be finished, as he had declared by his prophets.
Now I would have the reader to understand, that preaching is called, by the Revelation of John, a sounding : And doth not the ministry of the seven churches of Europe lift up their voices, as with a trumpet ?
As if they were true ministers of Christ, when as they do but imitate the true angels sounding; for the ministry of all the seven churches of Europe are false, because they have no commission from Christ to be preachers, as aforesaid..
Yet the ministry of every church is called an angel, but they are but anti-angels, as aforesaid.
But some may say unto me, if the ministers and speakers of the seven churches of Europe be all false for want of a commission from God, What will become of all the people who are congregated and joined to their several ministries?
To this I answer; That there is a remnant of the elect seed in every one of these seven churches of Europe that will be saved, because the election of
God standeth sure ; but this I must tell you, that there is no man or woman that is congregated or joined to any of these seven churches, that can have the assurance of eternal life abiding in them, 'while they live in this world.
For how is it possible that the sheep should know their eternal happiness, when as the shepherds do not know their own salvation, no not one of them ?
Therefore according to my revelation and faith, I cannot see by the rule of scriptures, that any of the ministers or speakers of the seven churches of Europe now a-days, that can be saved, though some of their members may.
This may, and will be thought an hard saying of me, but I cannot help it; neither do I speak it out of any ill will to ministers or speakers, but could rather be found a liar in this point.
But I being commissionated of God, and finding the prophets and apostles of old to speak so much, against those, who take upon them to be messengers, ministers, ambassadors, and preachers of the everlasting gospel, without a commission from Christ, they are more guilty of spiritual high treason than any other men ; so according to the faith of the prophets and apostles, and my faith, I cannot see how any counterfeit ministers of what church soever, should be saved in the day of account.
For if it be such a dangerous thing to be a false prophet, or a false Christ, why should it not be as dangerous a thing to be a false minister, to go before he is sent ? • And let ministers take this by the way, and
though the civil power doth uphold and maintain them, yet when they die, God will not uphold them in it. Neither will their consciences justify them in it ; but you must lay down your lives under the fear of eternal death, because you went to preach the gospel, and was not sent of Christ.
Likewise you see that false Christs, and false prophets have been punished in all ages, by the civil magistrates and the priests together.
And so they served the true Christ, and the true prophets; all of them were persecuted as false.
But it is seldom known that a minister was persecuted as he is a minister, not by the magistate, but for some other misdemeanor, or for speaking evil of the civil power, but not for his preaching without a commission from God.
Therefore his punishment will be no less than eternal damnation.
I speak this not only to the ministry of the nation, but to the ministry of all the seven churches now in Europe ;. for they do all of them preach without a commission from God, and run into the ministry before 'they were sent, which will be counted by the Lord Jesus but a work of iniquity.
And what will be the wages of such a work but eternal damnation ? I know I shall offend the ministers and speakers of all the seven churches aforesaid, but seeing they be all false, they may bear the better with me, and with one another; for they will have wages all alike.
For as I said before, according to the faith of the prophets and apostles, recorded in the scriptures,