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     Behold a dream in the night season ...of the season of man ...while the eagle stretches his wings out over the whole earth ....

     i found mineself ...in the midst of a plane ...tween Heaven and earth ...tween the plain of Heaven ...and the plain of earth ...and plainness of heart and mind was shown to me ...even of the flesh ...plain as it is ...on the earth ...

     and as it was i was held there ...on this plane ...tween Heaven and earth ...knowing of the coming ...when Heaven and earth be the same ...of same truth ...of same love ...of same spirit ...and that of all these things ...they be of God my father ...known only through the mending of his son Jesus ...

     for of surety the Heaven and the earth ...will be ...will be fullfilled ...even as it was written ...Father let your will be fullfilled on earth as it is in Heaven ...and this is the very same that comes ...the mending again ...of Heaven and earth ...IN ...of ...the will of God ...through Christ Jesus ...of his works to bless the Father ...so my Father can have rest ...

     and i looked to Heaven ...and i looked to earth ...and looked to the void ...and the mist between ....

     and Behold ...on the plane of Heaven appeared a scripture ...saying "gird up the loins of your minds"

     and below on the plane of the earth ...i was shown another scripture ...saying "gird up your loins"...and i wondered a mighty wonder ...before my Father and my brother Jesus ...

     and in a instant came scripture back to rememberance ...howso of the world our flesh is ...even our thoughts are ...and needs be we begin to look to new Hean and earth ...wherein the old thoughts of the world of the worldly ...yea ! even heart for any of it ...be forgotten ...even as God has told us ...For lo, I shall make a new heaven, and a new earth. And as for the old, they shall never be thought upon, ner kept in mind: but men shall be glad and evermore rejoice, for the things, that I shall do.

     and as for the old, they shall never be thought upon...What a blessing !!! OH man !!! ...and as for the old, they shall never be thought upon...

     and so it was opened to me ...as it is to gird up the loins of our minds ...Heavenward ...not to "inner"tain ...the thoughts of the world ...or the measures or matters thereof ...for they all be done away with ...even as God has promised ...and to think upon them is nothing more that ...vexation to our souls ...

     For it is written ..."Wherefore gird up the loins of your minds, be sober, and trust perfectly on the grace that is brought unto you, by the declaring of Jesus Christ, as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves unto your old lusts of ignorance: but as he which called you is holy even so be ye holy in all manner of conversation, because it is written. Be ye holy, for I am holy."

     And if so be that ye call on the father which without respect of person judgeth according to every mans works, see that ye pass the time of your pilgrimage in fear. For as much as ye know how that ye were not redeemed with corruptible silver and gold from your vain conversation which ye received by the traditions of the fathers: but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb undefiled, and without spot, which was ordained before the world was made: but was declared in the last times for your sakes, which by his means have believed on God that raised him from death, and glorified him, that your faith and hope might be in God.

     And for as much as ye have purified your souls through the spirit, in obeying the truth for to love brotherly without feigning (pretending), see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: for ye are born a new, not of mortal seed, but of immortal, by the word of God which liveth and lasteth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth away, but the word of the Lord endureth ever. And this is the word which by the Gospell was preached among you.

     Wherefore lay aside all maliciousness (unkindness) and all guile(deception), and dissimulation, and envy, and all backbiting: and as new born babes, desire that reasonable milk, which is without corruption, that ye may be grown therin. If so be that ye have tasted how pleasant the Lord is, to whom ye come as unto a living stone disallowed of men, but chosen of God and precious: and ye as living stones, are made a spiritual house, and an holy priesthood for to offer up spiritual sacrifice, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

     Wherefore it is contained in the scripture: behold I put in Sion an head corner stone, elect and precious: and he that believeth on him, shall not be ashamed. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious: but unto them which believe not, the stone which the builders refused, the same is made the head stone in the corner, and a stone to stumble at, and a rock to offend them which stumble at the word, and believe not that whereon they were set. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and a peculiar people, that ye should show the vertues of him that called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, which in time past were not a people, yet are now the people of God: which were not under mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

     Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which fight against the soul, and see that ye have honest conversation among the Gentiles, that they which backbite you as evil doers, may see your good works and praise God in the day of visitation.

     Submit yourselves unto all manner ordinance of man for the Lords sake, whether it be unto the King as unto the chief head: other (or) unto rulers, as unto them that are sent of him, for the punishment of evil doers: but for the laud (honor) of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that ye put to silence the ignorance of the foolish men: as free, and not as having the liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but even as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love brotherly fellowship. Fear God and honour the king.

     Servants obey your masters with all fear, not only if they be good and courteous: but also though they be *froward. For it is thankworthy if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what praise is it, if when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye take it patiently? But and if when ye do well, ye suffer wrong and take it patiently, then is there thank with God. *froward: stubborn, contrary, disobedient.

     For hereunto verily were ye called: for Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow his steps, which did no sin, neither was there guile found in his mouth: which when he was reviled, reviled not again: when he suffered, he threatened not: but committed the cause to him that judgeth righteously, which his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we should be delivered from sin and should live in righteousness. By whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray: but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

     Likewise let the wives be in subjection to their husbands that even they which believe not the word, may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives: while they behold your pure conversation coupled with fear. Whose apparel shall not be outward with broided hair, and hanging on of gold, or in putting on of gorgeous apparel: but let the hid man of the heart be uncorrupt, with a meek and a quiet spirit, which spirit is before God a thing much set by. For after this manner in the old time did the holy women which trusted in God, attire themselves, and were obedient to their husbands, even as Sara obeyed Abraham, and called him Lord: whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, not being afraid of every shadow.

     Likewise ye men dwell with them according to knowledge: giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as unto them that are heirs also of the grace of life, that your prayers be not let.

     In conclusion, be ye all of one mind, one suffer with another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous, not rendering evil for evil, neither rebuke for rebuke: but contrariwise, bless, remembering that ye are thereunto called, even that ye should be heirs of blessing. If any man long after life, and loveth to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak not guile. Let him eschew (avoid) evil and do good: let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. But the face of the Lord beholdeth them that do evil.

     Moreover who is it that will harm you, if ye follow that which is good? Notwithstanding happy are ye if ye suffer for righteousness sake. Ye and fear not though they seem terrible to you, neither be troubled: but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, and that with meekness and fear: having a good conscience, that when they backbite you as evildoers, they may be ashamed, for as much as they have falsely accused your good conversation in Christ.

     It is better (if the will of God be so) that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For as much as Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, for to bring us to God, and was killed, as pertaining to the flesh: but was quickened in the spirit.

     In which spirit he also went and preached unto the spirits that were in prison, which were in time past disobedient, when the long suffering of God abode exceeding patiently in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing wherein few (that is to say, eight souls) were saved by water, which signifieth baptism that now saveth us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but in that a good conscience consenteth to God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is our right hand of God: and is gone into heaven, angels, power and might subdued unto him.

     For as much as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he which suffereth in the flesh, ceaseth from sin, that he hence forward should live as much time as remaineth in the flesh: not after the lusts of men, but after the will of God. For it is sufficient for us that we have spent the time that is past of the life, after the will of the gentiles, walking in wantonness, lusts, drunkenness, in eating, drinking and in abominable idolatry.

     And it seemeth to them a strange thing that ye run not also with them unto the same excess of riot, and therefore speak they evil of you, which shall give accompts (accounts, accomplishments) to him that is ready to judge quick and dead. For unto this purpose verily was the gospel preached unto the dead that they should be condemned of men in the flesh, but should live before God in the spirit. The end of all things is at hand.

     Be ye therefore discreet and sober, that ye may be apt to prayers. But above all things have fervent love among you. For love covereth the multitude of sins. Be ye harbourous one to another, and that without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, minister the same one to another as good ministers of the many fold grace of God. If any man speak let him talk as though he spake the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God ministreth unto him. That, that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and while the world standeth. Amen.

     Dearly beloved, be not troubled in this heat, which now is come among you to try you, as though some strange thing had happened unto you: but rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christs passions, that when his glory appeareth, ye may be merry and glad. If ye be railed upon for the name of Christ happy are ye. For the spirit of glory and the spirit of God resteth upon you. On their part he is evil spoken of: but on your part he is glorified.

     See that none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or an evildoer, or as a busybody in other mens matters. If any man suffer as a Christian man, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God on his behalf. For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God. If it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them which believe not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved: where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their souls to him with well doing, as unto a faithful creator.

     The elders which are among you, I exhort, which am also an elder and a witness of the afflictions of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be opened: see that ye feed Christs flock which is among you taking the oversight of them not as though ye were compelled thereto, but willingly: not for the desire of filthy lucre, but of a good mind, not as though ye were lords over the parishes: but that ye be an example to the flock. And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive an incorruptible crown of glory. Likewise ye younger submit your selves unto the elder. Submit your selves every man, one to another, knit yourselves together in lowliness of mind. For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble. Submit your selves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you, when the time is come. Cast all your care to him: for he careth for you.

     Be sober and watch, for your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, remembering that ye do but fulfil the same afflictions which are appointed to your brethren that are in the world. The God of all grace, which called you unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, shall his own self after ye have suffered a little affliction make you perfect: shall settle strength and establish you. To him be glory and dominion for ever, and while the world endureth. Amen.

     By Silvanus a faithful brother unto you (as I suppose) have I written briefly, exhorting and testifying how that this is the true grace of God, wherein ye stand. The companions of your election that are of Babylon, saluteth you, and Marcus my son. Greet ye one another with the kiss of love. Peace be with you all which are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

     

     and likewise ...for all wisdom come from God ...even ministered to us plainly ...by Jesus ...also ...to gird up our loins ...as it is written ...Stand therefore, and your loins girt about with verity, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod with shoes prepared by the Gospell of peace. Above all take to you the shield of faith, wherewith ye may quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray always with all manner prayer and supplication: and that in the spirit: and watch thereunto with all instance and supplication for all saints and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to utter the secrets of the Gospell, whereof I am a messenger in bonds, that therein I may speak freely, as it becometh me to speak.

     Verity ...being ..."realness" ...of truth ...and the very "real" works thereof

     And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw the glory of it, as the glory of the only begotten son of the father, which word was full of grace and verity.

     If our unrighteousness make the righteousness of God more excellent: what shall we say? Is God unrighteous which taketh vengeance? I speak after the manner of men. God forbid. For how then shall God judge the world? If the verity of God appear more excellent through my life, unto his praise, why am I hence forth judged as a sinner? and say not rather (as men evil speak of us, and as some affirm that we say) let us do evil that good may come thereof. Whose damnation is just.

     I exhort therefore, that above all things, prayers, supplications, intercessions, and giving of thanks be had for all men: for kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may live a quiet and a peaceable life, in all Godliness and honesty. For that is good and accepted in the sight of God our saviour, which will have all men saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one (mediator) between God and man, which is the man Christ Jesus, which gave himself a ransom for all men, that it should be testified at his time, where unto I am ordained a preacher and an Apostle: I tell the truth in Christ and lie not being the teacher of the gentiles in faith and verity.

     My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not: if any man sin, yet we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ, which is righteous: and he it is that obtaineth grace for our sins: not for our sins only: but also for the sins of all the world. And hereby we are sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the verity is not in him. Whosoever keepeth his word, in him is the love of God perfect in deed. And thereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he bideth in him, ought to walk even as he walked.

     Brethren I write no new commandment unto you: but that old commandment which ye heard from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye heard from the beginning. Again a new commandment: I write unto you, a thing that is true in him, and also in you: for the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith how that he is in the light, and yet hateth his brother, is in darkness even until this time. He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light and there is none occasion of evil in him. He that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness: and cannot tell whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

     Babes I write unto you how that your sins are forgiven you for his names sake. I write unto you fathers, how that ye have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that ye have overcome the wicked. I write unto you little children, how that ye have known the father. I write unto you fathers, how that ye have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that ye are strong: and the word of God abideth in you and ye have overcome that wicked.

     See that ye love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world (as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of goods) is not of the father, but of the world. And the world vanisheth away and the lust there of: but he that fulfilleth the will of God, abideth ever.

     Little children it is the last time, and as ye have heard how the Antichrist shall come even now are there many Antichrists come already. Whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt, have continued with us. But that fortuned that it might appear, that they were not of us.

     And ye have an ointment of the holy ghost, and ye know all things. I wrote not unto you, as though ye knew not the truth: but as though ye knew it, and know also that no lie cometh of truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is Christ? The same is the Antichrist that denieth the father and the son. Whosoever denieth the son, the same hath not the father. Let therefore abide in you that same which ye heard from the beginning. If that which ye heard from the beginning, shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the son, and in the father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

     This have I written unto you, concerning them that deceive you. And the anointing which ye have received of him, dwelleth in you. And ye need not that any man teach you: but as the annointing teacheth you all things, and is true, and is no lie, and as it taught you, even so bide therein. And now babes abide in him that when he shall appear, we may be bold and not be made ashamed of him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, know also that he which followeth righteousness, is born of him.

     The 3rd Chapter

     Behold what love the father hath showed on us that we should be called the sons of God. For this cause the world knoweth you not, because it knoweth not him. Dearly beloved, now are we the sons of God, and yet it doth not appear what we shall be. But we know that when it shall appear, we shall be like him. For we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purgeth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin, committeth unrighteousness also, for sin is unrighteousness. And ye know that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. As many as bide in him sin not: whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, neither hath known him.

     Babes, let no man deceive you, He that doth righteousness, is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin, is of the devil: for the devil sinneth since the beginning. For this purpose appeared the son of God, to loose the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God, sinneth not: for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil. Whosoever doth not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

     For this is the tidings, that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another not as Cain which was of the wicked and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brothers good. Marvel not my brethren though the world hate you. We know that we are translated from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother, is a man slayer. And ye know that no man slayer, hath eternal life abiding in him.

     Hereby perceive we love: that he gave his life for us: and therefore ought we also to give our lives for the brethren. Whosoever hath this worlds good (goods?) and seeth his brother have need: and shutteth up his compassion from him: how dwelleth the love of God in him? My babes, let us not love in word, neither in tongue: but with deed and in verity: for thereby we know that we are of the verity, and can before him quiet our hearts. But if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our hearts condemn us not, then have we trust to God ward: and whatsoever we ask we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.

     And this is his commandment, that we believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and thereby we know that there abideth in us of the spirit which he gave us.

     The 4th Chapter

     Ye beloved, believe not every spirit but prove the spirits whether they are of God or not, for many false Prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby shall ye know the spirit of God. Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit which confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God. And this is that spirit of Antichrist, of whom ye have heard, how that he should come: and even now already is he in the world.

     Little children, ye are of God and have overcome them: for greater is he that is in you, then he that is in the world. They are of the world, and therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us: he that is not of God, heareth us not. Hereby know we the spirit of verity, and the spirit of error.

     Beloved, let us love one another: for love cometh of God. And every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is love. In this appeared the love of God to us ward, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us, and sent his son to make agreement for our sins.

     Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. Hereby know we: that we dwell in him, and he in us: because he hath given us of his spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the father sent the son, which is the saviour of the world. Whosoever confesseth that Jesus is the son of God, in him dwelleth God, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.

     God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is the love perfect in us, that we should have trust in the day of judgment: For as he is, even so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out all fear, for fear hath painfulness. He that feareth, is not perfect in love.

     We love him, for he loved us first. If a man say, I love God, and yet hate his brother he is a liar. For how can he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we of him: that he which loveth God, should love his brother also.

     The 5th Chapter

     Whosoever believeth that Jesus is Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him which begat, loveth him also which was begotten of him. In this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. This is the love of God that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous. For all that is born of God, overcometh the world. And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcometh the world: but he which believeth that Jesus is the son of God.

     This Jesus Christ is he that came by water and blood, not by water only: but by water and blood. And it is the spirit that beareth witness, because the spirit is truth. *(For there are three which bear record in heaven, the father, the word, and the holy ghost. And these three are one). For there are three which bear record (in earth:) the spirit, and water, and blood: and these three are one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. For this is the witness of God, which he testified of his son. He that believeth on the son of God, hath the witness in him self. He that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believed not the record that God gave of his son. And this is that record, how that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son, hath life: and he that hath not the son of God, hath not life. *the text above in italic ; was found in very small type case in the original text.

     These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God that ye may know how that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the son of God. And this is the trust that we have in him: that if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us whatsoever we ask, we know that we shall have the petitions that we desire of him.

     If any man see his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, let him ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death, for which say I not that a man should pray. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not unto death.

     We know that whosoever is born of God, sinneth not: but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked toucheth him not. We know that we are of God, and that the world is all together set on wickedness. We know that the son of God is come, and hath given us a mind to know him which is true: and we are in him that is true, through his son Jesus Christ. This same is very God, and eternal life. Babes keep yourselves from images. Amen.

     Here endth the first epistle of saint John

     

     THE THIRD EPISTLE OF ST JOHN

     The elder unto the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved I wish I in all things that thou prosperedest and faredest well even as thy soul prospereth. I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came, and testified of the truth that is in thee, how thou walkest in truth. I have no greater joy than for to hear how that my sons walk in verity.

     Beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost to the brethren, and to strangers, which bare witness of thy love before all the congregation. Which brethren when thou bringest forwards on their journey (as it beseemeth God) thou shalt do well: because that for his names sake they went forth, and took nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we also might be helpers to the truth.

     I wrote unto the congregation: but Diotrephes which loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore if I come, I will declare his deeds which he doeth, jesting on us with malicious words, neither is therewith content. Not only he himself receiveth not the brethren: but also he forbiddeth them that would, and thrusteth them out of the congregation.

     Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth well is of God: but he that doeth evil seeth not God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth: ye and we our selves also bear record, and ye know that our record is true. I have many things to write: but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee. For I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth. Peace be with thee. The lovers salute thee. Greet the lovers by name.

     Here endeth the third epistle of saint John

     

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