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The Missing Cross to Purity


Somewhat of Concern to the Jews Spiritual, who are of the Seed of Abraham spiritually, or according to the Faith, and gathered in this Day of GOD's Power, to the true and everlasting Shiloh.

THE scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be, Gen 49:10.

Old Jacob, in the spirit of prophecy, saw that Judah was to have the scepter, the kingly power; and it was not to depart from him, it was to be his right, and the lawgiver was to be between his feet, till Shiloh came. Then the right was Shiloh's to reign, and to give laws to his people, whom he should gather out of the kingdom of darkness, and from Satan's power, into his own inward, spiritual, and everlasting kingdom. This was the true king, God's king, whom he would set upon the holy hill of spiritual Zion; and all the holy, inward, spiritual gatherings of all people, scattered from the holy, living power, must be to him.

I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and I will give it him. And his dominion shall not pass away, or the scepter and lawgiving power shall not pass away from him, as it did from Judah, nor shall his kingdom ever be destroyed, Dan 7:14, but God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Query. But who are the people that shall be gathered to him?

Ans. The people that shall hear his voice, and come at his call, that shall receive the instruction of wisdom, and feel the drawing power and virtue of the Father, in the day of his power. It is written in the prophets: All your children shall be taught of the Lord. And every one that is taught and learns of the Father, comes to the Son, comes to the Messiah, comes to the Shiloh, to the Word eternal, to the Word of life in the heart.

Query. Was not the Messiah promised to the Jews, to come of them, and to be appropriated to them?

Ans. He was promised to them, and to come of them, but not to be appropriated to them. Instead he was to be the universal Saviour to all that should come under his ensign and banner. He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and he shall sprinkle many nations, ... God promised that he would give his Son (his elect choice servant) for a light to the Gentiles, and slavation to the ends of the earth.

Query. Were the Jews then excluded?

Ans. No, they were to be gathered to Shiloh, as well as others. No, the Lord had a special regard to them; the gospel was first preached to them; they had the first offer, or the first call to the spiritual glory; they were the children of the prophets, and of the covenant of God made with their fathers; unto whom God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless them, in turning away every one of them from their iniquities. And the whole nation, turning from their iniquities, should have been gathered by him, and should have enjoyed the blessing of his day and kingdom. Yes, the first gathering was from among them, and the first glorious gospel church was at Jerusalem, where the Spirit and power of the Lord Jesus did most eminently and wonderfully break forth, and great grace was upon them all. But the nation was not gathered to Shiloh, nor did come under his scepter and government; but only a remnant of the nation. So these being gathered, the rest were cast off; and the ensign was carried among the Gentiles, and the great gathering was there among them.

Query. How is it manifest that the great gathering to Shiloh was to be from among the Gentiles?

Ans. By many express prophecies of scripture, and promises to the Messiah, that he should have the Gentiles for his inheritance and possession. When God established his King, the Messiah, upon the holy hill of spiritual Zion, notwithstanding all the heathen's rage against him, and the people of the Jews imagining a vain thing, (thinking to keep the body of him in the grave, who was the resurrection and the life) , what faith the Lord to him? Ask of me, and I will give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession, Psa 2:8. The Lord said, in another place: It is a light thing that you may be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you mayest be my salvation unto the ends of the earth, Isa 49:6. Again the Lord said further: From the rising of the sun, even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen, said the Lord of hosts, Mal 1:11. Sing, O barren! You that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, said the Lord, Isa 54:1. Who was the married wife? Who was the mother in the days of the first covenant? Was it not the Jerusalem below, who was then desolate and barren? Was it not another Jerusalem [heavenly Jerusalem], which is free [free from destruction], and the mother of all the spiritual children? Why was she now to rejoice and sing? Because she was to break forth on the right hand and on the left, and her seed was to inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited, Isa 54:3.

The covenant of Mount Sinai brought forth a great people, that of Jerusalem, that was below; which was the mother. The covenant afterwards made, besides that in Horeb, in which the Word near in the heart and mouth is the foundation, (by which Word, God circumcises the heart), was as yet barren, and did not bring forth a people to the Lord. But this covenant was to have a time; the Jerusalem above [heavenly] was to have a time, in which her seed should inherit the Gentiles; and the Maker, the Husband, should be called the God of the whole earth, Isa 54:5. Read Galations 4 and see how the apostle of the Gentiles expounds the mystery, showing which is the free woman, and her free children, and which is the bond woman, and which the bond children, who are cast out in the day of God, and in the shining of his heavenly light inwardly, and cannot inherit the glorious kingdom of the gospel, with the children of the free woman. Consider who were the people in the time of the first covenant? Who obtained mercy then? Were they not the Jews? Who were not a people, and who did not obtain mercy; but were left out of the love and mercy of the first covenant? Were they not the Gentiles? Did not the Lord promise that he would have mercy on them that had not obtained mercy? And that he would say to them that were not his people, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE; and they shall say, MY GOD, Hos 2:23, compared with Rom 9:26. Was not this once gloriously fulfilled in the first visitation of the Gentiles? And is it not again gloriously fulfilled in his now visiting them again with the fresh sound of the everlasting gospel, as was promised, Rev 14:6.

Oh! What a promise is that concerning the day of God! That in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious, Isa 11:10. Is not his the day in which the holy mountain is known, and that nothing can hurt or destroy there? Does not the knowledge of the Lord cover his land, his earth, as the waters do the sea? Does not the root of Jesse, the rock of life and salvation, stand for an ensign, placed so by God; and who can displace it, or shake those who are built on the inward Mount Zion? Yes, is not the rest of the weary soul, when he comes here, found to be very glorious? And when this ensign is more fully lifted up, shall not the Gentiles more abundantly come unto God from the ends of the earth, and bewail their dead and estranged estate from God? (Saying, surely our fathers inherited vanity, and things in which is no profit, Jer 16:19.) Shall they not turn from all their idols to serve the living God? 1 Thes 1:9. Concerning the Messiah it was promised, that in his name should the Gentiles trust, and the isles shold wait for his law, and he should bring forth judgment to the Gentiles, Isa 42:1, Mat 12:21.

But why should I mention any more scripture unto you concerning this thing, when you have so large, full, certain, and daily experience of it in that which is pure and living of God, which never deceived nor can deceive any; for you are begotten by his Spirit into his own image and nature, and have received the Spirit of adoption, in which you cry Abba Father to the Father of spirits. He found you indeed in a strange land, under great captivity, and alienation from him. You have been in Egypt, in Sodom, in Babylon spiritually; but the mercy of the Lord has followed you there, and the arm of the Lord has reached to you there, and has cut Rahab, and wounded the Dragon. Yes, he whom the Lord has given for a light to the Gentiles, has shined to you there, in the midst of your darkness. So that God sent among you the prophet like unto Moses, (though far above Moses), and hearing him, he led you out of Egypt, and by the rod of his power did signs, and wonders, and valiant acts there, breaking that power which with a strong hand held you captive there, and oppressed you. And you have known the travel, trials, and temptations in the spiritual wilderness, and the falling of the carcasses which were to fall there, and the holy leading by the pillar of cloud and fire through all the entanglements and dangers therein. Yes, and the faithful among you, the tried and prepared among you, have passed over Jordan, (the river of pure judgment), into the good land, and come to witness David and Solomon, (who are one in Spirit), your King, who rules in righteousness, and ministers to you peace everlasting. And you have an High-priest there, not after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchizedeck, who is made the everlasting High-priest of God; not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life; whose lips preserve the knowledge of the law for you, in that endless power of life; who ministers for you, and to you, in the endless power, and intercedes with power and efficacy, and sprinkles the blood of the covenant upon you, which takes away sin from your hearts and consciences. So that you know the inward Jew's state, the inward holy land and kingdom, the inward circumcision, before you enter into that land; and the inward Lamb, the inward passover, the inward Mount Zion, and Jerusalem; the inward sacrifices and incense, the inward tabernacle, temple, and ark of the covenant, the inward sh0w-bread, the inward manna, the inward rod that buds, the inward candlestick and the lamps, which are never to go out in God's temple. And what should I say more? All, which that people were to be outwardly, in an outward way and state, God has made inwardly in the substance; and what God would have been to them outwardly, had they obeyed his voice, and kept his statutes and judgments, that he is to you inwardly, who are the called and chosen, and faithful followers of the Lamb; and you are the enjoyers of their blessings and promises inwardly. Oh! the glory of your state to the eye that is opened to see it!

Now something remains on my heart to convey to you:

Oh! be daily sensible of the tender goodness and mercy of the Lord, which has broken forth among you! What mercy, what love has the Father shown unto you, that you should be thus accounted the children of God! That they which were once near, should be removed so far off; and you, which were so far off, should be brought so near, and should forever inherit the sure mercies of David! For of a truth the Lord will never forsake you; but his mercy endures forever towards you, and your stakes shall never be removed; but this inward building shall stand forever. This Zion is the place of God's rest, where he will dwell forever; whereof the outward Zion was but a figure.

Secondly, Remember what the Lord promised himself concerning you. When he was weary of that people, and continually complaining of them. Oh! What did he promise himself concerning the people he would bring forth by the Spirit and power of the Messiah in the latter days! Did he not promise himself that they should be a holy people, an inwardly circumcised people, a people that should please him; sheep that should hear the Shepherd's voice, and be healed by him, gathered home to him, and so follow and learn of him the Shepherd; that they should all know him from the least to the greatest; and that he would forgive their sins, and heal their backslidings, and they should not return to folly, or backslide any more, as the children after the flesh always did? Is not this the people whom indeed God has formed for himself, who shall show forth his praise?

Thirdly, Remember what a covenant God has prepared to make with you, as you incline your ears to him, and are led by him into the holy agreement with him; even a covenant which is not weak, as the old covenant was; but is full of virtue and vigor, to enable you to do whatever God requires of you. Mark what it contains, putting God's fear into you: not the fear which is taught by man's precepts, which man may get into his carnal mind; but which God places as the treasury of life in the heart; as it is written, “The fear of the Lord is his treasure,” Isa 33:6. Oh! Who knows the preciousness of his treasure! How it cleanses the heart, and keeps it clean, and will not allow the mind that is seasoned with it, and kept to it, to depart from the living God! It fences from unbelief, it fences from disobedience; it will not allow the soul so much as to meddle with any appearance of evil. Oh! Precious, glorious, blessed treasure! Happy is the man who fears always with this fear! Another precious thing this covenant contains, is the law written in the heart, that it shall be as near, yes, nearer than sin is, in the heart that is made tender, and has the law of the Spirit of life written in it. Who knows what it is to have the law of love, the law of life, the law of the Spirit, the law of faith, the law of new obedience, livingly written by God in his heart! Surely none can but those in whom God writes it! And such cannot but desire to have it written in their hearts by his blessed finger daily more and more. But this covenant contains yet more, even the putting of his own Spirit within them, to be a fountain of life there, a fountain of strength and wisdom there, to make them more and more willing in the day of his power, and to cause them to walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and judgments, and do them, that the Lord their God may bless them, and delight in them.

Oh! Who would not long after, and take up the cross and shame, to enjoy the glory of this state! Oh! What has God done for a poor despised remnant among the Gentiles! Oh! Who would not desire to keep this blessed covenant with the Lord, that he might fully enjoy the Lord, that the marriage with the Maker might be witnessed in his loving-kindness and everlasting righteousness, and all unrighteousness and uncleanness might be put away, removed, and separated from his heart forever. Ah! The virgin spirit which the Lamb loves, and delights to marry with! “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit,” and he must part with all that is old, evil, unclean, and corrupt in him, that would be joined to the Lord, and become one Spirit with him. Oh! who would lose the precious fear of the covenant, which is clean, and endures forever, and keeps clean and chaste to the Lord forever! And who would miss of one law which God has to write in the hearts of his children, when every law is a law of life, and changes the mind into the nature of the lawgiver! And who would grieve God's Spirit, who is our Comforter? Or quench what kindles the pure flame of love and life in our hearts? Much less can any of his dear and tender children be willing to vex him, by manifest carelessness and disobedience, who gives us to drink of the river of his pleasure!

Oh! my dear friends, you do not know the great travail of my heart, that all the children of the Lord might walk before him in all well-pleasing, that we might come all into covenant, into the full covenant, and walk fully with him in the covenant, that his anger might be forever turned away from us all, and he might never be wroth with, nor rebuke any of us anymore. It is written on my heart the breaking forth of this glory would reach the Jews; and though they are cast off as to their outward stateand not so to be owned or come into that glory anymore, yet there is a day of mercy and love for them as to that inward state of life and redemption, which their outward state typified. The breaking forth of the full glory of the Gentiles, and the manifestation of God's mighty power and presence with them, (they being made by God a people to him, and so walking with God, as none possibly can but those who are created anew, and so made by him), this might provoke the Jews, (the poor, scattered, forsaken Jews), to seek after the Lord their God, and David their King, inwardly to be revealed in them, and rule among them.

The Lord God of our life and tender mercies, carry on to perfection this blessed work of his, which he has so mightily begun, and so mightily till now carried on; and keep us in the sense of his good Spirit, and in tender and holy subjection to it, and in unity together in the life, in which we have been gathered and preserved, and in pure judgment over all the workings of the enemy everywhere, and in the gospel love one to another, and to all men, even our greatest enemies, that we may seek the good of all men, even the rescuing and preserving all out of sin and wrath, as much as in us is possible; that the pure light with which our God and heavenly Father has enlightened us, may shine in us; and the life with which he has quickened us, may live in us, and we may feed on nothing but life, and grow in nothing but life and truth, to the great glory of our heavenly Father, and to the great joy of our hearts. Amen.

Isaac Penington

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