"Sixty Propositions"

EXTRACTED OUT OF A BOOK [written by Jane Lead in 1697]
ENTITLED,
" A Message To The Philadelphian Society, whithersoever dispersed over the whole Earth",
This was first published in  the April, 1697 edition of the "Theosophical
Transactions",  by the Philadelphian Society .
 
 

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Sixty Propositions

EXTRACTED OUT OF A BOOK ENTITLED,

"A Message To The Philadelphian Society whithersoever dispersed over the whole Earth."

                                       BY  JANE LEAD, 1697



                     1.
                           There shall be a total and full redemption by CHRIST.
                     2.
                           This is an hidden mystery not to be understood without the
                           Revelation of the Holy Spirit.
                     3.
                           The Holy Spirit is at hand to reveal the same unto all holy
                           seekers and loving inquirers.
                     4.
                           The completion of such a redemption is withheld and obstructed
                           by the apocalyptical seals.
                     5.
                           Wherefore as the Spirit of God shall open seal after seal, so shall
                           this redemption come to be revealed, both particularly and
                           universally.
                     6.
                           In this gradual opening of the mystery of redemption in CHRIST,
                           doth consist, the unsearchable wisdom of God which may
                           continually reveal new and fresh things to the worthy
                           searchers.
                     7.
                           In order to which the Ark of the Testimony in Heaven shall be
                           opened before the end of this world and the living testimony,
                           which is therein contained, shall be unsealed.
                     8.
                           The presence of this divine ark will constitute the Philadelphian
                           Church and, wherever that is, there must the ark of necessity
                           be.
                     9.
                           The unsealing of the living testimony within the ark of the Lord,
                           must begin the promulgation of the everlasting gospel of the
                           kingdom.
                     10.
                           The proclamation of this testimony of the kingdom will be as by
                           the sound of a trumpet to alarm all the nations of the earth, and
                           more especially all the professions of Christianity because
                           attended with the power of ACTING ALL WONDERS.
                     11.
                           So there shall be an authoritative decision given forth immediately
                           from CHRIST to the putting an end to all controversies
                           concerning the true Church.
                     12.
                           This decision will be, by the actual sealing of the Members of this
                           church with the name of God; giving them a commission to act
                           by virtue of the same. This new name will distinguish them
                          from the seven thousand names of Babylon.
                     13.
                           The ELECTION and PREPARATION of this church is to be after a
                           secret and hidden manner; as DAVID in his minority was
                           elected and anointed by the prophet of the LORD; yet was not
                           admitted to the outward possession of the kingdom for a
                           considerable time afterward.
                     14.
                           Of the stem of DAVID, a virgin church, which hath known
                           nothing of man or of human constitution, is yet to be born.
                     15.
                           And if it be yet to be born, then it will require some
                           considerable time before it gets out of its minority and
                           arrives to the full and mature age.
                     16.
                           The birth of this virgin church was visionally typified to St. JOHN
                           by the great wonder in Heaven bringing forth her first born
                           that was caught up to the throne of GOD.
                     17.
                           FOR As a virgin woman brought forth CHRIST after the flesh,
                           so likewise a virgin woman is designed by God to bring forth
                           the FIRST BORN after the Spirit - who shall be filled with the Holy
                           Ghost and with power.
                     18.
                           The VIRGIN that is hereto designed must be as of a pure spirit,
                           so also of a CLARIFIED body, and all over impregnated with
                           the Holy Ghost.
                     19.
                           This church, so brought forth and signed with the mark of the
                           divine name, shall be adorned with MIRACULOUS GIFTS AND
                           POWERS beyond whatever yet hath been.
                     20.
                           HEREBY all nations shall be brought into it, so that it shall be the
                           catholic church according to the genuine sense and utmost
                           latitude of the word.
                     21.
                           It must be an anointed church; whereby it may truly bear the
                           name of CHRIST or Christian, being with Him anointed to the
                           priestly, prophetical and royal dignity.
                     22.
                           Hence there will be no bonds or impositions, BUT the holy
                           unction among these new born spirits will be all in all.
                     23.
                           This catholic and anointed church must be perfectly holy, as
                           CHRIST Himself is holy; so that it may worthily bear the name of
                           the Lord our Holiness and the Lord our Righteousness.
                     24.
                           Until there be such a church made ready upon the earth, so holy,
                           so catholic, and so anointed, that is without all spot or wrinkle
                           and that is adorned as a bride to meet her bridegroom, CHRIST
                           will not personally descend to solemnize this marriage and
                           present the same to His Father.
                     25.
                           But when the bridal church shall be made ready and thoroughly
                           cleansed and sanctified from every spot of defilement through
                           the blood of CHRIST, then He will no longer delay His Coming in
                           Person.
                     26.
                           There is not this day (1697) visible upon the earth any holy catholic,
                           anointed and bridal church; all the churches and professions
                           being found light when weighed in the balance: therefore they are
                           rejected by the Supreme Judge.
                     27.
                           Which rejection and condemnation will be for this end that out
                           of them a new and glorious church may rise up in whom there
                           shall be no fault to be found, like as He findeth none with the
                           PHILADELPHIA. (Rev. 3)
                     28.
                           THEN shall the glory of GOD and of the Lamb so rest upon it as
                           the cloud upon the typical tabernacle so that it shall be called
                           The Tabernacle of Wisdom.
                     29.
                           Though this PHILADELPHIAN church is not known in visibility, yet
                           it may lie hid at this present time as in the womb of the morning.
                     30.
                           Notwithstanding, it will be brought forth into visibility as coming
                           out of the wilderness within a short period.
                     31.
                           Then will it go on to multiply and propagate itself universally; not
                           only to the number of the first-born (which is 144,000) but also
                           to the remnant of the seed: against whom the Dragon shall
                           make continual war.
                     32.
                           WHEREFORE the spirit of DAVID ["love"] shall most eminently revive in
                           this church and most specially in some or other selected
                           members of it as the blossoming root which is to precede the
                           DAY OF SOLOMON ["wisdom] in the blessed MILLENNIUM.  These will have
                           might given them to overcome the Dragon and his angels, (even
                           as David and his army overcame Goliath and the PHILISTINES).
                     33.
                           This will be the standing up of MICHAEL ["Who is like God"], the GREAT PRINCE of
                           Israel, and will be as the appearance of MOSES ["rescued"] against
                           Pharaoh ["leadership"] in order that the chosen seed may be brought out from
                           their hard servitude.
                     34.
                           EGYPT ["scientific; worldly; reasoning"]doth figure out this servile creation under
                           which each one of Abraham's seed doth groan, but a PROPHET and
                           prophetical generation will the MOST HIGH yet raise up who
                           shall deliver His people by mere force of spiritual arms.
                     35.
                           For which there must be raised up certain HEAD POWERS to
                           bear the first shock, who are to be persons of great eminence
                           and favor with the TRINITY: whose dread and fear shall fall upon
                           all nations (visible and invisible) because of the mighty acting
                           power of the Holy Ghost which shall rest upon them.
                     36.
                           For CHRIST, before His own distinct and personal appearance,
                           will first appear and represent Himself in some CHOSEN VESSEL
                           or vessels anointed to be leaders unto the rest and to bring them
                           into the promised land the new creation state.
                     37.
                           Thus, MOSES, JOSHUA and AARON may be considered as types
                           of some upon whom the same spirit may come, yet to rest in a
                           greater proportion whereby they shall make way for the
                           ransomed of the Lord to return to MOUNT ZION.
                     38.
                           BUT none shall stand in any considerable office under GOD,
                           but who are tried stones after the pattern and similitude of
                           the Chief Corner stone CHRIST.
                     39.
                           THIS will be a FIERY trial, which very FEW will be able to pass,
                           or bear up in; wherefore the WAITERS for the visible breaking
                           out of this Church are strictly charged to hold that fast which
                           they have and to wait together in the unity of PURE LOVE,
                           praying in the Holy Ghost according to the apostolical pattern,
                           that they may be sent forth to multiply more universally.
                     40.
                           This TRIAL will be of absolute necessity to every one in
                           particular, and to all in general, for the constituting and cementing
                           of the true Philadelphian [brotherly love] Church by clearing away all the
                           remaining infirmities of nature and burning up all that there is of
                           hay, stubble or dross, which they may have added to the work
                           of the LORD.
                     41.
                           FOR nothing must remain in this pure Church but what can
                           abide in the FIRE. For as a Refiner will the LORD purify the sons
                           and daughters of it and purge them as gold and silver, that they
                           may offer unto Him an offering in perfect righteousness.
                     42.
                           Though the operation of the Holy Spirit in these WAITERS
                           may, for a LONG TIME, contend with many infirmities and evils,
                           yet, if it be kept continually warm and watched to, it cannot at
                           the last but work out a perfect cure and bring about a full and
                           perfect redemption from the earth.
                     43.
                           There may be some at present living who may come to be thus
                           fully and totally redeemed, having ANOTHER BODY put on
                           them, that is, one after the priestly order.
                     44.
                           This priestly anointed BODY will render them impregnable and
                           qualify them for that high degree of spiritual government which
                           they are called to.
                     45.
                           WHEREFORE it is required on our part to suffer the Spirit of
                           Burning to do upon us the refining work, fanning us with His
                           fiery breath and searching every part within us until all be pure
                           and clear and we thereby arrive to this FIXED BODY from
                           whence the WONDERS are to flow out.
                     46.
                           This BODY will be the sealing character of the PHILADELPHIAN
                           Church.
                     47.
                           Upon this BODY will be the fixation of the URIM and THUMMIM,
                           [the Mind and the Wisdom of God] that are to be appropriated to the Priests of the
                           Melchisedecian order; whose descent is not to be counted in
                           the genealogy of that creation which is under the FALL but in
                           another genealogy which is from the RESTORATION (vide
                           Prop. 17 & 18).
                     48.
                           Hence, these Priests will have a deep inward search and a Divine
                           sight into the secret things of the Deity; will be able to prophecy
                           in a clear ground, not darkly and enigmatically, for they will
                           know what is couched in the first originality of all beings, and
                           in the eternal archetype of nature; and so will be capacitated
                           to bring them forth according to the Divine counsel and
                           ordination.
                     49.
                           The LORD, whose Hand is lifted up, sweareth in truth and
                           righteousness, that from ABRAHAM'S line according to the
                           Spirit, there shall arise an HOLY PRIESTHOOD.
                     50.
                           ABRAHAM ["father of many"] and SARAH ["true judgment"] were a type of THAT which should be
                           produced and manifested in the last age of the world.
                     51.
                           The mighty spirit of CYRUS is appointed to lay the foundation of
                           the third temple and to support it in its building.
                     52.
                           THESE are the characteristics or marks whereby this pure
                           Virgin Church, so founded, shall be certainly known and
                           distinguished from all others and whereby the unction and true
                           sound of the Holy Ghost shall be discerned from THAT which
                           is FALSE, LOW, and COUNTERFEIT:
                     53.
                           There must be a manifestation of the Spirit wherewith to edify
                           and raise up this Church suitable to the Resurrection of CHRIST.
                     54.
                           This manifestation must be in the absoluteness of power as
                           well as in the beauty of holiness; so bringing down Heaven
                           upon earth and representing HERE the NEW JERUSALEM
                           state.
                     55.
                           In order to which, spirits that are thus purely begotten and born
                           of GOD can ascend to the new Jerusalem above where their
                           HEAD, in great majesty, doth reign and receive THERE such a
                           mission whereby they shall be empowered to bring down to this
                           world its transcendent glory.
                     56.
                           None but those that are risen with CHRIST in the regeneration
                           can thus ascend and none but those that have so ascended
                           and received of His glory can descend again to communicate the
                           same, being thereby His representatives upon the new earth as
                           subordinate Priests and Princes under him.
                     57.
                           Now, HE that is ascended and glorified, has made Himself, as it
                           were, our debtor; consequently, He will not be wanting in
                           qualifying and furnishing out certain high and principal
                           instruments WHO SHALL BE MOST HUMBLE and as little
                           regarded as David was, whom He will dignify with great honour
                           and priestly sovereignty, for the drawing to them the scattered
                           flocks and gathering them into one fold, out of all nations, and
                           languages, and kindreds.
                     58.
                           THEREFORE, there should be a holy emulation and ambition
                           stirred up among all the lovers of JESUS that they may be of the
                           first fruits unto Him that is risen from the dead, and so be made
                           principal agents for Him and with Him; that they may, if possible,
                           be of the number of the first born of the New Jerusalem Mother.
                     59.
                           All the LOVERS of JESUS and true waiters for His kingdom in
                           spirit, under whatsoever professions or forms they are
                           dispersed, ought to be numbered among the Philadelphian
                           spirits to whom this MESSAGE appertains.
                     60.
                           The [present Philadelphian - 1697] Society is not the Church, but preparatory
                           to the Church of Philadelphia; it consists of those who have associated
                           to wait in the unity of the Spirit for its glorious appearance and
                           manifestation. WHEREFORE there is such a strict charge given to THEM,
                           throughout this Message, to be WATCHFUL and quicken up their pace.