3. This is not to be a cause for wonder, seeing that very much of what is taught even those who are regenerated, comes from the Babylonish systems of men and is but man's tradition. It rests upon another foundation than the Rock of our Salvation. Nor should we wonder much that those who are yet unregenerate, but who have heard or been taught the traditional teachings of error are persuaded thereof. For the Great Whore sits upon many waters (people) and has made the whole world drunk with the wine of her fornications, meaning, in her departure from the true Spirit of God, she had caused much of mankind to be unstable in its walk and unclear in its vision due to drinking of the spirit of error.
4. It is remarkable that so many of God's most devoted servants have come into this particular truth in their later years as their relationship with Him has become closer and their love for Him and their fellow man has intensified. To name a few, Jane Leade, Andrew Murray, Hannah Whitall Smith, Hannah Hurnard, William Law, A. P. Adams, William Barclay, the apostle Paul and Abraham Lincoln. There is no question that this teaching requires maturity of a marked degree for acceptance. It is the teaching concerned with fullness.
5. There are various kinds of visions. There is the night vision, which is a supernatural dream that conveys the mind of the Lord. There is the vision which one sees while in a trance or while praying. It is characterized by seeing even though the eyes are shut. Then there is the open vision which is seen with open eyes as super-imposed over everything the eyes should naturally see.
6. One of the greatest misconceptions held about the teaching of the restitution of all things is that there is no hell. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The only difference between what restorationists believe and what the eternalists believe, is that hell is not forever and it is corrective.
7. It must be brought out with great emphasis that Christ, as shown here, is not pleading the validity of His blood in the sense of fearing that its validity might not be accepted, or that He must somehow appease the wrath and anger of the Father. This is Babylonian nonsense. He is merely presenting the efficaciousness of His blood in and through His kingly and priestly office.
The sweetness and goodness of the Father and His kindness toward us, His offspring, is boundless. He is the great Abyss of Love and Amiability directed toward His creation. The sacrifice, the blood, which Christ is here presenting to the Father was the Father's own thought. Christ's sacrifice is the expression of the Father's love for mankind.
8. William Law, in his inimitable way, states the following: "It follows that there was an utter impossibility for the seed of Adam ever to come out of its fallen state, or ever have another or better life than they had from Adam, unless such a son of man (as Jesus Christ) could be brought into existence, who had the same relation to all mankind as Adam had, who was as much in them all as Adam was, and who had as full power, according to the nature of things, to give a heavenly life to all the seed in Adam's loins, as Adam had to bring them forth in earthly flesh and blood. . . .The doctrine of our redemption absolutely asserts that the seed of Christ was sown into the first fallen father of mankind, called the seed of the woman, the bruiser of the serpent, the engrafted word of life, called again in the gospel 'that light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.' Therefore Christ was in all men, in that same fullness of the relation of a Father to all mankind, as Adam the first was.
"Secondly, Christ was born of Adam's flesh and blood, took the human nature upon Him, and therefore stood as a human creature in the same relation to mankind as Adam did. Nothing, therefore, was further wanting in Christ to make Him as truly a natural Father of life to all mankind, as Adam was at first, but God's appointment of Him to that end. Now that God did this, that Christ came into the world by divine appointment, to be the Savior, the resurrection and life of all mankind, is a truth as evident from Scripture as that Adam was the first man.
"And thus it appears, in the utmost degree of plainness and certainty, that Christ in His single person was, according to the nature of things, as fully qualified to be a common Redeemer as Adam was, in his single person, to be a common father of all mankind. He had His seed in all mankind, as Adam had; and He had the human nature, as Adam had; and He had the same divine appointment, as Adam had."
9. Hear what another says about the lake of fire, which is the second death. Preston Eby says, "I believe every word that the Bible says about the lake of fire; I don't believe what Rome says about it, nor what apostate Churches say about it, nor what tradition says about it; but I certainly believe what the Bible says about it.
"The teaching concerning the lake of fire does not appear anywhere in the Scripture except in the book of Revelation where it is spoken of in the following passages: Rev. 14:10-11; 19:20; 20:10; 20:13-15 and 21:8. There should be no question as to the certainty of this lake of fire; neither should there be any doubt as to the awful consequence of having to be cast into it.
"Because of the gross misunderstanding of almost all people concerning the lake of fire, I would like to draw your attention to three words found in the passage quoted above. 'But the fearful, and unbelieving, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which BURNETH with FIRE and BRIMSTONE: which is the second death.' The word BURN means combustion, or to consume. To consume does not mean to annihilate, for there is no such thing as annihilation in the absolute sense. When fire consumes a log in your fireplace, it does not destroy any of the elements within the log, it merely changes their form.
"In my study of the lake that burns with fire and brimstone I was very much helped and impressed by the understanding given by Charles Pridgeon and I would like to quote from his scholarly work on the subject of BRIMSTONE. He says: 'The Lake of Fire and Brimstone signifies a fire burning with brimstone; the word brimstone or sulphur defines the character of the fire (Editor's emphasis). The Greek word THEION translated brimstone is exactly the same word THEION which means divine.
' Sulphur was sacred to the deity among the ancient Greeks; and was used to fumigate, to purify, and to cleanse and consecrate to the deity; for this purpose they burned it in their incense. In Homer's Iliad (16:228), one is spoken of as purifying a goblet with fire and brimstone. The verb derived from THEION is THEIOO, which means to hallow, to make divine, or to dedicate to a god (See Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon, 1897 Edition). To any Greek, or any trained in the Greek language, a 'lake of fire and brimstone' would mean a 'lake of divine purification.' The idea of judgment need not be excluded. Divine purification and divine consecration are the plain meaning in ancient Greek. In the ordinary explanation, this fundamental meaning of the word is entirely left out, and nothing but eternal torment is associated with it' --End Quote by Charles Pridgeon.
"I realize that the above thoughts define the subject very briefly, but let us summarize the meaning thus: BURN means combustion; to change the form of. FIRE means heat and light. BRIMSTONE means divine. Putting these three together, can we not see that the lake burning with fire and brimstone is, actually, DIVINE HEAT AND LIGHT PRODUCING A CHANGE! Is such a process eternal? All the laws of nature shout that it is not!" Our God is a consuming fire.
Being able to believe all that Divine Love has chosen to do has just been too much for some. But, that God would think to save, not only the 1% we have seen come to Him during the Church Age, but also the 99% we have thought were lost, is witnessed to by the parable of the Good Shepherd leaving the 99 and going after even one lost sheep. Shall He not, then, leave the 1% and go out after the 99% until He has found them?
11. God's Love has been a great stone of stumbling for man since the outset. The Jew simply could not believe that God would include the Gentile, whom the Jew had battled in so many wars, in the commonwealth of God. The Christian cannot believe that God will include all mankind and mankind cannot believe that God will include the fallen demonic spirits. I know some who cannot believe that God will include Hitler because of his great and terrible atrocities committed against the Jews. Yet Love excludes none of its creation because of Its very nature. Please keep in mind that Jane did not have access to a Strong's or Young's Concordance with which to search out these scriptures.
12. Jane lived in the 17th century, the beginning of the close of this age. Therefore, as the fullness of the age comes on, the fullness of the gospel as it pertains to the fullness of Christ's salvation, must be unveiled. In His infinite wisdom, God hid this glorious message by faulty translations, as they pertain to this subject, by shedding little light on it, and through the fact that men for so long walked in so little general knowledge and understanding. For many centuries few could even read the Bible for themselves. Much of what God is now saying concerning the final restitution of all mankind has been purposely hidden. Daniel was told to, "shut up the words and seal the book, even unto the time of the end: (until) many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." --Daniel 12:4.
13. Just as there have been opposers of every truth God has ever revealed to the Church, there are opposers of this truth of the restoration of all. It is very wise, upon hearing this new and quite radical departure from traditional thought, if one can find it within himself not to actively fight against it, but simply put it to one side and wait for the Holy Spirit to shed further light on it. We have been so opposed by some who, thinking they do God a service, actually lie outright about us in order to lessen our credibility. Thus, they have ignorantly put themselves at odds with God and have made themselves murderers in the true New Testament sense of the word. Please do not so oppose this message that you shut the door to the Holy Spirit as He would continue to lead you into all truth.
14. The final adornment to the Temple of Wisdom that God is raising up is Love springing forth from the Golden Flower within. This, Solomon's temple, cannot be raised to its final completion until David's wars have ceased in us. We must come to an even temper and pass from our sea of glass mingled with fire, having gotten the victory over the beast and his image, to stand upon our sea of glass wherein there is never a ripple of anxiety or discontent.
15. Jane never mentions in all of her arguments for the restoration of all mankind, the reason for the error of the doctrine of eternal torment in the first place. She apparently was ignorant of the faulty translation of the word, aion in its adjective form, aionion. It is upon the mis-translation of this one Greek word that the entire doctrine of eternal torment rests. No one contests the assertion that aion means age, but when using its adjective form, aionion, they argue that it no longer means age, but the opposite; eternity, forever, forever and ever, everlasting, world, world without end, etc. Yet, even without this knowledge or concordances or study helps available to us, surprisingly, Jane still comes to the accurate conclusion that God will ultimately bring all to Himself, even though she originally had doubts about it.
16. This fire is here said to be unquenchable. This in no way means that the fire cannot nor will not go out by itself when it has accomplished its work. But until that has happened, it is indeed unquenchable.
17. I sometimes wonder what others think of the tremendous departure from tradition that issued forth from the upper room on the day of Pentecost. It was not scriptural! There was no precedent! I can just imagine Pharisees saying, "Show me! Show me in the Bible where it says that we are to speak in tongues!" Remember, Paul had not yet come on the scene with his teachings of the subject. But God reserves to Himself the right to introduce new and fresh things as the time and nature of things demand them.
18. One of the most clear indications that God will restore all who fell in Adam is, to my mind, found in the illustration wherein God slays an animal and covers (atones) Adam's nakedness. Now remember that Adam is the federal head of all mankind. What he does is passed on to all his progeny and not one is excluded. He fell, therefore all his progeny who were yet in his loins are brought forth as fallen man upon the strength of their complete oneness with Adam. Ah! But that works to man's good also, for if God shed blood in order to cover Adam's nakedness, then all Adam's descendants, who were yet in his loins, were covered also!
19. I do not know what Jane's understanding was as to who or what the Serpent was. It is certain that God reserved some things for our time that He had not yet revealed in other times and ages. This much we know, the Serpent was not a snake which ate dirt and spoke with humans. This was figurative and symbolic. God said to the Serpent, "Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." --Gen. 3:14. Then He turned to the man and said, "Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return" --Gen. 3:19. Fallen Adam is the dust which is to be meat for the Serpent to eat. The carnal nature is the Serpent's portion and he has a legal right to it. Satan is not some little man in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork out there somewhere. He is closer to us than that. He is not the carnal mind. He is a spirit incarnated in the carnal mind and expresses himself through the carnal nature and mind of man. He is that spirit which now worketh in the children of disobedience. He need not be omnipresent. He is everywhere a man is.
20. Here, Jane takes note of something that so many of His children overlook; His justice. There is not one justice for His creation and another justice for God. Too often we fail to realize that God cannot and will not be deprived of His justice. Is it just to acknowledge that God could have prevented the fall of man, but didn't; could have provided a remedy equal to the problem, but didn't; could still intervene in such a way that men born in sin without a nature that desires God would be provided for, but doesn't? Brethren, to attribute such to God is unjust and robs Him of His justice.
21. It is just here that so many fall short of a true and accurate estimate of our God and Father. He is largely purported to be a veritable monster by most of His own children. Nothing but a monster would have brought about a condition through which 95% of His creation will be eternally lost and then, along with those few He was somehow able to save, rejoice over their condition throughout that eternity. He is repeatedly shown by most of His children to be much much less in ability to restore than Satan is to damage and destroy. Yet, a clear vision of God and of His ways demolishes such a view as that. His very essence is Love and His original thought toward man was good and cannot change.
22. It is difficult for me to understand why so many seem to fail to realize that fallen man is in no position to recognize and embrace that which is good and virtuous. He is a blind creature with no ability to get up from where he is fallen and return to His first position in God except, except the Spirit of God should draw and call him to Himself. Yet there are many scriptures which attest to the fact that God, for His own wise purposes, has not called or drawn all mankind during this present age, but rather has taken out of the nations a people, a firstfruits people for His namesake, and "in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" -Ephesians 2:7. To whom will He reveal all this kindness lavished upon us? To those who are yet to be reconciled to Him! In the ages yet to come. "No man can come to Me, except the Father who hath sent me draw him . . ." -John 6:44 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, shall draw all men unto Me" -John 12:32.
23. It is extremely unfortunate that the translators of the KJV inserted an English word, eternity, for which there is no corresponding Greek or Hebrew word. There is no word in either Greek or Hebrew which carries the meaning our English word, eternity, carries; that is, endlessness. Olamim, the Hebrew word which is closest to the Greek word aionios, means an indefinite period of time. Granted, the period of time spent is not known, but it is a period of time and therefore must have an end. This is true also of the Greek word, aionion. I must confess that I have no light on the circles of eternity that Jane here alludes to, but draw your attention to her statement that even these have their limitation.
24. The weeping and gnashing of teeth here is brought on by exclusion from the kingdom. In the instance cited by Jesus in Luke 13:27, it is spoken to the Jews who have, for 2,000 years, watched while others have been included in all the privileges and liberties of the kingdom, along with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob while they themselves, the rightful heirs, have been excluded. Yet, though 2,000 years, an age, is admittedly a long and tedious length of time, still, it is by no means forever and without end. For we have the word of the Spirit: "And so all Israel shall be saved . . ." -Romans 11:26.
25. Oh! That we but knew the true nature of our God! It would completely change our views and understanding of so much. "And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's" --Obadiah 21. To judge in the sense as is here used means simply to put in order that which is out of order; to make right that which is not right. It is not the harsh, crushing, negative judgment of which so many think. It is the alteration which takes place through the application of God's love-fire in His own ones and has as its results the natural and final outcome of infinite grace.
Those who shall be God's representatives in the earth shall know perfect union with His heart; perfect union with His will and purpose; perfect union also with the power of Love to bring about the transformation needed in the fallen nature of those yet unchanged.
26. I believe this is why God has hidden this message that is to go forth as in keeping with the spiritual feast of Tabernacles. This feast is known as the great ingathering and is to be kept after the harvest of grapes and figs, leaving only the harvest of the trees (fruits), that is, the harvest of the nations. This, the most glorious of all messages is the true "gospel of the kingdom (which) shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come" --Matthew 24:14.
27. It should be of immeasurable comfort and reassurance to all who have been separated unto this gospel, that though the visible numbers to which they minister are but few and often very scattered, yet we have it on good authority that the sound of this trumpet does in fact penetrate beyond the physical walls within which we speak. That cloud of innumerable witnesses is often gathered at our meetings and gatherings to hear this remarkable testimony to the utter goodness of God, and are helped by what they hear. Paul said in his day, "But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their (the messengers of the gospel) sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world" --Romans 10:18. The words spoken under the true unction of the Holy Spirit are spiritual and cannot be limited by physical bounds. There is much which could be said on this subject which would support the idea of other worlds hearing the sound of the gospel as it is preached.
28. Let me say here that such an objection, which I have heard again and again put forth foolishly, is specious and groundless. It implies that we are serving God only because we are afraid of going to an eternal hell if we don't. While there is some truth to the fact that many of us do start out after God because of fear, we do not serve God in truth because of fear, but out of love to Him. As the song says, "It was grace which caused my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved." Let me say very clearly; If you serve God only because you are afraid of going to an eternal hell if you don't, you might as well stop now and enjoy yourself. God will not accept service to Him on such meager grounds. It must be upon the ground of Jesus Christ, who is the Father's expression of His goodwill toward all mankind.
29. It should be quite obvious to all that the wrathful preaching of eternal torment has had but little effect upon mankind with 99% continuing in their obdurate and hardened ways, with but a tiny fraction being converted to Christ. Could the gospel of Love do worse?
30. All that was said before in both notes and body, is applicable here. Because those who are wrong about so much happen to be right about this point, it is no reason to cast it off as of no relevance or importance. Allow the truth to speak for itself and we will find it speaking also for us in due time.
31. Jane is quite accurate on this point. This truth was held by the great majority in the early church. On this point even Augustine, the very one most instrumental in disseminating the false teaching of eternal torment, had to admit, "there are yet many who still believe that all shall eventually be saved." Origen, who was born in 185 A.D., taught it, and Jerome, as late as the 370's A.D., studied all of Origen's writings and believed and taught that all would finally be saved.
33. This seems to be a point more borne out by tradition than Biblical grounds-- that is, that Satan and his angels rebelled against God at some time prior to the creation of man and as a result, fell.
34. I can only assume she is here speaking of that time mentioned by Peter in II Peter 3:10 --"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
35. It seems important to me that we keep in mind that there are two distinct kinds and qualities of resurrections with which we are to be concerned. One, the better resurrection, is the first resurrection, of which it is spoken, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years" Revelation 20:6. This is the resurrection which is taking place right now, inwardly and spiritually in a people. This resurrection is of the highest quality and is enjoyed only by Overcomers. The other resurrection, the general resurrection, is that which takes place at the end of the thousand years, as Jane says, and is mentioned in Revelation 20:7,12-15. We read that the dead, all the dead, stood before God and were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of condemnation" --John 5:28-29.
36. When judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, Satan shall indeed be bound for a thousand years and will find no place of dominion through which to express himself. Judgment simply means "taking that which is not right and making it right." When the true judgments of God are in the earth, men shall learn righteousness.
37. She does not mean to say that the angels could not be corrupted, but only that the original high and noble virtue, generated into them out from the Eternal nature of God, could not itself become corrupted or lost. Suppressed and kept down by Satan's wrathful fires of pride and power, this virtue had no way of expression, but when these wrathful fires have been doused by the execution of God's sovereignty against them, there begins to be a way for the expression of this long-hidden and long-denied virtue. Satan has always been God's devil.
38. Perhaps we should be reminded that though this seems almost too much to hope for or to believe, it requires no more power of God to save a devil than to save a man ruled by that devil. We also ought to remember that Love is more powerful than its counterpart, hate. It cannot fail. Also, that He has, by the blood of His cross, reconciled all things unto Himself; whether they be things in earth or things in heaven; whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities. All things have been reconciled to God by the blood of His cross.
39. Apparently, Jane does not call to mind that scripture in Colossians 1:16, 20 --"For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. . . . And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven."
41. She is here referring to that scripture which says, "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away" --I Corinthians 13:10. Love is the perfection of all that is aimed for in Christ, as the whole 13th chapter of I Corinthians states. It is the more excellent, the more perfect way. It is the crowning adornment and capstone upon the whole work of God.
here begins to broach a subject which most have never looked into and cannot
be easily understood without some revelation and study. We will, at a later
date, God willing it, put out some of Jacob Boehme's writings which deal
with these things.