The testimony of St.
Bartholomew, the apostle. The apostle warns all souls not to be like the rebellious Jews,
and reject the work of God in this day, to their destruction. All will be judged according
to their works, &c.
1 With great joy and rejoicing do I,
an apostle of Jesus Christ, stand up in the latter day of glory, and testify to the whole
world of the coming of our Lord, to judge the world in righteousness.
2 Whether men hear or whether they
forbear, the work of God is the same, and must be declared to the nations abroad, ere the
end cometh: for this gospel of the kingdom must be preached to all nations, kindreds and
tongues, which dwell upon the earth, before man knoweth the end of the world, or the means
which God hath provided to bring the end of all unrighteousness before Him.
3 For as the blessed Son spake while
on earth, to those who were to spread the joyful tidings of his first coming; "Verily
I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be
come," So in like manner is it accomplished: for the tidings of his first coming have
not, as yet, been preached to the uttermost parts of the inhabited earth.
4 And with a loud voice do I, in
union with my God, proclaim his coming, that he hath already come in his glory, to make an
end of sin. And no other coming of the Lord than this, of which ye have been plainly
shown, will any soul ever see; although ye may wait, as did the lookers after his first
coming, to see their expectations fulfilled in a manner better calculated to meet their
5 But like them, ye will wait in
vain, until your day is past, and ye be found, like the haughty and rebellious Jews,
outstanding your day, and suffering the glory of God to pass by you, and so be left in
total darkness, to do those things which ye would shudder at the thought of doing, had not
the light of God which ye had rejected, passed by you, and ye become more the subjects of
darkness than before the light came.
6 These things I speak in love,
knowing what is, and what hath been, and what will continue to be the fate of all souls
who outstand their day, and suffer the light of God to pass by them. For, if ever favored
with another offer of the mortifying terms of the gospel, far more degrading will it be to
their haughty spirits, than before they suffered the light of conviction in their own
souls to become as darkness, which worketh opposition and bitterness of spirit.
7 For I forewarn you, that ye can
never transform the light of Christ's first coming, into the light of his second coming;
for the work which he designed to accomplish in his second coming, can never be
accomplished by the light and power alone of his first coming; but by a union of both.
8 It became necessary that the
gospel of the kingdom should be preached to all nations, kindreds and tongues, that they
might know the living and true God and his blessed Son, whom He had sent, to reclaim the
world from the gross errors to which they had become subject; that they might be prepared
with a right understanding, to meet him in his second coming, by fulfilling the
requirements of his first coming.
9 And now, I would have you stop for
a moment and consider; yea, in a special manner, those who profess to teach in the name of
Christ, the blessed Son of God, consider the state of the world at this present period,
even those who know the doctrines of Christ, and daily have them before their eyes.
10 And after a fair investigation,
see if their present state will not readily fit to those servants who received talents of
their Lord, to occupy therewith, until he should return and receive his own with usury;
for many there be who wholly reject the requirements of their Lord, and suffer not his
spirit, in the least to rule over them.
11 Again, there are those found who
daily occupy the talents received by the first coming of our Lord, which is his word sown
in the hearts of the children of men, which is sown equal, and taketh impression according
to the soil of the heart. These are the talents given of the Lord of the vineyard, for men
to occupy therewith, until his second coming, to judge the world in righteousness, and set
up his everlasting kingdom which shall never have an end.
12 For in his sayings he spake thus;
I go to prepare a place for you; and if I prepare a place for you, I will return and
receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.
13 How plainly ye may, if ye will,
apply this to the parable of the Lord, who went into a far country, to receive for himself
a kingdom and return. For in the first coming of our Lord, the kingdom was preached, and
Christ taught his disciples to pray that it might come; but it was never fully revealed
until his return to receive to himself his elect, from the four quarters of the earth.
14 And now, how stands it with those
who have heard his word, his self-denying word, you who profess to be influenced thereby,
and occupy according to the same? For the servants of Christ are not limited to ten
talents; but all become accountable that are hearers of his word, some more and some less,
according to the impression it takes in the heart.
15 For they who hear, receive and
obey, according to the best understanding which they receive by the hearing of the word,
become prepared to meet their Lord at his return, and will be glorified with him. Such he
will delight to make rulers and governors in his kingdom.
16 But there are few found of this
class, who in their hearts have put their Lord's money to usury, and can with confidence,
meet him at his return, and say, Of all which thou gavest me, I have occupied according as
thou didst require of me.
17 Yet a far greater number will be
forced to exclaim in the bitterness of their souls, "I considered thee a hard master,
reaping where thou did not sow, and gathering where thou hadst not strewed; therefore I
hid thy word, that thou mightest receive the same at thy coming, being neither made
profitable for me nor for thee."
18 Thus and thus will be the returns
of many, even of those who profess to follow the precepts of their Lord; yet consider him
a hard master, requiring that which is unreasonable to be accomplished; therefore they
profit nothing by his word; for their own words and works declare it.
19 Therefore out of their own
mouths, which speak from the abundance of the heart, will the Lord judge them; and they
shall be judged according to the deeds done in the body, whether they be good, or whether
they be evil. And thus will be proved the exact amount each soul hath gained by the first
coming of the Son of God.
20 And by his words, which were left
in his name, for men to occupy until his second coming, to reveal the kingdom which he had
received of his Heavenly Father, to give to those who were worthy of it, and were willing
to receive it as a little child; to such hath he returned to receive unto himself, having
prepared a place and a way for them.
21 But how vastly different would
have been the state of mankind, at the coming of their Lord, had all as one, who came in
possession of his words, which contain his precepts and examples, been found occupying the
same, according to the best understanding which they received, some more and some less.
22 I say, how vastly different would
have been the state of man, at the coming of the Lord, had all been found walking in the
light of his first coming, by obeying the precepts which he gave to all souls to improve
until his second coming, which it was his will should be preached to all nations, ere he
should come to them the second time, to make an end of the world, by subduing all offenses
in every soul that cometh to him, in the kingdom which he hath won, wherein is placed his
judgment seat, to judge every man according as his works shall be.
23 And that part of man which hath
hitherto refused to subject, in any wise, to the spirit and teaching of their Lord, and
would not that this spirit should rule over them, know ye, this part will surely be slain
in his presence, that is, their carnal life will be cut off in the presence of those who
stand by him, as judges in his name, where every man shall receive according as his works
shall be, whether they be good or evil.
24 And thus and thus only, will be
decided, at the coming of the Lord, the use that souls have made of the talents which he
gave to man in his first coming, to improve until his return; to make the separation
between the precious and the vile, and between that part of man which seeketh to serve
God, and that part which seeketh to serve the devil.
25 For by nothing short of the
judgment which penetrates into the secrets of men's hearts, can this point be decided. For
man cannot be known by his words, nor by the outward appearance only; therefore the
judgment in which is proclaimed, and an account rendered, of every secret work, is the
season and time to decide upon the merits of souls, and how much they have profited by the
first coming of their Lord, by obeying his precepts and following his example.
26 But unless I am greatly mistaken,
many, yea, very many, who think to meet the coming of their Lord in peace, and to be
pronounced good and faithful servants, and be made rulers in his kingdom at his return,
would tremble at the thought of approaching his bar of divine justice, there to be judged
according to the deeds done in the body, having the records of their lives plainly laid
open before the judgment seat of Christ, in his true witnesses, who are the light of the
27 I say, unless I am mistaken,
which I have no reason to believe I am, in this; many of you who consider your souls
sanctified unto God, will find yourselves greatly disappointed, when you come to the
righteous judgment of God, and your deeds are brought to light, by an honest confession,
and you obtain remission of sins, and thereby receive power to overcome the works of sin,
and reign triumphant, as did your Lord, who hath come to take away the sins of the world
by the light and glory of his second appearing.
28 These things I speak to stir up
your minds by way of remembrance, that ye may no longer remain hid from yourselves, and
know not what manner of persons ye are; for there is nothing done in secret which shall
not be revealed, neither in darkness, which shall not be uncovered.
29 For every veil shall be lifted,
and every secret lurking place be hunted out; for the day of light hath come, and by this
light, and before this light, shall all darkness and the works of darkness flee away, and
no place shall be found for them in the new creation of God.
30 Therefore beware, ye secret
workers, ye who vainly plead the merits of Christ, and lull your consciences to sleep in
this way, and thereby continue to multiply iniquity and uncleanness; saying, Christ, the
blessed Redeemer, came to save sinners, even the chiefest of sinners; and they to whom he
forgiveth much , the same love much. Therefore let us sin, that grace may abound in our
salvation; and the greater the loss, the greater the glory.
31 O ye lovers of iniquity, more
than lovers of the purity of the gospel of your Lord! How long will ye seek refreshment
from the streams of sensual pleasure, and thirst for that which is foul and abominable in
the sight of God, and still be hanging upon the merits of his Son, whom ye daily implore,
that he would pardon your iniquities and sanctify you in your uncleanness.
32 Know ye not that every work is
brought into judgment, with every secret thing? Then where is your glory? If ye glory at
all, it must be in giving God the glory, by bringing to light in his witnesses, every work
and every secret thing; and your reward will be according as your works are found.
33 If these my words can ever
hereafter encourage any soul to sin, that grace may abound, or heap up iniquity, that the
pardoning love of Christ may be made manifest, then are ye, as free agents, left to act as
seemeth good in your sight. But thus far I could not refrain from giving my warning voice,
that they rise not up in the day of their visitation and say, "I knew not these
things to my understanding; but through false tradition I viewed them otherwise, else
would it have been found vastly different with me in the judgment."
34 Now I will come a little nearer
to the case in hand. I am called, with my brethren the apostles, to sit upon the throne of
judgment, where every work is brought into judgment, with every secret and hidden thing.
And how often have I heard those who appeared at the bar of divine justice, even in mercy
and in great tenderness, exclaim in these words; "O that I had known these things
which I now know, how vastly different would my works have appeared in the judgment."
35 Yea, hundreds of times have I, as
one of the judges in Israel, heard these heart-rending exclamations, while the soul was
struggling for its deliverance, being bound by the strong bands of Satan. For every sin
becomes a band, which must be broken by him that committeth it; therefore he who sinneth
much hath many bands to break, before he can be set at liberty by the power which rules in
36 Knowing all this, how can I
with-hold my voice of warning, that ye may beware how ye multiply bands which none can
break, excepting those who have made them. And as a kind, loving father and friend to all
souls, whether in the body or out, I leave my solemn warning, that ye heap not up wrath
against the day of wrath.
37 Thus far have I condescended, by
the permission of my ever blessed Lord, to warn those who dwell upon the earth, by the
special request of many whose sins have followed after them to judgment; that warning
might be given to their brethren, who still remain upon earth, that they might, if they
would, escape the cruel reward of their own doings, by with-holding their faculties from
the service of the cruel tyrant of their souls.
38 These things are true, whether ye
hear or whether ye forbear. And in love and tenderness have I uttered them forth, and they
never can be recalled; and in so doing my soul feels released, and I feel comfortable in
the hope that many will take warning, and cease to bring upon themselves the strong bands
of iniquity, which can never be severed but by the labor and sufferings of the soul that
39 And now feeling that I, as an
individual, yea, more than this, as an apostle of our Lord, and a priest of the Most High,
I have cleared my skirts from the blood of souls who dwell upon the earth, both now and
hereafter, so long as time remains. For I know no doctrine, save that which was preached
in the beginning; He that saveth his life, must lose it; but he that loseth his life for
Christ's sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
40 And again, "He that taketh
not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." "And he that loveth
father and mother more than me, is not worthy of me." "He that committeth sin is
of the devil." He that confesseth and forsaketh his sins, shall find mercy; but he
that covereth his sins shall not prosper.
41 These, and such like doctrines
were delivered in the beginning, for man to improve, until Christ should come to renew and
perfect the same, and thereby make an end of sin, in all who would call upon his name for
salvation. And they who preach any other doctrine than this, let them be accursed.
42 And as I am one who was called to
bear record of the first coming of our Lord to a lost and sinful world; so in like manner,
am I permitted to stand up and proclaim his second coming, in and with the Bride, even to
the ends of the earth. This record is true, that; "he has come in his glory;"
and his glory is my glory, and my glory is his glory:
For Christ is glorified, and is all in all, both in heaven and on earth, to every soul
that becomes partaker in his glory.
43 And what is his glory? His glory
is this; that God hath provided a helper meet, that souls might be brought forth in purity
and holiness, and no longer remain under the bondage of sin and death, through the
transgression of the first woman.
44 And this is my glory, and it is
also the glory of all souls that come into Christ, and are made partakers of his glory,
which is in direct opposition to the glory of this world, and ever will remain so, even to
the end of all things. Farewell in much love and tenderness.
From the apostle BARTHOLOMEW.