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times ten thousand stood before him ---the Judgment was set and the books were opened--I saw in the Night Visions, and behold one like the Son of Man came with the Clouds of Heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him; and there was given him Dominion and Glory and a Kingdom, that all People, Nations and Lan. guages should serve Him. His Dominion is an everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away; and his Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
5th, Zephaniah.* “ Neither their Silver, nor their Gold shall be able to deliver them in the Day of the Lord's Wrath; but the whole land shall be de. voured by the Fire of his jealousy; for he shall make even a speedy Riddance of all them that dwell in the Land; for, t saith the Lord, my determination is to gather the Nations, that I may assemble the King. doms to pour upon them mine Indignation, even all my fierce Anger; for all the Earth shall be devoured with the Fire of my Jealousy."
6th, Haggai. f “ For thus saith the Lord of hosts--- Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the Heavens and the Earth and the Sea and the Dry Land; and I will shake all Nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.”
Thus far I have collected the chief texts on the subject before us, from the Old Testament and the Prophets; and although they do not all speak so di. rectly as Isaiah and Daniel concerning the last Judg. ment, and a dissolution of this Earth by Fire; yet all of them have some reference to this last and great Ca. tastrophe of the world by Fire; and, as it was express: ed before, shew at least the smoke of it, although at a great Distance. They yield, at the same time, a Specimen of the Scripture-Language, from the Old Testament. We proceed now upon the same plan, and upon the same subject, to collect Texts, or Specimens from the New Testament.
* Zeph. Ch. i. Ver. 18.
Ch.ji. Ver. 8.
| Hag. Ch. ii. Ver. 6. * Mat. Ch. xiii. Ver. 40, 41, 42, 43. † Ch. xix. Ver. 28.
1. St. Matthew.* “ As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the Fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a Furnace of Fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of Teeth. Then shall the Righteous shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father.” Fort verily, as it is promised by our blessed Saviour, "ye which have followed me in the Regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve Tribes of Israel.” “ Heavený and Earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the Angels of Heaven, but my Father only." St. Matthew's description of the last judgment (Chap. xxv, from verse 31 to the end of the chapter,] is so well known, that it need not be inserted here.
Ch. xxiv. Ver. 35, 36. See the same words in Mark, Ch. ix. Ver. 31, 32. as quoted above, from Mat. Ch. xxiv. Ver. 35, 36.
2. St. Paul, a blessed Martyr for his Testimony to the Doctrine of the Resurrection and last Judgment, also thus speaks...“ If * the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus, dwell, in you, he that raised up Christ from the Dead, shall also quicken your Mortal Bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you... I reckon that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us--For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain toge. ther until now; and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we our.
selves groan within ourselves, waiting for the Adop. ·tion, to wit, the Redemption of our Body --persuad. ed that neither Death nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor things present, nor Things to come, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” “ Every t man's work shall be made manifest. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by Fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." St. Paul's whole 15th chapter, to the Co., rinthians, will admit of no abstract, and is to be read only entire. It is a beautiful proof of what the Christian Religion depends upon, as its chief Basis; name. ly, the Certainty of the Resurrection of the Body of Man, and its Re-union with the Soul (in order to make the complete man for Judgment) founded upon the Certainty of Christ's Resurrection. St. Paul's
* Rem. Ch. viii. Ver. 11. 18. 22, 23. 38, 39.
+ 1 Cor. Ch. id. Ver. 13.
Doctrine on this subject, is contained in the text to these Sermons,* and is fully stated therein.
3. St. Peter. “ The answert of a good conscience towards God (saith this apostle) doth now save us, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into Heaven, and is on the right Hand of God, Angels and Authorities and Powers being made subject unto Him."...“ By the Word of Godf the Heavens were of Old, and the Earth standing out of the Water and in the Water, whereby the World that then was, being overflowed with Water, perished. But the Heavens and the Earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto Fire against the Day of Judgment and Perdition of Ungodly men--- 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 beat, the Earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burned up--- Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for New Heavens and a new Earth, wherein dwelleth Righteousness.”
4. Revelation of St. John. In this book, although there are many dark and mysterious passages; yet it comes closely, (as was above said of St. Peter) to the End or Consummation of things, nay into the very midst of their final Catastrophe, in language clear, and of unparalleled Grandeur, as in the following descriptions of Death, &c. "**And I looked, and be. hold a pale Horse; and his name that sat on him was
* 1 Thess. Ch. iv. Ver. 13---18.
1 2 Peter, C. iii. VÉ: 5...13. the end of the chap:er. .
+ 1 Peter, Ch. iii. Ver. 21, 22. ** Rev. Ch. vi. frcon verse 8, to
Death, and Hell (or the Grave) followed with him; and Power was given unto them, over the fourth part of the Earth, to kill with Sword, and with Hun. ger, and with Death, and with the Beasts of the earth---and I saw under the Altar the Souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the Testimony which they held; and they cried with a loud voice, saying... How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our Blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow.servants also, and their Brethren that should be killed, as they were, should be fulfiilled. And I beheld, and lo! there was [there followed] a great Earthquake, and the Sun became black as Sackcloth of Hair, and the Moon became as Blood; and the Stars of Heaven fell unto the Earth, even as a Fig-tree casteth her untimely Figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind; and the Heaveu departed as a Scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places; and the Kings of the earth, and the Great men, and the Rich men, and the chief Captains, and the Mighty men, and every Bond-man, and every Free-man, hid themselves in the Dens and in the Rocks of the Mountains; and said to the Mountains and Rocks... Fall on us, and bide us from the Face of Him that sitteth on the Throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” “ And* I saw another
* Rev. Ch. x. Ver. 1..-6.