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and to be present with the Lord. Phil. i. 23.-For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Heb. xii, 23.-To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. (D) Jude 6, 7.-And the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 1 Pet. iii. 9.-Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. Luke xvi. 23, 24.- And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

2. At the last day, such of the saints as are found alive, shall not sleep, but be (E) changed; and all the dead shall be raised up with the self-same bodies, and (F) none other; although with different (G) qualities, which shall be united again to their souls for ever.

(E) 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52.-Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Thess. iv. 17.-Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

(F) Job xix. 26, 27.-And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

(G) 1 Cor. xv. 42, 43.-So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.

3. The bodies of the unjust shall, by the power of Christ, be raised to dishonour; the bodies of the just, by his Spirit, unto honour, (H) and be made comformable to his own glorious body.

(H) Acts xxiv. 15.-And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. John v. 28, 29.-Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the 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 damnation. Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.



1. God hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in righteousness, by (A) Jesus Christ; to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father; in which day, not only the apostate angels (B) shall be judged but likewise all persons that have lived upon the earth, shall appear before the tribunal of Christ, (c) to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds, and to receive according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.

(A) Acts xvii. 31.-Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. John v. 22, 27. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgmen unto the Son: And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

f) 1 Cor. vi. 3.-Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? Jude, 6.-And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.

(c) 2 Cor. v. 10.-For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Eccles. xii. 14.-For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Matt. xii. 36.—But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Rom. xiv. 10, 12.— (Also Matt. ch. xxv., v. 32 to the end).-But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

2. The end of God's appointing this day, is for the manifestation of the glory of his mercy, in the eternal salvation of the elect; (D) and of his justice, in the eternal damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient; for then shall the righteous go into everlasting life, and receive that fulness of joy and glory, with everlasting reward, in the presence (E) of the Lord: But the wicked, who know not God, and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ, shall be cast into everlasting torments, and (F) punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

(D) Rom. ix. 22, 23.-What if God willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction; And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.

(E) Matt. xxv. 21, 34.-His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thon into the joy of thy Lord. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 2 Tim. iv. 8.- Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

(F) Matt. xxv. 46.-And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Mark, ix, 48. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 2 Thess. i. 7-10.-And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

3. As Christ would have us to be certainly persuaded, that there shall be a day of judgment, both (G) to deter all men from sin, and for the greater (H) consolation of the godly, in their adversity, so will he have that day unknown to men, that they may shake off all carnal security, and be always watchful, because they know not at what hour the (1) Lord will come, and may ever be prepared to say, (K) come Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.

(G) 2 Cor. v. 10, 11.- For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

(H) 2 Thess. i. 5-7.- Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them

that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.

(1) Mark, xiii. 35-37.-Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. [See also Luke, 12th Chap. 35 to 40 verses inclusive]

(K) Rev. xxii. 20.-He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.











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