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burning of the world, (2 Pet.i.6.7.) the world itself, and the wicked upon it, perished together; the fame water which defroyed the earth, sweeping away the inhabitants. For it is not likely, that the wicked hall at all ftand on the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, (2 Peç, iii. 13.) and as for this earth, it shall flee away, (which seeins to denote a very quick dispatch) and it shall flee from his face, who fits on the throne, Rev. XX. II. And I saw a great white throne, and him that fat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavensified away. The execution of the tenience on the wicked, is also thus expresled; they fhall be punished with everlasting destruction from the prefence, or from the face of the Lord. 2 Thef i.9. The original word is the fane in both texts, the which, being compared, seem to say, that these creatures abused by the wicked, being left to stand, as witnesses against them in the judgment, are, after fentence patt on their abusers, made to pass away with them from the face of the

Judge. it is true, the fleeing away of the earth and heaven is narTated (Rev. xx. 11.) before the judgment: but that will not prove its going before the judgment, ver. 12. before the resurrection, ver. 13 will prove the judgment to be before it. Further, it is remarkable, in the execution of the sentence, Rev. xx. 14, 15 chat not only the reprobate are cast into the lake, bur death and hell are cast into it likewise: all effects of fin, and of the curse, are removed out of the world: (for which very cause fall the conflagration be) and they are confined to the place of the damned. Besides all this, it is evident the end of the world is by the conflagration : and the Apostle tells us, (1 Cor xv. 24, 25.) that “Then cometh the end, "' when he hall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the " Father: when he shall have put down all

rule, and all authority, “ and power. For he must reign, till hé hath put all enemies un" der his feet.” The which last, as it must be done before the end: so it seems not to be done, bet by putting the sentence in execution, part in the day of judgment, against the wicked.

Now if the burning of Sodom and Gommorrah, that are set forth for an exuample, (Jude 7.) was so dreadful: how terrible will that day, be, when the whole world shall be at once in flames ! how will wretched worldlings look, when their darling world thall be.all on fire? Then thall trong castles, and towering palaces, with all their rich furniture, go up together in one flame with the lowest cottages. What heart can fully conceive the terror of that day to the wicked, when the whole fabric of heaven and earth shall at once be diffolved by that fire! when that miserable company shall be driven from the tribunal to the pit, with fire within them, and fire without them; and fire behind them, and on every hand of them; and fire before

them, a waiting them in the lake: whither tbis fire (for ought ap'pears) may follow them!

As for the particular place of this judgment, though some point us to the valley of Jehofhaphat for it, yce our Lord, who infallibly knew it, being asked the question by his disciples, where Lord? told them only, “Wherefoever the body is, thither will the eagles be “ gathered together," Lukt xvii. 37. After which answer, it is too much for men to renew the queltion. As for the time when it fall be; in vain do men search for what the Lord has purposely kept secret, Acts i. 8. “Ti is not for you to know the times or the lea“ fons, which ihe Father has put in his own power.” The Apostle Paul, after having very plainly described the second coming of Chris, 1 Theff. iv, 16, 17. adds, (chap. v. 1, 2.) “But of the times “" and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. “ For yourselves koow perfectly, that the day of Lord so cometh, « as a thief in the night." Nevertheless, feme in several ages, bave made very bold with the time; and several particular years, which are now patt, have been given out to the world, for che time of the end, by inen who have pried into the secrets of God. Time has proclaimed :o the world their rashness and folly: and jt is likely they will be no more happy in their conjectures, whose determinate time is yet to come. Let us reft in that he cometh. God hath kept the day hid from us, that we may be every day ready for it, Matth: xxv. 13. “ Watch therefore, for ye know “ neither the day oor the hour, wherein the Son of man cometh." And let us remember, that the last day of our life will determine our Ilate in the last day of the world: and as we die so shall we be judged.

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I fall now shut up this subject, with some application of what has been said,

Use I. Of comfort to all the saints. Here is abundance of con. folation to all who are in the fate of grace. Wha ever be your afflictions in the world, this day will make up all your losses.

Though you have lain among the pois, yet Mall, ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold,” Pfal. lxvii. 13. Though the world reproach, judge and condemn you, the judge will, at that day, abtolve you, and bring forth your righteousnefs as the light. The world's fools' will then appear to bave been the only wise men who were in it. Though the cross be heavy, you may welt bear it in expectation of the crown of righteousness, which the righteous Judge will then give you. If the world do despise you, and treat you with the utmost contempt, regard it not: the day cometh wherein yop fhall fit with Chrift in his throne. Be not discouraged, by reason of manifold temptations; but resist the devil, in confidence of a full and complear victory; for you thall judge the tempter at last. Tho'you have had wrestling now with the body of fin and death; yet ye fhall get all your enemies under y 'ur feet, at length, and be presented faulilefs before the presence of his glory. Let not the terror of that day dispiric you, when you think upon it: let these who have Alighted the

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Judge, and continue enemies to him, and to the way of holiness, dropp and hang down their heads, when they think of his coning: but lift ye up your heads, with joy, for the last day will be your best day. The Judge is your Head and Husband, your Redeemer, and your Advocate. Ye must appear before the judgment-seat, but ye shall not come into condemnation, John v. 24. Flis coming will not be against you, but for you. He came in the flesh, to remove the lawful impediments of the spiritual marriage, by his death, he came in the spel to you, to espouse you to himself: he will come, at the last day, to folemnize the marriage, and take the bride home to his Father's house, Even so come, Lord Jesus.

Use II. Of terror to all unbelievers. This may serve to awaken a secure generation, a world lying in wickedness, as if they were never to be called to an account for it; and flighting the Mediator, as if he were, not to judge them. Ah! how few have the lively impreflions of the judgment to come! moft men live, as if what is Taid of it, from the word, were but idle tales. The profane lives of many, speak the thoughts of it to be far from their hearts, and in very deed make a mock of it before the world, saying, in effect, Where is the promise of his coming? The hypocrisy of others, who blind the eyes of the world with a splendid profession, being in appearance Christ's fheep, while they are indeed the devil's goats, is an evidence, that the great separation of the sheep from the goats is very little laid to heart. How do many indulge themselves in fecret wickedness, of which they would be athamed before witnefses: not considering that their most secret thoughts and actions will, at that day, be discovered, before the great congregation ! how eagerly are mens hearts set on the world, as if it were to be their everlasting habitation! the solemn assemblies, and public or. dinances, wherein the Judge is upon a transaction of peace with the criminals, are undervalued: mens heart, will swim like feathers in the waters of the sanctuary, that will sink, like stones, to the bottom, in cares of this life: they will be very serious in trifles of this world, and trifle in the most serious and weighty things of another world. But O! consider the day that is approaching, in which Christ Mall come to judginent; the world shall be summoned, by the sound of the last trumpet, to compear before his tribunal. The Judge fhall fit on his throne, and all nations thall be fifted before him; the separation shall be made betwixt the godly and the wicked, the books opened, and the dead judged out of them, one party hail be adjudged to everlasting life, and the other to everlasting fires according to their works.

li would be a sight of admirable curiosity, if thou couldst wrap up thyself in some dark cloud, or hide thyself in the cleft of some high rock, from whence thou mighteft efpy wicked kings, princes, judges, and great ones of the earth, rising out of their marble tombs, and brought to the bar, to answer for all their cruelsy, injustice, knew it, being aked che question by his disciples, where Lord? told them only, “Wherefoever she body is, thither will the eagles be “ gathered together," Lukt xvii. 37. After which answer, it is too much for men to renew the queltion. As for the time when it tall be; in vain do mon search for what the Lord has purposely kept secret, Acts i. 8. “It is not for you to know the times or the lea“ fons, which the Father has put in his own power.” The Apostle Paul, after having very plainly described the second coming of Chrift, i Theff. iv, 16, 17. adds, (chap. v. 1, 2.) “But of the times “ and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. « For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of Lord fo cometh, “ as a thief in the night." Nevertheless, some in several ages, bave made very bold with the time; and several particular years, which are now past, have been given out to the world, for the time of the end, by inen who have pried into the secrets of God. Time has proclaimed so the world their rafhness and folly: and jt is likely they will be no more happy in their conjectures, whose determinate time is yet to come. Let us res in that he cometh. God hath kept the day hid from us, that we may be every day ready for it, Matth. XXV. 13. “ Watch therefore, for ye know “ neither the day nor the hour, wherein the Son of man cometh." And let us remember, that the last day of our life will determine our Ilate in the last day of the world; and as we die so fhall we be judged.

I fall now fut up this subject, with some application of what has bưen faid.

Use I. Of comfort to all the saints. Here is abundance of con. folation to all who are in the face of grace. Whatever be your affli&tions in the world, this day will make up all your losses.

Though you have lain among the pors, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold,” Pral. lxvii. 13. Though the world reproaci, judge and condemn you ; the Judge will, at that day, abfolve you, and bring forth your righteousnefs as the light. The world's fools will then appear to have been the only wise men who were in it. Though the cross be heavy, you may welt bear it in expectation of the crown of righteousness, which the righteous Judge will then give you. If the world do despise you, and treat you with the utmost contempt, regard it not: the day cometh wherein you shall fit with Chrift in his throne. Be not discouraged, by reafon of manifold temptations; but resist the devil, in confidence of a full and complear victory; for you shall judge the tempter at last. Tho' you have had wrestling now with the body of sin and death; yet ye fhall get all your enemies under your feet, at length, and be presented fantilefs before the presence of his glory. Let not the terror of that day difpi. fit you, when you think upon it: let these who have fighted the

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Judge, and continue enemies to him, and to the way of holiness, dropp and hang down their heads, when they think of his coming: but lift ye up your heads, with joy, for the last day will be your best day. The Judge is your Head and Husband, your Redeemer, and your Advocate. Ye must appear before the judgment feat, but ye shall not come into condemnation, John v. 24. Kis coming will not be against you, but for you. He came in the flesh, to reinove the lawful impediments of the spiritual marriage, by his death, he came in the gospel to you, to espouse you to himself: he will come, at the last day, to folemnize the marriage, and take the bride home to his Father's house. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

Use II. Of terror to all unbelievers. This may serve to awaken a secure generation, a world lying in wickedness, as if they were never to be called to an account for it; and fighting the Mediator, as if he were not to judge them. Ah! how few have the lively im

preffions of the judgment to come! most men live, as if what is . said of it, from the word, were but idle tales. The profane lives of

many, speak the thoughts of it to be far from their hearts, and in very deed make a mock of it before the world, saying, in effect, Where is the promise of his coming? The hypocrisy of others, who blind the eyes of the world with a splendid profession, being in appearance Christ's Meep, while they are indeed the devil's goats, is an evidence, that the great separation of the sheep from the goats is very little laid to heart. How do many indulge themselves in fecret wickedness, of which they would be ashamed before witnerses: not considering that their most secret thoughts and actions will, at that day, be discovered, before the great congregation! how eagerly are mens hearts set on the world, as if it were to be their everlasting habitation! the solemn assemblies, and public or. dinances, wherein the Judge is upon a transaction of peace with the criminals, are undervalued: mens heart, will fwim like feathers in the waters of the sanctuary, that will sink, like stones, to the bottom, in cares of this life: they will be very serious in trifles of this world, and trifle in the most serious and weighty things of anorher world. But O! consider the day that is approaching, in which Christ Mall come to judgment; the world shall be summoned, by the sound of the last trumpet, to compear before his tribunal. The Judge shall fit on his throne, and all nations Thall be filted before him; the separation Mall be made betwixt the godly and the wicked, the books opened, and the dead judged out of them, one party ihail be adjudged to everlasting life, and the other to everlasting fire, 'according to their works.

It would be a light of admirable curiosity, if thou couldnt is up thyself in fome dark cloud, or hide thyself in the c! high rock, from whence thou mighteft efpy wicked judges, and great ones of the earth, rising out of th and brought to the bar, to apswer for all the

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