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smoke from his nostrils, and fire from out his mouth devoureth; coals are thereby kindled. (Ps. xviii. 8.) He has bowed his heavens and come down; God is come, and will not keep silence ; it is very tempestuous round about him. (Ps. 1. 3.) He has called to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge his people. Gather my saints together unto me; those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. (Ps. 1. 4,5.) He has rode upon a cherub and has fled; yea, he has fled upon the wings of the wind; darkness was his secret place. His pavilion round about him were dark waters, and thick clouds passed, hailstones, and coals of fire : the Lord also thundereth in the heavens, and the Highest giveth forth his voice-hailstones and coals of fire; yea, He sends forth his arrows, and scattereth his enemies. He shoots out his lightnings, and discomfiteth them. Now the channels of water are seen, and the foundations of all worlds are discovered : at thy rebuke, O Lord! at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils, (Ps. xviii. 15,) all nature is convulsed; internal fires for ages raging, pent in the intestines of terraqueous bodies, with dreadful rumblings through their subterranean vaults, deep cells, and hollow caverns, force vent out huge volcanoes, issuing sulphureous smoke from every stifled crevice, every gaping chasm, form mighty columns, ascending immense heights forth from the wide-mouthed craters of the bellowing mountains, and with tremendous bursts explode-oceans of boiling matter, oceans of liquid fire, deluging the circumambient countries with hot-erupted lavas, hurling afar red-burning rocks and stones, amongst the conflicting globes, now jostling each other with sad and violent contusions. Rolling fires, melting fast down the accumulated congelations; heaped snows of long preceding ages fall in vast cataracts, tumbling from rock to rock, plunge in tumultuous gulfs, impetuous rushing their fast-augmenting torrents into the raging ocean! The fountains of the great deeps, all broken and let loose, defy all dams and sluices; their proud disdainful waves, infuriated billows, in vain wage elemental war against the fiery deluge. Extensive torrents, majestic woods, topping the heights of lofty mountains' summits, hit by the fires shot from celestial batteries, blaze up in massive flames. Under his glory the Lord of Hosts kindles a burning fire, devours his thorns and briers, and consumes the glory of his forests. (Isa. x. 16–18.) Their blazing branches, borne by high boisterous hurricanes, on long-erected fabricsstructures, standing the test of centuries-on cities, churches, palaces,docks, involve them in one flame. Combustibles of all kinds and sorts stored in magazines, are swiftly now blown up, with loud-reiterated explosions. Explosions on explosions from mines, minerals, quarries, furnaces, and forges; destructive volleys fired by the valiant ones from out the heavenly squadrons--heavy cannonades poured in all directions from heavenly artillery-heaven above, worlds beneath, all in one universal hubbub, one horrible combustion-all nature sinking into one formless mass, to one confused wreck, one vast confused chaos !
Amidst the terror, consternation, horror of this general catastrophe
Wak'd by archangel's pealing trombones,
Crashing all lower skies ;
The dead in Christ arise
immortal, incorruptible. Instant
ensues the grand rejoinder of dissevered natures ; death is
* The reader here will be pleased to recur to observations contained in vol. i. p. 186, and which were there inserted as connected with the topics then under discussion; the author being unwilling to intrude on the awful subject now contemplating, by stating the reasons and conclusions there recorded--and which were essential preparations to a just comprehension of the stupendous acts to be performed by the Son of God, at the last decisive day; for greatly would it debase this tremendous subject, and little would it correspond with the wonderful scriptural predictions respecting it, were we to suppose that our small world, amidst the countless multitude, would then be called to judgment: revelation is clear and express on two points, namely, that all our lower hosts were formed together, and that they will all be destroyed together; and from the reasons stated in the pages to which our readers are referred, it has, we think, on good ground been concluded, that all the inhabitants of our lower heavens are composed of twofold natures, carnal and spiritual-that their probationary conflicts are produced like to ours, by the discordant inclinations of these jarring natures; exasperated by the same foul fiend who caused our degradation ; and that they and us, with him and his apostate angels, (who, we know are kept for judgment till this terrific crisis,) will all receive a sentence according to their deeds, on the same notable great day of the Lord God omnipotent.
That we have in some places rendered the word 'world' worlds in our scriptural quotations is, we conceive, a very justifiable alteration. Holy writ, for the most part, accommodates itself to common and immediate conceptions; but when we read the word swallowed up in victory! Those who remain and are alive at the coming of their Lord, changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, are, together with the children of the glorious resurrection, quickly conveyed from out the flaming ruins--their glorious bodies fire has no power to hurt. (Dan. iii. 25.) They are caught up in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and, placed at his right hand, to be for ever with the Lord. (1 Thess. iv. 17.) A book of remembrance stands before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they now are mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in this day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Now shall ye discern between the righteous and the wicked; between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not. For behold the day is come that burneth as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble : and the day is come that shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, and neither root or branch shall be left unto them. But unto you that fear my name is the sun of righteousness arisen with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall; and
world' or earth,' taken in connection with the passages plainly foretelling the universal destruction of all the hosts revolving in our heavens, we must feel assured, that every threat denounced against our globe, equally involves the fate of all which occupy the lower starry heavens. For it is thus argued in the epistle to the Hebrews_If they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth. But now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven: and this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made; that those things which cannot be shaken may remain; clearly proving, that the heavens which are to be shook at Christ's second coming, are the lower starry heavens; the things that are to be removed, as things that are made; the hosts now revolving in them, and the things which cannot be shaken, and which will remain for ever, to be the second and third heaven.
shall tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in this day that I will do all this, saith the Lord of Hosts. (Mal. iii. 16-18; iv. 1--3, 4, 5.)
A fearful summons now awaits those who did not die in Christ; they will also bear the voice of the Almighty Son of God; they are now compelled to obey his dreadful mandate--come forth from out their graves unto the resurrection of condemnation, (John v. 29,) and be placed on his left hand to receive their final doom. Could beatified spirits be appalled by terror, they would now transfix with horror at the tremendous clank of huge adamantine chains, astounding the astonished ears of the assembled universe; for special detachments of arch-angelic legions, headed by the mighty Potentate, bearing in trust that fateful key which opes the dark, unbottomed, infinite abyss, where, grasped in his resistless hold, the dragon, that old serpent which is the devil and Satan, had been by him cast down, and bound, and shut, and sealed up, (Rev. xx. 2, 3,) with his apostate angels,
“ immured in prison strong,” to be reserved for judgment, have