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to reconcile all the world to God. And to confi der that thou haft, for thy own particular, made alt this in vain and ineffective? that Chrift thy Lord and judge should be tormented for nothing; that thou wouldest not accept felicity and pardon, when he purchased them at fo dear a price; it must needs be an infinite condemnation to thee. How fhalt thou look upon him that fainted and died for love of thee, and thou didst scorn his miraculous mercies? How fhalt thou dare to behold that holy face which brought falvation to thee, and thou didst turn away, and fall in love with death, and defor mity, and fin? And yet, in the beholding that face,. confifts much of the glories of eternity. Surely allthe pains and the paffions, the forrows and the groans, the humility and poverty, the labours and the watchings, the prayers and the fermons, the miracles and the prophecies, the whip and the nails, the death and the burial, the fhame and the smart,. the cross and the grave of Jefus, fhall be laid upon thy score, if thou haft refused the mercies and defign of all their holy ends and purposes. And if thou remembereft what a calamity that was, which broke the Jewish nation in pieces, when Christ came to judge them, for their murdering him, whowas their king, and the prince of life; and confidereft, that this was but a dark image of the terrors of the day of judgment, thou mayeft then apprehend, that there is fome ftrange unfpeakable evil in store for one who refuses the falvation of Jefus, and rather chuses that Satan fhould rejoice in his deftruction, than that Jefus fhould triumph in his felicity."

Thus far this excellent prelate. And all who confider the matter in this its true and proper light, cannot wonder at the effect which, as St John in

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the text tells us, the fight of Chrift will produce among the kindreds of the earth. They fhall wail because of Chrift, when they fee him whom they have pierced by their fins, and crucified afresh. And that wailing must needs be terrible, when millions of men and women fhall at the fame instant fearfully cry out, and the noise fhall mingle with the trumpet of the Archangel, and the thunders of the dying and groaning heavens paffing away with a great noife, and the roaring of the flames in which the earth and all the works that are therein shall then be diffolving. The terror and lamentation throughout the world at that time, with the foreboding pangs and convulfions of departing nature, will be fuch as never were, fince the day that God created man upon the earth. Include in your idea the destruction of the old world by the flood, the overthrow of the cities of the plain by fire and brimftone, and the defolation of Jerufalem by the Roman armies, with an affemblage of the plagues of Egypt, and the miferies and calamities felt by men in all ages, yet your conceptions will fall as far fhort of the things themselves, as the fhadow does of the fubftance. Nothing can exceed our bleffed Lord's defcription of this last scene, but its actual accomplishment-"There shall be signs in the fun, and in the moon, and in the ftars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the fea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of the heaven shall be shaken. And then shall appear the fign of the son of man in heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall fee the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory." At this moft awful

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and tremendous hour, when the fon of man fhall! display his banner the crofs in the clouds; when the fea and the waters of the great deep shall roar z when the deftroying angel fhall again go forth at midnight into the land of Egypt, and there fhall be a great cry throughout all the land, because of death and judgment; then fhall be brought to pass that which is written in the Revelation; "Ibeheld when 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 freeman hid themfelves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, and faid to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that fitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of his wrath is come, and who fhall be able to stand ?"

A view of the terrors of the Lord has by this time, perhaps, made us all ready to join in afking. this last question? Who fhall be able to stand ?" And we cannot help taking up our parable with Balaam ; "Alas! who shall live, when God doth this?"** But thanks be to God, an answer will be abundantly miniftred unto us by a confideration of the

III. And last point propofed, namely, the faith and hope of the church, who wishes for Chrift's manifeftation, notwithstanding all the terrors that are to attend it, as appears by the remaining words of my text-❝ Even fo. Amen."

For these are not the words of St John only, but they carry in them the prayers and fighs of Chriftians, fent up to the throne of grace through him. It is not the Spirit" alone, fpeaking by him, that fays "Come," but "the bride," or church, alfo fays the fame. "How long, O Lord, holy and true," is the voice of the departed spirits, refting.

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from their labours under the altar, in heaven, and waiting for the completion of their glory, at the day of their Redeemer's triumph. And that part of the church which is still militant, and fojourns. in the wilderness, may be heard earnestly joining in the fame expostulation, in the lxiv. chapter of the prophet Ifaiah; "O that thou wouldst rent the heavens, that thou would come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy prefence; as when the melting fire burneth, the fire caufeth the waters to boil; to make thy name known to thine adverfaries, that the nations may tremble at thy prefence. When formerly thou didft terrible things, which we looked not for, thou cameft down, the mountains flowed down at thy prefence." Nay, we ourselves, every one of us, daily put up the very fame petition to God, when we pray that "his kingdom may come" for his kingdom of glory cannot come, till all these things fhall have been brought to pass. And again, when, ftanding at the grave's mouth, we have before our eyes a plain proof, that “man who is born of a woman, bath but a fhort time to live" in this world; we earnestly befeech the Father of Spirits, "that it would pleafe him of his gracious goodnefs fhortly to accomplish the number of his elect, and to haften his kingdom." Thus the coming of that day, in which "all the kindreds of the earth fhall wail," is the conftant fubject of the wifhes and prayers of the fons of God. A found Christian faith gives them confidence towards God, and teaches them, without hypocrify, to pray for the fecond Advent of Chrift. For although in that day "he cometh with clouds," yet God's promife is, that whenever he brings his cloud" over the earth, his "bow fhall be in the cloud," the fure token of the "everlasting cove




nant of mercy between him and all flesh." accordingly, when Ezekiel and St John faw Chrift upon his terrible throne, he appeared encompaffed with a RAINBOW, to teach us that even the throne of judgment is incircled by mercy, which rejoices against judgment. All the cries of defpairing na-tions, the thunders of heaven, and the horrible noifes of the perishing earth fhall not keep thofe, who have been indeed the difciples of Jefus, from hearing a voice faying unto them, "Come up hither." Yea, and they who in faith and patience have waited for the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah fpeaks," fhall then renew their ftrength, they fhall: mount up as eagles." They hall afcend to meet their Redeemer in the air, and the eye of faith shall ftedfastly behold the glories of the Sun of Righteoufnefs. Marvel no longer then that the churchfo paffionately defires the manifeftation of Chrift. Marvel not that the fhould fay, COME! when the. Advent of him to whom fhe fpeaks is to be the day of her efpoufals, and the day of the gladnefs of her heart; the end of her Saviour's fufferings, and her faith; a day of triumph, and everlasting felicity... Let the men of the world lament, for their joy is ended, and their forrows beginning; but let the redeemed be glad, for their forrows are at an end, and their joys beginning. Let the "tribes of the earth mourn," but "let Ifrael rejoice in him that made him, and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king." For the trumpet which proclaims the destruction of the ungodly, declares at the fame time the falvation of the righteous. When that trumpet founds throughout the land, the eternal. jubilee is begun. There is liberty for the captives, and the opening of the prifon doors, even the gates of the grave, for thofe to come out, who lie there


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