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world, naturally leads us to the last resurrection and final judgment to be passed upon the whole race of Adam, according to the deeds done in the body; a judgment in which the righteous, through Chrift
, will be rewarded with everlasting and immortal bappiness, and the followers of Satan, or those that have « lived in the gratifications of their lufts, and with
out God in the world," and those in particular who shall have worshipped the “ beast of atheism " and his image,” will be condemned to everlasting punishment *; a judgment which seems, from the tenor of the prophecies and other parts of the Scriptures, to be the last office committed to Christ by the Father, as the Son of Man, to be performed on carth before he thall deliver up his kingdom to God of, that God inay be all in all. For the world being destroyed, and all the posterity of Adam having suffered a temporal death, except those alive at the coming of Chrifi, nothing seems to remain but for him to judge the quick and the dead, and to deftroy the power of the “ second death;" that death which was brought into the world by the wiles of Satan and the disobedience of Adam and which the latter, with all his pofterity, must have suffered, had not the abundant mercies of an everlasting God reprieved them for a time, to give them an opportunity of recovering their loft immortality and happiness; that death from which Christ came to fave the world ; that death, the second death, by which he that overcometh shall not be hurt, “but Thall eat of " the tree of life in the paradise of God;" that death which Christ shali fo defiroy that it shall have no power upon those who shall be redeemed through faith in his Gospel ; for to him that overcometh, God has promised that “ he shall inherit all things, and “ he will be his Gop, and he shall be His Son * ;!' but that death, which shall have its full effect “ upon the fearful and unbelieving, and the abomi“ nable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and for“ cerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS," for these “ Thall have a part in the lake of fire and brimstone , s which is the second death of."
* Rev. xxi. 8.
† 1 Cor. xv. 28.
1 i Cor. xv. 22.
This coming of Christ, after the destruction of the world, to judge the human race, their resurrection to a state of immortality, and Christ's final victory over the second death, are truths more frequently inculcated and established by the stwo witnesses of God," the Old and New Testaments, than any others. They are held up as the great objects of the faith and hope of both the churches of God, of the Jewish as well as Christian, and they are so often repeated, that the texts themselves, were I to recite them all, would form a volume. I shall, therefore, treat of them in a brief manner, only referring the reader to many others, in which they are farther explained and foretold.
In regard to the coming of Christ to judge mankind, the texts are numerous indeed. Samuel declares, “ That the adversaries of the Lord (Satan " and the ungodly) Thall be broken to pieces,” (utterly destroyed). “Out of heaven he ihall thunder
upon them,” (Thall pour down his wrath). “The " LORD thall judge the ends of the earth, and he " Thall give strength, to his King, and exalt the horn “ of his anointed I," (of Jesus Chrift). .“ He shall “ call to the heauens from above, and to the earth, " that he may judge his people.§.” “ Arise, O God, “ and judge the earth, for thou shalt inherit all nastions *.”; “ For he cometh, for he cometh to judge “ the earth." I could recite many other prophecies in the Old Testament, of the same great event, but to avoid prolixity, which has been my aim throughout these comments, I shall take the liberty of referring the pious seeker after truth, to the chapters and veries where they are to be found*. These evidently prove, that the coming of Christ to judge the world, to separate the righteous from the ungodly, was a part of the creed, and constituted the great hope of The Jewish church. And strange it would be, indeed, were not the same essential truth to be found in the Chriftian, her fifter church, when they proceeded from the same God, and were founded upon his holy truth. However, let us hear them in their order. “ All things,” says Christ, “ are delivered unto “me of the Father y;" that is, all the earth, and the things in it, mankind not excepted, are given to my power, and subject to my dominion. Again, “For - the Father judgeth no man; but hath committed “ all judgment to the Son g. For as the Father “ hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son “ to have life in himself: and hath given him autho“rity to execute judgment also, because he is the Son " of Man.” And again, after his crucifixion and ascension, having finished his dreadful atonement to his Father's justice for the fins of the world, he appeared to the eleven apostles, and, as it seems, for the sole purpose of confirming their faith in this fundamental doctrine of his Gospel, saying, “ All
* Rev. xx 7.
Chap. ii. 10.
# Ibid. xxi, 8.
power is given unto me, in heaven and in earth;" meaning, all power, as well over the ancient patriarchs, prophets, and fathers, who had died in the fear and love of God, who were in heaven before
* Psal. lxxxii. 8.
7. Ibid. xcvi. 13 Deut. xxxii. 36.-Pf. cxxxv. 14,-xcviii. 9.--cx. 4,5,6.Ifaa 11. 4. -Micah, iv. 3. &c. &c.
Matt. xi. 27. # Ver. xxvi. 270
his 66 that
his afcenfion, as over all the other dead and living upon earth. So John the Baptift, referring to Christ, says, " He shall throughly purge bis Hoor “ (the world), and gather his wheat (the righte“ous and redeemed) into his garner (his king
dom), but he will burn up the chaff with un“ quenchable fire *” St. Luke tells us, “ Christ commanded the apostles to preach unto on the people, and to testify that he it is which
was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and “dead up. Again, “ Because he (God) hath ap
pointed a day (the day of judgment) in the which “ he will judge the world in righteousness by that “ Man (Christ, the Son of Man) whom he hath or“ dained, whereof he hath given assurance unto all “ men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." St. Paul charges Timothy in a solemn manners, " before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall
come to judge the quick and the dead at his appear"ing and his kingdom, to preach the word.” I could add many other texts to show the agreement between the two churches in respect to this fundamental truth; a truth, when rightly considered, which must strengthen the faith, and be an unceasing source of joy to the true believer, “ who fears God, and gives “ him the glory:" but a truth which shall, perhaps, when too late, smite those that “ live without God “ in the world,” and blasphemously deny his existence, with terror and dismay.
In regard to the resurrection of the dead, for the purpose of their appearing before the awful tribunal of the Son of God, there is the same consistency to be found between the two Testaments. It is also foretold by the prophets, the apostles, and by
* Matt. iii. 12.
A&s xvii. 31.
+ Acts X. 42.
Christ him felf. David certainly believed in, and forefaw his own resurrection, or he could not have positively afferted, in his devotions to God, '“ Thou is wilt not leave my soul in hell," i. e. in the grave, is nor Tuffer * thy holy one (Chris) to see corrupit tion." Nor could he have foretold the resurrection of the righteous unto life eternal, and of the wicked to the condemnation of the second or eternal death, more clearly than in these words : !" Like
Theep, 'they (the wicked) are laid in the grave, ** death (the fecond death) shall feed on them : the " upright (the faints) shall have dominion over them, * and their beauty (their temporal pleafures) shall * consime in the grave, from their dwelling;” meaning, from their proper dwelling with Chrift, where they might and ought to have been : but he adds, * God will redeem my foul (through Christ) from the
power of the grave; ' for he shall receive me. « Selah?" Indeed this whole Pfalm seems to be written to foretel the refurrection. Again, he feems by faith to have received, from God, such assurance of his refurrection, that, full of praises and thanksgivings for it, he exclaims, “For great is thy mercy * towards me, for thou haft delivered my soul from * the lowest hell * ," or grave.
So Hosea the prophet, when foretelling the restoration and redemption of Israel, through Christ, represents God as declaring, "I will ransom them from the power of the
grave, I will redeem them from death (the second “ death). O. DEATH, I will be thy plagues; O “ 'death, I will be thy destruction S.” Moreover, it seems scarcely possible for any perion, fincerely feekiug after the truth,'to read, 'in the thirty-feventh chapter of Ezekiel, the parable of the dry bones, without perceiving a complete prophecy of the last
* Psalm xxi. 10. $ Hofca, xiii. 14.
+ Pfalm xlix. 15.
Ibid. Ixxxvi. 13