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about; his Lightnings enlightened the World, the Earth saw and trembled, the Hills melted like Wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole Earth," (Ps. xcvii. 2, 3, 4, 5.)—" Of old hast thou laid the Foundation of the Earth, and the Heavens are the work of thy hands—they shall perish, but thou shalt endure; yea, all of them shall wax old like a Garment, as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed; but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." (Ps. cii. 25, 26, 27.)
3d, Isaiah.* "Behold the Day of the Lord cometh—The stars of the Heaven, and the constellations thereof, shall not give their light: The Sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the Moon shall not cause her Light to shine." "Fearf and the Pit, and the Snare are upon thee, O inhabitant of the Earth! It shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the Noise of-the Fear, shall fall into the Pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the Pit, shall be taken in the Snare; for the Windows from 'on high are open, and the Foundations of the Earth do shake; the Earth is utterly broken down—the Earth is clean dissolved—the Earth is moved exceedingly—the Earth shal reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage, and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and not rise again"—" AndJ all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the Heavens shall be rolled together as a Scroll; and all their Hosts shall
* Isainh, Ch. xiii. Vcr. 9, 10.
t Ch. xxiv. Vcr. 17, 18, 19, 20. | Ch. xxxiv. Ver. 4. 8, 9, 10.
fall down as the leaf falleth off from the Vine, and as a falling Fig from the Fig-tree. For it is the Day of the Lord's Vengeance, and the Year of Recompences for the Controversy of Zion. And the Streams thereof shall be turned into Pitch, and the Dust thereof into Brimstone, and the Land thereof shall become burning Pitch. It shall not be quenched Night nor Day; the Smoke thereof shall go up forever." "Then the Moon shall be confounded, and the Sun ashamed, when the Lord of Hosts shall reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously."*
"Liftf up your eyes to the Heavens, and look upon the Earth beneath; for the Heavens shall vanish away like Smoke, and the Earth shall wax old like a Garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner; but my Salvation shall be forever, and my Righteousness shall not be abolished. BeholdJ I create new Heavens, and a new Earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into Mind—Behold || the Lord will come with Fire, and with his Chariots like a Whirlwind, to render his anger with Fury, and his Rebuke with flames of Fire."
4th, Daniel. "I beheld** till the Thrones were cast down; and the Ancient of Days did sit, whose Garment was white as Snow, and the Hair of his Head hke pure Wool—his Throne was like the fiery flame, and his Wheels as burning Fire—a fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him—the Judgment was set and the books were opened—I saw in the Night-Visions, and behold one like the Son of Man came with the Clouds of Heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought him near before him; and there was given him Dominion and Glory and a Kingdom, that all People, Nations and Languages should serve Him. His Dominion is an everlasting Dominion, which shall not pass away; and his Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
* Isaiah, Ch. xxiv. Ver. 23. f Ch-ll- Ver- 6' J Ch- l*>v Ver. 17. U Ch. Ixvi. Ver. 15. "Dan. Ch. vii. Ver. 9, 10. 13, 14. VOL. i. X
Sth, Zephaniah.* "Neither their Silver, nor their Gold shall be able to deliver them in the Day of the Lord's Wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the Fire of his jealousy; for he shall make even a speedy Riddance of all them that dwell in the Land; for,t saith the Lord, my determination is to gather the Nations, that I may assemble the Kingdoms to pour upon them mine Indignation, even all my fierce Anger; for all the Earth shall be devoured with the Fire of my Jealousy."
6th, Haggai.J "For thus saith the Lord of hosts—Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the Heavens and the Earth and the Sea and the Dry Land; and I will shake all Nations, and the desire of all nations shall come."
Thus far I have collected the chief texts on the subject before us, from the Old Testament and the Prophets; and although they do not all speak so directly as Isaiah and Daniel concerning the last Judgment, and a dissolution of this Earth by Fire; yet all
• Zeph. Ch. j. Ver. 18. f Ch. iii. Vcr. 8. J Hag. Ch. ii. Vtr. 6.
of them have some reference to this last and great Catastrophe of the world by Fire; and, as it was expressed before, shew at least the smoke of it, although at a great Distance. They yield, at the same time, a Specimen of the Scripture-Language, from the Old Testament. We proceed now upon the same plam, and upon the same subject, to collect Texts, or Specimens from the New-Testament.
1. St. Matthew.* "As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the Fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a Furnace of Fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of Teeth.. Then shall the Righteous shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of their Father." Forf verily, as it is promised by our blessed Saviour, "ye which have followed me in the Regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon tivefoe thrones, judging the tive.foe Tribes of Israel." "Heavent and Earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man; no, not the Angels of Heaven, but my Father only." St. Matthew's description of the last judgment [Chap, xxv, from verse 31 to the end of the chapter,] is so well known, that it need not be inserted here.
• Mat. Ch. xiii. Ver. 40, 41, 42, 43. t Ch. xix. Ver. 38.
t Ch. xxiv. Ver. 35, 36. See the same words in Mark, Ch. ix. Ver. 31, 32. as q«oted abov», from Mat. Ch. xxiv. Ver. 3i, 36.
2. St. Paul, a blessed Martyr for his Testimony to the Doctrine of the Resurrection and last Judgment, also thus speaks—" If* the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the Dead, shall also quicken your Mortal Bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you— I reckon that the sufferings of this present time, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us—For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now; and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the Adoption, to wit, the Redemption of our Body—-persuaded that neither Death nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor things present, nor Things to come, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." "Every | man's work shall be made manifest. For the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by Fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is." Sfc Paul's whole 15th chapter, to the Corinthians, will admit of no abstract, and is to be read only entire. It is a beautiful proof of what the Christian Religion depends upon, as its chief Basis; namely, the Certainty of the Resurrection of the Body of Man, and its Re-union with the Soul (in order to make the complete man for Judgment) founded upon the Certainty of Christ's Resurrection. St. Paul's
* Horn. Cb. yiii. Ver. 11. 18. 22, 23. 38, 39. f * Cor. Ch. iii. Ver. 13.