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and such secret Villains not only escape publick Shame, but are thought very extraordinary Men and great Saints: .Now it is very fitting, that such Men also should have their Masque and Disguise taken off, and be exposed to the View of die World just as they are; and this God will do in that Day, when he will judge the Secrets of Mens Hearts, and bring to light the hidden Works of Darkness: And then what will it avail them to pass for Saints in this World, when at the Day of Judgment they (hall be known, and be doubly scorned, both for their Wickedness, and for their Hypocrisy?

What a severe Aggravation will it be of the Condemnation of the Wicked, to see good Men, whom they despised and persecuted, whose Lives they thought Folly and Madness, now owned and rewarded by God; as our Saviour speaks, To see them come from the East ami from tie West, from the North and from the South , ami fit iown with Abraham^ Isaac, ami Jacob, m the Kingdom of Goi, ami themselves (but out ? This wist be a confounding Sight ac that Day; and as little as such Men now value Heaven, to see the bright and dazling Crowns of those Blessed Saints, will pierce their Souls, and wound them to Eternity.

This justifies the Wisdom of God, in appointing a general Day of Judgment, to reward Good Men., and to condemn the Wicked: But there is one good-natur'd Objection against this , which respects Good Men; for there are few Good Men, but may have some very wicked Relations, who yet are very dear to them and how can they bear to be Witnesses of their Final Condemnation ; to hear that Sentence pronounced on them, Go ye cursed into everlasting fire , prepared for the Devil and bis Angels. We tremble at the Thoughts of it now; * and cne would think it should over-cast the Glory of that Day to such blessed Saints, to fee such a terrible Execution upon those who were so dear to them : but this is such a Mistake, as the Sadduces Objections against the Resurrection, concerning the Woman who had [even Huf- . « hands, whose Wife jhe should he of the seven at the ResurreBion, for they all had her; but our Saviour told them, at the ResurreBion they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in Heaven: Thus it is here; those natural ag.Matth. Affections and Paffions which are of so great 30. use in this World, and makes us so nearly concerned for Children, and other Relations , are not the Measures of our Kindness, and Friendfliip, and Concernment in the other World; they are necessary here many times to supply the place of Reason and Virtue, and to prompt us to do those Good Offices by the impatience and uneasiness of a Passion, which the generality of Mankind would not do from wiser Principles: but the end of these Passions is served in this World , and there is no occasion for them in the next; and therefore we shall feel no uneasiness or disturbance from them: Good men will have no Friends, no Relations in the other World, but those who

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are truly good, who are Members of the fame Mystical Body of Christ, the Children of God, and Heirs of the same Happiness and Glory.

To conclude, I shall only observe this farther; How vain it is for bad men to hope to defend themselves from Shame and Punishment by their Numbers; they may, I confess, do it in this world, when they have to deal with men; tho' when God comes to Judge them even in this world, the most powerful Combinations of Siriners are but like Chaff before the Wind; But if ever Numbers would do, it would be at the Day of Judgment, when the Devil and his Angels, and all bad men shall be summoned together; and if they cannot then defend themselves,when their whole Force is united, but stand as Criminals before their Judge, and receive their Sentence from him, it becomes us to fear and tremble before that powerful Judge, who has all Nature at his command, and all Devils and wicked( men in Chains, and with the Word of his Mouth •an condemn them to Eternal Torments.

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tli.rr^HE Day of judgment is at the End of the World : That it will be so , and the Reasons why it will be so , are very plamj from what I have already discoursed: Our Saviour tells us that it is at the End ©f the Worlds when the Angels shall separate between the, Wheat and the Tares which grew in the fame Field; between the good and the bad Fish which! were taken in the fame Net, i3. Matth. It is1 in the Evening of {he World, when the Lord comes to reckon with his Servants, and to reward those who have laboured in his Vineyard ^ 20. Matth. for when Christ comes to Judgment , this World shall be set on fire, and this present visible Frame of Things shall be dissolved, as St, Peter tells us, 2. Pet. 3. ioj iI; 12. Upon which account Christ is said to come in Flaming Fire of which more hereafter; And if God will judge all Mankind together, the Day of Judgment must be at the end of the World.

But besides this, it seems very reasonable and congruous, fhat the Final Judgment, and the End of the World should come together; or tha<| when God finally judges all Mankind, he should put an end to this habitable Earth.

For this Earth was made for the Habitation of man, and all things in it for his use and delight, and therefore it receives its Fate and Destiny with Man too.

Paradise was the Habitation of Innocent Man and had Man continued Innocent, and peopled the world with an Innocent and Holy Race, the whole world must have been a Paradise ; but when Man had sinned, and had no Right to so easy and happy a Life, the Ground was cursed for his fake, 3. Gen. 17,18, 19. Cursed be the ground for thy fake ; in sorrow jhalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field, in the sweat of thy face jhalt thou eat thy bread, till thou return unto the ground. . *

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When all Flesh had corrupted their ways, excepting Noah and his Family, God destroyed the Old World with its wicked Inhabitants : And to this day, besides that Original Curse which still rests upon the Earth, Nature suffers for the Sin9 of man, and revives and flourishes again, as he returns to his Duty: He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the water-firings into dry ground: a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of then* that dwell therein. And on the other hand, He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water-springs. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation, 107. PsaL 33, 34, 3j, 36.

It were easy to Harangue here, and describe the Ruins and Desolations which

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