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sentence again ther, one moment; tar less'can they flop it altogether. Thousand thousands (of angels, minifter unta him. Dan. vii. 10., And, by the breath of his mouth, he can drive the cursed berd whither he plealeth.
Fi/thly. The parties thall compear. These are men and devils. Although these last, the fallen angels were, from the : firii moment of their finning subjected to the wrath of God,
and were cast down to hell; and wherefoever they go, they carry their hell about with them: yet, it is evident, that they are relerved unta judgment, (2 Pet. ii. 14 ) namely, unto the judgment of the great day, Judge 6 And then they shall be solemnly and publickly judged, ! Gor. vi. 35 Know ye not that we all judge angels ? At that day they Thall answer for their trade of singing and tempting to fin, which they have been carrying on from the beginning. Then many a hellish brat, which Sacan had laid down at the saints door, but not adopred by them, shall be laid at the door of the rrue father of it, that is, the devil. And he shall receive the due reward of all the dishonour he has done to God, and of all the mischief he hash done to men. Those wicked fpirits now in chuins (though not in such strait cuftody, but ihat they go about, like roaring lions, seekingwhorothey may dlevour) Mall then receive their final fentence, and be fut up in their den, namely, in the prison of hell; where they shall be held in extreme and unspeakable torment through all eternity. Rev.xx.10. • And the devil that deceived ihem,
was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast
and the false prophet are, and shall be torniented day and * night for ever and ever.' In prospect of which, the devils faid to Christ, Ari theu come bilher to torment us before the time ? Matth. viii. 29.
- But what we are chiefly concerned to take notice of, is the case of wien at that day. All men must compear before this tribunal. All of each sex, and of every age, quality and condition ; the great and small, role and ignoble ; none are excepted. Adam and Eve, with all their sons and daughters; every one who has had, or, to the ond of the world, shall bave, a living rouj united to a body; will make up this great congregation. Even those, who refused to come to the throne of grace, shall be forced to the bar of justice: for there can be no hiding from the all seeing Judge, no fly.
ing from him who is present every where, no refifting of him who is armed with almighty power. We must all fand before the jurigment feat of Christ, 7 Cor, v. 10. Before bim Jhall be gathered all nations, says the text. This is to be. done by the ministry of angels. By them shall the elect be gathered, Mark xiii, 27. · Then shall be send his angels, and • shall gather together his elect from the four winds. And they also shall gather the reprobate, Matth. xiii. 40. 41.
So Thall it be in the end of this world, The Son of man s shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his • kingdom all things that offend, and them which doiniquity.' From all corners of the world shall the inhabitants thereof be gathered into the place where he shall set his throne for juugiment.
Sixthly, There shall be a separation made betwixt the righteous and the wicked; the fair company of the elect sheep being set on Christ's right hand, and the reprobate guats on his left. There is no necessity to wait for this feparation, till the trial be over; since the parties do rise out of their graves, with plain outward marks of diftin&ion, as was cleared before. The separation feems to be effected by that double gathering before mentioned; the one of tle elect, Mark xiii. 27. the other of them that do iniquity, Matth. xiii. 41. The elect, being caught up together in the clouds, meet the Lord in the air, (1 Theff. iv. 17.) and fo are set on his right hand; and the reprobate left on the earth (Matth. xxv. 40.) upon the Judge's left hand. Here is now a toral separation of two-parties, who were always oppɔsite to each other, in their principles aims, and manner of life; who, when together, were a burden the one to the other, under which the one groaned, and the other raged: but now they are freely parted, never to come together any more. The iron and clay (allude to Danielii, 41, 43.) which could never mix, are quite leparated : the one being drawn up into the air, by the attraclive virtue of the stone cut out of the mountain, namely, Jelus Chrift: the other left upon its earth, to be trod under foot.
Now let us look to the right hand, and there we will see a glorious company of faints, shining as so many stars in their orbs : and with a chearful countenance beholding him who listech upon the throne. Here will be two wonderful
fightsa fights, which the world used not to see. (1.) A great congregatiou of saints, in which not so much as one bypocrite, There was a bloody Cain in Adan's family, a cursed Ham in Noub's tamily, in the ark: a treacherous Judas, in Christ's own family: but in that company shall be none but sealed ones, members of Christ, having all one Father. And this is a light reserved for that day. (2.) All the godly upon one fide. Seldom or dever do the saints on earth nake such a harmony, but their are fome jarring strings among them. It is not to be expected, that men who see but in part, tho' they be all going to that city, will agree as to every step in the way: no, we need not look for it in this state of imperfection. But at that day Paul and Barnabus shall meet in peace and unity, though once the contention was fo marp between them, that they departed asunder, the one from the other, A&s xv. 39. There shall be no more divisions, no more separate ftanding, amongst those who belong to Chrift. All the godly of the different parties shall then be upon one side; seeing, whatever were their differences in lesser things, while in the world, yet, even then, they met and concentred all in one Lord Jesus Christ, by a true and lively faith, and in the one way of holiness or practical godliness. And the naughty hypocrites, of whatsoever party, shall be led forth with the workers of iniquity.
Look to the left hand, and there you will see the cursed goats (all the wicked ones from Cain to the last ungodly person, who shall be in the world) gathered together into one most miserable congregation. There are many affemblies of the wicked'now; then there shall be but one. But all of them shall be present there, brought together as one herd for the flaughter, bellowing and roaring, weeping and howling for the miseries come, and that are coming on them. (And remember thou shalt not be a mere fpectator, to look at these two fo different companies; but must thy. felf take thy place in one of the two, and shalt share with the company, whatever hand it be upon.) These who now abhor no society so much, as that of the saints, would then be glad to be allowed to get in among them, though it were but to ly among their feet. But then not one tare Phall be found with the wheat; he will throughly purge his fogs. Many of the right hand men of this world, will be lett hand men in that day. Many, who must have the door and the right hand of these, who are better than they, (if she righteous be more excellent than his neighbour) small then be turned to the left hand, as mok despicable wretches. O how terrible will this separation be to the ungodly ! how dreadful will this gatbering them togetherinto one company be! what they will not believe, they will then see, namely, that but few are saved. They think it enough now, to be neighbour like, and can fecurely follow the multitude : but the multitude on the left hand will yield them no comfort. How will it sting the ungodly Christian, to see him. self set on the same hand with Turks and Pagans ! how will it gall men to find themselves standing, profane Protestants with idolatrous Papifts; praying people with their profane neighbours, who mocked at religious exercises : formal profeffors, with perfecutors ! now there are many opposite focieties in the world, but then all the ungodly Mall be in one society. And how dreadful will the faces of companions in sio be to one another there! what doleful shrieks, when the : horemonger and his whore shall meet; when the drunkards, who have had many a jovial day together, shall see one another in the face : when the husband and wife, the parents and children, the master and servants, and neighbours, who have been snares and stumbling blocks to one another, to the ruin of their own souls, and these of their relatives shall meet again in that miserable society! Then will there be curses instead of falutations; and tearing of themselves, and raging against one another, instead of the wonted embraces.
Seventhly, The parties fhall be tried. The trial cannot be difficult, in regard the Judge is omniscient, and nothing can,
bé hid from him. But that his righteous judgment may be made evident to all, he will set the hidden things of dark. ness in clearest light at that trial, 2 Cor. iv. 5. Men mall be tried Fift
. Upon their works: for God mull bring every work into judgment, with every secret shing, whethir it be good or whether it be evil, Ecclef. xii
The Judge will try every man's conversation, and set his deeds done in the body, with all the circumftances thereof, in a true light. Theo will many adions commended
and applauded of men, as good and just be discovered to have been evil, and abominable, in the light of God : and many works, now condemned by the world, will be approven and commended by the great Judge, as good and just. Secret things will be brought to light: and what was hid from the view of the world, snall be laid open. Wickedness, which hath kept its lurking place in fpite of all human search, will then be brought forth to the glory of God and the confusion of impenitent finners who hid it. The world appears now very vile, in the eyes of those who are exercited to godliness : but it will then appear a thousand times more vile, when that, which is done of men in secret, comes to be discovered. Every good action shall then be remembred; and the hidden religion and good works, molt industriously concealed by the saints, from the eyes of men, shall no morely hid: for though the Lord will not allow meo to proclaim every man his own goodness; yet he himself will do it in due time. Secondly, Their words shall be judged, Malth. xii. 37. • For by thy words thou shalt be justified, « and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.' Not a word spoken for God, and his cause in the world, from love to himself, shall be forgotten. They are all kept in remembrance, and shall be brought forth as evidence of faith, and of an interest in Christ, Mal. iii. 16, • Then they that feared
the Lord, fpake often one to another, and the Lord heark"ned and heard it; and a book of remembrance was written • before him...Ver. 17. And they shall be mine, faith the * Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. And the tongue, which did run at random, shall then confess to God: and the speaker shall find it to have been followed, and every word noted that dropped from his unsanctified lips. • Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give « account thereof in the day of judgment,' Matth. xii. 36. And if they shall give account of idle words, that is, words spoken to no good purpose, neither to God's glory. one's own, or one's neighbour's good: how much more shall men's wicked words, their sinful oaths, curses, lies, filthy communications, and bitter words be called over again, that day? The tongues of many fhall then fall upon themfulves, and ruin them. Thirdly, Mens thoughts shall be brought into drinent: the Judge will make manifeft the counsel of the