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tence is to be looked for, in which the justice of God will be made apparent, where happiness will attend the righteous, and misery be the portion of the wicked. Ps. x; xvii, 14; xxxvii, 10, 35, 36; lxxiii, 4, 11, 12.
He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matt. v, 45. The tares are suffered to grow with the
wheat till the harvest. Matt.
xiii, 24-30. But then a final separation takes place; the the garner, and the tares will be burnt: of the world. Matt. xiii, 40.
wheat is gathered inte so will it be at the end
Intimations of a judgment were given in Old Testa
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted, &c. Gen. iv, 7.
He walked with God, and he was not; for God took him. Gen. v, 24.
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? Gen. xviii, 25.
I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord. Gen. xlix, 18.
And he was gathered unto his people. Gen. xlix, 33.
I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Exod. iii, 6, 16.
That the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Luke xx, 37, 38.
I know that my Redeemer liveth. Job xix, 25.
The Lord shall judge the ends of the earth. 1 Sam. ii, 10.
To-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me.
1 Sam. xxviii, 19.
The Lord took up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind. 2 Kings ii, 11.
The wicked shall be turned into hell. Ps. ix, 17.
My flesh also shall rest in hope, &c. Ps. xvi, 9--11.
He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. Ps. xxi, 4.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth that he may judge his people, &c. Ps. 1, 4-.6.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to
glory, &c. Ps. lxxiii, 24-26,
For he cometh, for he cometh, to judge the earth. Ps. xcvi, 13; xcviii, 9.
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness, but the righteous bath
hope in his death. Prov. xiv, 32.
God shall judge the righteous and the wicked. Eccles. iii, 17.
But know that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Eccles. xi, 9.
The spirit shall return' unto God who gave it.
Eccles. xii, 7.
They shall both burn together, and none shall quench them. Isa. i, 31. He will swallow up death in victory, &c. Isa. xxv, 8.
Thy dead men shall live, &c. Tophet is ordained of old; the brimstone, doth kindle it.
Isa. xxvi, 19-21.
breath of the Lord, like a stream of Isa. xxx, 33.
Who shall dwell with everlasting burning? Isa. xxxiii, 14. The righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace. Isa. Ivii, 1, 2.
Their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched. Isa. Ixvi, 24.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. xviii, 4, 24, 26.
I beheld till the thrones were cast and the books were opened.
down, &c. the judgment was set, Dan. vii, 9, 10.
Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life, and some to shame, and everlasting contempt. Dan. xii, 2.
I will ransom them from the power of the grave, &c. O grave, I will be thy destruction. Hosea xiii, 14.
Prepare to meet thy God. Amos iv, 12.
They shall be mine, in that day when I make up my jewels. Mal. iii, 17.
The Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, spoke of themselves as
pilgrims and strangers in a laud which was not their home; and they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. Heb. xi, 13, 14.
The New Testament points it out still more clearly. Martha saith, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection, at the last day. John xi, 24.
Jesus Christ, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things. Acts iii, 20, 21.
To be with Christ, which is far better. Phil. i, 23, 24.
We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Rom. xiv, 10;
2 Cor. v, 10.
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Heb. ix, 27.
Behold, the Judge standeth before the door. James v, 9.
Reserved unto fire against the day of judgment. 2 Pet. iii, 7.
The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. 2 Pet. iii, 10. The angels which kept not their first estate, he hath reserved unto
the judgment of the great day.-Even as Sodom and Gomorrah are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude, 6, 7.
The New Testament also contains many figurative descriptions of this awful day.
Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Matt. iii, 10.
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, &c. Matt. iii, 12.
The tares and the reapers. Matt. xiii, 30, 39.
The net which gathereth both good and bad. Matt. xiii, 47,48.
The wise and foolish virgins. Matt. xxv, 10.
The talents. Matt. xxv, 19, 21.
The shepherd dividing the sheep from the goats. Matt. xxv, 31-33. The rich man and Lazarus. Luke xvi, 19-31.
As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man. Luke xvii, 26; Matt. xxiv, 37, 39.
Who is to be the Judge?
The Lord Jesus Christ.
When God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ. Rom. ii, 16. We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Rom. xiv, 9, 10; 2 Cor. v, 10.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and dead. 2 Tim. iv, 1.
Why does he assume this office?
1. Because he is a partaker of the nature of those who are to stand at his tribunal.
And Lath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. John v, 27.
2. Because the Father hath appointed him.
The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. John v, 22.
Ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Acts x, 42. He hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained. Acts xvii, 31.
His coming is described in the most impressive manner. The Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels. Matt. xvi, 27.
They shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. Matt. xxiv, 30; xxvi, 64; Mark viii, 38: Luke ix, 26. This Jesus sball so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Acts i, 11.
The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God. 1Thess, iv, 16. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire. 2 Thess. i, 7--10.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him. Rev. 1,7.
The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burned up. 2 Pet. iii, 10–13.
The angel which I saw stand upon the sea, and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, that there should be time no longer. Rev. x, 5, 6. Before this solemn tribunal there will be a general appearance of all the sons of Adam.
Before him shall be gathered all nations, &c. Matt. xxv, 32, 46. Then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect, from the four winds, &c. Mark xiii, 27.
All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth. John v, 28, 29.
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God. Rev. xx,12.
The sea gave up the dead which were in it;
vered up the dead which were in them. All shall then be judged.
and death and hell deliRev. xx, 13.
The Lord Jesus Christ--shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing. 2 Tim. iv, 1.
Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 1 Pet. iv, 5.
Concerning what shall we be judged?
1. Men will have to give account of all their thoughts. The thought of foolishness is sin. Prov. xxiv, 9.
A book of remembrance was writter before him, for them that thought upon his name. Mal. iii, 16.
Repent, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Acts viii, 22.
Inordinate affection, evil concupiscence ;--for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. Col. iii, 5, 6.
2. Of their words.
Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Mal, iii, 13, Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matt. xii, 36-37.* To convince all that are ungodly, of all their hard speeches, which they have spoken against him. Jude, 15.
3. And of their actions.
God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing.
He shall reward every man according to his works. Matt. xvi, £7.
Rev. xx, 12.
And the dead were judged,--according to their works.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget
I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat, &c. Matt. xxv, 42. The servant that knew his master's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes. Luke xii, 47.
Be not deceived, &c.
He that soweth: to his flesh, shall of the flesh
reap corruption, &c. Gal, vi, 7, 8.
To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James iv, 17.
How will men be judged?
1. By the law of God.
The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. John xii, 48.
As many as have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law. Rom, ii, 12.
Another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books. Rev. xx, 12.
Mere profession will not do in that day: it will be in vain to urge,
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? &c. Matt. vii, 21-23; Luke xiii, 25.-30.
Righteous judgment will be pronounced on all.