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have amassed, in the thought that those riches would secure them against evil, become the very things which will add to their load of misery. Their gold and silver is cankered, and the rust of them shall be a witness against them, and shall eat their flesh as it were fire. Their very pleasures have nourished their hearts as for a day of slaughter. O brethren, whatever be your wishes, or your fears, or your terrors; whatever be your unbelief, or contempt, or neglect, there and then you must appear.

Then every place will give up its tenants. The sea, in all its unfathomable depths, withholds not one of the dead. A whole world was once drowned, when upon those disobedient, in the days of Noah, God brought in the flood upon the world of the ungodly the armies of Pharoah were swallowed up in those depths, they too shall re-appear,-not as pursuing the terrified people of Israel, but as themselves under a more tremendous terror than when the waves rushed back upon them, and they were overwhelmed in the Red Sea. Yes, and all the countless multitudes that since have found a grave in the great deep, not one of them shall be wanting. Death too, however it may have taken its prey, in whatever varied forms it may have come on the sons of men, shall give up its captives. Hell, also, the place of departed spirits, shall no longer detain its imprisoned tenants. Re-united to their bodies, the whole

man, body and soul, shall be brought together to judgment.

See the vast assembly! it is not one country, but every country: it is not one generation, but every generation: it is not the eight hundred millions now living on earth, but the millions of millions that have existed from the first Adam, to the last born of the human race. They are all gathered. They all stand before the great white throne. Methinks they wait, in solemn pause, the movements of the great Judge! What a scene then will be unfolded, in which you and I shall not be spectators only, but parties deeply concerned.

O sinners, unconverted, worldly, careless sinners, what will be your state then? All your high looks will be for ever abashed; all your hard speeches against God's truth for ever silenced; all your careless indifference for ever removed. All your worldly successes and advantages, instead of being your glory and your security, are your distress and your ev erlasting shame. 0 what would you in that day give for the time which you now have! Sinners on a death-bed cry out for a day more, for an hour more, that they may have time to repent, and attend to the one thing needful-their salvation: what will their desire be, for a day, or an hour, when all that they feared is come upon them; when their

fear cometh as desolation, and their destruction as a whirlwhind. You, my brethren, have that time now; use it so now as in the great day of judgment, you will wish that you had done.

O you who trust in Christ, and love him; this will be the great day of your joy and triumph; this the day that will complete your happiness. The Judge is your friend; all that troubled you will be for ever done away. You shall enter the joy of your Lord.

O my beloved people, let me entreat you, as your real friend: let me beseech you, as one who must himself give account of every sermon he preaches let me entreat you, as one earnestly longing over you in the bowels of Jesus Christ, despised flock of Christ,

to join without delay the

-to sacrifice every thing, rather than your soul's salvation.

SERMON VIII.

THE JUDGMENT DAY.

REVELATION XX. 11-13.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away: and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and 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, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

FROM these striking words we proposed to point your attention to four things. 1. The Judge upon the throne; 2. The assembly gathered before him: 3. The opening of the books: and 4. The judg

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ment itself. We entered into the two former heads. Under the Judge on the throne, we dwelt on the throne of judgment, the Judge seated on it, and the effect of bis appearance; in reference to the assembly gathered before him, we viewed them under the two aspects of the living and the dead..

We left off at this point, the assembled world gathered before the great Judge of quick and dead, and waiting his decision. Now let us consider,

3. THE OPENING OF THE BOOKS, and

4. THE JUDGMENT ITSelf.

The proceedings of that great day will commence with

III. THE OPENING OF THE BOOKS. And the books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the book of life.

You may remark that there are books in general, and a particular book.

There are BOOKS IN GENERAL. The expression is figurative, denoting the accurate register of all our talents and opportunities, and of all our thoughts, and words, and works. But let us endeavour to illustrate this statement.

There is the BOOK OF GOD'S HOLY LAW. This which contains the rule of judgment, it may be presumed, will be first opened. It has been al

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