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rebel,how long would it be before rebellion would become general throughout the earth ? Not many years. Those who will be deceived will be the descendants of those who obeyed Christ in the thousand years. I do not. mean the raised or changed faints, but those who were converted to Christ with their posterity after the great army is destroyed when his feet stand on the mount of Olives.
Supposing that at this time all people who are come i to years of understanding on the earth, were faints, and, from this time none should be converted to God for fifty years; how many would there be to follow after righteousness ? surely not many. Would there be faith found on earth? In this way it is easy to find the enemies of the Lord in a short time after fatan is looted for a little season.
What an awful deception must people be in to think of ' a victory over the Prince of Peace! it is mentioned, that the nations will be stirred up to fight against the king of glory, thinking to overcome him. Mention is made of Gog and Magog, in this army. This is not the same mentioned in Ezekiel ; though some of the fame nation may compofe this great army. The army under Gog, mentioned in Ezekiel, will be gathered before the thousand years ; this Gog and Magng will be after the thousand years. Every person by comparing the account in Ezekiel xxxvii. and xxxix. will see that there is a great difference in the two armies under the same name. In Ezekiel, the army is mentioned as coming to take fpoil, that they should die there and some should be buried in a place called Hamon-Gog, while part of the army should be devoured by beasts and birds. The army mentioned in Revelations xx. is said to come up on the breadth of the earth, and instead of being buried or eat. en by beast's, it is said, fire shall come down from heaven and devour them.
4. It is said they shall compass the camp of the saints and the beloved city. ..
This army deceived by fatan, will be the largest army shat ever was on the earth. This will be the lat batile
on this earth ; after this all things will be subdued to Christ. We are told that the number is as the sand of the fea. O what an innumerable multitude will engage against him who will overcome them all. The camp of the saints, and the beloved city which they will surround, I understand to be Jerusalem, where Christ and the raised and changed faints are to dwell in the thousand years.
It appears from this account, that their design will be to overcome the king and his subjects, to take the beloy. ed city, and make it their capital to be under the Prince of this world, instead of the Prince of Peace. But oh the awful consequences of this gathering around the be. loved city, which is,
5. A fire from heaven shall devour them.
When the army will be gathered against Jerusalem, at the time Chrilt comes to reign on the earth, the army will be destroyed, by the plague, by fire, and sword; and znany places will be filled with their dead bodies ; but this will be more terrible than that, for at the time when they will think that victory is on their fide, in an infant a fire from heaven will devour them all. O what an awful laughter will there be among the poor wretch-. es, when millions in a moment vill be burnt up like the inhabitants of Sodom and the cities round about. This Naughter will exceed all that ever will take place before that time.
6.Satan will then be cast into a state of confinement and torment until the day of judgment, when he and his fub. jects will be destroyed,and rebellion cease throughout the world forever.
How awfully folemn this fubje& must appear to those who believe the prophecies !
According to the prophecy concerning fatan's being loosed to deceive the nations, there are some awful, as well as glorious things to take place before the last judgment. If these are so terrible, what will that be, when all nations shall be gathered before the son of man, to hear him say, come ye blessed, or depart ye cursed.
According to the order of things as Rated in these fermons, one thing stands in connection with another, and from the propriety of one thing, we are led to the propriety of the next thing that follows.
The resettling of the Jews in the land of Canaan, leads on to the gathering of the great army to take their goods ; this leads on to the coming of Christ to relieve them; this leads on to their submitting to him, and to other nations following their example, thus all nations are to call him blessed. This will lead on to the glory of the thousand years, that again leads on to the grand rebell. ion among those who are deceived by fatan ; and their rebellion will lead on to their overthrow; and this last army being overthrown, will prepare the way for the general resurrection and last judgment ; this prepares the way for the destruction of the wicked, in the lake of fire, the new heavens and earth, the new Jerusalem, and the eternally blessed state of all who are faithful unto death; these shall receive a crown of life.
In the next sermon I shall describe the last judgment which will follow the destruction of the great army we have been speaking of.
O that we may be prepared to stand in that day, be. fore the son of man !
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THE next great and important thing which will take places
after satan's army is devoured by fire, and he reserved in chains, is the last judgment. This will be proved and defa, cribed in the following pages.
I HAT the general judgment, refurre&ion of all the dead,and destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire, will follow after the overthrow of the army of the nations deceived by fatan, is plain from what follows, in the same. chapter. Rev.'xx, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that fat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, Itand before God; and the hooks 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 deliver...? ed up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works; and death and hell were cast into the lake of fire ; this is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire." .
In these verses are four particulars to be noticed ; 1. cp The last judgment.... 2. The resurrection of all that are in their graves, and what they will be raised for.... 3. The lake of fire into which the wicked will be caft....4. The second death which all the wicked will die in the lake of fire. .
1. The last judgment.
That there will be a day of judgment, when every man will be rewarded according to his works, is abundantly evident from the scriptures of truth, and from the tefti. mony of the Holy Ghost which reproves the world of judgment.
The day of judgment means a time when a righteous fentence will be passed upon all men according to their works. · This is called "eternal Judgment," because there will be nothing more of the kind forever.
I shall now poceed, 1. To prove that there will be a day of judgment after the great army is devoured by fire. .
This is a matter revealed by the God of heaven, who revealeth secrets, and is not found out by human reason. It being revealed, we may see that it is reasonable. Be. cause this day revealed in the scripture is reasonable, Paul in the presence of Felix, “ Reafoned of righteouf. nefs, temperance, and JUDGMENT to come.
What we know concerning the last judgment, is recorded in the scriptures, and taught to men by the Holy Ghost. ,
This judgment is mentioned in Job xix: 29, “ Be ye afraid of the sword; for wrath bringeth the punishment of the sword, that ye may know there is a JUDGMENT. Psalm i. 5, 6. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in. the JUDGMENT, nor finners in the congregation of the righteous."
.. . Solomon spake particularly of the last Judgments and warned the youth and others of it ; Ecclesiastes xi. 9, “But know thou, that for all these things, God will bring thee into JUDGMENT.”. Chap. xii. 14, " For God will bring every work into JUDGMENT, with every secret thing, whither it be good or whither it be evil.”
This day is particularly mentioned by Christ and the an postles. Matth. X. 15, “ Verily I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. in the day of JUDGMENT, than for that city." Chap. xi.. 22, “ But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of JUDGMENT, than for you." Chapter xii. 36, “ But I say unto you, that evs.