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forget God in this world, it is but an awful respite to their future destruction. For these having risen to shame and everlasting contempt at the end of the 1000 years, when the door is shut, and the marriage solemnized, bring upon themselves their own condemnation by their unwarranted attack on the bride, the beloved city; and the horrible tempest is rained upon them, as a just punishment for their indomitable insurbordination. Then Death and Hades, or the intermediate states of bad and good, are both put an end to ; and those not written in the book of life are put an end to with them. “ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.—And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Matt. xxv. 31–34. 6. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.”_" For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this : for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life ; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John, v. 22, 23, 26—29.
11 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 12 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 13 to their works. And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it; and death and hades delivered
up the dead which were in them : and they were 14 judged every man according to their works. And
death and hades were cast into the lake of fire. 15 This is the second death. And whosoever was
not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The false church being overthrown, we are now “ come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant;" for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready; and to her it is granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. For at mid
night there is a cry made, Behold the Bridegroom cometh
h; go ye out to meet him. For “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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 burnt up. The heavens and the earth which are now,—are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter, iii. 10, 7, 13. “For, behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create : for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.' Is. Ixv. 17-19. “Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word ; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies. (For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised.) Before she travailed she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things ? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once ? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth ? saith the Lord; shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb ? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her : rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her : that ye may suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream : then
shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you ; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb; and the hand of the Lord shall be known towards his servants, and his indignation towards his enemies. For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render bis anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord will be many." Is. lxvi. 5-16. “When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day.” 6 And it shall come to pass, that from one new-moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me;
for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched ; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.” Isa. Ixvi. 23, 24.
XXI. 1.-And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were 2 passed away, and there was no more sea. And
I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared 3 as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard
a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes ; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any
more pain; for the former things are passed 5 away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and 6 faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst, of the foun7 tain of the water of life freely. He that over
cometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his 8 God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The Descent of the New Jerusalem.
The Bridegroom having made his appearance, the saints revive, are caught up to meet him in the air, and descend to reign on the earth : “ for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred and tongue, and people, and nation, and hast made us unto our God kings and priests : and we shall reign on the earth.” Rev. v. 9, 10.