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our Preparation for the Day of
[The Firii Sermon on this Text.]
À MO S iv. 12:
and because I will do this unto thee; pres
HÉ Prophet, as the Em-Vol. II
bassador of God, begins T this Chapter, with a De
nunciation of astonishing
Evils; and from thence concludes with this Exortation, Theres fore thus will I do, &c.
Vol. II. The Literal Sence runs thus. God is
coming forth against thee as an Arm’d
This being the immediate Design of
vidences, and by the Charms and Invi- Ser. I. tations of his own blessed Spirit; I denounce unto you, that He is coming forth out of his place to Judge the World, that this Day will be a Day of Vengeance, a Day of Darkness, and of Glominess, a Day of Terror and Rebuke to all those who have rejected God, who have disobey'd his Voice, who have broken his Covenant ; for He will call such to an Account for all their Evil Deeds, and hard Speeches, for all their contempt of Mercy and Abuse of Grace; and that Day shall burn as an Oven, and the Wicked shall be as Stübble, in this only differing, that they and their Flame shall be Eternal, and they shall be Eternally fensible of the Pain: And because God will do this unto thee, therefore prepare to meet thy God 0 Israel, therefore prepare either to encounter and outbrave Almighty Wrath, and to endure and despise Ěternal Pains : Or if thou thinkest thiou canst not resist God in his Fury, nor be able to dwell with Everlasting Burnings, then prepare to Attone the one, and prevent the other, by Repentance and Submission.
Taking the words in this Sence, I shall speak to three Things.
I. I shall Discourse of the Necessity
of our Preparation for the Day of
II. Of the Nature of such a Pre
III. I shall propound to you fome
Motives to this Preparation. :
If we consider the Nature of the