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the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
3. As your loss is great, and the punishment ye are to undergo great, so both these will come upon: you in one day: and this is a terrible aggravation of your misery. In a moment all the enjoyments of earth, all the gospel privileges and all the hopes of future bliss which impenitent sinners have, will evanish; and then, even then, at that very instant, will God appear, with his face full of frowns, his heart full of fury, his hand full of power, and all directed toward sinners. It is remarkable in the fentence at the last day, that with the same breath at the very fame instant, they are bid depart God's presence, Matth. XXV. 41. they are likewise sent into everlasting burnings. - 4. As both will come at once, so they both will come suddenly and surprisingly. This extremely increases your misery. Sudden destruction, and surpriâng destruction, is, on that very account, double destruction. It may be said that your damnation lingreth not, 2 Pet. ii. 4. As Christ comes quickly, Rev. xxii. 20. so he comes in flaming fire to take vengenance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel. 2 Theff. i. 8. It is sudden, because it comes at a time when it is not expected. Many of you possibly may be putting the evil day far away; and yet ye cannot tell how near it may be to some of you. Who can tell, but some who this day are here in God's presence, may be in the pit before the next sabbath? But whether it be fo or not, we are sure it is not long to the ... time, when all of you who remain impenitent, fhall be sent down to the sides of the pit. It is sudden also, because usually this ruin comes when the quite contrary is expected; when they say,
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peace, peace, then sudden destruction, 1 Thess. v. 3. When the fool was singing a requiem to his own soul for many years, then that very night all this misery comes upon him, Luke xii. 20. And this was a great aggravation of his misery. A blow given when the contrary is expected, is doubly stunning.
5. As all these things, all the losses, all the tors ments we have been speaking of, come suddenly and at once; so they are all inevitable. Impenitent finners cannot by any means escape them. For,
1. God has engaged that sinners shall be punished. He will not at all acquit the wicked. He has past his word upon it, he fwears in his wrath that impenitent sinners shall not enter into his rest, Heb. iii. 18. Therefore they may expect that he will be as good as his word.
2. God cannot change: there is no variablene's nor Madow of turning with him, Jamn. i. 17. He continues unalterably the same. I am the Lord, I change not, therefore the fons of Jacob are not consumed, Mal. iii. 6. There is the clear side of the cloud to his own people; and upon the other hand, it be may inferred, I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye who have continued impenitent shall be turned into hell."
3. Ye are not able to ward off the blow. The apostle observes, That the foolishness of God is wiser than mun, and the weakness of God is stronger than man, i Cor. i. 25. The weakest effort of God against man, is enough utterly to ruine him. Lo, at the rebuke of his countenance we peris, Pfal. lxxx. 16. He can look upon one that is proud, and abase him, and his eye can cast about rage and destruction, Job xl. 11, 12, 13. If a look can ruine us, much more the breath of his nostrils:
By the breath of his nostrils we are consumed, and by the blast of him we perish, Job iv. 9. Now, if ye be not able to stand against his look, his breath, the blast of his nostrils, far less against his finger, which ruined Egypt by divers plagues; and yet much less against his fift, Ezek. xxii. 13. Whose heart can endure? Whose hands can be strong, in the day when these hands that measure the waters in the hollow of them, that span the heavens, comprehend the dust of the earth, and take up the isles as a very little thing, shall begin to crush, and squeeze, and grip bim? far less is any able to withstand, when God lays on the weight of his wrath, which presseth them hard, as it did Heman; or when he runs upon them like a mighty giant, with his full force, as a man doth upon his ene ny, Job xvi. 14. In this case, neither ye yourselves nor any creature can help you; therefore your inifery is inevitable.
6. As your misery is inevitable, so it is eternal. It is not for a day, or a year, or a month, or an age, nay, nor for millions of ages; but for ever. It is everlasting destruction, everlasting burnings ye are to dwell with; the worm dies not, the fire goeth not out; the smoke of your torment shall ascend for ever and ever. If one ever will not do it, ye shall have more of them. Here indeed is mifery, exquisite misery ; and ye would do well to think on your escape.
. We have now, for eight Lord's days, insisted upon this subject: and may we not conclude with the prophet, Who hath believed our report? Who among you all, who have been our close hearers upon this subject, are yet convinced of sin? I fear very few, if any. If there be but one foul among you all that is awakened to see its fin and misery,
the news we are next to bring, will be welcome to such, and we hope the Lord will grant them that which they long for.
But to the generality, who are yet fast alleep, and who are as insensible as ever, we shall say a few words : And, (1.) we say to you, Have ye not heard what we have charged you with ? And what answer ye to all? I am sure ye can answer nothing that is of weight. And if ye be not able to answer a man like yourselves, think how mute ye will be, when ye come before our great Lord and Master, seated upon the great white throne. (2.) What mean ye, O feepers? Is it now time to be sleeping, when ye cannot tell but the next moment ye shall sink irrecoverably into the immense ocean of the eternal and intolerable wrath of God? (-3.) We cannot tell but this your stupidity may provoke God to that degree against you, that ye shall never have a warning more. How terrible will your case be, if he shall say, Never fruit grow upon these barren and unfruitful finners any more; or if this day he shall give death a commission, Go to yonder obstinate finners, whom I by my servants have long been dealing with, in order to bring them to a conviction of their danger, arrest them, bring them immediately to me, and I shall awaken them, but not to their advantage. How will your hearts ake, your ears tingle, and your spirits fail, when ye hearthe dreadful sentence pronounced, Mat.xxv. 41. Depart from me, ye curfed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels? Now, if ye would evite this, awake in time, and fee to Jesus Christ: hasten your escape, before the decree bring forth, before the day, pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.
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