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shall be destroyed, your victory completed, and death shall be no more.a' Yet a little while, and he that shall come, will come, and you also shall appear with him in glory.b This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven,

c shall so come as he went up

into heaven; and when he cometh, he will receive you to himself; that where he is, there you may be also.d Belold bis sign, he cometh in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory; and every eye shall see him, and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of him. But you shall lift up your heads, because the day of your redemption draweth nigh.f Then shall he sound' his trump,s and make you to hear his voice in your dust;h and shall send his mighty angels to gather you from the four winds of heaven;i

who shall carry you in the triumphant chariot of the clouds, to meet your Lord;Jand you pared for him, and presented to him, as a bride adorned for her husband.k 10. Full conformity, both in body and soul,

to our glorified Saviour. And as you have borne the image of the earthly, so shall you bear the image of the

a Rev xx, 14. xxi, 4. b Heb. x, 37. Col. üi, 4. i c Acts i, 11. d John xiv, 3. e Rev. i, 7. Mat. xxiv, 30. f Luke xxi, 28. John v, 28. &1 Cor. XV, 52. 6.1 Thes. iv. 16. i Mat. xxiv, 31. 11 Thes. iv, 17. k Rey. xxi, mis

shall be prea gels,b and

Treavenly; and you shall be fully conform. ed, both in body and spirit, to your glorious head.a.

11. Public approbation and absolution. Then shall he confess you before his an


shall receive your open absolution before all flesh; and be owned, approved and applauded in the public audience of the general assembly.c

12. Solemn espousals. And you shall be, with all royal solemnities, espoused unto the King of glory, in the presence of all his shining courtiers; a to the envy, and gnashing, and terror of

your adversaries.e

13. The coronation and enthronement of the

saints: their sitting in judgment upon the world.

So shall your Lord, with his own hand, crown you, and set you in thrones;& and you shall judge men and angels, and you shall have power over the nations, and you shall set your


the necks of your enemies.j

Lo, I have set the very day for your instalment;} I have provided your crowns, I have prepared the kingdom.& Wherefore do you doubt, o

a Phil. üi, 21. Heb. xii, 23. b Rev. iii, 5. c Mat. 1, 32. xxv, 32, 34, 35. d Rev. xix, 7, 8. 2 Cor. iv, 14. Mat xxv, 31. Luke xiii, 28. fRev. iia 10. 8 Rev. iii, 21. Mat. xix, 28. h1 Cor. vi, 2, 3. Rev. Üy 26, 27. j Psalm xlix, 14. kActo xvü, 31. a 2 Tim. iv, 8. Mat. XXV, 34. bRev. xix, 9. c. 1 Cor. xii, 12. John xvii, 24. d 2 Thes. i, 10...


of little faith? These are the true sayings of God Are you sure that

you are now on earth? So surely shall you be shortly with me in heaven. Are you sure that you shall die?

So surely you shall rise again in glory. Lo, I have said it; and who shall reverse it? You shall see me, face to face, and be with me where I am, and behold my glory; for I will be glorified in my saints, and admired in all them that believe.d And all flesh shall know that I have loved you;e for I will make

you the instances of my grace;' in whom the whole world shall see, how unutterably the Almighty God can advance the poor wormsmeat and dust of the ground. And the despisers shall behold, and wonder, and perish;& for they shall be witnesses to the riches of my magnificence, and exceeding greatness of my power. These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but you into life eternal.i 14. Our triumphant ascension into heaven.

For no sooner shall their doom be past, but the bench shall rise, j and the judge shall

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Rev. iii, 9. f Eph. i. 5, 6. ii, 7. $ Acts xiii, 41. b Luke xvi, 23. i Mat, xxv, 46. j Mat. XXV, 41, 46.

return with all his glorious train; with sound of trumpet, and shouts incredible, shall he ascend, and shall lead you to your Father's house, a Then shall the triumphal arches lift up their heads, and the everlasting gates stand open, and the heavens shall receive you all; and so shall you be ever with the Lord.c

And now will I rejoice over you with singing, and rest in my love; and heaven shall ring with joys and acclamations, because I have received you safe and sound.d

And in that day you shall know that I am a rewarder of them that diligently seek me;e and that I did record your words, and bottle your tears, and tell your wanderings;and kept an account, even to a cup of cold water, of whatever you said or did for my name.b

15. Blessed eternity. You shall surely find, that nothing is lost, but you shall have full measure, pressed down and running over;j thousands of years in paradise for the least good thought, and thousands of thousands for the least good word; and then the reckoning shall begin again, till all arithmetic be nonplust: for you shall be swallowed up in a blessed eternity, and the doors of heaven shall be shut upon you, and there shall be no more going out.

a Psalm xlv, 14, 15. Mat. xxv, 43. John xiv, 2. with 2 Cor, y, 1. b Psalm xxiv, 7. 2 Pet. i, 11.

John xii, 26. 1 Thes. iv, 17. d Luke xv. 27. • Heb. xi, 6. f Mal. üi, 16. 8 Psalm lvi, 8. b Mat, X, 42. i 1 Cor. xv. 58. 3 Luke vi, 38.

16. Glorious company. The glorious choir of mine holy angels, the goodly fellowship of my blessed prophets, the happy society of triumphant apostles, the royal hosts of victorious martyrs,—these shall be your companions for ever.b And

you shall come in white robes, with palms in your hands, every one having the harps of God, and golden vials full of odours; and shall cast your crowns before me, and strike in with the multitude of the heavenly hosts, glorifying God, and saying, "Hallelujah! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Blessing, honour, glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and for ever!"d

17. Beatifical vision. In short, I will make you equal to the angels of God;e and you shall be the everlasting trumpets of my praise. You shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of my house, and I will make you drink of

a Dan. xü, 2, 3. Rev. ii, 12. Luke xvi, 26. b Mat. viii, 11, 12. Heb. xii, 22, 23. Rev. vii, 9, 10, 11, 12, xix, 5, 6. d Rev. v, 13. Luke XX, 36. f Rev. vü, 10, 11, 12, 15,

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