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the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Jude 6 The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Rev. 20: 12 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 to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 384. Design of the general judgment.
Rom. 2: 5 After thy hardness and impenitent heart, treas. urest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
Jude 14 Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 385. The Judgment day will come suddenly and unexpectedly.
Mat. 24: 37 As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 25: 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mk. 13:32 Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye
know not when the time is. 35 Watch ye therefore : for ye know not when the master of the use cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.
Lk. 17:24 As the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they
Earth to perish - Final Separation.
bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But thu same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brim. stone from heaven, and destroyed them all: 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son or man is revealed. — 21: 35 As a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son
Ac. 1: 7 He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father nath put in his own power. [See 149.] 386. Destruction of the material heavens and earth.
Ps. 102: 25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed.
Is. 51: 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath : for the heavens shall .vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner.
2 Pet. 3:7 The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 10 But 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 burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Rev. 20:11 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 them. 387. The righteous and wicked separated at judgment.
Mat. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of hafvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: biit gather the wheat into my barn.—- 22: 11 When the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not
Christ the Judge - Particular disclosures.
on a wedding-garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having a wedding-garment. And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.25: 31 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 : 32 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: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Lk. 16: 26 Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot ; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
[See 560.] 388. Judgment committed to Christ.
Jn. 5: 22 The Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
Ac. 10: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly: 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
2 Tim. 4: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingilom. 389. Particular disclosures at the day of judgment.
Ec. 11: 9 Rejoice, O) young man, in thy youth: and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. - 12: 14 God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it bé evil.
Mat. 12: 36 I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Lk. 12: 2 There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore, whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness, shall be heard in the light: and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the house-tops.
Irrevocable Decisions — Knowledge Required
Rom. 2: 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.
1 Cor. 3: 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest : for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is. 4: 5 Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 390. Irrevocable decisions of the judgment.
Lk. 13: 26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. — 16:26 Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed : so that they which would pass from hence to you, cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Rev. 22: 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. · [See 553, 567, 572.]
391. True knowledge required and encouraged.
Pr. 4: 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. -8: 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver: and knowledge rather than choice gold. — 22: 17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. — 23: 12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 23 Bły the truth, and sell it not, also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. [See 363, 633.] 392 The benefit of true knowledge.
Pr. 2: 10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall pre
serve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things.— 3: 13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared mto her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantnesa, and all her paths are peace,
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. — 4: 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. - 16:22 Understanding is a well-spring of life unto him that hath it: but the instructior of fools is folly.
Ec. 7: 12 Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. 393. True knowledge, essential to true love. Ph. 1: 9 This I
abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
2 Pet. 1: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. [See 47.] 394. The certain knowledge of divine truth.
Job 19:25 I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that lie shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Pr. 22: 20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
Jn. 6: 69 We believe, and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. 2 Tim. 1: 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things