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the violence of his own hands, he plunges himself into the regions of darkness and despair. There he lies, bound in chains unto the judgment of the great day; when he shall appear with shame and contempt, hear his fearful doom and sink again into the fire, that never shall be quenched. Endless punishment, torment and despair in hell, are all the encouragement, there is to sin. God " will render indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish unto every soul of man, that doeth evil.” Hence,

6. Sinners will have no excuse, if they abuse the means of grace, reject the offers of life and expose themselves to eternal ruin. One of their number has made the awful experiment and found himself without hope and without excuse. And those, who tread in bis steps, will come to the same end. They will have no excuse for their wickedness and misery from the patience of God, from the native corruption of their hearts, nor from the divine decrees. Their mouths will be shut ; and they will stand guilty and confound. ed before God. Into such a state Judas brought himself by his own voluntary and desperate wickedness. And every sinner will find, that his guilt is all his own and that he alone must bear it, though it sinks him into endless torment and despair. Therefore,

To conclude, let every sinner be entreated to flee from the wrath to come.

Be assured there is wrath to come ; and that your damnation slumbereth not. Notwithstanding the mercy of God in the gift of Christ, the common smiles of divine providence upon you and the patience and forbearance of God towards you ; yet it is in the heart of God to send you down to the pit of woe and despair, if you do not repent and believe and obey the gospel. He treated Judas as kindly in this life as he has treated you. And yet he has turned him into hell for his sins. And he will treat you in the same awful manner. Be entreated, then, by the terrors of the Lord, by the mercy of Christ, by the joys of heaven and by the torments of hell, to fall down immediately before the righteous God. And not only confess your sins, as Judas did, but heartily repent and truly believe the gospel and give up yourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation;" He, that repents and believes, shall be saved ; but he, that believeth not, shall be damned.



REVELATION, xix. 3.-And again they said, Alleluia.

John, the last of the apostles, wrote this book, while in banishment in the Isle of Patmos. He was favored with extraordinary visions of the heavenly world and inspired to foretel the most important changes, which were to pass over the world from his day to the end of time. From the fourteenth chapter to the close of the book, he gives very striking representation of the increase and prosperity of the Church and the final overthrow of Babylon, which mystically represents Antichrist, the great bead of all opposition to it. He says, “I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on mount Zion and with him an hundred and forty four thousand having his Father's name written in their foreheads." This Lamb was an emblem of Christ surrounded by those, whom he had redeemed from the earth. After the safe arrival of the Church in heaven, he says, there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all na. tions drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." And after these things he says. “ I heard a great voice

. of much people in heaven, saying Alleluia: salvation and glory and honor and power unto the Lord our God.

For true and righteous are his judgments : for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with fornication and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.” Alleluia signifies, Praise ye the Lord. This is the truth, which lies on the face of the text :


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The heavenly hosts will praise God for punishing the finally impenitent forever.

It is proposed to show, in the first place, that they will praise God for punishing the finally impenitent forever, and then to inquire, why they will do it.

I. I am to show that the heavenly hosts will praise God for punishing the finally impenitent forever.

1. 1 his appears, from the representations of scripture. The Church of God on earth sang praises to God for the display of his justice in the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. When the people of God had passed through it on dry ground and saw th· Egyptians overwbelmed in the merciless waves ; “ Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and the rider hath he thrown into the sea." And the apostle John heard the inhabitants of heaven sing this same song in the praise of God for destroying his impenitent and incorrigible enemies. When the seven angels, who had the seven last plagues to inflict upon the wicked world, as marks of God's just & awful displeasure, were prepared to pour out the vials of divine wrath, then John heard“ them sing the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty ; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” When Isaiah had a vision of heaven and of the desolating judgments, wbich God had sent upon the wicked, upon earth, he heard the heavenly hosts cry one unto another, “ Holy, boly, holy, is the Lord of hosts ; the whole earth is full of his glory.Isaiah and John were eye and ear witnesses of the feelings and language of the heavenly world, in the view of God's vindictive justice in punishing the wicked. They assure us, that the heavenly hosts do actually praise God for displaying his righteous and holy displeasure against the enemies of all righteousness. They cry Alleluia, when they behold the smoke of their torments rising up forever and ever. This leads me to observe,

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2. These representations are perfectly agreeable to the character of perfectly holy beings. The pure spirits in heaven are holy as God is holy and just as God is just ; they feel as God feels towards himself and all his holy and unholy creatures. As God loves holiness and hates sin, so they love holiness and hate sin, and as he is disposed to punish sin, so they are pleased to see him punish sin. It is altogether reasonable, therefore, to suppose, that they are disposed to love him and praise him for giving sinners a just recompense of reward. They see him cast the wicked down to hell. For John heard the third angel, who was the executioner of divine vengeance, say, “ If any man worship the beast and his image, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation ; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever.” Who can suppose, that the holy angels and spirits of just men made perfect can be spectators of such a scene without peculiar sensibility ? They must be pleased or displeased with the divine conduct; they must approve, or disapprove of it. And of necessity, they must either praise, or blaspheme God, while they see him express the indignation of his benevolent and holy heart towards the disobedient, impenitient and unbelieving. Those, who believe what the whole current of scripture gives us the fullest evidence to believe, that some of our sinful race will be finally and forever cast off, cannot disbelieve that the heavenly world will approve of God's casting them off forever, and sincerely praise him for all the displays of his amiable and awful justice in the eternal condemnation and punishment of the wicked.

For if they do not praise God, they must blaspheme bim and deserve the very punishment, which they condemn. No one can carry his thoughts to heaven and believe, that there will be

any blasphemy there against him, who sitteth on the throne and the Lamb, but perpetual praise for the bright dis

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