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Luke xxi. 35. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the earth.
Luke xxi. 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 of man. See Matt. xxiv. 42, 44
to 51. Mark xiii. 33 to 37.
1 Cor. i. 8. The Lord Jesus Christ shall confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.
iv. 4. He that judgeth ine is the Lord. See Christ shall judge. Ver. 5. Therefore judge nothing before the time till the Lord come. See Matt. vii. 1, 2. Rom. xiv. 3, 10, 13. Col. ii. 16. James iv. 11. Acts. xvii. 30. The times of ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men every where to repent.
Ver. 31. Because he hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ.
Col. iii. 4. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye appear with him in glory.
Ver. 5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Ver. 8. Also put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth.
Ver. 9. Lie not.
Ver. 24. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance.
1 Thess. ii. 19. We who are ministers, what is our hope or joy or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
iii. 12. The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men.
Ver. 13. To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
iv. 17. We shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, so shall we be ever with the Lord.
Ver. 18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
v. 2. The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night. 2 Pet. iii. 10.
Ver. 4. But ye, brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ver. 6. Therefore let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober.
8. Putting on the breast-plate of faith, and love, and for an helmet the hope of salvation.
2. Thess. ii. 1. We beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him.
Ver. 2. That ye be not soon shaken in mind.
1 Tim. vi. 14. Keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. See Obedience to Christ. Tit. ii. 12. Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world.
Tit. ii. 13. Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
James v. 7. Be patient, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Ver. 8. Stablish your hearts for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
1 Pet. i. 7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than that of gold that perisheth, though it be tried by fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Ver. 9. Ye receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Ver. 13. Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end, for the grace that shall be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ..
Ver. 14. As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.
Ver. 15. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
1 Pet. iv. 7. The end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer.
Ver. 13. Rejoice, in as much as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
2 Pet. iii. 11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.
Ver. 12. Looking for and hasting to the coming of the day of God, when the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Ver. 13, 14.
1 John ii. 8. Little children, abide in Christ, that when he shall appear ye may have confidence, and not be ashamed at his coming. iv. 17. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment.
Rev. xiv. 7. Fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come, and worship him that made heaven and earth and the fountains of waters.
VI. The dissolution of the heavens and the earth. Ps. cii. 25. The heavens are the work of thine hands.
Ver. 26. They shall perish but thou shalt endure, yea all of them shall wax old like a garment, and as a vesture shalt thou, (Christ, Heb. i. 10, 11, 12.) change them and they shall be changed.
2 Pet. iii. 7. The heavens and the earth which are now are kept in store, reserved unto fire, against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Ver. 10. 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 burnt up. Ver. 12.
Ver. 13. Nevertheless we according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. See Rev. vi. 14. Isa. xxxiv. 24.-li. 6.-lxv. 17.-lxvi. 22.
THE HAPPINESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
VII. The happiness of the righteous in heaven, is inconceivably great. 1 Cor. ii. 9. Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Isa. lxiv 4.
1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Rom. viii. 29. Phil. iii. 21.
VIII. Christians are heirs. Rom. viii. 17. If children then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs of Christ. Chap. iv. 7.
Gal. iii. 27 Heirs according to the promise. Eph. iii. 6.
vi. 17. Heirs of promise. Chap. xi. 7, 10. Heirs of righteousness by faith.
James ii. 5. Heirs of a kingdom which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Pet. iii. 7. Heirs of the grace of life.
Christians have an inheritance, a kingdom, &c.
Matt. xix. 21. Thou shalt have treasure in heaven.
Ver. 29. Shall inherit everlasting life.
xxv. 34. Christ will say, come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world. Luke xii. 32.
Luke xxii. 29. I appoint unto you a kingdom, even as my Father hath appointed unto me.
Ver. 30. That ye may eat at my table, and drink in my kingdom. Acts xiv. 20. We must through manifold tribulations enter into the kingdom of God.
xx. 32. To an inheritance among them that are sanctified by faith, in Jesus Christ. Chap. xxvi. 18.
Rom. v. 17. They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by Jesus Christ. 2 Tim. ii. 12. If we suffer with Chris: we shall also reign with him. Matt. xix. 28. Gal.iii. 18. An inheritance not of law, but of promise. Rom. iv.14. Eph. i. 11. In Christ we have obtained an inheritance. Ver. 14. The spirit of promise is the earnest of our inheritance. Ver. 18. The glory of God's inheritance in the saints.
Col. i. 12. The Father hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Col. iii. 24. Of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ.
1 Thess. ii. 12. God hath called us to his kingdom and glory.
2 Thess. i. 5. That ye may be accounted worthy of the kingdom for which ye suffer.
2 Tim. iv. 18. The Lord shall preserve me to his heavenly kingdom.
Heb. ix. 15. Christ the mediator, &c. that they might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Heb. x. 34. An enduring substance. Chap. xii. 28. A kingdom that cannot be moved.
2 Pet. i. 3. God hath begotten us to a lively hope.
Ver. 4. To an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven.
2 Pet. i. 11. An entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Rev. i. 6. Jesus Christ hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father. Chap. v. 10.-xx. 4, 6. See Luke vi. 20.—xiii. 28, 29. xiv. 15.
xxi. 7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things.
1 Cor. vi. 9. The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Ver. 10. Gal. v. 21. Eph. v. 5.
IX. The righteous have rest. Job. iii. 17. There (in heaven) the
weary are at rest.
Ps. cxvi. 7. Return unto thy rest, O my soul.
Jer. vi. 16. Walk in the good way and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Isa. lvii. 2..
Matt. xi. 28. Come unto me (said Jesus,) and I will give you rest. Ver. 29. Ye shall find rest unto your souls.
2 Thess. i. 7. God will give you rest, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven.
Heb. iv. 9. There remaineth a rest for the people of God.
Rev. xiv. 13. The dead which die in the Lord, rest from their la bour, and their works do follow them.
X. Others enjoy mansions, a new heaven, an heavenly temple, light, c. John xiv. 2. In my Father's house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you.
Ver. 3. I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.
2 Pet. iii. 13. We look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Rev. iii. 4. They shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. Rev. xxi. 22. The Lord God Almighty, and the lamb are the temple of it.
Ver. 23. The glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
xxii. 4. And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Ver. 5. The Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.
XI. They are present with Christ. John xvii. 24. I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me. Chap. xii. 26. Col. iii. 4. When Christ who is our life shall appear then shall ye appear with him in glory. 1 John iii. 2.
1 Thess. iv. 17. We shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Rev. iii. 4. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy.
Rev. iii. 21. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Ver. 5.
Rev. vii. 15. They are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple, and he that sitteth on the throne shal! dwell among them.
xiv. 4. These are they which follow the lamb, withersoever he goeth, these were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. Ver. 5.
XII. Are in a state of joy. Ps. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life, in thy presence is fulness of joy, and at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. Ps. xxxvi. 8, 9. Isa. xxxv, 10. Matt. xxv. 21. Enter into the joy of thy Lord.
Jude 24. He is able to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
XIII. Free from pain and sorrow. Isa. xxxiii. 24. The inhabitant shall not say I am sick, the prople that dwell there shall be forgiven their iniquity.
xxxv. 10. Sorrow and sighing shall fly away.
lx. 19. The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither shall the moon give light unto thee, but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Ver. 20.
Matt. vi. 20. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt nor thieves break through and steal. Rev. vii. 15. They are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple, and he that sitteth on the throne shall lead them.
Ver. 16. And they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat,
Ver. 17. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
N. B. The above texts from Isaiah though prophetical of the happy state of the church on earth, are more strictly true and expressive of the happiness of glorified saints in heaven.
Rev. xxi. 4. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.
xxii. 3. There shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. XIV. Eternal life is from God. Ps. xi. 6. Thou wilt shew me the path of life. Acts ii. 28.
xxxvi. 9. With thee is the fountain of life.
Ixiii. 3. Thy loving kindness is better than life.
Rev. xxii. 1. I beheld a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Ver. 2. In the midst of the street and of either side of the river was the Tree of Life. See life through Christ.
XV. Life promised to sundry graces and duties. See promises to faith in Christ, to obedience. Lev. xviii. 5. Keep my statutes and my