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in the promise to the Lord's people, as Ifa. xxxv. 10. And the ranjomed of the Lord Jhall return, and come to Zion, &c. relating both to the return from Babylon, and to the faints going to their eternal rest in heaven: even so temporal and eternal miseries, on the enemies of God, are sometimes wrapt up under one and the same exprellion in the threatning, as Ifa. xxx. 33. " For Tophet is ordained of old : yea, “ for the King it is prepared, he hath made it deep and large; the « pile thereof is fire and much wood, the breath of the Lord, like a e stream of brimstone, doth kindle it." Which relates both to the temporal and eternal destruction of the Alyrians, who fell by the hand of the angel before Jerusalem. See also Ifa. Ixvi. 24. What is that judicial blindness to which many are given up in whom the God of this world hath blinded their eyes, (2 Cor. iv. 4.) but the first fruits of hell

and of the curle? Their sun is going down at noon day; their dark- nels increasing as if it would not stop, till it issue in utter darknels.

Many a laih, in the dark, doth conscience give the wicked, which the ' world doth not hear of: and what is that, but that the never-dying

worin is already begun to gnaw them? And there is not one of these, but they inay call it Jofeph, for the Lord fall add another; or rather Gad, for a troop cometh. These drops of wrath are terrible forebod. ings of the full fhower which is to follow. Sometimes they are given up to their vile affections, that they have no more command over them, Rom. i. 26. So their lusts grow up more and more towards perfecti. on, if I may so speak. As in heaven grace comes to its perfection, so in hell (in arrives at its higelt pitch; and as sin is thus advancing upon ! the man, he is the nearer and the liker to hell. There are three things that have a fearful aspect here. First, When every thing that might do good to mens souls, is blasted to them; fo that their blessings are (urfed, (Mal. ii. 2.) sermons, prayers, admonitions, and reproofs, which are powerful towards others, are quite inefficacious to them. 2dly, When men go on sinning still, in the face of plain rebukes from the Lord, in ordinances and providences: God meets them with rods in the way of their fin, as it were striking them back; yet they rush forward. What can be more like hell, where the Lord is always imiting, and the damned always finning against him? Lastly, When every thing in one's lot is turned into fuel to one's lufts. Thus adversity and prosperity, poverty and wealth, the want of ordinances, and the enjoyment of thein, do all but nourish the corruptions of many. Their vicious stomachs corrupt whatsoever they receive, and all does but increase noxious humours.

But the full barvest follow's in that misery which they shall for ever ly onder in hell; chat wrath, whichi, by virtue of the curi?, hall come upon them to the uttermoft: che which is the curse fully cxecuied. This black clouct opens upon them, and the terrible thunder-bolt (trikes tiem, by that dreadful voice from the throne, i Dapart from'ure, ye curfed, &c. Which will give the whole wicked World a diful view of what is in the boson of the curse. It is,

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(1.) A voice of extreme indignation and wrath, a furious rebuke from the Lion of the tribe of Judah. His looks will be most terrible to them: his eyes will cált flanies of fire on them: and his words 'will pierce their hearts, like envěnomed arrows. When he will thus (peak them out of his presence for ever, and by his word chale them away from before the throne: They will see how keenly wrath burns in his heart against them for their fins. (2.) It is a I voice of extreme disdain and contempt from the Lord. Time was; when chey were pitied, besought to pity themselves, and to be the Lord's; but they despised him, they would none of him: but now Shail they be buried out of his fight, under everlasting contempt.. (3.) It is a voice of extreme hatred. Hereby the Lord shuts them out of his bowels of love and mercy. Depart, ye curfed: a.d. I cannot endure to look at you; there is not one purpose of good · to you in mine heart; nor all ye ever hear one word more of hope from me. Lastly, It is a voice of eternal rejection from the Lord. He coinmands them to be gone, and so calls them off for ever. Thus the doors of heaven are shut against them; che gulf is.' fixed between them and it, and they are driven to the pit. Now frould they cry with all possible earnestness, Lord, Lord, open to us! they will hear nothing but depart, depart, ye.curfed. Thus thall the damned be shut up under the curse. ; ; Use Firft, Let all these who, being yet in their natural state, are under the curfe, consider this, and flee to Jesus CARIST betimes, that they may be delivered from it. How can ye sleep in that ftate, being wrapt up in the curse! Jesus CARIST is now saying unto you, Come, ye cursed; I will take che curse from off you, and give you the blessing. The waters of the sanctuary are now running, co heal the cursed ground; take heed to improve them for that end to your own fouls, and fear it as hell, to get no fpiritual advantage thereby. Remember that the miry places (which are neither sea, nor dry land, a fit emblem of hypocrites) and the marishes (that neither breed fishes, nor bear trees: but che waters of the fanctuary leave them as they find them, in their barrennels) Mall not be healed ; (seeing they fpurn the only remody) they mall be given to fult, (left under eternal barrenness, fet up for the momments of the wrach of God, and concluded for ever under the curse), Ezek. xlvii. II. 2dly, Let all curlers consider this, . whose mouths are filled with curfing themselves and others. He who clothes himself with curling, thall find the curle 66 come into his "" bowels like water, and like oil into his bones,” (Psal. c. 18.) if repentance prevent it not. He fall get all his imprecations. against him fully answered, in that day wherein he stands before the tribunal of God: and shall find the killing weight of the curse of God, which he makes light of now. I

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in the promise to the Lord's people, as Ifa. xxxv. 10. And the ranfomed of the Lord shall reiurn, and come to Zion, &c. relating both to the return from Babylon, and to the faints going to their eternal rest in heaven: even so temporal and eternal miferies, on the enemies of God, are sometimes wrapt up under one and the same expression in the threarning, as Isa. xxx: 33. “ For Tophet is ordained of old : yea, “ for the King it is prepared, he hath made it 'deep and large; the « pile thereof is fire and much wood, the breath of the Lord, like a « stream of brimstone, doth kindle it." Which relates both to the temporal and eternal destruction of the Alyrians, who fell by the hand of the angel before Jerusalem. See also Ifa. Ixvi. 24. What is that judicial blindness to which many are given up in whom the God of this world hath blinded their eyes, (2 Cor. iv. 4.) but the first fruits of hell

and of the curle? Their fun is going down at noon day; their dark- nels increasing as if it would not stop, till it issue in utter darknels.

Many a laih, in the dark, doth conscience give the wicked, which the « world doth not hear of: and what is that, but that the never-dying worin is already begun to gnaw them? And there is not one of these, but they inay call it Jofeph, for the Lord Joail add another; or rather Gad, for a troop cometh. These drops of wrath are terrible forebod. ings of the full shower which is to follow. Sometimes they are given up to their vile affections, that they have no more command over them, Rom. i. 26. So their lusts grow up more and more towards perfeéti. on, if I may lo speak. As in heaven grace comes to its perfection, fo in hell (in arrives at its higest pitch; and as sin is thus advancing upon the man, he is the nešrer and the liker to hell. There are three things that have a fearful aspect here. First, When every thing that might do good to mens souls, is blasted to them; so that their blessings are Orrsed, (Mal. ii. 2.) fermons, prayers, admonitions, and reproofs, which are powerful towards others, are quite inefficacious to chem. 2dly, When men go on sinning still, in the face of plain rebukes from the Lord, in ordinances and providences: God meets them with rods in the way of their sin, as it were striking them back; yet they rush forward. What can be more like hell, where the Lord is always imiting, and the damned always linning against hiin? Lastly, When every thing in one's lor is turned into fuel to one's lufts. Thus adversity and prosperity, poverty and wealth, the want of ordinances and the enjoyment of thein, do all but nourish the corruptions of many. Their vicious stomachs corrupt whatsoever they receive, and all does but increase noxious humours.

But the full barvest follow's in that misery which they fall for ever ly onder in hell; that wrath, whichi, by virrue of the curti, fall come won them to the uttermost: the which is the curse fully cxecuied. This black cloud opens upon them, and the terrible thunder-bolt (trikes tiem, by that dreadful voice from the throne, Dipart from'une , ye cursed, &c. Which will give the whole wicked, World a diful view of what is in the bolon of the curse. It is, (n.) A voice of extreme indignation and wrath, a furious rebuke from the Lion of the fribe of Judah. His looks will be most terribles to them: his eyes will cast flames of fire on them: and his words, will pierce their hearts, like envěnomed arrows. When he will thus (peak them out of his presence for ever, and by his word chale them away from before the throne: They will see how keenly wrath burns in his heart against them for their fins. (2.) It is a voice of extreme disdain and contempt from the Lord. Time was; when they were'piried, besought to pity themselves, and to be the la Lord's; but they despised him, they would none of him: but now: Mail they be buried out of his fight, under everlasting contempt.. (3.) It is a voice of extreme hatred. Hereby the Lord shuts thein out of his bowels of love and mercy. Depart, ye cursed: G. d. I cannot endure to look at you, there is not one purpose of good to you in mine heart; nor all ye ever hear one word more of hope from me. Lastly, It is a voice of eternal rejection from the Lord, He coinmands them to be gone, and so calts them off for: cver. Thus the doors of heaven are fhut against them; che gulf is, fixed between them and it, and they are driven to the pit. Now snould they cry with all possible earnestness, Lord, Lord, open to us! they will hear nothing but depart, depart, ye.curfed. Thus fhall the damned be shut up under the curse. · Use Firft, Let all these who, being yet in their natural state, are under the curfe, consider this, and flee to Jesus Christ betimes, that they may be delivered from it. How can ye sleep in that ftate, being wrapt up in the curse! JESUS CARIST is now saying unto you, Come, ye cursed; I will take che curse from off you, and give you the blessi'ng. The waters of the sanctuary are now running, to heal the cursed ground; take heed to improve them for that end to your own souls, and fear it as hell, to get so spiritual advantage thereby. Remember that the miry places (which are neither fea, nor dry land, a fit emblem of hypocrites) and the marishes (that neither' breed fishes, nor bear trees: but the waters of the sanctuary leave them as they find them, in their barrenness) Mall not be healed ; (seeing they fpurn the only ronıcdy) they Mall be given to fult, (left under eternal barrenness, fer up for the monuments of the wrath of God, and concluded for ever under the curse), Ezek. xlvii. 11. 2dly, Let all curfers consider this, . whose mouths are Alled with curfing themselves and others. - Fle who clothes himself with curling, thall find the curle 6 come into his " bowels like water, and like oil into his bones,” (Psal. c... 18.) if repentance prevent it not. He shall get all his imprecation's. against himn fully answered, in that day wherein he stands before the tribunal of God: and shall find the killing weight of the curse of, God, which he makes light of now..

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ficiently express. God always acts like himself; no favours can be equal to his, and his wrath and terrors, are without å parallel., As the saints in heaven are advanced to the highest pitch of happi. nefs, so the damned in hell arrive at the height of mifery. Twothings here I shall soberly inquire into, tbe punishment of lofs, and the punishment of fenfe in hell. But since there also are fuch things as 'eye has not seen, nor ear heard, we muft (as Geographers do) leave a large void for the unknown land, which the day will discoves.

First, The punishment of lofs, which the damned shall undergo, is feparation from the Lord, as we learn from the text, Depart from me, ye cursed. This will be a stone upon their grave's mouth, as the talent of lead, Zech. y. 7, 8. that will hold them down for ever. They shall be erernally separated from God and Christ. Christ is the way to the Father: byt the way as to them, Mall be everlastingly blocked up, the bridge shall be drawn, and the great gulf fixed; so shall they be fhut up in a state of eternal separation from God the Father, Son, and the boly Ghost. They will be locally fepa. rated from the Man Christ, and shall never come into the seat of the blessed, where he appears in his glory, but be cast out into utter darkness, Matth. xxii. 13. They cannot indeed be locally Separated from God, they cannot be in a place where he is not, fince he is, and will be present 'every-where : “ If I make my bed “ in hell," says the Psalmist, “ behold thou art there," Pfal. cxxxix. 8. But they shall be miserable beyond expression, in a relative Separation from God. Though he will be present in the very center of their souls, (if I may so èxpress it) while they are wrapt up in fiery flames, in utter darkness, it shall not only be to: feed them with the vinegar of his wrath, to entertain them with the emanations of his revenging justice; but they shall never caste more of his goodness and bounty, nor have the least glimpse of hope from him. They will see his heart to be absolutely alienated from them, and that it cannot be towards them; but that they are the party against whom the Lord will have an indignation for : ever. / They Thall be deprived of the glorious presence and enjoy. ment of God: they shall have no part in the beatifick vifion : nor

fee any thing in God towards them, but one wave of wrath roll. ing at the back of another. This will bring upon them over.

whelming floods of forrows for evermore. They shall never tale of the rivers of pleasures the saints in heaven enjoy; but malt have a: everlasting winter, and a perpetual niglit, because the Sur of righteousness has departed from them, and so they are left in utter darkncs. So great as heaven's happiness is, so great will their loss be; for they can have none of it for ever.

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