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Almighty; just and true are thy ways thou king of Saints ! O how great is thy goodness, O Lord, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee ; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee, before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide chem in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man : thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalm xxxi. 19.) For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved
(Psalm xxxvii. 28.) In the mansions of love, and there the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. (Job iii. 17.) And again, hear what St. Peter saith, If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye: for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. (1 Peter iv. 14.) And blessed are the righteous which hold on their way; and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. (Job xvii. 9.) O Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy honour dwelleth. O, gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men. (Psalm xxvi. 8.) But let me be content in thy way, O Lord, for a little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. (Psalm xxxvii. 16.) For surely thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Othou most holy, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah xxvi. 3.) And again, hear the admirable and sweet words of David in his Psalm, Yet the Lord will command his loving-kindness in the day.time, saith he and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. (xlii. 8.) For this God is our God for ever and ever : he will be our guide even unto death. (Psalm xlviii. 14.) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (Isaiah lxiv. 4.) And Isaiah saith again, Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. (Isaiah xxvi. 2.) For the Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lam. iii. 24.) And again, hear the blessed word of the Lord, by Malachi, the prophet, They that feared the Lord speak often one to another : and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his
And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them
as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ve return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Mal. iii, 16.) O, blessed are they then that do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matt. v.) Therefore, seeing that thy love is so great, O Lord, and thy promises so sure and precious, it therefore excites me to write down this song; As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting-house, and his banner over me was love. (Solomon's Songs ii. 3.)
Bebold, how he loves me,
His lips, O, how sweet;
And again, St. Paul bears witness to Isaiah, and saith, The 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. (1 Cor. ii. 9.) Therefore, he saith, I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Tim. iv. 6.) And St. John, the divine, beheld in the spirit, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and
and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, and one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in
the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple : and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more: neither shall ihe sun light on then, nor any heat. (Rev. vii. 9.) And again, hear the blessed word of our Lord, Come
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matt. xxv. 31.) Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father. (Matt. xiii. 43.) And the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fcuntains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Rev. vii. 17.) Surely then they that be wise shall shine as the firniment; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever. (Dan. xii. 3.) And shall enter into his mansions of love. (John xiv. 2.)
0, behold his grand mansions,
Which he hath prepared,
In his bosom of love,
Which flow from his fountain,
To redeeming grace.
O glory, () glory,
To God in the highest,
For ever more,
From the earth of all trouble,
Of the joy he's insur’d.
And in this most holy place, the wicked will cease from troubling; and the weary souls, but yet in strength will be at rest. (Job iii. 17.) And the days of their mourning shall be ended. Amen.
END OF THE THIRTIETH BOOK.
By EdwARD CROOK.
The Book of the Resurrection, and the Day of Judgment.
In this Book you have a full description of the Reserrection of the Dead, even unto eternal life of joy and happiness for the righteous; bui unto the rcicked clernal misery and destruction. Also, we have in this Book a full description of the Judgment Day, selected from the Holy Scriptures, and in this work you have some yood observations, and an easy and plain explanation, and that by way of clear proof and convincing reasons, and that for the necessity and certainty of these things. Adapted in a plain, easy, and suitable and beneficial manner for all classes of people. Watch ye, therefore, and pray always, for in such an hour us ye think not the Son of Man cometh.
And now although the Son of God hath opened the holy, true and living way for poor fallen man, whereby he may be born again from a death of sin, unto a life of righteousness, and that his soul might be quickened again to the Father of life, and so be brought into everlasting glory; but yet at the same time, O how mysterious this is to some, and how hard they are to believe in his quickening spirit, and of the resurrection of the dead unto eternal life, either of that of happiness, or that of misery ; but what is the cause ? Why they are are so hard to believe; why, it is because they still indulge themselves in sin, and so neglect to watch and pray, and so despise the day of grace, and by so doing they keep faith and the spirit of God back, so that it cannot take possession of their souls; I say they quench the spirit, so that it returns to its rest again, and to God which gave it: for the spirit of God, will not tarry long at a time with a man, which is always occupied in doing evil, therefore the devil blindeth them, and deadeneth their understanding and their reason, and so persuadeth them that there is no heaven to enterin, nor no hell to punish man for sin ; but there be some of these that will say, that they do believe that there is a Supreme Being above, but they do not believe that there is any resurrection from the dead; but I think that a man may almost as well disbelieve in the being of God, as to disbelieve the word of God; for thus we see that the devils also believe and tremble. (James ii. 19.) But there belief will not save them, and for a man to say that he believes in a Supreme Being, and at the same time denies his will, his ways, and his worship, and disbelieves in his quickening spirit, I say that such a belief as this will condemn the poor sinner at the last day, and sink his poor soul into hell if he do not repent in time.
And now my readers, I have been tempted and tried in all such things as these, but by the help of God, I persevered in prayer, and so prayed that the Lord would manifest his truth into my soul, and at his good time he showed me his mighty power of grace, so that I could realize it in reality as a truth to my soul; and at that time I strove mightily with the spirit, and for the spirit, and would not let it go except he blessed me; and the Lord did bless me, and I found my sins pardoned as it were in a moment of time, and I was filled with such joy, love, and peace, that the world could never give me, neither can it take from me, if I serve my God aright; and then did I believe in the everlasting Father, and in the Prince of peace, which is Christ my Redeemer, and in his quickening spirit, and of the resurrection of the dead, to eternal life of happiness and glory; therefore his word is realized as a truth unto my soul, as follows:-I will bless the Lord who hath given me counsel, my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Thou will show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm xvi.) As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall by satisfied when I awake with thy likeness. (Psalm xvii. 15.) And again, who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that bath clean hands, and a pure heart, who hath not. lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, he shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalm xxiv.) And in another place the Psalmist saith, and that by faith, God will redeem my soul, saith he, from the power of the grave, for he shall receive me. (Psalm xlix. 15.) And precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his saints. (Psalm cxvi.) And thanks be unto God that those sweet Psalmists lived in faith, and full assurance of the resurrection from the dead, and the ascension into everlasting glory ; for