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Four sermons, on the second coming of Christ

by Joseph Benson


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J In these words we have,

I. The certainty and manner of aur Lord's second coming.

II. The character of them who shall then be the objects of his wrath.

III. The nature and duration of the punistir ment which he will inflict upon them.

These are all very important points, and well deserve our most serious consideration.

I Ihall confine myself at present to the first of them, viz.

1. The certainty and manner of our Lord's second coming.

I-. As to the certainty of his second coming, they who read and credit the Oracles of God, can entertain no doubt at all concerning it. It is there foretold and described so frequently and clearly, and with such variety of method and expression, that the most careless reader can hardly avoid observing and understanding it. If therefore I produce some Scripture-testimonies of this Truth, it is not so much with a view to illustrate and confirm it, as to impress so useful a subject more deeply upon our minds. For it is too manifest, that it may be believed and understood, where it has, by no means, its proper influence.

2. I observe-then, that this event was foretold by the ancient Prophets as well as by Christ and his Apostles. Even Enoch of old prophesied, seizing, Behold the Lord cometh ivith ten thousand of hi Saints, to execute judgement upon.all. A. truth this of which the Psalmist was not ignorant, for in the 50th Psalm, he testifies, " Our God /ball ame, and Jhall not keep silence.: a fire Jhall devour

before before him, and it Jhall he very tempeJtuous round about him: he Jhall call the heavens from above and the earth, that he may judge his people. These predictions, so clear and express that their sense must be obvious to all, are confirmed and illustrated by the testimony of Daniel, chap. vii. ver. g. 10. I beheld (says he) till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of Days did Jit, whose garment was white as snovj, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire; a fiery jlream issued and came foxth from before him : thousand thousands miniJ/red unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand flood before him : the judgement was set, and the books were opened! What a sublime and inimitably grand description have we here, mix'd with admirable simplicity! How far does it exceed, in these respects, every thing to be met with in merely human compositions! How plainly does it.appear to have been the effect, not of genius and art, but of a mind, thro' the influences of the divine spirit, elevated with the grandeur, awed with the majesty, and struck with the terror of the subject! 3. These ancient prophecies of our Lord's second coming have the sanction of his own authority, not only as being inspired by him, but as being confirmed by most express declarations, delivered by himself, as well while upon earth as after his ascension into heaven, and that both before friends and enemies. I lhall produce only two or three of these as a specimen of the rest. Thus when Caiaphas, the Elders and Scii'oes> had the boldness, or presumptuous wickedness rather, to call their Cieator and final Judge to take his trial at their tribunal; before these he testified, Hereafter Jhldlye fee the Son of Man fitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the. clouds of heaven. To his friends and followers, he often foretold the same event, tho' with a different view, not merely to convince and alarm, but also and especially to comfort and encourage them. Thus, when predicting and describing the destruction of Jerusalem, and the ruin of thejewish church and polity, he slides (as it were) insensibly into this important subject typified by that, declaring, After the tribulation of those days, the sun Jhall be darkened and the moon Jhall not give her light, and the jlars Jhall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven Jhall be Jhaken; and then Jhall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: then Jhall all tribes of the earth mourn, and they Jhall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And in the next chapter, (Matt, xxv.) which, it seems, contains the last public discourse our Lord delivered before he was offered up, he declares to all, When the Son of Man Jhall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him; then Jhall he Jit upon the throne of his glory, and- before him Jhall be gathered all nations.. 4. To these express and particular declarations delivered by our Lord, while he tabernacled upon earth in his slate of humiliation, we may subjoin his testimony from heaven, after he entered upon his state of exaltation, and was invested with all power in heaven and on earth. The faithful and true witness, the Alpha and Omega, when he takes his solemn leave of us, in the conclusion of the records of truth, testifies, both to friends and foes, Behold, I come quickly, blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And. again, Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give unto every man according as hit work Jhall be. And yet again; He that teflifieth' these things, saith, " Surely I come quickly" To which the church replies, Amen ; so come, Lord Jesus. Thus by three testimonies from the lips

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