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from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from
him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should
reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one
thatjudgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall
judge him in tl^C last hax).

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came
unto him privatelj', saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?
and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the
world ? And Jesus answered and said unto them. Take heed that
no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I
am Christ ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of
wars, and rumours of wars ; see that ye be not troubled : for all

these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh



John, xii. 48.



Matthew,

xxiv. 3-G,

22-44.



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Matthew,
xiii. 34-U7.



be saved : but for tbe elect's salve tbose days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Clirist, or there ;
believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders ; insomuch, that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I
have told you before.

Wherefore, if they shall say unto you. Behold, he is in the
desert; o-o not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers ; believe
it not. For as the lightning* coraeth out of the east, and shineth
even unto the west ; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered
together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun
be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars
shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be sha-
ken : and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven :
and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and
great glory. ^\\h \)t sl)aU scnb l)is angels roitl) a grciU Gounb
of a trumpet, nub tl)cu sljall gatljcr'togctljcr Ijis elect from
tl)c four VDiubs, from one enb of l)eaucn'to tl)e otljer.

Now learn a parable of the %-tree ; When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh : so
likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,
even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall
not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall
pass away, but ray words shall not pass away.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days
that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marry-
ing and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the
ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away :
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be
in the field ; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two wo-
men shall be grinding at the mill ; the one shall be taken, and the
other left.

Watch therefore : for ye know not what hour your Lord doth
come. But know this, ttini if the good man of the house had
known in what watch the thief would come, he would have
watched, and would not have sufl"ered his house to be broken up,
Therefore be ye also ready : for in such an hour as ye think not.
the Son of man coraeth.

r

In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be dark-
ened, and the raoon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven
shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And
then shall they see the Son of man coining in the clouds with



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great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and
shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the utter-
most part of tlie earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

And there shall be signs in tlie sun, and in the moon, and in
the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
the sea and the waves roaring ; men's hearts failing them for fear, and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth : for
the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see
the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and
lift up your heads : for your redemption draweth nigh.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, tljCll sl)all \]C sit ItpOll tl)C tljronc of l)is

jglori}: ttuli before l)im sl)iill be giUljercb all nations: anb \)C
sljalFseparate tl)cm one from anotljcr, as a sl)epl)crbMinbetl)
l)is sljeep from tl)C goats: and he shall set the sheep on his

right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come,
ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world. For I was an hunofered, and ve ffave
me meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink : I was a stranger,
and ye took me in : naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and
ye visited me : I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall
the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hun-
gered, and fed thee ? or thirsty, and gave thee drink ? When saw
we thee a stranger, and took thee in ? or naked, and clothed thee ?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee ? And
the King shall answer and say unto them, •Verily I say unto you.
Inasmuch as je have done it unto one of the least of these ray
brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand. Depart from
me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for tlie devil and his
angels : for I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat : I was
thirsty, and ye gave me no drink ; I was a stranger, and ye took
me not in : naked, and ye clothed me not : sick, and in prison, and
ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying. Lord,
when saw we thee an hungeretl^ or athirst, or a stranger, or naked,
or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall
he answer them, saying. Verily I say unto you, Liasmuch as ye did
it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting j^unishment : but the
righteous into life eternal.

Him God raised up the third day and shewed him openly ;
not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even
to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify



Luke,
xxi. ilo-iS.



Matthew,
XXV. 31-46.



Acts,
X. 40-4-2.



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Acts,
xvii. 30, 31.



Acts,
xxiv. 24, 25.



Romans,
ii. 3-6, 16.



Romans,
xiv. 10-12.



1 Cot. i. 7, 8.



1 Corinth,
iii. 10-15.



that it is he which was ordained of God to be tl)C SubgC of quick
nub hcah.

The times of this ignorance God winked at ; but now com-
mandeth all men every where to repent : becrtUSe l)C hath ilB-

pointcb a ha^, in the V)\)\t\) l)e toill jubgc the roorlb in right-
eousness, by that man whom he hath ordained: whereof Iiehath
given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the
dead.

And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Dru-
silla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him con-
cerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness,
temperance, a\\b fubgment to come, Felix trembled.

Thinkest thou this, man, that judgest them which do such
things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of
God? or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance,
and long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth
thee to repentance ? but after thy hardness and impenitent heart,
treasurest up unto thj'self wrath against the day of wrath and rev-
elation of the righteous judgment of God : who will render to every
man according to his deeds Jfn the hiW Vii)cn

(3oh B[)a\[ iubge the secrets of men bn l^esus (Hhvist accord-
ing to my gospel.

Why dost thou judge thybrotlier? or why dost thou set

at nought thy brother? for tDC s[)a\\ all stiinb before the fnbg-

ment-seot of C^h^ist- For it is written. As I live, saith the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to
God.

00 then eueru one of us s\]a[[ giue account «f himself to

©Ob.

Ye come behind in no gift ; waiting for the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ : who sliall also confirm you unto the end, that

ye may be blameless in the iiati of our £orb Jesus Qlhrist.

According to the gi-ace of God which is given unto me, as a
wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another build-
eth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildetli there-
upon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this founda-
tion, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ; every man's
work sliull be made manifest: for the ban shall declare it, because
it shall be revealed by fire; and the lire shall try every man's work,
of what sort it is.

If any man's work abide which he liath built thereupon, he
shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he
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With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged
of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified : but
he that judgeth me is the Lord, Therefore judge nothing before
the time, until tl)C tlorb come, who both will bring to light the
hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of

the hearts : ayxb tl)cn sl)all cocrn man l)anc praise of ©oi>.

I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged
already as though I were present, concerning him that hath so
done this deed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are
gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus
Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the
flesh, that the spirit maybe saved in tl)C banof tl)e £orb JfcSUS.

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law
before the unjust, and not before the saints ? do ye not know that
the saints shall judge the world ? and if the world shall be judged
by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters ? know ye
not that we shall judge angels ? how much more, things that per-
tain to this life ?

We write none other things unto you, than what ye read
or acknowledge ; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the
end; as also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your
rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in tlie ban of tl)e Corb Jeeus.

tX)e must all appear before tl)e jubgmcnt-seat of (Cljrist ;

that every one may receive the things done in his body, according
to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in
every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your
fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now ; being con-
fident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until tl)C ban of Jcsus (illirist.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and
more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve
things that are excellent ; that ye may be sincere and without

oftence till tl)e ia^ of (illjrist.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings : that ye
may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye
shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life ; that
I may rejoice in tlje ban of (lll)rist, that I have not run in vain,
neither laboured in vain.

What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing ? Are not

even ye in t\]c presence of our Corb Jesus (Slljrist at l)is
coming ?



1 Ck)r. iv. 3-5.



1 Cor. V. a-5.



I Cor. vi. 1-3.



2 Corinth,
i. 13, 14.



2 Cor. V. 10.



Phil. i. 5-6.



Phil. i. 9, 10.



Philippians,
ii. 14-16.



1 Thessalon.
ii. 19.



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1 Thessalon.
iii. 1-2, 13.



1 Thessalon.
V. 1-1.



2 Thessalon.

i. c-m.



STliessalon.
ii. 1-3, 7-U.



I Timothv,
Ti. 13-15.



2Tim. i. 12.



The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one to-
ward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you : to
the end he may stablish your heai'ts unblamable in holiness before

God, even our Father, at tlje coiiiinig of our £orb J[c3iae (ri)rist
ttiitl) all l)is saints.

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
that I write unto yeu. For yourselves know perfectly that tl]C ban
of t\)C iloxh so Cometh as a thief in the night. For when they
shall say. Peace and safety ; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not
escape.

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief.

It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to
them that trouble you : and to you, who are troubled, rest with us,
xa\)cn tl]c Corb Scsus sljall be rcucalcb from l)caocn toitl) l)is

niicjljtll ailQcis, in Haming tire taking vengeance on them that
know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from
the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; tDl}CU

\)c sliall come to be gloritieb in l)is saints, and to be admired
in all them that believe (becau.sc our testimony among you was
believed) in ll)at baj].

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be
not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by sj^irit, nor by
word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive vou by any means : for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin

be revealed, the son of perdition For the mystery

of iniquity doth already work : only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power
and signs and lying wonders.

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all
things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed
a good confession ; that thou keep this commandment without spot,
unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which
in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate,
the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he
is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against

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The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus. . . .
. . The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the
Lord in tljcU brtlj.

I char^-e tluH' therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ,
tDl]o sljiill iubgc tl)e quick anb tl)C licaii at l)is appealing anh
Ijis Uingboin ; preach the word; be instant in season, out of
season.

I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure
is at hand. I have fought a good tight, I have finished my course,
I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me a crown
of righteous nes, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me
at tijat ban ; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love
his appearing.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let
us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of re-
pentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine
of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the

dead, anb of eternal jnbgment.

As it is appointed unto men once to die, but oftcr tl)is
tl)C inbgment: so Christ was once oftered to bear the sins of
many ; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second
time without sin unto salvation.

Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
works: not foi'saking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another ; anb 50 mucl) tl]C
more, as ne see the ban approaching.

For if we sin wiltuUy after that we have received the knowl-
edge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a
certain fearful looking for of jubgmcnt and fiery indignation,

which shall devour the adversaries For we know

him that hath said. Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recom-
pense, saith the Lord. And again. The Lord shall judge his people.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye

were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recom-
pense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have
done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

for net a little roljile, anh \)c tl)at sl}all come roill come,
anb roill not tarrn.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit your-
selves : for they watch for your souls, as tl)cn tliat must giue ac-
count, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that
is unprofitable for you.

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that
shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your gar-



2 Timothy,
i. 16-18.



2 Timothy,
iv. 1, 2.



2 Timothy,
iv. 6-8.



Heb. vi. 1, 2.



Hebrews,
ix. 27, 28.



Hebrews,

X. 24-27,

30-37.



lleb. xiii. 17.



Jamea,
V. 1-y.



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1 Peter,
1.5-7.



1 Peter, i. 13.



1 Peter,
iv. 4, ."i.



1 Peter,
V. 2-t.



2 Peter,
ii. 1-U.



ments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered ; and the
rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh
as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for tl)C hlGt
bans. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down
your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth ; and the
cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the
Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and
been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of
slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just: and he doth
not resist you.

Be patient therefore, brethren, uuto tl)e coming of tl)e Corb.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,
and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter
rain. Be ye also patient ; stablish your hearts : for the coming of
the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren,
lest ye be condemned : bel)olb, tl)e Jubgc Qtaubctl) before l\)C
boor.

You who are kept by the power of Ood through faith unto sal-
vation rcabn to be rcuealcb in tl)C last time. Wherein ye greatly
rejoice, though now for a season (if need be) ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being
much more precious than of gold that perislieth, though it be tried
with fire, might be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at
tl)c appearing of Sesus (JTljrist.

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at tl)e rcoelation of

Jesus (IT Ijrist.

They think it strange that ye run not with them to the same
excess of riot, speaking evil of you: U)i)0 sljall giue account lo
Ilim tl)at is reabg to jnbgc tl)e quick a\ib tl)e hcah.

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the over-
sight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre,
but of a ready mind ; neither as being lords over God's heritage,
but being ensamples to the flock. And ujl]en l\]C cllief 5l)CpI)erb
sl)all appear, ye shall receiv^e a crown of glory that fadeth not
away.

There were false prophets also among the people, even as
tliere shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
damnable heresies, even denying the Loi'd that bought them, and
bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow
their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall
be evil s))oken of. And through covetousness shall thoy with
feigned words make merchandise of you : U)|)OSe jubgment noiO

of a long time lingeretl) not, anh tl)eir bamnationslumberetl)
not.

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down to liell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be re-
served unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved
Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in
the flood upon the world of tlie ungodly; and turning the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them with an over-
throw, making them an ensample unto those that after should live
ungodly ; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked : (for that righteous man dwelling among tliem, in
seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with
tlieir unhnvful deeds ;) the Lord knowotli how to deliver the godly

out of temptntioiis, aiib to vcscruc tljc uujust utUo tl)e bai] of
jubgmcnt to be pnnisljcb.

This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you ; in both
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye
may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the
holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the
Lord and Saviour : knowing this fiist, that there shall come in the
last days scotiers, walking after their own lusts, and saying. Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all
things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of
God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the
water and in the water : whereby the world that then was, being
oveiflowed with water, perished : but the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto

fire against l\)t ha^ of iubgmcnt anh ^jcrMtion of ungobln men.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day
is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one
day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is long-sufteiing to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to lepentance. But
the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which
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 burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall
be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy
conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the com-
ing of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be
dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat ? Never-
theless we. according to his promise, look for new heavens and a
new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
blameless.

And now, little children, abide in him ; tl)at toljeu \)t B\]a\l
appear, roe man Ijaoe COnfibence, and not be ashamed before
him at his coming.



2 Peter,
iii. I-J4.



1 John, ii. 28.




Jude, 6.



Jude, 14, 15.



Rev. 1. 7.



Rev. vi. 9-17.



Revel.ition,
xi. 15-19.



The angels wlu'ch kept not their first estate, but left their own
habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness
unto tl)c jnbgmcnt of tl)e great ban.

Eiiocli also, the sevonth from Adam, prophesied of these, sav-
ing, j3cl)olb, tl)i: jiovh cometl] toitl) ten tljonsanbs of Ins saints,
to c^cccutc jnbgmcnt upon all, anb to conuincc all tl)at arc
nngoilJlTi among t!)cm of all tijcir nngoIlJln bccbs tDl)icl) tl}cn
I) U1C nngoiihj committcii, anb of all tl]cir l)7ub spcccljcs roljiclj
ungobhi sinners Ijanc spoken against l)im.

Behold he cometh with clouds ; and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him : and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar



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