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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JOHN NEWLAND MAFFITT,



As all great and terrible events in the natu-
ral world are generally preceded by a stillness
prophetic of their near approach, the eve pre-
ceding that day for which all other days are
made, will be calm and unruffled, and an
unusual serenity will pervade creation: the
heavenly bodies will shine out unrivalled in
beauty, and perform their various revolu-
tions with the same precision as when first
formed, and not a speck or a cloud dim the
vaulted skies.
BY REV. JOHN NEWLAND MAFFITT,



As all great and terrible events in the natu-
ral world are generally preceded by a stillness
prophetic of their near approach, the eve pre-
ceding that day for which all other days are
made, will be calm and unruffled, and an
unusual serenity will pervade creation: the
heavenly bodies will shine out unrivalled in
beauty, and perform their various revolu-
tions with the same precision as when first
formed, and not a speck or a cloud dim the
vaulted skies.

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THE DAY OF JUDGMET. BY REV. JOH EWLAD MAFFITT, As all great and terrible events in the natu- ral world are generally preceded by a stillness prophetic of their near approach, the eve pre- ceding that day for which all other days are made, will be calm and unruffled, and an unusual serenity will pervade creation: the heavenly bodies will shine out unrivalled in beauty, and perform their various revolu- tions with the same precision as when first formed, and not a speck or a cloud dim the vaulted skies. The awfully portentous day will open with the most tremendous displays of God's Eter- nal Majesty. Every thing which can strike terror to the heart of man will be introduced. Already every gem in the diadem of night is quenched in darkness — the king of day is shorn of his resplendent beams, and the pale, silvery light of the moon changed to a crimson, bloody hue. " In grandeur terrible all heaven descend, A swift archangel with his golden wing, As clouds and blots, that darken and disgrace The scene divine, sweeps stars and suns aside: And thus, all dross removM, heaven's own pure day Full on the confines of our ether flames." The trump of God will then be heard, thun- dering through the vast profound ; and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, monu- ments are burst asunder — the charnel houses
 
143 of the dead opened — the foundations of the great deep bared, and the dead, who had slept from time immemorial, bursting their bonds, start up in promiscuouss crowds, shak- ing off the slumber of ages, and awaking to endless joy or hopeless misery. " Such shall the noise be, and the wild disorder, If things eternal may be like things earthly, Such the dire terror when the great Archangel Shakes the creation." The Judge will then appear; the man who stood at Pilate's bar, the once afflicted, perse- cuted, and slain Jesus. But O, how changed! In majesty terrible, he descends with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel and the trump of God ; ten thousand thunders roll before him ; his precursors gleam far and wide over the heavens; myriads of dazzling squadrons of bright angelic spirits attend him to his burn- ing throne. Hallelujahs and acclamations of  joy strike the lofty dome, and shake universal nature. o just nor adequate conceptions can be formed of the vastness and splendor of this august tribunal. The thrones of the sceptered Caesars, the arbiters of worlds, with all the pomp and magnificence of the universe dwin- dle into insignificance, vanity, and nothingness in comparison. Innumerable companies of angels and archangels, cherubim and seraphim, hang in rich and glorious clusters around it.
 
144 Flashes of fire issue from the Eternal's pre- sence, and flaming cherubs encircle his foot- stool. Before this tribunal we must all stand — all who have ever existed from the beginning of the world, and none shall be able to withstand or elude the summons. Were they to take the wings of the morning and fly to the remot- est regions of space and observation, or shroud themselves in -the dark abyss of that dreary gulf which separates hell from heaven, they would be sought out by the ministers of jus- tice and hurried into the presence of the judge of the quick and dead. o shelter will be afforded them in all the immensity of crea- tion, nor among the deep intricacies of un- bounded nature. Every hiding place will be explored and made manifest by that great Being with whom there is no darkness nor un- certainty, nothing hidden nor mysterious. We might as easily number the drops of the ocean, or the sands on its shores, the stars that glitter in the blue of heaven, or the leaves on the trees, as count the persons to be judged. Their number will exceed the utmost stretch of human calculation. If this earth bears at one time eight hund- red millions of souls, what a vast congregation will all the generations make which have suc- ceeded each other for near five thousand years 145

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