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Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany.

Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

MATT. xxiv. 23-31.
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

MATT. xxiv. 23-31.

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SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.MATT. xxiv. 23-31. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, 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) ihey shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told : you before. Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert ; go not forth : behold, he is in the secret chambers ; believe it not. For as the lightning eoineth ou,t of the east, and shineth ev,en T unto the west; tfo shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For \vheresoever the carcase 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 shaken. 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. And he shall send his angels
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with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. IT is not many weeks since we were in the season of Advent ; and then our thoughts were much directed to the First after the Epiphany. 151 and Second Coming of Our Lord. That was the great Advent subject. But it seems to be the desire of our Church to-day, to call us back once more to the thought of our Lord s Second Appearing. You will see that the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel all refer to it. In the Collect we pray that we may purify ourselves as Christ is pure/ so that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be like him.
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In the Epistle St. John tells us that al though we know but little as to what we shall be, yet when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And then the Gospel dwells still more on Christ s Second Advent, giving us part of our Lord s own announcement to His disciples on that subject. He plainly tells us that impostors will come claiming to be the Saviour Himself; There shall arise false Christs and false Prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders. There were many s*uch impos tors in the Apostles days, and especially about the time of the destruction of Jem-152 Sixth Sunday salem. And about six hundred years later,
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