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Final State of the Righteous.

Final State of the Righteous.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
by Rev. F. O. BLACK



" And there shall be no more curse : but the
throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it ;
and his servants shall serve him : And they shall
see his face ; and his name shall be in their fore-
heads." — Revelation xxii. 3, 4.
by Rev. F. O. BLACK



" And there shall be no more curse : but the
throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it ;
and his servants shall serve him : And they shall
see his face ; and his name shall be in their fore-
heads." — Revelation xxii. 3, 4.

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FIAL STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS. by Rev. F. O. BLACK " And there shall be no more curse : but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it ; and his servants shall serve him : And they shall see his face ; and his name shall be in their fore- heads." — Revelation xxii. 3, 4. John, in this connection, is giving a description of the ew Jerusalem — its beauty, and blessedness ; and these verses comprise his concluding remarks upon this sublime topic. First : He shows what shall not be found there ; there shall be no curse ; no sin ; no sinful persons ; no sinful in- fluences; nor shall there be any night 8 1 70 FIAL STATE OF there; no ignorance; no error; no dark- ness ; no temptation ; there shall be no need of the light of the sun, nor of the moon ; nor shall there be any need of the light of the Word ; nor of the ordinances of the Gospel, Second : He shows what shall be there. The throne of God and the Lamb; that is, the glorious and everlasting presence of God and Christ, as upon a throne of royal majesty; so that the city may be
 
called Jehovah Shammah — the Lord is there. It is added, His servants shall serve Him. Angels and glorified saints shall continually stand before Him, and administer to Him; they shall not hence spend their eternity in perpetually gaz- ing upon His divine glories, but also in obeying His high commands with vigor ; praising Him with cheerfulness; loving Him above measure ; fearing Him with- out torment; trusting Him without de- THE RIGHTEOUS. ] 71 spondency ; serving Him without weari- ness; and singing in heavenly strains the high sounding praises of God and the Lamb forever and ever. They shall see God face to face — which imports fruition, as well as vision. They shall have a sweet and satisfactory delight in Him and all His holy commands. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." That is, they shall have a clear and apprehending view of Him. His name shall be in their fore- heads. His name — His holy image — impressed upon their moral nature, by which they shall be known, as a man is known by his name. They shall reign forever and ever ; not for a thousand years, as the church on earth will reign with Christ after the destruction of anti- Christ, but they shall have eternal vic- tory over all their enemies — Sin, Satan, and the World ; yea, and Death itself
 
172 FIAL STATE OF shall then be put under their feet. We may learn from this view of the sub-  ject, that when at any time we are de-  jected on account of our darkness and imperfect knowledge, afflicted by many wearisome nights and days of sin, sor- row, trouble, misery, temptation, or de- sertion, that the bright day is coming in the which there shall be no night, but an eternal Sabbath of rest, light, and life, with all conceivable blessedness. Even fullness of joy and rivers of pleasure for ever more. The Lord giveth them light, and they shall reign forever and ever. But to be more particular. The resurrection of the dead will be attended by the general judgment — in which, great and small will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, to hear their final sentence. There can be no doubt but there will be a visible appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will come THE RIGHTEOUS. 173 in great power and glory, and erect His throne of judgment in the clouds of Hea- ven. His ministers will be the angels, who will be sent forth to collect the redeemed from all countries and ages, whithersoever they have been scattered, and array them before the judge, pre- paratory to their receiving their last and final sentence.

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