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The Folly of Doubting the Execution of God's Threatenings.

The Folly of Doubting the Execution of God's Threatenings.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY THE REV. E. WILSON



Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
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. — 2 Peter iii, 3, 4.

BY THE REV. E. WILSON



Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
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. — 2 Peter iii, 3, 4.

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THE FOLLY OF DOUBTIG THE EXECUTIO OF GOD'S THREATEIGS. BY THE REV. E. WILSOKnowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, 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. — 2 Peter iii, 3, 4. This is a prophetic declaration of an apostle, rela- tive to the character and conduct of a class of men who would arise in the last days, that is, at the termination of the Jewish polity, and, aifecting to discredit the promises and threatenings of God, by scoffing at religion, would walk after their own lusts. The history of every age, since the days of the apostles, has furnished lamentable proof of the truth of this declaration. Even in this age, under the in- creasing light of the gospel, scoffers are increasing in number and daring profaneness. So true is the affirmation of Scripture, that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." "For, as in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man." In every age unbelief marks his character, and evinces the truth of Scripture, that " the heart is deceitful above all 2 (1) Z FOLLY OF DOUBTIG GODS THREATEIGS. things, and desperately wicked." With affections thus averse to hoHness, he refuses obedience to the divine commands, and yields to his wayward pro- pensities. When urged to the duty of rej)entance
 
and faith, he flies to some refuge of lies ; and to still the voice of conscience, affects to doubt the truth of divine threatenings. My object is to show the folly of those who doubt the execution of God's threatenings. Their folly will appear evident from the following reasons : 1st. Because they demand an immediate fulfil- ment, saying, "Where is the promise of his coming?" The scoffer must see an immediate exhibition of retributive justice, or else he utterly refuses to believe the evidence which God has been pleased to give. It needs no very extensive survey of the divine government, to discover that an immediate execu- tion of threatenings is not a principle of its adminis- tration. For an apt illustration of this principle, refer to the history of Manasseh. The character of this prince was of the most detestable kind. He not only filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, but also caused Judah and Jerusalem to sin more griev- ously than any of the surrounding nations. Idolatry, through his influence, became the j)revailing religion from the royal court to the meanest subject. In addition to these enormities, the warnings and admo- nitions by the prophets to this proud and idolatrous prince, were rejected by both prince and people with disdain. Thus provoked by contempt, and by the violation of E. TTILSO. 6 every law of liumanitj, justice, and mercy, Jehovah threatens Manasseh and his people with a sweeping
 
destruction, saying, " Because Manasseh, king of Judah, hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did Avhich w^ere before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols ; therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil ujDon Jeru- salem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jeru- salem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab; and I ^vill wipe Jerusalem, as a man wijoeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. And I wall forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies ; because they have done that wdiich was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day." But did God, in this instance, immediately execute his threatenings ? o, for the subsequent history shows that Manasseh himself died in peace, and the execution of it on his people was deferred to the reign of Zedekiah, about one hundi'ed years. Again, this principle of the divine government is more strikingly illustrated in the history of Amalek. This idolatrous nation made an attack on Israel when weary and enfeebled from their wanderings in the desert; but Jehovah wrought a complete victory for his chosen people. This nnprovoked attack brought on Amalek the displeasure of Jehovah. And as an expression of his 4 FOLLY OF DOUBTIG GODS THREATEIGS, righteous indignation, '^the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it

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