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The Pulpit of the Reformation;

No. 1, October 30, 1834.

Containing

The Last Judgment,

By John Welch.

The Day Of Judgment,

By Bishop Latimer.

No. 2, December 1, 1834.

Containing

The Parable Of The Householders,

And The

Parable Of The Tares,

By Bishop Latimer.

No. 3, January 1, 1835, and No. 4, February 1, 1835.

Containing

A Sermon Preached Before Queen Mary

By John Knox

To Which Is Subjoined An Extract From Knox’s Admonition To The People Of
England.

Aberdeen:

Published By

George King, 28, St. Nicholas Street,

And

Robert King, Broad Street, Peterhead





CONTENTS


The Last Judgment.
By The Rev. John Welch, A. D. 1570-1622.
The Day Of Judgment.
Extracted From A Sermon By Hugh Latimer, Bishop Of Worcester, And Martyr,
1555.
The Parable Of The Householder.
A Sermon, By Bishop Latimer.
The Parable Of The Tares,
By Bishop Latimer, Preached On The 7th Of February, 1553.
A Sermon On Isaiah XXVI.
By John Knox.
“It Is I, Be Not Afraid.”
Extracted From Knox’s Admonition To England.
Footnotes






THE LAST JUDGMENT.
BY THE REV. JOHN WELCH, A. D. 1570-1622.


REV. xx. 11.—_And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on
it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away._


The security of all flesh is wonderous great, for there is a fearful sleep
fallen both upon the good and the evil. The foolish virgins are sound
asleep, and the wise are asleep also. And suppose the Lord be at the door,
and the hour of judgment at hand, and the seventh angel ready to blow the
last trumpet, when time shall be no more; yet it is scarcely one of a
thousand, yea, one of ten thousand, is to be found that is prepared, and
busying themselves to meet the Lord, who is making speed to come in the
clouds: and how soon that fire shall break forth, which shall kindle the
heavens above your head, and the earth under your feet, and shall set all
on fire; how soon the trumpet shall blow, and the shout shall cry, “Rise,
Dead, and come to judgment,” is only known to God, and to no mortal man.
Will ye not then be wakened till this trumpet waken you? And will none of
you take pains to look over the leaves of your conscience, and read what
sins are written there, since ye came into the world, before that day of
doom come upon you? O that ye knew that eternity, and that terror of the
day of the Lord, when the heavens above you, and the earth beneath you,
shall not be able to stand before the face of him that sits on the throne!
Therefore I hope the Lord has made choice to me of this text, at this
time, to give you warning before the judgment come. Ye know the watchman
that the Lord takes from among the people, that he sets over the city or
house to credit to them, “If ye see the sword and pestilence coming, and
warn them not, the blood of them that perish under the judgment for lack
of warning, will be required at his hand,” that is, the watchman’s;
therefore it is time for me to be making warning to you, and, in the
measure of strength that God will give me, I am to make warning not of a
temporal judgment, but of an everlasting judgment that is coming on, (God
waken you and warn you in time!) that when ye shall see the Judge sit on
his throne, your hearts may not tremble at his awful countenance, having
gotten your souls washed in his blood. But, to come to the purpose, there
are many visions in this book, and there are many things done here, that
the Son shews to his servant John. He shews him first the present state of
the Church at that time in the world, under the name of seven stars, and
he tells, “they are suffering, and had patience; and they laboured for his
name’s sake, and fainted not; but yet he had somewhat against them,
because they had forsaken their first love.” Some were in tribulation and
poverty, but yet rich in God; some kept the name of Jesus, and denied not
the faith, suppose they should had given their blood for it, as the
faithful martyr Antipas did; but yet he had a few things against them,
because they maintained the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing he
hated. Some had love, service, faith, and patience, and their work was
more at the last than at the first; but yet they suffered the false
prophetess Jezebel to be among them, to whom he threatens he will cast her
into a bed of affliction, and them that commit fornication with her,
except they repent them of their works. There were some whose works were
not found perfect before God; therefore he exhorts them to remember how
they had heard, and received; he bids them hold fast and repent,
otherwise, he tells, that he will come shortly against them. Some had a
little strength, and kept his word, and denied not his name; therefore he
promises to deliver them in the hour of temptation that shall come upon
all the world to try the whole earth. Some were neither cold nor hot; and
therefore, because they were lukewarm, he tells them that it would come to
pass, that he would spew them out of his mouth; they thought they were
rich and increased in goods, and had need of nothing, but they know not
that they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; and then he
counsels them to buy of him gold tried in the fire, that they might be
rich, and white raiment, that they might be clothed, and eye-salve that
they might see. So what is your case this day? Have ye not forsaken your
first love? But as for tribulation, it is not yet come; for our days have
been days of peace, of light, liberty, and glory; but as for tribulation
it is not yet come; but as the Lord lives, the days of tribulation are not
far off. As for false doctrine, God be praised, it is not among us yet,
or, at least, if it be, it dare not be avowed yet; but I fear, that, who
lives to see it, they shall see heresy and corruption in doctrine and
religion creep in piece and piece, in this Church; and if our works be
found perfect before God, or not, the Lord knows the contrary, and your
own consciences bear witness to it; and if your life be answerable to your
name, I leave it to your consciences to judge, if we have not a name that
we are living, and yet are dead; and whether this be not the doleful state
of the generation that is neither cold nor hot. It is clear, the zeal of
the glory of God, being so worn out of the hearts of all, plainly declares
the same. But I leave this. After he had shewed him the present state of
the Church, at that time, then he tells him what shall be the state of the
Church unto the end of the world.

And _first_, in the vision of a sealed book, containing these acts
concerning the Church, which none could open but the Lion of the tribe of
Judah, for it was sealed with seven seals. Now, what was contained in
these seven seals? This will take a larger time to declare than now is
meet to ware upon it.

Mark always of these things spoken, there are three consolations to the
Church of God; howsoever it be that she be in tribulation, or poverty, and
affliction; and albeit it come to pass, that the devil cast some of them
in prison, that they may be tried, and some have tribulation ten days,
which is but a short time; and howsoever it be that our adversary goes
about continually like “a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour;” but yet,
“he that rides on the white horse,” with the badge at his belt, and the
arrows at his side, he shall get the victory at the end of the world; and
to them that are faithful to the death, he shall give them a crown of
life.

Mark _next_, suppose the sword, the famine, the pestilence, these temporal
judgments, be common to the godly as well as to the wicked, yet there is
consolation to the “souls of them that are slain for the testimony of
Jesus, they are lying under the altar, and they cry with a loud voice,
Lord, how long, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
upon them that dwell on the earth?” Then it was said unto them, “that they
should rest for a little season, until their fellow-servants and brethren,
that should be killed, as they were, should be fulfilled.”

Mark, _thirdly_, the sixth seal is opened, “and there was a great
earthquake, and the sun was as black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon
was like blood, and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, and heaven
departed away as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain
and island were moved out of their places; and then the kings of the
earth, and the great men, and rich men, and the captains, and the mighty
men, and every bond man, and every free man, hid themselves in dens and
rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us,
and hide us from the presence of him that sits on the throne, and from the
face of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be
able to stand?” Then shall the Church of God be avenged on her enemies;
then she shall have power over the nations, and shall rule them with a rod
of iron, and as the vessels of a potter they shall be broken; then shall
the saints of God be brought out of great tribulation, and have their long
robes washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb; they shall be in the
presence of the throne of God, and serve him both day and night in his
temple; and he that sits on the throne shall live among them, and he that
is in the midst of the throne shall govern them, and shall lead them to
the lively fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes.



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