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Of the state of the elect at the last day of judgement – William Perkins

March 10, 2011

The last day of judgement shall be on this manner:

I. Immediately before the coming of Christ [1], the powers of heaven shall be shaken: the Sun and Moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall fall from heaven:[2] at which sight the elect then living shall rejoice, but the reprobate shall shake every joint of them.

[1] Mat 24:29  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:

Mat 24:30  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.

[2] Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

II. Then the heavens, being all set on fire, shall with a noise, like to that of chariot wheels, suddenly pass away, and the elements, with the earth, and all therein, shall be dissolved with fire.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

At the same time, when as all these things shall come to pass, the sound of the last trumpet shall be heard [1], sounded by the Archangel [2]. And Christ shall come suddenly in the clouds , with power, and glory, and a great traine of Angels.

[1] Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels 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.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

[2] Mat 24:30, 1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

III. Now at the sound of the trumpet the elect, which were dead, shall arise with their bodies: and those very bodies which were turned to dust, and one part rent from another, shall by the omnipotent power of God be restored, and the souls of them shall descend from heaven, and be brought again into those bodies. As for [1] them which then shall be alive, they shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and this mutation shall be instead of death; and at that time, the bodies shall receive their full redemption:[2] and all the bodies of the elect shall be made like the glorious body of Christ Jesus, and therefore shall be spiritual, immortal, glorious, and free from all infirmity;

[1] 1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

[2] 1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

IV. Last of all, when they are all convented before the tribunal seat of Christ, he will forthwith place the elect, severed from the reprobate, and taken up into the air, at his right hand, and so them being written in the book of life, will he pronounce this sentence: Come ye blessed of my Father, posess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world. Math. 25:33. He shall set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on the left. 1Thess 4:17, Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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