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XLIII.—Of the End of This Age.

The trumpet gives the sign in heaven, the lion being taken away, and suddenly there is darkness with the din of heaven.  The Lord casts down His eyes, so that the earth trembles.  He cries out, so that all may hear throughout the world:  Behold, long have I been silent while I bore your doings in such a time.  They cry out together, complaining and groaning too late.  They howl, they bewail; nor is there room found for the wicked.  What shall the mother do for the sucking child, when she herself is burnt up?  In the flame of fire the Lord will judge the wicked.  But the fire shall not touch the just, but shall by all means lick them up.18531853    [The translator here inserts a mark of interrogation.  The meaning is:  lick up them (the wicked) who have persecuted them.  Dan. iii. 22.]  In one place they delay, but a part has wept at the judgment.  Such will be the heat, that the stones themselves shall melt.  The winds assemble into lightnings, the heavenly wrath rages; and wherever the wicked man fleeth, he is seized upon by this fire.  There will be no succour nor ship of he sea.  Amen18541854    [Rev. iii. 14.] flames on the nations, and the Medes and Parthians burn for a thousand years, as the hidden words of John declare.  For then after a thousand years they are delivered over to Gehenna; and he whose work they were, with them are burnt up.


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