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  • A Vision Of The Latter Day Glories
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    A Vision Of The Latter Day Glories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CAxoBmbNc&list=PLLH7MtTdZnrJoU2xuEkHkput0zGthURaq&index=1
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  • Doubtless man must know and believe, in the first place, that there is a God, and that this God is but one; for God is too jealous of his honour and his dignity, and too much concerned in this important point, to lavish out happiness and his heavenly favours on any person who makes other gods to become his rivals, or who exalts a creature, or a mere chimera, into the throne of God. He must believe also, that God is a being of perfect wisdom, power and goodness, and that he is the righteous Governor of the world.—Man must also know, that he himself is a creature of God, furnished with a faculty of understanding to perceive the general difference between good and evil, in the most important instances of it; and endowed with a will, which is a power to chuse or to refuse the evil or the good: That he is obliged to exert these powers or faculties in a right manner, both toward God and toward himself, as well as his neighbour. I do not insist upon it, that he must know those propositions explictly, and in a philosophical manner: but he must have some sort of consciousness of his own natural powers, to know and distinguish, to chuse or to refuse good or evil, and must be sensible of his obligations to enquire and practise what is good, and to avoid what is evil.

    As for the duties that relate to God, man is obliged to worship him with reverence, to honour him in his heart and life, on the account of his wisdom and power manifested in the world; to fear his majesty, to love him, and hope in his goodness, to give him thanks for what instances of it he partakes of, to seek to him for what blessings he wants, and to carry it toward him in all things as his Maker, his Lord, and his Governor.—He must know also, that since God is a righteous Governor, if he does not make good men happy in this world, and the wicked miserable, then there must be another world, wherein he will appoint some happiness for the good, and misery for the wicked; or in general, that he will some time or other distribute rewards and punishments to all persons, according to their behaviour: For this has a very considerable influence unto all holiness of life, and every part of morality, which will hardly be practised without these motives.

    As for the duties which relate to other men, every man must know and believe, that as he is placed here amongst a multitude of fellow creatures of his own species or kind, he is bound to practise truth or veracity, justice and goodness toward them, according to the several relations in which he may stand, as a father, brother, son, husband, neighbour, subject, master, servant, buyer, seller, &c. And with regard to himself, he must know that he is bound to exercise sobriety and temperance, and to maintain a due government over his appetites and passions, that they run not into excess and extravagance. And finally, since every man will frequently find himself coming short of his duty to God and man, and betrayed into sin by the strength of his temptations, his appetites and passions, in the various occurrences of life, he must repent of his sins, be sincerely sorry for what he has done amiss, humbly ask forgiveness of God, and endeavour to serve and please him in all things for the time to come, and he must exercise a hope or trust in the mercy of God, that upon repentance and new obedience, God will forgive sinners, and take them again into his favour.


    Isaac Watts
    Doubtless man must know and believe, in the first place, that there is a God, and that this God is but one; for God is too jealous of his honour and his dignity, and too much concerned in this important point, to lavish out happiness and his heavenly favours on any person who makes other gods to become his rivals, or who exalts a creature, or a mere chimera, into the throne of God. He must believe also, that God is a being of perfect wisdom, power and goodness, and that he is the righteous Governor of the world.—Man must also know, that he himself is a creature of God, furnished with a faculty of understanding to perceive the general difference between good and evil, in the most important instances of it; and endowed with a will, which is a power to chuse or to refuse the evil or the good: That he is obliged to exert these powers or faculties in a right manner, both toward God and toward himself, as well as his neighbour. I do not insist upon it, that he must know those propositions explictly, and in a philosophical manner: but he must have some sort of consciousness of his own natural powers, to know and distinguish, to chuse or to refuse good or evil, and must be sensible of his obligations to enquire and practise what is good, and to avoid what is evil. As for the duties that relate to God, man is obliged to worship him with reverence, to honour him in his heart and life, on the account of his wisdom and power manifested in the world; to fear his majesty, to love him, and hope in his goodness, to give him thanks for what instances of it he partakes of, to seek to him for what blessings he wants, and to carry it toward him in all things as his Maker, his Lord, and his Governor.—He must know also, that since God is a righteous Governor, if he does not make good men happy in this world, and the wicked miserable, then there must be another world, wherein he will appoint some happiness for the good, and misery for the wicked; or in general, that he will some time or other distribute rewards and punishments to all persons, according to their behaviour: For this has a very considerable influence unto all holiness of life, and every part of morality, which will hardly be practised without these motives. As for the duties which relate to other men, every man must know and believe, that as he is placed here amongst a multitude of fellow creatures of his own species or kind, he is bound to practise truth or veracity, justice and goodness toward them, according to the several relations in which he may stand, as a father, brother, son, husband, neighbour, subject, master, servant, buyer, seller, &c. And with regard to himself, he must know that he is bound to exercise sobriety and temperance, and to maintain a due government over his appetites and passions, that they run not into excess and extravagance. And finally, since every man will frequently find himself coming short of his duty to God and man, and betrayed into sin by the strength of his temptations, his appetites and passions, in the various occurrences of life, he must repent of his sins, be sincerely sorry for what he has done amiss, humbly ask forgiveness of God, and endeavour to serve and please him in all things for the time to come, and he must exercise a hope or trust in the mercy of God, that upon repentance and new obedience, God will forgive sinners, and take them again into his favour. Isaac Watts
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  • HOW THE LAW OF GOD IS WRITTEN IN THE HEARTS OF ALL MEN AND CONVINCES THEM EACH DAY THAT THEY HAVE NO EXCUSE BEFORE HIM
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    HOW THE LAW OF GOD IS WRITTEN IN THE HEARTS OF ALL MEN AND CONVINCES THEM EACH DAY THAT THEY HAVE NO EXCUSE BEFORE HIM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXyUoRUrL-Q&list=PLLH7MtTdZnrJgbDneERl3-4zjHS3Ichzm&index=8
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  • A Divine Challenge
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    A Divine Challenge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gXbXb7R2q8&list=PLLH7MtTdZnrJoU2xuEkHkput0zGthURaq&index=1
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  • Man before God’s majesty

    Hence that dread and wonder with which Scripture commonly represents the saints as stricken and overcome whenever they felt the presence of God. Thus it comes about that we see men who in his absence normally remained firm and constant, but who, when he manifests his glory, are so shaken and struck dumb as to be laid low by the dread of death—are in fact overwhelmed by it and almost annihilated as a consequence, we must infer that man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty.

    Moreover, we have numerous examples of this consternation both in The Book of Judges and in the Prophets. So frequent was it that this expression was common among God’s people: “We shall die, for the Lord has appeared to us” [Judg. 13:22; Isa. 6:5; Ezek. 2:1; 1:28; Judg. 6:22–23; and elsewhere].

    The story of Job, in its description of God’s wisdom, power, and purity, always expresses a powerful argument that overwhelms men with the realization of their own stupidity, impotence, and corruption [cf. Job 38:1 ff.]. And not without cause: for we see how Abraham recognizes more clearly that he is earth and dust [Gen. 18:27] when once he had come nearer to beholding God’s glory; and how Elijah, with uncovered face, cannot bear to await his approach, such is the awesomeness of his appearance [1 Kings 19:13]. And what can man do, who is rottenness itself [Job 13:28] and a worm [Job 7:5; Ps. 22:6], when even the very cherubim must veil their faces out of fear [Isa. 6:2]?

    It is this indeed of which the prophet Isaiah speaks: “The sun will blush and the moon be confounded when the Lord of Hosts shall reign” [Isa. 24:23]; that is, when he shall bring forth his splendor and cause it to draw nearer, the brightest thing will become darkness before it [Isa. 2:10, 19 p.].


    John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion & 2, ed. John T. McNeill, The Library of Christian Classics, (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 1:38–39.
    Man before God’s majesty Hence that dread and wonder with which Scripture commonly represents the saints as stricken and overcome whenever they felt the presence of God. Thus it comes about that we see men who in his absence normally remained firm and constant, but who, when he manifests his glory, are so shaken and struck dumb as to be laid low by the dread of death—are in fact overwhelmed by it and almost annihilated as a consequence, we must infer that man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty. Moreover, we have numerous examples of this consternation both in The Book of Judges and in the Prophets. So frequent was it that this expression was common among God’s people: “We shall die, for the Lord has appeared to us” [Judg. 13:22; Isa. 6:5; Ezek. 2:1; 1:28; Judg. 6:22–23; and elsewhere]. The story of Job, in its description of God’s wisdom, power, and purity, always expresses a powerful argument that overwhelms men with the realization of their own stupidity, impotence, and corruption [cf. Job 38:1 ff.]. And not without cause: for we see how Abraham recognizes more clearly that he is earth and dust [Gen. 18:27] when once he had come nearer to beholding God’s glory; and how Elijah, with uncovered face, cannot bear to await his approach, such is the awesomeness of his appearance [1 Kings 19:13]. And what can man do, who is rottenness itself [Job 13:28] and a worm [Job 7:5; Ps. 22:6], when even the very cherubim must veil their faces out of fear [Isa. 6:2]? It is this indeed of which the prophet Isaiah speaks: “The sun will blush and the moon be confounded when the Lord of Hosts shall reign” [Isa. 24:23]; that is, when he shall bring forth his splendor and cause it to draw nearer, the brightest thing will become darkness before it [Isa. 2:10, 19 p.]. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion & 2, ed. John T. McNeill, The Library of Christian Classics, (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 1:38–39.
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  • So, we have the spectacle of two mighty divinities, Neptune and Apollo, unable to tell that Laomedon was going to cheat them of their pay, building up the walls of Troy—and all for nothing but ingratitude. Pagans should reflect whether it is really not more criminal to believe in such gods than to violate one’s oath to them.
    https://thepilgrimjournal.com/the-city-of-god-book-3-chapters-one-and-two/
    So, we have the spectacle of two mighty divinities, Neptune and Apollo, unable to tell that Laomedon was going to cheat them of their pay, building up the walls of Troy—and all for nothing but ingratitude. Pagans should reflect whether it is really not more criminal to believe in such gods than to violate one’s oath to them. https://thepilgrimjournal.com/the-city-of-god-book-3-chapters-one-and-two/
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  • Diabolus, as filled with despair of retaining in his hands the famous town of Mansoul, resolved to do what mischief he could, if indeed, he could do any, to the army of the Prince, and to the famous town of Mansoul; for, alas! it was not the happiness of the silly town of Mansoul that was designed by Diabolus, but the utter ruin and overthrow thereof; as now is enough in view. Wherefore he commands his officers that they should then, when they see that they could hold the town no longer, do it what harm and mischief they could; rending and tearing of men, women, and children (Mark 9:26–27). For, said he, we had better quite demolish the place, and leave it like a ruinous heap, than so leave it that it may be an habitation for Emmanuel.
    https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-vii/
    Diabolus, as filled with despair of retaining in his hands the famous town of Mansoul, resolved to do what mischief he could, if indeed, he could do any, to the army of the Prince, and to the famous town of Mansoul; for, alas! it was not the happiness of the silly town of Mansoul that was designed by Diabolus, but the utter ruin and overthrow thereof; as now is enough in view. Wherefore he commands his officers that they should then, when they see that they could hold the town no longer, do it what harm and mischief they could; rending and tearing of men, women, and children (Mark 9:26–27). For, said he, we had better quite demolish the place, and leave it like a ruinous heap, than so leave it that it may be an habitation for Emmanuel. https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-vii/
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  • This is the subtlety of the old serpent; first he conveys one claw or talent into a man’s heart, and then another; after that he gets in his head, and so at length winds in all his body. Thus he assayed to do with Christ, and so will he continue towards all God’s children,
    https://thepilgrimjournal.com/combat-between-christ-and-the-devil-three/
    This is the subtlety of the old serpent; first he conveys one claw or talent into a man’s heart, and then another; after that he gets in his head, and so at length winds in all his body. Thus he assayed to do with Christ, and so will he continue towards all God’s children, https://thepilgrimjournal.com/combat-between-christ-and-the-devil-three/
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  • Lord Understanding and Mr. Conscience imprisoned as authors of the disturbance—A conference of the besieging officers, who agree to petition Shaddai for further assistance—The petition approved at court—Emmanuel, the King’s son, is appointed to conquer the town—Marches with a great army and surrounds Mansoul, which is strongly fortified against him.
    https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-vi/
    Lord Understanding and Mr. Conscience imprisoned as authors of the disturbance—A conference of the besieging officers, who agree to petition Shaddai for further assistance—The petition approved at court—Emmanuel, the King’s son, is appointed to conquer the town—Marches with a great army and surrounds Mansoul, which is strongly fortified against him. https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-vi/
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  • The first time the trumpeter went, he went with words of peace, telling of them, ‘That the captains, the noble captains of Shaddai, did pity and bewail the misery of the now perishing town of Mansoul; and were troubled to see them so much to stand in the way of their own deliverance.’
    https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-v/
    The first time the trumpeter went, he went with words of peace, telling of them, ‘That the captains, the noble captains of Shaddai, did pity and bewail the misery of the now perishing town of Mansoul; and were troubled to see them so much to stand in the way of their own deliverance.’ https://thepilgrimjournal.com/a-relation-of-the-holy-war-chapter-v/
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