THE SINNER’S DOOM—A message from 1873:
- “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
- Depart from God, whom you would not own in your life-time.
- Depart from Christ, whom you would not accept as your Saviour.
- Depart from heaven which you are not prepared to enter.
Depart, because you are cursed. You have brought upon yourself all the curses which are pronounced against impenitent sinners, and from which Christ would have redeemed you, having borne the curse for you; but ye would not come unto Him.
YOU WERE WARNED
Depart into everlasting fire. You were warned that this would be the portion of sinners, “The lake that burneth with fire and brimstone.” You were warned at what a tremendous cost you were ransomed, and so enabled to have gained admittance into heaven, and yet you would not accept the offered salvation.
It was prepared for the devil and his angels. As you were a willing captive, and lent yourself to do wickedness upon earth—thus furthering the wicked designs of Satan—so now thou must be in his company forever.
One cause of thy future unhappiness will be to know, when too late, all that thou hast lost. To see those whom thou hast known on earth, perhaps thine own relations and friends, standing at the right hand of God, and thou thyself at the left.
Oh, bitter will be the anguish of thy spirit, for thou wilt be forced to acknowledge the justice of thy sentence; and thine eyes being then opened, thou wilt be enabled to perceive how easily thou couldest have escaped that terrible voice of most just judgment.
Oh, if thy punishment would cease after a thousand years, it would be more endurable: but it is forever, and the greatest aggravation of thy sufferings will be that thou hast brought them all upon thyself.
“The day of the Lord cometh as a thief in the night, and when men shall say Peace, and all things are safe, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as sorrow cometh upon a woman travailing with child, and they shall not escape.
Then shall appear the wrath of God in the day of vengeance, which obstinate sinners through the stubbornness of their heart have heaped unto themselves; which despised the goodness, patience, and long sufferance of God, when he calleth them continually to repentance: then shall they call upon Me, (saith the Lord,) but I will not hear; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me; and that because they hated knowledge, and received not the fear of the Lord; but abhorred My counsel, and despised My correction: then shall it be too late to knock when the door shall be shut, and too late to cry for mercy when it is the time of judgment.”
All the workings of God’s Holy Spirit which they have resisted—all the means of Grace which they mocked at and turned into ridicule
Then the veil of indifference will be drawn aside, and they will curse their folly, which has brought them to this state. All the workings of God’s Holy Spirit which they have resisted—all the means of Grace which they mocked at and turned into ridicule—while they trusted that to-morrow should be as this day, and much, more abundant—will now rise up in condemnation against them.
And when thou art able to say, “I have found pardon and peace through the atoning blood of my Saviour,” then wilt thou also wish that all that thou knowest should come too; and as thou hast been forgiven much, so wilt thou love much, and be unwilling to lose one hour of thy precious time, counting that lost which is not spent in doing the Will of God, knowing that already thou hast lost so much.