Persons Present at the Judgment
sworn by myself, . . . That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall
swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength:
even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be
ashamed. Isa. 45:23, 24.
Amid the ransomed throng are the apostles of Christ, the heroic Paul, the
ardent Peter, the loved and loving John, and their truehearted brethren, and
with them the vast host of martyrs; while outside the walls, with every vile
and abominable thing, are those by whom they were persecuted, imprisoned,
and slain. There is Nero, that monster of cruelty and vice, beholding the
joy and exaltation of those whom he once tortured, and in whose extremest
anguish he found satanic delight. His mother is there to witness the result
of her own work; to see how the evil stamp of character transmitted to her
son, the passions encouraged and developed by her influence and example, have
borne fruit in crimes that caused the world to shudder.
. . [is] the proud, ambitious Napoleon, whose approach had caused kingdoms
papist priests and prelates, who claimed to be Christ's ambassadors, yet employed
the rack, the dungeon, and the stake to control the consciences of His people.
There are the proud pontiffs who exalted themselves above God and presumed
to change the law of the Most High. Those pretended fathers of the church
have an account to render to God from which they would fain be excused. Too
late they are made to see that the Omniscient One is jealous of His law and
that He will in no wise clear the guilty. They learn now that Christ identifies
His interest with that of His suffering people; and they feel the force of
His own words; "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40.
wicked world stand arraigned at the bar of God on the charge of high treason
against the government of heaven. They have none to plead their cause; they
are without excuse; and the sentence of eternal death is pronounced against
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