An inlet to three dreadful things!
(Thomas Brooks, "A Heavenly Cordial" 1665)
Death is dreadful to the unbelieving sinner, for it puts an everlasting end to all his temporal . . .
Death will put an everlasting end to all his pleasures of sin. Now the sinner shall never more have one merry day. In Hell there is no . . .
no singing — but howling;
no music — but madness;
no sporting — but sighing;
no dancing — but wringing of hands
and gnashing of teeth for evermore!
In a word, now the sinner shall find by woeful experience, that death will be an inlet to three dreadful things:
1. To judgment, Hebrews 9:27;
2. To an irreversible sentence of condemnation, Matthew 25:41;
3. To endless, ceaseless, and remediless sufferings!