From Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Importance of a Future State”:
Death hastens on towards us and we hasten towards that, and it cannot be long before we shall meet: every breath we draw and every step we take, brings us nearer to eternity; we are carried towards eternity irresistibly, and cannot stop one moment if we never so much desire it. We cannot cause the glass of time to stop, do whatever we can, but it will continue to run.
And when we die, there is but two places to go: heaven or hell, and to one or the other of them we must all go. We cannot, when we die, slide away privately to some by-place and not be taken notice of, but we must come before our Judge and be judged to either happiness or misery. (Yale Works, vol. 10. p. 372)