The King Will Come at Age's End

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The King Will Come at Age's End


This hymn paraphrases the beautiful words of John’s vision of the Last Day, as recorded in Revelation 21, especially verses 1-6 and 20-21.

While the Last Day may inspire fear in the hearts of some, we subjects of the King look forward to it, an eye always on the sky, ears alert for a sudden trumpet.

It’s hard to imagine the thrill—the sublime, heart-stopping thrill—it will be to see the sky ripped open and our King descending amid the clouds (stanza 1).

What a thrill to hear him read our names from the Book of Life (stanza 2), our names written there in the blood he shed on the cross and sealed in flame, a reference to the Spirit of God who gave us faith (Ephesians 1:13,14; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

What a thrill to hear the Glorious One publicly claim us as his own (stanza 3). What a thrill to see once again all those we have loved and lost—from the grandparents we knew our whole lives to the children who died before we could even meet them—and then live with them and with Christ himself in a place untainted by the deeps of death (stanza 4).

What a thrill to know that this is preordained, that the One who is the Beginning and the End chose us “before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4) to live with him in this new place, this new life (stanza 5). What a thrill to know that he not only loves us, but he likes us, he delights in our company, and he wants to be with us forever.

Knowing this (stanza 6), we pray—no, we plead—with the Evangelist, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Come quickly, our King, and take us home.

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