While I was sitting in church this past Sunday, listening to the choir sing Days of Elijah, my mind starting fixating on the words of the chorus:
Behold He comes! Riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It’s the year of Jubilee!
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes!
My mind was swept away thinking about the greatness of our King’s return. He will come for His own, coming back through the clouds as He went away, riding on His great white horse followed by the armies of heaven. What a magnificent scene this will be. He will blaze with glory, outshining the sun in His brilliance because He is light and in Him is no darkness at all. The trumpet blast will herald the return of the King of kings and for those who are His it will be a time of jubilee, a time of salvation, a cause to shout and praise. For others, though, it will be a time of despair, as He comes to execute judgment on those who do not believe, who have not bowed to Him as their Lord.
Charles Wesley captured this in his great hymn Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending which I reprint below:
Lo, He comes with clouds descending, Once for favored sinners slain
Thousand, thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train
Alleluia, alleluia, God appears on Earth to reign
Every eye shall now behold Him, Robed in dreadful majesty
Those who set at naught and sold Him, Pierced and nailed Him to the tree
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see
Now the Savior long expected, See in solemn pomp appear
All His saints by man rejected, Now shall meet Him in the air
Alleluia, alleluia, See the day of God appear
Yes, Amen! Let all adore Thee, High on Thine eternal throne
Savior take the power and glory, Claim the kingdom for Thine own
O come quickly, O come quickly, Everlasting God come down
Are you ready for the coming of Jesus Christ? No man knows the hour or the day when He will appear in all His glory. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow might be the day of judgment.