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Singing Songs About the Second Coming
Throughout history the Church has celebrated the Second Coming of Christ in worship. Songs reflect the longing to see God's kingdom come.

The return of our Lord Jesus Christ is a much anticipated event. Seeing the pain and suffering around the world, Christians yearn for his Second Coming. Many beautiful hymns over the centuries have expressed this deep longing of our heart. Important doctrines have been preserved and expressed in hymns.

New songs of praise will continue to be written as we look forward with great anticipation to that joyous time …

Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century wrote Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending, concluding, "O come quickly, O come quickly! Everlasting, God come down." Written over 100 years ago, the song The Church's One Foundation talks of the "Consummation" and "His saints their watch are keeping". The last verse of It Is Well With My Soul also sings with fervent expectancy, "And Lord haste the day."

Many hymns tell the beautiful story of redemption, and often the final verse will sing of that glorious day of the Second Coming. The Solid Rock rehearses our hope built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. "When He shall come with trumpet sound … " illustrates trumpets announcing major events.

There is a deep sense of longing, expectation and urgency in many of these hymns. In past years new songs were written for our denomination focusing on that hope and happy event to come, such as Behold the Day Will Come, The Mighty Prince of Peace, and It Won't Be Long Now.

Another song that comes to mind is The Battle Hymn of the Republic. After a closer look and some research, it seems that Julia Ward Howe, a leftist in the 1860s, is describing the Union army marching against the South. She describes redemption by warfare, especially in her little used fourth verse. This song has been criticized for decades as a liberal hymn of hate stirred by the passions of war. Although her hymn begins with the majestic phrase, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord," some believe it does not truly focus on the Second Coming of Jesus.

Many Christmas songs announce and celebrate the first coming of Jesus to this earth. Fewer ones have been written about the Second Coming, though it will be the most joyous event in human history. The Lord's younger brother, James, asks, "Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise" (James 5:13). The author of How Great Thou Art captures this joy, "When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation; when He returns, what joy shall fill my heart! Then sings my soul … "

Imagine a choir including every person on earth rejoicing and singing at the same time. "Then I heard every creature in heaven and earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: 'To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (Revelation 5:13). Now that will be something worth hearing! New songs of praise will continue to be written as we look forward with great anticipation to that joyous time when Jesus will come back.

Contemporary Christian songs on this theme include We Shall Behold Him, The King is Coming, and a popular chorus, Soon and Very Soon. Youth today especially enjoy He Will Come and Save You by Bob Fitts.

Let us continue to sings songs about Jesus returning to rescue humanity from all of its sufferings. It will be a time of worldwide celebration. May we continue to enjoy singing with anticipation about the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us pray for Christian musicians to be inspired to write even more new songs about the Second Coming.

Cathy Sheridan, based in Alberta, is a pastor's wife who works full time and has a passion and love for worship and women's ministry.

Originally published in the Northern Light Magazine, October 1999.




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