Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

Old hymns tell us what they believed about different theological truths back in their day. Some of them blatantly contradict the pre-trib rapture. Here is what I discovered in our hymnal. Then I will explain the history. The hymn is “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.” Here are the 4 verses I found.

1. Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ appears on earth to reign

2. 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.

3. Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear:
All His saints, by men rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
See the day of God appear.

4. Yea, Amen! Let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the pow’r and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own:
O, come quickly, O, come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down. Amen.

The hymnal I have attributes the lyrics to Charles Wesley and Martin Madan. Notice how references to I Thessalonians 4:17 in the classic rapture passage are occurring in conjunction with Christ appearing on earth to reign. I found that both of the authors based their poetry on a work by John Cennick titled, “Lo! He Cometh, Countless Trumpets.” Here is that original work by him.

1. Lo! he cometh, countless trumpets
Blow before the bloody sign;
‘Midst ten thousand saints and angels,
See the Crucified shine.
Hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelujah!
Welcome, welcome, bleeding Lamb!

2. Now his merit by the harpers
Thro’ th’ eternal deep resounds;
Now resplendent shine his nail-prints,
Ev’ry eye shall see his wounds:
They who pierc’d him, they who pierc’d him, they who pierc’d him,
Shall at his appearance wail.

3. Ev’ry island, sea, and mountain,.
Heav’n and earth shall flee away;
All who hate him, must, ashamed,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment, come to judgment, come to judgment,
Stand before the Son of man.

4. Saints who love him, view his glory,
Shining in his bruised face,
His dear person on the rainbow.
Now his peoples head shall raise:
Happy mourners, happy mourners, happy mourners,
Lo! in clouds, he comes, he comes!

5. Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All his people, once rejected,
Now shall meet him in the air:
Hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelujah!
Now the promis’d kingdom’s come.

6. View him smiling, now determin’d
Ev’ry evil to destroy;
All the nations now shall sing him
Songs of everlasting joy:
O come quickly, O come quickly, O come quickly,
Hallelujah! come, Lord, come.

Just look at all that scripture. Those who know the end times passages referenced here see that there is no way to insert a false dichotomy. Christ comes to rapture the church and administer judgment at the same time. If you’ve gotten this far, you might as well read Charles Wesley’s original version based on the above poem. Here it is:

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favour’d sinners slain!
Thousand, thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign!

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at nought and sold Him,
Pierced, and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransom’d worshippers;
With what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, amen, let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne!
Saviour, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
Jah, Jehovah!
Everlasting God, come down.

I might as well include the hymn attributed to the Reverend Marin Madan. Here it is and notice the more accurate following of John Cennick.

1. Lo! he comes, with clouds descending,
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand, thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia!
Christ appears on earth again.

2. 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,
Shall the true Messiah see.

3. Those dear tokens of His Passion
Still His dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshipers:
With what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

4. Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear:
All his saints, by men rejected,
Now shall meet him in the air:
Alleluia!
See the day of God appear.

5. Yea, amen; let all adore thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the power and glory;
Claim the kingdoms for Thine own:
Alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and Thou alone.

6. Yet with mingled hope and fearing,
Wait we still our Judge to see;
In the day of Thine appearing.
Spotless blameless may be be!
Ever watching,
Teach us, Lord, to welcome Thee. Amen.

So let us learn from our spiritual forefathers concerning the truth of Jesus Christ and His coming again.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

Note: Here is a list of the scriptures that are alluded to. If you spot any others, please leave them in the comments below.

Revelation 1:7 “Behold, He cometh with clouds;”

Revelation 1:7 “And every eye shall see Him,”

Revelation 1:7 “And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.”

Jude 14 “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints,”

Psalm 93:1 “The LORD reigneth, He is clothed with majesty.”

II Timothy 4:1 “The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom;”

Zechariah 12:10 “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced.”

I Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Revelation 22:7 “Behold, I come quickly.”

Psalm 99:6, 9 “With trumpets, and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. For He cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall He judge the world, and the people with equity.”

I Thessalonians 3:13 “At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”

Revelation 5:6 “A Lamb as it had been slain.”

Revelation 16:20 “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

Isaiah 66:5 “Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

I Corinthians 15:52 “At the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised.”

I Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come.”

Psalm 50:3 “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:”

Revelation 11:15 “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.”

Matthew 24:30-31 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

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3 Responses to Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

  1. debbieculver says:

    This was wonderful!! I enjoyed it very much!

    Blessings, Deb

    Sent from my iPhone 6 Plus

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