IMMORTAL, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;Thy justice like mountains high soaring above,Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.3 To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,and wither and perish – but nought changeth Thee.4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;all praise we would render; O help us to see’tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.
Daniel 7:9-14As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
LO! He comes with clouds descending,Once for favoured sinners slain;Thousand thousand saints attendingSwell the triumph of His train:Hallelujah!God appears on earth to reign.2 Every eye shall now behold HimRobed 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.3 Those dear tokens of his passion,Still his dazzling body bears;Cause of endless exultation,To his ransomed worshippers;With what raptureGaze we on those glorious scars!4 Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,High on Thine eternal throne!Saviour, take the power and glory;Claim the kingdom for Thine own:Hallelujah!Thou shalt reign and and thou alone!
Acts 1:1-11In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
REJOICING in hopewe wait for our King:His coming is sure,His conquest we sing.His hour of returningdraws daily more near;with hearts hushed and burningwe see Him appear.2 He comes with a shout,and music’s glad sound,the ransomed of earthencircling Him round.The dead and the livingshall meet in the air,in deathless thanksgivingHis glories declare.3 Redeemed by His blood,renewed by His grace,we long to adoreour Lord face to face:our eyes shall behold Himin light unsurpassed;our love shall enfold Himin worship at last.4 Our King shall arise,His purpose complete,and cast His last foefar under His feet;His total creation,released from sin’s pain,in perfect salvationshall share in His reign.5 And so we endurethe wounds of the way,rejoicing in hopeof Christ’s crowning day.With angels in wonderHis triumph we’ll sing,in praises like thunderhail Jesus our King!
THE King shall come, when morning dawnsand light triumphant breaks;when beauty gilds the eastern hillsand life to joy awakes.2 He who was born a little childto suffer and to dieshall come with glory, like the sunthat lights the morning sky.3 Far brighter than the rising mornwhen He, victorious, roseand left the lonesome place of deathdespite the rage of foes.4 Far brighter than the glorious mornshall this fair morning be,when Christ our King in beauty comes,and we His face shall see!5 The King shall come, when morning dawns,and light and beauty brings.‘Hail, Christ the Lord!’ Your people pray,‘Come quickly, King of kings.’
NOW to the Lord that makes us knowthe wonders of His dying love,be humble honours paid below,and strains of nobler praise above.2 For He has cleansed our foulest sins,and washed us in His richest blood;and He has made us priests and kings,and brought us rebels near to God.3 To Jesus, our atoning Priest,to Jesus, our superior King,be everlasting power confessed,and every tongue His glory sing.4 Behold! on flying clouds He comes,and all earth’s nations then shall seethe glorious face of Him from whomboth heaven and earth away shall flee.5 The unbelieving world shall wail,while we rejoice to see the day;come, Lord, nor let Your promise fail,nor let Your chariots long delay!