Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:7-8 ESV)
Hymn ELH 544:1,2 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
“Wake, awake, for night is flying,”
The watchmen on the heights are crying,
“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”
It is midnight, we are weary,
With voices strong they call us clearly:
“Where are you now, O virgins wise?
The Bridegroom comes, awake!
Arise! Your lamps now take!
With bridal care yourselves prepare
To feast with Him, your Groom most fair.”
Zion hears the watchword sounding,
With bridal joy her heart is bounding,
She wakes, and breaks the spell of sleep.
For her Lord comes forth in splendor,
All rich in grace, truth’s strong Defender!
Her Star grows bright mid darkness deep.
Now come, O precious Crown,
Lord Jesus, God’s own Son.
We enter all, the marriage hall,
To eat the Supper at Your call.
Jesus, my Savior, You are coming soon as the King of Kings. Forgive me my sins and, through Your Word, prepare my heart to receive You with joy when You return for me. Amen.