The Seven Angels1. Time now is closing, Jesus will come;
    Signs are fulfilling, earth’s pillars groan:
Hark! Hear the trumpet, calling come home—
    See earth reeling to her final doom.

2. See slumb’ring millions rise from the earth;
    Christ calls His people from south, from north.
Come home, my people, time is no more,
    Open wide the everlasting doors.

3. Hast’ning to see Thee, my soul would rise
    To meet my Saviour in yonder skies;
With all the ransom’d who’ve gone before,
    I shall hail Thee on that peaceful shore.

4. O, there’ll be glory, joy, peace and love,
    Nothing to harm in heaven above:
Let us be faithful, and we’ll be blest,
    When He calls us to eternal rest.


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Here is another hymn-text from “Hymns for Second Advent Believers”. Since this songbook had no written music, only texts, I have composed a tune to match it.

The theme of this song is particularly the resurrection of the just, at the return of Jesus. The saints who are sleeping in their graves are waiting for us to do our work as they did theirs.

God’s last generation are called the “first fruits” in the book of Revelation.

In the Old Testament temple laws, the first fruits of a harvest had to be offered before the Lord, before the harvest could be gathered (Leviticus 23:10-14).

So it is in the reality: the final sheaf of ripened grain (a perfected church) must be offered before the Lord. When that offering is given, then the harvest of the righteous (or resurrection) will take place.

There is an important reason why this must be so, but for more details on this important truth, I direct you to read the book “The Seven Angels” by F.T. Wright.

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