1. Come all people and draw near, seek that which is better;
Hear the gospel plan most clear, in God’s final letter.
    Clearest explanation, brightest lumination,
    No dissimulation, book of Revelation!

2. Tho’ men say it can’t be known, God pronounc’d a blessing;
On the wise who will be shown, these the book’s addressing.
    Richest inspiration, godly exhalation,
    Heav’nly derivation, book of Revelation!

3. See the church shine in earth’s night — Jesus’ garments fitting;
Nations view the perfect sight, then the Judgment sitting.
    Fullness of salvation, gospel to each nation,
    End of mediation, book of Revelation!

4. Final battle looms in sight, right and wrong contrasting;
Haters of God’s Law unite: persecution, fasting.
    Church’s tribulation, Babel’s devastation,
    God’s glorification, book of Revelation!


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This song was written as a protest to the common view that the last book of the New Testament, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, is too hard to understand. On the contrary, the very title signifies that it is “revealed” and not hidden. It is a revelation of Jesus Christ, and therefore is simply the gospel, by which “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” Romans 1:17.

The book of Revelation reveals Jesus Christ as Saviour, not in His life on earth, but:

  1. In His actings and ministry in heaven,
  2. In His working for the church on earth, to save and perfect her,
  3. In His working through His church to proclaim His coming kingdom, that all who would be a part of that kingdom can make themselves ready,
  4. In His working through His church to reveal His character and ways in contrast to the revelation of Satan’s character and ways through false religion.

The work which He started on earth in His own person, He will complete through the people of His saints on earth. This work is to reveal His Father’s character of love, truth, and righteousness, in contrast to the misrepresentations, lies, and unrighteousness of the enemy of souls. The serpent’s head (see Genesis 3:15) was bruised by Christ when He died upon the cross, but it will be bruised again through His church (see Romans 16:20). This is her high privilege and destiny.

For a bit more depth on this theme, please read “The Gospel in the Book of Revelation“.


Alternate Version

This song was originally matched to a tune from the old Protestant hymn collection, Piae Cantiones (1582) which was published in Finland, and was an unusually diverse collection of medieval melodies. The original song was called “Ecce, nouvum gaudium”. Some thought the tune sounded too ancient, others liked it. So I include that version here also, you may decide!


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