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Because of Christ, we will not only stand on the Last Day, but we will lift up our heads in excitement too.

BibleGateway: Luke 21:25-36

ESV Text: Luke 21:25-36

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:57 and ends at about 4:34

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25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

     29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 73:
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

— Organ Audio

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1. Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! 
Behold, the King of Glory waits; 
The King of kings is drawing near, 
The Savior of the world is here. 
Life and salvation He doth bring, 
Wherefore rejoice and gladly sing: 
We praise Thee, Father, now, 
Creator, wise art Thou! 

2. A Helper just He comes to thee, 
His chariot is humility, 
His kingly crown is holiness, 
His scepter, pity in distress, 
The end of all our woe He brings; 
Wherefore the earth is glad and sings: 
We praise Thee, Savior, now, 
Mighty in deed art Thou! 

3. O blest the land, the city blest, 
Where Christ the Ruler is confessed! 
O happy hearts and happy homes 
To whom this King in triumph comes! 
The cloudless Sun of joy He is, 
Who bringeth pure delight and bliss. 
We praise Thee, Spirit, now, 
Our Comforter art Thou! 

4. Fling wide the portals of your heart; 
Make it a temple set apart 
From earthly use for Heaven’s employ, 
Adorned with prayer and love and joy. 
So shall your Sovereign enter in 
And new and nobler life begin. 
To Thee, O God, be praise 
For word and deed and grace! 

5. Redeemer, come! I open wide 
My heart to Thee; here, Lord, abide! 
Let me Thy inner presence feel, 
Thy grace and love in me reveal; 
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on 
Until our glorious goal is won. 
Eternal praise and fame 
We offer to Thy name.