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John was floored by heaven’s glories.

BibleGateway: Revelation 1:10-18

ESV Text: Revelation 1:10-18

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:42 and ends at about 3:16

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10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 619:
Jerusalem, Thou City, Fair and High

— Organ Audio

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1. Jerusalem, thou city fair and high, 
Would God I were in thee! 
My longing heart fain, fain to thee would fly, 
It will not stay with me. 
Far over vale and mountain, 
Far over field and plain, 
It hastes to seek its Fountain 
And leave this world of pain. 

2. O happy day and yet far happier hour, 
When wilt thou come at last, 
When fearless to my Father’s love and pow’r, 
Whose promise standeth fast, 
My soul I gladly render? 
For surely will His hand 
Lead her with guidance tender 
To heav’n, her fatherland. 

3. A moment’s space, and gently, wondrously, 
Released from earthly ties, 
Elijah’s chariot bears her up to thee, 
Thro’ all these lower skies 
To yonder shining regions, 
While down to meet her come 
The blessed angel legions 
And bid her welcome home. 

4. O Zion, hail! Bright city, now unfold 
The gates of grace to me. 
How many a time I longed for thee of old 
Ere yet I was set free 
From yon dark life of sadness, 
Yon world of shadowy naught, 
And God had given the gladness, 
The heritage, I sought. 

5. What glorious throng and what resplendent host 
Comes sweeping swiftly down? 
The chosen ones on earth who wrought the most, 
The Church’s brightest crown, 
Our Lord hath set to meet me, 
As in the far-off years 
Their words oft came to greet me 
In yonder land of tears. 

6. The partiarchs’ and prophets’ noble train, 
With all Christ’s followers true, 
Who bore the cross and could the worst disdain 
That tyrants dared to do, 
I see them shine forever, 
All-glorious as the sun, 
Mid light that fadeth never, 
Their perfect freedom won. 

7. And when within that lovely Paradise 
At last I safely dwell, 
What songs of bliss shall from my lips arise, 
What joy my tongue shall tell, 
While all the saints are singing 
Hosannas o’er and o’er, 
Pure hallelujahs ringing 
Around me evermore! 

8. Unnumbered choirs before the shining throne 
Their joyful anthems raise 
Till heaven’s glad halls are echoing with the tone 
Of that great hymn of praise 
And all its host rejoices, 
And all its blessed throng 
Unite their myriad voices 
In one eternal song.