For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1Th 4:16 NIV)
We’re going to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s the voice of him, that rules over heaven and earth. Presently nobody hears this voice. The voice of the archangel will join him as well as the trumpet call of God. Nobody will miss that assembly call. I am sure you’ll agree – even if we can’t really imagine how it will be. It passes all human understanding. We’ll have to let it stand like that even if we too will have to wait for that day to really know, how it will be. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ grant to your people that we will learn to follow you while it is still day and as the evening draws near we will rejoice in the prospect of seeing you face to face for you are the light, power, life and peace of your people and we praise you now and in eternity. Amen. (H.Bezzel)
The day is surely drawing near When Jesus, God’s anointed, In all his power shall appear As judge whom God appointed. Then fright shall banish idle mirth, And hungry flames shall ravage earth As Scripture long has warned us.
The final trumpet then shall sound And all the earth be shaken, And all who rest beneath the ground Shall from their sleep awaken. But all who live will in that hour, By God’s almighty, boundless power, Be changed at his commanding.
May Christ our intercessor be And through his blood and merit Read from his book that we are free With all who life inherit. Then we shall see him face to face, With all his saints in that blest place Which he has purchased for us.
O Jesus Christ, do not delay, But hasten our salvation; We often tremble on our way In fear and tribulation. Oh, hear and grant our fervent plea; Come, mighty judge, and set us free From death and every evil. (Bartholomäus Ringwaldt, 1530-1599)
This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Wednesday after the twenty fifth Sunday after the high holiday of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 393 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.