Blogmas Day 10: “Soon and Very Soon”

Oh yeah, eschatology!

Day 10’s hymn is “Soon and Very Soon” by Andrae Crouch, which is a little modern to be considered a hymn hymn, but it has been around for so long and for so many generations that it’s kind of a pseudo-hymn. It was copyrighted by ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1976. These are the lyrics:

1 Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
we’re goin’ to see the King!

2 No more cryin’ there we are goin’ to see the King,
No more cryin’ there we are goin’ to see the King,
No more cryin’ there we are goin’ to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
we’re goin’ to see the King!

3 No more dying there we are goin’ to see the King,
No more dying there we are goin’ to see the King,
No more dying there we are goin’ to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
we’re goin’ to see the King!

4 Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
we’re are goin’ to see the King!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.


I referred to something called eschatology earlier. Eschatology is literally “the study of last things” or “the study of the end.” It refers to the apocalyptic end of days.

What is a discussion of eschatology doing in a blog post about Advent? Well, this is all part of the second coming of Christ. When Jesus Christ was born, His birth fulfilled prophecies of a coming divine King and Savior. However, there wasn’t much He could do as a child until it was time for His ministry to begin. Many of the prophecies about rebuilding a more peaceful and righteous world will be fully fulfilled when Jesus returns the second time.

Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King.

We don’t know when this Second Coming is going to take place. We just know that Jesus promised that He will return. The only person who knows when is God the Father, not even Jesus, so we live and look forward to that time as if it could happen during our lifetime. (Matt. 24:36, Mk. 13:32, NRSV)

No more cryin’ there (No more dyin’ there) we are goin’ to see the King.

Isaiah 25:8 states: “he will swallow up death forever. Then the LORD God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” (NRSV)

Death, grief, mourning, and sadness are the byproducts of a broken world. When Jesus comes to renew the world, there will be no more death or tears from mourning. Instead, there will be a celebration, maybe that of the wedding feast that symbolizes the reconciliation of God to humanity (Rev. 19:7-9).

wedding reception

 

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