Scripture Verse

The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Pe­ter P. Bil­horn, Hymns of the Se­cond Com­ing of Our Lord Je­sus Christ (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Bil­horn Bro­thers, 1911), num­ber 10 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Peter P. Bilhorn
1865–1936

Lyrics

Lyrics

There’s a precious promise in His holy word:
The Lord is coming by and by;
’Tis the sweetest promise mortal ever heard:
The Lord is coming by and by.

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O, the Lord is coming by and by,
O, the Lord is coming by and by;
When the saints who sleep shall rise,
We shall meet Him in the skies,
O, the Lord is coming by and by

Oh, the dawning of that day is drawing near,
The Lord is coming by and by;
And the King in glo­ry will in pow’r appear,
The Lord is coming by and by.

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We shall hear the shout of triumph in the air,
The Lord is coming by and by;
And the sons of God will in His glo­ry share,
The Lord is coming by and by.

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And the dead in Christ shall then be called to life,
The Lord is coming by and by;
We shall all be changed, be free from sin and strife,
The Lord is coming by and by.

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