Scripture Verse

Learn a parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Matthew 24:32–33

Introduction

Words & Mu­sic: Ro­bert E. Win­sett, Gos­pel Song Mes­sen­ger (East Chat­ta­noo­ga, Ten­nes­see: 1914) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert E. Winsett
1876–1952

Lyrics

We’re looking for His coming,
In the clouds of heaven,
Coming back to earth to catch away His own;
Then may we all be ready,
When midnight cry is given,
To go and reign with Christ on His throne.

Refrain

Gladly may we herald the message
Of His blessèd appearing,
Soon He’s coming in glory, tell to one and all;
Then awake, ye saints of the Lord,
Why slumber when the end is nearing,
But get ready for the final call.

We’re longing for the glory
That awaits the faithful,
Who shall overcome, and ev’ry conflict win;
Press ever bravely onward,
The prize is life eternal
To all who win the fight over sin.

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We’re praying for the advent
Of our blessèd Savior,
Who has promised life to all who trust His grace;
His coming now is pending,
The message being given,
And soon we’ll see our Lord face to face.

Refrain

We see the signs appearing
Of His blessèd coming,
Lo, behold the fig leaves now becoming green;
The Gospel of His kingdom
Has gone to every nation;
That we are near the end can be seen.

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