Friday, August 8, 2014

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

I recently made arrangements for are Brass instrument group from a familiar old tune. The tune has broader meaning, being used by Germany as their national anthem.

Psa 87:3  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.

Isa 33:20  Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isa 33:21  But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
Isa 33:22  For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken was a hymn written by John Newton, with the music of Haydn's "Austria". This was said to be Newton's most joyful hymn. He also wrote "Amazing Grace" to the music of the slaves on the ships as they were being transported to America under chain in miserable conditions.
It is ironic that Newton's hymn about Zion, the city of God. Or Jerusalem, which was so associated with the Hebrews; was the music to be used for the German national anthem. I suppose replacement theology, replacing the church for the promises to Israel, and Darwin's natural selection, or survival of the fittest, twisted the thinking of Adolf Hitler who wanted Germany to be the place of the 1000 year reign. Hitler was an antichrist, wanted to make a "master" race while also destroying the Jews. By his policies 6 million Hebrews were killed. Another antichrist will come who will set himself up as king of Zion in the rebuilt temple at Jerusalem. He will rule the New World Order, that the world is so determined to bring about. This new world order at most will last seven years, the final week of Daniel's 70 week prophecy. Then comes the Day of the Lord and the Millennial Kingdom in Zion with our Lord Jesus Christ bringing peace to this troubled world. May all the nations adore the King of kings.

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