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And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING of KINGS, and LORD of LORDS.
-Revelation 19:16


T'was The Night Before (Jesus came)
         Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
         Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
         Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
         In hopes that Jesus would not soon come there.

         The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
         Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
         And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
         Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

         When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
         I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
         Away to the window I flew like a flash
         Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

         When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
         But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
         With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
         I knew in a moment this must be The Day!

         The light of His face made me cover my head
         It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
         And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth
         I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

         In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
         Was written the name of every saved man.
         He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
         When He said, "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

         The people whose names had been written with love
         He gathered to take to His Father above.
         With those who were ready He rose without a sound
         While all the rest were left standing around.

         I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
         I had waited too long and this sealed my fate.
         I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
         Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

         In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
         The coming of Jesus is soon drawing near.
         There's only one life and when comes the last call
         We'll find that the Bible was true after all!
 
                        -Author Unknown