Sunday, November 6, 2011

What Then?

When the great plants of our cities
Have turned out their last finished work.
When the merchants have sold their last yard of silk,
And dismissed their last tired clerk,
When the banks have ranked in their last dollar,
and payed their last dividend.
And the Judge of earth says, "Close for the night,"
And asks for a balance ----- WHAT THEN?

When the people have heard their last sermon,
And the preacher has made his last prayer
When the choir has sung its last prayer
And the sound has died out of the air
When the Bible lies closed on the alter
And the pews are empty of men
And each one stands facing his record
and the GREAT BOOK is open --- WHAT THEN?

When the actor has played his last drama
And the mimic has made his last fun
When the film (and TV) has flashed its last picture
And the billboard displays its last run
When the crowds seeking pleasure have vanished
And gone into darkness again
And the trumpet of ages is sounded
And we stand before Him ------  WHAT THEN?

When the bugle's call sinks into silence
And the long marching columns stand still
When the captain has given his last orders
And they have captured the last fort and hill
When the flag has been hauled from the masthead
And the wounded afield check in
And a world that's rejected its Saviour
Is asked for a reason ---------- WHAT THEN?


When life, friend, has run to a finish
And the the last thing you can do is done
When your work here on earth has ended
and eternity has begun
As you think of how long God has pleaded
Of how Christ bore your sins on the tree
And your soul stands there naked before Him
And the Father denies you ----    WHAT THEN?


WHAT THEN  ------  The Bible Says:


"It is appointed to man once to die, but AFTER THIS the judgement."
"He that believeth on Him is not condemned : but he that believeth 
not is condemned already"

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