The Battle Hymn of The Republic
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
My Eyes Have Seen The Glory Of The Coming Of The Lord
"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)
As I was researching material for a new article to post I came across different images of the “Battle Hymn of The Republic” and in those pictures was a picture of President Obama and when you follow the link it is all about him. It just about proclaimed him God. What a shame to not really know the true meaning of that song. Throughout the history of the United States no man did it all and whatever man did, it was by the Grace of God. From the very beginning of this country to the present we exist by the Grace of God and not by no man’s hand or doing. I’m sorry to say for some of you that read this, it also includes Obama.
I remember when I was growing up hearing the song “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the words to that song always stuck with me during all the years of my life, but I did not have a complete understanding what the words were referring to until the later years of my life. The song was written during the United States Civil War, but most of the words have nothing to do with the battles that were happening during that time. Since I become a Christian I have become to know the meaning of those precious words in that song. The words that always will bring a tear to my eye and a feeling of His Almighty Presence. Seeing the coming of the Lord is also a prophetic and a visionary reference to the New Testament, which says that when Jesus returns in glory all eyes, yours and mine, everybody will see Him. I think that means, to me, that it will be somewhat spectacular, breathtaking, and amazing. All true believers are always waiting and watching for the coming of our Lord.
The next verse says, "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored," The reference is actually another reference to the second coming of Jesus in judgment: So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. (Revelation 14:19) The third verse says, "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword." Once again, the mention and quotation is to the Bible's book of Revelation. Lightning is mentioned twice in Revelation, associated with God's wrath and judgment. Likewise, "His terrible swift sword" is a reference to the Lord's judgment using a two-edged sword. The Old Testament also mentions the Lord's judgment using a sword.
The truth is an important part of Christianity. In fact, the truth is so important that Jesus described himself as being the truth: Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6) The Lord is the source of all truth and we must never forget that. "His truth is marching on" is symbolic and emblematic of the preaching of the gospel of truth (Galatians 2:5, 14, Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:5). We must, as Christians hold our banner high and march on to Zion.
As you read each and every stanza to the song you will see and if you are like me you will feel the very presents of the Lord. Such a beautiful song. I am honored to be called a Christian and an American. God bless America as “His truth marches on!
The Battle Hymn of The Republic