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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: His Return
By Valora Otis


The clouds of the
Heavens tremble,
bowing to eternal
power and glory.
The power surges
down, toward
the earth below.

The Son of man
gathers His elect
from the Four
Winds of Heaven.

Angels, trumpet the arrival
with a globe ringing blast
of pure triumph
from the east,
the terrible day
is at hand.

Ahead, amidst confusion,
the doubting ways
of man
are set aside.

The terrible day
is at hand.
The truth of His grace
is here to set mankind free!

More than a man
He has come at last,
His eternal glory
blinding and pure.

Angels regale His
return to the
children of earth,
trumpeting His
long awaited arrival.

Earth suffers
the great alarm.
Contempt and persecution
has fled the hearts
of all humanity.

The dictates of
the natural man
melt away,
in the span
of a single breath.

All is replaced with
horror for the wicked
and sublime joy
for the righteous.

Terrors of
great-maligned sins
overwhelm the evil ones.
The reverberations
of weeping and wailing
of the wicked and afraid
make the very air quiver.

Some claw
at their eyes as
enlightening light
bathes the earth
with its glory.

The sifting has begun.
The tares ripped
from amongst the wheat.
Too late for the wicked,
the last relics of hope
withered, spiraling to dust.

They are lost forever.
Swallowed up by
the dank, murky pit
where their souls
once found shelter.

roils the earth
while humanity
clings to prayer.

Notable cities collapse
and lay in ruin,
many have burned
left desolate, gone.

No light, no fire,
no glimmer of hope

Howling of those creatures
proves both great
and terrible,
tearing at the hearts
of those who pray aloud.

With shattered hearts,
some simply weep
at the sound of
our earthly brethren.

Those who have chosen
to follow Him
are filled with
great anticipation,
basking in the joy
of His second coming.

You see,
the great and dreadful
day of the Lord
is finally at hand
and we embrace it.

He comes as a Lion
though yet as a Lamb.
The Great Spirit
has returned again.
My native family
weeps in relief.

Our joy is
perfect and sublime.
bowing in humble
adoration and love,
the children of God
lift our eyes and
gaze upon His glory.

He was the One
on the cross,
who took away
humanity’s burdens gladly.

Destroying our sins,
giving all eternal life,
He kept his promise
and returned for us!

The Savior has returned,
a covenant fulfilled
to the multitudes
of faithful beloved followers.

Every righteous voice
sings the only
words to describe
how full our
hearts are filled…

Hosannah! Hosannah!
Hosannah to His name!
The Great Prophesy
is fulfilled.
He shall rein
forever and ever

St. Matthew 24:30-31 KJV
Luke 21:27 KJV

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Ann FitzHenry07/13/06
I was there! I could see the scene around me. What a lovely testimony. It was almost like a prayer. Writing about his second coming is certainly "Great," I'd say! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Amy Michelle Wiley 07/13/06
Beautiful! This turned out well. :-)
terri tiffany07/13/06
Wow! This was terrific! I really could feel it building and loved how it did! Great job!!
Edy T Johnson 07/14/06
This free verse certainly shows the world focused as nothing else could do, other than this "Day of the Lord" event. Fear, no make that terror, vs. heart-bursting joy depends on the individual's relationship with our Savior. This gives a reader a lot to think about. Thank you for your diligent study and writing.
david grant07/15/06
Excellent in word and deed! Great message! Great poetry.
Rita Garcia07/17/06
Our joy is
perfect and sublime.
bowing in humble
adoration and love,
the children of God
lift our eyes and
gaze upon His glory.

My favorite!

Brenda Craig07/17/06
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

The clouds of the
Heavens tremble,
bowing to eternal
power and glory.
The power surges
down, toward
the earth below

We are waiting and longing.

Great job!
Jan Ackerson 07/17/06
Everyone should read this--so they can be ready...well done!
Donna Haug07/17/06
Reading of the terrors awaiting those who are not ready - I was really looking forward to what I hoped would be the joy and hope of the redeemed. You didn't let me down.
william price07/17/06
It's writers like you who keep me from even attempting poetry. Excellent job. God Bless!
Helen Paynter07/18/06
Amen, come Lord Jesus.
A good poem, although for me the short lines were ditracting, and I'd have preferred them longer. But just my taste (and I'm obviously in the minority). Good job.
Val Clark07/19/06
Extremely visual poem! Well executed. Many, many notable images. Well done. Yeggy
A truly majestic poem! Well done. God bless, Miriam.
T. F. Chezum07/19/06
Excellent job. Great message.
Laurie Glass 07/20/06
Great word choice here - you bring the reader right in. Well done.
George Parler 07/20/06
Wonderful and a joy to read. Nice job.