Although I’m a mountain boy from the hills of Eastern Kentucky, few people on earth enjoy the sea shore more than I do. I delight in the occasional opportunities I get to spend a few days on the shore. On one such an occasion, I was high above the surf on a condo balcony in Destin, Florida. I was mesmerized by an approaching storm.
A strong wind was driving powerful waves on shore. The rumble of thunder and the roar of breaking waves filled the air. Menacing dark clouds rushed toward me. Seemingly out of nowhere, the words of a song erupted in my heart:
Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, (it’s) the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes.
I had heard the words from Robin Mark’s “Days of Elijah” in student gatherings at Asbury University where I taught. Now, as if God wanted to graphically illustrate the words, I was watching a powerful storm approach.
In an article by Robin Mark titled ‘The Story Behind Days of Elijah’, he provided the following explanation: “The chorus is the ultimate declaration of hope – Christ’s return. It is paraphrased from the books of Revelation and Daniel and the vision that was seen of the coming King and refers to the return of Christ and the year of Jubilee. Theologians and Bible commentators believe that Israel never properly celebrated this particular 50th year jubilee, and that it will only be properly celebrated when Christ returns. That might be true, but I reckon that a Jubilee is an apt description of what happens when Christ comes into anyone’s life at any time; debts are cancelled and a captive is set free.”
I vividly recall my personal day of ‘Jubilee’. Although it has been six decades ago, it still remains the signal event in my life! I thank God that from time to time, like this day, He sends an explosion of joy – an Elijah kind of day. My heart trembles with anticipation as I look forward to the ultimate Day of Jubilee.
A Promise: Behold He comes, riding on the clouds!
“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11, NIV)
~ Brother Roy