Seeing the King.

That soul-thrilling promise in Isaiah 33:17—“Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty”—is nearing its fulfilment. The deepest longings of the ransomed ones will be fully met when at last their eyes see the King. We have waited long for that day, and often the heart-cry has been, “Make haste, my Beloved!” Blessed moment, when we shall rise to meet Him “in the air,” and in the “twinkling of an eye…changed,” and that wonderful Scripture fulfilled, viz., “Whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). Then shall be seen myriads of ransomed ones, all bearing the very image of Christ.

The King shall be seen in His beauty. “The Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief,” will be seen no more as such. The sorrows of Calvary are over for ever, and that visage “once so marred more than any man “is marred no longer, but resplendent in beauty. He will be “altogether lovely” when we see Him as the “Chiefest among ten thousand” (S. of S. 5:10, 16). And what a thought that this glorious Being should have experienced the terrors of Jehovah on the Cross, forsaken of God, and despised and rejected of men. Surely we shall worship and adore Him when in brightest glory we behold Him!

How fully assured then shall we be, that Satan is definitely bruised under our feet (Rom. 16:20), together with all the powers of darkness. How we shall shout, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55). Who can conceive the mighty triumph of that hour!

When we see Him in His beauty, we shall be for ever with Him (1 Thess. 4:17). Ten thousand years in His blessed presence will not bring us any nearer an end; for death will have been abolished, and the wonderful vista of age after age, in endless succession, will meet our enraptured eyes!