The Peaceable Kingdom :: by Alice Childs

How I long for that Peaceable Kingdom
Where the wolf shall lie down with the lamb
Where the evil and fighting has ended
And the earth is renewed once again

To be freed from the evil and bloodshed
Of a world that was cursed by the Fall
When God will recreate Eden
And the Lord reign as King over all

Where the babies and children are treasured
Where their laughter is heard in the streets
Where each living creature is safe and secure
Every bird and each gentle beast

Where all people dwell safely together
And no fear mars any home
With immortals and mortals together
As King Jesus reigns from His throne.

From Jerusalem’s bright holy mountain
To the farthest reach of the earth
The Lord will rule just and holy
And all living things will have worth.

For one thousand years in this Kingdom
Where peace will at last have arrived
All mankind can breathe deeply of freedom
From hatred and sin and all lies.

Oh, how my heart so longs to be there!
United with family and friends
To be joyfully bonded together
In fellowship never to end!

But for now there’s a world growing darker
With a terrible time just ahead
For those who will not make the rapture
Will be left here to suffer instead.

But no one has to remain here!
All who choose to can go in the air
When Jesus steps out of His Heaven
And calls for His bride to appear.

The door of grace is yet open
And all who are willing can go
For those who believe on the Savior
The rapture of Glory will know.

Oh, that glorious kingdom is coming
After horror and torment and pain
When Jesus returns in His triumph
To establish His thousand-year reign.

How I long for the rapture to happen
How I long for those last 7 years
Not for the bloodshed that’s coming
But to bring to an end all the tears

All the heartache and horror and evil
To be cleansed from a sin-ravaged earth
To see joy and hope returning
To a world that has had a new birth.

And yes, there is great trouble coming
God’s terrible judgment draws near
But all things are restored as brand new
When that Peaceable Kingdom is here.

And the babies and children will play there
With the animals all great and small
Each protected and loved and treasured
As King Jesus rules over all.