Day of Judgment, Day of Wonders

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This hymn was originally by John Newton in 1774 and appeared in his famous work "Olney Hymns." We're posting it here because we have set this to the very fitting tune of the hymn "Stricken, Smitten" and have made some lyric and meter changes to fit the tune, as well as updating and clarifying some of the phrasing. It is a powerful hymn about judgment day, the day when the Lord Jesus has promised to return to judge the world according to their deeds (Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:12-13). As we soberly sing about the coming judgment, we seek not only to warn unbelievers of their impending fate and urge them to turn back to the Lord, but also to celebrate the amazing truth that believers have been rescued from judgment and can look forward to hearing the Lord's loving greeting as he welcomes us into His kingdom. The phrase "Stranger, from my face depart" is taken from Matthew 7:22.


             (Show Original Wordings)
Verse 1:
Day of judgment, day of wonders,
Hear the trumpet's awful sound;
Louder than ten thousand thunders,
Shakes the vast creation round!
At His call the dead shall waken,
And shall rise from earth and sea;
All creation will be shaken,
Sinners from His wrath shall flee.

Verse 2:
See the Judge our nature wearing,
Clothed in majesty divine!
Those who long for His appearing
Then shall say, "This God is mine!"
But the ones who have neglected
Christ, the Son of God and man,
Shall cry out, yet be rejected,
"Hide us from the mighty Lamb!"

Verse 3:
Horrors past imagination
Will surprise the sinner's heart
When he hears the condemnation,
"Stranger, from My face depart!"
But to those who have received Him,
Loved and served the Lord below,
He will say, "Come near, my children,
See the kingdom I bestow."

Lyrics by John Newton (1725-1807)
Updated and additional lyrics by David L. Ward, © 2010
Tune: WO IST JESUS from Geistliches Volkslied, 1850 (this arr. David Ward)


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What powerful words -- thank you
» Kim Carmichael on December 2nd, 2010

This is fabulous! is there a pdf to follow?
» Victoria Crain on December 6th, 2010

You can find music for this tune in most hymnals under the hymn "Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted." I did, however, put the lyrics into a lead sheet I had for Stricken, Smitten with some alternate chords that you might find helpful, especially for guitarists.
» David Ward on December 7th, 2010

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[...] responded with the hymn, Day of Judgement, Day of Wonders (John Newton), then concluded with The Battle Belongs to the Lord. Share [...]
We all love to sing Amazing Grace. Even the pagans love this song, and they use the tune when it suits them.

The same man who wrote Amazing Grace also wrote penned the hymn below.

It will be hard to find a church to sing on Sunday morning … even if you told the worship pastor that you have a John Newton song in mind.

Modern Evangelicals don’t sing songs about the coming judgment any longer.
» Nicholas Voss on August 13th, 2014
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