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THEOCRACY LYRICS

Theocracy

"Theocracy" (2003)

1. Prelude
2. Ichthus
3. The Serpent's Kiss
4. Mountain
5. Theocracy
6. The Healing Hand
7. Sinner
8. New Jerusalem
9. The Victory Dance
10. Twist of Fate







1. Prelude




2. Ichthus

The price upon my head is death
They've pushed us underground
For all who dare to speak the name
The Iron Fist comes down
Face the test, put to death if discovered
It's the price we pay
Lord, bless my brothers with courage, I pray

(Enemies castigate
But darkness doth illuminate
Irony: the blood we bleed
Every drop this fire feeds
Into forever...)
Lines of faith drawn in the sand, completed by another
Stranger, show me where you stand
and if you are my brother
One part by me, one by you

Centuries fly
But the flame is still alive
They may hide it but it will never die
Carved in the wall
See the two halves of the sign
Through the ages His glory will arise
For all time

Forced into the catcombs
Unite to praise the King of Kings
They fear a revolution
And the power that He brings
Heaven's sons stand as one, as beievers
In the Blood of Christ
Even in death we have true life

(Enemies castigate
But darkness doth illuminate
Irony: the blood we bleed
Every drop this fire feeds
Into forever...)
Lines of faith carved in the wall
a sign of peace abided
Stare into the eyes of death
clothed in the graced provided
This will live on without me

Centuries fly
But the flame is still alive
They may hide it but it will never die
Carved in the wall
See the two halves of the sign
Through the ages His glory will arise
For all time

This will live on without me

Centuries fly
But the flame is still alive
They may hide it but it will never die
Carved in the wall
See the two halves of the sign
Through the ages His glory will arise
For all time




3. The Serpent's Kiss

Born into the darkness
Thrown into the viper's den
The serpent in the cradle
takes the child into its nest of sin
Slowly suffocating
The souls of victims it has found
Into the vicious cycle,
on the path that only leads us down

Rate-race-fuled machinery
This system of curruption
Have we become so cold and numb
we're blind to its destruction?
We're forging in the fires of greed
Our idols made of gold
Then bowing down before them
with corrupt, adulterous souls
Opened eyes...
Realize...

What we have done
What we have seen
What has become of our lives
Corrupted our dreams
What we have lost
And what remains
Paralyzed by the venom that runs through our veins
There's got to be much more to life than this
The world's caress is just the serpent's kiss

The demons veiled as angels
The darkness as the Light
The poison seems so harmless as we drink of it tonight
We reap the harvest we have sown
Empowering our enemies
We dress the wolves as sheep
and then forget their true identities
Forgive me...
Now I see...

What we have done
What we have seen
What has become of our lives
Corrupted our dreams
What we have lost
And what remains
Paralyzed by the venom that runs through our veins
There's got to be much more to life than this
The world's caress is just the serpent's kiss

-instrumental section-

Father, bring us back to You
We're lost sheep, afraid, confused
Tangled in the snares that grow
along this road of pain we choose
And though we've wandered far away
We've turned around and lost our way
Though we are the prodigal
with open arms for us You still await

All we are is laid to waste
Alll we've seen crumbles in haste
Everything under the sun is vanity put in its place
You have seen this all before
We are nothing, nothing more
We're the ones who betray you,
yet we're the ones whom You adore

I stand before You as a child
By this world I've been defiled
Stained and poisoned, burned and beaten,
bruised and wounded, sick and vile
With hands reaching out to You, I run
Realizing what I've done
You take me in your arms, a reunited Father and son....

And all illusion ceases to exist
The world's caress is just the serpent's kiss




4. Mountain

I'm searching to find what's beyond each horizon
To the end of one world and on to a new on
(Always chasing golden sunsets)
I'm struggling out to the depths of the valley
And my weary legs have failed me once again
(So I give my broken soul to You)

And in my weakness is Your strength realized
Consume me in the fire of Your glory once again
and help me rise

Rise, taking flight
To the zenith of life
Rise to the top of the mountain with You
The world disappears
Into the valley below me
As I'm lost in the glory of you

Step by step the climb gets harder
My being seakens as I struggle farther and farther
(Flesh is weakness, darkness, sickness)
My dreams are shattered, my ambitions crumbled
My will defeated, my spirit humbled
(I am hopeless, helpless without you)

And I must decrease so that You may increase
And when i find You're all I have,
I find You're all I need to help me rise

Rise, taking flight
To the zenith of life
Rise to the top of the mountain with You
The world disappears
Into the valley below me
As I'm lost in the glory of you

I cannot fight this battle on my own
(Have mercy)
I'm fallen weakness, clothed in flesh and bone
(Consume me)
I stand in awe of who You are
And what I feel I cannot explain
Forged int he flame, broken again

Take me to the places I can't go
(Transceneding)
I'm sick of living in the status quo
(New beginning)
And when it seems I've given up
On eagles' wings you lift me up again
And this time I know, in the end
....You carried me




5. Theocracy

At the center of my heart there sits a throne
That the rightful occupant's not always
free to call His own
For how can I give the King
His place of worth above all else
When I spend my time striving
to place that corwn upon myself

Battle cry, to engage
For the war, set the stage
And the armies march and kings arise
For the choice, time has come
Mine or Thy will be done?
And the pain reflects in holy eyes
For the will to obey
From the night to the day
And the seasons change and rulers die
Not of flesh, not of men
Wage the war deep within
On and on it rages undenied

I take my crown, cast it down
Castles burning, Castles burning
Learn to grow, grow to be
A flesh and blood Theocracy
To take the loss, bear the cross
Raise the Kingdom, raise the Kingdom
Burn away all I've been
To resurrect Theocracy within

And the would-be rulers of my heart
That I place upon the throne
Each lead the kingdom of my life to ruin
To bring every thought into submission,
to tear the idols down
is to break the chains, to rearrange
to give the King his crown

Battle cry, to engage
For the war, set the stage
And the armies march and kings arise
For the choice, time has come
Mine or Thy will be done?
And the pain reflects in holy eyes
For the will to obey
From the night to the day
And the seasons change and rulers die
Not of flesh, not of men
Wage the war deep within
On and on it rages undenied

I take my crown, cast it down
Castles burning, Castles burning
Learn to grow, grow to be
A flesh and blood Theocracy
To take the loss, bear the cross
Raise the Kingdom, raise the Kingdom
Burn away all I've been
To resurrect Theocracy within

Father, use me to be Your hands down here
A mirror to reflect Your glory into hurting eyes
And let me see the world with vision clear
and not through selfishness and lies
For if I am consumed with my own cares
What right will I have to speak the words
"The Kingdom come"?
And if I am consumed with my own will
What right to pray "Thy will be done"?

As all around me I see bleeding souls
Please give me strength to never pass them idly by
And as the angry stormclouds start to roll,
May they see comfort in my eyes
For just as you are full of mercy and love
The same to others, You have called me to be
And by the covenant of grace, above and below
Within our souls: Theocracy

Battle cry, to engage
For the war, set the stage
And the armies march and kings arise
For the choice, time has come
Mine or Thy will be done?
And the pain reflects in holy eyes
For the will to obey
From the night to the day
And the seasons change and rulers die
Not of flesh, not of men
Wage the war deep within
On and on it rages undenied

I take my crown, cast it down
Castles burning, Castles burning
Learn to grow, grow to be
A flesh and blood Theocracy
To take the loss, bear the cross
Raise the Kingdom, raise the Kingdom
Burn away all I've been
To resurrect Theocracy within




6. The Healing Hand

1. The Gift
Gloria gloria
underneath a burning star
seeking their salvation
see them searching for the ONe
who's come to heal their nation
prochecy incarnate
holiness in flesh arrived
the star has shown the path to life and hope is now alive
FOR UNTO EARTH IS BORN THE HOLY HAND

2. Restoration
See the multitudes surround this man of miracles
the key to life they've found, He is the Son of God
Hear the suffereing people cry for healing from this man
as they reach out to touch a supernatural hand
"take my scars, heal my wounds, give new life to me" the cry
cleanse my stains, kill disease, Master, make this sickness die
Endless power, fueled by faith, restoration in one touch
Miracle, supernaturally disease is crushed
THE HOLY HAND BECOMES THE HEALING HAND

3. Adulation
Faith is Freedom, freedom faith
(repeat)
hear the people joined in praise to Christ
incarnate holy one
worthy is the lamb they say
messiah prophesied has come
honored for eternity, forever shall we give Him praise
never will our hearts turn cold,
we never shall betray

4.Betrayal
Hearts Once Soft have turned to stone
left their king to die alone
lips that once had echoed praise
now mock the holy gift of grace
prophecy fulfilled in death
complete redemption with final breath
Israel lifting up her king
not in praise, but suffering

see the hand that drives the nail
through the hand that never failed
hear the laughter, see the games
the mock salvation unashamed
see the ones He came to justify
coldly stand and watch him die
rejected by his chosen land
The healing hand becomes the bleeding hand

5. Eternity
His kingdom forever, the Lion of Judah in strength
everlasting redemption, atonement complete
ressurected in power, as King now he stands
FOR THE BLEEDING HAND HAS BECOME THE RULING HAND

Faith-born forever, a part of His kingdom become
Or reject him, stand back
and watch his kingdom come
ALpha and omega almighty is he
Christ reigns victorious for eternity
Eternity




7. Sinner

Shame covers me
What was Light has turned To Dark
Pain torments me
Where there once was something holy
now beats my blackended heart

Sin has tangled me
My life is broken and I bleed eternally
Griefís controlling me
So I cry out to the only one who can bring
the healing that I need

Help me, save me
Take this guilt away from me
Hear me, take me
back to where I was before the fall
Wash me, cleanse me
See what has become of me
Trying on my own I failed
so I now come crawling back to you
I've fallen

Iím a sick man rotting slowly
Spiritual leprosy
Iím a captive crying out
Tear the chains and set me free

Help me, save me
Take this guilt away from me
Hear me, take me
back to where I was before the fall
Wash me, cleanse me
See what has become of me
Trying on my own I failed
so I now come crawling back to you
I've fallen




8. New Jerusalem

In my dreams I have seen beyond
In my dreams I have seen what I am coming from
Visions of my eternity
Visions of a celestial holy city

Twelve gates of Jerusalem
Twelve angels surround the wall
Only one way leads inside the gates
Only one way prepared for us all

I have seen New Jerusalem
Glorius, the New Jerusalem
Behold, the world of corruption has passed away
Out of the ashes below me I rise
Into the city of new life, the power, the way
ascending into paradise

By the grace of the Holy One
I am free from this world of desolation
Free from greed, lust and selfishness
To nevermore be a slave to this wicked flesh

By the ultimate sacrifice
I'm alive, yet transcend this life
From this old world of death burning down
Now I walk through the ashes unto holy ground

I have seen New Jerusalem
Glorius, the New Jerusalem
Behold, the world of corruption has passed away
Out of the ashes below me I rise
Into the city of new life, the power, the way
ascending into paradise




9. The Victory Dance

She staers ahead in silence again
Her eyes tell me of struggles, loss and pain
A mask to hide a world of sorrow
Where hollow, painted smiles remain
The flesh whispers its lies to me
And walks me to the edge so far to fall
I'll never have another chance if there's a chance at all
If I fail this time...

Seven scars turned to ashes
Faces of madness
Melt into victory
Trial by fire, my burden
burned in refining flames of purity
Seven steps into darkness
Mortal and crownless
Eternal victory
Altar flames rising, burning higher
And straight throught the fire
I'm dancing the victory dance

She takes the communion cup unholy
Born and raised a slave to rules of man
Will my eyes reflect you
when she searches them again?
I am not a god
I release this burden unto you

Seven scars turned to ashes
Faces of madness
Melt into victory
Trial by fire, my burden
burned in refining flames of purity
Seven steps into darkness
Mortal and crownless
Eternal victory
Altar flames rising, burning higher
And straight throught the fire
I'm dancing the victory dance




10. Twist of Fate

 


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