in the Clouds
Jesus was speaking, he said you shall see me again.
Christ's "coming on the clouds" is from the Old Testament
portrayals of God descending from heaven and coming in power and glory
to execute judgment on ancient wicked nations and cities, and in
deliverance of His people.
These judgments were acts of God described in figurative
language. See Link to Zechariah 14 and the
Coming of Christ by Gary DeMar. They brought calamity
upon a nation or peoples who had come against God's chosen people.
We can read about several of God's many comings in judgment,
often termed "the day of the Lord all through the Bible like The
deliverance from Egypt, the destruction and judgment upon nations and
people. Taking His people through the wildness.
The Old Testament
is for our example. If
you keep this is mind, you can see how
God is working with us today. And what Jesus was referring to
was speaking to others about "you shall see me coming in the clouds"
and the other terminology that used in the Old Testament, speaking of
judgment and deliverance.
97:1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice
are the foundation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him, And burns up His adversaries round about.
His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled.
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, At the
presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have
seen His glory.
Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast
themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods.
Zion heard this and was glad, And the daughters of Judah have
rejoiced Because of Thy judgments, O LORD.
For Thou art the LORD Most High over all the earth; Thou art
exalted far above all gods.
Hate evil, you who love the LORD, Who preserves the souls of His
godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown like seed for the righteous, And gladness for the
upright in heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones; And give thanks to His
27:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall
beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and
ye shall be gathered one by
one, O ye children of Israel.
11:11 In that day the Lord will bring back a remnant of his
people for the second time, returning them to the land of Israel from
Assyria, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath,
and all the distant coastlands.
He will raise a flag among the nations for Israel to rally
around. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of
11:52 And not for that
nation only, but that also he should
gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put
him to death.
16:10 And as Aaron spoke to the people, they looked out toward
the desert. Within the guiding cloud, they could see the awesome glory
of the LORD.
16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that
he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the
mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear
in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that
the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the
testimony, that he die not:
40:35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because
the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the
13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a
cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give
them light; to go by day and night:
He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar
of fire by night, from before the people.
10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way,
which he hath consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And having an high priest over the house of God;
3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
16:10 "And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation
of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and,
behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud."
19:9 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick
cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe
thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD."
34:5 "And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there,
and proclaimed the name of the LORD."
16:2 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that
he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the
mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear
in the cloud upon the mercy seat. "
11:25 "And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him,
and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy
elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them,
they prophesied, and did not cease. "
18:9-12 "He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was
under his feet. 10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did
fly upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his secret place;
his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the
skies. 12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds
passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
97:2-5 "Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and
judgment are the habitation of his throne. 3 A fire goeth before
him, and burneth up his enemies round about. 4 His lightnings
enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. 5 The hills melted
like wax at the presence of the LORD, at
the presence of the Lord of
the whole earth.
104:3 "Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh
the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: "
19:1 " The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift
cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be
moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst
of it. "
7:13 "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son
of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient
of days, and they brought him near before him."
1:3 "The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all
acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the
storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet."
96:13; 98:9 - Isa 26:21 - Micah 1:3 - Rev 2:5 - 2:16 - 3:3
10:9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be
saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
"The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came
that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
the parable of the sheep and goats, Christ identifies that the
righteous and the wicked would be gathered when He came later in that
generation (see Matt. 16:27-28). At the time of this gathering,
Christ burns the wicked with fire, but says to the righteous, "Come, ye
blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world."
This is the same gathering as seen in 1
Thess. 4:17:) This is the seperation
of the sheep and goats, the
seperation of the wheat and tares.
Christ came in the clouds, he literally, yet spiritually,
gathered those that were alive to be caught up in the kingdom with
Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of Jesus Christ; Rom 8:8 So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be
that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit
of Christ, he is none of his.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
the Spirit is, the Lord is. The Lord returned with
believers to the earth, to ever be with them, as it is declared,
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with
them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them,
and be their God" Rev. 21:3
gathering was the giving of the "everlasting presence of the Lord"
just as believers
receive today individually, one at a time by
"calling upon the name of the Lord." We are "gathered unto
Christ" individually today and are being reconcile By God in
Jesus. 2 Cor 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto
them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (This is
as being the second coming of Christ and Christ making all things
new.) by the revealing
and manifestation of Christ in us.
Thy kingdom come, as it
is on earth as it is in heaven. We
have died unto Him our Lord, and our bodies are dying unto his dead
body and being resurrected unto life in Him. He being the first.,
resurrected from the dead. He is The Church, New Jerusalem ,The Body of
Th 1:7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted
and to us as well when
Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels
dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and
to those who do
obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
26:63 But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to
Him, "I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are
the Christ, the Son of God."
Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I
you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and
COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN."
(Mk 8:38 & Mk 9:1) Mat 13:41-43; Zec 14:5,6,7; Mk14:61,62; Joh 1:51; Heb 1:14; Jude 1:14,15; Rev 6:15,16,17;20:11; 4:1;19:11;
Mt 24:30,31;1Th 3:13; Joh 5:26,27; Dan 7:13,14; Zec13:7-9; Mt 9:6; Mt 16:27,28; Mk 14:62,63;Col 1:16;1Pe 3:22; Rev 22:6,9,16; Mat 25:31;Lu 22:69.
These are quite a few verses, but I am trying to make the point, that
Jesus is in control now, He is setting on His throne now and there is
judgment on those who don't obey the Gospel, and those that don't know
God. But there is deliverance
to those who look for His coming, He went
to prepare a place for us, and where He is, we may be also.
says come out of her. Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, "Come out of her,
my people, that you may not
participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues;
for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has
remembered her iniquities.
"Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double
according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as
much for her.
Cor 6:17 Wherefore
come out from among them, and be ye separate,
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
51:10 Create in me a
clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit
2:3 All of us used to live that way, following the passions and
our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under
anger just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much,
that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life
Christ from the dead. (It is only by
God's special favor that you
Pet 5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God
who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect,
strengthen and establish you.
I could go on and on with notes, but don't want to lose the main thrust,
the Day of the Lord is both judgment
to make it easy on ourselves, and not kick against the pricks, we need
walk after the Spirit, and be separated unto Him.
Th. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord
and by our gathering together unto him,
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by
by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing
that he is God.
fear the Day of the Lord, that is for people that don't know God
have not the fear of God, to turn and ask God to save them, and are not
walking after the Spirit, just doing there own thing. That we shouldn't
have any part in it, for its is a day of
deliverance for us, as
God take's us through, we can count
it as all joy. Because
it is our Lord that is putting everything under His feet, by the
brightness of His coming. Our Lord is destroying
offends Him, and anything that is not of God, is Antichrist or instead
of Christ, which is why he says in - Mat 24:28 For wheresoever the
carcase is, there will the eagles or vultures be gathered together.
I Think this means that where we are in the carnal things of the
world, there will be God's judgments to bring us out.
8 And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of
His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of
Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
10 and with all the
deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of
the truth so as to be saved.
Cor 16:22 If any man love not
the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be
Anathema -G394; a (religious) ban or (concr.) excommunicated (thing or
person):--accursed, anathema, curse, X great.
Maranatha - 3134. maran atha, mar'-an ath'-ah; of Chald. or. (mean. our
Lord has come); maranatha, i.e. an exclamation of the approaching
12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the
same shall judge him in the last day.
2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus
Christ according to my gospel.
2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and
will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword,
that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a
rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath
of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING
OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because
of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Therefore do not be partakers with them;
Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye
which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man
shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters,
or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's
sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be
of life is available by faith in the promises of God. If we are willing
to humbly pursue after a developing relationship with the Lord of life,
He promises to make us into what He wants us to be.