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The Second Coming

Well there you have it, Jesus is here.

I haven’t written a lot about eschatology, but this may lead me into it. Here is a start. What does the Bible mean when it talks about Jesus “coming” on the clouds.

Revelation 1:7 BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

Daniel 7:13 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.

Isaiah 19:1 The oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

Matthew 24:30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.

Acts 1:9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Psalm 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Psalm 104:3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;

What does coming on the clouds mean? Look before you answer.

Assumptions and preconceived notions too often determine our understanding of a particular text of Scripture. So the modern Christian may be unduly influenced by childhood sermons or pictures, even a movie like “Thief in the Night,” as to the meaning of “coming on the clouds.” That meaning becomes encoded in my brain, then every time I read that passage I conjure up that picture.

The question becomes, is that the intended picture. If you looked at the passages in the last “coming on the clouds” blog entry I hope you noticed Isaiah 19:1. In Isaiah 19 we have words of judgment upon the nation of Egypt. The LORD is described as “riding on a swift cloud” as he comes to judge Egypt. He does so not personally but through an intermediary: Assyria. Does the LORD visibly appear in the cloud? apparently not. The imagery speaks of judgment, power and glory.

By the way, since Isaiah mentions Egypt, look back into the Exodus story about God and his usage of the cloud imagery in guiding Israel and especially as it relates to the tabernacle: Exodus 40:34-38.

More later…

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  1. Why did you leave out acts 1:10-11

    “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11″Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

    It seems rather relevant to your topic.

  2. No reason…I was keying on the word clouds, probably didn’t come up in my word search. Thanks for adding it.

    My point is going to be that the ascension of Jesus is more than simply a physical rising up into the heavens.

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