JESUS IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS - PART 2
TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER 2021
Jesus is coming with the clouds in His full heavenly glory and power. Revelation 1:7 (KJV) says, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him..." This implies that the clouds is an indispensable part of His soon return, which is the rapture.
Reference: Mark 13:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV) "The stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven."
Today I want us to pay attention to the clouds Jesus is coming in. The above verse stated that on the day of His return, the stars would be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens would be shaken. The cloud over the earth is usually of massive white smoke with a visible mass of water droplets often formed and noticed in the air. Since the powers in the heavens would be shaken on the day of rapture, it means that the clouds the Son of Man would be coming in, with great power and glory, is a different one. Simply put, it is not the clouds of earth's atmosphere. So what does this "clouds" represent?
In Luke 9:30-36, during the transfiguration, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus. In verses 34-35, a cloud appeared and covered them, but Peter, John and James were afraid as they entered the cloud. In the process, a voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."
Coming back to my question, what does this "clouds" represent? It is an aura of divine mystery. Its like a shield to the atmosphere of divine presence that can show up in a particular place on its own. It can surround the splendour of a Deity, especially while appearing in impressive glory. For instance, in Leviticus 16:2, the LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron not to enter freely into the Most Holy Place behind the veil in front of the mercy seat on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud above the mercy seat." Notice that the Lord appeared in the cloud above the mercy seat. So the cloud is not the glory of God, rather it's a special covering.
Numbers 9:15-16 noted that: "On the day that the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it and appeared like fire above the tabernacle from evening until morning." And the cloud would cover the tabernacle by day, and at night it would appear like fire. Also in Exodus 40:34-35, The Bible says, "Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle." Did you notice that the cloud is entirely different from the glory of the divine presence (Shekinah)?
Our opening Scripture says, "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." That's a clear description of how the Son of Man will appear. With great power and glory, He will arrive in the clouds that will be suspended in the air. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven. When the saints are all gathered together, we'll enter this very "clouds" to meet Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV) reads, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Moreover, this is the description of rapture, which is entirely different from the second coming of Christ. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Exodus 13:21-22; 1 Kings 8:10-11; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:34.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for the knowledge of the clouds, on account of the great presence of Christ's appearance on the day of rapture. Your Word says that a great prize awaits all who eagerly look forward to Christ's appearing, and its dependent upon commitment to my existing walk of faith and victory in Christ. Therefore, by your grace, I run the noble race of righteousness to the very end, fighting the good fight of faith and looking forward with hope and desire for the Lord's appearing and everlasting Kingdom, in Jesus' Name, Amen!