Coming with the Clouds

Revelation 1:7

Someday, every eye will see Christ Jesus the King!  Some of us will see Him as Our Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13); others will squirm, trying in vain to hide from His majesty.  Surely we’ll all be in awe!

Acts 1:9-11

The apostles of Christ had a foretaste of Christ’s return.  They actually saw with their human eyes Christ ascend into heaven, and “a cloud received Him”. Can you imagine watching something so utterly spectacular?  Yet the Book of Acts is a historical report.  This event actually happened.  The two men “in white apparel” at that viewing, assured the apostles that Christ would return “in like manner”.      What did the apostles witness in that Ascension?

Normally, objects that are receding fade into the distance, getting smaller, and smaller.  But ascending bodily into heaven is not your everyday occurrence.  It was a supernatural event.  Just a thought: what if Christ’s Presence didn’t diminish as He ascended but rather He gloriously filled the skies?  Now that would have been something to gaze upon!   I know it is speculation, but as I understand it, Christ’s return “coming on the clouds of heaven” will be the most spectacular event that ever happens here on earth, the culmination of human history!   So I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch, since it is likened to His Return and “every eye will see Him.”

Matthew 24:30

Interestingly, a pastor at our church just started a study on the Book of Revelation.  He pointed out that when John wrote “Behold, He is coming with clouds,” that a Jewish mind steeped in the prophetic Word would have thought of Daniel 7:13.  That makes absolute sense.  Perhaps also, those who had heard the apostles’ recollections of the Ascension would have remembered the exuberant eye-witness accounts of an astounding “like” event.

“Look up!  Our redemption is nigh!”  (based on Luke 21:28)  See also http://heartsinspired.biblefox.com/2009/07/13/hello-world/

Revelation 16:15

“Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again!”

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