JESUS COMING ON THE CLOUDS
Does Jesus coming in the clouds even/always refer to the judgement day?
Isa.19:1; Behold the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and coming to Egypt. The fulfillment of this
was the Assyrians coming from the north to attack Egypt. God uses one army/people to punish
Mt.24:30 - ...the sign...they will perceive...Son of Man coming on the clouds.... This is fulfilled in
70 AD as we see in vs.34 it will happen to this generation. Mt.26:64; the HP will perceive (understand)
as well // God uses one army/Romans to punish another army/Jews. See also Ezek.38:1ff (9,16)
Rev.1:7 Behold He is coming in the clouds... This is fulfilled in 313 AD, Constantine comes from
the north and captures the position of Caesar and legalizes Christianity, ending Roman persecution.
God uses one army/Constantine to punish another army/Rome.
1Th.4:17; this says we will be caught up together to be with them in the clouds. Not apocalyptic as
previous three events but it does fulfill Ac.1:9.10; He will return coming out of the cloud, it doesn't
say riding on a swift cloud. Not apocalyptic.
Danger comes when we force the apocalyptic language to be speaking of one event ie 2nd coming of
Christ, but the context determines the event not the language. The Lord riding on a swift cloud represents
three events 1. Assyrians/Egyptians 2. Romans/Jerusalem 3. Constantine/Rome. It doesn't refer to the
2nd coming at all. The same misuse can be seen elsewhere.
Mt.24:21; there will be a great tribulation, yes 70 AD the end of Judaism, the destruction of Jerusalem
and the temple by the Romans. No Christians died in this event because they all fled as they were told
to do, Mt.24:15-20; Thus fulfilling vs.31 He will send forth His messengers... the fleeing Christians.
Their trumpet being the fulfillment of Jesus prophecy.
But in Rev.7: 14; we have another great tribulation, the Roman persecution. We know it is different because
those who died in this one were all Christians, for we see them dressed in robes of white, washed in the
blood of the Lamb, standing in the throne room of God. But people err and make the two the same event
ignoring the context.
Just because the writers use the same phrases does not mean they refer to the same events, one must
examine the context and determine the meaning or else one will be forced to change the context to fit his
definition of a simple phrase, destroying the meaning of the word of God.
Look forward to your critiques. Iron sharpens iron. Brothers sharpen brothers. Thanks.