“Coming On the Clouds"
“Coming On the Clouds"
Jesus continues to answer the disciples questions.
“Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory.
“And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.
Jesus will return.
In the clouds.
With great power.
Often people speak of “the return of the Lord” or “the second coming of Jesus”.
What is usually not clear is the exact moment of which they speak.
The “coming of the Lord” consists of many different elements and events.
In the same way that the birth of Jesus consisted of many things, i.e. prophecies, Zacharias/Elizabeth, Magi, Herod, Mary/Joseph, shepherds, angels, etc. …the Lord’s return consists of many events.
In this passage we see Him coming in the clouds.
At this time He will send forth His angels to gather the elect form the four winds.
From the farthest end of the earth (note that the earth has an end) and the farthest end of heaven (and that heaven has an end).
Remember how the disciples had asked what the “sign” of His coming again would be?
“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.
“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
The Sign is the Son of Man - Jesus - appearing in the sky!
He will send His angels with a great trumpet…not just a trumpet. A great trumpet.
The reaction of man?
The tribes of the earth will mourn when they see Him.
They will see Him coming in the clouds!
There is more…
Man will be dismayed, perplexed and fainting from fear.
“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world;
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
“Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.”
Lift up your heads!
(No longer need to hide!)
Your redemption is drawing near!