Jesus Coming on the Clouds

October 11, 2023
Jesus Coming on the Clouds

Incorrect Belief About the Second Coming of Jesus

Today many Christians believe that when Jesus appears a second time on this earth, He would come on actual clouds of heaven as stated in the book of Luke 21 and that He would immediately judge the world and the saints who are to be saved will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. However, contrary to their thought, the Bible actually explains it differently. Let us see the prophecy about the second coming Christ in the book of Luke.

Luke 21: 27-28 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

When the Son of Man (Jesus) comes on the clouds, the Bible does not say we will immediately enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but it rather stated that we should lift up our heads because our redemption is drawing near. Here the day of your redemption refers to the last judgment day. Like this the Bible cautions mankind to prepare for judgment day when they see Jesus coming on the clouds. Christians today however teach that this refers to the day we will enter heaven, this teaching is completely far from what the Bible teaches.

In the same way that their thought of Jesus second coming differs from what the Bible teaches, His coming on the clouds also has a different meaning from what the churches today teach. Not knowing the actual meaning of the clouds can lead to us not receiving the Christ who appears a second time. It is very important for us to know what the clouds refer to.

Jesus Coming on the Clouds at His First Coming

To understand the true meaning of the clouds, we need to have a look at the prophecy concerning His first coming. Surprisingly, the Bible testified that Jesus’ first coming was to happen on the clouds as well. Through the fulfillment of the prophecy, we can understand what the clouds mean. Let us have a close look at the prophecy concerning His first coming.

Daniel 7: 13-14  In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

This prophecy was given about 600 years before Jesus came to the earth. In his vision, Daniel saw the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. Since the prophecy says ‘one like the son of man’, it means that he has to be born in the flesh. Then who fulfilled this prophecy? To find out, we first need to see who received authority, glory and a kingdom.

Matthew 28:18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Jesus received authority at His first coming. Next let’s see who received glory.

John 17:10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.

Who received glory? Jesus received glory.  What about a kingdom?

Luke 22:29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me.

Jesus received a kingdom too. In this way, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of receiving authority, glory and a kingdom according to the prophecy in the book of Daniel.

The prophecy however stated that Jesus was to come on the clouds at His first coming. Contrary to this prophecy, Jesus was born through Mary, in other words, He appeared in the flesh. Does this mean Daniel’s prophecy is wrong? The answer to this question is ‘No’. The prophecy of His coming with the clouds was just a parable that means He will appear in the flesh. The clouds in the Bible symbolize the flesh. So the prophecy in Luke 21 means that Jesus would appear in the flesh at His second coming too. To make us understand, He taught that He would appear on the clouds both at His first coming and second coming as well.

The Meaning of Jesus Coming on the Clouds

On several occasions, the Bible likened the clouds to men in the flesh.

Jude 1:12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.

Shepherds who only feed themselves refer to false prophets. These men, though wicked, are in the flesh. The Bible, however, likens them to clouds without rain. This means that clouds refer to men in the flesh.

Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

A man who boasts about gifts never given refers to someone in the flesh, however once again the Bible likened such a man to clouds without rain. So, the Bible continuously likens men in the flesh to clouds. That is why the Bible testified that Jesus is to come with the clouds of Heaven which simply means coming in the flesh.

Why does Jesus Come Again in the Flesh

Let us understand why Jesus comes again in the flesh in these last days.

Luke 18:8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Jesus posed the question, ‘Will he find faith on the earth?’, to teach us that He would not find faith on the earth at His Second coming. Then who will be saved if there is no faith on the earth? How will the prophecy of the last remnant to be saved in the last days be fulfilled then? Since the truth was taken away by the Devil according to the prophecy of Daniel 7, and lawlessness such as Sunday worship and Christmas were introduced into the church, there is no one that can say they have true faith. That is why Jesus must come again in the flesh to restore the truth. Let us have a look at another reason.

John 10:16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Here the sheep of this sheep pen refer to the saints 2,000 years ago and the other sheep that are not of this sheep pen refer to the saints who will appear after His first coming. Jesus said, “I must bring them also”, which means He will come as the Shepherd in the last days just like He did at His first coming to lead the saints to salvation.

According to the teachings of the Bible, Jesus must come again in the flesh which is explained as clouds in the Bible. 2,000 years ago, people failed to receive Him because they expected to see Jesus on actual clouds, it is the same now. Failing to understand the prophecy of the Bible can lead us not to receive the second coming Christ when He comes a second time. Let us make effort to receive the Christ who appears a second time in these last days.