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Jesus Coming On Clouds

When Jesus is said to be coming on clouds, is that to be taken literally or does it have a symbolic meaning?

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Joseph, that was a great answer again you gave. God has so many ways of doing things we cannot phatom all of them with our human minds. He will make Himself known to all man, how? You gave a good answer. He will use whatever means necessary to make His presentation. God the Father took Jesus, in His resurrecteion body, from this world to His rightful place at the Fathers right hand.
"A Cloud" is a visible reminder that God's glory was present as the apostles watched the ascension. For some of them, this was not the first time they had witnessed divine glory (Mark 9:26) Neither will it be the last time clouds accompany Jesus (Mark 13:26, 14:62). Remember the Cloud in the desert?
---MarkV. on 4/4/10


THE CLOUD IS NOT CLOUDS IN THE SKY, BUT THE SHENIKAH CLOUD.

This is the cloud G-d used to come down to the the mountain to meet Moses and his people on Sinai.

The same cloud came down and G-d rested on Solomons temple

The same cloud rested on the mountain during the Tranfiguration of Jesus.

The same cloud Jesus rose up to heaven on.

This Jesus will return on this cloud in the second coming. (ACTS1:9,10,11)


There is very deep and special meaning to this cloud but I only 125 words.
---John on 4/2/10


Dave:

If the clouds are not meant to be real, what does this verse mean?

Acts 1:11 "They also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

Jesus will come from the sky, from the heavens, from the clouds.
---Mark_Eaton on 3/24/10


The clouds that Jesus was coming on are not real clouds. Jesus is using an Old Testament metaphor here that all the disciples and/or the Pharisees could understand in all its depth and meaning.

Coming on clouds is a judgment metaphor that is used in the O T many times.

It is precisely why Caiaphas tore his cloak and accused Jesus of blasphemy. Jesus was saying he would be returning in the clouds to judge and punish Israel for its unbelief.

When the proper meaning of coming in clouds is used it is much more meaningful and insightful than the present day sensational unbiblical meaning that says , coming in clouds ...is Jesus's second coming.
---Dave on 3/23/10


Great points Joseph!
---Mary on 10/5/09




"..on which side of the planet will he appear in?"
He will appear "out of the east', and shine even unto the west"
"how will he be at more than one place at once?"
He will not yet "every eye shall see him" For "there "shall appear 'the' sign of the Son of man in heaven (an event that transcends the common course of nature)." He "shall descend from heaven with a 'shout' (an undeniable signal given to man), with the 'voice' of the archangel, and with the 'trump' of God" (a reverberation, like nothing man has ever heard).
Bottom line, I believe the event will be instantly captured by satellites in space and simultaneously broadcasted by every news media in the world.
---joseph on 10/5/09


He is literally coming 'in' ("meta" defined as with, after, behind) the 'clouds of heaven', the same clouds that brought Him before the Ancient of days.
---joseph on 7/28/09
And, which cloud or clouds on which side of the planet will he appear in? And, how will he be at more than one place at once? This is a big planet, and if he appears in a cloud over the Holy Land, the people in the U.S. will be at a different location and unable to see him unless they are transported there.
---obewan on 7/28/09


They could be clouds of angels. For he said in Matthew 24 that the angels would be sent thrughout the whole earth to gather the elect and the wicked. The wicked to die and the elect to meet him in the sky.

The important thing is to be ready.
---Samuel on 7/28/09


He is literally coming 'in' ("meta" defined as with, after, behind) the 'clouds of heaven', the same clouds that brought Him before the Ancient of days.
Dan 7:13 "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the 'clouds of heaven', and came to the Ancient of days, and 'they' brought him near before him."
Mat 24:30 "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the 'clouds of heaven' with power and great glory."
---joseph on 7/28/09


The "clouds" may be literal ones--full of water vapor.

But if they are, they may be unlike any clouds seen before.

Just a thought. I'm not going to obsess over it.
---Cluny on 7/12/09




Matt 26:64

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jesus said to him, You have stated [the fact]. More than that, I tell you: You will in the future see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty and coming on the clouds of the sky

Mark 14:62

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And Jesus said, I AM, and you will [all] see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power ( the Almighty) and coming on the clouds of heaven.

1 Thes 4:17

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Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
---Gina7 on 7/11/09


Job 22:12

The Message (MSG)
"You agree, don't you, that God is in charge? He runs the universejust look at the stars! Yet you dare raise questions: 'What does God know? From that distance and darkness, how can he judge? He roams the heavens wrapped in clouds, so how can he see us?'


Psalm 97:2

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Clouds and darkness are round about Him [as at Sinai], righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.


Psalm 104:3

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Who lays the beams of the upper room of His abode in the waters [above the firmament], Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind
---Gina7 on 7/11/09


"When Jesus is said to be coming on clouds, is that to be taken literally or does it have a symbolic meaning?"

Do not be thrown by the word clouds, this refers to the vast number of angels that will accompany Jesus during His return. Documented in (2 Thes. 1:7,10).
The word (Cloud) was used in the same manner in (Heb. 12:1) when referring to the witnesses of the faith.
---Josef on 7/11/09


Let's consider Daniel 7:9,13...

"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit...I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days..."

Couple that with Mark 14:62...

"And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

Therefore, the 'coming on clouds' phrase refers to Christ's ascension to the throne of Heaven.
---Bobby3 on 7/10/09


Just from a practical reality standpoint it has to be somewhat figurative. I don't see how one discrete Jesus in body form can simultaneously appear to all the people on the planet at the same time since he would be at one point in space on one side of the planet. But, maybe all the people will be transported to the other side of the planet in one huge mob to meet him at one point, or maybe he will have multiple simultaneous appearances. At any rate, I don't think the text tells us literally what will happen because of this paradox.
---obewan on 7/10/09


Its literal and not to be taken as a parable. I can't find a place in scripture where an action by Christ is used as symbolism.
It may be there but with the exception of the description of the holy spirit falling "as a dove" I can't find any symbolic description of the father or son where a verb is involved. All descriptions of what God or Christ will do are literal.

Even in Revelation John's descriptions of Christ are literal. Symbolisms found in Revelation, Ezekial and Daniel are saved for heavenly attributes.
---larry on 7/10/09


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\\ Cluny: I can accept Jesus making a U-turn but I don't see the cnnection betewen the verb "to descebd" and making a Uturn. Can
you help me?
---Pierre on 7/9/09\\

The word "descend" means to go from up to down.

And you are quite right. There is NO connection between "descending" and "making a U-turn".

Therefore, Jesus does not make the U-turn.

We do.

betty--what are the other things?
---Cluny on 7/10/09


Cluny: I can accept Jesus making a U-turn but I don't see the cnnection betewen the verb "to descebd" and making a Uturn. Can
you help me?
---Pierre on 7/9/09


cluny- et al
---Betty on 7/9/09


\\Cluny: I am not sure if I can accept the U=turn idea. I reallly don't think there will be one. The saints will be lifted up to meet their Savior in the air, to go to heaven where for a 1000 years they will audit the books and come to the conclusion that the whole judgment process is/was fair!
---Pierre on 7/8/09\\

In other words, you really DO accept the U-turn idea, only you think that Jesus will do the U-turn.

Look up in any good dictionary the meaning of the English word "descend" and see if it implies doing a U-turn.

As for the rest, Betty locuta est, causa finitia est.
---Cluny on 7/8/09


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It was meant literally.
---Betty on 7/8/09


Cluny: I am not sure if I can accept the U=turn idea. I reallly don't think there will be one. The saints will be lifted up to meet their Savior in the air, to go to heaven where for a 1000 years they will audit the books and come to the conclusion that the whole judgment process is/was fair!
---Pierre on 7/8/09


\\It is probably both. Literal in that He will probably come on a day when He will pierce through some real clouds during His return BUT there is also a symbolic side to the expression in that what will look like clouds will in fact be thousands of angels who will accompany Him during His return.
---Pierre on 7/7/09\\

To say nothing of the believers of all ages who are caught up from earth and in their glorified bodies do the U-turn to escort Jesus back to earth. THIS is the real Rapture--not a pre-trib thing.
---Cluny on 7/7/09


It is probably both. Literal in that He will probably come on a day when He will pierce through some real clouds during His return BUT there is also a symbolic side to the expression in that what will look like clouds will in fact be thousands of angels who will accompany Him during His return.
---Pierre on 7/7/09


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If someone comes for you and he did not literally. So come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. I tell you with no doubt, literally do not trust it.

All this talk of symbolic meaning, is trying to weaken you, in your every spirit. Every word has been given you, not to all. If you know, felt or have seen him. Not necessarily in a form you understand. In my time on earth, I have seen a lot.

And remember!
Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

A lot of you say, I believe. We'll see!
---TheSeg on 7/7/09


Two months ago I saw an F1 tornado form and drop to the ground less than half a mile from my house. This is the smallest category of tornado and there was still significant damage, I still have nightmares about the experience. If that small mass of spinning clouds even remotely resembles the return of Christ then I hope it is only symbolic.
---TIMOTHY on 7/7/09


Literal. In Acts, when Jesus was ascending to Heaven, the angel told them that Jesus would return in the same way he went away.
---Mary on 7/6/09


Kenny...I'm watching the clouds myself.
---SusieB on 7/6/09


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Either could be true.

We'll know when it happens.

In the meantime, as He Himself put it, "Occupy until I come."
---Cluny on 7/6/09


Isa 14:14
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most High.

1Th 4:17
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.

Jesus will be coming in the Clouds!
---Carla3939 on 7/6/09


When I was young, we felt Jesus would indeed come on a cloud ... that of a Nuclear Bomb which would destroy the world.

And the international climate was such that this was expected to happen. Kids in the next generation did not expect to reach adulthood.
---alan8566_of_uk on 7/6/09


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