“Coming in the Clouds” and Jesus’ Second Coming

Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: September 24, 2022
. Updated October 30, 2022.

We are looking forward to seeing Jesus “come in the clouds” at His second coming, as He told us He would in Revelation. But have God and Jesus came in the clouds before? Indeed they have, and the reasons we do not realize it are 3-fold:

  1. We have not studied earth’s history.
  2. We are not aware of all the uses of “coming in the clouds” in the bible or what it means in context.
  3. We were taught the seminary-school-false-doctrine of futurism written by Jesuit Roman Catholic priests in the 1700’s which incorrectly states that ALL comings of Jesus are still yet to come, and that calls the LAND of Jerusalem the entire WORLD (study the word “world” in your KJV bible using your Strong’s Concordance; it’s often ge which means “land” or “region” — kosmos is the entire world/orderly arrangement).

This study will cover how and when God and Jesus have came in the clouds in the past and will come in the future. We will identify what scripture passages of prophecy have already happened, and the prophecy passages that are still yet to come.

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Mark 9:7 (KJV)

Meaning of Coming in the Clouds

Clouds signify the strength of God and Jesus, and usually in the form of punishment on the wicked. Whenever we see God or Jesus coming in/with/on clouds, it is how we see their might and power from the earth.

When Jesus comes on a horse in the clouds during His second coming, we aren’t going to see a man on a horse in the sky…. Jesus is not going to look like something from a sci-fi movie. God is Spirit so Jesus is Spirit — our spirit will KNOW their Spirit. The form they take when coming to earth in wrath is in a turbulent, dark sky with lightnings, thunder and great earthquakes. The people in Old Testament times recognized these events as being God, but the deceivers of our day want us to be looking for a human coming down out of the sky.

When Jesus returned to earth after His resurrection, people saw Him as He had previously appeared on the earth – in His glorified fleshly body — so they would recognize Him. Jesus stayed on the earth for 40 days which is why He needed His renewed body of flesh.

When Jesus returns at His second coming, He will destroy the earth with fervent heat. He will not dwell in earthly elements as He did after His resurrection. Our spirits will be caught up in the sky with His Spirit, then earth will cease to exist. For this reason, I do not expect Jesus to appear as a flesh and bone human man at His second coming because His elect will recognize Him through our spirit (the study on soul, spirit and flesh is here).

All Uses of God and Jesus in the Clouds

Here are the “cloud” passages we will be covering in this study with their Strong’s Concordance Dictionary numbers:

Old Testament:
There are 3 different Strong’s words in the Old Testament that refer to clouds as a power.

  • Psalm 68:34 (H7834)
  • Jeremiah 4:13 (H6051)
  • Daniel 7:13 (H6050)

H6051 and H6050 are the same word, just the latter is Chaldee and the former is Hebrew.

New Testament:

  • Matthew 26:64 and 24:30 (G3507)
  • Mark 13:26 and 14:62 (G3507)
  • Luke 21:27 (G3507)
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (G3507)
  • Revelation 1:7 (G3507)

Psalm 68:34

Time-frame: PAST. A Psalm of David, sometime around 1042 BC.

Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

Psalm 68:34 (KJV)

This verse tells us clearly and plainly that God’s strength is in the clouds. This phrase is also translated as “His power is in the skies.” God’s power doesn’t come from the clouds, but we see it manifested in the clouds.

The word clouds here is shachaq — Strong’s H7834:

shachaq
shakh’-ak
From H7833 (primary root meaning to pulverize, wear down); a powder (as beaten small); by analogy a thin vapor; by extension the firmament: – cloud, small dust, heaven, sky.

I do not know how they went from “wearing down by pulverization to a powder” to a cloud or sky, but that is the explanation according to the Strong’s Concordance. God’s direct energy weapon is His spirit power. 🙂 Everything in the world is made from dust and will return to dust.

Jeremiah 4:13

Time-frame: PAST. Around 612 BC. This is God’s judgments on Judah for their adultery, depravity and injustice.

Behold, he [God] shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

Jeremiah 4:13 (KJV)

We see God’s power in the clouds, His mode of travel (chariots) is in a hurricane or tornado (also translated whirlwind), with movement (horses) that is swifter (more decisive) than eagles.

The word clouds here is ânân — Strong’s H6051:

ânân
aw-nawn’
From H6049 (primitive root meaning to cover); a cloud (as covering the sky), that is, the nimbus or thunder cloud: – cloud (-y).

This Strong’s definition is explaining that God’s power is by covering… this “covering” is probably where they derived “thin vapor” and “firmament” in the H7834 definition in the previous verse (Psalm 68:34).

Daniel 7:13

Time-frame: PAST. In 31 AD when Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection.

 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.

Daniel 7:13 (KJV)

Sidenote: No one “brought” Jesus to God in this verse — in the Hebrew, this verse says that Jesus “came to the Ancient of days/time and drew near His presence,” meaning He sat at His right hand. Jesus did not require an escort.

Here we see the power and might of Jesus arriving in heaven. He sat as King at the right hand of the Father and acts as Judge over those on the earth. His is an indestructible kingdom. Jesus’ reign over all creation has begun, and He reigns with a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15) — this same rod is a comfort to the saints (Psalm 23:4). So here we see the most ultimate of power having came with the clouds.

The word clouds here is ‛ănan — Strong’s H6050:

‛ănan
an-an’
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6051: – cloud.

New Testament Clouds

The next 6 verses are the New Testament uses of clouds, and they are all the same Strong’s word — G3507:

nephelē
nef-el’-ay
From G3509 (“cloud”); properly cloudiness, that is, (concretely) a cloud: – cloud.

Matthew 24:30

Time-frame: PAST. This event occurred from 66-70 AD.
Matthew 24:1-35 is PAST (also see Luke 21 and Mark 13).
Matthew 24:36-51 is FUTURE (see also Luke 17).

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.

Matthew 24:30 (KJV)

This is where Jesus took out His wrath on those who pierced Him at Calvary (Revelation 1:7). Matthew 24:1-35 is referring to the total destruction of the city of Jerusalem, the 2nd temple, and the Jewish government which was carried out by the Roman Army from late-66 to early-70 AD — Jesus’ wrath lasted 3 1/2 years.

Jesus’ SPIRIT came in 66 AD (concluding His first coming in 70 AD) just like He will come at His second coming, in SPIRIT. Jesus’ power was seen in the clouds, but He worked through the Roman Army. Jesus’ power will again use men to destroy the wicked, then the righteousness of His coming will completely destroy the earth. God and Jesus have always used human men and weather events to carry out their wrath on earth.

Sidenote: Evil spiritual principalities can only work through men’s bodies when they are allowed in — they cannot affect nature. The holy Elohim works among men AND through nature. [For a study on how spiritual principalities works through mankind, see this article.]

Matthew 26:64

Time-frame: PAST. 31 AD. This was Jesus announcing that He would soon be reigning at the right hand of God. This passage mirrors Mark 14:62.

Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Matthew 26:64 (KJV)

Jesus made this statement to the council of high priests/Sanhedrin, scribes and elders. They were infuriated and called Jesus a blasphemer because they believed that only God came in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 13:26

Time-frame: PAST. This passage mirrors Matthew 24:30 and Luke 21:27. It is describing Jesus’ 3 1/2 year wrath on Jerusalem and the Jews from late-66 to early-70 AD.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 13:26 (KJV)

Jesus came in spirit and used the Roman Army to destroy the city of Jerusalem, the 2nd temple and the Jewish government. Jesus destroyed those who pierced Him (Revelation 1:7).

Mark 14:62

Time-frame: PAST. In 31 AD. This passage mirrors Matthew 26:64. This was Jesus announcing that He would soon be reigning at the right hand of God.

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.

Mark 14:62 (KJV)

Jesus was accused of blasphemy for making this statement to the Jewish council because they believed that only God could come in the clouds of heaven.

Luke 21:27

Time-frame: PAST. Mirror passages are Matthew 24:30 and Mark 13:26. This is the Jerusalem destruction — Jesus’ 3 1/2 year wrath — from late-66 to early-70 AD.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luke 21:27 (KJV)

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Time-frame: FUTURE. Of all the “clouds” passages, this is the only one that has yet to be fulfilled. This is the second coming of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)

Here, we see the dead in Christ “standing up first” (they are already resting with Christ in the spiritual realm). Their spirits will come WITH Jesus into the earth’s atmosphere to catch up the spirits of the living saints to them.

When Jesus APPEARS (1 Thes. 4):

  • He appears in the heavens
  • As a Deliverer
  • FOR the Church
  • With love and compassion
  • As the bridegroom

When Jesus RETURNS (Rev. 19):

  • Returns to earth as wrath
  • As a Warrior
  • WITH the Church
  • With wrath and vengeance
  • As the King of Kings

Both Jesus’ appearing and His return occurs on the LAST day at the LAST trump (details here). The elect will NEVER experience God’s wrath.

Revelation 1:7

Time-frame: PAST. Revelation was written in the early 60’s AD (details here). Verses 1:5-8 is describing Jesus’ reign having begun, and Jesus’ 3 1/2 year wrath on those who pierced Him — this was the destruction of Jerusalem, of the 2nd temple and of the Jewish government by the Roman Army in late-66 to early-70 AD.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 1:7 (KJV)

In Revelation 1:5-8, written in 60’s AD, John is warning the church of the coming wrath of Jesus in late-66 AD, when the “earth” shall wail — that word “earth” in the Greek is G1093, defined as “soil, region, land.” He is talking about the city of Jerusalem and the land surrounding it — their region; not the entire earth.

Coming On / With / In The Clouds

After this study, I can clearly see that Jesus’ infallible eternal “body” is spiritual. His power is not seen as a man, but as dark clouds, lightning and thunder.

When Jesus “returns like a thief” soon, we will see clouds and our spirit will be caught up into them. Jesus, along with the saints who previously died on earth, will be in the clouds coming with power and great glory to catch up the spirits of the living saints so they may escape God’s wrath on the earth. The dead saints “rise first” because their spirits are already in heaven resting in Christ.

In Closing

We can’t read the bible and apply it however we wish. Some passages describe events that happened to our brethren who came before us. The proofs of what has already been fulfilled shows the development of Messiah’s kingdom on earth during this church age. Every prophetical account does not apply only to us, the generation who is alive at Jesus’ second coming. A great deal has been happening over the past 1,900+ years!

My favorite teachers of historical prophecy fulfillment are David Nikao Wilcoxson and Brother Vijay Hubert.

Their YouTube Channels:
David Nikao Wilcoxson
Revelation Unlocked
Karl Tester

Their Websites:
RevelationTimelineDecoded.com
RaptureMyth.com (covers ALL of Revelation and Daniel)

Much love, peace and blessings to you in Christ Jesus!


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