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Behold, He Cometh With Clouds
by Wayne Blank
"And The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people" (Exodus 13:21-22 KJV)
"Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him"
Clouds of heaven, whether natural or miraculous, sometimes depending on which heaven was involved (see Heavens Below, Heavens Above) accompanied, and will accompany, Jesus Christ from the time of His ascension, to when He appeared before God after His ascension, to the time of His Return, and beyond.
God appeared in a cloud at the Transfiguration event where He announced to Peter, James and John that Jesus Christ was His Son:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother [see The Inner Circle], and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias [see Why Elijah?] talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:1-5 KJV)
Christ ascended to heaven when "a cloud received Him" from the The Mount Of Olives. The Mount of Olives will also be "ground zero" for His return (Zechariah 14:4):
"And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight ... this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9,11 KJV)
From His ascension, Christ arrived before God "with the clouds of heaven":
"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. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14 KJV)
When the time has come (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?), Jesus Christ will be given the go ("of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" Matthew 24:36 KJV) for His Return while "seated on a cloud":
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped." (Revelation 14:14-16 KJV)
Jesus Christ will return and be seen "coming with the clouds" by everyone i.e. The Return Of Jesus Christ will not come secretly, or only known to some - all of humanity alive at that time will see Him:
"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)
Fact Finder: Just prior to the return of Jesus Christ, will the resurrected two witnesses ascend to heaven in a cloud?