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He That Sat On The 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)

"He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth"

The verses quoted above are the culmination of what much of Prophecy is about - the return of Jesus Christ and the first harvest of salvation (see the Fact Finder question below). The verses above describe Christ as "Him that sat on the cloud," but that is not the only place in Scripture that uses that terminology; a "cloud" was used by Christ when He ascended to heaven, when He thereafter appeared before God, and as mentioned, when He returns.

Clouds of Heaven After His resurrection, Christ ascended to heaven in a cloud, as witnessed by the apostles - who were also informed that He would return in the same way, in a cloud.

"And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

"And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 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)

The prophet Daniel was given to see and record Christ's future arrival in heaven (Daniel lived centuries before Christ's sacrifice), after His departure described above. Note that the "cloud" described above at His departure is also described as being with Christ upon His arrival in heaven (see Heavens Below, Heavens Above to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "heaven"). Having accomplished what God sent Him to do, Christ was then "given dominion, and glory, and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the purpose of Christ being given dominion over the earth).

"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)

The opening verses describe Christ's return, again with clouds, as does this other example, "Behold, He cometh with clouds."

"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: (a) Why is the terminology "for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe" an appropriate analogy for salvation and Christ's return? (b) Christ is described as receiving a Kingdom. Why? Who is the Son of God preparing the Kingdom of God for?
(a) See The Great Tribulation and Seasons Of The Harvest
(b) See Preparing The Way For God's Arrival

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