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A Bible Study:

The Revelation to John

May 30, 2006


A Study of the Revelation to John


A Study of the Revelation to John

By Bernie Parsons - May 30, 2006

A Study of Revelation Chapter 1:7

 

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Revelation 1:7: “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.”

 

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“Behold, he cometh with clouds.” Before I get into a deep discussion of clouds, let me point out that those who had pierced Jesus would see Him coming in the clouds. Also, recall that John had just written that these things were at hand.

 

Matthew 24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

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.

31: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

 

Note: In those times, trumpets were used to signal actions during warfare.

 

Matthew 26:64: “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.

 

Mark 13:24: “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25: And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

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

27: And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16: 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:

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.”

 

Note in verse 16 above, the mention of the trump (trumpet call) of God.

 

Acts 1:9: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10: And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11: 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.”

He was not standing astride a cloud, as often depicted in the popular literature.  “A cloud received him out of their sight”—in other words, the cloud enveloped Him, hiding Him from view. This was not their first encounter with Jesus and a cloud.

Matthew 17:1: “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

2: And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

3: And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

4: 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.

5: 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..”

 

Mark 9:1: “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

2: And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

3: And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

4: And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

5: And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

6: For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

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

8: And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

9: And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.”

 

Luke 9:26: “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

27: But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28: And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

29: And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

30: And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

31: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32: But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

33: And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.

34: While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35: And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

36: And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.”

 

Notice that in Luke’s account, the disciples entered into the cloud. Also, pay attention to the remarks in verse 26.

 

“For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.”

 

Luke 21:24: “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26: Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

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

28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

29: And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30: When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

31: So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

32: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

33: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

 

Verse 27 says  “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

 

Verse 32 says “This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”

 

What is this cloud, and this glory? We can find descriptions in the Old Testament.

 

Exodus 16:7: “And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?”

 

Exodus 16:10: “And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.”

 

Exodus 24:15: “And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.

16: And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

17: And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

18: And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”

 

Exodus 40:34: “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

35: And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

36: And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

37: But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

38: For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

 

Leviticus 9:6: “And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.”

 

Leviticus 9:23: “And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.

 

Numbers 14:10: “But all the congregation bade stone them with stones.  And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.

11: And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me?  and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?”

 

Numbers 16:19: “And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.

20: And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

21: Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

22: And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?”

 

Numbers 16:42: “And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.

43: And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

44: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

45: Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment.  And they fell upon their faces.”

 

Numbers 20:6: “And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

7: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

8: Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.”

 

1 Kings 8:10: “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,

11: So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

12: Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

13: I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.”

 

2 Chronicles 5:13:” It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

14: So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”

 

2 Chronicles 7:1: “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house.

2: And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house.

3: And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

 

Isaiah 2:1: “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2: And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3: And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4: And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5: O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

6: Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

7: Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

8: Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

9: And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

10: Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

11: The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

12: For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

13: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

14: And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

15: And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

16: And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

17: And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

18: And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

19: And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

20: In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

21: To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.”

 

Isaiah 4:2: “In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

3: And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

4: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

5: And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

6: And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”

 

Compare verse 4 above to Matthew 23:35: “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.”

 

As for the reference in Isaiah 4:5, compare to:

 

Exodus 13:21: “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:

22: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

 

Exodus 14:19: “And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

20: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.”

 

Exodus 14:24: “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

25: And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.”

 

Exodus 33:9: “And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.

10: And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

11: And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.  And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”

 

Exodus 33:17: “And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

18: And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

19: And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

20: And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

21: And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

22: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

23: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

 

Numbers 12:5: “And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

6: And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

7: My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.

8: With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

9: And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.”

 

Numbers 14:13: “And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;)

14: And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.”

 

Deuteronomy 31:15: “And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.”

 

Nehmiah 9:12: “Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.

13: Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:”

 

Nehemiah 9:18: “Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;

19: Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.

20: Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst.

21: Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.”

 

Ezekiel saw this same “glory of the Lord”.

 

Ezekiel 1:26: “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27: And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28: As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about.  This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”

 

Ezekiel 3:23: “Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.”

 

Ezekiel 8:2: “Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.

3: And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

4: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.”

 

Ezekiel 9:1: “He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2: And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

3: And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house.  And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

4: And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

5: And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.  Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

7: And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth.  And they went forth, and slew in the city.

8: And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD!  wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9: Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

10: And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.”

 

Matthew 23:36: “Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

38: Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

39: For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

 

Matthew 27:24: “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.”

 

Ezekiel 10:3: “Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.

4: Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory.”

 

Ezekiel 10:15: “And the cherubims were lifted up.  This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.

16: And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.

17: When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

18: Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

19: And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

20: This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.

21: Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

22: And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.”

 

Ezekiel 11:22: “Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

23: And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.”

 

Ezekiel 43:2: “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

3: And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

4: And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

5: So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

6: And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.”

 

Isaiah also saw the “glory” of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 6:1: ”In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

2: Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

3: And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

4: And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5: Then said I, Woe is me!  for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

6: Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

7: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

 

John 12:39: “Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

40: He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

41: These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.”

 

We see by all this weighty evidence that there is truly importance in the phrases: “in the clouds”, and “in His glory”. We also see from the above scriptures that from these clouds, and this glory, the Lord fought against the enemies of His people, Israel. In the Revelation, we see the opposite to be true. The Lord will come in the clouds of glory to bring judgment upon Jerusalem, and Judah (Judća), the remnant of Israel.

 

For quick review, here are those verses from the New Testament again:

 

Mark 9:7: “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.”

 

Luke 9:34: “While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.”

 

Matthew 13:26: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

 

Matthew 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.”

 

Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28: Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

 

Matthew 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.”

 

Matthew 25:31: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.”

 

Matthew 26:64: “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.”

 

Mark 8:38: “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

Luke 9:26: “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

27: But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28: And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

29: And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

30: And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

31: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32: But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

33: And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.

34: While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35: And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

36: And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.”

 

Luke 21:27: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

 

Acts 1:9: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10: And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11: 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.”

 

1 Thessalonians 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.”

 

Revelation 11:12: “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”

 

Revelation 15:8: “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”

 

It is important to pay attention to mentions of these clouds, and this glory, throughout the Old and New Testaments. God works through these clouds and this glory to do His work upon the earth.

 

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