Today, most Christians think that when Jesus comes a second time on the real cloud in the sky, the world will be destroyed immediately and the saints will enter the kingdom of heaven. There is a huge difference between their thought and the testimonies of the Bible.
Lk 21:27-28 “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Does the Bible say that the world will be judged and the people of God enter the kingdom of heaven as soon as Jesus comes a second time in a cloud? No, it doesn’t. It says that we should stand up and lift up our heads when we see His coming in a cloud because our redemption is drawing near.
They thought that the cloud, in which Jesus would come a second time, indicated the real cloud in the sky, and made their own doctrines, but they made a great difference from the teachings of the Bible. Then, we can reason that the cloud is not the real cloud but a parable.
Jesus came with the clouds at His first coming
By studying the prophecy about Jesus’ first coming, we can understand what the cloud stands for.
Da 7:13-14 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power [a kingdom, KJV]; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him …”
Who was the son of man in this prophecy? We can understand who He is if we find out who came and received authority, glory and a kingdom according to the prophecy of Daniel.
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Who received all authority in heaven and on earth? It was Jesus who came a first time.
Jn 17:10 “All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.”
While praying, Jesus clearly testified that He received glory.
Lk 22:29 “And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me,”
Jesus also received a kingdom. Therefore, it was Jesus who received authority, glory and a kingdom according to the prophecy of the Old Testament.
Then in the book of Daniel, in what appearance did it prophesy that Jesus would come? He was prophesied to come with the clouds of heaven. Did Jesus come with the real clouds in the sky? No, He did not. He came to the earth through the body of Mary just like us.
Then, what does the prophecy in Luke 21 mean, which says that Jesus will come in a cloud when He comes again? In order for us to easily understand that His second coming is the same as His first coming, Jesus taught us with the prophecy about His first coming. To teach us that the same One comes with the same purpose in the same way both at the first time and the second time, Jesus told us that He would come with the clouds.
Clouds represent men
There are words in the Bible, which liken men to clouds.
Jude 1:12 These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.
Here, shepherds who feed only themselves are false shepherds, that is, false prophets. The Bible likens them to clouds without rain.
Pr 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
The Bible says that that A man who boasts of gifts is like clouds without rain. Like this, the Bible likens men to clouds. Jesus’ coming in the flesh is expressed as His coming with the clouds in the New Testament.
Reason for Jesus’ coming again in the flesh
Why does Jesus not judge the world right away, but come again in the flesh before the Judgment?
Lk 18:8 “I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
This means that Jesus cannot find faith when He comes a second time. Why did Jesus say that He would not find faith? That is because there are no saints who have the true faith that God wants us to have, and the faith deserving of salvation. Which church among them keeps the Sabbath, the commemoration day of the Creator? Which church keeps the Passover of the new covenant that has God’s promise of forgiveness of sin and eternal life? Instead of the truth of salvation, they keep Sunday service and Christmas which are the doctrines to worship idols.
If Jesus comes as the Judge in the world where there is no faith, who can be saved? So, Jesus prophesied that He would come again in the flesh before the Last Judgment so that He can gather the people who will be saved and lead them to the truth.
Jn 10:16 “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
Who are the sheep that are of this sheep pen, and who are the sheep that are not of this sheep pen? The sheep that are of this sheep pen are the saints whom Jesus saved at His first coming. There are also the sheep that are not of this sheep pen. This means that there is a flock of sheep other than the flock of sheep whom He saved at His first coming. Jesus said, “I must bring them also.” Just as Jesus led the flock of sheep 2,000 years ago, He Himself will come again as the Shepherd and lead the saints who will be saved in the last days.
When Jesus came a first time, the Jews did not understand the prophecy that Christ would come with the clouds but just looked up into the sky and were destroyed in the end. Unfortunately, however, today’s Christians repeat the same mistake. Let us receive Christ Ahnsahnghong, who is Jesus who has come again in the flesh according to the prophecy of the Bible, “He will come with the clouds,” so that we will be saved.