The bible is written in parable. That is why we must be careful in interpreting the words of God in the bible. If we misunderstand the meaning, then we cannot know the plan of God’s salvation for us and we might miss the salvation he has prepared for us. Now let us understand how would the Christ appear in the last days. The Bible teaches that he would come on the clouds of heaven. What is the meaning of this parable of clouds?
Coming on the Clouds
In Matthew 24, Jesus Christ already let us know everything about his coming in the last days. If you read from the first verse to the third verse we are given the information about this chapter. And this chapter concerns mainly about three questions of the disciples: first, the time of the fall of Jerusalem, second, the sign of his coming or his second coming, and third the sign of the end of the age. To give answers for these three questions of the disciples, Jesus gave this chapter so this chapter contains information about his second coming. Then let us take a look at one of the prophecies of his second coming to find out how he would appear in the last days.
Matthew 24:30 Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man (Jesus) in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
Jesus foretold that he would come on the clouds of heaven, with power and glory. Because of this many people says that he would descend from heaven on cloud with the glory of God to make a judgment on the peoples of the world. This interpretation, however, can be misleading because just like everything else in the bible “clouds” does not necessarily means the physical clouds of sky, but it could have some figurative meanings. That is why first we should know what is the meaning of clouds in this context.
Then to understand the meaning of the clouds what should we do? Should we go to the library and search the books on the bible or clouds? Or should we ask the opinions of scholarly men? No, all these are useless because it is only God who can give the answer for the question and the words of God is recorded in the bible. Therefore, to know the meaning of “clouds” we must search the bible for the answer.
First Coming Christ and Clouds
To understand the meaning of the clouds we must first look at the prophecy of the first coming Christ and find out any related point for his coming again on the clouds. One of the prophecies of the first coming Christ is directed related to this prophecy of his coming on the clouds.
Daniel 7:13 13 “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. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Then who is this son of man who received authority, glory and sovereign power (or kingdom) for the Ancient Days (or God)? Let us see the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Matthew 28:28 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
We can see it was Jesus who was given authority from God. Then how about glory?
John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one
Jesus was the one who received glory from God. And about kingdom the bible says;
Luke 22:29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one (a kingdom) on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
It was Jesus who was given “authority, glory and sovereign power (kingdom)” from God, and therefore, we can say it was Jesus who fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel 7. Then let us think about Jesus coming 2000 years ago. Did he come with physical authority, glory and kingdom? Did he really come down from heaven on clouds? No, he was born as man in the flesh and the authority, glory and kingdom he was given was all spiritual, not physical. That is why people rejected Jesus even though he was Christ or Savior they had been waiting. In the eyes of people of the time Christ was just a man in the flesh like one of them.
Clouds, Man in the flesh
Therefore, we can see the clouds means a man in the flesh living on this earth. We can confirm this through many testimonies of the bible. The bible describes man in the flesh as clouds. According to the bible, a false prophet who does not have the true words of God is called “cloud without rain.”
Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one (a false prophet) who boasts of gifts never given.
Jude 1:12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They (false prophets) are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.
“Rain or water” in the bible means “words of God.” Therefore, clouds without rain means a man with no words of God in him or a false prophet. In this sense what should then we call the true prophets of God, those who have the words of God in them? They are simply called clouds because clouds always contains water in them.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
In Chapter 11, he was speaking about the true prophets of God such as Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc. And in Chapter 12, he called them “cloud” because they were “men in the flesh who had true words of God in them.”
Therefore, in the bible clouds have symbolic meaning and it is used as metaphor to mean “a man in the flesh.” Then what does it mean when Jesus said that he would come on the clouds of heaven in the last days? Should we still interpret that he would fly down from heaven on clouds? No, now we must understand the figurative meaning of clouds in the bible. It means He would come back again as man in the flesh in the last days with spiritual glory and power to save his people.
If this is true meaning of cloud, then what would happen to the people who are waiting for the Christ who comes on physical clouds of heaven. Just like the Jews who were waiting for their Messiah coming on the physical clouds in heaven with visible glory and power could not receive salvation because they rejected Christ who came as man in the flesh without recognizing the true identity of Jesus, in the same way Christians who are waiting for Jesus coming on the physical clouds of heaven with visible glory and power will miss the Christ who silently comes down to this earth as man in the flesh by being born as baby as in his first coming and they will lose their chance for salvation.
Now we must have spiritual eyes like apostles 2000 years ago to know the glory of the second coming Christ who came as man in the flesh to save us in this last days. It is Christ Ahnsahnghong who fulfilled this prophecy by coming as man in the flesh with rain (the true words of God) to save us. He restored the truth of the new covenant: Sabbath, Passover, Veil, and all other festivals of God.