The True Meaning of “Jesus Coming on the Clouds” in Revelation 1:7

The Lord has returned?

Being a Christian, I always attended church gatherings. But at some point I realized that there was no illumination in the sermons preached by the pastors in my church. After listening to their sermons, I was still very poor in spirit. So in order to obtain the nourishment that I needed, no matter how busy my studies were, I prayed to the Lord and read the Bible three times a day. Sometimes I would go online to search for Christian films to watch or some Christian sermons to listen to. One day in May 2018, I found several Christian films on the Internet: “Break the Spell,” “Waiting,” “Yearning,” “Knocking at the Door.” The title of the movie clip “Break the Spell,” — “How Can We Welcome the Lord’s Return?”, immediately captivated my attention, so I first watched that clip with curiosity. In the beginning of it, I heard the brothers and sisters talking about how they were longing for the Lord’s return, which resonated with me. So I continued watching it. When I heard it testify that the Lord Jesus has returned, I was really happy and excited yet confused. I thought, “The Lord has returned? But it is clearly written in the Bible, ‘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 steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven’ (Acts 1:9–11). ‘Behold, he comes 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). We haven’t seen the Lord descending on a cloud to be among us, so how can it be that He has returned? Is this true? If it is, then have I been cast aside?” I was very confused and worried. So as the brothers and sisters communicated the relevant Bible verses, I pressed the pause button from time to time to find them in the Bible to confirm what they were fellowshiping about.

What’s the Lord’s ‘descend with the clouds’ all about?

I immediately checked to see where the movie came from and discovered it was one of the films of The Church of Almighty God. Then I made contact with two sisters of The Church of Almighty God. Because my head was full of questions and confusion, after a brief self-introduction, I came straight to the point and asked, “I’ve watched a movie produced by your church. You testify that the Lord has returned. But the Bible says the Lord will descend upon a cloud when He returns and that all will see Him, and now I haven’t seen the Lord appearing to us atop clouds. So how can you say that the Lord has returned? Could you communicate on this issue specifically?” They happily agreed.

The true meaning of “white cloud” is like this.

After that, another sister read another passage of Almighty God’s words, “Throughout the universe, all those who know of the salvation of Jesus the Savior have been desperately yearning for the sudden arrival of Jesus Christ, to fulfill the words of Jesus when on earth: ‘I shall arrive just as I departed.’ Man believes that, following the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus went back to heaven upon a white cloud, and took His place at the Most High’s right hand. Man conceives that similarly, in the last days Jesus shall descend, again upon a white cloud (this cloud refers to the cloud that Jesus rode upon when He returned to heaven), among those who have desperately yearned for Him for thousands of years, and that He shall bear the image and clothes of the Jews. After appearing to man, He shall bestow food upon them, and cause living water to gush forth for them, and shall live among man, full of grace and love, living and real. And so on. Yet Jesus the Savior did not do this; He did the opposite of what man conceived. He did not arrive among those who had yearned for His return, and did not appear to all men while riding upon the white cloud. He has already arrived, but man does not know Him, and remains ignorant of His arrival. Man is only aimlessly awaiting Him, unaware that He has already descended upon a ‘white cloud’ (the cloud which is His Spirit, His words, and His entire disposition and all that He is), and is now among a group of overcomers that He will make during the last days.

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