Cloud and Flesh10 May 2019
The Bible prophesies that Jesus will come on a cloud, for a second time, in order to restore the lost truth and to lead the children of God into the kingdom of heaven. When Jesus came two thousand years ago, He fulfilled the prophecy of the book of Daniel by “coming with the clouds of heaven” (Dan. 7:13-14). Actually, Jesus came as a man, in the flesh. Jesus is prophesied to come a second time on the clouds of heaven, meaning that He will come as a man, in the flesh, again.
Ahnsahnghong, the Second Coming Christ, has come in the flesh, fulfilling the prophecies of the Bible. When Jesus ascended into heaven, the angels asked the people, “Why do you stand here looking at the sky?” The members of the Church of God are not looking up into the sky, and are not waiting for the second coming of Jesus. We have already received the Second Coming Christ, Ahnsahnghong, who has come in the flesh according to the prophecies of the Bible. The Church eagerly preaches to the people who are still looking up at the clouds of the sky, informing them that their Savior, Christ, has already come.
We truly wish that all of the readers will open their hearts, will study the words of truth, and will receive the Second Coming Christ, Ahnsahnghong, who guides us to salvation.
Luke 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.”
THE SON OF MAN WILL COME IN A CLOUD
At first, we need to carefully study Jesus’ first coming, because He was also prophesied to come in a cloud. If this prophecy meant that He would come in a physical cloud of the sky, the people who do not believe will fall into destruction. But if this prophecy meant that He would come in the flesh—and not on an actual cloud—then those who insist on His coming on a physical cloud of the sky will be destroyed.
When Jesus came for the first time, 2,000 years ago, the Pharisees were aware that Elijah would come before the Messiah (Matt. 17:10-13; cf. Matt. 11:14). Elijah had gone up to heaven in a whirlwind, riding a chariot of fire (2 Kin. 2:11), so the priests, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, all believed that the Elijah to come would also come down from heaven in a chariot of fire—the same way that he had gone up to heaven. Because of their incorrect beliefs, they failed to receive Elijah—John the Baptist—and persecuted him; thus, they were all destroyed. While they eagerly looked forward to Elijah’s coming in a chariot of fire, Elijah—John—had already been born, as a child, through the body of Elizabeth (Luke 1:57-66).
All of the evildoers who had waited for Elijah’s coming in a chariot of fire were destroyed. This is God’s warning to us. In the last days, the people who believe that Jesus will come in a physical cloud of the sky will be destroyed.
We should be careful not to follow the Pharisees’ example, and make every effort to study the prophecies of Jesus’ coming in a cloud. The Bible says, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” and, “He will send his angels…and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Most Christians assume that when Jesus comes in a cloud, as the Judge, the earth will be destroyed and the “saved” will be caught in the air to meet Jesus. The Bible says, however, “when these things begin to take place [when the Son of Man comes in a cloud], stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” The Bible also says that when Jesus comes in a cloud He will gather His elect from the four winds.
In other words, the purpose of Jesus’ coming in a cloud for a second time is not to destroy the earth, but to gather the elect. In order to be recognized as the elect, we must receive the Second Coming Christ who comes in a cloud.
“CLOUD” MEANS “FLESH”
We need to know the correct interpretation of the “cloud.” If the prophecy refers to a cloud of the sky, where would Jesus stay until He came in a cloud? A cloud is visible water vapor, floating above the earth. It accumulates in the air and comes down as rain or snow; this is the cycle of a cloud. Then, where would Jesus stay until He came in a cloud? Let’s find out the symbolic meaning of the cloud, through the Bible.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses . . .
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 . . .
In the above expressions—“a great cloud of witnesses,” and, “clouds without rain, blown along by the wind”—the clouds represent people, wearing the flesh. Since the Bible calls false prophets “clouds without rain,” whom do “clouds with rain” represent? Those “with rain” are the true prophets, aren’t they?
The water within the clouds represents the water of life.
Zechariah 14:8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea . . .
And Jesus said:
John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.
And the Apostle Paul wrote:
2 Peter 2:17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.
“Springs without water” and “mists driven by a storm” indicate false Christians. As you know, “mists” are “clouds without rain” (Jude 1:12). The waters that have not been vaporized represent all human beings, everyone in the flesh.
Revelation 17:15 The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
Since the waters represent “peoples,” whom do the clouds stand for? Clouds are suspended in the air, visible collections of water particles that have been vaporized by solar heat. Thus, clouds represent the people who have been born again through the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ coming in a cloud means His coming in the flesh.
JESUS, WHO CAME WITH THE CLOUDS
In a vision, the prophet Daniel saw the Son of Man coming with the clouds, and he prophesied:
Daniel 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; all peoples, nations and men 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.
Jesus did not come on the visible clouds of heaven. Instead, He was born as a baby through the body of Mary. Some argue that the above prophecy is concerning Jesus’ second coming. Daniel’s prophecy is speaking of Jesus’ first coming, undoubtedly, because the prophecy states, “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power [a kingdom, KJV]; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him.” Matthew and Luke disclosed that, in His first coming, Jesus had been given all authority, in heaven and on earth, as well as a kingdom.
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Luke 22:29 “And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me,”
The Bible prophesied that Jesus’ first coming would be with the clouds, and yet He came in the flesh. Therefore, the prophecy of His second coming, in a cloud, also reveals that He will secretly come in the flesh, doesn’t it? There is an undeniable prophecy: “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt. 24:34-35).
Then, how long will “this generation” be? Almost two thousand years have passed since Jesus spoke these words. Has the generation not yet passed? In regard to one generation, the Bible says:
Psalms 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength . . .
Therefore “this generation” can only be interpreted as the time period within which the Son of Man comes in a cloud for the second time and gathers His elect from all sides.
THE LAST JUDGMENT WILL BE WHEN JESUS COMES WITH FIRE
When Jesus comes as the Last Judge, He is to come with fire, not on a cloud. The prophet Isaiah testified that on the last day Jesus would come with fire. As it is written:
Isaiah 66:15-16 See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his chariots are like a whirlwind; he will bring down his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For with fire and with his sword the LORD will execute judgment upon all men and many will be those slain by the LORD.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our LORD Jesus.
Hebrews 12:29 . . . for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Matthew 24:30 They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.
Luke 17:22 . . . “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.”
In other words, we will be able to see Jesus when He comes in a cloud, but we will not see Jesus when He comes with fire. Jesus also said that He wouldn’t find faith on the earth when He came on a cloud for the second time.
Luke 18:8 “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
If there is no one who has faith at the time Jesus comes, who can be saved? The Bible says:
Matthew 24:31 “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
In accordance with the prophecies of Jesus’ coming in a cloud, again, to gather His elect from the four winds, Jesus has come for a second time and is presently gathering His elect from the four winds. The one who has fulfilled all of these prophecies is Christ Ahnsahnghong.
We truly hope that you will be able to recognize the Second Coming Christ, Ahnsahnghong, through studying the prophecies of the Bible so that you may receive salvation.