God Has Always Come to Us “in the Clouds”

“Behold, he cometh with clouds…” (Revelations 1:7)

Clouds” are used throughout the Old and New Testament as a matter of evidPillar of a Cloud - a Tornadoence witnessing to the fearful and awesome presence of the all powerful “Almighty God”. In the Old Testament they were physically visible clouds, full of power (lightning and earth shaking thunder) and fearful authority. When the children of Israel left the bondage of Egypt, the fearful presence of God went with them in the form of a cloud.

“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: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22)

When Moses received the ten commandments of the covenant from God, the evidence of God’s presence was the cloud, and again, the “devouring fire” that was associated with that cloud. God’s presence in the cloud was not a “light puffy” one.

“And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. 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 clouThunderstorm Cloudsd. 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. 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 24:15-18 )

These two previous examples were more of a fearful presence because the children of Israel were often disobedient and discontent in their devotion and service to God. But there were times in the Old Testament where the presence of God in the cloud was a blessing to the people of God. It was when all things were in order in their lives and their worship was sincere and faithful in love. When God is being truly honored from the heart of obedient servants (and not just from the lips) he is well pleased. Jesus said “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) And so we see in the Old Testament when the children of Israel were properly gathered together in heart felt, obedient worship to the Lord, great was the blessing of the presence of the Lord amongst them: in the cloud!

“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 music, 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; 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 5:13-14)

How does Jesus still come amongst his people? “Behold, he cometh with clouds!” Today these clouds are the spiritual clouds of God’s true people when they gather together to worship and witness of the great mercy and love of Jesus Christ in saving them and purifying their hearts to the obedience of the faith!

  • “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)

At the final day will he also come in the clouds? Most certainly, for the scriptures plainly tell us so. It is appropriate in this case that what he does spiritually, he will also one day do physically. But in that final day, like unto the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt, when Jesus comes then in the clouds he will be as a cloud of blessing to the true and faithful, and as a devouring fire to the disobedient and unfaithful.

There is so very much more to be said about “Behold, he cometh with clouds” that it will have to be covered more in my next blog entry.

16 thoughts on “God Has Always Come to Us “in the Clouds”

  1. Can you tell me the glory that will be displayed when the Lord reveals the Ark of the Covenant which is soon to happen. That is the glory that is still present within the Ark.
    Your picture above doesn’t do justice to the glow that is there.

    • Sorry for taking so long – reviewing comments and realized never responded to this one.

      The Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament represented the presence of God with the people of God (by the people of God keeping the Covenant, or the “agreement” that God gave them for how they were to serve him and prove their love towards him.) Today God does not dwell in things made by man like a physical Ark. God wants to dwell within us, and amongst us, when we keep the agreement or covenant of the New Testament, the one we received through Jesus Christ:

      “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?” (Acts 7:48-49)

      “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22)

      “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

  2. Thank you,um preachn a funeral on saturday and would to speak abou the cloud. God bless you,if you can please help me.

  3. My mother in-law and I saw Jesus in the clouds.We couldn’t see his face but his hands were both up and praising.How come we both saw this???

    • Hi Rainy , wanted to let you know you have a reply , sorry i posted it as a comment , i realsied after, but i hope that maybe by replying now you may get a mail letting you know you have a reply.

  4. Rainy , I have seen this cloud so distinctly . There were no other clouds in the near vicinity , only dark clouds covering the distant horizon. As I sat in my comp chair gazing out on a bright day , this big white fluffy cloud came flying along , as low as i ever seen a cloud , and came virtually straight at might ,, maybe 15 degrees to the right ,, and travelled at a speed 8 times faster than the dark clouds in the very great distance. It was so distinct , every feature on his face , long wavy hair slightly past his shoulders , a body , and arms and hands outstretched wide apart , and slightly upwards , a body but no legs , just a long , as i realise now , flowing gown . This was the whole shape of the cloud It was just this figure , flying along the sky , what a calm look the expression on his face , it didnt look at me directly , but was looking looking forward at all , and at the time i felt it to be the Spirit flying along spreading good and hope. This I saw on the 24 th of July ( maybe the 25th at a pinch )

    Now , believe not just the cloud description, but encompass this with all the texts here , and , and many more that i couldnt possibly start to rhymm of , but as for myself , the next massive revalation was i was told maybe 4 or 5 times in 2 weeks that ” My right hand will lift you up ” … and low and behold .. there is a site that has a cloud shaped like a hand and a arm , you can see all the fingers , google ” Hand of God cloud ” ( the sites mighty optical illusions ) and when I saw this , well , I havent stopped talking since , because it to me IS the right hand of God , and it has lifted me up , to talk boldly as I ought to , as early lessons teach us.

    I give Praise to ALL who believe in God , in Spirit , in Goodness , in Right , in Truth , with all warmth and comfort , I think all that hear know we are being ALL united in the Truth in God. And I give praise to God .

  5. er , very gently i say , for at the moment now i fear of ending up spamming this site with possible irrelevance , but what i described i saw , well , this happened in new brunswick on the second of august
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ceSACVQCDE
    it is a legit link to you tube, if you dont trust the link , just go to you tube and type face in cloud , canada august 2nd is the vid
    More though , theres many bits , I seriously think we are surrounded by Saints , they are not all the same face.
    Like the Bible says , give prayer with suppllication to All Saints

    • Thank you everyone for these interesting videos of clouds. God can reveal himself in many ways, even in the physical clouds, for he created all things.

      “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” ~ Hebrews 1:10-12 and Psalms 102:25-27

      But the greatest witness of God’s majesty and power is the one that comes from the “cloud of witnesses.” This cloud is people who have forsaken all sin and are living to only please the Savior. When they gather together as one to worship God – the power of God is in their midst!

      “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

      Let us turn our attention to finding and observing the true and faithful cloud of witnesses – and may our hearts be found among them in truth and faithfulness!

  6. We should be careful to not conceptualize or mythologize Scripture. Upon study of the word “cloud(s)” in the Bible, one quickly realizes that there is a complex matter going on–one that defies a simple explanation.

    On the one hand, you have the concept of the cloud as being sort of a veil or haze which represents a symbolic God who is ultimately non-physical and just works in indirect ways.

    On the other hand, we read that Moses walked INTO the cloud on Mt. Sinai, that an angel was INSIDE the cloud above the Red Sea, and that Jesus will come IN the clouds. There is also linkage between clouds and “chariots”, which apparently are some kind of vehicle that God travels in with physical form.

    To what degree the Biblical cloud is symbolic or physical, I cannot say for sure. My best guess is that it’s both.

    • Thank you for your comment. Your mention of “There is also linkage between clouds and chariots, which apparently are some kind of vehicle that God travels in with physical form” is another revelation study I love and have cherished! The most significant mention of this “chariot of God” is made in Ezekiel in chapters 1, 10 and 43.

      God’s vehicle is his true ministry and his true people living holy and faithful to him. The “chariot of God” mentioned in Ezekiel shows a vehicle in the clouds that is comprised of “living creatures” whom are “attached at the wings”. It is the Holy Spirit in those wings that moves the living chariot, for cherubims cannot flap their own wings and still stay attached at the wings. Additionally, God rides upon those wings. Cherubim in respect for Almighty God do not flap their own wings when God is on them, as we are shown in both Ezekiel and in the Psalms:

      “And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.” ~ Psalms 18:10

      Read the scriptures and you will see – there are many deep truths and meaning in Ezekiel’s prophesy of the chariot of God. Some day I want to post a complete explanation (based upon scripture and not some imaginations and ideas of men) of the true meaning of the “chariot of God” in Ezekiel.

  7. Richard,

    I had the blessing to see the presence of God in cloud form. It happened when I was thanking God out loud for His intervention in anothers life. It was at night and I was in a parking lot alone. As soon as I saw it I knew it was God’s presence.

    It looked exactly like a thunderhead. I would guess it to have been 200 to 300 feet tall. It was motionless and the top half glowed from within with a light. I could not see the base as it appeared to be behind a building. It wasn’t steam. It wasn’t smoke. It was God.

    I looked in awe for around 10 seconds and on a windless night suddenly the wind blew and the entire cloud was gone in two or three seconds.

    All glory to God if this story helps anyone.

    Joseph

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