There are many great things about the Bible, but one specifically that stands out is that you can surely double check any scripture with other scriptures. You can either confirm what was written through another scripture or you can confirm through historical facts. While there are parts of the Bible that must be taken on faith there are so many aspects to a verse that you don’t have to take all of them at face value. For instance, the verse talking about how you will see the son of man coming in the clouds can be seen back in Daniel and then seen again being confirmed in the book of Revelation.
In any attempt to read a historical book, it is important to understand the context in which it is written. For instance, can you imagine reading the Song of Solomon for the first time and reading about the love of a man for a woman. The man describes the beautiful tresses of a woman’s hair by comparing them lovingly to a flock of birds or goats hair. In this modern century a women may be insulted by this but if you understood the times you would realize that this was a great compliment.
So it with the verse you read about when you will see the son of man coming in the clouds. This was said on the Wednesday before Jesus was turned over to the authorities to be crucified. This was also the last day of his public ministry. There were great things that weighed heavy on Christ’s mind and surely talking about the end of times of his life as well as end times for humans was among them. This is particularly important to understand why he would reference coming in clouds.
When his disciples also asked him a follow up question as to when would this time be Jesus was clear in saying that no one would know the time or the day. Many would predict this of course, but no human is to know the day or the hour. Also, by coming in a cloud does not mean that this will be done secretly. As referenced in Revelation there will be loud trumpet hours, and even a time of tribulation which will preface his return.
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