"Behold, he cometh 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."
The clouds in the scriptures are often
associated with the glory of God:
1. Ex. 16:10 "And it came to pass, as
Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children
that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the
glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud."
2. Ex. 24:16 "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 cloud."
3. Ex. 40:34 "Then a cloud covered the
tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD
filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to
enter into the tent of the congregation, because the
cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled
4. 1 Kings 8:10 "And it came to pass, when
the priests were come out of the holy place, that the
cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 So that the
priests could not stand to minister because of the
cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of
5. Is. 4:5 "And the LORD will create upon
every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her
assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of
a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be
6. Ezek. 10:4 "Then the glory of the LORD
went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of
the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and
the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S
7. Matt. 24:30 "And then shall appear the
sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the
tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
as the cloud is associated with God's glory, the cloud
also is associated with things that glorify God:
1. God's everlasting covenant glorifies God:
Gen. 9:13 "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall
be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a
cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the
cloud:" Just as the rainbow covenant glorifies God,
even so, it points to the everlasting covenant of
redemption found in Rom. 8:28-30 which gives all the
glory to God for our redemption: "28 And we know that
all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might
be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover
whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom
he called, them he also justified: and whom he
justified, them he also glorified."
2. The giving of the covenant of the law
glorified God: Ex. 24:16 "And the glory of the LORD
Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the
seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the
3. God's mercy glorifies God: Lev. 16:2
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy
brother, that he come not at all times into the holy
place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is
upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the
cloud upon the mercy seat."
4. Prayer at God's throne of grace glorifies
God: Lev. 16:13 "And he shall put the incense upon
the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense
may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony,
that he die not:"
5. The assembly of God's people to worship
him glorifies God: Is. 4:5 "And the LORD will create
upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her
assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of
a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be
6. God's everlasting kingdom glorifies God:
Dan. 7:13 "I saw in the night visions, and, behold,
one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him
near before him. 14 And there was given him
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,
nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion
is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
7. God's justice glorifies
God: Zep. 1:15 "That day is a day of wrath, a day of
trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and
8. The resurrection of Christ glorifies God:
Acts 1:9 "And when he had spoken these things, while
they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him
out of their sight."
resurrection of the dead at the end of time glorifies
God: 1 Thes. 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
10: The witness of God's people glorifies
God: Heb. 12:1 "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,"
11. God's leadership and direction of his
people glorifies God: Ex. 13:21 "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: 22 He took not
away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of
fire by night, from before the people."
Christ's death on the cross glorifies God: Zech. 12:10
"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they
have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness
for him, as one that is in bitterness for his
12 above is a parallel verse to Rev. 1:7. The wailing
in verse 7 is the same as the mourning in ref. 12. The
mourning is the mourning of God's children when they
become convicted that their sins are the reason that
Jesus suffered and died on the cross. This is a bitter
mourning for God's redeemed, but it glorifies God.
Their bitterness is turned to joy, however, when they
come to understand that Jesus died for them to redeem
them from their sins.
Jesus does indeed come with clouds (glory).
Rev 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and
which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
term "Alpha and Omega" appears four times in the
scriptures (Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13). The phrase
"beginning and the end" appears three times (Rev. 1:8;
21:6; 22:13). The phrase "first and the last" appears
four times (Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13). Alpha and Omega
are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
They would appear to represent the initiation and
completion of the alphabet and certainly the Lord is
both the initiation and completion of His word.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God," etc.
"Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost." God initiated the writing of his words and he
also moved the writing unto the completion of his
words. God is the first great cause and the last great
end. God is the beginning of creation and the completer
of creation. God initiated the salvation of his people
in the covenant of redemption before the foundation of
the world and he is the completer of that covenant. God
is the author (initiator) and finisher (completer) of
our faith. God has begun a good work in us (new birth)
and God will complete the good work (resurrection). God
is the beginner of our love (we love him because he
first loved us) and the perfector of our love. God is
the beginner of the church and the completer of the
church. God is the initiator of everything that is good
and he is also the completer of everything that is
phrase "which is, and which was, and which is to come"
appears twice in the scriptures (Rev. 1:4, 8). Heb.
13:8 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day,
and for ever" also expresses a similar sentiment.
It shows us that God is eternal and unchangeable. He is
the great I AM. When Moses asked God what he was to
tell Israel about who sent him, God answered that he was
to say "I AM hath sent thee." These characteristics of
God are essential in our salvation from sin and
deliverance to glory.
is called the Almighty fifty seven times in the
scriptures and as a name has reference to the
characteristic of God having all power. Of course God
is the creator of all things, both natural and
Rev 1:9"I John, who also am your
brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the
kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle
that is called Patmos, for the word of
God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
the above verse we see that John is addressing the
brethren. He says that I am your brother. As far as I
have found in the scriptures John had only one natural
brother. However, he had many spiritual brothers and
sisters. The appellation, brother, indicates a
relationship. Its use in the scriptures often does not
indicate natural siblings, but spiritual brothers. We
are brothers and sisters in that we have all been born
of the Spirit of God in the new birth. We also have one
elder brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. The terms,
brother and sister, were used in the church to indicate
they were a part of the family of God. Numerous times
we find this appellation in the letters of the apostles
and prophets and in over 90% of the cases it is talking
about someone who is a fellow church member. It is
scriptural to use the appellation when talking to or
about a fellow church member. The term, brother, also
indicates a shared and common interest as being members
of the same family under the same house rules and
government. This term was sometimes used in the Old
Testament to indicate a relationship beyond being
natural siblings. Abraham was Lot's uncle yet he was
called his brother: Gen. 14:16 "And he brought back
all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his
goods, and the women also, and the people."
word, companion, used above indicates someone who is a
co-participant or co-laborer. When brother and
companion are used together it indicates that we are
more than just sharing a common spiritual birth, but
also that we are also co-laborers. In the church this
is supposed to be the case. In the church we are not
only spiritual brothers and sisters, but we are also
co-laborers in tribulation, and the kingdom and patience
of Jesus Christ. Tribulation is shared by every member
of the church:
1. John 16:33 "These things I have spoken
unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world
ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world."
2. Acts 14:22 "Confirming the souls of the
disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith,
and that we must through much tribulation enter into the
3. Rom. 5:3 "And not only so, but we glory
in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh
4. Rom. 12:12 "Rejoicing in hope; patient
in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;"
5. 2 Cor. 1:4 "Who comforteth us in all
our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them
which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we
ourselves are comforted of God."
6. 1 Th. 3:4 "For verily, when we were
with you, we told you before that we should suffer
tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know."
We are also co-laborers in the kingdom of God:
1. Matt. 20: "For the kingdom of heaven
is like unto a man that is an householder, which went
out early in the morning to hire labourers into his
2. 1 Cor. 3:9 "For we are labourers
together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's
3. Phil. 4:3 "And I entreat thee also,
true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me
in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my
fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life."
also are brethren and co-partakers of the patience of
Jesus Christ. The word, patience, means cheerful
endurance and continuance. Instant gratification isn't
often found in the service of the Lord. Many times we
are called upon to endure hardships, trials,
tribulations, persecutions, and temptations. Often
times we labor and don't immediately see the results of
our labors. Yet we are called upon to continue instant
in the service of the Lord. However, we have a promise
that sustains us during these times of hardship: Gal.
6:9 "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in
due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Also,
we read in 1 Cor. 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in
the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your
labour is not in vain in the Lord."
was in the isle that is called Patmos. While the
scriptures do not tell us how he got to the isle of
Patmos, secular history tells us that he was put there
as a result of persecution. How often do we see the
Lord use the circumstances that we are in to his names
honor and glory. This punishment of the world turned
out to be a great blessing that God bestowed not only on
John, but upon the Lord's church. It should cause us to
reflect that before we start complaining about our
circumstances, maybe God will use those circumstances to
his names honor and glory.
Recently I was in a meeting where there was a young lady
who had spinal bifida, which had retarded both her
growth and her mental development. Yet I have not seen
any greater praise and love flow out! She wasn't
bemoaning her circumstances, but rather was giving
praise and glory to God and her joy was full.
John was in the isle of Patmos for the word of God and
for the testimony of Jesus Christ. He was there to
record and report what the Lord said and showed him unto
the Lord's church. While the circumstances could have
been harsh, the labor was one of great joy. What
greater joy can we find in life than to serve our Lord
and Master in his kingdom.