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"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.
Heb 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.
Zec 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:
Jn 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 Pe 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.
Rev 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.