Revelation 1:7


“He Cometh With Clouds”


Revelation 1:7 says, “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.”

When Christ returns everyone in the world will see Him. They will see him and they will recognize Him for who He is, Jesus Christ the king of kings and the Saviour of the world.  That is why the phrase,  “and they also which pierced Him” is mentioned. Jesus suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world and so we all have pierced Him with our sins.

This verse is not referring to the rapture of the church when only the church will see Christ as He delivers us from this evil world but this verse refers to the end of the seven year tribulation. “And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him, Even so, Amen.” Some shall surely wail with repentant hearts finally and others because of the judgment that is coming.

Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the LORD, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Perhaps these are the words Christ will say when He first appears in the clouds. This truth about the eternal existence of God is certainly important to understand and perhaps it is the one truth that should be understood at the return of Christ. God is eternal. He has no beginning or end. He has always existed. And Thus eternal life comes from God.

Perhaps another reason this verse is given is because from a human standpoint all things come to an end. The world as we know it certainly is coming to an end when these events in the book of Revelation come to pass. When the world began God was there. And when the world ends God will be there. He is the alpha and the omega.

Revelation 1:9 says,  “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 Apostle John scribed the book of Revelation while he was imprisoned in the isle of Patmos. To be cast into such a prison is no small suffering. It is true that that often the worst things that happen to us are things that God uses for His Word and for His testimony just as happened here with John.

Now notice the phrase, “in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” To endure a suffering or a tribulation takes patience. Patience means you must wait on the LORD. No one is as patient as Christ is. It is the patience of Christ because Christ is waiting. He is waiting for just the right time to return; a time when He will have prepared the hearts of mankind for judgment.

Revelation 1:10-11 says,  “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard beind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

Here the 7 churches are listed to which John was writing. These seven churches represent the whole church. Therefore what John wrote is very much still applicable today to any given group of believers in the world.

Once again we see God say, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. There undoubtedly is an important reminder here for us in the last days. When things come to an end there is nothing to fear because God is in control. It is God that brings the end of things.

Revelation 1:12-16 says, “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; An in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in His right hand seven stars; and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Here we are given a detailed description of Jesus Christ. What John describes helps us to understand the character of Jesus Christ but notice first what verse 13 says, “in the midst of the seven candlesticks.” We know with certainty from verse 20 that the candlesticks are the churches. If you want to see Jesus it is in the midst of the church that you will see Him. Where 2 or 3 are gathered together there you will see Jesus.

Revelation 1:17-18 says, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not: I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Once again John is reminded of the truth that eternal life is in Jesus. If you have eternal life then you have what you need to conquer all your fears.

Revelatoin 1:19-20 says, “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”

Some things in the Bible are metaphorical and symbolic. Here in these verses is an example of such symbolizing explained. Not all symbolizing in Bible prophecy is explained especially in the book of revelation. Therefore we cannot say for certain what the symbolizing may be at least not until it comes to pass.

“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches”

We cannot say for certain what all the metaphors in the book of revelation mean but we do know that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches. And this is the best way to understand scripture by comparing scripture with scripture. One reason for so much false interpretation of the word of God is because those doing the interpreting do not have the holy spirit of God.

If you have never received the Holy Spirit then you can do so by repenting of your sins to Jesus Christ.


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