- “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him” (Revelation 1:7 – NASB)
Words written by the apostle John. But note that the first seven words are capitalized. In the NASB that is meant to draw your attention to the fact that they are words from the Old Testament. In this particular case, the first seven words are referenced to the book of Daniel,
- “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming” (Daniel 7:13 – NASB)
Daniel said it and John said it,
- “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING“
We are told that Jesus the Christ, “He is coming.” And when He comes it will be “with the clouds.” And we are told, “every eye will see Him.” The question begged here is, “Who is included” in this “every eye?”
Dr. John Morris has written in response to this very question,
- “Certainly everyone living at the time, both Christians and non-Christian. But also the saved dead and raptured saints will be present (I Thessalonians 4:17). Can it be that the unsaved dead will likewise ‘see’ Him come? Those who died without Christ should be vitally interested. Either the coming rebellion will defeat Christ and free their spirits from Hades, or they will soon face certain, final judgment.”
One thing for sure, the text says, “every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him.” Many are of the mind that these who are described as “those who pierced Him” refers to the Jews who were responsible for Christ’s death (cf. Acts 2:22-23; 3:14, 15).
And note the reaction of “all the tribes of the earth.” They “will mourn over Him.” It is believed by many that this does not indicate a repentance by “the tribes of the earth” but a wailing due to the truth revealed, the truth that exposes sin and the judgment due that sin.
- “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING”
And brethren . . . you know that is true because the Scriptures are true and they tell us that “He is coming.”
Have a good day . . . and if you see a cloud let it turn your mind toward this passage of Scripture and lead you to thinking upon the return of our Lord.
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