SPECIAL TOPIC: COMING ON THE CLOUDS (several Hebrew words, but mostly anan, BDB 777, KB 857)

This coming on the clouds was a very significant eschatological sign. It was used in three distinct ways in the OT.

1. to show God's physical presence, the Shekinah cloud of Glory (cf. Exod. 13:21; 14:19,20,24; 16:10; 19:9; Num. 11:25; Neh. 9:19)

2. to cover His Holiness so that man would not see Him and die (cf. Exod. 33:20; Isa. 6:5)

3. to transport Deity (cf. Ps. 18:9; 104:3; Isa. 19:1; Nah. 1:3; Acts 1:9; 1 Thess. 4:17)

In Daniel 7:13 clouds were used as the transportation of the divine, human Messiah (see Special Topic: Messiah). This prophecy in Daniel is alluded to over 30 times in the NT. This same connection of the Messiah with the clouds of heaven can be seen in Matt. 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26; 14:62; Luke 21:27; Acts 1:9,11; 1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 1:7.

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