Sitting on a Cloud

jesussickle215The world mocks God by suggesting that everyone in Heaven sits around on clouds playing harps. Their suggestion is that it is more fun to carouse, get drunk and participate in sexual debauchery.  In the movie, “Monty Pythons Search For the Holy Grail”, they depict a very silly and impotent God situated in the clouds.  However, we do have this cloud image in scripture, “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.  Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”  So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.  Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.  Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”  The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia (180 miles). (Rev. 14:14-20).

This cloud filled image is at the judgment.  The first angel harvests the earth’s produce of righteous people.  The second angel reaps the grapes to be crushed in the winepress of God’s wrath.  No wonder the enemy wants his followers to scoff at this image, it is frightening and sobering to see this measure of God’s coming wrath on the wicked and unbelieving world. This distinction between the saved and the lost is clear in eternal outcome and every perspective of God revealed in the Bible.  God knows those who are His. (John 10: 14, 27).  He sits on a cloud and from there it is all very clear.  From our perspective far below the clouds, we see all human frailties up close and personal. Believers are well acquainted with the evil that lurks within the fallen human nature, but we have heard God’s word of love, mercy, forgiveness, and truth.  We have confessed and repented our selfish rebellion and we have surrendered and submitted to God’s will and accepted His mercy and compassion, by faith, believing the Word of God and seeking His will and ways.  This promise remains today for any who will come to Yeshua, Jesus’ Hebrew name, and accept forgiveness and eternal life in exchange for the lie of self-rule during your short life on this earth. (John 3:16-18; Acts 2: 38-39; Eph. 1: 13-14; Eph. 2:8; 2 Tim 1:9; Titus 3:5).  “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.  To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev. 3: 20-21).

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