CLOUD

I want to share some scriptures that the Holy Spirit put together for me while I was preaching one Sunday. Which are not scriptures I would have placed together.  As I spoke about the Lord being in the cloud. He then linked some Old Testament scriptures with a very interesting New Testament verse.


Exodus 13:21 & 22 "By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people."

What a most glorious experience having the cloud going before the people! The Lord desires to go in front of us today. He desires to lead us and guide us. He wants to light up our way so that we always know the way He is directing us. He has no desire for us to wander in the darkness. Today, He has made every provision so we may know the way He wants us to walk.

In Exodus 19:9,19:16,24:16 & 34:5, we find that the Lord met Moses in the cloud on Mount Sinai - Ex.34: 5 "Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name the Lord". At this time the Lord was dwelling in the cloud. That is where Moses met with the Lord, Moses went up into the cloud.

Exodus 40:34&35 "Then the cloud covered the tent of the meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of the Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle."

The verse before says "...And so Moses finished the work." The Lord had had Moses doing all the preparation work for the completion of the tabernacle. Putting together the curtains, placing the lampstand, the altar and the basin. There was a great deal of preparation work that had to be done, but once it was complete - the Lord came and the cloud covered the Tabernacle.

1Kings8: 10&11 "When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple." As we move from the time of the tabernacle to the time of the temple, we again find as man has finished his work - then the Lord comes in a cloud to dwell. As the work of the flesh is finished - the cloud of the Lord comes to His temple.


2Corinthians 6:16 "What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people" - For we are the temple of the living God! A most awesome thought.


All of the above verses I have been familiar with and used in the above contexts on many occasions. But this day as I was preaching from these texts, I felt the Lord tell me to link the verse in Luke 21:27 with the former of His cloud filling His temple. "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Jesus is telling His disciples about what things would be like at the end of the Age. Putting this verse with the previous verses meant that the revealing of the Lord Jesus will occur when He comes to His temple (us) and His cloud fills the temple. We have been taught to wait for an external event - the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds. What I felt the Holy Spirit showing me was that He would be revealed through His Body, His temple - that when the Lord had prepared His temple as He had in the days of Moses and Solomon - that He would return to that temple in the same manner as He had in the days of old - by the cloud coming to dwell in His temple. Are we not the temple, which the Lord is, and has been preparing? Where will He dwell when He returns? In Isaiah 66:1&2 "This is what the Lord says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool, Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the Lord. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." We are to be the temple of the Lord. He is preparing us to be a fit dwelling place for Himself. In His perfect time He will fill us to overflowing with His presence and others will see His cloud upon us. They will see the Lord revealed in His temple - us; they will no longer see after the flesh, but they will see the TREASURE in the earthen vessel.


Ex 40:34 "Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle."

1Kin8: 11 "And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple."

Luk21: 27 "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."


Personally, I probably would not have put these verses together - as I had been taught different. For many years I felt the Lord whispering to me that His Second Coming was going to be a revealing of Himself through His saints. That even as at His first coming, even though they had all of the prophecies, the religious leaders of the day did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. I believe at His Second Coming the same thing will occur - the religious leaders of this present hour are looking for an external appearing of our Lord. I believe that after His second coming is over and done with, we will look back and see that all of the prophecies were fulfilled the same as at His first coming - but I also believe that there will only be a remnant, a small number, who will be aware of what He is doing. Even now, I feel the Christ- life stirring within my being and starting to assert His Kingdom upon this present earth.