Revelation 1:7 – Jesus will Visibly Return

Revelation 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds…
The Greek word translated “behold” means “perceive,” or “look.” When Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation, it will be visibly “with clouds.” The passages below show that the heavenly hosts are sometimes called “clouds”:

Daniel 7:13 – I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
The following passage supports that the heavenly host, or the armies of Heaven are the “clouds” Christ returns to Earth with:

Revelation 19:14 – And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Jude 1:14-15 – Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Zechariah 14:4-5 – And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley…. Thus the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You.
Matthew 25:31 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.”
However, Jesus said He would return the same way He left, which was in a literal cloud:

Acts 1:9-11 – Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven, as He went up behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Luke 21:27 – Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:30 – Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mark 13:26 – Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
In addition to physical atmospheric clouds, the singular “cloud” mentioned in the first two passages above could be the physical manifestation of the glory of the Lord as depicted elsewhere in Scripture:

Exodus 16:10 – Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
Exodus 19:9 – And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” So Moses told the words of the people to the LORD.
Exodus 40:34-38 – Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
Ezekiel 1:4, 28 – Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire…. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.
Notice in the passages below, the cloud surrounding the Lord is thick and dark, and likened to a thunderstorm with bright flashes like lightning, when He comes in judgment and wrath:

Psalm 18:7-14 – Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.
Psalm 97:1-6 – The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad! Clouds and darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. A fire goes before Him, and burns up His enemies round about. His lightnings light the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.
In short, the clouds Christ is coming with are the heavenly hosts, but He will also probably come in a literal cloud when He returns to Earth in judgment, as described in the Psalms above.

Revelation 1:7 – …and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.
As discussed in the last section, Jesus will return visibly, the same way He left when He ascended to Heaven. If “every eye” will literally see Him, it is safe to assume that everyone with physical eyes at the Lord’s return will be able to witness the event, as conveyed in the following verse:

Matthew 24:30 – Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
If that is the case, in order for everyone in the world to see Him coming, Jesus and the heavenly armies will likely make a grand procession around the earth as He returns.

There are many who believe that the souls in Hell will also visually witness Jesus’ return. The phrase: “Even they who pierced Him,” would suggest that those who personally had a hand in crucifying the Lord will witness His return to Earth – even from Hell – assuming they hadn’t accepted Jesus as Messiah at some point. I would not rule out that possibility, as Jesus told the high priest that he would personally witness His return:

Matthew 26:63-64 – But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
However, the following passage shows that when the Lord returns, Jerusalem’s inhabitants will represent those that actually rejected Him and wanted Him crucified:

Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
That being said, there was at least a partial fulfillment of this prophecy in Zechariah; not by the descendants of David, but by the Roman soldiers that crucified him, as indicated by John in his Gospel:

John 19:32-37 – Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
While there might be a non-physical view of the return of Jesus in the spiritual realm, in taking the literal rendering of the text, there is no doubt that Jesus will return in a physical body to Earth, where physical eyes will witness the event.

As a side note, it is incredible that centuries before the crucifixion, David prophesied that Jesus would be rejected by His own people and be pierced in His hands and feet, long before this type of execution was ever implemented.

Psalm 22:16 – For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet.
The Roman soldiers broke the legs of the thieves who were crucified next to Jesus to speed along death before the Passover began, as this prevented the criminals from pushing themselves up for air, thus suffocating them quickly. But the soldiers saw that Jesus was already dead and instead pierced His side instead of breaking His legs, and so He did not sustain any broken bones, fulfilling the requirements for the Passover lamb:

Psalm 34:20 – He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
John 19:31-37 – Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
Exodus 12:43-47 – And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it. But every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then he may eat it. A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat it. In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

Revelation 1:7 – And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.
The parallel passage to this is in Jesus’ “Olivet Discourse”:

Matthew 24:30 – Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
As mentioned in the last section, the descendants from the kingdom of Judah living at the return of Jesus will realize that He is the Messiah, and they will mourn for Him:

Zechariah 12:10 – “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.”
In Scripture, we find that the act of mourning, or lamenting is usually associated with the loss of a loved one, or bad news, such as impending judgment for disobedience. The passage above shows that God will pour out the “Spirit of grace and supplication” on these descendants from the kingdom of Judah. This shows they will believe and accept that Jesus is Messiah right before He returns. In this case, the mourning would signify that they realize their sin in their rejection, and are now humbled in the sight of the Lord:

James 4:8-10 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
The Lord will comfort these humble mourners as He welcomes them into His Kingdom:

Isaiah 61:1-4 – “…He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…. To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.
However, mourning can also be a sign of regret or guilt. This will be the type of mourning for most in the world when Jesus returns. Throughout the Tribulation, people will shake their fist at God and refuse to repent and turn to Him (Revelation 9:20-21, 16:9, 11, 21). Those who laugh and scoff at the Lord during the Tribulation will mourn when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom. While believers will mourn out of humbleness, unbelievers will mourn because they will realize judgment is coming because of their rejection of God:

Luke 6:25 – …Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

Revelation 1:7 – Even so, Amen.
“Amen” is a Hebrew declaration used at the end of benedictions throughout the New Testament. “Amen” is also the standard ending to prayer which means “so be it,” as defined within the following passage:

Numbers 5:22 – …Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.”

Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord…
The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet are “alpha” and “omega.” This is another way of saying “the beginning and the end,” or the “first and the last” (Revelation 1:11). In Jewish tradition, “the alpha and omega” was a common expression used to depict the entirety of something.

The title: “The Beginning and the End” denotes the Lord’s eternal existence and omnipresence; from eternity past to eternity future, as shown in following passages:

Isaiah 43:10-13 – “…Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the LORD, “that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?”
Isaiah 46:9-10 – Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’
The title: “The Beginning and the End” also shows us that the Godhead accomplishes everything He begins through Jesus:

John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

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