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The Last Days of The End Times: Is Armageddon just around the corner? (Volume 1)

The Last Days of The End Times: Is Armageddon just around the corner? (Volume 1)

by Jerry WM. Bowers Jr.

ISBN: 9781477412350

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Published in Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction

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This book looks into the Christian Last Days/End Times view. Christianity and much of the world are awaiting the last days of mankind and the planet as they currently exist. Are we in The Last Days of The End Times? Are we about to witness the Great Battle of Armageddon? Are we about to experience the Great Tribulation? Are we about to be brought into a 1 World Order, where Antichrist reigns supreme? These and many other issues are explored in this book.

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Coming in clouds: 

     As was introduced in the previous (In like manner) article, Jesus told Caiaphas (the High Priest) “it is as you have said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall you will see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” in Matthew 26:64 

     Anyone familiar with this story knows what occurs next. The very next verse shows this statement made by Jesus, caused Caiaphas to “rip his clothes” and accuse Jesus of blasphemy. One would need to be familiar with the key phrases “Son of man - right hand of power - coming in the clouds of heaven” from this verse, in order to fully understand how or why Caiaphas accused Jesus of committing blasphemy. 

     The phrase “son of man” comes from a Hebrew phrase that is commonly ascribed to a Prophet, or specifically, the Messiah. The “right hand of power” is noted throughout scripture as a symbol of authority, and “coming in clouds” is shown in numerous scriptures as representative of judgment. Caiaphas, as the High Priest, knew his scripture, and knew exactly what Jesus was saying in these phrases. 

     As with many Prophets that had been sent by God, the message brought forth was rejected, and the Prophet punished for bringing forth a message of judgment and condemnation from God. Why? 

     Because Prophets were sent not only to the Nobility (Kings, Princes, Queens, etc…) but were also often sent to the Religious authorities, who were convinced their schooling and/or status made them righteous before God, so the messenger of impending doom had to be wrong, and therefore, was punished. 

     Throughout the Old Testament history of this people Israel, we see many occurrences of rewards they receive for 

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obedience and following God’s will for them, but we also see several instances where they disobeyed, turned to other devices or methods, and eventually brought swift punishment or even destruction upon themselves; and it is in these occurrences, where we become the most familiar with what is know as “Apocalyptic language” such as we even find in the Book of Revelation.

     Below, we have included an abundance of scriptures that give various examples of the use of coming with, above, in, and even on, clouds. 

     Something else to consider as you peruse through this litany of scripture: 

John 6:46 “Not that any man has seen the Father, only he which is of God, he has seen the Father”

John 1:18 “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him”

1st John 4:12 “No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us”

1st Timothy 6:16 “Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen”

     According to Jesus, Paul and John, no man can see God, the Father. One would also do well to remember that Jesus only says what the Father gives him to say (John 8:28) and only did what he saw the Father do (John 5:19) 

     Jesus plainly states that he will be “coming in clouds” in Matthew 24:30, 26:64, Mark 13:26, 14:62 and Luke 21:27 and 

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this is also referenced in Revelation 1:7, so how did God the Father come in clouds? Let’s examine the Old Testament uses of this type of language. 

Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

     This verse clearly demonstrates “clouds” in the manifestation of the presence of God. Remember what Jesus, Paul and John said about seeing God, and ask yourself if this verse reveals a visible and physical bodily presence of deity! 

Exodus 14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

     Here again (read through to verse 30) we see God present with clouds, the presence of apocalyptic language, and judgment being executed upon the Egyptians. 

Exodus 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spoke unto 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.

     The “glory of the Lord (remember this phrase) appeared” again in a cloud, yet no man has seen God the Father? 

Exodus 19:9-11 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them 

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to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

     Here again, is God “coming in clouds” and this scripture even states that “the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people” yet “No man has seen God at any time” and again we see the apocalyptic language and imagery (verses 16-19) and judgment appears again as God gives Moses the 10 Commandments (Chapter 20) “the law” that would be used to judge Israel and her sins. 

Exodus 24:16-17 and the glory of the LORD abode upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

     This is prior to Moses’ 40 days/40 nights in the Mount with God. We notice the “cloud” again being used to describe the presence of God. Taking into consideration that Jesus said “No man has seen God” verse 17 clearly tells us what “the glory of the Lord” looked like, that almost reminds me of the blinding light that Saul saw on the road to Damascus. 

Exodus 34:5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud 

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abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Leviticus 16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron your brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Numbers 11:25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Numbers 12:5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.

Numbers 14:14 And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that you LORD are among this people, that you LORD are seen face to face, and that your cloud stands over them, and that you go before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

     Here again, we see the “clouds” accompanying the presence of God again, but we also find the scripture stating something that seems to contradict Jesus, but does it? This phrase “face to face” is a Hebrew Idiom, which relates to closeness or intimacy in understanding or comprehension. 

Deuteronomy 5:22 these words the LORD spoke unto all your assembly in the mount out of the 

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midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

Deuteronomy 31:15 And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he sees not; and he walks in the circuit of heaven.

Psalms 18:6-14 in my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightning, and discomfited them.

     As this chapter plainly reads, David had prayed to God for deliverance, in one of the many battles he faced, and through faithfulness and obedience, he received that deliverance.  

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     We also notice more of the apocalyptic language in this short section, which is clearly judgment upon the enemies of David and God, and we also notice those “clouds” that accompany his visitations, and judgment upon his adversaries. 

Psalms 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psalms 104:3 who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind:

Isaiah 19:1 the burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides upon a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt will be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in the midst of it.

     Isaiah 19 and 20 show us yet another example of God’ presence being known and shown through the LORD riding “upon a swift cloud” and we clearly see this is representative of judgment yet again, by God sending the Assyrians, during the time of Sargon II (King of Assyria – 715 BC approx) 

Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he will come up as clouds, and his chariots will be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! For we are spoiled.

     The Book of Jeremiah introduces us to yet another reference of Babylon coming in to the Kingdom of Judah (606-586 BC) that is explained as God bringing judgment upon Judah for her sins, and again, describes this judgment as coming “up as clouds” and notice verse 20

“For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that brings forth her first 

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child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewails herself, that spreads her hands, saying, Woe is me now! For my soul is wearied because of murderers”

uses the same metaphorical language “woman in travail – birth pangs” we find in numerous scriptures, including the Book of Revelation.

Ezekiel 30:18 At Tehaphnehes also the day will be darkened, when I will break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength will cease in her: as for her, a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.

Ezekiel 32:7 And when I will put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give her light.

     Ezekiel, chapters 29 through 32, give us another example of the judgment of God being exacted through earthly conquering armies (in this case primarily, Babylon against Egypt) but it also contains the metaphorical and apocalyptic language, and again, clearly refers to God being present in this, with the usage of “clouds” being referenced numerous times. 

     Notice a quick comparison of Ezekiel 32:7 (above) with Matthew 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” and one should immediately begin to better understand the apocalyptic language, and the metaphors used. 

Joel 2:1-10 Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the 

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LORD comes, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there has not been ever the like, neither will be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing will escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so will they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains will they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people will be much pained: all faces will gather blackness. They will run like mighty men; they will climb the wall like men of war; and they will march every one on his ways, and they will not break their ranks: Neither will one thrust another; they will walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they will not be wounded. They will run to and fro in the city; they will run upon the wall, they will climb up upon the houses; they will enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth will quake before them; the heavens will tremble: the sun and the moon will be dark, and the stars will withdraw their shining:

     I believe Joel must be understood as a singular letter, and it is important to note that Joel 1:3 tells us that this message is prophecy that is yet for many generations. This appeals to mainstream Christianity, especially because of the correlation between Joel 2:28 

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men 

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shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions”

 and the Pentecost story in Acts 2:16-20 

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come”

     where I believe it is impossible to separate these 2 accounts as separate events, or at separate times. 

     In addition to all the apocalyptic language, I also notice a strong resemblance between Joel 2:2

“A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations”

and Matthew 24:21 

 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be”

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 and considering (in the Book of Joel) we find the phrase “the day of the LORD” 5 times, which likewise is found in the Acts Pentecost account, it should be simple to note that this is yet another occasion of God exacting this judgment, but through earthly armies. 

Joel 2:30-31 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joel 3:15 the sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

     Just as our previous examples that use this apocalyptic language, that borrow metaphors from cosmology (Sun, Moon, Stars, Hills, Valleys, Mountains, Clouds, etc…) we should be beginning to better understand this typology, instead of linking it to the literal Sun, Moon, Stars, Hills, Valleys, Mountains, Clouds, etc… 

Zephaniah 1:14-17 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man will cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, so that they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood will be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

     Zephaniah receives this prophecy from God, during the reign of Josiah, King of Judah. This would place the giving of the prophecy sometime between 641–609 BC. This short book 

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(3 chapters) specifically names and concerns itself with numerous places (including Judah and Jerusalem) and specifically names the destruction of Nineveh, which took place around 612 BC.  

     We again, see the apocalyptic language, God directing it, and again, we see this judgmental language, using the cosmological signs, including clouds. 

     Within these 3 chapters, we see “The day of the LORD” mentioned 7 times; only this time, unlike the clear postponement mentioned and shown in Joel, there is nothing in Zephaniah to suggest any such delay in the fulfillment of this destruction of numerous cities.  

     A little world history will teach that this was all in the build up of the Neo-Babylonian reign (628-539 BC) which clearly includes Babylon’s conquest of Judah, and Judah’s 70 year captivity; the end of which is spoken of in Zephaniah 3:20

“At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says the LORD”

     How many examples have we seen where God comes in glory, in, with, on, above, and rides on clouds? Yet Christ states that no man has seen the Father or God at any time? 

Christ, coming in clouds: 

Matthew 24:30 (cf, Mark 13:26- Luke 21:27) and then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then will all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

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     This verse is dependent on Matthew 24:34 which states it would occur within the 1st century-present generation. 

Matthew 26:64 (cf, Mark 14:62) Jesus said unto him, you have said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter will you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

     While we can easily see “coming in the clouds” in this verse; again, a study on the “right hand” also lends itself to a better understanding of this Symbolic language. 

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye will see him, and they also which pierced him: and all nations of the earth will wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

     This is exactly what is being said in Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:26, Luke 21:27, and context tells us it’s all about the same thing, event, and/or time. 

     As with any other scripture, this must be understood in the context of any surrounding and/or supporting scriptures. While Revelation clearly speaks of past, present, and future, the very first verse (Revelation 1:1) says the things (given as prophecy) must come to pass “shortly” and we again find this verified in Revelation 22:6 

And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

     We must stop looking at the biblical “End Times” as a near or complete extinction of mankind, and everything else, including the planet itself. These prophesied “Last/Latter Days” are explained and understood through thousands of 

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verses of scripture, and people will ever disagree as to what any particular scripture is about. 

     Those of us, who believe in Fulfilled Eschatology, have not pieced this together with a handful of scriptures, nor do we alter, change, and/or redefine more words and phrases, as is required to present the ever-postponed Futurist Eschatology alternative.  

     A simple study on the historicity of Christianity would quickly reveal that certain Christians always believed they were in the last days, and that the coming/return of Christ would happen in their own lifetime. This is constantly used as an excuse to continually reject the idea that these events have already occurred, and the need to continually see them off in the distant or far off future. 

     MY primary motivation for writing this article, is to point out that “Coming in, with, on, or above clouds” is Symbolic Imagery, also known as Judgmental/Apocalyptic, and never demands a visible and/or physical bodily presence of deity. 

     As to the numerous examples shown above, “And Jesus said, I am: and you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” from Mark 14:62 (cf,. Matthew 26:64) clearly shows this is in reference to a coming and looming judgment, but also plainly states that is something that Caiaphas himself would witness. 

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