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It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a

refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain”

(Isa. 4:5-6).

The cloud enshrouds and is the Holy City, the New Jerusa-

lem, which is adorned as a bride (Rev. 21:9-10). Its base is

1,400 miles square (Rev. 21:16). The glorious cloud of the

Lord will cover all of the original royal grant to Abraham, which

extends over to the Euphrates River in Iraq. All this belongs to

Israel, and at long last, the Lord will claim it for them, never

again to allow surrender to opposition!

We know that when Christ ascended into heaven He was

accompanied by a cloud (Acts 1:9), and that when He returns,

it will be in the same way (Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:30). This ascen-

sion was accompanied by captives who were “led in his train,”

presumably from Hades (Psalm 68:18; Eph. 4:8). The cloud,

then, is composed of spiritual beings! It shouldn’t be a great

surprise to learn that these clouds are composed of more than

water vapor! Hebrews 12:1 speaks of a cloud of witnesses. The

two witnesses in Rev. 11:12 will ascend in a cloud. The Mys-

tery Church will translate and ascend to heaven to be in the

clouds (composed of angels, past Old Testament Saints, and

newly resurrected saints of the Church).

In clouds such as these are to be ten thousand times ten

thousand (Rev. 5:11). Ten thousands will come with the Lord

(Jude 14). God is to dwell at a mountain (Mt. Zion) and will

come and make His sanctuary there. He will have there tens of

thousands of “chariots” (Psalm 68:17). The clouds are His

chariot (Psalm 104:3), and He will come again with them (Isa.

66:15; Hab. 3:8).