In these two verses John recounts prophecy regarding Jesus, and Jesus Himself speaks to us, giving five more aspects of His glory for us to behold.
"Behold! He is coming with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all tribes of the earth shall mourn/lament with personal, tragic loss because of Him. Even so, Amen."
When Jesus comes back the second time, He will come in a cloud of glory. Jesus Himself tells us that after the great tribulation, the last three-and-a-half years of the final seven year period of earth, “And then shall appear the sign of The Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” We see this also in the book of Acts. An angel testifies, as the apostles gaze upon Jesus ascending in a cloud of glory, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
Habakkuk sees a similar vision, using extraordinary language. He writes, “…His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of His hand and there was the hiding of His power.” The word “horns” in the KJV means rays of light. It is speaking about the rays or beams of light which come out of a small hole in something. He is speaking about the nail scarred hands of our beloved Christ, which when He returns in all His power and glory, will emit rays of light from His self-formed cloud of glory.
Though we often think of glory as a pleasant thing, and indeed it is, Jesus’ second coming will not be pleasant for those dwelling upon the earth. It will in fact be a time of great mourning. Those upon the earth will wail, they will lament and mourn with a cutting sense of personal, tragic loss: they, as Zechariah prophesies, “shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
When Jesus comes back, “a fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about,” and “out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith The Lord, the One existing, and the One having been existing, and the One coming, The Almighty."
From the lips of Jesus Christ Himself, not once, not twice, but five times, proclaims boldly to be God.
- The Alpha and the Omega
- Something extremely unique is in these words, but we must look into the Greek to figure it out. Take a look here. Notice that the word “Alpha” is spelled out in the original Greek while “Omega” is simply the character, rather than being spelled out. The Holy Spirit subtly shows us that the beginning has been accomplished, but at the time of the writing the ending had not; though signified and prophesied of, the remaining letters of Omega have yet to be fulfilled.
- Beginning and Ending
- Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Jesus is the very first and the very last. Jesus is the one who through whom the beginning of the world began, and He is the one who will come back to end it.
- This is a title specifically used of The LORD in the Old Testament scriptures. The phrase, in the entirety of the Bible (including here) is used seven times.
- The Lord
- Jesus names Himself YHWH.
- The One Existing, and the One Having Been Existing, and the One Coming
- Jesus claims to be self-existing and eternally-existing. He claims what Moses heard from the bush, I AM THAT I AM.
- The Almighty
- Another title The LORD uses. “…I Am The Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is returning. It is for this very reason that we should be pure and set apart from this world, not partaking of its dainties. Keep watch and pray.
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." [2 Pe 3:13-14]
"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be burdened with over consumption, and drunkenness, and anxieties of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." [Luk 21:34]
"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." [Jam 5:8]