Christ returning in glory is the hope of the Church. Jesus said, “I will come again” (John 14:3). This promise will be fulfilled. The return of Christ is the event that will finally release the people who love God and seek to honor Him from Satan’s earthly rule:
To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation (Hebrews 9:28 NKJV).
Although Jesus did not tell us every detail about His Second Coming, His Word does give us some clues about how He will return. When Jesus left to go back to heaven after His resurrection, two angels stood by the disciples and gave them important information about Christ’s Second Coming:
…while [the disciples] beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they look stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, 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 (Acts 1:9-11 emphasis added).
We can glean three vital pieces of information from the Scriptures:
1. Christ will come in the clouds with His angels.
Jesus was taken up into heaven by a cloud, and He will return in the clouds. The clouds symbolize the angels of God that will surround Him, as can be seen in Hebrew parallelism:
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as is Sinai, in the holy place (Psalm 68:17).
…who maketh the clouds his chariots; who walketh upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3).
Jesus Himself promised that He would return with the clouds:
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 (Matthew 24:30).
The glory of Christ’s coming will surpass anything we can imagine. He will return in the glory of His angels, and the Godhead: “when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26).