Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. – Revelation 1:7
Text: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14; Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64
Prop: picture of hot air balloon
Summary: The Lord Jesus will come in the clouds of heaven. He will be crowned King of the world and his kingdom will last forever.
Several years ago I saw a hot-air balloon race. (Show picture of hot air balloon.) It looked like this. The sky was filled with large balloons that were filled with hot air to make them rise up into the sky. The riders were in baskets beneath them. The balloons were decorated with bright colors. It was amazing to see so many balloons gathered in one place. The balloons glided slowly in the sky like clouds drifting in the wind.
Today our Bible story is about something that will happen in the future. It was predicted long ago by the prophet Daniel. (Read Daniel 7:9-10,13-14.)
Daniel described God’s throne in heaven. The Father is called the “Ancient of Days” because he has lived forever. The “Son of man” is Jesus and he came “with the clouds of heaven.” Jesus is crowned as King of the world. His kingdom will last forever. On two occasions Jesus identified himself as the person that Daniel spoke about.
(Read Matthew 24:30.) Jesus said the “Son of man” (referring to himself) would come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Read Matthew 26:63-64.) The high priest asked Jesus if he was the Son of God and Jesus answered that he was. Jesus said that a few hours before he gave his life on the cross, but then three days later he rose from the dead to be alive forever. He showed himself to the disciples and many others for forty days before “he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
Children, one day the Lord Jesus will return to earth. The King is coming! So the next time you look up in the sky and see a lot of clouds, remember that the Lord Jesus is coming soon with the clouds of heaven.
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