The Sign of the Son of Man in the Clouds of Heaven
By Steve Santini
After Jesus had come to Jerusalem just days before his sacrificial death he spoke of the future tribulation that was to befall mankind. As he moved on in his discourse to the wrath of the tribulation, he said, “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”(Matthew 24:30) Where, then, is this sign to appear?
First, let’s look at other verses where Jesus spoke of the sign of his return in the clouds of heaven.
Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Matthew 26:64
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
The clouds of heaven are the clouds of cosmic dust that envelop the dense star field in the spiraled plane around the center of the galaxy.
This clouded celestial band was known figuratively to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians as a stream of milk. Other cultures used figurative or mythological terms that identified this galactic circle as a river. The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans knew it as the Silvery River, the Hindus as the Ganges River of the Sky and the Arabians as the Celestial River. The Hebrews, among other terms, called it the River of Fire.
Daniel wrote of this river of fire in a context that included “the clouds of heaven.”
I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. "As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Daniel 7:9-13
The clouds of heaven are most apparent to the unaided eye where the galactic center glows behind clouds of cosmic dust.
In the view of this area, the galaxy’s purple hues glow due to the combined spectral colors of red, from the older stars nearest the center, and blue, from the younger stars of the spiraled galactic arms. At the margins, the cloud like cosmic dust band is toned orange and grey while the thicker central clouds appear sooty black.
Josephus, a first century secular Hellenistic Judean, wrote that the veil hanging before the Holy of Holies of Herod’s temple was a panorama of the heavens with mystical meaning. When Josephus described the embroidered veil, he emphasized its colors of purple, blue, red and fine linen with its natural hues of grey, yellow, orange and tan.
Before these(doors) hung a veil of equal length, of Babylonian tapestry, with embroidery of blue and fine linen, of scarlet also and purple, wrought with marvelous skill. Nor was this mixture of materials without its mystic meaning: it typified the universe. For the scarlet seemed emblematical of fire, the fine linen of the earth, the blue of the air, and the purple of the sea; the comparison in two cases being suggested by their colour, and in that of the fine linen and purple by their origin, as the one is produced by the earth and the other by the sea. On this tapestry was portrayed a panorama of the heavens, the signs of the Zodiac excepted. . . . Translated by William Whiston, 1895
The final phrase “the signs of the Zodiac excepted” seems to be lacking. In the Greek text from which this was translated there is no definite article the. And, according to the 1940 A Greek-English Lexicon, the Greek word plen translated as excepted meant besides and in addition to in the later Greek language when Josephus wrote. In light of this, the phrase should be translated to include proximate signs of the zodiac. Proximate signs around this area where the galactic center glows behind clouds of cosmic dust are the constellations of Ophiuchus, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Ophiuchus was known as the serpent holder and the universal healer, Scorpio as the conflicting one and Sagittarius, with its arrow aimed at the heart of Scorpio, as the place of the mighty ones. David wrote of this place of the mighty ones in the eighty-ninth Psalm.
For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD?who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.Psalm 89: 6, 7
The Hebrew word for heaven in this verse is revealing. It is shachaq. It is translated as clouds in eleven of the twenty-one usages and as sky in seven, heaven in two and small dust in one. Sixteen of the usages appear in an immediate context with the Hebrew word shamayim, the word most often translated as heaven in Old Testament scripture.
Look unto the heavens,(shamayim) and see; and behold the clouds(shachaq) which are higher than thou. Job 35: 5
Who can number the clouds(shachaq) in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven(shamayim) Job 38: 37
Though he had commanded the clouds(shachaq) from above, and opened the doors of heaven(shamayim) Psalm 78:23
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens,(shamayim) I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds(shachaq) above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Proverbs 8:22-32
The Hebrew word for compass in this section further identifies the clouds as those of the heavens shrouding the galactic plane’s disc-like star field. In other usages in the Old Testament the word compass is translated as circle and circuit and is additionally defined in lexicons as the vault of the heavens. It is also translated here in Proverbs chapter eight as circle in English translations after that of the King James Version.
Two great circles of heaven were known to the ancient world. They were the circle of the zodiac and the galactic circle. Greek sages who were influenced by the cosmologies of the priesthoods in the Middle East wrote of these circles.
In 360 AD Plato wrote:
This entire compound he divided lengthways into two parts, which he joined to one another at the centre like the letter X, and bent them into a circular form, connecting them with themselves and each other at the point opposite to their original meeting-point; and, comprehending them in a uniform revolution upon the same axis, he made the one the outer and the other the inner circle. Now the motion of the outer circle he called the motion of the same, and the motion of the inner circle the motion of the other or diverse. The motion of the same he carried round by the side to the right, and the motion of the diverse diagonally to the left. Plato, Timaeus
The Akkadians, Sumerians and Babylonians considered the first post deluge city of Eridu, with Sagittarius as its patron constellation, to be located at the crossing of the rivers. But the 25 acre city was located 12 miles from a river and Ur, the one time home of Abraham, was located in the intervening distance. Furthermore, by nature, rivers do not cross each other. However the circle of the Milky Way and the circle of the ecliptic, which was also known in antiquity as a river, do cross at the forefront of Sagittarius.
Likewise, Eridu, had as its patron god Enki, the progenitor of the Sumerian pantheon. In relief Enki was depicted standing in the middle of a river with the letter X inscribed on his left ankle.
When Aristotle wrote of these circles he referred to the work of Eudoxus, the noted mathematician and astronomer of ancient Greece.
. . . in either case three spheres, of which the outermost is that of the fixed stars, the second revolves in the circle which bisects the zodiac Aristotle, Metaphysics 1073b20
The word bisect in this quotation means to cut in half or divide into two equal parts. In the Greek language from which this reference was translated, the word bisect are the words dia meson meaning through the middle. Dia describes the motion along a line through like “through the gate.” Meson is the genitive form of the Greek word mesos. In the King James Version of scripture mesos is translated as midst in forty-one of its sixty-one usages. The author of the book of Revelation used mesos in the phrase “midst of heaven” three times.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; Revelation 19:17
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Revelation 14:6
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhibiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
When Jesus Christ said, “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” he followed up with these words, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:30, 31)
The apostle Paul also wrote of the location of this sign and event in his second letter to the church in Thessalonica. The letter is about the time when Jesus Christ will send forth his holy angels.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: II Thessalonians 1:7-8
He then wrote about the antichrist first rising up to be worshipped as if he was God in the dwelling of place God.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. II Thessalonians 2:3-4
Then he writes about the coming forth of the angels.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. II Thessalonians 2:7
Upon reading the King James translation, it does not appear that the phrase until he be taken out of the way pertains to the revelation of Lord Jesus and the angels written of in the letter’s introductory chapter; however, when the Greek words from which the translation was made and the context and scope of the subject are considered, it is apparently so.
The translation taken in this phrase comes from the Greek word ginomai. Ginomai means come into being or into a new state of being. Of its other 677 usages in the New Testament it is never translated in any form or sense of the word take. It is most often translated in the sense of being or of becoming and in about one-fifth of its usages it is translated as come to pass or come.
The word translated way in the phrase is the Greek word mesos-the midst. As a result, this phrase should be translated as “until he comes out of the midst.” He that comes out of the midst is obviously the Lord Jesus Christ with all the angels of his saints.
If it is true that the veil of the temple depicted those signs around the galactic center and that he is to return out of the midst of heaven depicted on that veil, the final events surrounding Jesus Christ’s life on this earth appear prophetic for that veil was rent in the midst as Jesus set his spirit beside the Father’s and exhaled his last breath. The only direct view of that veil from which the rending could be observed would have been on the Mount of Olives east of the walled temple mount. And here on the Mount of Olives where Jesus placed his spirit beside the Father's and the veil was seen rending through the galactic center, Zechariah prophesied that Jesus Christ would one day come for his own.(Zechariah 14:4)
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee today, thou shalt be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. Luke 23:39-49
Three days later on this same mount he was raised from the dead and likewise forty days later in the face of this opening unto the most sacred Holy of Holies he ascended into the clouds as two angels stood by promising that he would come again in a similar manner.
The reawakening of the galactic center as the sign for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ with his angels is declared three other times in the New Testament. Two are similar declarations made by Jesus near the end of his earthly life. The third was made by Peter about forty years later as his life waned. Studies of each of these records follow sequentially in the next three chapters.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Luke 17:24
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:27
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise 2 Peter 1:19
 Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, revised and augmented throughout by Sir Henry Stuart Jones with the assistance of Roderick McKenzie
 The eighth chapter of Proverbs begins with three verses containing the pronouns “she” and “her” identifying the subject of the chapter as the feminine member of the triune Godhead. In the early centuries of Christianity this feminine member was known as the Holy Spirit. See: Steve Santini,The Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit, http://www.musterion8.com/feminine.html
 James Strong, , The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Hb. # 2329 gWx chuwg meaning: 1) circle, circuit, compass 2) (BDB) vault (of the heavens)
 Strong, Gk. # 3319 mesos trans. midst 41X, among 6X, from among 5X, midnight 2X, way 2X, before them 1X, between 1X, forth 1X, midday 1X, center 1X
 Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament (Ancient Greek Edition),
United Bible Societies; Bilingual Edition 2006 & Greek New Testament, Stephanus 1550, Textus Receptus (With Morphological Data), as-ws particle of comparison as, like, as though, as if, on the grounds that, on the pretext of
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