Revelation 1:7 Common English Bible (CEB) Look, he is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This is so. Amen. Futurists look at this verse and believe that Christ will roll back the skies and fly down from heaven and every person will see him with their own eyes. To them it is assurance to hold on to that Christ will return in a literal, physical body to take the Saints home or rescue Jerusalem or whatever particular action is called for in a particular view of futurism. Of course you have to suspend any logical analysis of it for that statement for it to work. Every eye will see him—what about the people underground at work, riding subways, or sleeping, or those on the opposite side of the earth—obviously this view of the verse runs into problems right away. But if a literal, physical six foot (more or less) Jesus appeared in the sky even the people directly below him couldn’t see something as small as six feet long that high up. We know that this view of the verse can’t be right, right there, but wait it gets worse. Those who pierced him are the Roman soldiers at his crucifixion (or by extension those involved in his crucifixion such as the Jewish leadership) and these people are now 2,000 years old and still counting. Ouch. And, why is everybody (all the Jewish tribes) mourning when futurists claim the coming of the Lord is such a blessed event. If as futurists claim he comes to rescue the Jews they should be glad to see him not sad and tearful. At every point the futurist’s view of this verse breaks down upon simple examination. Nor is there any support else where in the bible for using this interpretation of the verse. Now let’s look at the preterist’s view of this verse. First there is support else where in the bible to guide the NT reader in how to interpret this verse based on what is found in the OT in Isaiah 19:1 An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them. Here no one has ever claimed to actually see God riding on a cloud. It is understood that the Assyrian army is the manifestation of God’s will. The frequent association of God and clouds speaks to God’s presence not his literally and physically standing on clouds. This verse fits the Preterist’s view of eschatology very well. The Roman army was the manifestation of the Lord’s judgment on Israel and his coming with the clouds indicates his presence in the events unfolding in 70 AD as his wrath was poured out on Jerusalem. The every eye will see him also fits perfectly with the Preterist’s view. While it would be impossible for every human eye to actually see Jesus for the reason’s mentioned above the Roman armies could be seen by all people in the Roman Empire which covers the territory associated with everyone. Everyone realized that the Roman armies were the manifestation of his will just as in Isaiah. They see with their mind, that is to say they understand, that the Roman armies are manifested by the Lord. Everyone understands that it is the work of the Lord unfolding in the Roman armies as they destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. You could say those who pierced him is a reference to the Roman soldiers who actually stuck the spears in his side, but it is probably more likely a reference to those responsible for the actions at the cross—the Jewish leadership. It would be easy enough for some of them to still be alive 40 years later when Christ returns and see Roman armies march on Jerusalem. It would be foolishness to suggest they are still alive today 2,000 years and counting to see the Lord return. And here we understand why all the Jewish tribes mourn because of him. He is not coming back to rescue them, but judge them and it is done with the crushing blows of the Roman armies. When an honest examination of this verse is done it can’t possibly work from a futurist’s perspective—it fails on all points, but everything about it works from the Preterist’s perspective.