Ladies and Gentlemen it’s good to be back. One night early last January as I sat down in front of the PC I knew I was overwhelmed with work and it wouldn’t be over anytime soon with rollouts and projects and certifications and away vacations scheduled and knew I had to give up something so I decided not to take on any more posting till my schedule would give a little breathing room. In fact I gave up even reading BP so I wouldn’t be tempted to respond to anything. Of course I knew Jesus wouldn’t be back in the mean time so I figured I had plenty of time to tackle other projects and give the futurists time to get their act together and come up with some new arguments, insults (heretic shows no originality), and reasons to put off their inevitable conversion to preterism—resistance is futile because if you don’t convert in this life it is for certain you will in the next. And, now without further adieu let Jesus be Jesus. Mark 14:61-64 61 Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” In verse 62 many of our time often visualize this verse as meaning Jesus will ride a cloud bank to earth slay Satan and his armies and rescue Jerusalem at a moment of high drama. The High Priest questioning Jesus didn’t think of it this way at all. He related to this answer the only way he could which is the way the cloud incarnations of God’s presence had been described to him in the Holy Scriptures for hundreds of years. As in Isaiah 19:1 See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear. Of course no one actually saw God riding on a literal cloud. Many times in the Old Testament a cloud is spoken of when God’s presence was represented by a cloud. You didn’t see God, but you knew his work was being done and that His Providence was being worked out in the events being written about like the Assyrians invading Egypt. The High Priest only knew this as the way to interpret the cloud comings of God so unless Jesus gave him a new definition of coming on the clouds he was limited to the way it has always been used before. Of course Jesus gave him no new interpretation so he had to have the correct understanding. Secondly, when Mark recorded the book he didn’t provide his audience any new interpretation either so they would have looked at it the same way as well. Thus we have two proofs from the Bible that Jesus was using language familiar to the High Priest to speak of cloud comings similar to the OT use of the term. This totally refutes any future coming of Christ. The whole bible fits together in perfect harmony when read from this perspective. We see this prophecy fulfilled not in our future, but in our past when the Romans sieged and sacked Jerusalem in 70 AD.