When revelation 1:7 states that “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him” are we really to believe that the bible is telling us that Jesus will literally appear in the sky in a physical body and every eyeball on earth will see his return. To the futurist view point the answer is yes. But some research on the meaning of coming on the clouds would prove this is not the case. Rev. 1:7 is a direct quote with a little difference in wording from Matthew 24:30 "and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." And in Matt 26:64 the high priest Caiaphas asked Jesus if he was the Messiah, the Son of God? and Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Caiaphas took this as blasphemy not because he thought this meant Jesus would appear in the sky, but because he recognized the direct reference back to the throne room scene in Daniel 7:13. “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. In verse 14 He is given an everlasting dominion over all people. Caiaphas realizes that Jesus is not claiming to fly across the sky, but the coming on the clouds attests to His being a deity in His own right who would be given the everlasting dominion. The cloud reference stakes His claim to being a deity. This is the only instance in the OT where any deity other than Yahweh is spoken of as coming on the clouds thus conferring on the Son of man the same rank as Yahweh. This first appearance of a second deity is pretty powerful stuff for the Jewish people to wrap their minds around given their monotheistic view of Yahweh. Imagine a man in their presence claiming to be that deity. You can see how easy it is for Caiaphas to accuse Jesus of blasphemy. When Jesus refers to Himself as coming on the clouds He is not saying He is going to fly through the sky—He is claiming His deity and the dominion given to the Son of man in Daniel. The throne room coming in clouds in Daniel in turn refers back to Psalm 68:4 Sing to God! Sing praises to His name. Exalt Him who rides on the clouds —His name is Yahweh—and rejoice before Him. Here we see the Hebrew writers supplanting Baal whose name was “Cloud Rider” by stating that the true God who rode the clouds was Yahweh. They are saying it is Yahweh—the one true God who rides the clouds. Before Baal various other pagan gods in the region were known as cloud riders. Surely none of us here actually believes that Baal nor any of these other false gods even exist let alone became physically embodied and literally flew across the sky on the clouds. That is laughable. So with a little tracing of the origins of cloud riding back through the bible and even the more ancient pagan literature before our bible we see cloud riding never referred to a literal appearance of a god in the sky. It was never understood as such by those who worshiped pagan gods nor by the Jewish people so why would we embarrass ourselves by claiming Jesus is suggesting He is going to literally ride across the sky on a cloud? Once again good old fashion preterism points the way to true understanding of bible prophecy.