And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Luke 21:27-28. Then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud — They shall see the accomplishment of what Daniel foretold, by the figurative expression of, “the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven;” for the destruction of the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, and, in after ages, of other persecuting and antichristian powers, and the spreading of my gospel in consequence thereof, according to this my prediction, shall demonstrate to all unprejudiced persons, that I am the Son of man, prophesied of by Daniel, and that the conversion of the world to Christianity is the glorious universal kingdom which Daniel foretold was to be given to the Son of man; and this is the true sign from heaven, about which the Jews have been so solicitous. See note on Matthew 24:30-31. With regard to the destruction of the Jewish nation, and the consequent downfall of their religious institutions, which they all along opposed to Christianity, it may be observed, that no events whatever could have contributed so effectually to the conversion of both Jews and Gentiles.
“For it is a known fact, that while the Jewish constitution subsisted, the spreading of the gospel was hindered, both by the believing and unbelieving Jews; the former disgusting the Gentiles, by endeavouring to subject them to the law of Moses; and the latter, terrifying them by the persecutions which they raised against the disciples, even in heathen countries. But the abolition of the Mosaical institutions confuted the error of the one, and the destruction of the nation brake the power of the other. The success, therefore, of the gospel, depending in a great measure upon the downfall of the Jewish state, was very properly predicted as the natural consequence thereof. Moreover, as this prophecy described so minutely the catastrophe of the Jewish state, its accomplishment could not but make a strong impression upon the minds of the Gentiles, as we know in fact it did bring over many of them to Christianity.” When these things begin to come to pass — The things I have been predicting; then look up — With firm faith; and lift up your heads — With joy; for your redemption — Out of many troubles; draweth nigh — By God’s destroying your implacable enemies.Matthew 24:31; so doth Mark 13:27. Both speak to the same sense: 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. This is certainly to be understood of the day of judgment, when the saints shall be glorified as the sons of God by adoption, and obtain the redemption of the body, Romans 8:23. Matthew 24:30. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 21:27-28. Comp. on Luke 21:27; Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26.
Καὶ τότε] and then; after the previous occurrence of these σημεῖα.
ἀρχομ. δὲ τούτων] but when these begin; these appearances, Luke 21:25 f. They are therefore not conceived of as of long continuance.
ἀνακύψατε κ.τ.λ.] lift yourselves up, raise yourselves (till then bowed down under afflictions, Luke 21:12 ff., comp. Luke 12:32) erect (hopefully). Comp. Dorville, ad Charit. p. 177.
ἡ ἀπολύτρ. ὑμ.] which shall follow by means of my Parousia. Comp. the ἐκδίκησις τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν, Luke 18:7.Luke 21:27. ἐν νεφέλῃ, in a cloud, sing., instead of the plural in parallels, making the conception more literal.27. coming in a cloud] Metaphorically in great world crises (Matthew 16:17; Matthew 16:28); actually at the Last Coming. Acts 1:11; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 14:14.Ἐρχόμενον, coming) viz. to judgment. See Luke 21:36.—ἐν νεφέλη, in a cloud) The Singular. Comp. the note on Matthew 24:30 (“Whilst He shall have in His train many chariots; Plural; He shall ride in one chariot in particular: Singular).—V. g.]
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