Everybody cherishes a radiant day, and everybody loathes an overcast day, isn’t that so? All things considered, we have a solitary medicinal order for the negative impacts of overcast days on the human mind. We will in general talk about the magnificence of some random day in connection to the amount of the sun and sky we can see. Be that as it may, Scripture urges us to see the mists so as to think about the wonder and nearness of God.
The Scriptures wherever use the symbolism of mists to flag the prompt nearness of God in existence. This is one of those scriptural philosophical topics that has not frequently been given due thought. Shockingly, the Scriptures have a lot to instruct, by method for delineation or implication, about the emblematic and redemptive-recorded hugeness of mists.
God put his bow in the mists after Noah and his family ventured off the ark.
The first place where clouds play a prominent role in redemptive history is in the flood narrative. No sooner had Noah and his family stepped off of the Ark than the Lord placed his bow in the clouds—a sacramental reminder of the covenant mercy that he was promising in preparation for the coming Redeemer. Clouds are those created symbols of transcendence and imminence. They reflect both the transcendent glory of the Lord and His imminent approach to us.
The apostle John tells us that there is a rainbow around the throne of Christ (Rev. 4:3). How fitting then, when God promises to give mercy from his covenant throne, that he puts his bow in the clouds, as if to say, “From my majestic and transcendent throne, I will bring my mercy down to you.” The Lord promised in the Noahic covenant,
"It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." (Gen. 9:14-16)"
God led his people out of Egypt and through the wilderness by means of the pillar of cloud.
At the point when the Lord brought his kin out of Egypt in the Exodus, he drove them out and through the wild for a long time by methods for the mainstay of cloud. By this theophany the Lord was promising his kin that he would be with them. It is an image of his essence and security. The shady column protected God’s kin from the rankling sun, just as kept them escaped seeing their adversaries. Also, it served to instruct them that God would lead them by a way that they didn’t have even an inkling. As Moses clarified,
"The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way." (Ex. 13:21; emphasis added)"
The people could not see through the pillar of cloud. They would have to trust the Lord and believe that his presence was sufficient to lead them to the place where He was taking them.
The coming of the Lord in the pillar of cloud is the first clear example in Scripture of the Lord using clouds to symbolize His presence. The Psalmist declares, under figurative language, that Jehovah “makes the clouds His chariot” (Ps. 104:3). Nahum tells us that “the clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). Clouds serve as the best picture in creation of the imminent presence of the transcendent God.
When God came down on Mount Sinai, he did so by means of a cloud.
Clouds continued to play a significant role in the further revelation and theophany at Sinai. When Jehovah came down on the Mount, he did so by means of a cloud. As Moses went up into the mountain to receive covenant revelation from the Lord, “a cloud covered the mountain.” We are told that
"the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud." (Ex. 24:15-16; emphasis added)"
Continuing his redemptive work among his people, the Lord came and dwelt in the Tabernacle in the pillar of cloud:
It came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. (Ex. 33:9-10; 40:34)
The people knew that the Lord had come to dwell with them when they saw the cloudy pillar come down on the Tabernacle. Additionally, the Lord would make his presence known to the Priest when he would come and dwell over the Ark of the Covenant. He promised that when he came, He would “appear in the cloud above the mercy seat” (Lev. 16:2). The Shekinah glory was a glory cloud in the Most Holy Place.
Israel journeyed in light of the descension and ascension of the glory cloud.
As Israel journeyed, they only did so in light of the descension and ascension of the glory cloud. We read,
Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. (Ex. 40:34-37)
As God had come down on and gone up from the Mount when he revealed himself to his people through the mediation of Moses, so too he came down and went up in the cloud as he led his people forward through their pilgrimage to the Promised Land.
A cloud came and overshadowed those present at the transfiguration.
All of this is, of course, pointing forward to the coming of God in the person of Jesus. He is the glory of the Lord who came to Tabernacle with his people (John 1:14). Jesus is the “en-fleshing” of God—the imminent dwelling of God with His people. Christ descended and ascended in order to lead us and guide us to our eternal habitation (Eph. 4:8-10).
This is seen most fully at the transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36). Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on the mountain to be witnesses of his glory. Moses and Elijah (representing the law and the prophets) appeared there to bear witness to the Mediator of the New Covenant. As Moses had seen the glory of God on Sinai, he saw that glory shining in the face of Jesus. Luke tells us that as Jesus was speaking,
"A cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”
God the Father descended on the mountain and stood up of the cloud, proclaiming and clarifying that Christ was his everlastingly dearest Son—the totality of his disclosure. At the point when Peter pondered back this occurrence such a large number of years after the fact, he recollected above all the brilliance cloud out of which God the Father talked. He clarified that on the mountain Jesus
"…received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (2 Pet. 1:17)
Jonathan Edwards captured the essence of the glory cloud at the transfiguration when he wrote:
"There was a magnificence in that cloud that the witness calls a superb brilliance. When it is said in the evangelists that a splendid cloud eclipsed them, it isn't implied such a light or white cloud as sparkles by a give occasion to feel qualms about of light it from some sparkling body, for example, are a few mists by the brilliant impression of the daylight; however a cloud brilliant by an inward light sparkling out of it, which light the messenger calls a phenomenal greatness. It most likely was an inexpressibly sweet, astounding kind of light, superbly varying from and far surpassing the light of the sun...And there presumably was a definite similarity between the greatness that the devotees found in Christ's face, and that which they found in this cloud, which pronounced him to be the Son of God; for they saw him to be his express picture."
Clouds are also present in the ascension and return of Christ.
The last place in which clouds play a significant role in redemptive history is in the ascension and in the return of Christ. After his resurrection, Jesus took his disciples up to a high mountain where “he was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). Jesus’ ascension on the clouds was foretold by Daniel (Dan. 7:13-14). He is the Son of Man ascending on the clouds of heaven and coming to the Ancient of Days to receive the Kingdom that was promised to him.
Likewise, the Scriptures tell us that “He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced him. (Rev. 1:7). The Scriptures promise that he will “come in like manner” as that by which he ascended to glory (Acts 1:11).
Throughout Scripture, clouds are used to symbolize the presence of God.
One of the ways in which believers are to comfort one another in this life, while we await the full revelation of Christ, is to remind each other that when Jesus comes again,
"Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them [i.e., believers who have already died] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:17; NASB; emphasis added)"
From the post-diluvian disclosure to the parousia, Scripture uses mists to symbolize the nearness of God. Whenever we are enticed to grumble about it being an overcast day, we should delay and think about how the Lord uses mists to help us to remember his impending nearness and the guarantee of the coming of Jesus christ.