“Look up,” a voice commanded. Ryan obeyed along with the rest of the believers. Running out of the cave, they peered into the darkness above. The heavens seemed to open, and they could see Jesus seated upon the throne of God.
The earth shook violently, and rocks began tumbling down the mountainside. Ryan stumbled to the ground as heavy winds whipped through the trees. He crouched low, trying to stay out of the heavy downpour.
Then he saw it, a small black cloud in the east. That was it! That was the sign of Jesus’ coming! Ryan gazed at the cloud as it became brighter and brighter. Soon he could see the “great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant.” And there was Jesus, coming as “a mighty conqueror.”
The earth reeled. Lightning flashed. Thunder rolled. Then there was the voice, saying, “Awake, awake, awake!” Ryan looked down the valley and saw graves opening and the dead coming back to life. Angels rushed to gather the little children and take them to their mothers. Friends embraced, singing praises to God.
Ryan felt himself being lifted up to meet Jesus in the clouds. But where were his glasses? Ryan smiled as he realized he could see clearly without them. The scar on his arm from a bike accident had also disappeared. Jesus had given him a new body.
Ryan saw his mom and younger sister. And there was his dad! As they hugged and kissed, they realized they would now be together forever.
And there was Jesus, opening the pearly gates and saying, “Come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you.”
* This is an imaginary story based on Ellen White’s descriptions of Jesus’ second coming found in Chapter 40 of The Great Controversy.