In this passage from The Great Controversy, Ellen White helps us imagine what it will be like when Jesus comes again.
As you read, think about what you might hear, see, and feel on that great day!
“Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud. It is the cloud which surrounds the Savior. God’s people recognize that this is Jesus coming! In hushed silence they watch as the cloud comes closer, becoming brighter and more spectacular, until it is a huge white cloud, with a fiery base, and above it the rainbow of promise. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Thousands and thousands of angels fill the entire heavens with singing and light more intense than any human has ever seen. Jesus’ face is brighter than the sun. The wicked are terrified, but the righteous are happier than they have ever been. Jesus descends on the cloud, wrapped in flaming fire. The heavens roll up, the earth shakes, and every mountain and island is moved out of its place. The wicked scream for the mountains and rocks to fall on them, to shield them from Jesus’ overpowering brightness.
In the midst of all this chaos, the voice of Jesus calls the dead who have fallen “asleep” with their faith in Him. From the prison house of death, the dead rise to life, clothed with glory, light and energy, and shouting for pure joy. There is no trace of disease or deformities on them. Angels gather God’s people from all over the earth, and bring them to meet their Lord in the air. Friends and family are reunited, and all rise together toward heaven.”
The Great Controversy, p. 640-645