The Sky Opens at Jesus’ Coming! 

Chapter 19 of The Corrupting The Image 3 : The Sky Opens at Jesus’ Coming!  

The leadership crying out “Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai” are the words that Jesus had waited two thousand years to hear. This is the time He “will have mercy on His afflicted” (Isa 49:13). Indeed God says, “The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you” (Isa 54:10). 

It will be the time that Isaiah pined for ages ago when he wrote, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence,” (Isa 64:1). It will also be the time Jesus longed for, when He said, “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49).  

The heavens will indeed open at that time, as John tells us:  

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war” (Rev 19:11).  

Earlier John said, “The sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up…” (Rev 6:14). This is the epic moment when the veil between heaven and earth, or as investigative reporter George Knapp put it, the “thin psychic dimensional membrane,” dissolves. Peter said that “The heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Pet 3:10). 

In Corrupting the Image 2, we studied how God’s domain was one with ours before the Fall in the Garden of Eden. God and Man enjoyed fellowship in the same dimensional plane. When sin entered, a veil had to come between us for our protection.  

The veil between our dimension and God’s is analogous to the magnetosphere that surrounds the planet and protects us from solar and cosmic rays, so that we are not blasted by the sun. We cannot see it or touch it, but we know it is there. The veil is of a similar nature; it is a kind of shield—a force field or separating membrane—that shields us, and our corrupted degenerate earth, from God’s righteous fire. Whose holiness is now incompatible with the fallen state of our domain. 

The passage, “When the Lord Jesus is revealed (αποκαλυψει apokalypsei) from heaven with His mighty angels” (2 Thess 1:7), describes the moment He is “unveiled,” and the barrier is removed, reuniting the two domains. Scripture declares, “He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations” (Isa 25:7). 

There are four distinct places where the veil (heavens) opens: 

  • Ezekiel: “I saw the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezek 1:1). 
  •  … Jesus came up … and the heavens were opened to Him… (Matt 3:16). 
  • Stephen: “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:55-56).  
  • John: “… I saw heaven opened … Jesus was on a white horse…” (Rev 19:11). 

What happened when Ezekiel was sitting with the captives by the River Chebar? Did all the planets move over, effectively opening a window, or was the sun knocked out of its place—or something like that? No. Ezekiel was able to see through this dimension into another dimension. At Jesus’ baptism the heavens were opened, the planets and stars did not move over, but a portal was opened between these two places. The same is true for the other two passages.  

“I saw heaven opened … Jesus was on a white horse …” (Rev 19:11).  

Figure 41. The two Dominions of Earthly and Heavenly Dimensions. 

Heaven opening is the same as the “sky receding,” and it is at this point that Scripture reveals. “The sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up …” (Rev 6:14).  

In this age, we have the earthly dimension that Satan rules; he is the god of this world. God rules the heavenly—spiritual—realm. When Jesus comes back, the heavens will be opened, and He will make war against Satan, the Beast, and their forces. Isaiah 25 speaks of the veil between heaven and earth: 

“He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations” (Isa 25:7). 

They are separated (see Figure 41). It was, “by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col 1:20). Peter said in Acts 3 concerning Jesus, “Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). Jesus will remain in the spiritual (heavenly) dimension until the time of restoration. 

John said,  

“His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Rev 19:12–15). 

A sword is a tool that cuts and pierces. It may well be related to the quality of Jesus’ voice which is described as “a loud voice, as of a trumpet” (Rev 1:10) and, “His voice as the sound of many waters,” (Rev 1:15), and “Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword” (Rev 1:16). If we combine these descriptions, we see his voice is piercing like a trumpet, weighty and voluminous like the sound of many waters and appears like a two-edged sword.  

This same trumpeting quality is what was heard at Sinai, which is also a good preview of what we might hear as He comes into this realm.  

“Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly” (Exod 19:16–18).  

Just like at Mt. Sinai, there were thunderings and lightnings with smoke and fire causing the mountain to quake greatly, so too will the earth shake greatly and burn at the coming of Jesus.  

Due to the Jerusalem leadership calling upon Jesus, it will finally be the time for Jesus to repay his enemies according to their deeds (Isa 59:18), and to bring the restoration of all things in heaven and earth. An angel will come out of the heavenly temple and will cry, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Rev 14:15, Joel 3:13). The temple in heaven will open followed by lightning and thunder (Rev 11:15–19) Then, Jesus will “roar from Zion” and “the heavens and earth will shake” (Joel 3:16).  

Jesus’ indignation (wrath) (Isa 26:20) begins when He “comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity” (Isa 26:21). Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Thessalonians: “the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God…” (2 Thess 1:7–8). 

As noted above, the word “Revelation” is literally the “unveiling” which in Greek is αποκαλυψει apokalypsei. Paul was evidently drawing from the passages we have reviewed as well as Isaiah 66: 

“The LORD will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire” (Isa 66:15). 

Heaven is not the only realm to suffer dramatic and frightening changes once the barrier veil is removed. As we leaned from Peter, the Earth will also suffer an epic/ apocalyptic transformation: 

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” 

Why will the earth melt? Because He is coming back in flaming fire to take vengeance on those who do not know the Lord; and He is going to judge them. This is the day when Yeshua comes back, after the heavens will have receded like a scroll. And all people on planet Earth are going to say, “Uh oh!” They thought they could make war against Jesus and win. But once He is revealed, they will know they are in big trouble; the very elements are melting under their feet.  

Fury Will Show on His Face  

In the heavenlies, dark, thick clouds will roll out, followed by flames of fire and raging bolts of lightning lighting (Ps 18), and then all the world will see His indignation.  

The New English Translation brings out the grandeur of Jesus, the mighty warrior, in Habakkuk 3: “He took his battle position and shook the earth; with a mere look he frightened the nations” (Hab 3:6 NET). With “His eyes like a flame of fire, and on His head many crowns“ (Rev 19:12): Jesus will take his position in the open heaven, filling the sky with his awe-inspiring presence and stand there for several moments surveying the earth, which has suffered incredible carnage during the time of Jacob’s trouble; All the seas and rivers have turned to blood and everything in the seas has died: all the fish, the coral, the whales, dolphins, starfish, shellfish, even the plankton are dead. He will note the locations of Satan’s armies of chimeras, zombies, and demons who are ostentatiously attempting to annihilate the Jerusalemites. Their vast numbers will be of no consequence, for they will be like a drop in a bucket, and will be reckoned as dust on the scales (Isa 40:15). 

Ezekiel describes God’s reaction:  

“When Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “My fury will show in My face (Ezek 38:18). “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken,” (Ezek 38:19).  

The fury on his face (Eze 38:18) is exactly why the kings of the earth and the great men say to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, for the great day of his wrath has come” (Rev 6:15–17). Isaiah says they will “go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the crags of the rugged rocks, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily” (Isa 2:21).  

The return of Jesus will not be a surprise to those who love him. For those who are in the light, his return will not be like a thief; His return is like a thief to those in darkness, according to Paul: 

“You yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night (1 Thess 5:2). For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape (1 Thess 5:3). But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief (1 Thess 5:4). You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness (1 Thess 5:5).” 

Yet his return will be a big shock to “those in darkness,” who are in league with the Beast and Satan. Jesus says, “If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you” (Rev 3:3). That is, to those who are watching, his coming is expected. To those who are not watching, his coming is an utter surprise, which He stated in Revelation after the demons go to collect the nations to war against him: 

“For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Rev 16:14). ‘Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame’ (Rev 16:15). And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon (Rev 16:16).” 

The surprise at Jesus’ return will not come to the believers but to the ungodly, who have likely convinced themselves that He, the almighty God of the Bible, does not exist as such; and they should be able to defeat him. When they see the skies receding like a scroll and the fury on Jesus’ face, there will be much more than a surprise; there will be dread and fright: 

“All hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt (Isa 13:7), and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames (Isa 13:8).” 

Fear takes hold of them because the day of His wrath has come: 

“Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. ‘I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible’ (Isa 13:9–11).” 

Satan may think he has a chance to beat Jesus, but most—even mildly sane mortals—will undoubtedly feel their hearts skip a beat as they fix their eyes on the champion towering over them and the armies of heaven coming behind him. Everyone on the planet will see his brighter-than-the-sun radiance, and the powerful beams of light coming out from his hands, and the sharp sword protruding out of his mouth. 

There will be no doubt, when Jesus comes back, He will come as a lion, not as a lamb. “The LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle” (Zech 14:3). This will be the battle of the ages, when God comes to fight on behalf of his people!  

Coming on the Clouds 

After Jesus has ripped open the heavens and surveyed the earth, He will descend on the clouds to fulfill his epic mission: to make God’s enemies a footstool, and to fight and subdue the Beast. We see the son of Man coming in several other places:  

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt 24:30). 

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war (Rev 19:11). And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses (Rev 19:14).” 

Daniel says:  

“I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (Dan 7:13–14).  

Daniel first sees in the vision how the Ancient of Days / Son of Man will come to fight for the saints, who will then be given the kingdom, and then, in verses 26-27, he is given the interpretation of the vision.  

“Until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom (Dan 7:22). But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever (Dan 7:26). Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him (Dan 7:27).” 

There can be no mistake; Jesus is coming to fight on behalf of his people! He will fight in favor of the leadership of Jerusalem and pour out his wrath on the Beast and his followers. Paul clearly states, Jesus will reserve his wrath for the enemies of God and not to those who serve Him. 

“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:9). 

All who put their trust in Jesus, including the newly believing leadership of Jerusalem, will not face His wrath, but will enjoy his peace and protection.