Most Americans no longer attend church, but most believe in the return of Jesus Christ, so there is interest in the apocalypse. Apocalyptic literature is about the end times. Simply explained: One day God will come and rid the world of evil and set up His eternal kingdom. When stated this simply we see the relevance of the apocalyptic chapters of Daniel today, for we live in a, “Present evil age” (Gal 1:4), from which we look to God for deliverance.
Dan 7:13 reads, “One like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven” (13). Who is this cloud rider? The psalmist says he is God, “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds,” (68:4), and, “He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind,” (104:3).
When Jesus was on earth He taught the Kingdom of God was at hand. After ascending into heaven God enthroned Him above all creation, and the Kingdom of God began. At the apocalypse Jesus will return on the clouds, (Rev 1:7). Therefore, the cloud rider is also Jesus. In the end God wins, and if you know Jesus Christ personally you win too.
Victory in Jesus,