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Miller’s Works, vol. 1. Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology

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    I. WHO IT IS THAT SAT ON THE CLOUD AND ORDERED THE EARTH TO BE REAPED

    II. SHOW THE SEVERAL FRUITS OF THE EARTH WHICH ARE GATHERED IN OR DESTROYED AT THE HARVEST, AND THE MANNER OF THE HARVEST

    I. THEN I AM TO SHOW WHO IT IS THAT SITS UPON THE CLOUD AND ORDERS THE HARVEST. It must be the Lord Jesus Christ. See verse 14: “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”MWV1 132.4

    The first description is “a white cloud.” This is the same cloud as was seen when Christ was transfigured on the mount. Matthew 17:5: “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Which, according to Peter, denotes the glory of God. 2 Peter 1:17: “For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”MWV1 132.5

    The second description is, “one sat like unto the Son of man.” This agrees with Daniel 7:13: “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” Matthew 26:64: “Jesus saith unto him, thou hast said: nevertheless, I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”MWV1 133.1

    The third description is, “having on his head a golden crown.” Psalm 21:3: “For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness; thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.” Hebrews 2:9: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”MWV1 133.2

    The fourth description is, “and in his hand a sharp sickle.” Joel 3:12, 13, 14: “Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” In all these passages it is evident that by “Son of man” is meant the Lord Jesus Christ.MWV1 133.3