Coming on the Clouds
Jesus claims the great tribulation was to occur in the first century (Matt 24:34) and that it was associated with the collapse of the temple then-standing (Matt 24:2-3). He was somewhat hampered in his prophetic announcements by not having access to the New York Times or Newsweek magazine. Furthermore, he did not have in his library The Late Great Planet Earth. He even operated without the Larkin charts.
Nevertheless, postmillennialists believe he knew what he was talking about. And conversely, we also believe that neither Hal Lindsey nor the New York Times know what they are talking about.
But still, when applying the Olivet Discourse to AD 70, we run upon some apparent difficulties. One of these is the question that necessarily arises: Did Christ come on the clouds in A.D. 70? In Matthew 24:30 (KJV) we read a statement that sounds very much like the second coming of Christ: “Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”