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What Do Clouds Symbolize In Scripture?




Pamela Ayn Austen

Clouds symbolize God's power to hide the truth that only faith can attain. 


  • Proverbs 25:2 says: "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. . . "  Clouds and Spiritual Concealment.

Jesus was taken up into the clouds; we see him now through faith.  Clouds also symbolize God sending blindness so that he can build our faith in him. 


  • Jesus said to Thomas in John 20:29, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  Clouds and Faith.

A city that is being judged is said in Scripture to be under a cloud. 

God causes blindness and confusion so that they cannot find their way out of the danger and save themselves. But it is by faith that some of us know that God is behind the calamity due to pervasive sin. 

  • For instance, in Isaiah 19, it begins, "See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud," but it continues to describe Egypt's confusion and blindness, as brother fights against brother, and neighbor against neighbor, and they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.  Then God says, "How can you say to Pharaoh, 'I am one of the wise men, a disciple of the ancient kings?' Where are your wise men now?" And, "The Lord has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they made Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunk staggers in his vomit."  Clouds and Judgment

Rain comes down from clouds, and though rain is the symbol of blessings from God, the clouds, for a short time, hide the light of the sun, moon, and stars. 


  • By faith, we know that light is still behind the clouds, and we know by faith that God is behind the blessing.  Clouds and Blessing. 

So clouds symbolize God sending blindness that only faith can see through.

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