Q&A: Who Is the ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ That Paul the Apostle Refers to in His Epistle?

Question by Aoiffe337: Who is the ‘cloud of witnesses’ that Paul the Apostle refers to in his epistle?
Somewhere in the Bible, paul says something about ‘seeing that there is a mighty cloud of witnesses…’. I find that people hedge this part of the Bible because they don’t want to believe people are already in heaven.Such people ask why would jesus need to return if people are already in heaven. Well Enoch and Elijah are there and Revelation talks about the forty elders and martyred saints. of course this may be two completely different topics. Even when jesus returns, He is expected to descend with a heavenly host. Could someone please help me with this question and clear up the matter with Bible references?

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Answer by v72
probably with the rapture stuff…we need REFEREnces

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  1. lil_sprite_77 says:

    You’re never going to get everyone to agree one way or the other. People argue for this and against, both using Scripture. You need to look at Scripture yourself, and ask God to reveal the truth to you, and come to your own conclusion.

    The verse you’re referring to is Hebrews 12:1. It begins with “since”…so you need to look at what immediately precedes it, because that’s what it’s referring to. Hebrews 11 is the “book of faith” where it talks about all the great people of faith throughout Scripture, like Enoch, Noah, and Abraham. So Hebrews 12:1 is calling these people “witnesses”. And your argument makes complete sense; why would you refer to these people as witnesses if they’re “asleep” in the grave? They’d be completely ignorant of what’s going on in the world, they wouldn’t be able to “witness” anything.

  2. Bobby Jim says:

    The “Cloud of Witnesses” is mentioned in Hebrews 12:1

    Hebrews 11 tells us to whom the writer is referring, who have gone before us and given testimony to faith. Hebrews 11 is the great chapter on faith, recalling the life-testimonies of Enoch, Noah, Abraham & Sara, Isaac & Jacob, Joseph, Moses & his parents, Joshua & Israel, Rahab, and many others (Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. [read further: Heb. 11:33-40])

  3. bigvol662004 says:

    Towards the end of your question when you refer to the cloud of witnesses returning with Jesus after the tribulation, that’s the Church age saints that were resurrected in the Rapture. Think of it, he couldn’t RETURN with something he didn’t TAKE AWAY, could he?