No Rain for this Final Battle (Acts 1:9-11)

Why do some many epic climactic final battles occur during a rainstorm? Think about it. The Seven Samurai, the Matrix Revolutions, Unforgiven, The Shawshank Redemption...this is hardly a comprehensive list, I am sure there are many others. Why rain? Is it to blur the gore of the battle? Is it to add to complicate an already difficult struggle? Is it symbolic of the final washing away and catharsis of all the pain and suffering of the hero? I have no idea. Whatever the reason, it does seem to heighten the drama.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.
Acts 1:9-11

The only battle I care about is the final battle when Jesus returns. No mention of rain here….just a triumphant King returning to earth in the clouds, just like He left. And perhaps this is how it should be. There is no greater battle than God’s triumph over Satan’s rule on this earth! We don’t need any other special effects to heighten the drama when God acts!


Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.