"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus." Luke 1:26-31 KJV

<p>Illustration of the Virgin Mary praying at an altar in her room as the archangel Gabriel approaches her to tell her she will give birth to Jesus. Gabriel is knelt on a cloud, his left arm raised. He is holding an olive branch. Above Mary's head, a dove is flying out of a cloud and a shaft of light glows down on Mary's head. A vase with lilies in it sits on the floor.

The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel Approaches Mary while She is Praying

"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 ASV
<p>Illustration of God sitting on a cloud with his arms outstretched as he creates the earth. He has a triangular halo behind his head. Adam and Eve (left) stand partially hidden by plants and Adam reaches out to the animals, including an elephant, turtle, snake, rooster, lion, rabbit, horse, peacock, tropical bird, sheep, duck, elk, and goat.

The Creation of the World - Adam and Eve, Animals, Plants,

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 ASV Illustration of God sitting…

An eagle doodad.

Eagle doodad

An eagle doodad.

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." 2 Kings 2:11 ASV
<p>Illustration of the prophet Elijah riding in a chariot drawn by three horses, being taken up to heaven. The chariot's wheels are flaming. A line of clouds supports the chariot and horses. The chariot has a star on the front. Elisha can be seen kneeling and watching from the ground. Mountains and a small town are pictured below.

Elijah Taken up to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and a Whirlwind

"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire,…

"Invert the second vessel over the first, mouth to mouth, so that the contents of the two vessels shall be separated only by the paper. Each vessel is filled with an invisible gas. Remove the paper, and notice that the invisible gases quickly-diffuse into each other and form a dense cloud." -Avery 1895

Mixing Gases in Inverted Containers

"Invert the second vessel over the first, mouth to mouth, so that the contents of the two vessels shall…

Capital letter I with sun and clouds.

I, Letter

Capital letter I with sun and clouds.

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it." Genesis 28:12 ASV
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Illustration of Jacob sleeping, his upper body resting on a rock, and dreaming. His robe is wrapped around him and his left arm is resting on his abdomen. A ladder emerges from bright clouds in the center of the illustration. God is descending from the top of the ladder, his arms outstretched. Angels descend on one side and ascend on the other. There are six angels. Jacob's staff and satchel are on the ground next to him. Trees frame the image.

Jacob Sees God and Angels on a Ladder While He Dreams at Bethel

"And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And…

Illustration of Pope Leo, dressed in full papal costume and holding the primatial cross, approaches Attila the Hun. Several clergy follow behind Leo, one carrying the cross of Christ. Attila bows slightly. He is wearing a crown and carrying a sword. His army follows behind. The face of a horse is visible. God, carrying a sword, floats in a cloud over the scene.

Pope Leo the Great Approaches Attila, King of the Huns, on the Battlefield

Illustration of Pope Leo, dressed in full papal costume and holding the primatial cross, approaches…

Cirrus cloud is a type of cloud composed of ice crystals and characterized by thin, wisplike strands, often accompanied by tufts. A Cumulus cloud is a cloud belonging to a class characterized by puffs, mounds or towers, with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower.

Primary Forms of Clouds: Cirrus and Cumulus

Cirrus cloud is a type of cloud composed of ice crystals and characterized by thin, wisplike strands,…

A Nimbus, or Storm Cloud, is any cloud from which rain falls. The Stratus, or Layer Clouds, form in long, horizontal sheets or bands. These clouds are most common in the early morning or evening, when the ascending currents are weak.

Primary Forms of Clouds: Nimbus and Stratus

A Nimbus, or Storm Cloud, is any cloud from which rain falls. The Stratus, or Layer Clouds, form in…

The wind is supposed to rotate as in a cyclone, only the axis of the whirl is horizontal instead of vertical. Two horizontal layers of cloud exist-the upper layer of snow, the lower, or rain. The snowflakes, which form the nuclei of the hailstones, are caught in the whirl, are dipped in rapid succession into the two clouds, thus receiving alternate coatings of ice and snow, until at last they are hurried to the ground.

Rotary Theory of Hail

The wind is supposed to rotate as in a cyclone, only the axis of the whirl is horizontal instead of…

Cirro-Cumulus is formed from cirrus or cirrostratus clouds when they are warmed gently from below. Cirro-Stratus clouds appear as whitish and usually somewhat fibrous veils, often covering the whole sky and sometimes so thin as to be hardly discernible. The Cumulo-Stratus is the form produced by the heaping together of a mountain-like mass of cumulus clouds.

Secondary Forms of Clouds

Cirro-Cumulus is formed from cirrus or cirrostratus clouds when they are warmed gently from below. Cirro-Stratus…

Concentric layers, similar to those of an onion, will be noticed, arranged around a central nucleus, sometimes of ice and sometimes of snow, through generally the latter. The stones are more or less oblately spheroidal in shape. Their general weight varies from a few grains to several ounces, but they have been known to way several pounds.

Structure of a Hailstone

Concentric layers, similar to those of an onion, will be noticed, arranged around a central nucleus,…

"While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid." Matthew 17:5-6 ASV
<p>Illustration of Jesus with Moses on his right and Elijah on his left. The three of them hover inside of a glowing cloud. Peter, James, and John have fallen on the ground and are shielding their faces because they are hearing the voice of God.

The Transfiguration - Peter, James, and John Hide Their Faces

"While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the…

"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they went up into heaven in the cloud; and their enemies beheld them." Revelation 11:12 ASV
<p>Illustration of the two witnesses, or prophets, from Revelation being taken up into heaven in a cloud. One man has his hands clasped in a prayer position. Below them is a staircase, columns, pyramid, and trees.

The Two Witnesses Taken to Heaven in a Cloud

"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they went up into heaven…