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Monday, September 8, 2014

Mount of Transfiguration-With Moses and Elijah

Bible Questions Answered:
“Pastor on the mount of transfiguration, why were Moses and Elijah there?...;”
Wendy/ Amsterdam, Netherlands (North Holland)

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

Matthew 17:1-8 KJV
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as
The Light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

Moses represented, The (Torah) Laws of God.
(Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.)

Exodus 20:1-17 KJV
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am The Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

(First Commandment)
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

(Second Commandment)
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I The Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

(Third Commandment)
7 Thou shalt not take the name of The Lord thy God in vain; for The Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

(Fourth Commandment)
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of The Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days The Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore The Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

(Fifth Commandment)
12 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which The Lord thy God giveth thee.

(Sixth Commandment)
13 Thou shalt not kill.

(Seventh Commandment)
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

(Eighth Commandment)
15 Thou shalt not steal.

(Ninth Commandment)
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

(Tenth Commandment)
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

Psalm 1:1,2 KJV
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of The Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.

Psalm 19:7 KJV
The law of The Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of The Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 119:1 KJV
Blessed are the undefiled in The Way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Moses was redeemed through death itself, for Moses had died many, many years before.

I Corinthians 15:53-57 KJV (All God's people who have died, will one day be resurrected up to heaven.)
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Elijah represented The Testimony (of The Power of God.)

I Kings 18:16-39 NLT
16 So Obadiah went to tell Ahab that Elijah had come, and Ahab went out to meet Elijah.
17 When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”
18 “I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of The Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.
19 Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.”
20 So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel.
21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If The Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.
22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of The Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. 23 Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it.
24 Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of The Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls, and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.”
26 So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made.
27 About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is day dreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!”
28 So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.
29 They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.
30 Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired The Altar Of The Lord that had been torn down.
31 He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel,
32 and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of The Lord. Then he dug a trench around the altar large enough to hold about three gallons.
33 He piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces on the wood.
Then he said, “Fill four large jars with water, and pour the water over the offering and the wood
34 After they had done this, he said, “Do the same thing again!” And when they were finished, he said, “Now do it a third time!” So they did as he said,
35 and the water ran around the altar and even filled the trench.
36 At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God Of Abraham, Isaac, And Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.
37 O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
38 Immediately The Fire Of The Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench!
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord—He is God! Yes, The Lord is God!”

I Chronicles 29:11 KJV
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Psalm 62:11 KJV
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Psalm 147:5 KJV
Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.

Elijah, having never died, was translated live into heaven by The Power Of God.

I Thessalonians 4:16-18 KJV (Christians who are alive, at The Lord's coming, will one day be rapture up to heaven.)
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet
The Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with The Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Isaiah 8:20 KJV
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no Light in them.

On The Mount of Transfiguration, certainly Moses spoke words of encouragement to The Lord Jesus, telling Him, yes his sinless life, met the conditions of God's perfect, sinless sacrificial Lamb.

Genesis 22:7,8 KJV
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself A Lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

John 1:29 KJV
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold The Lamb Of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

And no doubt, Elijah encouraged The Lord, concerning the mighty power of God, God The Holy Spirit, Who would resurrect Him from the dead. Who would know better than Elijah, who had been translated, and never seen death, by The Spirit Of God.

II Kings 2:1,11 KJV
1 And it came to pass, when The Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Acts 4:33 KJV
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of The Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

Romans 1:4 KJV
And declared to be The Son Of God with power, according to The Spirit Of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

1 Corinthians 15:21 KJV
For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (second Adam-Christ) came also the resurrection of the dead.

Philippians 3:10,11 NLT
10 I want to know Christ and experience The Mighty Power (God The Holy Spirit) that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death,
11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Yes, Jesus had the presence of God The Father with Him, Moses, Elijah, and ministering angels. And we the children of God, have many watching over us!

Hebrews 12:1-4 NLT
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, The Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
3 Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.