PROPHECY: THE TRANSFORMATION-TRANSFIGURATION OF US INTO GLORY
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THE GLORY OF THE LORD
(Rom 12:2) And be not conformed to [Gk: to the same pattern of] this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind [thoughts], that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1. transformed = Gk: metamorphoo; ("metamorphose"): change, transfigure, transform /// to fashion: form /// (through the idea of adjustment of parts); shape; fig. nature:--form. [Gen 2:7]
2. (1 John 3:2) Beloved, now are we the sons [Gk: children] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3. (Exo 34:29-35) And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai [after talking with God] with the two tables of testimony [the ten commandments] in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist [Heb: knew] not that the skin of his face shone [Heb: shined, to shoot out horns; fig. rays] while he talked with him [God] [3a]. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him [rather than be attracted to the light, because of their innate sin]. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned [Heb: to turn back] unto him: and Moses talked with them. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil [of separation (of understanding): Luke 8:10] on his face. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him [3b], he took the veil [of separation (of understanding)] off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the veil [of separation (of understanding)] upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
a. Commentary: “that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him” = Moses was temporarily transformed into glory while he talked directly with God, as a consequence of basking in God’s glory, and his face shined like a brilliant flashlight enlightening the surrounding darkness. This is a vivid description of the glory of the Lord visiting Moses.
b. Commentary: “to speak with him” = that is, to commune with Him, i.e., to connect with God. Moses was empowered “before the LORD,” super-charged up like a flashlight battery. When we are totally “transformed,” we shall be permanently and eternally connected to the Lord, and then we shall shine out the glory of the Lord “as the stars for ever and ever.” (Dan 12:3).
c. (Rom 8:18) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
4. (Mat 5:14) Ye are the light [Gk: (to shine or make manifest); luminousness: fire] [the glory of the Lord] of the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” universe]. A city [i.e., the body of Christ; the assembled lights of the glory of the Lord (you and I and all the other born again saints)] that is set on an hill [Gk: to rise or “rear”; a mountain] [ref: “into an high mountain apart” Mat 17:1] cannot be hid [Gk: concealed: kept secret].
THE SPECIAL SECOND SABBATH
(Mat 17:1,2) And after six days [prophetically, indicating 6,000 years: “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years” 2 Pet 3:8] Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother [these three disciples comprising Jesus’ inner circle of confidants], and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured [Gk: metamorphoo; transformed, changed] before them: and his face did shine [Gk: beam, i.e. radiate brilliancy: give light] as the sun, and his raiment [Gk: garment, robe] was white as the light [Gk: (to shine); luminousness: fire] [the hottest type of fire is searing white, “For our god is a consuming fire” Heb: 12:29].
1. (Gen 1:31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen 2:1-3) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day [symbolically consisting of the years 6,000 through 7,000, i.e., the thousand year Millennium: 2 Pet 3:8] from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it [Heb: to make or pronounce clean; consecrate, hallow, holy]: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
2. Commentary: “after six days” = The latter quote is to be found as the lead statement and agreed upon in both Mat 17:1 and Mark 9:2. Therefore the overriding emphasis of Matthew’s narrative is laid upon the blessings and sanctification of the seventh day, the day of the God’s rest, the Millennium, wherein “God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day.” However, Luke 9:28 strongly asserts inclusion of the special second sabbath of the eighth day, a very special day:
a. (Luke 9:28) And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
3. Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible: This was a special day [the 8th day] in addition to the 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a day of solemn assembly, and a special sabbath – the closing day of the present festival as well as the closing day of all festivals of the year. At this time the priests offered the last 10 animals of special sacrifice that made up the 199 offered during the 8 days (Num 29:12-38). It was on this day (John 7:37-39) 18 centuries later that Jesus promised [i.e., prophesied] the Holy Spirit in fullness.
a. (John 7:37-39) In the last day [the eighth day], that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
RAPTURE = Dictionary: ecstatic joy or delight
(Mat 17:3-8) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah [“who appeared in glory” Luke 9:31] talking with him [“of his decrease (Heb: exodus; exit, i.e. (fig.) death: departing) which he should accomplish at Jerusalem” Luke 9:31]. 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 [Heb: tents /// "shade" or a shadow]; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah [“not knowing what he said” Luke 9:33, by ironically suggesting they make a separation (a veil) from God for these three who are walking in His glory]. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud [Gk: lustrous: full of light] overshadowed them [Gk: (by anal.) to envelop in a haze of brilliancy; fig. to invest with supernatural influence]: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, 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. And Jesus came and touched [Gk: to attach oneself to] [connected to] them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes [under the influence of the “touch”], they saw no man, save Jesus only [i.e., focus on Jesus].
1. (Deu 34:5) So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. [Deut 34:7]
2. (2 Ki 2:11) And it came to pass, as they [Elijah and Elisha] 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 [alive] by a whirlwind [Heb: hurricane: tempest] into heaven.
3. Commentary: “Moses and Elijah” = clearly represent the law and the prophets respectively, but on a higher plane of prophetic understanding, Moses represents those “which sleep [Gk: are dead] in Jesus” (1 Thes 4:14), and Elijah represents “we which are alive and remain” (1 Thes 4:15), patiently awaiting our rapture by receiving the full mind of Christ.
4. (1 Th 4:13-18) But I would not have you to be ignorant [Gk: not to know], brethren, concerning them which are asleep [Gk: are dead], that ye sorrow not, even as others [do] which have no hope [are not saved]. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the [second] coming of the Lord shall not prevent [Gk: precede] them which are asleep. 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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds [ref: “into an high mountain apart” Mat 17:1 (shrouded with brilliant clouds)], to meet the Lord in the air [but not leaving the earth, just as Noah and Lot did not leave the earth; both found ultimate refuge and peace in mountains]: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.