The Coming of the Christ in His Kingdom, Part 1
Matt. 16: 28, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant by this statement? Did He make good on His promise of coming? Did He come or not; and if He came, how did He come? What is the difference between the account of Mathew, “after 6 days” and Luke saying “after 8 Days?” When was that promise fulfilled?
Matt. 17:1, “And after “six days” Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart.”
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.”
According to Gen. 17:12, “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations…” Every male child is to be circumcised on “the 8th Day,” and Jesus was circumcised on “the 8th Day,” (Luke 2:21).
And “No. 8” stands for new beginning just like No 9 speaks of the Holy Ghost .
Now this is very significant in relation to the promise of Jesus that we are looking at in Matt.17.
Reading Lev. 8:33 we are told, “And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.
34 As he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.
35 Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.
36 So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.”
Looking at the above quoted passage, we begin to see that when the scriptures says after “6 days” in Matthew and after “8 Days” in Luke’s account of Jesus’ statement to those standing by then, they both are referring to the same thing.
It was a period of the consecration into the priesthood which takes between 6 to 8 days of ceremony wherein those to be consecrated into the priesthood like Aaron has to be within the tabernacle for those number of days to avoid premature death.
There are no discrepancies therefore, unless you are missing this vital point and reason.
The Glory Appears on the 8th Day, After 7 Days of Consecration
And so in Lev. 9:22 we are told,
“And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.”
Now this is the reason for the TRANSFIGURATION of Jesus. For we are told in Luke 9:27,
“But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
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.
29 And as he prayed, the FASHION OF HIS COUNTENANCE WAS ALTERED, and his raiment was white and glistering.”
So you see, the transfiguration was the revelation of His glorious consecration into the Priesthood of Mechilzedek authenticated by the voice,“And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him,” Luke 9:35.
Remember he was first identified and consecrated, adopted into the office of the Prophet at John’s Baptism. Luke 3:22,
“And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”
This was because all Israel believed that John the Baptist was a prophet of God. Now God is shifting their focus from John to Jesus. And in Heb. 1:4-8,
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom,”
He was adopted and consecrated as a king here.
Same thing now on the Mount of Transfiguration in Matt. 17. Matt. 17:5,
“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.”
Here God was shifting their faith from the law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah) unto the SON, by whom He now speaks to us in this age (Heb.1:1).
But above all, these three personalities on this mountain represent very specific ideologies that were prevalent then.
The first one was REINCARANTION, represented by Elijah, more of a Western Greek philosophy, then we have RESURRECTION as represented by Moses, which was Jewish in concept and lastly we have IMMORTALITY as represented by Jesus Christ. 2Tim. 1:10,
“..now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” (KJV).
So God was saying, it’s about time we shift focus to the ministry and philosophy of the Son; for as soon as that voice came the other two men disappeared, and He was left alone.
Meaning what He stands for alone is what must remain and be upheld.
The tide has changed. Now we must listen to Him, for the words which He speaks are life and spirit. John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
Meaning He impacts life, the very Zoë life of God when He speaks and you listen and hear what He says.
To be continued…