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.”
“Not knowing what he said.”
Reading Luke 9 again we are told; Luke 9:26, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
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.
30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and us let make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.”
Why is it that Peter didn’t know what he said because he requested that they build three tabernacles for Jesus, Moses and Elijah?
This is simple. You see Peter was moved by the glory he saw exhibited by these three men and felt they have no need to come down from the mountain anymore. But you know what, what the glory represented was the Feasts of Tabernacles which was the last of the major three feasts of Israel.
See it here; Deut. 16:16, “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread,(Passover) and in the feast of weeks, (Pentecost) and in the feast of tabernacles (Booths) and they shall not appear before the LORD empty.”
And these three major feasts represent the work of redemption in our lives that we must experience.
PASSOVER – we have already had as we are born again, the first step in the journey to glory.
1 Cor. 5:7, “…For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us..8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Then we move on to PENTECOST in our salvation experience. This is where we begin to manifest the gifts of the Spirit. Unfortunately this is where the Church thinks our salvation experience must ends, so then what is left is to fly away to heaven to inherit mansions.
But yet there is another major feast or experience left for us and it’s called the FEAST OF TABERNACLES, the putting on of glorified bodies exactly like what He demonstrated in the Transfiguration.
This is why we read in Rom. 8:22,
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit,(Pentecost) even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
So what is our hope? The redemption of our bodies, not the rapture or anything else. The glorification of our bodies .
Friends, the transfiguration of our mortal bodies is the sure hope that God has in mind for us as believers and of our coming into salvation.
So what was wrong with the request of Peter?
Though a valid question or request, it was not time for that to take place, because then Pentecost had not even taken place. He wanted to structure the future, and that would mean even Jesus would not go to the Cross.
So Jesus merely demonstrated for us there what the future holds for the believer in Christ.
People of God, there is the glory of the tabernacle ahead of us in our salvation experience and that is the transfiguration. For (Rom. 2:7), “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life.”
1 Cor. 15:53, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
When is that you may ask? That is what nobody knows.
And just like when “the Day of Pentecost was FULLY COME” the Holy Ghost came down, even so there shall be a FULLNESS OF THE DAY OF TABERNACLES at the 8th Day of God’s dealing with mankind.
There shall be a manifestation of the transfiguration, the coming of the Son of God from within. Praise the Lord!
To be continued…