Matt. 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲.❞
So now we want to take a look at a very significant scripture that we have associated with the END OF THE WORLD (the globe) with regards to the coming of Christ. In Matthew 16 He said;
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works…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.❞ (Math 16:27-28).
First of all; who were the people He was talking to as seen in verse 28? The answer is in verse 1.
“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.”
So we have the Pharisees and His disciples as the audience relevance being key here.
So looking at verse 28 it says,
“𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞,̓ 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡,̓ 𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐦.❞
The question is, are the Pharisees and the Disciples He was talking to still alive to date?
If they are not, does it mean He came or He lied to them? We need to understand this phase of His coming, or else we will continue to read meaning to what He said that is not there because of the belief of what we have called the second coming.
Now see this.
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,” Matt. 17:1.
In Luke’s account it is called eight days. “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” (Luke 9:28).
Now there is no discrepancy here. It takes between six and eight days for the consecration into the office of the Priesthood, according to the Book of Leviticus (Lev. 8:33+, 9:1+).
So we see that this Transfiguration of Jesus was His consecration into the office of a Priest, just like the voice that spoke at His water baptism,
“This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” was His consecration into the office of a Prophet.
John being a recognized Prophet, God was by this turning their hearts away from John to Jesus as the one they must now listen to henceforth.
So how did Peter describe this experience of the Transfiguration of Jesus? Remember He promised them He will come when they are still alive. So let us see if this scripture was really fulfilled in their day.
Peter speaking on this said, and I quote, Amp. 2Peter 1:13;
“I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance,
14 Since I know that the laying aside of this body of mine will come speedily, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
15 Moreover, I will diligently endeavor [to see to it] that [even] after my departure (decease) you may be able at all times to call these things to mind.
16 For we were not following cleverly devised stories when we made known to you 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁 (the Messiah), but we were 𝗲𝘆𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 of His majesty (grandeur, authority of sovereign power).
17 For when He was invested with honor and glory from God the Father and a voice was borne to Him by the [splendid] Majestic Glory [in the bright cloud that overshadowed Him, saying], This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased and delight,
18 We [actually] heard this voice borne out of heaven, for 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗶𝗺 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻”
So what is Apostle Peter saying? That they were eye witnesses of the POWER and COMING of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very Promise He gave to them in Matt.16:27-28 that some of them standing there will not taste of death before He comes. And this He accomplished after six days of that promise.
So you see, you can’t tie this His coming to the end of the world and call it a second coming as we have always done. So people of God this His coming has nothing to do with a supposed second coming neither is it talking about the end of the world.
Jesus came as He promised in Matt. 16:28. The disciples saw His promise fulfilled as eye witnesses on the Mount of Transfiguration; in fact I would say, the Christ (“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God, Matt.16:16). That son of God was resident in Jesus the Lamb of God (John 1:29) that taketh way the sin of the world.
So this breaking forth from within is what is truly called the Transfiguration, which is the POWER and COMING of the son of God. It is not, therefore, this coming that ends the world-globe. Neither is this that which is called the second coming.
Next will be COME AGAIN (John 14:3).
To be continued…