Mount of Transfiguration
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was. Jesus on the mount of transfiguration with Moses and Elijah The Father's voice then pierced the sky, saying He was well pleased with Jesus, His son. The transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is Jesus is then called "Son" by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the meets God: the meeting place of the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus At that point the prophets Elijah and Moses appear and Jesus begins to talk to them.
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The Bible does not reveal how much longer Elijah lived after writing the letter, but it does say that it is appointed for all men to die once Romans 5: A similar incident to Elijah's took place in Acts 8: Phillip was caught up into the first heaven, as Elijah was, and was transported to another location approximately 30 miles away.
Another similar incident happened to Ezekiel, in which the spirit took him away Ezekiel 3: The spirit lifted him up "between the earth and the heaven" and brought him "to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate" Ezekiel 8: Afterwards, the spirit took him up to Chaldea Ezekiel Elijah may not have been found because he was transported further away than the fifty men searched 2 Kings 2: And, as far as being taken into heaven where God's throne is, we can know that neither Elijah nor Enoch nor Moses were taken into God's heavenly abode, because Jesus said, while he was on this earth, that "no man hath ascendeth to heaven" John 3: Enoch Some people believe that Enoch did not die but was taken directly to heaven where God is.
But, Enoch eventually died, as all humans die. How can we know? The apostle Paul mentioned the circumstances associated with Enoch in Hebrews Yes, Enoch died, and he did not receive the promise of heaven verse 16 at the time the book of Hebrews was written.
Transfiguration of Jesus
Based on Hebrews The question is, did he die, was he taken to heaven alive, or was he transported to another location on Earth? Let us examine the bold phrase in Genesis 5: As in the Psalms, the phrase means the person "passed away" or would eventually die. When they first said, "and one is not," they meant Joseph "is dead. One of the promises was a heavenly country verse If Enoch were in heaven, wouldn't he have received that promise?
The fact is, the Psalmist believed Enoch was in the grave and therefore asked this question. So what does the phrase "should not see death" mean? Notice it is not in the present tense, that he "did not see" death, but that he "should not see death.
Based on Hebrews 9: To believe Enoch did not die is to deny the plain word of many other scriptures as well. For example, Romans 5: Are we to believe that a man who was not yet cleansed of sin by the blood of Jesus could enter heaven and dwell in God's presence?
The Bible does not say that Enoch went to heaven when he was translated. Instead, it says he "was not found. The same Greek word is rendered "carried over" in Acts 7: The Scriptures say Jacob was translated to the place of burial! God took Enoch and buried him somewhere so as not to be found, just as he did with the body of Moses in Deuteronomy God hid them for reasons known only to Him.
Paul wrote that the Father "hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" Colossians 1: The apostle Paul says that he was already translated, even though he was still physically alive!
Although he was once part of the darkness of this world, he was translated, removed from darkness, into the light of the kingdom of God while he was physically alive!
At the age of 65, Enoch had a son named Methuselah. But how long did Enoch walk with God? Notice that the Scripture does not record that Enoch is still walking with God.
Because "all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years" Genesis 5: Paul says, in Colossians 1: This is what Genesis 5: Enoch could not possibly have preceded him, especially if he were still flesh and blood as it says in verses The Transfiguration The only remaining texts that puzzle people are those relative to the appearances of Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus Matthew After the Transfiguration, Jesus said, while leaving the mountain, "Tell the vision to no man" Matthew Jesus calls the transfiguration a vision!
A vision is not a material reality, but a supernatural picture observed by the eyes.
Moses and Elias in the Lord's transfiguration
The same Greek word for "vision" was used of Peter's vision of the unclean beasts being made clean Acts They were not real but a supernatural picture. Therefore Moses could not be alive and physically speak with Jesus on the day of transfiguration.
The resurrections had not happened and thus Moses was not alive on that day. What then happened in the transfiguration? We can understand this even better by looking at the New Testament occurrences of the Greek word that is translated as vision here. The Lord told this to Ananias afterwards. In other words the fact that a person appears in a vision does not mean that this person is there physically. God can use his image to communicate a message to somebody.
But this does not mean that this person is there at the time of the vision. In turn, the fact that Moses and Elias appeared in the transfiguration vision does not mean that they were there physically nor it means that they were alive at the time of the vision.
The case of Peter and the sheet with the various animals Acts For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth. The conclusion is the same as previously with Ananias: It is a picture that God gives to communicate a message to the one to whom He shows the vision. In the same way we need to understand that the fact that Moses and Elias appeared in the transfiguration vision, does not mean that these two prophets were alive or physically present in the vision.
The case of Peter and his deliverance from the prison Acts Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!
Then the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and tie on your sandals"; and so he did. And he said to him, "Put on your garment and follow me. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
An angel came and literally woke up Peter and delivered him from the prison. See  citing Origen 's reference to Ps France notes that Mount Hermon is closest to Caesarea Philippimentioned in the previous chapter of Matthew.
Likewise, Meyboom identified "Djebel-Ejeik. Whittaker proposes that it was Mount Nebo primarily on the basis that it was the location where Moses viewed the promised land and a parallelism in Jesus' words on descent from the mountain of transfiguration; "You will say to this mountain i. Feast and commemorations[ edit ] First Fruits brought to be blessed on the Feast of the Transfiguration Japanese Orthodox Church The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated by various Christian denominations.
The origins of the feast are less than certain and may have derived from the dedication of three basilicas on Mount Tabor.
In those Orthodox churches which continue to follow the Julian CalendarAugust 6 in the church calendar falls on August 19 in the civil Gregorian calendar. Transfiguration is considered a major feast, numbered among the twelve Great Feasts in the Byzantine rite.