Scripture Build Up Gospels Part One

By Vince Finnegan

Mount of Transfiguration

Matthew 16:28 is a verse that has been misunderstood due to a failure to acknowledge the context of what comes before and after. The theology called “preterist” is rooted in this verse and others like it. A preterist is one who believes that the prophecies about the end times have already been fulfilled.

Matthew 17:1-9

1  Six days later, Peter, John, and James saw the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom at the Mount
of Transfiguration.

2 “Transfigured” is the Greek word metamorphoo. The English word “metamorphosis” comes from this word. Jesus appeared to them as he will in His kingdom.

3 Moses (Exodus 19:3) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:1) received extraordinary revelation on a     mountain.

7-9 Moses and Elijah did not rise from the dead for they saw a vision.

Mark 9:1-10

1  The translator included this verse within the chapter about the transfiguration.

3  And His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

Matthew 17:2   And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

Mark 9:10 They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.

Luke 9:27-36

28 - Some say “eight days,” but Matthew 17:1 and Mark 9:2 say “after 6 days.” After six days would be the seventh day. “Some eight days” implies the vision took place in the late afternoon because the new day began
at sunset.

31 – Matthew and Mark did not tell us what they were talking about. Luke says they talked about his departure, which is the Greek word exodos (Hebrews 11:22; 2 Peter 1:15).

32 – Matthew and Mark did not mention that the men fell asleep.

34 – Matthew and Mark said a cloud formed overshadowing them. In like manner, they entered the cloud (similar to OT with Moses).

35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!"

Matthew 17:5  "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!"

Mark 9:7 “This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!"

2 Peter 1:14-21

Elijah and John the Baptist

Matthew 17:10-13; Mark 9:10-13  Since they saw Elijah, they asked about him.

Matthew 11:1-15

The 12 apostles were not there when he talked about John.

10 – Malachi 3:1

14 “John himself is Elijah who was to come.”

Matthew 16:13-16

Matthew 27:47-49  They knew Elijah was to come but did not understand that John was Elijah.

Luke 1:13-17  He will appear in the spirit and power of Elijah (Mal 4:6).

Malachi 4:1-6  The last chapter in the Old Testament refers to Moses and Elijah.

John 1:19-23; Isaiah 40:1-5

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