Each week I teach a class on Bible Prophecy. 2 weeks ago I asked our class to study the importance of Moses and Elijah’s appearance before The Lord when he was transfigured. How could Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus since he hadn’t died yet?
Q. Each week I teach a class on Bible Prophecy. This is our main topic of discussion (most of the time). 2 weeks ago I asked our class to study the importance of Moses and Elijah’s appearance before The Lord when he was transfigured.
We know from scripture (1 Pet. 3:18-20 ” Verse 19, He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison”) that when Jesus died he descended into Abraham’s Bosom, the place prepared for the righteous dead. Jesus said that no one can get to The Father except through me, even the righteous dead needed to be introduced to The Lord before Jesus took them to heaven, (their reward.)
How could Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus since he hadn’t died yet? I know that His appearance represents His coming Kingdom and clearly puts Jesus above the Law and the Prophets.
I believe that these 2 prophets are the Two Witnesses describe in the Book of Revelation, simply because of their ministry.
I’ve never totally understood Abraham’s Bosom, but it makes sense that since as John stated in
John 14:6-9 “No one comes before the Father except through Me”
A. Jesus was crucified at a specific point in the time domain, but it availed to everyone ever born. That means that those who died in faith before the cross were saved by His blood, just like those who came afterward. However, they couldn’t enter Heaven until He actually sprinkled His blood on the Altar there. So there was a temporary place for them to rest in Sheol, the abode of the dead. It was called Abraham’s Bosom in Hebrew and Paradise in Greek.
Although the Bible doesn’t say this clearly, they must have had some kind of physical presence since they were visible and there’s a hint of them being governed by time in Sheol. Purely spiritual beings are not. When the time came for the Lord to die, He went there and when He came out of the tomb he brought them with Him to heaven. (Matt. 27:52-53)
When Jesus took some of His disciples up the Mt. of Transfiguration, He was glorified and Moses and Elijah appeared with Him. (Matt. 17:1-8) The most logical explanation for this is that a portal between the physical world and the spiritual one was opened for Moses and Elijah to come out of Sheol and for Jesus to assume His Heavenly appearance.