Q. My nephew was raised in a Catholic Church. He has a very high IQ. He has turned agnostic, borderline atheist. He uses one verse to stand by his non belief. Matthew 16:28 says: “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Obviously he has not come, and there is no one alive from that time. How do I explain this? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
A. Consider these facts. Jesus was there in His post resurrection body although He hadn’t been crucified yet. Moses and Elijah, who hadn’t been seen on Earth for hundreds of years, were also there in resurrection bodies (Luke 9:30). Three disciples from the 1st century were there too, in their natural bodies. So you have people from the past, the present, and the future all together in one place. The only explanation is that the event took place outside of time and allowed the disciples to see Jesus, Moses, and Elijah in the future kingdom, after the Lord’s 2nd Coming. The Lord’s word was true.
It was a most interesting group, with the voice of the Father, the Son in His glorified body, and the cloud representing the Holy Spirit. Then there were Moses and Elijah as the Law and the Prophets, or Old Testament, and the three disciples, on behalf of the New Testament.