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 THE TRANSFIGURATION
 "Forwe did not follow cunningly devised
 fables when we made known to you the
 power and coming (parousia, DKP) of our
 Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of
 His majesty. For He received from God the
 Father honor and glory when such a voice
 came to Him from the Excellent Glory" ‗This
 is My beloved Son, in whom I am well
 pleased.‘ And we heard this voice which
 came from heaven when we were with Him
 on the holy mountain. We also have the
 prophetic word made more sure, which you
 do well to heed as a light that shines in a
 dark place, until the day dawns and the
 morning star rises in your hearts.‖         2
     REFUTING THE SCOFFERS
   BOOBYER: ―2 Peter as a whole is concerned to
    buttress hope of the second advent; and in
    1:16-18 itself the writer desires above all to
    show that the Lord‘s dunamis and parousia
    were not ‗cunningly devised fables.‘ They were
    not, because he and others had actually been
    ‗eyewitnesses of that glory.‘ If this was to be of
    any value as a proof of the coming dunamis
    and parousia it must have been something of
    the parousia greatness that the eyewitnesses
    on the ‗holy mount‘ saw.‖

     The Transfiguration Defines The Parousia
       Anticipated By Peter And Denied By The3
                      Scoffers.
  TRANSFIGURATION MEANING
 The significance of the Transfiguration for the study
  of eschatology today cannot be overstated. Scoffers
   were denying the 2nd coming of the Lord (2 Peter
                           3:3).
         To refute them Peter appealed to the
  Transfiguration as visionary confirmation of the
                        parousia.
  By appealing to the Transfiguration the apostle
  gives the definitive definition of the parousia.
  Because the Transfiguration was a vision of
  the parousia, if we wish to know the Biblical
  definition of the Lord‘s coming we must go to
                       the Mount.                   4
WHAT THEY SAW
 Ramsey:   ―By appearing together Moses and
    Elijah sum up the entire drama of the old
  order from its beginning to its end; the one is
  the predecessor, the other is the precursor of
                  the Messiah.‖
    Moses and Elijah appeared in glory with
  Jesus, (Luke 9:30-31); but the glory of Jesus
 out shined those grand spokesman of the Old
                    Covenant.
 The Father removed Moses and Elijah, Jesus
   alone remained: "This is my beloved Son, 5in
      whom I am well pleased: Hear Him!"
MOSES (EX. 24/ 34)   JESUS
AARON, NADAB AND     PETER, JAMES, JOHN
ABIHU
MOSES TRANSFIGURED JESUS TRANSFIGURED
(EX. 34:29)
FACE AND CLOTHES     FACE AND CLOTHES
SHINE (EX. 34:29)    SHINE
APPEARANCE OF CLOUD APPEARANCE OF CLOUD
GLORY OF GOD (24)   GLORY OF GOD
BATH KOHL            BATH KOHL

MOSES RECEIVED THE   CHRIST ORDAINED AS
                                      6

LAW                  SPOKESMAN
 APPLICATION
 Peter  said the Transfiguration established
 the prophecies of the parousia more sure. On
 the Mount they saw a vision of the parousia.
 But the Transfiguration was a vision of the
 transformation from the Old Covenant Glory
     of Moses and the Prophets to the New
     Covenant Glory of Jesus the Messiah.
 Therefore the Biblical definition of the
 Parousia is Covenantal Transformation
        and not cosmic annihilation!
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FROM GLORY TO GLORY!
 The  Transfiguration, as a vision of the
  parousia, was a vision of the
  ―metamorphosis‖ the transformation
  from the glory of Moses to the Glory of
  Christ.
       ―Body‖ of flesh– ―Body‖ of Glory
 2 Corinthians 3– Paul was the minister
  of the New Covenant– which has greater
  glory than that of Moses.
 Through Paul‘s ministry, they were
  being ―transformed‖ metamorphosis– 8
  ―from glory to glory‖ (2 Cor. 3:16)
THE TRANSFIGURATION AND COVENANT CHANGE
 Transfiguration           2 Corinthians 3
                            The Glory of the First
 Glory   of Moses
                             Covenant
                            ―We are being
       Transfigured
 Christ                     transformed‖
 (metamorphsosis)            (metamorphosis) ―From
                             glory to Glory!‖

 Glory   of Moses fades
                            When one turns to
                             Christ, the veil is taken
 Gloryof Christ             away
 anticipated and            Paul‘s (Spirit led)

 established                 ministry (4:1)
                                                    9
THE TRANSFIGURATION - MATTHEW 16:27-28
Mat. 16:27-28 has caused great
 perplexity- Connection to the
 Transfiguration
Proposed Solutions:
Amillennialism- V. 27– end of
 time; v. 28 - Pentecost.
Premillennialism- The
 Transfiguration fulfills the
 prediction.
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ELEMENTS OF MATTHEW 16:27-28
 Matthew   16:21f provides the following
  contextual, constituent elements:
      Suffering of Christ and his disciples (21f)
      Promise of vindication– Coming of the
  Son of Man in Judgment / reward (v. 27)
      Coming of the Kingdom (v. 28)
      New Covenant- Parousia / Marriage / New
  Covenant are inextricably linked;
 Isaiah 62:2-12– Mt. 16:27 is Isaiah 62!

 Hosea 2:15-23- New Covenant- Remarriage!

      First Century Fulfillment (v. 28).
                                              11
 MATTHEW 16: FULFILLED WHEN?
 Transfiguration      is not the fulfillment of Mt.
      16:27f, it is a visionary confirmation of
                fulfillment! (Mt. 17:11)
    It is confirmation of the prophetic word!

  If transfiguration was a vision of Mt. 16:27f,
    then we must find some event that fulfills
 requirements: vindicative parousia, kingdom,
passing of Torah, New Covenant and Marriage,
               first century fulfillment
 Fulfillment demands an event to satisfy all of
                     these elements
                                               12
CHRIST’S VINDICATION COMING
 Element  #1– Vindication of Christ‘s suffering
  and his disciples– (Judgment!)
 Matthew 21:40–

 Matthew 23—

 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

 2 Thessalonians 1:4f

 Revelation 6 / 18-19!

  AD 70 was indubitably Christ‘s coming
  in judgment of his murderers, and the
 persecutors of his apostles and prophets!
                                              13
ELEMENT #2– CHRIST‘S KINGDOM COMING
 Matthew   25:31f– When the Son of man
  comes in his glory, then shall he sit on
  the throne of his glory
 Luke 19:12f– Receive kingdom and
  return (judgment at return)
 Luke 21:28-32
 2 Timothy 4:1– Judgment and kingdom!
 Revelation 11:15f– Kingdoms of this
  world have become the kingdoms of our
  God and of His Christ!
                                       14
ELEMENT #3– PAROUSIA AND PASSING OF TORAH
 Matthew   24:1-3- Christ’s coming, end of
  the age, destruction of the temple all
  linked.
 2 Corinthians 3– Being removed
 Hebrews 8:13- Nigh to passing!
 Hebrews 9:6-10– No access while Torah
  remained valid– no access until
  destruction of Jerusalem– at the
  parousia!
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ELEMENT #4- PAROUSIA- MARRIAGE- NEW COVENANT

God‘s  remarriage– The New
 Covenant
Mat. 16:27 is a citation of Isaiah 62–
 the promise of the remarriage of
 Israel!
The time of the remarriage is the
 time of the New Covenant (Hosea
 2:18-23)– I will make a covenant- you
 shall, call me husband, I will betroth
 you to me… (In the last days (3:5)       16
PAROUSIA- MARRIAGE- NEW COVENANT
 Transfiguration   = Matthew 16:27
 Matthew 16:27 = Isaiah 62- The time of
  the remarriage of Israel/ time of the New
  Covenant– Hosea 2:18-23.
 The time of the remarriage (Thus, the
  finalizing of the New Covenant)– at the
  destruction of the city that killed the
  prophets (vindicative judgment of
  Christ!)
 Matthew 22: ―All Things Are Ready!
                                       17
ELEMENT #5- SOME STANDING HERE!
 Vindication of the Saints– AD 70--- Matthew 23– This
  Generation
 Judgment of Jerusalem for slaying the saints–
  Matthew 24:2-3; 29-34; 1 Thes. 2:15-16– This Generation
 Christ coming in the Kingdom– Luke 21:20-32– This
  Generation
 The Remarriage– New Covenant– ―The master sent out
  his armies and killed those wicked men and burnt
  their city‖ (Matthew 22:7– Revelation 18-19).
 Every constituent element of Matthew 16:21-28 was
  said to occur in Jesus‘ first century generation– in the
  judgment of Old Covenant Jerusalem.

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SUMMARY TO THIS POINT
 The  Transfiguration was a vision of the
  fulfillment of Matthew 16:21-28.
 Only one event fits all of the criteria!

 Christ came in judgment / vindication of the
  martyrs in AD 70
 Christ came in the kingdom in AD 70

 Christ came at the end of the age of Torah in
  AD 70
 Christ came for his wedding in AD 70!

 The Transfiguration- as a vision of the end of
  the age of Torah– fits perfectly!
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NOTHING ELSE FITS!!
Fact:  The Transfiguration was a vision
 of the Second Coming of Christ.
Fact: It was a vision of the end of Moses
 and the Law!
               It was not:
A Vision of the Cross—No judgment
A Vision of Pentecost– No judgment
A Vision of the beginning of the
 millennium                            20
FULFILLMENT AND TORAH
 Fact:  The Transfiguration was a vision of the
  Second Coming of Christ– Mt. 16:27.
 Fact: It was a vision of the end of Moses and
  the Law!
     Transfiguration- End of Torah- Parousia!

 Wherever you posit fulfillment of Matthew 16:27,
  since the Transfiguration was a vision of the end of
  Torah…
 Torah would– will– remain valid until the
  parousia!
 Thus, if Matthew 16:27 is unfulfilled- Torah
  remains valid– the New Covenant is not           21

  completely established!
SCOFFERS, TORAH AND PAROUSIA
                Was A Vision Of The
 Transfiguration
 Passing Of Torah  Vision of the
 Parousia
 It   was a vision of what the scoffers
                  denied!
 IfTorah Passed At The Cross, Why Didn’t
  Peter Tell Them that Torah Passed At
  The Cross, and the parousia occurred
  already?
 Fulfillment of Transfiguration– passing
  of Torah-- Was Still Future When Peter
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  Wrote!
 WHAT THE SCOFFERS WERE DENYING
 The Scoffers Were Denying The Parousia
               (2 Peter 3:3f),
  The Transfiguration Was A Vision Of
      What The Scoffers Were Denying
 If The Transfiguration Was A Vision Of
    What They Were Denying, And If The
   Transfiguration Was A Vision Of The
   Passing Of “Moses And The Prophets”
    Then The Scoffers Were Denying The
   Passing Of “Moses And The Prophets!”
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  TRANSFIGURATION AND PAROUSIA
   Transfiguration   Was A Vision Of The
        Day Of The Lord Of 2 Peter 3.
     Scoffers Denying What Peter Saw
 The Transfiguration Was A Vision Of The
         End Of Moses And The Law
  Therefore, Peter’s Day Of The Lord Of 2
   Peter 3, Was The End Of Moses And The
                     Law.
  Scoffers Were Not Denying The Passing
       Of Physical Heaven And Earth. 24
TRANSFIGURATION AND THE MILLENNIUM
 Transfiguration was a vision of the fulfillment of the
  second coming of 2 Peter 3—what was being denied
  by the scoffers.
 2 Peter 3 was a prediction of the coming of New
  Heavens and Earth.
 The New Heavens and Earth come at the end of the
  Millennium.
 But, the Transfiguration (a vision of the fulfillment of
  the second coming of 2 Peter 3) was a vision of the
  end of the Old Covenant (Moses and the Prophets).
 The New Heavens and Earth come at the end of the
  Millennium (Revelation 20-21).
 Therefore, the end of the Old Covenant (Moses and
  the Prophets) comes at the end of the millennium 25
  A.D. 70 AND TRANSFIGURATION
 It was the vindicative judgment coming of
  Christ (Mt. 23-24)
 It was the coming of the kingdom (cf. Rv.
  11:15f)
 It was within the time frame (Mt. 16:28).
 It was the passing of the law and the prophets
  (Luke 21:22/Mt. 5:17-18)
 It was the time of Christ‘s wedding

   The     transfiguration definitively
       defines the parousia of Christ as
        his coming to destroy the Old
           Covenant world in AD 70          26
 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
 Purpose  of 2 Peter: To defend parousia
  against scoffers.
 Transfiguration final defense and
  definition of parousia
 Transfiguration vision in no way
  resembles traditional definition of
  parousia.
 Transfiguration a vision of the passing
  of ―law and prophets‖
    Only   one event fits—A.D. 70!!   27

				
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