The Bible: The Transfiguration In The Bible

Good Essays
The Transfiguration
The transfiguration as recorded by Matthew, states: “After six days…” (Matt. 17:1). When Mark wrote about this same event he also said, “After six days…” (Mark 9:2). However, when Luke told the story, he said, “After about eight days…” (Luke 9:28).
Seemingly, there are folks who read the Bible for no purpose other than to search for flaws. Of course, there are no mistakes in God’s Word; nonetheless, there are those who have attempted to discredit the Bible’s message and they have used these verses, concerning the number of days, to support of their claim of a discrepancy.
Yet, there is no conflict here. Seldom does any event begin at exactly the same moment a day begins. Concerning an experience that last more than
…show more content…
Luke included a part of the day that preceded the six full days and a portion of the day that followed them.
Was it six days or about eight days? Both are correct. It’s simply a matter of observing the same period of time from a different viewpoint.
Anyway, Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain. Although, the Bible does not name the mountain, logically there are only two possibilities; Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon. Peter called it “The Holy Mountain” (II Peter 1:18). Matthew and Mark both said they were up there alone on a high mountain by themselves. (Matt. 17:1 & Mark 9:2) Mount Tabor is only 1,900 feet and at the time of the transfiguration, a Roman Garrison occupied a portion of the mountain. Mount Hermon rises 9,200 feet.
While they were upon the high mountain, as the Lord prayed his appearance changed and two other men, identified as Moses and Elijah, appeared with Him and they were talking. (Luke 9:29).
Here are three men. Elijah was from the eternal world or heaven; He went to heaven alive without dying physically. (II Kings 2:11-12) Another was from the intermediate or hadean world where the souls of the dead go to await the resurrection. (Luke 16:19-31). Moses had died on Mount Nebo (Deut. 34:1-5). And, of course, since Jesus had not yet died, nor gone back to heaven, He represented the present
Get Access