Matt 17:5                               Hear Ye Him                                     1/27/2008      ßà   

 

 

 

#1.       Our Assurance of the End Result (1Pet 1:20, Col 3:1-4, Heb 10:22)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       The Glory of God (John 1:14,18, Ex 33:18-19, 34:6-7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Restoration of All Things (Matt 17:10-13, Mal 4:5-6, Mark 1:1-5, Isa 49:6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 17:1 (2X). In our travel through Matthew we have come to chapter 17. Since we need to learn to focus, I have chosen to focus on just the first of the three main events in Matt 17. Let us read of the event on the Mount of Transfiguration:

Mt 17:1-3 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,    And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Mt 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Mt 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Mt 17:6-9 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.  And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.     And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.            And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

What was the purpose of this temporary transformation of the Lord Jesus? We do not read that here in Matthew. Put a sticker here in Matthew 17 and please turn to the Gospel of Luke, Luke 9:28 (2X). Put also a sticker here in Luke 9, for we will come back to these two chapters repeatedly. There are several things more detailed in this passage of Luke. Let us read here in the Gospel of Luke 9:28-36,

Lu 9:28-29   And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.   And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

Lu 9:30  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

Lu 9:31  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

Lu 9:32  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

Lu 9:33-34  And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.    While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

Lu 9:35  And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Lu 9:36  And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

What was the purpose of this event? Luke 9:28 says, Jesus went there to pray. And why did He take Peter, James and John with Him? Luke 9:29 says, to show Christ in His glory. Did Moses and Elijah also appear in like glory? Luke 9:31 says, Yes, they also appeared in glory. What did Jesus talk about with Moses and Elijah? Luke 9:31 says, they spake of his exodus which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. How long did they talk with Jesus? Luke 9:32 says, they were heavy with sleep. It does not say that they were sound asleep, but they were barely awake, for they were burdened with great sleepiness. But after a while, we do not know for how long for it was near the end of Jesus’ conversation with Moses and Elijah, they fully awoke and they saw Jesus in His glory and they also saw Moses and Elijah in glory. Why did God choose Moses and Elijah to speak with Jesus? Moses and Elijah represented “the Law and the Prophets”. The Lord Jesus is speaking with the representatives of the OT, the Law and the Prophets, to demonstrate what He already said in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. And since we now have a good overview of the historical details of this event, let us go on to the spiritual meaning of what God is showing us here.

#1.       Our Assurance of the End Result (1Pet 1:20, Col 3:1-4, Heb 10:22)

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle of Peter, 1Pet 1:20 (2X). We see here on the Mount of Transfiguration a representation of all the OT saints and a representation of all the NT saints together with Jesus. It seems to be a picture of all the saints in glory in the NH&NE. What were Moses and Elijah speaking about with Jesus? They discussed the coming death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those in heaven had an enormous stake in the success of Christ’s paying for our sins, which was promised by God already before the foundation of the world. We read in 1Pet 1:20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”. In other words, before God created the first speck of dust in this universe, God foreordained that Christ should come ~2000 years ago and would pay for our sins the penalty that we were unable to pay. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 3:1 (2X). And for whom did Christ pay the penalty of their sins? The last two words of 1Pet 1:20 are “for you”, not referring to everyone in the world, but “for you” who are able to see your sins, and fear the penalty for your sins, and by faith see your Savior on the pages of the Bible. If Christ would not be successful in paying for our sins in full, then all the saints in heaven would be kicked out of heaven. But God had promised to Himself that Christ would be successful. Satan did not know this, and that is why Satan labored intensely to bring Christ to the cross. We read in Col 3:1-4,

Col 3:1-4  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.        Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

In other words, if you indeed were in Christ from before the foundation of the world, and if you indeed have been crucified with Christ and in Christ, and have died with Christ and in Christ, and have been buried with Christ and in Christ, and have been raised with Christ and in Christ, then Christs atonement has paid for your sins in full, so that when the Holy Spirit has made you born from above in this lifetime you have become a new creature, with new goals and affections and desires. Then, if this is so, seek those things which are above, which means seek to become more and more Christlike, and seek to do those things that are pleasing in the sight of God, rather than pursuing the things that are important to those who are unsaved; for you have died to those things of the world, and your life is hid with Christ in God. It means that God is at work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure, and it also means that our entire life will appear in God’s sight as perfect as the life of Christ was 2000 years ago, for our life in hid with Christ in God. Therefore, when Christ shall come again in glory on the Last Day, we shall also be raised from the grave with an incorruptible body, and we shall appear with Him in glory, and then shall our salvation be complete. This God has promised, according to 1Pet 1:20, before the foundation of the world, and this God assures us, according to Col 3:4, at the time that Christ rose from the dead about 2000 years ago. Therefore, according to the words of Heb 10:22 in this 21st century, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water”. And so, when we see in Matt 17:1-9 the three NT saints and the two OT saints together with Jesus on the top of the Mount, we see a picture of the Last Day when all the saints shall be together with Christ. Could God indeed have given us this event to show us a picture of the Last Day? Well, in Luke 9:32 we read that the disciples were heavy with sleep. Please turn to Luke 9

Could this be a picture of the NT church on the Last Day? In the Bible physical death of the saints is pictured as sleep. The body sleeps, but the soul is alive and is with the Lord in heaven. For example, we read in 1Cor 15:51, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”. And we read in 1Th 4:13, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope”. And there are many other examples. But Peter, James and John were not sound asleep, but they were “heavy with sleep”. And thus if these three disciples represented the NT church, it tells us that as we approach the end of time the church will be almost dead, but not totally dead. And this corresponds with the words of 1Cor 15:51, where we read, “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”, and “all shall be changed” refers to the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved on the Last Day. And likewise it corresponds to the words of 1Thess 4:15, where we read, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep”, where the words “we which are alive and remain” refers to the saints who still are alive. Definitely, the church is still alive on the Last Day, for we are commanded to celebrate the Lord’s Supper until He comes, and God promises that the gates of Hell shall not prevail over the church which Christ bought with His own blood. And this refers to the church as an organism, lock stock and barrel. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:15 (2X). And so, in these three sleepy disciples we arrive at a picture of the church as we approach the end of time. God warns us that a majority of the church will go apostate. Can we find other evidence for that? Actually there are many verses in the Bible which point to that fact. It is a surprise to me that this is such a neglected topic. Almost no sermons are preached on this subject matter. But if we begin with Matt 24:15, we read there, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand”. By these last words God is letting us know that we must interpret this holy place. This does not refer to the temple in Jerusalem as the holy place, for when the curtain in the temple was rent the temple is no longer the holy place. After the cross the holy place is the church, and particularly the pulpit, for there the preacher proclaims the Gospel of Christ crucified. And if the preacher proclaims another gospel than the Gospel of the Bible, then “the abomination that maketh desolate is standing in the holy place”. God speaks of this abomination in Dan 9:27, and in Dan 11:31, and in Dan 12:11, and all these are referring to God’s warning  in Dan 7:21 that the Little Horn shall make war with the saints and shall prevail against them. And again God says in Dan 8:24 that the Little Horn shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And if we still do not believe it, then there are many verses in Revelation that teach us the same thing; the majority of the church will go apostate near the end of time. In our days we can see that indeed the majority of the church believes that God is still giving visions and dreams and audible messages today, and the majority of the church denies the sovereignty of God in salvation, and the majority of the church believes that they have the power to cast out Satan and to perform miraculous healings of the body, and the majority of the church believes that women may be ordained as deacons and elders, and so on, and so on. All these are abominations in the sight of God, for all these are gospels that are other than the Gospel of the Bible, and the people who follow these gospels are under the curse of God (Gal 1:8-9). In fact, the last verse of Matt 16 already points to the idea that the beginning passage of Matt 17 might be a picture of the Last Day. Let us now turn our eyes to another aspect of this event on the Mount of Trans

#2.       The Glory of God (John 1:14,18, Ex 33:18-19, 34:6-7)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to John, John 1:14 (2X). When we think of the glory of God we usually think of the face of Jesus which was shining like the sun on the Mount, and we think of the face of Jesus in Rev 1 where His face was also shining as the sun, and we think of the face of Moses which was shining because Moses was allowed to see only a glimpse of the glory of God, and we think of the hymn “Amazing Grace” where in the last stanza we sing, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun”. But let me remind you that all this radiation that we speak of is very earthly, for with our eyes we can see only electromagnetic radiation, which really belongs to this universe. It has been demonstrated more than 60 years ago that electromagnetic radiation can be transformed into matter, which is matter that belongs to this universe. But it has been observed that this universe, down to the farthest corners of it, is subject to a principle that is called Entropy. And Entropy means that this universe is subject to decay and to continually increasing disorder. But when we arrive in the NH&NE that new creation is not subject to decay, and therefore it must be a totally different universe that is subject to totally different laws of nature. Therefore the radiation that we can observe in this universe will not exist in the new creation, but it will be replaced by something else. God shows us that Christ’s face is shining like the sun, only to give us an earthly description of something that cannot be described in earthly terms. So, let us be real, and let us derive the true meaning of the glory of God from the words of Scripture. We read in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”. What glory did God refer to here in John 1:14? The parentheses really do not belong there, since they were put in by the translators. He says, “Full of grace”, full of unmerited favor that He poured on whom He will. He chose to pour His unmerited favor on 11 disciples, and He chose to withhold His favor on Judas Iscariot, because this was what the plan of God called for. He chose to pour His unmerited favor on many out of whom He cast demons, and many to whom He said “Thy sins are forgiven thee”, or “Neither do I condemn thee”, but He chose to withhold His favor from most of the scribes and Pharisees to whom He did not give faith, because this was what the plan of God called for. Also we read in John 1:14, “Full of truth”. And what truth is God referring to here? It is the truth of the Word of God, for this is how the verse begins. Christ is the Word of God, and throughout the Word of God Christ is found, in every prophecy of the Bible. God cannot lie, and thus whatever we find in the Bible is true and trustworthy; as true and trustworthy as Christ Himself. And thus, what John 1:14 says is that through His sovereign unmerited favor, and through His trustworthiness the glory of Christ is known and was actually seen by the disciples. Not all men see the Lord Jesus in His glory. Only those whom God intends to save; only His elect will see Jesus in this glory, the glory of being full of grace and truth, because this is what the plan of God calls for. Now this is only a small portion of a description of the glory of God. Please drop down to verse 18. God says in John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”. God does not lie. If God says here “No man” then it must be understood as “absolutely no man”. Whatever we read in the Bible must be harmonized with this truth. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 33:18 (2X). When we read that Adam walked with God, we must understand that Adam and Eve never saw God in all His glory. This may explain how it was possible that Eve could be tempted to listen to a voice coming out of a serpent, a voice that was in rebellion against God. Likewise, when we read anywhere else in the Bible that if a person saw God we must invoke the truth of John 1:18, and we must believe that this person never saw God in all His glory. Perhaps we remember what Moses asked God in Ex 33:18, and then God’s answer

Ex 33:18-19  And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.   And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

How did God define His glory? He said that His glory revolves around His grace and His mercy. And in Ex 34:6-7 God carried out this promise to show Moses His glory, and God did pass by before him.

Ex 34:6-7  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,        Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;

Again we see that God defined His glory, and the first two things on the list are His mercy and grace. And so we see that God’s glory must mean that God is incredibly glorious in His appearance, but He is even more glorious in His attributes of mercy and grace, and in His attribute of sovereignty, for He will be gracious to whom He will be gracious, and He will shew mercy on whom He will shew mercy. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 17:4 (2X). Let us now follow Peter while he sticks his foot in his mouth. If you had a sticker in Matt 17 you can quickly turn there. We read in Matt 17:4 of:

Mt 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Mt 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Paraphrased God the Father says: “Peter, stop, you are preaching heresy!” It is heresy to even think about making three tabernacles. First of all Moses and Elijah are not even close to being worshipped like Christ. And secondly, each tabernacle would require its own covenant, and there can be only one covenant that leads to salvation. What God is showing us here is a prophecy that the church, especially the church in the end times, has a fallacy about Moses and Elijah. First, they are elevating Moses by saying that the present day nation of the Jews is worshipping the same God as we Christians do, except they are in error. And so they have invented the concept of the Judeo-Christian heritage. But when we read Gal 4:21-31 carefully we understand that after the cross the nation of the Christians and the nation of the Jews have nothing in common. If you adhere to the teachings of Moses you are under the curse of God. You cannot obey Moses and Christ at the same time. God clearly says that in His Epistle to the Galatians. Secondly, the present day church is elevating Moses and Elijah by claiming that the two witnesses of Rev 11 represent Moses and Elijah. They are not at all referring to Moses and Elijah. God does not teach the doctrine of incarnation. The two witnesses are representing the faithful church, which shall be silenced near the end of time. Throughout the Bible God the Father spoke to His Son, or spoke about His Son. If we only will see this, then we will understand that Christ alone must be worshipped, and Christ alone must be exalted, and throughout the Scriptures Christ alone is shown as the Savior of mankind, and Christ alone shall be the Judge of all mankind. There is a lie being promoted in present day churches that Jesus Christ never said that He is God. Unsaved mankind likes this lie, for it relieves them of giving account of their sins to the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ. But the Lord Jesus clearly said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one”. There are more than 20 verses in the Bible which clearly state that Jesus Christ is God. If Jesus Christ would not be God, then we would not have a Savior from our sins, for only if He were God would He be able to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, for our righteous God would accept only this as a full payment for our sins. And so, what do we see here in this event on the Mount of Transfiguration? A bright cloud overshadowed them; a reminder of the bright cloud that followed the children of Israel in their wilderness wanderings. God Himself, in the appearance of a bright cloud, made His presence known and declared that Jesus Christ in the human nature that He carried was the beloved Son of God. But in His divine nature He said, “I and the Father are one”. We can look at this event on the Mount as a second Sinai experience. And God’s command to the three disciples and just as well to us today, is this: “Hear Ye Him”. And anyone who does not want to hear Him, anyone who does not want to believe that hearing Christ is equivalent to hearing the Word of God, from cover to cover, is under the wrath of God, for he has despised the great sacrifice of Christ for whosoever will believe on Him, and he has counted the blood of Christ as an unworthy thing. And God says in Heb 2:3, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation”. Let us now follow Jesus and the disciples as they walked down the mountain.

#3.       The Restoration of All Things (Matt 17:10-13, Mal 4:5-6, Mark 1:1-5, Isa 49:6)

Mt 17:10  And His disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

Mt 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Mt 17:12  But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

Mt 17:13  Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Where did the scribes get this information from? Please turn to the Prophecy of Malachi, which is on the last page of your OT, Mal 4:5 (2X). The disciples did not ask about Mal 4:5. They asked why the scribes were saying that Elijah must first come, for these were simple fishermen who did not know their Bible very well. And even if they would know Mal 4:5 they still did not know why Elijah must first come. The Lord Jesus added that indeed Elijah must first come and restore all things. What does this mean?

Mal 4:5-6  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:        And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Then the Lord Jesus indicated that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Mal 4:5-6. John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. And then the Lord Jesus added in Matt 17:12 that the Son of man was going to suffer and die. How do these two things tie together? Did John the Baptist do all the work of restoration? In Mark 1:1-5 God identified the fulfillment of all the OT prophecies concerning the promised Messiah was beginning with John the Baptist. When John the Baptist came on the scene, that was the point in time that the Gospel came into being through Jesus Christ, and it was through the Gospel that Christ was going to restore all things. The sufferings of Christ, mentioned in Matt 17:12, are intimately related to the restoration of all things. Therefore the restoration of all things really began at the cross, and not at some future date in the imaginary millennium. The disciples said, “Why must Elijah first come before the Messiah comes”. This is also what many people say today. But the Lord Jesus clearly stated that Elijah must come before Jesus is risen from the dead. John the Baptist would only bring the beginning of the restoration of all things. But the full work of restoration has to do with bringing the Gospel into all the world, and this is the work of Christ as well as the work of God the Holy Spirit. We should not interpret this as bringing the Gospel to the nation of Israel, but to all the world, for Israel of God must be gathered out of all nations. God speaks about this in Isa 49:6, where He says,

Isa 49:6  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

And thus the restoration of the Israel of God will be complete when Christ returns on the Last Day. Please turn in your Bibles to  the Second Epistle of Peter, 2Pet 1:1 (2X). Let us now follow Peter when later in life he reflects on his experiences on the Mount of Transfiguration.

First we want to know to whom Peter addresses this epistle. We read in 2Pet 1:1 (2X),

2Pe 1:1 ¶  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Peter speaks to us, and he addresses us as “them that have obtained like precious faith with us”. In other words, God has given them as well as us a like precious faith. All the elect have the same precious faith, equal in proportion and equal in value. These are the ones to whom God, through the pen of Peter, is speaking. Please drop down to verse 12. And there we read in 2Pet 1:12-19

2Pe 1:12 -15 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;      Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.           Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

2Pe 1:16 ¶  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2Pe 1:17  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

2Pe 1:18  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

2Pe 1:19 ¶  We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

In verse 14 Peter mentioned that he was marked to die. However, he had one last message, a most important message from a man who knows that he was about to die. What was Peter’s last message? To follow Jesus Christ is to follow Him even unto death. But if you are not required to die for the cause of Christ, then certainly your life must be all His’. He must be in the forefront of your mind all the time. But most of all, keep your eyes on Jesus Christ; keep your eyes on the Word of God, every letter of it. For the time will come that the conditions in the church will be so bad that if you do not keep your eyes on Jesus you will sink. Remember, this was one of Peter’s personal experiences when he walked on water to come to Jesus. And sinking he cried, “Lord, save me”. That is all we need to pray. “Lord, save me”.

And then he says in verse 16, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables”. If we consider that all the apostles were persecuted and martyred, could it be that they were willing to die for a lie that they had knowingly concocted. No way! When they wrote to us of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of His suffering and of His glory they did not design a bunch of lies, for they were willing to stake their own life on the truth of their messages. They were eyewitnesses of His majesty. And Peter recalls the voice that he heard from the Father who said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; Hear Ye Him!” This was a glorious experience for Peter, James and John. But listen now to his words in verse 19. Paraphrased he says: Even though this was a glorious message from God, we now have also a more sure word of prophecy, more glorious and more sure than hearing the words from God out of the bright cloud. And here in your hands is the Bible which is the more sure word of prophecy, more sure than what I have received on the Mount. Listen to it carefully, intently, and mediate on it. For it is like a light that shines in a dark place. Presently you are in a dark place, for this world is like a dark Bottomless Pit, where the majority of mankind is unsaved, and acts like their father the Devil, and they are prowling around to see whom they can devour. Meditate on these words in the Bible, study them as if they came audibly from God Himself, and keep at it until the day dawns. And what day is He referring to? It is the Last Day, when Christ shall come with all His saints to take us home and give us all the honor and glory of the Bride of Christ. Yes, this is what we are looking forward to. And when the Day Star arises in our hearts, it means when Christ shall be in our hearts at the time of the rapture. It is an expression that is similar to what we read in Rev 2:28, where we read, “And I will give him the Morning Star”, where Christ is the Morning Star. And then God says:

2Pe 1:18  And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

And we know what this voice said: Hear Ye Him! Do not neglect to hear His voice, which the voice of your Bridegroom. Do not neglect to listen to every warning, for all these warnings are to our benefit, and they will help us to maintain faithful to His Word. And what can we expect when we have done so? Please turn one page to your left, to 1Pet 5:1 (2X), where we read, “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker (present tense) of the glory that shall be revealed”. O yes, the beginning of the spiritual glory is already now with us. Ask God to give us the grace to hear Him.                   AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.