reply to post by Tiger5
This is a case of when people who know about .00001% of the Bible start making stuff up. See below:
What is Matthew 16:28
talking about? Does it contradict itself?
states, "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
Parallel passages are found in Mark 9:1
and Luke 9:27
. The key is found in what immediately follows each of these verses. Jesus calls Peter, James, and John, takes them up to a high mountain and is
transfigured before them while Moses and Elijah come down to discuss His coming death. Consider the things that point to this being the event Jesus
referred to in Matthew 16:28
1. Jesus "was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light" (Matthew 17:2
). This matches the glorified appearance of Christ in Revelation 1:13-18
where "his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength" (Revelation 1:16
2. Of Moses and Elijah, the Bible says that they "appeared in glory" (Luke 9:31
). They did not just appear in a natural way but "in glory." Colossians 3:4
states, "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." This points directly to the coming of Christ in
glory (Matthew 24:30
3. When the disciples awoke, they looked at Christ and "saw his glory" (Luke 9:32
). This is a very powerful statement. They saw the glorified Christ. They saw Him as King of Kings.
4. A cloud overshadowed them and the Father said, "This is my beloved Son: hear him" (Luke 9:34-35
). This too points to the presence and glory of God in fullness and power.
5. Jesus told them not to tell of the vision until He had risen from the dead (Matthew 17:9
). Ths vision was not for the time that Jesus walked on the earth before His crucifixion. It was a glimpse of His coming kingdom.
Peter, James, and John received a vision of the future kingdom and glory of Christ. They saw Him coming in His kingdom. It was to this event that
Peter referred when he said, "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. 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. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy
mount." (2 Peter 1:16-18
). These three men were eyewitnesses of the majesty of "the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." What a glorious opportunity they had! What a
glorious testimony they give!
Jesus himself said that only the Father knew when he would return. Never claimed a time at all.
Also, the allegorical theory concerning the Bible has been debunked and debunked. Simply saying it doesn't make it true. The Jewish people are a real
people, have been for thousands of years. All of the settings and places in the Bible existed. There are non Christian sources which confirm the
existence of Jesus and his prophets. The Bible is not an allegory based on other things. Read The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel if you get the
chance, an atheist lawyer who had some of the same ideas and set out to once and for all debumk the myth of the Bible. He verified everything so
thoroughly that he converted to Christ.
The Bible pretty much foretells what is happening now perfectly. The evidence is there. You can say that people of every generation thought they were
in the end times, yada yada. For the first time in history the prophecies made in Revelation thousands of years ago can be understoood.
The funny part about non believers/ atheists/ etc, to me....if I said, hey everyone, I have this amazing book written by an alien being named Gozark
from thousands of years ago! It holds ultimate wisdom about creation and it has prophecies that are coming true right now! This galactic alien being
is going to make his return to earth soon and purge evil! Look, this chapter accurately foretells the order in which the world's empires will rise and
fall, it tells human beings their purpose, and it explains the meaning of everything. Look, it says Israel will become a nation again after thousands
of years and its neighbors, including Russia and Iran will try and destroy it!
Wow! This alien Gozark really knew what was up!
The sci fi heads and humanist would say, man, this alien really is all knowing, he must have created us, there is no doubt.
But the minute you say that there is actually a creator named God who did the exact same thing....no, no, that's all coincidence and fairytales, there
is just energy moving around in the world and chance created us, or, uh, something
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