Mystery on the Mount -- The
Resurrection of Moses
Deuteronomy 34:5-6 So Moses
the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab,
according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in
a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man
knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
Moses was the first leader the
children of Israel had ever known. By God's mighty hand, Moses
led them out of the land of Egypt. But his disobedience to God
in striking the rock the second time when he had been told to
speak to it left him on the wilderness side of Jordan. Num
20: 8-12 God promised that Moses could see the promised
land, but could not go over. Moses was sweetly kissed to sleep
by God and buried by the Lord. But no man knoweth of his
sepulchre unto this day.
We have no difficulty suggesting
the Jews searched for the grave of Moses, no doubt to worship
it. They mourned for a considerable period. They were still
fresh enough in the pagan worship of ages past that they would
have attempted to make Moses a God. But no man knoweth of
his sepulchre unto this day. Just the fact they admit no
man knows the location is evidence they looked for it.
The Lord had even told them
where the burial took place: .in a valley in the land of
Moab, over against Beth-peor. But even had they found it,
they would not have found the body of Moses. Perhaps they even
discovered a grave they suspected to have been Mosesí but
couldnít be certain because it was empty!
Let's go to the New Testament
and Mount of Transfiguration.
Matthew 17:1 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.
What an unusual pair to appear
on the mount with Christ! Had the Jews of that day been polled
to determine whom they would have most desired to see, many
names would crowd the list: Abraham, Noah, Daniel, Job, Jacob,
Issac or even King David. But the Lord had a purpose in these
two. They represented the Law and the Prophets.
And his disciples asked him,
saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first
come, and restore all things. 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. Then the disciples understood that he spake
unto them of John the Baptist.
The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time
the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Then answered Peter, and said
unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here...
Amen. Peter understated the case.
We know that Christ, by his own
power was transfigured, and His own glory shone forth there. We
know how He, Peter, James and John came to be there. But what
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch
was translated that he should not see death; and was not found,
because God had translated him...
Enoch is the first record we
have of someone leaving this planet without the sting of death.
And unless we are given further details, by first appearance
becomes our precedent for all similar cases. Elijah was taken
by God. The verse in Hebrews 11 lets us conclude he also did not
see death. We know his sinful body had to be changed by God to
be fit for eternal heaven, yet he did not die. We reason,
therefore that Elias is on the Mount of Transfiguration in a
glorified or spirit form.
But what about Moses? He died
and was buried. In order for Moses to be there it must be in a
physically resurrected body!
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.
If Peter has fully understood
what he was seeing, his desire would not have been to burden
them with tabernacles, but rather, to cast off his own. These
figures stood on this Mount as examples to the disciples, of the
manner in which our bodies will be changed and
I Corinthians 15:49
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also
bear the image of the heavenly.
And note as well, Peter had no
problem identifying the ancient figures that lived generations
and thousands of years before him. You know he didn't flip
through an old book looking for pictures of the prophets to
determine who stood with him. Divine inspiration and instant
knowledge. Another hint of what eternal heaven will be like.
I Corinthians 13:12 For now
we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I
know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
But how is it possible that
Moses could be physically brought out of the grave? Or was he
on the Mount only in Spirit form, as so many proclaim? What
saith the scriptures?
Jude 1:8-9 Likewise also
these [filthy] dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and
speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when
contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses,
durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The
Lord rebuke thee.
Can you imagine Satan coming
forward and arguing his case? "You can't take that body. It
belongs to me. The power of sin and death still reigns over it
and no price of redemption has been paid!"
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then
as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
The devil held the power of
death, until the victory of the cross. The resurrection of
Moses would have taken place before Christ suffered, died and
I Corinthians 15:53-56 For
this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
[must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have
put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is
written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is]
thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death
[is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.
How fitting the sting of death
be gone from the one who represented the law!
I Corinthians 15:57 But
thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
What a wonderful picture those
on the mount provided us of the changes these bodies will make
on that glorious morning!
I Corinthians 15:51-52
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Thessalonians 4:15 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.
4:17 Then we which are alive
[and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be
with the Lord.
My friends, if He brought Moses
from the dead before the price of redemption was paid in time,
(although Christ stood as surety against all costs), how much
more can we rejoice in knowing we too will come forth or be
changed, thanks to the shed blood of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus
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.
But now, declare it from the
rooftops! Shout it throughout the earth! The King has paid the
ransom for His people and will soon return to gather His Bride!
How fortunate that Moses was considered a friend of God and
enabled to enjoy what we anxiously await. Moses was prohibited
from entering the promised land as judgment for disobedience in
striking the Rock the second time instead of speaking to it as
commanded. Yet how quickly did mercy follow for Moses? Denied
entry into the promised land, but grace gave him a personal tour
from another mountain.
Romans 8:23 And not only
[they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for
the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
II Corinthians 5:2 For in
this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our
house which is from heaven:
For years, Iíve heard the
argument that Satanís contention over the body of Moses in Jude
was about the ďfirst 5 books of the bible,Ē the body of writing
with which Moses is credited. But what authority or contention
can Satan bring against Godís word? He has no legal ground on
which to argue. He did have a scriptural case over the physical
body of Moses.
Brother Royce Ellis