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A Vision Of God's Kingdom

The coming of the Kingdom of God is a yet-future event. It will begin at Christ's return, as prophesied, as in this example in Nebuchadnezzar's Dream:

"2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:44-45 KJV)

"And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power"

The "transfiguration" event was a vision of the future Kingdom of God, on earth, after the first resurrection (see Resurrections), when Moses and Elijah, who are both now still dead (see What Happens When You Die?), will have risen to salvation. Christ's statement "there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power" was referring to the vision that they would see. It did not mean that the Kingdom of God had come then.

The Transfiguration

"9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power [see The Coming World Dictator]."

9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John [see The Inner Circle], and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

9:5 And Peter answered and said to 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. 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them [see also The Clouds of Heaven]: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

9:8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves." (Mark 9:1-8 KJV)

Despite their witness of the vision, the apostles did not understand, yet (see When Their Eyes Were Opened), nor did they recognize that the prophet John (known as "John the Baptist") was the "Elijah to come" for Christ's first coming (see The Elijah To Come).

"9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

9:11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?

9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him." (Mark 9:9-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: When were prophecies delivered by visions? When were prophecies delivered by dreams?
See Visions and Dreams


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