And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him. KJV
Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain showing them His divinity. Jesus was transfigured or changed before them. His garments were glistening and were intensely white. The Amplified says, He became resplendent with divine brightness, as He held a conversation with Moses and Elijah.
I have wondered just how they knew it was Moses and Elijah. Did they have their names on their shirts? No, they must have been looking into heaven. And in heaven, you just know. Jesus was discussing His departure from the earth and was enjoying His fellowship with Moses and Elijah. This was as much for Jesus as it was for the disciples. It strengthened them.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53 In a moment, in the twinkling of any eye, at the sound of the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be raised imperishable – free and immune from decay — and we shall be changed (transformed).
53. For this perishable part of us must put on the imperishable nature, and this mortal part of us — this nature that is capable of dying — must put on immortality (freedom from death). AMP.
I Corinthians goes on to say that death is swallowed up forever. Back in verse 26 it says, “The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death.” I believe it is last because of us.
I believe Jesus was putting on the imperishable nature (vs.51) when He was on the mountain. He was transformed by the experience and was prepared for the cross, burial and resurrection. He had not defeated it yet for us. That is still to come.
In Isaiah 25 Jesus is Coming back on Mount Zion to a feast which could be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It also says He will swallow up death (vs.8) and abolish death forever, then wipe away all our tears.
I believe that we are the key to Him defeating death. As we prepare for His coming, all we can do is our very best to trust and obey Him which usually falls very short of what we need to be. We must learn to keep our eyes off of our own weakness and on His great power. He has all we need.
When time is up, The Father will say go get your Church. Then He will transform us in the twinkling of an eye, and we will be changed. No longer will be be slaves to our corruptible sin nature, but we will be changed by an imperishable nature that is incapable of dying.
We will glisten and become resplendent with His Divine Brightness.
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
57. But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory — making us conquerors — through our Lord Jesus Christ.