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DocReits February 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Great article Pastor Jack!

I must be a little slow today as I was waiting to hear your answer to your original question regarding the disciples who witnessed Moses and Elijah with Jesus, “They already seemed to know who they were, so how did they know?”

You did explain that through the Scriptures Jesus had revealed who He was to these disciples by referencing the Law(Moses) and the prophets(Elijah) but was that enough to make them realize who these individuals were?

My guess has been that verse 3(just before Peter references who these OT saints were), speaks of Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah. My “fill in the blanks” guess is that Jesus embraced Moses and Elijah and greeted them by name. Peter simply overheard.

What do you think?


Jack Wellman February 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Great point Doc. We know that they love the Lord and by this time they had been with Him for centuries, so you are right in the sense that they must have known each other intimately enough to embrace…but somehow, that is beyond me, I think they would have known anyway. I can’t explain why.

Jerry Morgan October 16, 2019 at 9:25 am

I, of course, can’t say for sure how they knew them; but is it possible that in the presence of Christ (Holy spirit presence), that knowledge was given to them in a way that seemed natural as knowledge to them. Maybe, they just knew. Have you ever, in a dream, knew who someone was or where you were although that someone or some place didn’t look the same? When in Heaven, will we have to study to learn or ask a name to get a acquainted? As a believer, I am careful to stay scriptural in my thinking. Is there an example as such elsewhere in Scripture? Anyway, just a thought.

Jack Wellman October 16, 2019 at 11:18 am

The fact is that the disciples knew who Elijah and MOses were without being introduced. How else would they have known them but by the Spirit of God? Here is more about how we will recogninze our loved ones in heaven after we pass into glory. Please read this Jerry: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

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