Alice A. Bailey

From Bethlehem to Calvary:

p. 144-145:

(Christ) unified in Himself the past and the future, as far as humanity is concerned. This is significantly typified in the appearance with Him upon the Mount of Transfiguration of Moses and Elias, the representatives respectively of the Law and of the Prophets. In the one figure we find symbolised the past of man, with its summation in the Law of Moses, setting the limits beyond which man may not go, defining the injunctions which he must set upon his lower nature (the desire-nature), and emphasising the restrictions which the race as a whole must set upon its actions. ... Moses therefore appeared with Christ as typifying man's emotional past, and the technique of its control is to be later superseded when the message of Christ's life is duly understood, pouring through man's consciousness in ever greater fullness. Christ indicated the new synthetic commandment which is "to love one another." This would render needless all the Law and the Prophets, and would relegate the Ten Commandments into the background of life, rendering them superfluous, because the love which will flow out from man to God, and from man to man, will automatically and positively produce that right action which will make the breaking of the commandments impossible. The "shalt not" of God, spoken from Mount Sinai through Moses, with its negative emphasis and its punitive interpretation, will give place to the radiance of love and the understanding of goodwill and light which Christ radiated upon the mount of Transfiguration. The past met in Him and was superseded by a living present.

Elias, whose name means "the strength of the Lord," stood beside Jesus Christ as the representative of all the schools of the Prophets which had for centuries foretold the coming of the One Who would stand for perfect righteousness and Who, in His Own Person, would embody, as He does today, the future achievement and the goal of the human race. That the future holds reaches of consciousness and standards of achievement as much beyond those of Christ as His expression is beyond ours, is entirely possible. The nature of the Father remains still to be known; some of its aspects, such as the love and wisdom of God, have been revealed to us by Christ. For us today, and for our immediate goal, Christ stands as the Eternal Prophet, to whom Elias and all the Prophets bear witness. Therefore, as He stood upon the mountain top, the past and the future of humanity met in Him.

That He at-oned in Himself certain basic human cleavages is thus apparent, and to those above enumerated we can add one already considered, the blending in Himself of two great kingdoms in nature, the human and the divine, making possible the emergence into manifestation of a new kingdom upon earth—the kingdom of God, the fifth kingdom in nature.


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Did Jesus supersede the law and the prophets at the transfiguration?

Emergent Church

Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola in Jesus: A Theography, p. 303: During the transfiguration, which was a preview of the future glorification of Jesus at His resurrection, Jesus appeared in glory with Moses and Elijah. The Father spoke and said, "This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!" These words echo the prophecy concerning the coming Messiah in Deuteronomy 18. The message seems to be that Jesus supersedes both the Law (represented by Moses) and the Prophets (represented by Elijah). Jesus is God's best and final word, as Hebrew 1 puts it.

Alex Bryan: Present Truth and Rev 14:1-12

Alex Bryan at the One project in Seattle 2014

Selected passages from the transcript of recalibrate: What implications would there be for a church committed to parosia - receiving and reacting to the presence of Jesus as Truth?

The focal point is not the mountain, nor the supernatural activity. nor the disciples, nor the anti-christ, but rather Jesus. It is His face that shines like the sun. And a voice from heaven proclaims: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him." And when all the dust is settled, the text says of the disciples - they see none but Jesus. No one but Jesus. This powerful passage articulating the supremacy of Jesus Christ. And there are scholars who place the transfiguration of Jesus up with the ressurection and his ascention in significance and proclaiming his unique glory.

This should ring a pretty loud bell for those of us in this room familiar with Adventist Christianity. ...

Could it be - Revelation chapter 14 - it's details: geography: on a mountain. But not just any mountain - Mount Zion. And on that mountain - the presence of even more supernatural activity. Rushing waters, booming thunder, a choir without number, an orchestra of harps and loud voices of angels from heaven. And there are witnesses, disciples, not three, not twelve, but twelve times twelve thousand - 144000 disciples. And brought to mind or not historic anti-Christ - farao and Ahab, but rather beast and Babylon. But the focal point of the story is not the mountain, nor is it the supernatural activity, nor is it the disciples or the anti-Christ, but rather it is all about Jesus. The worship service described there is totally devoted to him. The disciples, the text says, follow the lamb whereever He goes. And when all the dust has settled, it says of those disciples: They are the ones who remain faithful to Jesus. ...

And when we look at that mountain. And our principal interest is the identity of the 144000, the identity of those who are following the lamb. Who were those who were keeping the commandments and being really faithful to Jesus. And we apply all these things, of course, to ourselves. We have become paralyzed. For all we can see is our own small world, our own little interest - picking up our little spiritual sticks. And we miss a whole wide world of mystery, and power of glory that is out there. ...

Brothers and sisters, when we look at that mountain - and we don't look to the evil which leaves us just paranoid - and we don't look to ourselves which leaves us paralyzed - But we look completely to Jesus. We discover that it is His presence where we find the very presence of God. For Jesus is the sherpa, Jesus is the tour-guide that unvails the great mystery and glory of God in this world. Jesus shows us what God is up to - and everything changes.

We have three options: We can become paranoid, we can become paralyzed, or through Jesus: parosia.

We can experience the very presence of an active God in the here and the now.

The Bible

The Transfiguration

[Matt 17:1-8], {Mark 9:2-8} The Transfiguration

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John [his brother], and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, [and his face shone like the sun,] and his clothes became [white as light] {radiant, intensely white, as no onea on earth could bleach them}.

And [behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah] {there appeared to them Elijah with Moses}, {and they were} talking with [him] {Jesus}.

And Peter said to Jesus, “[Lord] {Rabbi}, it is good that we are here. [If you wish, I will] {Let us} make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” {For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.}

[He was still speaking when, behold,] {And} a [bright] cloud overshadowed them, and a voice [from] {came out of} the cloud {said}, “This is my beloved Son, [with whom I am well pleased]; listen to him.” [When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”] And [when they lifted up their eyes] {suddenly, looking around}, they [saw no one] {no longer saw anyone with them} but Jesus only.

Luke 9:28-36: The Transfiguration

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.

And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.

As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

2 Peter 1:16-21 Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,i with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 14:1-5: The Lamb and the 144,000

Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

Jesus and The Law and the prophets

  • Matt 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
  • Matt 7:12: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
  • Matt 11:13-14: "For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come."
  • Matt 22:37-40: And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
  • Luke 16:16-17: (to the Pharisees:) “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void."

Paul and the Law and the prophets

  • Acts 24:14: But this I (Paul) confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,
  • Romans 3:21-22a: But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it - the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.