Eschatology

 

 

16. Dear brother in Christ, the peace of the Lord be with you. I have read your answer concerning the two witnesses of Revelation chapter 11 and I find it is the common opinion. However, I continue to think that they are Elijah and Moses. Why? The verse number 6 of the eleventh chapter of Revelation says: “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will”. I agree with you on Elijah for the reasons you have said, but doesn’t this verse speak also about Moses? Could not Moses have experienced a resurrection like that of Lazarus? Deuteronomy 34:6 says: “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” and Jude 9 says: “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”. Furthermore, I remind you of the mount of transfiguration where Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, Peter, James and John. In my opinion, God hid his body and did not give it to Satan, in order to raise it in the last days. What do you think?

 

 

 

Brother, I do not think that God has kept secret the place where He buried Moses and that He did not want to give the body of Moses to Satan because he is going to raise him in the last days in order to send him together with Elijah. For I think that God could raise Moses, as He raised Lazarus, even if we knew where his grave is and even if He had allowed Satan to take the body of Moses. Is anything too hard for God? I think that the reason why God kept secret his grave is that He did not want it to become a place where the Israelites would go to pray or to worship the body of Moses. Knowing that the Israelites were so prone to idolatry, there are good grounds for thinking so. If you consider that there are some graves of famous Jewish rabbis where thousands of Jews go on pilgrimage to pray to the dead rabbis, imagine what would have happened to the grave of Moses, who is considered by the Jews the greatest Jewish rabbi or teacher!!

With regard to the fact that God did not allow Satan to take the body of Moses, I do not know what to tell you; however, since Satan is the enemy of God we are sure he would not have made good use of the body of Moses, so God had right and good reasons to prevent Satan from seizing the body of Moses. Maybe it was a form of respect for Moses, who was highly esteemed by God.

With regard to the vision in which Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus and to the disciples on the holy mountain, I would like to point out to you that Jesus after that vision, in the answer He gave to a specific question asked by His disciples, spoke about the coming of Elijah, who will restore all things, but He did not speak about the coming of Moses. Perhaps you will say: ‘He did not speak about the coming of Enoch, either!!’ That’s true, however the fact that on that occasion Moses had appeared together with Elijah but Jesus did not make any mention of the coming of Moses makes me think that Moses will not come together with Elijah.

Therefore, I have told you what I think about the coming of Moses together with Elijah. Obviously, before I came to the conclusion that it is Enoch who will come together with Elijah, I thought of Moses and of the same things you have told me, but after a long study and a long reflection I saw that the Scripture leans more toward Enoch than Moses. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

 

 

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