The next two verses
tell when this occurred. Remember, men have placed
these chapter divisions. They do not reflect the
He was referring to
His transfiguration which was soon to occur. Six
days after Christ made the statement in Matthew
16:28, He took Peter, James and John up into a high
mountain. They saw Christ transfigured before their
eyes in all His power and glory (Matt. 17:1-2). He
was manifested the way He is now (Rev. 1:14-16) and
the way He will appear at His second coming to set
up the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Moses and Elijah
appeared with Christ. They will be co-rulers with
Him in God’s Kingdom. Peter knew when this would be
fulfilled – at the time represented by the Feast of
Tabernacles. He wanted to make tabernacles or
“booths” for the three of them.
This was a vision
(verse 9). Christ was not literally glorified
before their eyes. Exodus 33:20-23 shows that no
man can look upon God and live.
These disciples did not see
Christ come to this earth to set up the Kingdom of God.
But, they did see Him “come in His Kingdom” in vision – in
the vision of His transfiguration.