The Pre-existence of Christ/Moses
How can one turn a blind eye on the Prophet Moses when speaking on matters on the pre-existence of the Christ (Christology)? Take a close look on the inspirational values and spiritual aspects that this person aspired in his life. After all, he speaks of himself as the coming Messiah.
Moses, whose parents were of the tribe of Levi, was born in a time when the king of Egypt decided to cut the growth of the then increasing population of Israel. It was not the will of men that protected Moses from Pharaoh’s wrath, but the power of the Elohim (God).
He was given the name Moses, according to how the Hebrew baby was found, which means “drawn out of water” (Exodus 2:10) KJV. “Drawn out of water” represents the prophetic declaration of the coming Messiah (Christ), which means drawn from among men. “Out of water” and “from the midst of thee” or “of thy brethren”, intertwines prophetically as one.
In prophesying of the years to coming, Moses said,
“the Lord thy God shall raise unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me: unto him shall he hearken” (Deut. 18:15) KJV.
According to Scriptures, it is quite clear that Moses was referring to himself as the returned Messiah (Yeshua).
Confronted by his deity, Mose flesh took control of him (see fig. 1). Then the voice of Yahweh said,
“Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).
Obviously, the “Throne”, “Heaven” and the “House of Yahweh” became one with that spot at that moment. Therefore, Moses was actually in the House (Heaven) of Yahweh, where both discussed his task.
The burning bush is very symbolical and relevant. The fire signifies the Holy Spirit of Yahweh, which its significance triggered a spiritual insight of Eastern Orthodoxy. In Eastern Orthodox “parlance” (way of talking), the preferred name for the event is “The Unburnt Bush” (not “Burning Bush”). The theology and hymnography of the church view it as prefiguring the “virgin birth.” Eastern Orthodox referred to The Virgin Mary as the “Theotokos”, saying that she gave birth to the Incarnate God without suffering the loss of her virginity, which is in parallel to the bush burning without being consumed. So for the Eastern Orthodox, they already highlighted the burning bush as an importance in the detail of the Messiah’s pre-existence.
Eastern Orthodox also interprets the angel as being the “Logo of God”, referring to the angel as the “Angel of Great Council”, which the Septuagint version mentioned in the Book of Isaiah. Evidently, one must remember that both the logos and Moses became one at the burning bush, because immediately he became the representative of his deity to the children of Israel.
Moses as Mediator
This servant’s commission was to do a task that includes his presence as a representative of his deity.
- Firstly, Yahweh said to him that He, Yahweh, “has come down to deliver them…”(Exodus 2:8). So here, Moses act as the deliverer representing his Elohim.
- Secondly, his deity said to him, “come now therefore, and I will send thee to Pharaoh” (Exodus 2:10). Moses spoke to Pharaoh as “God”.
- Thirdly, He said, “I will be with thee” (Exodus 2:12). Moses became one with Yahweh in spirit.
- And fourthly, He gave Moses His name(the Hebrew theonym – four letter word shown as YHWH). He allowed Moses to call Him by name…
So, by the illustration above, Moses and the Almighty were already “one in Spirit”. It was clear, because his deity came down and selected him as the Messiah. Not only that, but his deity also said, “He will be with Moses” as well.
Moses, after being selected and honored by the Father as His Mediator, and looked upon as an elohim (god) (Exodus 7:1), he represents his deity in every way possible. Ignited with power by his deity, the deliverer did many miracles and wonders in the sight of Israel and the Egyptians.
This prophet and saviour of the people, spoke with his deity on so many occasions that his spiritual connection and birth are indisputable. Being a mediator is one thing, but Moses was such that he spoke to his deity face to face, as a man communed with his friend.
The events are as foll:-
- The messiah(Moses) talked with “YHWH” (Greek transliterated four letter word representing the Hebrew theonym) face to face, as a man talked to his friend (Exodus 33:11).
- YHWH demanded respect for his servant Moses, as He acknowledged the exceptional bond between them. Yahweh said, “If there is one among you being a Prophet, I will make myself known to him in a dream and talk to him in a vision .. With Moses I speak as mouth to mouth…” (Numbers 12:6-9).
The Tabernacle, a Typical Representative of the Elohim (Christ)
As a man of Yahweh, Moses erected the Tabernacle as shown on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:8, 9). Mt. Sinai was actually as Heaven, and Moses was typical in a sense going back and forth.
The structure of the Tabernacle was a physical symbol of the Logos (Christ) and His administrative purposes. All objects that were part of the infrastructure of this typified heavenly fashion were pointing to the “Logos”, and Moses was the administrator of that Tabernacle.
The glorious manifestation of the Shekinah Glory placed on the Ark of the Covenant, symbolized Christ’s Transfiguration. It is quite clear, that to disrespect the symbolic administration of Moses, is to dishonour his (Moses) existence. In considering such act, one would be disrespectful to the real pre-existence of the logos (Christ).
The Parallel Form between Moses and Yeshua
Moses’ life was so parallel to the “Second Man Adam” in so many ways that it was fulfilling to detail him as the first Messiah of the Tabernacle. Here are some occurrences giving proof why Moses administration was parallel to the upcoming Messiah.
Moses – Birth by fire. The fire was a symbol of the Holy Father.
Christ: Birth by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit (is the) a symbol of the Holy Father.
Moses: The messiah and the first man of the “Old Law Covenant”.
Christ – The Messiah and first man of the “New Covenant”.
Moses – Fasted forty days and forty nights (Exodus 34:28).
Christ – Fasted forty days and forty nights.
Moses – The first Mediator of the physical Tabernacle.
Christ –The only Mediator of the spiritual Tabernacle.
Moses – Worn a physical veil (cloth) on his face (Exod. 34:33 and 34).
Christ – Worn a physical veil, meaning His flesh (Heb. 10:20).
Moses – Asked to give his life for the sin of the people (Exod. 32:32).
Christ – Gave up His life for the sin of His people
Moses – Taken into the mount by the cloud after he died.
Christ – While ministering to the people on the mount, after His resurrection, He went up into the mount within the cloud .
Moses – Moses spoke of his return in the prophetic days to come, as the “Christ” (Deut 18:15-19).
Christ – Showed His transfiguration with Moses as his representative in the last days (Matt. 17:1-12).
Moses – Placed in control of the “earthly sanctuary”.
Christ – Placed in control of the “heavenly sanctuary”.
Moses’ inscription was missing from the detailed pre-existence of the Messiah, but that done, who can take away his glory from him? He was one with the “word” (Yahweh) when He spoke from the cloud in the mount, and he became one with the Yahweh at the “burning bush.” There, the magnificent representation of Moses as Mediator, the Messiah and as the Elohim (God) was all ratification of his glory.
Moses was the “Mediator” with “M” written in uppercase, within the O.T. because he was the only mediator between Yahweh and the people . Yahweh also gave him the honor of being their “High Judge”.
Moses was the “Messiah” with “M” written in uppercase, because he was the first saviour chosen by Yahweh, on behalf of the Oracle of the Tabernacle and the O.T. Although the ministration of the Tabernacle in the O.T. was a shadow of the real things to come, Moses being the administrator was a “type of Christ”.
Moses as the Elohim (god) did not get the free space of the Divine, but a representative of Yahweh, while not known as “Yahweh”.
When one view the perspectives, Moses in all his deed was also an anointed Son of Yahweh, but was still not known or called Yahweh. One should give the comparative inspirational life of Moses as same with Yeshua, the Christ. Though a perfect ministration by Yeshua the “Son of Yahweh,” which makes Him a god and by extension God in upper- case, he was never Yahweh, but also a representative.
- Moses’ glory gain perfection in Christ. As the Scripture says,
“But if the ministration of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away with… (2nd Corinthians 3:7)
- And in another place it indicated that their minds were blinded. As the Scripture says,
“for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in reading of the Old Testament: which veil is done away in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 3:14).
Moses Willing To Give Up His Life for His People
Although Yahweh remains as Israel’s deity, there are still idolatrous intentions amongst Israel. One aspect of proof occurred when Moses went up into Mount Sinai and stayed longer than the children of Israel had expected. On returning with the Ten Commandments from the Mount (see fig.2), he found the people worshipping an idol (a god) with the shape of a calf made of gold and silver. Moses was so angry that he dropped the Ten Commandments made of tablets of stone, and it broke in pieces on reaching the ground (Exodus 32:19).
The calf idol worshiping angered the Almighty that he was about to destroy Israel. Moses as a messiah and a redeemer, begged Yahweh not to slay Israel. Moses, in asking to give up his life for Israel says,
“Yet now if thou wilt forgive their sin, and if not , blot me I pray out of the book, which thou hast written” (Exodus 32:32).
It is simple to accept that the prophet was already presenting (offering) himself as a lamb for his people, but such manifestation was for the Son of Yahweh (Christ). This was not a job appointed for Moses. At that moment, he was representing the Christ at will.
The Prophet being closer to his Theophany
The prophet, getting more intimate with his theophany, requested sincere assurance that his people would be safe. Moses said in his request,
“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way that I may know thee… and consider that this nation is thy people” (Exodus 33:13).
Yahweh did not quarrel with Moses or refused the requisition, but replied,
” I will do this thing that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name” (verse 17).
Yahweh Conversed with Moses in a Special Way
Israel in their carnal state could not behold the sight of Moses deity: They had to beckon to Moses, not to allow them to stand in the presence of Yahweh any more (Deut. 5:22-28 and 18:15-19). By such reason, Moses gained full authority as a god before Israel. At this point and time, Moses became a known authorized Elohim by Yahweh.
Moses is still as “a patriarch for the Jews, while he is a prophet for the Muslims up to this day. He is still the honorary ancient father and prophet. Some in the Mid East disregarded Yeshua as the First Advent of the Messiah, and as such, they stay in waiting for the Messiah’s first prophetic revelation to occur.
The Transfiguration of the Logos
The Transfiguration speaks volume as it represents the coming of the Messiah. The illustration shows that Moses was on the right and Elijah on the left (see fig.3). The word “Transfiguration” is self-explanatory. It simply means to transform into something else.
The Transfiguration also represents the past, present and future revelatory existence of Christ. In its manifestation, it represents the advents of the Messiah under the pre-existence of the logos as well.
The illustration shown above is a known signature of the Synoptic Gospel, and Peter, James and John experience an ideal manifestation of such glory, which represents the advents of the “coming” Messiah. This also manifests the prophetic pronunciation of the Book of Malachi, which says,
“I shall send Elijah before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”(Malachi 4:5).
The Transfiguration also depicts the Shekinah Glory in its most wondrous form, and is not something to take lightly. It represents the logos in its most fashionable way.
The “Shekinah Glory” expresses the combined image and glorious form of Yahweh. With it, the cherubim (celestial beings) complementing the fullness of its manifestation and should be referred to when indicating the pre-existence of the “logos”‘ (Christ).
There are some known significant of the Transfiguration, which should have been enlighten, and they are as follows:-
- If the Messiah in his response says, “Elias is come already and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatever listed” (Math. 17:12), then who is Moses that is to come, who stood at Christ’s right hand in the Transfiguration?
- If Moses in the Transfiguration represents the Messiah and His advents, then why is he not part of the pre-existence of the logos?
- It was also mentioned at the Transfiguration that a voice came out of the cloud and said, “this is my beloved Son hear Him” (Luke 9:35). What great manifestation in accordance to the word of Moses that says, “the Lord thy God will raise unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken” (Deut. 18:15). Compare verse 16-19.
- It was at the Transfiguration the glorious sight of the Logos became a living proof a second time. The first was at the River Jordan after His baptism by John the Baptist, as according to the Synoptic Gospel (Math. 3:17), where the voice said, “this is my Son hear Him.” This was also a manifestation, which the Prophet Moses prophesied about , saying, someone shall come from among thy brethren like unto me, referring to himself as the coming Messiah.
- Also, looking at the magnificent purpose of the doctrine and its mystery, in that, after he showed them his “full glory” in the transfiguration, it kept as a secret from the populace at that time. For the book said, “even unto this day, when Moses (Old Testament) is read, the veil is upon their hearts” (2nd Corinthians 3:15). This was so, that they will not able to see beyond the veil or the “glory of Moses” (2nd Corinthians 3:13 and 14). However, as the spirit of Liberty (the comforter) came explaining the fullness starting from the Book of Moses, all things about Moses and the Logos would be then understood (2nd Corinthians 3:16-18, and Luke 24:27). As the scripture says, “When it shall turn to the Lord,” all things shall be revealed and one can see beyond the veil, to see the glory as it is (2nd Corinthians 3:16).
Moses represents Yeshua the Christ, being a “type Christ”, while Yeshua is the complete fulfilment of the prophetic declaration of Moses. Christ, as the logos, represents the perfect covenant of the imperfect Old Covenant, and the figure of the last rest that did not take effect during the time of Moses and Yeshua (son of Nun). The Scripture says ” for if Jesus” ( not Yeshua the Christ but “Yeshua the son of Nun”) had given them rest then He would not have spoken of another day” (Heb. 4:8). Also, compare verse 7.
Here are some Commentaries on the Transfiguration
- Western commentators in the middle ages considered the “Transfiguration” a preview of the “glorified body” of Christ after His “Resurrection”.
- Thomas Aquinas considered the Transfiguration “the greatest miracle “, in that it complements baptism and shows the combine perfection of life in heaven.
- The Transfiguration is one of the major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Yeshua apart from His Baptism, Crucifixion, resurrection and Ascension.
- As said by Christian Theology, the transfiguration narrative acts as a further revelation of Yeshua’s identity as “The Son of God”, which at its manifestation the voice further states “listen to him”.
- Irenaeus explained the transfiguration as the glory of God as a shown human being.
- Origon commented that the glorified status of the Transfiguration and resurrection are most likely related.
- Eastern Churches emphasized on the Transfiguration representing a Holy aspect.
I see the transfiguration as the glorious manifestation of His pre-existence, especially where Moses is concern. For by this cause we need no more to live duly to the Law of the Old Covenant, which done away in Christ. In this respect, it shows that the logos transforming from the Old Law to a New Covenant, being perfect by the author of eternal salvation. This transformation has being culminated and manifested by the power of the Transfiguration.