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Colossians 2:16-17 **…Let no man judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the newly established Church of God in Colosse while under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:16-31). While under house arrest, Paul preached to large numbers from morning till evening the coming Kingdom of God. He explained to them the Messiah, Jesus Christ who first preached the Law of Moses from the Prophets. Verse 26-28, the final message of Paul’s sermon was, “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he spoke through Isaiah the prophet…You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving….(the true word of God)……”.  **  The Colossians were believers of Christ teachings and followed HIS laws of Moses, all the Sabbaths and High holy days commanded by God in Leviticus, chapter 23. This is the shadow (vision) of things to come when The Messiah returns to establish the correct rules of the soon coming Kingdom. 

Many pagans (goyim) and most of the Jews did not believe that Jesus (Savior) was the true Messiah. HE came from heaven to give HIS life as the Lamb of God as the only holy sacrifice to save the sinful souls of believers. The pagans with their ancient traditions began infiltrating the true Church of God to turn them back to worshipping their pagan holidays and festivals since the fall of man in the Eden. The unbelieving Jews desired to change the true Church of God back to the strict traditions of their culture which clashed with what the Prophets spoke of the vision of the coming Kingdom. These harsh man made laws were what Christ preached against since there was no biblical basis. In Mark 7:9, Christ was documented as saying, “All too well you reject the commandments of God, that you may keep your tradition”.  Many more traditions of man continue to this day.

Matthew 13:10-11 ** … The disciples came and said to HIM (Christ), “Why do YOU speak to them in parables?” HE answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them is has not been given.” ** The mysteries of the Kingdom continue to this day for most of world. ** Matthew 13:16-17, “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it (many Godly miracles performed by Jesus), and to hear what you hear, and not hear it.” ** Sadly, even in this era mankind continues to worship and be blinded by the God of this world, the wicked deceiver, Satan. This god even now sits in the temple of God (churches and temples), showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

As the worm of a butterfly changes by metamorphosis into a beautiful creature, so will the mankind worm be changed instantly. The instant change will occur at the sound of the 7th and last trumpet (Revelation 11:15).  The Messiah demonstrated this metamorphosis in Matthew 17:1-9 called the Transfiguration.  Jesus took Peter, James and John onto a high mountain by themselves. There Jesus changed before their eyes, speaking with the long dead Moses and Elijah. In verse five a loud voice out of the cloud said, “This is MY beloved SON, in whom I am well pleased. Hear HIM!” In verse nine, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

 The disciples of the Messiah were so physically close they could not visualize the immensity of the Messiah being changed with long dead Prophets taking on our human nature (incarnation). The three disciples were jolted into realizing Jesus was not divinely endowed but truly Divine. This vision of becoming instant metamorphosis is symbolic of how those that keep the rules of the Lord will appear in the beautiful glory of the coming Kingdom. This metamorphosis is even more beautiful than a monarch butterfly which may travel thousands of miles to breed in warmer climates at onset of winter. Are you prepared to be ready to change into intermittent incarnation as demonstrated by the Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus? Are you prepared to enter the Kingdom come which many people pray in Matthew 6:10, saying, “Your (God) Kingdom come? Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven?”   ** The soon coming Kingdom of God ruled from Jerusalem will be sin free as in heaven today.

The Apostle Peter as an eyewitness to the Majestic Glory of Jesus describes this glory in Second Peter1:16-21, saying, “……….When we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of HIS majesty…….And  we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with HIM on the holy mountain…… We have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star (Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus) rises in your hearts (Revelation 2:27-28 and 22:16). **Two Peter1:21** Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”.  ** Beware of false teachings which can come from false teachers (Second Peter 2:1-3) and even evil spirits (1 John 4:1-2).   Join a true Church of God that teaches the shadow of things to come in the new heaven and new earth which will be keeping the laws commanded by our Lord in Leviticus 23:2-41. May you be blessed with the peace of the Lord until we meet again!