How did they know it was Moses and Elijah?

I was reading the accounts of Jesus’ Transfiguration (the event is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Something occurred to me as I read them this time around. The 3 evangelists record 2 men talking to Jesus as He is bathed in glory. These 2 men are Moses and the prophet Elijah.

Jesus took 3 of his Apostles with him up to that mountaintop: Peter and the brothers James and John. My question is this, how did these 3 guys know who the 2 men talking to Jesus were? At the time of the Transfiguration Moses had been dead for approx. 1400 years and Elijah had ascended to heaven approx. 850 years ago. Did the Holy Spirit reveal to them who the 2 were? Or as good Jewish guys, did they automatically know?


3 Responses to How did they know it was Moses and Elijah?

  1. storbakken says:

    That’s a good question. Maybe they saw a white-haired stutterer and a man with thick locks down to the middle of his back and naturally assumed that it was Moses and Elijah. j/k. The Spirit must’ve revealed it to them.

  2. diana says:

    Moses had his staff and Elijah had his garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist.
    I don’t know. Maybe? lol. I think it was mostly spiritual revelation though. Even when the disciples recognised the resurrected Jesus after failing to at first, it was because the Spirit opened their eyes. Wasn’t it? I think it was… 🙂

  3. Art Garcia says:

    Mark 9:1-9 clearly state that Jesus was talking with Moses and Elijah and Peter was talking to Jesus, so Peter knew who Jesus was talking to as there was conversation between them.

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