Throughout the Bible, there is evidence of
another world; that humans have physically gone there, that we have been
visited by others from that world, and that physical evidence has been
left behind from this other world. We call this world Heaven. But, it is
nothing like the world we know and it is somewhere outside our known
You recall the story of shepherds quietly watching their flocks by night, in Luke chapter 2: "Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God …" (Luke 2:13). We notice that, when a door to this other world opens, it opens very suddenly 'in a brilliant display of blazing glory' and that 'sights and sounds' can come through this opening, into this other existence, for a brief time.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, …” (Luke 2:15). The next thing we notice is that 'the door to this heavenly world' closes just as suddenly as it opens, and it is as if there had been nothing there. The night sky appears to have returned to its normal state.
"Not all of this world is safe and good. Many times, it had seized him and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Legion,' he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the abyss" (Luke 8:27-31).
A host of hideous creatures, unseen by human eyes, from another existence were exerting physical manifestations in this world. This poor man was given the combined strength of thousands of these hideous creatures which Jesus was able to control at a single word! This world, outside our universe, has a wonderful place where angels praise God, and a terrible abyss that terrifies even the most hideous of demonic creatures.
"As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem" (Luke 9:28-32). For a brief moment, Peter, James, and John, were able to hear and see into this odd existence. Evidence of brilliant light, that actually transformed those who saw it, could be seen. This glorious light transformed Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, too. This is even more intriguing when we consider 'just who it was that appeared to Jesus'.
And Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor. But to this day, no one knows where his grave is.
"Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died. Yet, his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone" (Deuteronomy 34:5-7). As we shall see, Moses had some very odd encounters with God. His death is unusual because he did not die of old age. His health was still very good. The only reason he died was that God decided that it was his time. Now, after some 1400 years or so, suddenly, Moses appears to Jesus and James and John, and Peter! This proves, beyond doubt, that a human body is not necessary to make this transition to this new existence. The body of Moses had been buried for 'well over' a thousand years, and yet, there he was! God is master of the aging process. God is not hindered by the decay of the body. God can even let human eye witnesses see that this is so.
Consider this intriguing passage in which we find that God actually left physical evidence of this other world!
"Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself" (Exodus 24:9:10). When God makes an appearance from this other existence, the molecules of our physical world can undergo a peculiar change from this brief encounter.
Consider these next very intriguing passages: "To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. Then, Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights" (Exodus 24:17-18).
By Chris Hansen