Theophanies Of The Trinity Recorded Throughout The Scriptures
L. Phillip Schmidt, Evangel Gospel Minister, D.D., Pastoral Counselor and
Esther Grace Schmidt, Evangel Gospel Minister

The Supreme, Sovereign God consists of: God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit. All Three are Deities! Christ appeared to humankind numerous times as recorded in both the Old and New Testament. These appearances are called Theophanies. To mention just a few, Theophanies appeared in the likeness of a Man, The Angel Of The Lord; or through a Voice, Dove, Burning Bush, Balaam's Donkey, Pillar Of Cloud, Pillar Of Fire, Clouds, etc.

Theophanies Occurring Before Christ's Incarnation

Adam and Eve heard the Voice Of The Lord in the Garden Genesis 3:8-24
The Angel Of The Lord appeared to Hagar, foretelling the birth of her son, Ishmael Genesis 16:7-16
The Lord appeared to Abraham in the Plains of Mamre foretelling Isaac's birth Genesis 18:1-33
Abraham was stopped by the Angel Of The Lord from sacrificing his son Isaac Genesis 22:10-18
Jacob wrestled with a Man and said, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved" Genesis 32:24-31
The Angel Of The Lord appeared as a flame in a bush to Moses Exodus 3:1-6
The Lord made His Appearance to Israel in pillars of fire and cloud as He guided them through the wilderness Exodus 13:21; 14:19
God's Sacred, Almighty Presence was manifested in the Mercy Seat which was upon the Ark Of The Covenant within the Tabernacle and later when the Temple was built Exodus 25:10-22
The Lord spoke face to face [yes, nose to nose] with Moses Exodus 33:11
The Angel Of The Lord appeared to both Balaam and his donkey Numbers 22:27-31
The Son Of God was seen as a Man walking in the midst of the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were servants of The Most High God Daniel 3:20-30


Theophanies At Christ's Baptism And During His Ministry

"Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a Dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven, which said, Thou art my Beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased" Luke 3:21-22). Thus, at the Inauguration of Christ's Human/Divine Ministry, all Three Persons Of The Deity were present, acknowledging the transference of Their Powers to be inflected throughout Christ's Ministry from Heaven to earth to effectually cause the Plan Of Redemption by All Three Deities from earth to Heaven by the actions, interactions, and inactions of all called to Christ's High calling to live In Him; and then to Forever Live After Him: that is; in the Unseen Heavenly Realm. Read John 6:22-59 about Christ being the Bread Of Life and Living Within those who accept His Salvation. “Of the increase of His Government and Peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7).


The Holy Spirit descended upon Christ at His Baptism in a bodily shape like a Dove Luke 3:22
At the same time, God The Father's Voice was heard Luke 3:22
God The Father's Voice was also heard at Christ's Transfiguration Matt. 17:5


Theophanies Forty Days After Christ's Resurrection

"If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain [futile], ye are yet [still or stilled] in your sins." 1 Cor. 15:17. After Christ's Resurrection, He appeared many times to His Followers confirming to them that He had indeed conquered death and was alive. During this period, Christ was able to transform Himself between His All Glorious Divine Being with the Total Glory He had with The Father before His Incarnation and His Human Body which was familiar to His Followers. John 17:1-5 discounts the popular false teaching that at Christ's Ascension back to His Father, He kept His Human Body. Not so! On earth Christ was both Human and Divine. But He now Reigns as King over His Kingdom/Church Domain with all of His Divine Characteristics and Seated at the right of The Father as "A Mission Accomplished." All Praise, Honor and Glory To Him Forever and Forever! Amen and Amen!

Peter Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5
Mary Of Magdala John 2:10-18
Two Disciples Luke 24:13-31
The Eleven Disciples (excluding Thomas) John 20:19-24
The Twelve Disciples (including Thomas) John 20:25-29
Seven Disciples At Sea Of Tiberias John 21:1-23
500 Followers In Galilee 1 Cor. 15:6
James 1 Cor. 15:7
The "Many" At The Ascension Acts 1:3-11
Steven Acts 7:55

Paul - Near Damascus And In Jerusalem

1 Cor. 15:8; Acts 9:3-6; 23:11
John On Island Of Patmos Rev. 1:10-19

Theophanies Of Christ's Second Coming In The Clouds

Christ told His Disciples that their generation would not pass, until all the signs recorded in Matthew 24 were fulfilled. The New Testament writers indicated that they realized they were living in the end of the world/age. See Matt. 24:3; Heb.9:26; 1 Cor. 10:11.

Considering the Hebrew Metaphoric Language used in the Old Testament prophecies, we realize the term, God came down in the clouds, was not a literal/physical coming, but a spiritual coming within the unseen world for either deliverance or destruction. For instance, the Lord came down when He delivered David from his enemies (Psalm 18:7-16). See also Exod. 3:7-8; 19:11; Num. 11:16-17. The Lord came down to confuse the languages of those who were building the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5-9); and He came down bringing destruction upon His enemies by working through human armies. See Gen. 18:20-21; Isaiah 19:1; Zeph. 1:14-15; Nah. 1:2-3; Judg. 5:1-5, 13, 20.




Likewise, Christ fulfilled His Prophetic Word of coming down in the clouds (unseen world as He did over and over again in Old Testament times) as He said: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days [AD 66] shall the sun1 be darkened, and the moon1 shall not give her light, and the stars1 shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens1 shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matt. 24:29-30). After the three and a half years of Jewish persecution upon the First Century Christians, Christ delivered His Elected Living Saints by rapturing their spirit/soul within their New Body of Light to their Heavenly Home. He also raised His Disembodied Saints from Hades/Sheol and took them to their Heavenly Home as well. This was all done in the unseen world2. The next three and a half years were a disaster, as God used the Romans to completely destroy the City of Jerusalem, including the Temple according to His Prophecy in Matthew 24. See Recapitulation Within And Throughout Palingenesis and Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Full Of Righteoused Glory for additional details of this time period which ended in AD 702. This was also the end of the forty-year transition period (Millennium)3 between the Old and New Covenants. Thus, Christ completely finished His Prophetic Word of the Trinity's Plan Of Salvation for all mankind. On the Cross, He paid "the price or slave proposition" for every competent repentant sinner which included [their] dismiss from sin, death, hell, and the grave when He uttered, "It Is Finished," for [their] Reconciliatory Atonement.

Christ And His Angels (Theophany and Angelophanies) Coming Down In The Clouds (Unseen World) To Raise His Disembodied Saints From Hades/Sheol And To Rapture His Elected Living Saints - AD 662 Matt. 16:27; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 1:7
Christ Coming Down In The Clouds (Unseen World) Administering Judgment Upon Jerusalem By The Roman Army AD 66 - AD 702 Rev. 1:7; 17:5; 18:1-24

Thoughts To Ponder

Light obeyed dispels darkness! John 12:35.

If you can identify the truth; your spirit will also signify as witness to it. Romans 8:16.

Christ Only Christ

If you are letting the law to apprehensively bring the guiltiness of condemnation into you; then you are not allowing the matrix of Sovereign Grace to prize with praise the Spiritually-True commendation of transmutation onto you!! In other words, trade the law of sin fulfilled by Christ for you and accept His Spiritually-True Grace To Win!!


After Words

There is nothing new under the sun; but everything has not always been kept new from the First Century Christians, and so objectively and conductively brought forth, that the majority of Christians have been stayed in fright within disfunctional blight!!

Those futurists who otherwise want fanfare, may be better off to be needfully fare with the fans ... as they have the fans waiting at the depot, when "the vehicle of transport" has already come and gone over 2,000 years ago!!

There is only one letter for the futurists that differs between Cosmic and Comic. Then consider: the S signally sniggles stupefications! The Comic is the joker in the deck, fooling with the literal Cosmic. See Luke 17:20.

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1 The Sun, Moon, Stars, and Heavens were used symbolically in the Old Testament as religious or political authorities (Gen. 37:9-10). God used the Roman Army to administer judgment upon Jerusalem which was symbolically called Babylon (Rev. 17:5; 18:1-24) beginning in AD 66 and consummating in AD 70.

2Eschatology Bible students often refer to "Christ's Second Coming" as The Parousia. It comes from two Greek words "para" meaning beside, and "ousia" meaning state of being. The term was also used for important persons arriving at one of their subject territories for an extended/long-term visit. James Stuart Russell, in his book, The Parousia, brings out the point that Christ Coming In The Clouds was for an extended period of time from AD 66 - AD 70.

3According to the fourth meaning for Millennium in the dictionary, it is any period of great happiness, peace, prosperity, etc.

Graphic Credit. Dove, Cross: Christians Unite Clipart. Scroll Background: Christians Unite Clipart. Scroll Text: Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Ministry.

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