This is going to wander a bit, but I hope you’ll bear with me. We’re going to go from clothes, to Chinese characters, to Mount Hermon, and back to clothes. I promise you it will be interesting. It’s based on the theme of “light”.
Lately I’ve had to take more of an interest in fashion. My daughter made me an appointment with a style consultant at the shopping mall where she works. It was to help me sort out which outfits and colour combinations suit me best.
I’d rather wear clothes that suit me than bow to the current fashion fad, and I hate uncomfortable womens shoes. I grew up on a farm wearing jeans and gumboots. Now I work in a computer workshop, wearing pants and a monogrammed polo shirt. My daughter on the other hand, works in retail fashion, and has no trouble choosing clothes and shoes. She was inspired to help women with clothes because of the difficulty I have experienced getting help and advice when shopping.
Here’s a photo of us at work. My daughter worked for us for three weeks while between jobs. Here she is with her nail kit, filing her nails at reception! It was so cliche, but she didn’t care.
It makes me think about Adam and Eve, and their wardrobe malfunction. Imagine it. Here’s God walking through the garden, and they’re naked. Eeek. The serpent took everything, even the clothes.
Jesus let three of the disciples see him clothed in light.
Here it is in Matthew 17: “Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”
I believe the mountain the Lord took them up was Mount Hermon. The reason I think so is because in the previous chapter of the Bible, Matthew 16, Jesus was at Caesarea Philippi, a town at the foot of Mount Hermon.
Caesarea Philippi was the place where Jesus stamped his authority over the gates of Hell after Peter confessed Him as the Messiah. I wrote about this in my blog post: True confessions at the Gates of Hell.
In the Book of Enoch, Mount Hermon is the place where the Watcher class of fallen angels descended to Earth. They swore upon the mountain that they would take wives among the daughters of men (Enoch 6).
The mountain or summit, referred to as Saphon in Ugaritic texts, is the place where the palace of Baal is located in a myth about Attar. Source: Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hermon.
It’s interesting that the “Hermon Hotel”, the highest permanently manned UN position in the world, sits on top of Mount Hermon in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel. Attar is also known as Ashtar and Ishtar; god of the Morning Star. So here we have Jesus, the Light of the World, stamping his authority all over Attar, Ashtar or Ishtar as well. It kind-of puts Jesus’s promise about the Morning Star being given to those who have not learned Satan’s so called deep secrets in a new light, don’t you think? (Revelation 2:28, Church at Thyatira)
I believe Moses and Elijah may be the two witnesses of Revelation 11, but that’s the subject for another post. I believe it because of what these two can do. Elijah was able to bring down fire and cause the rain to stop for 3½ years; and Moses was able to turn water into blood and bring several other plagues upon Egypt. And guess what the two witnesses do? They will also be able to bring down fire, stop the rain, and cause various plagues for 3½ years, (Revelation 11:5,6).
Anyway, to get back to clothes – they’re clothed in sackcloth for their earthly mission. Sackcloth represents debasement, mourning, and/or repentance.
Do you have any white clothes? Jesus talked about being dressed in white when he wrote to the Church at Sardis in Revelation 3. This Church has a reputation for being alive, but it’s sound asleep. Jesus said if it doesn’t wake up, he’ll come upon it like a thief, and they will not know at what time he comes.
(This is not a time to be caught napping. Jesus expects us to be dressed for work and have our lamps burning. (Luke 12:35))
Yet he said there are some in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with him dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.
How bright will the white be?