Question: Resurrection: Who and When?



Who is taken at the different resurrections? And when do they take place?

1)      Resurrection comes from a word that means to stand again (anastasis.).  It is the transformation of the physical to the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:50-54), the transition from the temporal to the eternal (1 Cor. 15:52) and the transparency of the ambiguity to clarity (Dan. 12:3; 1 Cor. 13:12).

2)      The basis of the teaching is built upon the empty tomb of Jesus (John 20:1-17).

3)      Resurrection is more about the corporate resurrection than the individual. There are two resurrections: The resurrection order of the living (elect) and the order of unbelievers (non-elect) (Matt. 25:33-46).

4)      Jesus’ first resurrection order is for all believers and includes Jesus (Rev. 20:5-6).

a)      Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection (Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:23).

i)        The Father planned that Jesus be raised from the dead (1 Thes. 1:10).

ii)      He was raised by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:4).

iii)    Jesus’ resurrection is the basis for our hope in life (1 Pet. 1:3).

b)      The raptured Church is second (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).

c)      The Old Testament saints and Tribulational martyrs are third at the end of the Tribulation.  There would be a rest for the Old Testament saints until the last days concluded during the Tribulation (Dan. 12:13).

i)        Martha knew Lazarus would rise in the last day (John 11:24).

ii)      The Old Testament saints will rise from the dust (Is. 26:19-20).

iii)    Tribulational martyrs will join the Lord at this point (Rev. 20:4).

d)     Millennial saints are fourth at the Millennium end (Rev. 20:11-15).

5)      The second resurrection occurs at the end of the Millennium and is composed of all unbelievers who rejected the saving work of Jesus on the cross (Rev. 20:11-15).  They will be judged based on their works, because they were not persuaded to believe in Jesus as their Savior (John 3:36).

a)      The Day of Judgment will come (2 Pet. 3:7).

b)      The evil of rejecting Jesus Christ brings condemnation (John 5:28-29).

c)      They will join the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).




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