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SEVEN RESURRECTIONS OF THE BIBLE

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Many people think that all people will be resurrected in one general resurrection. The Scripture presents at least seven resurrections—some are past, and others are separated by long periods of time.

 

  1. First in order is the resurrection of Jesus Christ, presented in the Old Testament, (Psalms 16:9-10). The Christian doctrines are squarely based on Christ’s resurrection presented in the Gospels and Acts. Further, Apostle Paul deals with it at length in 1 Corinthians 15.       As we know, the resurrection of Christ has already taken place.
  2. Next is the resurrection of saints in Jerusalem. At the time of Christ’s resurrection, a token resurrection of the saints also took place according to Matthew 27:52-53. We read that the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints came out of the graves and went into the holy city and appeared to many. Even though the graves were opened at the time of Christ’s death the bodies were not raised until the resurrection of Christ. But Christ Himself was the first fruits—the first to be raised from the dead. This is an indication of the greater harvest to come like the ceremony in which the Israelites would bring a handful of the un-threshed grain to wave before the Lord, (Lev. 23:9-14). Lazarus was raised to natural body by Christ and he died again
  3. The Resurrection of the Church. At the time of the rapture, those who died in Christ will be raised first and the living Christians will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye, (1 Thess 4:13-18;1 Cor 15:51-58). This is the first massive resurrection and is the forerunner of others to follow.
  4. The Resurrection of the Old Testament Saints. Old Testament saints are assured resurrection according to Job 19:25-26. Such events are placed at the Second Coming of Christ rather than at the rapture. Daniel 12 places the Great Tribulation in verse one and the resurrection in verse two from which it is understood that the Old Testament saints will not be raised until after the Great Tribulation. Also from the passage in Job it is stated that the resurrection is connected with the Redeemer standing on the earth—at the rapture the Redeemer does not come down to earth.
  5. The Resurrection of the Tribulation Saints. In Revelation 20:4, John writes that he saw “the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God…and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”       It is clear that the Tribulation saints will be raised before the establishing of the Millennial kingdom.       Revelation 20:5 says, the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.       This is the first resurrection, meaning they are first before the final resurrection.
  6. The Resurrection of the Millennial saints. Scriptures are rather silent on this issue and so some think Millennial saints will never die. It is assumed that most will not live a thousand years and therefore death is imperative, (Isa 65:20). It could be sound interpretation that those die in the millennium will be raised and the living millennial saints be transformed like the church before the destruction of the present earth and the heavens.
  7. The Resurrection of the wicked. The final resurrection mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15 is in connection with the judgment at the Great White Throne , where all the dead not previously raised stand before God to be judged. This is the final resurrection before the creation of the new heavens and new earth. All men will be raised, some to everlasting contempt, and some to everlasting life, (Dan. 12:2).

 

Rev.Dr.T.C.Thomas

 

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