TWO RESURRECTIONS [what about the TWO resurrections?]
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
- Please note in this declaration by Jesus that there will emphatically be TWO RESURRECTIONS of the dead—-one to everlasting life and the other to damnation.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
- Note Martha’s declaration of her belief that the resurrection of the righteous will take place in the “last day”.
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee, for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
- Here, Jesus speaks of the resurrection of THE JUST.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
- The gathering of the ELECT.
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
- Once again, there are only TWO Biblical resurrections, one of the just and one of the unjust.
1 Thess 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
- The first of two resurrections
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
- Verse 16—–the resurrection of the righteous.
- The First of TWO general resurrections
1 Cor 15:52-54
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
- The DEAD IN CHRIST raised incorruptible—–at the LAST TRUMP.
- The first of two resurrections
The LAST TRUMP
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
- Verse 18——The rewards of the Saints at the sounding of THE LAST TRUMP.
- notice that the judgment of the earth and the reward of the saints takes place at the LAST [7th] TRUMP! Those who defend the pre-tribulationism claim that the rewards to the saints takes place during the fictional “seven years” in Heaven while God pours out his wrath are in open defiance of Rev.11:18.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
- there can be no resurrection before the FIRST RESURRECTION!
- these tribulation martyrs take part in the FIRST RESURRECTION!
- is there a more certain passage in all of scripture than these words of Rev. 20:4-6?