“Five Bodily Resurrections”

Posted: September 10, 2015 in Bible Prophecy, Evagelism, Gospel, Gospel of John, Hell, Holocaust, Resurrection, Salvation, Tribulation

It certainly is an intriguing question: If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). Another important question is: How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35). Orthodox Christians have always believed that the dead do live again and that they live in physical bodies provided for them at a future time of resurrection. The doctrine of physical resurrection has been less widely accepted in more modern times since it involves a divine miracle, and in this humanistic and mechanistic age miracles are summarily rejected by many.” – Dr. E. Pickering, “The Word Became Flesh,” p. 38

Unpleasant. Most of us prefer not to think about death, dying, and judgment day. Are all these things inevitable (Hebrews 9:27)? Will there be a group of people who won’t die physically like Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11) but who will be changed and transported into heaven to live forever (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)? Are your thoughts in line with God’s Word and the truth (Isaiah 55:8, 9)?

Reincarnation And Annihilation. These two ideas do not come from the Scriptures. …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”(Hebrews 9:27). Reincarnation suggests that a bad person will have to come back as a lesser being or creature and will need to do good works to earn his way to a higher realm. But our salvation is not based on the good works we do lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9). Jesus spoke of the eternal suffering of the wicked unbelievers, not in their annihilation as some cults teach (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Neither does the Bible teach that there is a place of purging after a person dies before he/she can enter heaven.

Resuscitation. Many sick and hurting people specifically state that they do not want to be resuscitated by life saving equipment. They don’t want to be re-animated back to a life of pain and suffering only to suffer more? Some people are in so much pain, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally that they try to commit suicide and some even succeed at it. Some want physicians to assist them in dying. Throughout the pages of the Old and New Testaments we have examples of people who were resuscitated back to life only to die again. Examples: 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:18-37; 13:21; Matthew 9:23-26; Luke 7:11-17; John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-42; 20:9-12. The ones whom Jesus brought back to life were to prove that He was/is the promised Messiah and the Son of God, and the God-man (John 6:39-44; 14:6; 20:31).

Five Bodily Resurrections

The first bodily resurrection out from among the dead was Christ’s. His resurrected, glorified body consisted of flesh and bones, but it had no blood (Luke 24:39; John 20:15, 27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 20-23, 50). He was dead in the tomb for three days and three nights as Jonah was three days and nights in the belly of the great fish (Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:40). Yes, there are fish that are large enough to swallow a man. If the story of Jonah isn’t true, then Jesus was/is a liar or a lunatic.

The second group of people to be resurrected are the New Testament Christians (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The true Church began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and will be complete by the time Christ returns for His Bride at the Rapture (John 6:37; 14:1-3; Romans 11:25). Christ’s coming for her is imminent and there are no sign miracles that precede His coming. There are indicators that seem to be pointing to the possibility of His imminent return but we are not to set any dates. Expect to be scoffed if you believe this way (2 Peter 3:3).

The third groupWhereas the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:4-8) will be proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (i.e. Christ’s literal, millennial Kingdom on earth – Daniel 2:44, 45; Isaiah 9:6, 7) to all the nations of the world, the “Two Jewish Witnesses” will be serving God in the city of Jerusalem (Revelation 11:8) during the last half of the Tribulation, known also as the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). This holocaust will make all previous ones seem insignificant. During the first half of the Tribulation, the Jews in Israel (including Jerusalem) will be protected by the Antichrist (Man of Sin) with whom they have made a 7 year covenant (Daniel 9:27). But when the Jews refuse to bow down and worship the “Image of the Beast” (i.e. the Antichrist’s image) at the middle of the Tribulation (Revelation 13:11-18), he will persecute and try to annihilate them once and for all. The Jews who will be in Judea at that time will be told to flee to the mountains (i.e. Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1; Matthew 24:15ff). But the “Two Jewish Witnesses” will remain in Jerusalem and have power to torment their enemies for the last half years of the Tribulation (Revelation 11:3-6). But then these two witnesses will be killed and their dead bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three-and-a-half days as their enemies rejoice at their deaths. But then they will be resurrected and called up to heaven (Revelation 11:7-12).

The fourth resurrection will take place 75 days after the seven year Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:12; 1 Corinthians 15:23). It will include the resurrection of the dead Old Testament believers and the Tribulation martyrs (Daniel 12:2). King David will be resurrected and become the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; Ephesians 5:32). Under him there will be lesser kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Those who served God well during their time on earth will be raised from the dead and given responsibilities and rule over ten or five cities during Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth (Luke 19:17-19; Revelation 20:4). No more will there be any corrupt politicians and judges (Isaiah 1:26). Until then we need to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Proverbs 21:1).

The fifth and final resurrection will take place after Christ has reigned on/over this earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-15). The wicked dead from the beginning of time will be raised by the Lord Jesus Christ, the omnipotent One (Revelation 1:8). All these people are headed for the lake of fire but their degree of everlasting suffering there will be determined at this time and it will be according to their works (Revelation 20:12; Matthew 10:15). Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will repay everyone justly (Romans 12:19). He is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 5:22). He desires that you be saved from the lake of fire and that you come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Will you reject God’s love and choose darkness over light (John 3:16-36)? Would you like to get out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness and enter into God the Son’s kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13)? If so, we’d like to help you.

So What? You and I and every other human being, who have lived here on this planet, will live forever somewhere. Will it be with God in heaven or on the new earth or in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (John 14:1-3; Romans 4:13; Matthew 5:5; 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:1)? Believe it or not, it all depends on what you do with the Lord Jesus Christ. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name (i.e. Person and work) of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Where do you stand? You may know the facts of the Gospel and give mental assent to them and still not be saved. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble”(James 1:19). To be saved, you must stop trusting in yourself and/or in any of your good works, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you (Acts 16:31). You must believe the Gospel: Christ died for [your] sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not place your faith in Him now?

Saved? If you’re saved and have assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), what are you doing to share the Gospel with those around you? Are you growing spiritually and serving the Lord with gladness from a heart of love (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 4:10; Psalm 100:2;1 Corinthians 13)?

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Would you share it with someone else too? To receive future articles as them come out, click on Follow.”  To help you get a visual perspective, ask about a chart on “The Resurrections in Scripture.”

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