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Rev. 20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  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. (KJV)
The resurrection body of believers (God’s TRUE children) will be:
- (1) Spiritual. 1 Cor. 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (KJV)
- (2) It will be a body that will adapt to the use of the soul in its glorified state and to all conditions of the heavenly state. It will be a glorious and incorruptible body. 1 Cor. 15:54 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. (KJV)
- (3) It will be an immortal body. Rev. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)
Christ Jesus’ resurrection secures and illustrates the resurrection of His people:
- (1) Jesus’ resurrection seals and completes His redemptive power. Christ Jesus redeems us and secures the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)
- (2.) We have a primary and vital union with Christ Jesus. 1 Cor. 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (KJV) 1 Thes. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (KJV)
- (3.) The Spirit of Christ Jesus dwells in us making our bodies His members. 1 Cor. 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. (KJV) Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (KJV)
- (4.) Christ Jesus, by covenant, is Lord both of the living and the dead. Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. (KJV)
The primary and vital union TRUE believers have with Christ Jesus also causes the resurrection of the believer to be similar to, as well as ending in the same manner as that of Christ. 1 Cor. 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (KJV) Philip. 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV) 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (KJV) Amen!
RESURRECTION OF BELIEVERS
God’s Holy Word confirms that Christ Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Matthew 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. (KJV)
Christ Jesus resurrection happened exactly like the prophets of old predicted. 1 Cor. 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (KJV) Psalm 2:7; 16:10-11; Isaiah 53:9-12; Hosea 6:2.
The resurrection of Christ Jesus is the central and fundamental Truth of our Christian faith. 1 Cor. 15:14-17 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (KJV)
- Because Christ Jesus rose from the dead as He promised, we know that what He said is true . . . He is God, and God CANNOT lie (Titus 1:2).
- Because He rose, we know that our sins are forgiven (Acts 5:31; 13:38; 1 John 1:6-9).
- Because He rose, He lives and represents us to God (1 John 2:1).
- Because He rose and defeated death, we know we too will also be raised. Job 14:14; Psalm 49:15; 71:20; Isaiah 25:8; Daniel 12:2; Hosea 13:14; 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15:22; 15:54; 2 Corinthians 1:9; 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 20:13
Our resurrection is a sure thing, because Christ Jesus was resurrection.1 Cor. 15:12-14 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. (KJV)
Our resurrected bodies will be eternal rather than temporary the bodies we now have. 1 Cor. 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  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.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV)
Because Christ Jesus was resurrected, He has the power to resurrect dead relationships as well as resurrect those people who are spiritually dead. Ephes. 2:1-10 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV)
Because of Christ Jesus we have hope of eternal life and we also have hope of resurrection from the dead. Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; (KJV) Philip. 3:10-11 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. (KJV)
ALL true believers will experience the resurrection from the dead! And we ALL have the comforting hope that we will be raised from death to life.
The resurrection of believers is the first resurrection. 1 Thes. 4:14-17 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  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:  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. (KJV)
Rev. 20:4 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. (KJV)
Many are going to die for Christ in the Great Tribulation Period, but they will live again and reign with Christ one thousand years. The tribulation saints are going to trade in three and one-half horrible years for one thousand years wonderful years. The thousand years are going to be remarkable . . . imagine living and reigning with Christ upon this Earth!
Some Bible commentators say that the Old Testament saints, the Tribulation saints and ALL unbelievers will be resurrected to stand at the Great White Throne Judgment. According to what this verse is saying to me, 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 (Tribulation saints); and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. These “souls” shall live again (must mean be resurrected), and they shall reign with Christ Jesus for the 1000 year period (Millennium). After the Millennium ends, judgment at the Great White Throne shall begin.
This prophecy is like any other prophecy in Scripture: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Pet. 1:20), meaning that you cannot just lift out a verse of Scripture and base doctrine on it; you need to have the confirmation of other Scriptures. When this Passage is treated as a dignified statement of literal facts, it becomes reasonable, and it fits into the entire program of prophecy which we have been following. Any attempt to reduce it to the lowest common denominator of fanciful and figurative symbols makes the passage absurd. To spiritualize this Passage is to remove all Scripture of vital meaning, making the interpretation of Scripture absurd.
- The thrones are literal; the martyrs are literal;
- Jesus is literal;
- the Word of God is literal;
- the Beast is literal;
- the image is literal;
- the mark of the Beast is literal;
- their foreheads and their hands are literal
- and the thousand years are literal.
- Everything is literal.
A thousand years means a thousand years. If God meant that it was eternal, He would have said so. If He meant it was five hundred years, He would have said so. God says what He means!
The Greek word for “resurrection” is anastasis, which means a standing up again, literally a resurrection from death; raised to life again, rise from the dead. This is the same word used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 for the resurrection of Christ and believers.
Rev. 20:6 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. (KJV)
The first resurrection began with the resurrection of Christ Jesus. It will then followed by the resurrection of the Rapture of His church sometime more than nineteen hundred years later, but before the Great Tribulation. At the end of the Great Tribulation is the resurrection of both the tribulation saints “the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the Word of God; and whosoever worshipped not the wild beast” and the Old Testament saints (Dan. 12:1–2). Christ, the Firstfruits of resurrection, begins it all.
This world is going to end (2 Peter 3:3-7), Christ Jesus will come, the dead will be raised, He will put the good guys on one side and the bad guys on the other (Mat.25:33), and everything will then move into eternity. My friend, God has a very definite program; He always has, He always will and He always works in a very intelligent way.
The tribulation saints and the Old Testament saints will apparently reign on this Earth with Christ. I believe that David may be His vicegerent. The church, which is the bride of Christ, will reside in the New Jerusalem where she shall reign with Him from that exalted place and, possibly, over a great deal of God’s Creation. Christ Jesus will commute from the New Jerusalem (Heaven) to the old Jerusalem on this Earth. It is possible that the church also will travel back and forth between its heavenly home and the Earth.
Multitudes of both Israel and the Gentiles will enter the Kingdom in natural bodies, not having died. These are the ones, together with those who are born during the Millennium, who are tested during this millennial period. As Christ in a glorified body mingled with His apostles and followers, so the church in glorified bodies will mingle with the multitudes in their natural bodies here on the Earth. In glorified bodies, the church will probably be able to move out into space, like Christ Jesus moved about when He was resurrected (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19). It seems as though we will be able to travel in space. Gravity will not grab us and pull us back to the Earth in that day.
“They shall be priests of God” refers to the entire nation of Israel. This was God’s original plan for Israel: “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel” (Ex. 19:6). Abraham was a priest in his family. Levi was the priestly tribe, with the family of Aaron served as high priest. In the Kingdom governed by God, here on this earth, the entire nation of Israel will be priests. She shall also be priests (witnesses to the Gospel of Christ Jesus, the Messiah) in the Great Tribulation (Rev.7).
In Scripture there is more prophecy concerning the Millennium than of any other period. The Kingdom was the theme of the Old Testament prophets. In our day we hear very little about the minor prophets. There is a great silence, a great void when it comes to the teaching of the minor prophets, yet ALL of them look forward to the Millennium, that Kingdom which is coming on the Earth.
RESURRECTION OF UNBELIEVERS
Resurrection of the Wicked (unbelievers) shall be to:
- Shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV) This verse clearly shows that there are two resurrections: one to everlasting life in Heaven, and one to everlasting contempt in the agony of Hell.
- A resurrection of the unjust: Acts 24:15 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. (KJV)
- A resurrection of eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (KJV)
- Damnation. John 5:29 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. (KJV)
- Shall be to the wrath of God. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
- Shall be to doom. John 3:5-7 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (KJV) Born twice, eternal life in God’s Kingdom. Born once, eternal destruction in an everlasting Hell.
- Resurrection of the unsaved dead, to judgment. Rev. 11:18 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. (KJV) Rev. 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SECOND RESURRECTION???
The way that I see the future is this: the Great White Throne Judgment is AFTER the Millennium (which is 1000 years), which is AFTER the Great Tribulation period (which is 7 years), which is AFTER the Rapture of the church (which could happen at any time). So, the Great White Throne Judgment is 1007 + years into the future. Many people have a hard time comprehending this fact, and many people simply refuse to believe it. “The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (Ephes. 2:2). 2 Thes. 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)
God clearly states the Truth in His Book. And many of His servants bring the Truth to people, but this Truth is rejected. “We report. You make your own choice to believe or reject.”
Rev. 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)
Both Rev.20:14 and 21:8 speak of a “second death.” Christians have a saying: “Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once.” All those who are born again into the family of God, are born physically and spiritually, and will only die physically (unless Christ Jesus comes for us at the Rapture). ALL those who have NOT been born again, will die physically and spiritually (twice). To die spiritually means to be separated from God, and ALL these shall have as their eternal home the lake of fire; the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
If a person accepts the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and Lord, according to God’s Word, they are blessed! Rev. 20:6 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. (KJV)
The first resurrection has three different and distinct groups:
- New Testament saints who are resurrected at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:14-18)
- Old Testament saints and
- the Great Tribulation saints.
Rev. 20:11-13 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (KJV)
Hell here means unseen, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls :- grave, hell. This Passage states that all the souls that are now in Hades shall be resurrected and stand before the Great White Throne of Almighty God to receive their final judgment (their sentence). ALL unsaved people (wicked, unbelievers), shall stand one day before the Almighty and awesome Judge. ALL people who are resurrected from Hades will have as their eternal destiny the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
The necessity of the dying and risen body is shown here; for the sea and grave give up their dead. The body that sinned shall suffer, the body that served God shall be rewarded. Every person shall be judged according to their works. No matter where a person’s body has been since they died, every place (grave, sea, burned in fire) wherein the bodies and souls of men had been, shall give them up to stand at this judgment.
Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (KJV)
Death and Hades here represent the enemies of Christ Jesus and His Church, and shall be cast into the lake of fire to express the Truth that Christ and His people shall never more die, or be in the state of bodiless spirits.
The second death is "the lake of fire" or Hell. In Hell the enemies destroyed by Christ, shall not continue, but a death of a far different kind reigns there, "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord": an abiding testimony of the victory of Christ.
2 Thes. 1:8-9 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
Hades is a Greek word meaning: that which is out of sight. It is the place or state of the unsaved dead. Hades is Greek. Sheol is Hebrew.
Hades is mentioned in:
Matthew 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (KJV) The lowest debasement.
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (KJV) Gates of Hades.
Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. (KJV) Brought down the Hades.
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV) In Hades.
Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. (KJV) Not leave my soul in Hades.
Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (KJV) His soul was not left in Hades.
1 Cor. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (KJV) O Hades.
Rev. 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV) Keys of Hades.
Rev. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (KJV) Hades followed with him.
Rev. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (KJV) Hades delivered up the dead.
Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (KJV) Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.
Hades is NOT the ultimate Hell (Greek: gehenna) referred to in Mat.10:28, nor the lake of fire in Rev.20:15. Hades is the temporary Hell . . . the holding place where the unsaved are confined until the day of judgment. They were NOT set free when Christ freed the spirits of the faithful (Mat.27:52), but are still there.
Luke 16:23-26 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (KJV)
The rich man’s soul went to Hades, the place of the dead. Even in this temporary Hell, he was in torment, and he saw Lazarus in the distance with Abraham. The rich man begged Abraham to have pity, and send Lazarus over to where he was so Lazarus could dip the tip of his finger in water and cool his tongue, because he was in anguish in the flames. Temporary Hell (Hades) is also a place of torment. Consider what the Lake of Fire (permanent Hell) will be like!
But Abraham told him to remember that during his lifetime he had everything he could possibly want, while Lazarus had nothing. The rich man did NOT go to Hades just because he was rich. He went there because he had no compassion, no love, no mercy on his fellow man, like so many rich men today. So now Lazarus was being comforted, and the rich man was in anguish. And besides, Abraham told him that there was a huge ravine separating them, and anyone who wanted to cross over to the other side was stopped from doing so.
It seems that before Jesus went to Hades, to this place of the dead (Mat.27:52), there were two compartments; one for the righteous and one for the wicked. These two compartments were separate and impassable from each other, but they were within range of sight and sound. This reveals that the disembodied spirits are still in some way recognizable and capable of communicating, and most important . . . they have memories and remorse.
Luke 16:27-31 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV)
Hades in the New Testament is Sheol in the Old Testament.
End Times Prophecies
Book of Daniel
Enoch and Elijah in Heaven
Prophecies Fulfilled in Our Time
What Do You Really Know About Resurrections?
Enoch and Elijah in Heaven
First and Second Resurrections
Great White Throne Judgment
??Is There Really a HELL??
Judgment Seat of Christ
Millenniaum, The 1000 Years
What Happens to Souls That Die?
What Is Hell Like?