Resurrection of the Just
The Ancient Hope
If a man dies,
will he live again? All the days of my hard
service I will wait for my renewal to come. You
will call and I will answer you; you will
long for the creature your hands have made.
Why did Job wish that his
words were written in a book, graven with an iron
pen in the rock forever?
I know that my
redeemer lives, and that in the end he will
stand upon the earth. After my skin has been
destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I
myself will see him with my own eyes
I, and not another. How my heart yearns within
me! Job 19: 25, 26.
How did David say he would
And I in
righteousness I will see your face; when I
awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your
likeness. Psalm 17:15.
What comforting promise
has God made concerning the sleeping saints?
I will ransom
them from the power of the grave; I will
redeem them from death. Where, O death, are
your plagues? Where, O grave, is your
destruction? Hosea 13:14.
Christ and the
What does Christ proclaim
Himself to be?
He said to her, I
am the resurrection and the life. He who
believes in me will live, even though he dies,
and whoever lives and believes in me will never
die. Do you believe this? John 11:25, 26. I
am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I
was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever!
And I hold the keys to death and Hades.
Note Christ looked
upon death as a sleep. Absolute death
knows no waking; but through Christ all who have
fallen under the power of death will be raised,
some to a life unending, some to everlasting
Concerning what did Christ
tell us not to marvel?
Do not be amazed at
this, for a time is coming when all who are in
their graves will hear his voice and come out
those who have done good will rise to
live, and those who have done evil will rise to
be condemned. John 5:28,29.
Upon what one fact does
Paul base the Christian hope?
But if it was
preached that Christ has been raised from the
dead, how can some of you say that there is no
resurrection of the dead? If there is no
resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ
has not been raised, our preaching is useless and
so is your faith. More than that, we are then to
be found false witnesses about God, for we have
testified about God that he raised Christ from
the dead. But if he did not raise him if in
fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are
not raised, then Christ has not been raised
either. And if Christ has not been raised,
your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ
are lost. If only for this life we have hope in
Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
1 Corinthians 15: 12 19..
What positive declaration
does the apostle then make?
But if Christ has
indeed been raised from the dead, the first
fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For
since death came through a man, the resurrection
of the dead comes through a man. For as in Adam
all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Note - The resurrection of
Christ is in many respects the most significant
fact in history. It is the great and impregnable
foundation and hope of the Christian church.
Every fundamental truth of Christianity is
involved in the resurrection of Christ. If this
could be overthrown, every essential doctrine of
Christianity would be invalidated. The
resurrection of Christ is the pledge of our
resurrection and future life.
Facts About The First
Concerning what should we
not be ignorant?
Brothers, we do not
want you to be ignorant about those who have
fallen asleep, or to grieve like the rest of
men, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians
What is set forth as the
basis for hope and comfort?
We believe that
Jesus died and rose again and so we believe
that God will bring with Jesus those who have
fallen asleep in him. Verse 14.
What is said of those
embraced in the first resurrection?
Blessed and holy are
those who have part in the first resurrection.
The second death has no power over them, but they
will be priests of God and of Christ and will
reign with him for a thousand years.
Note Those who are
alive in the first resurrection will live in
Heaven for a thousand years, then come back with
Christ and the New Jerusalem to Earth to reign
with Christ, the Father, Holy Spirit, heavenly
angels, and all the redeemed of all ages to live
with Christ forever and ever.
When will this
resurrection of the saints take place?
According to the
Lords own word, we tell you that we who are
still alive, who are left till the coming of the
Lord, will certainly not precede those who have
fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come
down from heaven, with a loud command, with the
voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call
of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Thessalonians 4:15, 16.
What will then taker
After that, we who
are still alive and are left will be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air. And so we will be with the Lord
forever. Verse 17.
How does Paul say the
saints will be raised?
Listen, I tell you a
mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all
be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of
an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will
sound, the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we will be changed. 1 Corinthians
What great change will
then take place in their bodies?
So it will be with
the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown
is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is
sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is
sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is
sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual
body. If there is a natural body, their is also a
spiritual body. Verse 42-44.
What else has He promised
He will wipe away
every tear from their eyes. There will be no more
death or mourning or crying and pain, for the old
order of things has passed away. Revelation
Note From the last
segment we discussed the Second Coming of Christ
and the redeemed of all ages, but what is sad,
the wicked has made their conscious choice to be
lost and have been tested just like the redeemed
and failed to live by faith and have chosen to
take the mark of the beast and be eternally lost.
Jesus will resurrect the wicked for three
First, He will confront them with the results of
His judgment bar. Jesus will have a face-to-face
meeting with each of His created beings. He wants
every wicked person to know that He personally
investigated every record and He wants every
wicked person to know why that person was not
granted eternal life. To put His investigation
and decision beyond controversy, Jesus will open
the books of deeds and present the evidence to
each person, showing each wicked person the
record of his life. Each wicked person will be
forced to face the unvarnished truth. For
God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing, whether it is good
or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14) For we
must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ, that each one may receive what is due him
for all the things done while in the body,
whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Jesus will conclude this segment of the Great
White Throne judgment by saying that He could not
save anyone who committed the unpardonable sin,
and the sound of His gavel will declare a
finished work. The wicked were denied eternal
life because they rejected the authority of the
Holy Spirit. (Matthew 12:31,32) After reviewing
the evidence and hearing Jesus decision,
the wicked will kneel out of fear and confess
with a heart like Esau, In the Lord alone
are righteous and strength
45:24) Remember, Esau regretted that he sold his
birthright for a dish of food, but his heart
remained unchanged. (Hebrews 12:17)
The second reason Jesus resurrects the wicked is
so they can provide restitution. During the
millennium, the saints were required to go over
the records of the wicked and determine the
amount of restitution each wicked person must
pay. Do you not know that the saints will
judge the world? And if you are to judge the
world, are you not competent to judge trivial
cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels?
How much more the things of this life! (1
Corinthians 6:2,3) I saw thrones on which
were seated those who had been given authority to
judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been
beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and
because of the word of God
(Revelation 20:4) This will shock some people,
but the golden rule is iron clad. It cannot be
violated. As you did unto others, the same
will be done to you with additional
penalties. For in the same way you
judge others, you will be judged, and with the
measure you use, it will be measured to you.
7:2) The doctrine of judicial equilibrium is a
marvelous study. Basically, it teaches that
whenever we do wrong, God makes every effort to
restore the damage and make it right. If we
refuse to make things right, God will so to it
that restitution is extracted at the appointed
time, even if we are unwilling. This is why Paul
wrote, Do not take revenge, my friends, but
leave room for Gods wrath, for it is
written: It is mine to avenge; I will
repay, says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
During the millennium, the victims of the crimes
will determine the amount of restitution that
will be extracted from their wicked assailants,
and the currency of restitution will be paid in
full through the suffering in the lake of burning
sulfur. The wicked will burn and suffer according
to the decisions made by their victims. Gods
law demands it. Contrary to what most Christians
believe today, God does not forgive sin. He is
willing to transfer the guilt away from the
sinner, but in Gods economy, sin always requires
atonement. Only after restitution has been
totally paid will the wicked be allowed to
perish. Many wicked people have committed
terrible horrible crimes and have gone to their
grave thinking they got away with murder. Can you
imagine their surprise when they learn they have
been awakened from the sleep of death to provide
restitution for their deeds by suffering? Do not
forget, the saints will also pass judgment on
Lucifer and each demon. The culpability of
Lucifer and his demons will be completely exposed
and the saints will judge them during the
millennium. In the end, justice will be
served to achieve the perfect equilibrium that
Gods wrath requires.
Of course, the third reason for thee
resurrection of the wicked is the breaking of the
seventh seal. This will be the only moment in the
history of the universe when everyone who had
life is alive. Billions of people and angels will
be present. The wicked will be positioned outside
the city with Lucifer and his angels, and the
saints will be positioned inside the city with
the angels of God. At this point in time, Jesus
has something to say to everyone (literally
everyone who has ever lived). When Jesus breaks
the seventh seal, He will show angels and humans
alike that He is an Eternal God, a member of the
eternal Trinity, possessing every attribute of
God. As such, He is responsible for the creation
of everyone present and that He is not willing
that anyone should perish. He will explain that
He was wiling to die for angel and human before
He created them. The love of Jesus for His
creation will b revealed to every being that
draws breath. This touching revelation takes half
an hour. Perhaps this presentation will be
presented with clips of events that actually
happened, like a giant movie, using the sky as a
giant screen. Everyone will understand the
magnitude of Christs love. Everyone will
know that He is God. Everyone will see the
Creation, the Fall, the Redemption and the
Restoration. Everyone will see that Jesus truly
loved His children and that He was willing to die
from the beginning for anyone that
sinned without defiance. Wow! What a loving
Savior we have.