Three Resurections?

There are various resurrections of groups or individuals in the Bible but three in particular mentioned here. The first was a resurrection in Jerusalem at the time of Christ’s calvery. The second is the rapture and the third is the final resurrection. 

The Bible teaches that we will all be resurrected. This may or may not include a preceeding ‘rapture’ depending on where a person is ‘spiritually' with Christ, furthermore whether you are alive or not at the time of the rapture. Repture is not to be confused with resurrection though it is a type of resurrection.

Human Resurrection at Calvery

Sometimes missunderstood as the ressurection of Old Testament saints. In fact this mini resurrection was simply a supernatural event that fed into the authenticity of Yeshua. These people were temporarily restored back to a normal life to continue to live for a while before dying naturally.

Resurrection of Old Testament Saints

Resurrection of the Old Testament saints happens just a fraction of time before the Rapture (see below). This duel people resurection initiates the Marriage Wedding and Supper of the Lamb afterwhich will proceed through to the new system of the Messianic Kingdom. 

The wedding ceremony takes place in Heaven (after the Rapture) and before the Second Coming. The actual wedding feast will take place later on earth straight after the second comming and it is this event that will start the new Messianic Kingdom. 

Rapture - resurrection (1 Thes 4:13-18).

It is an exciting reality that there are no more prophecies to be fulfilled before the rapture of Christ's Church: other than political manoeuvres that are either indicative of the end time build up or foundational landmarks that underpin events that will happen after the rapture.

These micro events inlcude many geophysical and socio economic 'perilous times'. These are merely the birth pains of the end times: convulsions of earthquakes, hurricanes, and increase of violence.

The rapture is a seizing up of living believers from the earth before the seven year tribulation begins properly. At the time of rapture there will be a duality of circumstances. As described above there will be the sign of the times - described as birth pains. Secondly it will be business (and culture) as usual. In theological terms this is cited ‘as in the days of Noah’. 

This intervention in Luke 17: 26-30 will be a dramatic event. Jesus from clouds of glory will shout "Come up here!" (Rev. 4:1-2). All true Christians will instantly be with Jesus above the earth. (1 Cor. 15: 51-55 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18.) 

Literally millions of people will be removed to the Lord and will be taken back to heaven, where He has prepared a place of eternal dwelling (Jn. 14:1-3). 

Resurrection of the Unjust

The last resurrection is, "the resurrection of the wicked" (Acts 24:15), and will take place at the end of the millennial reign of Jesus. This is at the Great White Throne Judgment, the judgment of the damned (Revelation 20:11-15).

Anyone who failed to acknowledge and connect with God through faith will be resurrected at this time, regardless of when they lived of died (before or after Calvery). This resurrection also includes the unjust who died during the Tribulation and the Millennium.

There cannot be another resurrection of the righteous at the end of the Millennium, because all those born during the Millennium are already in 'the blessing’ and enjoying supernatural life. They have also accepted Jesus as their Savior and will live to the end of the Lord's reign (Isaiah 65:19-20). "'As the lifetime of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,'. . . says the Lord" (Isaiah 65:22,25). Life spans during the Millennium will be what they were at the beginning of time, before the flood.

Scriptures referring to resurrection:

Daniel 12:2

"Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.

Matthew 3:12

"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Matthew 7:22-23

"Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

Matthew 10:14-15

"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

Matthew 11:22

"Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

Matthew 12:36-37

"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

Matthew 12:41-42

"The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. "The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Matthew 13:30

'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."'

Matthew 13:40-43

"So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:49-50

"So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 16:27

"For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

Matthew 22:13

"Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Matthew 25:1-46

"Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. "Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,

Luke 10:10-14

"But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 'Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.' "I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.

Luke 12:2-5

"But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. "Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops. "I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.

Luke 13:24-29

"Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. "Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' "Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets';

John 5:22

"For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,

John 12:48

"He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

Acts 2:19-21


Acts 10:42

"And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.

Acts 17:31

because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Acts 24:25

But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, "Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you."

Romans 2:5-10

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; Romans 2:12-16

For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves.

Romans 14:10-12

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