7 Resurrections (Physical Resurrection Of Church Age Saints)

Written by on July 12, 2018

7 Resurrections (Physical Resurrection Of Church Age Saints)
July 12, 2018
Passage: Revelation 4:1-2


The doctrine of the resurrection is so very important!! Why? (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).

Resurrection- A raising from the dead.

The Resurrection is spoken of as one event in ( John 5:25, 11:23-26) and as two events in
(Acts 24:14-15) and (Revelation 20:4-13)

There are 2 stages to the resurrection.

First stage:

⦁ Resurrection of the quick (alive) (2 Timothy 4:1) (Look at Ephesians 2:1)
⦁ Resurrection of life (John 5:28-29)
⦁ Resurrection of the just (Luke 14:14)
⦁ The first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6)

Second stage:

⦁ Resurrection of damnation (John 5:29)
⦁ Resurrection of the dead (1 Peter 4:5)
⦁ Resurrection of the unjust (Acts 24:15)
⦁ Resurrection of the last day (John 11:24)
⦁ Time of the dead (Revelation 11:18)-- The saints here are Tribulation saints, those who were saved, by enduring to the end (Matthew 24:14)- , by not taking the mark of the beast, keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Christ. (Revelation 13:9-10, 14:11-12)

There are a total of 7 resurrections that take place in these two stages.

First stage:

⦁ First resurrection-- physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:1-6) (Luke 24:36-39)
(Acts 2:22-32) ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
A: This is referred to as the “firstfruits of God” (1 Corinthians 15:20,23) (John 20:6-7)
B: Christ was not crucified on Friday, but on Wednesday. (Jonah 1:17-2:2) (Matthew 12:38-40)

⦁ 2nd Resurrection –Physical resurrection of Old Testament saints-- ( Matthew 27:50-54)
A: This is referred to as the “firstfruits of Christ”
B. Many, but not all of the O.T. Saints were raised and appeared to many at Christ's death.

⦁ 3rd Resurrection—Spiritual resurrection of church age saints--(Ephesians 2:1-6) (Colossians 2:11-13)
A. Includes those who became saints during the earthly ministry of Christ and remained alive until after his resurrection. (Hebrews 9:14-17)
B. Includes also those who become saints after Christ's resurrection. (Ephesians 2:1-9) (Philippians 4:3)
C: This is the circumcision made without hands and is connected to Holy Spirit baptism (1 Cor. 12:13)
D: Why and how does this take place? (Genesis 2:15-17) (Genesis 3:1-6) (Genesis 5:1-3) (Psalm 51:5)

⦁ 4th Resurrection—Physical resurrection of the New Testament saints--(Harvest or Rapture)
A. Takes place at the end of this current church age (Revelation 4:1) John is a type of Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) (Romans 8:11) (1 Cor. 15:23) (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
B. Dead bodies of saints will be raised first (1 Thess. 4:13-16) (John 11:11-14) (1 Cor. 15:50-55)
⦁ Next, the bodies of the saints who are alive, will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
⦁ The dead and living in Christ, will be raised to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

⦁ 5th Resurrection—Physical resurrection of Tribulation saints--(Gleanings)
A. Occurs at the end of the 7 year Tribulation period. (Matt. 25:1-3) Here are some things about these virgins,
the 144,000 Jewish witnesses.
1. These virgins do not go to marry the bridegroom. They go to meet him cause he is already
married (Luke 12:36) so, the rapture has already taken place.
2. The bride of Christ is never referred to as virgins (plural). She is one (Ephesians 4:4). She is a
“chaste virgin” (Singular) espoused to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2).
3. These virgins are mentioned in (Psalms 45:14) (Song Of Solomon 1:3 & 6:8) as being separate
from the bride.
4. These virgins are Jewish men who are servants (Matthew 24:45). They are not Christians.
5. This virgins show up in the tribulation period (time of Jacob's trouble) (Revelation 7:1-8)
(Revelation 14:1-4) (Luke 12:35-36) Their salvation is connected to works (Revelation 12:17)
and can be lost. The churches salvation is sealed. It can not be lost.
B. This includes the 2 witnesses (Elijah and Moses) (Revelation 11:3-12)

⦁ 6th Resurrection---Physical Resurrection of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37:1-28) Valley of dry bones
A. After Christ's 2nd coming or post-tribulation period
B. Occured in type when Israel became a nation in 1948, after being scattered for almost 1,900 years (partially
fulfilling (Ezekiel 37:1-10)
⦁ They will be gathered back at the end of the tribulation period. (Romans 11:25-27) (Ezekiel 36:24-28) The saints who died in the trib. Period, will be resurrected (Ezekiel 37:11-14, 21-22) The Kingdom will be restored back to Israel(Luke 22:28-30) (Acts 1:6)
E. The Gentile nations that come through the tribulation alive will also be resurrected for judgment
(Matthew 25:31-46) (Revelation 11:18)

2nd Stage:

⦁ 7th resurrection---Resurrection of the dead (unsaved) (Revelation 20:11-15) (Great White Throne Judgment)
A. For the unsaved
B. Will be judged by the books(Bible) and by the Book Of Life (John 12:48)
⦁ Death and Hell will be cast into the Lake Of Fire forever and ever.


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