Last Days Prophecy
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What is the First Resurrection?
What is the Second Resurrection?
Answer: Daniel 12:2 summarizes the two very different fates facing mankind: “Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” EVERYONE will be raised from the dead, but NOT everyone will share the same destiny. The New Testament reveals the further detail of separate resurrections for the just and the unjust.
Revelation 20:4-6 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.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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)
This Passage mentions a first resurrection and identifies those involved as blessed and holy.
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (KJV)
The second death is the lake of fire, and has NO power over these individuals. So, the first resurrection is the raising of all believers. It corresponds with Jesus’ teaching of the resurrection of the just. Luke 14:14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. (KJV)
And the resurrection of life. 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)
The first resurrection takes place in various stages. Jesus Christ Himself is the first fruits (1 Cor.15:20), and paved the way for the resurrection of ALL who believe in Him. There was a resurrection of the Jerusalem saints (Mat.27:52-53) which should be included in our consideration of the first resurrection. Still to come are the resurrection of the dead in Christ at the Lord’s return at the Rapture (1 Thes.4:16) and the resurrection of the martyrs at the end of the Tribulation (Rev. 20:4).
Revelation 20:12-13 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.
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)
This Passageidentifies those making up the second resurrection as the wicked who judged by God at the Great WhiteThrone Judgment prior to their being cast into the lake of fire. SO, the second resurrection is the raising of all unbelievers. The second resurrection is connected to the second death. It corresponds, or agrees with Jesus’ teaching of the resurrection of damnation (John 5:29, above).
The event which divides the first and second resurrections seems to be the Millennial Kingdom. The last of the righteous are raised to reign with Christ a thousand years (Rev.20:4, above), but the rest of the dead, meaning the wicked, lived not again until the thousand years were finished (Rev.20:5, above).
What great rejoicing will attend the first resurrection! What great anguish at the second! What a responsibility we have to share the Gospel! And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire (Jude 23).
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?