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Temporary Resurrections in Scripture

There were several people clearly presented in the Bible as being raised from the dead in the Bible. Of these miraculous resurrections, three take place in the Old Testament. At least three people were raised from the dead by Jesus. Both Peter and Paul raised a person from the dead and most importantly of all, Jesus himself was resurrected.

Also, there was an untold number of saints that were resurrected at Jesus' crucifixion.
Matthew 27:52-53 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (KJV)  http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch27.htm

It is very possible that the apostle Paul was resurrected after he was stoned and left for dead.
Acts 14:19-20 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20  Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. (KJV)

Below is a list of all the resurrections that occurred in the Bible.

Old Testament

Elijah resurrected the son of Zarephath's widow.
1 Kings 17:17-24 And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. 18  And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? 19  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. 20  And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? 21  And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. 22  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23  And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. 24  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth. (KJV)

Elisha resurrected the son of the great Shunammite woman.
This remarkable account is recorded in 2 Kings 4. This Shunammite woman had no children. For a woman to be barren in those days was a great source of shame. The Bible tells us that her husband was old, which would imply he was unable to father a child. Nevertheless, because the Shunammite woman was truly kind and generous to the prophet Elisha, he told her she would have a child in one year's time. God healed her and her husband and she conceived and gave birth to a son.

Some years later when her son was grown, he died. Elisha restored him to life, using the same method that Elijah had used (above); that is, personal contact with the dead child which brought life.
2 Kings 4:32-35 And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33  He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35  Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (KJV)

The great standard here is that when we are dead in trespasses and sins, personal contact with Jesus Christ brings us life. Only in Jesus do we have life. He IS life. Jesus IS Life: (Jn.6:40; 10:28; 11:25-26; 14:6; 17:3; Rom.6:23; 1 Jn.1:4; 2:25; 4:9; 5:11-12, 20).    

A dead man comes back to life when he touches Elisha's bones.
Kings 13:21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. (KJV)

Even after Elisha was dead, the anointing power still remaining in his bones, for raised someone from the dead. Elisha had boldly asked for a double portion of Elijah's anointing spirit (2 Ki. 2:9). It seems that his request was granted. Who would have ever thought that simply touching Elisha's bones could raise someone from the dead? Certainly not the ones that buried him! It seems that the seeds of faith we sow in the brief time we are in this world continue to grow and accomplish things even after we are long gone.

New Testament

Jesus resurrects the widow's son at Nain.
Luke 7:13-15 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14  And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said,
 Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. (KJV)

Jesus raises Jairus' daughter from the dead.
Matthew 9:25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. (KJV) . . . . . . . .  http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch9.html  
Also see: (Mk.5:42; Lk.8:55).

Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.
John 11:43-44 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (KJV)


Many saints resurrected at Jesus' crucifixion?
Matthew 27:51-53 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (KJV)

Personally, I do not think that those in the graves arose at the time of Christ's death. I believe that the graves were opened at that time, during the earthquake, and the rocks were rent; but the bodies of the saints did NOT rise, until AFTER Christ was risen. Verse 53 tells us that they came out of the graves AFTER his resurrection.

Jesus is called the Firstfruit (Rom.11:16), so NO other person was raised on a permanent basis BEFORE Jesus was resurrected! All those who slept in Jesus (1 Thes.4:14); and of whom He is the firstfruit that now rose; not all, but many of them, as pledges of the future resurrection, and to confirm Christ's resurrection, and to fulfill a prophecy (Isa.26:19).  And they rose, rose in the same bodies in which they before lived, otherwise they could not be known by those to whom they appeared. WHO were they? HOW many of them?  I do not know. It is not necessary that we know, or God would have told us in His Holy Word!

Christ's resurrection.
Matthew 28:5-7 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. (KJV)
Also see: (Mk.16:1-8; Lk.24:1-11; Jn.20:1-10)

The Six Miracles of Calvary

#1. The Miraculous Darkness: Luke 23:44-45. It was the 6th hour. That was noon. There was darkness over all the land and it continued from 12:00 to 3:00 o'clock. This was not an eclipse, which lasts for only a few minutes. It was at full moon, when an eclipse is impossible. At Jesus birth the night became light. At His death the light became night.
#2. The Rending of the Veil: Matthew 27:51. There were three divisions in the Temple: #1. The Outer Court, #2. The Holy Place and #3. the Most Holy Place. There was a very high and stout veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. The Most Holy Place is where only the High Priest entered, and ONLY once a year. NO one else ever stepped beyond this veil. When Jesus cried out on the cross . . . "It Is Finished", this veil was torn in two from top to bottom, thus opening the way for anyone to enter into the Presence of God, without the high priest.
#3. The Miraculous Earthquake: Matthew 27:51. The shaking of the Earth was at the exact moment of Jesus’ death. The Earth quaked to the extent that rocks were split open, yet the cross did NOT move. Supernatural? Yes! God interfered with nature.
#4. The Miracle of the Opened Graves. Matthew 27:52-53. The graves, of some saints, were opened at the very moment of Jesus’ death. Graves were rocky tombs, excavations in the rocks, and made secure by doors of stone. None came out of the graves at this time. The Earthquake was evidence of God’s divine power. The opening of the graves was evidence of God’s will.
#5. The Undisturbed Grave Clothes of Jesus. Luke 24:12; John 20:3-10. When Peter and John entered the sepulcher, they saw the "linen clothes lying"...precisely as the body had lain there. No human hands could have removed the body from its clothes without leaving behind marks of disturbance. One thing they knew, Jesus was not there. He had risen.
#6. Life in the Graveyard. Matthew 27:52-53. The graves of the saints were opened at the earthquake, but the dead bodies of the saints, did not rise and come out of the graves, until after Christ Jesus Himself had risen. This is a grand miracle to say the least! Totally miraculous.

Peter raises Tabitha from the dead.
Acts 9:36-42 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. (KJV)

Paul raises Eutychus from the dead
Acts 20:9-12 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead. 10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him. 11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. 12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted. (KJV)

Quite possibly that the apostle Paul was raised from the dead.
Acts 14:19-20  And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. 20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_acts_ch14.htm

The Bible does NOT specifically say that Paul was dead, but he certainly was so close to death that the people who stoned him thought he was dead. Even if he was not dead, this truly was an amazing healing. One day Paul was being stoned to death and the next day he was marching on over to Derbe which was maybe 40 miles away.

There were several people who were raised up from the dead, throughout the Scriptures, but ALL of them died again . . . except JESUS! There are some today who may die due to car accidents, or cardiac arrest, and are brought back to life by a shot of adrenaline or a blow from those cardiac shock pads, but ALL of them eventually die again, and ALL of them shall be resurrected in either the resurrection of life OR the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:29). In which of these two resurrections will YOU be raised? Your eternal soul shall either be blessed OR be doomed. BEWARE!!!

What Do You Really Know About Resurrections?


Born Again

Elijah's Return

Enoch and Elijah in Heaven

First and Second Resurrections

Great White Throne Judgment

??Is There Really a HELL??

Judgment Seat of Christ

Millennial Kingdom

Millenniaum, The 1000 Years

Rapture Resurrection


Temporary Resurrections

Tribulation Saints

Two Resurrections

What Happens to Souls That Die?

What Is Hell Like?

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