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Timing of the Resurrections

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Timing of the Resurrections

Jesus explained, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). The resurrection of life will take place “at the last day.” Jesus expressed this fact several times in this discourse. He said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). And again, regarding those who have eternal life, “I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54).

One of Jesus’ disciples, Martha, spoke to Jesus about her dead brother: “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24).

It is very clear that Jesus taught the resurrection of life would take place “at the last day.” As we have learned, if we think it happens before that, then it will overthrow our faith. When is “the last day”?

Paul taught, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Here we see that those who are resurrected “first” are those who are “dead in Christ.” So the resurrection of life will take place first, and it will happen at the second coming of Jesus, when He comes in the clouds of glory.

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