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ESCHATOLOGY
THE RESURRECTION

The resurrection of the body is an important part of biblical eschatology. God created man with both soul and body. Man's fall into sin produced both spiritual and physical death. God's saving work, however, will fully restore His people -both in soul and body -for Christ's redemptive work shall fully restore all that was damaged and destroyed by sin.

The souls of the saints that are presently in heaven, in their intermediate state, experience great joy and communion, yet their happiness is not complete until their physical, as well as their spiritual, aspects are restored. After the resurrection, their full restoration shall be experienced. Then both God-given components in man's creation, soul and body, shall be perfectly freed from sin and all its consequences.

Due to its importance, the resurrection is frequently referred to in the Bible. The following pages provide several examples which are listed under the various scriptural characteristics of the resurrection:







  • Eschatology -The study of biblical doctrines regarding the last events


  • Resurrection -The physical rising again to life of those whose bodies have died

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    And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto everyone of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    -Revelation 6:9-11


     

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