For as in Adam all die, even' so in Christ shall all be made
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's
at His coming.
-I Corinthians 15:22-23
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 them which
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.
-I Thessalonians 4:15-17
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.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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.
5. The resurrection shall take place on the last day -the day of Christ's second coming.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy
brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will
raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternallife; and I will raise him up at the last day.
After listening to his teacher explain how the resurrection will include all, both righteous and wicked, Mark brought forward the following: "Our neighbors believe that the righteous shall be resurrected one thousand years before the unrighteous."
"They gave us a pamphlet about this," Mark continued, "in which several texts are listed as proof for the resurrection of the righteous taking place before that of the wicked."
"What verses were listed as proof texts for different
resurrections of people?" his teacher asked.
After reviewing his pamphlet, Mark replied, "I Corinthians 15:22,23, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, and Revelation 20:4-6." (Refer to the side column for these references.)
"Let's take the time to examine each of these references," his teacher responded. "But 1 would like you to answer the questions I ask.
"1. Can you explain why 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 is referring to the order of Christ's resurrection (the Head) and that of Christ's church (His body), not to the righteous arising at a different time from the wicked?
"2. Can you explain why 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 is referring to the righteous who have previously died (who shall arise from their graves before all the saints who will be taken into glory),