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essay: Resurrection, Order of

October 30, 2016

 

The Order of Resurrection.
1. The first resurrection is pictured as a battalion pass-in-review, and therefore, is divided into four echelons, 1 Cor 15:20, 24.
a. Alpha Company: the resurrection of Christ at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, for He is “the first fruits of them that slept.” Mt 28; Mk 16; Lk 24; Jn 20:21; Acts 2:31,34.
b. Bravo Company: the resurrection of the royal family of God at the end of the great power experiment of the Church Age, Jn 14:13; Phil 3:20,21; 1 Cor 15:51,57; 1 Thes 4:13,18; 1 Jn 3:12.
c. Charlie Company: the resurrection of the Old Testament believers and Tribulational martyrs at the end of the Tribulation and the Second Advent, Dan 12:13; Isa 26:19,20; Mt 24:31; Rev 20:4.
d. Delta Company: the resurrection of the millennial saints at the end of the Millennium.
2. The first resurrection in all of human history is that of our Lord at the end of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
3. There are two general resurrections:
a. For believers only: resurrection to eternal life. The resurrection body is eternal and permanent, superior to that of angelic creatures, Dan 12:2; Jn 5:24,29; 1 Cor 15:20,22; Rev 20:6,13. This resurrection is called the “first resurrection.”
b. For unbelievers only: resurrection and cast into the lake of fire forever, Mt 25:41; 1 Cor 15:24; Rev 20:5,15. This is called the “second resurrection” or the last judgment.