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The Resurrection

 

Job 19:26 - “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”

Job, a man of the patriarchal times, was subject to a dramatic and painful destruction of his family and earthly possessions, and still he was a loyal servant of God. Again, Satan brought on him an intense suffering and itching covering his entire body. But Job didn’t curse or charge God for his loses and sufferings; instead Job praised the name of the Lord. His faith went beyond his death, to the future when his Redeemer will raise him up and “in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25-27. That is the hope of the resurrection. Up to that time, there is no record of a human being been resurrected. Moses was resurrected after his death before crossing the Jordan. Judas 9. After that Elijah revived a child, 1King 17:17-34, and Elisha brought back to life another another child. 2 Kings 4:32-37. Later on, a man resurrected when touching Elisha's bones.

Then the Son of God, the Creator, who has life in Himself, came to this earth to be a man; and as the Lamb of God to offer Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. John 5:26

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25. Moved by compassion He restored to life the son of a widow in Nain, Luke 7:11-15, and Jairus’ daughter, Mark 5:35-42. When Jesus was told that his friend Lazarus was sick to death, He waited where He was. When Jesus came to Bethany, Lazarus had died four days before and was already in the tomb. Then the Life Giver said “Lazarus come forth” and he arose from the dead. John 11:4-44.

Of his own life Jesus said: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17,18. Hanging on the cross, that Passover Friday, at Resurrectionthe ninth hour (3:00 p.m.) Jesus laid down His life. Under the agony of the sins of the world, the heart of the Lamb of God ruptured inside his chest. Jesus died to pay the penalty of death and separation that came over ours fathers when they chose to serve and obey Satan instead of our Creator. God Himself was the Redeemer. As Jesus died, the veil in the Temple rent from top to bottom, an earthquake shook the ground, the knife dropped down and the lamb escaped from the hands of the priest. Those animal sacrifices were showing the way to Christ, and were not needed anymore.

After the Sabbath of rest in the tomb, the Savior rose to life on the third day, Sunday morning. Christ resurrection is the hope of the entire human race. With his death and resurrection, He conquered the power of death forever; and now when we go down to the tomb, with faith in Jesus, we have the assurance He will call us back to life on the morning of the resurrection. Christ, ascending to his Father, took a group of faithful human beings, that resurrected with Him, as the first fruits or trophies from this world for a present to the Father. Matt.27:52,53. There are two great resurrections scheduled for the future: first, the resurrection of life; second, the resurrection of damnation. Jesus said: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the grave shall hear his voice. And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28,29.

The first resurrection takes place at the Second Coming of Christ. With the sound of trumpets, those who hear Jesus calling them to life rise up from their graves to meet Him in the air. Only those who Jesus will take to heaven for a thousand years and whose names are in the Book of Life will hear Jesus voice and rise up with new life and an incorruptible body . This is the resurrection of life. 1 Thess. 4:14-17; 1 Cor. 15:51-55. A few days before the Second Coming, at the voice of God from heaven, a partial resurrection takes place: some belong to the resurrection of life, but others to the resurrection of damnation and will die again, because they crucified Jesus. Rev. 16:17, 1:7; Mark 14:62; Daniel 12:2.

The second resurrection, the resurrection of damnation, takes place a thousand years after the first resurrection. Everyone whose name was not in the Book of Life remained in the dust of the ground to be raised up by Christ's voice at the Third Coming. When Christ's feet touch the Mount of Olives, a great valley prepares the foundation for the New Jerusalem, which everybody see descending out of heaven. Zech. 14:4. Inside will be the children of the kingdom. Outside the city are those who didn’t accept Christ salvation, never repented, threaded down the law of God, and preferred to follow the world and Satan’s principles. Now they feel the pain of being lost. It is the grand day of Judgment for the wicked. The white throne goes up on top of the city and the Judge is sitting on it. Everything comes back to mind, how they rejected the invitation to follow the Lord. The verdict and the final sentence, like a bolt of lightning, hit their ears.

The wicked recognize the justice of God and their own revelry against God’s government, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11. This is the time, this is the place. The entire host of the wicked kneel down before the Lord on his throne, and the last words come out of their lips: “Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the saints.” Rev. 15:3. They were resurrected to see the conclusion of the great controversy between good and evil, Satan and Christ, and to experience, by their own choice, the justice of God. The redeemed are protected by the Almighty inside the city, but outside, the entire earth becomes the lake of fire, where Satan, his angels, and the wicked perish in the fire. When the fire goes out, God is making a new creation. Rev. 21,22.

A word for the last days...
In the new birth the heart is brought into harmony with God, as it is brought into accord with his law. When this mighty change has taken place in the sinner, he has passed from death unto life, from sin unto holiness, from transgression and rebellion to obedience and loyalty... Maranatha, p. 231.

 

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