IMAGINE SEEING YOUR LOVED ONES RESURRECTED
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26 (I believe that Jesus refers to the rapture and the resurrection in His words to the woman at the well. Some will die and be resurrected, some will be alive at His return. Jesus never misspoke in any way.)
The Bible teaches us that everyone who dies will be resurrected. It is going to happen. All people who have died will one day be bodily resurrected as Jesus was.
WHO HOLDS RESURRECTION POWER?
A search of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Blue Letter Bible search and Bible hub reveals that there is not one instance of the word resurrection in the Old Testament. Old Testament saints did realize that believers would live again.
Job asks, “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job 14:14
Daniel, the prophet, saw and prophesied concerning resurrection:
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
Evidence shows Israel knew there would someday be a resurrection. The Psalmist wrote:
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah Psalm 49:15
Yet under the New Covenant there is only One Person who holds resurrection power. That is the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:4-6 shows us that there will be two more resurrections after the resurrection that occurs at the time of the rapture. Jews and those saved after the Rapture, during the Tribulation Period will be resurrected.
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6
Prior to the resurrection shown in Revelation 20:4-6, Paul writes about an event that will only involve Christians. It will be the time when the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His church.
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who are without hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. 15 By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.…16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise.…1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
THE FINAL RESURRECTION WILL BE AT JUDGEMENT
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. From His presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 29:11-15
HOW DO WE KNOW?
The Bible has a history of fulfilled prophecies. Prophecy tells us there will be a resurrection of the dead.
The sure evidence we have is that Christ arose bodily. The risen Christ was seen by Mary and the women with her, all the disciples and 500 others. His appearance was enough to convince those who were cowering in fear prior to the resurrection to preach the gospel in a hostile environment, where they had witnessed Christ Jesus being killed for preaching the gospel.
The man who walked on water, changed water to wine, raised the dead, healed the sick, cleansed lepers, forgave sin, talked with Elijah and Moses, and foretold His own death and resurrection has assured us.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26
It could not be clearer.
IN WHICH GROUP WILL YOU STAND?
We do not know when the Lord will return. We can, however, be certain to be included in the first resurrection or else be raptured by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. A person does this by repenting of their sins and believing the gospel or good news that God provides for our salvation. This is the New Covenant. Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and will save to the uttermost those who place their trust in Christ.
Philippians 3: 7 But whatever was an asset to me, I count as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death, 11 so that I may somehow attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Christ provides the righteousness from God that we must have to stand before Him.