Their More Distant View
The first resurrection, which will occur on the day of Christ's return (see Resurrections and To Meet The Lord In The Air) will be composed of people who knew and understood the truth, and obeyed it, from all ages - the most ancient to the present day. Regardless of when they lived, even far back in the "Old" Testament era (see also The Older Testament) they knew The Gospel of The Kingdom of God.
"He shall judge among many people and rebuke strong nations afar off"
The fourth chapter of "Old Testament" Micah is one of the most beautiful and prophetic of the Holy Scriptures. It describes the coming world in which the Kingdom of God will begin, under the worldwide rule of Jesus Christ. Zionism, which has always been about Christ, not the people who reject Him as The Messiah, will bring about the famous "4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Micah 4:2-3 KJV).
"4:1 But in the last days [see The End Of The World?; also The Last 42 Months of Satan's Kingdom] it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About God's Law?], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off [see The Coming World Dictator]; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace]. 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her [see The Gatherings To Come] that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the Daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in Travail. 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor [see Seasons Of The Harvest; also Baptism Of Fire].
4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth [see Christ The Creator]." (Micah 4:1-13 KJV)
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