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Friday, May 6 2011

Why Two Resurrections?

On the day of Christ's return (see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God; also Could Christ Return Tonight?), all of His true people, who lived their lives from the most ancient times to the present, will be resurrected to spirit, or changed to spirit if alive that day:

"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see The Sleep Of Death], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

4:15 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 are asleep. 4:16 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: 4:17 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." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

"They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years ... But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished"

On that day, Christ and His resurrected/changed people will begin to establish the Kingdom of God on earth (see Worthy Is The Lamb and Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff). On that day as well, Satan is going to be put away:

Resurrections

"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3 KJV)

Those in the first resurrection are not somehow merely favored. They will have a purpose: "they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

"20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls [see Dead Souls and Through The Gates Of Hell] of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus [see True And False Martyrs], 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. 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished [see When Will You Be Judged? to understand why the second resurrection will be to physical life again, unlike those in the first resurrection who will be to spirit].

This is the first resurrection. 20:6 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." (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV)

At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be released to test those who have yet to be tested (as those in the first resurrection, who lived their physical lives prior to Christ's return had to do). Satan will thereafter be returned to his cage where he will remain forever.

"20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone [see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?], where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:7-10 KJV)

Those of the second resurrection will face their time of Judgment at the end of the 1,000 years, unlike those of the first resurrection who lived their time of Judgment before Christ's return (again, see When Will You Be Judged?).

"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the false "rapture" idea become a misunderstanding of the first resurrection?
See The Raptures


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This Day In History, May 6

636: (date approximate) The Battle of al-Qadisiyah; a military engagement in which Arab forces defeated the Sasanid Persian Empire (Persia is known today as Iran) and completed the conquest of Iraq.

1527: 40,000 mercenaries, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sacked the city of Rome, destroying two-thirds of the houses. They killed clergy and laity alike, and forced Pope Clement VII to flee, disguised as a gardener (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1576: The Peace Treaty of Chastenoy ended "the Fifth War of Religion."

1626: The mythological incident in which a Dutch settler, Peter Minuit, "bought" what is today Manhattan Island from the "Indians" for a handful of trinkets. At most, the native Americans regarded the "purchase" as a simple gift from a visitor; they had no actual custom or legal practice of owning or selling land - they regarded the earth as owned by the Creator.

1682: King Louis XIV of France moved his court to Versailles.

1757: Frederick II of Prussia attacked Austrian troops defending Prague in the Seven Years War. The attack succeeded and Prague fell with 10,000 Austrian casualties.

1778: Connecticut-born U.S. soldier and frontiersman Ethan Allen was released after being captured in Montreal in 1775 (in which British forces of "New England" invaded the then France-held territory of Quebec i.e. "New France"). After his return, he did not serve in the Revolutionary War of the New England colonies, but devoted his time to local affairs in Vermont, working for separate statehood along with the existing thirteen former colonies. When that didn't happen, he attempted to negotiate the annexation of Vermont to Canada.

1840: The first adhesive postage stamps, the "Penny Black" and the "Twopenny Blue," went on sale in Britain.

1877: About 1,500 Sioux, led by Sitting Bull, entered Canada to settle at Wood Mountain, in present-day Saskatchewan. They fled north after the Battle of The Little Big Horn. The warrior Crazy Horse was the actual Sioux leader of the battle; he later surrendered to stop the retaliatory slaughter of entire Sioux villages, but was bayoneted to death "while trying to escape" Army custody - instead of being allowed to live on a reservation, as officially agreed by both sides at the time of his surrender, he was taken to a common prison where he would have spent the rest of his life in a tiny concrete and steel cage.

1882: British statesman Lord Cavendish was murdered by Irish nationalists soon after arriving in Dublin as chief secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

1884: Judah Benjamin died. In 1852 he became the first professing Jew to be elected to the U.S. Senate, but during the U.S. Civil War he was took the side of the Confederates, serving as Attorney General. He fled the country after the war.

1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed.

1910: Edward VII, king of Great Britain and Ireland from January 1901, died.

1919: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Paris Peace Conference disposed of Germany's colonies; German East Africa was assigned as a League of nations mandate to Britain and France, while German South-West Africa was mandated to South Africa.

1937: The German airship Hindenburg burned at Lakehurst, New Jersey. 36 people lost their lives.

1942: During the Second World War, Coregidor fell to Japanese invasion forces.

1954: British runner Roger Bannister became the first officially-recorded human to run a mile in under four minutes, recording a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

1994: Queen Elizabeth and French president Francois Mitterrand officially opened the English Channel tunnel at Folkstone, England. The first fixed link between Britain and the European continent since the Ice Age.






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