There was a ‘Resurrections and Judgments Chart’ made by a man in the late 1800’s named Clarence Larkin. You can find the chart I have attached to this post as a PDF. The chart is accurate, but somewhat confusing to follow, so I have included a verbal description of the resurrections below. Even though it was necessary to touch upon the Judgments of Christ to a point in this post, I needed to cover Judgments and Crowns in a separate post which you will find under the ‘Index’ page at the top of this site labeled ‘Judgments and Crowns’.
The Resurrection that takes place at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) is of what the Bible refers to as ‘the dead in Christ’ and does not include the Saints of the Old Testament. When they died, Christ had not yet come to earth, so even though they were justified by faith (believing in the future cleansing blood of the Messiah), they technically cannot be referred to as ‘the dead in Christ’. Christians who died before the Rapture were resurrected at the time of the Rapture along with the living believers.
The resurrections (Revelation Chapter 20) in Scripture fall into two categories: the first resurrection, or the resurrection of life; and the second resurrection, the resurrection of judgment. John 5:28-29 quotes Jesus as saying, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”
The first resurrection (Rev 20:6) includes the redeemed of all the ages, but the timing of the resurrection of these people varies, based on whether they are an Old Testament saint, a Christian who lived before or at the time of the Rapture, or a Christian martyred during the Tribulation. All of them will take part in the resurrection of life. The resurrection of judgment will include the unredeemed of all ages, and this will happen at the end of the Millennium during what the Bible calls the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11). The unredeemed will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:14-15). The Redeemed will inherit the New Heaven, the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:1-2).
Old Testament Saints (Job 19:25-27) and Tribulation Martyrs (Revelation 20:4) will be resurrected during the interval between the Glorious Appearing (when Christ sets foot on Earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation) and the Millennium. Both will also live and reign with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.
The people who become believers during the Tribulation and during the Millennium will be resurrected at the end of the Millennium even though they are alive. And the unredeemed won’t be resurrected until after the Millennium either, but for the Great White Throne Judgment.
In order to give an overall view of the resurrections, ‘The Abodes’ before the resurrections must also be covered. Every single person who ever died from Adam up until this time is in one of two places. They are either in Hell (also known as Hades) or they are in Paradise (formerly know as Abraham’s Bosom).
Hell or Hades Luke 16:19-31
—Separated by a great chasm from:
Abraham’s Bosom Luke 16:19-31
—Christ led on high Ephesians 4:8-10
—Which then became known as:
Paradise Luke 23:43 (Promise to Thief)
Many Scholars believe that Abraham’s Bosom was across a chasm from Hades located in the center of the earth before Jesus’ death. When Jesus died, they believe that He went down to the center of the earth, captured the keys of Hell and Death (Revelation 1:18) from Satan, then brought Abraham’s Bosom on high (Ephesians 4:8-10) where it then became known as Paradise.
The four Scriptures that we draw our knowledge from I have included below:
1. Luke 16:19-31 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
2. Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
3. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
4.Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.
As Christians living in these end times, we are looking forward to the ‘Rapture’ to take place.It will mean that if we are alive when it takes place, we will never experience a physical death. This then begins the resurrections.
What is of vital importance for every human being who ever steps foot on this earth is to have their sins washed away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. It is the only way to escape Hell, which will then be cast into the Eternal Lake of Fire for eternity. Once a person dies, it is impossible to change their destiny, for Scripture tells us:
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”(Hebrews 9:27 KJV)
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