Bible Study Lesson – What is the First and Second Resurrection?

Yes, there are 2 resurrections according to Revelation 20. 

Revelation 20: 5 “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.”

Now, although Revelation doesn’t outright say “second resurrection”, it still is a separate resurrection that is very different from the first resurrection.  So, if it’s blessed and holy to be apart of the first resurrection, then the 2nd resurrection must be for the unbelievers. 

GotQuestions.org explains the 2nd resurrection like this, “Revelation 20:12-13 identifies those comprising the second resurrection as the wicked judged by God at the great white throne judgment prior to being cast into the lake of fire. The second resurrection, then, is the raising of all unbelievers; the second resurrection is connected to the second death. It corresponds with Jesus’ teaching of the “resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29).”

 

Got Questions also stated that the first resurrection although one event, is in different stages.  Which actually makes sense and I think my old Pastor talked about this in bible study. (Don’t quote me on that though)  If you really think about it, the first resurrection is obviously for those who are in Christ, those who are born again Christians. 

 

Stage 1 – Jesus’ resurrection; Makes perfect sense, since he is the resurrection and the life.

 

Stage 2 – The resurrection of the Jerusalem Saints aka the Old Testament Saints (Matthew 27: 52-53) 

 

Stage 3 – The resurrection of the dead in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), which is apart of the rapture of the church aka the day of the Lord, which is before the 7 year tribulation timeframe.

 

Stage 4 – The Tribulation Saints (Revelation 20:4) – Those that will be martyr at the end of the Great Tribulation.

Now, I know some are thinking, “The OT Saints are not Christians, because they weren’t label as Christians until after Christ’s death, when the church was developed.” 

 

True, but so what?

 

They are still apart of the body of Christ, because they believed in the coming Messiah that would take away the sins of the world.  They looked to the Cross, whereas we looked back to the Cross.  (Make sense?)  The important connection is the cross, where Jesus died for past, present, and future sins. 

 

Now, I know some people would fight this notation with everything within them, because it’s not outright drawn out in the bible.  Ever heard the phrase “read between the lines”?  Besides, we’re not suppose to read and study the bible with our human minds, because the natural cannot comprehend it, but the Spirit of God inside us, gives us that understanding to study and lead us into all truths from a spiritual POV. 

 

The only separation between the first and second resurrection is the thousand year period. (Revelation 20:4-7)

 

The great thing about partaking in the first resurrection is being able to going to heaven to live forever with our Lord and Savior.  Plus, according to Philippians 3:21 and 1 Corinthians 15:42-53, all believers will receive a glorified body that will be fashioned like Jesus’ resurrected body.  I don’t know about yall, but I look forward to that. 

 

I challenge everyone, not to take my word for it.  Look it up for yourself.  Pray about it and study for yourself.  If one doesn’t agree, that’s fine; can’t agree on everything.  I think that Christian Bale is the best Batman, but others may and will disagree.  It’s all good. 

 

Study to show thyself approve is the point of bible study, to receive the instructions about how to live and understand the Christian life, as well as the history and the beauty of it. 

 

I hope you enjoy the lesson, nevertheless and let me know in the comments what other types are you interested in. 

 

Love, xoxoxo and in Christ,

 

Jade

credit: Gotquestions.org

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About Jade

a boho-punk Christian that Loves Christ.
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