|His Resurrection: (1st-day)||Mt 27:53; Acts 1:22; 4:33; Ro 6:5; Phil 3:10|
|The First Resurrection: (3rd-day)||Rev 20:5-6; Mt 22:30; 1-Cor 15:52; 2-Tim 4:1|
|A Better Resurrection: (3rd-day)||Heb 11:35|
|In the Twinkling of an Eye: (3rd-day)||1-Cor 15:51; Is 66:18-24|
|Resurrection of the Just: (4th-day)||Lk 14:13-14; John 5:29a; Acts 24:15b; 1-Thess 4:14|
|The (last day) Resurrection: (4th-day)||Mt 22:8; Mk 12:18; Lk 20:33; John 11:24-25; 2-Tim 2:18|
|Resurrection of the Dead: (4th-day)||Mt 22:31; John 5:28-29; 1-Cor 15:12-13; Heb 6:2; Rev 20:12|
|Resurrection of Damnation: (4th-day)||John 5:29b; Rev 20:13|
As presented by the table above, the resurrections are a subject that requires some diligent study and much prayer before one can even attempt to expound on the meanings thereof. The importance of knowing the different resurrections cannot be overstated, especially when it relates to the seventh millennium and the chronology of the “Last Day" prophesies. Even though Jesus was not the first person to resurrect from the dead, He was the first born of the flesh to resurrection onto perfection. This in turn opened the door for all that would follow the Son of man (Yeshua) into perfection; first through "the Blood," then by personal sanctification, which brings one into the "high calling," God's manifest glory.
Next on the list of resurrections is what the Bible calls "the first resurrection." This includes the first ripe fruit of the Earth (the man child, the great cloud of Witnesses, and those like the woman in the wilderness that get their oil and wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb); these will rule and reign for a complete one thousand years as the Bible says. This is also known as "a better resurrection."
The last resurrection(s) from the dead (after the thousand years expired), is at the time of the White Throne Judgment. This includes any remaining born-again believers (those which sleep "IN Jesus": 1-Thessalonians 4:14 vs. the dead "IN Christ" 1-Thessalonians 4:16), who although retained their salvation, fell short of any true measure of deliverance and died. These are the people who got saved and died, or did little in the way of sanctification; somewhat like "the thief on the cross."
Finally, the sinners of the sea come forth (the nations), and lastly the spirit of "Death" and the place called "Hell" release their dead (1-Corinthians 15:23-26; Revelation 20:13: the bound). Others do resurrect so-to-say, throughout the seventh millennium, but they will never have died in the first place. They will just "be changed in the twinkling of an eye!" These that "put on immortality" all throughout the thousand years, are those who either entered it alive, or were born therein. These are the only generations that are afforded this opportunity to escape physical death: 1-Corinthians 15:51. Another thing to keep in mind is that by biblical definition, those that put on immortality throughout the seventh millennium, cannot be considered first fruits, because they will not qualify. You see their reign would actually be less than the full one thousand years prophesied. These that are changed during the thousand years, are those spoken of in type in Isaiah 66: "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon [a "camp of the saints about" saint, becoming a changed "moon" church saint] to another, and from one sabbath [a moon type saint, learning to rest in GOD] to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 66:23
"THE DAYS OF CREATION"
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2-Peter 3:8
"THE DAYS OF RESURRECTION"
When we talk about "the resurrection," we begin to count time from when Jesus resurrected, that being day-1. The Bible counts time many different ways, so we need to make sure we are using the right time-table contextually speaking. Below in Hosea 6, there is a reference to some days that refer to the time after Jesus resurrected. It talks of "after two days," which means there must have also been a first day and also a third day. These days are in direct correlation with the two thousand years of the Church age, and the thousand year millennium that follows. Therefore, we are talking about God equating these days in Hosea 6 to thousand year days. If you can see that, then let us bring this understanding to bear in John 11.
In John 11 we learn that Lazarus was "in the grave 4-days." Now the Bible makes a point of telling us that Lazarus was dead and in the grave for four days - but why; what is "four days"? Well, if we use the same understanding given in Hosea 6 for that time-table, we would have to say the fourth day in John 11:39-40, is the beginning of the eighth millennium: the time of the white throne judgment, which is after the thousand years have expired. To help us understand this, there are some qualification given in Revelation 20:4 pertaining to who gets to resurrect and when. It appears there will be some dead Christians who did not meet these qualifications who will then have to wait the thousand years to come forth in their order and lot. We already know the Bible definitely declares there are some dead people that have to wait until “after the thousand years have expired" to resurrect, but I do not believe they are all lost. As for the believers that resurrect at that time, they will be like Lazarus in type. Meaning they will came forth with their hands and feet bound, and a sweat cloth wrapped around their faces. In other words, they never overcame the flesh, but God will loose them after that time. These brethren will be saved, but nothing more. They will "sleep in Jesus," but they will not have died "in Christ," as those who will have been ruling and reigning for the thousand years.
"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After TWO DAYS will he revive us: IN [means during] THE THIRD DAY he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:1-3
"Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:23-24
"Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead FOUR DAYS. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:39-40
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which SLEEP IN JESUS [G2424: Yeshua] will GOD [G2316: the supreme Divinity] bring with him [at the WTJ]." 1-Thessalonians 4:14
"For the LORD [G2962: supreme in authority] himself shall descend from heaven [at Armageddon] with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the DEAD IN CHRIST shall rise FIRST" 1-Thessalonians 4:16