Most are aware that Christ, was brought back to life from death. But many, fail to see the duality it represented. As being allegorical, to the human experience. Just as it was necessary for Christ to be murdered which was another truth with an allegorical meaning. That duality manifests itself, when Christians are murdered in the service of their redeemer. Both are proven, when Christ was buried, as being, as much human, as he was God. He like many before entered into this state of nothingness which we know as death. At the appropriate time, God called Jesus back to life. After a brief time, He was resurrected and later ascended to heaven.
What scriptures teach about the resurrection of the dead from the grave. Is very different from what is often believed. Many believe that once a person dies they are immediately rewarded with heaven or damnation. The concept of eternal damnation is for a later discussion. Other than to say, that people who die, Christian or not, go to their graves. The scriptures teach that upon death our spirits return to God, who gave it. Note! Ecclesiastes 12:7.
The Bible does not promise heaven as a reward! Instead, the promise is one of eternal ruler ship with Christ in the Kingdom of God. This kingdom will be established on our earth.
Here is the majestic description from Revelation, chapter five. An elder said, weep not! Behold the the “Lion of Judah,” “the Root of David,” has prevailed to open the scroll, and loose the seven seals, verse five.
In the midst of the throne. Surrounded by four living creatures and elders. Stood a Lamb as though he had been slain. Having seven horns and seven eyes, which were the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth, verse six.
He came forth and took the scroll out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne, verse seven.
When he had taken the scroll, the 4 living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb. They had harps and golden bowls with incense used when praying for the saints, verse eight. Interesting notion, four living creatures, along with 24 elders praying for the saints.
They sung a new song. Singing you are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals. FOR YOU WERE SLAIN AND HAVE REDEEMED US TO GOD BY YOUR BLOOD. From every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, verse nine.
You have made us, unto our God, a kingdom of priests, and we shall reign on the earth, verse ten.
Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven saying. THE KINGDOM of this WORLD has become the KINGDOM of OUR LORD, and HIS CHRIST and HE SHALL RULE FOREVER and EVER, Revelation 11:15. Another interesting notion, all these earthly governments succumbing to Christ with the earth becoming his kingdom.
What a piece of majestic Biblical literature! Christians who toil in the service of our Lord should find great comfort in such a perspective.
Job knew that death was inevitable. He also knew he would live again. He said that while in his grave that he would wait for his appointed time. Knowing that some time in the future, his change would come. You (Jesus) will call, and I will answer. You will call and, I will answer because you desire to finish your work. Job 14:14-15.
This we know, as the first resurrection, but Job will not be called at the first resurrection. It is about Christ beginning to take upon himself the remaining work that needs to be finished. Christ, has been silent for centuries, when the final work begins and the seals opened. Scripturally, it is put this way, Christ himself shall descend from heaven. With the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God. With the dead in Christ being raised first, 1 Thessalonians 4:16. The dead in Christ being resurrected. Meeting Christ in the sky and not in heaven. Some where between heaven and earth. The dead in Christ, who are they?
Verse fourteen tell us exactly who they are, and why they are apart of this first resurrection. They are the people who have died after Christ’s ascension to heaven. People who shared a belief that Jesus died and rose again. They are the people who had experienced the new birth. It is the only way to participate in the kingdom God, John 3:3, from a place called earth.
At the appointed time Jesus will come with the clouds of heaven, Daniel 7:13. The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess it forever, even forever and ever, Daniel 7:18. Upon this first resurrection they are referred to as “saints.” In Revelation 5:10, they are referred to kings and priests. Where they will rule with Christ, according Revelation 11:15.
At this first resurrection, no mention is to made to anybody being in heaven. The verses mention refers to their ruler ship on earth, with Christ, as being for ever.