The Bible is as fascinating, as it is mysterious. Fascinating because more than one resurrection will occur. Mysterious because we are left with no time table, as to when these events will occur.
At sometime in the future the dead in Christ will come from the grave to meet Jesus in the sky. As Jesus, descends from heaven. See 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
These dead people in their graves have a special significances to Jesus. They are the people who died since Christ ascended to heaven. There significances is special to Jesus because they joined him in his long struggle against evil. Many having suffered for the cause of Christ by being imprisoned, beaten, tortured and murdered.
Jesus left clear instructions, as to what he expected. First, and foremost, His great commission was to produce fruits indicating to the world our repentance. See Matthew 3:8.
Christ cautioned that people should give careful consideration about their choices after repentance. Because, Christians become disciples recognized at the first resurrection as the “saints” of Daniel 7:18 and “priest” in Revelation 5:9b-10.
Jesus said to the people in Luke chapter 14. Here are the prerequisites for discipleship. If you do not hate your family, and your very life. You can not be My disciple, verse 26. This is to be taken allegorically because it was a common technique used by Jesus to elevate the seriousness of His mission. To do otherwise would contradict what Christ taught about love. Taken a step further, it would be impossible to serve any cause successfully, if one hates oneself.
Then Jesus said, if you do not bear My cross, and model my example, you can not be my disciple, See Luke 14:27.
Through verses 28-32, Jesus provides some practical examples. If you are going to build something consider the cost. Do not enter a war without careful consideration because the end may be humiliating. Which Jesus summed up by saying. You must be willing to forsake everything in order to be My disciple, verse 33.
Fast forward to sometime in the future. In the midst of the elders stood a lamb, as though it had been slain. Having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the the Seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth, Revelation 5:5-6. Jesus is referred to as being a lamb 28 times through out Revelation. John the Baptist said Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, John 1:29. The seven horns and seven eyes, with the eyes suggesting Christ’ prefect knowledge in seeing all of history. The horns suggesting His all powerful presences everywhere at the same time. Powerful enough to correct the misdeeds of history. Many misdeeds occurred because the eyes are the seven Spirits of God through the pictorially failed churches in the beginning of Revelation. Having seen all, His anger is expressed.
Christ has some serious grievances, as the Plaintiff for His unjust execution because He came to His own, and His own rejected Him. Then it became our time and we also turned our backs to Him. One directive after another. Symbolized on the cross, when Jesus weep from the cross, “My God, My God why have You failed me?” See Matthew 27:46.
In every respect that was the Christ way of introducing Christendom to its future, as it labors to bring forth results to justify the Father’s sacrifice. Christians must execute that great commission which was put in these words, “Bring forth fruits showing repentance.” See Matthew 3:8. Strongly suggesting that it’s Christendoms duty not to allow the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world to be a murder without consequences.
Everything Christendom does or doesn’t do ties into an operational design by God which will have its appointed day. Job recognized part of this by writing that Christ was anxious to finish His work. He wrote, “If a man dies, shall he live again? (Yes!) All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire to the work of your hands. For now, You number my steps. But do not watch over myÂ sin. My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and you cover my iniquity.” See Job 14:14-17.
However it works out, whether brought forth from the grave, or among the living, who meet him in the sky. Work hard for Christ because it’ll be a glorious time.