The Resurrection:
The 5th Foundational Principle of Christ 

Foundational Principles discussed here:

Foundational Principles of Christ Part 1


I believe there are 2 main resurrections. But blessed are those who partake of the First Resurrection!

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

The 1st Resurrection started with Christ Himself.

1 Cor 15:20 But now Christ has risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruit of those who slept.

The next step or phase of this resurrection is at the rapture.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thess 4:
16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  


It is my belief that not all who are saved will be resurrected at this time. As I have discussed elsewhere, not all who are saved are part of the kingdom, as I discuss here:

The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation

So if this is indeed true, then Rev 20:6 tells us then those who are in the kingdom are the ones who get resurrected at this time!

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

And we can paint this picture more clearly with more scripture. The 2nd half of Rev 7 I believe describes those who have been resurrected at the rapture.

Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palms in their hands.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell before the throne on their faces and worshiped God,
12 saying, Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, Who are these who are arrayed in white robes, and from where do they come?
14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes, and have whitened them in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple. And He sitting on the throne will dwell among them.
16 They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.


This very large group discusses salvation, this shows that these people have participated in saving all 3 aspects of their life: spirit, soul, and body.

Not only did they save their spirits, by believing in Christ, but saved their souls as well, and now their bodies have been saved by the Resurrection! I discuss the difference of the salvation of the soul and spirit here:

The Salvation of the Soul

These also are before the throne and serve God through eternity as opposed to those:

Rev 21: MKJV
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.


Now after the rapture, during the Tribulation, many will die for Christ who were not prepared for His coming. I discuss this preparation here:

Are You Prepared for the Blessed Hope?

And those who became Christians after the rapture. Many of these will be killed. It is interesting to note how they respond when they arrive in heaven:

Rev 6:9 And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Until when, Master, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given to each one of them. And it was said to them that they should rest yet for a little time, until both their fellow servants and their brothers (those about to be killed as they were ) should have their number made complete.


We read how John saw their souls, as these were not resurrected. I believe that not only do they wish for justice but long for their resurrection, and thus are told to rest.

So it is entirely possible that in heaven at this time, only those who died ready, in Christ, or were alive ready in Christ partake of the resurrection. The rest will be resurrected later.

I also believe that this group who is resurrected will be separated and be given rewards at the Bema Judgment.

Eternal Judgment: of the Believer

But shortly after this, judgment will be made on the rest. This judgment will seem extreme, and may shock many non-catholics, but scripture states:

Mark 9: MKJV
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

1 Cor 3: LITV
15 If the work of anyone shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss; but he will be saved, but so as through fire.


Jesus went to Gethsemane, which was an oil press.  One of the Baptisms we need to follow is the denial of self, the Baptism of Suffering. Jesus said we need to deny our self, and there would be consequences if we do not.

Math 16: NKJV 
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?


Luke 9: MKJV
23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  


The following is not about sin, it is about soulishness, or selfishness. There is no place for this in heaven. The following I believe is the very act of purging the soulishness from those who are saved, and have not denied themselves. The carnal Christians, or even the Earthly ones.

1 Cor 15:47 The first man was out of earth, earthy; the second Man was the Lord from Heaven.
48 Such the earthy man , such also the earthy ones. And such the heavenly Man , such also the heavenly ones.
49 And according as we bore the image of the earthy man , we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man .
50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 ś Behold, I speak a mystery to you; we shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed;
52 in a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet. For a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.


What happens to Earthy Christians?

Revelation 14
13 And I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors, and their works follow them.
(I believe verse 13 eludes to the idea there will be no more carnal christians after this point, thus why judgment can occur)
14 And I looked, and behold, a white cloud. And on the cloud sat one like the Son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying in a great voice to Him sitting on the cloud, Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth was dried.
16 And He sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had authority over fire. And he spoke with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.


This winepress is the diluted wrath of God, it is not full measure, as seen just a couple verses earlier:

10 he also will drink of the wine of the anger of God, having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented by fire and brimstone before the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.

The saved are saved! But they need to be purified from their soulishness. We can read more about this group from the response after this, as seen in the next chapter:

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire. And those who had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are Your ways, O King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You only are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses were made know
n.

The nations need to fear God, and if they don’t this is the result. And this is indeed the nations, as described as those outside New Jerusalem, as mentioned in verse 4.

Rev 21: MKJV 
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.


I know this winepress thing is a difficult thing to believe, but it is scriptural.

Lamentations 1:15 The LORD has trampled all my mighty ones in my midst; He has called a gathering against me to crush my young men. The LORD has trod the virgin daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.

Rev 19:15 And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God.


And what happens immediately after the winepress and the song of Moses?

Rev 15:5 And after these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony was opened in Heaven.

The Temple is opened! Thus those who are saved, while they may have to live outside New Jerusalem, may have access to the throne of God.

How can everyone be kings if there are no nations to rule? Remember:

Rev 21: MKJV 
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.


Luke 14: NKJV 
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”


They are not fit for the land which is the Kingdom, nor are they fit for the dunghill which is Hell or the Lake of Fire, so they are cast out. Out where? Outside New Jerusalem.

Thus I believe this group will not yet be resurrected. Although it is possible, thus I have 2 theories. One theory is those who have not been prepared, will be resurrected after the Millennial Reign.  The other is the 2nd Resurrection is for the wicked. But Rev 20 seems to speak otherwise:

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.


And yes, even the wicked who go into the Lake of Fire are resurrected and given new bodies as well!

Daniel 12 
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

John 5:28 Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice,
29 and shall come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have practiced evil to the resurrection of condemnation.


So while it is possible, that at the rapture all who are dead will get their new bodies, it may be only those who died ready. Just as it may be only those who are alive and ready will be raptured. So if there is a partial rapture, why can’t there be a partial Resurrection?

Those not prepared, will be prepared shortly after, but before Jesus returns comes to destroy the anti-christ and his armies.

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Part 2: The blood

I am now going to discuss the relevance of the blood, and this isn’t about the wonderful work of the Blood of Christ.

Leviticus 17:11

For the soul (or life) of the flesh is in the blood… Jubilee Bible 2000 translation

for the soul of the flesh is in the blood; Darby Bible Translation

When Jesus was in Gethsemane, He sweat tears of blood.

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Jesus blood is precious but it also represent the soul. Jesus NEVER sinned , but He did have a moment of soulishness. He, Himself dealt with this and said three times in Gethsemane:

Matt 26:
38 Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me.
39 And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.


42 He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.

44 And He left them and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same word.


So not only do we need a new Body for the new Earth but blood is not allowed in heaven.

1 Cor 15:50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

Thus this is why Jesus will take out the blood of those unprepared, they are full of soulishness which must be emptied because they did not deny themselves.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.

I have my doubts this is real physical blood, as blood is part of the body and does not go with us to heaven when we die, but our soulishness does!

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Part 3: Do all partake of the Fire?

This was the million dollar question for me. Will those who have been Born Again taste the fire? I have preached that there are the 30, 60, and 100 fold Christians, as well as those who bring no fruit. Do the 30 & 60 have to go through fire? Let’s reread 1 verse from Rev 7 again:

16 They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.

So, no, not any heat will they suffer. As there is an angel in charge of the fire, who will participate with the judgment on the nations who are not born again.

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had authority over fire. And he spoke with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.

This angel, will not bring any fire upon the vast multitude listed in Rev 7, but only upon those listed in Rev 14.

Now I still believe that those with 100 fold fruit will gain greater rewards, as these scriptures say:

Matt 25:14 For it is as if a man going abroad called his own servants and gave them his goods.
15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his ability. And he went abroad at once.
16 And going he who had received the five talents traded with them, and made another five talents.
17 And likewise he who had received two, he also gained another two.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the earth and hid his lord’s silver.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and took account with them.
20 And so he who had received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I have gained five talents above them.

21 His lord said to him, Well done , good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
22 He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered two talents to me. Behold, I have gained two other talents above them.
23 His lord said to him, Well done , good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.

24 And he who had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew that you were a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter.
25 And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. Lo, you have yours.
26 His lord answered and said to him, Evil and slothful servant! You knew that I reaped where I did not sow, and gathered where I did not scatter,

27 then you should have put my money to the exchangers, and coming I would have received my own with interest.
28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will abound. But from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
30 And throw the unprofitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


As for the Outer Darkness, it is not what most people have been taught, and I discuss this here:

Outer Darkness

Remember:

2 Tim 2: (MKJV)
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel to honor, sanctified and useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.


1 Cor 3: MKJV
12 And if anyone builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,
13 each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it , because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

 
I discuss in greater detail the false doctrines of purgatory from Catholics on the following link. It is discussed in the bottom 3rd of the page:

Concerning Purgatory, Works, & other matters

Here are some great links on the subject of the believers judgment (listed by order of quality-1st best):

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST--PART I by Thomas W. Finley 

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST--PART II by Thomas W. Finley 

The Judgment Seat of Christ by WhatSaithTheScripture.com 

Judgment Seat of Christ by Dr. Douglas D. Stauffer 

Other pages of note:


The Second Coming of Christ and the Millennial Kingdom by bible.org - a detailed look at what transpires when Jesus returns at the end of the Tribulation

For a detailed look at the kinds and stages of the Resurrections, please read the middle section of the page on the following link labeled "SAINTS AND THE KINGDOM (4-6)"

The Reign of Christ and the Great White Throne (Rev 20:1-15)

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the Judgment Seat of Christ - a great but short look at these events (short as there isn't much Bible revelation on this)

Page's of mine related to this subject: 

 Eternal Judgment: of the Believer

 Foundational Principles of Christ - Part 1

Foundational Principles of Christ - Part 2 The Doctrine of Baptisms

The Rapture

Are You Prepared for the 2nd Coming? 

The 2 1/2 Tribes that didn't cross over

Prophecy 

The Gospel of the Kingdom Part 1

The Lake of Fire - another part of the Foundational Principle of Eternal Judgment  


Outer Darkness

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