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Tribulation Saints also raised to take part in this reign with Christ, which is in perfect accord with the order of the first resurrection.
Next, they who
The Church and the Old Testament Saints who are raised at the Rapture when Christ comes in the air.
The Tribulation Saints who are raised at the
to the earth.
THE FIRST FRUITS.
The Last Day.
Again we hear it objected that Christ said He would raise up those who believe in Him at the last day (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54), and if it is at the last day there can not follow a thousand years before the unbelievers are raised. But Peter says "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day." 2 Pet. 3:8. This is the great Millennial day ushered in and ending with resurrection and judgment, and during which Christ shall rule the nations and judge the world in righteousness.19
It is "the day of an age" as the Holy Spirit designates it in 2 Pet. 3:18. See the Greek “ἡμέραν αἰῶνος" (heemeran aionos). In harmony with this we find that the same word μépa (heemera-day) signifies “a long period," in John 8:56; 9:4; Rom. 10:21; 2 Cor. 6:2; Heb. 4:7-8.
is the key to the book of Isaiah and many of the other prophets. Note how frequently it occurs. Isa. 2:11; 3:7, 18; 4:1, 2; 5:30; 7:18, 20, 21, 23; 10:27, etc.; Jer. 25:33; Ezek. 38:14, 16; 39:11; 48:35; Joel 3:18; Amos 9:11; Micah 4:6; 7:11, 12; Zeph. 3:11, 16; Hag. 2:23; Zech. 9:16; 12:3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11; 13:1, 2, 4; 14:6, 8, 13, 21; Mal. 3:17; Mat. 7:22; 24:36; Mark 13:32; Lu. 21:34.
See how plainly it is identified with the Day of the Lord. Compare Isa. 2:12 with 20. "For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty. In that day a man shall cast his idols to the moles and bats." Also Zeph. 1:14, 15. "The great day of the Lord is near that day is a day of wrath."
set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from
See the same in Zech. 14:1-4.
will He revive These are evi
In Hosea 6:2 we read "After two days us; in the third day He will raise us up." dently three days of one thousand years each, for "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.' So "that day" is doubtless the last thousand year day of God's great week of aions (ages). See page 218.
Mentioned in Same Verse.
Again it is objected that, while there will be a great difference in the character of the resurrection of the just and of the unjust, yet they must be simultaneous in time, for
Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Also Rev. 2:27.
both are mentioned in conjunction, that is in the same
But Jesus has taught us that this objection has no force, by giving us a remarkable example to the contrary. In Luke 4:16-21, we read, that He opened the book, found the place and read from Isa. 61,21 to the comma (or division of clauses) in verse 2, and closed the book, saying: "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears." Why did He stop there? Because the time had not come to proclaim "the day of vengeance." That comma has been over eighteen centuries long and will continue until Christ (having gathered His saints, 1 Thes. 4:16-17) shall appear with them executing vengeance on the ungodly. 2 Thes. 1:7-10; Jude 14, 15. Therefore, Jesus, Himself, having taught us, that two events, stated consecutively in Isa. 61:2, are sep
Trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Luke 4:16. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.
arated by more than eighteen hundred years, surely we should respect God's Word, when it so plainly states that there will be a period of a thousand years between the resurrection of the "blessed and holy,"-and that of "the rest of the dead."
The word opa (hora-hour) which Jesus used in John The 5:28 is the same word as that used in verse 25.22 latter we all believe has been over eighteen hundred years long. Why, then may not the former be at least a thousand years long and thus perfectly harmonize with Rev. 20 See also John 4:21, 23 and Rom. 13:11 (high time ὥρα : it is already the hour) in each of which hour signifies a long period. Tregelles-who is supported by the Jewish commentators-renders Dan. 12:2 as follows:
"And many from among the sleepers of the dust of the earth shall awake; these shall be unto everlasting life; but those (the rest of the sleepers who do not awake at Fausset this time) shall be unto shame." (See Jamieson, and Brown on this passage.) It is needless to add that this most intensely confirms the doctrine of the first resurrection.
Only One Text.
Lastly it is objected that a difference in time for the resurrection of the just from that of the unjust is stated in only one place in the Word, to-wit: Rev. 20, and that this is a book so symbolical, that we must not rely upon it for such an important fact.
(22) John 5:25. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.
28. Marvel not at this: for the
Only one place indeed! But is not that enough? Why! the existence of all light rests upon the single sentence in Gen. 1:3,23 and it rests safely, because God spoke those words. The most marvelous fact, in connection with our Lord's first appearing, was the immaculate conception. It
hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice.
And God said, (23) Gen. 1:3. Let there be light: and there was light.
has caused suspicion of Mary's character, and it calls for the greatest exercise of faith to believe in the Holy Ghost Fatherhood of her Son. It professes the holiest purity where the world can see only fornication and shame. And yet this astonishing event rested for centuries upon a single passage of prophecy, "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son." Isa. 7:14, and although it was given by the Lord to the Jews as a special and important sign they will not rely upon it, because it occurs in a poetical book, and so they reject the Babe of Bethlehem.
But shall we,-who believe that Isa. 7:14 has been literally fulfilled-condemn the Jews for not accepting it, and yet justify ourselves in rejecting the literal fulfillment of this plain statement in Rev. 20 God forbid. Remember that He says, "Behold I come quickly; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." Rev. 22:7; 1:3. Oh then let us earnestly entreat you, to heed this one passage even though it may pierce through your established opinions.24 Don't reject it. Don't pervert its simple teaching, for it is God's holy Word of prophecy and is as immovable as the rocky fastness of the mountains-yea more-for these shall pass away "but the Word of the Lord endureth forever."
Dean Alford's Comments.
And here, dear reader, let us invite your careful attention to Dean Alford's comment upon this passage, viz.: "this is the first resurrection." He says: "It will have been long ago anticipated by the readers of this commentary, that I cannot consent to distort its words from their plain sense and chronological place in the prophecy, on account of any considerations of difficulty, or any risk of abuses which the doctrine of the Millennium may bring with it. Those who lived next to the Apostles, and the whole Church for three hundred years, understood them in the plain literal sense; and it is a strange sight in these days
(24) Heb. 4:12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the di
viding asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.