Two resurrections to come
After what I wrote yesterday I think I better clarify some things. I am not one to evade certain scriptures. Everything must fit together somehow in God’s purposes for mankind and I seek Him for that purpose not only so I can be a part of what He is doing but also for others.
Whether we like it or not we have all been influenced by teachers of the Word and therefore have biased views on certain subjects. That is perfectly normal and natural. These differences should be allowed and should not cause each other to stumble. The central issue is and will always be–Have you received Jesus Christ of Nazareth as your LORD and Saviour? Does His Spirit witness with your spirit that you are a child of God? Then we are all family and like any family there are differences of opinion and different tastes. So having said that I want to share with you how I see the days ahead.
Pretty soon God is going to raise from the dead those chosen and faithful saints to immortality. This is the first resurrection which occurs at the beginning of the 1000 year Age (aionian zoe). That Age is what the Jews call the Age of Messiah.
This is the group that are caught up to be with the Lord in the air….who join with the ones coming down from heaven with Jesus as He returns in glory with the angels of heaven. These are given their new body, just like Jesus body…immortal, incorruptible bodies.
This mighty army of purified saints have been reigning with Jesus on the earth or were when they were alive in their bodies during their lifetime. They walked by faith in the new creation man. They were found not having their own righteousness which is from the Law…but the righteousness which is from God by faith in Jesus Christ. In other words they put no confidence in their fleshly abilities, but only in Jesus Christ their Lord and righteousness. That is what qualifies them and us to be a part of that first resurrection.
This immortal body of believers are the first fruits unto the Lamb. They are a priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek–immortal priests who always live to make intercession for the saints of God. They are not raised to immortality to escape the earth…rather these sons of God–who are sons of the resurrection shall rule and reign on the earth and in the heavens with Jesus.
This is what they were doing while still in their bodies of death…walking by faith and being led in victory, overcoming in His overcomings. Reigning in His reigning. Suffering in His sufferings. But now they have been changed in the twinkling of an eye being made like the son of God. They shall lead the saints of God who were not raised in this first resurrection. They shall walk as Jesus walked in the fullness of the anointing and power of God to set captives free and lead millions to Jesus Christ. This is the revival that shall sweep the nations and gather into His barn all the harvest. This revival shall be so great, being led by immortal lovers of the Father of Jesus Christ that it shall result in the salvation of whole nations. The nations shall worship Jesus!!
Of course as this revival begins with the raising these faithful believers to immortality Satan and his armies of demons and humans shall not be happy. So there shall be great resistance to what these ones do. Yet they cannot be hurt or killed by the enemy. They cant be harmed–but those who are with them that were not raised up in that resurrection…those that were “not found worthy to attain the resurrection” as Jesus spoke of, they shall suffer and be persecuted and be many will be killed and imprisoned like Satan has always done to Christ’s body. These believers who are still mortal in dying shall sleep in the grave until the end of the 1000 years is finished. Those who are not killed shall live long lives walking with the immortal believers during this amazing time of God taking the kingdoms of man and making them His.
Eventually because the whole world shall hear the everlasting gospel and most shall be born again all of Satan’s host shall be defeated and bound. Just as Joshua went into Canaan and one by one defeated 31 kings and their armies, so the Church of Jesus led by these overcoming immortal ones shall destroy the enemy in people’s lives and over regions and nations. These demonic hordes shall be thoroughly defeated and bound by the church of Jesus working with the heavenly host of angels.
The church will finally fulfil her destiny as this new fire of God’s holiness and love burns brightly in the nations.
Then at the end of the 1000 years there are still nations which have resisted God’s free righteousness and grace. Self righteous nations who trust in themselves as opposed to those who know their own weakness and trust only in Jesus. Satan shall be let loose again so that these nations of sinners can be brought to repentance and defeat before the throne of Jesus their Saviour.
It is at this time that the second resurrection occurs.
This second or general resurrection is for “all those who sleep in the graves” as Jesus said in John 5, echoing Daniel in Dan 12. This is the great white throne judgement. All those who were not in the first raising to immortality shall be raised up for judgement –either to life or to correction. Time is still going on. These are the ages (eons/aions)to come. Eternity is not anything to do with time. In fact the Bible does not speak much about eternity if at all. God Himself is eternal. That is the nature of God. Yet He created man and placed man in time, which He also created. He has framed the ages with His word to fulfil His purpose which He purposed in Himself before the Ages began, ie, before creation.
His purpose is that we should be conformed to the image of Jesus His Son. That conforming is not something we do separate from Jesus…but through the the faith of Jesus and the life of Jesus in us. It is the putting on COMPLETELY of the new man–which is Christ Jesus. It is abiding fully in the vine. It is dwelling in the Father’s house–which we find is His heart…which we further find is Jesus heart….which we then find is OUR HEART!!
In that day you shall know that I am in the Father and you in Me and I in you. John 14:20 !!!!!!!!!!
This is the faith of the son of God, which faith is our faith. This is the mystery of Christ in you the hope of glory. This is the I no longer live but Christ lives in me story. It is the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. This is the union of spirit that we ARE in Jesus. This is the as He is so are WE in this world. This is the “your life is hid with Christ in God and when Christ who is your life shall be revealed then you shall be revealed with Him.” This is the we do not yet know what we shall be , but we know that when He appears(is revealed)we shall be like Him”.
The Overcomers who shall soon be changed into immortals and those who are raised to it shall come in the Tabernacles anointing. The Pentecostal anointing comes to an end. It cannot bring us to perfection because it is ministered to us by mortals! The next outpouring of God’s Spirit upon all flesh shall be the third age anointing. The power of the Gospel preached by these immortal ones shall bring masses of people who struggled in the Pentecostal anointing with their sin and self—to the REST of dwelling in the Father’s heart. And in finding that REST in Him the greater works shall follow.
Jesus Himself shall be seen in His body as we all come to see that Jesus is who we are…yet we are still ourselves….it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me….yet I still live. A Union of two walking together as O/one person joined in their hearts by God’s Holy Spirit. This is where the water of life flows. This is where the bread of heaven is baked! IN your heart my friend….which is His heart!