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John 5:28-29

Lesson # John 5:28-29
Study Material - John 5:28-29

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John 5:28-29

28 'Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, 29 and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

Jesus has just laid out the Plan of God and His and the Fathers respective roles in that plan. He does not bring into the discussion the Holy Spirit's role, but the Holy Spirit has a significant role just the same. Jesus Christ will go over the Holy Spirit's role, in more detail, in later chapters.

But, He says, don't marvel at these things, the things just explained. Don't marvel at the miracles that He as performed (proof of His identity). There are far greater things than these, coming in the future.

To begin with there will be a resurrection. Actually there will be several resurrections. Christ will be the first resurrection. After three days in the grave, He will arise, resurrected in a new and indestructible body. That event will occur in just a little over a year from the time of his teaching of the things in this chapter.

There will be a second resurrection. One in which the Old Testament was silent. That will be our resurrection, the rapture of the Church. The third resurrection will occur at the end of the Tribulation, when all Old Testament believers will be raised, then the millennial believers will be raised at the end of the Millennium. Then the final resurrection will be for all unbelievers. They will be raised for the purpose of condemnation.

Jesus raised just a hand full of people during His time here on earth, yet these raising's were resuscitations, not resurrections. The life of these people was brought back into their physical bodies and they lived their life, and then died again as we all do. This was certainly awesome enough, but at each respective resurrection, the people raised will number in the billions. A much, much larger reunion.

Christ will shout, 1 Thes. 4:16, the archangel will cry out, the trumpet of God will sound. These three sounds will announce the scene for our rapture resurrection. First Christ will give the command, second the archangel will sound his command, presumably to all angels on hand. Christ is the commander of the hosts (all hosts). The archangel is the sub-commander (of Christ) of the angelic hosts. Then there will be a trumpet call as is common to all military organizations. This will be a recall, such that all peoples who have believed in Christ (during out church age for example) will hear the call and will respond immediately.

We will rise in the air to meet Christ there in the air. Note that this is not the Second Advent and Christ is not descending to the ground, but only into the cloud level. We will meet Him there in the air and a great procession will move out through outer space and on to heaven.

We will receive instantly as we arise a new body, one not made of human hands (biological), but one made not of hands (a spiritual resurrection and indestructible body). A body made by God, 2 Cor. 5. Every knee will bend. Every head will bow. The sight will be overwhelming for us all. This is something to marvel about, I think.

We will go to heaven and to the Judgment Seat of Christ, 2 Cor. 5:10. Meanwhile, back on earth the Tribulation will be unfolding in all its terror and destruction. Imagine, that those people left behind on earth could have been a part of the Royal Family, and only missed it by the space of a decision in their soul, or rather the lack of that decision - believing in Christ. Their decision will send them through the next seven years of unbelievable terror. Many will believe, and many will remain defiant toward Christ.

Each resurrection will be awesome in their own right. The last will be the most brutal and terrifying. Those unbelievers will be raised for the purpose of standing before a different throne, the Great White Throne. There they will be judged, not based on their sins, their sins have been paid for on the Cross, but they will be judged on their works as compared to the work of Christ on the Cross. Their righteousness, their work, will not compare, therefore they will be condemned by their rejection of the only true God, Jesus Christ. They cannot enter into heaven based on the work of another. Only the work of Christ on the Cross was entered into the Plan of God. All other works were rejected from that Plan.

Resurrection was mentioned in several passages in the Old Testament, Eze. 37:1, and Isa. 26:19, and Dan. 12:2, just to name a few.

The 'good' mentioned ere in John 5:29, is not a reference to ones repeated good deeds of life, but the single act of good, faith in Christ, 'agathos', a beneficial event with intrinsic value done for the purpose of receiving eternal life. The bad or evil is, 'phaulos', foul or evil (not an event but the lack of one) resulting in a resurrection for the purpose of damnation.

We have already studied (long ago), in Revelation, that Christ's arm is flexed with tremendous tension, on the lever of history. Muscles bulging from the strain of anticipation. That flexing is ready to, in an instant, throw that lever and the rapture will occur. Likewise that flexing relates to each of our individual lives. In an instant we, each of us, could die without warning. Note last years terrorist attack. Many of us will die in a manner not so dramatic. Maybe we will slip in the bath tub. But either way, dead is dead. Often times no notice comes announcing death.

Do we have to be entertained? What does it take for us to realize that there is much more to life than our 8 to 5 job and retirement, or the social party this weekend, or what's on TV tonight?

We have all probably seen some neat and cool things in life, but the greater marvels are yet before us. The little circus acts we have seen are fine but they have no eternal impact. Eventually in each of our lives we will see and experience things that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Prepare now and continue to prepare daily for those future events.

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