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The first and second resurrection

The first resurrection

The first resurrection is of the saints who are sleeping (dead). This happens when Jesus comes back at the seventh trumpet and recieves the earth as King in the flesh. In actuallity it’s an announcement that he is going to be taking the earth by force. Trumpets are meant to prepare and warn. The trumpets prepare the nations for his return by warning them of the final battle.

Revelation 15

Job states he will see His redeemer on earth in the flesh after his death. Job is referring to the second coming of Christ and the first resurrection.

Job 19:25-27

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4

Jesus refers to this as the “ressurection of the just” when the just will receive their reward for there works related to the poor and needy.

Luke 14:14

John 5:24-30 Jesus speaks of being a rightous Judge who judges according to his fathers will. Some will be ressurected to life (the first resurrection) some to condemnation(the second resurrection). 

1st Thessalonians 4:16

The second Resurrection

The second resurrection is that of the unbelievers after the millennial reign. They will be judged at the great white throne of judgement.

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The first and second death

The first death is the physical death of the human body. The Bible does not refer to it as the first death. But speaks of the physical death of human beings often. Every human experiences the first death.

Matthew 10:28

The second death is unbelievers cast in the lake of fire after the great white throne judgement. This takes place after the millennial reign. 

Revelation 20:14

Overcomers will not be hurt by the second death. 

Revelation 2:11

Those who are in the first resurrection the second death has no power over.

Revelation 20:6

Sinners are thrown into the lake of fire, which is the second death.

Revelation 21:8

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Daniel 1 – Daniel and His Friends

Daniel 1 begins with the first wave of the captivity to Babylon.  The Babylonian Captivity came in three waves.  During the first wave, the king and nobles were brought into captivity.  Daniel and his friends were part of the first waves of captivity.

It is significant to note several things pertaining to this chapter:

1.  The firm stance to adhere to righteousness by Daniel and his friends in the face of living in a pagan culture hostile to God’s rule.  They were even given different names in an attempt to assimilate them into the culture, but they remained counter-cultural in their righteous walks with God.

2. The significance of Daniel and his friends standing for righteousness together.  Part of their inner strength came from standing together as a community.

3.  The favor of God was upon them for wisdom, learning, advancement, and dreams.

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Isaiah 11

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Righteous Reign of the Branch

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

10 Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.

The Restored Remnant

11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
Will again recover the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the islands of the sea.
12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
13 Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass Ephraim.
14 They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west;
Together they will plunder the sons of the east;
They will possess Edom and Moab,
And the sons of Ammon will be subject to them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy
The tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
And He will wave His hand over the River
With His scorching wind;
And He will strike it into seven streams
And make men walk over dry-shod.
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
For the remnant of His people who will be left,
Just as there was for Israel
In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt.

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Isaiah 10 – “The Assyrian”

In this chapter, the prophet Isaiah makes reference to the anti-christ as “the Assyrian” (vs. 5).  God sends him as a rod to discipline for Israel, but he goes too far and is bent on her destruction.  The Lord promises to punish the Assyrian because of his pride (vs. 12), similar to Nebuchadnezzar who experiences the judgment of the Lord (Daniel 4), but, in contrast, Nebuchadnezzar submits to the Lord’s chastisement (Daniel 4:37).  The treatment of the Assyrian by the Lord can also be compared to Herod who is judged by the Lord for his pride (Acts 12:23).

Verse 20 harkens to the peace treaty that Daniel speaks about the anti-christ making with Israel in the last days (Daniel 9:27).  The rest of the chapter describes how once God is done chastising Israel for once again relying on peace treaties with other nations for her security, He will turn His judgment against the anti-christ and his kingdom.

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Second coming of Christ

Revelation 11:15-19

The Seventh Trumpet

15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become

    the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,

    and he will reign for ever and ever.”

16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

    the One who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

    and have begun to reign.

18 The nations were angry,

    and your wrath has come.

The time has come for judging the dead,

    and for rewarding your servants the prophets

and your people who revere your name,

    both great and small—

and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

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Exegetical view of the Rapture

Rapture problem #1 Rapture is a sub theme, not a primary theme of end times. Getting people to believe this is the first obstacle.

Rapture problem #2 Unconvincing the convinced. This is  easier to do 1 on 1 than in groups. Making a conclusion in regards to a biblical truth by pre supposing an idea into the text is the most irresponsible way to study and teach the word.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken’. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

Luke 21:25-28There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Revelation 10:7 “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.”

Ephesians 1:8-10 “With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to his good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”