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QUESTION: When does the resurrection of the dead take place?

ANSWER: Hi Beatrice,
  Yours is a good question and many others have asked me about the resurrection.   Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."    In response I have written several articles that explain what the Bible says about the coming resurrections.

   You can read a detail account at the following pages:
   http://bible-truth.org/myst-3.htm   They Mystery of the Rapture
   http://bible-truth.org/msg131.html  God's Plan for Believers
   http://bible-truth.org/FAQ-Resurrection.html   Frequently Asked Questions about the Resurrection.

  I hope this helps.  If you have further questions please write.
Cooper Abrams
Romans 12:1-2
http:bible-truth.org
cpabrams3@gmail.com

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QUESTION: Hi Mr. Abrams:

I appreciate your quick response to my question concerning when will the dead be resurrected.  I have read your response but find it a bit confusing.  You quoted Matthew 24:36 which states that Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.  However, that scripture is in reference to the second coming of Christ not the resurrection of the dead.  In the book of Revelation chapter 20:4-5  It speaks of the first resurrection and individuals who will take part in it.  These are ones who were executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God and did not worship the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand.  It says in verse 4 that these came to life (apparently before the millennium period) and ruled as kings and priest for 1,000 years (millennial period) with Christ.  This it says is the first resurrection.  In verse 5 it states that the rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years have ended.  Revelation 20:7-15 tell us what happens after the 1,000 years have ended.  It appears that death and the grave give up their dead and they are judged after Satan has been thrown in the lake of fire. When I read these scriptures my understanding is: the majority of dead mankind who are judged worthy of everlasting life are resurrected and given their reward after the millennial period.  When you read Rev 20:1-15 do you get the same understanding.

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Hi Beatrice,
    I agree with you that Matthew 24:36 is referring to the Second Coming at the end of the seven years of Tribulation.  Few people are perceptive enough to understand that Matthew 24-25 is referring to events in the seven year Tribulation and does not apply to the present dispensation.   However, the principle stated in 24:36 is God has not revealed when He will return.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-9, written to church age believers instruct us to be sober and watchful because Christ's return at the rapture will be as a thief in the night... meaning it is imminent.  We know the sequence and also the events leading to the Second Coming, but not the date (v36).  However, the first resurrection includes both those raptured from the present church age and also the Old Testament saints resurrected at the Second Coming.  Thus the first resurrection is in two parts at the beginning of the Tribulation and at the end of the Second Coming.  The Tribulation is the final seven years of the Old Testament dispensation which Daniel prophecies in Daniel 9:24 would be 490 years and the "Most Holy would be anointed" meaning Christ.  Only 483 years have occurred of his prophecy with Christ being "cut off."  Seven year are yet future which will end with the Second Coming. The second resurrection is recorded in Revelation 20:11-15 which verse 14 says is the second death that includes all the unsaved from the earth for all time.
    If you compare 1 Thess. 4:13-18, with the resurrection at the Second Coming, they are different and occur at different times.   The rapture before the Tribulation, and the resurrection of the Old Saints and those of the Tribulation of the Second Coming.
    I have several articles at http://bible-truth.org/apologeticspage.html#002  on eschatology.  

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Independent Fundamental Baptist missionary and pastor, ThB, MBS, and PhD as of May 28, 2013. I began pastoring in 1981, and have taught in churches, a Bible college, and a Bible Institute. I have written numerous articles on various subjects from a biblical perspective and many are posted on my web site Bible Truth ( http://www.bible-truth.org ). Bible Truth receives over one hundred and forty thousand visiters per month. Since 1998 I have answered Bible related questions via e-mail. My answers are straight forward and biblical. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE -----DO NOT ASK A QUESTION AND THEN NOT READ THE ANSWER! ABOUT FOUR IN TEN QUESTIONS ASKED ARE NEVER READ. I FREELY GIVE MY TIME TO GIVE HELPFUL ANSWERS. OFTEN THE ANSWER WILL REQUIRE AS MUCH AS A HOUR OR MORE TO RESEARCH AND THEN TO FORMULATE THE REPLY. IF YOU SEND A QUESTION PLEASE BE THOUGHTFUL ENOUGH TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT. MOST PEOPLE DO...BUT ALL SHOULD. THANKS

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I have been a pastor since 1981 and a Independent Baptist missionary church planter since 1986. I have seen the Lord establish four Bible believing churches in Utah. My web site Bible Truth ( http:\\bible-truth.org ) continues to grow presently over 7,000 visiters per day. The materials on the web site are mostly written by myself and contain sermons, Bible commentaries, articles on various biblical subjects.

Organizations
I am pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Tremonoton, Utah (http://calvarybaptchurch.org)

Publications
- Appeared on Grizzly Adams DVD documentary "End Times: How Close Are We?" (http://www.grizzlyadams.com/Public/ChristianDVDs/index.cfm?productID=49). - Article "Are Mormons Christians" "O Timothy Magazine" Way of Life Literature (http://www.wayoflife.org/files/9959c77e05b303248173195e72476459-60.html)

Education/Credentials
ThB (Bachelor Degree in Theology) Piedmont Bible College, Winston-Salem, NC. MBS (Mastor of Biblical Studies) Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC. PhD (Bible) Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL

Awards and Honors
Graduated Suma Com Laude with PhD Religion - Bible Major, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary - 2013

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