How Many Resurrections Will There Be?

This seems like a crazy question, right? Isn’t there just one resurrection? Well, it isn’t quite that simple. The Resurrection is based on the Hebrew harvest (Jesus made this reference many times), and the Hebrew harvest had 3 divisions: a first fruits harvest, the primary harvest, and a final gleanings harvest. The Bible supports this 3-part view. There are those who claim as many as 7 resurrections, however!! Let’s see what the Bible says.

First we need to define what a resurrection is. The bible describes a number of people who were raised back to life in both the Old and New Testaments. Most of these were raised to life only to die again. My definition of a Resurrection is the raising of the righteous back to eternal life en mass in what could be termed a “harvest”. Raising the dead is temporary, Resurrection is permanant. The following are the list of saints who were raised back to life only to die again. These are not included in what I term a Resurrection:

Saint Raised to Life Reference
Son of Zarephath’s Widow 1 Kings 17:17-24
Son of Shunammite Woman 2 Kings 4:35
Man who touched Elisha’s bones 2 Kings 13:21
Widow’s son at Nain Luke 7:13-15
Jairus’s Daughter Matt. 9:25
Lazarus John 11:43-44
Eutychus Acts 20:9-12

Some people also consider Paul as raised from the dead in Acts 14:19-20, but the Bible doesn’t explicitly say so. Also notice that all of these were individaul cases and all eventually died again (the raising to life was temporary), and all await a final Resurrection. So the question remains: how many resurrections will there be?

3 Part Harvest

We are now ready to begin to examine Resurrections rather than just the raising of individuals. Jesus frequently compared the Resurrection(s) to a harvest. Because the Hebrew harvest was divided into 3 parts, my theory is the Resurrection will be divided into exactly 3 parts as well. Here is a brief explanation of the 3 Part Harvest:

  • a first fruits harvest: a limited, preliminary harvest which was presented to YHWH as an offering
  • the primary harvest: the harvest when the majority of the grain was reaped
  • a gleanings harvest: a final sweep through the fields to reap any remaining grain

If this theory is correct we should find evidence in scripture for these same three parts of the harvest. That is exactly what we see:

In Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming (the primary harvest)” (1 Cor. 15: 22-23 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine).

This verse accounts for the first two harvests. The gleanings harvest (and the primary harvest) are found in this verse:

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first (Gk: PROTOS, meaning first or primary) resurrection. (Rev. 20: 5-6, emphasis mine)

Here we see two resurrections being referred to. The primary one includes those who did not take the Mark of the Beast, did not worship the Beast, and those who were beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and the Word of God. This resurrection includes only the righteous.  A secondary resurrection is mentioned as well.  This one will include all the rest of the dead (righteous and unrighteous) and will happen after the Millennium.

These three resurrections pictured above perfectly fit the picture of the 3 Part Hebrew harvest. Let’s assemble a graphic to see what groups of people might be resurrected in each resurrection.

Harvest Those Resurrected Timing
First Fruits Jesus

Many Bodies of the Saints (at Crucifixion of Jesus; Matt. 27:52-53)

After the Crucifixion of Jesus
Primary Harvest (first resurrection) Rev. 20: 4-6 Old Testament saints (Abraham, Daniel, etc.)

Dead in Christ prior to the Rapture (including all the martyrs during the 70th Week)

The Two Witnesses

At the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week
Gleanings Harvest (second resurrection) Rev. 20:11-15 Dead in Christ after the Rapture (during 7th year of 70th Week and the Millennial Kingdom)

Unrighteous Dead from all of history

After the end of the Millennial Kingdom

This graphic seems to perfectly account for everyone who will be resurrected within the 3 Part Harvest. Let’s look at each group and see if this makes scriptural sense.

First Fruits Harvest

We have already seen that Jesus is referred to as the “first fruits.” We also know his resurrection occurred three days after his crucifixion.

In Matthew, we learn that many saints were raised to life immediately after Jesus rose from the dead:

And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.  (Matt. 27: 51-53)

These were obviously saints who were entombed near Jerusalem. Did they ascend to heaven with Jesus? Were they also part of the “first fruits” resurrection? Scripture doesn’t tell us, but I think we can assume they did ascend and were part of this preliminary harvest.

Who these saints might have been leads to highly interesting speculation. Since they presented themselves in Jerusalem after Jesus’s resurrection, we can assume they died and were buried in that area. Was one of them John the Baptist? Were some of them prophets like Zechariah? Were others kings like David and Solomon? Someday we may know for certain.

The Primary Harvest

Since the primary harvest is the “primary” (Gk: PROTOS) one, it must include the most saints.  Revelation pictures this harvest in vivid agricultural terms:

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. (Rev. 14:13-16)

We already know from Rev. 20:4-6 that this harvest includes all the martyrs of the 70th Week of Daniel. We also know from 1 Cor. 15:23 that all those who are “Christ’s at his coming” are in this harvest as well. This includes all the dead in Christ throughout the Church age.  What about Old Testament saints like Daniel and Abraham who were buried away from Jerusalem?

If we examine Dan. 12, we will find the answer.

But at that time (after the Great Tribulation) your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (Dan. 12: 1b-3 NIV, clarification and emphasis mine)

After the Great Tribulation, all of Daniel’s people whose names are written in the Book of Life will be delivered (resurrected.) This is abundantly clear evidence that Old Testament saints are resurrected in the primary harvest.

This harvest should also include the Two Witnesses whose resurrection is recorded in Rev. 11. The career of the Two Witnesses creates a great deal of contention among Bible scholars.  We know from Rev. 11:3 that their ministry is 1260 days long.  At the end of their ministry we learn that the Beast that comes out of the Abyss will kill them and their bodies will lay in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 1/2 days. At that point they will be resurrected:

But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. (Rev. 11: 11-12)

Some claim the ministry of the Two Witnesses is the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week. Some claim it is the last half. Everyone has an opinion on their ministry, and almost all of them are different. Someday I will do a blog article on why I think their ministry overlaps both halves of the 70th Week, extending from the 3rd year to 3 1/2 days before the Resurrection at the end of the 6th year.  This is a highly complex and debatable issue which will require a full article to explain. If my theory is correct, however, the resurrection of these Two Witnesses will exactly co-incide with the Primary Harvest Resurrection.

Gleanings Harvest

The gleanings harvest (the second resurrection) will occur after the conclusion of the 1000 year Millennial Kingdom and will include all the unrighteous dead throughout all the ages and some righteous. They are “judged from the things which were written in the books according to their deeds . . . and if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:12, 15 NASB). The limited number of righteous in this resurrection (it is a “gleaning”) will include those who repent and die in Christ in the final year of the 70th Week (after the Rapture) and all the repentant Jews and Gentiles who die in Christ during the 1000 year Millennial Kingdom. These are the human survivors of the 70th Week and children born to them during the Millennium.

Timing of the Primary Harvest

Based on these explanations above all people who will be resurrected can be fit within the framework of a Hebrew 3 Part Harvest. This is very strong evidence that this is in fact how the resurrections will take place. Let’s now look at the timing of the Primary Harvest Resurrection because it will also give us the timing of the Rapture that directly follows the main Resurrection.

Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. (Rev. 20: 4-5)

To those familiar with Revelation and Daniel, the first verse above should  “jump” out at you as recognizable. John saw thrones and those that sat on them were given judgment. This is a direct reference to Daniel’s and John’s Throne in Heaven Visions (Dan. 7: 9-10 and Rev. 4: 2-4). God and the twenty-four elders are the ones seated on the thrones. We have already learned that this vision pictures the opening of the 7 Sealed Scroll. The thrones are set up at the very beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week and the judgment is passed for the Resurrection once the scroll is opened at the 7th Seal which exposes the names of all those written in “the Book” (Dan. 12:1-2) This time ‘stamps” the passage. The fact that this passage is found in Rev. 20 after Satan is imprisoned has led numerous commentators to believe this resurrection happens after the 70th Week is completed (Satan’s imprisonment occurs after the 70th Week). This is inaccurate. This passage is found after imprisonment of Satan not because the first resurrection occurs at that time, but rather because the passage discusses the reign of those who were resurrected: they reign with Christ for a thousand years. This section of Revelation (Rev. 20) is about that time period; the Millennial Kingdom. The passage is looking back at the Resurrection that occurs during the 70th Week of Daniel and is included here only because it discusses the future reign of the saints. This is a very important nuance of interpretation.

This interpretation can be proven by the other passage in Revelation that clearly shows this Primary Harvest which is followed by a second reaping which is the Wrath of God:

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand . . . Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.   And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.  Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles. (Rev. 14: 14, 16-20)

This passage clearly shows that the Wrath of God (which begins at the 7th year of the 70th Week) and Armageddon follow the Primary Harvest Resurrection which is Jesus’s doing. This is consistent with everything we have discussed on this website in regard to a Pre-Wrath timing for the Rapture.

Pre-Tribulation Rapture Resurrection

We know from 1 Thess. 4: 17 that during the first resurrection, the dead in Christ rise first, and then the saints who are alive are caught up together with them in the air; the Rapture immediately follows the Resurrection. If the Primary Harvest Resurrection includes saints who by faith do not take the Mark of the Beast, the Resurrection (and thus the Rapture) must occur after the Mark of the Beast is institutionalized! This cannot happen prior to the 70th Week of Daniel as a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. It must occur during the 70th Week (at the end of the Sixth Year of the 70th Week.) The saints will toil for six years of “tribulation” and rest in Heaven during the seventh year of the “week,” much as the Sabbath provides rest in a calendar week.

This analysis of the Resurrection authoritatively proves there isn’t a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. It is impossible to study Revelation with an open mind and still accept a Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory.
I have, however, read some explanations from Pre-Tribulation Rapture theorists who try and explain away this clear teaching by saying there are as many as seven resurrections . I have actually read statements where others have said there are multiple “first resurrections” as well, and that is why those who have refused the Mark of the Beast are included in the first resurrection. They claim this first resurrection happens before the 70th Week and then again during it. These theorists are unable to provide scriptural support their unorthodox positions, however. Scripture is clear. There is only one primary harvest (first resurrection) and it takes place at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week. There are not two “first” resurrections! First is first.

27 thoughts on “How Many Resurrections Will There Be?”

  1. so why were the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 troubled because they thought they had missed the rapture and were in the day of the Lord? If they were taught that the rapture came during the day of the Lord or time of Tribulation then they wouldn’t be worried, right?

    1. Thanks for the quesiton Eric. The Thessaloinians were worried that they were living in the midst of the Day of the Lord and they had missed the Rapture. This is a very, very important insight you bring up. First it shows they equated the Rapture and the Day of the Lord as happening at the same time, and second, they assumed the Day of the Lord was longer than a single day since they thougth there were living in the midst of it. IMO the Day of the Lord is a year long. It seems the Thessalonian’s opinions were the same. They believed they were in the year long Day of the Lord because the extreme persecution they were facing and due to a false letter they seemed to have received saying it was from Paul himself.

      Paul then clarifies this by writing 2 Thess and explaining in chapter 1 that Jesus returns with his Angels AND fire (that fire and brimstone initiates the Day of the Lord.) This helped them see that persecution alone wasn’t a sign of the Day of the Lord. Then in Chapter Two, Paul discusses the two signs to look for before the Day of the Lord and Rapture: the Great Falling Away and the unveiling of the Antichrist at the Abomination of Desolation.

      Hope that helped. Did it answer your question?

  2. Nelson, please help me with what will happen right after the rapture. Is the Lord Jesus taking the saints to heaven or earth and start his 1000 year reign. Please i need clarity

    1. Mfana, thanks for the very good question. This site teaches that the Resurrection and Rapture happen at the end of the sixth year of the 70th Week of Daniel. I believe the Bible teachs that the righteous are taken to heaven with Christ and participate in the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in heaven. This is seen in Rev. 7:9-17 and Rev. 19:1-10. After the righteous are in heaven one year, they return back to the earth with Christ at the Return of Jesus (Second Coming) in Rev. 19:11-16. Only then does the 1000 year reign begin where Christians will rule and reign with Christ.

  3. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    The scripture does say “about half an hour”. A day equals a year according to Daniel’s prophecy time clock. Therefore an hour equals 15 days (360/24) half an hour will give us 7.5 days. Considering the scripture says “ABOUT half an hour”…one could assume that half an hour in this prophecy actually means 7 days.

    Consider Genesis 7v1-4 (KJV)

    “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

    Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

    Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

    For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth”.

    Genesis 7v9-10 (KJV)

    “Here went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

    And it came to pass AFTER SEVEN DAYS, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth”.

    Clearly God’s judgment on the earth after 7 days of “silence”. I believe this is what Revelations 7 captures again. Correction: Clearly God’s judgment on earth came after 7 days of “silence”. This is 7 days after Noah, his family and the animals had entered the ark.

    1. This is interesting Curtis. I am not a firm believer in Daniel’s timeline of day = year, although I’ve seen some interesting applications of that in regard to the recreation of the nation of Israel, etc. To me Daniel’s day = a day. This day = a day timeline works amazingly well with the Feasts of the Lord and lines up perfectly with an endtime timeline Joe Lenard and I have worked out. Might it also have had an application in a day = year as well? Maybe. Some of the applications I’ve seen are somewhat convincing. But to me this day = year is speculation without the scripture actually saying a day = year as it does in Ezekiel 4. Interesting thoughts however.

  4. I see many comments about the 30 minutes of silence in heaven during the seventh seal. My take is that this is indeed the rapture. If the earth were harvested in 30 minutes, that means the wave of Angels is moving at about 50,000 mph. This certainly is consistent with lightning flashing from east to west and the twinkling of an eye. Just my thoughts.

      1. You solved my riddle! The rapture is clearly at the sixth seal. Harvesting of the earth is shown as the swinging of a sickle. A sickle is swung across the earth, not an instant thing, but very quick. If the entire earth is harvested in a fraction of a second how would those left behind know to hide themselves from the wrath of the lamb? I will be an awesome video!!

  5. Well now, here is an interesting piece of information that needs to be analyzed. I am still yet to be completely convinced that the 7 sealed large scroll is also the Book of Life, Nelson. I think most knowledgeable prophecy students would agree with you that at the breaking of the 7th seal the wrath of God is “poured out” and that the opening of the large scroll executes the Day of the LORD/wrath of God, but how is it directly correlated to the scroll BEING the Book of Life as well? Hmmmm…my legal background is needing real factual evidence here, my friend, not a declared theory which often fails. 🙂

    See this portion of Revelation 20:

    11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.

    The above passage is obviously the infamous “Great White Throne Judgment.” It appears God has a library room in heaven of recorded deeds of wicked mankind who have rejected the gospel of Jesus, my personal deduction. No where in the passage does it mention the 7 sealed scroll being the Book of Life. Don’t you think this “Book of Life” which is the critical defining Book for believer’s destinies that the Apostle John would have noted that this “Book of Life” is the exact object as the 7 sealed scroll?

    It would be malfeasance by John as the official recorder to omit such a critical piece of information, would it not?

    You have to do a lot more persuading than just making a declaration that “this is that” (7 sealed scroll=Book of Life) for your posters to take you seriously. Sorry, Nelson. I can’t help playing devil’s advocate here. 🙂

    Let the convincing begin…LOL!

    Blessings!

    1. Good4u:

      This is an excellent question and it demands an answer. I agree with everything you say above in relation to Rev. 20. I have an entire chapter (31 pages) of my yet unpublished second book Revelation Deciphered on this exact topic (identity of the scroll). There are four main theories on the identity of the scroll (which John does not identify.) Those four theories are: the Book of Daniel, the Wrath of God, the Title Deed to the Earth, and the Book of Life. John was so saddened by the fact that no one was found worthy to open it, however, he wept. If the scroll were only the Wrath of God, would John weep at it not being opened? If the scroll is only the Wrath of God, why was Jesus’s redemption with his blood necessary to open it? In the book, I very conclusively show that it is not the Book of Daniel. There is very good evidence for each of the other three theories, however. My position is that the 7 Sealed Scroll actually is all three of the other aspects (Wrath, Title Deed and Book of Life) in one scroll. This is why John does not identify it solely as the Book of Life. I consider it the scroll of man’s inheritance: reward for the righteous, punishment for the wicked, and a return of the dominion of the earth to its rightful owners. Later in Rev. 20:11 and follows, the other aspects of this scroll have already been fulfilled (wrath poured out and dominion restored). That is why in Rev. 20: 12 the Book of Life is mentioned specifically. The Book of Life is mentioned 7 or 8 times in scripture. It is “the” book.

      When this scroll is opened at the Seventh Seal, the names of the righteous are revealed (they were sealed in Dan. 12:1-4) and the Rapture occurs. On that same day, God begins to pour out his wrath and the First Trumpet Judgment of fire, ice and hail is thrown upon the earth. At the 7th Trumpet, Jesus stakes his claim to the dominion of the earth (made legally binding at the 7th Seal) and the kingdoms of this earth have become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever. So why do traditional prophecy teachers not see this? They probably aren’t Pre-Wrath Rapture theorists. Only with a proper rapture timing theology, does the identity of the scroll spring to life.

      “proving” this theory is a little too much fit into a comment section or even a series of blog posts. I am sorry if I have to be vague until the book is published, but I’ll leave you with a series of questions that you can examine for yourself to come to your own conclusions. I didn’t post about this, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it in the comments section until my book is “vetted” (it is being read by a dozen prophecy teachers right now). But since I did, hopefully these questions will help until then.

      1. Are the visions in Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, 26-27 and the vision in Rev. 4-5 one and the same vision? If so what does this say about the timing of the opening of the “books” and the transfer of dominion? Is this also pictured in Rev. 20:4?

      2. Are the scrolls in Ezek 2-3 and Rev. 10 that are eaten the same scroll? If so, why is the scroll sweet first and sour second? Why is the scroll described in Rev. 10 as having been opened? Who is the strong angel in Rev. 10:1?

      3. Can the Resurrection and Rapture happen without the Book of Life being opened? Is that why the Heavenly court is pictured in Rev. 20:4?

      Those questions can probably get you started. Hopefully we’ll publish the new book in summer 2016.

  6. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    You are right. Thanks for that. I noticed your discussion about the “silence in Heaven”. I am afraid it may not be what you think it is (or indeed what I used to think it was).

    I was put right by another prophecy watcher. The silence represents God about to render Judgment. Consider these verses below

    Zephaniah 1v7

    “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath bid His guests.” Note the references to “the day of the Lord” and “His guests”.

    Zechariah 2v13

    “Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.”

    I also found an interesting article on the subject today. Here is the link

    http://beginningandend.com/the-seventh-seal-of-revelation-the-meaning-of-the-silence-in-heaven/

    God Bless

    1. Hi Curtis. Thanks for sharing this. What you present is the traditional view. (BTW, I cannot recommend the article as it has multiple scriptural problems). This view was constructed when commentators did not realize that the Rapture occurred upon the opening of the Seventh Seal. These commentators did not realize that the Rapture and Wrath of God occur ON THE SAME DAY. (Luke 17:29) This is why Paul consistently refers to the return of our Lord and The Day of the Lord together, because they are the same physical day!! These older commentators mis-identify the Scroll with Seven Seals as well. Most realize it contains the Wrath of God, most miss that it is the Book of Life purchased with the Blood of Jesus AND return of the Dominion of the earth to its rightful owners: Christ and the saints. Chapter Four of my yet unpublished book Revelation Deciphered scripturally identifies the scroll (at least IMO).

      So is the Wrath of God poured out upon the opening of the scroll? – YES. But that is not the only function of the scroll; and that is what the traditional commentators have dramatically missed.

  7. “This is confusing to the entire Church because it appears the Rapture happens before the 7th seal AND it appears the 144,000 jews are sealed at this time as well. THis is not the case. The 144,000 are sealed before the midpint of the 70th week back at the 4th Seal. This is something we learn in Ezekiel 9. So all of Rev. 7 is a parenthetical section that shows how God protects his chosen: the Jews by sealing and the Christians by Rapture.”

    Nelson, it is interesting that you bring up the sealing of the 144,000. In one of the recent Saturday evening discussions with Reggie Kelly and the others, the sealing of the 144,000 was raised. It makes perfect sense that this would occur right before Michael evicts Satan from heaven (“before the midpoint”). Satan wants nothing more than to destroy the Jewish people. One of the young men in the discussion described this “sealing” of the 144,000 as God’s “checkmate”, his winning move, against Satan before he is evicted from heaven to be thrown down to earth, and I think the analogy to this chess move is absolutely brilliant. Something really clicked when Ryan said that. The sealing of the Jews means the gig is up for Satan, even before he hits the ground, so to speak. He’s finished; he has no more winning moves. None. It is now impossible for him to win. God will never allow His people to be wiped out. He will be vindicated, and the everlasting covenant will be vindicated. He will play the winning move against Satan. He cannot do otherwise. He is the author and finisher of history.

  8. This makes perfect sense, tying the Jewish harvests to the three resurrections. Thanks for connecting Dan. 7: 9-10 and Rev. 4: 2-4.

    Most of the church, I believe, does not really focus on the Jewish feasts, including the harvests, in relation to prophecy, except maybe the spring feasts and Passover, etc. I’m rereading “The Last Shofar” to get a better handle on this.

    Nelson, a couple of verses that intrigue me are Rev. 6:11 and Rev 7:9, 13, and I was wondering if you could comment on them. In the first verse, the “souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne……were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.” Then in Rev. 7 we read: “9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands……..13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

    I just think these verses are fascinating. The verse in Rev. 6:11 is obviously pre-resurrection, before the “primary harvest”, since these souls are only “given” the white robes and told to “rest a little longer”. They are not yet in their glorified bodies. Then in Rev. 7, after the resurrection, they now have their glorified bodies because they are seen wearing the white robes they were given earlier

    Chapter 8 then immediately follows, with the silence in heaven. Given that there were no chapter divisions in the original manuscripts, it seems to me that now all the saints are safely “gathered” in heaven (after the primary harvest) and are contemplating what is about to happen on the earth. The total silence in heaven is to me something awesome to contemplate. This must be the only time that there is complete silence in heaven, because in Rev. 4:8 we read: “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” So until now there is continual praise around the throne of God. And Isaiah 6:2-3 also tells us: “Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

    What are your thoughts on this?

    1. Jeanne, I think you are close to my thinking on this.

      1. Rev. 6:11, Saints under the alter are seen at the fifth seal. This is definately before the Rapture.
      2. Rev. 7:9 and following, this is definately the raptured saints in heaven. They are celebrating Sukkot (Feasts of Tabernacles with Jesus). My second book shows this is the Wedding Super of the Lamb.
      3. Rev. 8:1, this is the opening of the seventh seal which leads directly to the 7 trumpets

      This is confusing to the entire Church because it appears the Rapture happens before the 7th seal AND it appears the 144,000 jews are sealed at this time as well. THis is not the case. The 144,000 are sealed before the midpint of the 70th week back at the 4th Seal. This is something we learn in Ezekiel 9. So all of Rev. 7 is a parenthetical section that shows how God protects his chosen: the Jews by sealing and the Christians by Rapture.

      The Rapture actually happens at the seventh seal. This is the reason for the 1/2 hour of silence. Heaven is silent because the object of their praise has descended to go get his bride. We know that the First Trumpet blows after this silence. We also know that the Wrath of God begins with this First Trumpet. We also know that the Rapture and Wrath begin on the same day (Luke 17:29). Thus the Rapture and First Trumpet are the same day upon the opening of the 7th Seal.

      If you are reading The Last Shofar, you’ve learned that the Rapture is on Yom Teruah. Yet Rev. 17: 9 and follows is Sukkot which is 15 days later. This is further proof that the Rapture has already happened in Rev. 17:9. Furthermore, the scroll must be open to expose the names of the saints who will be Raptured as it is the Book of Life. Once the seals are all broken the scroll opens and the names of the righteous are exposed.

      Joe Lenard who wrote Last Shofar assisted me with my unfinished book Revelation Deciphered. He and I were able to uncover that each of the seals opens on a different Feast Day. It is amazing fulfillment that I can’t wait to share with the Church.

      Sukkot is not only the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, but also has another fulfillment after the Second Coming when Jew and Christians (Christians in glorified bodies) return to the earth and all celebrate together. Jesus serves us at this feast!!

      1. “Heaven is silent because the object of their praise has descended to go get his bride.”

        That is beautiful! It brings tears to my eyes. And it makes sense. My, what a glorious picture!

  9. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    Thanks for writing this. You and I disagree on a few things concerning the 70th week which I will not rehash. This was informative.

    I stumbled on a comment by a sister who says the Lord revealed to her that the 24 elders in Revelations are the first fruit (along with the Lord) of the resurrection. These are the ones who were resurrected (with glorified bodies) when the Lord died on the cross

    A brother in that same comment section (sorry I didn’t save the article) wrote that they were on Earth for the 3 days our Lord slept. Afterwards they were taken to heaven to be presented to God and have been there ever since. I believe this.

    Note that the elders (Rev 4) are clothed in white just like the saints (Rev 7) and they have crowns just like the saints will be given crowns at the Bema Seat. They also cast down their crowns just like the saints will after rewards have been given out at Bema Seat.

    God Bless

    1. That is interesting. One aspect of the comments you read that is definately incorrect is the part about them walking the earth while our Lord was in the grave. The passage in Matthew clearly states they rose AFTER our Lord’s resurrection. Other than that, this is an interesting theory.

  10. Revelation 13:14 ” Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on for they will rest from their labors” This is apparently post rapture. If they were to sleep in the dust of the earth like the rest of humanity why would they be singled out as blessed? Could this mean that they go to the new heaven or new earth before the rest of us? If so, do you think the final resurrection then would only be for the condemned?

    1. Thanks for a good comment/question Tony. Revelation 10-14 are known as the Seven Visions section of Revelation. Rev. 1-9 is chronologic. Rev. 10-14 span the length and breath of the 70th Week. Rev. 10 is about Jesus claiming his dominion and the 7 Thunders. Rev. 11 is about the Two Witnesses. Rev. 12 is about Satan and Israel. Rev. 13 is about Satan, the Antichrist, his empire and the false prophet. Rev. 14: 1-5 is about the 144,000 AFTER the Second Coming. Rev. 14: 6-13 is about the 3 angel messengers, and Rev. 14:14-20 is about the Rapture followed by the Wrath of God. So the section you quote Rev. 14:13 is about 3 angel messengers. The timing of these angels “appears” to be after the sixth seal onward, so I agree with your assessment.

      The angel messengers says the hour of the Lord’s judgment has come. This is a similar phrase to Rev. 6:17. Both verbs are identical (Aorist Indicative Active tense). Might this angel fly after the sixth seal? Perhaps, that is my guess. Might the other 2 angels fly during the Trumpets? (after the Rapture), Yes that is my guess as well.

  11. Is it possible that those who were brought back to life when Jesus died were also brought back only temporarily like Lazarus and then died again and will be resurrected with the rest of us?

    1. Elizabeth, thanks for the question. Yes, it is entirely possible. If these saints lived the remainder of earthly lives, however, I would think they would have caused a stir with the Jewish leaders or been leaders of the Church. As it is, this is the only mention of them, so to me, they were probably resurrected.

  12. I have never heard this theory but it is interesting for thought. I do have a few questions that came to my mind as I read that I would like to ask.

    “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. ”
    Why would some awake to shame and everlasting contempt is this is only the resurrection of the righteous?

    “This is the first resurrection.” (Rev. 20: 4-5) Why does it state it being the first if in actuality it is the 2nd?

    I am enjoying your blog and insights and recently read your book and am using excerpts for several Bible Studies I am facilitating.

    1. Excellent question Mary, my take on that is we are looking at two separate resurrections, first and second. It is not possible for both of these to be the second resurrection because Daniel is specifically told that he will arise. I didn’t include that passage; maybe I should have:

      But go thou, and rest; for there are yet days and seasons to the fulfillment of the end; and thou shalt stand in thy lot at the end (Gk: SUNTELEIA, meaning “completion of many parts” or “payment”) of the days. (Dan. 12:13 LXX)

      This Greek word SUNTELEIA is used by the Disciples in Matt. 24:3 when they asked Jesus about the sign of his coming and the end (SUNTELEIA) of the age. It implies the opening of the Seven Sealed Scroll which Jesus was worthy to do by means of the payment of his blood sacrifice. The Disciples were referring to this exact usage in Dan. 12: 4 and here in Dan. 12:13. So this show that Daniel will stand in his “lot” (or group, possibly his tribe: Judah) after the opening of the 7 Sealed Scroll.

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