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The Bible, from first to last, holds out a doctrine in opposition to the theories of all the heathen religions—that a future life for the dead will come through a resurrection of the dead. All the inspired writers expressed their confidence in a redeemer, who, in due time, would call the dead forth from the tomb. Then they shall come forth, the wicked shall no longer hold the rulership of earth, and "The upright (Christ and his Church) shall have dominion over them, in the morning." (Psalm 49:14)
The resurrection of the dead is taught by all the Old Testament prophets; and the writers of the New Testament base all their hopes of future life and blessing upon the words of these prophets. Paul expresses it thus: "If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain;...then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept;...for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Corinthians 15:13-22
There are two resurrections mentioned in the Scriptures: the resurrection of the just and the unjust. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15.) The just or righteous—the Church of Christ gathered out from among the nations during this Christian Era—are to experience a special resurrection. This is referred to in the Scriptures as the "first" or chief resurrection: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection . . . these shall be kings and priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Rev. 20:6.) These are to reign from heaven over the world of mankind, who will have been awakened from the tomb by the Lord soon after the Church is complete. (Rev. 5:10) The object of this reign is to raise up the fallen race of humanity from the grave and to instruct them in righteousness—bringing them to the point of perfection and life. When all the willing and obedient have attained to perfect life at the conclusion of the thousand years, they will continue to inhabit the earth throughout eternity, for the earth will have been restored to the Edenic conditions that prevailed when Adam was placed in the Garden. The earth will abide forever, as God formed it to be inhabited, and He assures us that the place of His feet shall be made glorious. Because of their faithfulness, the Church will experience a resurrection to spiritual, heavenly conditions. The remainder of mankind, those not a part of the Church, is to be resurrected live and learn upon the earth.
JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING (Booklet)
WHERE ARE THE DEAD (Booklet)