John 5

Jesus makes it very clear that a date is set when EVERYONE will respond to Jesus’ voice and will rise from the dead! “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thess 4:16) It is interesting to note that both the good and evil will rise from the dead. The context strongly suggests that both (good and evil) will rise at the same event – when Jesus returns. Some teach that there is a gap of 1,000 years between the time the good (those faithful to God) and the evil will rise from the dead, but this text would suggest otherwise. There will be a simultaneous judgment of all creation at a time already appointed, when absolute justice tempered with mercy for those in Christ shall be executed upon all.

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  • Jerry

    When I read verses 16-23 I am amazed that Jesus was not stoned at this point. He is clearly claiming to be the Son of God. This reminds me that the Lord has planned his Story for us to overcomes all human interference. And we will receive the promise in v. 29.

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