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the two resurrections

"And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:29).

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There are two resurrections: one for the righteous and one for the wicked.
The Bible makes it clear that there are two separate resurrections for the righteous and wicked.

Jesus often made reference to these:

"And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just" (Jesus Christ, as quoted in Luke 14:14).

"And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:29).

Martha spoke to Jesus regarding the resurrection of Lazarus at the last day:

"Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day" (John 11:24).

The "last day," is, of course, a reference to the return of Jesus Christ to planet earth.

The author of Acts says,

"And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust" (Acts 24:15).

Note that he puts the event sometime in the future.

The two resurrections occur 1,000 years apart.
The Bible makes reference to two resurrections that will occur at the end of time. The first resurrection to occur will be that of the righteous at the return of Jesus Christ to planet earth. The next, 1,000 years later, will be the resurrection of the wicked.

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection... they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years" (Rev. 20:6).

After this thousand-year reign of Christ, the wicked are then resurrected to receive their final punishment.

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Rev. 20:5).

The wicked received their punishment after the millennium (see the fate of the wicked).



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