What does the Bible say?
Who are included in the first resurrection?
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection” – Rev. 20:6. All believers are the blessed and the holy ones.
A second resurrection is implied, which will be that of the wicked dead raised to be judged at the great white throne – Rev. 20:11-15.
Of God’s people:
Enoch was the first man translated, he “walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” – Gen. 5:24.
Moses was resurrected for he appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration – Mt. 17:3.
Elijah was translated, going up by a whirlwind into heaven – II Kings 2:11.
Jesus ascended after His resurrection, He was taken up and a cloud received Him as He went to heaven – Acts 1:9.
The Old Testament overcomers received a better resurrection (Heb. 11:35) and were raised after Christ’s resurrection and appeared unto many – Mt. 27:52-53.
The first rank overcomers of the Church Age out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation are seen in heaven in Revelation chapters 4 & 5.
The second rank of the church, an innumerable multitude is seen in heaven – Rev. 7:9.
The third rank of the church, the 144,000 of Israel are seen in heaven – Rev. 14:1.
The two witnesses will be resurrected about the middle of the seven years of tribulation – Rev. 11:11-12.
The souls under the altar – Rev. 6:9.
Other martyrs for their witness of Jesus and the Word of God – Rev. 20:4.
All believers of Israel and all other believers before Christ will be raised at the coming of Christ – Dan. 12:2.
All believers from Adam down to the time Christ returns will be raised from the dead or translated. All Believers living at the end of Christ’s 1,000 years reign will be transformed into their immortal state – I Cor. 15:51-52. In the eternal state there will be no more death -Rev. 21:3-5.
E. J. D.