THE FIRST RESURRECTION…

Revelation
20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

20:5 But the rest of THE DEAD lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST RESURRECTION.

20:6 BLESSED and HOLY is he that hath part in the FIRST RESURRECTION: ON SUCH the SECOND DEATH HATH NO POWER, but ‘THEY’ shall be PRIESTS of GOD and of CHRIST, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

“THE DEAD” in vs 5 above refers to the “SPIRITUALLY DEAD but physically alive” (a.k.a zombies); some would be awakened(and shall be priests of God and of Christ) but the rest{via their choice} “lived not again…..” -remained dead-

*Anyone who does not have The Spirit of God/Christ (Romans 8:9) is SPIRITUALLY DEAD.*

1 Corinthians 15:21-22
“For since by man came death, by man came also the RESURRECTION of THE DEAD.

For as IN ADAM all DIE, even so IN CHRIST shall all be made ALIVE.”

IN Adam (The Law), you (Jew/Judaists, Pharisees, Scribes, Unbelievers, etc) are “born again of corruptible seed”. #1Corinthians15:45-48

IN Christ, you (CHRISTians) are “born again of INCORRUPTIBLE seed”. #1Peter1:23 #Romans5:14-17 #1Corinthians15:45

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Matthew 8:22
“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let ‘THE DEAD’ bury THEIR DEAD.”

‘THE DEAD’ – a.k.a SPIRITUALLY DEAD

In Matthew 8:22 above, Jesus Christ was simply telling that disciple _’Let the spiritually dead bury their physically dead father’_ and following Christ{The LIFE} means victory over spiritual death.

The “FIRST RESURRECTION”(Revelation 20:5) is a spiritual resurrection from spiritual death.

1 Corinthians
15:42 So also is the RESURRECTION of THE DEAD. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in INCORRUPTION:

15:44 It is sown a natural body; IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
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In simpler terms, ‘FIRST RESURRECTION’ refers to The SPIRITUALLY DEAD BEING GIVEN ‘LIFE’; RESURRECTED (…to meet Christ in the cloud). Ezekiel 37:4-14 _”Dry bones rising again”_

1 Thessalonians
4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which SLEEP IN JESUS will God bring with him.

4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

In the above verses, _”we which are ALIVE”_ refers to those ‘GIVEN LIFE’ IN Christ; SPIRITUALLY RESURRECTED

-when God referred to Himself as God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; those three at that time were ‘dead physically’ but ALIVE spiritually{Exodus 3:6, Matthew 22:31-32}-

_”…which SLEEP IN JESUS”_ refers to the “blind believers” who are still being deceived by (darkness) _false “prophets”/”men of God”_.
1 Thessalonians 5:6,9-10, Isaiah 56:10, Job 33:14-15, Matthew 25:5, Romans 11:8.

Job
33:14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

Ephesians
5:14 Wherefore he saith, AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, AND ARISE FROM THE DEAD, and Christ shall give thee LIGHT.
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1 Corinthians
15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, but WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, (#1Thessalonians4:14-15)

15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and THE DEAD shall be raised INCORRUPTIBLE, and we shall be changed.

15:53 For this corruptible must put on INCORRUPTION, and this mortal must put on immortality. #1Peter1:23

15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. #Revelation20:6

15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

15:56 THE STING OF DEATH is SIN; and THE STRENGTH OF SIN is THE LAW.

15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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In Revelation 20:6, The “SECOND DEATH” refers to ‘physical death’ which no more has “power/sting” on those who took part in the “first resurrection” -spiritually resurrected- because Heaven now dwells IN such; they are citizens of Heaven who has their names in the book of LIFE{CHRIST, John14:6} _Revelation 20:12_

Luke 10:20
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather REJOICE, because YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN.”

The book of Hebrews sheds more light on this;

Hebrews
9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once IN THE END OF THE WORLD hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

9:27 And as it is appointed unto men ONCE to DIE, but AFTER this THE JUDGMENT:

9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and _UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM_ SHALL HE APPEAR THE SECOND TIME without sin UNTO SALVATION.

“THE JUDGMENT” in vs 27 above refers to FINAL JUDGMENT _Revelation 20:11-15_

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