4.8 The resurrection of the dead, and the final judgement
The Bible speaks clearly about two occasions when the
dead are raised:
The final judgement
- The first resurrection occurs in connection with the rapture of
the Bride. At that time, only those who died with a living faith are raised.
- The second resurrection takes place after the millennial kingdom,
when all other people who have ever lived on earth will be raised to the final judgement. It will then be determined where each person will spend eternity. (See note).
Each person will be judged justly, based on the conditions of their
life. For example, judgement will take into consideration what we know,
and what we have done with that knowledge.
Heaven or hell
- Those whose names are written in the book of life will be raised
to eternal life, where there will be a deeper fellowship with God, and a
reward for every unselfish good deed.
- Those eternally lost are the obvious sinners who do evil, such as
liars, murderers, immoral people and those who have been involved in the occult.
After the final judgement, eternity begins with a new heaven and a
new earth, and a new city, since sin had destroyed the original. In
Series 1, I described my view of life in eternity. Everyone already
carries the beginning of heaven or hell within them here on earth. God's
judgement establishes with finality whatever state was applicable at the
moment of death. I interpret hell's lake of fire to therefore be a great
mass of people who are tormented by their selfishness, and by the
knowledge that here on earth they had rejected God's offer of salvation.
(More on this in Maxi-chapter 14B, will be released later!)
Note: The expression, "The day of the Lord", is sometimes used
for the 3 final phases, namely, (1) the judgements of wrath, (2) the
millennial kingdom, and (3) the final judgement. Altogether, it means
that God has in that day openly re-taken control over the earth.