Feast of Trumpets- The First Resurrection.

And here we are, let’s delve right in. Please remember to refer to the previous episodes if you get stuck in any way.

Let’s do this πŸ’ͺ🏽

Now when both are blown, all the congregation shall meet you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. But if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall meet you.

Numbers 10:3-4

Now from our previous episode, we learnt that:

βœ…When both Trumpets are blown, all of God’s people are summoned to meet their leader / Lord.

βœ… If one trumpet is blown, only the leaders are the ones summoned to meet the Leader.

Now back to the Apostle Paul’s discussion on the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets:

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise FIRST.

1 Thessalonians 4:16

From Paul’s revelation, just one trumpet was blown.
Which means it is option B. Paul wasn’t talking about the resurrection of everyone. Also, the apostle wasn’t talking about the resurrection of all God’s people.

It’s Just a portion πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

Let’s go deeper now πŸ”₯

The Bible actually brings to light that, there will be more than one resurrection.
Just as God instructed on the use of the trumpets.

To show you more…let’s head to the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
This is what the Apostle John described πŸ‘‡πŸ½

Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their foreheads and on their hands; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:4-5

Did you see that? John made mention of the First Resurrection.
This means it’s a partial resurrection. Because:

βœ…The ones who were resurrected were called to reign with Christ for a thousand years.

That’s not for everyone.

βœ… John said the “rest of the Dead” are NOT raised. So not everyone was raised. Those who weren’t raised would have to wait for the second resurrection at the end of the thousand years reign with Christ.

Get it now? This was what Paul was speaking about when he mentioned only one trumpet.
Let’s continue with what John saw…πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½

Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:6

Let me point out some things to you

βœ… John was writing to the churches, to Christians.

βœ… And he still said that, “Blessed and holy (seperated or special to God) is that Christian who partakes in the First Resurrection.

What is John implying?

That this First Resurrection is not for every Believer. It’s for those will be counted worthy through their works to be part of this resurrection.

Like in Moses’ time…among all the believers in the world, there are people who will stand out to the Lord because of their acts of faith, in fulfilling their part in bringing the Kingdom Agenda to pass.

Just study the Scriptures and you’d find out that, there are believers who are just passively passing through, and there are BELIEVERS who are selflessly using their faith to overcome all obstacles to actually get the Kingdom Assignment done.
The “FIRST RESURRECTION” is a special one for those believers.

Here is what happens in summary

βœ… Only Believers (righteous) are raised (no unbeliever is part of this first one).

βœ… NOT all Christians/Believers are raised in the First Resurrection.

The Apostle Paul understood this perfectly that’s why He said this πŸ‘‡πŸ½:

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; if somehow I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was even taken hold of by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:10-12

If you read from the beginning of this chapter, you’d understand that Paul says he will count all things as dung, so as to gain Christ.

All to what purpose? That he may attain that resurrection of the Dead.
After all Paul has done, he even mentioned “may” attain.
And that he will keep pressing on so that he “may” take hold of it.

What kind of resurrection was that, that even Paul will say that He may attain it?

Now you’d understand why the Apostle John said, “Blessed and Holy (Special) is the Believer who partakes in this First Ressurection.”

Eii…Even Paul…. said that he “may” attain. Lol.
It’s time to reflect on how well you’ve played your part in God’s Kingdom agenda

Now that phrase “resurrection from the dead” you see there in Apostle Paul’s statement…is the Greek word πŸ‘‡πŸ½
exanastasis ek nekron

Anastasis means resurrection

So ex-anastasis literally means OUT- resurrection

So the phrase should read:
Out-ressurection From the Dead.

Check out the UVB podcast. I gave a full teaching on the topic.

That phrase means a Ressurection that leaves some behind for a later Ressurection.

There is going to be a general resurrection, but these believers whose works are tried and counted worthy are taken OUT from the main general resurrection of everyone. They are resurrected first to reign with Christ.

Will you be among them?

And that’s it for today.

There’s more to discuss. I’ll delve deeper and explain these resurrections, and what the Bible says on what to do…like Paul desired …to attain that “first resurrection

Until then…Chao πŸ’ͺ🏽πŸ’ͺ🏽

Uche Okorie

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