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First Resurrection
(Revelation 20.5-6)
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"But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20.5-6)

Christ Shall Reign

First ResurrectionIn the "first resurrection" only those who have died and suffered for the faith were to be raised from the dead. The general resurrection, which followed the first resurrection, will not take place until after the thousand years when Christ reigned upon the earth. The "First Resurrection" was a special privilege for those who had shown great loyalty to Christ and they reigned with him. Those who were to enjoy this privilege belonged to two classes. First, martyrs of Jesus Christ who had proved by their faith and loyalty to Christ by giving up their lives for him. The word used for the way in which they were killed meant "to behead with an axe," and denoted the most cruel death. Second, there were others who were called "confessors" in the Early Church who had not worshipped the beast and had not received his mark on their hand or on their forehead. Professor H. B. Swete (1835-1917 AD) the English Biblical scholar defined "confessors" as, "Those who, although they were not actually martyred, willingly bore suffering, reproach, imprisonment, loss of goods, disruption of their homes and personal relationships for the sake of Christ."

"First Resurrection"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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