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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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shall ... they be made alive" - by a resurrection from the dead.
Verse 23 says, " ... they that are Christ's [shall be resurrected] at his
[second] coming" - now imminent - in our present generation.
"Then cometh the end" (verse 24) - but the details of the resur–
rection of others - the overwhelming majority of all who ever
lived - are recorded elsewhere.
In Rev. 20 we find described two more resurrections.
First, verse 4, the saints who are Christ's are to live and reign
on the earth with Christ for one thousand years. Satan will be put
away (verses 1-2) but the rest of those who have died will not live
again until after that thousand years (verse 5). Then, beginning
verse 11:
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from
whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was
found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great,
stand before God" - (the second resurrection); "and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged ... according to their works."
This will be by far the
GREATEST
resurrection, in numbers
resurrected.
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will include the
BILLIONS
who have lived
CUT OFF
from God - who were
notthen
judged.
The Bible is essentially the Book concerning the nation
Israel. The resurrection of all of them, not previously called to
spiritual salvation, is recorded in Ezek. 37.
The prophet Ezekiel was taken in a vision and set down in a
valley filled with very dry bones. In verse 11 it is recorded that
God told him that these bones were the whole house of Israel.
They - these dead skeletons - were pictured saying, "Our bones
are dried and our hope is los
t."
But the prophet was told to say to these dry skeletons, "Thus
saith the [Eterna!) God, Behold, O my people, I will open your
graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring
you into the land oflsrael."
In the vision, before God explained to the prophet the iden–
tity of the great valley of skeletons, the prophet was told to say to
the dry bones, "Thus saith the [Eterna!] God ... Behold, I will
cause breath to enter into you, and ye shalllive. And I willlay sin–
ews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you