What is resurrection? The meaning of resurrection is returning to life, and there are three different kinds of resurrections. One is when a dead spirit in living flesh returns to life, another is when the flesh and the spirit are both dead, but the spirit returns to life, and the final kind is when dead flesh returns to life.
Resurrection can be thought of and is similar to saying something ‘revived’, as when a business has died (failed) and was raised or restored to its original status. Jesus Christ, who came to the world as the light said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” (Jn 11:25, 12:46, 14:6). He raised Lazarus (Jn11) and the disciples also raised the dead (refer to Mt 10:5-8, Act 20:7-12). In addition to this, God has performed many different activities which the human brain and science are still unable to replicate.
Some examples of these activities are the many miracles performed by Moses (Ex 8-12), such as feeding the people of Israel manna and giving them water to drink (Ex 15 and 16), or Jesus’ miracle of the five loaves of bread and two fish (Jn 6:5-13). God is the only one who can do these things for his believers. Adam and Eve received the breath of life and became living beings, but their living souls died when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent who used to be a guardian cherub calling himself God (Ez 28:12-19), deceived Eve by telling her that if she ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she would not die, but instead would be like God. Eve ate from it and eventually both her flesh and spirit died (Gn 3, 5:4-5). All people have original, hereditary, and personal sins and the spirit and flesh have continued to die as a result of these sins.
The Bible says that people who are supposed to die due to this sin are able to receive resurrection. True resurrection is to go back to the age of the living soul, prior to Adam’s sin. If Adam had eaten only the fruit from the tree of life, which gives eternal life and had not eaten the fruit of the tree of death (the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil), would the spirit and the flesh have died? When the era of Adam became mortal due to sin (Gn 6:1-3), God set people’s life spans to 120 years.
When someone who became mortal because of the sin is forgiven, will he die of the sin when he eats the fruit of the tree of life (Rv 2:7), not the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life (Jn 14:6) said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” The disciples who listened to this said that they believed (Jn 11:25-27), but the Jews who had the same qualities as the serpent asked, “Abraham and the prophets died, and are you greater than Abraham?” They refuted Jesus’ words. In this way, just like the Jews at the time of Jesus’ first coming, the pastors and members of today’s Christian churches do not believe in Jesus’ words. Among disciples of that time, the Jews, and today’s pastors, who are the ones that believe in Jesus’ words?
Jesus raised Lazarus out of the grave four days after his death, that is to say he gave him resurrection. Apostle Paul, who received a revelation, testified in 1 Cor chapter 15, “If Christ has not been raised, Jesus’ death and our faith are futile, but as Christ has been raised, he becomes an example of our faith.” He also said, “What we will be clothed is not earthly bodies, but our heavenly bodies and if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
He continued to say, “The perishable doesn’t inherit the imperishable, and it is a spiritual body that is raised.” He told the secret about the resurrection of the dead and the living. When the last trumpet sounds, the seventh trumpet (Rv 10:7, 11:15), the dead will be raised with spiritual bodies and we, the living will be changed. The perishable becomes imperishable and the mortal become immortal. At that time, it is said that what has been written will come true and that “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
This shows that people are liberated from sin and resurrected to the age of Adam, before the sin occurred. In John chapter 5, Jesus Christ talked about crossing over from death to life and that a time has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God in their graves and those who hear will rise to live. What does this mean? This is not talking about those whose bodies have died. People’s bodies, which are made of dust and whose spirits are dead, are spiritual graves and the church, where those whose spirits are dead gather, is the graveyard or the grave. Those who are in this grave are spiritually dead. The ones, who hear Jesus’ voice, those who come out of this place and go to Jesus, rise to live.
When telling them to let the dead bury their own dead (Mt 8:21-22), Jesus was saying to leave those who have a dead spirit and were burying a physically dead body and follow him. In the Revelation chapter 20, there are those who take part in the first resurrection. These people are the first to resurrect. The souls of those who had been beheaded become one with those who had not worshipped the beast in Revelation chapter 13 and had not received his mark. These are the 144,000 from the 12 tribes, who are the sealed first fruits, and they will reign with Christ for a thousand years. These people are a new creation, and are those are made by the blood of the New Testament, are born again, sealed and whose sins are forgiven with Jesus’ blood in Revelation 5:9-10.
Their first resurrection is the resurrection into the appearance of the original state of the creation in the beginning. The spirits of those who suffered martyrdom are clothed with the flesh of the people of the 12 tribes (144,000) and they resurrect into living beings, as it was before Adam’s sin. They will reign on the earth with Jesus Christ for 1,000 years. The conclusion is the resurrection of those whose bodies are dead, resurrecting into their spiritual bodies. The dead spirit in a person’s flesh receives the forgiveness of sins, receives the word of life of revelation, and returns to life (resurrection) (Jn11:25, 1Cor 15:51-54). The spirit and the flesh are able to live together forever through the completion of Shincheonji, the 12 tribes and the coming of the Lord (refer to Rv 21:1-7).
This is the first resurrection of the city of the millennium (Rv 20:4-6).