2 thoughts on “What is the First Resurrection of Revelation 20? An Amillennial Reply

  1. Rosemerryn Macmillan March 29, 2022 / 10:07 am

    The first resurrection is the SPIRITUAL REBIRTH from DEATH TO LIFE IN CHRIST! THE NEW BIRTH! We are dead in our sins but made ALIVE IN CHRIST! SOULS does NOT MEAN SPIRITS!! It means FLESH AND BLOOD MEN! It is used to translate heat , sound and mind of men! NOT SPIRITS IN HEAVEN! DEATH IS A STRONG SWEET SLEEP AS MARTIN LUTHER THE GREAT REFORMER TAUGHT FROM WHICH WE AWAKEN AT THE RESURRECTION. This guys teaching has a major flaw in it! Plz read your bibles peoples!

  2. Dean Davis March 29, 2022 / 3:34 pm

    Hi Rosemerryn, and thank you for your comment. Let me offer three brief replies.

    First, the NT actually speaks of three resurrections of the saints. At the new birth we are raised to newness of life in Christ (Rom. 6). At the moment of death our departing spirits are raised to perfection for life in heaven (Rev. 20). And at the resurrection of the body at Christ’s return our perfected spirits are joined with new, perfected bodies (1 Cor. 15).

    If you will check your concordance, you will see that the NT expression “the first resurrection” only appears in Revelation 20. Therefore, our interpretation of this expression must be guided by the context. In the article I have supplied evidence showing that the expression must mean “raised to perfection of spiritual life in heaven.” A blessed hope indeed!

    Secondly, the NT uses the words spirit and soul interchangeably. “My soul declares the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Heaven is filled with the spirits of righteous men made perfect (Heb. 12).

    Finally, I do not believe the NT teaches soul-sleep. See Luke 16:19-31; Phil. 1:19-26; James 2:26; Rev. 6:9; 20:4. Not sure what Luther believed, but am quite sure what the Bible teaches.

    We all have flaws in our thinking. So I agree: people, please read your Bibles, and then discuss your differences with love and respect.

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