Is there a resurrection before the Second Coming?

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The concept of a special resurrection before the Second Coming, including those who pierced Jesus, is a topic often discussed in eschatological studies. The idea is based on specific biblical passages that seem to suggest a unique resurrection event involving certain individuals prior to Christ’s return. Let’s explore this topic in depth, examining relevant passages from the Bible and considering different theological perspectives.

The Day of Resurrection

The Bible teaches that at the second coming of Christ, the righteous will be raised from the dead in the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5, 6) to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17) but the wicked will be slain by the glory of God. “The rest of the dead [those who were wicked] lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:5). The second resurrection will be for the wicked and will take place at the close of the 1,000-year period. It is called the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28, 29).

The “Special Resurrection”

Although the wicked will be destroyed at Christ’s second coming, there will be a special resurrection to those who were responsible for crucifying the Lord. John the Revelator writes, “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him“; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen” (Revelation 1:7). This statement clearly implies that those responsible for the death of Christ will be raised from the dead to witness His coming (Daniel 12:2).

Jesus Himself alluded to this special resurrection during His trial. When Caiaphas asked Jesus: “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” (Matthew 26:63). Jesus answered him saying, “Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64).

Jesus points to the future, when, as Judge of the universe, He will appear to “give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12). And those who persecuted Him and put Him to death will be given the chance to a special resurrection to see Him coming in glory and honor as “king of kings and lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16) and will mourn over their end.

Also, Zechariah 12:10 in the Old Testament prophecy foretells a time when the inhabitants of Jerusalem will look upon the One they pierced and mourn for Him. While the immediate context refers to Israel’s mourning, some interpret it as a foreshadowing of a future revelation of Christ to those who crucified Him.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the concept of a special resurrection involving those who pierced Jesus is a fascinating aspect of eschatological study. The biblical passages such as Revelation 1:7 and Zechariah 12:10 suggest a unique resurrection involving individuals connected to Jesus’ crucifixion. Ultimately, the significance of the special resurrection lies in its affirmation of God’s sovereignty and His faithfulness to His word. As Christians await the fulfillment of God’s eschatological promises, they are called to live in anticipation of Christ’s return, proclaiming the gospel message of forgiveness and salvation to all, including those who pierced Him.

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