Where does it say the saints will be raised from the grave?

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All right. So Virginia is asking where in the Bible it talks about saints being raised out of their graves.

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Well, my friend Virginia, that is a really great question, and there’s actually more than one and there’s actually more than one context to your question. So I want to make sure I’ll answer both because I think they’re both important questions to answer. So when you’re talking about there were saints that were raised out of the grape at the crucifixion of Jesus, and you do find this in the Book of Matthew, chapter 27 and verse 52. So we’ll go there really quick. Matthew 27 and verse 52.

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And so actually, I’ll read a little bit around that just to give you a little bit of context, because it’s a really beautiful passage. It’s really interesting. So in verse 50, actually, if you go to Matthew 27, starting verse 50 says, jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. So Jesus died when he was on the cross. And in verse 51 he says, and behold, the veil of the temple was rent from twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.

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So basically rocks were splitting the veil in the most holy place in the sanctuary in Jerusalem, tore from top to bottom. And then in verse 52, here’s the key verse Matthew 27, verse 52, it says, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. And so it says, this happened at the crucifixion of Jesus. And then in verse 53, it goes on to say, and came out of the graves after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared unto many. So at the time where Jesus was crucified, the graves were open and the bodies which slept arose.

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So basically, people who had died before Jesus which were saints, this could have been people from the Old Testament, maybe people Noah, I have no idea. Daniel people like that. I’m not sure. I don’t want to say exactly who it was. We don’t know.

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But they were saints. They were god’s people who were dead before Jesus had died on the cross. And verse 53, and they came out of the graves after the resurrection and went into the holy city, which would be Jerusalem, and appeared unto many. So that’s where that instance happened, as far as where saints arose from the grave. So that might be the question you’re asking, but I’m not sure because you said simply where in the Bible it talks about saints being raised out of their graves.

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I’m not sure if you’re also talking about where the Bible says at the Second Coming that God’s people were raised out of their graves. And that is also very true and very biblical. And you see that, I think, the most clear in the New Testament. In first thessalonians chapter four and verses 13 through 17, and I’ll go there real quick. First thessalonians four.

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And again, that’s verses 17 or 13 through 17. Excuse me. First thessalonians 413 through 17, just to make sure you get these verses pretty clear. And so Paul is writing here and he says, but I would not have you be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep that you sorrow not even as others which have no hope. In verse 14 he says, for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which also sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

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For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. So just like those saints who were asleep and in the grave at the time of Jesus’crucifixion, the rest of God’s people who are sleeping or have died until the time of Jesus return in the clouds of glory, these are the ones that will arise out of sleep. So in verse 16 it says for the Lord himself shall descend with descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. And then verse 17 says then we which are alive and remain shall be caught together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, so shall we ever be with the Lord. So here we see a pretty clear picture that at the second coming, that’s when the graves will open and the saints, God’s people, those who love Jesus, who sleep in Jesus, will come out of their grave again.

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There’s other verses that make this pretty clear in the book of One Corinthians chapter 15, verses 51 through 54. So we’ll go there really quick. First Corinthians chapter 15. And my computer likes to do things that I don’t tell it to do. Excuse me 1 second.

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I apologize. First Corinthians 15. And we’re going to look at verses 51 through 54 real quick. And so it reads here behold, I show you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.

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So when the Bible talks about sleep, it’s talking about death. And it says, we will not all sleep, so some people will not die when Jesus comes. Some people will be alive still, but he says, but we will all be changed in a moment. In verse 52, it says, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

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So here again, the Bible talks about the dead in Christ being raised from their graves at the second coming of Jesus. This is also seen pretty clearly in the book of Daniel. Everything we want to say, it’s really important that we see it in the Old Testament and in the New. So Daniel, chapter twelve, verses one and two. This is probably one of my favorite passages in the whole Bible.

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This is talking about end time prophecy, which is super cool. So Daniel, chapter twelve, verses one and two, it says, at that time shall Michael stand up the great prince which stands for the children of your people, and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was, since there was a nation even to that same time. And then, so this is like right at the end of time before he comes, right before Jesus comes, it says, and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. So everybody found in the book of life, the saints, God’s people. And in verse two of Daniel twelve, he says, and many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and then some to shame and everlasting contempt, because there is a special resurrection for those who pierced Christ, which Jesus talks about in the Gospels.

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So that’s another Bible story though, or Bible study I won’t go into right now. And then of course one last r1 quick, just so you know I’m telling you the truth. Revelation chapter 20 and verses four through six is another just beautiful, beautiful truth to hold, to know that when Jesus comes and you’re part of that first resurrection, this is when those who are dead in Christ, they rise up. This is called the first resurrection. So there’s different ways of describing it.

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So again in Revelation chapter 20 and verse four here of John the Revelator says, and I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads or in their hands, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years, it says, but the rest of the dead, so the saints of God, those who are part of God’s, who are God’s people, and it says these extreme cases of people who are so faithful to the Lord even in the most terrible and treacherous times near the end of the earth history, it says. These people, they are the ones that are going to be part of the first resurrection, it says. But the rest of the dead in verse five says, but the rest of the dead, those that are not saved, live not again until a thousand years were finished. And it says, this is the first resurrection.

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And in verse six it says blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection, the first time that God’s the resurrection where people who are saints, who are God’s people, they are resurrected and says on 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. So just really clear that God has his people and know there were saints that were resurrected at the time of Jesus’s crucifixion. And then they went out right after his resurrection to the city of Jerusalem to appear to many and basically to proclaim like, hey, this is the Son of God. I’m a saint that was dead before.

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We never even got to meet Christ. But we are here because Jesus is the resurrection and the life. And so those know, they were resurrected, they came out of their graves at Christ’s crucifixion and then at Christ’s second coming. That’s the big resurrection where God’s people, who are his true followers, who are written in the book of life, his saints, they are resurrected and part of the first resurrection. Now there’s a third resurrection, or excuse me, a second resurrection, excuse me.

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And the second resurrection is after the thousand years, after God’s people have had 1000 years in heaven to look through the books and see was God’s judgment fair and say do we agree with the judgments of God, of who’s saved and who’s not saved? And at the end of that thousand years we will all be in one harmony and agree with the same judgment as far as what should happen with the unsaved, with the lost and the second resurrection, that’s when those who are not saved, those people will be raised out of the grave. And that’s where we see the full closure of sin as those people are done away with. Like the Bible says John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him would not perish, not that they would other things. Perish means to be consumed, to be destroyed, to die, but have eternal life.

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For the wages of sin is death. Those who are part of the second resurrection will suffer the second death as well. And that’s a death that they will never be able to be resurrected from. So I pray that you are part of the first resurrection, or that you get meet the Lord and we can all go with him to heaven in the air together. So I hope that answers your question and I pray God blesses you as you study his word.

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