THE FIRST RESURRECTION
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles now, turn with me to
Revelation the 20th chapter.
By way of review, let me say that we have found
something about the millennial reign of our Lord Jesus
Christ on this earth. We found something about the
thrones, and those who will sit on them. We found that
when Jesus comes again, He will be sitting on His
throne, ruling over the entire world as the King of
kings and the Lord of lords. We found that associated
with Him will be the saints of the Lord, all the
Christians of this church era. Then we found that the
martyrs for Jesus during the Tribulation Period will
be living and reigning with Him in that thousand year
period, and not only those, but also those who
worshipped not the beast, nor his image, neither
received his mark upon their foreheads. They, too,
shall live and reign with Christ a thousand years. The
victory of Christ then shall be shared, not only by
martyrs but by all who under the sway of the
antichrist and the false prophet during the coming
Tribulation shall suffer reproach and loss of goods
and imprisonment. Though they did not win the martyr's
crown, nevertheless, they were faithful to the Lord
and they will reign with Him during the wonderful
In Revelation 20 we read these words, "And they LIVED
and reigned with Christ a thousand years." "Living"
here, means bodily resuscitation, or resurrection from
the dead. The Christ Who suffered under Tiberius now
LIVES and REIGNS, and His life and royalty are to be
shared for a thousand years by the martyrs and by the
confessors (believers) of the church. They live and
reign with Him a thousand years.
Now we read in verse 5, "But the rest of the dead
LIVED NOT AGAIN UNTIL the thousand years were
finished. This is the first resurrection." That is a
very important passage, friends, and we are going to
study now the resurr ...
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