Mystery of the Faith Lesson 18

The Resurrection at the Rapture



The followers of "The Faith" believed that there would be one resurrection of the saved and lost at the end of the world.  There were things about the resurrection in "The Faith" that they did not understand ("Mystery").  
What they did not understand was that there would be two classes of resurrections, the saved (First Resurrection) and the lost (Second Resurrection).  
The resurrection of the saved would be in three stages.  Israel was taught to harvest their crops in three stages, (1) firstfruits (tithe), (2) main harvest, and (3) the gleaning for the poor.  So also would be the resurrection of the saved, (1) Christ the firstfruits, (2) the main resurrection of the saved at the rapture, and (3) the gleaning of the saved at the 2nd coming of Jesus which would complete the resurrection of the saved.

 The second stage of the resurrection of the saved are the dead in Christ at the Rapture.

1. At the Rapture when Jesus returns in the air, the  in Christ shall rise .  

(1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall 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:)

to question 1.

2. "Then, we which are  and remain shall be caught  together with  in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the : and so shall we ever be with the Lord."  

(1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.)

to question 2.

3. List the three divisions of a person as found in
(1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.).

  A.

to question 3A.

    B.

to question 3B.

    C.

to question 3C.

4. When a saved person dies the  carry the soul and spirit into heaven.

  (Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;)

to question 4.

5. When a lost person dies, his soul and spirit goes to .

(Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.)

to question 5.

6. When a saved or lost person dies their soul and spirit leave the body.
  True or false    

(Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.)

to question 6.

7. In (Luke 16:19-31) Jesus describes the death of two men, one who was saved and one who was lost.  The bodies of both men were buried.  Then Jesus talks about where each one's soul went.  So the description given in verses (23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.)
  is what a    looks like.  

  A. Body
  B. Spirit
  C. Soul

to question 7.

8. In (1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.) God describes the difference between a saved person's body when it is buried (sown) and when it is raised.

A. The body is buried (sown) in ;
  it is raised in .

(42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:)

to question 8A.

 B. The body is buried (sown) in ;
      it is raised in .

(43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:)

to question 8B.

 C. The body is buried (sown) in ;
      it is raised in .

(43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:)

to question 8C.

 D. The body is buried (sown) a  body;
      it is raised a  body.

(44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.)

to question 8D.

9. The body of a saved person will be raised like the resurrected body of .  

(Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.)

to question 9.

10. Did the resurrected body of Jesus have hands and feet?  

(Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.)

to question 10.

11. Did the resurrected body of Jesus have flesh and bones?  

(Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.)

to question 11.

12. Could the resurrected body of Jesus be touched?  

(Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.)

to question 12.

13. Was the resurrected body of Jesus a spirit?  

(Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.)

to question 13.

14. Could the resurrected body of Jesus eat?    

(Luke 24:41-43 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

43 And he took it, and did eat before them.)

to question 14.

15. Did the resurrected body of Jesus have the same scars it had before it was raised, after it was raised?    

(John 20:24-29 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.)

to question 15.

16. Will we know each other in our resurrected body?

      (1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.)

to question 16.

17. Did Peter know Moses and Elijah in their resurrected bodies?

  (Matthew 17:1-8 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.)

The main harvest, resurrection of the saved, will come at the Rapture.

to question 17.

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