Saturday, March 07, 2015

TWO DEATHS AND TWO RESURRECTIONS IN REVELATION 20

Here is my explanation for the meaning of the 2 Deaths and 2 Resurrections in Revelation 20 and 21.
Here they are in their proper order (see image) 1st Death --> 1st Resurrection --> 2nd Resurrection --> 2nd Death.  Nick Krumrei explained them this way: "Born once, die twice; Born twice, die once".

What does that mean? 
Everyone is into this world born once, but only a few are born again (i.e. twice), Jn 3:3-5; 1 Pt 1:3,23. Those who are born only once, will die once through sin (Rom 6:23) and the second time in hell. Hence the "born once, die twice" description.  
"Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years." Rev 20:6. 
But those who are born twice, they die once because they are sinners, but their second birth as a Christians ensures they will not suffer in hell, the second death.  They, like everyone, died spiritually because of their sin (Rom 6:23) but these have eternal life and do not suffer hell because they took part in the first resurrection at baptism, Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12,13. 

The Kingdom of Christ, which was "at hand" when John the Baptist preached,  had a beginning and an end. The 1000 symbolic years makes the period limited. It began at the Ascension of Christ and it ends when Jesus returns and hands over the kingdom to the Father, All the verses are there. This refutes the premillenialist doctrine.
The 2nd death is spelled out as being the lake of fire.
"Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." Rev 20:14; cf Rev 21:8

The first death isn't spelled out in Revelation. But there must be one if there's a second. The second resurrection and the first resurrection are spoken of in the text. He says that those who take part in the 1st resurrection, the second death has no power over them. What "resurrection" frees us from the power of the 2nd death? It is the one that's found in baptism, Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12,13. Because of sin, all have suffered the 1st death, which is spiritual separation from God. A lot of people won't take part in the first resurrection, the new life in Christ, and they don't come to life, i.e. the 2nd resurrection, until the end of Christ's reign when he comes back to judge the world. Because they are still dead in their sins, having never been born against and resurrected anew in Christ, the 2nd death DOES have power over them.

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