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trumpet sound. Only our bodies sleep in the dust of the ground (see Eccl. 12:7; Mat. 27:52, 53), and that which sleeps "in the dust of the earth shall awake.” Dan. 12:2. “We look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile (mortal] body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” Phil. 3:20, 21. It is not our soul, but our body, that will be changed in the resurrection day. “So also is the resurrection of the dead.. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.” 1 Cor. 15; 42-44. Only our bodies are mortal (Proof: Rom. 6:12), “and this mortal must put on immortality." Ver. 53. This is clear. Those who sleep in Jesus, the spirits, the souls of all the departed, will God bring with him; namely, all his saints. In that moment the bodies will be raised from the graves immortal and incorruptible. The soul will then reanimate these immortal bodies, and dwell therein forever.
This will be the order of the final resurrection of the dead, according to the united testimony of all Scripture. Thus far we have only considered the righteous. But the wicked will also be raised. The Lord shall descend with a shout, with the trump of God, the last trump, and not only will the righteous hear his voice, but in that very “hour" "all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28, 29. A universal resurrection. Being universal it includes both classes of the human family. Daniel saw this and thus describes it: “And many [the many] of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Dan. 12: 2.
“There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Acts 24:15. But one resurrection future-a resurrection of the dead. Who are included in it? Both the just and unjust. This accounts for the fact that when "he cometh with clouds; every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him." Rev. 1:7. Yes, in that day "the dead, small and great, shall stand before God." Rev. 20:
Both the righteous and wicked will be raised; the former in glorified bodies, fashioned like unto his glorious body; a resurrection unto eternal life and rewards. But the latter unto damnation, shame and everlasting contempt.
THE GENERAL JUDGMENT.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Heb. 9:27. “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world.” Acts 17:31.
That a day of final judgment awaits us the Scriptures clearly teach. It is an event we can not escape. “For we must all appear before the judg. ment-seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10. In view of this solemn fact, and “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.” Ver. 11.
The day of judgment will be the day of final retribution, when eternal rewards and punishments will be meted out to all men. This will be the greatest of all days. There have been days of awful visitations of God's wrath during the history of the world: the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the slaying of the first-born of Egypt, the awful destruction of Jerusalem, etc. ; but no day exceeds this one. It will be the day when God will come down to take vengeance on the wicked of all ages, and pent up fires will envelope this globe in a general conflagration. Nor is this day of judgment deferred till after a thousand years' millennial reign, but Christ “shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and kingdom.” 2 Tim. 4:1. First in order, the resurrection of the dead will take place, and immediately following this will be the general judgment.
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Mat. 16: 27.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” 2 Thes. 1:7-10.
These texts declare in the clearest language that the reward of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will be given when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven,” when the Son of man shall come. In Mat. 25 a clear description of the final judgment is given.
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Ver. 31-34, 41.
Here again it is declared that the final separation between the righteous and wicked, their reward and punishment, will take place and be given “when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him.” Yes, dear reader, “God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.” “And every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment.' Nothing will escape that searching hour. "Every one of us shall give an account of himself to God." Oh, how solemnly the injunction of Peter should fall upon every heart, in view of that day, when all must stand or fall eternally in the presence of his majesty and awful glory.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.” 2 Pet. 3:11-14.
Next we will consider what the reward of the righteous, and the punishment of the wicked will be ; what their eternal portion is beyond the judgment of the great day.