Eschatology

 

 

A special resurrection will take place just before the second coming of Christ

 

 

 

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church teaches that a special resurrection will take place just before the second coming of Christ, and will involve some believers and some unbelievers. The first of the two groups to be raised at this time consists of those who have accepted the third’s angel message which began to be preached about 1846 (this message requires the observance of the sabbath day), while the second group consists of those who were responsible for the trial and crucifixion of Christ. Ellen Gould White says: “Graves are opened, and "many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel's message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. "They also which pierced Him" (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ's dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient’ (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan. The Conflict of the Ages in the Christian Dispensation, [Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1950. Revised edition first published, 1911.], pages 637). According to this teaching, therefore, the faithful members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, who have died since 1846 (and any others who have been heeding this message since that time) will be granted a singular blessing in the form of being raised in the special resurrection before the glorious return of Christ and will thus have the privilege of seeing Him come.

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture teaches that the saints who have fallen asleep will all be raised from the dead at the coming of Christ, as it is written: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first …..” (1 Thessalonians 4:16 – NKJV). No one of the saints who have fallen asleep will be granted the privilege of being raised just before the appearing of the Lord Jesus from heaven, for all of them will be raised when the Lord descends from heaven. Therefore the above mentioned privilege, which according to the Adventist Church will be granted to those who have heeded the third’s angel message is without biblical support, and consequently is to be rejected.

As for the special resurrection in which – according to the Adventist Church - those who condemned and killed Jesus will have part, it must be said the same thing, that is, it is without biblical support and consequently it must be rejected. According to the Scripture the wicked will all rise again at the end of the millennium (cf. Revelation 20:5, 11-15) in order to be judged and cast into the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.

 

 

 

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