Christian Churches of God

No. 143z




The Resurrection of the Dead

(Edition 2.3 19940927-20000926)


The paper deals with the first and second resurrections of the dead and the identification of the Nephilim and the denial of the resurrection to them.



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(Copyright ã 1994, 2000 Wade Cox)

(Summary ed. by Wade Cox)



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The Resurrection of the Dead  


This paper deals with the two resurrections of the dead. The first is at the return of Christ when He claims his own who are dead from the creation, and those who are alive at His return. The second is at the end of the Millennium for the resurrection of the rest of the dead.


And yet Isaiah 26:13-14 declares there are some who will not rise. We see that this refers to a pre-Adamic humanoid creation who do not share in the Spirit of God, and are not resurrected.


The Last Great Day is a Feast in its own right, and occurs the day after the closing of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feasts of God serve to show the Plan of God for the Salvation of all men. The Feast of Tabernacles represents the Millennium - a period of just rule under Christ and His Saints. The Last Great Day represents the White Throne Judgment, and is the final process of the reconciliation of the planet to God.


Isaiah 26:3-14 speaks of the Rephaim or Nephilim (translated “dead” or “deceased”) who will not rise, that God destroyed them, and they are not listed in the memory of God. They have been separated from the Adamic creation and are denied resurrection.


Who were they? These were the “mighty men of old” or “giants” of Genesis 6:4-5 and were the offspring of the fallen Host, consequent to their fornication with the daughters of men (Gen. 6:4-5; Jude 6).


“Rephaim” is a proper name, and should be translated as such. But the Trinitarians used “dead” or “giants” to cloud the understanding of mankind with regard to the numerous sons of God - the spiritual Host, the fallen Host, and mankind. Their object was to promote the idea of Christ as the only son of God. This notion is clearly refuted in Job 38:6-7, at the creation of the earth. The Bible was deliberately misconstrued as a result of Augustine’s treatment of the proposition in Genesis 6:4 in his work “The City of God”.


These offspring of fornication were genetically inferior humanoids, and their remains (dating back thousands of years) have been exhumed all over the world. This makes Christianity appear quite foolish, when a 6,000-year period is all they profess for the earth.


This is unfortunate, but contrived, and the evidence is there for pre-Adamic man. Does the Bible confirm this? Yes. The Bible testimony is that there were giants in the earth in those days and afterwards. The results of examination of the DNA of the humanoids has not been published.


The evidence indicates that the Nephilim/Rephaim no longer exist, having been cleaned out by the Flood. Enoch was the standard against which that society was judged, and Noah was the instrument used for the destruction. All peoples alive now are of the Adamic strain of creation, and all will face a resurrection and judgment.


From Isaiah 26:13-14 onwards the resurrections of mankind follow a time-frame (Isa. 26:15-18). Israel, God’s chosen nation, increased but did not bring deliverance, nor did they convince the Gentiles to accept the Law, and they did not save the world. That is, the elect, both the Church of God and the elect nation, have failed and this brings the time-frame to the end time.


Isaiah 26:19-21: The distinction is here made that “thy dead men shall live”, as opposed to the humanoids from verses 13 and 14. The verses from 13-21 cover an enormous period of history, including the term called the Time of the Gentiles.


Verse 20 – this shutting of the doors refers to Matthew 25:1ff., i.e. the wise that enter and the gates are shut (Rev. 14:4). Those who enter the gates of the Kingdom of God become the Temple of God. The time-frame continues over the Day of the Lord or Millennium, and onto the Day of Judgment, when the “earth shall disclose her blood and no more covers its slain” (Rev 20: 4-6, 11-13).


The state of the dead is termed “sleeping” (see Mat.9:24; Lk.8:52; Jn. 11:11) and many more.

The dead are silent – Psalm 115:17.

The dead are in darkness- Psalm 143:3.

There is no eternally existent soul.

The dead know nothing – Ecclesiastes 9:5.

One thing happens to all; they die – Ecclesiastes 9:3.

Man and beast – Ecclesiastes 3:19 – one thing befalls them; as one dies so dies the other. See also Psalm 49:12.


To further enforce the non-existence of a soul alive after death – Job 34:14-15: “If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and his breath, All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust”.


See Psalm 88:10,11 for God’s love which is declared in a resurrection for the dead.


Job 19:25: Job is confident he will stand on earth again. Christ raised people from the dead so that we might know that He is the Messiah (Mat. 11:45). Lazarus was an example of this power (Jn 11:11). Many rose when Christ was crucified. Tradition has it they were all killed.


1Corinthians 15 is called the Resurrection chapter. The brethren will be brought to life on Christ’s return, and changed to a spiritual body. See also 1Thessalonians 4:13-15-17. These saints rule with Christ for 1000 years (Rev.20:4-6). God’s Law will be enforced with a rod of iron (Rev. 2: 26-27).


Not smashing, but not feeble, like a reed – stable, strong and reliable.


The rest of mankind will be subject to a system of righteous training, and it is expected that all would be saved as God is not willing any one should perish (2Pet 3:9). However, should there be unconverted wicked after their training, they will be allowed to die, and their bodies destroyed in Gehenna fire. There is no lingering torment in a hell fire. The wicked, after judgment will die, the body disposed of and cease to exist. This death is eternal, and the opposite of eternal life.


The rule of the saints during the Millennium will be the standard by which the rule of the demons might be judged. Satan, as a spirit being, was judged against the performance of Jesus Christ, as a weak human, and was found wanting.


God is just and loving, and as all mankind will be given a learning period towards eternal life, so the fallen Host and Satan will be reduced to human flesh, for their learning period. All unrepentant wicked ones will be destroyed.


Then the Plan of Salvation will be completed in this phase, and the next phase of the creation will proceed under God’s direction.