OUR LOT IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION
(Mark 4:13,14) And he [Jesus] said unto them [“when he was alone” Mark 4:10, with His disciples], Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word.
1. (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(Gen 2:15) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
1. garden = Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, i.e. (gen.) protect:--defend.
2. Eden = Heb: pleasure: delight.
3. “to dress it” = Heb: to work (in any sense); by impl. to serve, till, etc.: be bondmen, bond-service, + husbandman [farmer], keep, labour (-ing man), do (use) service, worshipper.
4. “to keep it” = Heb: to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; gen. to protect, attend to, etc.:--beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).
(Isa 65:17-20) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth [likely a process concluding with the ending of the thousand year Millennium]: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days [an infant who lives but a few days], nor an old man that hath not filled his days [that dies prematurely]: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed [shall be thought only a child, cut off because he is accursed: Amplified Bible].
(Isa 65:21-25) And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
(Rev 20:1-3) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit [Gk: “abyss”] and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
THE FIRST RESURRECTION
(Rev 20:4-6) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned [Gk: ruled] with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead [the unsaved dead throughout the ages] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death [The Great White Throne Judgment: Rev 20:11-15] hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
(Rev 20:7-10) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
1. (Psa 91:7,8) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked [the second death, the second resurrection (of the damned)].
THE SECOND RESURRECTION,
AND THE SECOND DEATH FOLLOWING
(Rev 20:11-15) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead [the unsaved dead throughout the ages], small and great, stand before God; and the books [of works] were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.