Re: the resurrection of the righteous
I agree, but I don't see why you insist that 'a thousand years' MUST lie between the last two things.
Originally Posted by divaD
I offer that in the blink of an eye...in this order...all your five events happen.
1- The dead in Christ rise (because THAT precedes the rapture! And this is the physical resurrection. They have ALREADY been judged, or else they could not be deemed worthy to 'rise and meet Christ in the air'! "Its appointed to man ONCE to die and after this...the judgment!" We must "All stand before the judgment seat of Christ.")
2- Those alive (Those who are in Christ, but remain alive) are caught up to meet them in the air (instantaneously)
3- Jesus destroys the wicked...all evil, all wicked
4- The resurrection of the unjust (because the earth is being cleansed of evil and ALL unrighteousness is cleansed from the earth.)
5- Then comes the final judgment
This can and does all happen at the same time according to Amills, (could be likened to a lit, then all of a sudden, exploding firecracker--BAM! BAM! BAM!--and its over!), but it is only pre-mills who can't CONNECT it all because they insist on putting that literal 1,000 years SOMEWHERE. (While we say we are NOW in that 'time of unknown number of years represented by 'a thousand' years. Just as God owns NOT ONLY the cattle on a literal 1,000 hills and just as his mercy endure to ALL generations and NOT to only a literal '1,000 generations.)
ONLY those who insist there MUST be a literal 'thousand' years in there SOMEWHERE has this problem with 'How can it all fit'. Once one can see the possibility that the 'thousand years' may not mean LITERALLY '1,000' years, then the entire HOW all fits! (Otherwise, they must be pre-trib to be pre-mill, DivaD.
That's why they insist on that '1,000 years' after the 'rapture' before the wicked, evil are cleansed from the earth. Because--the dead in Christ MUST rise first, then we (remaining alive, in Christ) are caught up them...)
There are just too many scripture proofs that tell us the just and the unjust are resurrected at the same time... Look again at Ross' post (#10). Just too many scriptures that tell us what happens at the last day. ALL are resurrected at the last day... BOTH the righteous and the unrighteous...at the LAST DAY.
No more days after the resurrection day.
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)