1. Despite these things, O Mighty God, I will again ask mercy from You Who has created all things.
2. In what kind of body will we have in that day to come? Will it be a continuing, eternal splendor?
3. Will the bodies of that time be like the present bodies, with weak and feeble, bound to evil, doing great wickedness? Or will You change these bodies, as You will also change the world.
1. And the Lord answered me: Hear, Baruch, and write what I will teach you.
2. For the earth will someday bring forth a resurrection of the dead, though now it holds the physical bodies of the dead. Yet, as it received the dead willingly, so the earth shall allow their bodies to be restored.
3. There will come a day, wherein the dead shall reveal themselves alive to those who have not yet died.
4. This resurrection will be followed by a time of zealous judgment.
I Corinthians 15:35-49
"But some man shall say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die... so also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
As a pledge, and promise of our future resurrection, Jesus was raised from the dead. He was the "first fruits" of the resurrection.
I Corinthians 15:23
"...in his own order... (Greek = "tagma" = "rank or company")"
There are five companies of resurrected ones in the first resurrection:
1. Christ and others were resurrected three days after Christ's crucifixion.
I Corinthians 15:20
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept."
2. Those in the church who will be raptured soon.
I Corinthians 15:23
"...afterward, they that are Christ's at His coming."
3. The 144,000 Jews that are missionaries for Jesus during the first half of the tribulation.
Revelation 7:1-8, 12:5, 14:1-5 (12:5)
"And she brought forth a man child... her child was caught up to God, and to His throne."
4. Great multitudes of tribulation saints.
"...white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed, as they were, should be fulfilled."
5. The two witnesses of the tribulation (Enoch & Elijah).
"And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, 'Come up hither'. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them."
Soon, Christians shall be raptured, or if Christians die before the rapture, they will be resurrected. The body will be like unto the resurrection body of Jesus.
Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15, that there will be differences of glory in these bodies. He tells us that they will be "incorruptible" (Greek = "Aphthorsia" = "immortal". He also says that these new bodies will be "spiritual" (Greek = "pneumatikos" = "immortal substance").
Some have imagined that since they are spiritual bodies, they have no substance. Yet the spiritual body of Christ could be handled, touched, could eat, etc. The idea of our mortal bodies is that they are flesh and blood. The life is in the blood. Jesus said of His spiritual body, that it was "flesh and bone." There was no mention of "blood", for the life of a spiritual body is the "Spirit." Thus, it will be immortal, and incorruptible because of the "Spirit" which gives it life. It will still be a physical body which can literally be touched, walk on streets of gold, occupy a heavenly mansion, etc.
"Behold, My hands and My feet, that it is Myself, handle me, and see; for a spirit (ghost) hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have."
I Corinthians 15:39-44
"All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth for another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."
The Old Testament saints believed in a resurrection:
"For I know my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me."
How are the dead to be raised? he analogy of the corn of wheat is used to illustrate the answer. Out of the death, the burial of the corn of wheat, comes a harvest many fold. Life reappears in a higher form. The identity remains the same, it is still wheat, but infinitely greater.
Our new resurrected bodies will be fitted for eternity. They will have a new vitality, and a new strength. There will be no curse, no sickness, and no death to afflict these resurrected bodies. They will be like the resurrected body of Jesus.
I John 3:2
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."
There will still be recognition of others after the resurrection. The rich man recognized Lazarus after their deaths. We shall "know as we are known." Therefore, when I get to heaven, even Paul, Moses, Enoch and Elijah will instantly recognize and know me, and I will know them.
Peter, James, and John - even while in their earthly bodies - recognized Elijah and Moses, whom they had never met. There is something about the spiritual bodies that make them instantly recognized.