the vision of the valley of dry bones = either the political or the religious resuscitation of the Jews; <421532>Luke 15:32 ? ?this thy brother was dead, and is alive again,? of the prodigal son. It will help us in our interpretation of Revelations 20:4-10, to notice that death, judgment, the coming of Christ, and the resurrection, are all of two kinds, the first spiritual, and the second literal.
(1) First, a spiritual death ( <490201>Ephesians 2:1 ? ?dead through your trespasses and sins?) and secondly, a physical and literal death, whose culmination is found in the second death ( <662014>Revelation 20:14 ? ?And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire?).
(2) First, a spiritual judgment ( <232609>Isaiah 26:9 ? ?when thy judgments are in the earth?; <431231>John 12:31 ? ?Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out? 3:18 ? ?he that believeth not hath been judged already?). Secondly, an outward and literal judgment ( <441731>Acts 17:31 ? ?hath appointed a day an which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained?).
(3) First, the spiritual and invisible coming of Christ ( <401628>Matthew 16:28 ? ?shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom? ? at the destruction of Jerusalem; <431416>John 14:16:18 ? ?another comforter...I come unto you? ? at Pentecost; 14:3 ? ?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself? ? at death) and secondly, a visible literal coming ( <402531>Matthew 25:31 ? ?the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him?).
(4) First, a spiritual resurrection ( <430525>John 5:25 ? ?The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live?) and secondly, a physical and literal resurrection
( <430528>John 5:28, 29 ? ?the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment?). The spiritual resurrection foreshadows the bodily resurrection.
This twofoldness of each of the four terms, death, judgment, coming of Christ and resurrection, is so obvious a teaching of Scripture that the apostle?s remark in Revelations 20:5 ? ?This is the first resurrection? seems distinctly intended to warn the reader against drawing the pre- millenarian inference and to make clear the fact that the resurrection spoken of is the first or spiritual resurrection, an interpretation, which is
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