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A. Death and Resurrection
Physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness. Upon death the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ, there is separation of soul and body, and for the redeemed such separation will continue until the rapture. The first resurrection takes place at the rapture when soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord. Until that time the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with the Lord.  Luke 23:431 Corinthians 15:35-4450-54;

 2 Corinthians 5:8Philippians 1:233:21Revelation 6:9-1120:4-6

All people will be bodily resurrected. The saved will be resurrected to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. At death, the souls of the unsaved are kept under punishment until the second resurrection when the soul and resurrection body will be united. They shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire, cut off from God forever.  Daniel 12:2Matthew 25:41-46Luke 16:19-26John 5:28-296:39Romans 8:10-11;
2 Corinthians 4:142 Thessalonians 1:7-9Revelation 20:13-15

B. The Rapture
Christ will return personally and bodily before the seven year tribulation to translate His Church from this earth. Between this event and His glorious second coming with His saints He will reward all believers according to their works.  John 14:1-3

1 Corinthians 3:11-1515:51-532 Corinthians 5:101 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11Titus 2:13

C. The Tribulation
Immediately following the rapture of the Church from the earth the righteous judgments of God will be poured out on an unbelieving world. These judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth. This period includes the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy.  Jeremiah 30:7Daniel 9:24-2712:1-3Matthew 24:15-3125:31-46John 14:1-32 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16

D. The Second Coming
After the tribulation period Christ will come to earth to occupy the Throne of David and establish His Messianic kingdom. At that time the Old Testament and Tribulation saints will be raised and the living will be judged.  Matthew 25:31-33Mark 13:24-26

Luke 21:25-27Acts 1:10-112:29-302 Thessalonians 1:6-11Revelation 19:11-1620:1-6

E. The Millennial Reign
Christ’s Messianic kingdom will last for a thousand years on the earth. During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations. This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet and by the removal of Satan from the world.  Ezekiel 37:21-28Daniel 7:17-22Revelation 19:11-1620:1-7

The kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience. The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside, but will again be renewed through repentance to enter into the land of blessing.  Deuteronomy 28:15-68Isaiah 65:17-25Jeremiah 31:31-34Ezekiel 37:21-28Zechariah. 8:1-17

Matthew 21:43Romans 11:25-29

Our Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life. It will be brought to an end with the release of Satan.  Isaiah 11, 65:15-25; Ezekiel 36:33-38Revelation 20:7

F. Judgment of the Lost
Following the release of Satan after the thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints at Jerusalem. At this time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven. Following this Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and Christ, who is the judge of all men, will resurrect and judge the great and the small alike at the Great White Throne Judgment.  Matthew 25:41John 5:22Revelation 20:7-10

This resurrection of the unsaved to judgment will be a physical resurrection. Upon receiving their judgment they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire.  Matthew 25:41Romans 14:10-13Revelation 14:1120:11-15

G. Eternity
After the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God. The elements of this earth will be dissolved and replaced with a new earth where only righteousness dwells.
Ephesians 5:52 Thessalonians 1:92 Peter 3:10Revelation 20:7-15

Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His mission, will then deliver up the Kingdom of God to the Father so that in all spheres the triune God will reign and be obeyed forever and ever.  1 Corinthians 15:24-28 

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