The Wicked Dead Not Yet Raised

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Up to this moment not one of the wicked dead have yet been judged, not one of those who have died in their sins have yet been raised. Does this sound strange? Let the reader, ponder this deeply solemn and important chapter, let him ponder it unbiased by all his preconceived thoughts, and in simple dependence upon the teaching of the Spirit of God. In Rev. 20:44And 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 with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4) are described those that have part in the FIRST RESURRECTION: How bright and blessed is their portion!"They live and reign with Christ for 1000 years." All this time "the REST of the dead" (i. e., the wicked dead) will remain in their graves; they "lived not again till the thousand years were FINISHED." (Rev. 20:55But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (Revelation 20:5).) How dark and awful is their portion! We feel we cannot do better than quote the veritable words of Scripture:
"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, small and great, stand before God; and the books 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 hades delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hades 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." (Rev. 20:1111And 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. (Revelation 20:11) to end.) We would just draw the reader's attention to a few most important points in this final judgment.
In the first place, Christ does not here come to the earth at all; instead of this we read that "from His face the earth and heaven fled away." How different this is one sacrifice for sins, forever sat down at the right hand of God." (Heb. 10:1212But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:12).) All judgment has been committed to His hand. "The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son... and hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man." (John 5:22-2722For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him. 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (John 5:22‑27).) Every knee must bow before Him; every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Reader, have you? Do so NOW, and you are SAVED; wait till the day of judgment, and you will be LOST forever.
We would earnestly commend this subject to the reader's prayerful consideration, and we trust that, like the Bereans of old, he may receive the Word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES daily, whether these things are so. (Acts 17:1111These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11).)
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