How Should We Understand 1 Corinthians 15:50-52?

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How Should We Understand 1 Corinthians 15:50-52?

#1 Post by Littleleslie » Mon Jul 25, 2005 10:20 am

Dear YORWW Congregation-

Could you please explain these verses in 1 Corinthians 15:50-52? If you already have this subject in any of your articles, then if you could direct me to them, that would be sufficient as well. I just have not noticed this topic yet.

First it speaks about having to do with flesh and blood not inheriting God's kingdom... I understand that to be in the 1st Century and those Christians were going to a heavenly kingdom. But what throws me is the fact that in verse 52 it mentions "during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we shall be changed." That sounds like it is talking about now, in the last days instead of the 1st Century, although the first century had last days as well, but when the term "during the last trumpet" is used, it sounds as if it is speaking of now in the last days.

I appreciate your help understanding this because it is a point that I think will be brought up often.

Agape,
Littleleslie

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HOW SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50-52?

#2 Post by yorww » Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:39 pm

HOW SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND 1 CORINTHIANS 15:50-52?

Hi Littleleslie:
First it speaks about having to do with flesh and blood not inheriting God's kingdom... I understand that to be in the 1st Century and those Christians were going to a heavenly kingdom. But what throws me is the fact that in verse 52 it mentions "during the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we shall be changed." That sounds like it is talking about now, in the last days instead of the 1st Century, although the first century had last days as well, but when the term "during the last trumpet" is used, it sounds as if it is speaking of now in the last days.
Yes, you are right Littleleslie. The term "last trumpet" could indeed apply to our day and time. Specifically, this would be during the "7th Trumpet" Blast, as shown in Revelation 10:7 where God's People would experience true spiritual restoration with the "sacred secret" of God, or the "mystery" of God, finally becoming understandable to them. That verse says,

"but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to blow his trumpet, the sacred secret of God according to the good news which he declared to his own slaves the prophets is indeed brought to a finish." -- Revelation 10:7

When this happens, the "Sacred Secret" or "Mystery" of God will be "brought to a finish" or completely understood by all of Israel, after they have experienced and endured the "Great Tribulation" of God's Wrath upon themselves. -- See Jeremiah 23:19, 20; Matthew 24:21; Revelation 7:14

A "SACRED SECRET" REVEALED ABOUT THE "LAST TRUMPET" SOUNDING

We recall in Paul's day, in the first century, he speaks of the heavenly resurrection itself and what was to occur by saying,

"Look! I tell you a sacred secret: We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, during the LAST TRUMPET. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised up incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this which is corruptible must put on incorruption, and this which is mortal must put on immortality." -- 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

Paul calls above a certain aspect of the heavenly resurrection, yes a "sacred secret" [Greek: mysterion or mystery], namely the thought of the instantaneous "change" that occurs at the precise moment that blessed "everlasting life" is granted faithful first century christians. Yes, the instantaneous change that occurs, "in the twinkling of an eye," during the call of the "LAST TRUMPET," that Paul said first century conquerors would enjoy at their resurrection to heavenly bliss. This miraculous "change" that Paul speaks of above, of wonderously experiencing instantly, the great "change" going from "corruption" to "incorruption," and the "change" of going from "mortality," to "immortality."

In reading over this bible account, we can see for the first time or begin to realize the "mysterious" aspect of this great "change" during the "Last Trumpet," that this is indeed, a very unique situation that will repeated by God Almighty. Yes, this special scenario will be repeated, as in a paradigm setting, where those in the first century who were resurrected to heavenly life actually set the pattern, for something like this to happen in our day and time. Yes, another heavenly resurrection of sorts, yes at the "sounding" of the magnificent "7th Trumpet" or "Last Trumpet" Blast of our day and time. And as Paul explains, it becomes a "sacred secret" or "mystery" of God because there will exist a "paradigm" or "beside example" shown through scripture, where in the first prophetic pattern,

(1) the first century, the "Lord" Jesus would descend, with "God's Trumpet" and gather back his "chosen ones" to heavenly life, as in 70 c.e. -- See 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

(2) And again, we see the same situation happening in our day and time, yes this entire situation would repeat itself or become a paradigm, where the MDS will also descend from a heavenly vantage point (Mt. Zion on earth), and gather his "chosen ones," back to himself, during the "Last Trumpet" of our time. -- Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4; Matthew 24:31

A VERY SIMILAR SYMBOLIC HEAVENLY RESURRECTION SHOWN TO OCCUR IN OUR DAY!

Indeed, Revelation 11:8, 9, 12 says of this situation referring to the faithful "Two Witnesses" of God, and their "death" before God during our day and time:

verses 8, 9

"And their corpses will be on the broadway of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt where their Lord was also impaled. And those of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their corpses for three and a half days, and they do not let their corpses be laid in a tomb."

verse 12

"And they [Two Witnesses] heard a loud voice out of heaven say to them: Come on up here. And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them."

Surely, we can see as shown above, the faithful "Two Witnesses" actually do go through a "death" or death-like situation, where they die before God and mankind, as martyrs. Further, God's Word says they are "killed" as Revelation 11:7 shows, the "wild beast" is the culprit that is responsible for their early demise by terminating their service to God, leaving them "dead" on the broadway of the "Great City" for 3 1/2 days, symbolically-speaking.

However, some time after this specific period of time is up, these faithful "Two Witnesses" are given a RESURRECTION from symbolic "death," to heavenly "life." Yes, a grand EXALTATION from God, and new "life" itself. Yes, that is what the bible account is saying. And of course, this becomes quite similar to what occurred for first century christians too...a resurrection from a "death" or dead-like condition, up to God's everlasting favor. So then, we can see the similarity in these two situations, the paradigm existing between events of the first century (70 c.e.) and those of our modern day and times.

Then too, Matthew 24:31 speaks the same thing of our day,

"And he will send forth his angels with a GREAT TRUMPET sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity."

Again, a repeat (or paradigm) of this same type of situation...a death, a resurrection to heaven and eternal bliss...all in our day and time, just like in the first century at 70 c.e. Praise Jah!

And so, the "sacred secret" aspect is shown for us, in that we can see there will be a repeat [or paradigm] where the instantaneous "change" will occur for God's People, after their ascension "from the dead," or from a "dead" like state. This will happen just the same as it did for first century christians, when today, Almighty God grants his people ON EARTH, the same great "change," of going from "corruption" and "mortality" ON EARTH to the blessed state of being given "incorruption," and "immortality." In other words, these ones will now enjoy, yes freedom from the "Second death," as earthly conquerors who finally receive "everlasting life" as Kings and Priests in God's Earthly Kingdom. -- Daniel 7:18, 25, 27; Matthew 6:10; Revelation 5:10

This important point is shown for us at Revelation 20:4, 6 where it says,

verse 4

"And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat down on them, and power of judging was given them. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed with the ax for the witness they bore to Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had worshiped neither the wild beast nor its image and who had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand year."

verse 6

"Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years."

Above, we notice that those who are awarded rulership with Christ to become "kings" and "priests" with him, are said to have avoided the "mark of the beast," and had not "received" of this "mark" neither had they "worshiped" the "wild beast" or its "image." Also, Revelation 15:2, 3 says that these same ones, have "come off victorious from the wild beast and from its image and from the number of its name" and they are singing the "song of Moses" and the "song of the Lamb," two very "new songs" indeed. -- See Revelation 5:9, 10; Revelation 14:3

Clearly, the above verses refer to events of our modern times, namely the great challenge of Satan and his servant, the "wild beast" and the relentless goading of these 'beastly' governments who try to force the "mark of the beast" upon those who stand for righteousness in the earth, yes during our day and time. So then, the challenge spoken of above, is strictly one that must be faced by servants of Jehovah, in our day and time, and NOT of those of the first century. Indeed, it will be during this crucial time, in the near future, when the faithful from among God's Name People, must yes, face the challenge of the "mark of the beast." Indeed, it will be during this time of test, that this special "song of Moses" and the "song of the Lamb," will be sung, heralded thru-out all the earth to "all the nations" as "good news," so that many can finally come to understand the "mystery" of God, and how it has come to be "finished," fully revealed, yes in God's eyes, to His complete satisfaction. -- Matthew 24:14; Revelation 10:7

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Review Questions For The Article: How Should We Understand 1 Corinthians 15:50-52?

1. When the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the sacred secret or mystery of God that He declared to the prophets of old will be brought to a finish. After "Israel" has come out of the Great Tribulation, they will finally understand that this sacred secret or mystery of God as written in the prophetic books of the Bible concerned them. Afterwards they will be completely restored to God’s favor. (Jeremiah 23:19, 20; Revelation 7:14)

2. Paul spoke of a certain aspect of the heavenly resurrection as being a ‘sacred secret.’ It was the instantaneous change that would occur, during the last trumpet, when "that which is mortal puts on immortality and that which is corruptible puts on incorruption."

3. Paul was describing a very unique situation, something that would be repeated at the sounding of the last trumpet in our day. What happened during that resurrection set the pattern for what would occur in our modern day and time.

4. A paradigm is a ‘beside example,’ a pattern or model for something that will occur at a later time. The pattern of the first century resurrection was that Jesus would descend from heaven with God’s trumpet and would gather his chosen ones to heavenly life, which occurred in 70 C. E. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

5. In our modern day, Jehovah’s Servant will descend, not from heaven itself, but from a heavenly vantage point, that is earthly Mount Zion and will gather his chosen ones together to himself during the sounding of the last trumpet of our day. (Isaiah 2:2-4; Matthew 24:31)

6. Revelation 11:8, 9, 12 describes the death and resurrection of the "two witnesses" who have been killed and their corpses lay on the broadway of the great city, not being buried, for a period of ‘three and a half days.’ They were resurrected when a voice out of heaven called to them and said, "come on up here." They are said to have gone into "heaven in a cloud."

7. These resurrections are similar in that the two witnesses are in a dead-like condition having been "killed" by the "wild beast" when he stopped their service to God. They therefore die as martyrs before God and mankind. After a period of time of being ‘dead’ they are resurrected to ‘heaven’ in that God exalts them to a new ‘life.’ They now have His everlasting favor. (Daniel 7:25, 26; Revelation 5:10)

8. God’s people on earth, after being raised from their death-like state, will experience the same kind of change, as did first century Christians, in that they will be given immortality and incorruption during the sounding of the last trumpet instantaneously. This means that the ‘second death’ has no authority over them. (Revelation 20:6)

9. These ones are victorious because they have not worshipped the wild beast or its image and have not received the mark of the beast upon their foreheads or their hands in spite of the efforts of Satan and his servants to force them to do so. (Revelation 20:4) This test is unique in that the first century Christian did not have to face it, only the modern-day servants of Jehovah do.

10. They will sing the "Song of Moses" and the "Song of the Lamb" and by their doing so many will come to understand the "mystery of God" and how it has come to be "finished" or fully revealed to Jehovah’s complete satisfaction. (Revelation 15:2, 3)




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