Resurrection

All of God's children will be resurrected, but not everyone will be resurrected at the same time!!!

As might be suspected the children of God will be resurrected in order from righteous to wicked, meaning the righteous will be resurrected first. Here is an excellent article on the different "levels" and times of resurrection:
Article: Times Of Resurrection (BYU-Idaho)

The resurrections begin at the time of the Second Coming of Christ (which is also called Judgment Day)!!! Those going to the Celestial Kingdom and Terrestrial Kingdom will be resurrected first. Quotes, unless otherwise specified, are from the late church scholar and apostle Bruce R. McConkie.

  • "Two great resurrections await the inhabitants of the earth: one is the first resurrection, the resurrection of life, the resurrection of the just; the other is the second resurrection, the resurrection of damnation, the resurrection of the unjust. (John 5:28-29; Rev. 20; D. & C. 76.) But even within these two separate resurrections, there is an order in which the dead will come forth. Those being resurrected with celestial bodies, whose destiny is to inherit a celestial kingdom, will come forth in the morning of the first resurrection. Their graves shall be opened and they shall be caught up to meet the Lord at his Second Coming. They are Christ's, the firstfruits, and they shall descend with him to reign as kings and priests during the millennial era. (D. & C. 29:13; 43:18; 76:50-70; 88:97-98; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:3-7.)

Shortly AFTER the righteous are resurrected the Second Trump, perhaps a few hours later, we do not know, those who qualify for the Terrestrial Kingdom will be resurrected.

  • ""And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ's at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh." (D. & C. 88:99.) This is the afternoon of the first resurrection; it takes place after our Lord has ushered in the millennium. Those coming forth at that time do so with terrestrial bodies and are thus destined to inherit a terrestrial glory in eternity. (D. & C. 76:71-80.)"

Note that the wicked (i.e. those going to the Telestial kingdom and the Sons of Perdition and the "Like Unto the Son of Perdition" still have not been resurrected!!! They will suffer for a thousand years before they are resurrected (i.e. after the Millennium). It is almost certain that the planet on which the Millennium occurs will not be on this planet Earth because this planet will be Celestialized at the Second Coming of Christ!!!

The word "millenium" means 1,000 years, though in this context it is a specific 1,000 years!!!

  • "At the end of the millennium, the second resurrection begins. In the forepart of this resurrection of the unjust those destined to come forth will be "the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation; And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth." (D. & C. 88:100-101.) These are the ones who have earned telestial bodies, who were wicked and carnal in mortality, and who have suffered the wrath of God in hell "until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work." (D. & C. 76:85.) Their final destiny is to inherit a telestial glory. (D. & C. 76:81-112.)

Here is a quote from a church apostle and scholar James E. Talmage:

  • "Two General Resurrections are mentioned in the scriptures, and these may be specified as first and final, or as the resurrection of the just and the resurrection of the unjust. The first was inaugurated by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; immediately following which many of the saints came forth from their graves. A continuation of this, the resurrection of the just, has been in operation since [Note the fact that Moroni, the last of the Nephite prophets, who died in the first quarter of the fifth century A.D., appeared as a resurrected being to Joseph Smith in 1823], and will be greatly extended, or brought to pass in a general way, in connection with the coming of Christ in His glory. The final resurrection will be deferred until the end of the thousand years of peace, and will be in connection with the last judgment.

    The First Resurrection -- -Christ's Resurrection, and That Immediately Following -- The facts of Christ's resurrection from the dead are attested by such an array of scriptural proofs that no doubt of the reality finds place in the mind of any believer in the inspired records. . . .

    Christ, "the firstfruits of them that slept," [1 Cor. 15:20, 23; see also Acts 26:23; Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5; see Vitality of "Mormonism, " pp. 288-294] "the firstborn from the dead" and "the first begotten of the dead" was the first among men to come forth from the grave in an immortalized body; but soon after His resurrection many of the saints were brought from their tombs: "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." [Matt. 27:52-53.]

    Alma, the Nephite prophet, whose writings antedate by many decades the birth of Christ, clearly understood that there would be no resurrection prior to that of the Redeemer, for he said: "Behold, I say unto you, that there is no resurrection -- or, I would say, in other words, that this mortal does not put on immortality, this corruption does not put on incorruption -- until after the coming of Christ." Furthermore, Alma foresaw a general resurrection in connection with Christ's coming forth from the dead, as the context of the foregoing quotation shows. [Alma 40:2, 16] Inspired men among the Nephites spoke of the death and resurrection of Christ [See D&C 63:20, 21] even during the time of His actual ministry in the flesh; and their teachings were speedily confirmed by the appearance of the risen Lord among them [D&C 88:25, 26], as had been foretold by earlier prophets. [D&C 76:107] . . .

    Resurrection at the Time of Christ's Second Coming -- Soon after the bodily departure of Christ from earth, the apostles, upon whom then devolved the direct responsibilities of the Church, were found preaching the doctrine of a future and universal resurrection. . . .

    The resurrection was a favorite theme with Paul; in his epistles to the saints, he gave it frequent and prominent attention. [See Rom. 6:5; 8:11; 1 Cor., chap. 15; 2 Cor. 4:14; Philip. 3:21; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:14; Heb. 6:2] From him also we learn that an order of precedence is to be observed in the resurrection: "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming." [1 Cor. 15:20-23; the entire chapter should be studied]

    It is expressly asserted that many graves shall yield up their dead at the time of Christ's advent in glory, and the just who have slept, together with many who have not died, will be caught up to meet the Lord. Paul thus wrote to the saints in Thessalonica: "Even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. * * * For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." [1 Thess. 4:14-17]

    To the three Nephite disciples, who had asked the blessing of John the beloved apostle, Christ promised: "And ye shall never endure the pains of death; but when I shall come in my glory, ye shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality." [3 Nephi 28:8]

    Through the medium of latter-day revelation the Lord has said: "Behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory, with all the holy angels; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off. But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud." [D&C 45:44, 45] Of the many signs and wonders which shall attend the Lord's glorious coming we have this partial description: "And the face of the Lord shall be unveiled; And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven -- They are Christ's, the firstfruits; they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him." [D&C 88:95-98]

    Such are some of the glories to attend the resurrection of the just. And the company of the righteous will include all who have lived faithfully according to the laws of God as made known to them; children who have died in their innocence; and even the just among the heathen nations who have lived in comparative darkness while groping for light, and who have died in ignorance. This doctrine is made plain by modern revelation: "And then shall the heathen nations be redeemed, and they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection." [D&C 45:54; see also Ezek. 36:23, 24; 37:28; 39:7, 21, 23] The Millennium then is to be inaugurated by a glorious deliverance of the just from the power of death; and of this company of the redeemed it is written: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." [Rev. 20:6.]

The wicked (who only qualify for the Telestial Kingdom or below), are resurrected after the end of the Millennium!!!

  • The Final Resurrection -- "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." [Rev. 20:5] So testified the Revelator after having described the glorious blessings of the righteous, who are given part in the first resurrection. The unworthy will be called to the judgment of condemnation, when the regenerated world is ready to be presented to the Father.

    The contrast between those whose part in the first resurrection is assured, and those whose doom it is to wait until the time of final judgment, is a strong one, and in no case do the scriptures lighten it. We are told that it is right for us to weep over bereavement by death, "and more especially for those that have not hope of a glorious resurrection." [D&C 42:45] In the present day, the voice of Jesus Christ is heard in solemn warning: "Hearken ye, for, behold, the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand. For the day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven; the heavens shall shake and the earth shall tremble, and the trump of God shall sound both long and loud, and shall say to the sleeping nations: Ye saints arise and live; ye sinners stay and sleep until I shall call again." [D&C 43:17, 18]

    The vision of the final scene is thus described by John:. "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 hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." [Rev. 20:12, 13] As the scriptures conclusively prove, the resurrection is to be universal. While it is true that the dead shall be brought forth in order, each as he is prepared for the first or a later stage, yet everyone who has tabernacled in the flesh shall again assume his body; and, with spirit and body reunited, he shall be judged. (Articles of Faith, p.385)


My Comments

The only thing I would add to these versus is that in my opinion, some people, during their stay in the spirit world, can move up or down in which kingdom they end up in!!! If this were not so, why is there, and why will there continue to be, such a massive, massive amount of missionary work going on in the spirit world??!! This missionary work is going on and has been going on probably since Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith were martyred!!!

If people can go up a kingdom or two while in the spirit world then it makes perfect sense that a person can go down a kingdom or two while in the spirit world. However, I have read that a person cannot drop all the way down to the Son of Perdition category while in the spirit world. I don't know how authoritative this is.

So it is possible, in my opinion, that a person can go up or down in terms of which kingdom they will end up in, while they are in the spirit world!!!

LDS church scholars generally make no mention that people can go down a notch or two while in the spirit world. This, I suppose, is because they assume that all righteous members of the church in mortality will be righteous members of the church in the spirit world because when they die they will live with family members of the church who are strong members of the church.

But this is not necessarily true, especially for converts from other countries who do not have close relatives in the spirit world to keep them rightous in the spirit world.

A convert to the church, especially from a foreign country, who dies may want to go to their native country in the spirit world to do missionary work for those they have done temple work for or even for those they have not done temple work for. This puts them in a situation of massive inequity because they not only do not have family members who are stong members of the church in the spirit world, they may be tempeted in the spirit world and not have the spiritual strength to push away temptations!!!!

Whether Heavenly Father takes this massive inequity into account on Judgment Day I do not know. Remember, they went to that country specifically with the intent to preach the gospel and there were no other members of the church in that section of the spirit world!!!


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