"Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast (eject) him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. KJV 

I was thinking of something I told my daughter a couple of years before she died...  We were talking about what happens to people when they die.  I told her it is like "jumping from one world to the next."  The Bible says that the "dead know not anything."  So, that literally it would feel like closing your eyes and only a split second later you would be in a different world, even though in reality, the time between the two could be 1000 years or more.  Little did I know that she would die in a car accident a couple of years later.  But I well remember that conversation. 

The truth is, whether we die by growing old, or due to an accident, or we perish from a fatal disease, it is not over for us.  We will all have to depart this world eventually. This world seems like a permanent place, but it is far from it.  In effect, we can jump ship out of this world into God's realm through a resurrection.  A resurrection is like a door or a gate into a different world, into a different time.  Christ in the New Testament spoke of the judgment, it is not a mass condemnation, it is a time when men's eyes are opened and they receive God's spirit, and they have a chance to learn to live God's way.  Many in this world have never even heard the name of Jesus, many die as babies, are they condemned?  No, of course not.  In the last part of the book of Revelation we read of the Great White Throne judgment. 


"The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will

condemn it, because  they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater

than Jonah is  here. "The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and

will condemn  it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon;

and behold,  something greater than Solomon is here.

The Great White Throne Judgment is when all of mankind, small and great come up all together in a massive resurrection after the millennium. The books (Biblios, the Bible) are opened to them and they will be judged (evaluated) out of the things written in the book.  In other words, they will have a real chance, a life where they will be taught God's ways, and at the end of it, the book of life will be opened to them and they will have a chance to receive eternal life.  But, there will be some who will fully and knowingly reject God all the way.  Not too many, but what happens to them?


The earth changes constantly.  It is not at all like it was 1 million years ago.  And, this earth in time will grow old and God will roll it up like an old discarded housecoat.  He will change the heavens and the earth up, just like you would change your shirt.  "You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed."  Scientists and astronomers are well aware that in time, even our sun will eventually explode and swallow up the earth. 

Hebrews 1:10-14 explains the temporary nature of the earth and the heavens. 

"In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." NIV

This is a difficult concept for human beings.  This exact world as we know it is very old and it seems that it will be eternal, but it is not.  It will someday be dark and lifeless...the earth will perish as we know it.  But, God will remain, and the people who accept God and learn His ways will live forever.  The earth will wear out like an old pair of jeans...  It will be a place of desolate will become the "outer darkness" that Jesus spoke of.  A lifeless dark world where only the eternally dead abide.

Matt 22:13 says, "Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast (eject) him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Because of this phrase, "cast him into outer darkness", some teach that those cast into outer darkness will be cast into outer space, but that is not what the word darkness simply means "shade, it means "a shadow...darkness"---but it does not mean outer space.  This same Greek word which is translated darkness, is also translated shadow in the example where Peter's shadow passed over some people waiting to be healed.  So evidently, it is certainly not talking about casting someone into space.

The word "outer" here means exterior, like the exterior of a house. ...ON THE OUTSIDE.  Can one be on the outside of what God is doing?  Yes they can.  What does this mean?  To find the answer to that. (So we can avoid doing it.) We first have to understand the concept of resurrections. Through a resurrection, we can be moved into another the inner realm of God, converted people will become eternal beings in the first resurrection, which comes at the return of Christ and they will rule the earth for a 1000 years with Christ. But, for the unconverted, in other words, those who do not have the spirit of God, they will come up as a physical human being in their resurrection, they will receive a last chance to go into the God realm.  If they are obedient, they will receive eternal life, they will not rule with Christ, but they will live forever.

The word resurrection is mentioned 41 times in the New Testament.  It is important to understand this concept.  It is a foundational teaching of Christ, listed in Hebrews 6.  It was the teaching of the early church that was rejected and hated the most. The early Christians were killed for this belief, thrown in jail, and beaten.  It is for teaching about the resurrection of the dead that Paul was arrested.  He said in court, "Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day."  Acts 24:21  KJV

Acts 4:1-3 says that this hot button issue, was what got the disciples thrown in jail.  "And as they (the disciples) spoke to the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold (jail) unto the next day: for it was now eventide.

The apostle John in the book of Revelation explains that there are in fact, two resurrections.  In Chapter 20:5-6 he says, "Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years."

We already talked about this, but obviously, the first resurrection is a better one.  It is to instant eternal life.  It is for people who have already committed themselves to God's system and to Him and His government, they are already on the inside track with God, and because of that, they will be made into eternal spirit beings at the return of Christ to rule with him for a 1000 years. (The millennium)

At the return of Christ, those that have God's Spirit and are converted will come up in the first resurrection.  And, obviously, if there is a first resurrection, then there has to be a second one.  Revelation 20:12-15 describes the Great White Throne Judgment, where every human being who has ever lived, small and great will come up and live again, to learn God's ways, and recieve their final chance to change their ways, and accept God's ways.

12 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.

13 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.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

God is so loving and so fair.  Everyone will be given a final chance to be on the inside of God's permanent Kingdom, but the only way to get there is to go through the natural process of death that all human beings experience.  In the meantime, we live our human life out the best that we can, we learn a few lessons and when God is ready, we go to His realm.  We literally jump from one world into the next. But, I'm like everyone else, I'm not in any hurry to go.  I have a lot to learn yet. 

For sure, when we die, we will come up in one of 2 resurrections as spoken of by the Apostle John in Revelation, and, since the dead know not anything, when we close our eyes in death, it will truly seem as if we have jumped from one world into the next---in a split the twinkling of an eye. 

We will all have our opportunity to experience death, to know nothing, and then to go through a door, a resurrection and to come up inside of God's realm.  The best way is for a person to choose to live by God's system now, and when our natural death comes or Christ returns, we will get a better deal from God...the first resurrection, and instant eternal life.

The rest will come up 1000 years later, after the millennium.  In the second resurrection, they will have a final opportunity to choose God's better way.  The only other alternative is to reject eternal life and to be cast outside of God's realm into outer darkness, this is what the second death is about, which simply means to "permanently non-exist."  God forbid.




The Better Resurrection

Are You Ready for the Return of Christ?

Published By: The Churches Of God Copyright 2006
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