The Sadducees were trying to trap Jesus with a trick question.  So they thought up a scenario to buffalo Him...Here is what they said.

"Teacher," they said, "Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother.

Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.  The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?"      Luke 20:28-33

Looks like they've got Him, doesn't it?  Maybe this will break Him from teaching that after we die, we come up in a resurrection...but no.  He answers them.  He knows that they know nothing of the age to come.  He says,

"The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels.  (Only God hath immortality, yet faithful angels are promised eternal life) They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.  Luke 20:34-36

We see that people in this "age" do things like getting married...but there is going to be an end to this age...and with it will come some major changes.  Speaking of the age to come, the Bible
says, "...which he (God the Father) exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given,
not only in the present age... but also in the one to come.   Ephesians 1:20-21


All we know, is that at the end of the age, there will be a great fire that will burn up all the wicked.  Matthew 13:40-43 says,

"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear."

HOW IS THIS CONNECTED TO THE INFORMATION THAT CHRIST GAVE ABOUT THE END OF THE AGE AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD?  If you look at the end of the book of Revelation, we see that there truly are resurrections just like Jesus taught!  The Sadducees were wrong. 

In Revelation, it speaks of the "first" resurrection" (which occurs at Christ's return...this resurrection is sometimes mistakenly called "the rapture,"...a term that is no where mentioned in the Bible) and the book of Revelation also speaks of another massive resurrection (obviously, if there is a first resurrection then there has to be a second one...and Revelation 20 says that this second one comes 1000 years later at the end of the millennium...and just prior to the destruction of the old heavens and earth by the lake of fire that literally burns up the earth and heavens to make way for the new heaven and the new earth. 

THE BURNING UP OF THE HEAVENS AND EARTH ARE THE "FIERY FURNACE" THAT WE JUST READ ABOUT IN MATTHEW 13.  THIS DESTRUCTION OF THE OLD HEAVENS AND EARTH BY FIRE ARE "THE END OF THE AGE." The permanent spiritual kingdom of God which is formed when the new heavens and the new earth come into existence is the beginning of a new age!!!!)  

Then and only then will their be real peace on earth.  This is when the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father, and they will be just like their brother Jesus Christ, in that they will be a true child of the God family.  As Christ said, They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.  Luke 20:36




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