LDS First and Second Resurrection

A few times each year my wife asks me: “When Christ died, was everyone who had died up to that point resurrected?” My answer always has been: “I don’t know, but we should find out.”  I finally did some research and discovered the following:

    • When Christ died, all the righteous dead who had lived and died up to that point were resurrected.
      • Matthew 27:52-53 -> “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.”
      • D & C 133:55 -> “And from Moses to Elijah, and from Elijah to John, who were with Christ in his resurrection, and the holy apostles, with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, shall be in the presence of the Lamb.”
    • At the beginning of the millennium, all righteous people who have lived since Christ was resurrected will be resurrected. This is the morning of the first resurrection.
      • Revelation 20:6  -> “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.”
      • Luke 14:14 -> “And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
      • 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 -> “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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
      • D & C 88:97-98 -> “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 first fruits, 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; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.”
    • The afternoon of the first resurrection is when all people who were good but not worthy enough to receive a full inheritance in the kingdom of God will be resurrected.
      • D & C 88:99 -> “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.”
    • The second resurrection is when the wicked will be resurrected. This happens at the end of the millennium.
      • Revelation 20:5 -> “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. “
      • D & C 88:100-101 -> “And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come 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 thousound years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.”
    • The resurrection of damnation is the resurrection of those who gained a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost and then denied it, chose Satan, and came out in rebellion against Christ.
      • John 5:29 -> “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
      • D & C 100:102 -> “And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying: There are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy still.”

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