Part #07 of “The Mystery Of The Rapture”
“It’s every man in his own order, when it comes to the resurrection of men”.
“But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”
Now, whenever we see that word, “but” we’ve got to look at something different here.
There will be a resurrection of all people that ever lived, ‘but’, every man in his own order.”
Keep in mind that the New Testament is originally written in the Greek language.
And the word ‘order’, in the Greek is ‘tagma’, which implies a ‘military like organization’.
Now, those who have been in the service know that the armed forces have various orders of command.
It starts with a platoon, then a company, and the battalion, regiment, division and brigade.
Those are all orders of command.
In the same way, the resurrection is not going to be general.
It won’t be everybody at once, but Paul says, “every person in his own order” or company.
Everyone will be resurrected according to their organizational company, each in his own order.
We’ve Already Had The First Fruits
Now, remember we’ve already had the ‘first fruits’, the first group, as indicated by Christ Jesus, in the previous article.
But now, in [1 Corinthians 15:23], Paul the Apostle, by revelation, tells us that ‘every man in his own order’.
Christ the ‘first fruits’, that is one company, and then “afterwards, they that are at Christ’s side at his coming”.
So, who are we talking about?
We are talking about the Church Age believer.
Those who are in Christ, who are part of the ‘Body of Christ’, referred to as ‘the Bride’ in Scripture.
They will be the next ones to experience resurrection.
‘Every man in his own order’.
After Christ and the first fruits, comes this great group of believers of the Church Age.
Let’s go back into Israel’s history, and pick up the Old Testament description of harvesting that field of grain.
The Main Harvest
Now let’s take a look at the ‘Main Harvest’, the main, big and ‘second part’ of the ‘first resurrection’.
Keep in mind that the ‘first fruits’, the ‘first part’ of the ‘first resurrection’ has already been fulfilled, it’s complete.
Christ along with those Old Testament believers who came out of their graves ‘after His resurrection’, are already in glory.
They are the first group and according to, “every man in his own order”.
And they are in glory ‘bodily’, they already have their new glorified bodies.
Scripture confirms that in [Matthew 27:52-52].
For after they got resurrected, they even went into the Holy city of Jerusalem and“appeared unto many”, which tells us, they could be ‘visibly seen’ by others.
Remember that Jesus Christ after His Resurrection, physically appeared to His disciples.
They could physically touch and feel Him [Luke 24:39].
And He could even eat, which HE asked for and He did [Luke 24:41-43].
Instructions God Gave The Jew
Now, going back to [Leviticus 19:9-10], let’s take a look at the instructions God gave the Jew through Moses.
“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field.”
“Neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.”
This was God’s instructions to the Jew when they came into the land to occupy it.
That was according to Law.
“And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard:”
In other words, they were not to strip it bare nor gather what had naturally fallen to the ground.
And here is the reason, “thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger (foreigner): I am the LORD your God:…”
Harvesting The Whole Field……But!
The Jew, according to the Law, was to harvest the whole field, the very centre of it.
BUT, they were to leave the corners, as well as a certain amount of gleanings for the poor and strangers.
As they’d go into their field, they went in first and took out those ripening heads of grain, the ‘first fruits’ and made a sheaf of them.
Then as we saw in the last article, how this sheaf would taken to the temple and offered as a ‘wave offering’ unto the LORD.
Then they came in and harvested the ‘main field’, but they had to leave the corners and the gleanings.
However, the ‘main harvest’ was taken all at one time.
And that is the picture of the Rapture, and resurrection of the Church Age believer, the ‘main harvest’.
This is the ‘second group’ and it’s going to be a ‘HUGE ONE’.
This is the beauty and ‘miracle of Scripture’, how things written in the Old Testament fit ‘hand-in-glove’ with the New Testament, and the ‘Age of Grace’ today.
For 2000 + years now, God has been calling out people by His Grace.
He has offered Salvation to everyone, irrespective of colour, caste, ethnicity, background or creed.
And HE is still doing so today!
And it’s only by believing that, “Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again” [1 Corinthians 15:1-4].
Although it is predominately for the Gentiles, yet always remember that this has been ‘God’s primary harvest’.
It’s the next, ‘imminent’ and probably ‘the greatest supernatural event’ on God’s Calendar.
And ‘NONE OF US’ want to miss it!
Who Are ‘The Gleanings’ And ‘The Corners’
We’re going to pick up those who are ‘the gleanings’, just spoken of in [Leviticus 19:9-10].
The ones indicated by ‘the corners’ that are left, and the gleanings.
Let’s take a look once again at what the Apostle Paul writes by revelation in [1 Corinthians 15:23-25].
“But every man (lost or saved) in his own order” (his own organizational company), says Paul.
“Christ the first fruits;”, which has already happened, as we have seen.
“Afterward they that are Christ’s” (those who are members of ‘The Body’, the main harvest) at his coming.”
Now watch the first part of his next statement:
“Then cometh the end……”
This speaks predominantly of two events.
This first is the ‘main harvest’ of the Church Age believers will bring the ‘Age of Grace’ to a close.
The Church, the ‘Body of Christ’, is caught up into heaven, Raptured and gone!
The second is that this event of the Rapture, will set in the seven years of the great tribulation.
And after the seven years of the tribulation has run its course, then Paul says:
“…….when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he (Christ)must reign (as a King), till he hath put all enemies under his feet.”
We will address this in a separate article, for now let’s stay focused on the ‘first resurrection’.
We have seen the first two groups, the ‘first fruits’ and ‘main harvest’ of the ‘first resurrection’.
And now we’ll get on to…………
The Third Group Of The ‘First Resurrection’
The third group are indicated by the ‘corners and the gleanings’, according the instructions given to the Jew by God .
Remember, “it’s every man in his own order”.
Let’s take a look at what was spoken by the prophet Daniel in [Daniel 12:1-2].
Daniel lays it out so specifically as to when these Old Testament believers are going to be resurrected.
This will also include the Tribulation saints, those believers who will be martyred during the seven years of the tribulation.
There’ll be multiple thousands of them who will also will reign with Christ during the millennial rule [Revelations 20:4].
So, there will be people saved during this seven years.
But they will be killed almost as fast as they are saved until we get to those that survive at the end.
Once again, we will explain this in more detail in a separate article.
But here is the thing, ‘NONE OF US WANT TO BE THERE’.
For God has made the way out for all of us to escape that ‘unprecedented, horrible period of time’.
Remember, the ‘Gospel of God’s Grace’, is both a ‘message of hope and warning’.
Third Group Indicated The Corners And Gleanings
This is the third group that are indicated by the corners and the gleanings.
They are not going to be as great in number as the ‘main harvest’.
And they also are going to be resurrected, but at a time different from the Rapture of the Church.
Now, when we say the Tribulation saints, it’s that hour after the Church is gone.
The ones who will be saved during the ‘great tribulation’ that Jesus Christ spoke of in [Matthew 24:21].
And also which the Book of Revelation describes in graphic detail.
And we feel that we’re getting awfully close to it, it’s virtually at the door.
So, now, the resurrection of the Tribulation saints has to be included in the gleanings and the corners.
Because they certainly are not in the Body of Christ.
Resurrection Of The Old Testament Saints.
And yet, Daniel now is speaking of the resurrection of the Old Testament saints or believers.
This is at a point shortly after the end of the Tribulation.
This is, after the Second Coming of Christ, and into the Kingdom.
Here it is in [Daniel 12:1-2].
“……..And there shall be a time of trouble” says Daniel.
“Such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time”.
“And at that time thy people (Israel) shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
Now, this is what Paul refers to in [Romans 9:27] as that ‘remnant’, that is a remainder, just a few.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,”
In other words, they have died and they’ve reverted back to the dust.
And many of them “shall awake…“
And here again, we have a parallel with John’s Gospel, in [John 5:28-29]:
You see that?
“Some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Again, you’ve got the believer and the unbeliever listed here.
I Heard, But I Understood Not
“And I heard, but I understood not”, writes Daniel in [Daniel 12:8-9].
Daniel is saying that he heard but he understood not.
Now all Scripture is inspired of God [2 Timothy 3:16]
Peter says so clearly that, “prophecy came not in the old time by will of man” [2 Peter 1:21].
“But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Our Bible is the very inspiration of the Spirit of God.
And as Peter says, that these holy men of God wrote as they were moved along by His Spirit.
Now even under those circumstances, do you think they understood everything they wrote?
Not at all! And here it is so plain and simple.
Even Daniel says so, after writing this great book of end-time prophecy 2500 years before it happens.
Then he asks the LORD, “O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?”
The LORD replies:
“Go thy way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
Daniel said, “Lord I don’t know”.
And God says, “don’t worry about it. It’s not for you to know until we come to the time of the end.”
And then HE tells Daniel in [Daniel 12:13];
“But go thou thy way till the end be:
“For thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot (‘every man in his own order’) at the end of the days.”
The Turn Of The Century
It wasn’t until near the turn of the century that men began to get a comprehension of prophecy.
Before that, there was not a clear cut teaching of how these things were going to unfold.
And that’s exactly what God told Daniel.
It wasn’t for men to understand until we get close to the end times.
And we see that happening with all the current events and news.
The Two Witnesses
In the Book of [Revelation Chapter 11:9], there are these two witnesses of God who would be killed.
And their bodies would be left in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days.
The Scripture says so plainly that ‘all the world’ will see their dead bodies.
And they are actually going to rejoice and celebrate by the exchanging of gifts [Revelation 11:10].
Many years ago we would say, “How can that be?”
“How can the whole world see two bodies lying dead in Jerusalem?”
That’s not a question any more!
It happens every day with our communications and satellite television.
We see everything that’s taking place on the other side of the world at the very moment it’s happening.
So, all the end time revelations are now very believable.
All you have to do is attach it to modern technology and it all makes sense.
That’s why Daniel said, “Lord I don’t know.”
And God says, “don’t worry about it, it’s not for you to know until we come to the time of the end.”
“But go thy way until the end be: for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot.”
Once again, the word ‘lot’ here is a military term of a company or battalion.
Resurrected In Their Own Lot
So the Old Testament saints will be resurrected in their own lot, according to, ‘every man in his own order’.
They will be a smaller group thus representing the ‘gleanings and the corners’.
This will be the ‘third and final part’ of the ‘first resurrection’
They won’t be resurrected until ‘AFTER’ the Kingdom has been set up.
Just like Paul the apostle wrote, “It’s every man in his own order”.
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