A. There are two coming resurrections recorded in God’s Word. The first resurrection takes place in two phases.
1. Overcoming Saints Resurrected / Alive & Remaining Overcomers Raptured
God will catch away, or Rapture, His overcoming Church just prior to the 3 ½ year Tribulation period. The non-overcoming Christians will be left behind to go through the Tribulation period.
The word Overcome simply means to subdue, conquer, prevail and get the victory. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is all about overcoming. He walked through this life overcoming. He overcame temptation. He overcame death, hell and the grave. He has conquered, and He has overcome!
Jesus now lives in the heart of the believer as the “Overcomer”. He has come into our lives to overcome. Through Him we too can and shall overcome the world, the flesh, the devil, death, hell and the grave.
Because He, Jesus, the overcoming Resurrected Christ, lives and abides in the heart of the believer, we too can overcome through our faith in who He is and what He has done!
The overcomer is named such because they overcome, conquer and get the victory over the struggles, obstacles and trials within and without. However the believer can also be overcome if he or she is not walking in the overcoming work and power of the indwelling Christ.
There is no need for the true believer not to overcome, neither to be overcome by the world, flesh and the devil. God has provided all the tools and weapons of spiritual warfare for His people to live in absolute victory.
The parable of the ten virgins teaches us the principle of overcoming
This parable shows three groups of people. The wise virgins, (the overcomers), the foolish virgins, (the non-overcomers), and those that were awake to make the midnight cry.
Part of the Church that is left behind, flees into the wilderness during the Tribulation period
The Bible is clear that all seven Churches in the Book of Revelation had things to Overcome and there was a reward for Overcoming. Each Church age is a picture of the various stages in the spiritual journey and growth in the life of a believer. Every step of the way is about overcoming.
a. The Church of Ephesus
b. The Church of Smyrna
c. The Church of Pergamos
d. The Church of Thyatira
e. The Church of Sardis
f. The Church of Philadelphia
g. The Church of Laodicea
How do we Overcome as Believers?
The Scriptures are clear that not all Christians will be Raptured. Only the Overcoming Saints will be Raptured and all Non-Overcoming believers will be left behind to experience the Tribulation period. The question then arises, how do we know that we are overcomers?
We Overcome by putting our Faith in Jesus Christ.
We Overcome by walking in all of the light of Truth that we have.
We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb.
1. Resurrection of Tribulation Overcomers Who Gave their Lives for Their Testimony
The first phase of the first resurrection will herald in the great tribulation which will prevail on the earth under the reign of the Antichrist for three and a half years.
B. The second resurrection includes all the dead, both believers who were not overcomers at death, and all those who lived on the earth and did not believe.
1. All Non-Overcoming Believers
2. All Remaining Dead Raised From Death, Hell, Sea, and Dust