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1 Corinthians 15:23

But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

There is no question about resurrection being The Hope of The Church of The Dispensation of The Mystery. In his last letter to Timothy, Paul warned against those who say that the resurrection is past already. This is the teaching that members of The Church go to heaven when they die. That would bypass resurrection and The Manifestation in Glory in the days to come.

Colossians 1:18 assures us that Christ is the firstborn from the dead. If that is true, then those that are His must follow the same pattern and be born again from the dead (resurrection).

The problem that has plagued so many is the time of this great event. When are they raised?

The fact that members are quickened (made alive), raised, and seated with Him in The Heavenlies now is a spiritual experience and condition. It does not answer the questions concerning The Resurrection.

The gathering in John 11:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:15-17, and Rev. 11:15-17, is a fulfillment of prophecy concerning Israel and has nothing to do with The Mystery and its Church. This event was never hidden in God from the ages and generations.

So The Hope of The Church of The Dispensation of The Mystery is not the same as that of Israel, so we will have to look a bit further along in our Book for the answer to this vexing question.

The citizenship of this Church is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20). It is blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly Places. These expressions give us a key to what we seek. Israel has her Hope here on earth. She awaits the Coming of her Messiah, the King of kings and Lord of lords, to come to earth and set up His kingdom, seated on the throne of His father, David. And their future part in the purpose of God is to evangelize the nations of the earth during The Millennium. This is The Great Commission.

So Israel will see The Coming of the Lord to earth. They will see Him unveiled here on earth. And they will see Him reign on earth.

But The Church, having a Heavenly Hope and sphere of activity, has no part in these events. It has an even greater one to look for. That is His Manifestation in Glory. He is not now seen on the earth. Neither is He seen in heaven. The time of His Manifestation is not yet come. When He is manifested there, it will not be only to The Church but to the principalities and powers there as well.

But somebody may ask if that means those evil beings mentioned in Eph. 6:12. Hardly, for first Satan and his angels reside in the lowest of all heavens, 'the air,' next stop down, the earth itself. It is from this low heaven satan will be cast down (Rev. 12:7-13) out of heaven about 3 1/2 years before "the gathering together" of 1 Thes. 4:16-17 and 2 Thes. 2:1. The Church of The One Body of Christ inhabits The Heaven of heavens far, far, above all other heavens, and we should Manifest in Christ Jesus there about 17 1/2 years earlier. As soon as Satan is cast out of the 'the air,' then Christ will meet the faithful who will inhabit The New Jerusalem, The Bride there replacing satan with Glory. This is logical and parallel with the experience of Israel entering their land and the record in Hebrews Chapter 11.

Now as to the manner of getting there, the transportation, none is needed. If we, as Israel, are to have bodies made without hands in The Heavens, then it follows that our Resurrection will be there, not here on the earth, for we Manifest out from The Shekinah Light of Glory where Christ is hidden now.

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