– A Better
received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not
accepting deliverance, that they might obtain
"better resurrection" of Heb
11:35 was the resurrection to and the attaining of LIFE
eternal in the soon to be revealed, "age to come." Up until that point
under old covenant history every person resurrected from death
subsequently died again and saw "corruption." And like all others before
had not entered Heaven [Jn
1:18; 3:13], but entered the Hadean realm of
Paradise-Tartarus; as the way into the 'Holiest of All' – Heaven, had
not yet been opened [Heb 9:8].
All resurrections prior to the Parousia, except Christ's, were of a
fleshly temporal nature and all subsequently died again. At death, the
ancients faced [Heb] "Sheol" [Gk] "Hades" i.e., Paradise-Tartarus [Lk
16:22-26, 23:43; 2Pt 2:4], but this was not Heavens'
raises the widow of Zarephaths son –
raises the Shunammite woman’s son –
Elisha’s bones cause a dead man to be raised to life –
raises the widows son – Lk
raises Jairus’ daughter – Lk
raises Lazarus – Jn 11:38-44.
saints raised at the crucifixion/resurrection –
raises Tabitha – Act 9:36-42.
raises Eutychus – Act 20:9-11.
was the only one ever promised not to see "corruption" [Act
2:31, Psa 16:10], being raised with a "flesh and bone"
body [Lk 24:39].
Jesus had to be "bodily" raised as proof positive of His defying and
defeat of death, of which later He destroyed its power completely in
His 2nd Coming circa AD70. Jesus, Paul tells us brought "life
[eternal] and immortality to
light through the gospel" [2Tim
Those being "counted worthy to
attain that age" would be "sons
of God" being "sons
of the resurrection" no longer subject to death – being
equal to the angels Lk
20:35-36; because Jesus
has come "according
to the power of an endless life" and "dies no more" [Heb
7:16; Rom 6:9].
counted with those of Rev
14:13 who are now "blessed
who die in the Lord from now on." Ours is a better
resurrection, unto eternal life. This was Paul's aim – to know "the
power of His resurrection" to "attain
to the resurrection from the dead"
Phil 3:10-11. His
yearning was for more than a temporal resurrection from biological
demise like those previous; his longing was for THE resurrection par