author=Nikki link=topic=1313.msg13326#msg13326 date=1122743542]
I have been searching through the scriptures and would like
some input on certain terms.
The term second death implies a first death. But what is the first death, sinvce it is not
mentioned specifically? I am stuck between two answers. #1. The death in Adam. and #2.
The death of the body. Can anyone shed some light on this problem for me? Or perhaps
they are both related
Second death is a figure of speech described as the Lake of fire in
Rev.20:11-15, meaning eternal destruction from the presence of God.
After life, there is no more death and it is appointed for man to die once
All the unsaved of all times will be resurrected at the end of Christ's
millennial kingdom, judged at the Great White Throne judgment,
and then cast alive into the Lake of Fire
They will be given bodies that will last forever, but bodies that are
sinful and subject to pain and suffering. Like the Devil and his angels,
they will exist forever in the Lake of fire.
Adam came under *sentence* of death the moment he ate the forbidden
fruit. By God's mercy he did not drop dead on the spot. By God's mercy a
substitutionary lamb was sacrificed for Adam, and another for Eve. Their
open guilt ("nakedness") was covered by the death of the lamb, and their
nudity by the lambskin God gave them to wear.
Adam eventually died 930 years later (Genesis 5:5). His body wore out
due to the curse on the earth, and ceased to be viable. His soul was
in Sheol awaiting the resurrection; but after Calvary he and the OT
believers transferred from Sheol to Paradise (Matthew 27:51-53).
Born once, die twice; born twice, die once. "It is appointed unto men
once to die, and after this the judgment..." (Hebrews 9:27). There is
no reincarnation; only resurrection. Before we are born again, we are
spiritually dead in trespasses and sins, although still physically alive
as long as we keep breathing and our heart keeps pumping. We have just
the time of this life in which to repent and make our decision for Christ.
As we don't know when we are going to die, we'd better come to Christ now
while it is called "today".
When we get born again, we are regenerated and made new by the Holy Spirit.
We have a new life and a new nature, not susceptible to the Second Death.
The Second Death is the fate of all who are cast into the Lake of Fire
The First Resurrection is physical. The departed saints in Paradise
receive a new resurrection body, like Christ's resurrection body
(Philippians 3:21). This is the First Resurrection (Revelation 20:5b).
The Second Death has no power over us (Revelation 20:6). The Second
Resurrection (also physical) is after the millennium, and is of the unsaved
dead (Revelation 20:5a). Their names will not be found in the Lamb's Book of
Life, so they will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
The First Resurrection is described as the Rapture. The resurrected dead
(1 Thessalonians 4:16) and the metamorphosed living (1 Corinthians 15:52-53)
all ascend to heaven to meet the Lord "in the air" - i.e., not on the earth
(1 Thessalonians 4:17). Christ does not actually appear on earth until his
feet stand in "That Day" on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). Then he
returns with all his saints to put down the earthly powers attacking
Jerusalem and the Jews, and usher in the thousand years of peace.[/size]