THE EARTHLY INHERITANCE SERIES of BIBLE SUBJECTS
Various Bible study guides in subjects pertaining to
New Earth prophecy, as taught by Paul Phelps.
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD,
they shall inherit the earth. Psalm 37:9
The RESURRECTION of THE RIGHTEOUS
Bible quotes are from the New Revised Standard Version
except for my own translations or as otherwise indicated.
A Bible study thesis that expounds God’s plan
for mankind to gain entry into His Kingdom on earth.
A Bible study project by Paul Phelps.
After several years of study this writing was completed in 2000.
The Bible assures future resurrections both in heaven and earth. Apostle Paul
taught the heavenly resurrection hope of the Church (which was his calling) and
he also acknowledged the earthly resurrection hope of the Jews.
When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees
and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council,
‘Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees.
I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.’
But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect,
I worship the God of our ancestors, believing everything laid down
according to the law or written in the prophets. I have a hope in God—
a hope that they themselves also accept—that there will be
a resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
As we study the Law and the Prophets (Old Testament texts), we find that Jews
have always believed in a resurrection of the dead for the whole world, and that
the righteous will rise in earthly bodies from the start of the Messianic Kingdom.
When Abraham obeyed God to sacrifice his son (Gen. 22; Hebrews 11:17-19),
he had resurrection hope. The Bible’s first hint of resurrection is in Deut. 32:39;
God says, “I kill and I make alive.” Hannah’s prayer reveals that God intends to
raise people from the grave. “The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down
to Sheol and raises up” (1 Sam. 2:6). In this text and more places, SHEÒL means
‘the realm of dead souls’ or ‘underworld.’ This means that at death, men’s souls
descend into Sheol, and that God will someday raise them up. Psalm 49:15 says,
“But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.”
This hope is taught in Job 14:10-13,
But mortals die, and are laid low; humans expire, and where are they?
As waters fail from a lake, and a river wastes away and dries up, so
mortals lie down and do not rise again; until the heavens are no more,
they will not awake or be roused out of their sleep. Oh that you would
hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
Therefore the concealment of Sheol is a sleep— from which we are not raised
until the appointed time. Jesus said death is a sleep (Luke 8:52-55; Jn. 11:11-14).
The soul is sleeping (not the body). Every human soul asleep in Sheol is waiting
for the appointed time to rise to life. Isaiah 26:19,
Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise. O dwellers in the dust,
awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a radiant dew,
and the earth will give birth to those long dead.
The resurrection of the righteous dead to new life in earth will be the dawn of
a new day! The souls of the sleeping dead will awaken with new bodies that are
compared to morning dewdrops. This resurrection happens after Christ returns
for his earthly kingdom. Jesus is like the sunrise of earth’s new day. He returns
in power with his glorified saints—and then the ‘resurrection dewdrops’ appear.
Your people will offer themselves willingly
on the day you lead your forces in holy splendour.
From the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will come to you.
Earth's early morning is the Kingdom. The womb of the morning is the earth,
because this resurrection is in earth. Job 19:25-27,
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and
after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
God is a Spirit and not usually seen by earthmen (Jn. 4:24; 1 Jn. 4:12), but in a
renewed flesh body Job will see God, because Jesus will be God on earth in the
Kingdom. Job represents those of upright conscience; “Let me die the death of
the upright, and let my end be like his!” (Num. 23:10). King David is with those
who will awaken on earth for David did not go to heaven nor will he (Acts 2:34).
David will return as King of Israel (Jer. 30:9; 33:17-22; Eze. 34:23-24; Hosea 3:5).
The upright and meek will inherit earth when Jesus the Prince of Peace returns.
Psalm 37:11, Matt. 5:5,
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Jesus’ sermon on righteousness (Matt. 5-7) was to the public crowd; he taughtt
the public in parables but later explained the hidden meanings privately to his
disciples—telling them plainly about the call to heaven. Mark 4:10-11, 33-34,
v 10… When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve
asked him about the parables. And he said to them, ‘To you
has been given to know the secret mystery of the kingdom of God,
but for those outside, everything comes in parables’…
v 33… With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they
were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables,
but he explained everything to his disciples.
Therefore the New covenant has two kinds of life provision, heaven and earth.
Why else did Jesus preach to crowds? His public ministry had purpose because
he continued speaking to them and forgave their sins. Righteousness is for the