John 5:25 "An hour is coming and now is... those who hear shall live"
John 5:28 "All who are in the tombs... shall come forth"
Amillennialists abuse John 5:25-29 in two ways, so both will be addressed in this article. Here is the passage in context:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment." - John 5:25-29
This passage is abused in the following two ways: First, it is said that "and now is" means resurrection can refer to regeneration of the Holy Spirit. This is used to bolster their obvious wresting of Revelation 20:4. Second, it is asserted that "all who are in the tombs... will come forth" is a reference to actual bodily resurrection at the Lord's return and indicates the event will be a single and universal occurrance.
The problem is resolved first by reading the whole passage without chopping it into segments, as is so often the case with wrested Scriptures and "proof-texting." There is absolutely no justification for the Amillennial claim that the first description refers merely to regeneration of the Holy Spirit. None whatsoever. An abrupt change of subject does nothing but disservice to the passage and cause confusion. The passage refers entirely to bodily resurrection. The reason Christ says "and now is" plays into the Messianic Offer issue. In other words, had Israel accepted the offer of the Kingdom, the time would've come then for the resurrection of the righteous to reign with Christ in His Kingdom. This is why the reference is limited to "those who hear shall come forth."
The second point has to do with the Amillennialists' false doctrine of a single, universal resurrection event. All will be raised and judged, true, but there is no reason to assume it occurs in a single instant. This is why the "resurrection of damnation" is not mentioned immediately prior in the passage, and not included in the content of which Christ says "and now is." The resurrection of the wicked will not occur until the close of the Messianic Kingdom age, as explicitly stated in Revelation 20:5. Amillennialists overlook the "telescoped" nature of the statement, as is so often the case, and squeeze events into a single instant, thus causing a contradiction to Revelation 20:4-6.
|Home | Statement of Faith | Feedback | Discussion Forums | Site Map|