A question that is common among the believers is if both the wicked and the just will both be resurrected. The reason for this question is that some people think that the wicked should not have the same privilege as the righteous when it comes to gaining a new body in the resurrection. What they don’t realize is that after the resurrection also comes the judgment. Where we will either be saved and go to heaven or be damned and be sent off to the lake of fire. And I don’t know about you, but I would not want to be one of those people who will have to suffer the pains in a brand new body in the lake of fire. Oh, the anguish and pain they will have to suffer in that place. Even for all eternity will they feel more pain and heartache than they ever did on earth. It was Paul who said, “but this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” (Acts 24:14,15) And Daniel also said, “and many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2) So we learn that both the righteous and the wicked will wake up and be resurrected in the day of judgment. But only those in Christ will have everlasting life in His kingdom forever, while the wicked will be forever tormented. They will be full of shame and guilt in everlasting contempt.
Jesus talked about what will happen to those who are saved and not saved on the day of the resurrection of the dead. He said, “when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:31-34) “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41) “Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:45,46) As you’ve just read, the wicked will depart from God’s presence, after they are judged and found guilty. Then, shall they be cast into everlasting fire. In this lake of fire will they be punished for all eternity. However, those in Christ have nothing to fear. It is because we will be called into His presence and hear the words, “come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34) If you want to hear those words from Jesus on the day of judgment, then live for Him while you still have breath.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people from all around the world will begin to seek You like never before. Time is a ticking for each person who currently has breath. But I am afraid that only a few of them will be saved. This is because they have not put You first, but other things instead. Instead of reading the Bible and praying daily, while walking out their faith, they have allowed other things to become their gods. Yes, God, even those who profess to know You, Jesus, are really goats, of which You will separate from the sheep on the day of the resurrection. Those on Your right hand will be Your sheep, of which are redeemed through Your blood, but on Your left will be the goats, of which missed the mark from being forgiven through Your blood. And because of this, I am afraid that there will be a lot of regrets, guilt, and shame built up on the day of judgment also. When they see themselves in the lines, where the wicked are, they will then know that they are also counted with the hypocrites. I pray that this doesn’t have to happen to people who still have breath, but that they will repent of all their sins and unbelief. There is still time for them, Lord, to find rest in Your presence. It is just up to these people to come unto You with their whole hearts in this life. Then, will their faith become alive in You. A faith that is lit in the Holy Spirit. Where the Spirit is now leading them by their hands and feet. This will take a miracle, but I know that many people will turn to follow You before all is set and done. That is why I go out and witness and write messages of hope. May more people who are lost be saved and come into Your loving arms of mercy. I believe in You. I love You. Amen.