In this article – and the accompanying video – I explain who qualify for a resurrection, to where that resurrection takes place, and will those Jesus refers to as “Evil Doers” receive a resurrection.
First permit me to say that the confusion in understanding and reconciling a resurrection for all of mankind and the “evildoer” lies in several places: (1) What the religious system called Christianity traditionally teaches about the resurrection, “being saved” and accepting Jesus Christ as ones Lord and Savior and (2) understanding the time period in which Jesus is referring to.
What Christianity Teaches About The Resurrection?
Largely, Christianity does not teach a resurrection from the dead. It teaches dying and going to heaven if one accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior or eternal torment in a fiery hell if one does not accept Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior! It teaches a Rapture. That is, “an escape” from what will come upon the world as they will meet Jesus in the air and they go to heaven while everyone else is destroyed. Jesus never taught any of these things and these manmade teachings are in place to mislead and cloak Christianities inability to explain Jesus’ teachings. Plus, these false teachings are spawned out of a world and a religious system Jesus said his kingdom is no part of. (John 18:36)
The Time Period Jesus Referred To Is Important
Another major reason why there is so much confusion understanding and reconciling the promised resurrection of all of mankind and what Jesus stated at Matthew 7:21-23 with regards the “evildoer” is because many think Jesus is referring to our time period today. Jesus was not referring to our time period today, but a time period that has not arrived yet. Let me show you.
A Resurrection For All? Did Jesus Lie?
At John 5:28-29, Jesus clearly states …
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
Notice the word “all!” Did Jesus say that some will hear his voice? Did he say only his followers would hear his voice? Did he say only Christians would hear his voice? No! He said all in their graves would hear his voice and come out!
These are not my words!
So who are these “all” that Jesus is referring to? All who sprang from Adam! All of mankind past, present, and who are born and die preceding the beginning of Christ’s 1000-year kingdom!
Is that not why God sent His Son into the world of mankind? To save it from – not dying – but from perishing? (John 3:16)
Note: Dying and Perishing are two different things. If one dies – and we all will die – we have the hope of being resurrected and have before us the prospect of everlasting life. Dying is the certain eventuality of each and every person born on this side of Christs 1000-year kingdom yet to come. If one perishes, they have no hope of being resurrected because to perish is to no longer exist, not even as a dead person. NO ONE today – on this side of Christ’s future 1000-year kingdom – is in a perishing state. One can only be placed in a state of perishing (not perished) AFTER Christ’s 1000-year kingdom ends!
Think: Is it a just and loving thing for God not to make provision for persons who lived and died throughout all time periods of human history anywhere in the world before a time where Jesus did not exist? Trillions of persons never heard of Jesus during those time periods. And, even during the time period where Jesus did walk the earth, most of the people in the world in those days never heard of Jesus!
So when Christianity teaches that one must accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior are being selfish and have not thought it through. How is it possible for the trillions of persons in past time periods able to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior if Jesus did not exist in their time period and if he did, never heard of him? Christianity is cold-hearted and teaches only those who live in more recent times and who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved and “go to heaven.” This makes no sense and it shows that Christianity does not know the one it claims to follow and Jesus did not teach this.
So all of mankind who lived and died since Adam (including Adam) will have a resurrection according to Jesus … and I believe Jesus.
What Time Period?
Most of what Jesus taught was not in reference to our time period today! The figs on the fig trees are not ripe. In other words, most people are looking at the wrong time period and attempting to squeeze into our time period today what Jesus taught. Jesus was referring to a future time period well beyond this one.
If you and I lived, say, 50, 100 or 200-years ago, would we and others not be trying to fit the events of those days to the things Jesus said? Yes! Back then as with now, we would be in error.
“Get Away From Me You Evildoers.” How Reconciled With The Resurrection of All?
At Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said …
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
What time period was Jesus referring to? His time period? Our modern time period? Neither!
Please understand that when Jesus sacrificed his life, it was in behalf of all of mankind. He is mankind’s Owner or Master or Lord. He purchased ALL of mankind since Adam! (John 3:16; Acts 20:28; Jude 4; 1 Cor 6:20; 1 Cor 7:23; 1 Cor 8:6; 1 Cor 11:3)
Read Romans Chapter 5. All of mankind on this side of Christs\’s 1000-year kingdom is under “Grace” or in a “Grace-Period.”
The sin we inherited from Adam is not being counted against us. Jesus’s death took care of that.
We are all imperfect creatures and as such, we will continue to do bad things. Even thinking that the bad we do is good or the good that we do is bad. That is why Jesus NEVER condemned anyone! Did he not ask forgiveness for those who persecuted and put him to death! (Luke 23:43)
Jesus knew that people then … and now … “Do not know what they are doing.”
But a time period will come when we WILL know what we are doing. When is that time period? AFTER Christ’s 1000-year kingdom ends!
At that time, all of mankind will have been resurrected and taught God’s righteousness and all will be without excuse. No one will be able to say, I dd not know what I was doing” and neither will Jesus intercede and ask the Father to forgive them because there can be no more sacrifice for sin.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left (Hebrews 10:26)
Look at Hebrews 10:26 very carefully and ask yourselves, “Have we received the knowledge of truth?”
No! Who says Christianity is teaching the truth? That would be a bad assumption to make! Even when Jesus asked his Father to forgive those who persecuted and who would put him to death, even they did not have the knowledge of the truth. Even his disciples back then did not receive a full knowledge of the truth. Jesus even told them that that there were many things he wanted to tell them but they would not be able to bear it. (John 16:12)
It will only be after Christ’s 1000-year kingdom has ended (all of mankind will have been resurrected), that all will have received the knowledge of the truth.
It is from that time period going forward that what Jesus said at Matthew 7:21-23 has application.
Notice the reference at Matthew 7:22, “In that day …”
The time period after Christ’s 1000-year kingdom ends!
Because a person has received the knowledge of the truth does not mean they cease to be agents of free will. One can still choose to do evil or bad. Did not Adam – a perfect man – after receiving God’s command not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of God and Bad knowingly disobey God? Adam made a choice to disobey (a bad thing) God!
Adam was not deceived by the Serpent, his wife Eve was. (2 Cor 11:3)
Adam knew God’s command not to eat from the tree and Adam taught that command to his wife because she repeated it to the Serpent. (Gen 3:2-3)
So when Jesus will say … In that day … “Away from me, you evildoers!” he is referring to those persons within THAT time period who will have ALL been resurrected, ALL received the knowledge of the truth but will knowingly disobey God and Christ thus making them evildoers.
There is a difference between someone being Evil and being an Evildoer. Jesus did not say they were evil. He said they will be evildoers! Implying what? That they will know what is good!
Again, no one today has received the knowledge of truth and Matthew 7:21-23 has no application in our time period today.
In fact, much of what Jesus taught makes reference to a time period after his 1000-year kingdom ends.
That many today try to make some things that Jesus taught fit into our time period is the cause for confusion.
One must know Christ well enough to know what time period he is referring to when he speaks.
How is this done? Through prayer. Ask the Father in the office of Jesus’ name for His knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
Pray incessantly. Be patient. You will be answered. You might not like the answers and revelations who receive because they will go against the established things taught in this world (the one Jesus said his kingdom is no part of) …
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.