” Whosover eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54, KJV).
A couple of months ago, we presented posts that biblically showed that the rapture event was not a resurrection. Scripture shows that those who were alive at the last trump would be changed into glorified bodies. The timing of this glorification was after the current heavens and earth passed away. Revelation 20:11-13 shows us that at the Great White Throne Judgment, those who did not accept Jesus as Savior will be resurrected and judged.
We also learned that believers who are changed in the twinkling of an eye are glorified before death and hades are cast into the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 20:13 and 1Corninthians 15:51-56). One last question remains. When is the timing of the Resurrection of the Righteous? Revelation 20:5 answers that question: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” The next verse tells us that these individuals are blessed and holy, so we know that this is referring to believers who died and are in heaven.
Now that we know this general resurrection is after the Millennium, is there a specific day we can focus in on? Jesus tells us that He will raise those who believe in Him on the Last Day. Martha (Lazarus’ sister) understood this when she said that her brother would rise again in the resurrection at the Last Day. (John 11:24). John the apostle identifies the Last Day, calling it that great day of the feast. (John 7:37). This was at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Last Great Day (8th day.)
This feast is the conclusion of the High Holy Days of Israel and the last of the major Feast Days for Israel. Eight also represents the number of new beginnings. So this resurrection would be the final transition into eternity. This day would be the 22nd day of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar.) On the Gregorian Calendar, it occurs at the end of September/beginning of October.
One final clue that helps solve the puzzle is that the 23rd of Tishri is a celebration of the joy of the giving of the Torah. These first five books of the Bible represent the giving of the Law. In eternity, there is no more law. So wouldn’t it make sense that eternity is ushered in right before the customary day that Israel celebrated the giving of the Law? Finally, Moses commanded the children of Israel that at the end of every 7 year cycle (Shemitah), in the solemnity of the year of release, the law would be read each day during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Deuteronomy 31:-13, Nehemiah 8:14-18). So we can conclude this: The Resurrection of the Just will happen on the 22nd of Tishri after the 7 year Shemitah cycle. The Lord has given us these treasures in His Word so that the wise would discover them and share with others. EJ