Israel In The Resurrection

Q. I was wondering where in the Bible you came to the conclusion of this statement you made on your article “Flesh And Blood And The Kingdom Of God” “Old Testament Jews who are resurrected at the end of the Great Tribulation will live with Jewish believers who survive the Great Tribulation in Israel.” I had never heard this before in all the Bible teaching or reading I have had.

A. I came to this conclusion by putting several verses together. Daniel 12:1-2 speaks about the resurrection of Old Testament saints at the time of the Great Tribulation. I believe this will happen at the end of the Great Tribulation, about the same time as Tribulation martyrs are resurrected (Rev. 20:4). It wouldn’t make sense to have them come to life while the worst judgments in history are raging on Earth.

From Old Testament times the promise to Israel has been that one day the Kingdom would be restored and God would return to live with them in the Promised Land forever. This promise will be fulfilled in the Millennium. (Ezekiel 43:1-7). Since that’s what Old Testament believers were promised, I concluded that Israel is where they will live after they’re resurrected.

I don’t believe they will live in the New Jerusalem because Rev. 21:27 says only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be allowed to enter there. There is no mention of the Lamb’s Book of Life in the Old Testament.

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