Q. While listening to Part 15 of the Book of Mark study, I thought I heard you say that “the Old Testament saints will be resurrected at Christ’s 2nd coming and repopulate the Millennium”. Maybe I heard wrong, but I thought once we get a perfected body that we won’t be having sex and procreating anymore? Did I just hear you wrong or is this only for Old Testament saints? If it is true, will the church get to enjoy sex in the Millennium with say our departed spouses and help to repopulate the earth?
A. Jesus said that at the Resurrection, we neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels (Matt. 22:30). Since sex is only for married couples, and since the marriage relationship terminates when either party dies, there are no ongoing marital relationships in Heaven.
What I meant to say in the MP3 on Mark was that Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming and will live in Israel. They will not procreate. Believing Tribulation survivors will go into the Kingdom in their natural states and will re-populate the Earth. The Jews among them will live in Israel and the Gentiles will go into the nations. The Church which is neither Jew nor Gentile will live in the New Jerusalem, which will be near Earth but not on it. We will not procreate either.
But we shouldn’t be sad about this or feel any concern about future deprivation. In our perfected bodies our desires will be different than they are now, so we won’t experience any lack of fulfillment. Otherwise God’s promise of no more mourning or pain (Rev. 21:4), or remembrance of former things (Isaiah 65:17), could not come true. I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.