Q. If Jesus was the first resurrection, and the Church is the next one, and if there is another resurrection at the end of the tribulation, that adds up to three right there. How can you say there are only two? I am super confused.
A. You’re super confused because you’re trying to make the Bible conform to your opinion instead of using it to teach you. Revelation 20:4-5 clearly says that those who are resurrected just after the 2nd coming are part of the first resurrection.
That means everyone who was or will be resurrected between the time of the Lord’s resurrection and the one in Rev. 20:4 is part of the first resurrection.
I say was or will be because in addition to the Church, who will be, there is a group of Old Testament believers who was resurrected along with the Lord (Matt. 27:52-53). Let’s not forget them.
Therefore, instead of counting the number of resurrection events, we should count the number of resurrection types. There’s a resurrection to eternal life, which began with the Lord and ends in Rev. 20:4, and a resurrection to eternal suffering, which will take place at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:11-15). That means there are only two types of resurrection.
This is confirmed in Daniel 12:2 which says, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the Earth will awake, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting shame and contempt.”
The resurrection to eternal life is the first resurrection, and the resurrection to everlasting shame and contempt is the second resurrection. There is no third resurrection.