• Two Separate Eschatological Resurrection Events: One for the Righteous and Another for the Wicked

    Author(s):
    Jan A. Sigvartsen
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Eschatology, Bible. Revelation
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, Biblical studies, Revelation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/cjk7-7p67
    Abstract:
    Revelation 20‒22 presents two separate eschatological resurrection events, one for the righteous and another for the wicked. This eschatological belief has become an integral building block in the eschatological belief structure held by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (Fundamental Beliefs 24‒28) ‒ a composite belief structure founded on the reformation principles of Sola Scriptura, Tota Scriptura, Prima Scriptura, and the Analogy of Scripture. Apart from Rev. 20‒22, there is only one other late first/early second century CE text which separates the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked by a temporal Messianic kingdom, making this a minority belief. This article will compare and contrast the eschatological belief conveyed in Rev. 20‒22 with the belief appearing in the pseudepigraphical text Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, and with the composite eschatological belief statements held by the Seventh-day Adventist Church that are partially based on Rev. 20‒22. It will demonstrate that although there are some important overall structural similarities between Rev. 20‒22 (and by extension the Seventh-day Adventist belief) and the Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, there are also some significant differences between the two belief scenarios in these contemporary eschatological resurrection texts.
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