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Psalm 108: Those Who Will Awake Early

by Wayne Blank

"O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early"

According to the Holy Scriptures, there are two major resurrections of salvation coming. The first, to eternal-life spirit (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?and the Fact Finder question below), will occur on the day of the Messiah's return. It will be composed of all of the people, from all time, who were given the means to understand the Truth and who accepted it by living a repentant life thereafter. Along with them will be those of that same category who will be alive that day - they will instantly be changed from physical life to spirit ("We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed"; see Those Who Won't Sleep).

Resurrections

"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)

"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 15:22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming." (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 KJV)

"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:50-52 KJV)

The second resurrection will occur 1,000 years later, after those of the first resurrection "shall reign with him a thousand years" (see Why Love A Dictator? and the Fact Finder question below).

 

 
"20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV)

King David knew that whether or not he gets there is up to his choice of obedience or rebellion (the same as everyone else; see David's Resurrection Prophecyand What Does Mercy Really Mean?). David also knew that his calling of opportunity was for those who will "awake early."

 

"108:1 A Song or Psalm of David.

O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. 108:2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 108:3 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. 108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. 108:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;

108:6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. 108:7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 108:8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; 108:9 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.

108:10 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 108:11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? 108:12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 108:13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies." (Psalm 108:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: When and how will the later awakening happen?
See The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries and The Postponement Of Death; also Leaving The Soul Behind and Dust In The Wind

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