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Don Stewart :: What about the Unbelievers? What Will Their Raised Bodies Be Like?

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Don Stewart
Not only will the righteous be raised from the dead, the Bible says that the wicked will be raised also. Jesus said.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. By Myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me (John 5:28-30).

They Will Rise

The Scripture is clear regarding the resurrection of unbelievers. The Apostle Paul said.

But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and the Prophets. I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust (Acts 24:14,15).

Not Happened Yet

The resurrection of wicked has not yet occurred in a single case. The Apostle Paul made this clear.

Who strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some (2 Timothy 2:18).

It was an error to say the resurrection was past; it is yet future.

No Explanation

While the Scripture gives much detail with respect to the body of the saved, there is absolutely nothing said with respect to the body of the lost. We know they are raised and judged. Yet Scripture is silent as to what form they will assume upon their resurrection.

Consistent Pattern

This silence is in keeping with the totality of Scripture. Those who have died without trusting Christ are never named in Scripture. Likewise, the Bible nowhere described the bodies of unbelievers. The purpose for their resurrection is judgment and punishment. Only the basic facts are given. This is a consistent pattern of Scripture. In Genesis 5, there is no age given of those in the ungodly line. The ungodly rich man, in Jesus' story in Luke 16, likewise remains nameless. The fact that their form is not explained is to be expected. What is emphasized in Scripture is God and His relationship with His children. Those who have rejected Him are not the main concern. Therefore their names, as well as their form, is not a subject that is given any explanation.


The wicked will be raised. As to what form they will assume, the Bible does not say. Therefore it is useless to speculate as to how they will look for all eternity.
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