Jesus said: “The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. However, because of inaccurate translation, many miss the fact that Jesus meant ‘Resurrection of Judgment‘. There is a big difference between Condemnation and Judgment. Having said that, both Resurrections are what happens at the sound of the Voice of the Son of God. Right before this, Jesus said ‘The Son of God has Life in Himself’. When He speaks, Life flows. That’s why both are called ‘Resurrection’. One is the beginning of a change in human consciousness and the other is the completion of it. We can’t have the truth unless He executes His Judgment. Only then we can perceive the truth. That’s why Resurrection of Judgment is our rising into the very presence of God where He begins to speak into our ignorance and the blind eyes, the deaf ears and the hard hearts receive His blessing. This will be followed by a greater Resurrection, which is not anymore in His presence only, but ‘where He is’, on the Throne, being the Throne of Judgment. This will make us sit as a Judge, just as it is promised to all who ‘overcome’. Jesus said what will judge, is His Word. There was a Word that He spoke, it was planted in the hearts, as Dead. But then one more He speaks, the Word, and that brings about Resurrection of what was dead. Pharisees were called whitewashed Tomb, they were carrying the dead around. They Word was dead inside of them. But the Voice of the Son of God began to change one of them, Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ. This Resurrection is a continuous work of the Spirit of God, until we fully attain the Resurrection of the Dead, mentioned in Philippians 3, when not only our consciousness, heart, mind etc are effected by it, but our physical body is also transformed. That body is called the Body of Glory.
- There is no Resurrection of Condemnation. It is Resurrection of Judgment.
- The Dead is the Word, the One who raises the Dead is the Life in the Voice of the Son of God.
- Dead bones reside in a Grave. Grave is religious person who has not understanding of the Word.
- What makes us Bone of His Bones and Flesh of His Flesh is His Word.
- Transformation from corruption to incorruption fully depend on the hearing of the voice of the Son of God. It is also called the Trumpet.
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[The following is the full transcript of this teaching from our new YouTube series ‘What Jesus Meant‘. Please note that this video, like all videos, features Rose and Masoud speaking unrehearsed–they are unscripted and unedited, filmed in one take.]
Rose: Hello everyone. Thank you for joining us with another session of What Jesus Meant series. In this session we are going to talk about a couple of verses in John chapter five verses 28 and 29, where Jesus is talking about the Resurrection of Life and Resurrection of Condemnation. So, Masoud, What do you see in these scriptures?
Masoud: Okay, let’s first read these two verses and see there are a couple of words that are very important. So we’re going to spend a couple of minutes on them and just to see overall what Jesus meant. Let’s read:
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself and it has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not Marvel at this for the hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth. Those who have done good to the resurrection of life and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation.
First of all, the word Condemnation should be corrected. The Greek word that is used here is the word ‘Judgment‘. So there is no such a thing as resurrection of condemnation. There is a resurrection of life and resurrection of judgment, which we are going to see what they are.
But before that we have to see what Jesus meant every time that He spoke, because every time He said, “whoever has an ear to hear“, was trying to say, ‘What’ you hear is not important but ‘How’ you hear is important. Because we can all hear the same thing but have different understanding. So it applies to everything that Jesus said. That’s why we have the name of the series, WHAT JESUS MEANT.
Therefore, when He’s talking about The Dead, and then The Resurrection, when He’s talking about let’s say hearing the voice of the Son of God, we have to go beyond the surface and understand what Jesus was trying to say. Because these are Mysteries of The Kingdom which He came to reveal. And in understanding these mysteries, we can benefit from those revelations and we can inherit the kingdom that He came to bring to us.
So, now let’s look at the word Grave because He says in verse 28:
For the hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth…
All who are in the grave….but you can’t find anything in the grave except the dead. the grave is meant for the dead. So now we have to see what the grave is! Did Jesus really talk here about a grave in the sense of physical grave – which I believe it is part of the story – but that’s the end of this. Meaning there is a resurrection out of physical graves for those who are dead. But we also believe that you don’t need to go into grave to have that resurrection. Nonetheless those who died would also come out of the grave. But now we are not talking about this group.
We’re talking about a progression of resurrection life to the point that you are fully being resurrected. We are talking about being made alive in Christ to the point that you finally have the fullness of life, the eternal life of God, the life of the ages, the life that never perishes, the life that never gets faded, the life that never will be destroyed, but it comes to the fulfillment, to the completion of what it was supposed to be.
So let’s go and look at a couple of verses that Jesus talked about in other places. Let’s go to Luke chapter 11 and quickly look at some of the famous verses that Jesus mentioned. Luke 11:43:
Woe to you, Pharisees for you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
Jesus speaking to Pharisees and Scribes, calls them hypocrites, and says ‘Woe to you’
For you are like graves, which are not seen.
Jesus says to a group of people, “You are Graves”!
In John chapter five, we read that He said “all who are in the graves shall come forth“. And then when they come forth, there will be two types of ‘resurrection’. One is Resurrection of Life, one is Resurrection of Judgment. And we just saw that He called some ‘Graves’!
For you are like graves, which are not seen. And men who walk over them are not aware of them.
Let’s continue reading:
Then one of the lawyers answered and said to him, teacher by saying these things, you reproach us also. And He said, woe to you also lawyer.
So He goes all the way to Scribes, the Pharisees to Lawyers calling all of them ‘Graves’.
Now let’s go to Matthew chapter 23 just to see the same thing, but maybe with more details. Verse 29:
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. Because you build the tombs of the prophets. You build the graves of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.
The word monument again is actually the word grave, but it is another form of the word Grave, is more of that thing that you put on the grave, a monument, a remembrance (that word comes from the word remembering). So He says that you are the ones who build a tomb for the prophets. Now, if you remember Paul in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and 14, speaks concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit, one of which is the gift of prophecy. And he says, when you prophesy, you build. Because the prophecy is for building and edifying. So when you prophesy, you build.
Now He says the whole thing about prophecy was to build, was to build a building. Now He says, but you Pharisees, what you build is a Grave. What does that mean? That means that:
The word that was prophesied by the prophets goes into you and becomes dead. And then you yourself become the grave for that word.
What does that mean? That means the prophecy never came to fulfillment, but it was buried in you. That’s even how you kill a prophet. Remember Jesus said that no prophet has ever died outside of Jerusalem and He said even the Son of Man must be crucified in Jerusalem. And that happened because the thing is more beyond the natural killing.
When you kill a prophet, you kill everything that he has. And the only thing that he has is a Word from God, is a message from God. So the way you kill a prophet is by you not believing his word.
You build the tombs of the prophets and adorns the monuments of the righteous and say, if we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Therefore, you are witnesses against yourself that are sons of those who murdered the prophets. You are the sons of those who murdered the prophets.
That means you’re STILL murdering the prophets. That means you are going to do the same thing that your fathers did, which is to kill Me. Why? Because Jesus was THE Word, THE Message that came on earth and became flesh, but now they’re going to kill Him.
What we are trying to see is, that God from the beginning has a spoken Word, and His word from the beginning was Life for mankind. That Word came to mankind and they heard but didn’t believe, and by doing so they buried that Word inside of them. They themselves became the walking grave. Jesus said to the Pharisees and scribes, that you are the graves. You are like the graves. We have to be very careful whenever there is something that is literal, just to take it as literal. And whenever it’s a metaphor, to take it as a metaphor. Because there is no such a thing as it’s all metaphor and there is no such thing as it’s all literal. We have to understand, because Jesus literally healed the person, so we can’t deny that, and we can’t deny that Jesus still heals people and we have seen it, many have seen it. But also we have to understand when He comes and speaks about the mysteries, we must go beyond the surface. Now, if He talks about the grave and the dead, we must understand what the dead is and we have to understand what that resurrection of life is and what the resurrection of judgment is.
Okay, so now let’s go to a few verses before this. Look at verse 27:
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for you are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside or inwardly are full of dead bones and all uncleanness.
Jesus says, now you are the tomb. And inside there is dead bones. Dead bones! He is saying that causes you to outwardly appear as a whitewashed tomb, meaning a clean thing, but there is no life in you. And He adds, but clean the inside, the inward part, and the outside will be clean also. Let’s go to 2 Corinthians 4 verse 16:
Therefore we do not lose heart even though our outward man, even though our outward man is perishing. So Jesus said, outwardly, you appear beautiful to ascribes. Now here he says, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
And Jesus said, clean the inward and the outward would be clean also. But in that context, He said, inside is the dead bones. Inside (or on the inward) there are dead bones and no bone was supposed to be dead. Bone was made to have life in itself. Bone was to have flesh coming over it. Bone was supposed to form the skeleton for man. Paul says, now I’m not trying to clean the outward anymore, but I’m focusing on renewing of myself inwardly. What is he trying to say? He says, I’m trying to let every bone that was dead inside of me to come to life. So no longer I have a dead bone, no longer I’m a grave or a whitewashed tomb (Paul formerly was a Pharisee also). And if Jesus said, woe to you pharisees, Paul or Saul should have heard it too. Now Paul is expressing his desire saying I don’t want to be that way anymore, but I’m looking for the renewing that is happening inwardly. If we go Colossians, chapter three, we can find what is the thing that he says is being renewed day by day. Verse 10:
And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
So he says, it’s the New Man that is being renewed day by day. But in 2 Corinthians 4:16 he said, I am being renewed inwardly.
So the new man that I am, that flesh that was dead, is now receiving life and is coming to the resurrection of life. But, what was the dead bone? We already found out that it’s the dead bone of the prophets. What was the dead bones of the prophets? The word that they prophesied and was buried inside of (let’s say in that context) the Jews. Likewise it was buried in Paul, and then in every one of us.
Right now in the kingdom, we have the Word that we have heard from God, but it’s just planted inside of us. It hasn’t come to fruition. It hasn’t come to life. It hasn’t come to bear fruit, it is just the seed that is planted.
Rose: Just to add to what you’re saying, in Acts chapter seven (verse 51-52), Stephen is talking to the Jews and he says:
You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers.
So there was a message about the coming of the just one, Christ, salvation, Jesus, that they heard but killed that message inside of them and never allowed that word to come out. So what you are saying is that, the dead, is the word of God that is buried inside of us that needs to come to life, when that word hears the voice of the Son of God.
Masoud: Exactly. When we came to Jesus, there was something about His crucifixion and His burial and His resurrection that is supposed to be our portion. Now, all these things, even though they happened literally 2000 years ago, but the truth is, it’s been the Word of God from the beginning, before the foundation of the world. That’s why revelation says the Lamb was crucified before the foundation of the world. But now that is happening individually in everyone, inside of every one of us. Didn’t Paul say that, we are the bone of His bones. So if we are the bones of His bones that bone shouldn’t remain dead, that bone should come to life.
Now let’s go to Colossians chapter 2, verse 11:
In Him, you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ buried with Him in baptism in which you also were baptized with Him, true faith in the working of God who raised Him from the dead. And you being dead in your trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him having forgiven all your trespasses.
Paul says, even you being dead in your trespasses…and Jesus said, the time will come that those who are dead in the grave will hear the voice of the Son of God. He says, we WERE dead. We WERE dead, and we heard the voice, and that voice caused the bone that was inside of us which was dead, to come to life, but yet not fully, because otherwise we would have been fully transformed by now. This is the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 37 where God says to Ezekiel:
Son of Man can these bones live?
He then adds, begin to prophesy, breathe into these bones. The bone without the spirit is dead. Even just as James chapter 2 says:
The body without the spirit is dead.
So he says, there is something inside of us that was supposed to have the spirit of God inside of it so it could come to life, but it didn’t. Instead, it remained dry, remained as dry bones, remained a word without the spirit, remained a word without life. Now Jesus said, okay, first of all, there is a resurrection of life and there is a resurrection of judgment.
What is the resurrection of life?
That’s when you hear, you believe, and in believing you sit in the place that is yours. That’s the resurrection of life because we were supposed to live in life.
But then what is the resurrection of judgment?
Every correction that needs to come to us so that we could be led into that place, meaning Life.
Jesus in John 5 said:
and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
Now, everybody reads that but don’t even understand what Jesus was trying to say. He’s referring to the prophecies that were in the old Testament about the Son of man. We just read one of them about Ezekiel, who was a type of the Son of Man that was supposed to come. And God says, to this prophet, prophesy over dead bones. That means to proclaim the judgment. That’s what the resurrection of judgment and resurrection of life would do to dead bones inside of mankind. And that no one can do it except the Son of man, which is Jesus Himself. Now, but the most important OT scriptures concerning the Son of Man are in the Book of Daniel, specifically in chapter seven. (Jesus purposely used that title to direct our attention to who He was and what He would do according to the prophecies about the Son of Man). Let’s go to Daniel chapter seven, verse 13:
I was watching in the night visions and behold one like the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the Ancient of Days and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and His kingdom, the one which shall not be destroyed.
Now this is the prophesy about the Son of Man. It says, He came to receive a kingdom, and then adds “coming with the clouds of heaven“, and Jesus said the same exact thing before crucifixion to Pharisees. He said:
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
And even He said to his disciples that you who have followed Me in my temptation, you will sit on the throne judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
There is a kingdom, in which you begin, and in it, if you yourself receive His judgment, to come to the resurrection of life, the you’ll also receive the same authority to execute judgment, just as the Son of man Jesus did.
So there are two groups, there is one group that comes to the resurrection of life and they sit on the throne. There is another group that hasn’t gone there yet, but those who are on throne will judge this group, and the loop continues.
Now let’s go to Daniel 12 to understand this more in depth. Verse 1:
At that time, Michael shall stand up. The great Prince who stands, watch over the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble. Such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.
This is the Resurrection. Some to everlasting life, and some to everlasting shame, everlasting contempt. So you see the two groups, some to everlasting life, eternal life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. This is the resurrection of life and resurrection of judgment. Now let’s understand what it means:
It says, those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament. This must be the first group, those who have come to everlasting life or to the resurrection of life. But then what happens? It says they shall shine, they shall shine. Where? How do you shine? As stars in the heaven! But in what condition? When there is darkness! So you can shine when there is darkness. Now he says, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. So he says, this group that just came out of the dust of the earth and they were exalted to be a star in the heavens of God, they shall shine. But by their shining, they turn all those who are in darkness into righteousness. This second group is those who come to the resurrection of judgment.
Now let me explain! Before any of these things, there was only one Star in God’s heavens, which was Jesus Christ. And Him being on that place at the resurrection caused many to come to that resurrection of life and to receive Him, and they themselves be exalted to be a star in God’s heavens. And now they are the ones who are executing judgment on earth, sitting on the throne, and they can turn many to righteousness. Now if you look at these terms in the context of end times the way we have heard, yes we can go with the same understanding. But if we truly understand what Jesus is trying to say, He’s bringing revelation upon revelation so that we can come to receive the resurrection of the dead. Just as Paul says in Philippians 3, resurrection in its fullness, by forgetting and leaving behind everything he knew, that he may attain to the resurrection of the dead. He calls that ‘Christ’ to fully manifest inside of him, even in the body.
So now I’m trying to wrap this up. If we understand that the word that is inside of us must be believed, receive the life of God in it and to come to life, then we’ll understand what Jesus meant. There is a verse in James chapter two when he says that “just as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead“. So what is the dead? Faith without works! The Word that is inside of us and hasn’t been received fully, hasn’t been believed fully is the Dead. Now that must receive the breath of God. The true bone that we are supposed to have! That bone must receive life and become our true bone.
Rose: So we can say that, the dead inside of us is the word of God. Because you know, when we read John chapter five, it doesn’t refer to a man as dead or be in grave. The dead refers to the word of God which is inside of us. And verse 29 says that when you hear that word, those who have done good to the resurrection of life. But ‘doing good’ in the context of Galatians 6 is ‘believing’. So those who have believed the word, they come to life. Also those who have done evil, as revealed in the book of Hebrews, chapter three, are those who “tried Me and they tempted Me in wilderness” and didn’t believe. Then in verse 14 adds, try to be away from the evil heart of unbelief so that you don’t depart from the living God. So evil in the heart, is referring to the unbelief.
Masoud: Maybe I can add one more thing. In Revelation 22, Jesus said:
Behold, I’m coming and my reward is with me and I will reward everyone according to his works.
Reward is according to ‘works’, and faith without ‘works’ is dead. Now, what is the work that He’s talking about? Every prophecy that was believed! Simple.
And even if you look at Hebrews chapter nine, we read:
If the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of the heifer cleanses the unclean, how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself up for us to God, cleanse us from dead works to serve the living God.
The blood causes every word that we had not believed in to be washed away, and we realize why all those words were spoken. They were spoken to become our bone and to become our flesh.
So once again, the word of God becomes our flesh. And that is a great mystery because unless we begin to tap into the depth of the word of God and allow the Spirit of God to empower us inwardly, that what is dead inside of us come to life, there is nothing else to wait for. There’s nothing else outside of us that we can hope for. So everything that God is doing is that breath that comes over at every prophecy that is inside of us. And when I say prophecy, I don’t mean the personal prophecy that you’re going to get this job or you’re going to do this ministry, or you are going to be doing this. I mean the ‘Resurrection’, which in Colossians chapter three said, to be renewed in knowledge according to the image of your own Creator. There is a prophecy over us that we must be transformed to, but that doesn’t happen unless the renewing begins to happen. So what is dead, just as Jesus said, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit. So there has to be a life coming out of all that Is dead inside of us, so we can gain what Jesus meant.
Rose: We covered a lot here! And there’s a lot more to talk about, but this is just a short video to enlighten you and everyone who is watching to know what Jesus meant. So thank you very much. And if you have any questions, please leave a comment. We reply to every comment and please don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and share this video with everyone you think might be interested. And I would say till next week, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.