I’m not talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which brought Grace and Salvation for us all.
As well as Jesus, according to the Bible there were eight other occasions when people were raised from the dead. Some by Jesus himself, others by prophets and by Jesus’ Disciples.
The Bible doesn’t say if any of those raised had gone to heaven after their first death. Let’s suppose for a few moments they had. Imagine it; you’re dead, at least in the earthly sense we understand, and perhaps living in God’s paradise, the new Jerusalem. Suddenly you open your eyes and your back in the known world we all inhabit. Back with the living as we normally understand it.
The dead are torn from Paradise, back to mortal life in our fragile, broken world. Could this be a kind of hell?
- Elijah raised the son of Zarephath’s widow (1 Kings 17:17-22).
- Elisha raised the son of the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:30-37)
- Jesus raised Lazarus (John 11:38-44), a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17) and Jairus’ daughter (Matt. 8:28-43, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39)
- Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:7-12)
- Peter raised Dorcas [a.k.a.Tabitha] (Acts 9:36-42)
- Many come out of the tombs (Matt. 27:52)