The process of bringing someone back to life after they have passed away or have been declared dead is referred to as a resurrection. This way, it gives a person who has died a second chance at life. The Greek word for resurrection is ‘anastasis,’ which means ‘to raise up’ or ‘to stand up again.’

Usually, when we hear the word “resurrection,” the first thing that crosses our mind is only about Jesus’ resurrection. This is the truth that Jesus was the first person to be resurrected from the dead with a glorified body. But Jesus’ resurrection is not the only one mentioned in the Bible. Apart from it, there are 10 other resurrections mentioned in the Bible. 

It’s no surprise that the concept of resurrection is found throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. In the Old Testament, God is the one who has the power to give life and take it away, and to resurrect people from the dead. On the other hand, Jesus has been given the authority over life and death by His Father as stated in the New Testament. Thus, Jesus also has the power to resurrect people from the dead.

Jesus as the Foundation of All Resurrections

Paul refers to Christ as the “firstfruits” of those who have passed away in 1 Corinthians 15:20. The idea of firstfruits is something that’s found in the Old Testament, specifically in Leviticus 23:9-21:

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul  emphasizes the idea of the resurrection in its entirety. In other words, he understands Christ as well as believers’ resurrections to be linked through Christ. Christ is a symbol of future resurrections to come, in the sense that just as the Old Testament has a “firstfruits” offering that points to God’s ownership of everything, Christ points to future resurrection(s) which will be all attributed to God. 

In 1 Corinthians 15:20-24, Paul lays out the chronology of the resurrection of Christ and believers. He begins by reminding his readers that Christ was raised from the dead on the third day. This event was foretold by the prophets and is essential to our faith. 

Christ’s resurrection demonstrated His power over death and His authority as Lord and Savior. Since He conquered death, we can have hope that we, too, will be resurrected. This hope is based on our union with Christ. As Paul says in verse 22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” Just as we were united with Adam in his sin and death, we are united with Christ in His life and resurrection.This passage supports a pre-tribulation rapture/resurrection of the Church because it demonstrates that believers will be united with Christ in His resurrection. This event will occur before the Tribulation, which is a time of judgment and upheaval on earth. Consequently, believers will be raptured/resurrected before this time of tribulation.

1 Corinthians 15:20-24 says, “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.”

It is crucial to understand that the end of days detailed in Paul’s writing differs from the believer’s resurrection. He just laid out a clear timeline using specific language: Christ, believers, and the end. The event to which this refers is also detailed in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, though the sequence of events isn’t laid out as plainly.

The Distinct Events of Christ’s Return and the Believers’ Resurrection

In Matthew 24-25, commonly called “the Olivet Discourse,” Jesus describes “the end” and His Second Coming. This discourse was delivered just a few days before His crucifixion. A key difference between Christ’s coming, and the believers’ resurrection is that at His coming, all men will see Him, but at the resurrection, only believers will be raised, as proven in these verses: 

  • “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 what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:28-29)
  • “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Another key difference is that when Christ returns, He will come in power and glory, but when He resurrects His people, they will receive glorified bodies like His own, as proven below in both Philippians 3:21 and 1 John 3:2, respectively:

  • “…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
  • “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

It is clear, then, that two distinct events, Christ’s return and the believers’ resurrection, occur at different times. Since these events are separated by a period, we know that “the end” has not yet come. But we can hope that the eternal life in Christ is certain because He has promised to return for us and take us to be with Him forever.

The Sequence of Resurrections Based on the Bible

1. Christ’s Resurrection

Jesus’ resurrection was a symbol of hope for all humanity. He shows He has risen from the dead, never to die again, and opened up the possibility of eternal life. Christ’s resurrection also demonstrated His power over death and proved He is who He said He was—the Son of God.

Because of Christ’s resurrection, we have hope for another resurrection. When He returns, those who have died in Him will be raised first, and those who are alive will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. This order is significant because it shows that Christ’s resurrection is preeminent —the “firstfruits” of the resurrection. The Bible verses that pertain to Christ’s resurrection include the following:

  • “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)
  • “But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1 Corinthians 15:23)

2. Believers’ Resurrection 

Believers are people who have put their trust in Jesus Christ, acknowledging Him to be the divine Son of God and the Savior of their sins.  After death, the spirit and soul of those believers are taken to be with the Lord, where they will spend eternity. When Christ returns, He will raise them from the dead, giving them new, perfect bodies that will never experience sickness or death again. This means our current bodies are only temporary. They will one day be replaced by something far better. Therefore, we must all strive to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. 

Below are the Bible verses that talk about the resurrection of believers:

  • “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
  • “But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1 Corinthians 15:23).

3. Resurrection of Martyrs and Saints

Martyrs and saints are those who have died for their faith, often in a very public and gruesome way. Jesus is one of its examples who was executed as a criminal, together with His disciples who were persecuted later on. Acts 6:10 also recorded the martyrdom of Stephen in the New Testament(). Stephen was the first Christian martyr, and his death was a catalyst for the spread of Christianity. In the Book of Revelation, we see a vision of a great multitude in white robes who have been “washed in the blood of the Lamb.” This is a reference to the martyrs and saints who have died for their faith in God. They are standing before the throne of God, rejoicing in their salvation.

Revelation 20:4 is a powerful Bible verse about martyrs and saints which says, “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

4. Resurrection of the Wicked

The resurrection of the wicked is spoken of in Revelation 20:5. This is the final resurrection when all who have not obeyed God will be raised from the dead to stand before Him in His judgment. The wicked will then be cast into the fire lake–the second death. Revelation 20:5 says, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.” Yet, this doesn’t mean they will no longer be given a second chance. God has promised that He will forgive and save  those who repent and seek for His mercy, even after they die. 

The 10 Resurrections in the Bible Apart From Jesus’

Below are the resurrections in the Bible that were not Jesus Christ:

1. Zarephath son’s widow

“Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” (1 Kings 17:17–24)

2. Shunamite’s son

“After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.

She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”

“Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”

“That’s all right,” she said.

She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’”

“Everything is alright,” she said.

When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”

“Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”

But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”

When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.” (2 Kings 4:20-37)

3. The man who was tossed into Elisha’s tomb

“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.” (2 Kings 13:21)

4. Nain son’s widow

“Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.” (Luke 7:11-17)

5. Jairus’ daughter

“While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.” (Mark 5:35-43)

6. Lazarus

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:38-44)

7. Tabitha or Dorcas

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.” (Acts 9:36-41)

8. Eutychus

“On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.” (Acts 20-7-12)

9. People resurrected at Jesus’ crucifixion

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” (Matthew 27:51-53)

10. Moses

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”” (Jude 1:9)


What Is the Relationship Between the Resurrection and Judgment Day?

The word ‘resurrection’ is not commonly used in the 21st century vernacular and may, therefore, sound strange to anyone who has not read the Bible. Meanwhile, the word ‘judgment’ is much more familiar to us. Resurrection, in a Biblical context, is the bringing to life of individuals who have died. ‘Judgment,’ on the other hand, refers to God’s evaluation of persons and nations according to His criteria. Both are future events. How they are related is that resurrection precedes judgment. Simply put, people will be resurrected and then judged according to their deeds.

Below are the Bible verses that speak of resurrection and judgment. 

  • “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)
  • “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.” (John 5:28-29)

Daniel 12:2 predicts a future event where the dead will come back to life and receive either everlasting life or disgrace. This lets us know that there will be a judgment in which God figures out who to accept and who not to. It is not simply a matter of whether or not you believe in God, but whether or not you have lived your life in accordance with His will.

The fact that some will be given everlasting life while others will not show interest in the importance of this judgment. Those who have followed His commandments and sought to do His will will be rewarded with eternal life, while those who have not will be rejected. 

John 5:28-29, on the other hand, shows how Jesus Christ talks about the dead being resurrected. He says that some will be granted life while others will not be based on their actions. Though the wording is different, it is clear that Jesus is talking about the same event as Daniel. This is a significant time for everyone, as it is when we will be held accountable for our actions and choices. A judgment will result in everlasting condemnation and separation from God for those who have rejected Him. 

If we want to be among those who receive the gift of eternal life, then we need to take serious note of what the Bible says and do something about it. As the two verses show, what the Bible says about life after death is apparent. Therefore, if we profess to believe in the Bible, we must also accept its teachings. Some will be granted everlasting life, while others will be rejected and not given life.

What is the Difference Between the First and Second Resurrection?

The Apostle Paul says that there are two resurrections in Scripture—one for the just and one for the unjust (Acts 24:15). The “just” are those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Thus, righteousness is credited to them. The Scripture says that their resurrection will occur at the Second Coming of Christ when He returns in power and glory. At that time, the bodies of all believers who have died will be raised from the dead and given new, glorified bodies. Apostle Paul referred to this as being ‘absent from the body and present with the Lord’.

In contrast, the “unjust” are those who have not accepted Jesus Christ. As a result, they stand before God and condemned in their sin. Revelation 20:5 says there is a gap between the resurrection of the just and unjust: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” That’s why the  resurrection of the unjust people is said to be at the end of the millennium. At that time, the bodies of all unbelievers who have died will be raised from the dead. They, too, will be given new bodies—bodies that are suitable for eternity in the lake of fire, which is the second death.

What Is God’s Greatest Gift to Us?

God’s greatest gift to us is the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross, He took our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty for them. His death was the ultimate sacrifice, and His resurrection proved His victory over death.

Because of what Jesus did for us, we can have eternal life with Him. When we trust in Him as our Savior, our sins are forgiven and we are given new life. This new life starts the moment we believe and will last forever. And yet, this doesn’t mean we must rely on Jesus for everything. As humans who have free will, we must choose to follow Him. We must repent of our sins, ask for His forgiveness, and decide to follow Him every day. But even if we don’t do these things perfectly, we can still have the assurance that we are saved. It is not our works that save us; it is Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross.

Despite non-believers and people who spread doubt about the authenticity of Jesus’ coming and the rapture, the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is coming again. God can tell those who are  faithful and those who are not.  The former will be resurrected to eternal life with Him, while  the latter will be resurrected to eternal condemnation or punishment. 

Since this is an inevitable truth, we must be prepared for His return. We must be willing to make significant changes in our lives and live for the glory of God. This way, we can humbly face God during His judgment and say that we have lived our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.

Bottom Line

Many people in the Bible were resurrected from the dead, including Jesus Christ.  God has the power to overcome death. 10 incidents of resurrections have been told in the Bible, excluding Jesus’ resurrection. This is a powerful message of hope for all of us. While we may not experience physical resurrections like those in the Bible, we can be confident that God has the power to overcome any situation we face in life.


Sarah Goodwin

A passionate Christian and Bible enthusiast, I find joy in delving deep into Scripture and sharing its timeless wisdom with my readers. Through words, I aspire to illuminate the profound lessons the Bible offers, hoping to inspire faith and purpose in every heart. Join me on a journey of biblical exploration and spiritual growth.Enter your text here...

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