Two weeks ago we began a study on Charle’s Pogue’s Bellview Lecture on Eschatology, namely, his treatement of John 5:28-29. He believes tthatt two resurrections separated in time by almost 2000 years and counting. He dismisses a first century return of Christ and associated resurrection per 2 Tim. 4:1, by citing the term, “the hour is coming and now is” to refer to what he deems as the first resurrection in John 5 which is our redemption. He then reasons that the resurrection of verses 28-29 are ascribed to bodies raised from literal graves.
This approach sounds plausible on the surface, especially with the use of “graves” to the Western mind. However, a closer application of the text along with the context from which it is quoted, i.e. Daniel 12, creates problems for the literal view. We will address this and other problems with a futurist view of the resurrection.