This would be a good time to review what has been explored up to this point. In chapters two through five, a future event was analyzed in depth, which will take place in three main stages:
- Those who have died in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, including those who died prior to Christís death and resurrection, will be resurrected from the dead.
- The bodies of all living believers, both those who are resurrected and those living at the time of the event, will be transformed from mortal to immortal just like the post-resurrection body of Christ.
- All believers, in transformed, immortal bodies, will then be suddenly and forcibly caught up into the air to meet Christ.
First Corinthians chapter 15 makes it very clear that the first two stages will happen in the briefest of moments, the time it takes to blink the eye. The amount of time for the catching up in the third stage is not revealed, but it is possible that this catching up will occur a short period of time after the first two stages.
Chapter six featured a closer examination of the three resurrections from the dead to immortality recorded in scripture: Jesus, the "many saints", and the two witnesses during Danielís 70th week. A common trait within these three resurrections was the presence of earthquakes, a shaking of the surrounding earth. Because the future resurrection of the dead will feature multiple millions of believers throughout the ages, from Adam until the last person to die in Christ prior to the event, the effect on the earth is unknown. However, if the pattern of earthquakes occurring in conjunction with the resurrection of the dead to immortality continues, then a similar earthquake event is virtually certain to happen again at the resurrection and transformation moment.
Additionally, if the severity of the effect on the earth is dependent upon the number of resurrections involved, then the effect on the earth should be considerably greater. When this event happens, though, it will not affect only a small part of Israel, or part of the city of Jerusalem, as with the resurrections of Jesus, the "many saints", and the two witnesses. If believers are buried across the face of the planet, then so scattered will the resurrection energy be. It will affect the entire populated surface of the earth.
7.1 Convergence of the Natural and Supernatural World
All of these events will be completely supernatural, not seen in the natural world. The convergence of supernatural events within the natural world, in such a brief amount of time, will cause incredible things to happen to the natural world. Remember that Jesus was able to move into and out of the normal three spatial-dimension world of length, width, and height, as well as the fourth dimension continuum of space-time, in which humans are currently constrained. The interference between the natural world and the unseen supernatural world is what will be explored in this chapter.
With this in mind, consider again the description of the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation chapter 6, and what happens when it is opened:
Rev 6:12 Then I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became blood red;
Rev 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind.
Rev 6:14 The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
Looking closely at this seal, other than the opening of the seal by the Lamb, there is no cause given for the many effects listed. What follows the opening is a description of some incredible things happening on the earth and in the sky. The first four seals, which will be explored in detail in chapters 12 through 15, all feature some kind of natural effect upon the earth, such as war, disease, and famine. But in each case, the cause is revealed: a white, red, black, and pale green horse with a rider, symbolizing an evil spirit unleashed on the earth. The unmentioned cause setting in motion the catastrophic sixth seal events, according to this prophetic model, will be the future three-stage resurrection, transformation, and catching-up event. The convergence of this supernatural event within the natural world will result in the effects seen in Revelation 6:12-14.
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The preceding was an excerpt from the 7th chapter of Earthquake Resurrection: Supernatural Catalyst for the Coming Global Catastrophe by David W. Lowe. The book features a unique prophetic model involving a pattern with earthquakes and resurrections which sheds new and intriguing light on the future resurrection in connection with a global catastrophe. If you have comments or questions about this excerpt or the book, you may