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Therefore prophesy, and tell them, this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O my people, and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Bible

“I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves.” That God is going to raise people from the dead and judge them is clearly set forth in a number of verses in the Old Testament and Gospels (cp. Job 19:25-27; Ps. 71:9; Isa. 26:19; 66:14; Ezek. 37:12-14; Daniel 12:2, 13; Hosea 13:14; Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31; 14:14; John 5:28-29). Then, after the day of Pentecost it is set forth again in the Epistles and Book of Revelation (Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:20-22, 42-49, 52; 1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 20:4-15).

There will be two resurrections in the future: the first resurrection (the resurrection of the righteous people), and the second resurrection, (the resurrection of the unrighteous people (Dan. 12:2; Luke 14:14; John 5:29, Acts 24:15). These two resurrections will be separated by 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6, 13). The fact that in this section of Ezekiel God speaks of bringing the resurrected people “into the land of Israel” shows us that the resurrection being portrayed here in Ezekiel is the first resurrection, the “Resurrection of the Righteous.”

[For more on the two resurrections, see commentary on Acts 24:15].


Commentary for: Ezekiel 37:12