"Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment"

(John 5:28,29)

The Bible teaches the restoration of the former earthly paradise, lost by Adam and Eve. The prophecy of Isaiah (11, 35, 65), Ezekiel (40-48), and the Psalms (especially the 37) indicate the restoration of the Earthly Paradise. The last book of the Bible, Revelation describes the restoration of Earthly Paradise: “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them.  And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”” (Revelation 21:3,4). This same book indicates that at the end of the 1000 years, there will be holy ones, Jehovah's Worshipers in the earthly Paradise: “And they advanced over the whole earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and consumed them" (Revelation 20:9). This text shows that the earthly holy ones will be protected from the last attack of Satan, himself being destroyed, at the end of a thousand years.

Therefore, there is no doubt that the Bible teaches that most of the dead humans will be resurrected in the earthly paradise. Only 144,000 humans, redeemed from the earth will be resurrected in heaven: “Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1-5; 7:1-8). Moreover, faithful people, who were dead before the time of Christ and the apostles, were not in heaven: "Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man" (John 3:13). This text is clear "no man has ascended into heaven". Even after the death and resurrection of Christ, and his ascension to heaven, this is what the Apostle Peter said about King David: “Men, brothers, it is permissible to speak with freeness of speech to you about the family head David, that he died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day” (Acts 2:29).

This text clearly shows that King David, a faithful one, was not resurrected at the time of the Apostles. During the earthly ministry of Christ, all the resurrection he did, the dead were resurrected in a human body. The most spectacular resurrection being that of Lazarus (John 11). The following Bible study will focus on the study of the prophecy of Ezekiel 40-48, on the earthly administration of this earthly resurrection during the 1,000-year reign of Christ. This prophecy reveals very encouraging information.

In this prophecy, the earthly resurrection is represented symbolically : Imagine the prophet Ezekiel, in the heart of the vision, outside and at the entrance of the temple from which flows a stream that goes towards the Dead Sea. Jehovah asks to walk downstream of the river, towards the Dead Sea, not without having crossed it first, every thousand cubits (about 500 meters). Here is the narrative:

“Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and there I saw water flowing eastward from under the threshold of the temple, for the front of the temple was facing east. The water was flowing down from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.

He then led me out by way of the north gate and took me outside and around to the outer gate that is facing east, and I saw water trickling from the right side.

When the man went out toward the east with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off 1,000 cubits and had me pass through the water; the water was ankle deep.

Then he measured off another 1,000 and had me pass through the water, and it was up to the knees.

He measured off another 1,000 and had me pass through, and the water was up to the hips.

When he measured off another 1,000, it was a torrent that I was unable to walk across, for the water was so deep that one had to swim, a torrent of water that could not be crossed on foot.

He asked me: “Have you seen this, son of man?” Then he had me walk and return to the bank of the stream” (Ezekiel 47:1-6).

After this vision, Jehovah asks a question to the prophet (through the angel) and seems to ask him if he understood the prophetic meaning of this vision. Nevertheless, instead of answering, the prophet continues to describe this torrent, its direction, the aspect of its two banks, which allows us to better understand the meaning of the vision, and the beneficent virtues of these waters: “When I returned, I saw that on the bank of the stream were very many trees on both sides. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region and continues down through the Arʹa·bah and enters the sea. When it enters the sea, the water there will be healed. Swarms of living creatures will be able to live wherever the waters flow. There will be an abundance of fish, because this water will flow there. The seawater will be healed, and everything will live wherever the stream goes” (Ezekiel 47:6-9).

In fact, the current Dead Sea in Israel has a salinity level so that almost no aquatic life is possible, there are no fish. It is clear that the Dead Sea is the symbol of the current humanity under the effect of the death inherited from Adam. The vision tells us that this invigorating stream is gradually reviving the Dead Sea by a gradual re-population with many fish (that are in the stream). How can we be sure that this is an illustration to the future earthly resurrection. It is the book of Revelation that takes the broad outlines of this vision and gives the interpretation (indirectly): “And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its main street. On both sides of the river were trees of life producing 12 crops of fruit, yielding their fruit each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22;1,2).

This healing of the nations will be done mainly by the earthly resurrection. What is exciting is to understand how the prophecy of Ezekiel symbolically describes the world administration of this resurrection (Ezekiel 47 and 48).





EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 2: The future administration of the Earthly Resurrection

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 3: They righteous will not be judged

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 4: The Judgment of the unrighteous

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 5: The Heavenly Resurrection

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 7: The welcome of the earthly resurrected ones

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 8: The “lot” of the earthly resurrected ones