Timing in 1 Corinthians 15

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul gives some crucial information that should affect our eschatology. The key is in verse 26 when Paul calls death the “last enemy.” Verses 23-26 taken as a whole show that death is defeated by the resurrection of believers. That resurrection of believers occurs at the Second Coming of Christ as stated in verse 23. The Premillennialist must explain how there can still be a multitude of enemies to be defeated 1,000 years after the resurrection of believers has already occurred. When “all rule and all authority and power” has been defeated, Christ will return to resurrect His own people. This resurrection is the defeat of death – the “last enemy.”

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