A Question for Witness Lee Followers

Is it your interpretation that all believers partake of the first resurrection mentioned in Revelation 20:4?

If so, then notice Rev 20:6 "Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years."

But if not then how do you explain 1Thessalonians 4:13-17 "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." And notice that Paul is speaking not of an elite few "overcomers", as the local church calls them, are raised, but rather Paul is speaking generically of all believers. What's up with that?

So which is it. Are some elite believers raptured prior to the resurrection of the non-elite believers or is it as Paul says? Who do you believe - Witness Lee or the the Bible?


The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources

Edition: Jul 29,2015