Resurrections and Raptures :: By Jeff Van Hatten

There are many resurrections from the dead mentioned in scripture.

Six Resurrections

The son of the Shunammite woman

1 Kings 17: 22 – “The child’s soul came back into him, and he revived.”

The full narrative can be found in: 1 Kings 17:21-22, and 2 Kings 4:31-35.

The prophet Jonah

Jonah 2:6 – “Yahweh brought me up alive from the pit.”

The full narrative can be found in: Jonah 2:1-10.

The daughter who is only “asleep”

Luke 8:54-55 – “But he took her by the hand, called out, ‘Little girl, get up!’ and her spirit returned.”

The full narrative can be found in: Matthew 9:23-25; Mark 5:35-42; and Luke 8:52-55.

The only son of a widow

Luke 7:14-15 – “Yeshua said, ‘Young man, I say to you: get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak.”

The full narrative can be found in: Luke 7:11-15.


John 11:43-44 – “Having said this, he shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The man who had been dead came out.”

The full narrative can be found in: John 11:11-44.

Dorcas/Tabitha (Tavita)

Acts 9:40 – “Peter said, ‘Tavita! Get up!’ She opened her eyes; and on seeing Peter, sat up.”

The full narrative can be found in: Acts 9:37-42.

Three More Resurrections

The Holy Ones

Matthew 27:50-53 – “The graves were opened, and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life; and after Yeshua rose, they came out of the graves and went into the holy city, where many people saw them.”

Those who were already in the grave were resurrected at the moment Yeshua died, and later were seen by many as they witnessed in the city of Jerusalem.


Matthew 28:7 – “He has been raised from the dead, and now he is going to the Galilee ahead of you.”

Mark 16:9 – “When Yeshua rose early on Sunday, he appeared first to Miriam of Magdala.”

John 20:17 – “Stop holding onto me,’ Yeshua said to her, ‘because I have not yet ascended to the Father.’”

When Yeshua rose early on Sunday, he appeared first to Miriam of Magdala (Mary Magdalene) and commanded her not to cling to him as he had “not yet ascended to his Father,” saying he would meet them in Galilee.

The Two Witnesses

Revelation 11:11-12 – “And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from Yahweh entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up here. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”

After being dead and left to rot in the streets of Jerusalem, Yahweh resurrects the two witnesses, who are then raptured.

Wait: None of These People Instantly Disappeared!

The above statement is absolutely true: Not one of the six resurrected people instantly disappeared when they came back to life. Just the opposite. ALL were seen alive by many after their resurrection. Perhaps this is due to their not receiving a glorified, incorruptible, immortal body. Most, we assume, later died and were buried.

However, neither the Holy Ones, nor Yeshua, nor the Two Witnesses of Revelation instantly disappeared after their resurrection, either! Just the opposite. ALL were also seen alive by many after their resurrection. In fact, Revelation tells us that the two witnesses may very well be seen by all of the people of the entire world (Revelation 11:9).


Perhaps it is time to revisit the instant disappearance resurrection/rapture paradigm. Not once does scripture give an account of an instantaneous rapture after a resurrection. Neither does scripture indicate that a resurrection necessarily results in any rapture. Instead, the many patterns revealed in the scriptures show a progression of well-witnessed events over time. What do you say?