The bible speaks of several resurrections and several places. How are these reconciled by Christians?
Will people continue to live on earth, and if so will there still be death?
(Isaiah 25:8) makes it sound like earthly death will cease.
He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. . . .
(Isaiah 65:17-20) shows that there will still be death in the new earth.
17 “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. 18 But exult, YOU people, and be joyful forever in what I am creating. For here I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joyfulness and her people a cause for exultation. 19 And I will be joyful in Jerusalem and exult in my people; and no more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or the sound of a plaintive cry.” 20 “No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred years of age he will have evil called down upon him.
Do people prior to Jesus go to heaven?
(Luke 7:28) Makes it seem that John does not go to heaven.
I tell YOU, Among those born of women there is none greater than John; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of God is greater than he is. . .
What is the better resurrection?
(Hebrews 11:32-35) indicates the men of old expected a heavenly resurrection.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time will fail me if I go on to relate about Gid´e•on, Ba´rak, Samson, Jeph´thah, David as well as Samuel and the [other] prophets, 33 who through faith defeated kingdoms in conflict, effected righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 stayed the force of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from a weak state were made powerful, became valiant in war, routed the armies of foreigners. 35 Women received their dead by resurrection; but other [men] were tortured because they would not accept release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better resurrection.
What is the earlier resurrection?
(Philippians 3:8-11) . . .On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in union with him, having, not my own righteousness, which results from law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that issues from God on the basis of faith, 10 so as to know him and the power of his resurrection and a sharing in his sufferings, submitting myself to a death like his, 11 [to see] if I may by any means attain to the earlier resurrection from the dead.
It seems that at some future point in time, the last day every one will get a resurrection to heaven. So what is the point of the new earth?