Each one in his own proper order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence.—1 Cor. 15:23.
The first resurrection would take place sometime after “the presence” of Christ began. Anointed ones who are alive during the great tribulation will be “caught away in clouds.” (1 Thess. 4:13-17; Matt. 24:31) They “will all be changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet.” (1 Cor. 15:51, 52) Today, most faithful Christians are not anointed and called to serve in heaven with Christ. Rather, they await the end of this wicked system of things during “Jehovah’s day.” No one can know the exact timing of that end, but evidence shows that it is close. (1 Thess. 5:1-3) Thereafter, a different type of resurrection will take place, a resurrection to life in an earthly paradise. Those raised will have the prospect of growing to human perfection and never having to die again. w17.12 11 ¶15; 12 ¶18-19
Song 88 and Prayer
Opening Comments (3 min. or less)
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD
“Keep Training Your Conscience”: (10 min.)
Digging for Spiritual Gems: (8 min.)
What has this week’s Bible reading taught you about Jehovah?
What other spiritual gems have you discovered in this week’s Bible reading?
APPLY YOURSELF TO THE FIELD MINISTRY
LIVING AS CHRISTIANS
“Do You Perceive God’s Invisible Qualities?”: (15 min.) Discussion. Play the video The Wonders of Creation Reveal God’s Glory—Light and Color.
Congregation Bible Study: (30 min.) jy chap. 53
Review Followed by Preview of Next Week (3 min.)
Song 142 and Prayer