“At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16: 11)
The Basket Case Chronicles #182
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:23–25).
The resurrection of the dead is a stupendous event, but it is also an ordered one. Every man is raised in the proper order, at the right time. The great event from the end of history is inaugurated in the middle of history. So Christ was raised first, and He was raised first as the first fruits. The second wave of the resurrection will happen to those who belong to Christ and it will happen to them when He comes again. So at the Second Coming we have the completion of the resurrection.
After the resurrection is completed, the end comes. The end will be characterized by Christ turning over, delivering up, His kingdom to God the Father. Christ is reigning now, and during the course of His reign He progressively subdues all those who set themselves as His adversaries. Over the course of history, as He has been doing for two thousand years now, He puts down all rule, all authority, and all power. His reign will extend as long as there are adversaries still to subdue. He is at the right hand of God the Father, and He must remain there until all His enemies are made His footstool. He must reign until all His enemies are put under His feet. This means that all the enemies of Christ, with the one exception of death, will be subdued to Him prior to His coming.