Dr. Couch, I've heard some say that the doctrine of the resurrection is not clear in Scripture. What say you?
ANSWER: It is very clear, though the various resurrections are not spelled out in detail in the OT, such as the resurrection of church saints, those "in Christ." Two of the strongest passages in the OT: Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2. Probably because of these verses and the verses in Job, Martha could say: "I know that [brother Lazarus] will rise again in the resurrection on the last day" (John 11:24). That last day to the Jews would be at the beginning of the kingdom reign of the Messiah! Church believers, those "in Christ," will be resurrected seconds before the rapture of the living church saints (1 Thess. 4).
One cannot find a stronger verse on the resurrection for the OT saints than Isaiah 29:19:
Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
What a powerful passage and a great hope to the Jewish people!
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch