This is the last post of this series on the biblical view of death.
Both spiritual and physical death can be abolished. The moment one believes on Yeshua the Messiah – that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again – at that moment, the believer is spiritually resurrected, and spiritual death is abolished for him or her (2 Tim 1:10).
Obviously, the Messiah has not as yet abolished physical death, since believers still die physically. Nevertheless, a day is coming in which it will be abolished (1 Cor 15:24‑26). Physical death will be abolished for all people – believer and unbeliever – but there will be two different destinies altogether.
A. The Abolishment of Physical Death for the Believer
Concerning believers, one must distinguish between four different groups of believers: Church saints, Old Testament saints, Tribulation saints, and Millennial saints.
1. The Church Saints
For the Church saints, death will be abolished at the Rapture of the Church. According to 1 Cor 15:50‑58, “corruption puts on incorruption, and mortality puts on immortality.” Also, 1 Thess 4:13-18 tells us that physical death will be abolished for the Church saints at the Rapture of the Church. This will occur sometime before the Tribulation.
2. The Old Testament Saints
Death will be abolished for the Old Testament saints sometime after the Tribulation, after the Messiah’s Second Coming. According to Daniel 12:11‑12, there will be a Seventy-five-day Interval between the Second Coming and the start of the Millennium. During that Seventy-five-day Interval, the Old Testament saints are going to be resurrected. This is brought out in two passages in the Old Testament, Isaiah 26:19 and Dan 12:2.
3. The Tribulation Saints
According to Rev 20:4‑6 there will be believers who are resurrected after the Tribulation and during that Seventy-five-day Interval. Obviously, these are the Tribulation saints, for they are the ones who refuse to worship the Antichrist.
4. The Millennial Saints
The fourth category of saints, who are known as Millennial saints, will not need to be resurrected, because according to Isaiah 65:20, they will not die. There will be no death for believers in the Millennium, only for unbelievers.
B. The Abolishment of Physical Death for the Unbeliever
As far as the unbeliever is concerned, physical death will be abolished after the Millennium as a result of the second resurrection for the purpose of suffering the second death (Rev 20:11-14). All unbelievers will be resurrected after the Messianic Kingdom, 1,000 years after the last resurrection of believers.
Spiritual death is abolished when one believes. Physical death will be abolished by resurrection for both believers and unbelievers. But the third type of death is eternal, and that death will last forever for unbelievers. Eternal death or the second death, will never be abolished.
 This post is a modified version of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s original Messianic Bible Study. The full version may be obtained here.