We recently received an inquiry concerning the Hymenaean Heresy, and the claims that the resurrection had already occurred when 2 Timothy was written (2 Timothy 2:18). This is one of the most common objections lodged against Covenant Eschatology. I am glad to offer a few thoughts in response. Here is the inquirer’s question.
Who would the Romans punish for this happening?
How could they Romans prevent such a (divine) action? Such an event would clearly not be limited to Judea. Incidentally, are you aware that archaeologists have found a first century “sign”, a decree posted by Roman authorities in Nazareth, forbidding the opening of graves. It is about the only place such a decree was posted! Makes you wonder why they would post such a decree in such an out of the way place, does it not?
#1– If the traditional view of the resurrection had already occurred, no one would have to “instruct” or “teach” anyone that it had happened, for it would be undeniably evident, would it not?
In fact, no one could deny that the resurrection was past, if the traditional view of that event had occurred! Everyone would be in eternity, looking back at the event. In that scenario, anyone denying that the resurrection was past would be, how could we say this, unaware that they were in either heaven or hell! Would that be possible?!!?!!