Many people (and I mean many many people) have found my blog by searching “Zombie Apocalypse in the Bible” or “Is there a zombie apocalypse in the Bible” or even just “Zombie bible apocalypse.” And to be honest, I do have a couple of posts on Zombies. Oddly enough. My most popular is A Biblical Zombie Apocalypse. Then there’s also Zombies and Mayans and the Rapture! Also a very popular one when I was on Blogspot.
And most people get their whole idea of there being zombies in the Bible from Zechariah:
“Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another.” Zechariah 14:12-13
That’s some heavy stuff. Not just that, but recently I came across another piece in the Bible from Isaiah
“But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise–let those who dwell in dust wake up and shout for joy–your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.” Isaiah 26:19
And at first glance “OH MY FREAKIN GOODNESS! ZOMBIES!!”
But we need to back up here for a second. One thing I gotta tell you is that scripture interprets scripture. You can’t just take something out of context. You can’t just take pieces you want and then toss them out there. Yeah, I can see that some could think that these two verses describe a zombie apocalypse. People rising from the dead. People getting a disease that rots them and people attacking each other. Sounds like a zombie apocalypse to me, right? Nope.
Sorry to tell you this, but zombies aren’t real. Well, you might point out weird stuff in Voodoo and all that stuff. Well, okay. There are things of this earth that can’t be explained. But the Walking Dead and 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead aren’t real. They are what we like to call movies. Horror movies to be exact (though Shaun of the Dead is more of a horror/comedy). There is no weird virus from out of space coming in. There’s no weird virus being created in secret labs. Zombies aren’t real.
Then what in the world are these verses talking about. They are talking about something called The Day of the Lord. Now that is some important stuff. The Day of the Lord is both going to be magnificent and horrifying. Magnificent because Jesus is coming back on the Day of the Lord. Horrifying because it will be a time of judgement.
Now this is some strong stuff. And a tough stance on something. A strong stance on something.
The dead will rise that day. The dead in Jesus will rise. Those who call on the name of Jesus will rise and be fully resurrected.
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep but we all will be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
The dead will rise. Just like in the Isaiah passage. Those who find joy in the Lord. Those who follow Jesus, those who are God-fearing believers will rise in Jesus on the Day of the Lord. It will be a day like no other.
Just like Jesus was raised from the dead imperishable, so will we who are in Jesus. Now, I know around Easter time, people joke about Zombie Jesus. And to be honest, I understand where this misconception comes from. A man rising from the dead. Talking with people. Eating WITH people (not eating them, but with them) and having wounds in his hand and side can really make people go “huh?”
But it is true. Jesus was raised by the power of the Holy Spirit victorious from the grave. Victorious over death itself. And that means that followers of Jesus no longer have to fear death. Death has no victory
“Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting? For the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
There is victory over the grave. There is victory over death. No, it’s not zombies we’re talking about here. But the resurrection (something I’ve also blogged a lot about too) is when we rise new and holy, perfect and imperishable. It is when we rise glorious like Jesus as we were originally intended to be like. That is the resurrection of the dead.
The Day of the Lord isn’t about zombies. It’s about Jesus coming back and God making things right again. Zombies aren’t in the Bible. They are figments of imagination made for Horror movies. But the Day of the Lord is real. And it’s coming one day. Are you ready for it?