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Muslims do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God or that He was sacrificed for our sins, and the Bible is absolutely clear that salvation can only come through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 Acts 4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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). On the other hand, God is merciful and “not willing that any should perish” (1 Peter 3:9 1 Peter 3:9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing.
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). It seems contrary to His goal to condemn over a billion Muslims to hell without giving them a real chance to choose salvation. God will judge Muslims and all people fairly, and the biblical teaching of the resurrections is the key to understanding how this will be accomplished.

God has a purpose in bringing all of these people, including Muslims, back to mortal life in the second resurrection.

Hebrews 6:1-2 Hebrews 6:1-2 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
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identifies the “resurrection of the dead” as one of the foundational teachings of Jesus Christ, and Revelation 20:4-15 Revelation 20:4-15 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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describes at least two different resurrections. In Revelation 20:4-6 Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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, Jesus revealed that a resurrection will occur immediately when He returns to the earth, which He calls the “first resurrection.”

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection . Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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, emphasis added throughout).

Anyone in this first resurrection will have eternal life, meaning that the “second death” will not affect them. Muslims cannot be a part of this first resurrection because they do not believe in Jesus as the Son of God and their Savior—but that does not mean that they are without hope! The concept of the second death is crucial to understanding the fate of Muslims in the second resurrection .

After the 1,000-year reign of Jesus with the resurrected saints, Revelation 20:11-15 Revelation 20:11-15 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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states that everyone who has ever lived will be brought back to life. Unlike the first resurrection, these people are not resurrected to eternal life but are instead given a second mortal life during which they stand for judgment before God. Since they have yet to receive eternal life, they are still in danger of the second death.

God has a purpose in bringing all of these people, including Muslims, back to mortal life in the second resurrection. It will be their opportunity to have their eyes opened, thus fulfilling the prophecy that “ every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11 Romans 14:11For it is written, As I live, said the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
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, Isaiah 45:23 Isaiah 45:23I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
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). Isaiah 65:20 Isaiah 65:20There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
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indicates that everyone who is raised in the second resurrection will have the chance to come to know God and to choose life by walking in His ways. No one will miss their opportunity for eternal life just because the gospel never reached them before Jesus’ return or because their eyes were not open to fully comprehend the truth.

There may still be Muslims, along with people of all faiths, nations and times, who refuse to accept God even after He opens their eyes to the truth in the second resurrection. They will not burn forever in hell, but will instead die the second death along with anyone who rejects God at that time. The second death is not eternal torture, but rather the permanent destruction of the person in the lake of fire, as described in Matthew 10:28 Matthew 10:28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
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and Revelation 20:14-15 Revelation 20:14-15 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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. For more information about the mortality of the soul and what it means for someone to be thrown into the lake of fire, see our free booklet Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?