At the foundation of the world, Christ's death was in the womb of hell. There He was formed as the First Begotten Son of God. His resurrection also at the world's foundation was like the birth of God's First Born Son.
The elect children of God were likewise formed in Him at the point of the world's foundation, although none of us even existed as yet:
Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Later in time, Jesus was born of the virgin Mary and walked among men in order to demonstrate His atoning work accomplished at the world's foundation.
His death and resurrection in 33 AD were both tableaus illustrating the earlier death and resurrection at the foundation of the world.
But what of the elect people of God? What of all those formed in the womb of hell/death at the foundation of the world? They were truly formed when as yet there was none of them. The work necessary for their salvation was finished at that point.
Yet, they also must demonstrate the fact that they were dead in Christ and formed as one body in Him at the world's foundation.
This demonstration of the elect was NOT made in 33 AD. Jesus made a point of letting all know that He must suffer alone (He was alone in the garden while the disciples slept; He was alone before the Jewish council as all disciples fled from Him and Peter denied Him). If the elect did not demonstrate their death and formation inside the belly of hell in 33 AD, then when would they?
Matthew 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
What strange language this is. Jesus speaks of the disciples (elect) drinking of His cup, which can only be the cup of wrath, and being baptized with the baptism that He is baptized with. And we know that baptism has to do with death and having one's sins washed away by the wrath of God:
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
What does Jesus mean that the disciples WILL (future tense) drink of the cup of God's wrath and be baptized with the baptism that He is baptized with?
God's wondrous end time program has been designed perfectly by God in order to bring the elect before Him for the final judgment of mankind.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
This appearance is a tableau. A demonstration that will ultimately reveal the true characteristic of each individual saved by Christ at the foundation of the world. The fact that they will endure to the end will provide the necessary proof that they already had had their sins washed away (baptism) in Christ when He made payment for them before this world began.
May 21, 2011 began the prolonged period of Judgment Day on the earth. By leaving all the saved on the earth, alive and remaining, to go through the judgment, God was in essence putting them through a demonstration exactly as Jesus went through a demonstration in 33 AD of the work He performed at the foundation of the world.
The elect were formed at the foundation of the world. That's when their 'body' took shape as the body of Christ.
At the end of the world, in the time of the final judgment of mankind, God turned the nations into hell (the grave) by shutting the doors of heaven and by putting out all gospels lights across the face of the earth. The earth thereby entered into the spiritual condition of hell or death.
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
It is in this spiritual environment, that once again, as it were, the elect are being fashioned in the womb of hell and are being readied for their birth as sons of God in the day of resurrection:
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Through these dark days God has been positioning His elect people as a child is positioned inside His mother's womb in order to come forth to a birth as received sons of God. Sons that have followed the pattern of the First Born, Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Since May 21, 2011, God's people have been in the process of being made "conformable to His death"---why? So that we might likewise attain unto a similar resurrection.
It's not a pleasant thing to spend time in the womb of hell. Read Jonah chapter 2 and notice the language of one inside its clutches:
Jonah 2:1 Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
3 For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
5 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.
Jesus likens Jonah's experience of being inside the great fish's belly for three days and three nights to His own.
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Spending time inside the fish's belly would have been as unpleasant as possible. Stinky, constricted, and very dark.
It was so unpleasant an experience that the Bible uses it to illustrate the belly (same word as womb) of hell.
Our world has been brought into the condition of hell. And it is within the belly, or womb of hell that the Son of God Jesus Christ was formed. And it was the elect in Christ, inside the belly of hell that the body of Christ was also formed. God has set the stage for the elect to demonstrate how it was they were formed, and also, how they became the sons of God following the pattern of their older brother, Jesus Christ, the First Born Son of God.
Resurrection is the bringing to life of those that are in the grave (hell).
We receive the first resurrection as our soul comes out of spiritual death (the grave or hell) to life. We call the first resurrection being born again.
All those elect that have physically died are presently in the grave (hell). On the last day they will rise out of the grave (hell) and come forth to life. This, the Bible calls the second resurrection.
Because all of the physically dead elect are presently in the grave (hell) they are already conformed to Christ's death and properly positioned to attain a like resurrection.
But what about all the elect still living on the earth? The Bible indicates that when Christ comes there will be those that never physically died. Theologians have coined the phrase to fit this scenario, they say that the elect which are still physically alive when Christ comes will be Raptured.
In order to bring all the elect that are physically alive (and there will be great numbers of them because God saved a great multitude of people at the last) into a conformable image to Christ (that is, of being in hell/grave) for their resurrection, God first turns the nations into hell. He brings the world into the condition of hell.
Therefore, spiritually, all the elect that are alive and remain on the earth are brought into the proper position for resurrection through God's shutting the door of heaven and bringing thick darkness over the earth.
Notice how God ties together Judgment Day with a woman being in travail (of course a woman is only in travail as she is being readied to give birth):
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
And here also:
Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: 8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth:
Our present sorrow will be turned into joy once the birth (out of the belly of hell in the day of the resurrection) is accomplished:
John 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
Because God has said that He will conform us to the image of Jesus' death and to His resurrection, we can see why it is imperative for us to have a right understanding of the atoning death made by Jesus at the foundation of the world. And to also understand that His entry into the world to die on the cross in 33 AD was a demonstration. Without this proper understanding of Christ's experience there is no way that someone can understand that the elect are presently appearing before the judgment seat of Christ in a tableau. And by failing to understand this they will also be failing to understand the righteous revelation of God's judgment program.