The resolution is simple. When awakened from a deep sleep, the individual has no awareness of the passage of time; so also is the Resurrection, which is an awakening from the state of death. Consciousness ceases upon death, and resumes upon resurrection. Though some of those who are raised from the dead shall have lain asleep in the Grave for thousands of years, in the unconsciousness of death they cannot perceive the passing of hours, of days, of seasons, of years, and of millennia. Paul, in a state of considerable physical suffering due to injury and deprivation, II Corinthians 11:23-28, longs for the release of death; for, at the next moment of consciousness, he shall be with the Lord, as one of the many who, by the Lord Christ himself, are awakened and raised from the dead.