“Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life” (Heb. 11:35). Literally, it reads, hina kreittonos anastaseos tuchasin, “that they might obtain a better resurrection” (NASB). The writer speaks of two kinds of resurrection—the present and the future. He writes about women who receive back their dead by resurrection. That is the present resurrection. He then cites others who were tortured. Even if they die in torture, they expect to rise again in the future. That is the future resurrection.
The present resurrection is a present restoration to a temporary life. The future resurrection is a future restoration to eternal life. Now he draws a contrast between the present and future resurrection. He calls the future resurrection a “better resurrection.” It is a better resurrection because it is a resurrection to eternity.