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What About II Timothy Chapter 4, Verse 1?

"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom;" (II Tim. 4: 1)

Who are the "quick" (living) (See Acts 10: 42.)? It is those who survived the tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel, and are alive at the time of the Revelation/Second Coming who will then be judged in Matthew 25: 31 - 40. Who are the dead? It will be those who are spiritually dead (without Christ), that Matthew 25: 31 - 33 (the goats, the lost/unsaved), and 41 - 46 refer to. There are two things that are for certain. The first one is: This cannot be referring to the Church, the Bride of Christ, because she is in Heaven in Revelation chapters 4 and 5, before the first seal is opened, which is when the tribulation period starts. The second thing is: This cannot be referring to those who died and went into Hades, which is in the heart (center) of the earth. Their judgment will take place in Revelation 20: 11 - 15 when this old earth goes up in flames according to Peter (II Pet. 3: 7, 10). It is destroyed. Then the lost (unsaved) of all Ages will stand before Jesus at the Great White Judgment Throne (Rev. 20: 11 - 15) and will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The only way that II Timothy 4: 1 can be referring to His physical kingdom (the 1000 year reign of Christ) which will be here on earth is if that above verse were referring to those who are spiritually dead (without Christ) at the time when Jesus returns to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming (the Second Advent) (Matt. 25: 31 - 33, 45 - 46). The saved who are alive will enter the kingdom (Matt. 25: 34) and the unsaved who are physically alive but spiritually dead will be cast into Hades/Hell (Matt. 25: 41, 46). (Read II Thes. 1: 7 - 10.). This judgment will happen shortly after the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ (the Revelation) takes place, but on the same day of His coming. On the same day that Jesus returns to earth the 1000 year reign of Christ will begin (Matt. 25: 34). Matthew 24: 30 - 31, 25: 31 - 46, and II Timothy 4: 1 will happen on that same day as well.

Jesus will judge those who are in Christ in Heaven after He appears in the Rapture (I Thes. 4: 16 - 17), which event takes place 7 year before the Second Coming (the Second Advent). Those saints (Christians) have their rewards on their heads in Revelation 4: 4, and they will have just received them at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Matthew 24: 31, 25: 31 - 33, 34 - 40 have nothing to do with the Judgment Seat of Christ so do not try to put (place) this judgment in Matthew 25: 31 - 40 in the same place and at the same time with the Judgment Seat of Christ. If you do, your interpretation will be wrong.

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