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The Rapture, Resurrection, and the Judgment Seat of Christ Will Not Take Place at the Time of the Second Advent (Second Coming of Christ)

The Chronology of Revelation Chapters 4 - 6, and 8: 1 - 5 will not allow any of its Scriptures to be taken out of context. The sequence of those events, topics, etc... in the above chapters and verses are in chronological order. Do not place any of those Scriptures with Revelation chapter 19. If you do your reasoning will be wrong. Note the events that are described in those chapters.

  1. The Rapture: When the Rapture takes place there is an open door in heaven in Revelation 4: 1.

    John said, "...and the first voice which I heard...said, Come up hither..." (Rev. 4: 1). The first voice John heard was Jesus' voice. He is the Son of man (Rev. 1: 12 - 13).

    John says that he heard "the first voice", so one would automatically assume that there was a second voice. Paul recorded both voices in I Thessalonians 4: 16. It says, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,...". (His voice is described as "...a great voice, as of a trumpet..." in Revelation 1: 10.). There is the first voice, the Lord Jesus' voice. And, "...with the voice of the archangel...". Michael is the archangel, and he will utter his voice. This is the second voice. This is referring to the Rapture.

    Revelation chapters 2 and 3 have to be totally fulfilled (completed) before Revelation 4: 1 can take place and we are still in the Laodicean period (Rev. 3: 14 - 18), for the Church is still on the earth as of the time of writing this manuscript. The New Testament Church, the Bride of Christ (the Body of Christ), will soon enter Heaven in Revelation 4: 1. Then the Church will be recognized as the four and twenty elders (Rev. 4: 4, 5: 8), the heavenly priesthood (Rev. 5: 10). (Read also Rev. 3: 21, 4: 4, I Pet. 5: 4, II Tim. 4: 7 - 8.).

  2. The Resurrection: The "resurrection" that the Scripture refers to is an event which will take place at the time of the Rapture (I Thes. 4: 16 - 17, Rev. 4: 1). The bodies of those who have died in Christ, from the day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 1 - 8) to the Rapture, will be "bodily" raised from the grave, as the Rapture takes place. I Thessalonians 4: 16 - 17 says, "...the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together..." (the dead and the living, in Christ). For this to happen, the bodies of the dead and the living, must be changed into new spiritual bodies (I Cor. 15: 42 - 44).

  3. The Judgment Seat of Christ (The crowns of reward): Paul says in II Timothy 4: 8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord (Jesus), the righteous judge, shall give me at (on) that day (the day of His appearing): and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing."

    What day is that? That's the day when the Lord appears in the sky for those who love Him. This is the Rapture of the Church. So, on that day, when the Rapture happens, the righteous judge, Jesus Christ, will appear (come) in the sky for those who love Him. And that's the Christians, the Bride of Christ. And when Jesus appears, in the Rapture, He will give Paul a crown, but not only will He give Paul a crown at the Judgment Seat of Christ, (the first event that takes place in Heaven when we arrive), He will also give a crown to all those who love His appearing.

    Now, Peter wrote something about those crowns, and the time when we get them.

    I Peter 5: 4 says,
    "And when the chief Shepherd (Jesus) shall appear ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (Read also I Pet. 1: 7, I Cor. 3: 11 - 15, Rev. 22: 12.).

    When the Church receives their crowns they will all get them at the same time. They will be given out to every believer, all of the New Testament Church called the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ (the four and twenty elders), and not just a few of them. Remember, the four and twenty elders are wearing those crowns in Revelation 4: 4. They would have just received them. So do not place this verse anywhere else.

  4. The four and Twenty Elders: I believe that Revelation 3: 21 is a key verse (one of the clues) for understanding who the four and twenty elders are and how they are seated round about the throne of God.

    It says,
    "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne." (Rev. 3: 21) (Read also Rev. 3: 19 - 20.).

    That is what those elders in Revelation 4: 4 are doing. They are seated round about the throne. It is not necessarily referring to 24 individuals. But even if it were, they would still be part of the Church, and that number would also have to represent the whole Church, the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, and not just 24 individuals alone. According to the above verse all who receive Christ and overcome (the trials, problems, and so forth, of this life) will God (Jesus) grant to set with Him in His throne.

    The Church includes all of those who have received Jesus as their Savior from Pentecost to the Rapture, and that is all. I believe the four and twenty elders in Revelation 4: 4 and 5: 8, (9 - 10) represent the whole Church and not just part of it. The Church is no longer referred to on earth after Revelation 4: 1. However, it is referred to in Heaven thereafter. And the Church is called "the four and twenty elders." And from time to time in the book of Revelation they are simply called "elders." (See Rev. 5: 5 - 6, 8, 9 - 10, 11, 14, 7: 11, 13, 11: 16, 19: 4.).

    Do remember, the heavenly priesthood, which is called the four and twenty elders in Revelation 4: 4 and 5: 8, represent the New Testament saints only. For the Old Testament saints and prophets will be judged, and are given rewards, in Revelation 11: 18. Do not place Old Testament saints or priests with Revelation chapters 4 and 5 because, if you do, you will be wrong. (Read Hebrews chapters 7 - 9. There is a new covenant and a new priesthood. See Hebrews 7: 12, 26, 8: 13, 9: 15.).

  5. The Little Book (Scroll) and the 7 Seals: In Revelation 5 the Lord is holding this book/scroll, which is sealed with 7 seals. They are the 7 seal judgments. Jesus, the Lamb, will begin to unleash them one at a time in the next chapter. See Revelation chapter 6. Read also Revelation chapter 8, verses 1 - 5.

    Did you notice the chronology/sequence of those things (events) that will take place in chapters 4 and 5, in the book of Revelation, when these prophecies are fulfilled?

    The Church, who are called the four and twenty elders, has to be in Heaven before the Revelation/Second Coming can take place so that they can be wedded to Christ according to Revelation 19: 7 - 9. The Bride of Christ will be wedded (married) to Jesus Christ in Heaven right before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. And, the wedding and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb take place in Heaven before the Revelation/Second Coming does. (See Rev. 19: 11, Acts 1: 8 - 12, Zech. 14: 4 - 5.).

The Events That Take Place in Heaven

  1. The Church shows up in Heaven (Rev. 4: 1).
  2. The four and twenty elders seated about the throne (Rev. 4: 4). (See also 3: 21.).
  3. The Judgment Seat of Christ. (It takes place somewhere between Rev. 4: 1 and 4: 4.). (Read also II Cor. 5: 10, I Cor. 3: 8, 11 - 17, James 1: 12, I Pet. 5: 4, II Tim. 4: 7 - 8.).
  4. The four and twenty elders (the Church, the Bride of Christ) with the "crown of rewards" on their heads (Rev. 4: 4, 22: 12).
  5. The book that was sealed with seven seals (Rev. 5: 1 - 9).
  6. The four and twenty elders (the Church) singing in Heaven (Rev. 5: 9 - 10).
  7. The things that happen in Revelation 5: 11 - 14. (The multitudes expressing their love and adoration toward the Lamb.).
  8. A great multitude shows up in Heaven (Rev. 7: 9 - 17). (This is not the Church. She is already in Heaven in chapters 4 and 5.).
  9. The great voices in Heaven, the rewards of the Old Testament saints which include the prophets (Rev. 11: 15 - 17, 18).
  10. The 144,000 in Heaven (Rev. 14: 1 - 5).
  11. The victory of the martyrs of Revelation 6: 9 - 11 (15: 1 - 4). (Read also Rev. 7: 9 - 17 and 20: 4.).
  12. Those things that are said in Revelation 19: 1 - 6. (The voice of many people praising the Lord God, etc..., also the four and twenty elders and the four beasts worshipping God, etc....).
  13. The wedding and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19: 7 - 9).
  14. Heaven is opened (Jesus Christ is riding His white horse down out of Heaven as He returns to earth.). (Read Rev. 19: 11 - 14.). (See also Zech. 14: 3 - 5.).

Here are some events that will happen before Jesus returns to earth and their definitions.

  • The wedding: It will take place in Heaven. The wedding will take place before the marriage supper. Jesus, in some mysterious way, will marry His bride (Rev. 19: 7 - 9, 21: 9, 22: 17), the Church, the Bride of Christ (the New Testament saints).
  • The Marriage Supper of the Lamb: It will take place after the wedding (Rev. 19: 7, 2).
  • The honeymoon: We are going to return to planet earth. This will happen as Jesus, who is God, comes back to earth in the event called the Revelation/Second Coming (Rev. 19: 11). We will follow Him upon white horses (Rev. 19: 8, 14).
  • The Revelation/Second Coming (Rev. 19: 11): This is the event that will happen as Jesus return to earth and His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives and it splits in two (Zech. 14: 4 - 5). See also Acts 1: 8 - 12. The Mount of Olives is the place where Jesus' feet last stood on earth. His feet will again one day stand on that exact spot.
  • The 1000 year reign of Christ: Jesus will reign on the throne of His father, David (Luke 1: 31 - 33, Isa. 9: 6 - 7), as the prophets foretold He would. Jesus will reign on earth for 1000 years (Read Rev. chapter 20.), and we will reign with Him (Rev. 5: 10). (See also Rev. 20: 6.).

I want you to realize that the Old Testament saints are not taken up when the Rapture happens. They go to Heaven in Revelation 11: 18. It talks about how they will be judged and given rewards. It says, "...and the time of the dead, that they (the Old Testament saints) should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints (Old Testament saints), and them that fear Thy name, small and great:...". There is one thing for sure. This has nothing to do with the New Testament Church (Christians). We will have arrived in Heaven in Revelation 4: 1 and will have received our crowns between Revelation 4: 1 and 4: 4. And this cannot be referring to the lost (unsaved) because that judgment does not happen until Revelation 20: 11 - 15 at the end of the world. The prophets would definitely be included in the Old Testament saints. So I feel sure that the saints here are Old Testament saints (Rev. 11: 18).

The Rapture and the resurrection cannot take place at the time of the Second Advent. Nor can the Judgment Seat of Christ. The sequence of prophecy will not allow it.

See "Do the Rapture and the Revelation Take Place at the Same Time (Simultaneously)?". Read "The Events That Happen on Earth" and "Jesus Entering Into Glory". You can also read "The Belief That There is No Rapture is Wrong".


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