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June 21, 2012
The Rapture, the Resurrection, and the Crowns of Rewards Cannot Take Place When the Second Advent (The Second Coming of Christ) Happens
The Rapture, the resurrection, and the giving of crowns of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ, cannot take place at the time of the Second Advent (Second Coming). If an individual believes that the Rapture and resurrection take place when Jesus returns to earth, and that the crowns of rewards are given out when the Second Advent happens, this would be wrong. That person would have to take Revelation 19: 11 and place it with Revelation chapter 4. Or take Revelation 4 and put it with Revelation 19: 11. In either case, this would create a major problem, which I will begin to clarify in the 3rd paragraph. Read Revelation chapters 4 - 5 and notice that those two chapters could not be separated one from another. The sequence of prophecy will not allow it. Pay special attention to the chronology. The book of Revelation starts out in chapter 1 with the Person of Christ; Chapters 2 and 3 are the Church on earth; Chapters 4 and 5 are the Church in Heaven; Chapters 6 thru 14 are basically referring to the tribulation period; Chapters 15 and 16 refer to the seven vial judgments; Chapter 17 gives some history of things that are taking place so that the prophecy can be understand. It also refers to the one world church, the kingdom of Antichrist. (The 10 toes, horns, or kings mentioned in Daniel 2 and 7.). It also mentions Babylon (Rome, the city of seven hills), and more; Chapter 18 gives additional details concerning Babylon, and tells of its destruction; Chapter 19 tells of the destruction of Babylon, the wedding and the marriage supper (which take place in Heaven before Jesus returns to earth); the Second Coming (the Second Advent); the war against Jerusalem (The enemy soldiers will gather together at Jerusalem and fight in that battle. This war will be in progress when the Lord returns to earth.). Chapter 19 also tells of the destruction of those enemy soldiers; Chapter 20 the binding of Satan; the 1000 year reign of Christ (It tells us who will reign with Christ.); the final rebellion of man and Satan; the end of the world; and the judgment of the ungodly (the unsaved). Chapter 21 talks about the New Heavens, the New Earth, the New Jerusalem, and their descriptions. Chapter 22 tells us about a pure river flowing out of the throne of God, which is in the New Jerusalem, and so forth. It also gives us our final instruction. Do you see the order of these events? You should. Now let me tell you something else.
In Revelation 4: 1 we have the Rapture. (The resurrection of the dead, in Christ, will also take place when the Rapture happens. See I Thes. 4: 16 - 17.). The crowns of rewards (Rev. 4: 4), which are given out at the Judgment Seat of Christ, will be given out between Rev. 4: 1 and 4: 4, after the Rapture occurs (Rev. 4: 1). Later on, in Revelation 4: 11, those elders will lay their crowns at the Savior's feet and worship Him. The four and twenty elders may represent 24 individuals as well as representing the Church. However, those four and twenty elders definitely represent the New Testament Church. The number is symbolic. These elders are wearing their crowns. When those crowns are given out to the Church, the Bride of Christ, they will all get them at the same time, not some here and some there. (See I Cor. 3: 11 - 15, II Cor. 5: 10.). So, the New Testament Believers will all get their crowns at the same time when the Rapture happens. (See Rev. 11: 18 for the judgment of the Old Testament saints and Prophets, and the giving of their rewards.). The four and twenty elders are mentioned several times in Revelation chapter 5. See verses 5 - 6, 8. Those elders are also singing the song in verses 9 and 10 (KJV).
In Revelation 5: 1 we see the little book/scroll sealed with 7 seals, which are the 7 seal judgments. In verse 2 the angel says, "...Who is worthy to open the book, and open the seals thereof?". But no man responds to his call (See Rev. 5: 3 - 5.). However, Jesus, the Lamb, does. Verses 7 - 8 tell how the Lamb, "...took the book (the little book/scroll) out of the right hand of Him (God the Father) [who] sat upon the throne.". What I am trying to show you is, Revelation chapters 4 and 5 are in chronological order. Now in Revelation chapter 5 John mentions the book/scroll that is sealed with 7 seals. If an individual places Revelation 19: 11 with chapter 4, or puts chapter 4 with Revelation 19: 11, which is where Jesus returns to earth, he/she has to place Revelation chapter 6, and chapter 8 verses 1 - 5 there also. Because those things are in chronological order. You cannot take them out of their sequence. The chronology of Revelation chapters 4 - 5, and the topic of the little book sealed with 7 seals require it to be so, because of the sequence that is given in those chapters and verses. Jesus, who is the Lamb, breaks the first seal in Revelation 6: 1. This too fits into the chronology of the book of Revelation. There are a few chapters that are flashbacks, and so forth, but that is not the case with chapters 4 - 9, 15 - 16, 19 - 22 (with the exception of a few verses here and there).
The first seal is broken in Revelation 6: 1. To place any portion of Revelation chapters 4 and 5 (including Rev. 4: 1 and 4: 4) with Revelation 19: 11 (the return of Christ to earth), is to place the 7 seals after Jesus' coming because the chronology and sequence of the book of Revelation leave no room for separation of Scripture and events in chapters 4 - 9.
By the way, the Church (the New Testament Saints, the Bride of Christ) has to be in Heaven before Revelation chapter 19 can take place. The Church will be wedded to Christ and eat at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev. 19: 7 - 9) before the Lord can return to earth (Rev. 19: 11, Zech. 14: 4 - 5).
Here are some verses to read concerning the Rapture.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:..."
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (in the Rapture):" (I Pet. 1: 7)
"And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, (in the Rapture), ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (I Pet. 5: 4) (See also Rev. 4: 1 - 4.).
Note the sequence of the prophecy given below in Revelation chapters 4 and 5.
"After this I (John) looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither (The Rapture), and I will show thee things which must be hereafter."
"And I (John) saw in the right hand of Him (God the Father) that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals."
You cannot separate any of those verses and events.
The Second Coming of Christ
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war." (That is Jesus.) (Rev. 19: 11)
"His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His (Jesus') head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself."
"And the armies which were in heaven (the saints, the angels are coming too) followed Him (Jesus) upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." (Rev. 19: 14)
The Nations of the World at Jerusalem and the Two Beasts
"That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."
"And I saw the beast (Antichrist), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him (Jesus) that sat on the horse, and against His army."
"And the beast (Antichrist) was taken, and with him the false prophet (the second beast of Rev. 13) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
"And the remnant (of enemy soldiers) were slain with the sword of Him (Jesus) that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth (the Word of God): and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." (Rev. 19: 18 - 21)
No Rewards at the Second Coming of Christ
Matthew, chapter 25, does not show, or even hint, of rewards given out to any saints (The Old Testament Saints, the Church, or the Tribulation Saints.) when Jesus returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11). (The elect in Matt. 24: 31 are tribulation saints. They will enter the kingdom in Matthew 25: 34.).
"When the Son of man (Jesus) shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:"
The Old and New Testament Saints, and the Tribulation Saints, who died in Christ, went to Heaven. They will come back to earth with Jesus. We will have already been with Him. We will have our glorified bodies as we return to earth. Therefore, we will not be gathered together as the tribulation saints, who are alive and have earthly bodies, will be when Jesus returns to earth. They are the elect of Matthew 24 verse 31, and will enter the kingdom. They will repopulate the earth (have children, families) during Christ's reign.
"Then shall the King (Jesus) say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matt. 25: 34)
"Then shall He (Jesus) say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" (Matt. 25: 41)
"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." (Matt. 25: 46)
The 1000 year reign with begin on the same day that Jesus returns to earth (Rev. 19: 11, Matt. 25: 31).
There is no room for any seal judgments to take place in Revelation 19. Therefore, Revelation chapters 4 - 6 and 8: 1 - 5 cannot be taken out of sequence. Do not take Revelation 4: 4, II Tim. 4: 8, I Pet. 1: 7, I Pet. 5: 4 and put them with Revelation 19: 11, or Revelation 11: 15 - 17, because if you do, it will be taking those chapters and verses out of sequence. Those chapters and verses do, however, fit nicely with Revelation 4: 4 (1 - 4) where the crowns are given out. The four and twenty elders are the Church, who were previously Rapture in Revelation 4: 1, and they are wearing their crowns in Revelation 4: 4. Remember, the Church, the New Testament Saints (the Bride of Christ), will get their crowns at the same time. (Read Rev. 11: 18 for the Old Testament saints and Prophets judgment and rewards.). See my website for more details on these subjects.
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