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REVELATION AND THE SECOND COMING
LESSON #17
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB

  • MEMORY VERSE: 2COR 5:10
  • THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB OCCUR IN HEAVEN.
    • YOU CAN LOCATE THEM ON THE MASTER TIMELINE CHART IN THE RIGHT MARGIN.
  • WHILE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST IS CALLED A JUDGMENT, IT IS NOT A JUDGMENT IN THE USUAL SENSE OF THE WORD THAT DETERMINES GUILT AND PUNISHMENT. IT IS A PLACE WHERE THE FAITHFUL BELIEVERS RECEIVE REWARDS.
    • READ 1COR 3:10-15
      • WHO IS JUDGED AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST?
        • ONLY BELIEVERS (2COR 5:10)
      • EVERY BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST BUILDS HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE. THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST DETERMINES HOW WELL THE BELIEVER BUILT THAT LIFE.
    • BY WHAT CRITERIA WILL THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST DETERMINE IF THE BELIEVER HAD BUILT HIS LIFE PROPERLY OR NOT?
      • LESSONS FROM CHRIST’S PARABLES:
        • READ LUK 19:11-27
          • AFTER RECEIVING CHRIST AS SAVIOR, EVERY BELIEVER HAS ONE LIFE TO LIVE FOR CHRIST.
          • THE REWARD IS IN PROPORTION TO ONE’S FAITHFULNESS IN THE SAME OPPORTUNITY. (1COR 4:2 1PET 4:10)
          • SOME BELIEVERS WILL RECEIVE A COMMENDATION, AND OTHERS WILL NOT. (LUK19:17,19)
          • SOME BELIEVERS WILL BE GIVEN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY ACCORDING TO THEIR FAITHFULNESS.
            • THESE AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY WILL BE AUTHORITY OVER CITIES IN THE MILLENNIUM.
          • THERE WILL BE A LOSS AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST FOR SOME CHRISTIANS.
            • IT WILL BE A LOSS OF REWARD BUT NOT A LOSS OF SALVATION.
        • READ MAT 20:1-16
          • THE LENGTH OF TIME OF ONE’S LIFE IN CHRIST IS OF NO VALUE AS FAR AS THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST IS CONCERNED.
        • READ MAT 25:14-30 AND 2TIM 1:6 AND 1PET 4:10
          • A BELIEVER’S OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE AND HIS ABILITY TO PERFORM (INCLUDING MONEY) VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON.
            • HOWEVER, A BELIEVER IS REWARDED ACCORDING TO HIS FAITHFULNESS TO THE TASK. (1TIM 7:17-19 2COR 9:6-7 1COR 9:24 PHI 3:13-14)
          • WHAT HAS THE BELIEVER DONE WITH HIS LIFE SINCE RECEIVING CHRIST?
            • THE BELIEVER WILL BE JUDGED FOR EVERY DECISION HE HAS MADE AND HOW HE SPENT HIS TIME. (1PET 1:17)
            • THE BELIEVER WILL BE JUDGED FOR EVERY WORD SPOKEN IN TESTIMONY OF JESUS TO OTHERS THAT WON THEM TO CHRIST. (PRO 11:30 1THE 2:19-20 MAT 12:36-37)
            • THE BELIEVER WILL BE JUDGED FOR EVERY DEED DONE (2COR 5:10)
              • ACCORDING TO HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE TO HIS WORD (2TIM 4:1-2)
              • ACCORDING TO HOW WE TREAT OTHER BELIEVERS (HEB 6:10 MAT 10:41-42 1PET 5:2-4)
              • ACCORDING TO HOW WE EXERCISE AUTHORITY OVER OTHERS. (HEB 13:17 JAM 3:1)
              • ACCORDING TO HOW EFFECTIVELY WE CONTROL THE OLD NATURE AND DEFEAT TEMPTATION. (1COR 9:25-27)
              • ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH WE SUFFER FOR CHRIST. (MAT 5:11-12 MAR 10:29-30 1COR 4:17 ROM 8:18)
              • WE WILL BE REWARDED FOR EVERY THOUGHT (2COR 10:4,5), FOR EVERY ATTITUDE (ROM 14:12,13), AND FOR EVERY SECRET MOTIVE (JER 17:10)
  • ARE WE READY FOR THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST? HOW DO WE GET READY?
    • READ LUK 12:42-48
      • REMAIN FAITHFUL AND CLOSE TO THE LORD.
      • MAKE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE AND NOT JUST SAVIOR.
      • STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED.
      • BE OBEDIENT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • THE REWARDS OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST:
    • A COMMENDATION (LUK 19:17)
    • A NEW NAME (REV 2:17)
    • A POSITION OF AUTHORITY IN THE MILLENNIUM. (LUK 19:17,19)
    • AN ORAL INVITATION TO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB (MAT 25:21,23)
    • NEW ROBES OF WHITE LINEN (MAT 22:11 REV 19:8,9)
    • CROWNS:
      • THESE ARE CROWNS OF REWARD (stephanos) WITH A SENTIMENTAL VALUE,AND NOT A KINGLY CROWN (diadem) OF INTRINSIC VALUE.
        • THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN (THIS IS THE VICTOR’S CROWN) (1COR 9:25)
        • THE CROWN OF REJOICING (THIS IS THE SOUL WINNER’S CROWN) (1THE 2:19-20)
        • THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (THIS IS THE CROWN FOR A CLEAN LIFE) (2THE 4:8)
        • THE CROWN OF GLORY (THIS IS THE CROWN FOR SERVICE) (1PET 5:2-4)
        • THE CROWN OF LIFE (THIS IS THE MARTYR’S CROWN OR A LIFE GIVEN TOTALLY TO THE SERVICE OF GOD) (REV 2:10 JAM 1:12)
      • WE WILL CAST THESE CROWNS AT JESUS’ FEET.(REV 4:10)
  • THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB
    • READ REV 19:5-11
      • THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE BELIEVE THAT THIS EVENT OCCURS IN HEAVEN.
      • THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN A POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE BELIEVE THAT THIS EVENT OCCURS ON EARTH DURING THE MILLENNIUM.
      • NOTICE THAT REV 19:11 SAYS THAT HEAVEN IS OPENED. IT IS, THEREFORE, CLOSED DURING THE JUDGMENT SEAT AND MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.
      • THE MARRIAGE SUPPER CELEBRATION:
        • THE HOST OF THE CELEBRATION IS GOD, THE FATHER. (LUK 14:15-26 MAT 22:1-14)
        • THE BRIDEGROOM IS JESUS CHRIST (JOH 3:27-30 LUK 5:32-35)
        • THE BRIDE IS THE CHURCH (EPH 5:22-32 2COR 11:2)
        • THE CELEBRATION WILL BE A SIT-DOWN DINNER. SEATING WILL BE ACCORDING TO ONE’S LEVEL OF HUMILITY AND SERVICE. (MAT 20:20-28)
        • CHRIST WILL SERVE HIS BRIDE. (LUK 12:37)
        • IT WILL BE A TIME OF CELEBRATION, REJOICING, AND WORSHIP. (MAT 25:21)
        • WILL EVERY BELIEVER ATTEND THE MARRIAGE SUPPER?
          • MAYBE NOT! IT SEEMS TO BE A REWARD GIVEN AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST TO THE FAITHFUL. (MAT 21:23 MAT 22:8-14)

HOMEWORK
REVELATION 4
THIS IS A SELF-STUDY. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HOMEWORK ANSWERS TO THE TEACHER FORCORRECTION.

  • APPLICATION OF THE STUDY OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST:
    • EXAMINE YOUR LIFE IN PRAYER, AND DETERMINE WHAT ONE THING GOD WANTS TO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE?
    • MAKE A COMMITMENT TO WORK ON THIS ONE THING THIS WEEK. WRITE YOUR EXPERIENCES HERE.
  • PREPARATION FOR REV 4:
    • READ REV 4:1-11
      • IDENTIFY, AS WELL AS YOU CAN, THE MEANING OF THE SYMBOLS.
        • COMPARE REV 4:1-11 WITH:
          • EXO 24:9-11
          • ISA 6:1-4
          • EZE 1:4-28
          • DAN 10:5-6
      • MAKE NOTE OF THE SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES FROM THESE 5 VISIONS OF THE LORD.
      • WHAT DO YOU LEARN ABOUT THE LORD?
  • MEMORY VERSE: REV 4:11

 

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I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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