Bible Prophecy -- The Ultimate Deception
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  The Ultimate Deception Book Introduction.
  Daniel's Visions: Ten Horns And The Antichrist.
  Why The Antichrist Will Originate In Lebanon.
  The Rise Of Antichrist: A Time Of Terror And Crisis.
  Why Antichrist Will Not Pretend To Be Messiah.
  Why We Will See Armageddon Before 2025 A.D..
  Why Gog In Ezekiel 38 Represents The Antichrist.
  Why There Will Be No Peace After The Rapture.
  The Antichrist Fallacies In Daniel 11:1-34.
  Why The City Of Babylon Must Be Rebuilt In Iraq.
  The Pre-Adamite Kingdom Of Satan.
  Why The City Of Tyre Must Be Rebuilt In Lebanon.
  II Thessalonians 2 And The Final Great Apostasy.
  Testing Before The Rapture; Why Christians Suffer.
  What Does The Seven-Headed Beast Symbolize?
  What Does Mystery Babylon Symbolize?
  Last Trump: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Escape.
  Why Revelation 4:1 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  Why Revelation 11 Portrays The Second Coming.
  10½ Years Between Rapture And Second Coming.
  Why Revelation 12 Portrays The Pre-Trib Rapture.
  The Post-Rapture Bema Judgment Of Believers.
  Prophetic Parables And Misconceptions.
  The 7 Seals: The White Horseman Is Not Antichrist.
  The 144,000 Jews Will Not Evangelize The World.
  200 Million Angelic Horsemen Of The Sixth Plague.
  Who Will Be The Two Witnesses In Revelation 11?
  The 7-Headed Leopard Beast And His 666 Mark.
  Millennial Reign: Armageddon Survivors Judged.
  The Fate Of People Who Never Heard Of Jesus.
  Why The Earth Will Never Be Annihilated.
  Eternal Conditions For Earth And The Universe.
  How Should We Interpret Biblical Scriptures?
  Endtime Bible Prophecy Charts.
  Book Table Of Contents.
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  When Moral Principles Conflict With Each Other.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 1.
  Biblical Divorce And Re-Marriage; Part 2.
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  A Short Summary Of My Doctrinal Beliefs.
  Short Summary Of Reasons Disproving Evolution.
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  Why Liberals Should Not Impose Their Values.
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Bible prophecy   From 1974 and until he passed away in June of 2005, Frank Caw devoted a considerable amount of time to research and study in Bible prophecy and related philosophical and theological issues. This website is dedicated by his family to his memory and work and is as he presented it at the time of his death. The family of Frank Caw, Jr. would like to thank Tim McHyde of EscapeAllTheseThings.com for hosting his website.
 
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The Bema Judgment
 

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Scriptures which indicate that each believer’s works or earthly deeds will be tested, immediately after the Rapture, to determine their inner character and nature and motivation include the following passages:
 
Luke 14:14
14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. (KJV)
 
I Corinthians 3:8-15
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
 
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
 
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
 
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
 
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
 
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV)
 
II Timothy 4:8
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (KJV)
 
I Peter 5:4
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (KJV)
 
II Corinthians 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (KJV)
 
Romans 14:10-12
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
 
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
 
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (KJV)
 
I Peter 1:7
7 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 honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (KJV)
 
First, we should observe, in Romans 14:10-12, the scriptural phrase, “judgment seat of Christ,” actually should be translated as “judgment seat of God” because the English word “Christ” is translated from the Greek word THEOS in this instance, and it is defined by Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary in the following manner:
 
2316 theos (theh’-os);
of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:
KJV— X exceeding, God, god [-ly, -ward].
 
However, John 5:22 states that “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” When we also consider that Christ Jesus is God, we must conclude there is no conflict between this passage and other biblical scriptures which say that Christ will judge believers at His Appearing.
 
In both Romans 14:10-12 and II Corinthians 5:10, the Greek word that is translated as “judgment seat” is BEMA, defined by Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary as “a step, i.e., foot-breath; by implication, a rostrum, i.e., a tribunal,” and is translated as “judgment-seat, set [foot] on, throne,” in the King James Version. It is in direct contrast to another Greek word, CRITERION, which is also translated as “judgment seat” in other New Testament passages. According to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon Of The New Testament, CRITERION means “the instrument or means of trying or judging anything; the rule by which one judges,” or “the place where judgment is given; the tribunal of a judge; a bench of judges.”
 
Thus, the Greek word BEMA, used for judgment seat in the above scriptures, carries the connotation of honor and reward rather than justice and judgment. This dictionary definition confirms the obvious meaning of I Corinthians 3:9-15, which clearly states that Christians will have the quality and character of their earthly deeds judged by Christ to determine the degree of righteousness attained by each believer. This becomes even more evident with II Corinthians 5:10 when that verse is placed in the context of the verses surrounding it. Because only believers will have a “house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”; and only believers will experience “mortality (that) might be swallowed up of life”; and only believers have the confidence that “whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.”
 
It should be emphasized that this “judgment of the saints” will have nothing to do with any judicial judgment to determine if an individual is a true believer because the salvation which the believer receives through Christ Jesus delivers him from all judgment. (John 5:24) (Romans 8:1) (I John 4:17). To say otherwise would deny the efficacy of the death of Christ Jesus, and nullify God’s promise that “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17). Instead, this bema judgment by Christ simply determines the extent of each person’s reward based on their motives for doing the things they did during their lifetime.
 
“Things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” The Greek word translated as “bad” in this phrase is based on the Greek word PHAULOS, rather than KAKOS or PONERAS, which are the usual Greek words employed for the word “bad” whenever moral or ethical evil is the actual intended meaning. In this instance, however, according to Richard C. Trench in New Testament Synonyms, the Greek word PHAULOS is used to indicate “...evil under another aspect, not so much... malignity, but... good-for-nothingness.... worthlessness...”
 
Therefore, the purpose of the bema judgment is not to determine the moral goodness or evil of our earthly deeds, but whether each deed is acceptable or worthless to the Kingdom and Glory of God. That is why I Corinthians 3:13 says that: “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” However, the works which do survive the test of fire are the deeds for which believers are rewarded:
 
I Corinthians 3:14-15
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
 
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV)
 
More specifically, the “works” or earthly deeds of believers which will be judged at the “judgment seat of Christ” will include the following things:
 
1. Doctrines and the degree of intellectual honesty exhibited by a person when deciding their doctrinal beliefs. (Rom. 2:14-16) (Rom. 14).
 
2. Conduct and behavior and attitude toward other people. (Matt. 18) (Rom. 14).
 
3. Carnal traits. (Col. 3) (Rom. 1-2) (Rom. 8:1-13) (Rom. 14:1-23).
 
4. Every word that is spoken. (Matt. 12:32-37) (Rom. 14).
 
5. Behavior traits that affect others, such as slander, quarrels, idle words, foolishness (folly), dishonesty, broken promises, wrong dealings, etc.. (Rom. 1:29-32) (I Cor. 6:9-11) (Gal. 5:19-21) (Col. 3) (Eph. 4:1-32) (Eph. 5:1-33) (Rom. 12:1-21) (Rom. 14:1-23).
 
6. Personal characteristics, including lost or neglected opportunities, wasted talents, loose living, lack of spirituality, etc.. (Romans 2:14-16) (Heb. 2:1-4) (Gal. 5:1-26) (Gal. 6:1-10) (Col. 3).
 
7. Spiritual traits and proclivities such as disobedience, rejection, failure to cooperate and yield to the Spirit, degree of intellectual honesty, spiritual attitude, etc.. (I Cor. 12) (Rom. 12) (Eph. 4:1-32) (Eph. 5:1-33).
 
In the New Testament, there are five major types of crowns which constitute the primary areas of judgment for which rewards are given at the Bema Judgment:
 
I Corinthians 9:25
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (KJV)
 
I Thessalonians 2:19
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (KJV)
 
II Timothy 4:8
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (KJV)
 
I Peter 5:2-4
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
 
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
 
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (KJV)
 
James 1:12
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (KJV)
 
An indication regarding the nature of the crowns or rewards given at the bema judgment is suggested by the Greek word STEPHANOO, which is used for “crown” in these passages. Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary defines STEPHANOO as an “honorary wreath” which I Corinthians 9:25 and II Timothy 2:5 describe as a victory wreath. It is in stark contrast to another Greek word, DIADEMA, which is employed whenever a kingly or imperial crown is the intended meaning. Hence the Greek word that is used for the crowns given to saints at the bema judgment is associated with the honor and dignity that is bestowed on an overcomer or conqueror. Although we will reign as priests and kings with Christ Jesus over all the universe, the kingly crown DIADEMA belongs to Christ Jesus alone. Our crowns will be the crowns which are reserved for victors and overcomers through Christ.
 
The bema judgment of Christ will occur immediately after the Rapture because Luke 14:14 states that Christian believers will be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. Since the Rapture, by definition, involves the translation and resurrection of believers (I Thess. 4:13-17), recompense or rewards must be given at that time. Likewise, several other scriptures, noted above, also associate some type of judgment or recompense between the Rapture and the revelation or manifestation or appearance of Christ to the earth. Furthermore, when Christ returns with all the believers at His Second Coming, they will have already been rewarded, according to Revelation 19:8. This is quite evident from the statement that the saints will be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints,” thus indicating that the imparted righteousness received from Christ by each believer has already undergone examination in order to establish the basis for each person’s reward. Revelation 4 and 5 further confirm that believers are judged immediately after the Rapture because, even in those passages, they are wearing crowns of rewards and sitting on thrones; are called “living ones” because they have been immortalized; are dressed in white garments of righteousness; and have authority as kings and priests over all the earth and universe. In light of all these scriptural reasons, there can be no question that the Bema Judgment of Christ will begin immediately after the Rapture.
 
The following biblical scripture, at first glance, seems to conflict with the above scriptural passages when apparently it indicates that believers will be given their rewards immediately after the Second Coming of Christ:
 
Revelation 11:15, 18
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
 
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come (i.e., the Battle of Armageddon), and the time of the dead, that they should be judged (i.e., the Great White Throne Judgment), and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great (i.e., believers are rewarded for their earthly deeds and works); and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (i.e., the Battle of Armageddon). (KJV)
 
“That thou shouldest give reward.” As stated above, at first glance, this scriptural passage seems to indicate that believers will be rewarded at the time of Christ’s Return. However, Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary presents two different reference numbers for the scriptural phrase, “That thou shouldest give.” First, the scriptural phrase itself is translated from the Greek word DIDOMI, which is defined as “a prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an altern. in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly, or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection).” It is translated in the King James Version into a variety of English words and phrases.
 
But, the second reference number associated with this scriptural phrase is Strong's Greek Number 5780, which indicates that the tense of the Greek word DIDOMI is Second Aorist Tense, defined in the following manner: “The second aorist tense is identical in meaning and translation to the normal or first aorist tense.” Then Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary defines the meaning of the Aorist Tense this way: “The aorist tense is characterized by its emphasis on punctiliar action; that is, the concept of the verb is considered without regard for past, present, or future time. There is no direct or clear English equivalent for this tense...” Thus, the scriptural statement regarding believers’ rewards is made without any regard for its precise time of fulfillment, i.e., past, present or future.
 
Accordingly, based on other scriptures, rewards for believers will be given to various groups of believers at differing times. Believers who will be Raptured during the pre-tribulation Rapture will receive their rewards immediately thereafter. Tribulation Saints executed by Antichrist will be resurrected immediately after the Great Tribulation is over, and then subsequently given their rewards. Likewise, Tribulation Saints not executed by Antichrist will be translated just before the Return of Christ, and then rewarded soon thereafter so that they can return with Christ and the other groups of saints who will be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Then finally, the Two Witnesses, presumably, will be rewarded immediately after they are resurrected and translated to Heaven, just before Armageddon begins.
 
So, obviously the scripture in Revelation 11:18 is making short, summarized statements concerning various major objectives that will be accomplished during the broad, general period of time when Christ Returns to establish God’s eternal Kingdom on the earth. That explains why Revelation 11:18 also makes the statement, “the time of the dead, that they should be judged,” when we know from other scriptures that the final judgment of the dead will take place after the Millennial Reign of Christ is concluded, not during the actual Second Coming of Christ.

 

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