End Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed
By Thomas Taylor
Part 7 – Christians In The Heavens
Judgment Seat of Christ
After the Resurrection/Rapture (which happened during the Seventh Seal at the Seventh Trumpet right after the Great Tribulation), the Church will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. This will be a place in the Heavens where we will be given reward for the deeds done in our bodies (1 Cor 3:9-15). It will not be a place of condemnation and punishment for sin. There will be no sinners at the Judgment Seat of Christ – only Christians. Sinners go to another judgment. The sinners only will stand before God the Father in condemnation before the Great White Throne Judgment spoken of in Revelation 20. We, the Church, will never stand at the Great White Throne Judgment. Judgment for the Christian will be a time of reward in comparison to the judgment of the world which will be nothing but wrath. Christians should never fear judgment. It will be a revealing of your heart and those things done in the flesh will be burned up but those things done in love will remain as your reward.
Rom 14:10 – 11 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Notice that Paul is talking to Christians here in the Book of Romans. Christians are the only ones to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
2Co 5:9, 10 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 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.
Again, Paul here is speaking to Christians only. The Judgment seat of Christ is only spoken to and about Christians whereas the judgments at the Great White Throne (below) only speak about the lost.
Rev 20:12 – 15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Who are the one’s standing before the Great White Throne of God for judgment? Only “the dead” – those spiritually dead because they were not believers. Who was judged? Only “the dead were judged”. The timing of the Great White Throne Judgment is after the millennial reign of Christ but the timing the Judgment Seat of Christ is at the Resurrection/Rapture.