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T.H.T. COMMENT (updated 7/1/2024):

In the writings of the The Humbled Teacher, the reader will likely notice that a Bema seat or rewards judgment by Lord Jesus is never mentioned.  In case the reader is unfamiliar with this concept, there are Christians who believe that the righteous will be judged for the bestowing of rewards at what they refer to as the Bema seat of Christ prior to Christ’s 1,000-year reign on Earth.  They believe that everyone else will be judged afterwards at the Great White Throne.  This author suspects that an all-inclusive judgment with rewards will only take place after the last moment of accountability has passed as indicated by the Lord.  Please read this comment in-whole before dismissing:

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.  (Matthew 5:18 NKJV)

So, once all is fulfilled then heaven and earth will pass away.  Fortunately, we know exactly when heaven and earth pass away:

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  (Revelation 20:11 KJV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  (Revelation 21:1 ESV)

The “last moment of accountability” occurs just before the Earth is removed in preparation for the White Throne judgment.  After that moment, life is no longer possible on Earth and monitoring and recording by heavenly authorities will have ceased.  Once the Earth is removed, there will be no further accountability going forward.  The White Throne judgment immediately follows and will be the final summation of one’s entire life upon the Earth.  This summation will include all of one’s works and deeds, influences during and after life, whether salvation was accepted, and if any ‘exceptions’ were committed (see Never Forgiveness).

Do you wonder why one’s influences during and after their life are important?  The impact of a person’s positive and/or negative works can extend beyond their lifetime to influence many lives thru multiples of generations.  Consider the writings of the Apostle Paul.  His letters to the early churches are some of the most well-known in the world and continue to influence millions of lives every day.

It seems doubtful that a ‘final’ judgment of the righteous occurs before the Millennial Reign.  Why?  During that 1,000-years many human lives are still to be born, lived, and reckoned — up to the suspected “last moment of accountability.”  Who are those children born to during that time?  At a minimum, they are from the human survivors, both good and bad, all over the Earth.  Over that 1,000-years, their numbers will swell massively.  After Satan is loosed at the end, their numbers are described in Revelation 20:8 as “…the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”  Undoubtedly, some will be righteous Christians that are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life also expecting of their rewards.  Will they be told, “Sorry, the rewards ceremony was before your time”?

The point here is that all the living will need to reach that last moment of accountability before a judgment that takes into consideration everything for everyone can properly take place.  The exceptions to this are the Beast and False Prophet who receive a ‘battlefield’ judgment straight to the Lake of Fire.

Of course, most Christians expect that rewards are associated with ‘who-rules-what’ during that coming 1,000-years on Earth.  But, that is only 1,000-years and then the Earth is removed.  After that is the White Throne judgment, followed by the appearing of the new Earth and new Heaven, and then New Jerusalem is revealed.  Following the reveal, all humanity enters eternity!  Some are eternally bound in the Lake of Fire while others are forever restricted to Outer Darkness.  The righteous are eternally granted entry to New Jerusalem and eternity is far, far longer than a meager 1,000-years.

That New Jerusalem could easily contain all the cities of our planet with vast amounts of volume left over.  Recall that New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven which indicates it is capable of space travel and inter-dimensional travel.  Such travel in an endlessly vast universe is unknown to humankind.  It is probable that the ‘real’ rewards are granted at or after the White Throne judgment to the righteous “sheep” (Matt 25:31-46).   Those rewards could be of a spectacular nature to the righteous as they prepare for life within the New Jerusalem where it is always well-lit and the Tree of Life is found that imparts immortality.  Perhaps such a life will be an eternal adventure aboard the USS New Jerusalem as it treks among the stars with the Creator and his righteous faithful.

The Humbled Teacher

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