I continue on an almost daily basis to encounter Christians who either do not believe in the Rapture of the Church or if they do, are not excited or looking foward to our redemption.
There are Christians who believe this doesn’t matter, that it makes no difference between a believer looking forward to seeing our Lord in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and one who does not believe or care.
There’s no doubt that IF a person is truly saved, there are still consequences for their belief or unbelief of certain doctrine that may not appear as essential like the doctrine of salvation and Jesus Christ the only way to salvation etc.
The Bible clearly tells us that when true Christians are taken up in the soon coming Rapture and go to Bema Judgement in the 3rd Heaven for their works, there will be crowns awarded. (2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:11-12)
5 crowns , individually awarded to be specific, scriptures are listed below :
But will all receive the same 5 crowns? Answer: No!
Again, scripture clearly shows that all Saints will Receive according to their respective works. Not all will receive the same as shown below :
1 – CROWN 1 – CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS— LOVED THE LORD’S APPEARING – 2 Tim 4:8
2 – CROWN 2 – INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN— DISCIPLINED BODIES / SELF-CONTROL – 1 Cor 9:25-27
3 – CROWN 3 – CROWN OF LIFE— ENDURED PATIENTLY THRU TRIALS – James 1:12, Rev 2:10
4 – CROWN 4 – CROWN OF GLORY— GODLY LEADERS WHO WERE EXAMPLES TO FLOCK – 1 Pet 5:2-4
5 – CROWN 5 – CROWN OF REJOICING— SOUL WINNERS CROWN – 1 Thess 2:19, Dan 12:3
CROWN & REWARD FACTS:REWARDS FOR THOSE WHO WIN THE RACE,PRIZE OF ETERNAL LIFE Phil 3:12-14, 1 Cor 9:24-27
8 – REWARDS FROM JESUS FOR OVERCOMERS – 8 SCRIPTURES ON BEING AN OVERCOMER – Rev 21:7
(Rev 2:7, Rev 2:11, Rev 2:17, Rev 2:26, Rev 3:5, Rev 3:12, Rev 3:21, Rev 21:7)http://so4j.com/five-crowns-rewards-in-heaven#righteousness
For the purpose of this study I’d like to look specifically at the crown of righteousness which is awarded for loving the appearing of our Lord.
Let’s examine 2 Timothy 4:8.
2 Timothy 4:8 KJV
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.
Some would say that the verb appearing refers to the past tense as in the 1st Coming of Jesus to Earth as a babe in a manger which is the case of 2 Timothy 1:10.
2 Timothy 1:10 KJV
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Certainly, by the context we can see where you’d look at 2 Timothy 1:10, which is in the present tense as already happened, and conclude that 2 Timothy 4:8 is used the same way. But as we look closer at the Greek word for appearing in 2 Timothy 4:8 ἐπιφάνεια we see it is spelled differently and hence is changed in verb tense from the Greek word used in 2 Timothy 1:10 which is ἐπιφανείας as shown below. We see in Titus 2:13 the same spelling as 2 Timothy 4:8 which is definitely a future event, i.e. the Rapture, what some may confuse with the 2nd Advent. Please see Greek Translation below:
ἐπιφάνεια, ἐπιφανείας, ἡ (ἐπιφανής), an appearing, appearance (Tertullianapparentia); often used by the Greeks of a glorious manifestation of the gods, and especially of their advent to help; in 2 Macc. of signal deeds and events betokening the presence and power of God as helper; cf. Grimm on Maccabees, p. 60f, 75 (but especially the thorough exposition by Prof. Abbot (on Titus 2:13 Note B) in the Journal of the Society for Biblical Literature and Exegesis, i., p. 16f (1882)). In the N. T. the ‘advent’ of Christ — not only that which has already taken place and by which his presence and power appear in the saving light he has shed upon mankind, 2 Timothy 1:10 (note the word φωτίσαντος in this passage); but also that illustrious return from heaven to earth hereafter to occur: 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13 (on which see especially Prof. Abbot as above); ἡ ἐπιφάνεια (i. e. the breaking forth) τῆς παρουσίας αὐτοῦ, 2 Thessalonians 2:8. (Cf. Trench, § xciv.) ,
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