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The Judgment of the Church



I believe a study of the following verses makes it indisputable that the church will not only go through tribulation (within Daniel's 70th week, Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:3-15), but will also go through the great tribulation (Matt. 24:16-22) as well, contrary to traditional belief. This judgment, for the church, differs from that judgment reserved for the world which involves God's wrath (1 Thess. 5:9) which immediately follows the cosmic sign of the sun, moon and stars (Rev 6:12-17). The church does not come under that condemnation judgment, but judgment that tests His church and purifies and even results in rewards. Unfortunately, however, tradition has made void the word of God. As in the Old Testament, when the false prophets lulled God's people into a false sense of security by teaching that God would never judge His people, we today have like teachers teaching a pre-tribulational rapture that spares the church from any judgment. The consequences is devastating for God's people who will be held accountable as to who they chose to listen to: false teachers, or being as the Bereans and searching out truth in God's anointed word (Acts 17:11). The following verses are quoted from the Darby Bible Translation (Italicizing is mine for emphasis):

For we must all be manifested before the judgment-seat of the Christ, that each may receive the things [done] in the body, according to those he has done, whether [it be] good or evil.
2 Cor.5:10 DBY

For the time of having the judgment begin from the house of God [is come]; but if first from us,what [shall be] the end of those who obey not the glad tidings of God?

1 Pet. 4:17 DBY

Now if any one build upon [this] foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, straw, the work of each shall be made manifest; for the day (of the Lord) shall declare [it], because it is revealed in fire; and the fire shall try the work of each what it is. If the work of any one which he has built upon [the foundation] shall abide, he shall receive a reward. If the work of any one shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss, but *he* shall be saved, but so as through [the] fire.

1 Cor. 3:12 DBY

For ground which drinks the rain which comes often upon it, and produces useful herbs for those for whose sakes also it is tilled, partakes of blessing from God; but bringing forth thorns and briars, it is found worthless and nigh to a curse, whose end [is] to be burned. But we are persuaded concerning you, beloved, better things, and connected with salvation, even if we speak thus. For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work, and the love which ye have shewn to his name, having ministered to the saints, and [still] ministering.

Heb. 6:7 DBY

And [there are] heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies: but different is the glory of the heavenly, different that of the earthly: one [the] sun's glory, and another [the] moon's glory, and another [the] stars' glory; for star differs from star in glory. Thus also [is] the resurrection of the dead.

1 Cor. 15:41 DBY

And he said to me, These are they who come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev. 7:14 DBY



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