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EVENTS FOLLOWING THE RETURN OF CHRIST (RAPTURE)

The first 7 events will be happening in heaven, while on earth Satan is taking power. On earth there will be 7 years of tribulation during Godís wrath which lead to the war of Armageddon.
1. Presentation of saints before God.
2. Saints declared blameless.
3. Settlement in mansions.
4. Judgement of saints - Judgement seat of Christ.
5. Marriage of the Lamb
6. Heaven opens and the army follows Christ to the battle.
7. The Battle of Armageddon
8. The beast and the false prophet thrown into lake of fire.
9. Judgment of the nations.
10. Satan is bound in the bottomless.
11. Millennial reign of Christ.
12. Satan loosed for a short period.
13. Satan cast into the lake of fire, to remain forever.
14. Great white throne judgment - Judgment of wicked dead.
15. New heaven and earth.
16. New Jerusalem descends to earth.

1. PRESENTATION OF SAINTS BEFORE GOD:
Eph 5:27
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Here Paul is saying that Jesus loves us and gave himself for us and we will be set apart and washed by the water of the word and be presented before God. We will be presented without any spots, wrinkles, with no marks of age, and without blemish (faultless)

Col 3:4
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

When Christ comes back to rapture the saints, we will appear with him in heaven.

Dakes note c 221-1* "Here it means to make Himself visibly manifest to those whom He translates or causes to meet Him in the air (Jn 14:1-3; 1 Th 4:16-17; 1 Jn 2:28 & 3:2). It is in glory that we shall appear with Him. We must first appear with Him in the glory of heaven before we come back with Him in His glory to the earth to reign (Jn 14:1-3; 1 Th 4:16-17; Eph 5:27; 1 Th 2:12; Jude 24). The word glory is used of heaven in 1 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:17.

Jude 1:24
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

1 Th 3:13
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

When will we stand before the Father? When Jesus Christ comes returns to heaven with all the saints that have been raptured.

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2. SAINTS DECLARED BLAMELESS:
1 Th 3:13
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

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3. SETTLEMENT IN MANSIONS:
It is not really sure, from scripture, exactly when we will be settled in our heavenly estates, but here are some scriptures to show that it will indeed happen.

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Heb 13:14
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

We look forward to our new home in heaven. It will be a large city with many dwelling places.

Heb 11:13
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

This is referring to the old testament saints. They had patience because they were sure of the promise of a new city. They knew they were only travelers on earth for only a short time, but had an eternity in heaven.

1 Cor 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Itís going to be like a great surprise party. We donít yet know all that is going to be revealed, but when we get there it will be revealed to us.

Rev 3:12
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Those who overcome will be made stable in the eternal household of the redeemed, and will dwell among the redeemed forever. The name of God, the city, and the new name of Christ will be written upon each of us.

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4. THE JUDGEMENT OF SAINTS - THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST:
Greek= Bema - Same as used in john 19:13 where Jesus was judged by Pilot. A stone platform in the open court in front of the praetorium; the place of final sentence.

Rom 14:10-12
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.

This scripture refers to the judgment seat of Christ where all the saints will be judged after the rapture for the deeds done in the body, whether they be good or bad.

2 Tim 4:1 I
charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

1 Cor 3:11-15
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.

Our works are compared to materials and will be tried by fire. If works are good (gold, silver, stones) they will be purified by the fire and you shall receive a reward. If works are not good (Wood, hay, stubble) the works done will be burned dup in the fire and you shall not receive a reward, but your soul shall be saved.

Rom 2:16
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

In the verses that precede this verse Paul is telling of the Jews that liked sit in judgment over others, while doing the same sins as those they were judging (yet justifying themselves), all the while thinking they will escape the judgment of God. By doing this, they have stored up for themselves wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. But God shall judge all men and the secrets of their hearts at the Judgment Seat of Christ. We will all be accountable for our works and deeds.

Luke 14:13-14
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: (14) And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

In verse 13 Jesus tells us to invite the poor, lame and blind to eat at a feast. He is basically saying that these are good works, and that your recompense (reward) will not come from these people who you invite, but your recompense will be at the resurrection of the just (Judgment seat of Christ)

Col 3:24
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Rev 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

2 Cor 5:10
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.

NOTE: The fact that we will be judged for our works is not to be confused with how we are accepted into heaven. It is by faith we are saved and accepted into heaven, not of our works, otherwise men would be able to boast that because he is good he is going to heaven. We are not saved by our works. BUT, once we are saved there are many things to be done for the kingdom of God. God will give us all talents and abilities. If we use them to do good work for God these works will be as the gold, silver and stones above, which are only purified further by the burning process. If we waste these talents and do nothing to further the kingdom, this brings no glory to God. Any work that does not bring glory to God will be burned as wood, hay and stubble.

Heb 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

If you believe the bible, then you must believe this verse. This is proof that there is no such thing as reincarnation, or past lives. You die only once, and your spirit remains either in heaven or hell until the day of judgement.

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5. MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB:
Rev 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

As things are winding up on earth at the close of the 7 years of tribulation the Marriage Supper is taking place in heaven. Immediately after this, in Rev 19:20 the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire.

The paragraph below is taken from Lambert Dolphinís study "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb"

"It is a great honor to be invited to a wedding feast. It is a feast to which the entire human race is invited---but only a fraction of the human race will attend. The invitation is the gospel, and the gospel has gone out to all men and women everywhere, in every age of history. Some accept the invitation. Some reject it....The Spirit of God has been calling men and women throughout the centuries, from Old Testament times through our own New Testament era and on into the future, even in the tribulation period. The invitation goes out to everyone: 'Come to the marriage feast of the Lamb!' What a privilege that will be, to see the Bridegroom face to face, to be a member of His beloved bride, to share in the intimacy of fellowship with the Lord Jesus!" (Ray C. Stedman, God's Final Word, Discovery House 1991).

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6. HEAVEN OPENS AND THE ARMY FOLLOWS CHRIST TO BATTLE:
Rev 19:11-14
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (12) His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. (13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (14) And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

This army is made up of angels and all the people who have gone to heaven. (Zech14:5; Jude 14 & 15; I Cor 6:2; Col 3:4; Math 24:30-31; Joel 2:1-11).

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7. BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON:
Rev 19:17-19
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; (18) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. (19) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

The battle of Armageddon is symbolized by the great supper. This great supper is not to be confused with the marriage supper. It is not pertaining to the same thing. This great supper was foretold even in the old testament in Isaiah 34 and Ezek 38.

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8. BEAST & FALSE PROPHET THROWN INTO LAKE OF FIRE:
Rev 19:20
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

After the antichrist and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire, then the remnant were slain. I donít know if the remnant refers only to those fighting in the battle, or to all those who had taken the mark of the beast.

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9. JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS:
The exact time of the judgment of the nations is not known. But it will be around the time of the battle of Armageddon.

Mat 25:32-46
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. (34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: (35) For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. (37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (42) For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: (43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. (44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? (45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

According to Dakes, this will be an individual judgment of all involved with Israel, when Christ comes to set up His kingdom, and not a judgment of the wicked dead. The purpose of this judgment is to determine who shall enter the kingdom and to give the meek the earth, as promised.

In Mat v.40 God will curse or bless according to how men have dealt with Israel.

Rev 22:12;

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1O. SATAN BOUND IN BOTTOMLESS PIT:
Rev 20:1-3
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Satan himself is bound in the bottomless pit where he will remain chained and captive for 1,000 years.

Not everyone who is alive at the time of the great battle will be killed. There will be thousands of people who will go on to live during the next dispensation of time, the Millennial Reign of Christ. During this 1,000 years, Christ will be ruling and reigning here on earth. There are several scriptures made to what life will be like during the 1,000 years reign of Christ. But, that is another study I am working on.

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11. MILLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST:
Rev 20:4-6
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (5) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the
first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

In this verse it specifically mentions the saints who died during the tribulation time. But, also anyone who took part in the first resurrection will also live and reign with Christ during the 1,000 years. Also, any people who remained alive through Godís wrath on earth will live during this time. Not all these people will be believers and some will even be against the laws set forth for this dispensation. There will still be rebellion against Christ.

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12. SATAN LOOSED FOR A SHORT PERIOD:
Rev 20:7-9
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

After the 1,000 year reign of Christ, Satan will be set free and will go about his business as before, to turn peopleís hearts from Christ. He will again gather them to battle against Jerusalem. When they do this God will devour them.

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13. SATAN CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE, TO REMAIN FOREVER:
Rev 20:10
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Just as a note, notice that back in Rev 19:20 the beast and false prophet were thrown into the lake of fire, while Satan was thrown into the bottomless pit. These are two different places. It would seem the lake of fire is the permanent place where evil souls will dwell. Now, the second time Satan is bound, he is thrown into the lake of fire, not the bottomless pit. Also notice 20:10 mentions that the devil is cast into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet "are". If they still "are" there after being sent there 1,000 years ago, this proves that the lake of fire is a place where the wicked will remain for eternity. For if one does not burn up in 1,000 years, he never will.

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14. GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT - JUDGMENT OF WICKED DEAD:
Rev 20:11
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. (12) 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. (13) 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. (14) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

In v. 12 it is not known what "other" books were opened, besides the book of life, but the wicked dead were judged out of them for their works. Just as in the first resurrection, when the bodies of the saints were resurrected to their souls, the same will be done of the wicked dead, as stated in v.13. The wicked dead are all those from Adam to the end of the millennium. Even the bodies of those who died at sea will be resurrected and reunited with their souls. After being judged for their works, the wicked dead will be cast into the lake of fire, having their names not found in the book of life. There they will spend eternity.

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15. NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH:
Rev 21:1
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The curse removed and paradise restored Rev 21:1, 3-8, 24-22. Some other scriptures for reference, are: 2 Peter 3:13; Isa. 65:17; 66:22-24.

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16. NEW JERUSALEM DESCENDS TO EARTH:
Rev 21:2-3
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Right now, there is a city in heaven called Jerusalem. After the earth has been renovated and all rebels have been purged, this city will actually descend from heaven and will have a new place on earth. In versus 9 through Chpt 22:5 the bible goes on to gloriously explain what the city will look like what life will be like.

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FIRST RESURRECTION:

The first resurrection of Rev 20:6 (the out resurrection) is when all the just, blessed and holy from Adam to the millennium will be re-united with their bodies. There are 5 raptures included in the 1st resurrection: See pg 880 of OT and 175 of NT.- Dakes bible.
1. Christ & many of his saints resurrected after Christís death and rising. (Mat 27:53)
2. They that are Christís at his coming. (1 Cor 15:23)
3. 144,000 Jews saved in the first 3-1/2 years of tribulation. (Rev 14:1-5)
4. Great multitude of tribulation saints.
5. The two witnesses. (Rev 11:13)

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SECOND RESURRECTION:

The 2nd resurrection happens at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. It is when all unjust are reunited with their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment, then to live in the lake of fire for all eternity. It is also referred to as the second death (spiritual death, for their souls are still alive)- Rev 20:14 (Rev 20:11-15; Acts 17:31; Rom 2:16) Pg 312*

See Lambert Dolphinís study on the Great White Throan Judgment

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