Are The Resurrection/Rapture church saints 
                                           Under Law, or Grace? 
                                                      ( part two)
                                                   (By Tom Gaston)    
 
 
Section titles:
 
1. And the dead in Christ shall rise first
2. Examining the text of 1Thess. 4:13-18
3. They just can't forgive themselves
4. Applying the "partial Rapture theory" to 1Thess. 4:13-18
5. The "Bimah Seat of Christ"
 
 
Short Reveiw of (part one).  What did we learn?
 
 
  Before we get started I would like to do a "short review" by making a short list of a few things that we have learned from (part one) of this article.  Sadly many have never learned these foundational truths. 
 
1. Grace is God's "unmerited favor."   Salvation is a "gift" (Rom. 3:24,  6:23).  It must be received by faith apart from the works of the Law (Gal. 2:16).   Therefore Man is justified by grace through faith in Christ alone (Rom. 3:20;   Eph. 2:8-10;   Titus 3:4-7).
 
2. The believer has received the righteousness of God through Christ (Rom. 3:22,  4:5,   5:18,   5:21;  1Cor. 1:21;   2Cor. 5:21;   Phil 3:9).  This allows the believer to stand before a Holy God without condemnation (Rom. 8:1,2).  God can never reject His own righteousness which comes through faith in His Son (2Cor. 5:21).  Therefore the believer can never be rejected by God, since they can never lose the righteousness of Christ, which is confirmed by the sealing of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13).
 
3. The believer has received "eternal redemption" (not temporal nor conditional) through the blood of Christ (Heb. 9:12).  The believers "salvation" is eternal and for keeps (Heb. 9:12).  Jesus only needed to die "once for sin for all time" (Heb. 10: 10-14). The believer is fully justified through faith in Christ (Rom. 3:24,  5:1-9,   8:30;   1Cor. 6:11;   Gal. 2:16).
 
5. Those who are in Christ have received God's "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, which is God's doing only,  and not the believers doing (1Cor. 1:30).  Salvation is all God's work from the beginning to the end (Eph. 2:10;   Phil 1:6).
 
6. The Holy Spirit only "abided" with the Old Testament believer (John 14:17),  but He did not "indwell" them.  On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit finally came.  The believer can never lose the "sealing of the Holy Spirit" since He remains with the believer forever based upon the complete, perfect, and finished work of Christ.   This eternal work of Chirst allowed the Holy Spirit to be sent from heaven for the purpose of permanently indwelling the believer (John 14:16).  The indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit empowers the believer so that they can live for Christ while they live here upon the earth in their natural corruptible bodies (Gal. 5:16).
 
7. The believer can never lose their position as a child of God in Christ, since the believer is baptized, indwelt, and sealed by the Holy Spirit "for the day of redemption" (2Cor 1:21,22;   Eph. 1:13;   4:30).  This happens at the instant of their conversion to christ,  which places them into the body of Christ (1Cor. 12:13). The Holy Spirit bears witness with the believers spirit that they are indeed the children of God (Rom. 8:14-17;   Gal. 4:6).
 
 
 
And the dead "in Christ" shall rise first!
 
 
  This short phrase "In Christ" is a very important phrase which "hinges" off of the foundational doctrinal truths of Justification, sanctification, redemption, and grace which Paul the apostle teaches throughout the New Testament epistles, and of which are "inseparable" from the phrase itself.  This phrase is used in reference to the believer who has already been "Justified, sanctified, and redeemed by the grace of God, which comes through faith in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:8-10).  
 
 
  Therefore when a Christian understands these "foundational doctrinal truths",  they then possess the "the key" which will unlock the door to the divine scriptural teaching on the "security of the believer" who is in Christ.   This phrase "In Christ" then takes on a new precious meaning for the Christian.   As a result all the "fear and confusion" which surrounds those who teach that a believer can "lose their salvation, or miss the Rapture" (partial Rapture theory) due to sin in their lives simply goes flying right out the window into "oblivion" never to return! 
 
 
  The first time that this phrase "in Christ" can be found is in the book of Acts 24:24 which says: "But some days later, Felix arrived with Drusilla, and his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.  
 
 
  You can see here that In this text the phrase "In Christ Jesus" is being used in relationship to the apostle Paul "speaking about" faith in Christ Jesus to those whom he was with.  In the epistles the Paul uses this phrase "In Christ" in relationship to the believers who have "already" put their faith and trust in Christ (the church).   For instance,  Paul opens up the book of Philippians saying "Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints "in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi..........etc."   The apostle Paul opens up a number of His epistles this way (1Cor;  Eph;  Col;  2Tim).  
 
 
  The apostle Paul could only use this phrase "In Christ" in His epistles based upon the "whole revelation" of New Testament doctrine which was revealed to him by God (Gal. 1:11,12).  This phrase "hinges" off of Paul's divine teaching of justification, sanctification, redemption, and grace which are taught in the Pauline letters to the church.  This is foundational for the believers faith in Christ. 
 
 
 The "KJV Bible" records this phrase "in Christ" as being used 79 times out of 78 verses in the New Testament.  This phrase and the teaching which surrounds it is found no where in the Old Testament.  The last time that it is mentioned in the Bible in all the translations is in 1Peter 5:14 "Peace be to you who are In Christ."  It is not used in 2 Peter;  1,2,3 John;  or Jude And it is found no where in the book of Revelation, which is Jewish in content. 
  
 
  This phrase "in Christ" can be found any where from 79 to 90 times or so in the Bible depending on what version you use.  It is found no where in the gospels, which is appropriate since the gospels are the "life and ministry of Christ to the nation of Israel under the Law" (Gal. 4:4,5 ).  Therefore the body of Christ does not get their New Testament "doctrinal teaching" from the gospels.  Jesus taught from the Old Testament prophets.  In the gospels We see the examples of Christ and his life as well as other important teaching, such as Christ's second advent to the earth.  
 
  Church doctrine is a "new administration of faith" Eph. 1:10,  3:9;  1Tim 1:4).  The teaching on the resurrection/Rapture is taught by the apostle Paul in his epistles.  The church was a "Mystery" (Eph. 3:3-12) that was not revealed until much later after Pentecost (birth of the church).
 
Listen to what Dr. Dwight Pentecost has to say on this subject from His book "Thy Kingdom Come Chapter 17 page 184.
 
(quote) "Chronologically speaking, there is a 400-year gap between Malachi and Matthew.  Logically and thematically, however, there is no gap at all (meaning that the Law still continued from Malachi to Matthew despite this gap of time).  The New Testament immediately takes up where the Old Testament prophets left off.  In fact, "technically" the New Testament does not begin with Matthew, but with the book of Acts.  
 
 The Gospels demonstrate that God's program still continued with the nation Israel.  Israel was still under the Law, and everything continued as it had during the prophetic period (Old Testament).  The message was directed to the "lost sheep of the house of Israel, and excluded the Gentiles (Matt. 10:5,6).
 
 
 The Law, in fact, was not abolished at the birth of Christ, but rather His death; and the message of the Gospels concerns the
fulfillment of all that the prophets predicted.  Thus there is an unbroken continuity between the prophets and the Gospels (end quote).
 
 
  In light of what was quoted above concerning the gospels.  It is understandable why so many are confused when it comes to the resurrection program for the "church."  Many go to the gospels in order to try and apply all the "second advent" texts scriptures to the church.  This is wrong!   The church is not the subject of the gospels.  The church was a "Mystery" not yet revealed (Eph. 3:1-20;   Col. 1:25-27).  The focus and subject of the gospels is all about "The life and ministry of Christ to His people Israel under the Law" (Matt. 5:5,6  15:24).  Christ offered His people Israel the promised kingdom,  but they rejected the official offer by rejecting Him! (Matt. 27:25;   Luke 19:14).  Therefore the kingdom was not established, but was "put on hold" until a future time.
  
 
  In Matt. 24,  Mark 13,  and Luke 21 Jesus is teaching His disciples about the events that will unfold during the tribulation period, which are heralding the second advent of Christ the Messiah to the earth.  These "second advent texts" in the gospels are NOT teaching about the Rapture event.  Many will use Luke 21:36 which says: "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may be found worthy to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." 
  
 
  This text is a "Tribulation text" which is speaking to Israel and to those Jews who will be alive during the tribulation period, and who will be witnessing these terrible judgments, which Jesus just got done expounding upon.  When Jesus says "pray in order that they might be found worthy to escape all these things.",  He was addressing His disciples (not the church), and also that generation of Jews who will be experiencing those tribulation judgments at that time.  This scripture here in Luke is in context with Matt. 24:13 "But the one who endures to the end, it is he who will be saved." 
 
 
  Both texts in Matthew and Luke are talking about the same thing.  The "One who endures to the end, it is he who will be saved" is talking about those Jews who will have "survived to the end of the tribulation period."  This is made very clear in Daniel 12:12 which says: "How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!"  Why?  Because the Messiah is going to show up, and thus those Jews who survived the tribulation period will be able to "Stand before the Son of Man" as Luke 21:36 states.
 
 
  The text in Luke is a classic example of people "misquoting" out of context to make an application to the body of Christ.  They use these scriptures because they think a believer can miss the Rapture, or lose their salvation.  As a matter of fact they will use the text in Luke 21:13 in order to show how you "can miss the resurrection" due to your "unwatchfulness, unprayerful attitude, etc."  Again these people are taking scriptures which apply to Israel out of context, and they are trying to apply them to the church. You cannot do this without totally destroying the context of these scriptures.  Sadly many don't care about the context of scripture any more.  They just want something to "hang their hat on!" 
 
 
 
Examining the text of 1Thessalonians (4:13-18).
 
 
 
  I am sorry that it has take this long to get to this scripture text of 1Thessalonians chapter four.  But it was vital and necessary to to lay a "foundation of scriptural truth" for those who will be reading (part 1) and (part 2) in this article.  This ground work of scriptures that I have laid will give them greater understanding of the passage of 1Thess. 4:13-18.   This study will help many who are confused on the teachings of the "security of the believer", and will also help those who have been taught that a believer can "miss the Rapture" (partial Rapture theory) due to sin in their lives.  This article has been written specifically for those believers who are struggling with these two issues.
 
 
(13).  "But we do not want you to be uniformed, brethren , about those who are asleep (dead), that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope.  (14). For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,  even so God will bring "with Him" those who have fallen asleep in Jesus (in Christ).
 
(15). For this we say to you by the word of the lord,  that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep (died). 
 
(16). For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God;  and the "dead in Christ" shall rise first. 
 
(17). Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air,  and thus we shall always be with the Lord." 
 
(18)  Therefore comfort one another with these words.
 
 
Question: Who is Jesus bringing with Him when he returns in the air?
Answer: The spirits of those who have already died "in Jesus" (in Christ) 1Thess. 4:14
 
Question:  How in the world did they get there? And why were they allowed entry into heaven?
Answer:  They got there through the process of "death" (they died), and they were allowed entry into heaven at the time of their death because they had believed the gospel of Jesus Christ ( 1Thess. 4:14;  Rom. 10:9,10, 13).
 
Question:  So these spirits of the dead saints in Christ who are returning with Jesus were allowed to enter heaven by grace through faith?  (Eph. 2:8,9).
Answer: Absolutely!  Paul the apostle says: "Because by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His sight" (Rom. 3:20).
 
Question:  Why are these disembodied spirits of the church saints returning with Jesus?
Answer:  They are returning with Jesus in order to get their resurrected bodies because it is God's resurrection program for His completed bride, the church.
 
Question:  These spirits of those dead saints who are returning with Jesus.  Are they getting new resurrected bodies because they earned or merited them?
Answer: NO!  They are getting glorified bodies because Christ was raised from the dead (1Cor. 15:11-20).  There spirits were already saved which is shown by the fact that they were already in heaven and are seen returning with Christ.  There bodies are the only thing that needs to be redeemed (1Cor. 15;50-58;  Eph. 4:30).  
 
Question:  Therefore does the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ "testify" to the fact that His work was sufficient enough to perfect these saints salvation, and thus give them a glorified body at the time of His appearing apart from works?   
 
Answer:  YES!  According to scripture no one can "earn or merit" eternal life, nor enter heaven by their works (Eph. 2:8,9).  These saints who are returning with Jesus had already entered heaven by grace through faith "Before" the resurrection had taken place.  How could they have possibly "earned or merited" their new resurrected bodies at the time of the resurrection/ Rapture,  since they were already dead?
 
Question:  When Christ appears then.  Do those who are alive "in Christ" have to "earn or merit" the Rapture which also transforms their corruptible bodies into new resurrected bodies?
 
Answer: NO!  The living saints who are caught up alive will receive their glorified bodies the same way as the "dead in Christ" will have received their glorified bodies "by grace through faith in Christ alone!"  1Thess. 4:17 says that the "dead in Christ" and the "living in Christ" are both caught up "together" to meet the Lord in the Air.  The spirits of Both the "dead in Christ", and the "living in Christ" have already been made righteous "prior" to the resurrection event.
 
Question:  Does the Christians "obedience" or "lack of obedience" to Christ have anything to do with "guaranting" or "disqualifying"
a believer in Christ of there resurrected glorified body when Christ appears?
 
Answer:  Absolutely not!  The "Dead in Christ" mentioned in 1Thess. 4:14 had already received "God's righteousness" through faith in Christ before they died.  Otherwise they would have never entered into heaven,  and therefore they wouldn't be returning with Jesus in 1Thess. 4:14.  The same is required of the living saints.  God doesn't have a "double standard."
 
Question:  Based on these scriptural facts that we have reviewed.  When Christ appears,  are those saints then who are alive and "in Christ" going to qualify and be allowed to partake in the resurrection program?  Will they be "caught up" in glorified bodies into the presence of the Lord based on the same scriptural rules and guide lines that the "already dead in Christ" had to be qualified with in order for them to partake in the resurrection? 
 
Answer:  YES!  God doesn't flip flop, nor does He change His rules at the last moment for the "redemption of man."   Whether a saint in Christ is "already dead", or whether they are "still alive" when Christ appears.  Both have to be saved by "grace through faith in Christ alone" in order to be able to enter into the presence of God in their glorified bodies.  You cannot be called a saint unless Christ is in you!
 
Question:  Is there any other additional demands or criteria such as "good behavior, faithfulness, watching, praying, cleaning your garment, keeping oil in your lamp, looking for His appearing (Which some teach), or any other religious conduct or duty that is mentioned in this text of 1Thess. 4:13-18, other than being "in Christ?"
 
Answer:  Absolutely not!  Paul the apostle says in verse (14).  For "if we believe" that Jesus died and rose again,  even so God will bring "with Him" those who have fallen asleep in Jesus (in Christ).  Paul says right here in this verse that in order to participate in the resurrection event, one must "believe that Jesus died and arose again."  Do you see any "good works" being demanded here in the text?  That's right!  I don't either!   All I see is the "righteousness of Christ" that the believer possesses (in Christ)  (2Cor. 5:21).
 
Question: Is God going to require "good works and merited favor" for the purpose of giving a glorified body to those saints who are alive when He appears?  Or is God going to give to those saints in Christ who are alive when He appears a glorified body based on His righteousness which they already possess? 
 
Answer: They will get a glorified body based ONLY on God's righteousness which they possess in Christ. Romans chapter 8 verses 9, 10, 11 gives us the answer to this important question.
 
(9). However you are NOT in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God "dwells in you."  But if anyone does "not have" the Spirit of Christ, he does NOT belong to Him."
 
(10). And if Christ is IN YOU, though the body is dead because of sin, YET the spirit is alive because of "RIGHTEOUSNESS."
 
(11). But if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ Jesus from the dead "dwells in you",  He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your "mortal bodies" through His Spirit who indwells you."
 
 
  Do you know what folks!  I could stop writing this article right now after what Paul has just stated!   Paul the apostle makes absolutely clear here in this text that the believer is going to get their glorified bodies based solely upon the fact that their "spirit" has been made righteous by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God.  The apostle Paul mentions "NOTHING" about "good works or merited favor" from God.  But he emphatically states that those who have the "indwelling" of God's Holy Spirit will receive their glorified bodies (Rom. 8:11).  Add this scripture to Eph. 1:13, and Eph. 4:30,  and you don't need anymore explaning!
 
Eph. 1:13 "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation - having also believed,  "YOU WERE SEALED" in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise." 
 
Eph. 4:30 " And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom YOU WERE SEALED "For the day of redemption" ( the resurrection of the body and its glorification). 
 
 
 Question:  Don't you think that if there were other important rules and guide lines which the church saints needed to know in order to qualify in the resurrection/Rapture,  that God would have inspired the apostle Paul to list them right here in this most important text of 1thess. 4:13-18?   Don't you think that God should have prompted and inspired the apostle Paul to write at least one chapter if not several chapters on such an important teaching?
 
Answer: ABSOLUTELY!  But He didn't!  Which means then that there was NO additional requirements!
 
 
  Do you know what all this means folks!  It means that this event in 1Thess. 4:13-18 is NOT a "merited" event gained by the Christians good moral conduct and holy living.  Stop and think about this!  Our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ who have already died, and who will be returning with Jesus were NOT allowed entry into the presence of God by their Christian moral conduct and holy living,  BUT by grace through faith in Christ alone they entered into heaven!  Likewise those saints in Christ who will be alive at the time of His appearing will be under the same scriptural requirements for being allowed to enter into the presence of God, which is by grace through faith in Christ alone.  Therefore they have "every right" to recieve a glorified body at this time! 
 
  Now tell me!  How in world can God discriminate against any believer "in Christ" who has received "God's righteousness" by grace through faith in His Son (Rom. 3:22;  2Cor. 5:21).  How then can God deny any believer from participating in the resurrection/ Rapture due to the "Lack of good works", since they have already received Christ by "faith" (Eph. 2:8,9),  at which time they were sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13)?  That's right,  HE CAN'T!   If God were to deny the believer,  then He would be rejecting "His own righteousness" which the "Dead in Christ" and the "Living in Christ" have both received through faith in Christ!  This can never happen because God would rejecting His own divine righteousness.
 
 
Question:  Is the righteousness of God through Christ, which the believer receives by faith "enough" to satisfy God.? 
Answer:  Yes!  Romans 8:10 "And if Christ is in you though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness" (God's righteousness through Christ).
 
 
Question:  How do we receive the "righteousness of God?"
Answer:  Rom. 3:22 "Even "The righeousness of God" through "faith in Jesus Christ" for all those who believe......etc."
 
2Cor. 5:17 "If any man "be in Christ" he is a new creation, The "old things" (Sin and its penalty) passed away; behold, new things have come."
 
Gal. 6:15 "For neither is circumcision anything (keeping the Law), nor uncircumcision (not keeping the Law), But a NEW CREATION."  Eph. 2:10 "For "WE" (the believer) are "His worksmanship" CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS................etc."
 
 
Question:  How do we become a "new creation" in Christ.
Answer:  By receiving the simple gospel of Jesus Christ "by faith" (Rom. 10:9,10).
 
Question:  Once again, How do we receive the "righteousness of God?"
Answer:  Rom. 3:22 "Even "the righteousness of God" through "faith in Jesus Christ" for all those who believe......etc."
 
 
   The Godly conduct of a Christian, or the "lack of their Godly conduct."  Whether they were carnal in their walk in Christ (1Cor. 5:1-5), or whether they were "spiritual" in their walk in Christ is NOT the the determining factor as to whether or not a Christian will get a "glorified body" at the time of the resurrection/Rapture.  According to the apostle Paul in 1Thess. 4:14.  The only important factor which determines whether "anyone" gets a glorified body at the time of the resurrection is that "one must believe that Jesus died and rose again" 1Thess. 4:14.  This means then that they have "the sealing of the Holy Spirit" (Eph. 1:13,  4:30).  
 
 
Question:  Why would God let the "dead in Christ" enter into heaven (in spirit) at the moment of their physical death based solely on the fact that they were saved "by grace through faith" apart from works (Eph. 2:8-10;  Titus 3:4-7), sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13,  4:30)?   And then at Christ's appearing  demand "works and good merit" from the living saints "in Christ" just just because these living saints happen to be alive when Christ appears.  It isn't the saints fault that they happened to be alive at the time of Christ's appearing,  BUT that doesn't matter to God does it!  If God can make the rules on salvation then He can break them right?  So now God is going to demand that which Christ destroyed, which was sin and death under the Law (Gal. 2:18-21), and nullify the "grace of God" (Gal. 2:21),  and thus God is going to "rebuild and reinstate the Law" at the time of Christ's appearing for the purpose of forcing the living saints (not the dead) in Christ to have to merit and earn their right" to participate in the resurrection program of God, just so they can get their glorified bodies!   Does this sound like Something God would do!
 
Are you kidding me!    God is not mocked! (Gal. 6:7)  Nor is He a liar! (Titus 1:2)    
 
 
  Listen!  The righteousness of Christ can bring "redemption to the physical bodyONLY if the spirit of that person is saved through the righteousness of Christ.  For the spirit does not need the body in order to live eternally,  BUT the "physical body" needs the righteous spirit of that saint in order to live eternally.
 
  
 LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY!  The "spirit" can live without the body, BUT the body "cannot live" without the "spirit."  So why should Christ when He comes even bother with taking the bodies of the living saints?  Why doesn't Jesus just take the spirit of the living saints who have received the righteousness of God through Christ by faith (Rom. 3:22),  and just yank them right out of their bodies and forget about the flesh, since the spirit can live without the body? 
 
 
  And for another reason!  Why should Christ when He appears even bother then with raising the dead bodies of those saints who He is bringing with him at the time of His appearing, and who are already alive in Christ, in spirit?  For they were already found righteous by their faith in Christ, and therefore were allowed to enter into the presence of God at the moment of their death.  Why raise their dead bodies?  They don't need them!   No living saint in Christ at the present time has to die in order to get eternal life.  They already have it! (John 5:24).
 
 
  MY POINT IS THIS FOLKS!  The resurrection/Rapture is NOT a "works merited event."  It has nothing to do with saving the spirit of anyone.  The spirits of the dead saints who are coming with Jesus have "already been made righteous" by faith in Christ as well as the spirits of the living saints when Christ appears.  This one event is not about saving mans soul.  It is only about glorifying the saints body (1Cor. 15:50-58;   Eph. 4:30).  The resurrection "is" the Rapture, and the Rapture "is" the resurrection. Therefore we are only talking about "one resurrection."  There is only "one spiritually identified group" in this text of 1Thess. 4:13-18 who are being raised.   It is the "dead saints" and the "living saints" who are in Christ.  They make up the "whole complete body of Christ."  Both are caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air" (1Thess. 4:17). 
 
 
   Therefore Jesus is coming for "one purpose, and one purpose only!"  He is simply coming in order to give the "already righteous saints" who are dead in Christ, and who are coming with Him a new body (1Thess. 4:14).  And He is also coming in order to give the "already righteous saints" who are still alive in Christ a new body (1Thess. 4:17).  They did not "earn" their new bodies by the "works of their flesh" which is "perishable and corruptible" (1Cor. 15:50-55).  BUT they are receiving their new glorified bodies ONLY because their spirits were made righteous by the righteousness of God through Christ prior to the event (Rom. 8:10). God is going to quicken that perishable and corruptible body and transform it into a body which is "imperishable and incorruptible" (1Cor.  15:50-58).  Those spirits of those dead saints, and those spirits of the living saints have to occupy that body in order for that body to "Live forever!"  All God is doing at the time of the resurrection/Rapture is giving new resurrected bodies to the "dead" and the "living" in Christ.
 
 
They just can't forgive themselves, even though Christ has!
 
 
  Those who teach that the believer in Christ can miss the Rapture, or lose their salvation are people who are all hung up on the whole issure of "SIN."  Either their own sin in their own lives, which they cannot forgive themselves for.  Or the sin in other so called "professing Christians" lives whom they observe failing over and over again.  Whatever their reasons!  Scripture emphatically teaches that Jesus has already paid "the debt or penalty" for all of our sins and has "nailed it to the cross" (Col 2:13:14).   They just cannot forgive themsleves, and therefore they don't believe that God should forgive them either.
 
 
  This is why this false teaching of "losing your salvation, and missing the Rapture" due to sin appeals so much to these people.  Their reasoning is that "God needs to thrust them into the terrible horrors of the tribulation period so they can be purged and judged for their failures, and shortcomings."  This makes sense to them since they are in a state of "self condmenation."  This terrible cycle could be completely stopped if they would just "TRUST" what the word of God already clearly states.  Jesus has already died for all sin for all time! (Heb. 10:10-14).  Question:  Since the penalty for all sin was paid for by Christ.  What penalty for sin do those who are in Christ have to pay for?  That's right!  NONE!
 
 
  God is at this present time is in the process of completing His bride (the church).  When the body of Christ is therefore completed,  then the "age of grace will close" with the resurrection of ALL the saints who are "in Christ", dead or alive!  The reason for ending the age of grace is so that God can "restart" His prophetic program with Israel,  which involves "judgment and warth"  (tribulation period / Jacob's trouble).  The church saints in Christ are not destined for wrath of judgment of any kind (Rom. 5:9,  8:1,2;  1Thess. 5:9).
 
 
Appyling the "partial Rapture theory" to 1Thess. 4:13-18
 
 
  Since we have now answered some important questions.   We will now "apply" the "partial Rapture theory" to this text in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18.  What will happen when we do this is that it will "reveal" how unscriptural this teaching really is.  Once people see the falsehood of the "partial Rapture theory",  in that it is grossly flawed with all kinds of "loop holes" theologically. They will then see that it is impossible for any believer to lose their salvation,  since both teachings are fueled by "good works and merited favor", or the lack of it.  This teaching "throws a monkey wrench" into the work of Christ! 
 
 
  The partial Rapture theory is built upon nothing more than the false teaching that one can lose their salvation.  All those who support this false teaching of a "partial resurrection" of the church saints are usually people who believe one can forfeit their salvation through disobedience and  sin in their lives.  The scriptures that we have already examined show very clearly that this is a false doctrine which is not supported, nor taught in the New Testament epistles by the apostle Paul.  God's word was divinely inspired by God (2Tim 3:16,17). 
 
 
   Therefore God cannot contradict Himself.  It is people who bring "confusion and contradiction" to God's word by their use of "perverted interpretations" which are built upon their "lack of insight and spiritual understanding" of the word of God.  There are a number of reasons for this, of which one may very well be that they don't possess the Holy Spirit who teaches and guides the believer into "All truth" (John 16:13-15).  If this is the case?  Then they have never been saved by grace through faith, since they don't possess the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9).
 
 
  In order go to continue I need to ask the same 3 questions once again, that I asked earlier. 
 
 
Question:  How many groups of church saints (categorically identified) do you see in this resurrection/Rapture text of 1Thess. 4:13-18.
Answer:  That's right,  Only two!
 
 
Question: What is the difference between them categorically?
Answer: They consist of those who have already died in Christ (1Tess. 4;14).  And those who are alive in Christ at the time of His appearing (1Thess. 4:17).  So there are two groups "the living" and "the dead."
 
Now listen carefully!
 
Question: How many groups of church saints can be "spiritually identified" in this resurrection/Rapture text?
 
Answer:  That' right!  Only one.  And who is this one spiritual group?  That's right!  It is the dead in Christ, and the living in Christ who make up the "one body of Christ."  The church is "one in Christ" by the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit "For by one Spirit we were "ALL" baptized into one body" (1Cor. 12:13).
 
 
 The apostle Paul also teaches the following: "There is one body (the body of Christ) and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope (the blessed hope / Titus 2:13) of your calling.  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph. 4:-6).
 
 
  As you can see the scriptures teach clearly that the believer is "baptized into"one body" by the Holy Spirit" (1Cor. 12:13;  Eph. 4:4-6).  This position in Christ which the believer has received was not attained by their works (Eph. 2:8-10),  but this position was received as a gift by grace through faith in Christ alone,  which sealed them with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13).  And thus the Holy Spirit has placed them into the "one body of Christ" (1Cor. 12:13). 
 
 
  The text of 1Thess. 4:13-18 is clearly speaking of only "one spiritual body" of believers. This can be confirmed easily by the phrase "in Christ" which identifies them.  Though there are "two categories" of saints identified as "the dead ", and "the living",  yet they are still only one body spiritually.  These saints did not attain their position in Christ through good works, and merited favor.   They are only participating in God's resurrection program because of their "spiritual identity" as being one "in Christ."   No one can be "in Christ" unless the Holy Spirit indwells them (Rom. 8:9;   Eph. 1:13).  
 
  
  Since the "partial Rapture theory" is built upon "good works and merited favor" in order to qualify for the resurrection event.  We then have to "reconstruct" the text of 1Thess 4:13-18 by using the framework of "works" which causes us to have to create 4 additional categories of people "outside" of the scriptures context.  Then we have to interject them back into the text itself.  Of course you will shortly see how this destroys the scripture passage which is built upon "grace" and not upon mans "works or merited favor."  You cannot mix Law with grace!  God's word is clear about this!
 
 
  Thus the reconstructing of 1Thess. 4:13-18 is necessary for the purpose of being able to "apply the rules" of this teaching of the partial Rapture theory to each new category of people that this theory creates by its own theological demands and doctrinal structure.   The partial Rapture theory requires this reconstruction of the text,  since this false teaching is driven by "Good works, and merited favor."  God's spiritual guide lines and requirement for mans salvation is only by grace through faith in Christ, apart from works (Titus 3:4-7).
 
  
  These spiritual guide lines from the word of God therefore must apply to both the "dead" and to the "living."  To those who are alive at the time of Christ's appearing, and to those who are already dead at the time of Christ's appearing.  No category of people are exempt.  Whether a saint is transported into the presence of God through the process of "death", or transported into the presence of God by being "snatched up alive" at the time of Christ's appearing.  Which ever takes place first.  Either way,  both are taken into the presence of God only because they possess the righteousness of God through Christ by faith alone!  The dead and the living in Christ fall under the same scriptural guide lines for being able to stand in the presence of God.
 
 
  Here are the 4 categories of people that the "partial Rapture theory" creates when applying it to 1Thess. 4:13-18 text in the context of "good works and merited favor." 
 
 
group 1. Those church saints who are dead in Christ, and who's spirits are returning with Jesus (1Thess. 4:14) at the time of His appearing in order to get their glorified bodies,  and who also earned their right to participate in the resurrection/Rapture event based on "their good works and merited favor" during their life on earth. (Not supported in the text, nor anywhere else in scripture)
 
 
group 2. Those church saints who are dead in Christ, but their spirit's could not return with Jesus because they did not produce enough "good works" which would have given them "merited favor" with God while they were alive on the earth, and thus they would have earned them their right to participate in the resurrection/Rapture event.  Therefore they were left behind in heaven to be disembodied. (Not supported in the text, nor anywhere else in the New Testament epistles)
 
 
group 3. Those church saints in Christ who are alive bodily at the time of His appearing (1Thess. 4:17), who therefore earned their right to participate in the resurrection at the time of Christ's appearing based on their "good works and merited favor" with God (Not supported in the text, nor anywhere else in the New Testament epistles)
  
 
group 4. Those church saints in Christ who are alive bodily at the time of His appearing, but who did not earn the privilege nor the right to participate in the resurrection of the living saints at the time of the resurrection/Rapture program. Their "Lack of good works and merited favor" prevented them from partaking in this event.  Therefore they were left behind to go through the tribulation period in order to be "purged and purified", and thus die a terrible death for the punishment of their sins. (Not supported in the text, nor anywhere else in the New Testament epistles)
 
 
   You can see here how the partial Rapture theory has totally distorted, perverted, and destroyed the context of 1Thess. 4:13-18.
Christ has already paid the full price for all sin!  I have listed many scriptures showing this throughout this study.  Therefore "No purging" by the tribulation period is needed for the sins of any believer in Christ.  The bimah seat of Christ is for the purpose of burning up the believers deeds done in the power of their flesh.  This is the ONLY purging of fire that is seen in scripture in relationship to the church saints.  Not only that!  But this purging is not for the purpose of cleansing the believer of sin.  Christ has already cleansed us when we trusted in Him (1Cor. 6:11).  This purging by fire which takes place at the "Bimah" is solely for the purpose of burning up those deeds which were done in the power of the flesh by the Christian, whether carnal, or spiritual (1Cor. 3:11-15;  2Cor. 5:10).       
 
 
Question: Therefore what sin or sins do Christians need to suffer for?  
Answer:  NONE!  Jesus has already paid the full penalty for ALL SIN which was "Death" (Rom. 6:23).  No where in scripture does it ever teach that "man is purified and justified by his suffering for his own sins!  This is a "works salvation" which tramples all over the grace of God!
 
 
Question:  According to the partial Rapture theory.  What is now going to happen to those disembodied spirit's of the church saints who were not allowed to come with Jesus from heaven (1Thess. 4:14)?   And who denied to participate in the resurrection since they didn't qualify for the event due to their "lack of good works and merited favor" during their life upon the earth?  
 
Answer:  Nothing is going to happen to them!  Why?  Because the partial Rapture theory's "disembodied spirits" do not exist!
 
 
  Do you see how confusing and contradictory to the teachings of the apostle Paul this "partial Rapture theory" is!  It creates more chaos and tremendous theological problems and adds "new revelation and teaching" to the already inspired and completed word of God.  The Holy Spirit inspired scriptures (2Tim. 3:16) has never entertained the idea of a "partial Rapture theory" in God's word.  The apostle Paul who wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit did not write about, nor did he ever mention one word of this teaching in scripture.  Not one word!  He was totally silent!
 
 
  The partial Rapture theory therefore "divides" the body of Christ into "four different groups" by placing them back under the Law of "works and merited favor" for the sole purpose of "qualifying the living saints" to be allowed entry into the presence of God.  This is totally unscriptural!  The apostle Paul teaches just the opposite!  The church can never return back under the Law, since she has been sanctified once and for all by grace through faith (Heb. 10:10-14).
 
 
  This "partial Rapture theory" and its teaching has been created in the minds of those who lack basic knowledge of important doctrinal and foundational truths such as "Justification, sanctification, redemption, the sealing of the Holy Spirit, and grace",  which are vitally important for understanding the Biblical sound teaching of the "security of the believer" and the "resurrection program of God."
 
 
   In order for God to support this false teaching of the "partial Rapture theory" He would have to "rewrite" the Bible since "sin" and "faith", or the lack of it is the whole issue here.  Not just in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament as well.  Abraham lived before the Law was given, and yet scripture says that Abraham was justified by faith apart from works (Rom. 4:1-5).  The
scriptural criteria for the salvation of man never changes from God's perspective.  His rules apply to the dead as well as to the living (Rom. 3:20; Eph. 2:8-10).  As the old saying goes "What is good for the goose, is good for the gander" God and the Holy Spirit do NOT flipflop on their doctrinal teachings in scripture, nor do they bend the rules!  If they did!  Then the word of God could not be trusted!
 
   
   Do you understand now why these "4 categories of people" had to be created and added to the text of 1Thess. 4:13-18?  They had to be added because as you apply this teaching of the "partial Rapture theory" to this resurrection passage here in 1Thess. 4:13-18.  It demands and forces one to "add to the context" the teaching of "good works and merited favor."   Adding to the scriptures carries a "Curse" (Rev. 22:18).  This goes totally against the teachings of the apostle Paul which are built upon unmerited favor (grace).   The partial Rapture theory "blows a hole wide open in the apostle Paul's teaching, and theology!"  This can never be since the apostle Paul wrote by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2Tim. 3:16,17).
 
 
  It is either by "grace", or "works" Folks!   The Rapture "is" the resurrection, and the resurrection "is" the Rapture!  This one event is about completing the bride of Christ, ending the church age, and thus giving eternal bodies to the dead in Christ, and to the living in Christ at the time of Christ's appearing.  The saint's of God need glorified bodies in order to be compatible for the eternal state! 
 
 
  God cannot take home an incomplete bride.  If He did, then the body of Christ would be dismembered.  The age of grace has to close with the completion of the body of Christ here on earth.  According to the partial Rapture theory and its teaching.  Those disembodied Church saints who would have been left in heaven at the time of Christ's appearing due to their lack of good works and merited favor would be disqualified from partaking in the Bimah seat of Christ. Why?   because scripture shows clearly that the C\church (the bride of Christ) has to be complete and in her glorified body state in order to be given her rewards at the Bimah seat of Christ, which takes place at the time the resurrection (1Cor. 3:11-15,  15:50-58;  2Cor. 5:10).  Therefore no church saint in Christ can be left out!
 
 
  There is no teaching in the New Testament epistles which gives the "partial Rapture theory" a scriptural foundation to build on.   It is therefore impossible to apply the partial Rapture theory "scripturally, rationally, or theologically to God's resurrection program.   This theory is based totally on "good works, and merited favor" which is not a guaranteed assurance for the believer,  since the Christians walk and performance can be negatively influenced by the weakness of the flesh, which draws the Christian to partake in temptation and sin.  
 
 
  Therefore how would a Christian know "when" they have sinned one too many times, and thus they have crossed the point of no return?  How would they know when they were disqualified?   What "spiritual gauge" do they have in their possession that can measure "the amount" of sin which could disqualify them,  or the "less amount" of sin which would qualify them?  How much sin can you commit before you can lose your salvation, or miss the Rapture?
 
 
  Do you think that God Would leave His children unequipped, destitute, and without a definite solution for such a serious matter?  Surely He would have disclosed a "spiritual mechanism" within the word of God for the benefit of those whom He says He loves!   Surely the Holy Spirit would have inspired the apostle Paul to write extensively on this subject of great importance in order to spare the saints from destruction! 
 
 
  The fact of the matter is folks", "THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW" from the word of God when a believer has crossed over the line due to sin.  Do you know why?  Because there is no line to cross,  because salvation is by grace through faith apart from works.  There is no amount of sin that can forfeit the believers salvation!  There is "no sin" whatsoever which can disqualify a church saint of God from participating in the resurrection program.  There is "no sin" left undone which Christ has not already paid for in full at the cross!   There is "no sin" greater, nor more powerful than the shed blood of Jesus Christ!  As the old hymn says: "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."  HALLELUJAH!  
 
 
  The resurrection according to the scripture in 1Thess. 4:13-18 is for "all those who are in Christ."  The ONLY mechanism for gauging sin which God has seen fit to give to man was the "mechanism of the cross"  where Christ shed His eternal blood for ALL SIN for ALL TIME , forever, and forever, and forever into eternity!   This teaching of "earning the right" to get ones glorified body, and to participate in the resurrection program of God is all based on the justification of man by his works!  Sorry folks!  "It doesn't "WORK" that way!
 
 
 
After these things Rev. 4:1 (after the church age is over) Then What?
 
 
"The Bema Seat of Christ" (Rev. 4:10)
 
 
  The "Bimah seat of Christ" is for the purpose of what?  It is for the purpose of "Examining" the Christians "works" in order to see if a reward can be given.  What method does God use in order to examine the believers works?  Scripture says that at the time of the "Bimah" God will put the Christians "works" on the altar in heaven and test it with "FIRE" (1Cor. 3:11-15).  The fire of God will be "the first and final test" of the believers works in order to "separate" the deeds which were done by the believer in the power of the Holy Spirit,  from the deeds which were done in the power of the believers flesh" (Gal. 5:16-23).
 
 
   The examination of the Christians life before the "Bimah seat of Christ" will reveal how "faithful", or how "unfaithful" the Christians walk was "in Christ."  The "abundance" of rewards given, or the "lack" of rewards given will reveal openly before God, and to everyone present how faithful, or how unfaithful the Christian was in their service to Christ during their life on earth.
 
 
  Listen carefully!  God is the "only One" who can examine a Christian properly, honestly, and without discrimination.  He alone is the only One who can judge our motives and actions, since He is the only One who can "look upon the heart of man."  No one can participate in the "Bimah seat of Christ" unless they are a believer.  Why? because the "Bimah" takes place immediately following the resurrection event and not prior to it, which means that "NO ONE" can participate in the resurrection based on their good works.  Secondly, the "Bimah" takes place in heaven and NOT on the earth.  Therefore you have to be saved in order to partake in the Bema seat of Christ, since it is the next event following the resurrection.  
 
 
  It is impossible for any believer in Christ to miss the resurrection program of God.  If only part of the church was resurrected,  then those who were left behind could never be examined by the Lord, since they missed the Bimah seat of Christ.  The "only people" who will be left behind at the time of the resurrection will be those who have NOT trusted in Christ, which means then that they do not poessess Christ who would have "Sealed them with the Holy Spirit" at the time they believed (Eph. 1:13,  4:30), but they failed to do so!
 
 
  There is only "One" Bimah seat of Christ mentioned in scripture for the church (1Cor. 3:11-15;   2Cor. 5:10).  This event takes place in heaven "one time" for ALL the church saints (from Pentecost to the close of the church age).  The "Bimah" is never taught in scripture by the apostle Paul as ever being "repeated" again for the church.   Therefore it cannot take place until "ALL" of the "church" is present.  This means that the church age MUST END, and all the saints in Christ must be resurrected at ONE TIME, whether dead or alive, faithful or unfaithful.  Not one can be left behind, since the judgment seat of Christ is the next event. Listen to what the apostle Paul has to say!
 
 1Cor. 5:10 "For WE (collectively) must ALL (the whole body of Christ) appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that "each one
(every individual believer in Christ) may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
 
 
  Who is Paul the apostle speaking to and addressing in this text above?  That's right!  "the church."  Paul is not just teaching the church saints at Corinth, but his letter to the Corinthians is also his instruction and teaching to the "Whole body of Christ.  How do we know this?  We know this by the fact that Paul says this himself in 1Cor. 1:2  "To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who "have been" (past perfect tense) sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place (the whole body of Christ) call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours."
 
 
Question:  Is there any further evidence in 1Cor. 5:10 that reveals that the "Judgment seat of Christ" is an event which includes the "whole body of Christ",  and not only part of the body of Christ?
 
Answer:  Yes!  Paul says "For we must all appear before the "judgment seat of Christ......."   Now look at this sentence!  I want you to notice something very important and profound in this text that many have missed!   Notice that the phrase "judgment seat of Christ" is in the "singular form" and NOT in the "plural form."   What does this mean?  It means this my friend!   That the "Judgment seat of Christ" is only going to take place ONE TIME! and ONE TIME ONLY for the church.  And the ONLY time that this event can possibly take place for the church saints in Christ, whether dead, or alive is at the time of His appearing, which is the the close of the church age/resurrection (1Thess. 4:13-18).      
 
 
   If Paul was teaching that the body of Christ was to experience "multiples" of the "judgment seat of Christ",  then he would have written to the church the following: "For we must all appear before the "judgment SEATS (Plural) of Christ.   Now Paul was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  If God had "judgment SEATS" (plural) in mind for the church, which would mean "more than one judgment seat", then the Holy Spirit would have inspired the apostle Paul to write this text in the "plural form" in stead of the "singular form."  Paul didn't make a mistake here, nor did the Holy Spirit make a mistake who was directing Paul's teaching in his epistles which he wrote to the Church. 
 
 Secondly,  Paul the apostle would have never used the terms "WE" in the "collective form", nor the term "ALL" in the "completed form" in reference to the body Christ if he was teaching that there would be "multiples" of the Bimah seat of Christ.  Why?  Because Paul used the term "Seat" in the singular form.  The following is how Paul the apostle should have phrased this sentence if he had "Multiples" of the judgment seat of Christ in mind.  "For "SOME OF US" must appear before the judgment SEATS of Christ....etc."  Therefore just language itself "Contradicts" the teaching that some will miss the resurrection!
 
  
Question:  How in the world can the "Bimah seat of Christ" take place for the church if their are members of the body of Christ missing due to having been denied their glorified bodies due to sin, which Christ was suppose to have already payed for in full at the cross?  According to the "partial Rapture" people these saints will be left behind in order to be purged and purified for their sinful deeds during the tribulation period?  

Answer  It is impossible for any church saint to be left behind!  Scripture has already made absolutely clear here that the "whole body of Christ" must all be present at the judgment seat of Christ to be examined by God for the deeds which were done in the body (2Cor. 5:10).  But these people who teach you can "lose your salvation" and "miss the resurrection/Rapture" just won't accept the scriptures which are overwhelmingly clear!  The whole problem with these people is this!  
 
 
1. They have become their own "examiner and judge!" of their own deeds "apart" from Christ who is to examine them Himself at the "Bimah seat of Christ", and who is the only righteous judge" (2Tim 4:8). 
 
2. They have become their own "Justifier" of their own lives by becoming "Judaizers" in their thinking (Gal. 2:16-21) by trying to put the church back "under the Law" in order to earn or merit their glorified body, and thus entry into heaven, which is only by "grace through faith in Christ alone" (Eph. 2:8-10;   Titus 3:4-7).  
 
3. Finally!  They have become their Own Bimah seat of........."put your name here".........) because they alone are determining whether or not their deeds are "good enough" to get them a glorified body."   By doing this they have "trampled" all over the righteousness of God through Christ (Rom. 3:22,  8:10;   2Cor. 5:21) which they supposedly are suppose to possess.  And they have disregarded as "insufficient" God's righteousness which every believer possesses through Christ! 
 
 1 Peter 2:24 "And He Himself bore "OUR SINS" in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness..........etc." 
 
 
  You can see here how the "partial Rapture theory" is totally destroyed by the teaching of the "Bimah seat of Christ" alone by the apostle Paul.  This means that the Church CANNOT be partially resurrected at the time of Christ's appearing, and then the other  part of church go into the tribulation period.   What I have just shown here is just another important clue which shows that there will NOT be one church saint in Christ left behind at the time of the resurrection.   Paul used "We, all, eachone, " along with the "singular form" of "Seat",  and NOT the plural form "Seats."  It is totally impossible scripturally, and theologically for any church saint to be left behind.  The "Bimah seat of Christ" is a one time event, which is seen in Revelation 4:10 as having already taken place.   
 
 
  Rev. 4:10 says: "The twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne......etc."  As you can see in this text.  The Bimah seat of Christ has already taken place,  which is seen by the fact that the church saints are "Casting their crowns" before the feet of Jesus."  This term "Crowns" here in Revelation 4:10 is the Greek word "Stephanos" which means "Victor's Crowns."  These are the crowns that the church saints won during the church age,  and which were given at the time of the "Judgment seat of Christ." 
 
  I want to share with you some things from the book "Things To Come" by Dr. Dwight Pentecost.  He has a whole section on this topic of the "Twenty-four elders."  I will share just a little with you below.
 
 (quote page 255 / 256). "The number "Twenty-four", which represents the entire priesthood (1Chron. 24:1-4,  19), as it was divided for purposes of representation by David, suggests that this the church.   While Israel was called to a priestly function (Ex. 19:6), that nation never entered into this chief function because of their sin. 
 
  To the tribulation saints the promise is given in that they shall minister as priests in the millennium (Rev. 20:6).  However, at the beginning of the tribulation period Israel "has not" been restored to the place of a priestly nation, for they must await the millennial age for the realization of that privilege. 
 
  The tribulation saints, likewise, must wait until the millennial age for their realization of it.  The church is the "only" body definitely constituted a priesthood that could fulfill the function of priests ministering under the High Priest (1Peter 2:5, 9).
 
(quote page 256 / 257).  "The "Crowns" suggest that they represent the church.  These Twenty-four are "not" wearing monarch's crowns (diadema ), but "Victor's crowns" (Greek - Stephanos),  which had been won in a conflict (Eph. 6:10-17;  1Tim. 1:18,  6:12;   2Tim. 4:7 scripture my emphasis).  They therefore have been both resurrected,  for a "spirit" would not be wearing a crown, and then judged,  for "they could not receive a crown as a reward" apart from judgment.  Further, the judgment must have only recently taken place, for they are seen in the "act" of casting their crowns at Christ's feet (Rev. 4:10).  (End quote).
 
 
Continuing:
 
 
  Therefore "not one believer" in Christ can be left behind at the time of the resurrection (1Thess. 4:14-18). Otherwise the body of Christ would be "dismembered and incomplete", which would defeat God's purpose for sending Christ in the first place at the time of the resurrection event!  There is no other prophetic time slot in-which the "Bimah seat of Christ" can take place, except at the "close" of the Church age!  
 
 
  Christ's "message to the seven churches" comes to a conclusion in Revelation 3:22.  Then the opening of Revelation chapter 4:1 it says;" After these things."  
 
Question:  After what things?   What is being shown here is the "close of the church age" by the simple fact that there is no more letters to the churches.  John the apostle says "After these things I looked", and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here", and I will show you what must take place After these things."   
 
  This phrase "After these things" is repeated twice in Rev. 4:1.  This is important because it shows the "unfolding" of events in chronological order.  The apostle John goes on to describe what he sees.  In Rev. 4:4 he sees "24 thrones; and upon the thrones he saw 24 elders.  In Rev. 4:10 John sees the 24 elders falling down before Christ worshiping Him, and casting their crowns (Stephanos "Victor's crown) before the throne. 
 
  Paul the apostle teaches in the New Testament epistles that the church saints will have opportunities to win crowns while serving Christ during their life on earth.  We will not be discussing these crowns since this is not the thrust of this article.  The only important thing here to see is that the church saints are already in heaven in Rev. 4:1, and they are casting their "crowns"
(Greek -Stephanos / Victor's crown / Rewards) at the feet of Jesus who is sitting on the throne. 
 
 
The Conclusion
 
 
  We have seen throughout this study over and over again that the Raputure is the resurrection, and the resurrection is the Rapture. They are "one and the same event."   We have seen from scripture that there is only one group "spiritually identified" in 1Thess. 4;13-18 who will be participating in this resurrection event.  This group is called "The Body of Christ."  There is just "One" body of Christ and it is the Holy Spirit's job at the moment of every believers conversion Christ to "Seal the believer" (Eph. 1:13,  4:30), and baptize the believer with the Holy Spirit who places them "into" the body of Christ "For by one Spirit we were ALL baptized into one body" (1Cor. 12:13).
 
 
  No one can be called a "carnal Christian" unless they are "a Christian."  Likewise the same can be said of the "faithful Christian."  Yes Christians can walk in the flesh (Gal. 5:16-23) and can live carnal lives, but they will suffer the loss of rewards at the "Bimah seat of Christ ( 2Cor. 5:8-10).  The only rewards a believer will lose will be the ones they "could have won" while they were busy walking in the power of the flesh!  This goes for the "faithful believer" as well as the "unfaithful believer."
 
 
  The Carnal Christian will obviously have less rewards due to the lack of faithfulness to the Lord.  There is no question about that! But the lack of their faithfulness doesn't "exempt" nor "invalidate" what little amount of rewards they might have won.  Listen people!  God doesn't take any rewards away from any of us"WE DO!"  All God does is places the believers works on the altar and tests it "with fire" in order to see if a reward can be given.  Do you know what this means?  What this means folks is this!  That it is solely up to every individual believer to decide how they want to live!  Waste your precious time here on earth by walking in the flesh as a Christian!  And watch the majority of your Christian life go up in smoke at the Bimah seat of Christ.  Use your time wisely for faithful service to the Lord.  Then you will have many rewards.   The choice is up to each one of us!
 
 
  Therefore those works of the flesh will be burned up at the Bimah seat of Christ "but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire (1Cor. 3:11-15).  The only reason why any believer could stand in the presence of God at the time of the "judgment seat of Christ" is because they were found "righteous" by the righteousness of God through Christ.  The apostle Paul says "We all" must appear before the Bimah seat of Christ" (2Cor. 5:10).  Every Christian has deeds that were done in the power of their flesh which will not stand the test of "fire", whether they were carnal in their walk, or whether they were faithful in their walk with Christ.  
 
  Every believer has the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience to Christ each moment of every day.  But the truth of the fact is this.  That there is no Christian, at no time whatsoever during the church age, who has walked 100% of the time in their Christian life by the power of the Holy Spirit.  All of us have deeds which we have done in the power of the flesh,  which will be burned up at the judment seat of Christ.  The question however for each one of us "in Christ", whether carnal or faithful is this!  "How many rewards will each one of us have to cast at the feet of Jesus (Rev. 4:10) after the "Bimah seat of Christ" is finished!
 
Pretty sobering isn't it!
 
 
 Closing this study
 
   I don't need to share alot here at this point because I think that the scriptures have made it emphatically clear that each and every believer in Christ is NOT under Law, but under GRACE!   Listens folks!  God has given us "His vey best."   Jesus is "all you need" in order to qualify for the resurrection.  Whether the believer is already dead in Christ, or whether they are alive at the time of His appearing.  There is only going to be "ONE BIMAH SEAT OF CHRIST."  And if you are "in Christ" by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ unto salvation (Eph. 2:8-10).   Then you are "Sealed with the Holy Spirit" for the day of Redemption," (Eph. 1:13,   4:30).
 
  
 "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."  (Heb. 4:12)
 
  Trust the word of God "ONCE AND FOR ALL", which has been presented in this article.  And let Jesus set you free from all your guilt of sin and self condemnation.  "For in Him (Jesus Christ) you have been made complete......etc."  (Colossians 2:9)
 
 
God bless you all!
 
In Christ
Tom Gaston