God's Reward System
There are consequences for our decisions. Then there are rewards concerning our work or service for whomever in our life. Humanity has consequences for deciding to believe in Christ or not. Deciding to believe in Christ's sacrifice for one's life grants eternal life in Heaven with Jesus and fellow believers. Deciding not to believe in Christ's love gift will result in eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire with all like-minded individuals. However, both locations will have their populations judged according to their works or deeds here on earth.
Jesus says at least twice, once in Matthew 16:27 and then again in Revelation 22:12 that He is returning soon with rewards. According to the eschatological scholars I have studied, the prophetic mountain peaks still to come are -
- The Rapture,
- The Bema Seat,
- The Wedding of the Lamb,
- The Tribulation,
- The Second Coming or Glorious Appearing of Christ,
- The Wedding Supper of the Lamb,
- The Millennial Kingdom of Christ,
- The Great White Throne Judgment and
- The New Heavens, New Earth and New Jerusalem.
The Bema Seat or Judgment Seat of Christ is the testing and purification of The Church's works/deeds by the Holy Spirit after The Rapture."we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." - 2 Corinthians 5:9-10