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Wordwise Insight, Issue #091
March 14, 2012

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Heaven in the Tribulation--what will the church be doing during that time?

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Heaven in the Tribulation

(The Church in Heaven)

QUESTION: What will Christians be doing in heaven during the Tribulation and Great Tribulation? Will there be anything (wedding rings and such) left when we return?

ANSWER: Interesting question. I guess the easiest answer is: we simply don't know--or we don't know much. There isn't a lot of information about that. Most of the book of Revelation, from Chapter 6 through 18, deals in particular with the judgments of God to be poured out on the world during the seven years of the Tribulation. These are things we’ll view (to a greater or lesser degree) from the perspective of heaven.

Here are a few comments on things we do know.

1) We do know the resurrected and raptured church (all Christians) will appear before "the judgment seat of Christ" to receive rewards for what we have done in our life and service for Christ (Rom. 14:10; I Cor. 3:9-15; II Cor. 5:10). This is not a place of condemnation, but of evaluation and reward. The word used for "seat" (bema in Greek) refers to a judge’s stand like those at the Olympics, where winners are crowned. (Given that this will involve millions–perhaps billions–of people, it could take some time!)

2) The Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place after rewards are handed out (Rev. 19:7-9). Marriage celebrations in Bible times often took a week, so again, this won’t simply be a quick meal. It may be a celebration of weeks or months. Christ, our heavenly Bridegroom, will be in the place of honour, with His bride, the church. Those who are invited guests will be the Old Testament saints, and perhaps the martyrs of the Tribulation.

There is a verse in a parable of the Lord Jesus that has moved me to tears many times. Now, a word of warning: it’s in a parable–a made-up story. We must be careful about ...

For the rest of this article, click on Heaven in the Tribulation.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.

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