Many Will Be Left Behind

If we are not ready for Jesus when He comes soon in the Rapture we will find ourselves catapulted into the unspeakably horrendous seven year Tribulation period. It is my aim in this series to give warnings of the many insidious traps that must be avoided in order to survive if we find ourselves plunged into the Tribulation. Many people will be in a state of panic and denial the day after the Raptureand then the horror of what has happened to them will begin to dawn upon them: their loved ones, whom they had scorned and made fun of, have been taken to Heaven and they have been left behind to make a choice for Christ… or antiChrist. They will be heartbroken by their own stubborn refusal to trust Jesus as their Saviour.

In previous months I have written a series of posts on the subject of the Rapture and who will be caught up to meet Jesus in the clouds when He comes to take His Bride to Heaven to be forever with Him there. In addition I have published a number of guidelines on how to make sure we are ready for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus. There is absolutely no need for any Christians to be left behind, unless they have abandoned their first love, left the Narrow Way, and are no longer head over heels in love with Jesus, living for Him alone, and worshipping Him as Lord of their lives.

The Tribulation

We must now turn our attention to the sobering subject of the Tribulation. This will begin right after Jesus has taken His Bride up to Heaven. In recent years Jesus has been speaking frequently about the end times through certain of His chosen prophets. In these prophecies Jesus explains end time Scriptures. Teachings such as these are badly needed because few church leaders are preparing their flock nowadays for what is shortly to break out on the Earth. The average believer has little or no idea what the Rapture is about, or the severity of the sufferings that will be unleashed worldwide immediately after the Bride of Christ is snatched away out of danger by her Heavenly Bridegroom.

There is a disturbingly widespread lack of awareness of how unspeakably horrendous the Tribulation will be, and what every Christian must be doing right now in order to be ready for Jesus’ return and so avoid it. Few Christians know about the intense sufferings that will unavoidably come upon them if they are left behind in the Rapture. They will be forced to live through indescribable nonstop torments. This horrific purifying process of Tribulation will last seven years according to Scripture, but those who have remained faithful to Jesus throughout the severe trials and testing will then be in a state to receive their eternal reward in Heaven.

Every Christian can, and must, now do everything possible in order to be ready for Jesus’ return, and so avoid the Tribulation. Few Christians know about the intensity of the sufferings that will come upon those who are left behind. They are unaware that they will soon be facing unforeseen dangers, ensnaring traps and unimaginable torments. Their lives will continually be in jeopardy. At the end of this severely refining process, those who have remained faithful to Jesus will have been purified and made ready to go to their eternal reward in Heaven. Common sense urges a serious commitment, or recommitment, to Jesus Christ without delay.

Jesus said to His chosen vessel: “There will be many left behind. I don’t want to leave anyone, but those who have continually rejected Me and spurned My counsel cannot be taken. There are those who are in seasoned ministry, and have decades of experience serving Me. They hear My voice, they arrange their messages for others – but do not themselves heed My counsel.

“I cannot pour new wine into an old wineskin. I cannot build My new Church on corruption. There must be a complete letting go of all bitterness, rancour and pre-conceived ideas, as well as false value systems and a religious spirit. My Church is corrupt – she must be purified. And what is soon to befall her is My provision for her purification.

“Shall I not have a voice in the wilderness crying out and preparing the way? I tell you the truth – those who have spurned the wise counsel of My faithful ministers shall at last open their ears and hear their voice. But it will be too late for them to avoid the trials that are coming upon the Earth to try all souls. The world has caught them up into a lifestyle and theology that did not exist in My early church. Their very sense of being will be critically threatened and called into question until they realise Who I AM and who they are in Me, and what it truly means to bear My Name, My Cross. To live in Me and I in them. Then they will discover their worth and reject completely all the world has offered and held for them. This must be done through a process, it doesn’t come overnight. That is why I am leaving them behind.”

The worldly church cannot be raptured

Christians know it is the will of God for us to be holy, and some quote the first part of 1Thessalonians 4:3, but how many know what this verse really says? Sex outside of marriage, and each one of the many currently popular sexual deviations, not only will send those who indulge in them straight into the Tribulation, but their eternal destination will inevitably be Hell. See Galatians 5:19-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 et al.

People boast of their lifestyle being ‘freedom’ but in fact it is the very opposite! Sin does not make us free, it enslaves us. Read Romans chapter 6 prayerfully. When we are entrapped by sin, we actually crucify Jesus over and over again as we love the very sins He suffered unutterable agony on the Cross to save us from.

Jesus added, “My dear, dear children, I am trying so hard to prepare you for what is coming… Those of you who have been living for others have nothing to fear – I will take you in the Rapture. Those of you who have not been able to make a decision to live a pure life for Me, most likely will stay to work out those details [i.e. in the Tribulation].

“I grieve for you, My children who are hardhearted, that you cannot accept the Kingdom of God like a little child. I am weary of contending with you… It is time to prepare, and your best preparation is to live by faith and be intimately connected to Me, not allowing yourself to compromise for any creature, not husband nor children, but be true to Me.

“I want to leave no one behind, but some of you have hardened your hearts to the innocent and the blind. LOVE is My standard: patience, long-suffering, kindness, mercy, meekness, the Beatitudes. This is the description of My Bride. If you are still countering the Beatitudes you still do not have My heart. You still don’t resemble Me. My Bride MUST resemble Me.”

A beautiful hymn written by a friend who is now with Jesus

1. Thou dost seek a bride all pure and holy,

Those who now belong to Thee alone,

Those who give Thee all their hearts’ affections,

Of Thyself a part, bone of Thy bone.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Lord, we answer to Thy heart’s deep longing

“Even so, come quickly Lord” we say.

In our hearts we have the blessed answer,

“Rise My love, My fair one, come away.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

2. Drawn from every kindred, tribe and nation

By Thy Holy Spirit’s mighty power,

Finding rest in Thee, God’s great salvation,

Waits Thy Bride for Thine appointed hour.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

3. Sharing with Thee in this world’s rejection,

Putting on Thy death to wear a crown,

By Thy blood and word we’re overcomers,

With Thee in Thy throne we shall sit down!

Joy Palmer

Are you a worldly Christian?

Worldly Christians have not made Jesus Lord of their lives and therefore are not walking the Narrow Way. They feel that they have a ‘right’ to be entertained by the world and watch TV and films produced by ungodly men and women, although the Word of God clearly states “I will be careful to lead a blameless life… I will walk in my house with a blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they shall not cling to me… I will have nothing to do with evil.” Psalm 101:2-4

Christians who are living for themselves, doing what they want to do and ignoring what the Word of God says, are running headlong towards the Tribulation. However, at the end of the seven years, worldly Christians, and those who will turn to Jesus during those years, will all receive their reward in Heaven after passing through the purifying Tribulation process.

In forthcoming posts you will find a measure of encouragement for those who have to endure the Tribulation, and extremely serious warnings and important guidelines on how to avoid being captured by the New World Order after the Bride has been snatched away to safety (raptured) by Jesus. This information is literally life-saving and should be shared as soon as possible with family and friends who are unaware of the dangers to come.

To help you to prepare for the Rapture, and thus avoid the horrors of the Tribulation, I strongly advise you to read the previously published Get Ready For Your Journey’. Jesus teaches point by point who the Bride is. Here, Jesus explains, among many other things, the words of Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus, where he describes the church as not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” It is an eye opener to learn the spiritual significance of these words. These are Christians with the oil of the Holy Spirit in their lamps, the ones whom the Bridegroom will take into the Marriage Supper (as Jesus taught in His parable in Matthew 25:1-13).

In Revelation 19 we read that the Lamb’s wife has “made herself ready.” It is high time we all made ourselves ready. This is, of course, something that we alone can do. Please don’t leave it too late.

In ‘Get Ready For Your Journey’ Jesus expounds Scripture giving clear guidelines on how to live our lives for Him and so be ready for the Rapture. If you are unsure whether you measure up to Jesus’ expectations of His Bride ‘Get Ready for Your Journey’ will be a great help to you. Jesus does not expect perfection; He looks upon our hearts. He sees our yearning to be more like Him and imputes righteousness to us. Jesus explains the immense importance of holiness of life. We tend to overlook that Apostle Paul wrote these words to the Corinthian church:

The church is engaged to Jesus: she is His Holy Bride-to-be, engaged to her Holy Lord. Our Lord Jesus will soon return for a pure Bride, one who resembles her Heavenly Bridegroom, not one who does her own thing, following the lifestyles of the world.

Note from So Greatly Loved

Please take this post very seriously. Study it as though your very life depended on it – because, in a very real sense, it does.

“I Am Coming For You…”

“My dear ones, stop obsessing over whether or not you will be taken in the Rapture. I have told you before, as long as you have broken with sin and are doing your best to stay out of sin, I will take you. When you fall, come running to Me in deep contrition. I will immediately restore you.

“I see the heartbreaking struggles you go through. I see your tears and resolve to stay away from sin. I see and I honour, so do not fear to come to Me when you fall. I wait for you with open arms. Understand that I do see everything about your life and I know where you are sincerely trying and where you are not. I am a God of forgiveness and restoration. When you have done your best, your very best, and still fail, humility is worked deeply into your soul. Did I not say tax collectors and prostitutes will enter Heaven before the self-righteous? Indeed, I did. And whether you are aware of it or not, your weakness has kept you from joining ranks with those who congratulate themselves that they are not like other men.

“When I see your devotion, your daily struggles, your fresh resolve, your careful examination of conscience and self-correction, I rejoice that such a one as this has given their lives to Me. I find great solace and joy in dwelling in your hearts and listening to the meditations of your mind as you continue to draw closer and closer to Me, until we are one. I see your dry spells and watch your grief when you do not feel My presence, though I am with you always. I see how you recommit your life to Me sometimes hour by hour, day by day, saying over and over again, ‘I just want more of You, Jesus. I want to love You with my whole heart.’ I hear the times you cry out from the heart, ‘Lord, have Mercy on these souls.’ I approve the meditations of your hearts and the faithfulness you reach for daily.

“How can I possibly describe to you the indescribable joy you bring Me? You are like a garden filled with luscious roses of all different colours and marvellous fragrance. Jasmine, lavender and lilacs grow in profusion. Hidden between the beds of roses are precious lilies of the valley giving off their own divine fragrance. Yes, your good deeds are manifested to Me and all of Heaven with a supernatural fragrance. The dew drops, rolling down each petal of the rose, sparkles with delightful rainbows of colour. The stones along the path are exquisite agate slabs, displaying intricate lacy patterns that reflect the hills of Heaven.”




“I know you well, My Brides – you will not accept these praises readily, for all credit is returned to Me, your Creator. Nevertheless, your beauty is outstanding and I would be remiss if I did not at least attempt to describe to you what I see and experience in your presence.

“You, My faithful Brides, I have never demanded that you be perfect in every aspect, only that you be perfect in your love for Me and for your brother. When you set forth to accomplish that, I go with you and together we bring the lost to the banqueting hall of our love.

“So, put away your fears. I am coming for you. If you fall, coming running to Me in repentance, get up with a new infusion of My grace and try again. That you continue to get up is a marvel of grace that alone suffices to bring Me joy. Soon, your falls will be further and further apart and as you learn how much you are loved, how secure you are in Me, the powers of evil will lose their grip on you.

“Run to Me, My Bride, and put away the lies of the enemy. I am coming for you; your hope and faith will not be disappointed. You have known Me as the Merciful God, so shall you know Me as the God of Glory as I transform your very bodies into the likeness of Mine.” – Jesus.

“You are my hidden garden, My treasure, My Bride, a secluded spring, a fountain sealed.” Song of Songs 4:12


Note from So Greatly Loved

This is a message from Jesus to Clare which was recently posted on the Still Small Voice channel. This anointed ministry is making a significant impact on the kingdom of darkness. Satan fears Christians finding a deeper, more intimate walk with Jesus. He hates Heart Dwellers with a vengeance and consequently he has assigned to Still Small Voice certain of his followers to destroy this ministry. These trained satanists are themselves turning to Jesus and leaving Satanism through the very teachings they were sent by their evil master to discredit!

Previous posts you may find helpful on how to be ready for the Rapture are

Get Ready For Your Journey

Jesus warns: A Judgmental Attitude Puts Us in Great Danger

Going Deeper Into the Heart of Jesus

Jesus’ Teaching on ‘Without Love You Will Not be Taken in the Rapture’

Wake Up Everyone!

God is for us! God is with us! God will never fail us! We can safely commit our lives unreservedly to our faithful God and His total protection. However, we must remember the words of Jesus, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16, KJV. In order to pray effectively we definitely need to understand what is going on.

The all-too-silent media

The mainline media: TV, radio and the press, has persistently ignored countless eyewitnesses with photographic proof-in-hand even while the evidence in the skies above them was itself speaking volumes. Virtually no one has dared to comment on the appearance or purpose of chemtrails. It is both interesting and disconcerting that there has been no attempt to allay the growing fears and justified suspicions of the public. On the Internet there are articles by people who are bending over backwards to deny that there’s anything suspicious afoot. Eventually I discovered the testimony of an airline mechanic which I share below.

Did an airline mechanic stumble upon the truth?

This is the aircraft mechanic’s testimony: “For reasons you will understand as you read this I cannot divulge my identity. I am an aircraft mechanic on a major airline. I work at one of our maintenance bases located at a large airport. The least popular work done by airline mechanics is the waste disposal systems. No mechanic wants to work on the pumps, tanks and pipes that are used to store the waste from the lavatories, but a few do volunteer.

“One day I was called out to work on a plane from another airline. When the call came through the dispatcher did not know what the problem was. I soon discovered that the problem was in the waste disposal system. There was nothing for me to do but to crawl in and fix the problem. When I got into the bay, I realised that something was not right. There were more tanks, pumps and pipes than there should have been there. At first I assumed that the system had been changed. It had been ten years since I had worked on one.

“As I tried to find the problem I quickly realised the extra piping and tanks were not connected to the waste disposal system. I had just discovered this when another mechanic from my company showed up. It was one of the mechanics who usually works on these systems. I happily turned the job over to him. As I was leaving, I asked him about the extra equipment. He told me to “worry about my own end of the plane and let him worry about his!”

“The next day I was on the company computer to look at the wiring schematic. While I was there I decided to look at the extra equipment I had found. To my amazement the manuals did not show any of the extra equipment I had seen with my own eyes the day before. I even tied in to the manufacturer files and still found nothing. Now I was really determined to find out what that equipment did.

“The next week we had three of our planes in our main hanger for periodic inspection. There are mechanics crawling all over a plane during these inspections. I had just finished my shift and I decided to have a look at the waste system on one of our planes. With all the mechanics around I figured that no one would notice an extra one on the plane. Sure enough, the plane I chose had the extra equipment! I began to trace the system of pipes, pumps and tanks. I found what appeared to be the control unit for the system. It was a standard looking avionics control box but it had no markings of any kind. I could trace the control wires from the box to the pumps and valves but there were no control circuits coming into the unit. The only wires coming into the unit was a power connection to the aircraft’s main power bus…

“I began to trace the piping from the pumps. These pipes led to a network of small pipes that ended in the trailing edges of the wings and horizontal stabilisers. If you look closely at the wings of a large airplane you will see a set of wires, about the size of your finger, extending from the trailing edge of the wing surfaces. These are the discharge wicks. They are used to dissipate the static electric charge that builds up on a plane in flight. I discovered that the pipes from this mystery system led to every one out of three of these static discharge wicks. These wicks had been “hollowed out” to allow whatever flows through these pipes to be discharged through these fake wicks. It was while I was on the wing that one of the managers spotted me. He ordered me out of the hanger telling me that my shift was over and I had not been authorised any overtime.

“Two days later I was paged to see the General Manager. When I went into his office I found that our union rep and two others who I did not know were waiting for me. He told me that a serious problem had been discovered. He said I was being written up and suspended for turning in false paperwork. I was floored and began to protest. I told a them that this was ridiculous and that I had done the work. I was told that I was suspended for a week without pay and had to leave immediately.

“The first day of my suspension I received a phone call. The voice told me “Now you know what happens to mechanics who poke around in things they shouldn’t. The next time you start working on systems that are no concern of yours you will lose your job. As it is I’m feeling generous, I believe that you’ll be able to go back to work soon.” CLICK. I made the connection that what had happened was directly connected to my tracing the mysterious piping.

“The next morning the General Manager called me and said due to my past excellent employment record the suspension had been reduced to one day and that I should report back to work immediately. The only thing I could think of was what are they trying to hide and who are THEY!

“That day at work went by as if nothing had happened. None of the other mechanics mentioned the suspension and my union rep told me not to talk about it. That night I logged onto the Internet to try to find some answers. I came across a site dealing with chemtrails. That’s when it all came together. But the next morning at work I found a note inside my locked locker. It said, “Curiosity killed the cat. Don’t be looking at Internet sites that are no concern of yours.” Well that’s it. THEY are watching me.”

Who are ‘THEY’?

There has been severe widespread flooding in Kerala, Southern India, where many lives were lost. (This photo is from BarnabasFund, a British Christian charity which provides much-needed help in major emergencies like this).

The Goal of the New World Order

There is increasing chemtrail activity these days, aimed specifically at reducing the world’s population by causing widespread flooding, tsunamis, typhoons and earthquakes. Jesus Christ warned about precisely these signs of the end times in Matthew 24. The Global Elite has vast financial resources for funding their heinous agenda; the richest men in the world are among their number and aim, among many other outrageous crimes against humanity, to instigate WW3.

For more than two hundred years, powerful secret societies have been working on their own agenda for the end times. One of their goals is to drastically reduce the world’s population. There are a number of videos on the Internet on the plans of the New World Order and Global Elite and others working as one to rule the entire world.

In a nutshell, their intention is:






Some Horrific Chemtrail Effects



#. Truth About Chemtrails: Pilots, Doctors and Scientists answer questions. (lasts 15 minutes)


#. Chemtrails Killing Americans Exposed By Dr Blaylock. (lasts 27 minutes)

NB. These videos could suddenly be removed at any time because ‘THEY’ do not want you to know about ‘THEIR’ crimes against humanity.


My personal experience of chemtrail effects

I live in the heart of rural England and I’m very fond of the raw honey which is produced by our local bees. I buy my honey in bulk in large buckets, rather than in jars, as it is obviously much more economical that way and a bucket lasts many months. To my amazement the price suddenly shot up by 30% per bucket! The beekeepers told me it’s because there are fewer honey bees now – they are steadily dying out. Since researching Chemtrails, I understand the reason. This is extremely serious. We need our pollinators in order to survive.

Worldwide Protests are Needed!



Chemtrails over America

Chemtrails over Sweden

Chemtrails over Australia

These satellite images of Australia from space show CHEMTRAILS across a large part of the country. The poisons are sprayed from an extremely high altitude, and the hazardous particles descend very slowly to the earth. This accounts for the chemtrails seen from space being in an identical formation in day time and night time. These cannot possibly be clouds!

Chemtrails over Mexico

A Look Inside Chemtrail Planes!

A word of encouragement

For the Bible-believing Christian there is absolutely no need to fear. We continue to be about our Father’s business and warn whoever will listen to us about the indescribably severe suffering of the seven year Tribulation that will break out all over the world immediately after the Rapture. We do not know the time of the Rapture, when Jesus Christ will return to catch up out of danger those who truly know Him and are living for Him, but we definitely do know that we are now living in the season when Jesus could return at any time to take us straight home to Heaven.

We know that Jesus never leaves our side. He is always with us whatever we are going through, just as He promised He would be:

Pray Psalm 91 Daily: God’s Powerful Shield of Protection

We need not fear deadly chemtrails if we know the Lord. There is a place deep in the heart of God where we may find shelter. It is a place of refuge and safety from any evil that might come upon us. Psalm 91, a firm favourite of many Christians, holds powerful promises which, if believed and acted upon, are literally life-saving.

Several months ago I published a post entitled ‘Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection.’ In this I shared testimonies of awesome escapes from certain death during WW1 and WW2 when British regiments prayed together Psalm 91 for their protection every day. In addition, I wrote a detailed account of astounding deliverance from the devastating effects of catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Andrew in the 1990s for a Christian family in Florida. Theirs was the only house still standing in a 40 mile area; it was totally unscathed; not even a plant in their garden was damaged! The testimony of how this family trusted implicitly in God, praying Psalm 91 together in unwavering faith while the full force of Hurricane Andrew was roaring through their area like a freight train, is truly inspiring.

It may be a blessing to you, particularly in view of what is going on in the skies above us all, to read this article on ‘Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection.’ It would be a good idea to memorise Psalm 91 too. It is undoubtedly becoming increasingly important to pray the protection of this Psalm out loud daily over ourselves and our loved ones. We have nothing to lose — and everything to gain.

The Bible is full of encouragement to trust in God. The words “Fear not” occur 365 times — that’s one for every day of the year!

When we notice yet more chemtrails in the skies above us, let’s make a habit of quoting the Word of God from verses such as these:

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe” Proverbs 18:10

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

“Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” Proverbs 1: 33

Note from So Greatly Loved

The term ‘chemtrail’ was coined by William Thomas, a highly respected and capable Investigative Journalist from Canada who first uncovered and made public the enigmatic contrail (condensation trail) issue and its medical implications.

The photos inserted are from Pinterest and the information on them speaks volumes. However, I have no way of ascertaining the truth of the statements made on these photos.

Unfortunately, ‘THEY’ may remove at any time the two important videos on the devastating effects chemtrails have on people’s health. Many deaths are directly caused by chemtrails and new diseases previously unknown to medical science are now afflicting people. There is no known cure. Chemtrails are nothing less than an outrageous crime against humanity.

The testimony of the airline mechanic who stumbled upon the truth is from CHEMTRAIL CENTRAL. You may be able to find further information on the Impossible Channel. Don’t be surprised if ‘THEY’ suddenly remove all trace of information that ‘THEY’ do not want us to know!

Surviving the Tribulation if You Are Left Behind

Jesus began, “I want to talk to you about the coming Tribulation. In all of history there will never again, nor has there been before, a time such as this. Men will be at their wit’s end trying to figure out what to do next. Nothing will make sense to them and everything will be topsy turvy. I am trying to prepare now those who will be left behind.”

The information that Jesus shares here with Clare, one of His proven prophets, on how to survive the Tribulation, is paramount. Opinions vary as to how many Christians are likely to be caught up in the Rapture. Some teach that very few will make it. However, Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins – young women waiting for the Bridegroom to return (Matthew 25:1-13) states that those who have oil in their lamps will be raptured. These are the ones who are filled with the Holy Spirit and are living for their Lord – not for themselves. In Jesus’ parable, only half the number of those waiting for the Bridegroom’s return went in to the Wedding Banquet before the door was shut.

The most important thing for us, undoubtedly, is to do our utmost to follow the guidelines clearly given in the Word, many of which were highlighted in recent posts. The main point for us to bear in mind is that Jesus will return for a Bride who resembles Him as far as she can, and who longs to be more like Him. Jesus looks upon our hearts above everything else, and where He sees our yearning to be more like Him, in His mercy Jesus imputes righteousness to us.

It is very important, and only fair, to share with all our loved ones and, in fact, anyone we know who may not be ready for the Rapture, this significant teaching that Jesus is giving us here.

Avoid attracting the attention of the NWO!

Jesus continued to speak, “There is no sense in accumulating wealth, position or power because everything will be scrambled and reorganised based on loyalty to the New World Order. Any Christian right now who is posturing for higher positions is going to hit a brick wall after the Rapture. There is no need to be alarmed, just informed. Those who are left behind will have to switch their priorities from making money – to surviving. And I don’t mean surviving physically alone. Yes, survival must also be spiritual, understanding and being sensitive to the movement of My Spirit.

“The most opportune time to escape government control will be immediately after the disasters, because many will be presumed to be dead. That will be before organisation sets in, although that will happen very quickly as food, water and medical necessities will be offered through their agency and they will take down names and numbers for future reference. In this way, they can catalogue very quickly who is still living, by offering necessities. Those who do not come forth, they will assume have been killed. They are relying on people’s vulnerabilities for them to come forward for aid. Those who have no need for that will more easily escape being brought in captive. In fact, in many places that are feeding stations, people will be detained and placed in holding facilities. At first, this will look like benevolence on the part of the government, when in fact it is merely a way to dispose of them. Do not, under any circumstances, go forward for aid.

“Place no confidence in the flesh. Do not imagine for one moment that you can provide or take care of yourself without My intervention… or more properly, without My complete control. When you place confidence in your own flesh – in your ability to defend yourself, your ability to provide for yourself – you set yourself up for failure. There are those who are going to walk into the Tribulation with empty pockets and not a place to go, no food, no preparation at all. And yet they will be fully provided for every step of the way.

When a soul puts all their confidence in Me, I am free to provide everything they need. Rather than providing and surviving, be about My business and all these things will be added unto you. Your insecurity and panic do nothing but give the devils permission to sift you, wear you out and cause you to move prematurely right into the enemies’ waiting arms. But with your focus on bringing souls to Me I am free to provide all you need. My faithfulness is your rear guard and covering. It is a lack of knowledge of Me that causes others to dive in and apply themselves to providing for their own needs. When you know Me, you know I have already provided a way out, complete with food, medicine and cover that will make you invisible to the enemy.

Spiritual Survival Techniques

“It is by My Spirit alone that protection will be rendered to those left behind. Nothing of man’s design will bring peace for families, only My ability to save and protect will be found effective. You must turn wholeheartedly to Me and ask for My protection. I will protect you supernaturally if I am your only recourse. But there are certain rules you must live by. Honesty is first and foremost. Vigilance over your own sins and bad example. The devils are clever and they know how to provoke a soul to cause a breach in their covering. Charity, humility and patience also score high on the list of things targeted and necessary to maintain My Protection.

“Come to Me immediately when you fall. Don’t waste a moment. Make a sincere confession and renounce that sin. I will then restore your covering and add to it protection, and the grace to not repeat those sins. I have already taught you about judging others. The quickest way to lose your covering is to slander, calumniate, or gossip about another. Not only will the enemy use this to divide and conquer, he will use it to make you vulnerable to attack. The more key your position is, the more careful you will have to be about your heart attitude.

Be loyal to your designated Group Leader

“Just as in days gone by, when I supernaturally protected My people, so shall I protect those who must stay behind. There will be one among them who will be designated the leader and to him, or her, I will give supernatural knowledge and wisdom. Protect this one who is critical to your mission. Let not the devils cause division, misunderstanding, murmuring and jealousy. Be on your guard against these poisons they will use to divide and scatter you all.

“Together you will survive. Separated, you will face many dangers without anyone to back you up. Do not let them divide and conquer. Be smarter than the enemy, walk in charity and humility and you will have no problems. Walk in self-will, selfishness, suspicion, and rancour, it will be your demise. There will be many testings among the groups, many testings. Painful decisions to make, life or death decisions to make. I will give you peace when the decisions are the hardest. Use lots to help you determine a plan of action.

“I will give you signs of My love, signs of danger, signs when you are going the wrong way, signs when you are going the right way. Be attentive, pay close attention to the signs I send you. If you suspect you have made a wrong decision, stop and pray it through. Better to wait on me than to move forward into a trap. There will be times to act and times to wait. It is in the times of waiting that trials will be the most difficult.

“Pray always, worship and thank Me for every safe moment of your journey, for every provision, for every time you evade the enemy. Use My Name as a weapon of warfor you fight not against flesh and blood but principalities in high places and against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

“I want you all to remember how easy it is to fall into unbelief, to mistrust, to suspect, to be fearful. These are the weapons the enemy will use against you – forewarned is forearmed. Now, My precious ones, cling to My instructions for in them lies life and death. Be not afraid of what man does to your body, only your eternal soul. Do not compromise for the sake of your body, your children, your wife, or for any reason at all. I will be with you to deliver you from evil. Pray often, ‘Deliver us from evil.’ Pray this frequently, it is a powerful prayer.

“Your emotions will be your worst enemy. Sleep will be very important because of the stress you are under, it will quickly deplete your clarity of thinking and energy. This will be a time of survival techniques…especially spiritual survival techniques. Prayer and charity will increase your chances of survival and prayer will be your number one most powerful weapon.

“The enemy is very sly, and he will insinuate many things to turn you against each other. Sitting down and talking it out candidly, honestly, will completely foil his attempts to turn each of you against another. There will be much need for patience and deferring anger. There is always a reason behind a failure and it is always a test of virtue for you to bear it with charity and brotherly love. Remember: you will be judged as you judge one another. If you want mercy, you must first mete out mercy. You may see yourself as superior in the mix, but I guarantee that it will be your downfall.

“Somehow, Beloved, you must cultivate extreme respect for one another. It may look to you that another is inferior to you, but I look upon the heart. And he who loves more is superior, in My viewpoint. You may excel at many things, but if you have not charity, well… that will only buy you pride and vainglory. There are souls that are so interiorly kindly and well disposed that even the most brilliant and accomplished person is far inferior to them.

“This is no longer the world or worldly affairs you are dealing with. It is strictly spiritual and Our standards in Heaven are so far removed from yours – they are unrecognisable. And remember, none of you have absolutely perfect spiritual or Scriptural understanding. Each person has a gift to add to the mix. Your task will be to find out and cultivate that gift and incorporate it. This will be a real trial of teamwork and deferential yielding to one another; how well you take care of the weakest link will determine your success or failure.

Pray whenever you feel threatened

“Whenever you feel threatened, your first recourse is PRAYER. This should be your very first response. There will be many misinformation campaigns, as there always are in war, to turn attention away from what is really important. If you rely on Me alone for your information, you will not fall for these side tracks. There will also be attempts to flush out believers. Be very careful of those who say that they’re going to make an alliance with you, but underneath it all they really want to find out what your agendas are, so they can report you.

You must be baptised in the Holy Spirit

“Listen carefully to the instructions I am imparting to you. Prayer will be your greatest weapon and I will teach you how to pray – it will flow from within you without any effort, so strong will My grace be among you. Prayer will well up from inside and overtake you in moments of fear and danger, and you will be kept safely hidden, as well as have My Peace.

“Do be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Do pray in tongues. Do sing over people in tongues – you are speaking My language and I am praying through you, the perfect prayer. Do not allow anyone to discourage you from speaking in tongues – the devils will use self-conscious, insecure and poorly informed souls to try and stop you from using this powerful gift. Don’t let them. Now more than ever you need to pray in tongues. I will for some of you give the interpretation while you are praying which will inform you of what your true opposition is, be it man, beast – or even your own self.

“In the Tribulation there will be a great need for supernatural wisdom because so many different opponents will be coming against you. I will warn you of them if you make prayer your absolute priority. More than life itself, you need quality prayer time with Me. No one in your group can go without prayer. The ones who will not pray will be the weak links in your chain. They will betray you and make poor choices under pressure. Better that everyone stay in prayer and allow those who will not pray to go elsewhere – that is, once you have done everything in your power to bring them to Me and still they will not acknowledge or choose to live by My standards. Let them go, they will only bring trouble upon the other members of your group.

“Towards the end, when things get the most chaotic, you will need to cleave to Me with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding or devices. I will inspire you with the proper steps to take, even in your dreams I will come to you and instruct you. Understand that the closer you draw to the end of events, the more chaotic it will become and the shorter the time before your deliverance. Pray for strength, courage, wisdom, compassion and peace. It is by your faith that you will be saved, the flesh avails nothing. Everything depends upon faith and trust in Me alone.

“You will witness people breaking down completely and unable to cope any longer. They will retire inside of themselves where they feel safe. All you can do for these is pray and be compassionate. My grace will carry them. They will be among you as the sick and disabled. Do all in your power to tend to them, do not grow impatient with them or cast them away – they may be your saving grace. Because you took care of them, I will take care of you.

“However, If you must leave someone behind, give them a portion of food and water, pray for them that I will take over their care and commend them into My Merciful hands. Do not walk about in guilt – you did all you could and now it’s My turn. You will be tried to your uttermost limits and when you reach those limits turn to Me and say, ‘Lord, take over for me, I am at my end.’ And I will give you the strength to carry on. Remember that My power is made perfect in your weakness. This is My chance to show you just how much you mean to Me and who I truly am in you. Remember that in all situations I am with you and will not desert you. No matter what you face, I’ll be there with you.

“The only ones to escape will be those who follow Me without wavering. And yet there will be martyrdom for some. That will be a crown, not a punishment. For a while after the devastation hits there will be unprecedented conversions until the government can regroup and begin the regime of the Antichrist. Many have already been conscripted to his service in underground cities… Many have also been trained and readied for induction and it is just a matter of time before they swing into action… All are working together, networked into a massive conglomeration of nations under the strictest control of the Antichrist. As things become more organised and young adults enthusiastically offer their lives to the world government, things will become tighter and stricter and more difficult to slip through unnoticed. This is when the mark* will be instituted.

“The Jewish people will be the leading, number one force of evangelisation world-wide. They will be dedicated to bringing in the reign of Messiah upon earth. Neither family nor life will stop them in their zeal. Rather they will be on fire and infused with a special anointing to carry out My will.”

* See ‘The Mark of the Beast’ at the end.

Guidelines for Group Leaders

“Each person among you has a unique purpose. Try to discover that and nurture and honour it. Do not, under any circumstances, hinder a soul who is wanting to step forward and serve. Give them something to do, but do not deny them a job – that will seriously backfire on you. To feel needed, wanted and important is key to keeping the peace. When all work together synchronistically, all will feel satisfied. When things seem to be falling apart, pray against a spirit of Division. This will constantly be the enemy’s course of action.”

At this point Clare added, “I want to say also, Lying spirits are responsible for division. Lying spirits, Beguiling spirits, spirits of Division, Miscommunication, Twisting Communication – all of that is involved in that dynamic of division.”

Jesus continued, “Yes, this will constantly be the enemy’s course of action: divide and conquer, or set someone up for failure and conquer. Be ever so supportive when one of you fails. Come to their rescue with warmth, security and forgiveness. Reacting in anger will only empower the demons to cause dissent and dissatisfaction, which will gnaw away at the hearts of some until there is a strong current of mutiny and division. Never assume that something is good or a good opportunity. Always pray first and find out from Me if it is something you should do.

“Remember the story of the Trojan horse: everyone thought it was amazing booty from their enemy, but once they pulled it inside the citadel, its true intention became clear pas armed soldiers piled out and took the city by surprise. All in all, success can be had through this most difficult of times. But understand, I do not measure success by survival or prowess. My standard is Love, and to die for Me is gain. The focus must be on charity and virtue, trust and faith in My ability to provide. Without these pivotal attitudes, they will not succeed.

Supernatural provision will be made for your every need

“I will provide safe havens in the deserted areas, places with abundant water, natural caverns and sufficient food. Just as the angels provided manna in the desert, so will I release to all sufficient sustenance. Many stores of food will never run out. Medical supplies and healing will also be sustained supernaturally by Me. Many will come into a full-time healing ministry, tending to the sick and infirm, strengthening and giving comfort to those who have collapsed in fear, those on the edge of death, even some to be brought into the Kingdom in the last moments of their lives.

“I have some wonderful things planned for this horrendous time. Many a wall will come crashing down upon the enemy because of prayer. I will supernaturally and literally move Heaven and Earth to protect the holy ones. Some will be martyred, some will survive but all will be provided for. I will not abandon them to the will of their enemies.

“Yes, unsurpassed suffering will be witnessed but also unsurpassed glory and the triumph of faith. There will be many sent from Heaven as visitations to encourage and provide. My angels will be most solicitous for the welfare of the remnant I am shielding from the full force of My wrath.

“My protection can make you invisible. My protection can turn wild beasts away. My protection can save you from the ground giving way beneath you. My protection can provide water and food when there is none. I can do all things, and I will, for those whose agenda is to gather in souls to the Kingdom. Those who give and lead unselfishly, those who are honest and caring for others, these are the ones I will supernaturally protect and provide for.

“Many I will add to your numbers that need salvation. Their eternity is hanging in the balance and if you make their eternity your priority, I will cover you. Souls are going to be racked with confusion and fear, not knowing up from down, so severe will the trials be on the Earth. They will be so thoroughly disoriented that nothing can calm them down but a supernatural grace. A healing grace, laying hands on them and praying for My Peace to descend upon them.

“And for you who are called to heal, I live inside of you. Remember always, only two things are needed for a healing: a sick patient and a believing Christian. When that Christian calls upon Me to heal, whether it be out loud or quietly from the heart, I will reach through them and heal those who are sick. Nothing more is needed. Healing has become some sort of Miracle Cult, where people with the ‘gift’ are worshipped rather than what it truly is, the natural consequence of Me living inside of you and every other believer who has opened the door of their hearts to Me.

“Place your hand on the injured or suffering and imagine My hand moving from your heart, out through your hand and onto the soul. I will do the rest. All you have to believe is that I am and I live in you. This is all that is required for a complete healing of even the most dramatic sicknesses.

People will betray each other

“Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.” Mark 13:12, KJV.

Jesus said, “Many will betray each other and only discernment by My Holy Spirit will alert you to who cannot be trusted. If you judge by outward standards: what is said, what they look like, how they act; if you judge by normal human standards you will be fooled. You must rely on Me to detect weak souls or those sent to find you out.

“A word to the wise: children will betray parents, parents will betray children. You cannot rely on blood ties, human nature will fail you. There will be so much fear and betrayal that no one can be trusted unless I personally impart the witness to you: they are for real. As was done in one country, men with machine guns crashed through a church service and declared, ‘All of you who are Christians, line up against that wall. The rest of you are free to go.’ More than half the congregation left. Then the men put their guns down and said, ‘Good, now let’s have church!’ Yes, it will be very much like that, except out in the wilderness. Not in churches, which will be seized by the government and taken over for their own purposes.

“My people, even if they should bring you before the executioner for your faith in Me, be not afraid. In seconds, I will embrace you for eternity. Mercy will surround and anaesthetise you in those last moments. Supernatural peace will also engulf you as you are led forth to execution. I will be at your right hand and waiting for you to join Me in Eternity, where I have Joy Eternal planned for you, and you will forever be joined to Me.”

The Mark of the Beast

“And He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom, Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.” Revelation 13:16-18, KJV.

The mark of the beast is a mark that will be placed on a person’s forehead or right hand in the end times as a sign of allegiance to the Antichrist. People during the Tribulation will take the mark of the beast because of deception (Revelation 19:20) and coercion: no one will be allowed to engage in commerce without the mark (Revelation 13:16). Some form of worship of the Antichrist is associated with receiving the mark (see Revelation 14:9; 16:2) and those who refuse to worship the image of the beast will be killed (Revelation 13:15).

The question arises as to whether a person who has received the mark of the beast can be forgiven. The answer is ‘No.’ Revelation 14:10-11, describing the fate of someone who takes the mark of the beast, declares, “He also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshippers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

The eternal destiny of those who take the mark of the beast is the Lake of Fire. Why is taking the mark a damnable sin against God? Taking the mark of the beast is a blasphemous act of wilful defiance against God. Receiving the mark of the beast is essentially worshipping Satan. Those who take the mark have made the choice to serve Satan rather than obey God and receive Christ as Saviour. When people make that decision during the Tribulation, God will grant their request to be eternally separated from Him.

It is the RFID microchip that John described in the Book of Revelation. The reference to it being impossible to buy or sell anything without it, makes that unquestionable. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are inserted under the skin between the thumb and forefinger using a syringe. The technology is already in use in Europe and in the US. Personal medical data, banking data, National Insurance Number and much more will be stored on the chip. There is no doubt that it could be extremely useful and companies that are doing the chipping say that it’s the future, and that it’s all about convenience.

They state that the chips will not have GPS tracking. However, this type of technology could eventually be used by governments to abuse people’s rights. It is known that it will become mandatory worldwide around the middle of the seven year Tribulation. Secular people as well as Christians are expressing serious concern about privacy issues, such as Who owns where you go? Who owns what you do? Who owns what you buy? Does the person who has taken the microchip own the data? Legal issues are now being raised.

However, for every Christian it is paramount not to be chipped. It has been said that the microchip changes the DNA of those who have it in such a way that they are no longer able to believe in the existence of God. If this is so, it reinforces the fact that it is absolutely vital to refuse it and to choose martyrdom rather than the unending torments of the Lake of Fire. Jesus gives heartwarming reassurance (above) for those who will be called to lay down their lives for Him.

Jesus said in conclusion, “I bless you now with the peace that passes all understanding, courage and endurance. Run the race to the finish line. And remember, that in all situations I am with you and will not desert you. No matter what you face, I’ll be there with you.”

Note from So Greatly Loved

This post consists for the most part of four messages given by Jesus to Clare, one of His proven prophets, which she posted on YouTube in 2015 and 2016. Several years ago Jesus gave Clare the mandate to prepare the Body of Christ for the Rapture. She carefully types every word He speaks to her and reads it on video. These timely messages need to be made available to a wider public, and this time Jesus led me to share these particular messages instead of writing entirely my own words.

My personal testimony how I ‘happened’ to come across the Still Small Voice channel in 2015, and how it totally transformed my walk with Jesus, is in an earlier blog post of mine, entitled ‘Going Deeper in the Heart of Jesus.’ Included in this are excerpts from some of Jesus’ messages to Clare, and lists of useful links to videos on the Rapture, and many other important topics. In another post, ‘Get Ready for Your Journey‘ you will find the teaching of Jesus liberating and wonderfully helpful in preparing for the soon return of our Beloved Bridegroom. It does a lot for me.

Satanists trained to pull down anointed channels have been assigned to the Still Small Voice channel. To the glory of God they are being born again through the very teachings that their evil master sent them to discredit!

Still Small Voice is a registered charity and mission which does immense good in many practical ways in the Third World. They are helping sex-trafficked children, and do other greatly needed good works. I am privileged to be one of their prayer warriors. I regularly share shorter excerpts from Jesus’ messages to Clare on my Facebook Page.

Ways in which We Can Avoid Loss of Reward at the Judgment Seat of Christ

God is full of mercy and His judgment is always just since, unlike our brothers and sisters and everyone else, God looks at our hearts and does not judge by the outward appearance. There is considerable encouragement for us all here. It filled me with tremendous joy when I realised that our Heavenly Father not only sees the deep yearning of our hearts to be like Jesus, but He also imputes as righteousness our intense longing to be holy. What a relief this is! Let us bear in mind the reality of this as we delve deeper into what the Word says about suffering loss when the ‘wood, hay and straw’ in our lives will be consumed by fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ, just prior to the Bride’s marriage to Jesus and the Marriage Supper.

The Bible makes it clear exactly what the Lord will award crowns for in Heaven. To recap:

These crowns will be bestowed

The Incorruptible Crown (1 Corinthians 9:25). This is a special crown given for faithfulness in running the race and exercising self-control in order to serve the Lord and finish the race.

The Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19; Philippians 4:1). This crown is a reward given for witnessing, follow-up, and ministry to others.

The Crown of Life (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). This crown is given for enduring testings (trials) and overcoming temptation.

The Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8). This crown is a reward given for our faithfulness in using our gifts and opportunities in the service of the Lord, and for loving His appearing. Note that these two things go together; to love His appearing is to live in the light of it.

The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4). This crown is a reward promised to Pastors and Elders for faithfulness in the discharge of their responsibilities in shepherding their flock.

Further reward: our mansions in Heaven

Not only will each one of us be rewarded with a crown (or crowns) but, in addition, part of our reward will be the size, specification and grandeur of our personal dwelling place in Heaven. We can be certain that the Lord, Who knows us all so much better than we know ourselves, will bear in mind our individual taste in style, furnishings, colour and location of our new home. He knows whether we would like a stream or fountain in our garden, and if we would love to have a magnificent view of spectacular mountain peaks, or even the crystal sea. Jesus and our Heavenly Father are busy preparing all these things for us. Jesus told His Apostles in His final discourse, in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, that He was going to prepare a mansion for each one. See John 14:1-3.

How to minimise loss of reward

Living the lifestyle of the Beatitudes

3. Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [THOSE DEVOID OF SPIRITUAL ARROGANCE, THOSE WHO REGARD THEMSELVES AS INSIGNIFICANT], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

4.Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are THOSE WHO MOURN [OVER THEIR SINS AND REPENT], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

5. Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are THE GENTLE, [THE KIND-HEARTED, THE SWEET-SPIRITED, THE SELF- CONTROLLED], for they will inherit the earth.

6. Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, [THOSE WHO ACTIVELY SEEK RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

7. Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are THE MERCIFUL, for they will receive mercy.

8. Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart, THOSE WITH INTEGRITY, MORAL COURAGE, AND GODLY CHARACTER], for they will see God.

9. Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favour] are THE MAKERS AND MAINTAINERS OF PEACE, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.

10. Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR DOING THAT WHICH IS MORALLY RIGHT, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

11. Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you WHEN PEOPLE INSULT YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU, AND FALSELY SAY ALL KINDS OF EVIL THINGS AGAINST YOU BECAUSE OF [YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH] ME.

12. Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12, AMP.

Note: The capitals are mine, to emphasise the qualities in our lives that will be rewarded in Heaven.

The teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount is extremely important, and it is with these words that Jesus began His significant discourse. If we are endeavouring to make this our lifestyle, our reward in Heaven will be great. The Beatitudes are a big key.

Further keys to minimising loss of reward

It is grievous to God if we ourselves take any credit for the work He is doing through us. This applies to fruit that we may bear, by His grace, in our ministry for the Lord, and also for success we may achieve as we develop the gifting and talents we have received from Him. God has said, “I will not give my glory to another” Isaiah 48:10, KJV. If we do not carefully observe this Scripture we will suffer loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Testimony: Giving glory to God in India

Many years ago, when my husband and I were working as missionaries for Jesus in India, we were asked one Sunday morning to pray for an elderly disabled lady. This poor soul was suffering horrendously because she could do nothing at all for herself. She was unable to use her very painful, badly deformed hands in any way whatsoever. She could not dress herself, or hold anything at all, and had to be spoon fed by her family. She could only sit, walk or lie down, nothing else. She was totally dependent on her long-suffering family.

We prayed for this dear lady, asking Jesus to heal her in His mercy. The Lord moved powerfully that Sunday and we watched as this lady’s deformed, misshapen hands gently became normal before our very eyes. Overcome with joy, she threw herself on the floor and began to kiss our feet. Horrified by this reaction, I said to the pastor whom we were helping, “Quick! Tell her to get up! We did nothing ourselves — please explain that it was Jesus Who healed her!” The lady got to her feet, beside herself with joy. If she had not stood up immediately we would have knelt on the floor with her. It is paramount to give all the glory to the Lord.

My husband and I had done nothing extraordinary; exactly the same thing would have happened to you if you had been in our shoes, and leaning heavily upon the Lord as we were. We had merely asked Jesus to heal this poor little old lady, expecting Him to do so. I learned very early in my Christian life that childlike faith works. To me it is as simple as this: just as a little child knows that Daddy will do what he has promised to do, and will even tell anyone who will listen, “Daddy’s going to give me …” or “Daddy’s going to take me to …” Little children know for certain that Daddy will never let them down. Likewise, as Christians, we know that Abba, our Heavenly Father, will keep every one of the promises in His Word. He always responds to faith. Jesus said to the two blind men, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). To His disciples Jesus said, “all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22).

A judgmental attitude inevitably causes loss of reward

We must be extremely careful with our words. King Solomon succinctly wrote, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” Proverbs 18:21, KJV. Whenever we point a judgmental finger at a brother or sister in Jesus, we are hurting our Lord. We are one Body in the Lord, and Jesus is living inside each one of us, so when we judge a fellow believer it is as though we are judging the Lord; this is grievous to Him. Judging others will inevitably cause loss of reward.

Let us endeavour to shut down conversations that aim to tear others down; this includes disciplining ourselves not to gossip. So often we can find ourselves justifying what we are saying about others by calling it ‘an update’!

What are we thinking in our heart?

Our thought life can cause far more damage to others, and to ourselves, than we realise. Thoughts become words and thoughts also become actions. Solomon wrote “As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7, KJV. What we think about (i.e. our thought life) determines the kind of people we will become.

A W Tozer said, “What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you will talk about Him.”

If we made the effort to train our minds to think only about beautiful things we would soon be speaking much more like Jesus. And we have already seen that our thoughts can become our actions (just as what we are thinking becomes the words we speak). So if we changed our way of thinking, we would eventually find ourselves doing what Jesus Himself would do, as well as speaking more like Him.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be “transformed by the renewing of [our] mind.” This means that we can literally change the way we think and, by the grace of God, will no longer be “conformed to this world” as Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:2.

The counsel that Paul gave in Philippians 4:8 (below) is nothing less than life-changing. This is the very thought life of Jesus!

Living the crucified life

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20, KJV.

How ‘dead to yourself’ are you?

I remember very well how this came to be written in the late 1980s. My husband and children were soundly asleep, and I was lying prostrate on the floor in the middle of the night having a lovely time with the Lord. I had a notebook and pen beside me on the floor, ready to write what the Lord said. He began talking about being ‘dead to myself.’  I jotted down what He said and, as it meant so much to me to get it all down correctly, I asked Him to repeat it all and He did. This still challenges me enormously and I see here the significance to our present theme.

How ‘dead to yourself’ are you?

To be dead to self means to be on the Cross with Jesus, doing nothing to retaliate when people mock you, hurt you, criticise and judge you unfairly.

It means to pray for them, bless them and show only love for them, thinking not at all of yourself and the hurts they may be causing you so undeservedly.

It means not to want to be right, not to justify yourself, nor even to think about yourself and your situation.

It means not to talk about yourself, and not to seek attention.

It means there is no more self – it is dead: buried with Christ in His death.

How ‘dead’ are you?

Do you still smart when others are unkind and overlook you?

Do you still long to be noticed, to be appreciated, to be thought well of?

Jesus made Himself nothing for you; He made Himself of no reputation. He stooped far lower for you than you will ever be called to do, and in the midst of His agony His only thoughts were of love for His enemies.

How ‘dead’ are you?

Does it still matter to you to have your own way, to have things go well for you?

Does it still matter to you to hear your name mentioned in praise?

Can you joyfully let your will, even your deepest desires, be utterly crucified on His Cross?

Can you say, and mean, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me?”

Only through death comes life. Are you willing to be that grain of wheat which falls into the ground and dies? If it does not die it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.

Are you willing? Are you willing to be made willing?

More guidelines to minimising loss of reward

#. Are we living holy lives?

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24

#. Are we availing ourselves of the grace of God?

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 9:12 “Ye have not because ye ask not.” James 4:2

#. Do we obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit instantly?

“Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” John 2:5

#. Are we careful about the words we speak?

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue ” Proverbs 18:21

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36

#. Do we do everything without complaining?

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14-15

#. Are we obeying the teachings of the Bible?

“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

#. Are we using the talents and gifts we have been given?

See the Parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30

#. Are we covetous: always wanting to upgrade to bigger and better things?

“Let your conversation [way of life] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

#. Are we building up a large bank account, though Jesus told us to give freely to the poor and needy?

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-20. See also how Jesus commended the poor widow who gave all that she had. (Mark 12:41-44).

#. Have we abandoned our First Love?

After commending the church at Ephesus for their many good deeds, Jesus said, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come into thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:4-5

#. Are we seeking the approval of men or of God?

Jesus said, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26

#. Is Jesus really our life?

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

#. Are we distancing ourselves from the ways of the world?

“I will set no evil thing before mine eyes.” Psalm 101:3

Have we realised yet that entertainment is the devil’s counterfeit for joy? The Bible states that “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

The heart of man readily idolises high achievers: great sportsmen, film stars, singers etc. In fact, we frequently hear the term ‘pop idol.’ This should make us think – but does it? However, if we are struggling here, abundant grace is always freely available to us if we humble ourselves and ask Jesus to help us.

The worldly church

These are many Christians who are living for themselves and not for the Lord. They are following whatever is socially acceptable nowadays, using the false reasoning that “everyone is doing it.” They may attend church when it suits them but they rarely pray, unless desperate. These Christians cannot be raptured because they are not like Jesus; and He is returning for a Bride who resembles Him.

The fierce purging of the Tribulation years should bring them to Heaven eventually, shining like gold, if they remain faithful. However, if they persist in living with a partner to whom they are not married, their eternal destination will be Hell. Apostle Paul makes this absolutely clear when writing to several of the churches on the acts of the sinful nature (KJV: works of the flesh).

Most Christians know it is the will of God for us to be holy, and some can even quote 1Thessalonians 3:4. But how many know what the whole of the verse says? “This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you abstain from fornication.Fornication is sex outside of marriage (living with a partner to whom you are not married).

The Bible states that this will inevitably lead to the unending torments of Hell. In fact, every one of the many sexual deviations leads to Hell [See below]. People refer to their lifestyle as ‘freedom’ but in fact it is the very opposite! Sin does not make us free, it enslaves us. When we are entrapped by sin, we are crucifying Jesus over and over again as we love the very sins for which He suffered unutterable agony on the Cross to save the world.

The heart of Jesus is breaking over His children who are living in sexual immorality. He longs for every one to enjoy the bliss and the tremendous fun He has prepared for us all in Heaven.

Let us bear in mind these words of Jesus: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat… Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 7:13-21

This brings us straight back to 1 Thessalonians: “This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication1 Thessalonians 3:4

Paul also wrote on this subject to the Galatian church: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…. they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

And to the Corinthian church Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders… shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9, NIV

The Bible could not possibly be clearer on these sins, and the ultimate destination to which they lead.


Note from So Greatly Loved

Writing this post has been a huge challenge to me. I have not written from this perspective before. For my own benefit, I shall probably have to refer back again and again to the words written here. I have had to lean very heavily on Jesus for help in writing this. May He have mercy on us all and grant us much more grace.

Further help will be found in previous posts. ‘Jesus, dress me now in the Armour of God’ throws light on how to protect ourselves from the onslaughts of the enemy. I pray this beautiful prayer every morning. It was written by a fellow prayer warrior of mine and shared with her permission.

‘Childlike Faith Works’ has two personal testimonies of mine which illustrate the effectiveness and simplicity of believing like a little child.

In ‘Going Deeper’ I previously shared ‘How dead to yourself are you?’ and also a heart-cry to the Holy Spirit to work more deeply in my life (‘Spirit of Burning, Come’). Both were written in 1989 and continue to be an enormous challenge to me.

A final word of encouragement:


Scripture quotations marked TPT are from The Passion Translation New Testament with Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs, translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic texts by Dr Brian Simmons. Copyright 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked AMP are from The Amplified Bible copyright 1954 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

“Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself. She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white – for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people). Then [the angel] said to me, Write this down: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me [further], These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God” Revelation 19: 7-9, AMP.

Who will be present?

It is the Bride of Christ who will be at the Marriage Supper – those whom Jesus catches up to Heaven in the Rapture. At the present time the church is promised to Christ as a bride; she is engaged to Jesus. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “You need to know that God’s passion is burning inside me for you, because, like a loving father, I have pledged your hand in marriage to Christ, your true bridegroom. I’ve also promised that I would present his fiancée to him as a pure virgin bride” 2 Corinthians 11: 2, TPT.

The Bride will consist of the ‘dead in Christ’ and those caught up together with them to meet Jesus in the air when He comes at the Rapture. The Bride is made up of those who have given their life to Jesus and lived for Him, not for themselves, during the Church Age, from Pentecost until the Rapture.

Righteousness identifies the Bride

The key to identifying the Bride is found in her clothing – ‘fine linen’ (Revelation 19) which represents ‘the righteous acts of the saints.’ Additional scriptures add to our understanding of this important point.

Discussing the responsibilities of husbands and wives in his letter to the Ephesian church, Apostle Paul likened this human relationship to the beautiful spiritual relationship between Jesus and the church. The relationship between Christ and His church will be based on righteousness. With this spiritual relationship in mind, Paul wrote:

“… the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 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. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5: 23-29, KJV.

Jesus addresses His Bride

We, the church, are already engaged to Jesus as Paul stated. The Lord Jesus told His Apostles in John 14: 1-3 (using the very words the typical Eastern bridegroom would have spoken) that He was going away to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house (Heaven) and that He would come again to receive them to Himself so that they might be together with Him forever. As I know a little about arranged marriage customs from my previous missionary work in India, where a bridegroom would literally build a spacious, well-designed extension to his father’s house where he and his bride would live together when everything was ready, it is clear to me that the Apostles would have been speechless with astonishment to hear Jesus speaking to them in such terms. Here He was addressing men in exactly the same beautiful, traditional marriage phraseology that an Eastern bridegroom uses as he declares his love to his fiancée at the betrothal. Jesus spoke these endearingly tender words during His long final discourse to His beloved Apostles in the Upper Room in Jerusalem where they were celebrating the Passover together on the evening before He was crucified.

The Bride must live a holy life

Jesus will return for a holy Bride, who resembles Himself. Strong emphasis on being righteous is a consistent theme throughout the Bible. Through Moses, God told the ancient Israelites: “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” Leviticus 19:2, KJV.

Speaking of those who would be in the Kingdom of God, Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [practise lawlessness], Matthew 7:21-23. KJV.

The Apostles taught the same message. Peter wrote to the brethren, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” [referring here to our conduct]. 1 Peter 1:15, KJV.

The Bride of Christ, the church, will consist of people who, upon receiving God’s grace: the unmerited pardon for their sins through repentance and, having been baptised will, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, live righteous lives.

Who selects the Bride?

In our modern world, most men and women choose whom they will marry. In years gone by, parents often selected their children’s bride or bridegroom. In the Old Testament many marriages were arranged by the parents. An outstandingly beautiful example of an arranged marriage is that of Abraham sending his servant to pick a wife for his son Isaac (See Genesis 24:1-4).

In the case of the marriage of the Lamb, it is God the Father who chooses the Bride for His Son. Jesus made this very clear to His disciples when He said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” John 6:44. Emphasising this point further, Jesus said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to me unless it has been granted to him by my Father” John 6: 65, KJV.

Are we storing up treasures in Heaven?

Jesus said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6: 20). He linked this command to the desire of our hearts: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21; see also verses 10–20).

We are to treasure the Lord Jesus most of all. When Jesus Himself is our treasure, we will commit our resources – our money, our time, our talents – to His work in this world, rather than using them solely for our own personal benefit. The Bible teaches that the Lord views as extremely important our motivation for everything that we do. In the days of the Roman Empire there were many Christians in the churches who were slaves: men and women who worked for a living as servants to the wealthy. In his letter to the Colossians Paul specifically addresses them, explaining that God has an eternal reward for those who are motivated to serve Christ first and foremost:

Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, “Let every employee listen well and follow the instructions of their employer, not just when their employers are watching, and not in pretense, but faithful in all things. For we are to live our lives with pure hearts in the constant awe and wonder of our Lord God. Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others. For we know that we will receive a reward, an inheritance from the Lord, as we serve the Lord Yahweh, the Anointed One! A disciple will be repaid for what he has learned and followed, for God pays no attention to the titles or prestige of men” Colossians 3:22-24, TPT.

When we live sacrificially for Jesus’ sake, serving the body of Christ, we are storing up treasures for ourselves in heaven. Even seemingly small acts of service do not go unnoticed by God for Jesus said, “Whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of my humble disciples, I promise you, he will not go unrewarded” Matthew 10:42, TPT.

Some Christians with more noticeable gifts such as singing, or playing a musical instrument, writing or painting, might be tempted to use their gift for their own glory.

Those who use their gifts coveting the praise of men rather than seeking God’s glory, receive their ‘payment’ in full here and now. The applause of men was the extent of the Pharisees’ reward (Matthew 6:16). Why should we work for the applause of men when we can have so much greater reward in heaven?

The Lord will always faithfully reward us for the service we give to Him. The writer to the Hebrews states, “For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name” Hebrews 6:10, TPT.

Our ministries may differ, but we are serving the same Lord. Apostle Paul wrote, “Now, the one who plants and the one who waters are equally important and on the same team, but each will be rewarded for his own work” 1 Corinthians 3:8, TPT.

In Matthew 19: 16-30 we read that the rich young man loved his money more than he loved God. The issue wasn’t that the young man was rich, but that he ‘treasured’ his riches and did not ‘treasure’ what he could have in Christ. Jesus told the man to sell his possessions and give to the poor, “and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (verse 21). The young man went away from Jesus sad, because he was very rich. He chose this world’s treasure and so did not lay up any treasure in heaven. He was unwilling to make Jesus his treasure. The young man was very religious and Jesus exposed his heart of greed.

We are warned in the Bible not to lose our full reward by following after false teachers. Apostle John wrote, “Numerous deceivers have surfaced from among us and gone out into the world, people who will not acknowledge Jesus Christ coming as a man. These deceivers are antichrists! Be on your guard so that you do not lose all that we have diligently worked for but receive a full reward” 1 John 1:7-8, TPT.

This is why it is so important to be in God’s Word daily. In that way we can recognise false teaching when we hear it. Paul urges Timothy, “Always be eager to present yourself before God as a perfect and mature minister, without shame, as one who correctly explains the Word of Truth” 2 Timothy 2:15, TPT.

The treasures that await the child of God will far outweigh any trouble, inconvenience, or persecution we may be called upon to face (Romans 8: 18). We can serve the Lord with all our heart knowing that God is the One who is keeping a record of our life, and His reward for us will be abundantly gracious.

Rewards in Heaven

Experiencing Jesus, His glory, and the joys of Heaven will be so wonderful, it’s hard to understand why extra rewards would be needed. Since our faith rests in Christ’s righteousness and not our own (Romans 3: 21-26), it seems strange that our works would merit reward.

God will give rewards to us in Heaven for many different reasons. He will reward our faithfulness in service according to His calling on our lives. The rewards will show the reality of our sonship (Galatians 4:7). God will give rewards in heaven in order to fulfil the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7-9). Our Heavenly Father will make good on His promise that “our labour in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15: 58).

Jesus will share His own reward with us

One reason for the rewards in heaven is the fact that Jesus actually shares His own reward with us. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” Galatians 2:20, KJV.

Our lives are “hidden” with Christ, who is seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3: 1-4). We die with Jesus and we live with Him (Romans 6:8). The Word makes it clear that we will also share in His joy: in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30, KJV) the Master says, in verse 21, to the servant who had faithfully used all the talents he was given, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

Our lives are inextricably linked with the life of Jesus. The reward He receives will be shared with all of us: “If we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” Romans 8:17, KJV.

The rewards we gain in heaven are not like the rewards we earn here on earth. We tend to think in material terms – jewels, wealth etc. But these things are only representations of the true rewards we will gain in heaven. A child who wins a school prize treasures the trophy he receives not for the sake of the trophy itself but for what that trophy means. Likewise, any rewards or honour we gain in heaven will be precious to us because they carry the weight and meaning of our relationship with God—and because they remind us of what He did through us on earth.

In this way, rewards in heaven glorify God and provide us with joy, peace, and wonder as we consider God’s work in us and through us. The closer we were to God during our life on the earth, the more centred on Him and aware of Him, the more dependent on Him, the more desperate for His mercy, the more we will have to celebrate in Heaven. Rewards in heaven are the completion of our earthly story, and those rewards will be eternally satisfying.

Crowns that will be awarded in Heaven

#. Stephanos. This was the victor’s crown, the wreath given to the victorious athlete before the judge at the Bema. It is the word used of the crowns promised to believers for faithfulness in the Christian life.

#. Diadem is the word used for the royal crown, the crown of a king. To emphasise that Jesus is King of kings, this word is also used of the many diadems the Lord will wear at His return, and is mentioned in Revelation 19:12. The principle here is that our Lord Jesus is the victor, and our victory is really His victory which is appropriated by faith. Crowns are given as rewards for faithfulness to appropriate God’s grace and Christ’s victory in the Christian life. They remind us of our responsibility to abide in the vine.

#. The Incorruptible Crown (1 Corinthians 9:25). This title describes all the crowns. It contrasts our crowns with the temporal and temporary treasure of this life. It is also a special crown given for faithfulness in running the race and exercising self-control in order to serve the Lord and finish the race.

#. The Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19 and Philippians 4:1). This crown is a reward given for witnessing, follow-up, and ministry to others. In one sense, the Thessalonians will be Paul’s crown, and the effect at the Bema (Judgment Seat of Christ) throughout eternity will be rejoicing or exultation over their presence in heaven. Paul may also have in mind a personal crown or reward that he will receive because of them.

#. The Crown of Life (James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10). This crown is given for enduring testings (trials) and temptation. The crown is not eternal life, which is a gift through faith in Christ alone (John 4:10, Romans 3:24; 5:15-17; 6:23, and Ephesians 2:8), but a reward for enduring trials and overcoming temptation.

#. The Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8). This crown is a reward given for faithfulness to use our gifts and opportunities in the service of the Lord and for loving His appearing. Note that these two things go together. To love His appearing is to live in the light of it.

#. The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4). This crown is a reward promised to Pastors and Elders for faithfulness in the discharge of their responsibilities in shepherding the people.

Since Jesus Christ alone is worthy, and because we can only be fruitful when we abide in Him allowing His life to fill our life, we will all cast our crowns before Him in recognition that everything of any worth that we have done was done by His grace.

We will cast our crowns before the feet of Jesus

In Revelation we see the vision that Jesus gave John of the scene in heaven where “the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.’” Revelation 4: 10-11, KJV.

Jesus promised various rewards for those who faithfully serve Him on earth. These may be the crowns that John saw the elders lay at the feet of Jesus. In their worship, they indicate that, despite what they may have done on earth to earn these crowns, only Jesus is truly worthy of glory and honour. In the presence of the Lord Jesus Himself, all good deeds we have done will pale in comparison. A crown will seem an infinitesimal gift to present to the One who gave His life for us.

The elders’ response is most likely to be the way we will all respond when we receive our reward from Jesus. We will be so overcome with gratitude because of what He has done for us that our worship will be spontaneous. Regardless of what we have endured on earth our priceless crown will seem a trivial offering indeed, but it will be the best gift we can give Him. Although the Scriptures do not state this, it is likely that we will follow the example of the twenty-four elders in casting our crowns at Jesus’ feet.

How will the Bride be made ready for marriage?

As we noted previously, the Bride will be made ready for her marriage to Jesus at the Bema: the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven. She will be handsomely rewarded for everything in her life that has pleased God by bearing fruit for the Kingdom. However, at the Bema every failure to bear fruit in her life on earth, every single oversight, her lack of awareness of how she could be a blessing to poor people in dire need when she had more than enough for herself, her lack of awareness of the calling of God on her life – or maybe even her downright refusal to leave her comfort zone for the sake of the gospel… all these issues come under the heading of Wood, Hay and Stubble and will be consumed by fire (see 1 Corinthians 3).

The Bride will realise to her shame how much eternal reward she has forfeited by not asking for the grace of God so freely offered her, and always more than sufficient for her needs. She will learn where she has failed to be a ‘doer of the Word.’ All our work that was not done out of love for Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit, will be consumed by fire as wood, hay and stubble on that day. The Bride will now be totally perfected: “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing… holy and without blemish” Ephesians 5: 27, KJV. She will emerge pure and radiant after this purging, which awaits every one of us at the Judgment Seat. She will cast her crown(s) at the feet of Jesus lost in love, wonder and adoration of her glorious Lord.

Jesus will escort His Bride, now perfected, into the Marriage Supper – a splendid banquet indeed! I believe that Jesus Himself, together with the Angels, will wait upon His Bride in love. Then will we forever be with the Lord.

Note from So Greatly Loved

In my next article, unless the Lord leads otherwise, it is my intention to write more fully on how some of us may be forfeiting eternal rewards unawares. I am finding writing this series really challenging, and I pray that it will be a blessing to you, as it is to me.

Scripture quotations marked TPT are from The Passion Translation New Testament with Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs, translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic texts by Dr Brian Simmons. Copyright 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked AMP are from The Amplified Bible copyright 1954 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

After Jesus returns for us, what happens next?

We have noted previously that the Rapture will mark the end of the Church Age (the Age of Grace) which began when Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after he had been crucified for the sins of the entire world on Mount Calvary in Jerusalem.

When Jesus returns in the clouds for those who are ready for His coming, graves all around the world will suddenly burst open and, to the astonishment and unutterable terror of onlookers, Christians who had lived their lives for Jesus, and had died during the centuries of the Church Age, will spontaneously be propelled upwards out of their graves and be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Then we who are still alive, and ready for and expectantly awaiting the return of our Lord, will be caught up together with them to meet Jesus in the air. We will instantly find ourselves in Heaven, and then we will forever be with the Lord. See 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17

Our first experience in Heaven: the Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ has been much misunderstood by the Church. It is not a place where the Lord will punish people for their sins. That would be inconsistent with the finished work of Christ on the cross where He totally paid the penalty for our sins. It is rather a place for the giving of rewards, or the loss of rewards, according to how each one of us has lived his or her life for the Lord. It is about how much fruit the Holy Spirit has been ‘allowed’ to produce in our lives, and whether we failed to receive His freely offered grace and therefore limited His work in our lives.

Jesus said, “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, and will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.” John 5: 24, AMP.

The Judgment Seat of Christ is more for the bestowing of rewards than for the rejection of failure.

God graciously provides the means by which all believers may serve Him. The Apostle Paul wrote, “[… Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in You the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.”Philippians 2: 13, AMP.

We are free to decide whether or not to serve the Lord, and how far we are willing to be committed in His service. God rewards our diligence. Paul said about himself, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15: 10, KJV

It is significant that among the final words of the Book of Revelation, at the very end of the Bible, are these words of Jesus: “Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be” Revelation 22: 12, KJV

The ‘Bema’: the Judgment Seat of Christ

Paul’s use of the words ‘Judgment Seat’ (Greek bema) in his letters, is in keeping with its original use among the Greeks in their athletic contests. In the games, contestants would compete for the prize under the careful scrutiny of judges who would make sure that every rule of the contest was obeyed. Paul wrote, “And if anyone enters competitive games, he is not crowned unless he competes lawfully (fairly, according to the rules laid down) 2 Timothy 2: 5, AMP.

The victor of an event, if he had participated according to the rules, would be led by the judge to the bema (platform) where the laurel wreath was placed upon his head as a symbol of victory.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about the importance of having a disciplined lifestyle, “Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise or box like one throwing aimless punches, but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27, TPT.

A summary of the Order of Events

The Judgment Seat of Christ, the bestowing of rewards, will be held immediately after we have been caught up to meet Jesus in the air.

#. The Rapture, which includes the instant glorification of our bodies as we are caught up to meet the Lord. Paul wrote, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…” See 1 Corinthians 15: 51ff, KJV

Jesus said, “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14: 13-14, KJV

#. The examination at the Judgment Seat of the fruit each one has borne in his or her life, and whether for God, or for themselves.

#. The bestowing of rewards for good fruit, borne for the Kingdom of God.

#. Serious loss of reward for believers who failed to avail themselves of the grace of God. It will be an encouragement to you if you can find time to look up the references to the Crowns and Privileges we may be eligible to receive, in the beautiful chart below:

What exactly is Jesus going to reward us for?

In his first letter to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul wrote a call to spiritual maturity to believers there who were “still dominated by the mind-set of the flesh… immature infants in Christ.. acting like people without the Spirit’s influence.” Apparently, the Corinthian Christians were quarrelsome, favouring one leader above another, taking up sides, jealous and self-centred. Paul states that it is Jesus Christ who is the foundation of our lives, and all must be careful how they build on that foundation. He goes on to explain that, “the quality of materials used by anyone building on this foundation will soon be made apparent, whether it has been built with gold, silver and costly stones, or wood, hay, and straw. Their work will soon become evident, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by blazing fire! And the fire will test and prove the workmanship of each builder. If his work is consumed by the fire, he will suffer great loss. Yet he himself will barely escape destruction, like one being rescued out of a burning house” See 1 Corinthians 3, particularly verses 11-15, TPT. This Scripture throws much light on how the Judgment Seat of Christ will operate.

What will be the basis for the judgment of Christians?

Doctrine: How we put into practice the teachings of the Scriptures:

This Scripture is the key: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” James 1: 22, KJV

How we have been treating each other:

We will be judged according to how we react: whether we react to people according to our new nature, or in the flesh.

“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”Romans14: 10, KJV.

Our worldly traits and attitudes:

These are made unmistakably clear in the Amplified Bible: Paul wrote, “Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory. So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).” Colossians 3: 2-5.

Paul further urged the church to put right all that was wrong in their lives: “But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices” Colossians 3: 8-9.

Later in the chapter, the Apostle wrote on the qualities that will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ, “… tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]” Colossians 3: 12-14

We will be judged according to our faithfulness to our calling:

Have we done what God asked us to do for Him? Have we fulfilled everything?

The Purpose of the Judgment Seat: to perfect the Bride

At the Judgment Seat of Christ the Bride will be totally perfected: “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” Ephesians 5: 27, KJV

Are we ready for our Bridegroom’s return?

In the light of the Scriptures quoted in this article, let us pray earnestly for grace to be ready for the return of our Beloved. May we find grace to move in obedience on everything the Holy Spirit is endeavouring to draw attention to in our lives. He is always there for us, pointing us to Jesus, showing us what Jesus would do… how Jesus would react in any given situation. The Holy Spirit is simply yearning to help us. He wants to reveal further to us what the will of God is for our lives. He is our beloved Comforter, our Strengthener, the One called alongside to help us. There is always so much more that we could be doing together with the Holy Spirit for the Kingdom of God – so very much more!

There could be many things that we have been missing. All of God’s children have the call of God on our lives. Are we fulfilling our calling, by His grace? Are we even aware of what our calling is? Do we know what our loving Heavenly Father has planned in love for us to be doing for Him? He will show us if we ask Him. Paul wrote, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2: 10, KJV.

Let us earnestly seek His face while there is still time. We understand what season we are living in, and that the Age of Grace (the Church Age) could end soon. The indications are that Jesus could return for us at any time. There is so much in the Bible about the importance of watching for His coming. Jesus will return soon for a Bride who is looking for Him, expecting Him, with oil in her lamp… Jesus is coming for a Bride who is READY!

Note from So Greatly Loved

The resurrection of Old Testament saints and their reward, will occur after the seven year Tribulation period. This is after Church Age believers in Heaven, having received their rewards, will return with the Lord to judge the earth. Compare Revelation 19:8 with Daniel 12: 1-2

Scripture quotations marked TPT are from The Passion Translation New Testament with Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs, translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic texts by Dr Brian Simmons. Copyright 2017 by BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked AMP are from The Amplified Bible copyright 1954 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved. Used by permission.