What Is The Judgment Seat Of Christ Or Bema Seat of Christ?
Many believers are getting ready for the glorious rapture but they are not aware that they will give account of their service for Jesus Christ while on earth. The essence of this inspiring post is to prepare you for what to expect at the Heavenly “Bema” or Judgment Seat Of Christ after the glorious rapture. All raptured saints will get the crown of righteousness from Jesus Christ because they are perpetually ready for His glorious appearance in the sky. They are dedicated rapture watchers. The crown of righteousness will be the reward for perpetual watchfulness.
Romans 14:10-12 says, “For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat…so then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Second Corinthians 5:10 tells us, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” In the context, it is clear that both scriptures are referring to Christians, not unbelievers. The judgment seat of Christ, therefore, involves believers giving an account of their lives to Christ. The judgment seat of Christ does not determine salvation; that was determined by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf (1 John 2:2) and our faith in Him (John 3:16). All of our sins are forgiven, and we will never be condemned for them (Romans 8:1). We should not look at the judgment seat of Christ as God judging our sins, but rather as Jesus Christ rewarding us for our lives. Yes, as the Bible says, we will have to give an account of ourselves. This is going to be the primary focus of the judgment seat of Christ.
At the judgment seat of Christ, believers are rewarded based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). Some of the things we might be judged on are how well we obeyed the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), how victorious we were over sin (Romans 6:1-4), and how well we controlled our tongues (James 3:1-9). The Bible speaks of believers receiving crowns for different things based on how faithfully they served Christ (1 Corinthians 9:4-27; 2 Timothy 2:5). The various crowns are described in 2 Timothy 2:5, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, and Revelation 2:10. James 1:12 is a good summary of how we should think about the judgment seat of Christ: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
After the glorious rapture, Jesus Christ will summon all the raptured saints in heaven to His judgment seat for decoration. Meanwhile, each raptured saint will already be wearing a shining garment (Revelation 19:8). The heavenly garment will be made of linen, white and clean. Before decorations can commence individualy, something will happen. What is it? The works of all raptured saints will be tested. One by one, we will be summoned and an angel will bring a very huge package containing all the works that we have done from the day we were born-again till the day Jesus Christ returns. Every thing we did before we were born-again are already forgotten, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sins (1 John 1:7). When the angel brings the package, there will be already a divine fire of assessment burning and that package will be thrown into the fire which will continue to burn.
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw. Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
If what is in your package is hay, stubble, grass or wood, you will watch as the big package begins to get smaller and smaller until there is nothing left. If what is in your package is gold, silver, diamonds, things that cannot be destroyed by fire, the fire will just burn the coverings and your package will remain solid. This day in heaven will be a day of great expectation because you will watch in trepidation as your works are being tested by fire. On that day, you will see the works of some people- big time Evangelists, Ministers, Prophets, Arch-Bishops, Bishops, Pastors, people you perceive as mighty men/women of God- in your presence their packages would be reduced to ashes. Therefore, when an angel is bringing your own package, you will begin to sweat and your heart will be beating very fast because you do not know what is going to happen.
Heavenly rewards will follow after the divine fire of assessment has done the analytical task of consuming all that is consumable. According to 2 Corinthians 5:10, rewards will be based on what you achieved for Jesus Christ while on earth. Also, what you would have achieved will also be taken into consideration as well as what you ignored or neglected. “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17). Additionally, what will be taken into consideration will be all the words that you have spoken from the day you were born-again till rapture day. This entails all words that you spoke for Jesus Christ, to testify about Him, to glorify Him, to worship Him, all will be taken into account.
After everything has been taken into consideration at the judgment seat of Christ, there will be two categories of heavenly saints. The first category will be saints who will go forward to receive their decoration from Jesus Christ while the second category will be saints whose works are completely consumed by divine fire of assessment. They will go back to their seats decorated with shame. “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28). Imagine that on that day, you see some people getting four or five crowns, with numerous sparkling gems on their crowns and you have nothing, everything all burnt, how shameful it will be. However, no problem, after all you are already in heaven. On that day, some undecorated saints will see some of their fellow brothers or sisters-in-Christ coming and they will turn their backs because decorated saints will be so glorious with all their sparkling gems, compared with the emptiness of the undecorated saints. However, in heaven, you will not be envious.
A major reason that will make so many works burn is the motive behind the works we are doing for Jesus Christ. Some people give to the Gospel because they want to be seen. You can be certain that everything you give so that you can be seen is going to be burnt on that day. Some people work for Jesus Christ because they want to be known. However, any work done with that kind of motive is going to to be burnt.. Your motive for working very hard and trying to win many souls for Jesus Christ must be because you love Him. That is the best and acceptable motive. You must not give offering because you want a reward. The reward will come, certainly. However, give offering because you love Jesus Christ. Do things because you love Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ must be your love. Your life will change if Jesus Christ is your love. Therefore, a lot of things you are doing for Jesus Christ presently must be done simply because of your love for Jesus Christ, our blessed Redeemer.
If you end up in heaven without a single soul being won for Jesus Christ, your crown of righteousness will be on your head, but there will not be a single gem on it. Some saints will get sparkling gems in their crowns in form of decoration. The number of souls you won for Jesus Christ while on earth will determine the number of magnificent gems on your crowns. “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12: 3). If you win one soul for Jesus Christ while on earth, then you will have one gem on your crown. The crowns of some people will be full of many gems because for every soul won for Jesus Christ, there will be a gem for the soul winner.
It is not the souls that you win for Jesus Christ that will determine the gems on your crown, but the souls that you win that end up in heaven. If you win souls and they backslide before Jesus Christ comes, you will suffer a loss. Therefore, you must do something more concrete about your follow-up. Apart from winning souls, you must also make sure that your fruits remain because they are those to be rewarded. Your crown will have many gems in Jesus name.
The saints rewarded on that day will walk boldly forward, smiling and rejoicing, fully decorated. However, no matter the number of gems in your crown, you will discover that you have not done enough. Jesus Christ will show you those things you have done and also those things you ought to have done. Therefore, when you see the reward for the little you have done and you imagine the reward that could have been yours, if you had done what Jesus Christ expected you to do, you will feel apologetic when you stand before Jesus Christ on that day. All raptured saints will receive the Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8). However, some will receive more crowns at the judgment seat of Christ.
There are five heavenly crowns mentioned in the New Testament that will be awarded to believers. They are the imperishable crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of righteousness, the crown of glory and the crown of life. The Greek word translated “crown” is stephanos (the source for the name Stephen the martyr) and means “a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honour generally.” Used during the ancient Greek games, it referred to a wreath or garland of leaves placed on a victor’s head as a reward for winning an athletic contest. As such, this word is used figuratively in the New Testament of the rewards of heaven God promises those who are faithful. Paul’s passage in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 best defines for us how these crowns are awarded.
1) The Imperishable Crown – (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate [disciplined] in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” All things on this earth are subject to decay and will perish. Jesus urges us to not store our treasures on earth “where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19). This is analogous to what Paul was saying about that wreath of leaves that was soon to turn brittle and fall apart. But not so the heavenly crown; faithful endurance wins a heavenly reward which is “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
2) The Crown of Rejoicing – (1 Thessalonians 2:19) “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4 to “rejoice always in the Lord” for all the bountiful blessings our gracious God has showered upon us. As Christians we have more in this life to rejoice about than anyone else. Luke tells us there is rejoicing even now in heaven (Luke 15:7). Crown of rejoicing is a heavenly reward for soul-winners. The crown of rejoicing will be our reward where “God will wipe away every tear . . . there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).
3) The Crown of Righteousness – (2 Timothy 4:8) “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” We inherit this crown through the righteousness of Christ which is what gives us a right to it, and without which it cannot be obtained. Because it is obtained and possessed in a righteous way, and not by force and deceit as earthly crowns sometimes are, it is an everlasting crown, promised to all who love the Lord and eagerly wait for His return (Glorious Rapture). Through our enduring the discouragements, persecutions, sufferings, or even death, we know assuredly our reward is with Christ in eternity (Philippians 3:20). This crown is not for those who depend upon their own sense of righteousness or of their own works. Such an attitude breeds only arrogance and pride, not a longing, a fervent desire to be with the Lord Jesus Christ.
4) The Crown of Glory – (1 Peter 5:4) “And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” The crown of glory is a heavenly reward for shepherding the flock of Christ. The crown of glory belongs to those who lead others in the way of God. For example, church Elders, Ministers, Bishops, Pastors, Sunday school teachers, Child Evangelism teachers, or anyone who teaches the Word of God faithfully to others. Such individuals will be rewarded by Jesus Christ in heaven. Apostle Peter is addressing the elders. This word “glory” is an interesting word referring to the very nature of God and His actions. It entails His great splendour and brightness. Recall Stephen who, while being stoned to death, was able to look into heaven and see the glory of God (Acts 7:55-56). This word also means that the praise and honor we bestow to God alone is due Him because of who He is (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11; Galatians 1:5). It also recognizes that believers are incredibly blessed to enter into the kingdom, into the very likeness of Christ Himself. For as Paul so eloquently put it, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18).
5) The Crown of Life – (Revelation 2:10) “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” This crown is for all believers, but is especially dear to those who endure sufferings, who bravely confront persecution for Jesus Christ, even to the point of death. In Scripture the word “life” is often used to show a relationship that is right with God. It was Jesus who said, “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Just as things such as air, food, and water are vital for our physical lives, Jesus provides us what is required for our spiritual lives. He is the One who provides “living water.” He is the “bread of life” (John 4:10, 6:35). We know that our earthly lives will end. But we have the amazing promise that comes only to those who come to God through Jesus: “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life” (1 John 2:25).
James tells us that this crown of life is for all those who love God (James 1:12). The question then is how do we demonstrate our love for God? The apostle John answers this for us: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3). As His children we must keep His commandments, obeying Him, always remaining faithful. So, as we endure the inevitable trials, pains, heartaches, and tribulations—as long as we live—may we ever move forward, always “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) and receive the crown of life that awaits us.
The judgment seat of Christ precedes His coming to earth to set up His Millennial kingdom. Its purpose is to reward His faithful servants with job assignments during the thousand years of His Millennial kingdom. You will serve Jesus Christ during the Millennial period in direct proportion to the way you have faithfully served Him during this time on earth. If you have been a spectator Christian in this life, you will be one in the Millennial kingdom. Your reward earned at the judgment seat of Christ will determine your opportunity to serve Jesus Christ for a thousand years! Remember, as a raptured saint, you will be an immortal being for ever!
It is entirely up to you to decide now before rapture what your condition will be in the Millennial kingdom. Don’t live such a self-centered, unsurrenderd life that you have no special crown or any reward at the judgment seat of Christ. Presently, we are in a race – a long one. Some Christians make good sprinters and serve the Lord well for a few years, but it is a wise servant who always keeps his/her body under discipline, lives a holy life continuously, wins as many people to Christ as he/her can, endures persecution or trial when necessary and teaches the Word of God regularly to others. Such a Christian will not regret this kind of life at the judgment seat of Christ. The judgment seat of Christ will be an exciting experience of the faithful child of God but it will be a miserable “judgment of loss” for those who love the world and the things of this world so much that they never get around to serving the Lord Jesus, who paid a great price to save them. “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:14-15).
Apart From Soul Winning, What Else Will Determine The Number Of Gems On Your Heavenly Crown?
The experience of Adelaida De Carrillo will provide an insight to answer the question above. Adelaida, A Bolivian woman was taken by Jesus Christ to both Heaven and Hell. She was shown what kind of Holiness is required for someone to enter the KINGDOM OF GOD and what sins are leading Church goers to Hell. According to Adelaida, everything is ready in Heaven.
Adelaida testified: “The Lord said, “I will show you where I told My disciples, that I was going to prepare a place for them, that where I am, there they will be; so that you can tell everyone that all these things are real.” The Lord was taking me straight to Heaven. Then I saw a very big door open. I said, “Lord, Hell is horrible but Heaven is beautiful.” The Lord said, “Daughter, I will show you Heaven”. I saw a place that was like a big city in Heaven; it was so big. The Lord showed me a street in Heaven that was made of gold, real gold! [Revelation 21:21]. I saw beautiful flowers along the streets of Heaven. No flower on earth can compare to the flowers in Heaven.
The Lord took me to a place and said, “I am going to show you a river; I am going to place you there.” I saw a river like glass, it had some shinning stones in it. There were also fish, and the Lord brought one out of the river in His hand. The fish was happy, playing on the palms of the Lord. I said, “Lord, put the fish back into the river, it is going to die.” The Lord replied, “No one dies here, death doesn’t exist here, this place is full of life, everything here is life.”
I said, “Lord, there are a lot of people being tormented in Hell, why didn’t you give them the opportunity to amend their ways and come here to Heaven.” Jesus replied, “They are there as a result of their disobedience.”
Like a little child, Jesus took me from place to place. That river was so beautiful, everything waiting for us in Heaven is beautiful.
I asked, “Where are the souls you saved? Where are they in Heaven?” Jesus replied, “I will show them to you.” The Lord took me to another place and showed me one of my Sisters in Christ who died, her name is Aurora Esperanza. I saw another sister; she was the daughter of one of my sisters, named Grace. She looked so young and beautiful. The Lord said, “THESE ARE MY SAINTS.” She has so much peace in Heaven; the Saints in Heaven are just like Angels. I saw young Saints in Heaven, and their clothes were different. That place was full of beautiful flowers, a very beautiful place with a sweet smell.
The Lord said, “Now I will show you where the garments of My Saints are.” I asked the Lord, “Are you going to show me my own garment?” And Jesus said, “I will show you the garments of My Saints.”
I saw some garments that were white and decorated with gold. The garments have golden belts with names written on them. Jesus said, “These are the garments of My Saints and these are the garments of some other people that are still in the world, they haven’t received Me yet.”
I said, “Lord I want to see the crowns, show me the crown of my Pastor, and my own crown, Lord I want to see my crown.” The Lord said, “I will show them to you.” The Lord showed me very beautiful crowns. The Lord showed me my crown, it was without stones! It didn’t impress me like my Pastor’s crown. I asked, “Why is my crown without stones, like the Pastor’s?” The Lord said, “You can’t understand all she has gone through to have this kind of crown with plenty of stones on it.”
An angel is appointed to place stones on the crowns when people repent and come to Jesus.
When you win souls to the Kingdom of Heaven, the angel will put a stone on your crown!
When you help the less privileged, the angel will add another stone to your crown!
When you help the widow, the angel will add another stone to your crown!
When you help the poor and the homeless, the angel will add more stones to your crown!
The Lord was talking to me about my Pastor. He said that she has suffered a lot for the Kingdom’s sake; she had gone through a lot to have that kind of crown. She has so much passion for souls.
The Lord said, “Tell her to hold tight what she has so that another person won’t take her crown.” [Revelation 3:11]. I told my Pastor all that the Lord told me. Then the Lord showed me the crowns of all His Saints.
You can watch the full testimony on YouTube: Adelaida De Carrillo (Holiness Required For Heaven). http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x0lF40AD098
What Will Determine Your Eternal Reward In Heaven?
The experience of Pastor Park will provide an insight to answer the question above. During a tragic Near Death Experience, a Presbyterian Pastor named Park, Yong Gyu was taken to Heaven and Hell by heavenly Angels. He was shown why some saints are richly rewarded in Heaven, while others have no reward; why some saints have magnificent Mansions in Heaven, while others live in small Community homes. He was shown why, after serving the Lord his whole life, his house was still small and unfinished. He also witnessed how gruesome Hell was, and why so many Christians wound up there; and what sins we must repent of. Pastor Park’s testimony is a wake up call to the Church, it will encourage those who are serving Jesus faithfully, it will strengthen your resolve for Jesus, and will bring the Fear of God to those who are not living Holy.
Pastor Park testified: “The scene of Heaven was indescribable. I can’t describe Heaven with my Earthly words. I said, “Lord! Thank you so much! Even though, I was very prideful and arrogant and cursed with a sickness, You have still brought me to Heaven to show me around. I then heard the voice of God, “My beloved Pastor Park, Yong Gyu, I welcome you. You have made a long journey here.” His voice was overflowing with love and tenderness. I replied back crying in tears, “Lord,….” The angels immediately said, “you have been a pastor for 20 years. Do you not know your scriptures? There are no tears in Heaven. Please stop it!” I was not even able to cry. (Revelation 21:4).
The Lord then asked me five questions:
“How much time did you spend reading the Word (bible)?
How much did you give of offerings?
How many times have you evangelized to people?
Did you tithe properly?
How much time did you spend in prayer?”
I could not answer the fifth question. The Lord rebuked me for the fifth question.
“After you had become a mega church pastor, you had become very lazy with prayer. Being busy is no excuse to Me!” I had to repent of it later. “The angels will show you many places in Heaven and of Hell. Look around as much as you desire. You will leave after witnessing many different places in Heaven and Hell.”
The angels first took me to three different places in Heaven. In the first place, I saw little children living together. The second place was where the adults lived. The third place was for the souls that had barely made it to Heaven. Even though they made it to Heaven, they had made it shamefully. Many people had asked me how old the little children were. They appeared like kindergartens. They were not the little boys or girls as we would know of gender. Each child had their own angel to accompany them.
In Heaven, most of the souls will have their own individual home. (John 14:2). However, there were some who did not have homes. I will explain this later. Moreover, the children did not have their own individual homes either. I asked, “The children are also souls, why do they not have their own homes?”
The angel replied, “Just as the people on Earth require materials to build their homes, we in Heaven also need materials to build here. When a person serves the church and others faithfully unto the Lord, those deeds will become materials for a person’s home in Heaven.
When the materials are provided, the angels assigned to build a saint’s home will go to work on constructing it. The children who are below the accountability age have not built up any materials to build a home. In other words, they did not have the time or chance to earn their rewards/materials. This is why they do not have homes.”
I continued with my questions, “What shall I do on Earth to provide more materials for my home?”
The angels replied, “There are seven things one must do to build up their materials to build their home.
The first is their accumulation of worship and praise to God.
The second is their time spent reading the bible.
Third, their time spent praying.
Fourth, their time spent evangelizing to people.
Fifth, one’s offering to the Lord.
Sixth, their obedient tithes to God.
Lastly, their time spent serving the church in any way.”
These are the deeds or works of obedience in which one accumulates materials for their Heavenly home. If one is lacking in these areas, they will have no materials to build their home.” There were numerous people in Heaven without homes. Many who did not have homes were actually Pastors, Deacons, Deaconesses, Elders, etc. I asked out of curiosity, “Where do the children live then?”
The angels replied, “They live here.” As I looked around, they were gathered throughout the garden of flowers. The garden of flowers was so beautiful and the fragrance was out of this world. The scene was beyond what I could describe with my words.
The second place was for faithful adults. There is a difference between salvation and rewards. This place had so many homes. The homes were built with beautiful gems and rare stones. Some of the homes were as high as the highest skyscrapers on Earth. Those people who had faithfully served the Lord while living on Earth had their homes built with beautiful gems and rare stones. In this particular place, all the people looked around the age of 20 to 30 years old. There were no men or women in regards to gender. There are no sick, old, or lame people.
I once knew an elder named, Oh, Im Myung. He had died at the age of 65 years old. He was a very short man, as tall as 2nd graders in elementary school. He had suffered from a rare disease called rickets. However, when it came to the bible, he was a PHD. He had written many commentaries. I met him in Heaven, and there he was tall and handsome. He was no longer sick but healthy. Heaven is a very wonderful place!! I am so full of expectations! Please believe what I am saying beloved people!
The third place was for those who were shamefully saved. (1 Corinthians 3:15). This particular village was enormous in size, several times bigger than the second place, where the homes were made of gems and rare stones. I arrived at this place at great speed, riding a golden chariot. It was very far from the other beautiful places I saw in Heaven.
I asked the angels, “I see great wilderness and fields. Why do I not see homes?” The angel replied, “What you are seeing are homes.” I saw huge wide flat houses, which reminded me of a large chicken coop or some type of warehouse. These homes were not glorious, but shabby. This village and homes were for the souls who were shamefully saved. There were numerous large sized shabby looking homes. This village is several times bigger than the place where rewarded souls reside.
The angel said, “Do you see the two large homes, one to your right and one to your left? I answered, “Yes, I do see them.” The angel said that he wanted to show me those two houses specifically. He said, “The right home is for those who were Pastors on the Earth. The left home is for those who were Elders on the Earth.” As we arrived to the front of the two homes, I noticed they were humongous. My jaw dropped. When we opened the door and entered, my first impression was, ‘chicken coop.’ Instead of thousands of chickens living in their coop, I saw souls. The angels advised me to observe very carefully because I would recognize some famous Pastors from history. It was true. I recognized many Pastors from history. I specifically picked out one Pastor and asked the angel, “I know that Korean Pastor! I know how famous he was and the work he had done for the Lord. Why is he here? I do not understand.”
The angels answered, “He never provided any building materials for his home. This is why he is living in a community home.” I asked out of curiosity, “How did this happen? Why did he not have any materials?” The angel answered, “While he was a Pastor performing the functions as a Pastor, he had loved to be complimented by the people. He had loved to be honored. He had loved to be served. There was no sacrifice and servitude on his part.” This particular Pastor was greatly honored in Korea and is an icon within the Korean Christian history. But he had no reward!!
You Pastors out there, please listen! You have to lead people to more than just Sunday morning services. You must visit them in their homes. You must take care of the poor, the lame and old. The Pastors who have served without sacrificing their lives and loved to be honored have no reward in Heaven. (Matthew 23:5-12).
After I had witnessed this scene in Heaven and after I had come back to the Earth, I immediately gave all of my possessions away including my five luxury vehicles. Our life is but a moment. In the bible, the average life is about 70 to 80 years old. But it is only God who knows when a person will die. Anyone can die before the age of 70 or 80 years old. I had decided to give everything away, even my clothes. The people I saw had received salvation in shame. They were Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and lay believers. There were multitudes of Elders and Deacons in this flat shabby home. But of course, it is much better than Hell. However, why would anyone want to enter Heaven in such a way? I will not end up in that shameful place. Their clothes were even shabby.
What are the requirements for Christians to receive beautiful homes in Heaven? First, we have to evangelize to as many people as possible. How should we evangelize? The angel told me, “Assume there is an unbeliever who does not know the Lord. The moment you decide to evangelize to that particular person, the building materials for your homes will be provided. As you unceasingly pray for their salvation, more building materials are provided. You must continue to check up on them, visiting them and continue your evangelizing. This will add more materials to your home. If a person says he/she cannot make it to church because they do not have nice clothes, then you must provide them with some. If the person says he/she does not have a bible, you must provide one. If a person says he/she does not have glasses to read, you must provide it for them. You must provide whatever you are able too so this person can be led to the Lord. Those who live in the best homes are those who had evangelized many times.”
The angel then escorted me to the place where the saints lived in nice homes. This is where saints who had evangelized much lived. It felt like downtown Heaven.
In Christian history, there are four people who have the biggest and most beautiful homes. The angel showed me the home of American evangelist D.L. Moody, British Pastor John Wesley, an Italian Evangelist, and Korean Evangelist Pastor Choi, Gun Nung. These four people have the largest homes in Heaven. These four had spent their whole lives evangelizing to people even through up to the time of their deaths.
Within the Korean believers, there was a lay believer who had a large home. This lay believer had built many church buildings with all his possessions. He had given three thousand bags of rice to the poor. He secretly helped thousands of Pastors and leaders with their finance. He helped students studying theology or in bible school with their tuitions. He had also taken in a Pastor (65 years old) into his home and took good care of him. His own church had kicked him out.
I heard an angel shout, “The materials are coming!” I questioned the angel to my right about the materials and he told me, “These materials are for a Deaconess from a small church who is from the country. In fact, she receives materials every day. Even though she is poor, she comes to early morning service each day. She prays for 87 church members daily. When she finishes praying, she cleans up the church.”
I heard another angel shout, “Special delivery! The daughter of the deaconess has given what little money she had to her mother. However, the Deaconess did not spend it on herself. She bought five eggs and two pairs of socks for the church Pastor. Even though it may appear to be a small offering, she had given all she had for the day. This became special materials for her home in Heaven.”
Second, those who also have a large home are those who have built church buildings or other buildings for Kingdom purpose with their possessions and resources. In Heaven, I also met an elder named Choi. Among all the Korean elders and deacons who are in Heaven, he had the most beautiful home. His home was much higher than the tallest building in Korea. Choi had built many churches in Korea with his wealth.
I asked the angel, “How about my house? Is it in the process of being built? The angel said, “Yes it is.” I begged to see my house. But they told me it was not allowed. I continued to beg and after some persistent begging, the angels said that the Lord will now allow it. We entered the chariot and traveled very far to another place. I was full of expectation. I asked, “Where is my house?” The angel replied, “It is over there!” But it looked as though the place was only a foundation, only ready for development. I cried out, “How could you do this to me? How could this be happening? How can my house be in a developing zone? Surviving the Korean War, I sold my only home to build a church. This church eventually grew to five thousand members. I wrote many books inspired by the Holy Spirit. One book became a best seller. With the proceeds from the books, I built Christian schools. The school birthed 240 pastors. During tenure as the dean, I had given out over 400 scholarships to over 400 poor children. I have built homes for the widows to live in. This all cost huge amounts of money. So how could this be? Why is my home in a land development? I am so upset!”
The angel replied sternly, “You do not deserve to live in such a beautiful nice home in Heaven because you have been honored by people countless times. Every time you had built or done something good, you were praised by people. You were even honored by the secular news. Therefore, all your works are in vain.” (Matthew 6:1).
I looked at my home in the development zone. It was located in the middle of three other homes. It only had three stories. The house had many small rooms on the first two floors. I asked the angel, “Why do I have such small rooms?” The angel answered, “These rooms are for your sons and daughters.”
“I only have four children,” I replied. The angel responded, “No, they are not for your Earthy children, but for the ones you had evangelized and are saved.” I loved it! I asked, “Where is my master bedroom?” The angel said that it was on the roof. That bothered me. My room was not even finished. In an angry tone I said, “It is so small! Why is it so difficult to finish?” The angel replied, “You are not even dead. We cannot finish your home or rooms because we do not know if more materials will be provided. Do you understand?”
When we entered my room, I saw two certificates hanging on my wall, so I went to read them. The first certificate described when I was 18 years old living in an orphanage. On Christmas day, I was on my way back to the early morning church service. I had seen an elderly man shivering on the street. I took my jacket off and gave it to him. That deed had given me a reward in Heaven. The second certificate described the same incident but it was for buying some bread with the little money I had for the elderly man. The amount is not the issue. The act must be accompanied by genuine faith. The dollar amount has no significance.
We left the place and headed back out. During the ride, one of the angels asked, “Are you sad? I will tell you how to have a beautiful home built. The Lord said when you go back to the Earth, you must go to tell the people about Heaven and Hell as you have witnessed. Second, the Lord desires you to build a place to gather elderly female Pastors and Evangelists who do not have places to go or live. If you truly faithfully do these things, you will have a beautiful home.”
The Reality Of Hell!!!
No Eternal Security! No Purgatory! No Reincarnation! No Annihilation!
The two angels escorted me to Hell. They said, “Now you will visit Hell.” You have no idea the enormity of Hell. I kept shouting, “It is so big! It is so big!” This is the place where souls who are cursed and receive eternal damnation are placed. It felt like Hell was a thousand times larger than the Earth. Half of Hell was colored red and the other half was pitch dark black. I asked the angels, “Why is this part red?”
The angels replied, “Do you not know? It is burning sulfur. The other half is darkness. When people sin and end up here, they will be tormented from both sides…There are multitudes of churches on the Earth and many of the churches are filled with many people. However, most of them are not true Christians. They are but church attendants. The true churches will firmly believe in Heaven and a Hell. The lives of many Christians are in chaos because they do not firmly believe in Heaven and Hell. When one soul enters Heaven, one thousand cursed souls enter Hell. The rate of Heaven and Hell is 1 to 1000.”(Matthew 7:14).
I am a Presbyterian Pastor and a well-known speaker. I have graduated from one of the largest theological school in Korea. I never believed those Heaven and Hell stories. But now, I am one who writes such experiences to testify to others. Although you may believe you are a Christian, if you live your life according to the will of demons, you will end up in Hell! The first place I saw was a place of burning sulfur. You can’t even imagine how hot the fires of Hell are. No one can bear the intense heat.
People in Hell say three statements:
First, it is too hot and they feel like dying. (Luke 16:24).
Second, they are so thirsty and feel like dying.
Third, you will hear many asking for water. (Zechariah 9:11).
It is eternal! Many people say we are free in Christ and they live their lives as they desire. I asked the angel, “Those who are in here, what have they done?” The angel answered, “The first group is unbelievers.” Those who had not evangelized to their own family must repent!
The angel continued, “The second group is those who believed in Jesus, but did not repent of their sins.” We must repent of our sins and must confess to the Lord. We must not sin. Just giving lip service is not repenting. With a contrite and earnest heart, we must repent!
Christians In Hell!
I then saw many Pastors, Elders, and Deacons in Hell. I asked the angel, “I know them. They had served God faithfully while on the Earth. They had died some time ago. We all had thought they were in Heaven with God. But now, I see them all in Hell and they are crying out that it is so hot! Why are they here?” There were so many Pastors, Elders, Deacons and all other lay believers.
The angel answered, “Pastor Park Yong Gyu, a person can appear to be a true follower of Christ on the outside but God knows the heart. THEY DID NOT KEEP SUNDAYS HOLY. IN FACT, THEY HAD LOVED TO MAKE MONEY ON SUNDAYS. (Jeremiah 17:27). Many of the deacons and elders had criticized the sermon of their pastors. (Psalm 105:15), (Numbers 12:8-9).
THEY DID NOT TITHE PROPERLY. (Malachi 3:9).
THEY DID NOT PRAY.
They had not evangelized to people at all. (Ezekiel 33:6).
Many of these elders and deacons had harassed their Pastors and would come against their authority. They had interfered with the Pastor’s duty and business. (Numbers 16).
On their death beds, they thought they had done a good job so they did not repent of those things. This is why they were thrown in the fires of Hell.”
I then saw a king and a prince who had first persecuted Christians in Korea. This king and prince beheaded many of the first believers in Korea. They were placed in the center, which was the hottest place of all. I also saw Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and a famous Pastor from North Korea named Pastor Kang, and a famous Japanese hero, and many more.
Then we arrived at an extremely dark place, too dark to see where to step. I shouted, “Angels! Angels! It is so dark! How can I see anything?” The angels patted my shoulder and said, “Just wait a little bit.”
Within a few moments, I was able to see a countless number of naked people. All of them had insects crawling all over their bodies. Not an inch was spared as their whole bodies were completely covered with insects. The naked people attempted to drive the insects away gnashing their teeth. I asked, “What did these people do as they lived on Earth?” “They are those who have criticized and back stabbed each other. They were not careful of what they had said to one another.” (Matthew 5:22).
I saw the demons piercing and stabbing the stomachs of the people with sickles. Their screams were unbearable to me. I asked my escort, “Angels, what did these people do as they had lived on the Earth? “These people had jobs, houses, and families but they did not give to God. They did not help the poor, their churches, or other Godly purposes. They were very stingy and greedy. Even as they encountered the poor, they ignored them and did not care. They only cared for themselves and their families. They were well clothed, fed, and had a comfortable life. This is why their stomachs are pierced for their bellies were full of greed.” (Proverbs 28:27).
It was a very frightening scene. After witnessing such a scene, when I got back to the Earth, I gave all of my money and possessions to others. Salvation cannot be earned with money or property. It is by faith. Hell is an unbearable and miserable place. It is eternal torment! I also saw people who had their heads hacked off by a very sharp saw. I asked the angel, “What did these people do to deserve such awful torment?” The angel replied, “Their brains were given by God to think good and beneficial things. But these people had thought of filthy things. They thought of lustful things.” (Matthew 5:28).
Next I saw people being stabbed and cut into pieces. The sight was horrible. I asked, “What about these people? What did they do to be tormented in such a way?” The Angel replied, “These were elders and deacons who did not serve their churches. In fact, they did not even want to work or serve! The only things they had loved were to receive and receive from the flock.” (Zechariah 11:17), (Hosea 6:5).
I saw the elders, deacons, and other lay believers tormented by the demons. The demons made a hole in their tongues and placed wires through the tongues of one another. Then the demons dragged the people with the wire. I asked again, “What did they do on Earth?” The angel answered, “They had committed four different types of sin. First, they had criticized their pastors. They would speak negative things about their pastors. They were back biting and ridiculing their pastors.” (James 3:6), (Matthew 12:37).
I plead with those who have committed such acts to REPENT, REPENT!!
The angel continued, “Second, they insulted the church with their words. They had harassed other Christians to the point where even the faithful ones were affected and they stopped attending church and even caused some to stop believing. They did all they could to stop faithful Christians from doing God’s work. These wicked ones caused many faithful to stumble. Lastly, there are spouses who drank alcohol and were abusive to their family members.”
I saw demons piercing men and women in their stomachs with a very huge sharp nail. I asked, “What did they do?” The Angel replied, “These are men and women who had lived with one another but were not married. These are guilty of abortions as they also got pregnant. They had never repented.”
I saw another group of people. The demons were slicing their lips as if one thinly slicing meat or vegetables. I asked, “Why are these people tormented in such a way?” The angel said, “These are sons, daughters, son in laws, and daughter in laws who had talked back to their parents. All they had to do was say, ‘I am sorry’ instead of making things worse. Many of them had used abusive language. They had attacked their parents with harsh language. They were rebellious. This is why their lips are being sliced.”
Brethren, we are all going to die one day, but we don’t know when that will be. Please be prepared. Being prepared is to go to Heaven. When we go is not the issue. Please forgive each other as frequently as necessary if you need too. Repent and repent and do it all day long if you have too.
My beloved brethren, I used to ignore such testimonies. I was a conservative Presbyterian Pastor who ignored such things. But now, I must witness and testify to you what I have seen. Please do not hesitate to live a holy life. Please avoid this miserable torment and judgment. Be saved! Do not live for your flesh but submit to the Kingdom of God. Please pray for those who do not know Jesus. Evangelize and bear fruit. Please pray early in the morning and keep Sundays HOLY. Please tithe to the Lord properly. Accumulate your rewards in Heaven and not in this Earth. I pray and bless you in the Almighty Name of JESUS!
You can watch the full testimony on YouTube: Pastor Park, Yong Gyu (Heaven & Hell 1000 to 1). http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HR1sFtFug38
In summary, at the Judgment seat of Christ in heaven, there is a crown of righteousness that Jesus Christ will place on the heads of all raptured saints because they eagerly love, watch and await His glorious appearance in the sky (2 Timothy 4:7-8). There will also be awarded the crown of rejoicing for soul-winners (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20). There will also be an incorruptible crown for overcoming the old nature (1 Corinthians 9:25-27). There will also be a crown of life for enduring persecution and trials while on earth (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). Additionally, there will be a crown of glory for shepherding the flock of Christ (1 Peter 5:4). By God’s grace, you will be entitled to any of these glorious crowns in heaven as a raptured saint.
As a rapture ready believer, surely, you will get your heavenly crown and magnificent mansion in Heaven in Jesus name. You will not be relegated to one corner in the Heavenly Kingdom. As a born-again Christian, the Lord Jesus will never leave you or forsake you all the days of your life. Jesus is a faithful God. He has brought you this far and He will see you through until the glorious rapture day. You will be among the raptured saints in Jesus name. Your selfless service for Jesus Christ will be rewarded at the Judgment seat of Christ in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:10). A magnificent crown will be placed on your head in Jesus name.
In conclusion, as a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ, you will definitely get your heavenly reward in Jesus name. Since your selfless service for Jesus Christ is due to love for our blessed Saviour, He will definitely compensate you for your toils and labour for the heavenly kingdom. Very soon, we will enter heavenly New Jerusalem and will be rejoicing with Jesus Christ. The rapture is upon us! Be perpetually ready for the glorious rapture. Rejoice, my brother or sister. Fear not, don’t be afraid. Jesus Christ is our hope and joy for eternity. Maranatha!