I think it will be likely so.

According to Terry James his blog followers are among those who he deems the only ones who will receive one very special reward, while those not believing as he does will forgo that promised reward.

Terry is focused in his recent post on one scripture of Paul’s writing for his conclusion:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Terry puts his conclusion forth boldly. He says:

“There are some who believe all Christians will receive this crown, because all Christians will be thrilled when Christ calls them to Himself. I don’t view this crown this way, because I’m convinced we must look forward with great anticipation now, in this life, in order to be rewarded for our belief that Christ will keep this promise of escape from the time of Tribulation (Revelation 3:10).”

Having read his comment, you might want to reread the above verses again. You might also want to read the verses that surround them. The crown in question is the crown of righteousness. But Terry’s focus is not on righteousness, but on Jesus appearing which he believes can only mean a special pre-Trib Rapture appearing, because in his mind no one who would believe otherwise will receive this crown — he says:

“We who are in Christ and particularly look with great anticipation for the Rapture are told we will receive the crown of righteousness.” In fact he states:

“Most who read these commentaries, I believe with all that is within my spirit, will be awarded this crown.”

Why would one think that only those who believe in the pre-Trib rapture would be the only ones worthy of a reward for righteousness? Well the answer to him is obvious. He made it clear in my first quote of him above — Only the pre-Trib rapture believer could possibly love the appearing of the Lord. He would have to think that God can only see righteousness in one who believes they will escape Tribulation.

His understanding of this reward is:

“for our belief that Christ will keep this promise of escape from the time of Tribulation”

I would not think to challenge Terry’s belief if he could point to even one scripture that would as succinctly state what he has stated above, but he cannot. If he were to discuss his reasons against my own or others, who disagree with him then he might be more credible, but I’m blocked from his site. I would never do that to a fellow believer.

There can be areas for debating what scripture might be telling us on the topics such as: The day of the Lord; the wrath that we are promised to escape; the elements of the Tribulation (where do they best place that coming period of man’s history?); Israel and the Church; the make up of the bride from scripture; the make up of mortals entering The Kingdom. All of these and more will bring some measure of truth onto the raptures timing.

One would think when reading Terry’s blog that he, not, the Word of God is the oracle of truth. Yet all we need do to dash to pieces his argument concerning the crown of righteousness is to consider the following verse:

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (KJV)

This verse depicts the bride. They are each and every one clothed in righteousness. They are ready for the marriage to the Lamb. It can be argued that they came out of the Great Tribulation. Even if this verse were to be speaking of just the raptured saints it still is being proclaimed after the Tribulation not before.

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