Q. Recently I’ve been asked for biblical references as to why I believe that the bema seat judgment will take place during the Tribulation (or Daniel’s 70th Week). Obviously, I believe that the Rapture will happen before those seven years start. And, although I can find the references that say that there will be a judgment for believers, I haven’t been able to nail down ones indicating the timing. Could you point me in the right direction?
A. The Bema Seat judgment is when believers will be rewarded for the things we did during our life on Earth. There’s no Scripture that reveals the actual time of this event. But I believe a careful reading of 1 Cor. 3:1-0-15 and 2 Cor. 5:10 will lead one to the conclusion that it takes place in Heaven after the rapture. I also believe the Bible teaches us that the rapture of the Church will take place before Daniel’s 70th Week begins. Therefore I think it’s safe to assume the Bema Seat judgment will take place near the time when Daniel’s 70th Week begins to unfold on Earth. Whether it will happen before, or just after the 70th Week begins, I can’t say.