How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You, and accomplished in the sight of everyone for those who take refuge in You.
"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.
because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about [this hope] in the message of truth,
storing up for themselves a good foundation for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.
Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty."
Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
Blessed is a man who endures trials, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that He has promised to those who love Him.
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads.
the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:
Before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom, I solemnly charge you:
You could not possibly do such a thing: to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. You could not possibly do that! Won't the Judge of all the earth do what is just?"
God is a righteous judge, and a God who executes justice every day.
But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment is revealed.
It is a clear evidence of God's righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God's kingdom, for which you also are suffering,
since it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from the Lord on that day. And you know how much he ministered at Ephesus.
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of Hosts, "a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?'
"Now concerning that day and hour no one knows-- neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son-- except the Father only.
I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
But you, brothers, are not in the dark, so that this day would overtake you like a thief.
And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits-- we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
But as it is written: What no eye has seen and no ear has heard, and what has never come into a man's heart, is what God has prepared for those who love Him.
And, in fact, we groan in this one, longing to put on our house from heaven,
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead-- Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
while we wait for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, including those who pierced Him. And all the families of the earth will mourn over Him. This is certain. Amen.
He who testifies about these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!