This is the book that inspired the life-changing drama that has been presented in churches across America. Based solidly on biblical and theological research, this fictional account imagines what it will be like to experience the rapture of the church, see what heaven is like, meet your guardian angel, and appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive your eternal reward for the way you have lived your life. Those who have seen the drama or read the book are profoundly affected by its message. When THE DAY finally comes and you stand in the presence of the resurrected Christ to see with His eyes a review of your life, nothing that you thought was important will matter then. Only what you did that was pleasing to Christ will determine how you will be rewarded in eternity. On THE DAY you will wish you had done more to serve Christ and less to gratify your own selfish desires. You will see how much more you could have had in eternity if you had been more serious about living the Christian life.
The good news is that it is not too late. You still have time to live for Christ, to earn heavenly rewards that will last for eternity. Reading The Bema will help you take your eyes off the cares, pleasures and distractions of the world and re-orient your life around service to Christ and being pleasing to Him. Also, it is a great read. The story of Daniel Matthewson is so riveting you will not want to put the book down until you have read it to its startling end.
“Just a note to tell you that the production of The Bema at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, Georgia, went great in October 2010. I performed it [for] the staff and lay counselors of First Baptist Atlanta…One lady said, ‘My job as a Bible study leader is to call up all the ladies. I hate doing that. After today, I see things differently. I can’t wait to call them knowing I am involved in something that will last for eternity.'”
Pastor Paul Diamond
Assistant to Dr. Charles Stanley, First Baptist Church, Atlanta
“God certainly used the presentation of The Bema in our [church] body in a dramatic way. We are coming up on the year mark and I still have people telling me how God is using it. One coach shared that he was on the brink of having an affair and determined that day that he couldn’t do it. Another guy came down with divorce papers in hand and tore them up. He had only come that morning because he knew he could give his wife the papers after the service. He determined to save his marriage and family.”
“From long time members the overwhelming response was joy. People got a vision for the rewards of heaven, and even more, they got a vision of a Savior Who loves to reward His children. The book and story are so powerful in motivation [that] everyone who reads it or sees it comes away with an overwhelming sense of God’s grace.”
Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas