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Hello Sister Lu Xin,
Recently I have read much of the word expressed by , and I have seen that this word carries authority and power, and reveals many of the mysteries of God’s work, and I am certain that Almighty God is the returned . I understand that only by accepting God’s judgment of the last days can I enter the kingdom of heaven, but I am also confused. We live in the last days, and are fortunate to be able to accept God’s work of the last days, but many religious believers have already passed away, and were unable to accept God’s work of the last days. Are they able to enter the kingdom of heaven and gain ? I would like to know your views on this question. I look forward to your answer!
Hello Sister Han Xiao,
With regard to the question raised in your letter about whether religious believers who have passed away can enter the kingdom of heaven and gain eternal life, we can perhaps gain some understanding by seeking answers in the words of Almighty God, and I hope that God will guide my fellowship below.
The Lord Jesus was crucified for us, which redeemed us from a state of sin and saved us from being condemned by the laws, but our corrupt dispositions, such as arrogance, self-importance, selfishness, greed, craftiness, and deception still exist within us. If we don’t resolve these corrupt satanic dispositions, we will often sin and resist God, judge and condemn God according to our own notions and imaginings, deny God when oppression and tribulations befall us, and even become Judases and betray God. Like this, how can we be compatible with God and gain God’s approval? You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy says, “” (Leviticus 11:45). Because God is holy, we must escape from evil and be purified before we can enter the kingdom of heaven and gain eternal life.
The word of Almighty God says: “The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed. This would require man to grasp the path of growth in life, to grasp the way of life, and to grasp the way to change his disposition. Furthermore, it would require man to act in accordance with this path, so that his disposition may gradually be changed and he may live under the shining of the light, so that all that he does may be in accord with the will of God, so that he may cast away his corrupt satanic disposition, and so that he may break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation. … Therefore, after that stage of work was finished, there still remained the work of judgment and chastisement. This stage is to make man pure by means of the word and thereby give him a path to follow.”
God’s word states very clearly that in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus only did the work of redemption, and although we are redeemed for our sins by believing in Him, our sinful natures remain unresolved, so we are still capable of sinning and resisting God against our will. In the Age of Grace, no matter how devout believers were, or how determined they were to suffer and pay a price, even if they could overcome their bodies, they couldn’t overcome their satanic dispositions, which is why those religious believers who passed away couldn’t escape a life of sinning and confessing. This is why, if we want to achieve dispositional change in our lives, we must experience God’s judgment, chastisement, pruning, dealing, trials, and refinement before our satanic natures can be completely resolved. The devout Christians who passed away never experienced God’s judgment and chastisement of the last days, and their sins were never purified, so they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
We might think that those religious believers who passed away before Almighty God began the work of judgment in the last days also forsook, expended, suffered, and worked hard, and if they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven and gain eternal life, it would be deeply regrettable. But God is righteous, and He has plans for those who died in His name. The Lord Jesus said: “All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out. … And this is the Father’s will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6: 37, 39). Almighty God says, “When God does the final stage of His work during the last days, these chosen people will all come. When they all come, this will be the last time that they are reincarnated. And why is that? This is based on the outcome to be achieved during God’s last stage of work—for during this last stage of work, God will make these chosen people entirely complete.” From God’s word, we can see that God will not abandon those who truly followed Him. Even though such people have left this world, their departure is only temporary. God will arrange for those religious believers who genuinely expended for God and loved and yearned for the truth before God began His work of judgment in the last days to be reborn. He will arrange suitable families for them, and then at the preordained time, will call them back through all kinds of environments, allow them to accept God’s judgment work of the last days, pursue the truth, escape the sinfulness within them, and finally achieve dispositional change and enter the kingdom of heaven. As the Lord Jesus said: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14: 3).
Let’s read another passage of God’s word, “Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You , and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age.”
Christ of the last days is the gate by which we enter the kingdom of heaven. Without experiencing the work of judgment done by Christ of the last days, we cannot be purified or perfected, and even less can we enter God’s kingdom and gain eternal life. Those believers who passed away before God began His work of judgment in the last days who can accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, gain the truth, escape their corruption, and be purified will be brought into the kingdom by God, where they will enjoy God’s blessings for man. But those who do not accept the truth and cannot obey God’s judgment and chastisement are targets for elimination by God, and those who do wickedness will be punished. This is God’s righteous disposition.
Sister Han Xiao, the fellowship above is my understanding of this question. If you have any further questions, I welcome you to continue this discussion by letter.
Zheng Xun Now it is the end of the last days. Many brothers and sisters, who truly believe in the Lord and wait for Him coming back, must have such questions: The Lord Jesus has said, “And, behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:12). He has promised us to return. Has He come back yet? How can we know whether He has returned or not? 1. The Love of Believers Becomes Cold Matthew 24:12 records: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Nowadays, in the denominations and sects, believers covet the world in general, and few devote themselves to working for the Lord. Some of them are engaged in business, some are busy with making money by opening factories. Moreover, the pastors and elders scheme against one another, have jealous disputes with each other. They even form factions, steal offerings, and commit adultery. Therefore, the followers become colder and colder in their faith and love and churches get more desolate now. 2.The Occurrence of Wars, Famines and Earthquakes The Bible says: “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8). In recent years, the disasters are getting worse and worse all over the world. It is horrifying that the earthquakes, floods, droughts, fires, famines and plagues have occurred frequently and spread everywhere. The situation of the world is constantly changing and turbulent; the wars, violence and terrorist attacks take place frequently and escalate unceasingly. For example, in April 2016, India suffered from the worst drought in the past 40 years, leading to over 300,000,000 people grappling with a shortage of drinking water. From 2015 to 2016, there were a series of terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and so on, which led to countless casualties. In 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake occurred in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, and nearly 70,000 people died and nearly 18,000 missing. According to the natural phenomenon, as the crust of the earth thickens, the earthquakes should have been fewer and fewer. But now the earthquakes occur more often, which puzzles scientists. 3. The return of Israel Matthew 24:32-33 says: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Luke 21:29-32 records: “And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves that summer is now near at hand. So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” In May 1948, Israel was recovered. Shortly after David Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of Israel at Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, Soviet Union recognized it soon and set up an embassy thereon May 26, and later supported Israel in many ways. On May 11, 1949, Israel was accepted officially as a member of the United Nations with the support of Soviet Union and America. 4. The Powers of the Heavens Have Been Shaken Matthew 24:29 says: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” Astronomers frequently publish these news: Some new stars appears, while some are falling, meteor crash often happen. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the early morning sky briefly lit up with the brilliant flash of a fireball—that is, an extremely bright meteor—over much of eastern New England states. At 9:15 a.m. of February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk, Urals Federal region, Russia, suffered the strike of an asteroid, and a huge shock wave and explosion caused 1,491 people injured and plenty of glass broken. It was said by scientists that the diameter of the asteroid was about 15 meters and it weighed about 7,000 metric tons. These have fulfilled the prophecy “the stars shall fall from heaven.” 5. The Gospel Has Been Preached to the Ends of the Earth Matthew 24:14 records: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.” “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world” means when all nations have heard the gospel of the Lord, He will return (which doesn’t mean everyone has heard it or believed in Him.) After the Lord Jesus completed the redemptive work through His crucifixion, the Holy Spirit began to lead God’s chosen people to testify the Lord Jesus. By the radio stations, networks, books, gospel tracts, missionary work and so on, the gospel has been spread more and more widely and preached among all nations finally. Thus, the Christians have already be throughout the world. Even in China, which is ruled by an atheist party, many people have accepted the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, the gospel of the Lord Jesus’ redemption of mankind has spread to the ends of the universe. Dear brothers and sisters, just think about this: Is there any country or region in the world where people haven’t heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus? 6. The Emergence of Heresies Matthew 24:4-5 says: “And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Now many heresies and evil cults occur in the religious world of every country. They have no truths at all, can’t supply believers with truth and life, much less bring people any edification or benefit. 7. The Appearance of False Christs and Antichrists Matthew 24:23-26 says: “Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Why if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” As we know, now deception from false Christs occurs in every country. For example, in Korea, many are fooled into believing false Christs without discernment. All false Christs can do is to perform some simple signs and wonders and preach some paradoxical fallacies to deceive others. In addition, they can’t express the truth to solve man’s problem of committing sins and then confessing, nor can they save mankind from corruption. According to the prophecy of the Bible, when the Lord Jesus returns to do His work, many false Christs and deceivers will appear at the same time to imitate and disturb God’s work. And so, when the false Christs begin appearing, it means that God has already returned and He has arrived in secret. But the people just don't know about it. This is an opportunity for us to seek and to investigate God’s work in the last days. Brothers and sisters, for us to welcome the Lord Jesus’ return, we must know how to tell the true Christ from the false ones. This relates directly to our rapture before the throne of God. Then how to recognize the true Christ is the truth we need most right now. Can You Tell the True Christ From the False Ones? From the facts above, we can see it obviously that most of the biblical prophecies of the Lord’s return have come to pass, from which we know the Lord has already come back. But many people may ask: Since the Lord has come back, why haven’t we welcome Him? But have you ever thought about whether there are some deviations in welcoming the return of the Lord? 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