Question: It’s impossible for us to say whether God’s kingdom is on earth or in heaven. Thesaid several times, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” and “Your kingdom come.” Since He clearly says, “the kingdom of heaven,” how can it be on earth?
Answer: We should keep in mind that “heaven” always refers to God. The kingdom of heaven means God’s kingdom. Revelation says, “the tabernacle of God is with men.” “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.” It shows us that God’s kingdom is on earth. The kingdoms of this world will become those of God. After the disasters, the old world will be destroyed and the Millennial Kingdom will appear. And this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. And then God’s will shall be done on earth just as it is in heaven. This fulfills the prophecy that new Jerusalem will come down to earth then. God incarnate in the last days does the work of judgment to end the dark and evil times. Those who hear God’s voice and are raptured before the throne will be made overcomers. Then the great disasters will fall. Only those who are purified, saved through God’s work in the last days can remain on earth and be in God’s kingdom. Today, we who accept God’s work in the last days are truly the most blessed. We’re fortunate to hear God’s voice and be raptured before His throne. We will be purified through the judgment of God’s word, and also be overcomers made before the disaster and be His first fruits. Then God will return to Zion and the great disasters will fall. All those who oppose God and the followers of Satan in the disasters will be destroyed, while those who are sanctified and perfected by God shall remain on earth protected. When the Lord descends to people openly on a cloud, then God will come to His kingdom on earth. That’s what God will accomplish very soon. As believers, if we don’t know this vision, aren’t we blind? Those who simply gaze up at the sky and wait for the Lord to come with clouds will weep and gnash their teeth when they see the Lord come upon white clouds. Just as Revelation prophesied, “Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). When the disasters come, those who haven’t heard God’s voice and aren’t raptured will be punished in these disasters, weeping and gnashing their teeth.
In the beginning God created man on earth. Satan corrupts man on that same earth. However, it is still on earth that God saves man. Until the kingdom of Christ appears to man, all this happens on earth. That’s why God establishes His kingdom on earth in the last days. In the end, man’s destination is on earth, not in heaven. It’s ordained by God. Let’s see what Almighty God says in His own words. “God will return to His original position, and each person will return to his or her respective place. These are the destinations that God and man will respectively reside in after the end of God’s entire management. God has God’s destination, and man has man’s destination. While resting, God will continue to guide all of humanity in their lives upon earth. While in God’s light, man will worship the one true God in heaven. … When humanity enters into rest, it means that man has become a true creation; humanity will worship God from upon the earth and have normal human lives. People will no longer be disobedient to God or resist God; they will return to the original life of Adam and Eve. These are the respective lives and destinations of God and humanity after they enter into rest. Satan’s defeat is an inevitable trend in the war between God and Satan. In this way, God’s entering into rest after the completion of His management work and man’s complete salvation and entrance into rest likewise become inevitable trends. Man’s place of rest is on earth, and God’s place of rest is in heaven. While man rests, he will worship God and also live upon earth, and while God rests, He will lead the remaining portion of humanity….” Almighty God has put it very clearly. When God’s management work is complete, God and man will enter into rest together. God’s place of rest is in heaven while man’s is on earth just as it is now. This is the destination God has prepared for us, and also God’s kingdom to be established on earth. If we can’t see this after years of believing in God, doesn’t it show then that we are ignorant of the Lord’s word?
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