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Almighty God’s Word Made Me Know the True Meaning of “Rapture”
Two days later, on a bright sunshine morning, a group of pigeons perched on the roof of the house, cooing gently.
I invited Brother Liu to my home. My wife gladly welcomed him and gave him a cup of tea. Having been investigating the word of Almighty God with me for a couple of days, my wife also wanted to fellowship God’s word with Brother Liu. Then I said to him, “These days, my wife and I gained a lot after reading Almighty God’s words. The word is indeed the expression of the Holy Spirit and benefits man a lot. I also read the truth about how God judges and chastises man, but my understanding is superficial. Could you fellowship more with us about how Almighty God does the work of judgment and purification in the last days?” My wife echoed, “Yeah, this is the question we’re most concerned about now.”
Brother Liu said gently, “Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has done the work of judgment with the truth. Without experiencing judgment and chastisement, man can’t get rid of his sinful nature and be cleansed, can’t turn to God and be gained by God, and thus will live under Satan’s domain forever. This is the fact that no one can deny. Let’s read Almighty God’s words.” Then he opened the book and read, “‘In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on. These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regards to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but reveals, deals with, and prunes over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that could not be understood by man. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of such work is actually the work of opening up the truth, way, and life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.” “Although I have spoken many words of chastisement and judgment, no facts have come to you. I have come just to do the work, just to speak. Although my words are stern, I speak them to judge your corruption and disobedience. My purpose in doing so is still to save people from Satan’s domain, that is, to save people with the word, not to hurt people with the word. I speak stern words for achieving the results of the work. Only if I do the work this way can people know themselves and break away from their disobedient disposition.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From God’s words, we know that in the last days, Christ judges and chastises corrupt mankind through expressing the truth. All the words that God judges man with are the revelation of His righteous disposition and what He has and is, and the words that can be man’s life. Therefore, they are all truths. For corrupt mankind, these words of truth themselves are judgment, chastisement, searching, and purification. Meanwhile, Almighty God also thoroughly discloses man’s nature and substance corrupted by Satan, the truth of his corruption and the roots of sin. Then man reflects on himself, and sees clearly that his living out is completely the likeness of Satan, so he truly repents, willingly accepts God’s judgment, and chastisement, trials and refining, and pursues transformation in his disposition under the leading of God’s word. And he gradually breaks away from the bondage and restraint of his corrupt satanic disposition, rebels against Satan thoroughly and returns to God. Man’s nature of sinning is therefore resolved radically. If Christ didn’t use the word to judge, chastise, and reveal the corruption of man, man could never see his corrupt satanic disposition and deep-rooted nature and substance of hating the truth, disobeying and resisting God, and would mistakenly take some good deeds as the transformation in disposition. Man can’t become holy in this way. For example, one doesn’t find himself making a mistake in doing things and considers what he does as legitimate, while others see clearly he is doing wrong. Under such circumstance, only when someone points out the mistake can he realize it and then come to know himself according to God’s word, find a way of practice in God’s word, and act and transform according to God’s will and requirements. In the past, I absolutely couldn’t accept it if someone said I couldn’t be raptured. I worked and preached for the Lord, carried the cross and abandoned the secular world; if I couldn’t be approved by the Lord, then what man could? This is completely caused by the haughty and arrogant nature of man. Man has been corrupted by Satan to such an extent that he is devoid of any conscience and sense, without the slightest obedience to God and full of satanic dispositions; however, they know nothing about themselves. Therefore, God has to use word to disclose, judge and chastise man to wake him up. So the judgment of the word is the most beneficial for man to change his disposition, and is the most crucial step in God’s work of saving mankind. No matter how faithful one is to the Lord Jesus, if he doesn’t accept Almighty God’s work of judgment, he won’t be approved by the Lord Jesus, much less be ‘raptured.’”
After hearing the fellowship, I thought to myself, “It’s very practical that Almighty God does the work of judgment with the truth and uses the word to reveal the corruption within man. And thus man can know what corruptions he is possessed of as well as the path to enter into. Only in this way can man have a true transformation! No one can open these mysteries. Of men, who can reveal the things within man’s nature? Only God searches man’s heart and mind. I need to further investigate.” Then I asked, “Brother Liu, what’s the final result that Almighty God’s work of judgment, chastisement and purification aims to achieve?”
Brother Liu replied, “Brother, Almighty God’s word has explained the truth in this regard. Let’s read another two passages of Almighty God’s words. Almighty God says, ‘The essence of God’s work of chastisement and judgment is to cleanse humanity, and it is for the day of final rest. Otherwise, the whole of humanity will not be able to follow their own kind or enter into rest. This work is humanity’s only path to enter into rest. Only God’s work of cleansing cleanses humanity of their unrighteousness, and only His work of chastisement and judgment brings to light those disobedient things among humanity, thereby separating those who can be saved from those who cannot, and those who will remain from those who will not. When His work ends, those people who remain will be cleansed and enjoy a more wonderful second human life upon the earth as they enter a higher realm of humanity; in other words, they will enter into humanity’s days of rest and live together with God. After those who cannot remain have undergone chastisement and judgment, their original forms will be entirely revealed; after this they will all be destroyed and, like Satan, will no longer be allowed to survive upon the earth. The humanity of the future will no longer contain any of this type of people; these people are not fit to enter into the land of the ultimate rest, nor are they fit to enter into the day of rest that God and man will share, for they are the targets of punishment and are the wicked; they are not righteous people.’ ‘The work of the last days is to separate all according to their kind, to conclude the management plan of God, for the time is near and the day of God has come. God shall bring all who have entered His kingdom, that is, all those who have been loyal to Him to the end, into the age of God Himself. However, before the coming of the age of God Himself, the work that God desires to do is not to observe the deeds of man or to inquire about the lives of man, but to judge his rebellion, for God shall purify all those who come before His throne. All those who have followed the footsteps of God to this day are those who have come before the throne of God, hence all who accept the last of God’s work are those to be purified by God. In other words, all those who accept the last of God’s work are those who will be judged by God.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) In the last days, God will classify all things according to their kind by the work of judgment and chastisement, for God’s six-thousand-year management plan has come to an end. God will take those true believers of Him in every sect and denomination before Him and let them accept the judgment of His word, so that they can know themselves and thus rebel themselves, gradually attain the transformation in their disposition, be cleansed and approved by God, and finally remain and be brought into the beautiful destination that God has prepared for man. Meanwhile, God will thoroughly reveal the irredeemable men who don’t acknowledge but disobey and resist Christ of the last days, and then destroy them all. Through the work of chastisement and judgment, the good will be separated from the evil, which is to say that true believers will be completely separated from false believers, and sheep from goats. Through the judgment and chastisement, the true believers come to know God and know themselves, and have true obedience to and reverence for God. They have a right outlook on life and values, live by the truth completely, live before God in a released and free way, and have the likeness of a real man. These men entirely break away from Satan’s dark influence and are fully sanctified, live in the guidance of God’s light and enjoy the life on earth as if in heaven.”
With tears in her eyes, my wife delightedly said, “Almighty God’s word is so clear. Only the word expressed by Christ of the last days can judge, cleanse, and save man. The work is so practical.”
I said excitedly, “Brother Liu, these words are the mysteries revealed by God! Almighty God is the returned Jesus. Accepting the work of Almighty God is ‘being raptured’. I shall never cling to the old without any movement. I’ll follow the footsteps of Almighty God. In the past, I pursued to be ‘raptured’ in vagueness and supernatural imaginations. How foolish I was! God’s work is really unfathomable to man!”
Brother Liu showed a gratified smile and said, “Thank Almighty God for His salvation! Our meeting today is totally God’s arrangement. God will all the people He is to save to His throne so that they can accept His personal shepherding and watering, and gain the truth as life at last. Almighty God says, ‘Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Almighty God has expressed all the truth of cleansing man and saving man, and is perfecting a group of overcomers. This group of overcomers are the first fruits made complete by God before the disaster, who will attend the lamb’s banquet as prophesized by the Lord Jesus, and they are, of course, the wise virgins. Only if man comes out of the religion and receives Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days, can he really be raptured to God’s throne, be cleansed and saved, and .”
I nodded and sighed with emotion, “Thank the Lord! Almighty God’s word has shown man the way of entering the kingdom of heaven. Christ of the last days is man’s gateway to the kingdom of heaven. Without His work of judgment, man could never enter God’s kingdom. We need to investigate the work and word of Almighty God carefully, and can’t miss this opportunity to be raptured!”
After that time, my wife and I investigated carefully for one month, and were certain about Almighty God’s work in the last days. Under God’s leading, we live the church life with the brothers and sisters from the Church of Almighty God. We read the word of Almighty God, experience the judgment and chastisement of God, live in the light of God’s countenance, and have a new life. I no longer eagerly yearn for the Lord coming suddenly to bring me into the kingdom of heaven as before, but practice God’s word and experience God’s work realistically, and pursue to change my disposition. We feel happy, delighted, and released and free. I can’t help sighing with emotion: I am eventually raptured to God’s throne!
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