In the beginning, God was in rest. At that time, there was neither mankind nor all things on earth, and God did not do any work. Only after there was mankind and mankind was corrupted did God start the management work. From then on, God was no longer in rest but began to be busy among mankind. Because of the corruption of mankind, God lost his rest, and because of the rebellion of the archangel, God lost his rest. If God does not defeat satan and save the corrupted mankind, God can never enter into rest. As man has lost the rest, God has lost his rest. When God enters into rest again, man will also enter into rest. The life in the rest will be a life in which there is no war, no filthiness, and no unrighteousness remaining, that is, there is no disturbance of satan (the hostile force), no corruption of satan, and no harassment of any force that is hostile to God, all things are after their kinds and worship the Creator, and the heavens and the earth are in peace. This will be mankind’s life in the rest. When God enters into rest, on earth there will be no more unrighteousness remaining and no more harassment of any hostile force, and mankind will enter into a new state and will no longer be the mankind corrupted by satan but a mankind who has been saved after being corrupted by satan. The day of mankind’s rest will also be the day of God’s rest. God loses his rest because mankind cannot enter into rest; it is not that he had no rest from the beginning. Entering into rest does not mean that all things will stop their activities or everything will stop developing. Neither does it mean that God will no longer work and men will no longer live their life. The mark of entering into rest is that satan has been destroyed, all the wicked men who are associated with satan in its evil have been punished and destroyed, and all the forces hostile to God exist no more. For God to enter into rest means that God will no longer do the work of saving mankind; for mankind to enter into rest means that all mankind will live in God’s light and live under God’s blessing, there will be no corruption of satan and no occurrence of unrighteousness, and all mankind will live normally on earth under God’s care. For God and man to enter into rest together means that mankind will have been saved and satan will have been destroyed, and that God’s work on man will have completely ended and God will not continue to work on man and man will no longer live under satan’s authority. Thus, God will no longer be busy and man will no longer rush about, and God and man will enter into rest at the same time. God will return to his original place, and men will all return to their own places. These will be the respective destinations of God and man after the end of the entire management. God will have his destination, and man will have his place to go. God in the rest will continue to lead all mankind to live on earth, and man in God’s light will worship the only true God in heaven. God will not live among men, and man cannot live with God in God’s destination. God and man cannot live in the same realm, and they will have their own ways of living. God is the One who leads all mankind, while all mankind are the crystallization of God’s management work and are the led ones, who are different from God in essence. The original meaning of “rest” is to return to one’s original place. So, for God to enter into rest means that God will return to his original place, will no longer live on earth, and will no longer stay among men to share joys and sufferings with them. For man to enter into rest means that men will all become real created beings, will worship God on earth and have a normal life of mankind, will no longer disobey or resist God, and will recover the life of Adam and Eve in the beginning. These will be the respective lives and destinations of God and man after they enter into rest. The defeat of satan will be the sure trend of God warring against satan. So, God’s entering into rest after the end of his management work and man’s entering into rest after being thoroughly saved will also be the sure trend. Man’s resting place will be on earth, and God’s resting place will be in heaven. Man in the rest will worship God and live on earth, and God in the rest will lead the mankind who remain, leading them in heaven and not on earth. God will still be Spirit, and man will still be flesh. God and man will have their different ways of resting. God in the rest will come among men and appear to them, and man in the rest will be taken by God to heaven to have a visit and enjoy the heavenly life. After God and man enter into rest, satan will have ceased to exist, and the wicked men will, like satan, have also ceased to exist. Before God and man enter into rest, the evil ones who have persecuted God on earth and God’s enemies who have done disobedience on earth will have been destroyed, destroyed by the great disasters of the end time. After the thorough destruction of the evil ones, there will be no more disturbance of satan among men; only then will mankind have been thoroughly saved and will God’s work have completely ended. This is the precondition for God and man entering into rest.
That the end of all things is near refers to the conclusion of God’s work and the conclusion of mankind’s development, which means that the mankind corrupted by satan have come to the end of their development and the descendants of Adam and Eve have come to the end of their multiplication, and that such a mankind corrupted by satan can no longer continue to develop. The Adam and Eve in the beginning were not corrupted, but the Adam and Eve who were driven out of the Garden of Eden were corrupted by satan. When God and man enter into rest together, the Adam and Eve who were driven out of the Garden of Eden and their offspring will come to an end. The future mankind, though still being the offspring of Adam and Eve, will not be a mankind who lives under satan’s authority but a mankind who has been saved and purified. This mankind will be a mankind who has been judged and chastised and will be a holy mankind, who will be different from the mankind in the beginning and can almost be said to be a different kind of men from the Adam and Eve in the beginning. This mankind will be men chosen from among all those corrupted by satan, will be a mankind who has finally stood in judgment and chastisement, and will be the last group of men left from the corrupt mankind. Only this group of men can enter into the final rest together with God. Those who can stand in the end-time work of judgment and chastisement, that is, in the final purifying work, will be the ones who enter into the final rest together with God. So, all the ones who enter into rest will be those who have broken away from satan’s power and have been gained by God through the last stage of work of purifying. These men gained in the end will enter into the final rest. The work of chastisement and judgment is essentially for purifying mankind and for the day of the final rest. Otherwise, mankind cannot be after their kinds and cannot enter into rest. This work is the only pathway for mankind to enter into rest. Only the purifying work purifies mankind of all their unrighteousness, and only the work of chastisement and judgment exposes all disobedience in mankind, thereby differentiating those who can be saved from those who cannot and differentiating those who can remain from those who cannot. When the work ends, all those who can remain will have been purified and will enter into a higher state for mankind and enjoy the second life, a more wonderful life, of mankind on earth, that is, will enter into the day of mankind’s rest and live with God. Those who cannot remain will have completely shown their true self after being chastised and judged, and then they all will be destroyed and, like satan, can no longer live on earth. There will no longer be such men among the future mankind. Such men will not be qualified to enter into the final resting place or to enter into the day of rest that God and man will enjoy together, because they are the ones to be punished, the evil ones, and not the righteous ones. They were once redeemed and have been judged and chastised, and they have done service for God. But when the last day comes, they will still be eliminated and destroyed because of their being wicked and disobedient beyond salvation, not living in the future world or living among the future mankind. All evildoers and all unsaved ones, whether they are the souls of those who have died or men living in the flesh, will be destroyed when the holy mankind enters into rest. With the souls who did evil and the men who do evil or the souls of the righteous and the men who do righteousness, no matter which age they belong to, all the evil ones will be destroyed, and all the righteous ones will be kept alive. Whether a man or a soul will be saved will not be decided entirely according to the final work but determined according to whether he resists God and disobeys God. If a man in the previous age did evil and was beyond salvation, he is surely one to be punished. If a man does evil in this age and is beyond salvation, he is surely also one to be punished. All kinds of men are divided according to good and evil, not according to the age. God does not punish or reward men right after dividing them into good and evil, but will do the work of punishing the evil and rewarding the good after the end-time work of conquering. Actually, since God did his work on mankind, he has begun to divide mankind according to good and evil. But he will not reward the righteous and punish the wicked until the work ends. It is not that he will divide the wicked from the righteous at the end time when the work ends and then immediately do the work of punishing the evil and rewarding the good. The work of punishing the evil and rewarding the good in the end is entirely for purifying all mankind thoroughly, so that he can bring the perfectly holy mankind into the eternal rest. This stage of work is the most crucial work and is the last stage of the entire management work. If God were not to destroy all the evil ones but to let them remain, mankind still could not enter into rest, and God could not bring mankind into a more beautiful state. Such a work would not be a work fully concluded. Only if all mankind has become perfectly holy when the work ends can God live in the rest peacefully.
Now people still cannot drop the fleshly things and still cannot give up the fleshly enjoyments, the world, money, and their corrupt disposition. Most people are pursuing perfunctorily. Actually, such people simply do not have God in their heart, much less fear God. As they do not have God in their heart, they cannot see anything God does clearly, much less believe in the words from his mouth. Such people are too fleshly and too deeply corrupted, and they do not have the truth at all, much less believe that God can be incarnated. All those who do not believe in God incarnate, that is, all those who do not believe in the work and word of the visible God or who do not believe in the visible God but worship the invisible God in heaven, are the ones who do not have God in their heart, the ones who disobey and resist God. Such people do not have humanity and sense, much less have the truth. To these people, the visible and touchable God is all the more unbelievable, but the invisible and untouchable God is most believable and most pleasing to the heart. What they seek is not the practical truth or the true meaning of life, much less God’s will. Rather, they seek after excitement. Whatever things can best help them to fulfill their desires will undoubtedly be their belief and pursuit. They believe in God only for satisfying their own desires and not for seeking the truth. Aren’t all these people the ones who do evil? They are very self-confident and do not believe that the God in heaven will destroy such “good men” as they are, but think that God will let them remain and reward them greatly, because they have done many things for God and have done much “faithfulness” to God. If they also pursue the visible God, once their desires are frustrated, they will immediately make an attack against God or fly into a rage. These people are all “base men” who seek to satisfy their own desires and are not “upright men” who pursue the truth. Such people are the so-called evil ones who follow Christ. Those who do not seek the truth cannot possibly believe in the truth, much less can they see clearly mankind’s future outcomes, because they do not believe in any work or word of the visible God and also cannot believe mankind’s future destinations. So, even though they follow the visible God, they are still doing evil but do not seek the truth nor practice the truth required by me. Those who do not believe that they will be destroyed are the ones to be destroyed. They all consider themselves very smart and consider themselves as the ones who practice the truth. They treasure their evil deeds as the truth. Such wicked men are all too self-confident; they take the truth as doctrine and their evil deeds the truth. In the end, they will only reap what they have sown. The more self-confident and more arrogant a person is, the less he can gain the truth. The more a person believes in the God in heaven, the more he is one who resists God. All such people are the ones to be punished. Before mankind enters into rest, whether people of various kinds will be punished or rewarded will be decided according to whether they seek the truth, whether they know God, and whether they can obey the visible God. Those who have done service but do not know or obey the visible God are all the ones who have no truth. These people are the ones who do evil. The evildoers are undoubtedly the ones to be punished, and they will be punished according to their evil deeds. God is for man to believe in and is worthy for man to obey. But those who only believe in the vague and invisible god are all the ones who do not believe in God and cannot obey God. If they, at the end of the conquering work, still cannot believe in the visible God and still disobey and resist the visible God in the flesh, these “believers in the vague god” are undoubtedly the ones to be destroyed. For example, all those among you who acknowledge the incarnated God with their lips but cannot practice the truth of obeying the incarnated God are the ones to be eliminated and destroyed in the end, and all those who acknowledge the visible God with their lips and eat and drink the truth expressed by the visible God but pursue the vague and invisible god are even more the ones to be destroyed in the future. These people cannot remain in the rest that comes after the end of the work. None of such people can remain in the rest. Those who are of devil are all the ones who do not practice the truth. They resist and disobey God in substance and do not have any intention to obey God. Such people are all the ones to be destroyed. Whether you have the truth or whether you resist God is judged according to your substance and not according to your outward appearance or your occasional words and deeds. Whether a person will be destroyed will be decided according to his substance and determined according to the substance expressed in his doing things and pursuing the truth. With people who are equally workers and do the same amount of work, the ones whose humanity is good in substance and who have the truth are ones to remain, and the ones whose humanity is evil in substance and who disobey the visible God are ones to perish. All God’s works or words that concern mankind’s destination deal with men properly according to their substance, without any mistake, much less the slightest error. Only man’s work will be mixed with man’s emotion or man’s will; God’s work is always most proper, and he will never frame any created being. Now, many people cannot see clearly mankind’s destinations in the future and do not believe in my words. All those who do not believe and those who do not practice the truth are devils! Now, those who do not pursue and those who pursue are two kinds of people, two kinds of people with different destinations. Those who pursue to know the truth and practice the truth are the ones to be saved by God. Those who do not know the true way are all devils and enemies, the offspring of the archangel, and the ones to perish. Aren’t the devout believers in the vague god also devils? Those who have a good conscience but do not accept the true way are all devils, and they resist God in substance. Those who do not accept the true way are all the ones who resist God. Even if such people suffer a lot, they are still the ones to perish. Those who are not willing to give up the world, who cannot leave their parents, and who cannot give up their fleshly enjoyments, are all the ones who disobey God and are all the ones to be destroyed. All those who do not believe in the incarnated God are devils and are even more the ones to perish in the future. Those who believe but do not practice the truth, those who do not believe in God incarnate, and those who simply do not believe in God’s existence, are all the ones to perish. All the ones who can remain are those who have gone through the sufferings of refining and stood and who have truly passed through trials. All those who do not acknowledge God are enemies. That is, all those in and outside this stream who do not acknowledge God incarnate are antichrists! Who are satans? Who are devils? And who are God’s enemies? Aren’t they the resisters who do not believe in God? Aren’t they those who disobey God? Aren’t they those who believe with their lips but do not have the truth? Aren’t they those who only pursue to receive blessings but cannot testify for God? Today, you still associate with these devils and exercise conscience and love toward these devils. Aren’t you showing kindness to satans? Aren’t you wallowing in the mire with devils? If people, having followed until today, still do not know good and evil and still exercise love and compassion blindly and do not have any intention to seek God’s heart and cannot at all take God’s heart as their heart, the end of such people will be more tragic. All those who do not believe in the God in the flesh are God’s enemies. You exercise conscience and love toward enemies; do you have any sense of justice? You are compatible with those I hate and oppose, and still show love or favoritism to them. Aren’t you disobeying? Aren’t you deliberately resisting? Do such people have the truth? They exercise conscience toward enemies, love toward devils, and compassion toward satans. Aren’t they all the ones who deliberately disrupt the work? Not to mention those who do not believe in God, even those who only believe in Jesus but do not believe in the God incarnated in the end time and those who believe in God incarnate with their lips but do evil are all antichrists. Such people are all the ones to perish. Man’s criterion for judging a person is according to his deeds: He whose deeds are good is a righteous one and he whose deeds are evil is a wicked one. But God’s criterion for judging a person is according to whether he obeys God in substance: He who obeys God is a righteous one and he who does not obey God is an enemy and an evil one, regardless of whether his deeds are good or bad or whether his words are right or wrong. Some people want to obtain the future pleasant destination by good deeds, and some want to buy it with nice words. People all mistakenly think that God will decide a person’s outcome by his deeds or his words. So, many people want to receive some temporary grace by deception with those things. Those who are kept alive in the future rest will all be the ones who have passed through the days of suffering and have borne testimony for God, who have fulfilled man’s duty, and who have a mind to obey God. Those who only want to take advantage of doing service to be exempted from practicing the truth are all the ones who cannot remain. God has proper standards for arranging all men’s outcomes, and he will not decide them only according to their words and deeds or decide them according to their doings over a period of time. God will by no means deal with all the evil deeds of a man leniently because he has ever done service for God and will not exempt him from the punishment of death because he has spent for God for some time. No one can escape the retribution for his evil. And no one can cover up his evil deeds and thus escape from the suffering of perishing. If a person can truly fulfill his duty, it means that he will be faithful to God forever without seeking any reward and regardless of whether he will receive blessings or suffer disasters. If a person is faithful to God when he sees blessings but loses his faithfulness to God when he sees no blessings, and if in the end such a person who has faithfully done service for God for some time still cannot testify for God or fulfill the duty he should fulfill, he will still be one to perish. In a word, the wicked cannot live forever or enter into rest. Only the righteous will be the masters in the rest. After all mankind have entered the right track, men will have a normal human life, can perform their own duty, can be absolutely faithful to God, will have completely cast off their disobedience and corrupt disposition, will be living for God and living because of God, will have no disobedience and resistance, and can obey God completely. That will be the life of God and man, the life in the kingdom, and the life in the rest.
Those who drag into the church their utterly unbelieving children or relatives are all ones who are too selfish and who show kindness. Such people only exercise love, without caring whether they believe or whether it is God’s will. Some drag their wives before God or drag their parents before God. Without caring whether the Holy Spirit agrees or whether the Holy Spirit works, they simply “recruit talents” for God. What is the good of your showing kindness to these unbelieving ones? Even if these unbelieving ones who do not have the presence of the Holy Spirit follow reluctantly, they cannot be saved, as people have imagined. Those who are saved are not the ones who can be gained so easily. Without experiencing the working of the Holy Spirit and trials and without being perfected by the incarnated God, one cannot be made complete at all. So, these people have no presence of the Holy Spirit from the time they begin to follow nominally. As far as their conditions and actual states are concerned, they simply cannot be made complete, so the Holy Spirit has no intention to spend much effort on them and gives them no inspiration or guidance, but just lets them follow and in the end reveals their outcomes. Man’s zeal and man’s will are from satan and cannot accomplish the work of the Holy Spirit. No matter what one is like, he has to have the working of the Holy Spirit. Can man make man complete? What do husbands love their wives for? What do wives love their husbands for? What do children honor their parents for? What do parents love their children for? What is their intent? Isn’t it to satisfy their own intentions and selfish desires? Is it truly for God’s management plan? Is it for God’s work? Is it to fulfill the duty of a created being? Those who cannot receive the presence of the Holy Spirit when they first believe in God can never receive the working of the Holy Spirit. These people are surely the ones to perish. No matter how much love others have for them, it cannot replace the working of the Holy Spirit. Man’s zeal and love represent man’s will and cannot represent God’s will or replace God’s work. Even if people show greatest love or compassion to those who believe nominally and to those who pretend to follow but do not know what it means to believe in God, they still cannot receive God’s sympathy or the Holy Spirit’s working. If one genuinely follows, even if he is too poor in qualities to understand many truths, he can occasionally have the working of the Holy Spirit. But those who have very good qualities and yet do not genuinely believe cannot receive the presence of the Holy Spirit at all. Such people simply do not have any possibility of being saved. Even if they read God’s word, listen to messages occasionally, or sing hymns to praise God, they cannot be kept alive in the final rest. Whether a person genuinely pursues does not depend on what others say about him or how the surrounding people look at him. Rather, it depends on whether he has the working of the Holy Spirit and the presence of the Holy Spirit and depends even more on whether he has some transformation in his disposition and has some knowledge of God after the Holy Spirit works on him for a period of time. If one has the working of the Holy Spirit, his disposition will be gradually transformed and his knowledge about the viewpoint of believing in God will become purer and purer. No matter how long a person has followed, as long as he has transformation, it means that he has the working of the Holy Spirit; if he has no transformation, it means that he has no working of the Holy Spirit. Even if such a person does service, he is driven by his intent of receiving blessings. Doing service occasionally cannot be a substitute for the transformation of his disposition, and in the end he will still be one to perish. This is because in the kingdom, there is no need of service-doers and no need for anyone whose disposition is not transformed to wait upon the perfected ones who are faithful to God. Before, it was said, “If a person believes in the Lord, his whole household will be blessed.” This word is applicable to the Age of the Grace and has nothing to do with man’s destination. It is only applicable to a period in the Age of the Grace. The inner meaning of this word is only true with respect to the peace and material blessings a person enjoys. It does not mean that if a person believes in the Lord, his whole household will be saved or that if a person receives blessings, his whole household can be brought into the rest by him. Whether a person will receive blessings or suffer punishment will be decided according to his own substance, not according to the substance of both others and his own. There is simply no such thing or such ordinance in the kingdom. If a person can be kept alive in the end, it will be because he has met God’s requirements. If a person cannot be kept alive in the final rest, it will be because he himself has disobeyed God and failed to satisfy God’s requirements. Every person will have a fitting destination, and it will be decided according to his own substance and have nothing to do with others at all. Children’s evil deeds cannot be added unto their parents, and parents cannot share in the righteousness of their children. Parents’ evil deeds cannot be added unto their children, and children cannot share in the righteousness of their parents. Each person will bear his own sins or enjoy his own blessings, and no one can take the place of anyone else. This is righteousness. In man’s eyes, if parents receive blessings, their children will be able to receive blessings, and if children do evil, their parents will have to be punished in their stead. This is man’s thought and man’s practice, not God’s thought. Each person’s outcome will be decided according to his substance expressed by his doings and will be decided properly. No one can bear the sins of anyone else, much less receive punishment in place of anyone else. This is absolute. Parents may love their children, but they cannot do righteousness on their behalf; children may honor their parents, but they cannot do righteousness on their behalf. This is the true meaning of “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” No one can bring his children who do evil into the rest because he loves them so much. And no one can bring his wife (or her husband) into the rest because he does righteousness. This is an ordinance in the administration. No one can be an exception to it. Righteousness- doers are righteousness-doers, and evildoers are evildoers. The righteousness-doers are the ones who can be kept alive, and the evildoers are the ones to perish. The holy are the holy, not filthy; the filthy are the filthy, without any element of holiness. Those to be destroyed are all the evil ones and those to be kept alive are all the righteous ones, even if the children of the evil ones are righteousness-doers, and even if the parents of the righteous ones are evildoers. The believing husbands have nothing to do with their unbelieving wives, and the believing children have nothing to do with their unbelieving parents. They are two kinds of people incompatible with each other. Before people enter into rest, there is fleshly relation. But after people enter into rest, there will no longer be such thing as fleshly relation. Those who perform duty and those who do not are enemies. Those who love God and those who hate God are against each other. Those to enter into rest and those to be destroyed are two kinds of created beings who cannot be compatible with each other. The created beings who perform duty will be kept alive, and the created beings who do not will be destroyed. And they will be so forever. Do you love your husband for performing the duty of a created being? Do you love your wife for performing the duty of a created being? Do you honor your unbelieving parents for performing the duty of a created being? Is your viewpoint of believing in God right? What do you believe in God for? What do you want to gain? How do you love God? Those who cannot fulfill the duty of a created being and cannot do all that they can will all be the objects of destruction. Now there are still fleshly relationships and blood connections between people. In the future, all these will be broken. Believers and unbelievers are not compatible with each other but against each other. Those in the rest are all the ones who believe that there is God and who obey God, and all the disobedient ones will have been destroyed. There will be no families on earth. How could there be the relationship of parents and children or of husband and wife? All these fleshly relationships will have been broken up because believers and unbelievers are incompatible with each other!
Among mankind, there were originally no families but only man and woman, two kinds of men, and there were no nations, much less families. But because of man’s corruption, various people formed many individual family groups. Later, they developed into nations and races, and these nations and races were all composed of many individual families. Thus, various kinds of people are distributed in different races according to different languages and different regions. Actually, no matter how many races there are in the world, mankind has the same ancestors after all. In the beginning, there were only two kinds of men, who were only man and woman. However, because of the advancement of the work, the progress of history, and the changing of the landform, these two kinds of men have developed into more kinds of men in different degrees. All in all, no matter how many races mankind is composed of, the whole mankind is created by God. People of any race are created beings and the offspring of Adam and Eve. Although they are not created by God’s hand, they all are the offspring of Adam and Eve who were personally created by God. Any kind of men are created beings. Since they are created mankind, they will have the destinations mankind should have, and they will be divided according to the ordinance for arranging mankind. That is to say, the evildoers and the righteousness-doers are all created beings after all. The created beings who do evil are the ones to perish in the end, while the created beings who do righteousness are the ones to be kept alive. This is the most proper arrangement for the two kinds of created beings. The evildoers cannot, because they are disobedient, deny that they are the ones who were created by God but were taken captive by satan and thus are beyond salvation. The righteousness-doers cannot, because they can be kept alive, deny that they are the ones who were created by God but were corrupted by satan and then are saved. The evildoers are created beings who disobey God and created beings who are beyond salvation and who have been completely taken captive by satan. The evildoers are also men, men who have been extremely corrupted and who are beyond salvation. Also being created beings, the righteousness-doers are also corrupted men, but they are the ones who are willing to cast off their corrupt disposition and who can obey God. The righteousness-doers are not the ones filled with righteousness, but the ones who are saved and free from their corrupt disposition and obey God. They are the ones who stand in the end, not the ones who have not been corrupted by satan. After the work ends, among all created beings, some will perish and others will be kept alive. This is the sure trend of the management work, and this cannot be denied by anyone. The evildoers cannot be kept alive, while those who obey and follow to the end can surely be kept alive. Since this is a work of managing mankind, there will be some who are left and others eliminated. These are the different outcomes of different kinds of men and are the most proper arrangements for created beings. The ultimate arrangement for mankind is to divide them by breaking families, races, and nationalities. There will be no families or nationalities, for men have the same ancestors after all and are all created beings. In a word, the created beings who do evil will be destroyed, and the created beings who obey God will be kept alive. So, in the future rest, there will be no families and no nations, much less races. Such a mankind will be the most holy mankind. In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve for the purpose that they could rule over all things on earth. That is, men were originally the masters of all things. It was Jehovah’s intention in creating men that they could live on earth and rule over all things on earth, for in the beginning men were not corrupted and they could not do evil. However, after men were corrupted, they were no longer the rulers of all things. God’s purpose of salvation is to recover this function of men and recover their original sense and obedience. And the mankind in the rest will be the very illustration of the result the work of salvation will produce. Although their life will not be like the life in the Garden of Eden, it will essentially be the same as that, only mankind will no longer be the uncorrupted mankind but a mankind who has been corrupted and then been saved. This saved mankind will enter into rest in the end (that is, after the work ends). Likewise, the outcomes of the ones to be punished will be completely revealed also in the end, and they will be destroyed only after the work ends. In other words, after the work ends, the evildoers and the saved ones will all be revealed, because the work of revealing different kinds of men (both the evildoers and the saved ones) is carried out on all men at the same time. The evildoers will be eliminated, and meanwhile those who can remain will be revealed. So, the outcomes of different kinds of men will be revealed at the same time. It is not that God will first let a group of saved men enter into rest and then put the evil men aside to be judged or punished little by little. The fact will not be like that. When the evil men are destroyed and those who are kept alive enter into rest, the work of the entire universe will end. There will not be a time difference between receiving blessings and suffering punishment. Those who receive blessings will live forever, and those who suffer punishment will perish forever. These two works will be completed at the same time. It is because there are disobedient ones that the righteousness of the obedient ones will be revealed. It is because there will be ones who receive blessings that the punishment suffered by the evildoers for their evil deeds will be revealed. If the evildoers were not to be revealed, those who genuinely obey God could never see the sun. If those who obey God were not to be brought into the proper destination, those who disobey God would not receive their deserved retribution. This is the procedure of the work. If God were not to do the work of punishing the evil and rewarding the good, created beings could never enter into their respective destinations. When mankind has entered into rest, all evildoers will have been destroyed, all mankind will have entered the right track, and all kinds of men will have been divided into their kinds according to the functions they should perform. This will be the day of rest for mankind and will be the sure trend of mankind’s development. Only when mankind enters into rest will it mean that the work has finally been crowned with success and will it be the end of the work. This work will end the decadent fleshly life of the whole mankind and end the life of the corrupt mankind. Thereafter, mankind will enter into a new state. Although men all live in the flesh, their life will essentially be very different from that of the corrupt mankind, and the meaning of their existence will also be different from that of the corrupt mankind. Although it will not be a life of a new man, it can be said to be the life of the saved mankind, the life after the recovery of their humanity and sense. These men are the ones who once disobeyed God and also the ones who have been conquered by God and then saved. And these men are the ones who have brought shame to God but then have testified for God. Their existence is the most meaningful existence that has been tested and remained. They are the ones who have testified for God before satan and who are worthy to live. Those to perish are all the ones who cannot stand God’s testimony and who are unworthy to live. They will be destroyed because of their evil deeds, and their destruction will be their best destination. After men have entered into the wonderful realm in the future, there will not, as they have imagined, be the relationship of husband and wife, of father and daughter, or of mother and son. At that time, all men will be after their kinds, and all families will have been broken. Satan will have been thoroughly defeated and will no longer disturb mankind. So men will no longer have the corrupt satanic disposition. All the disobedient will have been destroyed, and only the obedient will be kept alive. Thus, almost no one’s whole household will be kept alive. How could there be fleshly relationships? At that time, men’s former fleshly life will be thoroughly done away with, so how could there be fleshly relationships between men? As men will not have the corrupt satanic disposition, their life will no longer be their former old life, but a new life. Parents will lose their children, and children will lose their parents. Husbands will lose their wives, and wives will lose their husbands. Now there are fleshly relationships between men; when all men enter into rest, there will be no fleshly relationships. Only such a mankind will have righteousness and holiness and will be a mankind who worships God.
God created mankind and placed them on earth and has led them to this day. Later, he saved mankind and became mankind’s sin offering. At the end time, he has to conquer mankind and thoroughly save mankind, recovering man’s original likeness. From the beginning to the end he has been doing this work, recovering man’s original image and original likeness. He wants to establish his kingdom and recover man’s original likeness, which means to recover his authority on earth and recover his authority among all created beings. After men were corrupted by satan, they lost their heart of fearing God and lost their rightful function as a created being, becoming enemies that disobey God. They all live under satan’s authority and are manipulated by satan. So, God has no way to work among created beings, much less can he receive their fear. Man is created by God and should worship God, but he runs counter to God and worships satan. Satan has become an idol in his heart. Thus, God has lost his place in man’s heart, that is, the meaning of his creating man is lost. So, for him to recover the meaning of his creating man, he has to recover man’s original likeness and rid man of his corrupt disposition. To regain man from satan’s hand, he has to save man from sin. Only in this way can he gradually recover man’s original likeness and original function and eventually recover his kingdom. To thoroughly destroy the sons of disobedience in the end is also for the purpose that man can better worship God and better live on earth. Since God created mankind, he will have them worship him. Since he wants to recover man’s original function, he will recover it thoroughly, without leaving any mixture in it. For him to recover his authority is so that man will worship him, obey him, and live because of him, that all his enemies will be destroyed because of his authority, and that his everything will remain among men and will not be resisted by anyone. The kingdom he wants to establish is his own kingdom, and the mankind he wants is a mankind who worships him, who completely obeys him, and who has his glory. If he were not to save the corrupt mankind, the meaning of his creating man would come to naught, and he could not have authority among men or have his kingdom on earth again. If he were not to destroy all the enemies that disobey him, he could not gain full glory or establish his kingdom on earth. Destroying the disobedient ones among mankind thoroughly and bringing all those who have been made complete into the rest will be the mark that his work has been accomplished and been crowned with success. All mankind will have recovered their original likeness and can perform their own duty, keep their own place, and obey God’s every arrangement. Thus, God will have gained a group of men on earth who worship him and will have established a kingdom on earth that worships him. He will triumph on earth forever, and those who are hostile to him will perish forever. Then he will have recovered his original intention in creating man, recovered his intention in creating all things, and recovered his authority on earth, his authority among all things, and his authority among his enemies. This will be a mark that he has completely triumphed. From then on, mankind will enter into rest and into the human life on the right track, and God will enter into the eternal rest together with man and into an eternal life of God with man. The filthiness and disobedience on earth will disappear, and the wailing on earth will disappear. All those who are hostile to God on earth will exist no more. Only God and those who have been saved by him will remain, and only all things created by him will remain.