God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together (Part Two)
Those who take their utterly unbelieving children and relatives into church are too selfish and show their kindness. These people stress only love, with no regard as to whether they believe or whether it is God’s will. Some bring their wives before God, or bring their parents before God, and regardless of whether the Holy Spirit agrees or carries out His work, they blindly “adopt talented people” for God. What benefit can possibly be gained from extending this kindness toward these people who do not believe? Even if these unbelievers who are without the presence of the Holy Spirit struggle to follow God, they still cannot be saved as one believes they can. Those who receive salvation are not actually that easy to obtain. Those who have not undergone the Holy Spirit’s work and trials and have not been perfected by God incarnate cannot be completed at all. Therefore, these people lack the Holy Spirit’s presence from the moment they begin to nominally follow God. According to their conditions and actual states, they simply cannot be made complete. So, the Holy Spirit does not decide to expend much energy upon them, nor does He provide any enlightenment or guide them in any way; He merely allows them to follow along and ultimately reveals their outcome—this is enough. Man’s enthusiasm and intentions come from Satan, and in no way can they complete the Holy Spirit’s work. No matter what kind of person one is, one must have the work of the Holy Spirit—can a person complete a person? Why does a husband love his wife? And why does a wife love her husband? Why are children dutiful to their parents? And why do parents dote on their children? What kinds of intentions do people really harbor? Is it not in order to satisfy one’s own plans and selfish desires? Is it really for God’s management plan? Is it for God’s work? Is it to fulfill a creature’s duty? Those who first believed in God and could not obtain the presence of the Holy Spirit can never obtain the work of the Holy Spirit; it has been determined that these people will be destroyed. No matter how much love one has for them, it cannot replace the work of the Holy Spirit. Man’s enthusiasm and love represent the intentions of man, but cannot represent God’s intentions and cannot replace God’s work. Even if one extends the greatest possible amount of love or pity toward those people who nominally believe in God and pretend to follow Him but do not know what it is to believe in God, they will still not obtain God’s sympathy or obtain the work of the Holy Spirit. Even if people who sincerely follow God are of poor caliber and cannot understand many truths, they can still occasionally obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, but those who are of rather good caliber yet do not sincerely believe simply cannot obtain the Holy Spirit’s presence. There is simply no possibility for salvation with these people. Even if they read or occasionally hear the messages or sing praises to God, in the end they will not be able to remain through the time of rest. Whether one seeks sincerely is not determined by how others judge them or how the people around view them, but by whether the Holy Spirit works upon them and whether they have the presence of the Holy Spirit, and it is all the more determined by whether their disposition changes and whether they have knowledge of God after undergoing the Holy Spirit’s work over a certain period; if the Holy Spirit works upon a person, this person’s disposition will gradually change, and their view on believing in God will gradually grow purer. Regardless of how long one follows God, as long as they have changed, this means that the Holy Spirit works upon them. If they have not changed, this means that the Holy Spirit does not work upon them. Even if these people render some service, they are instigated by their intentions to obtain good fortune. Occasional service cannot replace a change in their disposition. Ultimately they will still be destroyed, for there is no need for those who render service within the kingdom, nor is there need for anyone whose disposition has not changed to be of service to those people who have been perfected and who are faithful to God. Those words from the past, “When one believes in the Lord, fortune smiles upon one’s entire family,” are suitable for the Age of Grace but are unrelated to man’s destination. They were only appropriate for a stage during the Age of Grace. The intended meaning of these words is directed at the peace and material blessings that people enjoy; they do not mean that the entire family of one who believes in the Lord will be saved, nor do they mean that when one obtains good fortune, one’s entire family will also be brought into rest. Whether one receives blessings or suffers misfortune is determined according to one’s essence, and is not determined according to the common essence one shares with others. The kingdom simply does not have this kind of saying or this kind of rule. If one is ultimately able to survive, it is because one has achieved God’s requirements, and if one is ultimately unable to remain at the time of rest, it is because this person is disobedient to God and has not satisfied God’s requirements. Everyone has a suitable destination. These destinations are determined according to each person’s essence and are completely unrelated to others. A child’s wicked conduct cannot be transferred to his or her parents, and a child’s righteousness cannot be shared with his or her parents. A parent’s wicked conduct cannot be transferred to his or her children, and a parent’s righteousness cannot be shared with his or her children. Everyone bears his or her respective sins, and everyone enjoys his or her respective fortune. No one can substitute for another. This is righteousness. In man’s view, if parents obtain good fortune, so can their children, and if children commit evil, their parents must atone for their sins. This is man’s perspective and man’s way of doing things. It is not God’s perspective. Everyone’s outcome is determined according to the essence that comes from their conduct, and it is always determined appropriately. No one can bear the sins of another; even more so, no one can receive punishment in another’s stead. This is absolute. A parent’s doting care for his or her children does not mean that they can perform righteous deeds in their children’s stead, nor does the dutiful affection of a child to his or her parents mean that they can perform righteous deeds in their parents’ stead. This is the true meaning behind the words, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” No one can take their evildoing children into rest on the basis of their deep love for their children, nor can one take their wife (or husband) into rest on the basis of their own righteous conduct. This is an administrative rule; there can be no exceptions for anyone. Doers of righteousness are doers of righteousness, and evildoers are evildoers. Doers of righteousness will be able to survive, and evildoers will be destroyed. The holy are holy; they are not filthy. The filthy are filthy, and they do not contain a single holy part. All wicked people shall be destroyed, and all righteous people shall survive, even if the children of an evildoer perform righteous deeds, and even if the parents of a righteous person commit wicked deeds. There is no relationship between a believing husband and an unbelieving wife, and there is no relationship between believing children and unbelieving parents. They are two incompatible types. Prior to entering into rest, one has physical relatives, but once one has entered into rest, one no longer has any physical relatives to speak of. Those who do their duty and those who do not are enemies; those who love God and those who hate God are opposed to one another. Those who enter into rest and those who have been destroyed are two incompatible types of creatures. Creatures that fulfill their duty will be able to survive, and creatures that do not fulfill their duty will be destroyed; what is more, this shall last through eternity. Do you love your husband in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Do you love your wife in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Are you dutiful to your unbelieving parents in order to fulfill your duty as a creature? Is man’s view on believing in God right or not? Why do you believe in God? What do you want to gain? How do you love God? Those that cannot fulfill their duty as creatures and cannot make a full effort will be destroyed. People today have physical relationships among one another, as well as associations by blood, but later this will all be shattered. Believers and unbelievers are not compatible but rather opposed to one another. Those in rest believe that there is a God and are obedient to God. Those who are disobedient to God will have all been destroyed. Families will no longer exist upon earth; how could there be parents or children or relationships between husbands and wives? The very incompatibility of belief and unbelief will have severed these physical relationships! There were originally no families among humanity, only man and woman, two kinds of people. There were no countries, to say nothing of families, but due to man’s corruption, all kinds of people organized themselves into individual clans, later developing into countries and nations. These countries and nations were constituted of small individual families, and in this manner all kinds of people were distributed among various races according to differences in language and dividing boundaries. Actually, regardless of how many races there are in the world, humanity has only one ancestor. In the beginning, there were only two kinds of people, and these two kinds were man and woman. However, due to the progress of God’s work, the elapsing of history and geographical changes, to various degrees these two kinds of people developed into even more kinds of people. When it comes down to it, regardless of how many races humanity consists of, all of humanity is still God’s creation. No matter what race people belong to, they are all His creatures; they are all the descendants of Adam and Eve. Even though they are not made by the hands of God, they are the descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God personally created. No matter which type people belong to, they are all His creatures; since they belong to humanity, which was created by God, their destination is that which humanity should have, and they are divided according to the rules that organize humanity. That is to say, evildoers and the righteous are, after all, creatures. Creatures that commit evil will ultimately be destroyed, and creatures who perform righteous deeds will thereby survive. This is the most suitable arrangement for these two kinds of creatures. Evildoers cannot, due to their disobedience, deny that they are God’s creation but have been plundered by Satan and are thus unable to be saved. Creatures with righteous conduct cannot rely on the fact that they will survive to deny that they have been created by God yet have received salvation after having been corrupted by Satan. Evildoers are creatures who are disobedient to God; they are creatures that cannot be saved and have already been completely plundered by Satan. People who commit evil are also people; they are people who have been corrupted to the extreme and people that cannot be saved. Just as they are also creatures, people of righteous conduct have also been corrupted, but they are people who are willing to break free of their corrupt disposition and are capable of obeying God. People of righteous conduct do not brim with righteousness; rather, they have received salvation and broken free of their corrupt disposition to obey God; they will stand fast in the end, but this is not to say that they have not been corrupted by Satan. After God’s work ends, among all His creatures, there will be those who will be destroyed and those who will survive. This is an inevitable trend of His management work. No one can deny this. Evildoers cannot survive; those who obey and follow Him to the end are certainly to survive. As this work is that of humanity’s management, there will be those who remain and those who are eliminated. These are different outcomes of different types of people, and these are the most suitable arrangements for His creatures. God’s ultimate arrangement for mankind is to divide by shattering families, shattering nations and shattering national borders. It is one without families and national borders, for man is, after all, of one ancestor and is God’s creation. In short, evildoing creatures will be destroyed, and creatures that obey God will survive. In this way, there will be no families, no countries and especially no nations in the rest of the future; this kind of humanity is the holiest kind of humanity. Adam and Eve were originally created so that man could take care of all things on earth; man was originally the master of all things. Jehovah’s intention in creating man was to allow man to exist upon the earth and also take care of all things upon it, for man had not originally been corrupted and was also incapable of committing evil. However, after man was corrupted, he was no longer the caretaker of all things. And the purpose of God’s salvation is to restore this function of man, to restore man’s original reason and his original obedience; humanity in rest will be the very portrait of the result that His work of salvation hopes to attain. Although it will no longer be a life like the one in the Garden of Eden, its essence will be the same; humanity will merely no longer be its earlier uncorrupted self, but rather a humanity that was corrupted and then received salvation. These people who have received salvation will ultimately (that is, after His work has ended) enter into rest. Likewise, the outcomes of those who have been punished will also utterly be revealed in the end, and they will only be destroyed after His work has ended. This is to say that after His work is finished, those evildoers and those who have been saved will all be revealed, for the work of revealing all types of people (regardless of whether they are evildoers or the saved) will be carried out upon all people simultaneously. Evildoers will be eliminated, and those who can remain will simultaneously be revealed. Therefore, the outcomes of all types of people will be revealed simultaneously. He will not first allow a group of the people who have been saved to enter into rest before setting aside the evildoers and judging or punishing them a little at a time; the truth is not actually like this. When evildoers are destroyed and those who can survive enter into rest, His work in the entire universe will have finished. There will be no order of priority among those who receive blessings and those who suffer misfortune; those who receive blessings will live eternally, and those who suffer misfortune will perish for all eternity. These two steps of work shall be completed simultaneously. It is precisely because there are disobedient people that the righteousness of those obedient people shall be revealed, and it is precisely because there are those who have received blessings that the misfortune suffered by those evildoers for their wicked conduct shall be revealed. If God did not reveal evildoers, those people who sincerely obey God would never see the sun; if God did not take those who obey Him into a suitable destination, those who are disobedient to God would not be able to receive their deserved retribution. This is the process of His work. If He did not carry out this work of punishing evil and rewarding good, His creatures would never be able to enter into their respective destinations. Once mankind has entered into rest, the evildoers will be destroyed, all of humanity will enter into the right track, and every kind of person will be with their own kind in accordance with the functions that they should carry out. Only this will be humanity’s day of rest and the inevitable trend for humanity’s development, and only when humanity enters into rest will God’s great and ultimate accomplishment reach completion; this will be the coda of His work. This work will end all of humanity’s decadent physical life, and it will end the life of corrupt humanity. From here humanity shall enter into a new realm. Although man leads a physical existence, there are significant differences between the essence of his life and the essence of life of corrupt humanity. The meaning of his existence and the meaning of the existence of corrupt humanity are also different. Although this is not the life of a new kind of person, it can be said to be the life of a humanity that has received salvation and a life with humanity and reason regained. These are people who once were disobedient to God, and who were once conquered by God and then saved by Him; these are people who humiliated God and later bore witness to Him. Their existence, after undergoing and surviving His testing, is the most meaningful existence; they are people who bore witness to God before Satan; they are people who are fit to live. Those who will be destroyed are people who cannot stand witness to God and are not fit to live. Their destruction shall be due to their wicked conduct, and destruction is their best destination. When man later enters into the good realm, there will be none of the relationships between husband and wife, between father and daughter or between mother and son that man imagines he will find. At that time, man will follow his own kind, and the family will have already been shattered. Having completely failed, Satan will never disturb humanity again, and man will no longer have corrupt satanic disposition. Those disobedient people will have already been destroyed, and only those obedient people will survive. And so very few families will survive intact; how will physical relationships still be able to exist? Man’s past physical life will be utterly banned; how will physical relationships be able to exist between people? Without corrupt satanic disposition, the life of people will no longer be the old life of the past, but rather a new life. Parents will lose children, and children will lose parents. Husbands will lose wives, and wives will lose husbands. People now have physical relationships among one another. When they have all entered into rest there will be no more physical relationships. Only shall such humanity have righteousness and holiness, only shall such humanity be one that worships God. God created humanity, placed them upon earth, whom He has led to the present day. He then saved humanity and served as a sin offering for humanity. At the end He still must conquer humanity, save humanity entirely and restore them to their original likeness. This is the work that He has been engaged in from the beginning to the end—restoring man to his original image and to his original likeness. He will establish His kingdom and restore man’s original likeness, meaning that He will restore His authority upon earth and restore His authority among all creation. Man lost his God-fearing heart after being corrupted by Satan and lost the function that one of God’s creatures should have, becoming an enemy disobedient to God. Man lived under Satan’s domain and followed Satan’s orders; thus, God had no way to work among His creatures, and was all the more unable to win fear from His creatures. Man was created by God, and ought to worship God, but man actually turned his back to God and worshiped Satan. Satan became the idol in man’s heart. Thus God lost His standing in man’s heart, which is to say that He lost the meaning of His creation of man, and so to restore the meaning of His creation of man He must restore man’s original likeness and rid man of his corrupt disposition. To reclaim man from Satan, He must save man from sin. Only in this way can He gradually restore man’s original likeness and restore man’s original function, and in the end restore His kingdom. The ultimate destruction of those sons of disobedience will also be carried out in order to allow man to better worship God and better live upon the earth. Since God created man, He shall make man worship Him; since He wishes to restore man’s original function, He shall restore it completely, and without any adulteration. Restoring His authority means making man worship Him and making man obey Him; it means that He shall make man live because of Him and make His enemies perish because of His authority; it means that He will make every last part of Him persist among humanity and without any resistance by man. The kingdom He wishes to establish is His own kingdom. The humanity He wishes for is one that worships Him, one that completely obeys Him and has His glory. If He does not save corrupt humanity, the meaning of His creation of man will come to nothing; He will have no more authority among man, and His kingdom will no longer be able to exist upon the earth. If He does not destroy those enemies who are disobedient to Him, He will be unable to obtain His complete glory, nor will He be able to establish His kingdom upon the earth. These are the symbols of the completion of His work and the symbols of the completion of His great accomplishment: to utterly destroy those among humanity who are disobedient to Him, and to bring those who have been made complete into rest. When humanity has been restored to their original likeness, when humanity can fulfill their respective duties, keep their own place and obey all of God’s arrangements, God will have obtained a group of people upon the earth who worship Him, and He will also have established a kingdom upon the earth that worships Him. He will have eternal victory upon the earth, and those who are opposed to Him will perish for all eternity. This will restore His original intention in creating man; it will restore His intention in creating all things, and it will also restore His authority upon earth, His authority among all things and His authority among His enemies. These are the symbols of His total victory. Henceforth humanity will enter into rest and enter into a life that follows the right track. God will also enter into eternal rest with man and enter into an eternal life shared by God and man. The filth and disobedience upon the earth shall disappear, as shall the wailing upon the earth. All upon the earth that opposes God will not exist. Only God and those people that He has saved shall remain; only His creation shall remain.