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Question 2: We still haven’t determined whether God’s kingdom is on earth or in heaven. The Lord Jesus once talked about “the kingdom of heaven being at hand” and “the kingdom of heaven coming.” If it is the kingdom of heaven, it should be in heaven. How can it be on earth?

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III. Questions and Answers on Rapture

Question 2: We still haven’t determined whether God’s kingdom is on earth or in heaven. The Lord Jesus once talked about “the kingdom of heaven being at hand” and “the kingdom of heaven coming.” If it is the kingdom of heaven, it should be in heaven. How can it be on earth?

Answer: We should all be clear that “Heaven” is always referred to as God. The “heavenly kingdom” obviously refers to 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.” This means that God’s kingdom will be established on earth. In the end, the kingdoms of earth will become God’s kingdom. After the old world is destroyed in the great disasters, the Millennial Kingdom will appear. The kingdoms of the earth will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. Then God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This will completely fulfill the prophecy: New Jerusalem will come to earth. God has become flesh and does the work of judgment in the last days to end this dark, evil generation. All who hear God's voice and are raptured before His throne will be perfected into overcomers. Then the great disasters will begin. Only those who have been cleansed and saved by God’s work in the last days will survive. They will become the people of God’s kingdom. We are the most blessed to be able to accept God’s work in the last days here today. We who are lucky enough to hear God’s voice and be raised up before His throne will be cleansed through the judgment and chastisement of His words, and be made overcomers before the disasters, the firstfruits that are obtained by God. Then God will send down the great disasters. All who resist God, as well as all devilish non-believers will be destroyed in the great disaster. All who are cleansed and made perfect will receive God’s protection during the disaster; they will survive. When the Lord descends on a cloud and appears to everyone, God will come into His kingdom on earth. This is what God will soon accomplish. If we believers cannot see this vision, then are we not blind? Those who simply gaze up at the sky and wait for the Lord to come with clouds will cry and gnash their teeth when He actually does return on the clouds. It’s just as the prophecies in Revelation said, “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” (Rev 1:7). People who do not hear God’s voice before the disasters and fail to be raptured before His throne will fall into disasters and be punished therein, crying and gnashing their teeth.

God first created man on the earth. Satan corrupts mankind, also on the earth. Eventually God saves mankind, also on earth. All these have been done on earth until Christ’s kingdom appears on earth. Therefore, God’s kingdom will be built on earth in the last days. Humanity’s final destination will be on the earth, not in heaven. This has been ordained by God. Let’s read some of Almighty God’s 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…” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Almighty God has clearly told us that when His management work is complete, both God and man will enter into rest. God's resting place is in heaven, while the resting place of us humans is still on the earth. This is the beautiful destination that God has prepared for us humans. It is also God’s kingdom fulfilled on the earth. If we believe in God for many years, but still cannot see this, doesn’t that mean we do not understand the truth or the Lord’s words?

from the movie script of Awakening from the dream

Previous:Question 1: The Lord said it to us long ago: “I go to prepare a place for you. 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” (Jhn 14:2-3). The Lord Jesus has already reserved a place for us in the heaven. When He returns, He will directly lift us into the kingdom of heaven. If the Lord has already returned, why are all His saints still on the earth? Why haven’t they been raised up?

Next:Question 3: The Bible says, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1Ts 4:17). How should we interpret that?

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