II. Questions and Answers on Rapture
Question (1): You witness that the Lord Jesus has returned, and that He has appeared and worked in China, I believe that it is true because this is what the Lord Jesus had prophesied in the Bible: “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat 24:27). But we think that the Lord will return in the last days to bring us into the kingdom of heaven, or at least He should lift us to the clouds to meet with Him in the air. Just as Paul said in the Bible, “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). But why hasn't the Lord come as described in the Bible? What does Almighty God's judgment work in the last days have to do with us being brought into the kingdom of heaven?
Answer: Many people believe that when the Lord returns, He will lift the believers in the air to meet with them. What you are saying is based on the word of Paul, not of the Lord. We have no way of telling whether Paul’s word was from the idea of man or the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment. This was what the Lord Jesus said in prophesying His return: “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Mat 24:36). The Lord said it very clearly. When He returns, no one will know. Other than God, not even the angels will know. According to your idea, those who believe in the Lord would be lifted in the air to meet Him in the cloud. Is there any basis for this in God’s words? If you go by Paul’s word instead of the Lord’s word, then you are utterly wrong! Paul was only a man; he did not represent the Lord Jesus. How could he know that the Lord would lift His believers to the clouds when He returns? What was the basis of Paul’s word? Do we have to wait for the Lord’s return according to Paul’s words? Why don't we welcome the Lord according to the Lord Jesus’ word? This was what the Lord Jesus said in prophesying His return: “If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come on you” (Rev 3:3). What does it mean when someone only goes by Paul’s word but not the Lord Jesus’ word in believing in the Lord? Does it mean that Paul was the Lord and Christ? So whom do you believe in after all, Paul or the Lord Jesus? Isn’t this worthy of our rumination? The Lord’s second coming is to receive the saints into the kingdom of heaven. This is for certain. But no one can guess actually how the Lord will receive His followers into the kingdom of heaven. If we went by the concepts and imagination of man to understand it, assuming that the Lord would take people into the air to meet with them, that would be too unrealistic. We have all seen that Almighty God appears in China in the last days and expresses all kinds of truths for the cleansing and salvation of man; He is in the process of cleansing and making perfect all the wise virgins brought before His throne. God is determined to make this group of people overcomers before the catastrophe arrives. After making a group of overcomers, God unleashes the catastrophe to destroy this evil mankind that insanely resists God. After the catastrophe, God will appear to all peoples and all nations. Isn't this the real process of how the Lord will bring His followers into the kingdom of Christ upon His return? I feel that Almighty God’s work in the last days has completely fulfilled the prophecies of the Lord Jesus. “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). Since the Lord is already here on earth, yet we still want to go up in the sky, aren’t we going in the wrong direction? Since the Lord has come to earth, God has also predetermined for us to be born in the last days, to be brought before His throne, receive His work of judgment in the last days, be cleansed and made perfect by Him and finally enter the kingdom of Christ. What kind of a place has the Lord prepared for us? This refers to the kingdom of Christ being realized on earth, fulfilling the prophecy “that where I am, there you may be also.” This proves that when the Lord returns in the last days, He will come into His kingdom. God’s work of judgment that begins with the house of God is to make a group of overcomers out of the wise virgins who are the first to receive God’s work in the last days and then He’ll openly appear by descending on a cloud. Thus the kingdom of Christ is realized on earth. The fact of God’s work in the last days completely fulfills the prophecies of the Lord Jesus. Only through experiencing God’s judgment work in the last days can we see the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Bible. Relying on man’s notions and imagination to speculate on the prophecies is foolish and absurd! We should go by God’s word, not man’s, to meet the Lord’s return. If we go by man’s word, we will miss the chance of rapture at the Lord’s coming, unable to meet Him. We will have only ourselves to blame.
from the movie Screenplay of My Dream Of The Heavenly Kingdom