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  • Brothers and sisters, peace in the Lord. (Amen.)

  • For many years, we have been working and laboring for the Lord,

  • preaching the gospel,

  • and we have all suffered.

  • We've all longed for the Lord to return,

  • expecting Him to rapture us to the kingdom of heaven.

  • For that, we've always held onto the name of the Lord.

  • However, when hearing of Almighty God's work in the last days,

  • we have been completely deceived

  • by rumors and condemnation from the religious world.

  • And we've been living in our own imagination.

  • We've never truly looked at Almighty God's work.

  • We always thought as long as we believe in the Lord according to the Bible,

  • and labor for Him,

  • surely, He'd rapture us up into His kingdom.

  • But we have forgotten the words that Lord Jesus told us,

  • The Lord made very clear

  • how He wants us to welcome His return in His very own words.

  • Rapture is achieved by hearing the Lord's voice

  • rather than seeing Him with our eyes or receiving His revelation.

  • Wise virgins welcome the Lord's appearance just by hearing His voice.

  • Yet we never go find the voice of the Lord or seek the true way

  • even when hearing someone witness His return.

  • We are too arrogant and self-righteous!

  • Brothers and sisters,

  • recently, preachers from the Church of Almighty God

  • have fellowshiped with us in our meeting.

  • We have learned so much.

  • I've read some of the words of Almighty God.

  • They are the truth, practical indeed.

  • It convinces me fully.

  • The work of Almighty God in the last days

  • is very likely to be that of the returned Jesus.

  • Yet there are still some problems I can't figure out.

  • So today, I've invited preachers from the Church of Almighty God

  • to testify about Almighty God's work in the last days for us.

  • Let's all welcome them. (Yes. Welcome!)

  • Thank God for giving us this opportunity to fellowship about His words.

  • If anyone has questions or is confused about Almighty God's work,

  • please feel free to ask.

  • We can all fellowship together.

  • Praise the Lord. (Thanks be to God.)

  • Sister Chen, Sister Yang, I have a question to start.

  • I have always thought that the Lord Jesus was nailed to a cross for our sins

  • and forgave our sins,

  • and redeemed us from the hands of Satan to bring us into the kingdom of heaven.

  • Although we still sin and haven't truly attained sanctity,

  • the Lord has forgiven our sins and we have been justified by our faith.

  • So as long as we forsake everything and work hard for the Lord,

  • we'll be raptured into God's kingdom. It's the Lord's promise.

  • But some of us here still doubt.

  • They think that though we work for the Lord,

  • we haven't attained sanctity and we still sin.

  • The Lord is holy. Unsanctified people can't meet Him.

  • So my question is: Can we who forsake everything for the Lord

  • be raptured into the kingdom of heaven?

  • We have no idea how to answer this question. Please fellowship with us.

  • Yes. This has also confused me for a while.

  • I would also like to know. Please fellowship with us. (Yes, please.)

  • Sister Yu, the Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins.

  • In His eyes, we have no more sin.

  • So as long as we work for the Lord and hold onto His name,

  • then of course we'll enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • Why do we even need to ask?

  • Yeah. As long as we stick it out, then we'll be saved.

  • When the Lord comes, we'll be raptured into the kingdom of heaven.

  • Sister Guo, Brother Wei, that just doesn't make sense.

  • Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins; that's a fact.

  • But we still often sin and resist the Lord,

  • and do deceitful things and shame His name.

  • That's just the truth.

  • The Lord Jesus said that Himself.

  • God is holy, and so is His kingdom.

  • For us who work hard but continue to sin,

  • how can we be allowed to enter His kingdom?

  • I've felt in my heart that that's impossible.

  • All the Lord's believers think:

  • Since the Lord redeemed man through the crucifixion,

  • we've been forgiven of all of our sins.

  • And as we are no longer sinners, we are justified by our faith.

  • So as long as we endure till the end, we'll be saved,

  • and be raptured directly into the kingdom of heaven when He returns.

  • Is this common viewpoint correct or not?

  • Is it really based on God's word?

  • If this is against the truth, what will it result in?

  • As believers, we should always act according to the Lord's word.

  • Especially regarding His return, we should listen to His word even more.

  • It's not something that can be dealt with by notions.

  • Otherwise, imagine the consequences.

  • Just like the Pharisees who nailed Lord Jesus to the cross

  • while waiting for the Messiah to return.

  • Think of the bad things that could happen.

  • It's true that Lord Jesus has completed His work of redeeming humanity.

  • But does that mean God's work of saving man is thereby finished?

  • And so, can we be raptured into His kingdom by faith in Lord Jesus alone?

  • No man can fathom the answer.

  • The Lord Jesus once said,

  • The words of God state clearly

  • that anyone who enters the kingdom of heaven must be cleansed of sin.

  • They all do God's will, love God, obey and worship Him.

  • For God is holy, and in the kingdom is God living with man.

  • Unless sanctified, we aren't qualified to enter God's kingdom.

  • Many people think we can enter the kingdom of heaven

  • simply because our sins were forgiven.

  • But this is a grave misunderstanding.

  • This is purely man's imagination.

  • The Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins. That's true.

  • But He never said this forgiveness meant being purified,

  • and allowed directly into the kingdom of heaven.

  • No one can deny this fact.

  • Why is it that the Lord's believers all think

  • that they can all enter the kingdom now?

  • On what basis is this belief?

  • What gives them the authority to say so?

  • Many people will say that

  • they learned this from the words of Paul and other apostles in the Bible.

  • But do these words represent the Lord Jesus or man?

  • Represent the Holy Spirit?

  • Although they are found in the Bible, can man's words be treated as God's?

  • The Bible has this fact we know for sure:

  • Those approved by God all listen to His word and obey His work.

  • They follow the way of God

  • and only such people are qualified to inherit God's promise.

  • This cannot be denied.

  • We can all be sure that even though our sins were forgiven,

  • we haven't really become purified and often sin and resist God.

  • God has clearly told us,

  • From God's own words, even with our sins forgiven

  • that doesn't automatically qualify us to enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • We have to attain sanctity and perform the will of God before we can enter.

  • This is a known fact.

  • So, I know it's not something easy to understand the will of God.

  • But just having our sins forgiven doesn't mean we're purified.

  • We must possess some realities of the truth and become approved by God.

  • Only then can we enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • If man does not love the truth,

  • even is weary of the truth or hates it, struggling only for rewards,

  • but never really caring for or doing the will of God,

  • aren't they evil-doers?

  • How can the Lord approve of them?

  • Just like the hypocritical Pharisees even with sins forgiven,

  • they would not enter God's kingdom.

  • This is unquestionable.

  • There is one other thing.

  • Lord Jesus has forgiven man's sin, but sinwhat does this mean?

  • What sins can man possibly confess after believing in the Lord?

  • These sins mainly refer to the sins

  • that violate God's laws and commandments, and go against the word of God.

  • Then mankind would be punished and condemned

  • for ignoring and disobeying God's laws.

  • So the Lord Jesus came to redeem man.

  • You see, as long as man prays in the name of Jesus, confesses and repents,

  • they would have their sins forgiven and no longer be condemned by the law.

  • God would no longer regard man as a sinner,

  • and man could directly call out to God in prayer,

  • and enjoy His abundant grace and truth.

  • That is truly "being saved" as man says in the Age of Grace.

  • So being saved is not the same thing as entering God's kingdom.

  • Actually, they're very different.

  • The Lord Jesus never said that man could enter the kingdom of heaven

  • after their sins were forgiven and they were saved.

  • Let's read some words from Almighty God.

  • Almighty God makes it very clear, right? (Yes. It's very clear.)

  • These words of God really explain it quite clearly with no doubt.

  • They're so easy to understand!

  • In the Age of Grace, Lord Jesus only did redemptive work.

  • Man's sins were forgiven. They were justified and saved by faith.

  • But Lord Jesus never said that man could enter His kingdom this way.

  • That's because Lord Jesus had forgiven man's sins,

  • but not mankind's satanic nature.

  • Arrogance and deceit, selfishness, and evil,

  • all these corruptions still exist within us today.

  • And these are much deeper and more stubborn than sins.

  • If our satanic nature of opposing God and our corruption remain unresolved,

  • we could still commit sins not of our own volition,

  • even worse, sins than simply violating the laws of God.

  • We ask why did the Pharisees condemn the Lord Jesus and stand against Him,

  • even nail Him to the cross.

  • This proves to us that with man's satanic nature,

  • they can still disobey God, sin, and betray Him.

  • Right. We've all believed for many years, and we've known a fact

  • that though our sins are forgiven by the Lord,

  • we can still commit them in spite of ourselves.

  • We still tell lies to seek fortune and fame. We make excuses and argue.

  • Sometimes we frame up others when we're avoiding responsibility.

  • When disaster strikes us, large or small, we complain and betray God.

  • When God's work isn't how we want it,

  • we still oppose Him, deny Him, and judge Him.

  • Although we believe in God nominally, we still adore and follow man.

  • Once we get a position, we try to exalt ourselves

  • like the Pharisees, the chief priests, and the scribes.

  • We stand in the place of God, let others look up to us.

  • We enjoy wrongfully the offerings of God,

  • and we envy others and act according to likes.

  • Worse yet, we follow the flesh, separate into factions, form cliques,

  • and establish our own independent kingdoms.

  • These are all known facts.

  • This shows if man's satanic nature cannot be resolved,

  • then we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven even if our sins are forgiven.

  • The fact that we can still sin and oppose God proves we are still of Satan,

  • stand against God and are enemies of God,

  • for which we will surely be condemned and punished.

  • It says in the Bible,

  • Let's read some of Almighty God's words.

  • We see man is redeemed by the Lord Jesus,

  • yet retains his satanic disposition, constantly sinning and resisting God.

  • He must undergo judgment and purification in the last days

  • to be delivered from sin and become after God's heart.

  • Then he can enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • In fact, the Lord Jesus said,

  • The Lord prepares a place for us. Once ready, He'll receive us.

  • Here "receive" means God arranges for us to be born in the last days.

  • When the Lord returns, He'll rapture us before His throne

  • to receive the judgment, purification, and perfection of His word,

  • thus making us overcomers before the disaster.

  • The process of receiving us is a process of purifying and perfecting us.

  • Now the Lord returns to do the work of judgment in the last days,

  • and we've been taken before God's throne living together with Him.

  • Hasn't this fully fulfilled the Lord's prophecy of receiving us?

  • When the great disasters end, the kingdom of Christ will be realized on earth.

  • And each who survives the disasters and trials

  • will partake of the kingdom of heaven.

  • For years, it has deeply confused me

  • that though the Lord Jesus forgives our sins,

  • we can't help but continue to commit sins and resist the Lord.

  • I've been wondering since the Lord is holy,

  • can one who continues to sin be allowed to enter the kingdom of heaven?

  • Praise the Lord.

  • After your fellowship today, my puzzle is finally unraveled.

  • Amen! Praise the Lord!

  • The Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins but not so our satanic nature.

  • That's why we still sin and resist the Lord.

  • Therefore, to enter the kingdom of heaven,

  • we must experience God's judgment and cleansing

  • in order to resolve our sinful nature.

  • Thanks be to God! That really makes sense.

  • Judgment and cleansing is necessary. (Right.)

  • At this point, perhaps some would ask: