Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus promised His followers: “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” (John 14:2-3). Because of this, generations of believers have continued to obsessively hope and pray for the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise, and hope and pray that they are raptured into the heavens to meet the Lord and enter into the kingdom of heaven when the Lord comes. Read More »
I followed my parents in their belief in the Lord ever since I was small, and now old age is staring me in the face. Although I’ve believed in the Lord all my life, the problem of how to rid myself of sin and get into the kingdom of heaven had been an unsolvable riddle that caused me constant consternation, leaving me feeling lost and pained. I wished so much to be able to figure out during my lifetime how to rid myself of sin and get into the kingdom of heaven so that when my time came I would be able to face death with the knowledge that my life was complete, and I could at last meet the Lord with peace in my heart.Read More »
The Lord Jesus said, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not” (Matthew 25:1–12).
Will the Lord Jesus take believers up into the kingdom of heaven when He comes again?
For every Christian who is waiting devoutly for the return of the Lord, the topic of the believers’ rapture when the Lord returns in the last days is always attractive. None of believers are not expecting to be raptured into the kingdom of heaven when the Lord comes back. However, what on earth is the true meaning of rapture? Does it really mean that the believers are lifted into the air by the Lord in the last days? To understand this aspect of the truth, let’s first read several verses. Acts 8:39-40 says, “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.” According to man’s thought, since here it is said that Philip was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord, he was taken to heaven. Yet, in fact, “Philip was found at Azotus” and he preached the gospel in all cities, doing the Lord’s will on earth. From this we can see that Philip was not taken into heaven but was still on the earth.
As for getting into the kingdom of heaven, many think that since we have faith in the Lord and our sins have been forgiven, when the Lord comes He’ll rapture us straight into the kingdom of heaven. Others believe that only the holy can see the Lord, thinking, “We can’t help but sin constantly and we haven’t cast off the fetters of sin, so can we really get into His kingdom?” To this question, some may say that in spite of our sinfulness, the Lord Jesus is our eternal sin offering, so He will forgive us as long as we confess our sins, and then He won’t see us as sinful, so we’ll be able to enter His kingdom. But I think that even though the Lord has forgiven our sins, the Scriptures say: “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). This proves that the Lord won’t forgive our sins unconditionally forever. So just how are we supposed to enter into the kingdom of heaven? I could never figure this out until I read Almighty God’s words and found the path of purification and entry into God’s kingdom.
The main character followed her parents in their Christian faith since she was little, and she and her husband took on work in the church together after getting married. Over the past few years, she’s discovered that she’s always praying to confess to the Lord, but she can’t stop herself from sinning, and she can’t keep to the Lord’s words. She also has no tolerance or patience with her husband. She thinks of this from God’s words: “You shall be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44). God is holy, and anyone who is unholy cannot see the Lord, so she wonders: Could someone like her who lives in sin enter the kingdom of heaven? This is painful for her, and she prays to the Lord all the time. How is she ultimately released from this bewilderment, and how does she find the path to being cleansed and entering the kingdom of heaven? Let’s listen to her story together.
The Lord Jesus said, “Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Just how should we pursue to become people who do the heavenly Father’s will and are obedient to God, so that God will bring us into the kingdom of heaven?
Gospel Movie Extract 6 From “Perilous Is the Road to the Heavenly Kingdom”: How Does God Use Satan to Do Service?
God says, “In My plan, Satan has ever snapped at the heels of every step, and, as the foil of My wisdom, has always tried to find ways and means to disrupt My original plan. But could I succumb to its deceitful schemes? All in heaven and on earth serves Me—could the deceitful schemes of Satan be any different? This is precisely the intersection of My wisdom, it is precisely that which is wondrous about My deeds, and it is the principle by which My entire management plan is carried out” (The Word Appears in the Flesh). How does God’s work of the last days make use of the Chinese Communist Party and the antichrist forces in the religious world to do service for making people perfect into overcomers? Why is it said that God’s wisdom is exercised based on the crafty schemes of Satan? What will be the final outcome of the Chinese Communist Party and the antichrist forces in the religious world that have consistently hated the truth, and wildly resisted God? We invite you to watch this short video.
Sheila is a devout Catholic who has stayed strong in her faith for many years and looks forward to being raptured into the kingdom of heaven when the Lord returns. But as time goes on, she discovers that, despite her frequent confessions and good works, she cannot keep God’s commandments and is always caught in a cycle of sinning and confessing. This leaves her distressed and feeling terrible. One day, she reads a passage of Almighty God’s words posted on Facebook which explains the meaning of faith in God and exposes what people aim to get from their faith. She can’t help but reflect that even though she’s actively engaged in doing good works and denies herself, it’s all just to get the blessings of the kingdom of heaven in return. It’s not done out of any true love for God, so how could God commend such faith? Hoping to resolve her confusion, she decides to seek and investigate Almighty God‘s words and work. By reading Almighty God’s words, everything finally becomes clear to her and she finds the path into the kingdom of heaven.