I Have Been Raptured in This Way

My name is Shu Fan. Like all the other believers, I had dreamed the dream of rapture, awaiting the Lord Jesus to come to take me into the air and join me with Him forever, so that I could share in the blessings of the kingdom of heaven. One morning, when I was doing exercise in a square, I saw Brother Wu radiant with happiness practicing Tai Chi. Then I smiled and asked him, “Hey, Wu! What makes you so happy?”

Brother Wu said excitedly, “Brother Shu, I’m telling you a piece of fantastic news—I have been raptured!”

I looked at him with surprise, “You’ve been raptured? Are you still dreaming? If you were raptured, why are you chatting with me here?”

He said seriously, “This proves that we don’t understand the truth about rapture….”

I said defiantly, “Brother Wu, you really think little of me! Ten years ago, Pastor Chen always preached on 1 Thessalonians 4:17, ‘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.’ Before the calamity comes, we who are alive shall be caught up in the air to meet the Lord in the twinkling of an eye. I also often give sermons about that to the believers. How come you say I don’t know that?”

I Have Been Raptured in This Way

Brother Wu smiled and said, “Brother Shu, let’s discuss a question. From when man came into existence, is man living on earth or in heaven?”

I said freely, “Of course on earth!”

Brother Wu said with sincerity, “Yeah, you’re right! In the beginning, Jehovah God made man out of the dust of the ground, and then put them in the Garden of Eden and let them live on the earth. From that, we see God’s will is to make man live on the earth, not in heaven. Thus, to be raptured does not mean to be taken from the earth into heaven. That is man’s imagination, not accordant with the fact. What’s more, when the Lord Jesus was working on earth, He told us in advance where He would carry out His work when He comes again….”

I asked eagerly, “What? The Lord Jesus already told us where He would carry out His work when He comes? How could it be possible? I have read the Bible for years, but why didn’t I know this?”

He said, “Brother Shu, Jesus said in the Lord’s Prayer that He taught us, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10). ‘Your kingdom come’ indicates that God will do His work still on the earth when He returns, and that His kingdom is still on earth, not in heaven. And from the words ‘Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,’ we know God wishes us to carry out His will on the earth instead of ascending to heaven. What’s more, Revelation 21:3 says, ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.’ Revelation 11:15 says, ‘And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.’ From the Lord Jesus’ words and these prophecies, we can see: When the Lord comes back, He will still work on earth, establish His kingdom on earth, live with us on earth and lead us personally. If rapture means to be taken into heaven as we imagine, then won’t these prophecies fall through?”

Brother Wu’s fellowship astonished me. I thought: Yes. The Lord Jesus did say that, and the Book of Revelation indeed prophesies like that. Will God really establish His kingdom on earth? I have read the Bible so many times. I also recite those verses regularly. But why did I not realize their spiritual meanings? What Brother Wu fellowshiped has basis in the Bible, so it can’t be wrong. But my opinion about rapture to heaven is also from the Bible. What is going on here?

Then Brother Wu continued, “Let’s see what Almighty God says.” With that, he took me to a place with few people, and took out a MP5 player from his bag. He turned it on and read,

“Almighty God says, ‘ Humanity entering into rest means that all of humanity will live within God’s light and under His blessings; there will be none of Satan’s corruption, nor will any unrighteous things occur. Humanity will live normally upon earth, and they will live under God’s care. 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). From Almighty God’s words, we see God’s place of rest is in heaven, while man’s place of rest is still on earth. Man will enjoy a life of heaven on earth, a harmonious, beautiful life that God has prepared for man. That is precisely what God will accomplish in the end—to build the kingdom of Christ on the earth. Besides, Jehovah once said, ‘The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…?’ (Isaiah 66:1). From the time of creation until today, who has ever gone to heaven? If man always wants to go to heaven, then won’t he be running contrary to God’s requirements?”

I replied in bewilderment, “Brother Wu, there seems to be some reason in your fellowship. But 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’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17). How do you explain that?”

Brother Wu fellowshiped, “Brother Shu, we should rely on the prophecies spoken by the Lord Jesus while longing for His return. That is the most exact way. ‘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.’ These are Paul’s words, not the Lord Jesus’. We believers should listen to the Lord’s words, rather than the words of man. The Lord Jesus has never made such a statement, nor has the Holy Spirit. When God created man, He put man on the earth and let them live and worship God on the earth; He did not take man into the midair, which is where demons and Satan live, and is not meant for man.”

Hearing Brother Wu’s fellowship, I was utterly convinced. It’s quite truthful. Heaven is God’s dwelling place and God’s throne, which is unoffendable by man. Because the archangel wanted to be equal with God, it was struck down into the midair and cursed by God. Only God can stay in heaven, and no man can go up there. Thinking of this, I said, “Brother Wu, after your fellowship today, I benefit a lot. You’re right. As we believe in God, our expectation for the Lord’s coming should be in accordance with God’s words, not man’s words. Since God’s kingdom is on earth, and God will reign on earth, then what exactly does rapture mentioned in Scripture refer to? How will that be fulfilled?” (To be continued)

Source from: https://www.findshepherd.com/i-have-been-raptured-in-this-way.html

Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s expression, you will see that God has appeared.

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