Essential Questions and Answers on the Gospel of the Kingdom (Selections)
Question 1: We believe that the Lord Jesus returns mainly to rapture His believers. He can’t possibly do the work of judgment in the last days to make overcomers. God raised up Brother Lin and used him. He has led us to be renewed, transformed, conformed, and glorified to become overcomers. When the Lord returns, our Local Church will be the first to be raptured. You testified that only God is capable of making overcomers. I want to ask: If we pursue according to the way led by Brother Lin, can’t we be made overcomers?
Answer: You said that Brother Lin’s path would make you into overcomers, that you only need to practice according to Brother Lin’s path to become overcomers, and that the Lord Jesus returns mainly to rapture believers into the kingdom of heaven and can’t possibly do the work of judgment in the last days to make overcomers. Do you have any biblical basis for this? Are there any prophecies where the Lord Jesus testified to this? Are there any prophecies where the Lord Jesus testified to this? Anyone who knows the Bible knows that God will make the overcomers before the disaster. In the last days, God becomes flesh to arrive in secret, expresses the truth and does the work of judgment beginning with God’s house to make a group of overcomers. It’s just like the prophecy in Revelation: “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things said … Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come on all the world, to try them that dwell on the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown. Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches” (Rev 3: 7, 10–13). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1Pe 4: 17). The Bible prophesied what the Holy Spirit said to the churches, the rapture of the Philadelphia Church, that His judgment must begin with the house of God, etc. This is what the Lord Jesus will do when He returns. In the last days, God becomes flesh and arrives secretly in order to do the work of judgment beginning from God’s house, to make a group of overcomers. Almighty God’s utterance, The Word Appears in the Flesh, this is what the Holy Spirit said to the churches, the hidden manna. Almighty God is God’s new name. The Philadelphia Church attained God’s new name, and they were raptured before God’s throne. All who pray and call upon the name of Almighty God and eat and drink of Almighty God’s words are raptured before God’s throne to be judged and purified by Almighty God’s words. In the end, they will attain the truth, overcome the influences of Satan, and God will gain and perfect them. These people are the true overcomers. It’s clear that God Himself will do the work of making overcomers in the last days. No one can replace Him.
The overcomers will be made in the last days, through God incarnate’s work of judgment beginning with the house of God. Not only is this prophesied in the Bible, but Almighty God also describes this very clearly. Let’s have a look at what Almighty God says.
Almighty God says, “God brings all who enter His kingdom — all who are loyal to Him to the very end — into the age of God Himself. Yet prior to the arrival of the age of God Himself, God’s work is not to observe the deeds of man, or to inquire into the life of man, but to judge man’s disobedience, for God shall purify all those who come before His throne. All who have followed the footsteps of God to this day are those who come before the throne of God, and this being so, every single person who accepts God’s work in its final phase is the object of God’s purification. In other words, everyone who accepts God’s work in its final phase is the object of God’s judgment” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“I have previously said that a group of overcomers are gained from the East, overcomers who come from amid the great tribulation. What is meant by these words? They mean that these people who have been gained only truly obeyed after undergoing judgment and chastisement, and dealing and pruning, and all kinds of refinement. The belief of these people is not vague and abstract, but real. They have not seen any signs and wonders, or any miracles; they do not speak of abstruse letters and doctrines, or profound insights; instead they have reality, and the words of God, and a true knowledge of the reality of God. Is such a group not more capable of making plain the power of God?” (“All Is Achieved by the Word of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Only undergoing God’s work of judgment in the last days can make one a true overcomer. Almighty God took on a human form in the last days and arrived in secret in China where He does the work of judgment beginning with God’s house. Almighty God has expressed all of the truths that will purify and save mankind. He judges and reveals mankind’s satanic nature that resists God, along with the truth of their corruption. He reveals to mankind God’s righteous disposition that tolerates no offense, as well as His omnipotence and wisdom. After experiencing the judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, and trials and refinement of God’s word, we come to realize the ugliness, substance and truth of our being deeply corrupted by Satan. We are arrogant and self-righteous, ambitious, and make blind judgments. We are selfish and base, crooked and deceitful. We detest the truth. We are full of conceptions and imaginations about God, and we may resist and betray God at any time. We are the descendants of Satan, the brood that opposes God. We are completely unworthy of attaining God’s salvation and living before God. At the same time, we all truly sensed that God’s word is the truth, we believe it wholeheartedly, it brings us down to our knees. We have all the more been able to realize that God’s holiness cannot be defiled, and God’s disposition cannot be offended. This process indulcates within us a true reverence for God, so that we are able to obey Him and live by His words. During the process of God’s judgment and chastisement, we bear various resounding testimonies of overcoming the dark influence of Satan. In particular, there are those who have stood testimony amidst the cruel persecution by the CCP government. These testimonies of the overcomers are the fruits of Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days. God has made a group of overcomers in Mainland China. This is the fact, and the proof is indisputable. You said just now that Brother Lin led you down his path to make you into overcomers. This Brother Lin had worked in the Local Church for decades, but was there ever any testimony borne by an overcomer made in your church? Could Brother Lin do the work of judgment beginning at the house of God? Did he say the same things that the Holy Spirit said to the churches? Did he speak the words that judge and purify mankind? In reality, Brother Lin is a corrupt human, just like us all. He is not the incarnate God, and He does not possess the divine substance of Christ. As a result, he couldn’t speak God’s words or judge and purify mankind. So how could he possibly show other people the way to become overcomers? Everything he preached about being renewed, transformed, conformed, and glorified … where are the fruits of your labor after your years of work? No matter how much Brother Lin’s sermons accord with man’s conceptions and imaginings, they are essentially human concepts and human understanding that bear no connection at all to Almighty God’s truth in the last days. Moreover, Brother Lin never personally experienced God’s judgment in the last days. Even Brother Lin himself failed to become an overcomer. So how could he possibly show other people how to become overcomers? You said that Brother Lin’s path would make you into overcomers. This goes completely against the reality of God’s work, and has absolutely no basis in God’s words. This idea only exists to deceive men and oppose God.
What exactly is an overcomer? What realities of the truth should the overcomer possess? No one understands this clearly. From the perspective of our human notions, if we can work hard for the Lord and hold on to His name, we’ll become overcomers in the end. But this is completely erroneous. Let’s see what God says about being an overcomer. As Revelation 14:4–5 goes, “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Rev 14: 4–5). And let’s see what Almighty God says, “Those whom God refers to as ‘overcomers’ are those who are still able to stand witness and maintain their confidence and devotion to God when under the influence of Satan and while being laid siege to by Satan, that is, when they find themselves amidst the forces of darkness. If you are still able to keep a pure heart before God and maintain your genuine love for God no matter what, then you are standing witness in front of God, and this is what God refers to as being an ‘overcomer’” (“You Should Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Those who are made complete before the disaster are submissive to God. They live reliant on Christ, they bear witness to Him, and they exalt Him. They are the victorious male children and good soldiers of Christ” (Utterances of Christ in the Beginning). From God’s word, we can see that the overcomers are those who follow the Lamb’s footsteps closely, who by undergoing God’s judgment, chastisement, trials, and refinement in the last days come to understand the truth and know God, to revere God and shun evil. No matter what Christ says or in what ways He works, they will obey Him completely, and their loyalty to God will be absolute, unparalleled. Faced with the terrible circumstances of the CCP government’s ruthless persecution, they continue to eat and drink of God’s words, performing their duty as a creature of God. Throughout their trials and tribulations, they do not complain, and will obey God unto death, bearing a beautiful, resounding testimony to God. Only these people are the overcomers made through God’s work of the last days. They are the mere 144,000 victorious male children prophesied in Revelation. You said man can become overcomers by following the path led by Brother Lin. May I ask: You who have followed Brother Lin for so many years, listening to his biblical knowledge and theologies day in and day out, do you have any knowledge of God’s work and His disposition? Do you understand how Satan corrupts mankind? Have you seen through Satan’s evil nature and substance? Do you truly detest the great red dragon? Do you understand the CCP government’s extreme opposition and condemnation of God? Do you have true knowledge of your satanic nature and substance? Have you overcome the flesh and Satan’s influence? Do you truly obey God and revere God and shun evil? How much do you understand about God’s inherent disposition? If God incarnate expresses the truth, will you be able to hear God’s voice and thus obey God’s work? If you don’t have any of these realities of the truth, then how can you be called overcomers? Those who don’t know God have all been exposed by God’s incarnation. The truths that God has spoken have revealed all those who don’t love the truth. People who don’t accept God’s work of the last days do not know God. They are arrogant and self-righteous and belong to Satan’s brood. How could they possibly be called overcomers? It’s impossible for them to be overcomers!
Excerpted from the movie script of Rapture in Peril
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