At the mention of the kingdom of heaven, we will imagine there will be fields of gold and walls of jade and doors of pearl, full of yearning for it. The Lord Jesus once promised: “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). So, we all long to be raptured into heaven and realize our dream of the heavenly kingdom when the Lord returns. But is the kingdom of heaven really in heaven as we imagine?
Brothers and sisters, do you still remember what the Lord’s prayer says? “After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). If the kingdom of heaven is in heaven, then why did the Lord let us pray for God’s kingdom to descend and God’s will be done on earth? And the Book of Revelation also prophesies: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men” (Revelation 21:3). “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). These prophecies also prove that the kingdom of God will be realized on earth rather than in heaven. If we just keep trying to go to heaven, doesn’t it run contrary to the Lord’s requirement?
It is mentioned in a book: “God will return to His original position, and each person will return to his or her respective place. These are the destinations that God and man will respectively reside in after the end of God’s entire management. God has God’s destination, and man has man’s destination. While resting, God will continue to guide all of humanity in their lives upon earth. While in God’s light, man will worship the one true God in heaven. … 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 worships God in rest, he will live upon earth, and while God leads the remaining portion of humanity in rest, He will lead them from heaven, not from earth.”
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