Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (III)
What is the result if you do not experience God’s judgment and chastisement in the last days? God said you “shall never have the opportunity to be commended by God.” That is to say, you would never be able to enter God’s kingdom. These circumstances have been determined. Each and every person that receives God’s work in the last days but does not get cleansed, what kind of people are they? They are the people that flee during God’s work of judgment. You can flee, God will not force you. The Holy Spirit’s work does not involve forcing man. If you want to flee, you can flee. However, you yourself will bear the outcome, the ending. You yourself will bear the consequences of fleeing. You will pay for your actions. Below, God continues to speak, “Their sins are much more, and more grievous, than those of the Pharisees, for they have betrayed God and are rebels against God. Such men who are not worthy even to do service shall receive more severe, everlasting punishment.” “Those who flee in the midst of the work of judgment” are those who accept judgment in a muddled way, but all along do not seek the truth. They will receive an even harsher judgment and punishment. Furthermore, they will receive everlasting punishment. How can this “everlasting punishment” be explained? Is it eternal? Can it be explained as eternal punishment? Some people say it can. This is wrong. When God speaks, everything that He says is correct. It is easy for man to use the incorrect words when writing literature, but God will not make a mistake. Everlasting, is not eternal. What does everlasting mean? It means that the time is extremely long, but it is not the same as eternal. Well, how long is extremely long? Let’s speak simply, in God’s management plan, one group of people will enter God’s kingdom and another group will accept punishment. What does accepting punishment refer to? Does it refer to unbelievers or believers? This is not the same. This punishment is directed at believers, those that believe yet betray God. What is the scope of the people that believe in God yet betray God? First, those in religion who believe in the Lord, who believe in God but do not accept God’s work in the last days. They belong to the group of people that betray God. Second, those that receive God’s work in the last days but do not seek the truth at all. They flee during the midst of God’s work of judgment. They are also people that have betrayed God. For the people that betray God, God gives them punishment that is everlasting but is not eternal. This is everlasting, it means an extremely long time. Everlasting is not the same as eternal. Now, about this “not eternal,” there is an interpretation. What is the interpretation? These people will not be eternally dead, understand? Unbelievers will be eternally dead. God has different ways for dealing with people that will be eternally dead versus people who will experience everlasting punishment. There is a difference. Remember, when you are reading God’s word, do not carelessly interpret even one word. The words that God uses are carefully selected and they are absolutely correct. There are no errors to the words that God uses. The literature that man writes frequently has errors. Everything that God says is accurate. This is because God’s words are the truth and there is nothing higher than God’s wisdom. No wisdom of created humanity can compare with God’s wisdom because He is the Creator. He cannot make mistakes, that is why the words that He uses and says are the most accurate and precise. There is a difference between everlasting punishment and eternal death. As to how big a difference, I cannot explain. I do not know the end result of everlasting punishment, I do not understand. God has not given me a detailed explanation about these matters, I cannot explain it.
Below, we will continue to explain the second type of people. God said, “God shall not spare any traitor who once claimed loyalty with words yet then betrayed Him.” “Traitor who once claimed loyalty with words yet then betrayed Him,” means that one pays empty lip service, only speaks words of doctrine, and swears fake oaths to God, but actually they do not accept the truth at all and betray God. This kind of person is an antichrist, a non-believer. In God’s heart, what kind of attitude does He treat such people with? Is there hate here? There is hate here. God hates these people. All those whom God curses and has determined to punish are the ones God hates the most. God does not say things the way man says things. When people get angry, they say, “I hate you, I curse you!” God does not say these things. God gives people an outcome and lets them know. That is it. Here, God says, “God shall not spare any traitor who once claimed loyalty with words yet then betrayed Him. Such men shall see retribution through punishment of the spirit, soul, and body.” “Punishment of the spirit, soul, and body” is not only punishment of the flesh. In the end, the soul is also punished; when such a person dies, things are not over yet for them. Some people’s ending involves dying and nothing more. Their soul does not receive any punishment. However, it says here that those who believe in God yet betray God, will receive retribution through punishment of their soul, spirit and body. This retribution is not insignificant. That is, while they are living, they suffer and receive punishment. After they die, their souls still receive punishment. Both in the world of the living and in the world of the dead, they receive punishment. Do you understand? “Punishment of the spirit, soul, and body,” indicates that the act of offending God is very serious. Antichrists will encounter this kind of retribution! Below, God says, “Does this not reveal the righteous disposition of God?” God reveals His righteous disposition, so there is no doubt that this kind of person has offended God’s disposition. This is disastrous. When you offend people, it is not disastrous, but when you offend God, it is extremely disastrous. At the time you offend God, nothing will happen, but afterward, you will experience “punishment of the spirit, soul, and body.” This kind of person is really in trouble now. You can see that right now, the pastors and elders of the religious world are in trouble. They are still very proud of themselves. When it comes to God’s work in the last days, they think, “We will not accept it. We condemn it!” So, they condemn it now, but one day, they will cry. Days of weeping and gnashing of teeth will follow. The pastors and elders of the religious world and people that resist Almighty God do not shed tears until death stares them right in the face! Below, God says, “Is this not exactly the purpose of God’s judgment and revelation of man?” Look, this is brought up here, “the purpose of God’s judgment and revelation of man.” There are two aspects to the results of judging man. One aspect is cleansing and perfecting those that love the truth. The other aspect is exposing and punishing those that are evil. The goals of both aspects are achieved.
Below, we will talk about the third kind of people. God says, “God shall place all those who perform all kinds of wicked deeds during the time of judgment in the place where evil spirits live for their fleshly bodies to be destroyed at the will of the spirits. Their bodies shall give off the odor of a corpse, and such is their fitting retribution.” “All those who perform all kinds of wicked deeds during the time of judgment,” what is this referring to? Disturbing the work of God’s family, disseminating all kinds of fallacies, disseminating death, disseminating conceptions of God, disturbing church life, preventing people from peacefully eating and drinking the word of God and communicating the truth. They always talk rubbish. They blindly use the reasoning of words and letters. These are things that are considered all kinds of wicked deeds. Ultimately, those who are expelled and purged by the church for doing all kinds of wicked deeds, these people will receive retribution. What kind of retribution? God will place these doers of wicked deeds in the place where evil spirits live. He will hand these people over to evil spirits. What is the end for these people once they have been handed over to evil spirits? The evil spirits will corrupt their fleshly body at will. There may be quite a few evil spirits that enter a person’s body; at the most, seven demons will enter one person. Is this kind of situation recorded in the Bible? Just one demon entering someone is more than enough suffering, right? Haven’t we seen someone possessed by demons in a real-life environment? Someone who is possessed by demons, accurately speaking, they are receiving retribution, they have been handed over to evil spirits. Once God hands them over to evil spirits, those evil spirits will flow into them and enter their flesh to corrupt them. Once an evil spirit corrupts someone, generally that person will become psychologically abnormal. They will strip off their clothes and reveal their bare body. They start babbling nonsense. Also, they will eat everything. Some people will even eat metal and dirt. This is what it means to be psychologically abnormal and handed over to evil spirits. “… for their fleshly bodies to be destroyed at the will of the spirits.” This kind of person has been handed over to evil spirits. How do the evil spirits destroy this person’s body? At will. “Their bodies shall give off the odor of a corpse, and such is their fitting retribution.” You can see that in God’s work, if someone does all kinds of wicked deeds, in the end God will punish them. How does God punish such people? He hands them over to evil spirits and allows the evil spirits to destroy their fleshly bodies at will. Is this a very serious punishment? For human beings, this is the most severe punishment. Look at what happens with normal people. All that happens to them is that they get sick and thus suffer. This is their retribution. That is it. It is different for those that are handed over to evil spirits. Once they are handed over to evil spirits, it is very miserable, it is much more painful than whatever disease they could get. Right now, in the church, many of those that perform various wicked deeds have been expelled, some have been purged. Even after they have been expelled or purged, the situation is not over. Watch what happens afterward. Eventually, demons will possess them. After demons possess them, they are no longer completely human. This is retribution. If you want to cause disruption and disturbance, do not disrupt God’s work of judgment. It is okay if you disrupt the work of the great red dragon or of man. If you disrupt God’s work, aren’t you blind? This is courting disaster, you will get what you deserve and you will meet with misfortune! You can disrupt anyone else’s work, but do not disrupt God’s work. Disrupting God’s work is disastrous. You do not know how you would die. If you believe there is no God, then you are wrong. If there were no God, then who is able to do such great work? Who can say these kinds of things? Even if the entire world’s religious pastors cooperated together, they would not be able to speak one sentence of what God spoke. Isn’t this the case?
Let’s continue communicating and let’s talk about the fourth kind of people. God says, “God writes down in their record books each and every one of the sins of those disloyal false believers, false apostles, and false workers, then when the time is right, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits so their entire bodies may be defiled by the spirits at will and, as a result, they will never be reincarnated and shall never again see the light.” This punishment is also very severe and it is eternal. God “writes down in their record books each and every one of the sins of those disloyal false believers, false apostles, and false workers….” God has a record for each and every person. From these words, we can see this. Each person has a record book, God has a record for everybody. Now, do you know what God’s record book is like? Is it the same as the big notebooks that people use? Does He use a pen to write down the things that everybody does? No. Now, what is the meaning of these words? How can they be explained? The literary style of this sentence is personification. It is like when someone creates a record for somebody else, this is the type of language that is used. This type of expression indicates the degree to which God understands and grasps each person. It is in God’s heart that God has a record of each person because God is all-knowing. He has an all-encompassing wisdom. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. This is why God understands everyone very clearly. He has an account, a record for everyone. However, we are not talking about an actual record book. When we say record book, it is an actual book, and when we say write down in the book, that means we are using a pen to write. For God, this is not the case. God is all-powerful. He records everything that everybody does, and when the time comes God will decide this person’s ending based on everything that He recorded about him or her. This is what it means. Everything that each of us does, God remembers in His heart. There, it is very clear to God. It is similar to how man makes records in a record book, or notes in a file. There is no mistake at all. For the kinds of people like false believers, false apostles and false workers, God says, “when the time is right, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits….” Here, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits. It was mentioned previously that those who have done various wicked deeds, will be placed in the place where the evil spirits dwell. Notice how there are some places in the spiritual world where evil spirits congregate. These evil spirits specifically wait together for God to hand these kinds of people to them and then they possess them. There are also places which unclean spirits occupy. Look, “casts them amidst the unclean spirits….” There are some evil spirits that can be considered unclean spirits. If unclean spirits possess you, it is very terrible. They will make you do filthy, licentious things. This is extremely disgusting. “… when the time is right, He casts them amidst the unclean spirits….” Externally, you cannot see God directly throwing someone into that place. It is not like this. Instead, that person will be possessed by unclean spirits one day. Afterward, that person will no longer know any shame and he or she will start to do filthy things. This means that God has already handed them to the unclean spirits. “… their entire bodies may be defiled by the spirits at will….” What is the end result? “… they will never be reincarnated….” They won’t ever be reincarnated, they will not be able to become a human being again. “Shall never again see the light,” means that it is completely over. What kind of people are these people? Fake believers, fake apostles and fake workers. We often say that the antichrists should be expelled and the false leaders eliminated. These fake apostles and false workers belong to the same category as these false leaders. These false believers belong to the category of non-believers. Look, will these false leaders and false workers receive punishment? The punishment is severe. Now, how come God’s family does not expel false leaders? Why are only the antichrists expelled? Do you know the reason why? False leaders mainly only speak words of doctrine; they do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. We should give them another chance because they have not done evil. If they have done various wicked deeds, then they will also be named as antichrists and expelled. Since they have not done various wicked deeds, and some of these people’s humanity is good or the time they have believed in God is still very short and their experience is shallow, they should be given another chance. If in the very end, they are still determined to be false leaders and false apostles, this is very troublesome. Even if the church does not expel them, God will definitely punish them, understand?