Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (III)
Next we will talk about the fifth type of people. “Those hypocrites who did service at one time but are unable to remain loyal to the end shall be numbered by God among the wicked.” This kind of person looks good on the outside. God’s chosen people see them and think, “That is an honest person, not a wicked person.” However, after doing service for some time, they are revealed to be unfaithful. They are unable to stay loyal until the end. They toil for some time, then run away. They may go find a job, or they may go home, get married and live their lives. God groups these people in with the wicked. They don’t look evil from the outside, but God puts them in with the wicked people and punishes them as other wicked people are punished. That’s exactly what this passage means. It says that these people will “be numbered by God among the wicked so that they walk in the counsel of the wicked, becoming part of the disorderly multitude. In the end, God shall destroy them.” All wicked people will be destroyed. Therefore, God treats these people the same way He treats the other wicked people, destroying them in the end.
Let’s continue and talk about the sixth kind of people. “God casts aside and takes no notice of those who have never been loyal to Christ or dedicated any effort.” “Those who have never been loyal to Christ or dedicated any effort,” what kind of people are these? They are people who accept the work of Almighty God in the last days, but fail to do any duty or contribute any of their own strength. These people are believers in name only or they only attend meetings occasionally. How does God deal with these people? He “casts aside and takes no notice of” them. The Holy Spirit does not do His work on them. God “shall destroy them all in the change of ages. They shall no longer exist on earth, much less gain passage into the kingdom of God.” This passage talks about dealing with what kind of people? Nominal believers. These people are nominal believers. When someone asks them, “Do you believe in God?” they’ll answer, “Yes, I believe in Almighty God.” “Well, do you go to church?” “Sometimes.” However, they are not loyal to God at all, nor do they contribute any of their own strength or do any duty. This is what it means to be a nominal believer. What kind of person are they in the eyes of God? You can also say they are not believers; they are non-believers. They do not disturb others or do evil. In any case, they are just nominal believers who occasionally go to church. That’s it. What does their “belief” mean? “I believe! I go to church sometimes!” they say, “When the time comes for blessings, don’t leave me out.” In the eyes of God, this kind of person is not a true believer; they are a non-believer because they have not entered the truth at all; they do not practice any truth. All those who do not do any duty are also those who do not practice any truth. Those who do not do their duty cannot practice the truth. The most important part of practicing the truth is doing your duty. You must be an honest person and obey God! Are there many people who do not do their duty or exert any effort? At least 1/5 or 1/3 of the people in God’s family are like this. Just now we’ve talked about the final outcome for these people. God’s words are very clear. If you do not read His words, this means you do not take His words to heart. When the time comes, every sentence of His words will be fulfilled; every sentence will come true. At that time, it will be of no use saying “I never heard about this,” or “I don’t know.” This refers to those nominal believers who do not do any duty or exert any effort, especially those that are capable and have high caliber. God’s house lacks people like that, but these people are not willing to dedicate themselves to Him. They say, “I’m not capable. I’m not of that stature.” “No, I’m too busy at work.” “My family is far from rich. I can’t leave my family!” Even if you can’t leave your family, you can still do your part! They are unwilling to do whatever they can. This means they have never been faithful to Christ. This is a nominal believer, a false believer, a non-believer through and through. How does God deal with such people? “God casts aside and takes no notice of those who have never been loyal to Christ or dedicated any effort, and shall destroy them all in the change of ages.” When is the change of ages? What is “the change of ages?” Before, the change of ages often brought disaster, war and finally, the dawning of a new age and the end of an old one. In the final days, after the great disaster passes, the Millennial Kingdom will emerge. This is the change of ages. The change of ages, specifically, occurs when the great disaster begins. What will the great disaster solve? The change of ages. Why is the great disaster used to change the ages? Without the disaster, these people who ought to be destroyed, how can they be destroyed? The great disaster will destroy this world and humanity; the survivors will enter a new era. Is this not the change of ages? When the world is finally destroyed and the new age arrives, that is to say, when the Millennial Kingdom arrives, how will the age be changed? By seven years of catastrophe, the catastrophe predicted in Revelation. Now that the four blood moons have appeared, the great disaster is not far off. Someone asked, “The four blood moons have appeared. How long will it be before the great disaster arrives? One year, two years or three years?” I don’t know, but it’s pretty short, only a few years’ time. Why don’t I know? If God didn’t say it, then I don’t know. God has never told me, never enlightened me. I just don’t know. In any case, according to the prophecies, the two events will occur one after the other. Jewish biblical scholars also say that the great disaster will arrive after the four blood moons appear. According to the prophet, Joel, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come” (Joel 2:31). Before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives, all these things must first come to pass. The great and terrible day of the Lord refers to the great disaster. He “shall destroy them all in the change of ages. They shall no longer exist on earth, much less gain passage into the kingdom of God.” If you can survive the change of ages, then you will be able to enter the kingdom of God; those who do not survive the change of ages cannot enter the kingdom of God. Therefore, after the great disaster arrives, if some people do not die, if they still exist on this earth, what is that called? Those who do not die during the great disaster shall be blessed. This is different from when the non-believers say, “Those who do not die during the great disaster are bound for good fortune.” When we talk about people who do not die in the great disaster, we mean those who survive all the disasters. If you don’t die in one great disaster, that doesn’t mean you won’t die in the next one. Isn’t that right? One of the non-believers got cancer, but was finally cured. He says, “Those who do not die in the great disaster are bound for good fortune.” However, don’t forget that the great disaster has not yet arrived. When the great disaster comes, it will be one disaster after another: earthquakes, pestilence, famine and war, etc. Some people may survive the war but starve to death in the famine; some people may survive the famine but die from the plague; some people may survive the plague but die in the earthquake. You see, what is this? Those who are doomed cannot escape calamity. Therefore, when we say that those who do not die in the great disaster will be blessed, we’re talking about those who survive all the great disasters: earthquakes, plagues, famine and war, etc. This is the real meaning of “those who survive the great disaster will be blessed.” You see, just now we were talking about the nominal believers. God “shall destroy them all in the change of ages. They shall no longer exist on earth.” Those who die in the great disaster will not “gain passage into the kingdom of God.” After the disaster, if someone survives it means that they have a place in God’s kingdom. If they no longer live on the earth, then they have no way to enter the kingdom of God.
Let’s continue to read God’s words. The seventh type of people: “Those who have never been true to God but are forced into dealing with God shall be numbered among those who do service for His people. Only a small number of such men can survive….” Only a small number of service-doers survive, “while the majority shall perish along with those who are not qualified even to do service.” The majority of people are unqualified to do service. All those who are unqualified to do service will be destroyed. They will all be destroyed. God calls those who are qualified to do service, “loyal service-doers.” Loyal service-doers will survive, but they are only a small group. What advantage do these survivors have? They are loyal to the end; they do service to the end; they persevere to the end. That is a loyal service-doer. Those who give up halfway are not loyal service-doers. God also talks about a person who is “forced into dealing with God.” What does that refer to? Who is forcing these people into doing service? No one else forces them, nor do they do it of their own volition. They see that the great disaster is coming and that God really is doing His work. Then, in order to be blessed and survive, they have no choice but to do service. They don’t do it in order to pursue the truth or to obey God. They are afraid of death. They are forced into contributing for fear of being destroyed. That is not a real contribution. They are unwilling to sacrifice for God, but they have no choice. They think, “If this wasn’t the real God, the true way, if I wasn’t trying to enter the kingdom of God, I wouldn’t be doing this!” These kinds of people are forced to deal with God; they are not willing to sacrifice for God. They do not truly sacrifice for God. These kinds of people are grouped in with the service-doers. There are a small group among the service-doers that God does bless. Who are these people that receive God’s grace? Those that do service to the end and persist to the end; those that can become loyal service-doers. God protects them from all the disasters. These people will be able to survive. Therefore, only a small portion of people in God’s kingdom are service-doers, loyal service-doers. These people are the lowest grade; they are at the lowest level of God’s kingdom. Do you understand?
What was it that some of you were saying earlier? “When will God’s day arrive?” What they meant is, if God’s day is coming within a year, I’ll fight it out for a year; I won’t earn money or work. I’ll sacrifice for God instead. I’ll persist in doing my duty and sacrificing for God. If God’s day is ten years away, well then I still have to make a living. I’ll need to find a way to earn money. I’ll need to find a way to buy a nice house and have kids. Are these people truly willing to sacrifice for God? Are they willing to sacrifice for God without receiving something in return? They are trying to do a deal with God. These problems must be dealt with and resolved quickly! If you intend to make a deal, then you are a service-doer. You have to reach a place where you’re not doing a deal with God. You have to say, “I will sacrifice for God until the death. I will do service for Him until death. I have no complaints. After I finish my service, if God destroys me in hell, then that means I have not been cleansed, I have rebelled, I haven’t obtained the reality of truth. According to God’s righteousness, I should be judged and punished! I will have no complaints for God.” If, while sacrificing for God and doing your duty, you still want to do a deal in order to receive a blessing—if your corrupt disposition has still not been purified, is this not the biggest flaw you can have? Isn’t this a huge pity? What are the consequences of such a defect? First, you are a service-doer, not one of God’s people. Second, you are not loyal to God; you cannot truly sacrifice for God. That is an eternal regret. Even if you can enter God’s kingdom you will still regret it; you will feel indebted to God. Enjoying so many graces but being unable to repay them—do you have a conscience? Are you fit to live before God? Shouldn’t these things be purified? You must pursue the truth and purify this disposition. It must be solved so that you can do service until the end and truly sacrifice for God. Or, if by knowing many truths you know God, you will think God is all too lovely and can thus love God in your heart. As soon as you love God and obey Him, being loyal to Him to the end and doing your duty properly becomes light and pleasant, without difficulty. As you love God more and obey Him more, you become willing to die for Him. In that case, obeying God and practicing the truth to satisfy Him are altogether too easy, no? When a person loves another person, they are able to suffer any hardship for them. As soon as people love God, they accept any suffering for God without complaint or transaction. They don’t do it to gain anything; they do it for love. How pure that love is. Therefore, when people first start to do their duty, they may be forced to do it, are somewhat reluctant and unwilling, but as they experience judgment, their corrupt disposition becomes cleansed. This is due to their pursuit of the truth. Their life disposition is changed; they can obey God to the death and love Him to the fullest. Is this not what it means to be made perfect? This is what it means to be made perfect. In this case, their portions of blessings are different; they will inherit the promises of God. That’s quite a blessing indeed.