God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together (Excerpt VII)
There were originally no families among humanity, only man and woman, two kinds of people. There were no countries, to say nothing of families, but due to man’s corruption, all kinds of people organized themselves into individual clans, later developing into countries and nations. These countries and nations were constituted of small individual families, and in this manner all kinds of people were distributed among various races according to differences in language and dividing boundaries. Actually, regardless of how many races there are in the world, humanity has only one ancestor. In the beginning, there were only two kinds of people, and these two kinds were man and woman. However, due to the progress of God’s work, the elapsing of history and geographical changes, to various degrees these two kinds of people developed into even more kinds of people. When it comes down to it, regardless of how many races humanity consists of, all of humanity is still God’s creation. No matter what race people belong to, they are all His creatures; they are all the descendants of Adam and Eve. Even though they are not made by the hands of God, they are the descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God personally created. No matter which type people belong to, they are all His creatures; since they belong to humanity, which was created by God, their destination is that which humanity should have, and they are divided according to the rules that organize humanity. That is to say, evildoers and the righteous are, after all, creatures. Creatures that commit evil will ultimately be destroyed, and creatures who perform righteous deeds will thereby survive. This is the most suitable arrangement for these two kinds of creatures. Evildoers cannot, due to their disobedience, deny that they are God’s creation but have been plundered by Satan and are thus unable to be saved. Creatures with righteous conduct cannot rely on the fact that they will survive to deny that they have been created by God yet have received salvation after having been corrupted by Satan. Evildoers are creatures who are disobedient to God; they are creatures that cannot be saved and have already been completely plundered by Satan. People who commit evil are also people; they are people who have been corrupted to the extreme and people that cannot be saved. Just as they are also creatures, people of righteous conduct have also been corrupted, but they are people who are willing to break free of their corrupt disposition and are capable of obeying God. People of righteous conduct do not brim with righteousness; rather, they have received salvation and broken free of their corrupt disposition to obey God; they will stand fast in the end, but this is not to say that they have not been corrupted by Satan. After God’s work ends, among all His creatures, there will be those who will be destroyed and those who will survive. This is an inevitable trend of His management work. No one can deny this. Evildoers cannot survive; those who obey and follow Him to the end are certainly to survive. As this work is that of humanity’s management, there will be those who remain and those who are eliminated. These are different outcomes of different types of people, and these are the most suitable arrangements for His creatures. God’s ultimate arrangement for mankind is to divide by shattering families, shattering nations and shattering national borders. It is one without families and national borders, for man is, after all, of one ancestor and is God’s creation. In short, evildoing creatures will be destroyed, and creatures that obey God will survive. In this way, there will be no families, no countries and especially no nations in the rest of the future; this kind of humanity is the holiest kind of humanity. Adam and Eve were originally created so that man could take care of all things on earth; man was originally the master of all things. Jehovah’s intention in creating man was to allow man to exist upon the earth and also take care of all things upon it, for man had not originally been corrupted and was also incapable of committing evil. However, after man was corrupted, he was no longer the caretaker of all things. And the purpose of God’s salvation is to restore this function of man, to restore man’s original reason and his original obedience; humanity in rest will be the very portrait of the result that His work of salvation hopes to attain. Although it will no longer be a life like the one in the Garden of Eden, its essence will be the same; humanity will merely no longer be its earlier uncorrupted self, but rather a humanity that was corrupted and then received salvation. These people who have received salvation will ultimately (that is, after His work has ended) enter into rest. Likewise, the outcomes of those who have been punished will also utterly be revealed in the end, and they will only be destroyed after His work has ended. This is to say that after His work is finished, those evildoers and those who have been saved will all be revealed, for the work of revealing all types of people (regardless of whether they are evildoers or the saved) will be carried out upon all people simultaneously. Evildoers will be eliminated, and those who can remain will simultaneously be revealed. Therefore, the outcomes of all types of people will be revealed simultaneously. He will not first allow a group of the people who have been saved to enter into rest before setting aside the evildoers and judging or punishing them a little at a time; the truth is not actually like this. When evildoers are destroyed and those who can survive enter into rest, His work in the entire universe will have finished. There will be no order of priority among those who receive blessings and those who suffer misfortune; those who receive blessings will live eternally, and those who suffer misfortune will perish for all eternity. These two steps of work shall be completed simultaneously. It is precisely because there are disobedient people that the righteousness of those obedient people shall be revealed, and it is precisely because there are those who have received blessings that the misfortune suffered by those evildoers for their wicked conduct shall be revealed. If God did not reveal evildoers, those people who sincerely obey God would never see the sun; if God did not take those who obey Him into a suitable destination, those who are disobedient to God would not be able to receive their deserved retribution. This is the process of His work. If He did not carry out this work of punishing evil and rewarding good, His creatures would never be able to enter into their respective destinations. Once mankind has entered into rest, the evildoers will be destroyed, all of humanity will enter into the right track, and every kind of person will be with their own kind in accordance with the functions that they should carry out. Only this will be humanity’s day of rest and the inevitable trend for humanity’s development, and only when humanity enters into rest will God’s great and ultimate accomplishment reach completion; this will be the coda of His work. This work will end all of humanity’s decadent physical life, and it will end the life of corrupt humanity. From here humanity shall enter into a new realm. Although man leads a physical existence, there are significant differences between the essence of his life and the essence of life of corrupt humanity. The meaning of his existence and the meaning of the existence of corrupt humanity are also different. Although this is not the life of a new kind of person, it can be said to be the life of a humanity that has received salvation and a life with humanity and reason regained. These are people who once were disobedient to God, and who were once conquered by God and then saved by Him; these are people who humiliated God and later bore witness to Him. Their existence, after undergoing and surviving His testing, is the most meaningful existence; they are people who bore witness to God before Satan; they are people who are fit to live. Those who will be destroyed are people who cannot stand witness to God and are not fit to live. Their destruction shall be due to their wicked conduct, and destruction is their best destination. When man later enters into the good realm, there will be none of the relationships between husband and wife, between father and daughter or between mother and son that man imagines he will find. At that time, man will follow his own kind, and the family will have already been shattered. Having completely failed, Satan will never disturb humanity again, and man will no longer have corrupt satanic disposition. Those disobedient people will have already been destroyed, and only those obedient people will survive. And so very few families will survive intact; how will physical relationships still be able to exist? Man’s past physical life will be utterly banned; how will physical relationships be able to exist between people? Without corrupt satanic disposition, the life of people will no longer be the old life of the past, but rather a new life. Parents will lose children, and children will lose parents. Husbands will lose wives, and wives will lose husbands. People now have physical relationships among one another. When they have all entered into rest there will be no more physical relationships. Only shall such humanity have righteousness and holiness, only shall such humanity be one that worships God.
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh