What Being Raptured Before the Great Tribulation and Being Made Into Overcomers Before the Great Tribulation Mean

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1. What Does “Being Caught Up Before the Disasters” Mean?

If we want to understand what it means to be caught up before the disasters, we must first know what it means to be caught up. Some people believe that being caught up means that, when the Lord returns, He will raise us up into the sky to meet with Him, and this is because Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” But is this what the Lord intended? This is just what Paul himself said; the Lord Jesus never said this, the Holy Spirit never bore such testimony, and therefore these words cannot represent the Lord’s intention. As we all know, in the beginning God created mankind on earth using clay, He set them to oversee all the things God had created on earth and He enjoined them to worship Him and glorify Him. What’s more, God long ago told us clearly that God would establish His kingdom on earth, that He would abide with man on earth, and that the kingdoms of the world would all become kingdoms ruled over by Christ. It is just as the prophecies in Revelation say, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” (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). Therefore, when the Lord returns, He will not raise people up into the sky to meet with Him, but will establish His kingdom on earth, for the destination God has prepared for us is to be found on earth. Moreover, if we were caught up into the sky, we wouldn’t be able to survive up there. So the belief that to be caught up means to be raised up into heaven does not accord with the truth and does not accord with the facts of God’s work; it is merely a product of our conceptions and imaginings, and it is an extravagant wish.

2. What Does “Being Made Into Overcomers Before the Disasters” Mean?

Before we can understand what it means to be made into an overcomer before the disasters, we first have to understand what the overcomers are. Literally, it means a group of people who overcome. As all who believe in God know, Satan is the enemy of God, and so we must overcome, which assuredly means that we must overcome Satan. Therefore, the overcomers refers to the group of people who will overcome Satan. But what does it mean to overcome Satan? Ever since our ancestors Adam and Eve were seduced by Satan, mankind has lived in sin and has been filled with all manner of corrupt dispositions, such as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and despicable, crooked and deceitful, and so on. It can be said that each and every one of us is fettered by these things and we live relying on these poisons. Therefore, overcoming Satan means to cast off Satan’s bonds and fetters, to utterly rid ourselves of all the satanic poisons that plague us and no longer live by them, but instead be able to hear God’s words and live by God’s words. In this way, we can be named overcomers and our sins can truly be purified, and we can live in the light and be worthy of God’s inheritance. Just as it is recorded in Revelation, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14). “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out” (Revelation 3:12). “He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7). “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” (Revelation 14:4–5). And God’s words say, “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.

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