By Liu Yu
In the Bible, the Lord Jesus said, “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). Someone may ask: The Lord ascended upon a white cloud to prepare our place. Once ready, He will come and receive us to the kingdom of heaven. You say the Lord Jesus has come, but why haven’t we been raptured up into heaven and are still on earth?
About this question, there’s something we should first know. The Lord is faithful. He said He went to prepare a place for those who have faith in Him, and that if it had been prepared He would come again and take the believers to the kingdom of heaven. This is true. But is the kingdom of heaven really in heaven as we believe? Let’s look at the Lord’s Prayer that the Lord Jesus taught us to memorize: “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt 6: 9–10). The Lord Jesus told us clearly that God’s kingdom is on earth, not in heaven; God’s will will be done on earth just as it is in heaven. It also says in Revelation 21: 2–3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven … 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.” Then let’s go to Revelation 11:15, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” These verses are enough to prove that it is on earth that God will establish His kingdom; it is on earth that man will attend the feast with God. If, according to our notions and imaginations, the kingdom of heaven is in heaven and the Lord will come to receive us to heaven, aren’t these prophecies in vain? As we all know, in the first beginning God created man on earth and then He allowed them to perform their duties and rule over all things on earth, and allowed them to obey Him, worship and glorify Him on earth. This is ordained by God. Moreover, from beginning to end, God has been working and saving man on earth. And man also has always lived their lives on earth. Continue reading “Kingdom of Heaven, in Heaven?”