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I Have Been Raptured in This Way

My name is Shu Fan. Like all the other believers, I had dreamed the dream of rapture, awaiting the Lord Jesus to come to take me into the air and join me with Him forever, so that I could share in the blessings of the kingdom of heaven. One morning, when I was doing exercise in a square, I saw Brother Wu radiant with happiness practicing Tai Chi. Then I smiled and asked him, “Hey, Wu! What makes you so happy?”

Brother Wu said excitedly, “Brother Shu, I’m telling you a piece of fantastic news—I have been raptured!”

I looked at him with surprise, “You’ve been raptured? Are you still dreaming? If you were raptured, why are you chatting with me here?”

He said seriously, “This proves that we don’t understand the truth about rapture….”

I said defiantly, “Brother Wu, you really think little of me! Ten years ago, Pastor Chen always preached on 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.’ Before the calamity comes, we who are alive shall be caught up in the air to meet the Lord in the twinkling of an eye. I also often give sermons about that to the believers. How come you say I don’t know that?”

Brother Wu smiled and said, “Brother Shu, let’s discuss a question. From when man came into existence, is man living on earth or in heaven?”

I said freely, “Of course on earth!”

Brother Wu said with sincerity, “Yeah, you’re right! In the beginning, Jehovah God made man out of the dust of the ground, and then put them in the Garden of Eden and let them live on the earth. From that, we see God’s will is to make man live on the earth, not in heaven. Thus, to be raptured does not mean to be taken from the earth into heaven. That is man’s imagination, not accordant with the fact. What’s more, when the Lord Jesus was working on earth, He told us in advance where He would carry out His work when He comes again….”

I asked eagerly, “What? The Lord Jesus already told us where He would carry out His work when He comes? How could it be possible? I have read the Bible for years, but why didn’t I know this?”

He said, “Brother Shu, Jesus said in the Lord’s Prayer that He taught us, ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10). ‘Your kingdom come’ indicates that God will do His work still on the earth when He returns, and that His kingdom is still on earth, not in heaven. And from the words ‘Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,’ we know God wishes us to carry out His will on the earth instead of ascending to heaven. What’s more, Revelation 21:3 says, ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 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 11:15 says, ‘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.’ From the Lord Jesus’ words and these prophecies, we can see: When the Lord comes back, He will still work on earth, establish His kingdom on earth, live with us on earth and lead us personally. If rapture means to be taken into heaven as we imagine, then won’t these prophecies fall through?”

Brother Wu’s fellowship astonished me. I thought: Yes. The Lord Jesus did say that, and the Book of Revelation indeed prophesies like that. Will God really establish His kingdom on earth? I have read the Bible so many times. I also recite those verses regularly. But why did I not realize their spiritual meanings? What Brother Wu fellowshiped has basis in the Bible, so it can’t be wrong. But my opinion about rapture to heaven is also from the Bible. What is going on here?

Then Brother Wu continued, “Let’s see what Almighty God says.” With that, he took me to a place with few people, and took out a MP5 player from his bag. He turned it on and read,

The Church of Almighty God

“Almighty God says, ‘… Humanity entering into rest means that all of humanity will live within God’s light and under His blessings; there will be none of Satan’s corruption, nor will any unrighteous things occur. Humanity will live normally upon earth, and they will live under God’s care. … When humanity enters into rest, it means that man has become a true creation; humanity will worship God from upon the earth and have normal human lives. People will no longer be disobedient to God or resist God; they will return to the original life of Adam and Eve. These are the respective lives and destinations of God and humanity after they enter into rest. Satan’s defeat is an inevitable trend in the war between God and Satan. In this way, God’s entering into rest after the completion of His management work and man’s complete salvation and entrance into rest likewise become inevitable trends. Man’s place of rest is on earth, and God’s place of rest is in heaven. While man rests, he will worship God and also live upon earth, and while God rests, He will lead the remaining portion of humanity …’ (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From Almighty God’s words, we see God’s place of rest is in heaven, while man’s place of rest is still on earth. Man will enjoy a life of heaven on earth, a harmonious, beautiful life that God has prepared for man. That is precisely what God will accomplish in the end—to build the kingdom of Christ on the earth. Besides, Jehovah once said, ‘The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…?’ (Isaiah 66:1). From the time of creation until today, who has ever gone to heaven? If man always wants to go to heaven, then won’t he be running contrary to God’s requirements?”

I replied in bewilderment, “Brother Wu, there seems to be some reason in your fellowship. But the Bible says, ‘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’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17). How do you explain that?”

Brother Wu fellowshiped, “Brother Shu, we should rely on the prophecies spoken by the Lord Jesus while longing for His return. That is the most exact way. ‘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.’ These are Paul’s words, not the Lord Jesus’. We believers should listen to the Lord’s words, rather than the words of man. The Lord Jesus has never made such a statement, nor has the Holy Spirit. When God created man, He put man on the earth and let them live and worship God on the earth; He did not take man into the midair, which is where demons and Satan live, and is not meant for man.”

Hearing Brother Wu’s fellowship, I was utterly convinced. It’s quite truthful. Heaven is God’s dwelling place and God’s throne, which is unoffendable by man. Because the archangel wanted to be equal with God, it was struck down into the midair and cursed by God. Only God can stay in heaven, and no man can go up there. Thinking of this, I said, “Brother Wu, after your fellowship today, I benefit a lot. You’re right. As we believe in God, our expectation for the Lord’s coming should be in accordance with God’s words, not man’s words. Since God’s kingdom is on earth, and God will reign on earth, then what exactly does rapture mentioned in Scripture refer to? How will that be fulfilled?”

Brother Wu answered, “Brother Shu, rapture is not, as we imagine, to be lifted from a lower place to a higher place, or to ascend from earth to heaven. Just as Acts 8:39-40 says, ‘And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.’ According to our imagination, since Philip was caught away by God’s Spirit, certainly he would no longer be on earth, but be taken to heaven. The fact, however, was contrary to our imagination. Instead of being caught up to heaven, Philip was found preaching the gospel of the Lord in all the cities, carrying out God’s will on earth. Rapture doesn’t mean being caught up to the air or ascending to outer space from the earth. Exactly speaking, it refers to elevation in the spiritual state, which means to follow the footsteps of the Lamb and come before God to accept His newer and higher work. For example, in the Age of Law, people believed in Jehovah and kept the law. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, people who were raptured were those who came out of the law, followed His work, and received His redemption. Today, the returned Lord Jesus—Almighty God, has ended the Age of Grace and brought the Age of Kingdom. If one can come out of the Age of Grace, keep pace with Almighty God’s work in the last days, and in the end is fully purified and saved by God, brought into the wonderful destination, he will have truly been raptured. Just as Almighty God says, ‘People imagine that “rapture” means rising from below unto up high. That is utterly wrong. Rapture means selection after having been predestined by Me, and refers to all those who were predestined and are chosen, … and nothing is more at odds with the conceptions of man. All who have a share in My future household will have been taken before Me: This is the absolute truth, it is immutable, it can be refuted by no man, and it strikes back against Satan. All who were predestined by Me will be taken before Me’ (“The One Hundred and Fourth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From the words of Almighty God, we can see that rapture does not mean rising from below unto up high, or ascending from earth to heaven. That is just our imagination. Rather, rapture means that people are chosen by God and return to Him after having been predestined by Him. In the last days, God becomes flesh again to speak and work on earth. Those who accept and obey it after hearing His voice are those who have been raptured before His throne. They’ve recognized God’s voice from His utterances, and are watered and fed with God’s words. In the end, they will gain a true knowledge of God, have their corrupt disposition purified, and live in the blessings of God.”

Hearing Brother Wu’s fellowship and Almighty God’s words, I saw the light suddenly. Almighty God’s words are very practical and not vague at all. In the past, my understanding of rapture was indeed my own notion and imagination, which was too vague and not practical. I said with a smile, “Brother Wu, it surprises me that you have become much more insightful than you were before. It would seem that Almighty God’s words are actually with more profound truth and worth seeking and investigating.”

Brother Wu said with delight, “Thanks be to God! Brother Shu, Almighty God is really the returned Lord Jesus for whom we have been yearning. He is now seeking those who can recognize His voice. He will bring all of them to His house and rapture them before His throne. And He will give them free access to His provision of the living water of life! Let me read some more words from Almighty God for you. Almighty God says, ‘What God wants are people who follow His footsteps. No matter how wonderful and pure what you understood before is, God does not want it, and if you are unable to put aside such things, then they will be a tremendous obstacle to your entry in the future. All those who are able to follow the present light of the Holy Spirit are blessed. The people of ages past also followed the footsteps of God, yet they could not follow until today; this is the blessing of the people of the last days. Those who can follow the present work of the Holy Spirit, and who are able to follow the footsteps of God, such that they follow God wherever He leads them—these are people who are blessed by God. Those who do not follow the present work of the Holy Spirit have not entered into the work of God’s words, and no matter how much they work, or how great their suffering, or how much they run about, none of it means anything to God, and He will not commend them. … All who are able to obey the actual utterances of the Holy Spirit are blessed. It does not matter how they used to be, or how the Holy Spirit used to work within them—those who have gained the latest work are the most blessed, and those who are unable to follow the latest work today are eliminated. God wants those who are able to accept the new light, and He wants those who accept and know His latest work. Why is it said that you must be a chaste virgin? A chaste virgin is able to seek the work of the Holy Spirit and understand the new things, and moreover, able to put aside old conceptions, and obey the work of God today. This group of people, who accept the newest work of today, were predestined by God when the world began, and are the most blessed of people. You hear the voice of God directly, and behold the appearance of God, and so, throughout heaven and earth, and throughout the ages, none have been more blessed than you, this group of people’ (“Know the Newest Work of God and Follow the Footsteps of God” in Listen to the Voice of God Know Christ). ‘Today’s truth is given to those who yearn for and seek it. This salvation is granted to those who yearn to be saved by God, and is not only meant to be gained by you, but is also so that you can be gained by God. You gain God in order that God can gain you’ (“The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).”

Then Brother Wu went on with his fellowship, “From Almighty God’s words, we can see that God is always new and never old. In order to save corrupt mankind, God has been constantly doing new work, supplying and leading man. At each stage of His work, people chosen by God are those who can drop their religious notions, who can yearn for and seek the present work of the Holy Spirit, and accept God’s new words. Although all the followers of the Lord Jesus, including Peter and John, used to read the Old Testament and hold onto Jehovah’s laws, when the Lord Jesus came to do new work and express new words, they could let go of their religious conceptions and come out of the law to accept His new work and words. Therefore, they gained the Lord Jesus’ salvation, gained the peace and joy of being forgiven of their sins, as well as abundant blessings and grace bestowed by God. However, those priests, scribes and Pharisees were always unwilling to drop their notions and imaginations. They not only did not seek and investigate the Lord Jesus’ work and word, but even blasphemed, condemned and opposed His work. So they lost the Lord Jesus’ salvation and suffered due punishment in the end. Similarly, today, all those who can follow God’s steps in His new work, that is, accept Almighty God’s work, read Almighty God’s utterances, and truly submit to Almighty God are those who keep pace with the present work of the Holy Spirit. These people are the ones chosen by God and taken before His throne, and they are the most blessed ones. On the contrary, those who are unwilling to seek, accept, or obey Almighty God’s work of the last days will lose the presence and work of the Holy Spirit, fall into darkness, and miss God’s salvation of the last days. Moreover, as for those religious leaders and wicked people who wildly condemn and oppose God’s work of the last days, if they don’t repent from start to finish, they will receive God’s righteous punishment in the end.”

After listening to Almighty God’s words and Brother Wu’s fellowship, I seemed to suddenly realize the way to be raptured before the Lord. I felt excited inside, and said to Brother Wu, “Brother, your fellowship is so practical. All those who can put aside their notions, obey the work of the Holy Spirit, and follow the steps of God’s new work are people who have been raptured before God. These understandings and knowledge are very practical, and I agree to them totally.”

Brother Wu smiled and said, “Now, God’s six-thousand-year management plan is coming to an end, and the gate of the kingdom has been opened to all those who seek the appearance of God. Almighty God says, ‘God seeks those who long for Him to appear. He seeks Word of Almighty Godthose who are able to hear His words, those who have not forgotten His commission and offer up their heart and body to Him. He seeks those who are as obedient as babes before Him, and do not resist Him. If you are unhindered by any force in your devotion to God, then God shall look upon you with favor, and shall bestow His blessings upon you’ (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Almighty God’s work has spread to many foreign countries and regions. Most of the brothers and sisters who truly believe in God in various denominations and sects have been raptured before God’s throne. They are enjoying God’s word to their heart’s content, pursuing to cast off their corrupt disposition and be made perfect by God. Are you willing to be raptured before Almighty God’s throne by Him?”

I said excitedly, “Of course. Although there are still many things I don’t understand about Almighty God’s work, I’d like to seek and investigate it.”

Brother Wu was all smiles, saying, “Praise God! Let’s listen to a hymn of life experience.”

I nodded with joy.

Dance Around the Throne

1. The last Christ has appeared; the kingdom is among men. Almighty God is seated on the throne, with a smile, uttering His voice to all the nations, revealing His majesty. The heavens and the earth are cheering together; all nations and all peoples are dancing together. God has gained glory. Praise, praise, praise greatly. See who is swaying more joyfully! Dance, dance around the throne. As Almighty God’s word issues forth, the earth is revived and is renewed into a new state; the earth is clothed in green. Today’s life is really wonderful; we are all taken up before God, more and more joyful with dancing, more and more joyful with dancing.

2. We have returned to God’s throne, eating and drinking around the throne; we are praising, really joyful. It’s God’s grace! The life in the past is unforgettable; today is sweeter than the past. It’s God’s exaltation. Praise, praise, praise greatly. See who is swaying more joyfully! Dance, dance around the throne. The heavens are happy and the earth is joyful; the stars are dancing and the moon is smiling; the birds in the trees are chattering; we are all beaming with smiles; we are revived. Everything has been changed. God reigns in the kingdom. The kingdom life is really wonderful, the kingdom life is really wonderful.

from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

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I Have Seen Clearly the Truth

That year, I escaped from the hand of the evil one. What’s more, it is the most crucial and most memorable turning point in my life. My blind eyes are enlightened by the light. I feel immeasurably excited whenever thinking of the past….

I had been passing so many dark days before I believed in God. My husband argued with me frequently for domestic trivialities. It was often strife-torn and warring at home. My two sons would stay away with fear when they saw us quarrelling. Endless squabble left me hopeless in life, crying all day long. In the depths of great suffering and without direction, Almighty God visited His salvation of the last days upon me. I then accepted God’s new work. At that time, I sang and danced and was gathered in fellowship about God’s words with brothers and sisters. So, I was of great faith and my anguished heart was comforted. However, just as I was immersing myself in happiness, something I had never expected happened one after another.

One day, my younger son who studied in another location gave me a ring, saying, “Mom, I have been absent from school for a couple of days due to my stomach ache.” I asked, “Have you taken some medicine?” He replied, “Yes. And I have had intravenous drip at hospital, but all of these don’t help.” I felt very pain when I knew my son’s illness, thinking, “In a place far away from home, he is so pitiful for no one attends to him during his illness. What should I do?” After the call, I still felt sad for his sickness. Then I had a second thought: He may have some unhygienic food and it may not be a big problem. Gradually I did not feel pained any more. On Sunday afternoon, my elder son came back home from school. When I took the bag over his shoulder after he came inside, I heard him recalling gasping. I immediately asked him, “What’s wrong?” He replied with a smile, “It’s nothing.” Then I saw him holding one of his arms in his embrace. Then I asked again at once, “What’s the matter with your arm?” Only then did he say, “I had a fall while playing soccer with my classmates.” I was so distressed that I was on the verge of bursting into tears. At that moment, my husband said, “Take it easy. He is young and will recover soon. Let’s take him to the hospital for an examination.” After taking an X-ray at hospital, we found out my elder son sustained a fracture. On the way home from the hospital, I thought: What are all these about? Two days ago, I was told that my younger son missed his classes for several days because of stomach pain. Today my elder son fell over and fractured his arm. Nothing bad had happened to my two sons before I believed in God. Why did they suffer misfortune one after the other? The sister told me that man would be blessed once believing in God. Why did these misfortunes take place after I believed in God? Where is the blessing? Do I take the wrong path? I went home with anxiety. At that time, I lost my strength and I wanted neither to read God’s words nor pray to Him. And, I even complained against the sister in my heart about preaching the gospel to me…. I was completely left in darkness. Continue reading

How Should We Welcome the Return of the Lord Jesus?

Nowadays, all the believers in the Lord are expecting the Lord Jesus’ second coming to bring man into the kingdom of heaven. Especially when people reading the scripture Acts 1:11, “Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.”, they think that the Lord left on a white cloud, so he will surely return on a white cloud. Thus most people just wait for the return of the Lord Jesus passively. But over more than two thousand years have passed, man still hasn’t seen the Savior coming with clouds. In recent years, whenever I see the disaster is greater and greater and the church becomes more and more desolate, I couldn’t help looking up to heaven and crying out to the Lord, “O Lord! Nowadays various signs of the last days have already been fulfilled, but why have we still not seen your return?” With the passage of time, I began to doubt: Is it truly after God’s heart that we wait for God’s coming so passively? Then how shall we welcome the return of the Lord?

It is recorded in the Bible when the disciples asked the Lord Jesus how to welcomeHis return, the Lord taught them to be the wise virginysxmtxx and come out to meet Him when hearing the voice of the bridegroom. I remember during the time that Peter spent with Jesus, he saw the Lord Jesus is full of authority and power in His words and actions. Therefore, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, he finally recognized that the Lord Jesus is Christ. It was the same with Nathanael, John, Matthew, and so on; they also knew the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah from His words and works, and then followed Him and thus received the salvation of the Lord. Those facts enlightened me that man must have a heart of thirsting for and seeking God, and only from God’s words and works can we know the return of the Lord. Continue reading

Look, The Truth Reigns Here

I am an ordinary believer in the Church of Almighty God. Exalted by God, I was assigned to fulfill hosting duty. I often had meetings with Sister Zhao, an upper-level leader of the church. From her talk in the meetings, I realized that she didn’t coordinate harmoniously with her partner in their work. They both were very arrogant, and each rejected the other’s views and wanted the obedience of the other. When they couldn’t agree on the work, they would work apart. I thought to myself, “As upper-level leaders, if they have no harmonious partnership, both living in their arrogant corrupt disposition and sticking to their own views, they won’t be able to gain the work of the Holy Spirit. Then the work they do would be unbeneficial to the church work and to the brothers and sisters’ entry into life. This is not a small matter. I must point it out and have fellowship with Sister Zhao.” But then I thought, “Sister Zhao is an upper-level leader, and I am only an ordinary sister who performs hosting duty. Even if she needs help, it shouldn’t be me but her superior. Doing my best to fulfill my hosting duty is enough.”

Just then, I saw a passage of God’s words: “In the church, you should stand My testimony and hold on to the truth. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Don’t confuse black and white. You should fight against Satan and defeat it thoroughly, leaving it unable to rise again. Safeguard My testimony at any cost; this should be the principle of your doing things. Don’t forget” (“The Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From these words of God, I understood God’s will: In the church, the truth reigns. When anything incompatible with the truth happens, everyone can stand up and speak for the truth. When seeing any brother or sister reveal their corrupt disposition, everyone else can help them by fellowshiping about the truth with them. This is the duty and obligation of every one of us, and is also God’s requirement for us. God hopes that when we encounter a situation, we can stand on the right ground and practice the truth resolutely, and go all out to defend God’s work and God’s testimony. Hosting the brothers and sisters is my duty, it is also my duty and obligation to point out my leader’s shortcomings and corruption and fellowship about the truth with her in order to benefit her life and protect the church work from loss. Continue reading

Critical Moments

In 2009, after I sought, investigated, and read Almighty God’s words, I recognized that Almighty God is the only true God who created the heavens, the earth and all things, the appearing of the Savior of the last days. So, I accepted Almighty God’s work in the last days. Through meetings and God’s words, I saw that the words expressed by Almighty God are the truths for man to be saved. So, I set my determination secretly: I’ll believe in God seriously and pursue the truth and follow God all my life.

One day, I found that the small hip of my daughter was crammed full of blisters which were as big as fingernails. The sight of them pierced my heart. My baby cried every day and even didn’t take milk at all. At that moment, she was only one year old. When I saw her not eat or drink but only cry, my heart was broken. My husband and I took her to the hospital without losing time. After the examination, the doctor told me nervously, “Your baby has suffered from contagious hand, foot and mouth disease and she must be isolated immediately. Otherwise, you adults will be infected soon. Hurry up! Send her to the isolation room at once. Leave your phone number to me and wait for my call. If I call you, come and take her. If I don’t call, it shows that she will have passed away. Now this sort of contagious virus is very severe. Recently, a few people have died from it.” While speaking, he was rubbing his hands hard with disinfectant. His words, like a bolt from the blue, made me collapse right then, with my whole body paralyzed and my heart thumping. A TV report flashed through my mind: Adults and kids died from this disease in these few days. So, I was in anguish. I had come a long way to bring her up and it left me sick all over. I never would have thought in a million years that such a great matter would crop up. I had a second thought: There must be something wrong. Since I believe in God, I should have been kept by God. How come such a matter has befallen me? How has it come upon me? I crumpled on the chair in the hospital’s corridor, shedding tears unconsciously. I kept crying out to God, asking Him to enlighten and guide me. At that point, I thought of the truths communicated by the sister in these past few days when my baby began to get sick. … Continue reading

A Rebirth

I was born into an impoverished rural family that was backward in their thinking. I was vain from a young age and my desire for status was particularly strong.school Over time, through the social influence and a traditional education, I took all sorts of Satan’s rules for survival into my heart. All kinds of fallacies nurtured my desire for reputation and status, such as building a beautiful homeland with your own two hands, fame will make you immortal, people need face like a tree needs its bark, getting ahead and being on top, family prestige, etc. These gradually became my life and made me firmly believe that as long as we are living in this world, we have to work to be seen highly by others. No matter what crowd we are with we must have status, we should be the most outstanding one. Only through living this way can we have integrity and dignity. Only living a life this way has value. In order to achieve my dream, I studied very diligently in elementary school; through storms and sickness, I never missed class. Day by day, I finally made it to middle school that way. When I saw that I was getting closer and closer to my dream I didn’t dare slack off. I frequently told myself that I had to persevere, that I had to present myself well to my teachers and classmates. However, just then, something unexpected happened. There was a scandal about our head teacher and the principal of the school that caused an uproar. All the teachers and students knew about it. One day in class, that teacher asked us if we had heard about it and all the other students said “No.” I was the only one who honestly replied “I heard.” From that time on, that teacher saw me as a thorn in her side and would frequently find excuses to make things difficult for me, to crack down on me. My classmates started to keep their distance from me and exclude me. They made fun of me and humiliated me. Finally, I was no longer able to tolerate that kind of torment and I dropped out of school. That was how my dream of getting ahead and being on top was crushed. Thinking of my future days with my face to the earth and back to the sky, I felt an inexpressible sadness and melancholy. I thought: Can it be that my life will be passed so unremarkably? No status, no prestige, no future. What’s the point of living like this? I really wasn’t willing to accept that fact at that time but I was helpless to change my circumstances. Just as I was living in pain and hopelessness that I wasn’t able to extricate myself from, Almighty God saved me and reignited the hope in my heart that had been extinguished. From then I began a whole new life.

It was March 1999, and from a fortuitous opportunity I heard the gospel of the last days of Almighty God. I learned that God incarnate had come to earth and He Himself was speaking to and leading mankind to save us from the domain of Satan, to allow us to cast off our lives of being in pain, of being fallen, to live in a new heaven and earth. And from the patient and painstaking fellowship from my brothers and sisters, I heard many truths that I had never heard of before, such as: God’s six-thousand-year management plan, the mystery of God becoming flesh, that corrupt people need the salvation of God incarnate, what kind of sense creations should possess, how to worship the Lord of all creation, how to live out your proper humanity, what truly is a human life…. I was profoundly drawn in by these truths and they made me firmly believe that this was the work of the true God. That day my brothers and sisters also sang a song of experience, “Thinking of the Bitter Past and the Sweetness of the Present, I love God Even More”: “Oh practical God! I beg You to hear my story. I cry when I think of the past; my heart was dark and without light; my life was without hope, I could not speak of the suffering in my life, I could only helplessly pass the days. How could it not cause my heart misery? Oh practical God! Listen to me, thinking of the past, my heart is in pain. It was Satan the devil harming me, making me corrupt and fallen. Your words illuminated me and led me out of the darkness. Oh true God! Oh true God! I love You from within my heart.” This lit up my soul which had long been in darkness like a ray of light, and I could not help but burst into tears. Many years of repression, injustices, and sadness seemed to suddenly be released. My heart felt much lighter. Aside from this excitement, I was even more grateful to God for selecting me from among millions of people, allowing my tired, sad soul to find a warm haven. From then my life changed radically. I was no longer disconsolate and dispirited, but I put my whole mind to reading the word of God, going to meetings, and fellowship on the truth. Every day was full and happy. Later I was lifted up by God and began to perform the duty of preaching the gospel. Because I was quite enthusiastic and positive as well as the fact that I was of a certain caliber, after a period of time my work was really bearing fruit. I gained the praise of my evangelical team leader, and the brothers and sisters in the church also looked up to me. They would always come ask me about things they didn’t understand about preaching the gospel. Without realizing it I started to become a little self-satisfied, and I thought: I have so quickly gained in the church the reputation and status I hoped for in the world for so many years. My “hero” side has finally found its place! Seeing my accomplishments I felt very fulfilled and I worked even harder to fulfill my duty. No matter how great of a difficulty I faced, I would do my utmost to overcome it. No matter what the church arranged for me to do, I willingly obeyed and did my best to complete it. At times the church leader dealt with me and pruned aspects of me because I hadn’t performed my duty well. No matter how upset I was, on the surface I wouldn’t make excuses for myself. Although I suffered quite a bit during this period of time, as long as I had status among my brothers and sisters and was looked up to by them, I felt that it was very much worth paying this price. But God can see into every part of people. In order to transform my erroneous views on human life and values, in order to cleanse the impurities in my belief in God and performing my duty, God carried out judgment and chastisement as well as trials and refinement on me.

Step Onto the Right Path of Life

Since childhood, I had been influenced by the socially circulated viewpoints of “Making sack is the absolute principle” and “No pain, no gain.” I thought that as long as I worked hard and made a fortune, I would gain status in society, and would live a life with dignity and integrity. Under the rule of this view, I had persistently been striving hard for money and fame. Furthermore, I was competitive by nature and hated to lose in whatever I did. So, along my life’s journey, I indeed suffered a lot.

When I got married, my family was in a poor financial situation, and it went even heavily indebted after the births of my two sons. However, this didn’t discourage me. Instead, I discussed hopefully with my husband how to make money. In the beginning, we found that breeding the seedlings of sweet potatoes was a profitable business, so we bought books and materials to study that, and tried to breed the seedlings with scientific technology. Several years later, we did earn some money, but hard labor left me with many illnesses. Even so, in order to be someone of importance and to change my home for the better, I, who was born ambitious, didn’t back off. When we noticed some people around us became rich by raising pigs, we immediately followed. We bought diverse materials on pig farming, and began to learn scientific methods of it. After the first piglets were purchased, we carefully produced the feed, observed and fed them, and did the cleaning, completely as the materials instructed. I put all my energy into raising pigs, and became a pig breeder through and through. Another several years passed. I found that despite my painstaking care and efforts, our pigs were always not so fattened up as others’ at the time of sale. Besides, the market was down. So for those years, we made little money and were barely able to make ends meet. Thus I gradually felt that pig farming was not a lucrative investment. Yet people of the same trade with me built their houses, ate and dressed well, and enjoyed abundant material comforts. This bothered me immensely: We all raise pigs, but why are my pigs always thinner than theirs? We are faced with the same market condition, but why did they all make a profit except for me? Continue reading