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The Overcomers’ Testimonies “In the Devil’s Dark Prison, I Was Accompanied by God’s Love”

I’m a Christian in the Church of Almighty God. I’ve followed Almighty God for more than ten years. In the years of my following God, what is the most unforgettable is the great tribulation of my being arrested by the vicious police of the CCP ten years ago. In that tribulation, I was greatly afflicted and trampled by the devils and my life was at stake and death was imminent many times, but Almighty God led and kept me with his mighty hand, so that I was brought back to life and got safely out of danger…. It made me truly taste the supernaturalness and greatness of God’s life power and gain the precious wealth of life God bestowed to me.

It was January 23, 2004 (Lunar January 2). A sister in the church badly needed help because of difficulty in life, so I must go and visit her. As the journey was long, I had to get up early or I couldn’t make a round trip. When it was just dawning, I went out. The pedestrians on the road were very few and there were only cleaners sweeping the garbage on the street. I was anxious, but no taxi could be seen in the street. So I walked to a stop at the roadside waiting for one. Seeing a car coming from afar, I went up and stopped it. Unexpectedly, it was a car from the Environmental Protection Bureau. The men in the car asked me what I stopped the car for. I said, “Sorry, I made a mistake.” They said, “We suspect you are one posting up illegal ads.” I asked, “Did you see that? Where’re the illegal ads I posted up?” Without allowing me to explain, the three of them rushed forward and forcibly searched my handbag. They took out everything including a copy of an article of fellowship and preaching, a notebook, a purse with cash in it, a mobile phone, a pager out of service, and so on, looking for the illegal ads. Then, they took the article of fellowship and preaching and the notebook and looked through them carefully. Seeing no illegal ads in my handbag, they held the article of fellowship and preaching and said to me, “You aren’t one posting up illegal ads, but you’re a believer in Almighty God.” Then, they phoned the National Security Team specially taking charge of religion. After a short time, four men from the National Security Team came. Seeing the things in my handbag, they immediately knew that I was a believer in Almighty God. Before I could explain, they stuffed me into the car and then locked the doors, for fear that I might jump off the car to escape.

After we got to the Public Security Bureau, the policemen took me into a room. One of them fiddled with the pager and the mobile phone searched out, wanting to get a clue from them. When he turned on the phone, it showed a low battery and then the battery went dead. He couldn’t turn it on anyway. So, he held the phone in hand anxiously. I also felt much puzzled: The phone has just been fully charged this morning; how come the battery is dead now? Suddenly, I realized that God was manipulating everything miraculously to stop the policeman from getting information about other brothers and sisters. At the same time, I understood God’s words, “anything, living or dead, will move, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is the way God rules over all things.” (from “God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) I had some true knowledge about God’s ruling over and manipulating everything and had more faith in the following cooperation. Then, pointing at the things in my handbag, a vicious policeman asked me harshly, “Judging from your things, you’re not an ordinary believer. You must be a leader, a senior leader, for a junior leader doesn’t have a pager or a cell phone. Am I right?” I answered, “I don’t understand what you are saying.” He roared, “You’re pretending not to understand!” And he ordered me to speak while squatting. Seeing that I didn’t confess to what they said, they gathered around and punched and kicked me to hell. I was beaten black and blue, aching unbearably all over, and then collapsed on the floor. I was very indignant and very much wanted to reason and argue with them, “What law have I broken? Why do you beat me like this?” But then I thought that I had no way to reason with them, because the CCP government was simply unreasonable. I was at a loss, but I was unwilling to endure such cruel beating. Just when I was confused, I suddenly had a thought, “Since the CCP vicious policemen don’t listen to reason or allow me to speak sensible words, it’s unnecessary for me to speak anything to them. I’d better keep silent. Thus, they can’t do anything to me.” Thinking of that, I no longer responded to their questions. Continue reading

Seek and You Shall Find

I was born into an ordinary peasant family. I believed in the Lord Jesus because of illness at the age of 49. As I read in the Bible that the Lord could make the dumb speak and the paralytic walkpray, I often prayed to Him and asked Him to heal my illness. Unknowingly, my heart disease was healed, and I was getting stronger by the day. I thought, “So many people have spent a lot of money on their heart disease but to no avail. Mine is healed thanks to the power of the Lord. I must follow Him firmly.” At that time, I had a great faith. Unable to afford the carfares, I, together with several sisters, got up early and walked to meeting places, and I was never absent regardless of wind or rain. When I had time, I also went out to preach the gospel to repay the Lord’s love for me.

Several years passed in a flash. Then, gradually I found that every time we came to the meetings, Brother Shi, the preacher of our church, always gave us messages on Genesis. He preached repeatedly on what God made on the first day, on the second day … on the sixth day. In the afternoon, the elder would teach us to recite the Bible verses. He also asked us to recite some verses at home. He said that only by doing so could we remember the words of the Lord and have eternal life. After returning home, I recited the verses every day. Sometimes for fear of failing to recite them in the next meeting, I even wrote them on my hands to have a look at them at times of forgetting. However, I still failed to recite them when the elder asked me to do so in the meetings. The other brothers and sisters were the same with me. As time went on, we believers began to feel bored and said it was useless and very tiring to recite the Bible verses. Everyone complained. Once, in a meeting, Brother Shi walked onto the pulpit, and he started to preach on Genesis again. My heart sank at what he preached, and I thought, “Why can’t he preach something new? Every time I gain nothing after a whole day of meeting. I have left a pile of work undone at home and sometimes cannot cook in time for my husband. All I wish is to understand and gain something here, but I don’t gain anything.” As I thought of this, I really couldn’t bear it anymore. So I nerved myself to walk up to the pulpit and asked Brother Shi if he could preach something deeper. He said with his head down, “Auntie, to be honest, I can preach nothing more than this; otherwise, would I not have given a deeper preaching?” I felt so bad to hear his words, but I could do nothing other than go back to my seat. Thus, the meeting attendance gradually dropped off. Whenever I looked at the empty gathering place, I felt so awful. I came before the Lord and prayed tearfully, “O Lord! Why is the church like this now? Why have we completely lost our former enthusiasm? I don’t know where the brothers and sisters have gone. Besides, the preacher is unable to deliver good sermons. Have You forsaken us? O Lord! Where are You? Please guide me!” After the prayer, I suddenly remembered the hymn “Many Crowd the Savior’s Kingdom.” I thought, “Have those brothers and sisters who are absent from the meetings all entered the kingdom?” This thought made me somewhat anxious. So I began to ask where those brothers and sisters had gone, but nobody could give me the answer.

One day during a meeting, a young sister came to the gathering place, breathless, and she told the elder that her two elder sisters had accepted the “Eastern Lightning.” The elder was anxious at hearing it, and he said, “What? They have stolen all our good sheep. We must go to drag your sisters back!” With that he took Deacon Sun on his motorcycle and left. At the time of the next meeting, I came to the gathering place early. As I approached the gate, I saw both the elder and Deacon Sun sitting inside the gate with a book in their hands and reading it with interest. When I saw The Scroll Opened by the Lamb on the cover of the book held by Deacon Sun, I thought, “This book must have been taken from the two sisters who investigated the ‘Eastern Lightning.’ What is written in it?” Then I suddenly remembered what Revelation 5:1 said, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” “Can this book be the one spoken of in Revelation? Doesn’t the Lamb refer to God? Only the Lamb is worthy to open the book. So, doesn’t this prove that the Lord has come back?” I thought. Then, I heard the elder say, “This book is so good. No wonder those who have read it are unwilling to come out of the ‘Eastern Lightning.’ Did you remember that those two sisters cried when we took the books away from them? No wonder they cried; no man is capable of speaking the words in this book. They are truly the words of God!” Deacon Sun said with a smile, “I have yet to finish it, but it is indeed a good book.” When I heard what they said, my heart leaped with excitement. “Has God really come? Will they lend this book to me?” As I thought of this, I heard the elder whisper to Deacon Sun, “We should hide these books. Don’t let the brothers and sisters see them. If they know this book is so good, they will all go to the Church of Almighty God. Won’t our church be finished then?” With that, they both closed the book and went into their rooms. At those words, my joyful heart sank in an instant, and I thought, “All is over. They will certainly not lend the book to me. Where can I get the book?” Then I thought, “After reading this book, they both said it was good and firmly believed that the words in it are the words of God, but they actually would not let the brothers and sisters know that. They even deceive us by saying that outside our church there are too many people preaching false ways, and forbid us to go out to seek the truth. Are they not hindering us from accepting the true way? Why are their hearts so malicious? Won’t I be ruined by them if I continue to stay here? No, I have to go out quickly to look for a copy of this book.” I came before the Lord and prayed to Him, “O Lord, I know You have come back, but I have no idea where You are now. My heart is longing desperately to receive life and Your provision, but the elder and the deacon of the church are so malicious that they won’t let us see that book. O Lord, Where can I find a copy of it? May You guide me.”

I went with an eager heart to a church by bus which I had previously known of, expecting to find the book there. I walked toward a sister and sat down beside her and asked, “Sister, have you ever seen a book named The Scroll Opened by the Lamb?” She took a look at me and said, “No, I haven’t. We all read the Bible.” I was very disappointed at her words. After I came back home, I thought, “This small place does not have the book. I will go to a big city to look for it.” Having made some inquiries, I learned that there was a big church in some city, so I went there by train. After getting off the train, I found the church through difficulty. There were more than one thousand people there. The scene was very impressive. Hurriedly, I squeezed myself on to a seat in the middle of a row, hoping to hear of the book there. The Church of Almighty GodHowever, I saw all the brothers and sisters take out a Bible from their bags. And also I didn’t hear the pastor preach anything new. So I left sadly. I got home, exhausted, and I knelt down and prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, how I long to find You! O Lord, where are You?” After the prayer, the words in Matthew 7:13-14 came into my mind: “Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” Therefore, I went to a house church called The Sanctified. In the meeting, many believers looked at me with a strange eye, guarding against me as if I were a bad person. At the time, I was very sad, and my tears of grievance began to pour down my face. When I listened to the message, I found it was the same as that in our church, which was also on some Bible verses. I felt especially disappointed then, thinking, “I have been to several churches but have not found the book.” Helplessly, I returned to my former denomination with my bag. However, I never forgot the book The Scroll Opened by the Lamb. I often prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, now I am thirsty and hungry. I only heard that You have returned. I have looked for You for over a month, but I haven’t found You. O Lord, where are You? …”

Over two months later, I dropped in on my sister-in-law. Hardly had I entered her house and sat down when a woman and three men came. To judge from their dress, they were quite decent and upright. My sister-in-law had a word with them in the outside room, and then she let them in. I hastened to invite them to be seated, and they nodded at me politely. Judging by their manners, they seemed to be believers in the Lord. So I asked, “I guess you are also believers in the Lord, right? What denomination are you from?” A man said, “Yes. We are from the Church of Almighty God.” When I heard the Church of Almighty God, I was so pleased, thinking, “Isn’t it the Church of Almighty God our elder and deacon spoke of?” The brother noticed my expression, and he continued, “The Lord Jesus has returned to flesh and done a new work. He works and speaks under the name of Almighty God, and He has expressed millions of words and disclosed all mysteries.” With that, he took a book out of his bag and gave it to me. I took it from him and found it was just the book The Scroll Opened by the Lamb that I had been earnestly looking for. I was so excited as to hold it to my chest and grin from ear to ear. I said to the brothers and sisters with emotion, “I have nearly broken my neck looking for this book. I have known for some time that the Lord has come back. The elder of our church already got a copy of this book. But he didn’t let the brothers and sisters read it for fear that they would all go to the Church of Almighty God once they read. So I had to search for it everywhere. Today I have finally found it! I am really grateful to the Lord!” At that moment, tears blurred my eyes, and all the brothers and sisters there were very delighted too. With tears in their eyes, they said, “Amen! God is faithful, for the Lord Jesus said, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you’ (Matthew 7:7).” Then, they testified to me the work of Almighty God—the returned Lord Jesus—in the last days. A young brother read me a passage of God’s word: “The work done at present has pushed forward the work of the Age of Grace; that is, the work in the entire six-thousand-year management plan has moved forward. Though the Age of Grace has ended, the work of God has progressed further. Why do I say time and again that this stage of work builds upon the Age of Grace and the Age of Law? This means that the work of this day is a continuation of the work done in the Age of Grace and an uplifting of that done in the Age of Law. The three stages are closely interconnected and linked one to the next. Why do I also say that this stage of work builds on that done by Jesus? If this stage did not build on the work done by Jesus, then in this stage the crucifixion, the work of redemption done previously, would still need to be carried out. This would be meaningless. Therefore, it is not that the work has completely finished, but that the age has moved forward, and the work has become even higher than before. It could be said that this stage of work is built on the foundation of the Age of Law and the rock of the work of Jesus. The work is built stage by stage, and this stage is not a new beginning. Only the combination of the three stages of work can be deemed the six-thousand-year management plan” (“The Two Incarnations Complete the Significance of the Incarnation” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After the young brother finished reading these words, he fellowshiped, “Auntie, the three stages of God’s work are complementary and none of them is dispensable. They are imbued with God’s kind and thoughtful intentions….” He fellowshiped with me about the three stages of God’s work from beginning to end, including the work done by God and the names of God in the Age of Law, the Age of Grace, and the Age of Kingdom, and the significance of each stage of God’s work. His extremely clear fellowship was like a breath of fresh air to me. I thought, “What the elder of our church talks of is obsolete, which cannot supply our life at all, but what this young brother has fellowshiped is something new. It is so good and I have really received supply from him.” So I asked with a smile, “Brother, how many years have you believed in Almighty God? Why do you know so many things?” He replied sincerely, “I have just believed in Almighty God for two years, and I know all these from His words. If you read His words, you will know them too.” Then, they fellowshiped about many truths with me, allowing me to have more understanding of the three stages of God’s work, especially His work in the Age of Kingdom.

Almighty God's wordsBack home, I began to read the words of Almighty God voraciously. Almighty God says: “The first part of this book is the words of the Spirit to the churches. These words represent the transition from the end of the Age of Grace to the beginning of the Age of Kingdom, and are the Spirit’s public testimony of the Son of man to the churches. They are also fulfillment of the words in Revelation that ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.’ This is the work that God began in the Age of Kingdom. The second part of this book is the words personally spoken by the Son of man after He officially revealed Himself. It includes a rich content of several types of utterances and words such as prophecy, the revelation of mysteries, and the way of life. There are predictions for the future of the kingdom, revelations of the mysteries of God’s management plan, dissections of the nature of man, exhortations and warnings, severe judgments, heartfelt words of consolation, talk of life, talk of entry, and so on. In short, what God has, what He is, and the disposition of God are all expressed in His work and words. Of course, when God becomes flesh this time, His work is to express His disposition, primarily through chastisement and judgment. Using this as the foundation, He brings more truth to man, shows more ways of practice, and so achieves His objective of conquering man and saving man from his corrupt disposition. This is what lies behind the work of God in the Age of Kingdom. Do you wish to enter the new age? Do you wish to rid yourself of corrupt disposition? Do you wish to obtain higher truth? Do you wish to see the true face of the Son of man? Do you wish to live a life that is worthwhile? Do you wish to be made perfect by God? Then, how will you welcome the return of Jesus?” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading these words, I couldn’t help but utter praises from my heart: “The words in this book are truly the utterances of God Himself—this is absolutely right! Only God Himself is capable of expressing all these truths. God’s words are so tender that I feel as if I saw God’s face when reading them.” I was thankful to have found this book, and I read it every day and could hardly bear to tear myself away from it. In twenty one days, I read it through twice. Every word of God has touched my heart, nourished my spirit and quenched the thirst in it, and God’s words have also led me to keep up with His work of the last days. May all the glory be to Almighty God!

Source: https://www.findshepherd.com/seek-and-you-shall-find.html

I Have Welcomed the Lord’s Second Coming

I Believed in the Lord Jesus Due to Illness

At the age of nine, I suffered from a strange disease suddenly. When it attacked me, I would vomit and have no strength all over, with a headache and stomach ache. It attacked me four or five times one week, and it was a sheer torture to me. My family took me to many hospitals for treatment, but none of the hospitals could find what disease I suffered from. So, my mother prayed to Bodhisattva and Buddha for help and took me to witch doctors. But all had no effect and my illness persisted. One day, my mother’s friend came to preach the Lord Jesus’ gospel, saying that He is the Redeemer of mankind and could heal my disease. After believing in Jesus, my mother led me to have meetings and make prayers. Contrary to all expectations, I was fully recovered three months later. At that point, in spite of not knowing what true belief in the Lord was, I knew that it was the Lord Jesus who healed me and I should rely on Him properly. Afterward, the pastor gave me a Bible. Every night, my father sat beside me and read the Bible for me. I was deeply attracted by the biblical stories. The Lord not only could heal the sick and drive out demons, but also could make the dead rise, allowing me to feel that the Lord possesses great power.

At the age of twelve, I began to attend adult Sunday worship. Seeing pastors give sermons to shepherd the church, I was very envious and wanted to be a pastor or a preacher to work for the Lord, preaching the Lord’s gospel, when I grew up. Despite knowing nothing of serving the Lord, I knew that the biblical knowledge was very important to believers in the Lord. Thus, I started to study the Bible. I read the whole Bible for several times.

My Hope to Serve the Lord Was Realized

At eighteen, I had gained some knowledge of the Bible and began to learn from Paul to serve for the Lord hard. I was a counselor of a Junior Youth Fellowship in a church and later became a preacher. At the beginning of the service, my heart brimmed with peace and joy and I really basked in it. I had great faith to spend for the Lord. When giving sermons, I spoke at great length. And I was doing gospel ministry work particularly well. I built mission stations with pastors, worked as a full-time co-worker in a big church, and established three small ministry teams. Back then, I served, gave sermons, preached the gospel, and visited brothers and sisters with our pastors in my hometown, with the result that many weak brothers and sisters were sustained and helped. During that period, I also wrote many courses of studying the Bible and of training small-team leaders, and sent some articles to the church literature service, sharing my own testimony and understanding of some verses, etc. It could be said that I was in the Holy Spirit’s stream and followed the Lord with great confidence.

The Church’s Desolation Punctured My Heart

As several years passed by, however, I couldn’t feel the work of the Holy Spirit and gradually lost my faith in service. So, I looked for the church with the work of the Holy Spirit everywhere. I attended the service of many other churches with my pastors in Evangelicals and Charismatics but didn’t yield great results. During the service, I saw that co-workers vied against each other, excluded and belittled each other, envied the good and able, had jealousy and strife, and even fabricated accusations to frame others. In one church I served, two pastors competed against each other for position and resulted in the separation of the church. Later, I went to another church, where the pastor was against two chairmen and they undermined and disagreed with each other. Feeling helpless, I had to choose to leave. Then, I was envied and framed by others in another church and underwent all sufferings and I could do nothing but go away. … Having experienced so many things, I saw that the church was completely ruled by man and that pastors and elders always restrained people in a condescending attitude, they didn’t talk about the truth, or something concerning knowing God, obeying God, or carrying out God’s will. When giving sermons in the gatherings, they didn’t focus on talking about how to practice the Lord’s words, follow God’s commandments, but speaking a lot about donation and grace. No matter in which church, I couldn’t feel the Holy Spirit’s work. So, I was overcome by feelings of depression and despair and had no way to go. Reluctantly, I stopped my service in the church and chose to read the Bible at home.

I Yearned for the Lord’s Coming in Distress and Sorrow

For a person like me, who pursued to serve God, it was very miserable not to sense God’s presence and find the direction and goal to go forward. The pain in my heart couldn’t be expressed in words. I often thought: Won’t I muddle along day by day like this? Won’t I maintain a living and wait for death in this way? How should I face the Lord’s return if I go on like this? In the midst of my pain, I prayed to the Lord, “O Lord! Where are You now? O Lord! I don’t know how to walk the way ahead. My heart is extremely distressed and sorrowful. O Lord! How I yearn for Your coming! How I yearn for the light appearing in the darkness! O Lord! May You guide me….” Every time when I made such a prayer, I would have a good cry. However, regardless of how I prayed, I still couldn’t feel the Lord’s presence. Afterward, I read many books that explain the Bible and surfed the Internet to study the materials of expounding the biblical prophecies. I also kept praying for the Holy Spirit to enlighten me to find the cause of the church’s desolation and the mystery of the Lord’s coming. But I failed to get the answers. As time went by, the pain in my heart worsened day after day, with confusion and hesitation. At last, I put my heart into studying and sharing the Bible with the friends from all nations and places on Facebook. Every day, I prayed and studied the Bible, hoping for the Lord’s second coming with my whole heart. I thought to myself: Perhaps everything will turn out for the good when the Lord comes.

I Heard About the Information of the Lord’s Coming for the First Time

In December of 2016, when I was studying the Bible on Facebook and browsing the page, I came to know Sister Zhang Hua. One day, she texted me and asked whether I wanted to study the Bible with her. I agreed immediately. Through Sister Zhang Hua’s introduction, I got acquainted with Sister Liu Yue and several other brothers and sisters. That day, we studied the biblical verses concerning the Lord’s coming. Sister Liu sent two verses in the chat box, “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24-25). And “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27). Then, Sister Liu said, “When the Lord Jesus prophesied His coming, He always said ‘the coming of the Son of man.’ The Son of man is born to a human. Outwardly, He looks like a man, but He has normal humanity and complete divinity, and He is God Himself. That is to say, the Son of man means that God puts on the flesh and comes to the world. So, the coming of the Son of man indicates that the Lord will be incarnated when He comes, because God’s Spirit can’t be called the Son of man. This is the same as the Lord Jesus. He is the incarnate God and can be called the Son of man or Christ. But, in the Age of Law, Jehovah is a Spirit that is at work and so He can’t be called the Son of man. And there are also the words ‘But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.’ Only if God is incarnated and becomes the Son of man can He suffer and be rejected. If God’s Spirit came, there would be no such saying. Do you think my understanding is right?” I heard for the first time that these two verses were explained in this way. Although it was different from my viewpoint, I believed it was novel, unique and was based on the meaning of the verses. But I thought these verses referred to the Lord Jesus, not showing that the Lord would be incarnated when He came again. So, I said, “At the return of the Lord Jesus, He will come in the image of appearing to the disciples after His resurrection. Just as the Bible records ‘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’ (Acts 1:11). The Lord Jesus left with a cloud. So, when He comes, He will appear to man upon a cloud with His former image. It should be a spiritual body.”

After hearing my vision, Sister Zhang said, “Brother, I have read two passages of words, which are very good. I’ll share with you. These words makes clear why God is incarnated. God comes to the world and takes the image of flesh completely for the sake of saving man. Man needs the salvation of the incarnate God. After you read these words, you’ll understand the significance of God’s incarnation. I’ll read them. Almighty God says, ‘God’s saving of man is not done directly through the means of the Spirit or as the Spirit, for His Spirit can neither be touched nor seen by man, and cannot be approached by man. If He tried to save man directly in the manner of the Spirit, man would be unable to receive His salvation. And if not for God putting on the outward form of a created man, they would be unable to receive this salvation. For man can in no way approach Him, much like how none could go near the cloud of Jehovah. Only by becoming a man of creation, that is, putting His word into the flesh He will become, can He personally work the word into all who follow Him. Only then can man hear for himself His word, see His word, and receive His word, then through this be fully saved. If God did not become flesh, no fleshly man would receive such great salvation, nor would a single man be saved. If the Spirit of God worked directly among man, man would be smitten or completely carried away captive by Satan because man is unable to associate with God’ (‘The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘If God does not become flesh, He remains the Spirit both invisible and intangible to man. Man is a creature of flesh, and man and God belong to two different worlds and are different in nature. The Spirit of God is incompatible with man of flesh, and no relations can be established between them; moreover, man cannot become a spirit. As such, the Spirit of God must become one of the creatures and do His original work. God can both ascend to the highest place and humble Himself by becoming a man of creation, doing work and living among man, but man cannot ascend to the highest place and become a spirit and much less can he descend to the lowest place. Therefore, God must become flesh to carry out His work’ (‘The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh).”

Reading these words and thinking about Sister Zhang’s knowledge of the Son of man, I felt what they said was very practical and that their fellowship was reasonable and made me feel God’s love and salvation to man. They were testifying to God. But I had a second thought: No matter what, I should be cautious and can’t casually accept the way which differs from my understanding. Anyway, I should seek to see whether it is from God. So, I promised that I would communicate and share with them the following night.

Satan Disturbs but God’s Word Comforts Me

Unexpectedly, on the next day, my son who was only one and a half months old, was feverish and hospitalized. The doctor said that there were viruses in his blood and he had to be cured immediately otherwise his life would be in peril. I was scared to death. At that point, I thought of Sister Zhang Hua and told her my son’s illness, asking her church to pray for my son. Later, Sister Zhang and Sister Liu both sent me the same passage of God’s words, “Almighty God is an almighty doctor! Living in illness, you are ill. Living in spirit, you will be fine. As long as you have one breath left, God will not let you die. … God’s word is a sovereign remedy! Shame the devils and Satan! Touch God’s word and we will have support. God’s word remedies our heart instantly! Nothing will go wrong and everything will go peaceful” (“The Sixth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Sister Zhang said, “Brother, this is God’s trial to you as well as Satan’s temptation. God wants to test your faith through it. We should, like Job, not utter complaints against God but stand firm in the testimony to God and glorify Him. Let’s pray to and depend on God with one heart and one mind so as not to fall into Satan’s trick.” With the sister’s help, I finally came to my senses: Actually, it is God’s trial. I should praise God and not complain about God as Job did when trials crop up. Regardless of how Satan attacks me, I’m willing to give my son’s life to the Lord and allow Him to reign, and I’m willing to obey His orchestration and arrangement.

Thanks be to God! The faraway care and encouragement warmed my heart. I felt Sister Zhang and Sister Liu have a loving heart and that their help and encouragement come from God’s teaching but not the flesh. I also saw the Lord’s wonderful arrangement. I had never thought that when I encountered difficulties, God would arrange two foreign sisters whom I had never met to comfort and encourage me, so that I would not fall prey to Satan’s trickery and stand the testimony for Him. I especially felt God’s dearness and loveliness. What’s more, out of my expectation, my son was cured and released from the hospital three days later. That was really God’s special protection! I offered a grateful prayer to God.

In the Second Fellowship, I Couldn’t Accept the Fact of the Lord’s Coming

On the next evening, the two sisters and I talked online and we had a most agreeable chat. Later, Sister Zhang said, “The Lord Jesus has come back. He has returned in the flesh, expressed millions of words with the name of Almighty God, and judged and purified man with His words, so that man can cast away their corrupt satanic disposition, be completely gained by God, and inherit God’s promise and enter God’s kingdom. It has been over twenty years since Almighty God began to work in 1991. God has made complete a group of overcomers in China. Today, Almighty God’s words have been put on the Internet publicly, attracting true believers in God and truth lovers all over the world to seek and investigate. …”

On hearing that, I was in great turmoil. I thought: When the Lord comes, He will come on a cloud and appear to us with His spiritual body. How could He possibly be incarnated and called Almighty God? But I suddenly thought of last Bible study. Sister Liu shared her knowledge of the prophecies of the Lord’s coming and Sister Zhang sent me two passages of words. They say the Lord is incarnated when He comes, and that it is man’s need and a salvation to man, which is not without reason. But the Bible clearly records, “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” (Act 1:11). How could this be explained? I felt very contradictory. I asked Sister Liu, “You said that the Lord has come through incarnation. I dare not judge and deny it at will. But the Bible clearly records, ‘this same Jesus … shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.’ As the Lord Jesus has gone away with a cloud, He should come with a cloud. How do you think about it?”

Sister Liu said, “About the way of the Lord’s coming, we can’t only hold on to the prophecy of descending with a cloud, because there’re many other prophecies concerning the Lord’s coming again. For example, ‘Behold, I come as a thief’ (Revelation 16:15), ‘… for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes’ (Matthew 24:44), and ‘But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father’ (Mark 13:32). According to these prophecies, we can see that when the Lord comes, there will be two steps: secret advent and public descend. Mysteries are hidden in His coming in secret and in public. When the Lord comes back, He is incarnated and becomes the Son of man, descending in secret. When God works on earth, He mainly expresses words to judge and purify man and makes complete a group of overcomers before the great disasters. Those who can recognize God’s voice when hearing God’s word, and know that Almighty God is the incarnate Christ, the returned Lord Jesus, are ones God will purify and perfect during His work in secret. When this group of people are made complete, the Lord’s work of descending in secret will be accomplished. When this work concludes, God will appear to all nations and all peoples in public and reward the good and punish the evil. At that time, it will exactly fulfill the prophecy of the Lord’s descending in public ‘Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him’ (Revelation 1:7). Brother, the verse you mentioned is the prophecy of the Lord’s descending in public after the hidden work ends. Now some people simply cling to their conceptions and imaginations and don’t listen to God’s voice. When other people testify to them that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, they not only don’t seek or investigate, but also treat the incarnate Christ, Almighty God, as a normal man. And they deny, reject and even blaspheme, condemn, and resist Him. They will be dumbfounded when they see the Lord descends openly and publicly with a cloud. Only then will they realize that Almighty God who they’ve been rejecting and condemning is just the Lord Jesus they’ve yearned for. How could they not beat upon their breast and wail and gnash their teeth, regretful sorely? The Lord Jesus says, ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ (Matthew 24:35). All God’s words will be fulfilled in the due sequence and time that God has appointed.”

Sister Liu’s well-founded fellowship rendered me speechless. Yes! As the Lord’s coming is a great matter, I can’t jump to conclusions carelessly and should seek and investigate humbly. But I thought that no theological study had expounded these verses like this. Influenced by the theological study, I couldn’t accept the fact that the Lord has been incarnated. I reckoned I should study the Bible and seek the Lord’s will carefully. At that thought, I had no mind to listen to them, but I waited until the end of the meeting, agitated. Sister Zhang asked whether we would like to join the meeting next time. I felt like listening to how they would explain the issue that God has been incarnated again to do the work of saving man. Since they said that, they would certainly have their knowledge and there would be mysteries that I didn’t know. Regardless of whether they were right or wrong, I should have discernment. So, I promised to continue the fellowship the next night.

I Studied the Bible at Home to Make Sure Whether the Lord Has Been Incarnated to Work

After logging off, I lost no time in taking out the Bible and referring to the notes I took in previous studies, but to no avail. I had to kneel down to pray to the Lord, telling Him the Bible study meetings in these two days and the questions in my heart. After the prayer, the word of Jehovah God occurred to me all of a sudden, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Right. God’s wisdom is higher than heavens and God’s work transcends man’s thoughts and conceptions. If man could fathom God’s work, where is God’s almightiness and wisdom? These days, what Sister Zhang and Sister Liu shared was based on the Bible and they clearly communicated the truth that the Lord would come in secret and in public. Why do I have to study the Bible and find theology to verify it? The Lord Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). This is the attitude that I should have in treating the Lord’s coming. Since they said that God has been incarnated again to do the work of salvation, there must be the truth that I could seek. I ought to talk with them calmly to get the answer. So, I sent a message to Sister Zhang, “I have a lot of questions to raise. Could you answer them for me tonight?” Sister Zhang agreed happily.

In the Third Fellowship, We Discussed the Information of the Lord’s Coming

At night, everyone was online at the pointed time. I said, “That day I heard Sister Zhang say that the Lord has become flesh again to do the work of salvation of man. It is contrary to my view that the Lord will come with Jesus’ image on a cloud. However, through your last two communications, I believe that you have a quite pure knowledge: The descending of the Son of man prophesied by the Lord Jesus means that He will be incarnated as the Son of man. You also have biblical basis for the knowledge about the Lord’s coming in secret and in public. And I can accept them. But I don’t understand why God works through incarnation. Sister Zhang said, “Let’s see what Almighty God says about it. Almighty God says, ‘Much as with the first incarnation, only the flesh of God incarnate could redeem man through His crucifixion, whereas it was not possible for the Spirit of God to be crucified as a sin offering for man. … Every time that God became flesh, it was absolutely necessary to do so. If any of the stages could have been carried out directly by the Spirit of God, He would not have endured the indignities of being incarnated’ (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘The work of God’s flesh in the Age of Grace and the Age of Kingdom, however, involves man’s corrupt disposition and his knowledge of God, and is an important and crucial part of the work of salvation. Therefore, corrupt mankind is more in need of the salvation of the incarnate God, and is more in need of the direct work of the incarnate God. Mankind needs the incarnate God to shepherd him, support him, water him, feed him, judge and chastise him, and he needs more grace and greater redemption from the incarnate God. Only God in the flesh can be the confidant of man, the shepherd of man, the very present help of man, and all of this is the necessity of incarnation today and in times past’ (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From Almighty God’s words, we can see that it is mankind’s need that God is incarnated to save them. For example, when the Lord Jesus came to redeem man, if he hadn’t been incarnated, he couldn’t have gone to the cross. Then how could he have redeemed man? If we understand why the Lord Jesus works through incarnation, it will be easier for us to understand the significance and necessity of Almighty God’s work through incarnation in the last days. We know that in the Age of Law mankind was corrupted by Satan to an extent that they couldn’t keep the law and lived in the curse and condemnation of the law and would almost be captured completely by Satan. Under that circumstance, mankind needed an eternal sin offering. So, according to their need, God was incarnated and crucified to bear man’s sin and thus man would no longer walk toward death for the lack of sin offering to atone for themselves. Moreover, in doing the redemptive work, God had to be man’s sin offering with a sinless flesh. If the Spirit worked and appeared to man from time to time, He couldn’t be crucified and become mankind’s sin offering or complete the redemptive work. Similarly, man of the last days is corrupted by Satan more deeply. They commit sins and make confession in a constant cycle and can’t extricate themselves from it, bound and restrained by sin every day. Mankind has lived under Satan’s domain thoroughly and become Satan’s embodiment. To be saved thoroughly from Satan’s domain, mankind needs the supply of God’s word and the judgment and chastisement of God’s word and needs to understand more truths, so that they can overcome Satan. Thus, it can only be achieved through the expression of words of God incarnate. Therefore, the work of God incarnate is the need of corrupt mankind and the inevitable trend of God’s work.

Through God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I understood that man who lives in corrupt satanic disposition needs the salvation of God incarnate badly. God incarnate works and expresses words to expose man’s corruption and make man know the substance of their nature so as to solve the root of man’s sin. This is indeed the need of man and can only be done by God incarnate. Before, I thought God would come in the spiritual body. Only now do I know it is erroneous and invalid. When the Lord Jesus’ spiritual body appeared to the disciples, they didn’t recognize Him. Today, two thousand years later, if the Lord Jesus appeared with that image, could I recognize Him? I’m simply too absurd! It seems that the work of God incarnate at His return is essential.

Next, Sister Zhang read another two passages of Almighty God’s words for me, “The flesh of man has been corrupted by Satan, and most deeply blinded, and profoundly harmed. The most fundamental reason why God works personally in the flesh is because the object of His salvation is man, who is of the flesh, and because Satan also uses the flesh of man to disturb the work of God. The battle with Satan is actually the work of conquering man, and at the same time, man is also the object of God’s salvation. In this way, the work of God incarnate is essential. Satan corrupted the flesh of man, and man became the embodiment of Satan, and became the object to be defeated by God. In this way, the work of doing battle with Satan and saving mankind occurs on earth, and God must become human in order to do battle with Satan. This is work of the utmost practicality” (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “The flesh of man has been most profoundly corrupted, and it has become something which opposes God, which even openly opposes and denies the existence of God. This corrupt flesh is simply too intractable, and nothing is more difficult to deal with or change than the corrupt disposition of the flesh. Satan comes into the flesh of man to stir up disturbance, and uses the flesh of man to disturb the work of God, and impair the plan of God, and thus man has become Satan, and the enemy of God. For man to be saved, he must first be conquered. It is because of this that God rises to the challenge and comes into the flesh to do the work He intends to do, and do battle with Satan. His aim is the salvation of mankind, who has been corrupted, and the defeat and annihilation of Satan, which rebels against Him. He defeats Satan through His work of conquering man, and simultaneously saves corrupt mankind. Thus, God solves two problems at once” (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading God’s words, Sister Zhang fellowshiped, “Man is corrupted by Satan too deeply and completely lives under Satan’s domain. They simply pursue fame and status, enjoy fleshly comforts, seek eating, drinking and carousing, and follow the worldly trend, living for themselves and for the flesh. No one loves the truth and welcomes God’s arrival. Man’s viewpoints and outlook on life and values are totally contrary to God, incompatible with God at all. Such mankind will be destroyed by God. If God wasn’t incarnated to do the work of salvation, man would forever live under Satan’s domain and would be punished by God. The purpose of the work of God incarnate is to bestow the truth, the way, and the life upon man and have man live by the truth and break away from Satan’s influence thoroughly to be gained by Him. Only such people have license to inherit God’s promise and enter the kingdom of heaven to gain the eternal life. It can be seen that the work of God incarnate is the great love and salvation to man. …”

I said with excitement, “God’s words and your fellowship allowed me to understand that God is incarnated this time mainly to judge and purify the mankind corrupted by Satan. People of today are filled with corrupt satanic disposition. This is indeed true. When God’s work is not in line with my conceptions, the satanic nature within will direct me to deny and judge God. If God wasn’t incarnated to purify me, how could I with satanic disposition go to meet God? God is righteous and holy. If God revealed His spiritual body to us corrupt mankind who are the same as Satan, where is God’s holiness? We would be struck down by God on account of our corruption and even more of God’s holiness. It is really essential to corrupt mankind that God incarnate speaks and works. This is even more true and genuine love. Thank God for His grace of salvation.”

I Became Certain That Almighty God Is the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming

Sister Zhang and Sister Liu felt happy when seeing that I had knowledge of the work of God incarnate and was willing to accept Almighty God’s work in the last days. They talked to me: There are many mysteries concerning God’s incarnation, which can’t be communicated clearly in one or two days. Almighty God’s words have opened all the mysteries. As long as we read more of Almighty God’s words, we’ll be able to understand more truths and gain God’s salvation and perfection. I said, “Thanks be to God. I’ll read Almighty God’s words attentively and accept the watering of God’s words.” Later, through devoting time to Almighty God’s word and the online meetings gathered by brothers and sisters, I understood many aspects of truths such as the differences between God’s work and man’s work, knowing the three stages of God’s work is the path to knowing God, the differences between the Holy Spirit’s work and Satan’s work, etc. I already made certain that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus’ return.

In retrospect, I only knew to read and study the Bible in my belief. I had never sought the truth in the verses concerning the Lord’s coming. How many times have I felt confused, hesitated and lost direction, how many times have I had no way to go and been at a loss, how many times have I felt desperate and struggled in pain, how many times have I bitterly waited for the Lord to come again sooner…. Against my expectations, my Lord, my God has returned in the flesh and begun His last stage of work of saving mankind. God’s words, the testimony of God’s chosen people experiencing God’s work in the last days, and a variety of videos and gospel films of testifying about God’s work have already been made public online and proclaimed to mankind. But I, numb and obtuse, didn’t seek the truth or God’s appearing and work. I’m too ignorant! Now all the darkness in my heart has been removed and I have seen the appearing of the true light. From Almighty God’s work, I know the cause of the desolation and darkness of the church: The Holy Spirit’s work has shifted. Only if we follow the Lamb’s footsteps closely will we have true peace and joy. All the glory goes to Almighty God!

Source:

https://www.findshepherd.com/i-have-welcomed-the-lords-second-coming.html

God Has Come God Has Reigned | “Chinese Gospel Choir Episode 18”

“God is the Beginning and the End.” Only God Himself can usher in a new age and conclude the old age. Since the Lord Jesus opened up the Age of Grace and brought the Age of Law to an end, it has been two thousand years. During which, man has been living in the Lord’s grace and enjoying His love and mercy. In the last days, Almighty God has arrived. He has ended the Age of Grace and brought forth the Age of Kingdom; He has raised the curtains on the judgment before the great white throne, and thereafter mankind enters into a new era. Almighty God has descended with judgment. In His majestic judgment, all evil forces and the impure old world fall under God’s wrath and come to nothing, while those who long for the light and thirst after the truth will be granted purification and salvation in God’s judgment. The whole of the world is perfectly renewed! Almighty God accomplishes His six-thousand-year management plan. What a heartening moment! All peoples are singing joyfully for the accomplishment of God’s work, in praise of the only true God.

Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s word, you will see that God has appeared.

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

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