The prophecies of the Lord’s return have largely been fulfilled. When the Lord Jesus comes again, how will He appear to us? What’s the path to breaking free from sin? What should we do when we hear the rumors? Understand these to welcome the Lord’s appearance. Read this article to find the answer.
By Zhuanxin, Taiwan
Dear brothers and sisters, peace be with you! Today, I want to share my story with you.
I’m a Taiwanese aborigine, and I was born in a tribe. Here there are mountains, water, and a beautiful landscape. Besides, there is a Presbyterian church, where I successively attended Sunday school as a child, and joined the youth fellowship and adult fellowship. I was willing to spend my time doing any work in the church because the church was like my home to me, and also an indispensable part of my life.
Perplexity in My Heart
As I grew up, I thought the main purpose in going to church was to understand the truth in the Bible. But I only learned God loves us and that the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross to take on our sins. Besides these, I seldom understood God’s will. So, I joined spiritual meetings in the church. However, every time when we carried out spiritual devotions and read the Bible, I didn’t understand many scriptures, and the way of the Lord returning puzzled me most. The pastors often preached Revelation 1:7: “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. Even so, Amen.” They told us that in the last days the Lord would descend with clouds to take us to the kingdom of heaven, and that we should accept the Lord’s salvation, otherwise we would never get the opportunity to gain eternal life when God appeared in public. However, I saw it was said in Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I come as a thief.” I thought: The Lord said He would come as a thief, so how will He let people know? If He appears in public when He returns just like the pastors have said, won’t everyone know? Then I consulted a pastor. He explained that “as a thief” meant that we don’t know the day of the Lord’s coming. Yet I was not absolutely convinced by his explanation. Afterward, the pastor suggested that I pray to God and beg Him to give me wisdom when I couldn’t understand the scriptures. Therefore, I repeatedly prayed to God, but I still couldn’t understand them.
Looking for the Living Water of Life
Gradually, I found people who attended gatherings in the church were getting less and less. Brothers and sisters were not of one heart and one mind anymore, but argued with each other. Although I served in the church all the time, I often lived in sin. On the surface, I got along with brothers and sisters, but I had many prejudices against them in my heart, even frequently defining people by appearances. I asked pastors: “How can I change my condition?” Pastors told me: “The Lord is merciful and loving, so our sins will be forgiven as long as we confess our sins through prayer.” I didn’t approve of what they said because I myself was still living in the condition of confessing sins and committing them no matter how I admitted my sin to the Lord and repented. It was clear that such fellowship couldn’t solve my problem. Since I didn’t get an exact response every time I asked pastors, I ignored the scriptures that I didn’t understand. Gradually, I couldn’t gain any enlightenment when reading the Bible, even dozing off sometimes. Every time this happened, I would feel indebted to the Lord. Later, all my family went out to visit several other churches, but the situation of each church was exactly the same as ours.
A month later, I became acquainted, through Facebook, with a sister. When I knew she was from The Church of Almighty God, I hesitated a bit and recalled the scene three days before when the Taiwan Christian Tribune frantically proclaimed and condemned The Church of Almighty God, saying they stole the good sheep from various churches. I was afraid of being stolen by them, so I no longer got in touch with her. Afterward, I was very careful in adding friends on Facebook in order to protect myself from meeting people from The Church of Almighty God.
About one month after that, I met a sister from Japan. From my interactions with her, I felt she was very sincere and the passages of words she sent to me every time were helpful and beneficial to me. Thus, afterward, I agreed with joy when she invited me to carry out spiritual devotions together with her.
Referring to the Way of the Lord’s Arrival
In October of 2017, I attended gatherings with the sister from Japan and other brothers and sisters on the Internet. At a gathering, Brother Wu fellowshiped that the reason why there is widespread desolation in all the churches nowadays is because the work of the Holy Spirit has been transferred and God has come to do His new work. Just as in the end of the Age of Law, the temple, once so full of Jehovah God’s glory, became a place of trade, a den of thieves. That was because God’s work had moved—God incarnate did His work of redeeming mankind in the Age of Grace. All those who accepted the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption would obtain the supply of the living water of life. Unconsciously, we talked about the way of the Lord’s return. Brother Wu read several passages of Scripture to me: “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). “Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Matthew 24:44). “Behold, I come as a thief” (Revelation 16:15). Then he asked me: “How do you understand these lines of Scripture?” I said: “I think the Lord coming as a thief means that the Lord will come secretly, and no one will know. Yet this seems to conflict with the Lord appearing publicly. As regards to the reason why, I can’t explain. And this is the question that has been confusing me.”
Brother Wu said: “These verses both mention ‘the Son of man,’ which means that the Lord not only openly comes with clouds, but also comes hidden as ‘the Son of man.’ Since He is called the Son of man, He is a person born of a human being, and flesh with normal humanity. For example, Jehovah God is the Spirit, so He can’t be called the Son of man; the reason the Lord Jesus incarnate is called the Son of man and Christ is because He is the incarnate flesh of the Spirit of God, who became an ordinary and normal person, and lived among people. What’s more, the scriptures mention ‘and be rejected of this generation.’ If the Lord Jesus openly comes with clouds in His resurrected spiritual body, it will be incredibly powerful and shock the world, and then all people will bow down and worship Him. No one will dare to resist or reject Him, so then how will the Lord suffer many things or be rejected of this generation when He returns?” I asked hesitantly: “Will God come in the flesh when He returns?” Brother Wu smiled and said: “In fact, the Lord prophesied that His return shall be “the coming of the Son of man” and “as a thief.” That is to say, God incarnate descends in secret as the Son of man.”
Then, Brother Wu fellowshiped the truth of the incarnation with us. Later on, we went offline because something happened. After the gathering, I kept thinking about Brother Wu’s fellowship. Not only were his sermons, I thought, novel and practical, but they solved my perplexity. Therefore, I was looking forward to listening to his next fellowship.
In the days that followed, many things suddenly happened—something about the church, something about my husband’s work and something about my child’s studies. Thus I felt upset during those days. The sister from Japan contacted me and asked how I was doing, but I was so troubled that I didn’t want to reply. Afterward, matters were getting more and more. I couldn’t stop myself from scolding my child. I knew what I did was not in line with the Lord’s intention. Hence, I prayed to the Lord to apologize. The sister still kept sending messages to me. I felt miserable, so I decided to fellowship with her and other brothers and sisters on the Internet.
Finding the Path to Cast off Sins
When I told them my situation on the Internet, Brother Wu sent me a passage of God’s words: “The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within his corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed. This would require man to grasp the path of growth in life, to grasp the way of life, and to grasp the way to change his disposition. Furthermore, it would require man to act in accordance with this path, so that his disposition may gradually be changed and he may live under the shining of the light, so that all that he does may be in accord with the will of God, so that he may cast away his corrupt satanic disposition, and so that he may break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation.”
He fellowshiped: “Our sins were forgiven after we were redeemed by the Lord Jesus, but we still can’t help but commit sins. What’s more, we frequently expose our corrupt disposition of arrogance, always looking down on others. When God’s work doesn’t conform to our conceptions, we deny and resist Him. We believe in God in name, but we worship and follow people. It can be seen that if our satanic dispositions are not resolved, even if our sins have been forgiven, we will still involuntarily commit sins, resist God, and finally fail to enter into the kingdom of heaven. If we want to thoroughly solve the problem of sin, we need the Lord to do work of eliminating sin and purification.” “The work of eliminating sin? Are you saying that God does His work in the flesh to eliminate our sins?” I asked in amazement.
Brother Wu said: “Yes. While He does His work secretly in the flesh, God expresses His words to judge, purify and perfect people. During this period, we are unable to see the scene of the Lord appearing with clouds in public. It’s not until after a group of overcomers are made complete by God that He will finish His work of descending secretly in the flesh. Those who have heard God’s voice and accepted His work are the first ripe fruits to obtain His salvation; on the contrary, those who after hearing God’s voice refuse, condemn and resist Him will completely lose the chance for salvation. Those who pierce Him, that’s to say, who resist and condemn Christ of the last days, will beat upon their breast, weep and gnash their teeth for seeing whom they have resisted and condemned is indeed the returned Lord Jesus. This exactly fulfills the Scripture: ‘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. Even so, Amen’ (Revelation 1:7). God becomes flesh to do His work in secret in order to perfect man, to purify man, and to make us thoroughly break free from the bondage of sin. Meanwhile, God does His work of discerning the wheat from the tares and the goats from the sheep, that is to say, the work of separating all according to their kind. When God appears publicly, it will be the time when He rewards good and punishes the evil.”
Through Brother Wu’s fellowship, I gained much knowledge of the ways of God’s return and how He saves mankind. God incarnate does His work in secret to reveal and perfect man. Then after He completes His work, God will appear in public to do the work of rewarding good and punishing evil. How wise and righteous God is! The question that had been confusing me was solved in the end. Then for a period of time, the sister from Japan and Brother Wu often sent me God’s words, which were beneficial to me. Some words moved me and some made me reflect on my situation. What’s more, these words solved many difficulties and problems in my life and pointed out to me the path to practice.
Rumors Fell down Under the Facts
Because these words were helpful to me, I really wanted to know where they came from. Later on, I found there were several words, “The Word Appears in the Flesh” at the end of each passage of words. Then I copied them and searched on the Internet. To my surprise, the results that I saw all came from The Church of Almighty God. Seeing these words, I stared blankly and was in a quandary: Why did I meet people from The Church of Almighty God again? Then I knelt down and prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, why do You time and time again bring me to The Church of Almighty God? What’s Your intention? What should I do? Please guide me and lead me.” When I was praying, what Brother Wu had sent to me continuously floated up into my mind. Then I prayed to the Lord again: “O Lord, is it the church I have been looking for? Can I find the answers to my questions in this church? If this is the way You provide for me, I will seek and investigate it, even though the church is condemned by the religious world and the CCP government. Please give me a heart of sanctifying myself from them. I pray in the Lord Jesus’ holy name. Amen!”
After praying, I thought back to the time when I had kept in touch with the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God: They not only had patience and love, but also fellowshiped the truth with great light. My doubts and difficulties were solved one by one through their fellowship. Thus I felt the words that Almighty God expresses are the truth. Thinking that, I ignored the negative reports and searched for The Church of Almighty God on the Internet. Then I visited its official website. Not only did I watch MVs and movies from The Church of Almighty God, but I downloaded its App for mobile phone. When I opened the App, a movie called “The Winter Plum Blossom” attracted me. When I saw the sister still relied on God and stood witness for God according to His words under the cruel torment of the CCP, my heart felt stirred. And I watched it with tears. Who could overcome such a test without God’s power? Under the persecution of the CCP government and the religious world, brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God could still persevere in spreading the gospel and completing the mission entrusted by God. This was true faith. At the same time, I saw the CCP was truly so dark and evil that it could persecute Christians inhumanly. Besides, after hearing God’s voice, the religious world not only refused to seek and investigate God’s work but also conspired with the CCP government to persecute The Church of Almighty God. They were similar to the Pharisees in the past who resisted God to maintain their own standing, fame and status. At that time, I let go of my misconceptions of The Church of Almighty God and decided to continue investigating it.
Welcoming the Appearance of the Lord
After about a week, we attended a gathering on the Internet once again. From the voice of the brothers and sisters, I felt they were excited and nervous. Then Brother Wu said: “We have fellowshiped that God, as the Son of man, will become flesh to do His work in secret in the last days. When He comes, how should we judge whether He is the incarnation of God? Firstly, we should measure by His words and work, and not by His appearance. Because God is the truth, the way and the life, and only God can express the truth, His disposition, and what He has and is, and do His own work. Just as when the Lord Jesus came to do His work, He preached the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, taught us to love others as we love ourselves and love the Lord our God with all our heart; moreover, He performed many miracles, such as feeding five-thousand people with five loaves and two fish, making the blind see, and resurrecting the dead. From the Lord Jesus’ words and work, we can see that the Lord Jesus is God Himself.” I thought: It’s correct. Christ possesses God’s wisdom and power. Even though He has a normal and ordinary appearance, His essence is God Himself. He can express the truth and do His work.
Brother Wu sent us another passage of God’s words: “He who is God incarnate shall possess the essence of God, and He who is God incarnate shall possess the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He intends to do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon him, and point the way for him. Flesh that does not have the essence of God is decidedly not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. If man intends to inquire into whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, then he must corroborate this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, to corroborate whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, one must discriminate on the basis of His essence. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key lies in His essence (His work, His utterances, His disposition, and many other aspects), rather than external appearance.”
He fellowshiped: “In fact, God has already come back in the flesh and lives among us. Every passage of words we read are God’s words, because only God can reveal the mystery of His six-thousand-year management plan, express His disposition, His possessions and being, and bear witness to every step of His work and His painstaking efforts and the price He has paid.”
Everyone was silent for a moment after Brother Wu’s words, looking at me. I said slowly: “As a matter of fact, I have known about The Church of Almighty God from the Internet. I have also known it is Eastern Lightning. Nevertheless, this can’t affect me; on the contrary, I feel there’s truth to be sought in this way. Eastern Lightning is the true way. Don’t worry, you can continue to fellowship. I’m able to accept everything.”
When I finished these words, the brothers and sisters attending the gathering on the Internet choked with sobs. Some of them muted their mics. This reaction of theirs made me have an understanding of how arduous it is for the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God to cooperate with God to bring us before God from the religious world. At the same time, I hated the rumors from the religious world. They prevent so many souls from coming before God and accepting His salvation of the last days. So we can see they are demons who eat people’s souls.
Brother Wu said: “Almighty God incarnate has an ordinary and common appearance, and engages in the same activities as any other normal human, but His essence is the Spirit of God. He can do God’s work and express God’s words. Through reading Almighty God’s words, we’ve understood the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, the inside story and significance of God’s work in the Age of Law, in the Age of Grace, and in the Age of kingdom. Moreover, we’ve known how God expresses His words to do His work of judging and purifying mankind. By accepting the judgment and chastisement of Almighty God’s words, I’ve seen that we corrupt mankind are arrogant, selfish and despicable. Only by experiencing God’s work have I had some changes in my life disposition. I enthusiastically served when I believed in the Lord in the past. At that time, I thought I had many responsibilities, and was a person who considered the Lord’s will and loved God most. When my co-worker who was troubled with family affairs couldn’t serve the Lord wholeheartedly, I looked down on him; when brothers and sisters were weak and negative, I drew the conclusion that they had no intention to seek the truth, and I didn’t help or support them with love or patience. After accepting Almighty God’s work in the last days, through the revelation of God’s words, I realized I was deeply corrupted by Satan. I was arrogant and self-righteous. I always looked down on other people and put myself above them. Even when I interacted with my family, I still asked them to obey me. I was revealing satanic disposition everywhere, without a true human form. In the meantime, through the judgment of God’s words, I saw God is too holy and righteous and that His disposition cannot not be offended. So I was unwilling to live by my corrupt disposition, and then I began to practice the truth and pursue the truth. After experiencing many things, I have realized some truth, have some true knowledge of God, and have had some changes in my life disposition. Not only can I humble myself to accept others’ advice, but I can help and treat people with a loving heart. I have finally lived out a bit of the likeness of a genuine human being. Thus, only God incarnate can express the words to judge us, purify us and save us from sin. Almighty God’s words and work prove His own identity and position; at the same time, they prove the fact that Almighty God is the Lord of creation. From Almighty God’s words, we have recognized God’s voice, seen His appearance, and believed that He is the return of the Lord Jesus and our Redeemer.”
I was deeply stirred by the fellowship of Brother Wu. I thanked Almighty God for bringing me before Him. I was also grateful that God’s wondrous arrangement made me know the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God, hear His voice and welcome the appearance of the Lord.
Afterward I read many of Almighty God’s words, which include His exhortations and reassurances for man, as well as His severe judgments. Through His words, I felt I was close to God and saw He observes people’s hearts. He understands each difficulty of mine and He is fully aware of my corruption. His words judge and reveal my various corrupt dispositions. In addition, His words point out to me the way to pursue. No matter what difficulties I face, I can find the answer and the path to practice in God’s words.
I can accept God’s work in the last days and return to His house. These are all results that can be obtained by God’s words. Not only do God’s words reveal the mystery of the Bible, but they also lead me to understand many truths that I previously didn’t in my faith in the Lord. In addition, God’s words have solved the problems that puzzled me all the time, and at the same time, God expresses His disposition and what He has and is through His words. I have seen God’s appearance through His words, so I firmly believe that Almighty God is the appearance of the Lord Jesus. I’m grateful to God for taking pity on me and bringing me back to His house through the brothers and sisters repeatedly preaching to me. This is God’s love for me. All the glory be to Almighty God!
Source from: After Seeking, I Have Found the Returned Lord’s Footprints