During that period, brother Yang together with me were examining Almighty God’s work of. I always showed a careless attitude toward Almighty God’s work, while brother Yang was examining it seriously. Brother Yang said, “In the past, someone preached the gospel of Almighty God to him, but he refused. Today, maybe this is a chance God gives him that he can examine Almighty God’s work, so he won’t miss it again.” Seeing that I only followed the pastor’s words without a humble and seeking heart, he read to me a few verses of scriptures, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:3-6). Hearing the Lord’s words, I contemplated in my heart, “Why cannot I be quiet before the Lord to examine Almighty God’s work? If the Lord really has returned, then will I be abandoned because of my refusing to listen to and examine it? I should be humble, and I must not come to a conclusion blindly according to my imagination.” As I decided to quiet my heart to examine Almighty God’s work, I got a sudden call from the preacher in my church which told me not to continue contacting the members of The Church of Almighty God. The preacher’s words made me drop the idea of examining Almighty God’s work once again, then I thought to myself, “The pastor and the preacher had more understanding of , but they wouldn’t acknowledge the has already returned. I should follow them because I had little understanding of the Bible and lacked the discernment.” After finishing the call, I said to brother Cheng, “Since brother Yang is willing to examine Almighty God’s work, you can continue to fellowship about it without me.” So, I refused once again.
A week of therapy ended, and then I began to work again. Due to my mother’s death, I felt sadness and pain in my heart. Every day when I came home from work, I would look at the picture of my mother and talked to it as if I was talking to her, my heart full of longing for my mother. One day, I suddenly realized that I, as a believer in the Lord, should pray to the Lord no matter what difficulties and weakness I had. Afterward, whenever I encountered difficulties, I would come before the Lord and pray to Him, asking Him to give me comfort. However, I wasn’t moved in my heart no matter how I prayed to the Lord, and sometimes I would fall asleep when praying to Him. At that period of time, I lived in fear and anxiety every day, and I even would feel extremely frightened if there was any sound. In panic and helplessness, I sincerely prayed to the Lord, “Oh Lord! I feel dark in my heart, frightened and fearful. Is it because I have done something wrong? Oh Lord! A few days ago, someone told me that You have already returned as Almighty God. Oh Lord! If that’s the case, I pray to You to send brother Yang to give me a call or text messages at the right time, and then I will accept Your new work and words with an obedient and yearning heart whatever they fellowship with me; If it is not Your new work, if their preaching is false and deceptive, I pray to You to stop them in their tracks.”
Amazingly, God really heard my prayer and arranged brother Yang to phone me. I told brother Yang all my situation of those days. He said to me that the reason why I felt dark in my heart was because I refused to examine God’s work in the last days and disobeyed God. He hoped that I could continue to examine Almighty God’s work in the last days. This time I didn’t reject it.
Right after that, Brother Yang sent me a gospel movie “.” I was awakened by a line in the movie, “Since we , we should listen to God, not people.” I thought in my heart, “Yes! I should listen to God, not people! However, I always asked the pastor and followed the pastor and preacher’s words when brother Jin and brother Cheng preached God’s work of the last days to me. I never considered making a careful examination of Almighty God’s new work and words. As a believer in the Lord, I didn’t pray to the Lord and seek His will, but blindly followed the pastor and preacher’s words, am I not too stupid? The Bible says, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). I didn’t obey the Lord, but listened to people, was I not believing and following people? Was I not resisting and betraying the Lord? If Almighty God really is the returned Lord Jesus, I don’t accept Almighty God but rebel against and resist Him, then am I not too blind and ignorant? Am I not shutting the Lord outside?” Thinking of this, I felt very remorseful in my heart, with tears welling up in my eyes.
I came before the Lord and prayed to Him, “Oh the Lord Jesus! Someone once preached to me that You have returned to this world in the flesh, and You are the Almighty God, the Christ in the last days. However, I am not certain about this. Today I am willing to come before You and seek Your will, hoping You will enlighten me so that I can recognize Your voice. If You have already returned as Almighty God, I will repent to You and accept Your work and salvation. Oh Lord! I am praying to You to lead me to return before You.” After praying, I felt great joy and comfort in my heart that I had never had for a long time. Words couldn’t express how happy and steadfast I was. I knew clearly that the Lord must have heard my prayers and gave me comfort and confirmation. At that time, I was eager to examine The Church of Almighty God instantly. But when I thought that I had displeased brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God, how could I have the nerve to face them again?
In this dilemma, I received a call from brother Yang. He asked me whether I had the time and the will to go on examining Almighty God’s work of the last days. I told him the worries in my heart. Brother Yang said to me, “That’s okay! We believers in God are a family. No one will take that to heart.” Hearing his words, I knew it was God who sympathized with my small stature. So, Brother Yang and I went to The Church of Almighty God the next day.
Brothers and sisters were very happy that I could get back on the right path. They formally testified to me that the Lord Jesus has already returned, and He has expressed the truth and done His work of judgment beginning with the house of God. And they fellowshiped with me about the meaning of God becoming flesh to carry out His work and the importance of God’s incarnation for corrupted mankind. Afterward, I read God’s words, “I tell you, those who believe in God because of the signs are surely the category that shall suffer destruction. Those who are incapable of accepting the words of Jesus who has returned to flesh are surely the progeny of hell, the descendants of the archangel, the category that shall be subjected to everlasting destruction. Many people may not care what I say, but I still want to tell every so-called saint who follows Jesus that, when you see Jesus descend from the heaven upon a white cloud with your own eyes, this will be the public appearance of the Sun of righteousness. Perhaps that will be a time of great excitement for you, yet you should know that the time when you witness Jesus descend from the heaven is also the time when you go down to hell to be punished. It will herald the end of God’s management plan, and will be when God rewards the good and punishes the wicked. For the judgment of God will have ended before man sees signs, when there is only the expression of truth. Those who accept the truth and do not seek signs, and thus have been purified, shall have returned before the throne of God and entered the Creator’s embrace. Only those who persist in the belief that ‘The Jesus who does not ride upon a white cloud is a false Christ’ shall be subjected to everlasting punishment, for they only believe in the Jesus who exhibits signs, but do not acknowledge the Jesus who proclaims severe judgment and releases the true way of life. And so it can only be that Jesus deals with them when He openly returns upon a white cloud. They are too stubborn, too confident in themselves, too arrogant. How could such degenerates be rewarded by Jesus? The return of Jesus is a great salvation for those who are capable of accepting the truth, but for those who are unable to accept the truth it is a sign of condemnation. You should choose your own path, and should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and reject the truth. You should not be an ignorant and arrogant person, but someone who obeys the guidance of the Holy Spirit and longs for and seeks the truth; only in this way will you benefit” (“When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth”).
Through this passage of God’s words and brothers and sisters’ previous fellowship and testimonies, I understood that there are two ways in which the Lord returns: one way is out in the open, the other is in secret. Now the incarnate Almighty God’s work of judgment beginning with the house of God is just the work of the Lord coming in secret. Because God’s incarnation has come among men in the form of a normal, average person, no one can tell that He is God, no one knows His true identity. This is secret to man. Only those who can distinguish God’s voice can recognize, accept and follow God. Just as the Lord Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Those that fail to distinguish God’s voice will certainly treat Him as a regular person, denying and resisting Him, refusing to follow Him. Just like the Jewish Pharisees, they didn’t know His identity and even blindly condemned the Lord when they saw the Lord Jesus. Now is the stage where Almighty God comes in secret to do His work and save mankind. He is currently engaging in expressing His words to judge, purify and perfect mankind, making a group of overcomers before the disaster. The work of God’s incarnation and secret descent among man will complete after a group of overcomers have been made. Then the calamities will visit upon earth, and God will punish the wicked while rewarding the good, appearing openly before all the nations of earth. At that point, the prophecies of the Lord’s public descent on earth will be fulfilled, just as what is said in the Bible, “And then shall appear the sign ofin heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). “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). This is the reason why all kindreds of the earth shall wail when the Lord comes with clouds. I felt suddenly brightened in my heart and understood the work of the Lord’s secret descent is a great salvation for us. Only by accepting the judgment of God’s words during the time of the work of the Lord’s secret descent, can we be purified and saved by God. If we don’t accept God’s work of judgment now, we will become the ones who resist the Lord when the Lord publicly descends with clouds, surely wailing and grinding our teeth. Then it will be too late to regret, for Almighty God says, “The judgment of God will have ended before man sees signs, when there is only the expression of truth.”
Thank Almighty God! Almighty God has opened up all the mysteries, elaborating very clearly on all aspects of truth. This truly has opened my eyes and convinced me. In the following days, I went to the church for gatherings on time, sharing my understanding of the words expressed by Almighty God in the last days with brothers and sisters, watching all kinds of videos produced by The Church of Almighty God, such as hymns, MVs, recitations of Almighty God’s words and gospel films. Every time in gatherings, I could gain something new, with my heart full of great joy. Especially in the gospel movies, brothers and sisters have detailed and clear fellowships about every issue, which has resolved the questions and doubts I have had in my heart for many years since believing in the Lord. I truly feel that The Church of Almighty God containsand the truth. What excited me more was that on the third day I came to The Church of Almighty God, I met a sister who sang hymns of praising God on the stage on the Christmas of 2016. She also accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. Thank God! It’s God’s guidance and enlightenment that has led us to follow the footprints of the Lamb, brought us out of wilderness and into the good land of Canaan. Finally, we returned to the house of God, and can enjoy abundant provision of God’s words.
It is really God’s grace that I can return to the house of God. If not for God’s guidance and leadership, if not for the brothers and sisters’ fellowships with patience, how could I, so rebellious, have welcomed the return of the Lord Jesus?for me is so great; it leaves me unable to describe it with words. At this moment, I only want to sing a hymn to praise Almighty God, and I am willing to unswervingly follow Almighty God.
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