By Li Xun
Insistence represents persistence, means waiting, and even more is spiritual yearning…. But if the direction of our insistence is wrong, then won’t we go astray?
One afternoon in June, it was stifling, without a breath of wind. At that time, I was resting on a bamboo chair at home.
Suddenly I heard someone call “Auntie.” I saw that it was my nephew Xiaofang, who was accompanied by one of his friends who dressed elegantly and looked affable. Then I welcomed them into the room. As I poured some water, I said, “Do you have reasons for coming here on such a hot day?” Xiaofang happily said, “I have a piece of good news to tell you. Thewe’ve long yearned for has returned.” Upon hearing this, I was dumbfounded and thought, “Only is testifying that the Lord has returned. Could it be that they have believed in it? I often heard my pastor say that right now, there are some people who are saying that the Lord Jesus has returned and done the work of judgment and chastisement. He asked us not to listen to them and told us that it was enough to only believe that the Lord would come with a cloud.” So I said to him warily, “You say that the Lord Jesus has returned. Where is He? How come I haven’t seen Him? says, ‘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). ‘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). Therefore, I think the Lord will return on a cloud and will be seen by us.” Then he said, “Auntie, we shouldn’t just rely on these verses to believe that the Lord will certainly come in this way. Actually, many parts of the Bible contain prophecies about the Lord’s arrival …” But before he could even finish speaking I immediately said, “Xiaofang, I’ve believed in God for longer than you have, and I know more than you do. So how could I not know the method of the Lord’s arrival? All right, you can come to see me, but if you try to get me to believe in Eastern Lightning, you should go back. If who they testify to is not the Lord Jesus who will descend with clouds, I won’t accept Him.” After that, his friend also fellowshiped to me, but I still did not listen, choosing to intentionally ignore him and began to do housework. Seeing that, they had to leave.
Several months later, Sister Liu and Sister Wang from my church also started to believe in Almighty God, and they also came to my house to preach theof the Lord’s return. But no matter what they said to me, I still stubbornly insisted that the Lord would descend upon the clouds to take us into the kingdom of heaven, and afterward send the great disasters to destroy this old world. Holding on to my notions, when my nephew and my sisters from my church preached the gospel of the kingdom to me, I refused them all.
In the blink of an eye, nine years passed, but I didn’t see any sign of the Lord’s return. Gradually, my spirit became very weak and I felt puzzled: “Now is the time of, and the prophecies of the Lord’s return have basically been fulfilled, but why has the Lord we’ve been waiting for still not returned on a cloud to receive us?” Afterward, I saw the brothers and sisters in my church also losing their faith. The preachers’ sermons were always the same old stuff, and there was no pleasure to be had in the gatherings. So I gradually did not attend meetings, but only read the Bible and prayed at home, vigilantly awaiting the Lord’s coming.
One day in August 2012, Sister Huang, whom I had not talked to for a long time and who is my fellow villager, suddenly came to my house. I was very happy to see her and so immediately let her in. I also prepared some fruits and water for her. After we made some small talk, she asked me with concern, “Sister, how is your condition at present? Do you still attend meetings?” I replied, “I don’t know what is going on now. There is no pleasure to be had in the gatherings. The faith of the brothers and sisters has grown cold. I haven’t been attending gatherings for several months, but just keep on praying and reading the Bible at home, waiting for the Lord’s coming.” Hearing this, she said solemnly, “Yes! Now, the faith of most brothers and sisters has generally become weak and insipid, and the preachers have nothing to preach, or talk about the same old platitudes. But do you know the reason? Actually, it is primarily because the work of the Holy Spirit has moved, and the Lord has returned and done the new work of judging, chastising, and cleansing mankind. This precisely fulfills the Bible’s words, ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). So the churches no longer have the Holy Spirit’s work. Just as when the Lord Jesus came to do His new work in the Age of Grace, God didn’t perform work in the temple.” When hearing her say, “The Lord has returned,” I felt very surprised and thought, “Could it be that Sister Huang has also converted to Eastern Lightning?” So I asked unhappily, “Sister, do you believe in Eastern Lightning?” “Yes, I do,” she answered. On hearing this, I pulled a long face and no longer wanted to speak to her. Seeing me like this, she patiently asked, “Sister Li, you can raise any questions you have, and then we can solve them together by seeking the truth.” Then I said, “I admit what you fellowshiped makes sense. In fact, nine years ago some people told me that the Lord has returned, but I didn’t accept it because it is clearly stated in the Bible, ‘Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him’ (Revelation 1:7). ‘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). These verses prophesied that the Lord will arrive upon a white cloud. But you say that the Lord has returned, how come I haven’t seen the Lord return?”
After listening to me say this, she said earnestly and gravely, “It’s because we’re unwilling to study and investigate when we hear someone spreading the news about the Lord’s coming, and thus we couldn’t receive the enlightenment and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In such a case, how could we see the fact that the Lord has returned? Sister, we should have the intention of seeking and investigating and shouldn’t hold on to our own notions. Just as the Lord Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5:3). But if we still stick to our own notions, we will miss the chance to welcome the Lord’s return. Sister Li, do you agree with me?” Hearing what she said, I pondered for a few moments and thought it made sense. Then, she took from her bag a book, The Scroll Opened by the Lamb, and said to me, “Sister Li, in the Book of Revelation, there are a lot of places with prophecies that say, ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches’ (See Revelation 2-3). The words in this book are what God says to the churches, and are spoken by God upon His return. I’ll leave the book here and hope you can read and investigate it when you have time.” Seeing that she spoke sincerely, I did not refuse. After she left, I was hesitant about whether or not to read it. At that time, I started to wonder: Why do many brothers and sisters who have true faith in the Lord all begin to believe in Almighty God? What on earth has Almighty God said so that they are willing to follow Him? Out of curiosity, I picked up the book to have a read. Seeing its name, The Scroll Opened by the Lamb, I thought, “The Book of Revelation in the Bible states that the Lamb refers to the Lord Jesus, and that only the Lamb is worthy of opening up the scroll and loosing the seven seals. Could it be that the words in this book really are spoken by the Lord Jesus upon His return?”
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