By Liu Jingxin
The film, My Dream of the Heavenly Kingdom, is directed by three young directors, Chen Wei, Xu Xin and Yin Chengshi, and its leading actors are Li Guangshi, Li Zhi, Jin Yunri, Li Mingkui, etc. It is set in the background of the church desolation and recounts a true story of a Korean pastor striving to look for the path to entering the heavenly kingdom.
In an interview, the director Chen Wei said that through Pastor Song’s personal experience, they not only want to tell the audience the correct path to entering the kingdom of heaven, but also want to show them the fact that China’s ruling party and the religious world fabricate all kinds of rumors to malign and attack The Church of Almighty God, which results in a number of people being deceived and not daring to look into the true way. Through directing this film, they want to make public the real facts and remind those who sincerely seek the true way to investigate the real facts and discriminate wisely to avoid being deceived by the rumors.
This is really worthy of our serious consideration.says false Christs will appear in , but if we blindly believe the negative propaganda on the Internet, lightly listen to the words of the CCP and pastors and elders, and don’t investigate practically, we are very liable to make mistakes.
In addition, this moving story is full of twists and turns, which made me shed tears several times. There is a line that can describe this story properly: “In the crowd for her I search for countless times but in vain. Having felt hopeless, suddenly with a turn of the head, I saw her, where lights glow dimly.” With the development of the plot, we will not only feel anxious, hard, moved, and joyful, but also will appreciate the sincere feelings between God and mankind. Maybe this is the charm of a film adapted from a true story.
Pastor Song has believed in the Lord for over half his life, and he has worked and expended a lot for the Lord. And what he has been expecting is the Lord returns and lifts him into the kingdom of heaven. Actually, this is not only Pastor Song’s dream but all the other Christians’ as well. So how does this dream come true? How to be raptured? These questions are chiefly concerned by Christians.
Now as a series of blood moons have appeared, netizens are discussing about the approach of the great and terrible day of Jehovah God. Some said, “The day of the Lord’s return is drawing near, right before us,” some said, “Maybe the Lord has already returned, and it’s just that we don’t know it,” and some said, “In the last days false Christs will appear and any preaching that says the Lord has returned is false,” …. There are differing viewpoints on the Internet, but which one is right? From the film, Pastor Song’s choice shows a rational practice to the audience. Before he decides to go to China, during the time of his investigation, he obtains a crucial guidance from these verses in the Bible. “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet himMy sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). The words “My sheep hear my voice” and “if any man hear my voice, and open the door” have mentioned God’s voice. As we all know, the belief in the way comes from hearing the way. If we shut everything out, how can we hear God’s voice? How can we know whether the Lord comes knocking at the door? Indeed, according to Christians, nothing can be more important than the Lord’s return. If we want to know whether the way is true or false, we must investigate it personally just as if we want to know whether the oranges in a basket are sour or sweet, we must taste them by ourselves.
In order to know whether or not Eastern Lightning is the true way, Pastor Song and his co-worker go to China, a “tiger’s den”, to seek God’s footsteps. After reaching China, even though they are faced with the arrogance of CCP’s persecution of religious beliefs and the severe obstruction of the pastors and elders, they still move ahead resolutely. Their choices manifest their true faith and courage, but more importantly, I think, the choices show they are with God’s guidance and moving.
In reality, indeed, a number of people are unfriendly toward The Church of Almighty God. They are confused by the negative propaganda before investigating, so that they dare not seek the true way. During Pastor Song’s investigations of The Church of Almighty God, even though he has faith and perseverance and also has obtained the confirmation of the Lord’s words, there are still many difficulties before him. He first needs to face the conflict between his conceptions and the truth. He, who has been working hard for the Lord, believes that as long as he practices according to Paul’s words, he will be approved by the Lord and raptured into the kingdom of heaven. However, from Almighty God’s words Pastor Song and his co-worker understand: “Almighty God has come to do the work of judgment in the last days. Only by being a wise virgin and listening to God’s voice can one be raptured before God, and only after experiencing God’s judgment and being purified can one enter the kingdom of heaven.” They then can’t discern which way is the accurate way to entering the kingdom of heaven. Later, through the fellowships of the witnesses from The Church of Almighty God, they understand if one wants to enter the kingdom of heaven, he should practice based on the’ words. The Lord Jesus said: “But he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” This is the criterion and the correct way. To get a detailed knowledge about how to follow the heavenly Father’s will, please watch the movie to find it out.
The fellowships of the witnesses from The Church of Almighty God and the words of Almighty God make Pastor Song and his co-worker understand a lot. But before they investigate clearly whether or not Almighty God is the Lord’s return, they are deported to Korea by CCP government because they are reported by local pastors and elders.
Pastor Song lives in anxiety and anguish after returning to Korea, but in the end the audience will see the authenticity of these words: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) and “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). After many days and nights, branch church of Eastern Lightning is established in South Korea, so Pastor Song reunites with the witnesses he met in China. Pastor Song not only brings some brothers and sisters in the local church to investigate and accept the true way, but also understands many truths through fellowshiping and debating with the witnesses from The Church of Almighty God. Through the witnesses’ personal experiences, Pastor Song and others see the practical aspect of God’s work of salvation, which indeed has fulfilled the prophecy of the Bible that “Judgment must begin at the house of God.”
The perfect ending not only gives Christians the road to look into the true way, but also arouses our reflections. The film has conveyed its theme and thoughts, but it doesn’t force the audience to make a choice. It simply tells the audience how to practice is in line with God’s words. But finally, it is up to you to make your own choice.
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