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Dear brothers and sisters, peace be upon to you! Today, I want to share my story with you.
I’m a Taiwanese aborigine, and I was born in a tribe. There are mountains, water and a beautiful landscape. Besides, there is a presbyterian church, where I successively attended the Sunday school for child, joined the youth fellowship and the adult fellowship. I was willing to spend my time in 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 understanding the truth in the Bible. I only knew 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 coming puzzled me most. The pastors often preached Revelation 1:7 in the Bible: “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 in the last days the Lord would descend with clouds to take us to the kingdom of heaven. We should accept the Lord’s salvation, otherwise we would never get the opportunity to gain thewhen 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 does He have people know it? If He appears in public when He returns just as the pastors have said, won’t everyone know it? Then I consulted a pastor. He explained that “as a thief” meant that we didn’t know the day of the Lord’s coming. Yet I was not absolutely convinced of his explanation. Afterward, the pastor suggested me to and beg Him to give me wisdom when I couldn’t understand the scriptures. Therefore, I repeatedly prayed to God, but I didn’t get an answer from the Bible yet.
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 any more, 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 their opinions 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, then I ignored the scriptures that I didn’t understand. Gradually, I read the Bible without enlightenment, even dozing off sometimes. Every time this happened, I would feel sorry to the Lord. Later, all my family went out to visit several other churches, but the situation of each church was exactly the same.
After a month, 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 three days ago Taiwan Christian Tribune proclaimed and condemned The Church of Almighty God with great fanfare, 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 inspected the friends on Facebook carefully in order to protect myself from meeting people from The Church of Almighty God.
About one month later, I knew a sister from Japan. From my interactions with her, I felt she was very sincere and the 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.
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 the reason why there is widespread desolation in all the churches nowadays was 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 interpret these lines of Scripture?” I said: “I think the Lord coming as a thief means that the Lord will come secretly, and no one knows it. Yet this seems to conflict with the Lord appearing publicly. As regards the reason between them, I can’t explain. And this is the question that has been confusing me.”
Brother Wu said: “These verses of the scriptures both mentioned ‘the Son of man,’ which means that the Lord not only openly comes with clouds but 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, becomes an ordinary and normal person, and lives among people. What’s more, the scriptures mentioned ‘and be rejected of this generation.’ If the Lord Jesus openly comes with clouds in a resurrected spiritual body, it will be incredibly powerful and shock the world, and then all people will bow down and worship Him. Nobody dares to resist or reject Him, so will the Lord suffer many things or be rejected of this generation when He returns?” I asked tentatively: “Will God come in the flesh this time?” Brother Wu smiled and said: “In fact, the Lord predicted 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 another 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 study. 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 uncomfortable, 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 because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live in the old, corrupt satanic disposition. As such, man must be completely saved from the corrupt satanic disposition so that the sinful nature of man is completely cast away and never again develops, thus allowing the disposition of man to be changed. This requires man to understand the path of growth in life, the way of life, and the way to change his disposition. It also needs man to act in accordance with this path so that the disposition of man can gradually be changed and he can live under the shining of the light, and that he can do all things in accord with the will of God, cast away the corrupt satanic disposition, and break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation. … Therefore, after that stage was complete, there is still the work of judgment and chastisement. This stage makes man pure through the word so as to give man a path to follow.”
He fellowshiped: “Our sins are forgiven after we are 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 even though our sins have been forgiven, if our satanic dispositions are not resolved, we 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? Have you said that God does His work in the flesh is for eliminating 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 after hearing God’s voice accept His work to be the first ripe fruits will 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 just 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 man thoroughly break free of 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’s time to reward the good and punish the evil.”
Through Brother Wu’s fellowship, I got much knowledge of the ways of God’s arrival and God saving mankind. God incarnate does His work in secret is for revealing man and perfecting 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 during a period of time, the sister from Japan and Brother Wu often sent me God’s words, which were beneficial to me. Some words made me moved 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.
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