“blessed be the name of Jehovah.” His blessing of God’s name was unconditional, irrespective of context, and without reason.
Awakening: God Originally Had No Name
By Stanley, United States
From my childhood, I followed my mother in believing in the Lord, and at that time I just knew there is one God, that is, the Lord. After growing up, I saw the Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). From the scripture, I understood only the Lord Jesus is the true God, and there is no salvation but through Him. So I believed holding on to the Lord Jesus’ name would never be in the wrong. Afterward, I seldom attended meetings because of my schooling, but the CCP’s atheist education failed to eradicate God from my heart. After graduation, I was occupied even more by affairs of the flesh and my entire being was bound tightly by my work, family and life. So I had less and less time to worship God and I just went to church occasionally to attend worship. Gradually, I became more and more distant from God, and I prayed to the Lord Jesus only when I ran into something.
In late 2016, my wife accepted the kingdom gospel of Almighty God and the sisters from The Church of Almighty God (CAG) always came to gather in our home. One day, the sisters bore witness to God’s work in the last days for me, and I listened to their fellowship without thinking too much because I regarded them as believers in the Lord at the beginning. However, when I realized their fellowship was different from what I heard in my church and that they also said the Lord Jesus had come as Almighty God, I was unhappy to hear that, so I just sat there out of courtesy but was unwilling to continue listening in my heart. It happened that it was time to pick up our child from school, and thereupon I used it as an excuse and was ready to go out. Seeing this, a sister asked me, “Brother, what do you think about the Lord’s return? Do you believe the Lord has returned?” I gave no direct reply to her, just making several casual remarks before I left. I refused God’s work in the last days.
After that, I began to strongly oppose my wife’s faith in Almighty God. I said to her, “The Bible says, ‘There is none other name under heaven given among men’ (Acts 4:12). Only by keeping the Lord Jesus’ name can we be saved. After many years of faith in the Lord, don’t you know this?” And then I also showed her the negative publicity on the Internet slandering and condemning CAG. After seeing that, she said, “These days through having meetings and fellowshiping about God’s words with the brothers and sisters, I’ve confirmed that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned. In the last days, God has taken the name of Almighty God to carry out the work of judgment beginning with God’s family and express words to expose our corrupt nature and judge our unrighteousness. In doing this, God makes us see clearly our own true face of being deeply corrupted by Satan and know His righteous disposition tolerating no offense, and meanwhile shows us the path to casting off our sin, so that we can be saved. Moreover, after having contact with the brothers and sisters from CAG for such a long time, I’ve seen they focus on seeking God’s will when they encounter problems, practicing God’s words, and being an honest person according to God’s requirements. Their living out is quite good. Obviously, the negative publicity on the Internet is all lies, rumors and slanders, and doesn’t conform to the facts at all!” Whatever I said, my wife did not waver at all in her faith. At that time, I thought of my parents-in-law who lived in Mainland China. Our families have believed in the Lord for many generations, and my wife obeys her parents all the time, so I thought she might take in their words if they put pressure on her. Thereupon, I called them and told them about my wife’s belief in Almighty God. Soon, my mother-in-law gave my wife a call to try to persuade her out of belief in Almighty God. Seeing that, I was very pleased, thinking, “I will see if you still believe!”
One day, I heard my mother-in-law reproach my wife on the phone, “You’ve just believed in the Lord for several years. Your stature is small. You’re unable to discern and easy to be misled. I’m doing this to protect you. Only the Lord Jesus is our Savior. Listen to me. Don’t believe in Almighty God!” My wife replied resolutely, “Mom, we’ve desperately been longing for the Lord’s return. Now the Lord has come back, and He is Almighty God. Why don’t you seek and investigate, but instead you arbitrarily refuse and judge God’s work in the last days? As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you’ll recognize these words are God’s voice.” Hearing that, my mother-in-law said with anger, “If you don’t follow my words, you’ll suffer losses.” After saying that, my mother-in-law angrily hung up. Afterward, to restrict my wife from believing in Almighty God, my parents-in-law asked me not to hand my salary over to her. I thought to myself: Maybe she won’t believe if I don’t give her money. Then I said to her angrily, “From now on, I won’t give you money anymore. I’ll see how long you will hold on.” Unexpectedly, she calmly said, “It doesn’t matter whether I have money. Even if I have no money, I’ll still believe in Almighty God.” Later, regardless of how I tried to obstruct her, I still could not shake her faith. Because she did not listen to my advice, we often argued and we seldom talked with each other, so we felt like strangers though living in the same house. Nevertheless, we both stuck by our respective beliefs. My wife still attended meetings as usual without being affected by me in the slightest. She always sang the hymns from CAG while cooking, and sometimes she played hymns loudly using her mobile phone. At that time, I reprimanded her, “Put on your earphones when listening. Don’t disturb others!” No matter what my attitude was, she still believed in Almighty God and moreover, had greater and greater faith.
In order to make my wife give up believing in Almighty God, I went to any length. As long as I was free, I would read the Bible, study it, and specially search for famous pastors on the Internet to listen to their sermons. In addition, I would record their sermons and then play them for my wife to listen to. However, she always sharply pointed out problems in the sermons and her words were well-founded. Once, I played for her a famous female Taiwanese pastor’s sermons on the prophecies of the last days. However, after hearing the sermons, my wife said, “Doesn’t the pastor keep preaching about wars in the last days, the signs of the Lord’sand letting us watch and wait? We can all see the prophecies of the Lord’s return in the last days have basically come true. But as for how to watch for and welcome the Lord’s arrival, she didn’t point out a path to us. Actually, God’s words have long revealed all mysteries. In the matter of welcoming the Lord’s return, the Lord Jesus asked us to be wise virgins. When hearing someone preach the gospel of the returned Lord Jesus, we should proactively seek, and see whether it’s the Lord’s voice and whether there is the expression of truth in the way preached by them. Only thus can we welcome the appearance of the Lord. Just as the Lord , ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him’ (Matthew 25:6). ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’ (John 10:27).” After hearing that, I felt her fellowship made a lot of sense. I was wanting to change her opinions, but to my surprise, she ended up giving me a fellowship. On thinking of this, I was very angry but helpless. In the end, we still insisted on our respective beliefs, and couldn’t convince each other. More importantly, since she had believed in Almighty God, she insisted on reading God’s words and listening to sermons and fellowship every evening. And her entire being became different from before, and she always looked radiant. I thought gloomily, “She has determined to believe in Almighty God. What should I do to make her come back to believing in the Lord Jesus?” In the following days, while she was playing hymns of Almighty God’s words, I was playing hymns of praising the Lord; while she was listening to the sermons and fellowship from CAG, I was listening to the sermons of pastors; while she was reading Almighty God’s words, I was reading the Bible. What’s more, I always debated with her about the Bible. I was more eloquent, knowledgeable and well-informed than her, but in every debate, I was refuted and rendered tongue-tied, only fleeing in defeat. This was unbelievable. Each of her opinions was insightful, and her speech was ever more incisive. Even pastors couldn’t speak such weighty words. So, I dared not look down upon her, thinking, “I can’t surpass her only by relying on the Bible knowledge I’ve been equipped with. Clearly I need to study systematically and master the Bible. Only by refuting her with the words in the Bible can I make her continue believing in the Lord Jesus.” For this reason, though I was exhausted after working in the restaurant till late, I still persevered in reading the Bible, taking notes, and listening to pastors’ sermon recordings.
One day, I saw this in Exodus 3:13,15, “And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say to them? … And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations.” During the Old Testament Age of Law,is Jehovah. God clearly told us the name of Jehovah would be His name to all generations, but why is God’s name Jesus in the Age of Grace? Doesn’t the New Testament say, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)? What was going on here? I read these several verses repeatedly, but the more I read, the more confused I became. Isn’t Jesus our Savior? Jehovah and Jesus are one God, but why don’t they have the same name? Could it be that God’s name can be changed? The more I read, the more I became muddled; the more I thought about this problem, the more perplexed I became. Then I searched my memory, and I recalled this period of time when I secretly kept observing every word and act of the brothers and sisters from CAG. And I found they were indeed sincere and devout in their words and actions. Every time they came to have meetings in our home, they all fellowshiped about the truth and their fellowship was very practical, which was not like what was said on the Internet. What’s more, through the debates with my wife during this period of time, I found my wife knew more and more truth and her words were insightful and weighty since she had believed in Almighty God. In such a short time, it was no small matter that she had made such progress. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, she would not have achieved such a result by herself. So I began to reflect on myself: Am I wrong? I felt an intense battle raging in my heart, and felt uncomfortable. I itched to figure out this problem, but I was unwilling to bow my head to seek from my wife because I couldn’t let go of my face.
One day, my wife said to me sincerely, “I’m unremarkable in society, and I have little knowledge and eloquence. Today, it’s God’s exaltation and grace that I was chosen, came before God, and accepted His work in the last days. I’m really very grateful to God! The CCP government starts rumors to vilify CAG. In the past, I had no discernment and believed its lies. As a result, I didn’t have the slightest heart of seeking with regard to God’s work in the last days and nearly lost God’s grace in the last days. Yet, God has taken mercy on me, preaching the gospel to me through the brothers and sisters. After reading a lot of words of Almighty God, I found His words are all truth, open up all the mysteries of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, expose our corrupt nature and satanic disposition, and point out to us the path to changing our life disposition, as well as show us God’s disposition, what He has and is, and so on. Therefore, I’ve determined that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. Meanwhile, I come to know the essence of the CCP resisting God. As we all know, the CCP is an atheist political party and ever since it came into power, it has always persecuted religious belief. It is a demonic regime. What qualifications does it have to comment on and condemn a church? So, its propaganda about CAG is slanders, vilification, condemnation, and all lies. The CCP hates the truth and resists God most. It desires to control the world created by God, and possess and harm humans created by God so that all people worship it as God. It’s most fearful of the true light and God’s appearance and work. So the more fiercely a way is persecuted by the CCP, the truer the way is, the more we should seek and investigate the way. Moreover, having come into contact with the brothers and sisters for so long a time, they just communicate the truth with us to supply and support us in order that we can better understand the truth and God’s will. Besides these, what else do they want to achieve? You should have seen all of this.” I approved of all her words. I thought, “Indeed, the brothers and sisters from CAG are all wholesome and dignified, they also have love and confidence. This is the fact!” Thereupon, I could not help reflecting: We’re all believers in God, but why do they have such faith? The mental attitude of this group of believers is absolutely different from that of the believers in the religious churches. What on earth is going on? Is Eastern Lightning the true way? If it is, and I obstruct my wife like this, am I not resisting God? What should I do? My heart did somersaults and I was in a quandary, sinking into pain. Under this feeling of helplessness, I called out to God, “God! Is Almighty God Your name when You return? Have You already returned? God! If Eastern Lightning is Your work, may You guide me, lead me and not abandon me….” Surprisingly, after my prayer, a dove landed on my foot. I believed this was God’s response to my prayer and my heart was gradually awakening.
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