Besides arriving on clouds, there is another way of the second coming of Jesus recorded in the Bible. We should investigate from two aspects so that we won’t miss out on the chance to welcome His second coming.
The Choice Between Life and Wealth
It is said that man’s desire for wealth should have its limits. However, very few can achieve this in.
There was once a couple who used to be our neighbor. One year, the utility was going to build high-voltage transmission lines near their house. In the negotiation of compensation for the seized land, the utility agreed to pay them 1 million yuan (about 145,000 dollars), which was a much larger amount than what was required for official land purchases at the time. But when the couple heard that another household got a better compensation because one of their relatives was a top executive at the utility, they then asked the company to pay more money for giving up the land, or they would refuse to carry out the agreement to move. In the end, the construction of the high-voltage transmission lines were completed, but the couple would rather be exposed to the radiation of the lines daily than move to another place. It can be seen from this: Man’s greed for wealth is hard to satisfy.
In this money-mad era of great corruption, people all make endless efforts to earn money, trying to live a lavish life of materialistic enjoyment. Because, once we have sufficient money, we can buy classy clothes, pricey delicacies, luxurious mansions, supercars, even promotions, and get praise and adulation from others. Before we come before God, we all live under the domain of Satan like this, bustling about and struggling in pain for wealth, fame, gain, position, and vanity. However, after knowing thathas expressed all the truth to save mankind and done the work of judgment and purification, we receive His salvation in the last days and become certain in His words that He is the appearance of the , the returned Lord , and understand the value and significance of pursuing the truth. Afterward, our perspective of looking at things, our values and outlooks on existence will change, we break free from the constraints and bondage of worldly fame, gain, and money, we also get abundant life supply in the spirit and feel increasingly relaxed and free by reading and singing hymns to praise God daily. Whereas some new brothers and sisters are still entangled by fame, fortune, and their families since they don’t understand the worth and importance of gaining the truth and life. Some of them are occupied working and making money, finding diverse excuses for avoiding meetings. Some betrayed God and abandoned themselves to the evil trends in society when a chance to make a big fortune came up. Some set their minds on their careers, neglecting the pursuit of the truth and only attending meetings occasionally. Some always choose to satisfy their desires and greed first and give up their duties rather than maintain absolute loyalty to God when faced with the temptation of a tidy profit, though they are financially secure …
Almighty God says: “One exhausts a lifetime’s worth of energy fighting against fate, spends all of one’s time bustling about trying to feed one’s family and shuttling back and forth between wealth and status. The things that people treasure are family, money, and fame; they view these as the most valuable things in life. … when one has property, one thinks that money is one’s mainstay, that it is one’s asset in life …” (“God Himself, the Unique III”). “If I were to now place some riches in front of you and ask you to choose freely, knowing that[a] I would not condemn you, then most would choose the riches and forsake the truth. The better among you would give up the riches and reluctantly choose the truth, while those in between would seize the riches in one hand and the truth in the other. … between riches and duty, you again chose the former, even lacking the will to return to shore;[b] between luxury and poverty, you chose the former; … Many years of dedication and effort has apparently brought Me only resignation and your despair of Me. Yet My hopes for you grow with each passing day, for My day has already been completely laid out before every one. However, you continue to seek that which belongs to the darkness and evil, and refuse to loosen your hold. As such, what will be your outcome? Have you given careful thought to this before?” (“To Whom Are You Loyal?”).
God’s admonition and expectation toward man are palpable. Money may allow us to enjoy a materially opulent lifestyle, yet it can never replace the value of the truth, be our life, or even less decide our fate and destination. During the last days when God becomes flesh among man for the last time and does the work of salvation, regardless if people are fighting for fame and fortune in the world, are investigating God’s work of the last days, or are fluctuating between fame and profit and the pursuit of truth, God wishes all of us to quickly come before Him and read His words more. So that we can see through Satan’s plot of exploiting money and fame to seduce us into straying from and betraying God, and know clearly that only the truth can be our life and save us while money and fame cannot. Only by submitting to God’s sovereignty and arrangements and gaining the truth as life, can we have a good fate and destination, and avoid being taken captive by Satan and destroyed with it by God when the great disaster comes.
Now, God’s To Whom Are You Loyal?”). “The work of God is like mightily surging waves. No one can detain Him, and no one can halt His footsteps. Only those who listen carefully to His words, and who seek and thirst for Him, can follow His footsteps and receive His promise. Those who do not shall be subjected to overwhelming disaster and deserved punishment” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind”).of the kingdom is spreading rapidly to all nations through the Internet. More and more people who thirst for the truth and long for God’s appearance from around the world have come to investigate and accept Almighty God’s work in the last days. The Church of Almighty God has been established in dozens of major countries and regions of the world. “The everlasting gospel,” which is prophesied in the Book of Revelation, is expanding throughout the world on the Internet. God’s work in the last days is about to conclude with His glorification. As the great calamity approaches the human race day by day, and as God’s work of salvation is short-lived, God issues His unusual warnings to us: “My day has been laid out before your very eyes, and what you face is a new life and new starting point. However, I must tell you that this starting point is not the beginning of past new work, but the close of the old. That is, this is the final act. I believe you will all understand what is unusual about this starting point” (“
a. The original text omits “knowing that.”
b. Return to shore: a Chinese idiom, meaning “turn from one’s evil ways.”
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