By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
I Am Really Raptured! – Return to God
By Zhao Xiaoxing, Myanmar
As a child, I stayed with my relatives because of my poor family. I felt I was different from other children of my age, so I became rebellious and played hooky frequently. At age of 11, I was sent to aRescue Center in the town by my grandpa. Here we, over 40 children of different ages, did the same things every day: getting up at 4:45 a.m., worshiping the Lord at 5 o’clock a.m., and going to school at 6 a.m. I was very happy to listen to the preachers’ sermons about the love and teachings of the Lord every day, and to live and play with my classmates and friends. Gradually, I came to like this place. Staying with my relatives and monitoring their expressions became things of the past for me.
At age of 13, I was baptized and entered into the Lord. The preachers always said to us, “In order to redeem us, thewas nailed to the cross. Three days later, He resurrected. Then He ascended to heaven after appearing to His disciples for 40 days. He went to prepare a place for us and if it has been prepared He will come again and receive us to Himself. …” Every time I listened to these sermons, I would be full of confidence. Thinking that I would suddenly be caught up into the air to meet with God someday, escaping the suffering of disaster and enjoying the blessings of , I felt very happy and honored and constantly hoped that the Lord would come back soon to take us to heaven.
After graduating from school, I, who had just turned 18, worked in a jade quarry. Here, I saw that the society is dark and evil, and that people swindle and bluff for the sake of fame and gain. At that time, I also wanted to earn more money and live towering above others but I often remembered the teachings of the Lord Jesus, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). I frequently reminded myself not to scramble for fame and gain, or deceive others for money like the unbelievers. If I did these things, then I could not enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, I would go on the internet to see some posts of the brothers and sisters in the Lord, or to pay attention to the world news whenever I had time. When I noticed that the disasters in different countries grew more and bigger, I pondered: The day of the Lord’s coming is drawing near, because the signs and prophecies before the Lord’s coming in thehave been fulfilled one by one, and the four blood moons also have appeared. With these thoughts, I was always thankful that I was born in the last days and had the chance to be brought into the kingdom of heaven by the Lord.
One day in June of 2016, Sister Xiao, a friend on Facebook, said to me with certainty, “The Lord Jesus has come back and is doing the work of judgment starting with the house of God. …” At her words, I retorted instantly, “When the Lord Jesus comes back, we’ll be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Now we’re still on earth. How could the Lord Jesus have returned?” She recommended me, “Let us not define. We should seek and investigate first. If you have any questions or confusion, feel free to ask. We can fellowship together. I believe as long as we seek the truth, then God will lead us.” However, because what she said was different from my thoughts and I had a busy job, I told her that I didn’t have the time to do that. Later, I no longer contacted her.
In July, as I lost my ID card, I needed to go to my hometown to apply for a new one. After I returned home, I had much more time, so I often chatted with my friends on Facebook. One day, I sent a post on Facebook, “‘Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17).” My good friend Lin Jing replied, “I have a different view about the rapture.” When we had a voice chat online, she said, “Rapture doesn’t mean the Lord Jesus will take us into the air to meet Him, but means we are able to follow the footsteps of the Lamp and be raptured up before God. Revelation prophesies, ‘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). Also, the Lord, ‘My sheep hear my voice …’ (John 10:27). When the Lord comes back, He will speak words. Where there is God’s voice, there is God’s appearance and work. The wise virgins can recognize the voice of God. So when we hear the voice of God, we can find the footsteps of God’s work and then we’ll return before God’s throne. This is real rapture. If we can’t hear God’s voice but merely blindly live in vagueness, waiting for being lifted up into the air, then we’ll become the foolish virgins. Finally, such people will have to be cast aside by God.”
Ruminating on what she said, I felt it was reasonable and the rapture might imply it. However, I thought it was an undeniable fact that we finally would be lifted up into the air to meet with the Lord, as there were some related records in the Bible. In the conversation, I asked Sister Lin, “Do you know the Church of? I was always told not to like the posts of on Facebook recently.” She said, “Yes, I know. The Church of Almighty God is the sole church in the last days which is openly testifying that the Lord Jesus has returned. The people of the Church of Almighty God understand the Bible well. Many questions are clearly fellowshiped by them. I’ve seen the videos and movies of the Church of Almighty God for a period of time. Now I’m ready to examine carefully Almighty God’s work of the last days.”
At this time, I could get a little anxious. I told her, “You can’t heed and trust only one side. The Lord has come back? How could that be? If the Lord has come back, wherever we are, we can hear the great voices say, ‘The Lord has come back,’ and then we’ll be turned into a spiritual body instantly and lifted up into the air to meet with the Lord. Now we haven’t been raptured or seen people around us be raptured. How could the Lord have come back?” Yet she told me that she had paid attention to and examined the Church of Almighty God for some time. One of her good friends always testified the work of Almighty God in the last days to her and she also went on the internet to investigate the Church of Almighty God. She saw that the Church of Almighty God has grown very fast and that different types of videos,movies, music videos and songs are novel and are shown continuously. Besides, these works have produced the result of bearing witness to God. She clearly felt that the Church of Almighty God has the work and guidance of the . She advised me, “The Lord’s return is the important matter which concerns whether we can be saved. You’d better investigate with me. The Lord Jesus said, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened’ (Matthew 7:7-8). I think if we seek, then we’ll gain something. Whether it is true or false cannot be defined by us man. God is wise. We think when the Lord comes back, He will directly take us into heaven, yet the Bible says, ‘and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14). We live in the condition of committing and confessing sins every day and can’t become holy. How could we see the Lord’s face?”
Hearing her words, I felt somewhat embarrassed. How did I dare to say I was holy? Though I always relied on the Lord to restrain my behavior, I still wasn’t able to break away from the binds of sin but lived a life where I committed sins and then repented for them, not committing great sins but never stopping committing small sins. It seemed that entering the kingdom of heaven by faith in the Lord was not a simple matter. Thinking of this, when Lin Jing asked me whether I would like to investigate with her, I accepted her invitation. Meantime, I wanted to see whether they could solve my confusion or not, and whether what they preached was the Lord’s return. I remembered that Sister Xiao once testified to me that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned. So, the next day, when we chatted on Skype, I also had a voice chat online with Sister Xiao. And then all four of us fellowshiped together.