By Zhen Xin We all know that the Lord Jesus was incarnated and performed the redemptive work, and all who […]
Returning to God: Casting off the Decadent Life and Walking Onto the Right Path of Human Life
I was born into an ordinary family in Burma. After finishing the fourth grade in primary school, I joined the Xuguang School through the recommendation of one of my relations. In school, apart from regular courses, we also took a course and attended the worship service on the Lord’s Day. Through the study of the Bible course, I acquired some knowledge of the Bible, and I believed that the words in the Bible were all true and that when man sinned, they could be forgiven through the Lord . Gradually I learned to and accepted the as my Redeemer, and I became a Christian.
When I was seventeen, my mother passed away. At that time, my father was sick, my brothers and sisters were young, and we were poor. Facing all of this, I had to drop out and shoulder the heavy burden of my family. Every day I was worried about food and clothes and other family matters. I felt under a lot of pressure and very tired. In deep distress, I thought of the Lord Jesus and prayed to Him about many things, but I received no comfort from Him. I didn’t know where the Lord was and why He didn’t answer my prayers. Feeling empty and helpless in spirit, I often asked myself why I lived. Later, my whole family moved to Thailand. As I grew older, I gradually became integrated into society. Though a believer in the Lord, I pursued the same things as the unbelievers did, indulged in eating, drinking, and the pursuit of pleasure without aim in life. I felt pain and darkness within and that my life was empty and pointless. I often anesthetized myself with singing and drinking, and killed time by watching movies, TV, and playing games, drifting along with the social trends.
In the late November, 2016, one of my FB friends, Sister Wang, sent me two videos of recitation of God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” and “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God.” After watching the first video, I felt its content was practical, and my heart became quite brightened. Thinking back, young as I was, I had experienced the frustrations of life and vicissitudes of the world. I felt that many things I encountered could by no means be changed by my will, and I could not control my own fate. I truly felt man’s destiny was preordained by Heaven, and that mankind was indeed under God’s command and dominion. When I watched the second video, it said that the three stages of God’s work were done by one God and are the entirety of God’s six-thousand-year management plan. Moreover, it testified that the Lord has already come back and done the work of salvation in the flesh. At that moment, I had doubts within. I had always believed that the Lord Jesus would return with clouds, for the Bible said: “Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him …” (Revelation 1:7). And every time I prayed, I would imagine the scene in this verse. “Will the Lord not come upon a white cloud? How could He come through incarnation?” I thought. So, I asked Sister Wang, “How did you find the videos? The Lord has come? Won’t He come upon a white cloud?” She said, “Sister Xingxing testified to me about the Lord’s return and I am investigating. She shared the two videos with me. I thought they are great, so I recommended them to you. I’m still not clear about the truth of the Lord’s return. Sister Xingxing is very nice. She knows the Bible well. We might as well fellowship with her about the questions puzzling us tomorrow.” I agreed with her, since I didn’t understand why the Lord didn’t descend upon a cloud and wanted to find out the mystery about His return. “
On the following day, we reached out to Sister Xingxing online. At first, we discussed some verses about the Lord’s return together. I thought, “Sister Xingxing understands the Bible well. She must have a strong faith in God. I’d better first listen to her fellowship before raising my questions.” Then Sister Xingxing fellowshiped, “As the Bible says, ‘This same Jesus … shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven’ (Acts 1:11), people believe that the Lord will ride upon material clouds when He comes. In fact, God’s wisdom is unfathomable to man, and His words are deeply mysterious. Some verses can be taken literally, but the meaning of some verses goes beyond their literal meaning. If our understanding and knowledge of them goes no further than their literal meaning, that will inevitably contradict the real meaning of . For example, when the Lord Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about regeneration, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3), He was predicting that man can’t enter God’s kingdom unless he gains the truth and casts away his corrupt satanic disposition and so lives out the likeness of a real man, that is, man is regenerated in the truth, in God’s work of judgment in the last days. However, Nicodemus’ understanding of regeneration was that a man must enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born. For another example, when the Lord talked with the Samaritan woman: ‘But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst’ (John 4:14), the water that the Lord Jesus gave to man referred to His word, His way, and the truth He, , brought. However, the Samaritan woman misunderstood the water given by the Lord Jesus as drinking water. These show that the understanding of God’s words by our mind and thinking is not accurate. Today has come and revealed the mystery of the ‘clouds.’ Let’s read Almighty God’s words: ‘Man believes that, following the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus went back to heaven upon a white cloud, and took His place at the Most High’s right hand. Similarly, man conceives that Jesus shall descend, again upon a white cloud (this cloud refers to the cloud that Jesus rode upon when He returned to heaven), among those who have desperately yearned for Him for thousands of years, and that He shall bear the image and clothes of the Jews. After appearing to man, He shall bestow food upon them, and cause living water to gush forth for them, and shall live among man, full of grace and love, living and real. And so on. Yet Jesus the Savior did not do this; He did the opposite of what man conceived. He did not arrive among those who had yearned for His return, and did not appear to all men while riding upon the white cloud. He has already arrived, but man does not know Him, and remains ignorant of His arrival. Man is only aimlessly awaiting Him, unaware that He has already descended upon a white cloud (the cloud which is His Spirit, His words, and His entire disposition and all that He is), and is now among a group of overcomers that He will make during the last days.’ ‘From the creation of the world until today, not one person has seen Me. This is the God who appears to man during the last days but is hidden among man. He resides among man, true and real, like the burning sun and the flaming fire, filled with power and brimming with authority. There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words. In this way, all people during the last days shall see that I am the Savior returned, I am the Almighty God that conquers all of mankind, and I was once the sin offering for man, but in the last days I also become the flames of the sun that burn all things, as well as the sun of righteousness that reveals all things. Such is My work of the last days’ (‘The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud”’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Christ of the last days—Almighty God—has come into the flesh, and He has expressed millions of words to do the work of judging and purifying man. He has brought all the truths for the salvation of mankind, expressed His righteous, holy, majestic, and wrathful disposition, disclosed the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, and told them about God’s work in every age; this is the real meaning of the ‘clouds.’ From God’s words and His work of judgment, people know God, know God’s work, God’s disposition, God’s almightiness and wisdom, God’s unique authority and power, and other aspects of God—this is the meaning of seeing God coming upon the clouds.”
Through her sharing and communing the words of Almighty God, I came to understand: The “cloud” refers to God’s Spirit, God’s words, and God’s entire disposition and all that He is—all things from God. For me who was living in conception and imagination and seeing God’s words materially, it is indeed easy to misinterpret God’s words. Then I thought, “There are many other prophecies about the Lord’s coming in the Bible, and there must be mysteries in them. Xingxing knows the Bible better than I, and I’d better go on listening to her fellowship.”