If My appearance was different from everyone else then that would be troublesome—everyone would come to worship Me and understand Me through their own conceptions, and they would not be able to bear that beautiful witness for Me.
Why do You Believe in Almighty God?
It’s written in the Bible, “ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) “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) These words are absolutely true! But this doesn’t prove that can only be Jesus and will never change. As we know, the Old Testament records these words of Jehovah, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11) “…this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations.” (Exodus 3:15) But Acts 4:12 in the New Testament records, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (“any other” here refers to any other than Jesus.) Then, which one do you think is the “only” name of God, Jehovah or Jesus? In fact, God’s name is not unchanging. Let’s look at the prophecy in Revelation and we will understand. Revelation 3:12 says, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name.” Here, it is clearly prophesied that God will have a new name in the end time. Since it is a new name, could it still be “Jesus”? If it were, how could it be a new name? Therefore, we should never conclude that God’s name will remain unchanging forever.
Almighty God says, “Some people say that God is ever unchanging. That is also right, but it means that God’s disposition and God’s substance are ever unchanging. When his name and work change, it does not prove that his substance changes. In other words, God is forever God, and this is ever unchanging.” “God does a new work and takes a new name in each age. How could he do the same work in different ages? How could he hold on to old things? The name ‘Jesus’ was taken for the sake of the redemptive work. Could Jesus still be called by this name when he comes again in the end time? Could he still do the redemptive work? Why is it that Jehovah and Jesus were one, but they were called by different names in different ages? Isn’t it because the ages in which they worked were different? Could one name represent God’s all? So, God has to take a different name in a different age, using his name to change the age and using his name to represent the age. For no name can fully represent God Godself and it can only represent God’s disposition typical of the age, and it is proper as long as it can represent his work. So, God can choose any name that suits his disposition to represent a whole age.” “Could the one name Jesus, which means ‘God is with us,’ represent all God’s disposition? Could it fully express God? If anyone says that God can only be called Jesus and can never have any other name because God cannot change his disposition, it is a blasphemy! Do you think that the one name ‘Jesus’—God is with us—can fully represent God? God can be called by many names, but among these many names, no name can sum up God’s everything, and no name can fully represent God. So, God has many names, but these many names cannot fully express God’s disposition, because God’s disposition is so rich, simply more than men can know. … So, in man’s eyes, God has many names, but again God does not have a name. This is because what God is includes too much, but human language is too short. One particular word or one particular name simply cannot represent God’s all. So, do you think that God’s name can be fixed? God is so great and so holy. Do you not allow him to change his name in each age? Therefore, in each age when God does the work personally, he uses a name matching that age to sum up the work he will do and uses the particular name of age significance to represent his disposition of that age. It is that God expresses his own disposition in human language. … You should know that originally God did not have a name, and only because he needs to do the work and manage mankind has he taken one, or two, or more names. Isn’t he free to choose what name he will take? Does he need you, a created being, to decide it? God’s name is taken according to what man can understand and according to human language, but man cannot sum it up. You can only say that there is a God in heaven and he is called God, the mighty God Godself, who is very wise, very lofty, very wonderful, very mysterious, and very almighty. And you cannot say anything more. You can just know that much. So, could the one name Jesus represent God Godself? In the end time, although it is still he who does the work, his name has to be changed, because the age is different.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
From the words of Almighty God we know that God, the Creator, whom we look up to and rely on, had no name. Only because he needs to do the work and manage mankind later does he take names. Moreover, he changes the age with the name and uses the name to represent the work he does in that age and the disposition he expresses in that age. No matter how the age and the work change and how God’s name changes, God’s substance is ever unchanging. That is to say, the words “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” refer to God’s original substance but not God’s name.
According to the principle of his working, God changes his name in each age and uses the name he takes to represent his disposition and work in that age. Take the name “Jehovah” as an example. It appeared when God was to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, that is, it was taken when God was about to start the work of the Age of the Law. At that time, Moses asked 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?” (Exodus 3:13) And God said moreover to Moses, “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, the LORD 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.” (Exodus 3:15) Another verse says, “And God spoke to Moses, and said to him, I am the LORD: And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.” (Exodus 6:2-3) Since then, people came to know that God’s name was Jehovah. The name “Jehovah” means the God who can have mercy on man, curse man, and issue the law and lead man to live, and the God who is mighty and full of wisdom. People under the law all worshiped Jehovah, kept his name holy, offered sacrifices to him on the altar … until the Age of the Law ended. Because in the Age of the Law the disposition God expressed was mercy and curse, and the work God did was to lead people to live, God took the name “Jehovah” according to his work and the disposition he needed to express. Therefore, the name “Jehovah” was a special name of God in the Age of the Law. In the later phase of the Age of the Law, mankind’s sins became more and graver. All men were in the dangerous situation of being convicted and put to death by the law. So, in order to save mankind, God did the redemptive work in the Age of the Grace and expressed the disposition of mercy and lovingkindness, bestowing abundant grace to those who followed him. Eventually, he was crucified for all mankind, serving as the sin offering for them, and fulfilled his work in the Age of the Grace. During that period, God took the name of “Jesus” according to the work he did and the disposition he expressed in the Age of the Grace. “Jesus” is Immanuel, and it originally means the sin offering to redeem people that is full of lovingkindness and mercy. The name “Jesus” represents God’s work in the Age of the Grace and God’s disposition expressed in the Age of the Grace. Because God’s work has changed, his name changes accordingly. But no matter how God’s name changes, God is still God, and his substance is ever unchanging. Let’s illustrate with an example. A person originally taught in a school. Others called him a teacher. Later he practiced medicine in a hospital, so others called him a doctor. Ashis job has changed, his title also changes. But no matter how his title changes, this person doesn’t change, andhe is still the same person. Similarly, though God’s name changed in the Age of the Grace, God’s substance didn’t change, and it was still God Godself who did the work. Unfortunately, the Israelites of that time didn’t allow God to change a new name. They thought that God’s name could only be Jehovah and not Jesus, and that the one named Jesus was not God. In their minds, only Jehovah was their God and their Savior. They held on to the verse, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11) When God came to change the age and do a new work with a new name to save them, they rejected and condemned Jesus and even nailed the merciful Savior onto the cross alive. It had never occurred to them that Jesus was Jehovah’s appearing and was the heavenly God Godself. They didn’t know the way of truth expressed from Jesus’ mouth and didn’t know Jesus’ substance. As a result, they committed a monstrous sin and provoked God’s disposition and thus received their deserved retribution—the misery of their nation being destroyed. Many people fled and drifted to different parts of the world.
Now it is already the end time, a time for the age to change again. Although the people of this time have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus and their sins have been forgiven, their sinful nature still exists. What’s more, they become more and more corrupt, even more corrupt than the people of Noah’s time. In order to thoroughly save mankind, God has set about a newer work, that is, the work of chastisement, judgment, conquering, and perfecting. As the work is different, God expresses the disposition different from that of the Age of the Grace. It is no longer mercy and lovingkindness. He is no longer the redeeming Lamb but “the Lion of the tribe of Juda,” whose disposition is righteousness, majesty, and wrath. God will completely end this old age with such disposition and will judge and chastise the corruption and unrighteousness of all mankind with such disposition, so that mankind will be restored to their original holiness. God will gain great glory in the entire universe. God will end the entire old age with his great power, will reign and rule on the whole earth, and will be “the King of the kingdom.” This stage of work is a concluding work of God’s management plan, and the kingdom of the world will become “the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.” Thus, the final age is called the Age of the Kingdom. As the age changes, God’s name also changes. He is no longer called Jesus, but takes the name “Almighty God” according to the work he does and the disposition he expresses. With this name, he will end the work of the entire six-thousand-year management plan. This has exactly fulfilled the words in Revelation, such as, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints” (15:3), “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns” (19:6), and so on. Although God’s name changes in the Age of the Kingdom, the one who does the work is still God Godself. He was once called Jehovah and was once called the Lord Jesus, and now he is called Almighty God. Whatever name God is called, they are one Spirit in substance. Almighty God says, “In each age and in each stage of work, my name has representative meaning and is not without a basis. That is, each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of the Law and is a respectful address by which the Israelites called the God they worshiped. ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of the Grace and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed in the Age of the Grace. If in the end time people still expect that the Savior Jesus would descend and descend still in the image that he had in Judea, then the entire six-thousand-year management plan would stop at the Age of the Redemption and could not advance any further, and the end time would never come and the age would never end. This is because ‘Jesus the Savior’ is only the One who redeemed mankind and saved mankind, and I took the name ‘Jesus’ only for the sake of all the sinners in the Age of the Grace, not for the purpose of ending the whole mankind. Although Jehovah, Jesus, and Messiah all represent my Spirit, these several names only represent the different ages in my management plan and do not represent my all. The names by which people on earth call me cannot thoroughly express all my disposition and being, and it is only that they call me by different addresses in different ages. So when the final age, that is, the last age, comes, my name will still change. I will not be called Jehovah or Jesus, much less Messiah, but the powerful Almighty God Godself, with which name I will end the entire age. I was once called Jehovah and was also once called Messiah by people, and people also once called me the Savior Jesus out of love and esteem for me. Today, I am no longer Jehovah or Jesus whom people knew before but the God who has returned in the end time and who will end the age and the God Godself who arises in the ends of the earth, laden with all my disposition and full of authority, honor, and glory. People have never contacted me nor known me or known about my disposition. From the creation of the world until now, no one has ever seen me. This is the God who appears to people in the end time and yet is hidden among them, living among them true and real, like a burning sun and like a flaming fire, full of power and full of authority. No man and no thing will not be judged in my word. Under the burning of fire, no man and no thing will not be purified. In the end, all nations will be blessed because of my word and will also be crushed because of my word, so that all people in the end time will see that I am the Return of the Savior and I am the Almighty God who conquers all mankind, and that all people will see that I was once man’s sin offering, but in the end time I become the fire of the burning sun that burns all things and the sun of righteousness that reveals all things. This is my work in the end time. I take this name and bear such disposition for the purpose that all people will see that I am a righteous God, a burning sun, and a flaming fire, that all people will worship me—the only true God, and that all people will see my real image: I am not only the God of the Israelites or only the Redeemer, but the God of all created beings in the heavens and on the earth and in the seas.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Then, what attitude do the end-time people hold toward the change of God’s name? In the entire religious world, many people stick to the word, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” and recklessly resist and condemn Almighty God, the Jesus who has returned in the flesh. They say that those who believe in Almighty God believe in a different God. Such knowledge is too absurd. If it were so, wouldn’t we also believe in a different God besides Jehovah and Messiah by believing in Jesus? If we treat Jesus’ coming again in this way, won’t it be the same as the Pharisees in Judea resisted Jesus at that time? Almighty God admonishes us, “God is God after all. No matter how his work changes and how his name changes, his disposition and his wisdom will never change. If you think that God can only be called by the name of Jesus, your knowledge is too little.” “One day, God will not be called Jehovah, Jesus, or Messiah, but just be the ‘Creator.’ At that time, all the names he has taken on earth will come to an end, because his work on earth will have ended. Then his name will be no more. When all things have become subject under the authority of the Creator, will he still need to be called by a very appropriate but incomplete name? Now, do you still enquire about God’s name? Do you still dare to say that God is just called Jehovah? Do you still dare to say that God can only be called Jesus? Could you bear the sin of blaspheming God?” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Therefore, we should draw a lesson from the ancient people, and should not circumscribe God or think that to follow God’s new work and come under God’s name in the new age is to believe in a different God. We should sincerely seek and investigate in the mysteries God has unlocked and the truth he has expressed. It is believed that when we humble ourselves to seek, we will see that Almighty God is exactly Jehovah who once led mankind to live on earth and is much more the Lord Jesus who once redeemed us and is the One whom we have been expecting for a long time.
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