Category Archives: The Introduction of the Church of Almighty God

Eastern Lightning|Why does the “Eastern Lightning” spread so fast and unstoppably despite being guarded against by all people?

Christ of the last days has carried out His work in Mainland China for about 20 years, which has shaken all denominations and sects. There is a question greatly puzzling the religious world: Now almost every Christian denomination is violently condemning and attacking the “Eastern Lightning,” and they spare no human, material, and financial resources and resort various means to publicize how to guard against and shut out the Eastern Lightning, and even join hands with the CCP in arresting and persecuting Almighty God and the brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God. But why do more and more believers accept and follow Almighty God under such great oppression and opposition? Why do those who have good humanity and used to have a sincere belief in the Lord have followed Almighty God unwaveringly despite the rejection from their relatives and the danger of imprisonment? Why is it that the Eastern Lightning is so overwhelming that it cannot be crippled or broken up by any forces but instead grows rapidly like a bamboo shoot after a spring rain?

Why does the “Eastern Lightning” spread so fast and unstoppably despite being guarded against by all people?

Actually, all those religious people who are familiar with the Bible ignore a very important truth: If it is from God, it must thrive; if it is from man, it will perish. Consider this: If He were not the only true God appearing personally, who could break through all of the hindrance, resistance, and persecution like the walls of copper and steel? If the Holy Spirit did not work and lead, who could have the authority and power to make all peoples stream to the mountain and all denominations become one? If He were not the appearance of the only true God, who could bring the truth and enable people to know God? Who could show people the way of salvation? Who could judge and conquer mankind? Those in all denominations and sects never expect that Almighty God whom they boldly condemn, resist, and persecute is exactly the returned Lord Jesus they have been anxiously longing for.

In the Bible, it is written that only the Lamb can open the scroll and break the seven seals. Almighty God—Christ of the last days—has expressed millions of words. These words disclose all the mysteries of God’s six-thousand-year management plan as well as the background, inside truth, and substance of each stage of God’s work, and they also judge man directing at his corrupt nature and true condition of corruption. And His words also tell us the inside story of the Bible, the mystery of God’s incarnation, the clear will and specific requirements of God for man, the history and future destination of mankind, and so on. The words of Almighty God not only feast man’s eyes and broaden man’s horizons, but also enable man to know God’s work, God’s disposition and substance, and even more can transform man’s disposition and purify them. They are exactly the truths that can enable the corrupt mankind to be saved and perfected. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. Those humble and obedient believers have been conquered by God’s words in the process of their seeking and investigating the true way. They truly see that no human doctrines and knowledge can replace or compare with God’s present work and words, and confirm that Almighty God brimming with righteousness, majesty, and wrath is the Son of man who is prophesied to come back in the last days. They see that the kingdom has already descended on the earth, and clearly recognize that the three stages of work in the Age of Law, the Age of Grace, and the Age of Kingdom are all done by one God, and done by God Himself, which is absolutely true. Only if man equips himself with the truth expressed by Almighty God and experiences His work of the last days will he be able to set on the right track of belief in God, come to know God, and be saved by God. As such, they fall down before God and return to God, and are willing to follow God to the end even at cost of their lives. That is the very reason why more and more true believers in God unwaveringly follow the Eastern Lightning without fearing any hardships and danger. Continue reading

Eastern Lightning|Why can the “Eastern Lightning” spread all over Mainland China despite bitter opposition?

When it comes to the Eastern Lightning, many brothers and sisters in the Lord will look upset and feel afraid. Yet most of them have such doubt in the heart: why has the Eastern Lightning spread all over Mainland China like mightily overwhelming surging waves rather than falling into desolation and decay even despite the strong defense and condemnation and rejection against it from all denominations and sects? The fact completely baffles the religious people. Actually, the reason is very simple. The Eastern Lightning, called by all denominations and sects, is no other than the Savior Lord Jesus returning upon a white cloud in the last days, the real and true God Himself who has become flesh again. Almighty God—Christ of the last days—has brought the work of judgment by which to change man’s disposition and purify, save, and perfect man, and expressed the truth that can be new life of man. Therefore, even if all denominations and sects in the whole world oppose, attack, persecute, blaspheme, and condemn the incarnate God of the last days and His work, what God wishes to achieve can never be thwarted or oppressed by anyone. God’s almightiness and wisdom can never be surpassed by any forces of Satan.

Many people believe that the way condemned by most people is surely not the true way. Does it accord with the truth? Let’s look back to the Age of Grace when God became flesh in Judea and carried out new work. From the beginning, the Judaists persecuted, blasphemed, condemned Jesus and tried every possible means to put Him to death. In the end, they, in collusion with the Roman authorities, arrested the merciful Lord Jesus and nailed Him to the cross. Even after the resurrection and ascent of the Lord Jesus, they spread rumors and slandered and accused John, Paul, and other apostles as the Nazarenes, cultists, and also made every effort to persecute, hunt, and afflict them. However, the work of Jesus could never be thwarted or destroyed by Satan, for God’s wisdom is always exercised based on Satan’s plots. It was because the wanton persecution and banishment of the Roman Empire forced the apostles to leave their homes and flee abroad that Jesus’ salvation was spread throughout the world and to the ends of the earth. Brothers and sisters, let’s consider this: Why was the way of Jesus resisted and opposed by so many people? Was it not the true way? Could it be that what Jesus’ apostles preached was not the salvation of God? Could it be that the way rejected and resisted is not the way of God? Could the number of its supporters be taken as the standard for judging whether it is the true way? Don’t think that the way resisted by most people is not the true way. As long as it is the work of God, even if all the people in the world oppose and reject it, the true way brought by God can never be denied. This is absolutely true. If one who believes in and follows God for many years doesn’t know God’s work and can easily be deceived and bound by Satan’s specious fallacies and rumors and become a person who believes in God yet follows Satan and who serves God yet opposes God, isn’t it distressing and regrettable? Many people don’t investigate and seek the true way with a humble heart, but follow others and buy into their ideas. They blindly follow others in judging and attacking God and His work and parrot their remarks. It’s very dangerous to do so. If they persist in their mistaken way, it will lead them onto a path of no return in the end. When the Jews opposed the Jesus’ apostles preaching the gospel in the temple, Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, said to them, “And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing: But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.” (Acts 5:38-39) Shouldn’t his words be a warning to every believer in God today? Today, God became flesh again and came to China—the staunch bastion of atheism, the lair of the great red dragon—to carry out the work of judging and purifying man in the Age of Kingdom. His purpose is to fully save corrupt mankind from the dark influence of Satan and bring them into His kingdom so that they can enter into rest together with Him. However, the tragedy of history that the Jews opposed Jesus is repeated. As the work of God in the last days goes against the notions of the religious people in all denominations and sects, they not only don’t welcome the returned Jesus but instead spread various fallacies and rumors to slander the incarnate God and His work. They condemn the work of the incarnate God in the last days as a heresy, a cult, and even join hands with China’s ruling party to persecute and hunt the incarnate God. Their deeds are no different from the evil doings of the Judaists who framed and persecuted Jesus. Nevertheless, the true way is the true way, and God’s work is God’s work; regardless of their resistance and condemnation against God’s work of the last days, the kingdom gospel of God has still spread all over Mainland China and shocked the whole religious world. Continue reading

Eastern Lightning|Where does the “Eastern Lightning” come from?

Most believers in Jesus Christ have heard the “Eastern Lightning” from their pastors, elders, or preachers. But actually no one knows exactly where the Eastern Lightning comes from. There are different opinions about the origin of the Eastern Lightning among the denominations and sects. Some think that the Eastern Lightning is an emerging Christian denomination, some even condemn it as a cult.… People have such erroneous opinions of the Eastern Lightning because they do not have any knowledge of God’s work.

God’s work is continuously moving forward. However, because people do not know the principle of God’s work being always new and never old or the purpose of God’s work of saving mankind and because they have satanic disposition—being arrogant and self-right and obeying no one, each time when God does a new work, it will inevitably be blasphemed, persecuted, and condemned by the religious world which obstinately sticks to the old way, and those who accept the new work and preach the true way are imposed on various false charges and are misnamed. The records in the New Testament show us a fact: In order to deliver mankind from punishment for being unable to keep the laws, God was incarnated and began the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. At the time when Jesus worked in Judea, He performed many miracles and signs, healed and cast out demons, bestowed upon people rich grace, and expressed many truths. That was sufficient proof that Jesus was really and completely God Himself, the Messiah that would come. However, the Jewish chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees didn’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah they had desperately longed for. They even slandered, judged, and condemned the work of Jesus as a heresy, a cult. As Jesus grew up in Nazareth and started doing His work in Nazareth, they called Jesus and His followers the Nazarenes. They also accused Paul of being a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. (cf: Act 24:5) What can we see from this fact? Every believer in the Lord knows this: When Jesus did the work in Judea, He ushered in the Age of Grace and did the new work of redeeming mankind fully according to God’s own management plan. Whether the Jews or the Gentiles, whether the Zelotes or the Sadducees, as long as they truly thirsted for and sought the true way and followed the only true God, they would be forgiven of their sins and receive God’s salvation. God didn’t need to establish and had never established any religion, organization, or party, so how could He found the sect of the Nazarenes? Therefore, the sect of the Nazarenes was an offensive term fabricated by the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees who “served” Jehovah in the temple for the purpose of attacking and framing Jesus and condemning His work. It was because of being deceived and controlled by these so-called servants of God that the Jews crucified Jesus and the entire Jewish nation was thus subjected to unprecedented destruction in the end.

Where does the “Eastern Lightning” come from?

Similarly, to free man from the endless cycle of committing sins and confessing them and completely rid man of his corrupt satanic disposition and sinful nature so that he will become holy and be fully saved by God, God is incarnated again in the last days and expresses the truths to judge and chastise the corrupt mankind, carrying out a new work in order to utterly purify them. The brothers and sisters who accept God’s gospel of the last days and keep up with God’s new work have undergone the judgment, chastisement, trials, and refinements of God’s word, and seen clearly that Almighty God who expresses the truth in the last days is exactly the returned Lord Jesus. They shout with joy and sing praises to God from the bottom of their hearts, for they have truly realized God’s great exaltation and salvation for them. In order to repay God’s love and help more people follow God’s footsteps and return to God’s household, they rush about everywhere to preach the good news to the brothers and sisters in the Lord who are still eagerly expecting the return of Jesus, telling them that the Lord Jesus has already returned to flesh and come to the east of the world—China, and He ushers in the Age of Kingdom and does a new and high work, the work of judging and purifying man. This has fulfilled Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The truth God brings this time is higher than in times past, and the brothers and sisters who truly believe in God have all come to the light. And the reaping work God does in the last days will be finished in a short time like lightning. In more than ten years only, God’s kingdom gospel has spread all over the Mainland China, and now is expanding to the entire universe. However, those arrogant, self-right, and stubborn ones in all denominations and sects who hold to the old things and don’t keep up with God’s new work that is irreconcilable with man’s conceptions not only don’t seek or investigate it, but even seize on this Biblical prophecy by which the brothers and sisters testify God’s work of the last days, and wantonly judge, condemn, and slander the Church of Almighty God to be the sect of the Eastern Lightning. What they do is no different from the act of the Jewish religion which attacked, slandered, and condemned Jesus’ disciples and apostles as the Nazarenes. They resist and attack God’s work of the last days in such unbridled way and hinder the people from following God’s footsteps and obeying God’ work. Are they not the Pharisees of the present age who resist and condemn Christ? Is the substance of their act one of hating the truth and blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Continue reading

The Appearance of God | The Origin and Development of the Church of Almighty God

The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the appearance and work of Almighty God—the returned Lord Jesus—Christ of the last days, and also under His righteous judgment and chastisement. The church is comprised of all those who truly accept Almighty God’s work of the last days and are conquered and saved by God’s word. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally, and is personally led and shepherded by Him, and it was by no means set up by any man. This is a fact acknowledged by all the chosen people in the Church of Almighty God. Whoever is used by God incarnate is predestined by God, and personally appointed and testified to by God, just as Jesus personally chose and appointed the twelve disciples. Those who are used by God only cooperate with His work, and cannot do God’s work in His stead. The church was not founded by those who are used by God, nor do God’s chosen people believe in or follow them. The churches of the Age of Grace were not set up by Paul and other apostles, but were the product of the work of the Lord Jesus and founded by the Lord Jesus Himself. Likewise, the Church of Almighty God in the last days has not been established by those used by God, but is the product of the work of Almighty God. The people who are used by God only water, supply, and lead the churches, performing the duty of man. Although God’s chosen people are led, watered, and supplied by those who are used by God, they believe in and follow none other than Almighty God, and accept and obey His words and work. This is a fact that no one can deny. Because of the appearance and work of God incarnate, many true believers of the Lord in all religious denominations and sects have finally heard the voice of God, have seen that the Lord Jesus has already come and carried out the work of judgment in the last days, and they have all confirmed that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus—and as a result, they have accepted His work of the last days. All those who are conquered by the word of Almighty God become subject to His name. Therefore, all the chosen people of the Church of Almighty God pray to Almighty God, and follow, obey and worship Him. Having experienced God’s work of judgment and chastisement, the chosen people in China have come to appreciate His righteous disposition, and have seen His majesty and wrath, and so they have been completely conquered by God’s word and have fallen down before Almighty God, and are willing to obey and accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word. Thus, they have gained God’s salvation.
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The Origin and Development of the Church of Almighty God

In the Age of the Grace, the Lord Jesus once promised, “I will come again.” In the end time, keeping the Lord Jesus’ promise “I will come again,” God is incarnated once again and decends in China, carrying out a work of judgment and chastisement and conquering and salvation with the word. This has fully fulfilled the prophecies in the Bible, “Judgment begins with God’s household,” and “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” God’s end-time work ends the Age of the Grace and opens the Age of the Kingdom. Almighty God’s end-time work spreads quickly in China, so the Church of Almighty God comes into being. Facts prove that the Church of Almighty God comes into being completely due to God’s end-time work and it isn’t established by any person. God’s chosen people of the Church of Almighty God pray in Almighty God’s name, accept all the truths expressed by Almighty God, and obey Almighty God’s work. Therefore, the One that God’s chosen people of the Church of Almighty God believe in is the Christ who is incarnated in the end time, the practical God who is God’s Spirit realized in the flesh, not a person.

In 1991, the end-time Christ—Almighty God, who is incarnated, began to formally perform his ministry in China. He has expressed millions of words and started the work of judgment before the great white throne in the end time. Just as Almighty God says, “The work of judgment is God’s own work. Of course, it has to be done by God personally. This work cannot be done by man instead. Because judgment is to conquer mankind with the truth, it is unquestionable that God still appears among men in his incarnate image to do this work. That is to say, the end-time Christ will teach people of every place with the truth and speak all the truths to them. This is God’s work of judgment.” (from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment with the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) “God does the work of the word in the end time, and this word is the word of the Holy Spirit. This is because God is the Holy Spirit and God can also be incarnated. So, the word of the Holy Spirit, which was spoken of before, is the word of the incarnated God of today. … For God to do his work by speaking and uttering his voice, he has to be incarnated. Otherwise, his work cannot achieve its purpose.” (from “How Could Those Who Circumscribe God Within Their ‘Notions’ Receive God’s ‘Revelation’?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) Because the end-time Christ appears and utters his voice and speaks, more and more people who thirst for and seek the truth are conquered and purified by Almighty God’s word, seeing God’s appearing in God’s judgment and chastisement and seeing the returning of the Redeemer. Continue reading