Xiao Rui Panzhihua City, Sichuan Province
When I was preaching the gospel I encountered sectarian leaders who bore false witness to resist and disrupt, and called the police. This led to those I was preaching to not daring to come into contact with us, and those who had just accepted the gospel being unable to be confident in God’s work. When I worked very hard but the results were poor, I thought: Evangelical work is so difficult to carry out. It would be so wonderful if God just showed some miracles and punished those who bear false witness as well as those who seriously resist God to show to those who have been deceived. Then wouldn’t the work of the gospel be carried out more quickly? It wouldn’t be so difficult for us to preach the gospel…. This is why this hope came up in my heart every time I encountered these types of difficulties. Later, I saw written accounts bearing witness to examples of punishment and during fellowship heard witness of some of God’s signs and wonders, and I felt very glad in my heart. I hoped even more that God would do some things in the areas that I worked in so that the predicament of our gospel work could be resolved more quickly. But no matter how I hoped, I still didn’t see God perform any miracles here or punish people. The sectarians were still fully resisting God, and difficulties in evangelical work were still great. I became negative about this: Why doesn’t God open up a way out for us? Could it be that our faith is inadequate? Continue reading “Eastern Lightning | Understanding God’s Will in the Midst of Difficulties”
Let’s look back on mankind during the age of Noah. Man was engaged in all kinds of evil activities paying no thought to repentance. Nobody listened to the word of God. Their rigidity and evil aroused God’s anger and in the end, they were swallowed up by the disaster of the great flood. Only Noah and his family of eight listened to God’s word and were able to survive. Now, the last days have already arrived. Mankind’s corruption is getting deeper and deeper. Everyone reveres evil. The entire religious world follows the tide of the world. They do not love the truth one bit. The days of Noah have already arrived! In order to save mankind, God has returned once more to do the judgment work of the last days amongst mankind. This is the last time that God saves man! What should mankind choose?
This is a true story. Since the citizens of Qingping County in the province of Sichuan have repeatedly refused to accept Almighty God’s kingdom gospel, they have met with two instances of disaster. During the Great Sichuan Earthquake, many brothers and sisters who believed in Almighty God were miraculously protected by God and survived. These facts have been witnessed: those that accept and obey God and those that deny and resist God. These two kinds of people have two very different endings! Continue reading “Eastern Lightning | The Ark of the Last Days | “The Days of Noah Have Come””
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there. Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house: For I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:19-28).
The answer from God’s word:
“Whoever receives blessings in this age will surely suffer in eternity. Whoever suffers in this age will surely receive blessings in eternity. This is My ordination and no one can change it. No one can change My heart. …” Continue reading “Eastern Lightning| Since God is righteous, why is it that the wicked are prosperous and live a comfortable life while the good are bullied and oppressed, and suffer hardships and afflictions?”
1. You Must Know the Source of People’s Opposition to the New Work of God in Their Belief in God.
Relevant Words of God:
The reason that man opposes God stems, on the one hand, from the corrupt disposition of man, and on the other hand, from ignorance of God and lack of understanding of the principles of God’s work and His will toward man. These two aspects merge into a history of man’s resistance to God. Novices in the faith oppose God because such opposition lies within their nature, while the opposition against God of those with many years in the faith results from their ignorance of God, in addition to their corrupt disposition.
from “All Who Do Not Know God Are Those Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh Continue reading “Eastern Lightning| Chapter 7 Several Other Aspects of the Truths That Are the Minimum That Should Be Understood by New Believers”
1. How Should You Differentiate Between the Work of God and of Man?
Relevant Words of God:
In the Age of Grace, Jesus also spoke much and did much work. How was He different from Isaiah? How was He different from Daniel? Was He a prophet? Why is it said that He is Christ? What are the differences between them? They were all men who spoke words, and their words appeared more or less the same to man. They all spoke and did work. The prophets of the Old Testament made prophecies, and similarly, so could Jesus. Why is this so? The distinction here is based on the nature of the work. In order to discern this matter, you cannot consider the nature of the flesh and you should not consider the depth or superficiality of one’s words. Always you must first consider his work and the effects his work achieves in man. The prophecies spoken by Isaiah at the time did not supply the life of man, and the messages received by those such as Daniel were merely prophecies and not the way of life. If not for the direct revelation of Jehovah, none could have done that work, for it is not possible for mortals. Continue reading “Eastern Lightning| Chapter 6 Several Forms of Differentiation That You Should Possess in Your Belief in God”
God Becomes Flesh to Save Mankind
Today is the day, have you seen? It’s something for God to come among man. He’s come to save man, defeat Satan— the reason for His incarnation. If not for this, He wouldn’t work by Himself. God has taken on flesh to battle Satan and shepherd mankind, whose flesh is corrupted and whom God wants to save. God comes twice in the flesh to defeat Satan and save mankind. Only God can battle Satan in Spirit or in flesh.
The angels can’t fight, they have no power. And corrupt man, he stands no chance. So God puts on flesh to be man’s life, to work on them and save them all, with His inherent identity, and the work He must do. God has taken on flesh to battle Satan and shepherd mankind, whose flesh is corrupted and whom God wants to save. God comes twice in the flesh to defeat Satan and save mankind. Only God can battle Satan in Spirit or in flesh. Continue reading “Eastern Lightning| The Hymn of God’s Word “God Becomes Flesh to Save Mankind” | The Church of Almighty God”