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By Xinyu, Spain We are now in the final phase of the last days, and at this crucial time of greeting the Lord, there is a growing sense of urgency in the hearts of Christians praying for the Lord Jesus to return. Many people anxiously hope for the Lord to come with clouds, but the great disasters will soon be upon us and we still haven’t seen the Lord coming with clouds. Why is that? Could it be that we have deviated in our practice to greet the Lord’s coming? This puts me in mind of Thomas in the Bible. While the Lord Jesus worked in the flesh, Thomas always harbored doubts, and in his heart he did not believe that the Lord Jesus was Christ. When Thomas heard that Jesus had resurrected, he still did not believe it. He had to see the Lord’s spiritual body with his own eyes before he would believe, and in the end the Lord pronounced His judgment: “[B]ecause you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The story of Thomas is a warning to each and every one of us who yearn for the Lord to return. If we rely only on our eyes and do not seek the truth with regard to greeting the Lord, would we not be committing the same mistake as Thomas? If we did that, we would be apt to lose our chance to be caught up before the disasters. It is therefore clear that if we want to greet the Lord, then it is absolutely crucial that we understand the root cause of why Thomas failed in his faith in God and avoid walking the same mistaken path as Thomas! Let us fellowship and explore this issue below. The Bible records that when the disciples told Thomas the news of the Lord Jesus’ resurrection, Thomas said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). The Lord Jesus said to him, “[B]ecause you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). In fact, all the while Thomas was following the Lord Jesus, He didn’t know how to hear the Lord’s voice. No matter how great or how beneficial to people Jesus’ sermons were, Thomas never sought within the Lord’s words to find whether they possessed truth or whether they were the voice of God. No matter how many years he believed in God, after all that time he was still unable to recognize the Lord Jesus’ true identity, and that is why he always doubted the Lord’s identity and did not believe that Jesus was Christ; this is the root cause of why Thomas failed in his faith in God. It is precisely because Thomas didn’t know how to hear the voice of God and was not convinced of the Lord Jesus’ identity that, when Jesus told His disciples before His crucifixion that He would resurrect after His death, Thomas did not believe that the Lord’s words would come to pass. And when he heard the other disciples say that the Lord Jesus had resurrected, still he did not believe. Only when he saw the spiritual body of the resurrected Lord Jesus appearing before his very eyes did he finally believe it. When Jesus appeared to him in the form of His spiritual body after He resurrected, Thomas saw the Lord’s spiritual body with his own eyes and touched the wounds left by the nails on the Lord’s body, and only then did he believe that the Lord Jesus had resurrected and become certain that Jesus was Christ. But it was too late, and Thomas’ end had already been determined—he had lost God’s blessing forever. At this crucial time when we are to greet the Lord, we are right now committing the same mistake as Thomas. When we hear someone testifying that the Lord has returned in the flesh already, we do not believe it, and we do not take the initiative to seek to hear the voice of God and welcome the Lord. Instead, we persist in our belief that unless He has come riding on a white cloud, then it is not the Lord Jesus, and we will only believe it when we see the Lord’s resurrected spiritual body with our own eyes; this is the main reason we have been unable to greet the Lord. There may perhaps be some who say, “Is it wrong for us to await the Lord coming with clouds, as the prophecy says?” We must be aware that there are many prophecies in the Bible concerning the Lord’s return. There is not just the prophecy that says the Lord will come with clouds, but there are also prophecies that say the Lord will come secretly in the flesh, as the Lord prophesied: “Behold, I come as a thief” (Revelation 16:15). “Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Matthew 24:44). “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24–25). This “Son of man” means the One who is born of man and who is possessed of normal humanity. If He came as the Spirit or in the form of His resurrected spiritual body, then it would not be possible to call Him the “Son of man.” Therefore, these prophecies mean that when the Lord returns, He will incarnate before the disasters and come to work quietly and in secret. If, as we imagine, the Lord were to return riding on clouds…
Because of busy work, we are always incapable of attending meetings or reading God’s words, much less can we maintain a normal relationship with God. So, what are we supposed to do?
Today’s Gospel Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes. – Matthew 24:44 Reflection Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus said, “And, behold, I come quickly” (Rev 3:11). All those who truly believe in the Lord obsessively hope that they can be raptured into the kingdom of heaven when He comes again. Everyone firmly believes that the Lord will come again in the last days, but how will He come and how will He appear to us? Many people haven’t pondered the Lord’s will from His words “… for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Mat 24:44). Since He said that we cannot imagine when He comes again, then how should we welcome His return? As a matter of fact, the Bible verses have shown us the path, such as, “Behold, I come as a thief” (Rev 16:15), “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Mat 25:6), “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” (Rev 3:20). All of these verses show us that the Lord will come as a thief in the last days and express His words to knock on the door of our heart in secret. Wise virgins who are watching and waiting have followed the footsteps of God and attended the wedding feast of the Lamb since they heard the voice of God and saw the appearance of Him and recognized the returned Lord Jesus. Share a passage of God’s words, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life.” » You may be interested in reading more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ about Second Coming of Jesus Christ, or by clicking on the articles below: • I’ve Learned How to Recognize the Returned Lord • Two Kinds of Prophecies of Lord Jesus’ Second Coming • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?
“Almighty God! Universe Ruler, Last Christ, our bright and shining Sun, risen from the universe’s most majestic Mount Zion. Almighty God! Come to Zion with praising.”
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The stirring kingdom anthem has rung out, announcing God’s arrival among man to the whole universe! The kingdom of God has come! All people cheer, all things rejoice! Everything throughout the heavens brims with merriment. What captivating scenes of jubilation are these?
The blue sky was dotted with white clouds floating and rolling along like a flowing landscape painting, and I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh as I thought of how the pastor always used to say, “In the last days, the Lord will return on a white cloud, and as long as we keep watch and wait for His return, then the Lord will raise us up and welcome us into the heavenly kingdom….” Over 10 years ago, I would often gaze at the sky with such high hopes, dreaming that the Lord Jesus would suddenly appear on a white cloud to bring us up into heaven. But more than 10 years had passed since then and I never did see the coming of the Lord. I couldn’t help but feel melancholy as I thought: We’re now well into the last days, so when will the Lord come on a cloud to welcome us? I really wish to one day be able to see the spectacle of the Lord riding on a white cloud down from heaven—that would be so great! One day, I was visiting a friend and it just so happened that my friend’s nephew, Brother Li, was there. When we got to talking about the state of the world today with disasters everywhere growing bigger and bigger in scale, and about the appearance of the blood moons mentioned in Revelation, we all felt that the prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus’ return had pretty much been fulfilled and that He would soon return. Brother Li then asked me, “Sister, in what way do you think the Lord shall return?” Without thinking, I said, “He will come on a white cloud, of course, for He has said, ‘And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory’ (Luke 21:27). And it’s prophesied in Revelation chapter 1, verse 7: ‘Behold, He comes with clouds.’” Brother Li said, “Sister, I used to think that the Lord would return on a white cloud as well and that He would come with great glory. But then I attended a co-workers’ meeting, and by discussing the way in which the Lord will return with all the brothers and sisters there, I finally realized that, besides the prophecies in the Bible that state the Lord will come openly with clouds, there are actually many other verses of Scripture that prophesy that the Lord will come in secret when He returns …” Before waiting for Brother Li to finish speaking, I butted in anxiously, saying, “How could that be? Will the Lord not come on a white cloud? How could He come in secret?” Brother Li smiled and said, “Sister, in actual fact, there are mysteries relating to the Lord’s return. I consulted the Bible with the brothers and sisters and we fellowshiped and discussed it, and only then did I discover that there are two ways in which the Lord shall return: One is that the Lord shall come openly with clouds, and the other is that He shall come in secret. As it says in Revelation 16:15, ‘Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.’ It says in Matthew 25:6, ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.’ And in Matthew 24:43–44, it says: ‘But know this, that if the manager of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.’ The words in these verses, ‘as a thief,’ ‘at midnight there was a cry made’ and ‘in such an hour as you think not’ are referring to the fact that the Lord will return in silence so that we will remain unaware, they are referring to the Lord coming quietly and in secret. Besides, when the Lord prophesied His return, He said, ‘For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation’ (Luke 17:24–25). The ‘Son of man’ mentioned here refers to someone born of a human and who is possessed of normal humanity. We know that the Lord Jesus was called the Son of man and Christ because He was the incarnation of the Spirit of God. From the outside, He looked like just another ordinary, normal man, and no one could tell that He was God, and no one knew His true identity. To man, His identity remained a secret until the Lord Jesus began to preach and perform His work, and only then did people recognize Him as the Lord and as Christ. Therefore, the Lord prophesied that His return would be as the coming of the Son of man, and this actually means that God will incarnate as the Son of man and come in secret.” After Brother Li had finished speaking, I carefully contemplated those verses of Scripture and I thought to myself: The brother’s fellowship tallies with the Bible, it has the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and it contains new light. It seems as though the Lord really will return as the Son of man and come in secret. I’ve read these verses before, so how come I never realized this? I therefore said to the brother, “I understand what you have fellowshiped. So, the words ‘the Son of man comes’ and ‘as a thief’ actually mean that God will incarnate as the Son of man and come in secret. This is a pretty pure understanding. But I still don’t quite understand. If, when the Lord returns, He really does come…
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