"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27)

Will the Lord First Give Revelation to Pastors Upon His Second Coming?

By Fan Si One day, Su Xing was studying the Bible with Sister Zhao, Co-worker Liu and some others. Near the end of the meeting, Su Xing asked Co-worker Liu, “Brother Liu, we are now in the last days, and the prophecies about the Lord’s return have basically all been fulfilled. Will we be able to know it when the Lord returns? Could it be possible that we will fail to welcome the Lord? Please fellowship with us!” Co-worker Liu said firmly, “Sister Su, there is no need to worry about these things. The pastors and elders have believed in the Lord for many years, they are well-versed in the Bible and understand it, and they have suffered a lot for the Lord, so when the Lord comes back, He will definitely give revelation to them first. As long as we follow the pastors and elders in believing in the Lord and do not depart from the Lord’s way, we will surely receive the Lord’s return then.” Having said this, Co-worker Liu looked at Su Xing, who furrowed her brow. Apparently, she was still perplexed, yet she didn’t say anything, and the other co-workers all nodded their heads. As she was walking home, Su Xing thought: “The Lord Jesus taught us: ‘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’ (Revelation 3:20). These words said by the Lord are aimed at each of us who follow Him, in which the Lord told us that He will knock at the door of each and every of us when He returns. He didn’t say that He will only knock at the pastors’ and elders’ door or give revelation only to them. Here, the Lord taught us that we should carefully listen to His voice, and that those who welcome Him after hearing His voice are able to meet with Him. I feel this is the only way for us to welcome the Lord. However, the brothers and sisters all believe that, because the pastors and elders have believed in God for many years, know the Bible well, and have suffered and worked the most of all, the Lord will surely give them revelation first when He comes. They think as long as they follow the pastors and elders, they will be able to welcome the Lord. This viewpoint seems reasonable too. O Lord! What should I do? …” A few days later, Su Xing paid a visit to Zhao Tingting’s house. They had just sat down and chatted for a little while when Zhang Yong, Tingting’s husband, came back from a trip to hear sermons. Upon seeing Zhang Yong, Su Xing immediately greeted him, and he nodded in response as he walked to them. “Brother Zhang, I’m so glad you came back,” Su Xing said anxiously. “There is one thing I don’t understand. Can you share fellowship with me?” “Of course,” said Zhang Yong. “Tell me about it.” Su Xing then spoke to him about what had been perplexing her over the past few days. Putting down his bag, Zhang Yong sat down and said, “This is a really important question which relates to the important matter of whether or not we are able to welcome the Lord’s coming. In fact, I also used to think that the Lord will first give revelation to those who have served Him for many years. But on this last trip I gained some new understanding of this issue through a fellowship with an old preacher.” “Really?” Su Xing said surprisingly. “Then we must have a good fellowship today.” Zhao Tingting said, “Yes. We’ve really yet to understand this issue. Tell us about it!” Zhang Yong continued: “As we see it, pastors and elders have believed in the Lord for a long time, they are familiar with the Bible and have suffered a lot in preaching, so when the Lord returns, He will first give revelation to people like them. We believe that as long as we follow the pastors and elders in believing in the Lord, we will definitely be able to welcome the Lord. But this, in fact, is all just our notions and imaginings and doesn’t accord with the Lord’s will. Let’s think back to the end of the Age of Law when the Lord Jesus appeared and worked. Those priests, scribes and Pharisees were proficient in the Bible and had high status and prestige; they served God in the temple every day, and even traveled to the far corners of the earth to preach the gospel. According to our thoughts, the Lord would surely let them know first when He came, because they were the most qualified to know it first. But did the Lord Jesus show revelations to them?” “No, He didn’t,” said Su Xing. “That’s right,” Zhang Yong continued. “At that time the Lord Jesus didn’t give revelation to those priests, scribes and Pharisees who were proficient in the laws and who served in the temple all year round. In fact, when the Messiah—the Lord Jesus arrived, they absolutely had no idea about it. Even when some people bore witness to them that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah and they themselves had heard the truth expressed by the Lord and seen the miracles He performed, they still failed to recognize that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah and refused to accept His words and work without any intention of seeking or investigating. So tell me, will the Lord give revelation to someone just because he or she knows the Bible well and is able to work hard and expend for Him?” Su Xing looked at Zhang Yong and said, “No, He won’t. The Pharisees’ story clearly demonstrates that the Lord does not necessarily give revelation to those who have served Him for many years.” Zhao Tingting got up and poured Zhang Yong a cup…

“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).

The Lord clearly prophesied: “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). It is evident that when the Lord returns He will speak and utter His words, and all those who hear God’s voice and welcome the Lord will be raptured before God and attend the feast with the Lord before the disaster.

Bible Verses for Reference: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not” (Luk 12:40). “Behold, I come as a thief” (Rev 16:15). “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). “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev 2-3). “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jhn 10:27). Classic Words of God: “Being caught up” is not being taken from a low place to a high place as people imagine. This is a huge mistake. Being caught up is referring to My predestining and selecting. It is targeted at all those I have predestined and chosen. Those who have gained the status of firstborn sons, the status of My sons, or My people, are all people who have been caught up. This is most incompatible with people’s notions. Those who have a share in My house in the future are all people who have been caught up before Me. This is absolutely true, never-changing, and cannot be refuted by anybody. This is the counterattack against Satan. Anyone I predestined shall be caught up before Me. from “The One Hundred and Fourth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh 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 Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Have you now heard the words of the Holy Spirit? The words of God have come upon you. Do you hear them? God does the work of the word in the last days, and such words are that of the Holy Spirit, for God is the Holy Spirit and can also become flesh; therefore, the words of the Holy Spirit, as spoken of in the past, are the words of the incarnate God today. There are many absurd men who believe that the words of the Holy Spirit ought to come down from the heavens to the ears of man. Any who thinks this way does not know the work of God. In truth, the utterances spoken by the Holy Spirit are those spoken by God become flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot speak directly to man, and Jehovah did not speak directly to the people, even in the Age of Law. Would it not be far less likely that He would do so in this age today? For God to speak utterances to carry out work, He must become flesh, else His work cannot accomplish His goal. Those who deny God become flesh are those who do not know the Spirit or the principles by which God works. Those who believe that now is the age of the Holy Spirit yet do not accept His new work are those who live in vague faith. Such manner of men shall never receive the work of the Holy Spirit. Those who wish only for the Holy Spirit to directly speak and carry out His work, yet do not accept the words or work of the incarnate God, shall never be able to step into the new age or receive complete salvation from God! from “How Can Man Who Has Defined God in His Conceptions Receive the Revelations of God?” God is silent, and has never appeared to us, yet His work has never stopped. He looks upon all lands, and commands all things, and beholds all the words and deeds of man. His management is conducted in steps and according to His plan. It proceeds silently, without dramatic effect, yet His footsteps advance ever closer to mankind, and His judgment seat is deployed in the universe at the speed of lightning, immediately followed by the descent of His throne among us. What a majestic scene that is, what a stately and solemn tableau. Like a dove, and like a roaring lion, the Spirit arrives among us all. He is wise, He is righteous and majestic, He quietly arrives among us possessed of authority and filled with love and compassion. … ………… And yet it is this ordinary person hidden among people who is doing the new work of saving us. He does not clarify anything for us, nor does He tell us why He has come. He merely does the work He intends to do in steps, and according to His plan. His words and utterances become ever more frequent. From consoling, exhorting, reminding, and warning, to reproaching and disciplining; from a tone that is gentle and…

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Have You Welcomed the Second Coming of Jesus?

Since I believed in the Lord, in order to welcome the Lord Jesus’ return and be raptured to the kingdom of heaven, I have been passionate, preaching the gospel, sustaining the weak brothers and sisters and so on. However, although many years passed, I didn’t see the Lord come to rapture us into the kingdom of heaven. Instead, the faith and love of brothers and sisters in the church were getting colder and colder. In 2002, I suddenly heard that the Lord has already come back to take true believers in Him into the kingdom of heaven. Right then, I had an immediate thought: It’s impossible. The Lord Jesus should come upon a cloud. Afterward, I inquired the brothers and sisters in varying churches about the news that the Lord has come back. They all shook their heads, saying, “That’s impossible. The Lord will come back with a cloud. We all haven’t seen it yet. So, He hasn’t come back.” So I was even more certain that the Lord should come back with a cloud. I could not accept it if the Lord has not come back on a cloud. Afterward, when someone testified to me that the Lord Jesus has already come back, I always refused with the excuse “It’s impossible.” But, brothers and sisters did not lose heart. They preached the kingdom gospel to me time and time again. And, they left a book for me to read. However, as I held on that the Lord Jesus will return upon a cloud, I neither accepted the gospel nor read the book. Until one day, I heard a story, “Once there was a family of only three people, a father and his two sons. Due to the living difficulties, the father went to other places to do business. Before he left, he urged his two sons to wait for his return. When the father made money, he came back and knocked the door outside. However, his two sons absolutely refused to open the door just because the man standing outside was not wearing the same clothes as his father had worn when he left. Although the father could tell the real situation of the family and the two son’s life experiences, he wasn’t allowed into his house for he wasn’t wearing the former clothes. Of course, the two sons didn’t gain his money earned from the business.” Having listened to the story, I laughed at the two stupid sons for recognizing their father according to the clothes. Meanwhile, I couldn’t help reflecting whether I was as foolish as the two sons with regard to the news of the Lord’s coming. I only judge the Lord’s return in accordance with whether He has come upon a white cloud. If not so, it is not the return of the Lord Jesus. I am the same as the Pharisees who waited for the Messiah, recorded in the Bible. They all knew that an infant boy would be born as their Lord. It was because the Lord Jesus’ work did not conform to their own notions and imaginations that they nailed Him to the cross and thus they were subjected to overwhelming disaster. At that thought, I quickly found out the book that brothers and sisters left for me and read those God’s words, “For several thousand years, man has longed to be able to witness the arrival of the Savior. Man has longed to behold Jesus the Savior on a white cloud as He descends, in person, among those who have pined and yearned for Him for thousands of years. Man has longed for the Savior to return and be reunited with the people, that is, for Jesus the Savior to come back to the people from whom He has been apart for thousands of years. And man hopes that He will once again carry out the work of redemption that He did among the Jews, will be compassionate and loving toward man, will forgive the sins of man, bear the sins of man, and even bear all of man’s transgressions and deliver man from sin. … Since Jesus departed, the disciples who followed Him, and all of the saints who were saved thanks to His name, have been desperately pining for Him and awaiting Him. All those who were saved by the grace of Jesus Christ during the Age of Grace have been longing for that joyful day during the last days, when Jesus the Savior arrives on a white cloud and appears among man. … 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” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). Reading these words, I felt so excited in my heart. Actually, God’s words are clearly spoken. God has plainly told us that the white cloud means His Spirit, His words, and His entire disposition and all that He is. However, I, based on my own notions and imaginations, thought that the Lord Jesus would descend upon a white cloud. In this way, I clung to my erroneous notions: If the Lord Jesus arrives on a cloud I will accept. If not, I won’t accept. Today if I had not read God’s word, I would have delimited God’s work in my own notions and imaginations. Little do we know that the Lord Jesus has long ago arrived upon a white cloud and done His new work. Our notions and imaginations differ considerably from the work that God wants to do practically. God does His work according to His principles and His own plan instead of our imaginations. At that moment, my heart became much more enlightened. “What a Beautiful Voice” Clip: How Can We Be Sure the Lord Jesus Has Already Returned? Then, I…

Does Anyone Know About the Second Coming of Jesus?

By Zhao Hui During a Bible study, I spoke of the question that had confused me for a long time: “Brothers and sisters, the Lord Jesus said, ‘But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only’ (Mat 24:36). We can see in this scripture that no one will know when the Lord will return, so why do so many people testify that the Lord Jesus has come? What does this mean?” After I finished, some became immersed in contemplation, and some said, “Now that you say it, we’d better have a discussion about it.” At that time, preacher Zhao Xun nodded his head and said, “All right, this question is worth discussing. The Lord said His coming is unknown by all. These days I have been thinking about this question, and it seems that our understanding is not pure and such reasoning does not make sense. Let’s think about it: If the Lord doesn’t let people know of His coming, how can people follow and believe in Him? How can God accomplish His work of saving people? If we hold to these words, won’t we miss the Lord’s coming?” Hearing these words, some sisters and brothers were astonished, some bowed their heads and began to contemplate, and some said, “You are totally right; it makes sense!” Zhao Xun continued, “Then, how can we get a pure understanding of this scripture? Now, let’s read this verse together with the previous verses. Matthew 24:32-36 says, ‘Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.’ These verses are talking about signs of the Lord’s return. From these words, I think perhaps the Lord will come again in the flesh, just like the Lord Jesus, but we don’t know when, on which day, or at which moment He will enter the door. This is to say, ‘no one knows about that day or hour,’ which means that no one knows about the moment when Christ will come. That is, no one knows on which day or at which moment the Lord will descend, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (the Spirit). However, after Christ comes, He will surely let men know it, because the purpose of God being incarnated and coming to the world is to save men. If He comes but doesn’t let men know it, how can we receive salvation from Him? The Lord Jesus said, ‘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). From these two verses we can see that after the Lord comes, some people will know it, and they will spread His gospel to those who haven’t accepted it. Here scriptures say, when someone yells that the bridegroom, the Lord Jesus has come, we need to walk out to welcome Him. And He will sup with those who hear His voice and open the door. Thus I think it is completely wrong to interpret the word ‘of that day and hour knows no man’ in Matthew 24:36 as no one knows about it even after the Lord comes.” After hearing the words of brother Zhao, I felt enlightened and had some understanding of the real meaning of these scriptures. However, when I pondered it over, there were still some aspects I was not clear about. I asked, “Brother Zhao, just now you said when the Lord Jesus comes as the Son of man, no one knows, but when the Lord works, He will surely let men know. How did the ones spreading the coming of the Lord Jesus know it?” Hearing that, the sisters and brothers all agreed with me, “All right, how did they know?” Zhao Xun thought about it for a while and said, “Brothers and sisters, before we answer this question, let’s first see how those followers of the Lord Jesus at that time knew that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah. We can see from the Bible, Peter, Philip, James, John, Matthew and others; when the Lord called them, they didn’t know that Jesus was the Messiah, but they followed the Lord and heard His preaching without any hesitation. There are many verses recorded in the Bible that many people followed the Lord and obeyed His teachings after hearing of Him. These instances show us that we first need to have a thirsty heart if we want to gain the true way. When we hear the message about the Lord’s coming or when God sends someone to call us, we should listen to the message and seek the verification, thus we’ll have the opportunity to receive inspiration from God and recognize that the Lord is the Messiah. As the scriptures said, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ (Rom 10:17). That is, believing in the way is based on hearing of the way. Those who followed the Lord Jesus saw the deeds of the Lord Jesus by hearing His words, and recognized that the Lord Jesus was the Messiah who was to come. For example, when Peter followed the Lord Jesus, he received inspiration and enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, and knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God because he received and pondered…

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