Now Almighty God is still looking forward to the return of all believers in Jesus, and patiently waiting for all those who sincerely believe in God to come back. Almighty God says: “If people remain in the Age of Grace, then they shall never be free of their corrupt disposition, let alone know the inherent disposition of God. If people always live among an abundance of grace but are without the way of life that allows them to know God and satisfy God, then they shall never truly gain Him though they believe in Him. What a pitiful form of belief that is. When you have finished reading this book, when you have experienced each step of the work of God incarnate in the Age of Kingdom, you will feel that the hopes of many years have finally been realized. You will feel that only now have you truly seen God face-to-face; only now have you gazed upon the face of God, heard the personal utterance of God, appreciated the wisdom of God’s work, and truly sensed how real and almighty God is. You will sense that you have gained many things that people of times past have never seen or possessed. At this time, you will clearly know what it is to believe in God, and what it is to be after God’s heart. Of course, if you cling to views of the past, and reject or deny the fact of the second incarnation of God, then you shall remain empty-handed and acquire nothing, and ultimately be guilty of opposing God. Those who obey the truth and submit to the work of God shall come under the name of the second incarnate God—the Almighty. They will be able to accept the personal guidance of God, and shall acquire more and higher truth and receive the real human life. They shall behold the vision that people of the past have never seen: ‘And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the middle of the seven candlesticks one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength’ (Revelation 1:12-16). This vision is the expression of God’s entire disposition, and such an expression of His entire disposition is also the expression of the work of God when He becomes flesh this time. In the torrents of chastisements and judgments, the Son of man expresses His inherent disposition through the speaking of words, allowing all those who accept His chastisement and judgment to see the true face of the Son of man, a face that is a faithful depiction of the face of the Son of man seen by John. (Of course, all this will be invisible to those who do not accept the work of God in the Age of Kingdom.) The true face of God cannot be fully articulated using the words of man, and so God uses the expression of His inherent disposition to show His true face to man. Which is to say that all those who have experienced the inherent disposition of the Son of man have seen the true face of the Son of man, for God is too great and cannot be fully articulated using the words of man. Once man has experienced each step of God’s work in the Age of Kingdom, then he shall know the true meaning of John’s words when he spoke of the Son of man among the lampstands: ‘His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like to fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.’ At that time, you shall know beyond all doubt that this ordinary flesh that has spoken so many words is really the second incarnate God. And you shall truly sense how blessed you are, and feel yourself the most fortunate. Would you be unwilling to accept this blessing?” (“Only He Who Experiences the Work of God Truly Believes in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Today in mainland China most religious people who believe in the Lord Jesus have returned to Almighty God, gaining the full salvation of God in the last days. As is evident, the wise virgins and foolish virgins have been revealed within the religious community. All those who are wise virgins have accepted theof the LordJesus—Almighty God’s work in the last days. They are the precious ones that have been “stolen” back to the house of God where they have gained God’s salvation and perfection to become the overcomers perfected by God before the disaster. What great good fortune this is! People who accept the work of God’s hidden advent belong among the wise virgins, because these people believe in Almighty God by discovering the truth and confirming it is the true waythrough listening to the voice of God. That is the implied meaning of “wise.” Those wise virgins were suddenly “stolen” without them knowing it, creating a widespread uproar, when in reality they were caught up to God. This is true. The Bible predicts that in the last days God will come again “as a thief.” This is the undisclosed second coming of the Lord. To the religious community the Lord comes to “steal” that which is precious, “stealing” only the people who are “precious metals and gem stones.” This shows that all people who are “stolen” are of good quality, able to understand and accept the truth. They are people who recognize God’s voice and therefore are caught up to God to receive God’s perfection. So it is perfectly true here that being “stolen” really is being raised up to meet the Lord! At the time that God appears openly these secrets will be revealed. The Lord Jesus said: “However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (Jhn 16:13). This even more refers to God’s work in the last days. I hope that all religious people who sincerely believe in God will be wise virgins and study the true way, accept the true way, and return before the practical God, Christ of the last days. If you wait until God appears openly before accepting Him, you will regret that you are too late. Just as the Lord Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (Jhn 20:29).
… Jesus is returning to fulfill and achieve all of the prophecies He spoke of during the Age of Grace, to use judgment and chastisement to save people and help them break free of Satan’s influence, and enable people to truly turn toward God. He is returning to solve the problem of sinful natures which confused people and made people repeatedly commit sins and confess them, unable to stop themselves or extricate themselves in the Age of Grace. He is returning to change people’s dispositions, to make people truly know God and obey God to attain compatibility with God. It is to classify each person according to their type and bring to an end this age of darkness and evil. Only in this way can God bring saints into His kingdom. Only this is the true meaning of God doing His work of salvation. If God’s work cannot attain this kind of result in the end, then God’s prophecy will not be truly fulfilled and achieved, and God’s management plan to save mankind will not be able to be completed. Thus, God’s management plan to save mankind absolutely cannot have a mere two stages of work before completion. It must have God’s last days work of judging and chastising people, classifying each according to their own type. Only in this way can God’s management plan to save mankind be completed, and can God win total victory in His war with Satan and be truly glorified.
from “How to Know God’s Work of Judgment and Chastisement in the Last Days” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life